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I find Christ the most fteadable friend and companion in the world to me now : the need and usefulness of Christ is seen best in tri. als. Oh if he be not well worthy of his room! Lodge him in house and heart, and stir up your husband to seek the Lord: I wonder he hath never written to me; I do not forget him. I taught you the whole counsel of God, and delivered it to you ; it will be enquired for at your hands; have it in readiness against the time that the Lord ask, for it: make you to meet the Lord, and reft and Neep in the love of that fairest among the sons of men : desire Christ's beauty; give out all your love to him, and let none fall by: learn in prayer to speak to him: help your mother's soul, and desire her, from me, to seek the Lord and his salvation: it is not foon found; many miss it. Grace be with you. Aberd. 1637.

Your loving paftor, S. R.

67. To my Lord CRAIGHALL. My Lord, I Cannot expound your Lordship’s contrary tides, and these ten.

tations wherewith ye are assaulted, to be any other thing but Christ trying you, and saying unto you, And will ye also leave me? I am sure Christ hath a great advantage against you if ye play foul play to him, in that the holy Spirit hath done his part, in evidea. cing to your conscience, that this is the way of Christ wherein ye fhall have peace; and the other, as fure as God liveth, the Antichrist's way: therefore, as ye fear God fear your light, and stand in awe of a convincing conscience; it is far better for your Lord. fhip to keep your conscience, and to hazard, in such an honpurable cause, your place, than wilfully, and against your light, to come under guiltiness. Kings cannot heal broken consciences; and when death and judgment shall comprise your soul, your counfellors and others cannot become caution to justice for you.

Ere it be long, our Lord will put a fioal determination to acts of par. liament, and mens laws, and will clear you before men and angels of mens unjust sentences. Ye received honour, and place, and authority, and riches, and reputation, from your Lord, to set forward and advance the liberties and freedom of Christ's kingdom. Men, whose consciences are made of stoutnefs, think little of such matters, which, notwithstanding, incroach directly upon Christ's prerogative royal. So would men think it a light matter for Uzzah to put out his hand to hold the Lord's falling ark; but it cost him his life. And who doubreth but a carnal friend will advise you to shut your window, and pray beneath your breach : Ye make too great a din with your prayers : fo would head-of-wit speak if ye were in Daniel's place: but mens overgilded reasons will not help you when your conscience is like to rive with

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a double charge. Alas, alas! when will this world learn to fubmit their wisdom to the wisdom of God? I am fure, your Lord. fhip hath found the truth; go not then to fearch it over again, for it is ordinary for men to make doubts, when they have a minä to desert the truth. Kings are not their own men, their ways are in God's hand. I rejoice and am glad, that ye resolve to walk with Chrift, howbeit his court be this. Grace be with Lordfhip. Abend. Sept. 7

Your Lordship's in his sweet Mafter 1637.

and Lord Jefus, S. R.

68. TO WILLIAM RIGG of Atherny. Worthy and much honoured Sir, Race, mercy and peace be to you. How fad a prisoner would

prison-himself, and that his death and blood hath bought a blefling to our croffes, as well as to ourselves? I am sure, troubles have no prevailing right over us, if they be but our Lord's serjeants, to keep as in ward while we are in this fide of heaven : I am persuaded alfo, that they shall not go over the bound road, nor enter into heaven with us; for they find no welcome there, where there is no more death, neither forrow, nor crying, neither any more pain :' and therefore we shall leave them behind us. Oh if I could get as good a gait of fin, even this woful and wretched body of fia, as I get of Christ's cross! Nay, indeed, I think the cross beareth both me and itself rather than Iit, in comparison of the tyranny of the lawless felh and wicked neighbour, that dwelheth beside Christ's new creature. But, Oh, this is that which presseth me down and paineth me; Jesus Chrift in his faints fit. teth neighbour with an ill fecond, corruption, deadness, coldnefs, pride, tuft, worldliness, felf-love, fecurity, falíhood, and a world of more the like, which I find in me, that are daily doing violence to the new man. O but we have cause to carry low fails, and to cleave fast to free-grace, free, free-grace! bleffed be our Lord that ever that way was found out : if my one foot were in hea. Ven, and my soul half in, if free-will and corruption were absolute Lords of me, I should never win wholly in. O but the sweet, and living way, that Chrift hath ftruck up to our home, be a safe way! I find now presence and access a greater dainty than before, but yet the Bridegroom looketh through the latters, and through the hole of the door. O if he and I were on fair dry land together, on the other side of the Water. Grace be with you, Aberd. Sept. 30,

Yours in his sweet Lord 1637.

Jefus, S.R.

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69. To the Lady KILCONQUHAIR. Miftress, Gladio

Race, mercy and peace be to you. I received your letter. I

am heartily content, ye love and own this oppressed and wrooged cause of Christ; and that now, when so many are miscarried, ye are in any measure taken with the love of Jesus. Weary not, but come in, and see if there be not more in Christ than the tongue of men and angels can express: if ye seek a gait to hea

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is in hira, or, he is it: what ye want is treasured up in Jesus, and he saith, all his are yours, even his kingdom, he is content to divide it betwixt him and you; yea, his throne and his glory, Luke xxi. 30. John xvii. 24. Rev. iii. 21. and therefore take pains to climb up that besieged house to Christ: for devils, men, and armies of temptations are lying about the house, to hold out all that are out, and it is taken with violence : it is not a smooth and easy way, neither will your weather be fair and pleafant; but whosoever lees the invisible God and the fair city, make Do reckoning of losses or crosses. In ye must be, cost you what it will; ftand pot for a price, and for all that ye have, to win the castle; the rights to it are won to you, and it is disponed to you, in your Lord Jesus's testament; and fee what a fair legacy your dying friend Christ hath left you : and there wanteth nothing but possession. Then get up in the strength of the Lord; get over the water to possess that good land: it is better than a land of olives and wine-trees; for the tree of life, that beareth twelve manDer of fruits every month, is there before you; and a pure

river of life, clear as chryftal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb, is there. Your time is short, therefore lofe no time: gracious and faithful is he who hath called you to his kingdom and glory. The city is yours by free conquest and by promile, and therefore let no uncouth lord-idol put you from your own. The devil hath cheated the simple heir of his paradise, and by enticing us to taste of the forbidden fruit, hath, as it were, brought us out of our kindly heritage; but our Lord, Christ Jesus, häth done more than bought the devil by, for he hath redeemed the wadset, and made the poor heir free to the inheritance. If we knew the glory of our elder brother in heaven, we would long to be there to see him, and to get our fill of heaven: we children think the earth a fair garden, but it is but God's out-field, and wild, cold, barren ground; all things are fading that are here: it is our happiness to make sure Christ to ourselves. Thus remembering my love to your husband, and wishing to him what I write to you, I commit you to God's teader mercy, Aberdeen, Sept. 13.

rours in his sweet Lord 1637

: Jesus, S:R. Р

70. To the Lady CRAIGHALL. Honourable and Christian Lady,

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your Ladyship of the sweet and glorious terms I am in with the most joyful King that ever was, under this well-thriving and prosperous cross: it is my Lord's salvation wrought by his own right hand, that the water doth not fuffocate the breath of hope and joyful courage in the Lord Jesus; for his own person is still in the camp with his poor soldier. I see the crofs is tied with Christ's hand to the end of an honest profession: we are but fools to endeavour to loose Christ's knot. When I consider the comforts of God, I durft not consent to fell or wadser my short liferent of the cross of the Lord Jesus. I know that Christ bought with his own blood a right to fanctified and bleffed crosses, in as far as they blow me over the water to my long desired home: and it were not good that Christ should be the buyer and I the seller. I know time and death shall take sufferings fairly off my hand: I hope we shall have an honest parting at night, when this piece cold and frosty afternoon tide of my evil and rough day shall be over : well is my foul of either fweet or four, that Christ hath any part or portion in : if he be at the one end of it, it shall be well with

I shall die ere I libel faults against Christ's cross; it shall have my testimonial under

my hand, as an honest and saving mean of Christ for mortification and faith's growth. I have a stronger assurance, since I came over Forth, of the excellency of Jesus than I had before. Iam rather about him than in him, while I am abfent from him in this house of clay; but I would be in heaven for no other caufe but to esfay and try what boundless joy it must be to be over head and ears in myWell-beloved Christ's love. O that fair one hath my heart for evermore! but alas, it is over-little for him! O if it were better and more worthy for his fake? O if I might meet with him face to face on this side of eternity, and might have leave to plead with him, that I am so hungered, and familhed here, with the niggardly portion of his love that he gireth me! O that I might be carver and steward myself, at mine own will, of Christ's love! (if I may lawfully wish this) then would I enlarge my vessel (alas ! a parrow and 'ebb foul) and take in a sea of his love. My hunger, for it is hungry and lean, in believing that ever I shall be satisfied with that love ; fo fain would I have what I know I cannot hold. O Lord Jesus, delightest thou, delightest thou, to pine and torment poor souls with the want of thy incomparable love? O if I durft call thy dispensation cruel! I know thou thyself art mercy, without either brim or bottom; I know thou art a God bank-full of mercy and love, but oh alas ! little of it cometh my way: I die to look afar off to that love,

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because I can get but little of it: bat hope faith, This providence fhall ere look more favourably upon poor bodies, and me also. Grace be with your Ladyship's spirit. Aberd. Sept. 10.

Your Ladysbip's in his sweet 1637.

Lord Jesus, S. R.

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71. To Mr. JAMES HAMILTON. Reverend and dear brother, Eace be to you from God our Father, and from our Lord

Jesus. I am laid low, when I remember what I am, and that my out-side casteth such a lustre, when I find so little within. It is a wonder that Christ's glory is not defiled, running through such an uaclean and impure channel; but I fee Christ will be Christ, in the dreg and refuse of men : his art, his shining wisdom, his beauty speaketh loudest in blackness, weakness, deadness, yea, in

nothing. I see nothing, no money, no worth, no good, no life, no deserving, is the ground that omnipotency delighteth to draw glory out of. O how sweet is the inner-side of the walls of Christ's house, and a room beside himself! my distance from him maketh me sad. O that we were in others arms Othat the middle things betwixt us were removed ! I find it a difficult maiter to keep all stots with Christ: when he laugheth I scarce believe it, I would fo fain have it true. But I am like a low man looking up to a high mountain, whom weariness and fainting overcometh." I would climb up, but I find that I do not advance In my journey as I would wish: yet I trust he shall take me home against night. I marvel not that Antichrist in his Naves is so busy; but our crowned King feeth and beholdeth, and will arise for Žion's fafety. I am exceedingly distracted with letters, and compaDy that visit me; what I can do, or time will permit, I shall' not omit

. Excuse my brevity, for I am straitned. Remember the Lord's prisoner: I desire to be mindful of you. Grace, grace be

with you.

Aberdeen, Sept. 7.

1637

Yours in his sweet

Lord Jefus, S. R.

72. To Mr. GEORGE DUNBAR. Reverend and dearly beloved in our Lord, Race, mercy

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bonds; and this is the cause why I wrote not to you, but now I am forced to break off and speak. I never believed till now, that there was so much to be found in Christ, is this fide of death and of heaven. O the ravishments of heavenly P 2

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