Too the Ryghte worchoupfulle syre Iohen thynne knyghte with spede and all posybell delygence
1557 from my lady Cavendysshe
Syr I am now dreuen to craue your helpe I haue defaryed the tyme of my sendynge to you for that I haue welhopyed tyll now of late that I shulde haue hade no ocasyon at thys presente to haue trobellede you but now so yt ys that ther ys abyll yn the parlamente howse agenste me. yt ys aganarall byll and dothe towche many. and yt passe yt wyll not only ondo me and my poore chyldery[n] but agreat nomber of hotheres yt hathe bene twyse rede yn the lordes howse and yt shalbe brought yn agayne of monday or tewyesday. so that yt ys thoughte yt wylbe wedynnesday or thourysday or yt be brought yn to the lowar howse. yf yt wolde plese you to be here at that tyme I shulde thynke my selfe mouste bowden to you. and thought I be nowayes habyll to recompence you yt dewrynge my lyffe I wyll neuer be forgotfoulle. the tyme ys so shorte that I wolde not thus bouldely haue sente for you onles you myght haue had more tyme, to haue prepared your selfe yn. but that mayster marche wylled me yn any wysse to yntrete you to come. whyche ys more then becomyth me. allthynges consedered. I trouste I shall haue agreat sorte of frendes. yt wolde I trouste yf you wyll take the paynes to come I shall haue many more by your meanes then. by agreat sorte of hothers. and so I wyll take my leue praynge you to bare with my rewde later yn consederynge what atrobeled ys habyll to do

your pore frende for euer as I am bowden

E Cauendyssh

yf you be here of fryday you shall stande me yn great stede


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