To my Lord and my Lady
The LLordes doe pray your Lordship to remember theyr case knyves.
My duty &c. this morninge early I delyvered your Lordship’s pacquett to my Lord of Lecester who vppon redynge therof sayde he wolde wryte to your Lordship by a poste yat is here, & willed me to sende away your Lackey. I asked him how Longe he thoughte to tarry here and prayed him to tarry as Longe as myghte be and he sayde he knew not whether to goe to chatesworthe on twesday or wednesday or thursday cum sevennyghte but thone of thos three dayes withoute fayle/, There came sum score of fowle hither on saterday which serve here very well yesterday & will doe thes iij or 4 dayes.

Sir Hughe chomley sente hither to my Lord of Lecester a very fatte beiffe, which my Lord of Lecester bedd me goe doune to see, and to take him to vse as I lysted, but I toulde him I was suer your Lordship wolde be angry if I toke him, yet for all yat, he wolde force me to take him and so I kepe him here in the towne tyll I know your Lordship’s pleasure what shalbe doune with him, he wolde serve very well for chatesworth master D. balye thynkethe yat they will tarry ij or iij dayes at chatesworthe. There is no worde yet come from my Lord of Hundington & my Lady whether they will meete my Lord of Lecester at chatesworthe or not, if they doe, (as he hathe wrytten very earnestly to them), I thynke he will not cum to ashebye, but goe the nexte way to Kyllingeworthe & there tarry but ij or iij dayes only. /my Lord of Rutlande by reason of the fowle afternoone yesterday, Lay here all the Laste nyghte, in ye chambe[r] where Sir Henry Lea Lodged./ I shewed yat lettre of my Lady Lennoxe your daughter to my Lord of Lecester who sayde, that he thoughte it were farre better for him to deferr her sutes to her majestie till his owne comminge to the courte then otherwyse to wryte to her before, for yat he thynkethe her majestie will suppose his lettre if he sholde wryte were but at your Ladyship’s requeste & so by an other lettre wolde streyghte answere it agayne & so it doe no great good but at his metynge your Ladyship he will (he saythe) advyse in what sorte your Ladyship shall wryte to the Queen’s majestie which he will carry vnto her, and then be as earneste a solisitor therin as ever he was for any thing in his lyefe, & he doubtethe not to prevayle to your Ladyship’s contentacion./

To morrow my Lord of Lecester menethe to goe to Sir Peres a Leyes to mete with my Lord of Darbye, if the wether be any whytt fayre./

And thus moste humblie cravinge your honors’ blessinge with my wonted prayer for your Longe continuans in all honor & moste perfyte healthe & Longe Lyfe I sease. at buxstons in haste this presente monday before noone.

Your honors’ moste humble and obedyent Lovinge Sonne

G Talbott

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