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Excerpt from John Knox, Vol. 2 of 2: A Biography
Throughout their struggle with the Regent the Protestants had been solicitous to give their actions the form of law. Had the multitude now assembled at Perth appeared before the Regent at Stirling, it would have had the semblance of open rebellion, and, to elude this charge and yet not to forgo the object of their meeting, Erskine of Dun was sent forward to lay their demands before the Regent.2 In view of the forces now arrayed against her she had no course open but to temporise till she was in a position to take stronger measures. By the order of her Council, which was mainly directed by French men, Erskine was instructed to inform the leaders of the Congregation that the summons of their preachers was postponed,3 and that there was, therefore, no occasion for their appearing at Stirling. Erskine's letter was variously received by the Protestants, some maintaining that the object of their meeting was attained, and others that the postponement of the sum mons was a mere artifice. The Regent's policy, how ever, gained her a temporary advantage. The march on Stirling was stayed, certain of the Congregation dispersed to their homes, and meanwhile she had time to draw together a force on which she could depend.
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