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but they do not appear to be Brodie's hand-writing: they might be the MSS. of his uncle John or Joseph Brodie. In 1643 the Laird of Brodie was chosen to represent the County of Elgin
in the Parliament which met in the 22nd of June that year. In this, and subsequent Parliaments, his name frequently occurs as upon Committees,
which shows that he enjoyed the confidence of the Estates" during the later years of Charles the First's reign. As Ruling Elder, he was likewise a member of the General Assemblies of the Kirk, at the same period." In the list of unprinted Acts of Parliament, we find “A ratification in favour of the Laird of Brodie, of his infeftment of the lands of Brodie and others." Also a “Decreet of the Committee of Estates,” 27th March, 1647; and another “Act in favours of the Laird of Brodie,” 15th March, 1649." The efforts used by the Scots Commissioners to avert the sad termination of Charles the First's career were unavailing, and the King was beheaded at Whitehall on the 30th January, 1649. Six days later (5th of February) his son was proclaimed King of Great Britain, at the Cross of Edinburgh, declaring, however, “That before he be admitted to the exercise of his Royall power he shall give satisfaction to the Kingdom in these things that concern the security of Religion, the Union betwixt the Kingdoms, and the good and peace of this Kingdom, according to the Nationall Covenant and the Solemn League and Covenant, for the which end we are resolved with all possible expedition to make our humble and earnest Address to his Majestie.” Charles at this time was residing with his brother-in-law, the Prince of Orange, at the Hague. The Commissioners appointed for this purpose by the Estates of Parliament, on the 6th of March, were, John Earl of Cassillis, Alexander Brodie of Brodie, Mr. George Wynrame of Libberton, and Alexander Jaffray burgess and provost of Aberdeen. To accompany them two ministers were appointed by the General Assembly,
* Acts Parl. Scot, vol. vi., pp. 4, 60, 177, • Acts Parl. Scot, vol. vi., pp. 287,288, 269,299, 346. 434. * Printed Acts of Assembly. * Acts Parl. Scot., vol. vi. p. 363.
an extract may be made, but without adhering to his peculiarly bad orthography:— This letter having stayed by me longer then I expected, we have since been several times present with the King. Some of our wicked countrymen and of his English counsel are only for his going to Ireland, because they have not hope to get libertie to come with him to Scotland, yit we want not out own friends here. The Prince of Orange, the Princess Royal, and Estates General are for us. We have interchanged several papers with the King, and are this night, or the morrow, to give in a paper containing the substance of our desires. What will come of it I cannot tell; but all that either loves King or Kingdoms, has much reason to be earnest with God, for mercy to them, for his controversy seems not yet to be near an end. Ye shall be further adver
. . . We have not had that success in our employment here with the King that we would wished, by reason of evil counsel that are about him. He is shortly to go for France to meet with his Mother. Till then he will not resolve what to do." . . . From the Hague, May 3–13, 1649.
* Edinb. 1649, 4to, pp. 30. See Baillie's * Acts Parl. Scot, vol. yi. pp. 451–459. Letters and, Journals, vol. iii., pp. 510. • Printed in the Spalding Miscellany, Several of these papers are there given, in vol. v., p. 379. the Appendix. • Spalding Miscellany, vol. v., p. 379.
Wynrame and Brodie, in June, 1649, were nominated Lords of Session, but not to interrupt the account of the negotiations with Charles the Second, it may first be noticed that the former was again sent to His Majesty as the bearer of a letter from the Estates, 12th September, urging the King to comply with their requests, he having shown some inclination to do so, notwithstanding his undisguised aversion to these overtures. In a letter to Mr. Robert Douglas," dated Rotterdam, last October, 1649, Wynrame says:—
SIR, their is hopes that the King will acknowledge the parliament, and desyre a treaty; which, if he doe, I am persuaded it will be your care to study soe much moderatione as year able, with safty to Religioun and Covenant: unless his Majestie get satisfactione in some things, they will suffer him to die in misery, and we will haue no settled peace.
In another letter to Douglas," dated at Campvere, 18–8 November 1649, Wynrame represents the very deplorable condition to which the King was reduced:—
“. . . SIR, now is the time to pray that the Lord wold prevent the King with his tender merceis, for indeed he is brought very low; when he hes not bread both for himselfe and his seruands, and betuixt him and his brother not ane Inglish shilling; and worse yet, if I durst wryte it. I am confident no ingenous spirite will tak advantage of his necessiteis; but for all this (as I have heard yow aduyse them to deall with [his] Father), use him princely. France is neither able nor willing to help him. The Prince of Orange hes suffered not a little for his Father and himselfe, till he is forced to alienate the most considerable thing of his ancient patrimony: Scotland is neir exhausted; soe that his case is very deplorable, being in prisone, where he is living in penurie, sorounded be his enemies, not able to line any where els in the world, unles he would come to Scotland, by giuing them satisfactione to their just demandis; yet his pernitious and deuillish Counsell will suffer him to starue before they will suffer him to take the League and Covenant. I am persuaded no rationall man can thinke he will come that length at first; but if he could once be extricate from his wicked Counsell, their might be hope.
The following letter from the King, the result of Wynrame's mission,
serves to illustrate the progress of events, by showing that Charles himself
* Baillie's Letters and Journals, vol. iii. p. 522. * Ib. p. 523. c