My bounden dewtie most humbly remembred to your Ladyship &c/ Hauing bene but one night in towne, I can aduertyse your Ladyship of little./ my lady Penbroke monday last, went as farr as the Erle of Kentes to haue mett hir father, where she reseued letters from Rufford yat the Erle of Shrouesbury was not abell to trauell, som say yat about a moneth hence he purposeth to be in towne./ yt is sayd yat the duke of holst, my Lady Arbell/ & my Lady marquesse shall christen the Queen's maiestis daughter, but which of ye Lady marquesses I know not./ ffor your Ladyships matters I shall plie them ernestly, both to quite your Ladyship of suites; and yat I may ye soner weyt of you./ The Quene of Spayne is lately brought a bed of a sonne; The Spanish Imbassador here, for ioy made many fireworkes in the street before his howse, & cast gold & siluer amongst the peple to ye value of CC.li/ Cardinall of Medices vnkell to the duke of fflorence is chosen Pope./ yt is thought he will fauor the french more then the Spanyard./ And so most humbly beseching your Ladyships blessing I most humbly ceass, with my dayly prayer to ye Almightie to graunt your Ladyship a long & happy lyfe/ ffrom London the xxiijth of Aprill 1605

Your Ladyships

most humble & most bound sonn

W. Cauendysshe


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