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such as were honest, and how it was against that which he had granted in his concessions, and [would] confirm some to think he were1 but dallying with God and with us. We left him to think upon it till after supper; but when we went to him, we found him tenaciously resolute to continue his purpose. He said his father used allwayes to communicat at Christmas, Easter, and Whitsunday, and that he behooved to doe soe likewise, and that people would think strange of him if, having resolved to communicat, he should forbear it, and that he did it to procure ane blessing from God upon his intended voyage. We shewed him that indeed we feared the Lord should declare whether he approved that his way or not, and earnestly pressed he would forbear, seeing although the action were never2 so lawfull, he might upon some considerations forbear it. But we could not prevaill; he did communicat kneeling, and beside some disorder committed by the chaplain, Bramble, who was once pretended Bishop of Doun, did give the blessing after the action. It was abundantly known to all the commissioners that most of all the malignants, and ill instruments about the Court, were intending for Scotland with the king; yet no effectual course was taken to debarr them, although it was one of the instructions to urge the same.

On the Saturnday therafter, when all the commissioners were abroad3 except Cassills and Lothian, who were with the king at Unslodyke, the new letters and instructions from the Parliament and Commission of the Kirk [came,] wherin they declared their dissatisfaction with the treaty, and such other things to be obtained, and declared otherwayes the treaty to be void, and the persons' names set doun who should be4 left in Holland. These came to the two Lords, and being read by them, and as some say, shown to Hamilton and Lauderdale, who were expressly by these instructions forbidden to come to Scotland, were sent aboard to us. How welcome these were to some of us is not easie to express; others, as Liberton, were not so well satisfied with them; but presently


1    "Was."

2    "Ever."

3    "Aboard."

4    "Were to be."

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we took boat to goe ashoare, with resolution not to come aboard till we had obtained satisfaction to the Parliament. The wind did not suffer us to go ashoare at Tarhay, which was the nearest way to Unslodyke, but put us to Shaveling, where landing about midnight, and not being able to go in wagon to Tarhay, the sea being full, we sent two a foot to Tarhay to meet the Lords if they should come hither before we came at them, and to desyre them not to goe aboard till we came to them; for we were afraid that after these letters (although the winds were contrary) both the king and the Lords, and the malignants who should have stayed behind, would make haste to goe aboard before any more treaty should be. We ourselves behooved to goe about by the Hague, and rode all night, and coming to Unslodyke about break of day, or a little after, found that the king and all were gone. We followed so fast as we could dryve to Tarhay; but all were gone aboard. The two that we had sent mett the Lords, and spoke as we had desyred them, but they said Lothian would needs goe aboard with the king, and drew Cassills along with him. When we were standing amazed on the shoare, one Mr Webster of Amsterdam comes to go aboard, and warn the king that the Parliament of England had some twenty-two ships at sea to wait for him. He going aboard in a boat, Liberton, without more adoe, runs to the boat to goe aboard to the rest, and after him Sir John Smith upon his call in the same boat. Brodie, Alexander Jaffray, and we three ministers, stayed. Some of us may say we never had ane heavier day than that Sabbath was. After prayer together and apart, when we were consulting what to doe, Mr James Wood his opinion was to go aboard, saying,1 it was a pity that the king and my Lord Cassills should be there and none to preach to them. Brodie and Alexander Jaffray said, it was to be2 wished that they had stayed ashoare, but now as matters stood, it was best to goe aboard and discharge their duty in the last instructions from the Parliament. Mr George Hucheson inclined to the same. For my part, I told I had no


1    "That."

2    "To have been."


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