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" Twenty Scots People knew: Some of them are " the most of them Strangers, this Winter in Spain,
going to England; I believe they will give Account “ ready to go to the Campaign the Beginning of the r of me. I made them all believe that I am going on next Year, to defend His Pretensions. Let me know, “ the present Expedition to Portugall. I desire you tell by the First, what your Parliament is doing ; and an " the Duke this; and send me an Answer to my last. “ Account of all the Sea and Land Forces that are to “ Write all to me freely; and direct,“ To Mr. John Smea go to Portugal with the King of Spuin. This, with “ ton, to the Care of Mr. Vincent Neerinx, Merchant, “ my Service to your Family, is all from " in Rotterdam :" He will send it safe to me, wherever
“ Your affectionate Friend and Servant, “ I am. My Dearest, let me hear from you often. I
Rotterdam, the 7th
John SMEATON." “ Yours eternally. " Your Brother is Groom of the Bedchainber.
“ Enclosed, One to Mr. Smith, One to Colin Camp“ You may tell the Duke, that I saw a Man from “ bell, and One to Corbusiere, as follows: “ France; but I will not tell him what I hear, till
“ To Mr. Smith, at The Marine Coffee-boufe, in “ I hear from him; only, they say, the St. Ger
“ Piccadilly. “ main's King will command in Flanders next Year. “ Adieu, my Dear.”
“[Note, by Smith is meant Keith.]
“ My most dear Friend, “ To Mr. John Hill, at The Marine Coffee House, in
“ Since I wrote my last, I have seen several that knew “ Piccadilly.
“ me; I have made them all believe that I [Note, By John Hill is meant Will. Keith.] “ tugal. We are down in the Mouth here, with the
“ News we have of Prince Lewis of Baden's being de My most dear friend,
“ feat: It has left us no Hopes, but what we have in “ This is to give you Account of my unlucky Stay “ the Supplies of your English Parliament : Pray let • here; cursed Corbusiere not giving me a Letter of « me know fully what they are doing ; and send me the “ Advice. I spend much here, I lose my Time, and I “ Detail of the Land and Sea Forces ordered for Portuam unluckily known by many Scots: I persuade them,
gall. Seal the enclosed, and send by the very first; “ I am going to Portugall . I believe, they will inform
“ and write to Robin, to send an Express with it, where“ against me; so acquaint me, my Dear, of all you'll “ ever John is. My Dear, do not fail to let me hear “ hear. Direct to me," To Mr. John Smeaton, to the “ from you. Direct to me, “To Mr. John Smeaton, to “ Care of Mr. Vincent Neerinx, Merchant, at Rotter
“ the Care of Mr. Vincent Neerinx, Merchant, in Rota “ dam ;" and it will be sent very safe to me, wherever “ terdam;" and he will send it safe to me wherever I am, “ I am. I met here with one Dalaville, that has a Pass
“ if it was all full of Heresy; there is no Fear of it. to carry Eight Horses to France: He says, “ That the
“ I am uneasy till I hear from you. I ever am your “ Court of St. German's expects to succeed to Queen 66 “ Anne ; that they will make no Disturbance while
Rotterdam, 7th « She lives.” They say, that their young King is to
John CAMPBELL, 16 command in Flanders next Year; so we will see what
“ And eternally after. " the Two pretended Kings will do in the field. My “ Dear, write all Things to me, by Edinburgh, very : “ I go forward To-morrow, God willing, a danger“ freely. I am
“ous Journey; but it must be ventured. Adieu.”
“ Eternally yours. “ Tell John to march Day and Night.
“ To Mr. Colin Campbell, next Door to The Hamp“ Adieu, mon cher Enfant.
“shire Hog, in Charles-street, Westminster. " Write often this Way; for it's safe, till we have
- Rotterdam, the 7th Dec'r, 1703. « another."
My deareft Cus, « Smeaton's Letter to Thomas Clarke, with One enclosed “ This Day the Packet Boat came in ; and I get my “ to Mr. Smith, One to Colin Campbell, and One to “ Money To-morrow, and goes away next Day. I have Corbusiere.
“ been known here by a great many Scots ; I persuaded “ To Mr. Tho. Clarke, Apothecary, in Watling. « which you may improve, if you hear any Thing of
“ them all that I go for Portugal with the King of Spain; “ street, over-against St. Austin's Church, near
“ me there. I wrote to you so fully in my Two last “ St. Paul's Church Yard, London.
“ Letters, that I have nothing to add pow; but to en" Affectionate Friend,
“ treat of you to write to me often. Direct, “ For Mr. “ The Packet is at last come in this Day, and I get
“ John Smeaton, to the Care of Mr. Vincent Neerinx, “ Money in Two Pennies Pieces To-morrow; and I go
“ Merchant, in Rotterdam.” You may write fully to me; “ the next Day after. I met with a great many here
“ for it will come very safe to me, wherever I am. Let " that knew me, whom I persuaded that I was going
me know what my Friends do for you and me. “ with the King of Spain to Portugal. I entreat you,
pray God may still preserve and prosper you. My “ let me know if you received my last Two Letters
“ Duty to my dearest Aunt: Her Son is now Groom of " Deliver the enclosed Letters to my Friends: After
“ the Bedchamber, you
and fonder of “ read Mr. Seaton's Letter, which is all the News we
“ his Fair-one than ever, which is the Height of his “ have at this Time, seal it, and send it, enclosed in a
“ Ambition ; so that he is lost to us all. My Dear, lec “ Letter of your own, forward to Durham. Direct to “ not this trouble you; but let you and me take Ex
me, as I told you in my last,“ To Mr. John Smeaton, to “ ample, and let us do brave, gallant Things, while we " the Care of Mr. Vincent Neerinx, Merchant, in Rot
“ live. I hope Thom. will not disappoint ine. Adieu, “ terdam.” Give my Service to all my Friends, parti my
dearest of all the World. cularly to Mr. Mackartny and to your Uncle. I for
“ Farewell. got to tell you, that there are Thirty Thousand “ French on the Frontiers of Portugal already, and
“I bless God, I am very well in my Health ; and I “ Twenty Walloons and Flemish upon their March to
“ strive to recover from my Melancholy every « Spain; so that King Philip will have Sixty Thousand,
“ Day; and I entreat and conjure you, as you love
your Soul, Body, Honour, and Friends, strive " Smeaton's Letter to Tho. Clarke, vith One en
againit Melancholy; for, if any Thing ruin më, " closed to Colin Campbell, and One to your ~ it will be Grief; fo forsake it, iny Dear.”
“ Brother, Dec. with 1703. “ To Mr. John Corbusiere, Merchant in London.
“ To Mr. Tho. Clarke, Apothecary, in Watling“Dear Sir,
“ Street, over against St. Auftin's Church, near
“ St. Paul's Church-Tard, London, “I got yours just now, which I longed for with all
my Soul; for the Want of the Letter of Advice has “ exposed me here to a Hundred Inconveniencies, besides My Dear Clarke, “the Loss of my Journey and Expences; but I only
“ The loft is just going off; so that I have only Time " attribute that to my own Ignorance, and your Forget- « to tell you, that I received yours, and that I am mighty “ fulness only in not sending a Letter of Advice with As for the Loss of the Bill, I am sorry you « constant Friendship and Gratitude for your many Ser
glad to know you are well; and to affure you of my “ should have One uneasy Thought about it, for I don't
o vices. I will write by the next to you and to your " value it, nor was Money ever my Master; in the « Uncie, whose Letter I can hardly read, it is so blotted ; “ mean Time I am persuaded, that it is no Profit to you, « but I will work a whole Day at it, or get it read. Tell “ but that that Fellow made you believe that Things “ Keith, whom I beg you may find out as soon as you " were other than they are. It is not Ten Pistoles
" that I am angry that I did not hear from him, “ lost there, and Tirenty here, that I regret; but * by my“ and that I expect a full Letter by the First.” Deliver “ Loss of Time; for I had been well pleased had my
" the enclosed as soon as can be. Pray let me know, in “ Bill answered when I came ; but keeping me here
“ your own Write; what our Parliament is a-doing. I “ Twelve or Fourteen Days for it, has done me a great
“ have endeavoured to banish my Melancholy; but I “ deal of Hurt; but I admire, but you know me better
“ have this Minute; and all Day, a Fever, by drinking os than to think that you should refund a Farthing of “bad Wine.
“ bad Wine. I wish I was out of this unwholesome " that Nature to me, if it was a Thousand Pound. I give
Country Saturday's Storm loft Two English Men you hearty Thanks for your Service, and does not
“ of War, and ruined Two Dutch, and all the Transport « blame
Ships, where the King of Spain lost all His Baggage, “ Bill yet, and is positive he will give me no Money but “ Plate, Cloaths, and several Oficers drowned, many other “ Duplikies, the Two Penny Pieces here. Pray let me
“ Men and Women ; all this in One Place, but the Loss “ hear from you. Mr. Necrinx has been very civil to “ is universal in Holland. Adieu. I still am, me. “ Your real Friend and Servant,
66 Your real Servant, John CAMPBELL."
“ Jo. SMEATON.
I still an,
“ The following Letter was enclosed to Mr. Smith, “ in the foregoing Letter to him of December
3. Let me hear often from you, about my Health ; “ the 7th.
“ which l’ll fear ftill till I am in a better Air, “ To Captain John.
“ for this Country will soon kill me. My Duty [“ Note, by Captain John is meant John Murray.]
“ to your Uncle, who will hear from me often." “ My Dcar John, “I have sent this Express, to let know, that " though, to my Loss, I have been obliged to stay here “ Enclosed, One to Mr. Colin Campbell, and One to “ till now, yer I am glad upon your Account that I
your Brother, as follow. “ have stayed; for, by good Luck, I met one Mr. Delaville “ here, who has a Pafs for Light Horses and Four Men. - To Mr. Colin Campbell, next Door to The Hamp“ He says, “ He knows you very well.” I told him, after
“shire Hog, in Charles Street, Westminster. “ Four or Five Days Acquaintance,“ That I believed you “ would come shortly this Way, and go forwards." He “ told me, "to write to you immediately, to tell you, that My Dearest of all Cousins, - he would wait here a Month for you, to bring you safe “ where you would be.” So, my Dear, make all the Haste
“ I am glad to hear and know by your Letter, that you can to London ; come from that here by your Ne you are well. I am unluckily here still; but To“phew's Direction ; and when you come to Rotterdam,
morrow or next Day, I go off to a most dangerous “ inquire for one Mr. Vincent Necrinx, Merchant, on The
“ and impracticable Journey; but it must be ventured. “ Vine-haven. Delaville lodges with him; and though
“My Service to my dear Duke, and my dearest Friend “ Delaville should be gone, Ncerinx, who is a mighty “I am entirely their Servant, and that I wonder they
“ Fr. the E. if he be come there; and tell them," that “ honest Man, will do your Business well enough. After
did not honour me with a Line.” I am confounded to “ I have considered all the Ways, I think this abso“ lutely your best ; so I advise you to take it. I wrote
“ know that your Brother is Prisoner; I am afraid they “ this Day to our Friends by a sure Way. We are con
“ will keep him so; however, his only Business is, to give “ founded here, that we loft Thirteen Thousand Men at
“ them fair Words till he be in The Highlands, for I
“ rather see him shot and damned than that he should " the Battle of Spires, and that we have private Letters " that Prince Lewis of Baden is beat in Germany, which
“ do an ill Thing ; since his Lady is with him, he and " ruins us all. I entreat you, make all the Dispatch por
- she must be humoured till he be once in Grey Steels * fible; and let me hear from you by your Nephew.
" Bounds, and when I return, I hope we will manage “ My kind Service to all your Family, which I will
“ him. Our Master's Business must carry; for nothing “ always reckon myself a Part of. I said a great deal
happens every Day but melancholy Misfortunes to " of you to my Friend in my Letter : I will we may
“ the other Party every Day. However, my Dear, since “ make good our Words; and I hope we will do more:
" he knows nothing but what she will know, and then
“ her Father who is a Knave, you must not let your Rotterdam, 7th “ Yours sincerely and eternally.”.
“ Brother know what passed in Scotland but in fair Ges nerals, as I have done in the enclosed. But, my Dear;
5 P VOL. XVII,
" I ever am,
- To your
keep him from engaging with either Party if he can; “ mine to get you your own; and will do the same if “ but if he has Resolutions of making any Engagements, “ I was settled To-morrow at Home. I give my kind í let it be to our Friends, and not to our Enemies ; but “ Service to your Lady : I wilh her and you much Joy “ let him consider, not to lose his Fourteen Years Service; “ of your Son Sir Hector ; I will and hope you may do “ and let him not be prepossessed with a Pique, for he “ such great Things as will make him great. Adieu,
will never make any Thing but by ilat Means. How “ my most dear Cousin ; and remember your Ilonour, ever, if nothing will keep him from the Government, " and our many Days Resolutions. If you will stand conjure him to some of your Friends and mine. Let by me, we will force our Enemies to give us our own. me hear from you; for I, will wait for it to know “ what he does. I am yours eternally, more than all the
“ I ever am, yours, " World. “ John SMEATON.
“ Jo. CAMPBELL. “ I have endeavoured to banish my Melancholyevery
“ Be full in all that passed since I saw you.” Day; but I have the Fever just now, by drink“ing bad Wine last Night. Adieu, my Dear. Tell
Keiil), “ that I am very angry he did not write “ Smeaton's Letter to Tho. Clarke, and several Letters to me, and that I expect a full Letter by the first.”
“ therein enclosed, Dec. 14th, 1703. “ Ten Thousand good Adieus to you, my Dear. " Let me know what's done in your A Tair ; and
“ To Tho. Clarke, Apothecary, in Welling-street, “ler Tom do good Things, for, if I live, I will see
“ over against St. Auflin's Church, near St. Paul's “ him. Johny and the Majors give you their kind
“ Church-Yard, London. « Service.”
“My dear Friend, Brother.
“I have nothing to acquaint you with fince my last,
“ but that you may see in your Uncle's Letter; which I “[Note by your Brother is meant Sir John Macleane.]
“ desire you may read and seal, and afterwards give it “ Rotterdam, with Dec. 1703.
“ to him. I entreat you, send the enclosed forward for
“ Edinburgh; and deliver the enclosed to Mr. Keith and “ My dear Cus,
my Cousin as soon as poslible. I resolve to go out of
“ this Town on Sunday, God willing. I got a great “I am glad to hear that you are alive ; but I am
“ Cold here, and I am afraid for the Ague, for which I “ surprized to hear that you are Prisoner: And I cannot
“ resolve to go to a better Air as soon as poslible. I en“ understand how you came to throw yourself in an
treat you let me hear frequently from you, with a open Boat, and afterwards give yourself up to the
“ full Account of what your English Parliament is do“ Government ; when, in my humble Opinion, your " Buliness was to go quietly Home ; where you might there; with a Consultation always from my good Phy
“ing, and how the King of Spain's Business goes on “ either serve your Maiter, or make an honourable Capitulation for yourself and Friends.
“ sicians concerning my Health, which I hope a better However,
“ Air than this will recover. This, with my kind Sermy Dear, tince you are in their Hands, my Advice "is, positively, that you give them fair Language in
“ vice to yourself and Family, is all from every Thing that will procure your Liberty ; and
“ Your affectionate Friend and Servant, " then make the best of your Way Home, where you
Rotterdam, the 14th “ will meet with Friends that will stand by you. My
John SMEATON." “ Dear, I know I need not bid you keep firm to your “ Master's Interest, which is the only Thing to preferve " your Honour and Interest: And the making of an
« Enclosed, One to Colin Campbell, One to Colonel "ill Step now would so ruin your Reputation, that,
“ Walter Corbett, One to Alexander Frazer from though I love you entirely, I rather see you buried,
" Lovat ; in which is enclosed, One to all the Gen
“ tlemen of the Name of Frazer of the Lord Lo. “ than that you should be guilty of it. So, my Dear, “ I conjure you, as you will be answerable to God and “ vat's Family, and One to Captain Thomas Frazer
“ from Lovat, One to Mr. Smith from Smeaton, your Honour, to keep firm to your Master, that you may receive the Rewards that you and your Family de
“ One to Mr. Ralphfon from Smealon, a Rotterdam “ ferve. Our Master's Affairs are in extreme good Con
“ Gazette, as followeth : “ dition; I have pushed them so, that all His Friends are “ ready to obey upon reasonable Grounds, which the “ Bearer, who is the Man upon Earth you should be “ To Mr. Colin Campbell, next Door to The Hamp" molt guided by, knows. He is not only your Bro
fhire Hog, in Charles.strect, Westminster. ther, but a tender one, and the prettiest young Fel" low alive of his Generation; and who will raise him
“ Rotterdam, Dec'r 14th, 1703. "self and serve his Friends : And all I conclude is, that
My dearest Cus, “you are infatuate if you do not follow his Advice, for " he is brave and solid. Let me immediately hear from “ I am still here. I was persuaded by my Friends, “ you, and let me know upon what Terms you come " that I could not any Manner of Way pass the Frontiers
away, and how you left Matters there ; for I will “ without The States Pass: I have sent Money to the “ wait your Answer here. Take Care, for CHRIST's Hague for it; and whether I get it or not, I will venture “ Sake, that no Condition may make you or your “ on Sunday: I must venture, for my Health, out of this “ Friends tell a Word of the main Business to any body. “ Country, for I have a Fever and Looseness. Give “ Many Things may be said, that are true and proba my Service to my great Friend the D. and to my D'. “ble, that may do you Service, without touching the L.; if they prevail, I hope they will remember me. • Main; which Torture should not oblige to discover. “I met oné Alexander Campbell, a Son of Craigness,
My Dear, pardon my Freedom, since I reckon my “ who persuaded me to write a Letter to Argyle and to “ self but a Part of yourself: And, as I told you many
“ his Brother, but in very general Terms, only that I " Times, if you bid me, and go along with me, I'll “ told him, “ if he was Friends with Athol, he must "return To-morrow, and hazard my Courage and all “ lose me and many more.” For God's Sake, my Dear,
“push your own Affair now briskly, that the Month is "them to me wherever I am. I have sent tlic enclosed
come in; and put my great Friends in Mind, that I “ Letters to you, that you might take Care to send or cold them, “ that I would take their doing for you as a “them North; send them, under your own Cover, to “Demonstration of their Friendship for me;" and if 6. Donald Frazer Postmaster at Irverness, if he is alive " they do not for you, I am sure, I will never do for " in that Post; if he is not, send them to a fafe llanil, " them, which will be of Loss to them. Give my
Ser " that will deliver them to Culduthell; or to One of his “ vice to your Brother, if you see him, and tell him to “ Brothers. Send the other Line to Tbon. and let ne
remember what I wrote in my last; I rather see him “know what he is doing by the first: You niay expeet “ dead, than do an ill Thing; but, if he join any Party, “to hear from me Once a Month, or a Fortnight, while “ persuade him to join our Friends, without which he “ I am in this side. Give my most kind Service to your “ never will do any Thing in the Government ; fince he “ discreet Lady, to honest Charles Mckinnon, and cell " is fully bewitched by that Woman, I think it is best “him, " to be as good as his Word, and I am sure he will “ not to be rude to her till the Plantation Time of “ not have Occasion to repent it.”! My Service tơ mý “ Year come in. For God's Sake, my Dear, let not " Cousin Mr. Alexander, and tell him, “ I have on Sight " him, or any body except the Colonel, know what is ~ of his Brother Normond Heir, and that he is well ; “ and was 'twixt you and me: Your Brother will tell “ and that his Brother James was buried Yesterday, at “ her all, and there it goes. Keep this Letter in a sure “ Bomell.” They have no News this Side, but that the “ Place, or burn it, that he or she may not see it : Tell “ Empire is every Day more and more in Danger of
him, “ That I pressed you to make him send me a full utter Ruin; and the Storm of Saturday last has done “ Account how he came away, and how he left Matters greater Damage to Holland and England, than if they “there, and how my Friends stood for me.” My Dear “ had loft Three Battles. I defire you write frequently
est, if I escape this journey, you will see me in Sum to me; and believe, wherever I am, you have the mer, if I am alive in Health; and then I'll do or die “ Friend in the World that loves you beft, and will upon the Head of it: But I doubt not of doing great
“ continue unalterably “ and glorious Things, if I keep my Health. I pray “ God preserve and prosper you. My dearest Cousin,
" Your affectionate Coulin and Serrant, “ I hope to see you enjoy a great Reputation, and a Rotterdam, the 14th “ plentiful Estate. Your Coulin James, Sir Normand's
" John SMEATON. “ Son, is dead, and buried last Winesday. Pray let “me hear frequently from you; and believe that you “ My Brother and the Major gives you and your « are the Creature in the World I love most. Let Tom
“ Lady their Service:” “ do good Things. Adieu, my Dearest.
« To the Honourable Colonel Walter Corbet, First " I have sent you this, to assure you that my Love for
Major of Her Majesty's Regiment of Foot you is as much this Day as the Day we parted; and “ Guards, at Edinburgh, Scotland.
so that I hope to make you and your Family, and Film
" ther's Children, happy very soon. I hear you are By Walter Corbet is meant Captain Macleod. “ married; if it is so, I wish you much Happinels: and
“ if you are not, I hope to get you a good Marriage My dear Cousin,
" before a Twelvemonth be over. Let no Man's Say“ I received both your Letters last Night; in this
ing discourage you; for, if we live both a Year, you “ Town Quarters I am now almost Twenty Days, being « that ever was; I am so already out of my country,
“ will, by God's Help, see me the greatest Lord Lovat kept unluckily, by my Englisis Bills and other Incon"veniencies, till now.
" and I hope to be so in my Country very ihortly. If One of your Letters was dated “ the 11th, and the other the 13th : In the First, you « Condition, I desire you go about with the enclosed;
you think that it will not be hurtful to your present “ give me an Account of your Receipt of a Letter from “ London : In the Second, you tell me of tny Friend L.
“ if it will, send One of your Brothers with it, that will “ his going up Poft to London; which my Friend 2 « Man's Answer to it will be. You may propose their
give me a faithful Account of what every particular • told me before I left London. I had a Letter from
sending me a Letter, to try their Pulses; sor, by sign" that the last Night, which gives me Hopes that they
ing or not signing it, I would know who is my friend, « will prevail ; which I would be very glad of. You
and who not.
I refer all this to your Management ; “ writ to me to recommend Charles Mekeenon to my Lord
" and whatever Word you have for me, send it to Cap“ Lorn; I believe you do not know, that it is Reason
“ țain Macleod, and I will get it safe wherever I am. “ enough for my Lord Lorn not to do for him, that he
- Believe that “ served his Father. I can recommend you and him “ effectually to my Friends 2. and L. which I will do : “ bur, if you and Charles reflect on what I told you, your
“ Dear Saunde; “ First and best Preferment will be that Way; and now “ I advise you, as you with your own Risings, you ab
“ Your affectionate Cousin and Chief, “ stract from that till that Time, at least till I acquaint
Rotterdam, 17th of « you. I intend to go To-morrow, or next Day, up
" Lovat. “ the Country, a most dangerous Journey; but mult 66 be ventured. I have settled a Correspondence, that
“My kind Service to all your Relations, and all my you may write to me wherever I am; so that you
“ other Friends: Adieu." may
direct One of TwoWays; “ For Mr. John Smeaton, 66 to the Care of Mr. Thomas Clarke," as formerly; or, "6" To the Care of Mr. Vincent Neerinx, Merchant, in 6* Rotterdam ;' and that Mr. Vincent Neerinx will send
66 I am,
" To the Honourable all the Gentlemen of the in To Mr. Smith, at The Marine Cofee boule, in “Name of Frazer, of the Lord Lovat's Family:
“ [Note, by Smith is meant Keith.] My dear Cousins,
“ Rotterdam, 14 Dec. 1703. “ Since I design not to go Home this. Winter, but make
a Journey up the Country, I thought fit to send “ My dear Till, you this Letter, to let you all know, that, I bless “ God, I am in very good Health, and in extraordinary « John Smeaton could not be so foon forgot by you. I
“I believe you are not in the Land of the Living, or good Expecta:ions of my Business; so that the next Sumn
“ have been very unlucky; but never fo mícrable as ! mer I hope will see me as my best Friends would will
“ would be by being neglected by you and your Uncle, me; since there is no Pleasure or Preferment, though
“the only Two Friends I have in the World. I be“I have now both very considerably, is capable to hin “ lieve all the Witches of my Encmics Country have “ der me from vcniuring my Life, and all that's dear to
conspired to keep me here. I was kept Twelve Days me; to make you happy, and to keep you from be
by my Bills: When I got them, the Storm came to ing dispersed and banilhed from the Lands of your
“ ruin me as well as King Charles the 3!, who lost all “Fathers. I hope you will reflect on your foolish Di
“ His Plate, Cloaths, and Equipage, many of His Nien vilions, and abhor them : And, as I never did revenge " and Officers; the Loss is universal, and so great, “ myself against the particular Persons that appeared " that The States conccal it as much as they can. For, against me, because I hated mortally to dip my Hand
as unlucky as I am, I think the poor King of Spain " in my own Blood; so I do heartily and sincerely for
“is yet more unlucky; for lle has not only the French give all and one of them by this; since I believe they
" that fight against Him, but the Heavens and Seas leem “ did not see their Error, till they see their Door Neigh- "to fight against Him: But we liope that a hard Be“ bours like to take their Bread from them; and as I do
“ ginning may be a good Beginning. I hear Sir Jorn pass by and entirely forgive all by-gone Injuries, so “ Macleane and his Wife are come to London; pray fee I hope they will join and concur with me, to keep out
“him, and conjure him to do brave just Things to his “our Enemies, and to preserve my Family, and their
“ Creditor, and all of us. As I conjure you to do this, own Name and Kindred; which if they do not, when
“ fo I advertise you to tell him no more than wbat you I come to my Country, I declare folemnly, that I will
“ would tell for a Shilling to any body. I would have “ treat them as my worst Enemies, and cut them off as
gone away Seven Days ago; but my Friends told me, “ monstrous Members, who are like to destroy the Body
" " That it was something impossible to pass without “ whence they have their Birth; and I can assure you,
“ the Passport of The States." I sent Money for it to “I will have power to do it, and be fit fides with all my
“ The Hague, to procure it ; and whether I get it or not, “ Enemies, if I live a few Months. So, if you should
“I go after To-morrow to attempt this confounded “ not hear from me till I see you, let this Letter be a
“ dangerous Journey.
love me, let me bear “ faithful Advertisement to you, that I never resolve to
“ from you, with a full Account of every Thing, Eng. “ quit my Birth-right, and preserving of you, while I
“ lish and Scotch. I have a Fever this Two Days; and “ live; and let it be a convincing Exhortation to you, “ I rather be hanged in any other Country, than die “ to be united as One Man, to keep the Possessions of
“ in this. I need not write to John, but send him this; your Fathers, and resolve to die bravely together,
by which I conjure him to come immediately to Lonrather than survive your Honour, and the Mackensies " don: His Friend and mine, the Knight Errant Sir “ domineering over you, and transplanting you; which
“ David Lindsay, is at London : I hope you will find none of you is so ignorant, but you must see is their
“ out his new Poetic Fancy. I can get no Account of “ Design and Endeavour: But they never will do it
“ Muravius Tulliberdinus, that betrayed the Scots to the “ while I live, and I hope to turn the Chace on some of English at the Water of Cairn (if he went not to " them before it be long. So, begging of you all to be
“ Franca by Calais). I give my kind Respects to all the “ lieve that you never had a more affectionate Rela
“ dear Family of your Grandfather. Adieu, my most “ tion, or a more tender-liearted Chief,
“ dear Friend.
“ Rotterdam, 14 Dec. 1703.
« Dear Tom,
" I wonder I do not hear from you ; I hope you are “ well, and that you do brave Things. Tomorrow I
begin the dangerous Journey that we made last Year ; “if I were over that, I hope to be soon with you: For “ God's Sake, do gallant Things, and do not fear to “ see me very soon.
“ To Mr. Ralphson, at London. “[Note, by Ralplfon is meant Ferguson.] “ SIR, “ I received the Honour of yours the Twenty-sixth of « November ; for which, I give you my hearty Thanks; I “ met with such Hinderances here, that I could not as yet “ begin my Journey, as yet to my Garrison; and the “ Roads are so full of Parties, that it is a most dange
rous Attempt; I resolve to venture it To-morrow or next Day. You may be assured, that I will do
all “ the Justice imaginable with our General and Superior « Officers. I will be sure to lay your Demands before
« I am,