At this present mistress ffrannces mistress Elezabeth mistress mary with mistress Knytons chylderen be all well amended god be praysed but I do Iudge that my lytall mistress do not prosper well in learning for that tey... ale & garrard be not ffrendes your ladyshyp doth well know ther fassyones ther is all the tymber got home ffrom hadon/ lyndoxe parte/ & par[te] from Barlow the drawghtes haue bene so occupied with leadyng of hedge wod & vj lodes of marle from assheford yat the other busynes of leadyng of tymber could not go so well forward but I trust I shall se all shortlye home/ we haue alredye hedgit & dychet the neyther orchard & for plantes we shall I trust haue ynow to fynesshe all/ cokes & newall syns before chrestemas where not here I do dowt lest Iohn Newall be syck at hys ffrendes/ halleys for this chrestemas tyme haue don lytull at ther work but now they begyn to applye it hard/ I haue sent by this carryer iiij pottes ij of them tonnes/ & ij with covers/ & for thomas alen he hath done all hys taxed work so that I wold know your ladyshypes pleaser wherin I may set hym a work by the daye or by the great syns chrestemas we haue geven all our cattell hey/ as fatte oxen kyne yong beastes & shepe and they do eat it well but as yet ther is no wast made I dar answare for ther is few days but I go to the fodderyng places to spye faultes but I se none thus leaving to trowbull your good ladyshyp I wysshe my master & you health with encrease to honour and all my lyttull masters encrease of learning which I trust to see ffrom Chattesworthe the xiijth of this Ianvarye

your humble seruant

Wm Marchyngton

ther is iij yong calves god send them, good spede/ at Chattesworth Iames Crompe was at derby wherin I perceyve that master more wold haue over reckened hym a pack of wolle wheras I the sheperd thomas lely doth well know that he hade from hense xxiij packes which xvjxx stone & vj/ Iames at this wryting was somwhat syck so that he doth not wryte att this tyme for he ley swetyng in bedd/

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