historical documents

The following include translations of works otherwise unavailable in English as well as transcriptions of historic Reformed and Puritan writings from the 16th and 17th centuries.

  • "The Epistle of Davenant"
    A 17th century letter from John Davenant, Bishop of Salisbury, to Samuel Ward, Master of Sydney Sussex College, Cambridge concerning infant baptism and perseverance of the saints

  • "John Downame on the Visible Church"
    an excerpt from Downame's A Sum of Sacred Divinity concerning the place of the church in the economy of salvation

  • "Instruction in Christian Doctrine for Young Children"
    a translation of Calvin's catechism for young children, composed in Strasbourg 1538-9 and likely used in Geneva until 1553

  • "The Irish Articles of Religion"
    the 1615 Irish Articles, which served as a primary source for the Westminster Confession of Faith, with modernized spelling

  • Nathaniel Stephens on Infant Baptism
    from his A Precept for the Baptism of Infants out of the New Testament (1651)

  • Samuel Ward on Infant Baptism
    from a letter to James Ussher, Bishop of Armagh and Primate of all Ireland (May 25, 1630)

  • Scottish Baptismal Rite
    the "Order for Baptism" as found in John Knox's 1556 Book of Common Order, in use by the Church of Scotland from 1564 to 1645

  • "Uniformity in This Kirk"
    the 7 February 1645 Act of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, implementing uniform worship practices in connection with the Westminster Directory