Letter from James Renwick to William Brackel of 5 October 1682.
The following letter was sent by James Renwick, the Societies’ clerk in Edinburgh, to William Brackel, a Dutch minister in Leeuwarden, on 5 October 1682. Renwick wrote in reply to Brackel’s letter of c.22 August, 1682.
The letter appears to be the first letter from the Societies in their correspondence with Brackel. It praises him for helping ‘sweet Scotland’s cause’. It appears to lay the ground for a letter from the Societies’ fifth convention on 11 to 12 October. That letter was probably sent on 25 October. (‘An Informatory letter from the United Societies to Mr William Brackel minister in Holland 1682’, EUL MSS. La.III.350. No. 57.)
Renwick’s letter was translated into Latin for Brackel. (EUL MSS. La.III.350. No. 56.)
Like his letter to Robert Hamilton of 3 October, Renwick’s letter to Brackel mentions the terror of the Lord being written in the faces of the malignants, i.e., those who acknowledged royal authority.
The letter of 5 October is printed in Carslaw (ed.), Life and Letters, 25-8.