To the Right Honourable Mr Avery. Ambassador for his Majesty vnto the Prince Elector of Brandenburg in Prussia.
I humbly thanke yow for the care which yow have taken in addressing & communicating the writes, which I sent vnto yow. I wish Mr. Elborough had bin so kind, as he should have bin in communicating the write inscribed to the Ministery of Hamburg. your judgement concerning it doth give me hope that it will worke something with them. I pray God it may dispose them to better thoughts, then hitherto they have entertained.
As concerning the other businesse of speciall trust, which yow have concredited me withall, I will be faithfull in it, to the vtmost of my power: & it seemeth that Gods Providence doth concurre with your desire therein. for although heretofore it hath never fallen in my way to be much acquainted with Gentlewomen of note; yet of late I have bin drawne therevnto, & there is one with whome I have had occasion of more frequent conversation then with others; who instantly came into my mind vpon the reading of your letter. She is a maide of about 21. or 22. yeares old, of a healthfull constitucion of body, very well affected to Piety, & studious in the things belonging to the feare of God; very modest & judicious; & of an amiable conversacion: a woman in countenance like vnto your happy deceased wife. She is the daughter of the Lord Montnorrice; an Irish Baron who the Earle of Stratford did heavily persecute for his honesty to the good cause; I am informed that her Father will give her a portion of 1500lib. I have not broken the matter [catchword: as]
as yet to her selfe immediatly; but I have sounded her inclinacion a farre of by one that is her bedfellow, a most vertuous & vnderstanding widow, my only intimate friend & acquaintance amongst all women kind; by her without naming yow, I made the other acquainted with your quality & condicion of your family, to know whether she would incline to live in a forraigne Country, & in such a state as your charge of children would oblige her vnto. I did learne that she was not averse from it; but did judge it a thing which she could vndergo if God should cleerly call her therevnto. My friend that dealt with her hath since bin acquainted with your name & present employment, who being inquisitive of your temporall estate, & what jointure yow would be willing to make her; I told her that which I suppose is truth; that God <hath> plentifully blessed yow; & that yow were able, & no doubt would be willing to settle vpon her & her children during her life, a competency answerable to the portion which she should bring; & to the quality wherein yow did live. I had learned also, that besides the substance which yow had beyond seas; that yow had to expect from your Father after his decease an inheritance of lands of 200: or 300: a yeare; and thus farre I am gone; nor do I thinke it fitt to proceed further in so weighty a matter without your further leave & instruction. be pleased then to let [catchword: me]
me know your mind with the first occasion.
The publicke affaires here are wonderfully distracted, & like to become worse & worse by reason of the distance which groweth greater & greater betwixt the King & his Parliament. Pray with vs that we may come to an happy settlement; my prayers shall be for yow, & the prosperous successe of your publick negotiacion & private affaires, & especially of the matter forenamed; wherein as in all other things, I shall heartily rejoice to approve [Hartlib's hand:] myself to the vtmost abilities
London the 4. of most faithful humble and
April 1642. affectionat servant in Christ.