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Sect. 8. The Assembly inquires of the Synods and Presbyteries, whether they have reported on Missionary business.


The Synods and Presbyteries shall report on the subject of missionaries, and missionary business, only to the Board of Missions, and to secure a regard to this rule, the Assembly will, at each annual session, inquire whether the Synods and Presbyteries have made such a report.

See Part III. Chap. III. Sect. 2.

Sect. 9. GENERAL RULES for regulating the proceedings of the Assembly, which are read by the Moderator before he resigns his seat to his


1. The Moderator shall take the chair at the hour to which the Assembly stands adjourned ; shall immediately call the members to order; and on the appearance of a quorum shall open the session with prayer, and cause the minutes of the preceding sessions to be read; and on every adjournment shall conclude with prayer.

II. The Moderator may speak to points of order, in preference to other members; rising from his seat for that purpose; and shall decide questions of order, subject to an appeal to the house by any two members.

III. The General Assembly, at every meeting, shall appoint a Committee of Bills and Overtures, to prepare and digest business for the Assembly. Any person thinking himself aggrieved by this committee, may complain to the Assembly.

IV. Petitions, questions relating either to doctrine or order, intended to be brought before the Assembly for decision, and in general all new propositions, tending to general laws, shall usually be laid before the committee of bills and overtures, before they be offered to the Assembly.

V. The Assembly shall also, at every meeting, appoint a committee, to be styled the Judicial Committee: whose duty it shall be to take into consideration all appeals and references brought to the Assembly; to ascertain whether they are in order, to digest and arrange all the documents relating to the same; and to propose to the Assembly the best method of proceeding in each case.

VI. A motion made, must be seconded, and afterwards repeated by the Moderator or read aloud, before it be debated : and every motion shall be reduced to writing, if the Moderator, or any member, require it.

VII. Any member, who shall have made a motion, shall have liberty to withdraw it, before any debate had thereon : but not afterwards, without leave of the Assembly.

VIII. On questions of order, adjournment, postponement, commitment, or the previous question, no member shall speak more than once. On all


other questions, each member may speak twice, but not oftener, without express leave of the house.

IX. When a question is under debate, no motion shall be received unless to amend it, to commit it, to postpone it, for the previous question, or to adjourn.

X. The previous question shall be in this form, Shall the main question be now put ? and until it is decided, shall preclude all amendment and farther debate of the main question. If the previous question be decided in the affirmative, the debate on the main question may proceed: but if it be decided in the negative, the effect shall be to arrest the discussion, and to produce an indefinite postponement of the main question.

XI. An amendment may be moved on any motion, and shall be decided before the original motion.

XII. If a question under debate contain several parts, any member may have it divided, and a question taken on each part.

XIII. Every member, when speaking, shall address himself to the chair; and shall treat his fellow members, especially the Moderator, with decency and respect: If a member act disorderly, it shall be the duty of the Moderator, and the privilege of the other members, to call him to order.

XIV. A question shall not be called up, or reconsidered, at the same sessions of the Assembly

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at which it has been decided, unless by consent of two thirds of the members who were present at the decision.

XV. Any member, who may think himself ag. grieved by a decision of the General Assembly, shall have his dissent or protest, with his reasons, entered on the records of the Assembly, or filed

papers, if given in before the rising of the Assembly

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XVI. If any member act indecently or disorderly, contrary to these rules, the Moderator shall reprove, or otherwise censure him, as the Assembly shall judge proper: and if any member shall think himself denied of any right, or unjustly blamed by the Moderator, he shall not speak disrespectfully to him, but modestly require the decision of the house in the case. *


1. Resolved, That every letter or communication addressed to the Moderator, be opened and read by him; and, at his discretion, be either communicated immediately to the Assembly for their decision, or to the committee of overtures to be by them brought before the house in the ordinary channel.-Vol. I. p. 85.-1794.

2. Resolved, As a standing rule of this house, that whenever more than three persons are standing up at one time, the Moderator shall require them to take their seats.-Vol. I. p. 63.-1792.

* These Rules remain as they were adopted by the Assembly in 1789, except that. No. IX. was slightly altered in 1791, and No. IV. in 1819, when No. V, was inserted.

3. Whereas considerable difficulties, and delays have been occasioned by members entitled to mileage, neglecting to give their names and distance to the committee on the commissioners' fund, or giving them verbally, or some giving double and some the single distance; therefore, Resolved, That the members entitled to mileage, shall give to the committee on the commissioners' fund, within three days after the appointment of said committee, in writing, their names, the names of their Presbyteries, and their distance from home to the Assembly; and if any member neglect to comply with this rule, he shall forfeit his portion of said fund: and that no member may be i norant of this resolution, the Moderator shall read it as soon as the committee on said fund is appointed each year.1818. Vol. III. p. 417.

Sect. 11. No CORRESPONDING MEMBERS can be admitted into the Assembly.

Upon motion it was agreed, That, whereas this Assembly, copying the example of their predeces. sors, have admitted several ministers, who are not commissioners, to join in their deliberations and conclusions, but not to vote on any question; And although this Assembly has been much indebted to the wise counsels and friendly assistance of these corresponding ministers, nevertheless, on mature deliberation, it was resolved as the opiņion of this


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