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My Dutie to yor Honor most humbly vsed, I delyuered
the venison accordinge to yor L. lettre, to mr Attorney, mr
Sackeford Mr ffletewod & mr Solicetor mr Osborne
and mr ffowler. many of the pies that were made
longe wayes were both so moulded and so litle as ^they^~
were not worth the gyvinge, yt were good that better
order were taken herafter that suche as shuld be sent
hether might be newe baked, and also might be
made of some reasonable bignes and well handled/
the rounde pies were not moldye but muche better
to see to then thothers./ Thei were very thanckefully
taken of them all./ Mr Sackeford telled me that
he wished yt my Lord and yor La. wold see that
the inhabitantes abowt the fforrest were well
vsed, and said that he wold not haue geven his
opynion in lawe against them (although he thought yt
to be a clere case) but that he trusted yor honors
wold deale well wth them, and when I answered
hym that my .L. and yor La. meant bothe to deale
so for them as thei shuld haue more comoditie then
thei had or could haue if the forest shuld lye
open to be vsed by them as thei desyred./ he said
he wold speake to me more then to others. and
telled me that he hard very evill speaches of my
Lord in the courte so as yt was doubted he wold
not deale well wth any, and that he had put
owte a greate nomber of tenantes lately to their
vtter decaye, and demanded of ^me^ whether I knewe any
suche matter, wch when I denyed, he ^said^ yf yt were not
true, he marvayled howe any durst rayse suche
tales against a noble man of his callinge, but said
the matter was made so playne in speche in court
that yt was thought there was some greate cause
of that brute./ And said that if he might advise
my Lo & yor La he wold wishe above all thinges
that you wold refreyn to do any thinge that might
be grevous to a multitide aswell for honor and
conscience as to avoyde obloqie & clamorous
complayntes./ wth muche talke howe hatefull a
thinge yt was bothe before god & men to distresse
the poore/ and telled ^me^ he wold somethinge wryte
to yor La. albeyt he might not vse that playnnes in
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as in wordes./ mr Browne telleth me that mr
attorney of the duchie is perswaded to take agayn
thoffice he had of my Lord if the same be offrede
vnto hym in good soerte./ and consideringe his
place and credite and his brvthers likewise
who as yt is comenly reported ys like to be lord
Keper very shortly me thincke yt were very
necessary to kepe hym a frend./

as I wryt to yor La. last I haue reseyved from
my Lord towardes paynge of my Ladies grace
CCli wch his .L. sent by Tymperly, and he wryteth
that he will take order by the next messenger
howe I shall take vp so moche as to make vp CCCCli
and that he wyll sende one Cli more after crystemas
This is all that I yet hard from his .L. therof./
Thus I humbly praye for the longe contynuance
of yor La. health and prosperitie./ At Shrewesbury
place this xxiijth of December 1579/
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Yor honors most bounden seruante
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John Knyveton

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