[To my]Lady.
My duty moste humbly Remembred vnto your good Ladyship Here is no thinge that I can advertise your Ladyship of yesterday Ratclyfe my brother Savills man came from London with a lettre to my Lord from his master of my Lord of Pembroke and my sisters departure from london on thursday laste, their hole companie is aboute xxx persons, the Queen’s majestie hathe lente them one her beste shippes throughly furnished to carry them to Andwerpe, and hathe apoynted master William Gorge the captayne therof. my brother Saville and my sister hathe earnestly desyred me to excuse them for not wryting now vnto your Ladyship and to gyve you moste humble thankes for the furthering of my Lord's liberallitie vnto them, whereof at large I wrytt vnto them. howbeit master Alderman osburne to whom my Lord earnestly directed his lettres to gyve them creadite for one hundreth markes and he wolde repay the same at michellmas, woulde not lende them any more then fyvetie poundes, & that not in presente mony, but by a byll of exchange to be receaved in Andwerpe, for which he muste pay for the exchange, interrest, wherin, in myne opinion he hathe litell deserved the good turnes yat my Lord dothe vnto him & hindered them of my Lord's gyfte./.

my Lord is continually pestered with his wonted busyness, and is very often in exceding collor of sleyghte occasion, a great greife to them yat loves him to se him hurte him selfe so muche. he now speketh nothing of my goyng to house, & I fere woulde be contented with scilence to passe it over but I haue great hope in your Ladyship at your cumming, and In all my lyfe I never longed for any thing so muche as to be from hence truly madame I rather wishe my sealfe a plowman then here to continew. my Lord myndeth to sende me to killingworth, when her majestie commeth thither./ Your Ladyship's pretty fellow is a ryghte honeste man every way I truste your Ladyship thinketh so besyde his owne desertes, by father and moother. who doe all moste humbly crave your Ladyship's blessing and pray for your Ladyship's lonnge healthe in all honour & happines. sheffield this presente Wednesday. my Lorde is now goyng to Tankarsely to coursse, I here not of any that dothe mete him therre./

Your Ladyship's moste humble and obedient loving sunn.

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Gilbert Talbott

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