To ye right honorable my verry good lady the Countes of Shrewsburye
Good Madame I am both sorrey and ashamed to ... at your yll enterteynment you suffer in that pore hospyta[lity] whear ther ys nether good ... nor any other comodytye to byd you so welcome as in veary dede the ... good wyll of the howse wold wyshe for you. but the best ys, he knoweth you ar in your own whilst you are in any of his whome you may as farr comand & dyspose of as of any frend ells you haue in England. hereby Madame hit trowbleth me not a lytle though hit shuld be to your further trowble that I can not be ther to bed you as welcome as I may, though not so well as I wold. but as hit ys no smale contentacion to me that you wold take yat pore lodging at this time, so I pray you my good lady comand & dyspose of howse & all that ys in yt euen as ye wold of your very owen & I pray you think that next her majeste, ther ys no two in England better welcome then your Lord & your selfe ys & shalbe whear I haue to do. And you shal[l] cause my Lord to thynk now yat I haue performyd parte of his ernest request & desuer to me which was that I wold haue the same care toward your lady yat I wold to him self. but that I do yt not as I wold I trust Madame you wyll hold me excused by reason of this absence & thorowe attendance vppon her majeste, other cause shold there haue ben none to lett me from being with you or this tyme And thus with a 2000 thankes & most harty comendacions to your good ladyship I wyll take leaue for this tyme. at nonsuch this wensday.

your ladyship's very loving ffrend and cousen

R Leycester

Madame her Majeste hath asked oft of your recouery and desierus to hear well of you. & very gladd to know ... is thus well alredy with you./ Leycester


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