To the Ryght honorabell[e] my very good lord my Lord burghly Lord tresurar of englande
22: June 1579 The Erle of Shrowsbury to my Lord The tenantes of Ashford.
My very good Lord as I Am lothe to trobell your Lordship with Any brablyng mattares. so wold you take it vnfrendly if whan Any thynge of Importans hap me I forbere to crave at your handes those frendly you Arre wyllenge to doo./ there is sarten lewde & ... persuns coppy holdares in Amanare of my wyfes called Asford within this counte of Darbe that beinge boldened with the favore my tenantes of gloss[ope] hadde lately At the courte & there Retorne withoutte ponesmente. dare & doo presumme to perswade th[e] members to Ioyne with them in complentes & exclamacy[ons] to hur majeste Rathare sekenge hur majeste vnquyete thereby than Apon Any Iust cause At All & where sum of them of late made petecion to me for Redresse of there supposed grefe & I apoynted this daye to here there grefes wyche I dyd with promes that my celfe wold this weke see the plase where they suppose wronge to be. & gyve ordare if cause were for Reformasyon to there Resonabell contentemente. & yett nottwithstandenge sum offe them as I Am Informed cett towardes the courte with commplents to her majestie wherefore good my to A... the lyke presumsyons & Inconveyences maye grow thereby. Lett me have your nobell frendly favore towardes the ponesment of those bade persvns of Asford woh now complene Agenst my wyfe & with no Reson can be satesfyed & helden At home & yett doo nott I seke to hyde or kepe from your knolege any wronge or extremyte they can Immagen my wyfe hath done to them/ but wold nott have her majeste trobled with any complents./ out of thes partes where All is quyett but these few lewde persuns. if therefor your Lordship with sum my Lords & othare of the counsell wyll take the penes to ... the cause of there complentes & what can be sayd one my wyfes behalf thervnto or if they be nott therwith conten[ted] to compell them to seke there Remede in sum hur majestes court[s] where they beste lyke & yett nott to escape without ponesmente due for there prosumsyon. this is my Requeste to your Lordship & to my Lords of othares of the councell one my wyfes behalfe/ that it may be sum tarrore to the lyke offendares & so Refarrenge vs holy to your Lordship's frendly consyderacyon I take my leve of your good Lordship with my wifes most harty commendasions Chatsworth xxij of Iune 1579

Your Lordship's evare Assured

G Shrewsbury

Good my lorde yt shall falle out yn proffe that thoyes at asshorde whych conplene haue nether wronge att all nor are preuyudysed by me any wayes I desyre nothynge more then the truthe may apeare to your Lordship and the reste of the lordes of har magystyes consell my only feare ys leste har magystye shulde be trobeled with ther complentes wherof as of all the reste that apertenes to me your Lordship wyll hau[e] as frendly care as I cane wysshe and therfor leuynge my sone forder to ynforme your Lordship therof I take my leaue of your good Lordship with my moste harty comendacyon to my good lady burley and my lady of oxforde

your Lordship's moste assuryed louynge frends


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