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Act 9, 1863 (IX) (Class 1) – Act anent Form of Commissions and Certificates to Ruling Elders. 29th May 1863.

The General Assembly, with consent of a majority of Presbyteries,  commissions hereby  ENACT  and  ORDAIN—

That so much of the form of Commission to Representatives in the General Assembly, set forth in Act VIII. Ass. 1853, as requires the Presbytery to ” declare that all the elders above named have signed the Formula,” be henceforth omitted. And that in lieu thereof, there be added to the form of the certificate to be used by Kirk-Sessions, likewise set forth in the said Act, these words, ” and also that he has signed the Formula.”

The General Assembly hereby appoint that the clause in the attestation by a Presbytery of its commission, consisting of the following words, ” and the said Presbytery do hereby testify and declare that all the ministers and elders above named have signed the Formula,” be altered by the omission of the words, ” and elders,” and that the following words be added to the  bona fide  certificate, by a Kirk-Session to an elder, ” and that he has signed the formula.”