“Grace mercy and peace be to you! I am in good care, blessed be the Lord, remaining here in this town a prisoner for Christ and His truth. And I am not ashamed of His cross. My soul is comforted with the consolations of His sweet presence for whom I suffer.
I earnestly entreat you to give your honour and authority to Christ and for Christ and be not dismayed for flesh and blood while you are for the Lord and for His truth and cause. And howbeit we see truth put to the worse for the time yet Christ will be a friend to truth and will do for those who dare hazard all that they have for Him and for His glory.
Sir our fair day is coming and the court will change and wicked men will weep after noon and sorer than the sons of God who weep in the morning. Let us believe and hope for God’s salvation. Sir I hope I need not write to you for your kindness and love to my brother who is now to be distressed for the truth of God as well as I am.
I think myself obliged to pray for you and your worthy and kind bed fellow and children for your love to him and me also. I hope your pains for us in Christ shall not be lost. Thus recommending you to the tender mercy and loving kindness of God rest.
Your very loving and affectionate brother,
–Samuel Rutherford, Letters of Samuel Rutherford With a Sketch of His Life and Biographical Notices of His Correspondents By Samuel Rutherford, Andrew Alexander Bonar (Edinburgh: Oliphant Anderson & Ferrier, 1881), 146.