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the man that would not pray for the king in his person and government; to whom I said, magistrates ought to punilh evil-doers : indeed so he doth, said he. 4ihly, I leave my testimony against the wrongers of my lovely Lord's crown, all in general. 5thly, I leave my teilimony against the hearers of these perjured curates, L'hroughout the land, but especially in that corner of the land, to wit, Kilmarnock, for their going to kirks, 'subfcribing of bonds, paying of fines, which includeth in it the acknowledgement of a fault, which I deny we have done, but they have done it to us, and yet never a watchman to teftify against it. 6thly, I leave my testimony against paying of the cess, or any other thing that may Itrengthen the hands of evil-doers: Isa. lxv. 11. “ For ye are they that prepare a table for that troop, and that furnish a drink offering unto that number.”
Now, I will speak a word to three forts of folk; if, to you that are strangers, enemies to my lovely Lord, let your estrangedness be done away, fly to him, tre he break out in fury against you. O consider how near you are to the destroyer, if ye fly. not unto him, and if you fly in unto him he will abundantly pardon. Therefore I entreat, that
evil leave off your perfecution, and flee to him, for there is mercy with him that he may be feared ; and if ye
will not turn, wrath will be upon you to all eternity. A fecond sort are these that formerly have known God, and now are fallen from their first love. O consider your former ways, and turn again to your first husband, left there be no space to repent; for all the ways that yehave taken to win by trouble will not hide you from him who is the great fin-revenging God; and he will bring all your fils, and your compliance, to stand witness against you ; therefore delay not repentanee, for ye will find death have enough ado with itself. A third fort, are'these who desire to walk in his way, and to keep themselves from the crying wickedness of these times. O stand fast in the faith ; for there is no other burden laid upon you, but hold falt till he come. O for that day when ye fhall te made one stick in his hand, and have fervent charity among yourselves, and “ let him that standeth, take heed left he fall,” for ye will find enough ado with it when death comes; therefore let the main thing be your study, and get once that made fire
that cannot be taken from you; for
have many enemies to fight with, if ye win through, for the way to heaven is very strait; for it is no wonder Satan seeks to tempt poor Christians, when he elliyed to tempt our bleffed Lord and Maiter.' Let none of you think it strange, concerning what hath befallen me, for it is in his hóly wisdom he hạth carved out my lot fuch; and I have been made to bless him for my lot. O! study to. wrestle against your own corruptions, which are very heavy to me sometimes, but his love hath been great in bringing me out of the state of nature, and hath brought me to see my own weakness, and also hath given me a fight of the remedy, for which my foul shall be made to praise him throughout all eternity
Now, my dear friends in Christ, study to walk blameless in all manner of conversation, as becometh the gofpel ; let your light so shine before the world, that they may be alhamed that ihall accuse your good conversation in Christ ; for now ye need not think if ye keep the way of God, but ye will have many enemies, both within and without, therefore seek strength from him who is able to give it ; ye need not think that all the stock of grace that a man hath, will be sufficient when the trial comes, if there be not fresh supply given in the time of 'need. 0! wrestle with him, that ye may be hid in the day of his wrath, that seems to be poured out on this generation, for their great treachery and departure from God, the breach of his laws, and subjecting to the laws of men ; but my eyes shall be closed, that I shall not see it; and I am well content, seeing I get my soul for a prey,
then I shall have no loss, Now I declare I am free of the blood of all men; and although men have no public scandal to charge me with, yet by original and actual transgressions, I am the chief of finners ; but his love hath been great, the manifesta. tions of his presence hath been great also, for Satan hath not been wanting to assault, but yet glory to his name, who hath refifted him, and hath not permitted him to get his will. Now as my last words, I recommend it to all, to be tender one of another without sinning, and be in earnest with God, for ye will find death will have enough ado with itself, therefore delay not repentance, lest he come when ye are not aware. Now as for these men that are unjustly taking away my life, only for ad
hering to the truth, and for no other end, now for what they do to me, as I am of myself, I freely forgive them, and all others, and especially there blinded soldiers, that do what they do ignorantly some of them ; but as they do it to the image of God in me, that is not mine to forgive, but leave it to him, to whom vengeance deth belong, that he may do with them what may most glorify himself.
Now my work is finished, I have fought the good fight; I have finished my course, henceforth is laid up for me a crown of righteousness; but let fuch as will condemn me, read that scripture, Rom. viii. 33. “ Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect, it is God that justifieth, who is he that condemneth ?" For my lot is fallen to me in pleasant places, I have a goodly inheritance ; for I would not change my lot with the greatest man's upon earth. Men and angels, praise him for this ; all the creation, praise him: O! my soul shall praise him, through all the ages of eternity.
Now farewel all true friends in Christ, farewel Chriltian relations, farewel sweet and holy scriptures, farewel prayer and meditation, farewel finning and suffering. Welcome heaven, welcome innumerable company of angels, and the church of the first born, and the spirits of just men made perfect, welcome Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, welcome praises for evermore, Now dear Father, receive my spirit, for it is thine, even fo come Lord Jesus.
JOHN NISBET. The Testimony of John Wilfor, writer in Lanark, who
fuffered at the Grafs-market of Edinburgh, May 16. 1683
HE chancellor said, we having called James Laurie,
wherein you reprove him for calling Both wel rebellion : He owned, That it had convinced his confcience, and faid, That he was sorry for what he fpoke, and we produced him a letter supposed to be writ in answer to yours, which he denied. Tell us, who wrote that letter? John Wilson answered, will not tell by whorl only it was not wrote by James Laurie. 2. Who is the lady men.
tioned in the end of the letter ? A. I dare not burden my conscience to tell, 2. Do you own authority ? A. What authority? 2. What think you of Bothwel? Was it not unlawful to rise in arms ? A. I dare not say that it is unlawful; for the confeflion contained in your tell fays, Article 15. That it is a good work to defend the life of the harmless; and however God hath difpoled of those people, yet I suppose the Lord will own there, that hearing their neigbours had been worshipping God, (for defending themselves against those that fought their life), were in jeopardy of their lives, thought it their duty to rise for their relief. 2. Was Pentland rebellion? A. The oppression of these poor people was such, that the then rulers condemned Sir James Turner for his cruelty. U. pon this, one answered, That he knew Sir James went not the length of his commiflion. 2. Was the bishop's death murder ? A. Have me excused, gentlemen, I will not answer to that. Being urged farther, he said, It being nothing concerning my salvation, I do not pry into it. · Upon this they laid, Did Bothwel concern your salvation? To which he replied, There are none that engage themselves in service to God, but it behoves them to be at his call, and it being for saving the life of the harmless, I durit not sit God's bidding. 2. Are you a minister ? A. No. They here alledged some of his letters importing so much : and being desired to read the place, they read somewhat about a call to some ministry, nothing relating thereto. 2. Will ye not condemn the bishop's death as murder? A. I dare not, for fear God having justified fome of these actors, they should rise in judgment and condemn me. Q. Is there no other way but to rise in arms against the king? A. I suppose you have read bishop Honnyman's answer to Naphtali, wherein he fays, A king may be refifted, in cafe he should alienate the kingdom to strangers: And that being granted, religion being taken away, was as dear to us as any outward interest. One replied, The bishop got little thanks for that. 2. Think you it lawful to rile against a state that are not not of your opinion ? Will you go to Bothwel again? These questions they gave him not leave to answer, but ordered him to be taken away, asking, If he was a captain at Bothwel? Which he assented to.
His answers before the council, April 17.
ance, which needs not be repeated, (their questions being always the fame), they asked, is Bothwel rebellion or not? A. No, It being for the defence of the harmless, who for hearing a preaching, and defending themselves ; and the confession of faith contained in your test, says, It is a good work to defend the life of the harmless. 2. Then you approve of the test; will you take it? A. I am not speaking of the test, but of the confeffion of faith therein contained. Q. Think you it lawful to rise against magiftracy? A. Will you condemn the reformation from popery carried on by John Knox? We are not come here (faid they) to answer questions, but to afk : But (replied he) the answering of that to me would be a full answer by me to your question. Then said the bishop, the reformation was good, but the way of carrying it on was ill. A. That is a marvellous thing, to think God would approve the actors ir such actions, and yet the method be ill; and they to have a most folid peace in these actions, and to have such a mouth to de. fend it, as all the wits in their days could not be able to withstand, as will be clear to any that reads the history of the reformation. O, said they, he has read the hif. tory of the reformation : Ay, but you will not find it in the scripture, said they, that the people may refift the prince, for then they take the magistrate's part on them, and therein declare themselves to be above their prince. A. The people resisted Saul, and would noc let him kill Jonathan, (1 Sam. xiv. 45.) The bithep faid, the people were in the wrong: d. The scripture never condemns the deed. 2. Do you own authority ? A. Au. thority may be taken several ways; 1. For the finiple command of the prince. 2. For the more public cmmand of the prince and people.. 3. For a power a prince may be cloathed with by a people. 4. For a prince's right to govern. In all which ways Gouldman's dictionary, the ordinary expositor of words, takes it. And in the first ruo fentes, since many both of the prince's edicts, and public acts of parliament, are directly against prel. bytcrians and prefbyterian govei nn ent, to own it in these senses, I should deny myself to be a presbyterian. In the