MRP: 2nd September 1667, Letter from Sarah Wainman to Sir GO

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2nd September 1667, Letter from Sarah Wainman to Sir GO

BL, Add. MS. XX,XXXX, ff. 51-52

Editorial history

08/06/09, CSG: Completed transcription
13/12/11, CSG: Created page & posted transcription to wiki

Abstract & context

Suggested links

See biographical profile of Tobell Aylmer

See March 1665/66, Letter from Sarah Wainman to Sir GO
See 5th January 1666/67, Letter from Sarah Waynman to Sir GO, Lambeth

See The Corner or Old Corner, near Ludgate (and Old Bailey), London (Sarah Wainman and Elizabeth Dallison probably lived at the Corner in the late 1650s with Tobell Aylmer)
See Elizabeth Dallison's lodgings, Throgmorton Street, London (Sarah Wainman lived in Throgmorton Street with Elizabeth Dallison in the early 1660s)
See House in Lambeth (Sarah Wainman lived in Lambeth following Elizabeth Dallison's death)

To do

(1) Check transcription against physical manuscript at BL


This transcription has been completed, but requires checking

[BL, Add. MS. XX,XXXX, ff. 51-52]


Lambath septemb y:e ?29:th 1667

The last lre you wear pleased to hand me w:th, w:ch bore date september y:e 10:th 1666 I returne yo:w many thankes for all yo:r kinde expectations, & y:t yo:w are pleased to rememb:r me yo:w being burthened w:th so great load of weighty business, yo:w were pleased to tell me of a black munkey[1]y:t yo:w intended me w:ch if he had com I should have made him very wellcome rcvd him w:th a great dele of kindness as I shall doe anything y:t comes from yo:w; whome I looke upon as my best freind now my deare & kind M:rs is gon, whome I did never thinke to out live, it is my greatest Comfort y:t I can trewly say y:t I did her all y:e true & faithfull service


y:t laie in my power to doe her to y:e last, how good & deserveing sh was none is a better Judge y:n yo:r selfe how good a mother she was to her Children how obliging she was to all, both to freinds & straingers is very well knowne to all that are a friend to truth yet there are some verry neare her y:t make it their indeavers to pswaide y:e world to y:e contrary & be cause I will not falsely say as they do are not only y:m selves my great ennimies but make all others y:t they can possobly, soe y:t I finding myselfe unbefreinded in y:t family home I have been a faithfull servant for one & twenty yeares; I am now liveing w:th M:rs Pirrin[2] w:th whome I have been eversence y:e death of my most deare M:rs & going to som of my one kindred something remote from London & if yo:w are pleased to hono:r me w:th a line or two please to send to S:r Henry Oxinden & they will be sent to me, S:r I thougrt it my duty to give you this acco:tt w:ch I desire of God may finde yo:w in pfect healthe p [could be “&”] yo:w in yo:r great affaires & bring you safe whome againe is & shall be y:e Constant prayers & desires of

yo:r faithfull & obliged servant
Sarah Wainman

pray S:r my service to M:r Goodier[3]
& M:r Henry Oxinden[4] w:th y:e rest of My acquaintance w:th yo:w.


  1. Presumably Sir George Oxenden had dispatched a monkey by ship from Surat as a gift for Sarah Wainman, but it died en route. Monkeys were relatively common pets in London. Samuel Pepys refers in his diary to a monkey loose in his house (Friday 18 January 1660/61,, viewed 21/12/11). In a Chancery Court case involving Elizabeth Dallison's executorship of the estate of the Gray's Inn lawyer Edward Kelke, Sarah Wainman is alleged, bizarrely, by the plaintiff the Lincoln's Inn lawyer Alexander Emerson, to have brought into Kelke's sick room "an outlandish bird w:ch gave severall hideous ?screeches w:ch did much disturb & affrighte him the said Edward Kelke that the bed wherein hee then layd languishing as aforesaid did quake of shake by reason of his affright trembling & disturbance thereat." Perhaps, this outlandish bird was an earlier gift from the then George Oxenden to his sister or to Sarah herself? (C 9/243/65 f. 1
  2. Mrs Pirrin is Edith Perrin, a relative of Tobell Aylmer. In the late 1650s Elizabeth Dallison, Elizabeth's maid Sarah Wainman, their friend Gray's Inn lawyer Edward Kelke, and Edith Perrin, were all living in Tobell Aylmer's house on Ludgate Hill
  3. John Goodyer
  4. Henry Oxenden was the son of Sir Henry Oxenden and nephew of Sir George Oxenden. He had come out to Surat with Sir George Oxenden in late 1662