Cambridge Farms Parish Covenant, 1696

Manuscript and Literal Transcription

The only abbreviation in this document is the Latin word Imprimatur in the left margin of the first page. The words Confession of Faith on the same line were underlined by the original writer, not the transcriber.

First Page

First Page of the Covenant, 1691
Wee (whose names are underwritten) sensibly acknowledge:
ing our unworthiness of such a favour, & unfitness for such
a business, yet apprehending ourselves to be called of God,
to putt ourselves Into a way of Church Communion, and
seek the Settlement of all the Gospell Institutions amongst
us, do therefore In order thereunto, & for the better pro:
moveing thereof, as much as in us Lies, knowing how
prone we are to backslide, abjureing all Confidence In our:
selves, and Relying on the Lord Jesus Christ alone for help;
Covenant as followes.

Imprimatur Haveing perused the Confession of faith, put forth
by the Last Synod of Churches held in Boston In New=
England, wee do heartily close in with it, for the Sub:
stance of it, & promise to Stand by, maintain, & if need be
Contend for the faith therein delivered to the people of
God. And, if any among us shall go about to undermine
it, we will bear due testimony against them.

Wee do also Combine together to walk as a particular
Church of Christ, according to all those holy rules of the
Gospell, prescribed to Such a Society, so far as god hath
revealed, or shall reveall his mind to us In that Respect.

Wee do accordingly Recognize the Covenant of
Grace, In which we professedly acknowledge ourselves
Devoted to the fear & Service of the only true God,
our Supream Lord, and to the Lord Jesus christ the
Highpreist, Prophett, and King of his Church, unto
whose Conduct we Submitt ourselves, and on whom
alone we waitt and hope for Grace and Glory,
to whom we bind ourselves In an everlasting
Covenant never to be broke.

Second Page

Second Page of the Covenant, 1691
Wee likewise Give ourselves up one to another In the
Lord, resolveing by his help to cleave each to other as fellow
members of one body In brotherly Love, & holy watchfulness
over each other for mutuall edification, & to subject ourselves
to all the holy administrations appointed by him who is the head
of his church, dispensed according to the rules of the Gospell, & to
give our Constant attendance on all the Publick Ordinances of
Christs Institution, walking orderly as becometh Saints.

Wee do likewise acknowledge our Posterity to be Included
with us in the Gospell Covenant, & blessing God for so rich a
favour, do promise to bring them up In the Nurture, & admo:
nition of the Lord with greatest Care, & to acknowledge them in
their Covenant Relation according to the Gospell Rules.

Furthermore we promise to be Carefull to our Utmost to
Procure the Settlement & Continuance among us, of the Offices
and Officers appointed by Christ the Cheiff Shepheard for the
Edification of his Church, & accordingly to do our duty faithfully for
their maintenance & Incouragement, & to carry it towards them, as becomes us.

Finally wee do acknowledge & Promise to preserve Communion
with the faithfull Churches of Christ, for the giving and receiving of
mutuall Counsell & Assistance in all Cases wherein it shall be needfull.

Now the Good Lord be mercifull to us, & as he hath put it
Into our hearts thus to devote ourselves to him, Lett him pity, &
Pardon our frailties, & humble us for our Carnal Confidence,
& keep it for ever upon our hearts to be faithfull to himself
& one to another, for his praise & our Eternal Comfort, for
Christ Jesus Sake, to whom be glory for ever, AMEN.

Signers

Benjamin Eastabrook
David Fisk Senr
Samuell Stone Senr
John Russell
Israel Mead
Thomas Cutler Senr
David Fisk Junr
Samuell Whittmore
William Read
John Miriam
Samuell Stone Junr
Thomas Miriam
John Hancock
Jonas Clarke — 1755