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above two hours, and some none at all, but stood most part in the gallery astarn of the great cabin, where Mr Blair and I and our families lay. For in the morning, by that time that every one had been some time alone, and then at prayer in their severall societies, and then at publick prayer in the ship, it was time to goe to dinner, and after that visit our friends in the gunnarroom, or those betwixt the decks, or any that were sick, and then publick prayer would come, and after that supper and family exercises. Mr Blair was much of the time weakly, and lay in tyms of storm. I was sometimes sick, and then my brother M'Clelland only performed duty in the ship. Severall of these, between decks being throng, were sickly. One aged person and one child died, and were buried in the sea. One woman, the wife of Michael Coltheard of Killinshie paroche, brought forth an child in the ship. I baptized him on the Sabbath following, and called him Seaborn.

My wife went aboard with her son sucking her breast, being about fourteen weeks old, yet she had milk abundance for him, and to help some others. Mr Blair was much afflicted with our returning, and fell in a sound1 that day that we turned back; and although we could not imagine2 what to make of such ane dispensation, yet we were confident that the Lord would let us see something that would abundantly satisfie us, which began to appear the year following in opposition made to the Service Book, and more fully in 1638 in renewing the Covenant. Our outward means was much impaired by this dispensation, for we had put most of our stocks in provisions, and somewhat of merchandize, wliich we behooved to sell at low rates at our return, and had provided ourselves with some servants for fishing and building of houses, whom we behooved to turn off. That which grieved us most was, that we were like to be ane mockrie to the wicked; but we found the contrair, that the prelates and their adherents were much dismayed and feared at our return. But neither they nor we knew that


1    "Swoon."

2    "Tell."

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within an year the Lord would root out the prelats out of Scotland, and after that out of England and Ireland. Mr Blair went and dwelt at the Stron of Belfast, others elsewhere. I came back and dwelt at my mother's house, and preached each Sabbath that winter as at other times before.

In February 1637, one Frankhill of Castlereach, who yet used to come some Sabbaths to hear sermon in my mother's house, being in Dublin, informed the State against Mr Blair and me. Order is given for our apprehension. One night one Andrew Young, ane servant of Mr Bar's, who lived hard by our house, overheard ane pursevant calling to an stabler to prepare two horses against the morrow morning for him, and ane other, because they had orders to goe to the North, and bring up two Scotts deposed ministers. This Andrew goes immediatly to another stable, prepares a horse, and rode all that night, and in two dayes after brings us word, so as Mr Blair and I went out of the way, and came over to Scotland. When he came to Irvine to Mr David Dickson, he told me that some good gentlemen of that countrey had been with him, having heard that we were come to Scotland, and desyred him not to imploy us to preach for fear that at such ane time the Bishops, being then upon the urgeing of the Service Book, might take occasion thereby to put him out of his ministrie. But, said he, I dare not follow their opinion so far to discountenance you in your sufferings as not to employ you as in former times, but would rather thlnk1 so doing would provock the Lord that I might be on ane other account deposed, and not have so good ane conscience. We were very unwilling either to occasion his trouble or dissatlsfie any of the gentlemen of the countrey; but he urged with such grounds as we could not get refused. After that I went by Dean and Loudon and Lanerk to Edinburgh, and remained there some space, being at some private meetings2 every day; and when I returned to the communion at Irvine, which was March 26, 1 found that my wife having come only ane visit from her mother's house to New


1    "That."

2    "Meeting"


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