CROMWELL, Oliver (1599–1658). An Ordinance Appointing Commissioners For approbation of Publique Preachers. London: Printed for William du-Gard and Henry Hills, Printers to His Highness the Lord Protector, 1653 [but, 1654].
Folio (10 x 6 4/8 inches). 12-pages, numbered 129-136. Woodcut arms of the Commonwealth of England on the cover/title and first page of text, 8-line initial. (Disbound, old folds, dusty).
In this Ordinance Commissioners are assigned to judge the suitability of every person, essentially any religious, to preach the gospel: "Whereas for some time past hitherto there hath not been any certain course established for the supplying vacant places with able and fit persons to preach the Gospel, by reason whereof not onely the Rights and Titles of Patrons are prejudiced, but many weak, scandalous, popish, and ill-affected persons have intruded themselves, or been brought in, to the great grief and trouble of the good people of this Nation; For remedy and prevention whereof, Be it Ordained by His Highness the Lord Protector, by and with the consent of His Council, that every person, who shall from and after the five and twentieth day of March instant be presented, nominated, chosen, or appointed to any Benefice (formerly called Benefice with Care of Souls) or to preach any publique settled Lecture in England or Wales, shall, before he be admitted into any such Benefice, or Lecture, be judged and approved by the persons hereafter named, to be a person for the Grace of God in him, his holy and unblameable Conversation, as also for his knowledge and utterance, able and fit to preach the Gospel". ESTC R209549.