To my honorable good ffrende Sir ffrancys Walsingham Pryncipall Secretarye to her Majestie
28 January 1581 The Countesse of Shrewsbury.

Touching her daughters portion
My honorable good frende yow vnderstande by my Lord's former lettres howe it hathe pleased god to take from me my doughter Lennoux to whose devyne Majestie I muste submytt my self and all myne as it pleaseth hym to dispose of vs, your wonted favour and honorable dealinge shewed to me hath made me nowe to resorte vnto yow as to my approved good frende/, my assured truste is that her Majestie of her accustomed gracious goodnes towardes me will lett the same portion It pleased her to bestowe on my doughter Lennoux and my Iuell Arbella, to goe to the child, for her better education and trayninge vpp in all good vertue and Learninge, and so she maye the soner be redye to attende on her Majestie. The Childe nowe growinge into more yeres shall stande in more nede of more seruantes and teachers, I nothinge doutt but vppon your good mediation her Majestie will thinke this portion litle inoughe for the Childe./, And thus good Master Secretarye besechinge your accustomed frendelie care to recomende this my suite and peticion to her Majestie, And that yow will gyve my sonne William Cavendishe Leave to attend on yow from tyme to tyme to knowe your good pleasure I ceasse Sheffeilde this xxviijth of Ianuarye/

your assuryed louyng frend


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