William Bradford Institute
for Study of the
Early Settlement of America


Bradford's Letterbook - 5

Loving and kind friends, &c. I know not whether ever this will come to your
hands, or miscarry, as other of my letters have done; yet in regard of the
Lord's dealing with us here, I have had a great desire to write Unto you;
knowing your desire to bear a part with us, both in our joys and sorrows, as we
do with you.

These therefore are to give you to understand, that it hath pleased the Lord to
take out of this veil of tears, your, and our loving and faithful pastor, and my
dear brother, Mr. John Robinson, who was sick some eight days, beginning first
to be sick on a Saturday morning, yet the next day, being the Lord's day he
taught us twice, and the week after grew every day weaker, than other, yet felt
no pain but weakness, all the time of his sickness; the physick he took wrought
kindly, in man's judgment, yet he grew every day weaker than other, feeling
little or no pain, yet sensible, till the very last. Who fell sick the twenty
second of February, and departed this life the first of March. He had a
continual inward ague, which brought the but I thank the Lord, was free of the
plague, so that all his friends could come freely to him. And if either prayers,
tears, or means would have saved his life, he had not gone hence. But he having
faithfully finished his course, and performed his work, which the Lord had
appoined him here to perform; he now rests with the Lord, in eternal happiness.
We wanting him and all church Governours, not having one at present that is a
governing officer amongst us. Now for ourselves here left (I mean the whole
Church) we still, by the mercy of God, continue and hold close together in peace
and quietness, and so I hope we shall do though we be very weak; wishing (if
such were the will of God) that you and we were again together in one, either
there or here, but seeing it is the will of the Lord, thus to dispose of things,
we must labour with patience to rest contented till it please the Lord otherwise
to dispose of things.

For news at present here, is not much worth the writing, only as in England we
have lost our old King who departed this life about a month ago, so here we have
lost Grave Morrice, the old Prince here, who both departed this life, since my
brother Robinson; and as in England we have a new King, Charles, of whom there
is great hope of good; the King is making ready about one hundred sail of ships,
the end is not yet certain, but they will be ready to go to sea very shortly;
the King himself goes to see them once in fourteen days. So here likewise we
have made Prince Hendrick General, in his brother's place, who is now with the
Grave of Mansfield with a great army, close by the enemy, to free Breda, if it
be possible, which the enemy hath besieged now some nine or ten months; but how
it will fall out at last, is yet uncertain, the Lord give good success if it be
his will. And thus fearing lest this will not come to your hands, hoping as soon
as I hear of a convenient messenger, to write more at large, and to send you a
letter which my brother Robinson sent to London; to have gone to some of you,
but coming too late, was brought back again. And so for this time I cease
further to trouble you, and rest,

Your assured loving friend,

Leyden, April 28, Anno 1625 .


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