A COLLECTION OF STATE PAPERS OF John Thurloe Esquire, &c.
Oliver Cromwell to Mrs. St. Johns.
Vol. i. p. 1.
I thankfullyacknowledge your love in your kind remembrance of mee upon
this oportunitye. Alas, you doe too highlye prize my lines, and my companie. I may
bee ashamed to owne your expressions, consideringe how unproffitable I am, and the
meane improvement of my tallent. Yett to honour my God by declaringe what hee
hath done for my soule, in this I am confident, and I will bee soe. Trulye then this I finde, that
hee giveth springes in a drye and barren wildernesse, where noe water is. I live (you know
where) in Mesheck, which they say signifies prolonginge; in Kedar, which signifieth blacknesse; yet the Lord forsaketh mee not. Though hee doe prolonge, yett hee will (I trust)
bring mee to his tabernacle, to his restinge place. My soule is with the congregation of
the first borne, my body rests in hope; and if heere I may honour my God either by doeinge or sufferinge, I shal be most glad. Truly noe poore creture hath more cause to putt
forth himselfe in the cause of his God, then I. I have had plentifull wadges before hand;
and I am sure I shall never earne the least mite. The Lord accept mee in his sonn, and give
mee to walke in the light, and give us to walke in the light, as hee is in the light. Hee it is
that inlighteneth our blacknesse, our darknesse. I dare not say, hee hydeth his face from mee;
hee giveth me to see light in his light: one beame in a darke place hath exceedinge much
refreshment in it; blessed bee his name for shininge upon soe darke a hart as mine. You
knowe what my manner of life hath bine. O, I lived in, and loved darknesse, and hated the
light; I was a chiefe, the chiefe of sinners. This is true, I hated godlinesse, yett God. had
mercy onn mee. O the riches of his mercy! praise him for mee, pray for mee, that hee, whoe
hath begunn a good worke, would perfect it to the day of Christ (fn. 1) . Salute all my good
freinds in that family, wherof you are yett a member. I am much bound unto them for
ther love. I blesse the Lord for them, and that my sonn by there procurement is soe
well. Lett him have your prayers, your councell; lett mee have them. Salute your husband and sister from mee: hee is not a man of his word; hee promised to write about
Mr. Wrath of Epinge, but as yett I receaved noe letters: putt him in minde to doe what
with conveniency may bee donn for the poore cozen, I did sollicit him about. Once more
farewell; the Lord bee with you; soe prayeth
Ely 13th of October,
Your trulye lovinge cozen,
My wives service and love presented to all her freinds.
To my beloved cozen Mrs. St. Johns att sir William Masham his house called Oates in Essex,
A warrant under the privy seal for Mr. William Woodhouse to be consul of Tunis.
Vol. i. p. 5.
Whereas we are given to understand, that sir Peter Witch our ambassadour to the
Grand Seigneur, for the better accommodation of trade to our marchants abroad in
those parts, hath thought fitt to constitute and appoint our well beloved subject William
Woodhouse to reside as consul at the towne of Tunis; these are therefore to signifie our approbation and confirmation thereof unto the said Wiliam Woodhouse; giveing him full
power and authority, to doe and perform all dutyes, necessary and belonging to our consul
in that place, untill such time as we shall otherwayes declare our pleasure. And we doe hereby will, and command all our subjects trading into that place, and the parts therunto belonging, that they acknowledge him our said consul in ther respects, and allso in the dues
and benefitts belonging unto him by virtue therof, as they will answer the contrary at ther
perill. Given under our signet at our court of Whithall this twelveth day of December 1638.