MRP: 24th March 1665/66, Letter from Margaret Oxenden to Sir GO, Deane

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24th March 1665/66, Letter from Margaret Oxenden to Sir GO, Deane

BL, Add. MS. 40,708 - 40,713, vol, 235, year 1665, ff. 13-14

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09/09/08, CSG: Completed transcription
15/12/11, CSG: Created page & posted transcription to wiki
Abstract & context

Abstract & context

Lady Margaret Oxenden, Elizabeth Dallison's mother, writes from the Oxenden family home in Deane to her son, Sir George Oxenden. She had attended Elizabeth's funeral in Clerkenwell, though she had wished, as did her son Sir Henry Oxenden, that her daughter should be buried in the chancel of Wingham parish church. However, Elizabeth had specified in her will that she wished to be buried by her long deceased husband, in Clerkenwell.

Suggested links

See Post 24th March 1665/66, Letter from Margaret Oxinden to Sir GO (This undated letter follows immediately after that of March 24th 1665/66 in Sir George Oxenden's copybook for that year, but was probably written before Elizabeth Dallison's death)

See biographical profile of Lady Margaret Oxenden

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[BL, Add. MS. 40,708 - 40,713, vol, 235, year 1665, ff. 13-14]

My deare Sonne

Now y:e last duty is pformed to my good Daughter[1] yo:e deare, affectionate Sister who [Scribe has missed out a word with a small blank in the copy book] so that she be layed by her father[2] & My selfe in oure burying place heere in Wingham but her will was made before and she not capable to allow it, although she seemed willing, and one reason moved me to not be willing, she should lye amongst them y:t had been so unworthy toward her, for ?w:te greife XXXXX I XXXX it, her sonn Mack Dallyson[3] is gonne very badd & winns as ill ??rouses as his father[4] did & in ?fine is grown most undutifull to this so good a mother that all ?y:w would take notice of it & was the reason she had ???trusted him no more, as yo:w may prxxxxx by her will which I heare is gonn to yo:w, Mall Masters[5], and Sarah[6] and my Cozn: Richard Oxinden[7] give me to know that they suppose nay verily beleeve, it was his undutifull carriadge [CSG, 09/09/08 – may just be "marriage"] & wicked life y:t she saw in him caused her death, w:th much Sorrow, for they have heard her say so much often in this Sickness, she was w:th us some two months in which time I saw a great allteration in her temper, for she was not cheerfull at all & speaking of S:r Basill Dixwells unkindness to his mother[8] in a Passion she tould me she could say that which would grieve me to heare & ?but for many ???Basonesses at Halling she should not goo to Hampsons[9] & neare the time she was to goo she grew more sadd, I pressed her much to stay & she sayd she would come hither againe for she should find little content – thowe my Sonn & Daughter[10] much pressed her return but she fell so ill that she could not ??think about any Business & at last fell into the desperate fatall sickness, now considering that the company ??resolve(d) to stay yo:w there longer than your time, & my aged infirme condition I cannott hope to see yo:w any more in this life, & therefore begg of yo:w as your Dying mother to [??mourn] your unfortunate Sister & to rebuke ?this unworthy child, I heare he hath gott subtill ?heads to lay faire ?collours for him, but deare george belleeve him not, for he reproached her on her death bedd to her face In so much that she said XXXXXX Child it is thou that hath broken my heart & caused this my sickness & death, yo:w will find she hath not Joyned him w:th my Sonn at all in any ??convearnes & I again begg of y:w that what you will doo if the Lord should call yo:w before your returne, that you would not joyne him neither w:th yo:r Broth:r whose peaceable temper cann never be fitt to deale w:th him he having now of late fallen into such ?peoples acquaintance as his father did, and I desire yo:w for he will want your kindness enough; it may be not putt into his pxxx to much, but to hxxxx & do good to his children, for I looke upon him as a lost mann; your brother[11] is now at London and I heare daily among the East India Merch:ts & other merch:ts & hath very great esteem from them & his sonne James[12] is allso w:th him, I hope yo:w shall find him a sober young man indeed I heare that both ffather & sonne xxxx much love & kindness shew by all & hope what ????seenese yo:w entrust them w:te you shall xxxxx a just & ffaithfull acc:tt thereof, my Daughter & I are at home, condoling this great disaster, she was a faithfull steward, I confess my ??Xsoless as to those ??matt me both salute yo:w this Letter I write in haste fearing the shipp will be gone Deare George adew the God of heaven Bless yo:w I confess I could not console my Self to XXX till now & now I heare the shipp is going I cannott lett it go without writing, poore Daughter she sent for yo:r Brother & they tell me was much revived at his coming & could faine have talked wth him but they were afraid it would have spent her spirritts to mxxx & in the night fell into a sound she could not talk to him & that was her and being ?choaked w:th Phleam againe I pray Allmighty God to Bless yo:w and all xx Young ones as yo:w

I am

Your most dearely affectionate sorrowfull Mother

Deane y:e 24th March 1665 Margarett Oxinden (sic)


  1. Elizabeth Dallison (b. ?, d. 1666), widowed daughter of the widowed Lady Margaret Oxenden
  2. Sir James Oxenden, who had been buried at Wingham parish church on XXXX
  3. Maximilian Dallison
  4. William Dallison (b. ?, d. ?)
  5. Martha Master (b. ?, d. ?)
  6. Sarah Wainman (b. ?, d. ?), Elizabeth Dallison's former maid servant
  7. Richard Oxinden (b. ?, d. ?), cousin and close friend of Elizabeth Dallison
  8. Sir Basil Dixwell's mother was the third wife of Sir Henry Oxenden, Elizabeth Dallison's brother
  9. The Hamptons was the home and estate of Maximilian Dallison, which he had on lease from his father-in-law, Thomas Stanley
  10. Probably Sir Henry Oxenden (b. ?, d. 1686) and his wife, who would have encouraged Elizabeth Dallison to come to their East Kent home of Deane
  11. Sir Henry Oxenden had taken over Elizabeth Dallison's responsibilities as Sir George Oxenden's London agent, following her death
  12. James Oxenden (b. ?, d. ?), Sir Henry Oxenden's eldest son