forthwith despatched in their name. The Consistory promptly complied with his wishes, and in the
following October, the convention was held at
The minutes of the body are headed "Acts of the
Reverend Assembly of Ministers and Elders of the
Reformed Low Dutch Churches in the Provinces
of New- York and New-Jersey, convened in the
city of New-York, on the 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th
days of Oct. 1771, at the friendly request of the Rev.
Consistory of New-York, for the purpose of procuring peace and unity to said Churches." And
the first Article, which relates to the arrival and
introduction of the members, is in part in these
words: "The Rev. Brethren having arrived and
being convened, were solemnly welcomed by the
Rev. John H. Livingston, S.S. T. D., and Minister
in New-York. After the delivery of an appropriate sermon by the Rev. Mr. De Ronde, who had
been appointed by the Consistory to preach at the
opening of the Assembly, the President was chosen,
and the choice is thus recorded. The Rev. Dr.
John H. Livingston, minister in New-York as present Proeses of the conciliating Consistory of New-York, and with the knowledge and approbation of
his Rev. Colleagues, was chosen President."
The assembly then appointed a committee, consisting of two ministers and two elders of the Rev.
Coetus — two ministers and two elders of the Rev.
Conferentie — and two ministers and two elders
from the neutral churches of New-York and Albany,
to prepare a formula of Union; and when the committee met to attend to this business, the Doctor
disclosed the plan* which had been digested and
*As the Doctor himself was, without doubt, the author of this
plan, or of the greater part of it, and as its adoption had an
important influence over the state of the Church — an influence
that renders that adoption one of the most memorable and propitious events recorded in her history — the reader will probably be
gratified to see the whole of it.
"Whereas, certain misconceptions concerning the bond of
union between the Churches in this country and those in Holland,
have been the unhappy causes of the past troubles: In order,
therefore, to prevent these in future, and in consequence of the
advice and direction of the reverend Classis of Amsterdam, in
their last letter to us, we unite ourselves in one body, and we
agree with each other to regulate our church government, and
union with the mother Church in Holland, in the following
Adherence to the Constitution of the Church.
We adhere, in all things, to the Constitution of the Netherland