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1653. Besides his private and particular secking to God 'for m his councell and blesling in this undertaking, he had the t. 25. joynt prayers of his friends with him ; divers of them mett
in the evening att his brother Willson's house, severall members of Mr. Cokain's church, and among them Mr. Taylor expounded a place of scripture very pertinently, and severall of them prayed very affectionately for Whitelocke, and the good fuccefle of his buisnes; and divers expounded places of scripture suitable to the occasion. Whitelocke's wife was prelent, full of griefe, trouble, and passion. Whitelocke himselfe fpake to the company to this effect :
“ My very worthy friends,
“ Such you have showed yourselves to be by this meet“ ing ; severall of you have spoken what it hath pleased “ God to putt into your hearts, and that with great piety .“ and affection ; and have fought God on my behalfe, and 6. I suppose you may expect to heare something from me “ likewise on this occasion, wherin I am so much con• cerned. I shall not hold you long, and shall speake “ from that scripture from which I have taken much com“ fort, Gen. xxviii. 15. where God makes this promise to “ Jacob, in his journey to Padan Aram : “ Behold I am “ with thee, and will keep thee in all places, whither thou “ goeft, and will bring thee againe into this land.”
• Jacob was a faithfull servant of God, and heir of the “s promise ; I am a poor inconsiderable worme ; yett God “ delights to glorify his mercy on the meanest subjects. “ God directed this journey of Jacob's, I hope he hath “ directed mine, and called me to it; I am sure I did not “ seeke it, nor had ever any one a freer call to any feros vice. Methinkes I heare the same words fpoken by the
as fame God, though to so worthless a creature as I am: 1653. “ “ Behold I am with thee in all places ; whither thou goeit, “ I will bring thee againe into this land.” My confidence Oct.
' 08. 25. “ is in this mercy of God; and my hopes, that he may use “ me as an instrument to promote his honor, hath bin my “ chiefe motives for this undertaking, and is my only hope “ to partake of this gratious promise. These words to “ Jacob are spoken to all who shall be att any time in - God's service, and depend on him,
“ That I have designed heerby to serve my countrey, “ without expectation of profit to myselfe, may have the “ more credit from the smallenes of my allowances, and “ the unlikelyhood of advantage by the imployment.
“ Nor was there much pleasure to be aimed att in so
long and daungerous a journey to the northerne coun“ tryes, in the depth of winter: nor could much honor be " added by it to my present condition; and if any, it would “ be farre fetcht, short, and deare bought.
“ It is the honor of God, the good of his people, the “ advantage of my countrey, which are the grounds of this “ my undertaking ; wherin I desire to trust in my God, “ who hath bin with me in many former great actions and 6 perills, “in fix troubles and in seven.” I hope he will be « still unto me (as he is to all that rest uppon him) a fun to “ direct me, to give me light to shine uppon me, and to “ comfort me ; a shield to protect and defend me and my “ company ; and an exceeding great reward to me, farre “ bejond any that the moft bountifull state or prince can “ bestow uppon their.best deserving servants.
66 I have
1653. “ I have butt one thing more to trouble you with att
" this time; it is to returne my most hearty thankes to Oct. 25. 25.« you for the favour and comfort of this meeting, for your
“ pious exhortations, and fervent prayers to God on my “ behalfe.
“ O that I might be carryed forth in this action' uppon " the winges of prayer ; I hope I shall : and make it my “ carnest suit to you, my christian friends, that as now, “ and att severall other times, you and many others have “ bin seeking the Lord for me ; that your prayers may not “ cease ; that they may not leave me, when I shall leave “ you; butt that whileft I am with you, and in my " absence from you, I may be remembred in your prayers, “ and recommended to the protection, guidance, and " blessing of him, who is the God of prayer and mercy; “ who delights in such offering; as these, and never denyes “ his blessings to those that feeke him with fervent hearts “ and prayers.”
Mr. Cokain concluded with very patheticall and affectionate prayers to God, on Whitelocke's behalfe, very suitable, and pertinent to the occasion; and then, it being late, they parted, with all love and hearty expressions of good wishes to him.
Lagerfeldt and Bonnele had earnestly follicited Whitelocke to procure the discharge of the swedish ships detained as prize, wherby he would ingage the merchants and feamen, and the whole state of Sweden.
He laboured heartily to doe it, and personally with the judges of the admiralty, and with the councell, and chiefely uppon the argument of furthering their service by it ; yett could he not obtaine the least favour from them on the 1653. Swedes behalfe, butt the buisnes was delayed, and unef- uw
Oct, 26. fected, to Whitelocke's great discouragement.
Cromwell sent one of his gentlemen with a present to Whitelocke ; a sword, and a payre of fpurres, richly inlayed with gould, of a noble work and fashion. .
An old and faithfull servant to Whitelocke, who had ferved his father and him forty years, would needs come himselfe to London, to take his leave of his master, and in his cart, brought up with him - meale and other things for Whitelocke's journey; he would not be perswaded to stay all night in London ; butt, in his returne home, near Maydenhead, he suddenly fell downe in the highway, not able to speake; his men helped him up into his carte, and there presently, and quietly, he departed out of this world, and became a faint in heaven : he was on earth, a faithfull, discreet, and loving servant and friend to Whitelocke, and his family.
. According to order, Whitelocke sent in to the councell, a list of all his retinue.
Chapleins, Mr. Ingelo, Mr. de la Marche.
Gentlemen admitted to his table; colonel James White
locke and William Whitelocke, his sons, colonel Potley, Mr. Annesley, fon to the lord of Valentia, captain Richard Beake, captain Unton Croke, Mr. Vavafour eldest son to Sir William Vavasour, Mr. Burges, Mr. Andrewes, mir. Castle, Mr. Moreland, Mr. Potley. These gentlemen had of their servants about twenty-five, and all their lacquays in White
Mr. Davys, Mr. Draper, Mr. Bunbury, Troupes.
Lacquays, Robert Dun, Robert Lewis, Thomas Briers,
Robert Story, Humphry Murrey, Richard Cranke,
gin.ent of foot, proper, stout, and civill men.
vant, and Christopher Hen.
Robert Alli, a menial servant.
Sharpe, and Nathaniel Sharpe, meniall fervants.