[Address Leaf]
To the Quenes most
excellent Magesty
9. Januar: 1602
Countess of Shrewsbury dowager
to the Queen.
[Overleaf: Notes]
[Letter Text: Notes]
Most Gratius Souereigne./ I cannot sufficiently in words
expres the infinite and great comforte I haue continually
reseued by your Ma.ties most princely fauors to me, & now
by your Ma.ties most gratius letter & message sent by S.r
Henry Broukhorne, who will particulerly informe your
Ma.tie of all things here./ his presisenes at his first comming
to kepe the offence from me, till he had priuatly talked wth
Arbell did make me dobtfull yt your Ma.tie had som suspition
in me; but when I considered your Ma.ties great wisdom in
it, I did in my harte most humbly thank your Ma.tie for
commaunding yt course to be taken./ These matters were ~
vnexpected of me, being altogether ignorant of hir vayne ~
doings, as on my saluation & allegeance to your Ma.tie I protest.
Notwthstanding hir vanitie, I rest most certeyn of hir ~
Loyall and dutifull mind to your Ma.tie/ But seing she hath
bene content to here matters of any moment & not to imparte
them to me, I am desirus & most humbly besech your ma.tie yt
she may be placed elswhere, to lerne to be more considerate,
& after yt it may pleas your ma.tie eyther to accept of hir service
about your Ma.ties most Royall person, or to bestoe hir in mariag
wch in all humilitie & dutie, I doe craue of your Ma.tie for I
cannot now assure my self of hir, as I haue donne./
The Almightie god for euer preserue your Ma.tie and confounde
your enemies./ from Hardwyck the ixth of Ianuary.

your Ma.ties/

most humble saruant and


Developed by

Developed by The University of Glasgow

Technical Development

Technical development by The Digital Humanities Institute

Funded by

Funded by the AHRC

'Bess of Hardwick's Letters' was developed by The University of Glasgow with technical development provided by The Digital Humanities Institute at The University of Sheffield
Version 1.0 | ISBN 978-0-9571022-3-1
© 2013 The University of Glasgow
Contact Us | Copyright and Citation Guide