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the danger; and I writ to Sir Lod. Gordoun to wryt to the E. of Sutherland, to cal for Mr. Thomas. Ther was an errour in my first dispatch, soe that I was forcd to send another for the sam caus to Fouls. 17.-I heard from my nephew, D.C.," and from my L. Arg.; much pains wer they at to get me fre from the E. of M. his fynning. 22. – I did speak to the E. of M., and found reluctanci in it. . . . I perceaued he minded to cit Leathen to present Mr. T. Hogg conform to his band, and then to imprison him. He said, If Mr. Ja. Urquhart did not liv peacabli and within his hous, he behou'd to doe the lyk with him. He spok much ill of Cath. Collace. I offerd shee should leav the countree once in March, soe he did let her alon. He did not promis, but he said he would not tak words for it; but he should consider it against the court which would be on the second Tuisday or Wedensday in Februar. He said, Miltoun and Main" would doe well to tak heid and giv satisfaction, or els they would find inconvenienc. He was jealous of Main's prudenc. He chalendgd me for my son's child priuatly baptizd. I told him, I knew not if it wer baptizd or not, and I had noe power of it, nor did I takani thing upon me in it; for I loud my domestick peac, and would offend him and ani subject, err I mad a jarr in my oun bowels. I said, It is not my opinion: I held it lawful to tak baptism from thes that conformd. . . . The E. of M. said, They had noe caus to forbear hearing, but humour. I said, They had a great caus of stumbling to see the perfidiousnes of ministers againstal bands to prevaricat. 23.—I acquainted Mr. James Urquhart of that which past betwix the E. of M. and me, and desird to simpathiz with Mr. Th. Hogg, and thes honest men. . . . I did visit Major Heburn's wyf efternoon, and mett ther with Mr. Wm. Falconar. He was catechizing and praying, and spok to the sick woman. Poor and silliam I, and discern not differs. That sam deadnes, formaliti, unlivlines is in me that I perceave in him. 30.-I perceavd the E. of M. did not keip his courts so soon as he intended. 31.-I purposd to visit thes at Leathin for considering Mr. Th. Hogg, and Mr. James Urquhart's cace, and to simpathiz with them. Febr. 1.-I staid at Leathin this night. Heir we resolvd Mr. James Urquhart should keip his hous, but not keip meetings, nor preach, til this storm wer out, or that mor appeird. I made som dispatch to Edinburgh from Leathin, and visited Mr. Th. Hogg. I advisd him to withdraw for a tym to Ross or Sutherland, and told it was lawful quhen persecuted to fli from a citi; but he questiond if that precept was to be extended to futur tyms, but onli to the Apostles. Quhen I had given my opinion, I told him I had commission from Leathin to shew him, quhatever cours he took for his safti, and his peac, outward and inward, it should satisfi him, and he needed not lay stress on his releef of the band of cationrie. So I committed him to God. . . . I touchd the opinion of not answering and compeiring befor civil courts, and said it had noe exampl in scriptur. I said, Therappeirance is noted, and noe declinatours; but refusing to appeir on citation is not noted; and we hav mani exampls on the contrari, Luther and others. He said, His exampl was no warrand. 2.—I heard the summonds wer to be giuen out, and I knew not what to adviz Mr. Ja. Urquhart to doe. Main counselld, that he should go ouer Spey to Lesli, and Tho. Gordon with him. I begg counsel and direction for him in particular, and for others. Ouer rule our witlesnes, and folli and weaknes. . . . 8.—I heard Brey" was taken to the Bass." I desird to simpathiz with him. 9.—Mr. James Urquhart was heir som nights. 10.-I heard that Calder was to be summond south for Mr. Jhon M“Culiken and the .* I wryt to Calder, and desird to inquir if I should desir him to anticipat the charg, and send south testimonies from the E. of Seaforth and the Bishop. I detaind Mr. James Urquhart, that he might speak the next day. . . . I desird the next day to sympathiz with thes that wer suffering, even Ja. Fraser, and others: to ask that my love to him, and the grace of God in him, may not mak me allow ani mistak, errour, or infirmiti of his ; and that the opinion of an errour in him, may not alienat me from him, or mak me les simpathiz with him, or to vilifi the grace of God in him, or others. I approv not the feild meitings, nor ordination by thes honest men that ar outed. Examin me in this, and teach me to examin this opinion. I desir to know the duti of the tym.
* Donald Campbell. * Alexander Brodie of Main.
* Mr. James Fraser of Brea. * Short-hand in MS. * At this period the Bass was fortified, and used as a state-prison.
14.—Major Heburn and his son Patrick cam heir, and dind with me on this day. I heard of the meitings and places for non-conformists at London: how litl hav we in this land of that liberti: and that thes ther ar not so strict as thes ar heir in communication and societi. He said, The Presbyterians] ther would be glad to accept as much as we hav heir. 16–This night I gott a letter from Argyl to com to Stirling, the 7 of March. Lord! giv me light and counsel. . . . 17. – I did meit with Calder at Aldearn. He thoght that the diet which Argyl had made 7. March could not be alterd, and from that I inclind to goe, if the Lord should clear me, that I found his allowanc, and noe impediment fell in, and the wether serving, and in submission to his will and providenc. 19.-I had inclinations to yeeld to Argyl's cal, drauing me to Stirling. 1. From an unfeined desir of his weilfare and preservation, and his fameli's who had bein, and might be, usefull to the Kirk and peopl of God, as som of his predecessors had bein. 2. As also in gratitud for his willingnes to help me and my friends quhen we wer in troubl. Now I resign my will to God's. If this be not approven, Lord ' hedg up my way. 20.-I cald for Spini, and imparted my cal to goe south. He told me the E. of M. might dispenc with fynns, but not with the obligation to hear. He said, We had more rigiditi and crulti by Presbytri, and they took so miclo on them, and wer the causes of so much confusion, that he could never desir to sie it up again. Alac how could I ans" to this. I purposd to sie the E. of M., and to deal that he may not troubl my freinds, and my famili, in my absenc. . . . I told him, I had delt with Mr. James Urquhart to forbear publick preaching in his own paroch, and he had not preachd, etc., ther, 3 months past, to shew that, so farr as we could lawfuli, we desird to obey thes that wer in authoriti. . . . Mr. James Urquhart was heir al night. 21.-The next day, I did ask his counsel, if I should sie the Bishop of St. Androes, and tell him how maiters went heir, and inform him plainli: by that means to hold off the E. of M. his peremptorines. He said, he should consider on it, and tell me. . . . Leathin was heir, and told me that the erl had wryten to him, that he was to requir him to present Mr. Tho. Hogg. I did efternoon visit the E. of M. ; so did Leathin. He approvd and alloud my going to Stirling. He promis'd that my son, or my famili, should not be troubl’d til I returnd, and if I would assur him that Mr. James Urquhart should not conventicl ani in his hous or els quhair, he should spar him. . . . I dealt that he might deal with the concationers, which are bound for Mr. T. Hogg, and not charg Leathin onli, and to charg Mr. Thomas himself first. 22.-I did go earli to Elgin, and did communicat my purpos to Innes, anent my going south; and went at night to Kin" I did sie the prisoners at Elgin, but staid not. 23–I did visit Sir Lod..." and his Ladi, and spok a litl of the tyms. At my hom coming, I reaceavd Fouls' letter, and the E, of Sutherland's to Mr. Th. Hogg ; and that sam day Mr Th. was chargd to appeir at Forres, and Leathin to present him. I heard the M'Leans had gotten suspension of the intercommuning, and I gott a lyn from the Ladi Calder, expressing her unwillingnes that her husband should go south. 25–Die Dom. Cathr. Collace wryt to me anent Mr. T. Hogg, to desir him to withdraw, and to concurr with Leathin to pay the faili." I soght the Lord in it, and returnd ans”, That if he could secure himself, Leathin] would preferr his saftie to the money; but it wer a disadvantag, both that he should fal into .e 26–Leathin cam heir. He spok of Mr. T. Hogg, so did Kinsterie, and desird that we might contribut for the fynn. I did .* I found Calder would not goe with me This is a great discouradgment. 27–Kilravock] cam heir, and Kinstserie] and spok of Mr. T. Hogg, if ani way could be fallen on for his liberation. They offerd to concur for paying the faili." They movd if a day could be had to a longer tym. But I said, It would be ill taken, if a day wer soght, and he go away in the mean tym. Mr. Th, wryt to me, and told me his resolution to appeir, and my hart faild me, at the troubl he was entring in, and I desird to reflect on my oun hart and ways, if I had donal for him that I was bound to hav don. 28.-I did goe earli to sie the E. of M. He and others had bein distemperd throgh eating of hemlock roots. I spok to him anent Mr. T. Hogg, that he would not put him south, but detain him at hom; and to Spini anent it; but I had smal ground to expect this favour ... I spok anent Petgauni ." Spini advisd me to bring him hom, and assurd me my lord would not imprison them. . . . I spok anent Don. Campbell, and Cathr. Collace.” 1 March.-I took journey from my oun hous towards Stirling. I did perform worship with them, and comended them and myself to God, and I trust them to his keiping, and my oun soul, spirit, and odi, and my way, cours, and counsel, and will wait for good at his hands, throgh Jesus Christ, albeit, I be worthi to be left and given up. This day, I did in God's prouidenc meet with Mr. Th. Hogg at the boat. He did present himself this day to the Earl of Murray, and was put in prison at Fores. I was desirous to sympathiz with him, and to be burthened with his condition. They ar passing sentences on them, condemning; but let the Lord absolv. . . . Mr. James Urquhart cam a part of the way with me. I did at night com to Miltoun. . . . I did reaceav letters from my nephew Donald Campbell, shewing me that the E. of M. had informd the [Earl] of Arg. against me and my familie. Mr. James Urquhart did stir me up to fortitud and patienc, and gav me encouragement. Alas! it does not tak the impression that it oght. I heard that the Duk of Buckingham and Shaftsburi wer put in the Tour for declining the Parliament. 2.—I cam from Miltoun to Clet at Towie at night, and had a rogh, cold day, snow, and wind and sleet. 3. – I cam to Cuttiehillok. . . . I cam at night to Fettercarn. I had fears of my oun lukwarmnes, and that I am neither hott nor cold. . . . I am not principl’d rightli as to the tym; differences; hearing or not hearing. I suspect that it is not conscienc that maks me think hearing thes that conform to be lawfull, but witt, and to avoid suffering. Lord! examin and trie me, and deliver me from unsoundnes of hart. 4.—Die Dom. At Fettercarn I staid al day, and did resolv to hear this day. . . . Balbegue sent to me betwix sermons; but fear of being intangld in compani, and in conversation, and communication, made me forbear. 5.—I cam from Fettercarn, and parted with Mr. Ja. Brodie, and din’d at Forfar, and cam at night to the Kirk of Collac. . 6.—I cam to St. Johnstoun and din'd. . . .
* Somic or meikle, so much.