|Eleanor Armstrong||A woman from the Borough of Southwark in the county of Greater London, who married Mr. Wessell Goodwin in his youth. A Gentlewoman, she is a woman of "most excellent frame of spirit," and a very religious woman. She has four children with her husband: three sons and one daughter. She falls sick in her husband's old age, "contracted by melancholy, of which in a few moneths she died." Before her death, she begs her husband to give up his music, which he refuses. She also pleads with her children to help Mr. Goodwin avoid Mrs. Jones, "whom shee saw to be a subtil undermining woman."(1-3)||About the twenty sixth of his age, he married Mistris Ellenor Armestrong a Liecester shire Gentlewoman of an antient honorable Familie, a woman of the most excellent frame of spirit that I ever met with, judicious, sober, vertuous, and above all, religious, a Charitable heart, that would seldom send away the poore without a double Almes, relief for the body, and good counsel for the soul; that in some things seemed parsimonious, that on just occasions shee might be the more liberal; that could finely divert her Husband from his follies, and yet give him all due respect; by her he hath four children, three sonns, one daughter, all handsomely educated: for many years they continued in good correspondency of affection, till towards her latter daies, that his folly would admit of no restraint.
About the 58 yeare of his age, his vertuous wife fell sick of a painfull disease contracted by melancholy, of which in a few moneths she died. I should not mention any of the private unkindnesses with which she long strugled, and at last sunke under, only this particular I may not omit.
When she drew neare her death, some few dayes before her departure, overhearing the musick which was daily in the next roome, she desired one of her sons to call in their father, to whom with a broken sad voice she said, Husband, you well know what a burthen this Excesse of musick hath been to me all my life; must that which hath been so much affliction to me in my life, be brought to my death bed? may I not dye out of the noise of it? pray forbeare, I have not many houres to live, and then you may have your fill of musick. To which he replied not one word, but went out in discontent and so fel to his musick againe.
The third day after, shee departed this life; a little before her death shee called to her her son in Law and daughter Vernon, desiring them amongst other requests to see to the Education of her two 3 younget sons, the Eldest being a little before married to a vertuous maid of an honest and Religious Neighbour familie, for which shee much rejoyced, hoping that her eldest son now taken into partnership with his Father, and matcht with a stay'd discreet wife, the Old man would the more delight himselfe in his children and condition and take himself off from his extravagant musick. To which purpose shee then also desired her children to labour by all fair wayes to take him off from that company, especially from the frequentation of Mr. Edward Jones; and that not so much out of dislike to him as to his wife, whom shee saw to be a subtil undermining woman, that would be ready to make her own advantage of old Mr. Goodwins weaknesse.