It may please your grace/ I am instantlie desired to be an ernest suter for your graces goodnes in preferring one Martyne Nelson to the vicariage of Catricke in Richemondshire Who (being brother to one of my Lordes gentlemen) is as I am enformed of suche good zeale to Religion and towardnes in Lerning as I am bold in those respectes to beseche your grace, that in case ye shal perceve him apt for that place/ Ye woll please to graunte him your favour in advauncing him therunto/ Wherin/ Althoughe I must confesse my self vnable to acquit your goodnes alredy shewed yet shal I think myself gretlie beholding vnto your grace in this behalf And so for this tyme I take my leave ffrom Coldherbar this vjth of May 1568/

your gracys moust bowden


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