primitive faith from the very Apostles' time till now.
The doubt his Grace suggested was, whether it could be
made evident that the present persecution had made so
great a havoc of those faithful people as of the other,
and whether there were not yet some among them in be-
ing who met together, it being stated from the text, Apoc. <
xi., that they should both be slain together. They both
much approved of Mr. Mede's way of interpretation, and
that he only failed in resolving too hastily on the King
of Sweden's (Guatavus Adolphus) success in Germany.
They-agreed that it would be good to employ some in-
telligent French minister to travel as far as the Pyrenees
to understand the present state of the Church there, it
being a country where hardly anyone travels.
There now came certain news that King James had
not only landed in Ireland, but that he had surprised
Londonderry, and was become master of that kingdom, to
the great shame of our government, who had been so
often solicited to provide against it by timely succor, and
which they might so easily have done. This is a terri-
ble beginning of more troubles, especially should an army
come thence into Scotland, people being generally disaf-
fected here and everywhere else, so that the seamen and
landmen would scarce serve without compulsion.
A new oath was now fabricating for all the clergy to
take, of obedience to the present Government, in abroga-
tion of the former oaths of allegiance, which it is foreseen
tnany of the bishops and others of the clergy will not
take. The penalty is to be the loss of their dignity and
spiritual preferment. This is thought to have been driven
on by the Presbyterians, our new governors. God in
mercy send us help, and direct the counsels to his glory
and good of his Church!
Public matters went very ill in Ireland: confusion and
dissensions among ourselves, stupidity, inconstancy, emu-
lation, the governors employing unskillful men in greatest
offices, no person of public spirit and ability appearing,
— threaten us with a very sad prospect of what may be
the conclusion, without God's infinite mercy.
A fight by Admiral Herbert with the French, he im-
prudently setting on them in a creek as they were land-
ing" men in Ireland, by which we came off with great
slaughter and little honor —so strangely negligent andlly,