To the right honorable my very good Lord the Lord Pagett
The Cowntesse of Shrewsbury toching Master duport 28° November 1581
My verie good Lord I am made to vnderstand that Master Duport of Bretby whome I haue knowne manie yeres of verie quiet behaviour is nowe greatlie molested by some of your Lordship’s tennauntes of your Mannor of Winisell, wherein (as yt is said he hath receiued very hard dealing. There hath bene moved by this occasion diuers sutes betwene them, as indictmentes vppon the statute of periury & and allso in the starre chamber, which maye to the further trouble and great Charges of eyther partie, and yet (as your Lordship knoweth) the same must haue end according to the equytie thereof. ffor that this poore gente is one that I would gladlie quiet & relieve in his reasonable and iust causes, my request is that yt would please your Lordship, that your tenauntes may cease the sute, lyke as he for his part is very willing to doe, as one desirous of your Lordship's favour, and hath often (as he saieth) dutifully made sute for the same, And that all matters depending in Controversie betwene them may be referred to the iudgement and determinacion of some indifferent gentlemen in thos parties, who vppon the examinacion and hearing thereof may determine the same as the equitie of the Cause requireth Wherein your Lordship shall do a very good dede, in making peace and appeasing thos troublesome sutes, by which I thinke in thend neyther partie will gaine, but the lawiers enriched and they (besides their gret disquietnes and trouble) gretlie impoverished and hindred thereby And I shall thinke my self beholding vnto you for the same. And so with my hartiest Commendacions I take my leave of your good Lordship Sheffeld the xxviijth of November.1581

your Lordship's assuryed louynge frend


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