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To my Lovinge sonne Gilbert
Talbott/ Will Cavendyshe,
and my cosyn Clarke.
From my Lady to my
brother W:m Cavendyshe
Mr clarke and my selfe
touchynge my brother
Charles his marryage.
Laste. Ja: 1580
[Letter Text: Notes]
I have rec. yor letter, lyke very wellof yor spedy proceding, and thanke yow hartely
for the paines. My answer is is noated partyculerly in the margenes of
the artycles agreed vppon, wher I fynd some very streite demening/ to
wch noates, I refer yow for further acquyntance wth my mynde in suche
behalf. Touching yor peticon for further increase of Charles
Cavendyshe prsent livinge, I saye and am suer, that foure hundrethe
poundes a yeare is, as large a proporcon as eny Erle allowethe his
eldest sonne during his owne lyfte: and he knowethe treble more
than his allowance heretofore, besydes my departing wth two thowsand
poundes/ the one wherof, I could wyshe yf possible it might be
compast/ that the younge cople should enioye/ the other at
Sr Thomas kydstone and my Ladyes dispose./ Besydes it may
be thought reason they should ^also^ prsently departe wth some thing
in prsent towardes their mayntenance and iiCli a yeare wth
as little as can be required respecting all thinges.

The possibilitety is good/ yet may Sr Thomas kydston have heires
made of his body/ and therfore the lesse are, so great demaundes
to be [deletion] stoode vpon. for the v. thowsand poundes
contayned in the artycles to be bestowed of land and the somme convayed
to Charles, wch wth the former Somme will make seven thousand,
is so great a Somme as I know not wch way to turne me for
discharge of so muche, being farr vnable by reason ^than^ for Charles
advancement I have alredy of late tyme desbursed all my
money/ yet seing yow have entred into the mattr and so farr
to purpose, rather than it should breake I will make over vnto
him, or sell for his further prferment some landes wch stand
still as my owne state./ I am willinge to promis and performe
that aftr my deathe, he shall have assured to him eyther in
money or land to the valew of v thowsandes poundes/ and
yearely as I live, care shalbe had therin. But to depart
wth so muche prsently, or in short tyme, that can I never doe
except I should vtterly spoyle myself. To conclude I would
not for eny thing have it breake, thoughe beyond measure (as I
alredy strayne myself) in performing so much as I am content to
yeeld vnto/ and me thinkes it is against reason yf they
stand vpon all the artycles set downe, that they should have
me so strictly enter into bonde/ Wher I graunt to
eny thinge I am content to assure it so suffyciently as they
will. and rathr than it should not take place I will
give my worde for the rest ^as well for the increse of his living, as is sett downe as for the v. thowsand poundes^ wch god willing I will as
duly obsarve and parforme as my bonde/ I pray yow
all three bring theis cheefe pointes to lowar or as lowe
as possiblely yow can/ What ever yow conclude vpon
I will see performed/ and pray yow all enter into bonde for Charles,
and ^[deletion]^ [deletion]/ I will see that he shall save yow
harmeles/ in eny wyse lett it be so followed wthout delay
as the maryage may be before lent/ yt will prvent the enemyes
workinge daunger/ Yf they will not be removed from the
vm v thowsandes poundes, than perswade for marvelous longe
day. Sonne Gilbert this other letter wch I have writt to yorself
yow may shew it to Sr Thomas Cornewallys wth all and I pray yow delyver
therwth vnto him, so ^great thankes &^ good wordes as yow can devyse.

Thus wth my harty commendacions to yorself and my cosin Clarke, I beseche god to blesse yow and
william Cavendyshe. Sheffield the last of January 1580

your louynge mother


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