A General History and Collection of include in part Against the necessity of the ceremonies. Against the expediency of the ceremonies. Against the lawfulness of the ceremonies. The works of mr. george gillespie minister of edinburgh, and one of the commissioners from scotland to the westminster assembly, 1644 now first collected. with memoir of his life and writings. George Gillespie was one of the most remarkable men of the period in which he lived, singularly fertile as that period was in men of great abilities. He seems to have been almost unknown, till the publication of his first work, which dazzled and astonished his countrymen by the rare combination it displayed of learning and genius of the highest order. From that time forward, he held an undisputed position among the foremost of the distinguished men by whose talents and energy the Church of Scotland was delivered from prelatic despotism. Yet, although greatly admired by all his compeers during his brilliant career, so very little has been recorded respecting him, that we can but glean a scanty supply of materials, from a variety of sources, out of which to construct a brief memoir of his life.