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kneeling at the communion, and of the paper which we had given him theranent, and some of the rest of these things above mentioned. But they desired us to forbear the mentioning at the Assembly of that paper, or any1 thing which might make the king or his way odious in the entry of his government, and we at their desire did forbear.

The while I was at Holland, my wife ryding by the milne of Nether-Ancrum, through the unskillfulness of the servant that rode before her, fell in the milne-dam, and was carried down the trough, till with her body she stopped the outer wheell then fast going. Providence so ordered that the wheell wanted one of the aus, (the out-sticking pieces of timber that keeps the water;) and just over against the wheel where it wanted that aw (a piece of board2) her body was drawn down, and so stopped the going of the milne,3 and continued in that case, the water still falling on her, till an gentleman that saw, and was about half a quarter of a myle distant, came running, and caused the people go within the milne, and turn the outter wheel back, and so got her out, and carried her home. She was ill bruised, and in the third day had ane sore feaver; yet it pleased the Lord she recovered, and wrote to me to Holland, that she thought she was therin ane emblame of what our treaty was like to bring on the land.

When I took my leave of the king at Dundee, and being alone with him, I begged liberty to use some freedome which he granted. After I had spoke some things anent his carriage, I proponed that he saw the English army animated with many victories, was, for his sake, coming in upon Scotland, which at present was in a very low condition; and, therefore, that his Majestie, with his councill, might advise some way to divert that present chock, by some declaration, or some way wherin he needed not any way quite or weaken his right to the crown of England, but only to shew that for the present he was not to prosecute his title by the sword, but wait till their confusions were4 evanished, they were in better case


1    "Other."

2    "That piece of board."

3    "The miln'rs going."

4    "Being."

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to be governed, and till he were called by the people there, which I was confident a short whiles good government in Scotland would easily produce. He was not pleased to relish the motion, but said he hoped I would not wish him to sell his father's blood.

By that, and some other passages of my life, I gathered that either I was not called to meddle in any publick state matters, or that my meddling should have small success; for in the year 1654, when I was in London, I proponed to the Protector that he would take off the heavy fynes which he had laid on severalls in Scotland, which neither they were able to pay, and the payment would alienate their minds the more. He seemed to like the overture; but when he had spoken with his councill, many wherof were to have a share in these fynes, they went on in their purpose.

The Generall Assembly appointed some ministers, and among them me also, to wait upon the army, and the Committee of Estates that accompanyed the army. But the apprehension and fear of what ensued, made that I had no freedom to goe thither, but went home till we got the sad news of the defeat at Dumbar. After that I got also letters from them that were at Dumfreis who were upon the remonstrance, to come and joyn with them, but I had no clearnes to goe.

But some while therafter I went to Stirling to the Commission of the Kirk, and there, in ane great meeting, declared how sensible I was that, being overruled by some others, I had not in the Generall Assembly made ane perfect relation of the treaty. The winter after the defeat at Dumbar I stayed at home, and so did most of the ministers and gentry of the South, and so were in ane far better condition than those in some other parts, where the ministers and gentry went to the north side of Forth; for the English army destroyed almost all that they1 left. Sometime some of the English quartered at my house, but neither many nor long; but while they stayed, I neither eat nor drank with any of them, nor hardly spoke with them, nor never went for any bussiness to any of their


1    "Had."


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