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breath in my native air, yet I trust what part of the world soever I go to, I shall not cease to pray for a blessing to1 these lands, and to his Majesty, and the government, and the inferior magistrates thereof, but especially to the land of my nativitie. L. Ch. You must either goe to the Tolbooth, or subscrive a few words of acquiescing to your sentence. Mr Liv. My Lord, rather then I will goe to the Tolbooth I will subscrive the same; the tenor whereof is: " I, Mr John Livingstone, late minister at Ancrum, bind and obliedge me, that I shall remove myself forth of his Majesty's dominions, wathin the space of eight weeks after the date heirof, and that I shall not remain within the same hereafter, without licence from his Majesty or Privy Councill, under the pain of death; and that I shall depart from Edinburgh to the north side of Tay, and there remain while my departure, and that my going off Edinburgh shall be within forty-eight houres after the date heirof. Subscribed at Edinburgh the 11th [day] of December 1662." L. Com. You must see that you keej) no conventicles, nor preach in churches nor houses. To that he answered nothing. He cannot say that this is all that either they or he spoke; or that he hath so punctually repeated their speeches as his own, but so near as he remembers these things were spoken. It may be some of the things given as spoken by the chancelor were spoken by the commissioner. One also of these two had a2 discourse, that his case was like some of the contests of the Jesuits anent the power of the Pope and Councill, but he did not well understand it, nor remember it. He remembers also one, but he knows [not] who, asserted that it was a part of the king's supremacy (and so imported in the oath) to sett up the bishops in the church. Some things also they spoke to which he gave no answer; but, so far as he remembers, this is the substance of all. Now also, by the suggestion of some others, he remembers that


1    "On."

2    "Had some."

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when he was speaking of the king's civill power in religious things, they enquired if the king had power to convocate synods. To which he answered, he had, not meaning thereby that he had the only power, but that as Christ's officers have power from him to enact, so also the king, when need is, hath power to conveen them; but he did not say, as is given out by some, that the king had1 power to dissolve synods at his pleasure. They also enquired if there was any co-ordinat power with the king's. As he remembers, he answered, there was no civill co-ordinat power with the king's; but if he did not add the word civill, as he cannot fully determine whether he added it or not, so it must be meant that way, for he was speaking of the king's civill power, and had before asserted that Christ had appointed a government and discipline, which was not dependant on civill powers, and Christ's power in the Church (his soveraignty being infinit) cannot be said to be co-ordinat with the civill power that he hath given to creatures; and the power that his servants exerce in his name cannot properly be said to be co-ordinat with civill powers, it being of a far different kind from theirs, being only exercised ministerially, and being about things of another world.


1    "Hath."


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