To the Ryghthonorable hys synguler good Lady the Countes of Shrewsburye.
Pleaseth yt your Ladyshypp that as I acknowledge my selfe wholy indettyd vnto yow, as well for your woonted curtesye to my selfe, as your honorable Lettres in the behalfe of my brother to Master Gerard, so have I nowe an humble sute vnto yow, wherof I crave such acceptatyon as your Ladyship may convenyently admytt/ which ys thys that where my brother (havyng hys eldest daughter aboute the age of xviij yeares) ys very desyrous for a tyme to place hyr in servyce with yowr Ladyship (by reason of such honorable report as he hath receyved of yow)/ so yt woold please your Ladyship the rather at my humble sute to receyve hyr into your servyce/ trustyng at yf you vouchsave so to doo, neyther the condytyons of the Mayden, neyther hyr parentes mayntenance of hyr in your servyce shall move your Ladyship forthynke your curtesye in thys behalfe./ Thus commendyng my humble servyce both to my Lord and your Ladyship I shall not cease to pray for your glad prosperytee./ ffrom Grymston haule in Suffolke thys xijth Iuly./ 1570./

Your Ladyshypps to commaunde

Rychard Cavendysshe


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