Love’s Name

A Publication of divers Petitions presented by
Mistris Love to the Parliament, in behalf of
her Husband.

Severall Letters that interchangeably pass’d
between them a little before his death.

As also
One Letter written to Mr Love by
Mr. Jaquel, one of the Witnesses against him.

Together with
Seven severall Letters and Notes sent to him, from
Dr. Drake, Mr. Jenkyn, Mr. Case, and Mr. Robinson,
his then fellow-Sufferers.

All published for Publick Good.

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London, Printed in the Yeer 1651.

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To the Reader.

Reader, take notice


There are severall Letters published, intituled Love’s Letters, pretended to
have past between Master Love and his wife: which Letters are not
printed by true and exact copies, having in them both more and lesse
than they should have. Now to prevent the like inconvenience for
the future, these Letters and Petitions are here published. The publishing
of which, will (I hope) give no offence; I am sure, can give no just offence to
any: and if any shall take offence thereat, certain I am, they’ll take that which is not
given them; and that they cannot do, unlesse they will be injurious both to themselves
and others. But whether offended, or not offended, I am not, need not be solicitous;
the rather, for that I can truly say, it is at as great a distance from my intention in the
least to give offence, as’tis from my apprehension to imagin that the publishing of these
should give just offence to any.

The Petitions are some of those (and those very affectionate ones) which
Mistris Love presented to the Parliament in the behalfe of that blessed Saint and Minister of
Christ, her dear husband, Master Love; and that either for the taking off the sentence
of death, which he then lay under, and so wholly to remit it; or if not that, for his
banishment; and if neither of them, for his reprieve till her delivery (she being then
big with child) that so shee might with the greater hope and probability of safety,
both to her selfe and unborn babe, undergo so sad and sore an affliction.

The Letters are some from Mistris Love to her husband, which again occasioned others from him to her. Now Master Love having his wife frequently with him in prison,
after his tryall was ordered, had thereby opportunity, as to open his very heart
unto her, in reference to his own estate and condition, and the apprehensions which
he had, both of it, and of his sufferings, (which accordingly he did, to her exceeding
great satisfaction and comfort) so also to speak that to her, that might bee, and that afterwards
did prove to be, a great meanes of her support, under those trying and pressing
afflictions with which she did encounter: and upon that account, did not, and indeed did
not need to write unto her so fully and largely, as otherwise hee would have done:
And yet these breif Notes of his (for so they would rather be called then Letters) which
were not by him intended to be published, do clearly and abundantly evidence, what,
and how indeared his affections were both to his wife and children: and will (I doubt
not) be an answer sufficient to that charge of unnaturalness that is in print against
him: Though, I may say, as to those that knew him, or have but the least degree of that
charity that is called common, remaining in them; that unchristian charge, and
most malicious slander (invented by the father of lies himself, with many more of the A2 same A2v
same Satanicall production) of that foul mouth’d, false-mouth’d Animadverter and
impudent detractour, needs no answer. And not withstanding all that hath been said
by that Doctor of the Chair of sScorners, (who usually frights men more with the rabble
of his words, then with the reason of them; the former being not more formidble
then the later feeble,) Master Love, though dead, yet is not dead; for His Good
Name Lives
, and the remembrance of it to the godly, is, and will never cease
to be, even to perpetuall generations, as a box of most precious and costly oyntment,
broken or poured forth, the pleasant savour and sweet perfume whereof, spreads it selfe
every way, even to the scattering and overcoming of all that noisome and unsavoury
breath of reproach & calumny, that by the sons, yea and daughters too, of slander with
great indeavour would be, but by no means whatsoever can be cast upon it, and to the
refreshing and reviving of every one who is within the reach of its fragrant and perfuming

The other Letters, are, one from Master Jaquel to Master Love, which Jacquel was
one of the witnesses against him. The rest, from severall of those Ministers, who (as
to imprisonment) were his fellow sufferers; which Letters do sufficiently demonstrate
what their thoughts and apprehensions were of Mr Loves sufferings, and do all contain
in them very precious and spiritual matter, that may be of considerable use, as in generall
to any that shall peruse them, so especially to those who are, or hereafter may be
in a suffering condition.

Reader, They are intended for thy benefit, which that thou maist reap by them, is
the desire of

The Publisher.

  • In Pag. 14 line 18 for More dearest, read My dearest &c.
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To the Supreme Authority, the Parliament of
the Common-Wealth
of England,

The humble Petition of Mary, the distressed Wife of
Christopher Love,


That whereas the high Court of Justice hath lately sentenced to death her deer and tender
Husband, in whose life, the life of your Petitioner is bound up; in the execution of
which sentence, your poor hand-maid should become an unhappy widow, and the miserable
Mother of two young fatherlesse children: And she being so neer to her appointed
hour, having sorrow upon sorrow, be forced, through unexpressable grief, to bow
down in travell; and give up the ghost; and so with one blow, there be destroyed both
Father, and Mother, and Babe in one day.

Yet her spirit is somewhat revived with the thought that there is hope in Israel concerning this thing,
when she considers, that her humble Petition is this day presented before so many professing godlinesse,
who have tasted abundantly how gracious the Lord is, and who through mercy are called of God to inherit
a blessing, and to be a blessing to the afflicted in the midst of the Land.

Therefore your distressed hand-maid, throwing her self in all humility at your feet, beseecheth
you by the womb that bare you, and brests that gave you suck, in the bowels of the Lord Jesus
, mercifully to interpose, that this fatall blow may be prevented: which act of compassion
in you, will be to your poor hand-maid as resurrection from the dead; and not onely
all the tender-hearted Mothers in England, but even the babe yet unborn shall rise up and call
you blessed; and this will be to you a Glory, and crown of rejoycing in the sight of the Nation,
when the blessing of them that are ready to perish shall come upon you. And your
poor hand-maid humbly conceives, That your mercy herein will be no danger to the State,
for that your poor Petitioners Friends are willing to give all sufficient security, that her Husband
shall live peaceably and quietly for the time to come, and never act any thing to the prejudice
of this Common-wealth, and present Government.

Now the God of heaven bow your hearts to shew mercy:
And your Petitioner shall pray, &c.

Mary Love

To the Supreme Authority, the Parliament of the Common- wealth of England.

The humble Petition of Mary, the Wife of Christopher Love,
Condemned to die,


That whereas your distressed handmaid hath in all humility, in the exceeding great bitternesse of
her spirit, powred out very soul to this Honourable House, for the life of her condemned Husband:
Which Petition was mercifully received and read in Parliament (as your Petitioner is informed.) B For B1v 2
For which high favour she desireth to blesse God, and be thankful to your Honours. And although she
hath great cause to be very sensible of your High displeasure against her Husband, for which she is heartily
sorry; Neverthelesse she hoping that your bowels yearn towards her in this her sad condition, adventers
once more to make her humble supplication, and doth pray,

That if your poor Petitioners Husband hath provoked you so far, as to render him utterly uncapable
of your full pardon; yet you would graciously be pleased to let your hand-maid finde
so much favour in your eyes, as that you will say of your Petitioners dear Husband as Solomon
said of Abiathar, though thou art worthy of death, we will not at this Time put thee to death.
Oh pardon your perplexed hand-maid, if she again beseech you by the wombs that bare you,
and the brests that gave you suck, in the bowels of the Lord Jesus Christ, reprieve him for a time,
till she may recover her strength, before he depart hence and be seen no more; lest at one terrible
stroke in his execution, the lives of him, her and the tender babe in her womb be cut off, and
two poor innocent Orphans be left behind to begin and end their dayes in misery. And
though he may not be thought worthy to breathe in English aire (which God forbid) yet give
him, Oh give him leave to sigh out his sorrows under your displeasure in the utmost parts of the
Earth, wheresoever you shall think fit to banish him: Which although it be a very great punishment
in it self; Yet your hand-maid and her dying Husband shall acknowledge even this
to be a great mercy, and shall thankfully receive it at your hands.

And shall pray, &c.

Mary Love.

To the Supreme Authority, the Parliament of the
Common-wealth of England,

The humble Petition of Mary, the wife of
Christopher Love,


That your poor Petitioner hath great couse to say, blessed be God, and blessed be you, for your mercifull
Vote of the 1651-07-1515th of July (a day never to be forgotten) in adding a month to the life of her dear
Husband, which hath opened a door of hope to her in the midst of the valley of Achor, and made her glad,
though she be a woman of a sorrowful spirit; yet your distressed hand-maide is overwhelmed with grief
and anguish of soul, and cannot be comforted, when she remembers the doleful day, the 1651-08-1515th of August
so near approaching, her heart doth almost dye within her, and she is as one giving up the ghost before
she is delivered of the fruit of her womb,

Wherefore your greatly distressed hand-maid doth again pour out her soul with renewed and
importunate requests, beseeching your Honours to commiserate her deplorable condition, by
putting on bowels of pitty and compassion towards her dear condemned Husband, that she
may not grapple with the intollerable paines of Travel, and the unsupportable thoughts of her
Husbands death in one day. Oh that the life of your hand-maid and her babe might be a
ransome for the life of her condemned Husband: she had rather chuse out of love to dye
for him, then for sorrow of heart to dye with him. Now the good Lord incline your hearts
to give him his life for a prey, wheresoever it shall please your Honours to cast him,

And your Petitioner shall ever pray, &c.

Mary Love.

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To the Supreme Authority, the Parliament of the
Common Wealth of England,

The humble Petition of Mary, the distressed Wife of
Christopher Love.

Humbly sheweth,

That your sad and sorrowfull Petitioner, in the multitude of her feares, wherewith
her spirit is overwhelmed within her; After sundry applications and grevious disappointments,
more bitter then death, cannot cease to follow your Honours with
strong cryes and supplications, as the importunate Canaanitish-woman did the Lord
Christ. And O that now at last, you would suffer your selves to be intreated, and let
your bowels yearn within you, that so root and branch may not be cut off in one day.
The great God hears the cryes of Ravens! O that, that God would open your hearts
to hear the cryes and heart-breaking grones of the Mother with the tender Babes, that
cannot keep silence whilest there is any hope.

Your desolate Hand-maid waiteth with all humility and earnest expectation (at
your doors) beseeching you not to forget to shew mercy to your poor Petitioner
and her tender Babes; Oh make not your Hand-maid a widdow, and her
children fatherlesse; but graciously pleased to prevent this dreadfull blow,
which your Petitioner trembleth to think upon, and earnestly beseeches you,
to change the sentence of death into a sentence of banishement; and whilest
you are propagating the Gospel in New-England, let her dying husband, (as
a Prophet from the dead) be sent to endeavour the conversion of the poor Indians,
that so many soules may blesse God in your behalf; and shee shall receive
it from your hands as a signall favour.

And your Petitioner shall pray, &c.

Mary Love.

Mr. Jaquel his Letter to Mr. Love.

My dear Friend, and beloved in the Lord,

My bowels are troubled within me, I am pained, I am pained, even at the very
heart, The Lord knows, I want words to expresse the thoughts of my heart B2 to B2v 4
to you, to you, I say, right Christian Friend, and true souldier of Jesus Christ.
I was thinking to have been silent, being even ashamed to send you a line written
by that hand, which is very much slackened and taken off from the plough;
which I thought, not many weeks agoe, had been very fast settled. Give mee
leave to breathe forth my heart to you in such rude words and language as I can
utter, and I pray you, receive them, and spell out my heart towards you, which
at this time is so full, that I know not how to empty it, but in tears before the
Lord for you night and day. And oh, that the remembrance of the 1651-06-17seventh
and one
and 1651-06-20twentieth of June might often come into my thoughts, to keepe
my heart humble for my folly, in taking my own, and carnall friends counsell
and not the counsell of those that are right godly; which (as I now perceive) did
help to bring forth that sad, and never to be forgotten day, and Sentence on the 1651-07-05fifth of
, against my deer friend. Truly, could not I appeal to God, who knoweth all things,
what the intention of my heart was, thinking I might rather do you good than hurt,
knowing one had gone before me, and fearing he had much wronged you, made
me willing to testifie what I did, being told and informed, it would do you good
and not hurt, being but Misprision at the most. I say, were it not for the testification
in mine own conscience, I were not able to bear up my spirit, but should (I
fear) even sink under the burden. But when I consider to whom I now write, who,
I know, is full of charity, and doth beleeve what I say, and will forgive what wrong I
have done him, and, I hope, will pray for me to your God and my God, to your
Father and my Father, that he will not lay this to my charge: for you may charge
me to be as one of those Paul chargeth in INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.2 Tim 4. 16. And deer Sir, If the Lord
will be pleased to let me see your face once more, that I may open my selfe to you,
I hope I shall stand right in your affections. Some promises I have met withall in the
word, that do (me thinks) add wings to my faith, that God will not suffer you
to fall by the hands of violence; as in INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psalm 79. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psalm 91. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psalm 94. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psalm 3. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Isa.
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and many others, that I know you are better acquainted with then
I am, and can beat them out, and lay them by you, as a glasse of cordiall water for
fainting times. But, Dear Sir, let me earnestly beg of you, that you will use what
means you can for your own preservation, and go as farre as you can in your Petitition
to them , in whose power your life is, for many reasons: As first, Because if
you shall fall, O! how would the enemies rejoyce? Malignants and others would
make songs at your death, and say, “Where is all his Fasting and prayers? His
God will not help him”
: oh Sir, it would be a day of reproach and blasphemy. And
secondly, consider, How would it sadden the hearts of Gods people, and make them
wring their hands, if they should misse the fruit of their prayers in your deliverance;
which (I am confident) have been poured out in an extraordinary
way for you? And thirdly, Consider the service you may yet doe in the
Church of Christ: How many souls may God make you instrumentall to bring
home to Christ? And what service may yet this poor bleeding Nation have by
your life? And fourthly, I need not remember you of your deer and precious
Consort, who, I am confident, is deer in the heart of God, and also to you;
and her life even bound up in yours, and her condition being as it is. And then I humbly B3r 5
I humblie beg, you wil consider my condition; for surely, in that day I should hear of your life
being violently taken away, mine would be but little comfort to me, being instrumental in taking
yours away, although (the Lord knows) not intentionally, but accidentally. Therefore for these
reasons, I humbly beg of you again and againe, that you will do what you dare, and go as far as you
can for your preservation; and the Lord will make you instrumentall for his glory, if not here, yet in
some other place; and (me thinkes) where-ever the Lord cast you, I could willingly make that promise,
and perform it, that Ruth made to Naomi; and so, I am confident, could my deer Wife, whose
heart (I know) bleeds for you, and her eyes run down with tears to God for you. Good Sir, in your
addresses, remember me to God, that I may lean upon him more firmlie, and relie upon the
Rock of Ages, and not upon broken reeds: And (I hope) through the strength of Christ, and the
supplie of your prayers, I shall be better fortified for the time to come, as Peter was after his fall.

I would fain be rememembred to my good friend Do. Dr. I hope I have got better armour of proof
than I had before; but I hope there will be no need of shewing it about him. For poor Po. he hath
wronged himself more than any man can, for I hear, he hath sent more papers of his confession since
he was there.

Good Sir, I have many things more to say, but will not presume to be more burdensome to you at
this time. Will the Lord let me see your face once more here? I hope he will. However, it will not
be long before we shall enjoy one another in that place, where violent hands shall not touch us; and then
Eternitie shall be little enough to praise and magnifie the Lord for his riches of mercie he shewes to us.

The Lord stand by you, the Lord preserve you, and put his everlasting Arms under you, and deliver
you: Which shall be the earnest groanes and sighs of him, who is (he hopes) a deer, yet a most unworthie
Friend, not worthie to be look’d upon by you.

Dr Drake’s Letter to Mr Love.

Dear and precious Friend,

I cannot but congratulate your liberty, and the singular honour God hath laid upon you. The Captain
of our salvation is wise, and knows whom to call out for his champion. Hee hath pleased to call you to
the forelorn hope, wee are leading up the Van; our brethren in the black bill, are like to bring up the
Body; and for our Rear ( blessed be God) wee have armies of prayers and teares; yea, through
mercy, wee may say, “Our righteoussnesse goes before us, and the glory of the Lord shall bee our rereward”.
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Isai. 58.8.Well might we fear, had we not a good God, a good cause, and a good concience; but where
God justifies, who shall condemne? Certainly, that God who hath done us so much good by a prison,
(blessed bee his name) can do us much more good by our tryall. Hee bids us not fear them who
at worst can but kill the body: “and why should wee be afraid of man that shall dye, &c. and forgo the
Lord our Maker, yea our Redeemer?”
Its too much honour God laies upon us, to suffer any thing for
his Name and Covenants sake; that hereby wee are so indeared in the hearts of his Faithfull people,
and have been occasions to blow up the spirit of prayer, that was almost exstinct. Will not God incline
his ear when he hath prepared the heart? Did hee ever set his children a begging, but he had a boon
for them? I need not stirre up your Christian resolution, but desire rather to light my candle at your
Lamp. Yet, when lately I looked upon INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Revel. 2 and 3 I espied no lesse then seven rare Cordialls to
persons in our condition, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Revel. 2. v. 7, 10, 17, 27. and INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.chap. 3. v. 5, 12, 21.

  • 1. A tree of life.
  • 2. Freedome
    from hurt by the second death.
  • 3. The hidden Mannah and white stone.
  • 4. The morning star
    and weilding the rod of iron.
  • 5. The white garments the Book of life, and owning us before his Father.6.
  • That wee shall be pillars in his house, having his new name graven upon us.
  • 7. That wee
    shall sit in his throne, &c. and all this made over, not “τω νιχήσανι”, or “τω ν∊νιχηχοτι”, but “τω νιχώνι,”
    “to him that is overcoming”.

A Christian is sure to conquer, if hee dare but fight, and no souldier
but hee can glory when he puts on his harnesse. The Lord arme you with such courage and wisedome,
that you may avoyd the snares, and be above the fury of your Adversaries. God, Angels, and Men
looke upon you; and while you are fighting, Christ is weaving your crown: Hee by your example, so B3v 6
so hearten his people, and damp the Adversary, as they may rejoice (and blesse God) who favour your
righteous dealing, and all inquiry may stop her mouth. So prayes

Your unworthy Brother and Companion in Tribulation,
and in the kingdome and patience of Jesus Christ.

I prae, sequar.

I beg your prayers, and present my best affections to your self and Mistris L. “I’d rather dye with grace, then live with blame; Farre better dye with Love, then live with shame” For my most honoured Friend Mr L.

Another of Dr Drak’s to Mr Love.

Dear Friend,

I Cannot be unmindfull of your person and condition, as being not only in the body, but also in
an especiall manner bound with you, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Heb. 13.3. And certainly, if habituall and active grace bee
such motives of Christian love, is not passive grace much more? To suffer for Christ is a grace,
as well as to beleeve in him, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Philip. 1.29. “ύμϊνέχαείωη”, &c. Christ and his people are never more
lovely then upon the crosse. May wee not under God, thank our prison, that wee are so gracious this
day in the eyes of Gods people, yea, and I am perswaded in the eyes of some enemies? Must not we
by suffering enter into glory, as our blessed Saviour? INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Luk. 24.26. Doth not Christ by this meanes
set a higher rate upon reformation, the Ministry, and the Government? How do the Northern people
prize the Sunne, who see it but once in three or six months; and do not our dunghill hearts ordinarily
value blessings, more by their want, then injoyment?

In particular, Sir, how are you indeared to God and man in this call, to be the Proto-Confessour or
Proto-Martyr; the Lord inable you by grace, to bear the honour, as well as the burthen. I blesse
God for your chearfulnesse and constancy, whose flame contributes much to the keeping of my poor
sparke alive.

But my errand is, if it may bee, to prevent the later: and may it stand with Gods will, I would not
have you yet to be a Martyr. Haply you will say, I wish you worse then your Adversaries do; if so
yet I am sure it is with an honester heart, &c.—

Sir, I have onely one thing to adde, which I apprehend as a providence not to be slighted; Namely,
that your day of tryall is your day of Jubilee, and your day of Pentecost, it being precisely the fiftieth
day from your apprehension: ordered so, I am confident, by especiall providence, not by the intention
of the Adversary: The Lord make it a jubilee to you, for liberty of spirit, and a day of Pentecost for
effusion of the Spirit of grace, wisedome and utterance. I shall say Amen to the Omen, and follow it
with what poor interest I have in heaven, still choosing rather to dye with Love, then to rule with the Lust,
which is the Magna charta of these apostatizing times. My best affections to your selfe and dearest
consort, I beg your prayers, and rest,

Yours, &c.

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Another of Dr Drakes to Mr Love.

My most dear and precious friend in the Lord, in whom I observed great reason, both of love and honour
from the first day that God blessed me with the knowledge of you; but never more then at this time,
when you are ascending your triumphant chariot, and mounting into the cloud of witnesses, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Heb. 12.1.
to guide and encourage us who are left yet behind, to run with readinesse the race that is set before us. Sweet
Sr, I wonder not you are so chearful, being so neer your journies end, steered by our great Pilot out of
a dangerous and troublesome sea, and entring into the harbour; putting off your pilgrims weeds, that
you may be cloathed with the white robes, as a free denison of the Heavenly Jerusalem I mistook in
dreaming of an earthly Pentecost and Jubilee; that 50th day I now perceive was an hint and summons
to call you to the everlasting Jubilee above, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Heb. 12 v. 22. 24. a Parasceve to the eternal Sabbath,
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Heb. 4. vers 9.10. How much are we beholding to our very enemies (rather to God for them) who
never do us more good, then when they think to do us the shrewdest turne. I wonder not now at that
Epinicium of the Apostles, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rom. 8. ver. 28, & 33. to the end, and INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Cor. 3. v. 21, 22, 23. Death
is so far from separating, that it brings us immediately to Christ, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Phil. p. 1. 23. and that by a stroke so
honourable, so easie, so comfortable, so speedy, that you need but wink and go to Heaven. The Lord
is pleased to give you a writ of ease, and to pay you your penny at the 6th hour. Blessed be God, we
serve a good Master, who puts us only upon honest and honourable imployments, makes our taske easie
and short, doth all our works for us and in us; and after all, rewards us freely and richly as if we had
earned our wages. Better be Gods hireling then the worlds darling, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Luke 15. v. 17, 19. Dear Sr, I
blesse God for your faithfulnsse, patience, courage, wisdome, whereby you have both tryed and discovered
the policy and strength of your Antagonists, and shewed to your poor unworthy fellow-sufferers,
that by grace they are conquerable. The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour; go in this thy
might, and smite the host of Midian as one man, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Judg. 6. v. 12, 14, 16. The Lord make you a true
Samson, that you may do the Devils kingdom more mischief at your death, then ever you did in all your
life. God is now but in his old method, to make the blood of the Martyrs the seed of his Church, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Col.
1. 24.
Hiel deserved a curse upon for building Jericho, (INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Josh. 6. 26.) but God deserves blessing for
building the new Jerusalem, though he lay the foundation thereof in Abiram his first-born (so is Christ,
our high Father, compare INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 17. 5: with INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Isa. 9. 6.) and set up the gates thereof in his younger Son
Segub (INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 King. 16. last.) such are we poor contemptible creatures, exalted and strengthned by God
not only to do, but also to suffer for his Name, (INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Acts 5. 41. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Phil. 1. 29.) Cause, Church and
Covenant. The Lord is making you such a blessed Segub: making that to be your honour, strength
and safety, which many judged to be your shame, weaknesse and danger. Dear Sr, God honours you to
be the Elisa, and first to ascend the fiery chariot; May I, without presumption, be the Elisha, and make
two or three bold requests unto you: and first let me beg your prayers for a double portion of your Spirit:
Secondly, let me see you (if possible) before you ascend, though it be but through the lattesse, on your
Nuptial morning: Thirdly, let fall your mantle, that I may by means of it be inabled to divide
Jordan, yea, the Red sea, if God call me through it, and not sinke like an Egyptian in the mighty waters,
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) will you when you are in the blessed Haven, think of your poor friend, and the rest of your fellow
Souldiers left behind, and labouring in the storme, till Christ come to them as he doth to you, Surely
the Church triumphant doth not forget the Church militant: and prayer is no paradox in heaven,
(INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rev 6. v. 9, 10.) till the body of Christ be perfected: If justice makes them pray against Enemies; why
should not charity draw out supplications for their friends: Surely, there is a communion of Saints between
the Church militant and triumphant; we may blesse God for them, and cannot they pray for us?
The Martyrs would not pray to dead Saints, but some of them desired living Saints to pray for them, both
on Earth and in Heaven: and I think therein they were not superstitious. Sweet Sr, I know to whom I
speak, and am assured that Love will not be puffed up with that which would soon burst a bladder of
pride: None higher in Gods eyes than those who are lowest in their own. I see your time is short, and
therefore though any affliction be like Jordan at the time of Harvest, I must set bounds and bankes to my B4v 8
my words, lest I divert and trouble you in your passage. I doubt not but you remember that you must
passe through the Jordan to the fiery Chariot. Jordan was not more effectual to cleanse Naaman’s Leprosie,
then the river of repentant tears is to purge the leprosie of sin (INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal. 119 ver. 136.) next after
the immense ocean of the bloud of Christ. It’s not Abanah and Parphar will wash away the Leprosie,
but Jordan; nor will every tear wash away sin, but penitent tears. You have but little time to mourn,
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with the Baptism. flaminis: And now God honours you with Baptis. Sanguinis superadded. The cup
of tears and cup of comfort may wel go together, and happy he who can mingle this drink with weeping,
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Brethren. If we could weep or repent for any thing in heaven, sure it would be, because wee
wept and repented no more nor no better on earth. The Lord enable you and us all to do much work
in a little time. If I see you no more, I must be forced here to take my long leave; yet why say I
so? it may prove but a short leave, since in likelihood (as things stand) few weeks, yea dayes, may
bring me to a sight of your blessed soul in the arms of Christ: and surely, the communion of Saints
in heaven is cumulative to their essential Happinesse. The Lord enable me to imitate your graces,
and then I shall not doubt to inherit your happinesse, which is onely God, the highest end, and the
chiefest good. The Lord be neerer to you then your danger, and support you in the most needful hour;
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Your poor unworthy Friend, and Companion
in the Kingdome and tribulations of Jesus Christ


Mr Robinson’s letter to M. Love.

Dear Friend,

The losse which the church of God will sustaine by your death, is a very great trouble to me, and I
doubt not but a far greater to others, whose hearts God hath made more sensible to feel his hand.
This stroke I am confident will be your happinesse but a great misery, a sad punishment to many: when
God hath a purpose to punish many at once, he useth to take this course. The extinguishing such a
fear (I do not flatter you, God knowes) cannot but greatly afflict the whole world. I wish heartily
God would grant me the favour to see you before your wedding day, for I dare not call it a dying day.
I hope I shall bee in your thoughts when you are at the throne of Grace. Good Sir, heap up as many
prayers as you can for the poor Church of God before you leave us, it shall be the best legacy you can
bequeath; what you shall sow, some will live to reap, and you will not be unrewarded. Jesus Christ
had his thoughts on the Church even to his dying hour, good Sir, imitate your Master, I need not say
any thing to strengthen you against the fear of your approaching day, I doubt not but you have often
overcome that fear through Jesus Christ. Profectio est quam put es mortem: ’Tis but the taking of a
journey, and though the way be deep, yet its but short: God brings you the neerest way. A shorter
cut never had any to rest. I know you have been often upon Mount Nebo, where you have seen Canaan,
whither you are going. The Mysticall head cannot be cut off; you have finished your testimony, and
fear not to receive your recompense. Christ hath transformed this blacke Messenger to you into an
Angel of Light. How soon others may follow you is known only to God; if we stay longer, ’tis but to row
in a stormy sea. Moses was very willing to Die, God said, “Go up and die;” and he went up and died. Let
not the care of your Relations afflict you, “The earth is the Lords and the fulnesse thereof; Leave your fatherlesse
children, God will provide for them; Let your widdow trust in God.”
Your dear yoke-fellow is
a partaker of the same grace with you; how rich are they that are heirs to the promises? You can commend
your spirit into Gods hands, much more your wife and children; Remember that promise; “I wil C1r 9
will be thy God, and the God of thy seed;”
Sir, it is a richer portion then the Mines of India. You were
but a cistern to them, the fountain lives, and will live when you are dead: God can provide without you,
you cannot without God. Good Sir, Cheer up; I hear how full of joy you are, blessed bee God;
all these are but little drops to the Ocean. I have writ this to fill you more and more. An Ax, and a
feaver are all one; you shall die without sicknesse. When you think of the present ignominy, look on the
future glory; you shall be with God, Christ, Angels, the souls of just men made perfect in a short
time. What a happinesse is it to have grace in perfection! to see God face to face, to be freed from the
being of sin, Temptations of Divels, society of wicked men! You have fought a good fight, you have
finished your course, you have kept the faith, &c. and you are going to receive your Crown, a crown
of glory, that fadeth not away. You are now going to that place, where the voyce of the oppressor
shall never be heard: You are going to your bed, the best and safest you ever slept on. The steps
of the scaffold will be a Jacob’s Ladder, upon which you shall ascend to your loving Father. The
Scaffold wil be as mount Nebo; the Ax of the Executioner will cut off the head of sinne, and put an
end to all misery. Be sure, Sir, Not onely the Angels of God, but the God of the Angels himself
will mightily strengthen you. If your death, and this kinde of death, were not most for the glorie of
God, and the benefit of the Church, I am confidente, God would have saved you from this hour.

I have writ thus, not because you want advice, but to testifie my love, my deer love to you, and
to give you remembrance of me and mine, before your departure hence. Good Sir, accept of it as my
last farewel; farewel, farewel, deer Friend. God, that hath bound up your soul in the bundle of life,
be your comfort, joy, hope, peace, confidence in life and death to all eternitie: Yea, he wil be your guide
unto death; He wil be an Husband and head to your deerest Wife; He will be a tender Father to your
little Babes. This is the confidence, this shall be the prayer of

Your deer Friend.

A brief Nonte from Mr Jenkyn to Mr Love.

My deer, deer Heart,

Thou art very neer to my soul. The Lord Jesus Christ smile with the pleasantest face upon thee,
that ever he did upon Sufferer. ―― I here send thee a book that I have been much relieved
by, in my Imprisonment. What are ten thousand Deaths, where Christ is apprehended by faith!
These considerations where the leaf is turn’d down (pag. 335.) do sweetly support faith. ―― I am
afraid almost to send these thoughts, for fear over-many notions may disturb thee. ―― I judge
these more profitable then speculative discourses of death. The great God, that hangs the Earth
upon nothing but his word, bear up thy soul on his promises. Oh sweet, most sure, sure, sure
(oh remember sure!) promises; as stable as the very Essence of God; for the performances whereof
God hath pawn’d his Being: “As I live”, &c.

My Heart, I love thee, I kisse thee, I weep upon thee, I rejoice for thee. I shall see thee in glory. The
Lord Jesus strengthen thee. He will.

MrJenkyn his Letter to MrLove.

My deer Heart,

Blame me not of this backwardnesse to cast in this mite. I was hardly perswaded of the fitnesse
thereof: your greater danger is in the plentie of these tokens, considering your own store. Though
your appetite be never so good, it’s impossible you should concoct all the food dish’d up in books,
Friends Papers, and your own Meditations by and for you. I shall desire to make up my paper de­
defects by fervent prayer: and oh that I could pray so this once, as if I were not to do it a second
time. My onely counsell must be, that which I know hath been your onely care, and wil be your C onely C1v 10
onely comfort; namely, that you sleep in Jesus. Thou shalt not sleep (though that were
much) in the lap, bosome, and armes of Jesus; but in this sleep he looks upon thee as a peice of himself,
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even as a member, a dear limb. In dying thou shalt not dye. They who
are fallen asleep in Christ, perish not. Christ the first fruits (a most sweet resemblance)
the happy hansell of the grave, the first born from the dead, the Head of
the body, did rise from the dead as such, and not a as a private person: So that our
resurrection is (even now) in its cause. The union ’twixt Christ and thee (and
this union is not onely ’twixt Christ and thy soul, but thy body also; and therefore hee is the first
fruits of the dead) cannot be broken off by death. Christ should rebell against the will of his Father,
(which were blasphemie to think) if hee should lose any thing which his Father hath given
him; as hee should, were it not to be raised up at the last day. Christ is the very resurrection,
and hee that beleeveth in him, though dead, yet shall live. Oh, how hath Christ
perfumed the grave, and beautified the grisly face of Death! Death is (now) a priviledge, our
best friend next to Christ, and the truth is, all our moanes and sorrowes in this life, are for want of
that which wee so much feare, death; as the child that cries for want of sleep, and yet cannot endure
to undresse and goe to bed. My dear heart! thou hast better cloathes to put on in the morning
of the Resurrection: “This mortal shall put on immortality”. Thy garment of grace hath had
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many spots, perhaps; this day thou shalt take they leave of mourning for them, and
therefore the Lord help thee to mourn more holily and meltingly than ever; but the
garment of glory shall not have one. Lord, is there a condition wherein I shall never
sinne more, wherein I shall have as much grace as I can hold, and wish, and will desire;
wherein I shall no more wash the feet of Jesus Christ, and now and then be suffered to give them a kisse,
but shall lie in his blessed bosome, and be clasped in his glorious armes to eternity! This is thy approaching
happinesse; and every comfort, by how much the nearer, is the sweeter. Now is thy salvation
neerer then when thou first beleevdst.

Oh dear heart! Now for a strong faith! oh wrestle mightily with the great God, for strength
to overcome him; cling about the promises, precious promises, not only for their fulnesse, but infallibility;
adventure thy soul upon them. The faithfulnesse of God is a foundation which beares the
heaviest structure, and the greatest load of sinne and expectation. Jesus Christ cals, beseeches,
commands, threatens, and all to make thee beleeve. The Lord increase thy faith: thou art
to go through a very great work, but Christhath laboured, and thou art but to enter into his labours.
Death is but a nominall enemy when Christ hath dis-armed it; There is more terrour
in the pomp of it (as Seuneca said) the Scaffold, the Axe, spectatours, reports, then in the thing
it selfe. Oh how may a Christian insult over it! Oh Death, Where Is Thy
! Christ hath spoiled principalities and powers, dis-armed, dis-robed them. His
death is the death of Death; all its stings are left in his side. Say not therefore (Dear
heart) who shall role away the stone from the mouth of the sepulchre? when thou comest thither,
thou shalt find it roll’d away to thy hand. Its difficulties and distresses are taken away
in Christ. ―― To this dear Lord Jesus I commit thee, who in his due time will wipe
away all teares from the eyes, and sinne from the soules of his poor servants; and out of all our
stormes, bring us to that haven where we would be. I know not where to break off, and yet not where
to leave thee so well as there.

Thine in the bowels of this Saviour.

――――――Mr. Case C2r 11

Mr Case to Mr Love

Heavenly Saint,

Thou art now awaked out of thy last naturall rest, to go to thy eternall rest: the night is past, thou shalt
never know night any more, but God shall give thee light, and thou shalt reign for ever and ever, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rev.
22. 3, 4, 5
. Thou art now going where thou shalt be in a true sense above ordinances, and above Scripture,
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and thy filthy garments shall be taken away, and thou shalt be cloathed with long white robes, and in the
moment when thy bodie and head shall be severed, thou shalt be united to Christ thy Head; in him thou
shalt be crowned, and with him thou shalt reign to eternitie.
It is finished.
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Let me see that face once more, which I shall see no more till the last day. Send up one sigh before
thee for thy following brother and Companion in tribulation, and in the Kingdome and Patience of Jesus

Another of Mr Case’s to Mr Love.

Dear soul,

Thou art now going to heaven: to quicken thy desires, put it into these notions, that are most sutable to
thy condition.

  • To the weary it is rest, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Isai. 57. 2. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rev. 14. 13.
  • To the banished home, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.2 Cor. 5. 6.
  • To the reproached glory, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rom. 5. 2.
  • To the molested and captived with corruption, it is the glorious liberty of the sons of God, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rom.
    8. 21
  • To the resister to blood, it is conquest, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rom. 8. 37.
  • To the vexed with sin and sorrow, it is the exstinction of both.
  • To the hungry soul, it is the hidden Manna, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rev. 22. 17.
  • To the thirsty, rivers of pleasure, water of life, fountain of life, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rev. 22. 17 INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal. 36. 8, 9,.
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In a word, To them that have lien upon the dunghill here, and kept their integrity, it is a throne upon
which they shall sit and reign with Christ for ever and ever, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rev. 3. 31. and 22. 5.

Dear heart chear up, a sharp breakfast, but a blssed supper, the supper of the Lamb. The Bridegroom
saith, “Loe I come quickly”: Let thy rejoiced soul eccho back again, “Even so, come Lord Jesus”.

There is but a little time for prayer left, in that remember me, and then everlasting halelujahs wil be
thy work, and rest. Live for ever with thy God. Amen.

I shall accompany thee with my prayers, though I cannot with my person.

Mistresse Love’s Letter to Mr Love.

My dear heart,

Before I write a word further, I beseech thee think not that it is thy wife, but a freind now that writes
to thee. I hope thou hast freely given up thy wife and children to that God, who hath said in the INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.49
of Jer. and ver. 11.
“Leave thy fatherlesse children, I will preserve them alive, and let thy Widow trust C2 in C2v 12
in me”
: thy Maker will be my husband, and a father to thy children. O that the Lord would keep thee
from having one troubled thought for thy relations. I desire freely to give thee up into thy Fathers
hands, and not only look upon it as a crown of glory for thee to die for Christ, but as an honour to me,
that I should have an husband to leave for Christ. I dare not speak to thee, nor have a thought within
my own heart, of my unspeakable losse, but wholly keep my eye fixed upon thy unexpressable
and unconceiveable gain. Thou leavest but a sinfull, morall wife, to be everlastingly marryed to the
Lord of glory: Thou leavest but children, brothers, and sisters, to go to the Lord Jesus thy eldest
Brother: Thou leavest friends on earth, to go to the enjoyment of Saints and Angels, and the spirits
of just men made perfect in glory; Thou dost but leave earth for heaven, and changest a prison for a
palace. And if naturall affections should begin to arise, I hope that spirit of grace that is within
thee, will quell them; knowing that all things here below are but dung and drosse in comparison of
those things that are above. I know thou keepest thine eye fixed on the hope of glorie, which
makes thy feet trample on the losse of earth. My Deer, I know God hath not onely prepared glory
for thee, and thee for it; but I am perswaded he will sweeten the way for thee to come to the enjoyment
of it. When thou art putting on thy cloaths that morning, O think, I am now putting on
my wedding garments, to go to be everlastingly married to my Redeemer. And when the messenger
of death comes to thee, let him not seem dreadfull to thee; but look on him as a messenger that brings
thee tidings of eternal life. When thou goest up the scaffold, think, (as thou saidst to me) It is but
thy fiery chariot, to carrie thee up to thy Fathers house. And when thou layest down thy precious
head to receive thy Fathers stroak, remember what thou saidst to me, Though thy head was severed
from thy bodie, yet in a moment thy soul should be united to thy Head the Lord Jesus in heaven. And
though it may seem something bitter, that by the hands of men we are parted a little sooner then otherwise
we might have been; yet let us consider, It is the decree and will of our Father; and it will not
be long ere we shall enjoy one another in heaven again. Let us comfort one another with these sayings.
Be comforted, my dear Heart, It is but a little stroak, and thou shalt be there where the weary
shall be at rest, and where the wicked shall cease from troubling. Remember, though thou maist eat
thy dinner with bitter herbs, yet thou shalt have a sweet supper with Christ that night. My Deer, by
what I write unto thee, I do not hereby undertake to teach thee; for these comforts I have received
from the Lord by thee. I will write no more, nor trouble thee any further, but commit thee into the
armes of that God, with whom ere long thee and I shall be. Farewell, my Deer, I shall never see thy
face more, till we both behold the face of the Lord Jesus at the great Day.

Mary Love.

Another of Mistresse Love’s to Master Love.

My heavenly Dear,

I call thee so; because God hath put heaven into thee, before he hath taken thee to heaven. Thou now
beholdest God, Christ and Glory as in a glasse; but tomorrow, heaven gates will be opened, and
thou shalt be in the full enjoyment of all those glories, which eye hath not seen, nor eare heard, neither
can the heart of man understand. God hath now swallowed up thy heart in the thoughts of heaven; but
ere long thou shalt be swallowed up in the enjoyment of heaven: And no marvel there should be such
quietnesse and calmnesse in thy spirit, whilest thou art sailing in this tempestuous sea; because thou perceivest
by the eye of Faith a haven of rest, where thou shalt be richly laden with all the glories of heaven.
O lift up thy heart with Joy, when thou layest thy dear head on the block, in the thought of this, that thou
art laying thy head to rest in the fathers bosome; which when thou dost awake, shall be crowned, not
with an earthly fading crowne, but with an heavenly eternal crown of glory. And be not discouraged
when thou shalt see a guard of souldiers triumphing with their trumpets about thee; but lift up thy head,
and thou shalt behold God with a guard of his holy Angels, triumphing to receive thee to glory. Be
not dismaied at the scoffs and reproaches that thou mayst meet with in thy short way to heaven; for be assured, C3r 13
assured, God will not only glorifie thy body and soul in heaven, but he will also make the memory of
thee to be glorious on the earth! O let not one troubled thought for thy wife and babes arise within
thee; thy God will be our God, and our portion; he will be a husband to thy widow, and a father to thy
children, the grace of thy God will be so sufficient for us. Now, my Dear, I desire willingly and chearfully
to resigne my right in thee to thy Father and my Father, who hath the greatest interest in thee. And
confident I am, though men have separated us for a time; yet our God will ere long bring us together
again, where we shall eternally enjoy one another, never to part more. O let me hear, how God bears
up thy heart, and let me taste of those comforts that support thee, that they may be as pillars of marble
to bear up my sinking spirit. I can write no more, Farewel, farewel my Dear, till we meet there where
we shall never bid farewel more; till which time I leave thee in the bosome of a loving tender hearted
Father, and so I rest,

Till I shall for ever rest in Heaven,

Mary Love.

Master Love to his Wife, when he should have first suffered.

My dearest Beloved,

I Am now going to my long home, yet I must write thee a word before I go hence, and shall be seen
no more; It is to beg thee to be comforted in my gaine, and not to be troubled in thy losse; Labour
to suppresse thy inward fears, now thou art under outward sorrowes; as thy outward sufferings abound,
let thy consolations in Christ abound also. I know thou are a woman of a sorrowful spirit. My
time is short, I have but a few words of counsel to give thee, and then I shall leave thee to God, who careth
for thee and thine.

  • 1. Whiles thou are under desertions, labour rather to strengthen and clear up thy evidences
    for heaven, then question them.
  • 2. Remember a faith of adherence, or reliance on the Lord Jesus,
    brings thee to heaven, though thou want the faith of Evidence or Assurance.
  • 3. Labour to finde
    that (and more also) in God, which thou hast lost in the creature.
  • 4. Spend not thy days in heavinesse
    for my death; if there were knowledge of things below, or sorrow in heaven; I should grieve to think
    my beloved should mourn on earth.
  • 5. Lye under a soul searching Ministry; I know thou art not a
    spungy hearer, to suck in foul water as well as faire. God hath given thee a good understanding, to be
    able to discerne things that differ; as the mouth tasts meat, thy eare tryeth words
  • 6. Be conversant
    in Christian meetings, and much in the exercises of the duties of mortification, in fasting and prayers;
    yet have respect to the weaknesse of thy body and thy present condition.
  • 7. Have a care of thy self and
    babes, God will take care of thee and them.

I can write no more; farewel my Dear, farewel, farewel.
These are the last words written by

Thy dying, yet comforted Husband,

Christopher Love.

My Deare, I beg thee to be satisfied: my heart is greatly comforted in God; I can quietly submit
to the good pleasure of his will, and I hope thou dost so also, I am delivered by the determinate counsel
of God, the will of the Lord be done. Read for thy comfort when I am dead and gone,
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Another of Master Loves to his Wife.

More deare to me then ever,

It addes to my rejoycing, that I have so good and gracious a wife to part with for the Lord Jesus: In
thy grief, I have been grieved; but in thy joy, I have been comforted. Surely, nature could never
help thee to bear so heavy a stroke, with so much silence and submission to the hand of God! Oh dearest,
every line thou writest, gladdeth my heart. I dare not think that there is such a creature as Mary
in the world, for Kis and Mall, I can think of them without trouble, leaving them to so good a
God, and so good a Mother. Be comforted concerning thy husband, who may more honour God in
his death then in his life; the will of the Lord be done, he is fully satisfied with the hand of God. Though
there but little between him and death, he knows, there is but little between him and heaven; and that ravisheth
his heart. The Lord blesse and requite thee for thy wise and good counsel; thou hast prevented
me, the very things I thought to have written to thee, thou hast written to me: I have had more comfort
from thy gracious letter, then from all the counsel I have had from any else in the world; well, be
assured, we shall meet in heaven. I rest, till I rest in heaven,

Thy dying, but comforted Friend,
From the Tower,
the Lord’s Day.

Christopher Love.

Another of Mr Love’s to his Wife

More dearest delight on earth,

I Was fast asleep when thy Note came. I blesse God, I break not an hours sleep for all my sufferings;
I know they worke for me a more exceeding and eternall weight of glory. I slept this night from ten at
night, till seven in the morning, and never waked. My Dear, I am so comforted in the gracious supports
God gives thee, that my burdens are the lighter on my shoulders, because they are not so heavie
on thine, or if they be heavie, yet that God helps thee to bear them. The Lord keep it in the purpose
of our hearts forever, to submit to the good pleasure of God. I blesse God I do finde my heart in as
quiet and composed a temper as ever I did in all my life. I am till I die,

Thy tender hearted Husband,

Christopher Love.

MrLove’s last Letter to his Wife, on the day
He suffered.

My most gracious Beloved,

I Am now going from a Prison to a Palace; I have finished my worke, I am now to receive my wages;
I am going to heaven, where are two of my children, and leaving thee on the earth where are three of
my Babes; those two above need not my care, but the three below need thine. It comforts me to think tw C4r 15
two of my children are in the bosome of Abraham, and three of them will be in the Armes and care of so
tender and godly a Mother: I know thou art a woman of a sorrowful spirit, yet to be comforted: though
thy sorrow be great for thy Husbands going out of the world; yet thy paines shall be the lesse in bringing
thy child into the world; thou shalt be a joyfull Mother, though thou beest a sad Widow. God hath
many mercies in store for thee; the prayers of a dying Husband for thee will not be lost. To my shame I
speak it; I never pray’d so much for thee at libertie, as I have done in prison. I cannot write more, but
I have a few practical councels to leave with thee, viz.

  • 1. Keep under a sound, Orthodox, and soul searching Ministry; Oh there are many deceivers gone
    out into the world, but Christs sheep know his voice, and a stranger will they not follow. Attend on
    that Ministry that teaches the way of God in truth, and follow Solomons advice, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Pro. 19.27. “Cease to hear
    instruction that causes to erre from the ways of knowledg.”
  • 2. Bring up thy children in the knowledge and admonition of the Lord: the mother ought to be a
    teacher in the fathers absence, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Pro. 19. 27. “The words which his mother taught him”; and Timothy was
    instructed by his Grandmother Lois, and his mother Eunice, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.2 Tim. 1. 5.
  • 3. Pray in thy family daily, that thy dwelling may be in the number of the families that do call on
  • 4. Labour for a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1. Pet. 3. 4.
  • 5. Pore not on the comforts thou wantest, but on the mercies thou hast.
  • 6. Look rather at Gods end in afflicting, then at the measure and degree of thy afflictions.
  • 7. Labour to cleer up thy evidences for heaven, when God takes from thee the comforts of earth, that
    as thy sufferings do abound, so thy consolations in Christ may abound much more, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.2 Cor. 1 4.
  • 8. Though it is good to maintain a holy jealousie of the deceitfulnesse of thy heart, yet it is evill for
    thee to cherish fears and doubts, about the truth of thy graces; If ever I had confidence touching the
    grace of another, I have confidence of grace in thee; I can say of thee as Peter did of Silvanus, I am
    perswaded that this is the grace of God wherein thou standest, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Pet.Peter 5. 12. Oh my dear soul, wherfore dost
    thou doubt, whose heart hath been upright, whose walkings have been holy, &c. I could venture my
    soul in thy soules stead, such a confidence have I of thee.
  • 9. When thou findest thy heart secure, presumptuous and proud, then pore upon corruption, more
    then upon grace; but when thou findest thy heart doubting obscured3 letters unbeleeving, then look on thy graces,
    not on thy infirmities.
  • 10. Study the covenant of grace and merits of Christ, and then be troubled if thou canst. Thou
    art interested in such a covenant that accepts purposes for performances, desires for deeds, sincerity for
    perfection, the righteousnesse of another, viz. that of Jesus Christ as if it were thine own. Oh my
    Love! rest, rest then in the love of God, in the bosome of Christ.
  • 11. Swallow up thy will in the will of God; it is a bitter cup wee are to drink, but it is the cup our
    Father hath put into our hands. When Paul was to go to suffer at Jerusalem, the Christians could say,
    “The will of the Lord be done”; Oh, say thou, when I go to Tower-hill, The will of the Lord be done.
  • 12. Rejoyce in my joy; to mourn for me inordinately, argues that either thou enviest, or suspectest
    my hapinesse. The joy of the Lord is my strength, oh let it be thine also. Dear wife, farwell; I will
    call thee wife no more, I shall see thy face no more: yet I am not much troubled, for now I am going
    to meet the Bridegroome the Lord Jesus Christ, to whome I shall be eternally marryed.

Thy Dying, yet most
Affectionate Friend till death,

Christopher Love.