[Address Leaf: Notes]
To my Lord my husband the
earle of Shrouesbury.//
Answered & sente henry
talbott therewt
[Letter Text: Notes]
My Lord, you know I neuar comytted any offence, wherby I should submyt my selfe, more then that I was
bound in duty of a wyffe to doe to you; I beseache you charge me partecularly, that I may know my faults.
I am assured, that non leueing, could be more dutyfull, trew, faythfull, and carefull to a husband, then I
haue euar ben to you; I haue sought all means to haue pleased you yf yt would haue ben, and
many years, you thought well of me; I well hoped of lat, when yt pleased you to saye to me, beare all
thyngs that ys past, and let not appeare to the world the dyscontentment that ys betwext vs, and I
wyll promys of my fayth to become anew man, in vowing most earnestly, you loued me so well that
you also loued the stepes I trade one; thys was alettell before mr myldmays coming and not past
ij monthes before you sent me away; at wch tyme you pecked no quarryll to me, but alleged the
lettelnes of your house, want of carryage for my stufe, and want of beds for my wemen and
groumes./ my L. you cannot forget how much greued I was to part wth you (wch
pronostycated that wch followed) and yet beleued your words, of my coming to you ageane
wthin one monthe./ my L. you can not forget, how you set one your hole house to crye out of
me, and to charge me wth that I was Innosent of, how I bare that and many other thyngs, I
rather wyshe, that of your selfe you cauled them to remembarance, then I to wryte them./ you say I
seme to excuse and iustyfye my selfe and chyldryn, yet you know the contrary, and charge me and them [deletion]
wth wecked dealing, to the ovarthrow of you and your house; the almyghty knows my innocensye
therin./ my Lord I pray you geue me leaue to say, that yf you thenke so, you doe me and them
wronge, and I pray the lord so to prospar me as I haue ben carefull for you and your house,
your extreme dealing, wch hath only ruinated me and myne, could not force me so much as
in my harte to thenke, or onst to wyshe the ovarthrow of you or your house; and I beseache
you not to condeme me for standing in my owne defence; your selfe forces me to yt, god
put into your harte to weaye in equall balance my desarts to you, and your dealing towards me
yf I had ben as you tearme me wecked, so I had not comytted horedome, yt ys more then
a suffesyent reuenge, though you contenew not styll in yt, to torne me away, to wthdrawe
the allowance from me you gaue me when I was wth you, to enter into all the land was
myne, and agreat parte of others that was nether yours nor myne, and you content styll to take
a great parte of our leueings, and I to leue in all want and meserye, my great debts not ...
to you. thes extremetys wyll force my chyldryn to sell all they haue for my meantynance, and to
pay my debts; I haue not left to leue vpon (rentes anuetys and many other charges going out of
the land being payd) cleare thre hondryth pounds a yeare; for my chyldryns land I can not
leue of that wch most part ys owing for and they forced by thos extremetys to sell that ys
left, you may buy yt yf yt please you, all thes thyngs and many other wrongs consedered I
trust non wyll condeme me in seking to helpe my selfe by all good means./ but all thes and
many more, greues me not so much nor touche me so neare as that I se your loue ys wthdrawne
from me, but my constant duty and affectyon contenews so to you, that yf my tyme weare longe,
as yt ys sure to be short, I shall nevar cease to seke and sue by all good means, that I may
lyue wth you as I ought, and doubt not but in the end the almyghty wyll torne your harte
and make you thenke of me as I haue dyssarued, and that we may leue together
according to hys lawes./ [deletion] my lord I may say wth grefe that I am the furst Innosent wyffe,
that euar was so very extremly vsed in thys realme, god make me the last, for yt ys
well knowne to be adangarus example in aparson of your state, but I beseache the almyghty
god to torne your harte in some tyme towards me, that we may leue together as we ought,
so wyll he be best pleased wth all your doings, you better satysfyed in consyance
and I obtayne that wch of all worldly thyngs I most desyar, and non dyspleased
but such as are not good./ and so I cease beseaching you to except of my
good meaning./ at hygatt the xiiijth of octobar.//

your faythfull wyffe most


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