To the Right honorable my espetiall good Ladye the Countess dowager of Shrewsberye giue this./.. at Hardwick --.//=.
Most honorable Madam/ These are to desyre your honors pardon for the last letters I sent you, because, I made that speede with them (that they myght giue your honor the fyrst intelligens of the Arraignmentes) that I Could not in so short tyme make them fytt for your honors readeing or heareing. As I have allwaye deservedly esteemed your honor my best Patron - so I must now in all humiletye beseech your honors ever gratiousnes to shew yt selfe espetially to me in protecting me - In vutsafing to laye your honors Command on my vunkell George Chaworth to stand my frend, & speake for me to my vunkell Henerye Chaworth, for that now he ys determined to settell his estate, he would please to favor me as Sir George Chaworth sayd, and not take awaye the goodnes of his will to me: but rather to mend then Cross yt (as I heare he goeth about/ I have written to master Timothey to informe your honor what my vunkell Henerye meaneth to doe against me, and whearein my vunkell George maye pleasure me, for I assure your hono[r] my vunkell Henerye was accustomed and I beleeve will yet be wholly guided by him - therefore I must buld vppon your honors effecting his love for me/ -- I beseech your honor pardon this exceeding rudenes and bouldnes in me - I doubt yt wilbe much offensive, for that I knowe your honor hath many wayghtye and worthye affayres of your owne that be over troblesome vnto your honor: but I beseech your honor impute this to the best, which ys that I flye vnto your honor as to my protectress and defender - And so I beseech God to send your honor freedome from all trobles, & to heape vppon you manye yearss of Ioye and blesednes - from the Court this 13th of ffebruarye 1606

Your honors most bounden

George Chaworth


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