The Copie of my lettre to my wief the xxiijth of October 1585
They offences & faltes that you haue committed against me which noe good wief would doe, wher admonitions sufficient to all men to be advised in their mariage, & though you desire to be chardged particulerlie to thende you maie knowe your faltes I nede not to expresse them they are manifest to the worlde and yf I would hidd theim your behaviour and conditions hath laid theim open. ther can not be anie wief more forgetfull of her dutie & lese carfull to please her husbande than you haue bene, nor anie more bounden nor haue receiued greater benefittes by her husbande then you. the particuleres I will not expresse but doe leave them to the time till that god will send you his grace to mak you confesse them in that I loued you & did manie good thinges for you and was loth that the world should see your behavioure it maie be Iudged thus I woulde still so haue continued if you had not sought all meanes both at home & abroade to offend me ther nedes not manie wordes, I haue sene throwlie into your devises & desires your vnsatiable gredie appetite did bewraye you. your owne living at my handes could not content you, nor yet a great part of mine, which for my quietnes I could haue bene contented to haue gaven you but this was short of the mark you shott at & yet do. your faire wordes are mo bete for me, they haue they showe & trust they haue had though the appeare butifull yet they are mixed with a hidden poison. but assure yourselfe I will avoide so near as I can my owne harme. I am & wilbe pleased with hir Majestes ordre (though it semed harde) for you best knowe that your living was never ment to your children during my lief, but seing it fals out so, you must be likewise contented with that for your mantenance & pament of your debtes that her Majestie hath assigned which is a great portion & none of your callinge hath the like. You chardg me with an vntruthe that I doe enter into your livinge meaninge your childrens to it semethe. I content my self with her Majestes order & intendeth to holde th vCli lande by yeare during our lives. you wer euer in miserie but yet sufficientlie furnished to buy landes for your children. Marie youu nowe wante the helpe & so shall do that you had to paie for it I in force not your children to sell land but yat your wilfulnes & their pride be such as cannot be mainteyned what without salle of your lande. I do not reioyse in it nor assuredlie I am not sore for it /./ / I mervell to see your earnestnes, as you pretend by your lettres to be with me. you can not forget ther was bookes drawen by our counsell and about the agrement I did met your children before the Lord Chancellour & the Lord of leiceter and all your griefes were their recited, aswell the release of my sutes commensed against your Children & sheruntes for my goodes & sclanderous Rumors spred by them of me in divers partes of this realme, for whom noe good wif would once opon her mouth. as for our cohabitacion with having all your living at my disposition during the same and divers other thinges as by the bookes appereth to which I answered them as I will answere you, that if ever I thinke good to tak you againe (for you went awaie voluntarilie not turned awaie by me as you saie, (and when I sent for you, you said I should send twise for you, or you would come,) I will haue both together with out any exceptid either of significacion of your part or of mine, But herof you make noe recitall in your lettres that you are contented that I shall haue the disposition of your lyvinge. but assure your self the one without theother I will neuer haue. they Malicious mindes that your children doe beare to me I cannot awaie withall it can not be but you must favoure your children, therfor howe dangerous it wher of me to be compassear about with you & theim when after me you shall leape into my seate, the most ignorant maie Iudge and here I ende protesting before the Almightie god that I doe not this for anie malice to you or anie partie, but that in my ould age, I do fear my securitie & quietnes & would not haue it troubled during my lief./ Sheffeld this xxiijth of october 1585


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