My duty moste humblie Remembered Right Honorable my moste Singuler good Lady This day my Lord intendethe to goe to Worsopp, to morow to Rufford, and on Saterday hither agayne/ He was not so Inquysatyve of me touchinge your Ladyship synce my laste beyng at Chatesworthe as he was the tyme before, only he hathe asked me dyvers tymes when I thought your Ladyship wolde be heare, wherto I have answered sum tymes that your Ladyship was so evell at ease with Reumme as you knew not when god wolde make you able, other tymes, that I thoughte when your Ladyship were well you wolde desyre respette to stay for sum mo[net]hes, if he wolde gyve you leave, for yat you assuredly thoughte my Lord was better pleased with your absence then presence, Whervnto he replyed very ernestly [t]he contrarye in suche sorte as he hathe done heretofore, when I have toulde him the lyke/ I founde ... occasion to tell him that your Ladyship mente not to houlde owen as your growme any longer, seynge it was his pleasure to be so offended with him, howbeit (I sayde) your Ladyship toulde me that you knew not what offence he hadd commytted, nor other by him at all then that he was a symple trewe man, & yat you wolde be glad to vnderstand sumthynge to lay to his charge whye you sholde turne him oute of your servise, but he answered no other then that it was his wille for dyvers causes yat he wolde not vtter/ further I sayde your Ladyship toulde me you mente to take sum wyse fellow to your growme yat sholde not be so sympl[e] as owen was, but one yat had bene in servise heretofore ... and knew what were fytte & belonged for him to doe i[n]... yat service, (quothe he) I beleave she will tak[e n]one of my puttinge to her/ Synce yat tyme he gave no occas[ion] of speche of your Ladyship and in deede I have not ben[e] very muche with him thes iiij or v dayes, for he hadd[e] muche busynes with others, he is nothinge so merrye in my Iugement as he was the laste weeke, but I assure your Ladyship I know not any cause at all, nor other thynge I know worthye your Ladyship's knowledge at this pressente. therfore with moste humble desyre of your Ladyship's blessinge to me & myne and our prayer for your Ladyship's Continuance in all honor moste perfyte helthe & felicitie I ceace Sheffeld this present thursday .i. Auguste 1577

Your Ladyship's moste humble and obedyent Lovinge chyldren.

Gilbert Talbott

M: Talbot

George is very well I thanke god, he drynkethe every day to Lady grandmother, rydethe to her often, but yet within the courte, and if he have any spyse, I tell him, Lady grandmother is comme and will see him, which he then will ether quyckly hyde or quyckly eate, and then askes where Lady Danmode is.

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