Sir Henry Vane (1612-1662), was an English colonial administrator, statesman and the Governor of Massachusetts in 1636. He was knighted by King Charles I in 1640 and was elected to Long and Short Parliaments. He also served as joint treasurer of the English navy.
Sir Henry Vane is noted for having helped Roger Williams secure the Rhode Island Charter in 1644, which bore Vane's signature as one of the commissioners for the plantation.
After Oliver Cromwell's "Protectorate" government, 1653-59, Charles II took the throne and executed Cromwell's loyal followers, one of whom was Sir Henry Vane, who wrote:
"They that press so earnestly to carry on my trial do little know what the presence of God may be afforded me in it, and issue out of it to the magnifying of Christ in my body, by life of by death. Nor can they, I am sure, imagine how much I desire to be dissolved and be with Christ, which of all things which can befall me I account the best."
"As the present storm we now lie under, the dark clouds that yet hang over the Reformed Churches of Christ, which are coming thicker and faster, so the coming of Jesus Christ in these clouds in order to a speedy and sudden revival of His cause, and spread of His kingdom over the face of the whole earth, is most clear to the eye of faith, even the faith in which I die, whereby the kingdoms of this world shall become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, Amen! Even so come, Lord Jesus!" - Jacob Sparks, Library of American Biography, p. 293. Stephen Abbott Northrop, D.D., A Cloud of Witnesses (Portland, OR: American Heritage Ministries, 1987), p. 471.