To my werrey good Lady.

My Lady Comptass of Shewsbury
My werry good Lady ... That I hawe delywerit zowr ... wha hes schawin him self werry faworable ... quenis majesteis contentment, as he contenoually doth ... for zowr honoures writtyng, which I hawe schawin ... who hes hyr werry hartely recommendit, to zowr ladyship an... zow thankis of zowr offer to come hether as hyr hynes shall... zowr honour. forder hyr majeste hes granttit to remowe ye chapelane with pleasour and is werry desyrowss that my Elder sonne remaine with hyr majeste which I hawe spokin to my lordis honour zowr howsband who fyndis ye same werry gwod, bot becawss I will hawe all thyngis concernyng me to be Obteinit be zowr ladyship's procurment, I hawe said to my Lord yat I wold wreit to zowr ladyship to stand my good freind in my swit wharof his honor was werry glaide. and to ye effect that ane warrand may be Obteinit from ye cowrt for his tarying and admission, I will request zowr honorable ladyship to wreit to my lord Bawchly, who bearris my sonne good favour and knowis him weall, makyng mention that he meteinnis dayly in ye quennis presens ye religion which hyr majeste sufferis patiently, and takis In good part, and hopis to proffet hyr majeste forder, Someway that I for that occasion hawe purchassit ye quennis majesteis licens that my lordis honour do reteine him, and of suche other caussis as zowr honour can bettir wreit then I can awyss zow. and gif zowr honor thynkis good that my Lordis Awin writtin any way help zowr ladyship will writt to my lord therin as ye thynk maist expedient. Pleas zowr ladyship resawe the copy of ye fontaine. This with my werry hartely commendations to zowr honorable ladyship I will commit zowr ladyship to god. lookyng for zowr ladyship's answer at cheffeild ye iij of May 1571.

zour honnorable/ Ledyship's lowyng frend at zwar wrycht seruice


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