Diary of Ralph Josselin (Private Collection)

7.5.1650 (Tuesday 7 May 1650)

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7. joined in a day of humiliation at my Lady Honywoods , my heart was very much dull and drowsy in the former part of the day, but in prayer more affected the glory whereof(,) I ascribe to the name of the lord; god sweetened the earth with precious showers, I hope the frosts will abate, which began to be fierce; when the duty was finished, I was sent for to Mrs Mary who lay speechless, she made always promises of great things to me and mine, which she had not yet done, and if she should be unable to perform it, it would be a great loss to me yet, I stayed myself on gods providence, what he appoints he will effect, and it is folly for us to interpose, this stayed my mind, so that it was no way moved when I came home to her, I found it so indeed, but now she was cheerful, and revived for the present: Little Ralph we conceive is liver-grown, there is no passage between his short ribs, which is a sign thereof.