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MONTROSE

AND

THE COVENANTERS,

THEIR

CHARACTERS AND CONDUCT,

ILLUSTRATED

FROM PRIVATE LETTERS AND OTHER ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS

HITHERTO UNPUBLISHED,

EMBRACING THE TIMES OF CHARLES THE FIRST, FROM

THE RISE OF THE TROUBLES IN SCOTLAND,

TO THE DEATH OF MONTROSE.

BY

MARK NAPIER, Esq.

ADVOCATE.

VOLUME SECOND.

LONDON:
JAMES DUNCAN, 37, PATERNOSTER.ROW.

M.DCCC.XXXVIII.

PRINTED BY JOHN STARK, EDINBURGH.

imprisoned -- Contradicts the evidence of Walter Stewart
-Disreputable and illegal proceedings of the Parliament
against Montrose-Endeavour to excite the General As-
sembly against him-Balmerino defends Montrose, and
the Assembly evade the propositions of the Parliament-
Their overture rejected by the Parliament-Reference
to Montrose's oath-Montrose claims the benefit of the
rules of law in such references—His declaration upon
oath, from the original manuscript-His dignified and
composed demeanour throughout his persecution-Frag-
ment of the original libel against Lord Napier--A proof
of the dishonesty of the prosecution-Sir George Stirling
of Keir's depositions and disclosures, from the original MS.

- Indirect practising of the faction-Their tyrannical and

illegal treatment of Montrose~the King arrives in Scot-

land,

Page 48

1641.

Scramble for office among the leading Covenanters at the

close of the King's visit—New agitation of “ the Inci-
dent”_ Its relation to the Plot-Hamilton's conduct to
Charles—The King's indignation and distress-History
of the Incident-Its real nature and bearings detected-
Mr Hallam's unsatisfactory and erroneous comment upon
it-William Murray of the bed-chamber, the secret emis-
sary of Hamilton and Argyle in those transactions--Mr

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