Diary of Ralph Josselin (Private Collection)

21.2.1648 (Monday 21 February 1648)

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21: This day my dear baby Ralph , quietly fell asleep, and is at rest with the lord, the Lord in mercy sanctify his hand unto me, and do me good by it and teach me how to walk more closely with him: I bless god for any measure of patience, and submission to his will. oh Lord spare the rest of us that are living for thy name sake we entreat you; this correction though sad was seasoned with present goodness. for first the lord had given it us until both myself and wife had got strength, and so more fit to bear it, than if in the depth of our sickness; the lord gave us time to bury it in our thoughts, we looked on it as a dying child, 3 or 4 days: 3 it died quietly without shrieks, or sobs or sad groans, it breathed out the soul with 9 gasps and died; it was the youngest, and our affections not so wonted to it: the lord, ever the lord learn me wisdom and to know his mind in this chastisement.