At some point during the late 1620s or early 1630s

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At some point during the late 1620s or early 1630s, Cromwell experienced a momentous  spiritual conversion. Previously, despite his Puritan upbringing, Cromwell had not been  terribly fervent in his Christianity. A letter he wrote to a cousin in 1638, however, shows  how profoundly his new religious convictions had overtaken him: "My soul is with the  congregation of the firstborn, my body rests in hope," Cromwell wrote. "The Lord  accepts me in His Son, and gives me to walk in the light, as he is in the light. Blessed be  His name for shining on so dark a heart as mine!" Like a number of other devout  Puritans at the time, Cromwell came to see himself as one of God's Elect, the select few  who, according to Calvinist doctrine, were predestined for eternal salvation in heaven.  This conviction fired Cromwell with a great sense of destiny and personal righteousness.
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