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Lady Raith, the Lady Innerteel, and many others, all whose memory is very precious and refreshing.

I got not much read nor any settled study folloAved all this time; only some touches here and there both of sundry modern and ancient1 divines. Those whereby I profited most were the preachings of four men, Mr Eobert Eollock, Mr John Welsh, Mr Robert Bruce, and Mr David Dickson, whom I thought of all that I had read breathed most of the Spirit of God, least2 affected, most clear and plain, and most powerfull. Severall of Mr Robert Rollock's preachings3 are in print; I got in loan from John Stewart of Air a large book of sermons of Mr Welshes, all which are almost nothing but unfolding of the inward exercise of an Christian. Mr Robert Bruce I severall times heard, and in my opinion never man spake with greater power since the apostles' dayes. There are some five or six of his sermons printed, but the chief that4 I saw was5 some write sermons of his which I got from my father. And Mr David Dickson I often heard, and borrowed from Corshill severall6 of his wryt sermons. Several motions were made to me of calls to churches in this tyme, as to Lithgow, to North Leith, to Kirkaldie, in which places, upon invitation, I preached in reference to ane call, but all were obstructed by the bishops.

Period III.

The third period of my life was from the time I entered the ministrie in Killinshie, in Ireland, till7 I was settled minister at Stranrawer, in Galloway, anno Christi 1638.

In the summer 1630, being in Irvine, Mr Robert Cunninghame, minister at Holywood, and somewhile before that Mr George Dumbar, minister at Lairn, in Ireland, proponed to me, seeing there was no appearance I could enter into the ministrie in Scotland


1    "Sundry both ancient and modern."

2    Least in both MSS. In Stevenson's copy it is best.

3    "Sermons."

4    "Chief of what."

5    "Were."

6    "Some."

7    "The time."

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whether or not I would be content to goe to Ireland? I answered them both, that if I got an clear call and ane free entry I would not refuse. About August 1630, I got letters from the Viscount of Clannybuie to come to Ireland in reference to ane call to the paroch of Killinshie, whether I went, and got an very unanimous call from the paroch; and because it was needfull that I should be ordained to the ministrie, and the Bishop of Doun, in whose bounds Killinshie was, was an corrupt and timorous man, and would require some engagement,1 therefore my Lord Clannybuie sent some with me, and wrote to Mr Andrew Knox, Bishop of Rapho, who when I came and gave him2 the letter from my Lord Clannybuie, and from the Earle of Wigtoun, and some others, that I had for that purpose3 brought out of4 Scotland; he told me that he knew my errand that I had to him, because I had scruple against Episcopacie and ceremonies, according as Mr Josias Welsh and some others had done before, and that he thought his old age was prolonged for Httle other purpose but5 to doe such offices, that if I scrupled to call him my Lord he cared not much for it; all he would desyre of, because they got there but few sermons, [was,] that I would preach there at Ramallen the next Sabbath, and he would send for Mr William Cunninghame, and some two or three other neighbouring ministers, to be present, who after sermon should give me imposition of hands; but although they performed the work, he behoved to be present, for otherwise he durst6 not answer it to the State. He gave me the book of ordination, and desyred that any thing I scrupled at I should draw an lyne over it in the margine, and Mr William Cunninghame should not read it ; but I found it had been soe marked by some others before that I needed not mark any thing. So the Lord was pleased to carry that business far beyond any thing that I had thought or almost ever desyred.

That winter following I was often in great heaviness; for although the people were very tractable, yet they were generally


1    "Of me."

2    "Had delivered him."

3    "End."

4    "From."

5    "Little other thing then."

6    "Could."


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