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A42358 A treatise of ruling elders and deacons In which, these things which belong to the understanding of their office and duty, are clearly and shortly set down. By a Minister of the Church of Scotland. Guthrie, James, 1612?-1661. 1690 (1690) Wing G2265A; ESTC R215845 24,270 96

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