Calendar of Papers of the Westminster Assembly

This list of documents is from C. B. Van Dixhoorn, ed. The Minutes and Papers of the Westminster Assembly, 1643-1652 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), vol. 5, which contains the content of this documents.

1. Petition to both houses of parliament for a fast, 19 July 1643, (MPWA, 5:9–11).

2. Letter to the United Provinces of the Netherlands, 29 July 1643, (MPWA, 5:12–16).

3. Letter to the Church of Scotland, 4 August 1643, (MPWA, 5:17–21).

4. Petition to the House of Commons against antinomian teachers, 10 August 1643, (MPWA, 5:22–23).

5. Report for the House of Commons on the solemn league and covenant, 31 August 1643, (MPWA, 5:24–25).

6. Answer to Burges’s and Price’s petition against the solemn league and covenant, 2 September 1643, (MPWA, 5:25).

7. Summary of antinomian errors for the House of Commons, 23 September 1643, (MPWA, 5:25).

8. Petition to the House of Commons against antinomian teachers, 10 October 1643, (MPWA, 5:26).

9. Declaration about the Solemn League and Covenant, 13 October 1643, (MPWA, 5:26).

10. Petition to the committee for plundered ministers, 20 October 1643, (MPWA, 5:26).

11. Petition to the House of Commons about clandestine marriages, 25 October 1643, (MPWA, 5:27).

12. Petition to both houses of parliament about godly magistrates and an additional scribe, 30 November and 18 December 1643, (MPWA, 5:27–28).

13. Letter of thanks to officials in London, 15 January 1644, (MPWA, 5:29).

14. Letter to the Reformed churches of Europe, 19 January–4 April 1644, (MPWA, 5:30–43).

15. An exhortation to the taking of the solemne league and covenant, 9 February 1644, (MPWA, 5:44–48).

16. Letter to the churches of London and Westminster, 26 February 1644, (MPWA, 5:48).

17. Disclaimer to both houses of parliament against the Apologetical Narration, c.6 March 1644, (MPWA, 5:49–50).

18. Letter of thanks to Edward Montagu, second earl of Manchester, 20 March 1644, (MPWA, 5:51).

19. First draft of a directory for church government, c.25 March 1644, (MPWA, 5:52–61).

20. Doctrinal part of ordination and draft directory for ordination submitted to both houses of parliament, 19 April 1644, (MPWA, 5:63–69).

21. Letter to the Church of Scotland, 17 May 1644, (MPWA, 5:70–72).

22. Petition to both houses of parliament for arrears in pay, 13 June 1644, (MPWA, 5:72).

23. Apology to the Church of Bremen, c.21 June 1644, (MPWA, 5:73).

24. Letter to the Reformed Churches in Switzerland, c.21 June 1644, (MPWA, 5:73).

25. Letter to the committee for plundered ministers, 5 July 1644, (MPWA, 5:73).

26. Letter to Robert Devereux, third earl of Essex , c.5 July 1644, (MPWA, 5:74).

27. Letter to Edward Montagu, second earl of Manchester, 9 July 1644, (MPWA, 5:74).

28. Paper for the House of Commons containing proposed amendments to the directory for ordination, 26 August 1644, (MPWA, 5:75–77).

29. A second directory for ordination pro tempore, submitted to the House of Commons, 26 August 1644, (MPWA, 5:78–84).

30. Paper for the House of Commons regarding ordination as an ‘ordinance of Christ’ and ministers ruling, 4 September 1644, (MPWA, 5:84–86).

31. Advice to the committee for plundered ministers regarding antinomians and anabaptists, 5 September 1644, (MPWA, 5:87–88).

32. Letter of recommendation for Edward Bowles, 16 September 1644, (MPWA, 5:88).

33. List of ministers to perform ordinations in London, submitted to the House of Commons, 18 September 1644, (MPWA, 5:89).

34. Advice to the House of Lords concerning an appointment of Anthony Burgess, 19 September 1644, (MPWA, 5:89).

35. Paper for both houses of parliament concerning a part of church government, 8 November 1644, (MPWA, 5:90–92).

36. Sub–directories for the directory for public worship submitted to both houses of parliament: assembling the congregation, public reading of scripture, public prayer before the sermon, preaching, prayer after the sermon, baptism, and the Lord’s supper, 12 November 1644, (MPWA, 5:93–110).

37. Petition of Thomas Goodwin, Philip Nye and others to the House of Commons, (MPWA, 5:110).

38. The reasons of the dissenting brethren against the third proposition concerning presbyterial government, submitted to both houses of parliament, 14 November 1644, (MPWA, 5:111–112).

39. Explanation for both houses of parliament of the second proposition of church government, 14 November 1644, (MPWA, 5:113).

40. Paper for both houses of parliament concerning Ralph Robinson of St Mary Woolnoth, 18 November 1644, (MPWA, 5:114–115).

41. Message to both houses of parliament regarding the congregationalists, 19 November 1644, (MPWA, 5:116–117).

42. Preface for the directory for public worship submitted to both houses of parliament, 20 November 1644, (MPWA, 5:118–120).

43. Sub–directory for the directory for public worship submitted to both houses of parliament: the Lord’s day, 20 November 1644, (MPWA, 5:121–122).

44. Sub–directory for the directory for public worship submitted to both houses of parliament: marriage, 3 December 1644, (MPWA, 5:123–126).

45. Draft directory for church government submitted to both houses of parliament, 11 December 1644, (MPWA, 5:127–138).

46. Partial draft of a sub–directory for the directory for public worship submitted to both houses of parliament: visiting the sick, c.11 December 1644, (MPWA, 5:139–140).

47. Reasons of the dissenting brethren against the proofs from the instance of the church of Ephesus, submitted to both houses of parliament, 12 December 1644, (MPWA, 5:141–142).

48. The arguments of the dissenting brethren against the subordination of synods, submitted to both houses of parliament, 12 December 1644, (MPWA, 5:143).

49. The reasons of the dissenting brethren concerning the power that is in congregations, 12 December 1644, (MPWA, 5:144).

50. Sub–directory for the directory for public worship submitted to both houses of parliament: burying the dead, 13 December 1644, (MPWA, 5:145–146).

51. Sub–directory for the directory for public worship submitted to both houses of parliament: visiting the sick, 16 December 1644, (MPWA, 5:147–151).

52. Answer to the reasons of the dissenting brethren against the third proposition concerning presbyterian government, submitted to both houses of parliament, 20 December 1644, (MPWA, 5:152–153).

53. Sub–directories for the directory for public worship submitted to both houses of parliament: fasting, thanksgiving, and singing psalms, 27 December 1644, (MPWA, 5:154–158).

54. An appendix for the directory for public worship, submitted to both houses of parliament, 30 December 1644, (MPWA, 5:159).

55. Letter to the Church of Scotland, 6 January 1645, (MPWA, 5:160–164).

56. Petition to the House of Commons for arrears in pay, 8 January 1645, (MPWA, 5:165–166).

57. Advice concerning excommunication submitted to both houses of parliament, 3 February 1645, (MPWA, 5:167).

58. Directory concerning admonition, excommunication, and absolution, submitted to both houses of parliament, 3 February 1645, (MPWA, 5:168–172).

59. Dissent of the congregationalists about excommunication, 3 February 1645, (MPWA, 5:173).

60. Answer of the assembly to the dissent of the congregationalists about excommunication, 6 February 1645, (MPWA, 5:174–175).

61. A petition to both houses of parliament for settling a preaching ministry and for keeping the sacraments pure, 5 March 1645, (MPWA, 5:176–177).

62. Title for the Directory for public worship submitted to both houses of parliament, 6 March 1645, (MPWA, 5:178).

63. Letter of thanks to the Churches of Holland, 13 March and 19 April 1645, (MPWA, 5:179–182).

64. Paper for the House of Commons about ignorant and scandalous persons, 25 March 1645, (MPWA, 5:183–185).

65. Paper of dissent submitted by the dissenting brethren, 27 March 1645, (MPWA, 5:185).

66. Paper by the dissenting brethren on the reform of local congregationalists, 27 March 1645, (MPWA, 5:186–187).

67. Particulars of the knowledge requisite for a communicant, submitted to the House of Commons: the doctrine of the Trinity, 29 March 1645, (MPWA, 5:188–189).

68. The remaining articles of knowledge for the Lord’s supper, submitted to the House of Commons, 10 April 1645, (MPWA, 5:190–192).

69. Letter to the Church of Scotland, 5 May 1645, (MPWA, 5:192).

70. Letter to the parishioners of Sowerby, 30 May 1645, (MPWA, 5:192).

71. Advice for a committee of the House of Commons about the boundaries of presbyteries and selection of elders, 30 May 1645, (MPWA, 5:193–194).

72. Paper for a committee of the House of Commons on congregational elderships and the membership of classical, provincial and national ecclesiastical assemblies, 4 June 1645, (MPWA, 5:195–197).

73. Petition to the House of Commons regarding the divine right of church discipline, 16 June 1645, (MPWA, 5:198–199).

74. Paper for the House of Commons listing scandalous sins deserving suspension from the Lord’s supper, 16 June 1645, (MPWA, 5:200–202).

75. Letter to the Church of Scotland, 23 June 1645, (MPWA, 5:202).

76. Public announcement of a day of prayer for parliament’s forces in the West Country, 30 June 1645, (MPWA, 5:203).

77. The directory for church government submitted to both houses of parliament, 3 July 1645, (MPWA, 5:204–221).

78. Additional votes on church government submitted to both houses of parliament, 3 July 1645, (MPWA, 5:222–223).

79. Letter to the Church of Scotland, 17 July 1645, (MPWA, 5:123).

80. A brief declaration of the assembly regarding an abominable and blasphemous opinion, 17 July 1645, (MPWA, 5:224–227).

81. Petition to both houses of parliament for ministers and elders to be permitted to carry out the discipline of the church, 31 July 1645, (MPWA, 5:228–231).

82. Complaint to the House of Commons against Thomas Coleman’s sermon, 1 August 1645, (MPWA, 5:231).

83. Petition to both houses of parliament for minister and elders to be permitted to carry out the discipline of the church, 7 August 1645, (MPWA, 5:232–235).

84. Advice to a subcommittee of the House of Commons regarding discipline and the sacrament, 13 August 1645, (MPWA, 5:235).

85. Second paper of advice for a subcommittee of the House of Commons regarding discipline and the sacrament, 13 August 1645, (MPWA, 5:235).

86. Advice to the committee for plundered ministers regarding Clement Ray and Wattisfield and Aldeburgh, Suffolk, 14 August 1645, (MPWA, 5:236).

87. A paper on the right of elderships to suspend persons from the Lord’s supper, 18 August 1645, (MPWA, 5:236).

88. Paper with examples of discipline in other churches, 18 August 1645, (MPWA, 5:237–248).

89. Memorandum about church government, 18 September 1645, (MPWA, 5:249).

90. Letter to Mr Herring’s parish, 9 October 1645, (MPWA, 5:250).

91. Answer to the reasons of the dissenting brethren against the instance of the church of Ephesus, 13 October 1645, (MPWA, 5:250–251).

92. Remonstrance of the dissenting brethren concerning reasons why they did not think fit to bring in their model of government, 13 October 1645, (MPWA, 5:252–256).

93. Paper for the House of Commons listing scandalous sins and petitioning for the rights of ministers and elders to engage in church discipline, 10 November 1645, (MPWA, 5:257–258).

94. A psalter submitted to both houses of parliament, 12 November 1645, (MPWA, 5:259).

95. Paper for the House of Commons regarding the psalter, 14 November 1645, (MPWA, 5:260).

96. Paper for the House of Lords regarding the psalter, 14 November 1645, (MPWA, 5:261–262).

97. Letter about Andrew Rivet, 5 December 1645, (MPWA, 5:262).

98. Petition to both houses of parliament requesting permission to print a response to the dissenting brethren’s Remonstrance, 11 December 1645, (MPWA, 5:263).

99. Answer to the dissenting brethren’s Remonstrance, submitted to both houses of parliament, 19 December 1645, (MPWA, 5:264–296).

100. Letter to the people, clergy, or representatives of St Peter Port, Guernsey, c.24 December 1645, (MPWA, 5:297).

101. Letter to the Church of Scotland, 15 January 1646, (MPWA, 5:297).

102. Petition to both houses of parliament for the establishment of presbyteries, 13 February 1646, (MPWA, 5:298–299).

103. Petition to both houses of parliament regarding the printing of Bibles, 17 February 1646, (MPWA, 5:299).

104. Protest to both houses of parliament against its ordinance for suspension from the Lord’s supper, 20 March 1646, (MPWA, 5:300–302).

105. Message to the House of Lords about the psalter, 22 April 1646, (MPWA, 5:303).

106. Letter to assembly members, c.1 May 1646, (MPWA, 5:304).

107. Letter to a committee of the House of Commons with a further enumeration of scandalous sins, 22 May 1646, (MPWA, 5:304).

108. Report to the committee for plundered ministers on Thomas Reynolds, 4 June 1646, (MPWA, 5:304).

109. Report to the committee for plundered ministers on Thomas Watts, 5 June 1646, (MPWA, 5:305).

110. First message to the House of Lords about itinerant ministers for Wales, 13 August 1646, (MPWA, 5:306).

111. The answer of the assembly of divines to the reasons of the dissenting brethren against the proposition concerning the subordination of congregational, classical, provincial, and national assemblies, 19 August 1646, (MPWA, 5:307).

112. Draft of the first nineteen chapters of the Confession of Faith, submitted to both houses of parliament, 25 September 1646, (MPWA, 5:308–309).

113. Letter to the House of Commons regarding proof texts of scripture, 13 October 1646, (MPWA, 5:310–311).

114. Second message to the House of Lords about itinerant ministers for, Wales, 19 October 1646, (MPWA, 5:312).

115. Third message to the House of Lords about itinerant ministers for Wales, 16 November 1646, (MPWA, 5:313).

116. Confession of Faith without proof–texts, submitted to both houses of parliament, 4 December 1646, (MPWA, 5:314).

117. Message to the House of Lords concerning William Launce, 5 February 1647, (MPWA, 5:315).

118. Petition to the House of Lords for a registry of all presentations, 19 February 1647, (MPWA, 5:316–317).

119. Note to a committee of the House of Lords about William Launce, 17 March 1647, (MPWA, 5:318–320).

120. Message to the House of Lords about Luther’s table talk, 22 April 1647, (MPWA, 5:321).

121. Scriptural proofs for the Confession of Faith, submitted to both houses of parliament, 26 April 1647, (MPWA, 5:322).

122. Revisions of Thirty–nine Articles, submitted to both houses of parliament, 26 April 1647, (MPWA, 5:323–328).

123. Letter to the Classis of Utrecht, 6 May 1647, (MPWA, 5:329).

124. Advice and petition to the House of Lords concerning Samuel Hall, 19 May 1647, (MPWA, 5:329–330).

125. Offer to both houses of parliament, the city, and the army to mediate between conflicting parties, 2 August 1647, (MPWA, 5:331).

126. Letter to ministers who subscribed the testimonial for Mr Hunchset, c.23 September 1647, (MPWA, 5:332).

127. Advice concerning a Larger Catechism, submitted to both houses of parliament, 22 October 1647, (MPWA, 5:332–333).

128. Draft letter to the Church of Scotland, 9 November 1647, (MPWA, 5:334–335).

129. Advice concerning a shorter catechism, submitted to both houses of parliament, after 25 November 1647, (MPWA, 5:336).

130. Petition to the House of Lords for an order that the papers of the assembly be printed only by specified persons, 24 January 1648, (MPWA, 5:337).

131. Letters to members of the assembly, c.10 February 1648, (MPWA, 5:337).

132. Scripture proofs for the shorter catechism, submitted to both houses of parliament, 12 April 1648, (MPWA, 5:338).

133. Scripture proofs for the larger catechism, submitted to both houses of parliament, 12 April 1648, (MPWA, 5:339).

134. An answer to the reasons of the dissenting brethren against the proposition concerning ordination, 19 April 1648, (MPWA, 5:340).

135. Letters to members of the assembly, c.1 May 1648, (MPWA, 5:341).

136. Letter to the Church of Scotland, 7 June 1648, (MPWA, 5:342–343).

137. Letter to the House of Lords in commendation of William Launce, 9 June 1648, (MPWA, 5:344).

138. Letter to Dr Drake, 7 August 1648, (MPWA, 5:345).

139. Letter to Exeter about Mr Birch, 20 July 1649, (MPWA, 5:345).

140. Letter appointing a time for Samuel Muston’s ordination, 24 August 1649, (MPWA, 5:346).

141. Letter to Edward Bowles and the ministers of York, 9 May 1650, (MPWA, 5:346).