[Address Leaf: Notes]
To my Lord my husband the Earle of Shrouesbury.//
[Letter Text: Notes]
My Lord I hould my selfe most infortunatt that vpon soe lyght occation yt pleaseth
you to wryte in that forme to me, for what new offence ys comitted since her mag:ty
reconciled vs. yf the denyall of the plate be the only cause why then my L. the trew
affermation therof in my letter ys more then my wordes nether such atryfell
I hoped could haue wrought so vnkynd effectes and weare my state able I
would not stande vpon such toyes as then you spake of./ touching
my sonnes leueing that ys no new cause for yt was longe agoe moued by
you and could nevar be consented too by vs in respecte of the reasons
in my last letter alleged and tho som myght seme not to dysalowe your
motyons yett yt was not her ma:tys order nether they had cometyon to
add to that order anythynge wthout our consentes but synce her
mag:ty hath sett downe her dr her order wch my sonnes wyll
and must precyslye obsarue./ my Lord I know not how Iustly
you can tearme me vnsaciable in my desyre of geayning
for my loses hath ben ^so^ greate wth my charges that makes me
desyre honystly to dyscharge my debte that wth my chyldrens
lands wch you haue no nede of and wyll not in my tyme
dyscharge them tho we all should leue of nothyng, and I
am gredye of nobodys lands else nether louke for the
seuen hondryth pounds you haue of ther lands but would
kepe the rest wch by all lawe order and consyance they
ought to posces nether my case and fortune hath ben to
mentayne my meserys wth vntrewthes for reseueing dayly
manyfest dyscurtecys nede not blushe to speake truly./
I assure you my L. my meaning ys not to molest or greue you
wth demanding nether I trust yt can be thought gredynes
to demande nothyng for I desyar no more then her mag:tys
order genetli and wyshe your happy days to be many and
good./ wheras yt pleaseth you to caule her mag:tys wretten
order but alate order the defferance only ys that the furst
order ys latly wretten and then for her magestye to axe
your consente to that you before consented to had ben
amotyon superflusus./ I am exceding sory yt pleaseth
you to wryte that I Impudently charge you wth the
saueing of athousand pounds you allowed me yearly
baldwen spake yt before s:r watter myldmay and
amongst other thyngs set yt downe in wryting, and I
maruyll you caule not to memory thys when so small
thyngs be resyved./ as the fyue hondryth pounds allowed
in mony
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yearly your hydes and fells wch you payd me ahondryth pounds
ayeare fore score pound for saruants wages and made vp the thousand
pound wth better in benes muttons corne and other prouigyons, and
you know thys to be very trewe./ touching the poscrypte my desyre
hath ben so greate to be wth you and sawe hyd your longe delays
that made me an humble suter to her magesty to be earnest wth you
but not as you wryte. for the other that I labour your stay I assure
you my lord I dyd not but yet would be very glad that all wear
parfeted heare and then to goe downe wth you and hoped also
eare thys we should haue be on our ways into the contrye./
so beseaching the almyghty to make you better conseaue of me,
I end wyshing my selfe wthout offence wth you./ Rychmond
thys thursday /

your obedyante faytheful wyffe

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