To the right honorable my singuler good Ladie the, Countesse of Shrewsburie dowager at Hardwick./
Good Madam I receiued a very kynd lettre from your Ladyship by my Sonne Georges seruant which was much to my comforth to vnderstand theirby your honorable and naturall affection for the birth of this child/ whom I pray god almighty to blesse and prosper with all good giftes yf it be his wyll/ and because my sonne now doth waite vpon your Ladyship him self to know your pleasour about the christenyng I rekon it a part of my duty to geue your Ladyship most humblle thankes for the honourablle fauours shewed both to me and myne which I haue many waies receiued from your good Ladyship I wold in deed haue bene parsonally at the christenyng my self but that I fynd my body not ablle well to trauaill and so ready to be commaunded by your Ladyship for my small porcion of power I pray god almighty euermore to preserue you in all honour and felicytie/ from haddon this xviijth day of Iune 1604./

Your Ladyship’s humbly allwais to commaund

John Manners


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