MRP: Post 24th March 1665/66, Letter from Margaret Oxinden to Sir GO

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Post 24th March 1665/66, Letter from Margaret Oxinden to Sir GO

BL, Add. MS. 40, 708-40, 713, vol, 235, year 1665, f. 15

Editorial history

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

Abstract & context

This letter from Lady Margaret Oxenden to Sir George Oxenden is located in Sir George's copy book for the year 1665 immediately after a letter from Lady Margaret dated March 24th 1665/66, which reports the death of her daughter, Elizabeth Dallison.

This second undated letter has a separate greeting to her son. It appears to have been written and sent shortly before, and sent separately, from the first writing. It is slightly less discomposed and less emotional in comparison with the former, and refers to Elizabeth's sickness, but not to her death.

James Master, her nephew, has been in London with Elizabeth and has come to Deane. "By his relation I find your Sister in a woase condition to my great pplexity."

Suggested links

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

See biographical profile of Lady Margaret Oxenden

To do

(1) Check transcription against physical manuscript at BL


This transcription has been completed, but required checking

[BL, Add. MS. 40, 708-40, 713, vol, 235, year 1665, f. 15]

Deare Sonne

I was so discomposed w:th the relation of yo:r Sister Dallysons[1] continued illness y:t I could not write to yo:w but since resolving in my mind yt if the Lord should ??purpose such an will for us, & my Selfe gonn which is every day to be expected, where yo:w would place your affaires & concearnes & considering all things I must needs leave it as my last advice & request to look howe is, howe is [the text repeats "howe is" – could be the copyists’s mistake, could be in original?] a young man come home a sober man & yo:r brother who is yo:r nearest will & appointm:te, Blood as the ould Proverb is will runn w:te Blood, & I doubt not but you:w have much ?oppinione of ffalse ffreindshipp[2], the last night my Sonn Master[3] called here as he came from London & by his relation I find your Sister in a ??woase condition to my great pplexity, I will not spare to lift up my heart & hands to heaven to our good God & wise Disposer of all things – for his mercy in this our great concerne is your safe returne, Deare George retaine yt noble principle yt ?tener [?tenor] [I ever?] found yo:w endowed w:e to love yo:r family againe I implore Allmighty to continue his mercys to yo:w & that w:te Blessings he will Bless yo:w w:th internall & externall happiness [CSG, 09/09/09 – an interesting phrase], my Deare Sone and Blessing to you I am

Your most affection:te mother
Margr:tt Oxinden (sic)

My love & wishes for the prosperity & well doing of all o:r relations in yo:r charge not forgetting Jos. Stevens[4] & M:r Goodier[5]


  1. Elizabeth Dallison, Sir George Oxenden's recently deceased sister
  2. Margaret Oxenden's reference to "false friendship" refers to Sir George Oxenden's experience with his former friend and trading partner Thomas Breton, and other committees of the Smirna Venture Joint Stock. Taken with her reference to blood running with blood, she is probably alluding to the sorry behaviour of Elizabeth's son, Maximilian Dallison, which subsequently became much worse
  3. James Master, Lady Margaret Oxenden's grandson; son of her daughter Ann Master
  4. Joseph Stevens was XXXX. See Missing faces
  5. John Goodyear (alias Goodyer(e), Goodier) was entertained as a factor by the Court of the EEIC in February 1662, and travelled out to Surat in XXXX. His links with the East Indies go back to 1650, when he was already in Persia as a the number four, under George Tash, John Lewis, and Thomas Best, and had his service extended ('A Court of Committees for the Fourth Joint Stock, February 25, 1650 (Court Book, vol. xx, p. 494), in Ethel Bruce Sainbury (ed.), A Calendar of the Court Minutes of the East India Company, 1650-1654 (Oxford, 1913), pp. 23-24)