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invitations to preach; and especially at communions at Lanerk, at Irvine, Newmilns, Kinnert,1 Culross, Larbor, and the Shotts, and sundry other places. I preached2 sometimes at Glasgow for Mr Robert Scott. He dyed January 28, 1629. I was with him severall times on his death-bed. One time, in presence of many, he said, speaking of the bishops and ceremonies, their wicked and corrupt courses, "My soul abhorrs them, and my comfort is, that God withheld me from them; if God spare my dayes, I shall not be so spareing as I have been: to gain ease I have dishonoured God." And a little before his death, having lyen some while as in an kind of trance, he awaked, and took off his nightcap, and threw it to the bed's foot, and cryed out,3 "I have now seen the Lord, and have heard him say, Set a stool, and make way for my faithfull servant, Mr Robert Scott;" and after an short while he died.

The paroch of the Shotts bordered upon the parish of Tarphichen, whether they sometimes resorted, and I was severall times invited by the minister, Mr John Hoom, at Shotts, to preach there. In that place I used to find more liberty in preaching then elsewhere. Yea, the one day in all my life wherein I got most presence of God in publick was on a Munday after an communion, preaching in the churchyeard of the Shotts, the 21st of June 1630. The night before I had been with some Christians, who spent the night in conferrence and prayer. When I was alone in the fields about eight or nine4 in the morning, before we were to go to sermon, there came such a misgiving of spirit upon me, considering my unworthiness and weakness, and the multitude and expectation of the people, that I was consulting with myself to have stollen aAvay somewhere, and declyned that dayes preaching, but that I durst not so far distrust5 God, and so went to sermon, and got good assistance. I had about one hour and ane half upon the points I had meditated on Ezek. xxxvi. 25, 26; and, in end, offering to close with some words of6 exhortation, I was led on about ane hour's time in ane strain of exhortation and warning, with such


1    "Kinniel."

2    "Also."

3    "Said."

4    "A'clock."

5    "Mistrust."

6    "With a word of."

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liberty and melting of heart as I never had1 the like in publick all my life.2 Some little of that stamp remained on the Thursday after, when I preached at Kilmarnock. But the very Munday after, preaching in Irvine, I was so deserted, that the points I had meditated and written, and had them fully in my memory, I was not able for my heart to get them pronounced. So it pleased the Lord to counterballance his dealing, and hide pride from man. This so discouraged me, that I was upon resolution for some time not to preach, at least not in Irvine; but Mr David Dickson would not suffer me to go from thence till I preached the next Sabbath day, to get (as he called it) ane mends of the devil. I stayed and preached with some tolerable freedome.

By reason of this going from place to place in the summer time, I got acquaintance with many of the godly and able ministers and professors of Scotland, which proved to me ane great advantage. The ministers chiefly were these: Mr Robert Bruce, who had been minister at Edinburgh, Mr John Scrimger, who had been minister at Kinghorn, Mr John3 Chambers of Achterdeeren, Mr John Dick of Anstruther, Mr William Scott of Couper, Mr Alexander Henderson of Leuchars, Mr John Row of Carnock, Mr John Ker of Preston, Mr James Grier of Haddingtoun, Mr Adam Colt of Mussleburgh, Mr Richard Dickson of Kinneell, Mr David Dickson of Irvine, Mr James Greg of Newmilns, Mr John Fergushill of Ochiltrie, Mr Robert Scott of Glasgow, Mr James Inglis of Daylie, and some others; and of professors, Will. Rigg of Addernie, the Laird of HaUhill, the Laird of Corshill, the Laird of Cuninghamhead, the Laird of Cesnock, the Laird of Rowallen, John Stewart, proveist of Air, William Roger, merchant there, John Mein, merchant in Edinburgh, John Hamilton, apothecarry there, James Murray, wryter there, the Countess of Eglintoun, the Countess of Loudoun, the Lady Boyd, the Lady Robertland, the Lady Culross her sister, the Lady Moiwhonny, the Lady Hallhill, the


1    "Felt."

2    "All my dayes in publik." - For some account of this Communiuon, see Wod. Analecta, vol. 1. p.271

3    "James."


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