[Address Leaf]
To my Lady.
To my lorde
of some affecte
to my La.
[Letter Text: Notes]
Maye yt please your Honor, I thought yt good to let
your La. vnderstande of a mysfortune that happened
in my howse. On thursday at nyght last at supper
ij of my men fell owt abowte some tryflynge woordes
and to all theyr felloes iudgementes that harde theyr
iangelynge, wear made good ffrendes agayne, and went and
Laye togeether that nyghte, for they had byn bedfelloes of longe
before, and loved one thother very well as every boddye tooke
yt in the howse. On ffryday mornynge very early, by breake
of daye they wente forthe, by name Swenerton, and Langeford
wt ij swordes a peece, as the sequele after showed, and thear
in the fyeldes foughte together, and in fyghte, Swenerton sl
shlewe Langeford, to my great greyfe booth for the sodeyne
deathe of the one, and ^for^ the vtter dystructyon of the tother
whom I loved very well. Good Madam let yt not trowble
you in any thynge, we are mortall, and borne to many and
and strange adventures, and thearfore must temper owr myndes
to bear shuche burthens as shall be by God layd on owr shoulders.
My greattest greyffe, and so I iudge yt wyll be somewhat
trowble to your La. that yt shoulde happen in my howse
alas madam what coulde I dooe wt yt, altogether not once
suspectynge any thynge betwyxte them. I haue byn ryghte
sorofull full for yt, and yt hath trowbled and vexed me, more
then in reason yt should haue donne a wyese man. I would to
God I could forget that theyr never had byn any shuch matter.
Vpon the facte donne I sent for Mr Adderley, and vsed
hys counsell in all thynges. Swenerton ffledde presently, and
ys pursued but not yet harde of. Thus humbly cravynge
your La. dayly blessynge I end, more then sadde to trowble
your La thus longe wt thys sorrofull matter. Tut. thys present

Your La. most bounden humble
and obedyent sonne:

Henry Cavendyshe.

retarne thys

my Iuwell thys saterday at nyght I resauyed
thys later meche to my greffe for the myshape
yett was neuer euer lyke that swenertone shulde
comete some great fayte he was a vane lewe felow.
fare well my deare harth
your faythefoull wyffe


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