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toun to see the Lady Airds, and finding some of our Klllinslhie people going by to goe to Irvine communion, she presently came along to Scotland with them, bringing with her the child sucking her breast, and an servant woman to wait on him. She came with an purpose to have gone back presently; but I keeped her still, and brought her with the child to my father's to Lanerk, and sent to Ireland for some of our goods, and stayed in Lanerk till I went to Stranrawer.

While we were at Irvine, the Lord called home sweet Mr Cuninghame, minister at Holywood, on the 29th of March 1637; for both he and all the rest of the deposed ministers were forced to flee out of Ireland. He had many gracious expressions of the Lord's goodness to him, and his great peace in regard of the cause of his sufferings, and spake much and weell to the presbytrie of Irvine, when they came to see him the day before he dyed. And ane little before he dyed,1 his wife sitting on the foreside of the low bed wherein he lay, and having her hand upon his hand, he was in prayer commending his flock of Holywood to God, and his dear acquaintance and children;2 at last he said, "And, O Lord, I commend to thy care this gentlewoman, who is now no more my wife;" and with that he gently thrust away her hand with his hand, and after ane while he sleeped in the Lord.

In the beginning of June, my wife went to Ireland, being sent for to be with her mother, who was a-dying. Because I might not goe myself, I sent my brother Samuel with her. After the death and burial of her mother, she returned in September next, and came and remained in Lanerk, where, the 7th of January following, being 1638, she brought forth her second son William.

All that summer, 1637, I had as much work in preaching in publick, and exercises in private, as any time before, partly in Lanerk, and partly in the West, and at communions in diverse places, and in the stewartry of Kirkcudbright, and in the Presbytrie of Stranrawer, while I was waiting at the Port for my


1    "His death."

2    "And."

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wife's coming out of Ireland. This summer, severall1 ministers of Scotland were charged with letters of horning to buy and receave the Service, which stirred up great thoughts of heart through the land, beside ane tumult in Edinburgh, begun by some of the common people at the first reading of the Service Book. The true rise of that blessed reformation in Scotland began with two petitions against the Service Book, the one from the West, and the other from Fyfe; which mett together at the councill door in Edinburgh, the one not knowing of the other. After that, about the 20th of September, a great many petitions from severall2 parts were presented against the Service Book. These being delayed by the king, the number of the petitioners and their demands encreased; for they desired not only exemption from the Service Book, but from the five ceremonies of Perth and the High Commission Court: and these things being denyed, they at last desired also freedome from Episcopacie, and ane free Parliament and Generall Assembly. When these things were still denyed, and their number had so encreased, that in some sort they were the whole body of the land, and considering that the Lord's controversie with them was the breach of Covenant, they did, in the beginning of March 1638, renew the National Covenant which had formerly, by authority both of king and parliament, severall times been sworn. I was immediatly sent to goe post to London with severall copies of the Covenant, and letters to friends at court of both nations. To avoid discovery, I rode in an gray coat and ane gray Montero cap. One night rideing late, the horse and I fell to the ground, where I lay about3 ane quarter of an hour as dead. The first thing I discerned when I came to myself, I found the guide sitting under me and crying and weeping; yet it pleased the Lord, I recovered and got to Ferribrigs, where, after ane day or two's stay, I came to London, but one of my eyes and part of my cheek being blood-shott, I did not goe to street, but Mr Eleazar Borthwick delivered the letters for me. Some friends and some


1    "Of the."

2    "Sundry"

3    "Near"


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