To the Ryghte honorable the Covntes of Shrewesberey dowger this be delivered
Madam, This bearer Christopher Hannam hath a good while belonged vnto me. and now desireth to be entertayned in service by yow. That your Ladyship meaneth to receave one in the place of a gentleman vsher I vnderstand by my good frend Sir Ihon Wingfield, who hath made choyse of this man to be preferred to your service, and moved me for my consent therto. Wherin I am so farre from dissenting, that for manie respectes I have great lyking of it; first for his owne sake that he shall be placed with so honorable a Ladie, then for my selfe yat it is my happe to have a man worthie to be preferred to your Ladyship And I hope, when yow have made proofe of his service, he will deserve my commendacion, and your Ladyship's good lyking. The iudgment of my Lady of Kent, and Sir Ihon Wingfield who have thowght him meete for your service might well suffice for his credite; yet I thowght it not enoughe to give him leave, vnlesse I added therto these lettres in his commendacion: which I do wishe may so farre stand him in steed, as that for my sake his service may be somwhat the more acceptable vnto your Ladyship So I committ your Ladyship to gods protection. from the Courte the .23. of Marche 1590.

Your Ladyships to do yow seruice.

R. Essex

The Countesse of Shrewsburie.

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