Godly, and Discreet Divine, and such ! would have all mine to be. They that ena vy my being a King, are loth í poould be & Christian; while they seek to deprive me of all Things else, they are affraid I should jave my Soul. Other Sense Charity

, it Felf can hardly pick out of those many harsh Repulses I received, as to that Request to often made, for the Attendance of some of my Chaplains. But as a further Hardship, they obtruded their own Preachers upon the King, whose Prayers he could not join with, and therefore he adds, I hold it better to seem Undevout, and to hear no Mens Prayers, than to be forced or seem to comply with those Petitions to which the Heart cannot Confent, nor the Tongue Say Amen, without contradicting a Mans own Vnderstanding, or belying his own Soul. And afterwards had rather (says he) be Condemned to the Woe of Væ Soli, than to that of Væ Vobis Hypocritæ, by seeming to pray what I do not approve. The whole Chapter deserves to be most seriously considered by such Episcopal Gentlemen and Others, as live in some places of the West of Scotland, who are urterly deftitute of the Ministry of such as they believe to


be duly Authoriz'd, and have such as that most Religious King wou'd not ad. mit of, abtruded upon them.

'Tis true indeed he was induc'd to consent to the Abolition of Epifcopacy, and the setting up Presbytery in Scata Land; but as these Concessions were the Causes of bis Own and the Kingdoms Miseries, so afterwards they became the Subject of his Grief and Peniten, tial Conf«lions, both before God and

Men (0) They had (C) Royal Martyr. so deeply wounded his 1693. p. 239, 240. Conscience, and grieva

qully afflicted his Kingdoms, that neither the Advice of some of his Friends (as thinking that the like Concessions in England were the only

Means for saving his (d) See E: Claren. don's Hiftory, Vol. 3. Life) northe Threats (d) P. 24, 25, 28, 30, &c. of his Enemies, could ever prevail with him to give up the Church in England as he has done in Scoto

land. His Repentance (e) See Private Pray for that Şin is most fully ers used by His Majefty in His Sufferings, express’d by himfelf. (e) at the end of Elx. Bal. That Degree of Knowledge

which thou hast given ml, adding likewise to the Guilt of my


Transgressions ; for was it through Igxoa rance that I suffered Innocent Blood to be Thed, by Falle pretended wing of Justice? Or that I permitted a wrong way of thy Worship to be set up in Scot. land? And Injured the Bishops of En gland ? O no ; But with Shame and Grief I confeß, that I therein followed the Perswafions of Worldly Wisdom, forTaking the Diltates of a Right-informos Conscience'; wherefore, O Lord, I have Ho Excuse to make, no Hope left, but in the multitude of the Mercies, &c.

Let me only add, The Principles of the Diflenters, &c. lately Printed this fame Year, and the Reader cannot but fee the good Agreement between the Presbyterians here, and their Brethren of the Neighbouring Kingdom, concerning Toleration.

I cannot think but that all Good Men, and True Sons of the Church of England, are sensibly Affected with the Calamities of their Sifter Church of Scotland; and it must move their Pity to see Her in the Duft, for no other Reason, but because she is Episcopal, and consequently Apoftolical ; as amongst other Learned Men, this


Author clearly demonstrates. She may claim from Her Sister of England a few Tears, and a place in Her Publick Pray. ers, especially when She is so Charitable as to use a Large Colle&t for the Protestant Churches Abroad upon Solemn Occasions : Some of which seem to be without Valid Ordinations, not only by the Principles of the Primitive Church and of theChurch of England, but even by Confession of Faith, and Principles of the Presbyterians in Great Britain, as is fully prov'd in the Vth Letter of this Treatise, from pag. 222, to pag. 240. God forbid that the Church of England's Charity to the Transma- . rines shou'd be envy'd: But it can never be taken amiss to mind Her of a Church that is undoubtedly a Sound Part of the One Catholick Church, and more nearly Related to the Church of England, than aoy other upon the Face of the Earth, and may be faid in a more particular manner to be Bone of Her Bone, and Fless of Her Fles; And whofe former Overthrow was a Prelu.

to the Subverfion of the Church of England.


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Sign’d by Mr. Meldrum (referr’d to above) faithfully taken from the Original.

E Mr. John Menzies, Profeffor of Divinity in Marshal

College in the Burgh of Aberdeen, and Mr. George Meldrum, Minister of the Gospel in the said Burgh, do Declare and Profess, that we do own the Government of the Church, so as to pay Obedience thereto in all Things Lawful; To continue in the Ecclefiaftical Meetings; To be accountable to our Ordinary, the Bishop of Aberdeen, now living, and his Succeffors, for our Preaching and Administrations ; And to Contribute our Endeavours for the Order and Peace of the Church. In Witness whereof We have hereunto subscribed our Names this 15th of January, 1663. Thus they Subscribe,

Mr. John Menzies.
Mr. George Meldrum.


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