To the Right honorable and my verie good Lady, the Countese Dowager of Shrewesbury. these delivered
Good Madam, pardon my thus longe silence, hauynge beene sence my cummyng from you, soe trobled with preparyng for his Maiesty's cumnynge to this ruinated place, that I haue had nether leasure nor fitt meane till noue, when I dooe as I will euer acknouledge my selfe soe much bound to you for your many fauorrs, that I protest you shall euer command me, and would be as glad of any cause wherin I myght showe it, as of any fortune that could happen to me, which I praye you hould your selfe assured of. I will not nou troble your Ladyship with wrytyng answere to the speech that passed betwyxt hus concernyng my Doughter, nor with a further sute that I am forced to macke to you, but refer all to this berer, whom I pray your Ladyship trust, he is the man that I most dooe. soe wyshyng your Ladyship all happynes I rest

euer to be commanded by you


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