Long experience had taught him the inconveniences of presbyterial government as it then existed in Scotland.
Not a presbyterial church, for such they do not acknowledge.
Therefore, the presbyterial government is equally, yea, primarily and principally excellent.
We at length possess a presbyterial Court, such as it is, and a form of discipline, such as these disjointed times permit.
The imputation itself is, that the presbyterial government is likely to be an arbitrary and tyrannical government.
Every detail of private life could be brought before the presbyterial forum; nobody could feel himself safe.
The great debate of these late years, hath been about the presbyterial, and Independent Government.
In 1725 he had a missionary catechist at work, and he established a presbyterial library.
The presbyterial Government challengeth no power over mens bodies or estates.
The continuance of the former is subject to renewal every two or three years by the presbyterial Council.