To the Ryght honorabell my [synge]uler good lorde an[d b]rother the erle of lecester
My good lord and brother yt ys wrete to me at lenth by my sone gelberte talbott how honorabley your Lordship contenewes your wontyed care to do good styll to me and myne, and theryn ys expressed your Lordship’s honorabe[ll] prouydence now entended for my dowter lennox yn maryage, I shall euer acknolege besydes ane enfenytte nomber your goodnesses to me and myne, the latte good spede and prefarment my sonne charles hade, brought to passe by your Lordship’s only wysdome. but as your Lordship’s nobell mynde ys euer workenge nobell effectes and of the same frewtes by good fourtune I and all [my]ne amongst otheres to owre great comfortes do ...[ely ta]ste, I beynge of no poure nor abelyte any ...[wes] to make apeare the dewty of thankes/ ... your Lordship the greatter by me and myne ough[t] ...onde your Lordship’s worthey famme whyche ys all the [re]compence I cane make and the beste sarues all myne are abell to do vnto your Lordship all the dayes of ther lyues. and for my dowter lennox of whome your Lordship plecythe to haue that esspecyall care, and we most bonde to your Lordship for yt, yeldynge humbyll thankes to your Lordship she dothe styll fynde har selfe so many wayes bonde to you, as wylbe aduysed by your Lordship more then any man and I hartely desyre your Lordship to contennew that honorabell mynde towardes har ether for the Lord Sandes or any other that shalbe thought metyste, and yf yt plese your Lordship to comende eny to Chattysworth as a place for sondery cauncus I desyre fourst to enter ther aquentance, he or whome elce your Lordship comendes shalbe as frendly welcome as I am behouldyng to geue one sent by your Lordship, wereyn as yn althynges elles I do refare her happy mache, her well bestoynge ys my greatys care, some of my frendes haue heretofore wyched sondery good machus for her, yf I coulde haue founde yn her the lyste lykenge more to one then a nother I wolde haue trobeled your Lordship herwith without whouse specyall help I knowe yt colde take no good affecte she sayth euer to me she cane nott determyne har selfe to lyke of any for a hosbande whome she neuer saye nor knoywethe not hys lykenge of har. I defare all to your Lordship’s honorabell good consederacyon of whome as of vary nobelyte hym selfe I take my leue with my prayer for all hapynes to you and yours shefelde the xviij of maye

your Lordship’s faythefull Syster


I cannott contente my celfe my wyfes lettares shall passe. withoute Rememberenge & commendynge my celfe vnto your Lordship my derest frende with my moste hartyste thankes for the honorabell care of vs & oures whereby if it comlebe you ... more & more bynde me to be youres/ Your Lordship’s moste fethe[full]

G S[hrewsbury]

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