1647 / 1649. ~ 700 pages total, mss entries in secretary hand, primarily English. 7" x 2-1/2"; 7-1/2" x 3". 2 volumes, period full leather. Leather well worn, with spine mostly lacking on one volume, which is approaching disbound. A Fair to Good set. Item #44653
Provenance: Jeanette Lenygon a prominent NY interior designer, and antique collector with prominent society clients (Newport mansions, the White House etc). She had a posh practice in London serving the Royal family and other luminaries. Lenygon gave this set to an individual who graduated from Yale in 1964. He was then head of the West Side Association of New York City. The journals were acquired from one of his relatives, and subequently sold to Tavistock Books.
Their original research of some years ago showed a Reverend Worly or Warly in England in the mid 17th Century, to whom is attributed authorship. There is the possibility that the author may have been an early American colonist. There was a Whorly or Worley (spelling is not always exact) family, who first set foot in Jamestown Colony In North America.
Spellings of that same family name Include a General Edward Whalley (Worle) who was one of the signers of the death warrant for beheading King Charles. He was first cousin of Oliver Cromwell.
I believe the families original research regarding the journals, that they belonged to a Rev Worly of England.
Some entries directly reference the upheaval & chaos of the English Civil War. In one section the author writes about England and comments on" its great sin" ? He also writes about the nature of man, Satan, God & How to overcome evil.
The author Lee Worly Warly ( perhaps Rev Worley) must have been well educated. Interestingly the literacy rate in England in the 1640s was around 30 percent for males, rising to 60 percent in the mid-18th century.
Entries from the journals:
Yea Words are no substitution of the Father of man- Man is in ? many are pulled - ? thou number the common good Its maybe England's looking glass It is England’s great sin- it forgets- it suffers & not thou thinks of it Having ? may only ? can harbor England. Come ye may for we ? all of the miseries that have befallen before me the ? nation that now for many forgive them for salvation. Sorrow you may for yea only ? can harbor England.
Lust is an old sin- yea about 1600 years it is not only a sin against ? but it’s a sin against of the highest nature. It is a great sin- it is an old sin. The happiness of a Christian is now in looking thro ?, But how shall I know him there are 5 things that will discover ?
Thou will knowith, He appears in many shapes its said that you may know him by his cloven foot.
I am ? lot of man moves at night he will have a cloven foot if his owls be out at night by a perilous A man at ? walls thou things of it more zealous for god upon its a matter upon god’s glory.
Religion does not kill natural afflictions it makes the only Subservient it quel's- them into the right motion its lawful to some of gods messengers. Its my duty to love my wife my friends to love sabbath to love my children. Only ? look to the manor cost of my love.