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Act 5, 1859 (V) (Class 1) – Act anent the Representation of Presbyteries. 25th May 1859.

The General Assembly, with consent of a majority of Presbyteries, Enact and Ordain—

That hereafter, all Presbyteries having any number of charges exactly divisible by three, shall return exactly one-third of the number of their ministers, and the same number of elders, to represent them in the Assembly.
That Presbyteries having four charges  shall, for two successive years, send one minister and one elder to the Assembly, and in the third year, two ministers and two elders ; that Presbyteries having five charges shall, for two successive years, send two ministers and two elders to the Assembly,  and in the third year, one minister and one elder ; and that all Presbyteries having any number of charges which is not a multiple of three, shall send members to represent the remainders on the same principle ; so that, in the course of three years, a number of returns, both of ministers and elders, shall have been made from each Presbytery equal to the whole number of charges which that Presbytery contains.