To my very frend Syr Frances Walsyingham knyght prencepall secretory to her majesty
good master Secretorye with my ryght harty comendatyons, I pray you take in good parte my Lyke desyar that yt wyll please you to prefare my humble sute vnto the quenes majesty in the behaulfe of apore ynfant my Iuyll arbella who ys to depend wholly vpon her majestys bounty and goodnes being in her tender age depryued of her parrents. whos Late mother in her extreme sycknes and euen at the approching of her end (which I cannot without great grefe. remembar) dyd most earnestly sundrye tymes recommend to her majestys gracyous goodnes and fauor that poore infant her only care with hartye desyar and confedence that her majesty myght inioy a Long and prosperous raigne and be a gracyous patrone and soufarigne to that her innocent chyld as her majesty had hetherto ben to them both./ and forasm[uch] as the foure hondryth poundes yerely graunted to my sayde daughtar ys by her death at the quenes majestys dysposytyon; my humble sute ys that her hyghnes whos manyfould gracyous fauors and bountye haue so much bound me as no subyecte can be more to a most worthy soufraigne wyll vouchesaffe to graunt the same foure hondryth poundes yearly with the other tow hondryth pounds to arbella for her mayntenance duaring her mynorytye, which ys but for a few yeares, whereof I dout not but her majesty wyll fauorable accepte as hetherto she hath don of all my sutes, and conseder that her brenging vp euery way as appartayneth, and so as she maybe able the sonar in seruice to attend vpon her majesty (which I chefly desyar) wyll hardly be parformed with syxe hondryth pounds yearly in mony and more commodetye ys not to be made of thos Lands being as they are in Lesse. I do not Lyke she should be now here as she was with her mother in her Lyfe tyme, nether can I be conte[nted] she be in any place wher I may not somtymes se her and dayly here of her well doing, and therfore at great chargs to kepe her in house with such as are fytt to attend vpon her and be in her compeny and being neare well towards vij yeares ould she ys of very greate towardnes to Learne anytheng, and I very carefull of her good educatyon as yf she were my owne and only chyld, and agreat deale more for the consanguynitye she ys of to her majesty whos happye raigne ouer vs I dayly with most zealous mynd pray the allmeghty gouernor of all thenges Long to contenew, and now craueing most hartelye your frendshep in mouing thys sute to her majesty I refare the same to your wysdom being better able to conseder therof then I am at this present who can not so sonne enter into any thought of thes causes but that I am ouercharged with gryefes, and so make an end of this my vnconsederat Letters trusting her hyghnes wyll accepte of my Loyall dutye and seruice which I desyar you wyll commend vnto her royall mayestye./ Sheffeld this vjth of may

your very Louing frend

EShrouesbury


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