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Indeed I had not much wit, yet I was not an idiot - my wit was according to my years.
Indeed I did not stand as a beggar at the Parliament door, for I never was at the Parliament-House, nor stood I ever at the door as I do know or can remember; not as a petitioner I am sure.
In such misfortunes my Mother was of an heroic spirit, in suffering patiently when there was no remedy, and being industrious where she thought she could help.
For Pleasure, Delight, Peace and Felicity live in method and temperance.
For I, hearing my Lord's estate amongst many more estates was to be sold, and that the wives of the owners should have an allowance therefrom, it gave me hopes I should receive a benefit thereby.
For disorder obstructs: besides, it doth disgust life, distract the appetities, and yield no true relish to the senses.
First, they were bred when I was not capable to observe or before I was born; likewise the breeding of men is of a different manner from that of women.
But if our sex would but well consider and rationally ponder, they will perceive and find that it is neither words nor place that can advance them, but worth and merit.
As for plenty, we had not only for necessity, conveniency and decency, but for delight and pleasure to superfluity.
As for our garments, my Mother did not only delight to see us neat and cleanly, fine and gay, but rich and costly: maintaining us to the heighth of her estate, but not beyond it.
As for my brothers, of whom I had three, I know not how they were bred.
And though I might have learnt more wit and advanced my understanding by living in a Court, yet being dull, fearful and bashful, I neither heeded what was said or practised, but just what belonged to my loyal duty and my own honest reputation.
And not only my own brothers and sisters agreed so but my brothers and sisters in law; and their children, although but young, had the like agreeable natures and affectionate dispositions.
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