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Kilmarnock, with the worthy Lady Boyd; and the while I was there I preached ordinarly in the Sabbath once, being desired by the minister. I was also frequently in Lanerk with my father, and in Cumbernauld and other places; and sometimes in Edinburgh, where there were frequent privat meetings of Christians. I never had, of stipend, in Killinshie, above forty pound sterling by year, and enjoyed that but ane short space; yet (I bless the Lord) I never wanted money to supply me in all necessaries, and to bear my charges in going to and again. My father was not very able to supply me, having ane great charge of other nine children, whereof seven were daughters. Those of whom I got at severall tymes supply of money were the Lady Boyd, the Countess of Wigton, the Lady Ennerteell, and the Countess of Eglintoun.

Dureing these two years, I went once or twice1 to Ireland to visit the parish and friends there. The last of these times, having come to Ireland in February 1634, our friends in Ireland seeing no appearance to be delivered from the yoke of the prelats' tyranny, had had ane minde to transport themselves to New England, but resolved first to send an minister and ane gentleman thither to the Governour and Councill to try the condition of the countrey, and to agree for2 ane place to settle in; and accordingly they pitched upon William Wallace and me to goe straight to London, to goe from thence with the first ship that went in the spring, and return with the first conveniency. Therein I perceived, howbeit I trust the Lord did accept and approve of our intention, yet wonderfully he stopped our designs; for had William Wallace come to me to Grooms-port, in Ireland, at the time prefixed, we might easily have reached London before the first ships went. But he staying some two dayes, taking his leave of his family, all which time the wind was fair; so soon as he came the wind became contrary for ane fourthnight, but after that we came to Scotland, and made all the hast we could to London; but


1    "Over."

2    "A gentleman thither to try the condition of the countrey, and to agree with the Governour and Councill for."

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all the ships were gone, only three to goe within a fourthnight or soe. The first we met with who had interest in these ships was Mr Homfrey, who urged much that we should go with him in his ship. We told we would advise. After that, Mr Bellinghame having ane greater1 ship, offered us better accommodation; yet, because Mr Humfray spoke first, we agreed to goe with him. Had we gone with Mr Bellinghame, we had gone forward; but Mr Humfray, to gain time to doe some business, and to eschew some tossing at sea, did not go aboard when the ship loosed, but took us with him to Dorchaster, that when the ship should come over against Weymouth, we might goe aboard. On ane Sabbath before noon, the2 ships came to Weymouth, the other two went forward with a spaired [spread?] sail. Mr Humfray desired his ship to cast herself on3 the stayes till we should hear Mr White of Dorchaster preach. Afternoon we went aboard; but by this means, when ane storm and contrary wind came on Wedensday next, the other two ships being all past Land's-end, stood to sea, and we were forced to come to ane anchor at Plymouth, and stayed there eight or ten dayes with contrary winds. Dureing this time, William Wallace fell sick, and both was averse himself, and advised by doctors not to goe to sea; and our friends in Ireland had condescended that I should not goe alone without him, and therefore we both resolved to return. When we were coming back, I told him that I apprehended that we would get our liberty in Ireland; and accordingly, when we came, we found that we four who had been deposed were restored by the Deputie's letter in May 1634.

Shortly after, on Munday, 23d of June 1634, the Lord was pleased to call home worthy Mr Josias Welsh. I heard of his dangerous sickness the Sabbath afternoon before, and came to him to Templepatrick about eleven4 at night, two hours after Mr Blair came. He had several5 gracious and edifying expressions, as also some wrestlings. One time when he had cryed, "Oh for hypocrisie!"


1    "Larger."

2    "Three."

3    "In."

4    "A'clock."

5    "Many."


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