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WITH A DIGEST
OF RULES AND USAGES IN CONNECTICUT,
AND AN APPENDIX,
CONTAINING NOTICES OF CONGREGATIONAL BODIES IN OTHER
Published by direction of the General Association of Connecticut
EDWIN HUNT, No. 6 ASYLUM STREET.
BX 7139 A5
ENTERED according to Act of Congress, in the year 1842, by TYLER AND PORTER,
in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Connecticut.
THE General Association of Connecticut, at New Milford, in 1837, appointed a committee of one from each district association, "to collect from the different associations and consociations the various rules and usages which modify the application of the Platform; and to report to the next General Association a summary or digest of the same, which may be incorporated with a new edition of the Platform.
By the labors of that committee, a beginning was made in the work now completed. But the contemplated edition of the Saybrook Platform having been published without the pr summary or digest," the committee supposed that they were released from the service; and by the General Association at Norwalk, in June, 1838, they were, at their request, discharged from the further consideration of the subject.
The design, however, was felt to be too important to be abandoned; and at the same meeting, the subscribers were appointed a committee " to collect from the different associations and consociations, their various rules and usages, and to report a digest of the same to the next General Association."
At Danbury, in 1839, and at New Haven, in 1840, this committee reported the progress they were making in the work, and were directed to proceed. At New Haven, in 1841, they made a final report as follows:
"That in attending to the duty assigned to them, it seemed proper to inquire, first, into the origin and history of the associations and consociations,-secondly, to inquire how far the several
articles of the Saybrook Platform are now observed by those bodies and by the churches,-and thirdly, to combine and arrange the existing rules and usages in the form of a Digest."
"The committee further report, that it seemed to them convenient to distribute these three parts of the work among the three members of the committee; and that, accordingly, the Historical Account of the origin and progress of our ecclesiastical confederation has been prepared by the Rev. Dr. Field,—the account of the degree in which our ecclesiastical order is now conformed to the principles of the Saybrook Platform, has been prepared by the Rev. Mr. Gillett,—and the Digest has been drawn up by the chairman of the committee."
This report, and the accompanying documents, having beeh received and accepted, the Rev. Edward R. Tyler and Mr. Samuel Porter immediately made liberal proposals to the General Association, for the publication of the work thus prepared. Whereupon the following resolutions were adopted.
"1. That the documents presented to this body by the committee on rules and usages, be published under the superintendence of the committee.
"2. That the committee be authorized to make corrections and additions as upon further inquiry they may find requisite; and that to this end they be requested to cause a copy of the Digest at least, to be sent to one or more ministers in each district, before publication, for their revision.
"3. That the publication include the Confession of Faith, assented to by the synod at Saybrook, with the Heads of Agreement and Articles of Discipline, and also the Cambridge Platform.
"4. That the committee be authorized to append to the Cambridge Platform any notes and illustrations which may be in their judgment expedient.
5. That our delegate to the general association of Massachusetts, be requested to inform that body, of our intention to publish the Cambridge Platform, in connection with our own rules and usages, and that they be respectfully invited to render to our committee any assistance in their power, which may make the work more complete, and more extensively useful.
"6. That the proposals of Rev. E. R. Tyler, and Mr. Samuel Porter be accepted, it being understood that the said proposals refer to the volume as described in the preceding resolutions."
The General Association of Massachusetts, at Westfield, in June, 1841, adopted the following resolutions :