To my most honorable and worthy grandmother the Countesse of Shrewsbury at Hardwicke/
Madam, as soone as euer God, out of his greate goodnes, had blessed vs with a sonne; wee all resolued, to haue bin Sutors vnto your Ladyship, that you would vouchsafe, to haue bin his godmother; but it hath pleased the Queenes majestie (oute of her especiall fauor) to interpose her selfe; farre contrary to oure expectacion, (seeing it hath neuer till this time beene seene or knowne that the kinges majeste and the Queene haue christened any childe together,) which must at this time, stay the proceedinge in oure firste desire, vnlesse, eyther the vnusualnes, in like cases, or some other accidente, may diuert the Queene from her intente, which, if it doe happne, then, wee will aduertise your Ladyship thereof by poaste, and will earnestly goe forward in oure humbe suite. In the meane time, my wife & my selfe, beseech your Ladyship, that you will make vs both, with your little one, happy, by the continuance of your Ladyships good wishes, and daily blessinge; and cease not our continuall prayers to God, for your Ladyships longe health and happines and soe I rest

Your Ladyships louinge & dutifull son to commande


Arundell house this 27th of Iune/

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