Extract of a secret Lettre sent to my Lady Shrewsbury with another dated in Iuly by Master Charles Cavendishe .1582.

If the Quene then wold lykwise wryt in my behalf, and tak vpon her to having knowen him in the dukes tyme by his report; I verely think it wold draw him vnto gratify her and if he shold not receave the Lettre, yet it wold procure silence in him and cause him not to disclose it or Escape us in aide by it in respect of his owne particulare

I thank yow right effectuously for your good newes and am right glade to see how well yow and my litle nice have taken those that I have had of my Sonnes I pray yow beleve that in all I may help to youre I wold Imploy my self with very good harte and specially in this caise full of compassion do all the good offices that I might But the principal point that I see your Sonne desyreth being a testimony of my acquentaince with the old man which I never had, me think in the tyme full of Ialousy and suspition that I shold putt him & yow both in hazard by my Lettres rather then to do him therby any good at all, yow may your self consider of it and in what yow shall fynd good that I can do I shall do it with as good will as I pray God to kepe yow. & to bliss my nice & Goddawghters with all youres This twisday.

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