A Letter from James Cargill to his brother of 8 May 1679 referring to the death of Sharp and hinting at Rebellion.
Dearly beloved Brother,—I am glad to hear your welfare, and that you continue in the faith, which I wish you may retain, and persevere in to the end. You shall know that our forces daily encrease, and are now surmounted to the number of 10,000, and there are daily adding to the number of those who shall be saved. I hope you have heard of the dreadful death of the old fox who was clothed with the sheep’s skin and countenanced with the King’s authority. The same was intended for others also, but it seems God hath not altogether forsaken them, and given them over to themselves; but it may be supposed that they are referred to a greater judgment, which God in His own appointed time will cause fall upon them, and send deliverance to His people, which shall be the daily prayers of him who greets you in the Lord. I am informed that the King is sending down 5000 English, under the command of the Duke of Monmouth, to assist the Prelaticall party, and to suppress the Godly; but God knows how to deliver the just from the hand of their enemies. But I hope within a few moneths we shall see an end of thir things, and then shall the righteous flourish like a palm tree. Which shall be the evening, morning, and mid-day’s Prayers of
Your beloved Brother in the Lord,
3d May, 1679. J. C.
Directed to Mr. D— C—gil. Minister of the Gospel at Glasgow. With care deliver these.
Edin.. May 10th, 1679.
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Jo. Edinburgh &c.