To the right honourable and my very good Lady and mother in Lawe the Lady Elizabeth Countesse of Shrewsbury dowager: at Hadwicke delivered
My duty most humbly remembred to your honor may please you be aduertised that yesterday beinge ffryday, I receyued a lettre from my Servant Townrow from London, wherin he writeth that he hath not as yet got any answere from my sister Grace; of the lettre which I writt vnto hir, which your honor knoweth of; but said yat she would writ vnto me an answere, but as yet hath not: and he writeth further that she deliuered the lettre to my brother hir husband, who he him self did see read it, and he saith that it semeth by his speaches that he did well accept therof, and thanked me for my remembrance, and wished he had bene ther before my Comminge downe: and intreated my man in his next lettre to commeand him kindly vnto me, after which his speaches my sister spake privately vnto him, and as he writeth (said these wordes) which he thought should not haue proceded from hir, which were these: Assure my brother I am and euer wilbe, as sorry to doe any thing that may be eyther hurtfull to him, or the house wherof I came; as any sister or woman in the world, except great and extreame necessity doth inforce me thervnto, which nowe god knowes is much, and we are hardly delt with, both by my ould Lady and my Lord: Addinge further yat I should assure my self that assoone as my Lord, did move any such matter vnto hir, as she protested as yet he hath not done; I should knowe of it: which answere accordinge to my Lettre dated from Newarke he made acquainted to master Willium Cavendishe who returned him this speech: Assure your self, she will not doe it, without a great some of money, which my Lord can not giue; without they will take ther payment in wordes, and that will pay no debtes; nor releive ther present want, but they are wise enough for that, and if my sister should, yet the Recouery will not be good vnlesse your honor consent thervnto, which I hoope you never will: and this is all he aduertiseth in those matters But he writeth that the Earles Iewells and platt are laid to pawne, and that ther is as many suters euery day at his chamber, as at the most noble men in the Court; but they come onlye to Crave ther debtes: Alsoe ther is not any thinge done by the Earle in Parliament, nor like to be that he can learne Thus with my wifes most bounden duty and my owne vnto your honor most humbly cravinge your blessinge to vs both, doe most humbly and hartely beseech the contenuance of your honorable fauour, with the like humble thankes for your most honorable bounty towardes vs: Soe wishinge you most long and happy yeares: doe humbly take my Leave: Bothell the xijth of Maye: 1604:

Your honours most humble and faithfully affected Sonne to be commaunded//

Edw Talbott


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