[Address Leaf: Notes]
To ye right honrable
my verry good la. the
Countes of Shrewsburye
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[Letter Text: Notes]
Good Madame I am both sorrey and ashamed to ...
at yor yll enterteynment you suffer in that pore hospyta...
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 knowth you ar in yor 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 yor 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
yt pore lodging at this time, so I pray you my
good la. comand & dyspose of howse & all that
ys in yt euen as ye wold of yor very owen &
I pray you think that next her mate, ther ys
no two in England better welcome then yor L. & yor
selfe ys & shalbe whear I haue to do. And you shal...
cause my L. to thynk now yt I haue performyd parte
of his ernest request & desuer to me wch was that I
wold haue the same care toward yor la yt 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 mate, other cause shold there
haue ben none to lett me from being wt you or this tyme
And thus wt a 2000 thankes & most harty comendacions
to yor good la. I wyll take leaue for this tyme. at
nonsuch this wensday.

yor la very loving
ffrend and cousen

R Leycester

Madame her Mate hath asked oft of yor recouery
and desierus to hear well of you. & very gladd to know
... is thus well alredy wt you./ Leycester

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