To the right honorable my very good Lord the Lord Burghley Lord Tresorer of Englande
21 September 1592 Countess of Shrowsberry to my Lord
My honorable good Lord; I reseuyd your Lordships lettre on wedensday towards night bein[g] the xxth of this September, by a seruant of master Iohn Talbotts of Irelande./ My good Lord I w[as] at the first much trobled to think yat so wicked and mischeuous practises shold be deuysed to intrap my pore Arbell & me; but I put my trust in thalmighty & wyll vse such diliagent care, as I dobt not but to preuent whatsoeuer shalbe attempted by any wycked persons against ye pore chyld./ I am most bounde to hyr majesty yat it pleased hyr to apoynte your Lordship to giue me knowledge of this wycked practyse, and I humbly thanke your Lordship for aduertisinge yt, yf any such lyke hereafter be discouered I besech your Lordship I may be forewarned./ I wyll not haue any vnknowen or suspected person to come to my howse, vppon ye least suspicion that may happen here, any wey, I shall giue aduertisement to your Lordship/ I haue litle resort to me, my howse is furnished with sufficient company, Arbell walks not late, at such tyme as she shall take ye ayre, yt shalbe nere the howse, & well attended on, She goeth not to any bodyes howse atall, I se hyr almost euery howre in the day, she lyeth in my bed chambre, yf I can be more presise then I haue bene I wylbe./ I am bound in nature to be carefull for Arbell; I find hir louing & dutyfull to me, yet hire owne good & safety is not derer to me, nor more by me regarded then to accomplysh hyr majesties pleasure, & yat which I think may be for hyr seruice./ I wold rayther wyshe many deaths then to se this or any such like wycked attempt to preuayle./ About a yere since there was on harrison a seminary yat lay at his brothers howse about a myle from hardwyck whome I thought then to haue caused to bene apprehended & to haue sent hym vp; but found he had licence for a tyme; notwithstandinge the seminary sone after went from his brothers finding how much I was discontented with his lyinge so nere me. Since my comming now into the cuntrey I had some intelligence that the same seminary was come ageyn to hys brothers howse, my sonn william Cavendysshe went thither of a sudden to make serch for hym, but cold not find hym./ I wryte thus much to your Lordship yat yf any such trayterus and naughty persons (thoroug hir majestyes clemency) be suffred to go abroad, yat they may not harbor nere my howses, wyngfeld, hardwik, nor Chattesworthe, in derbyshyre; they are the likest instruments to put a bad matter in execution./ On Morley who hath attended on Arbell & red to hyr for the space of thre yere & a half shoed to be much discontented since my retorn into ye cuntry, in saying he had lyued in hope, to haue som annuitie graunted him by Arbell out of hyr land during hys lyfe, or some lease of grounds to ye value of forty pound a yere, alledging yat he was so much damnified by leuing of ye vniuersitie; & now saw yat if she were wyllinge yet not of abylitye to make him any such assurance. I vnderstanding by dyuers yat Morley was so much discontented, & withall of late hauing some cause to be dobtfull of his forwardnes in religion (though I can not charge him with papistry) toke occasion to parte with him/ after he was gone from my howse and all hys stuff caried from hence, the next day he retorned ageyn, very importunate to serue, without standinge vppon any recompence, which made me more suspicious & ye wyllinger to parte with hym./ I haue an other in my howse who wyll supply Morleys place very well for ye tyme; I wyll haue those yat shalbe sufficient in lerninge, honest, & well disposed, so nere as I can./ I am inforced to vse the hand of my sonn william Cavendysshe, not beinge able to wryte so much my self for feare of bringing great payne to my hed, he only is pryuy to your Lordships letter, & neyther Arbell nor any other lyuinge, nor shalbe./ I besech your Lordship yat I may be directed from you as occasion shall fall out, to the vttermost of my vnderstanding, I haue & wylbe carefull./ I besech thalmighty to send your Lordship a longe & happy lyfe, & so I will. committ your Lordship to his protection./ from my howse at hardwyck this xxj.th of September 1592

your Lordships as I am bound

EShrouesbury


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