To the most Honorable Lady the Countesse of Shresbury dougier these
My most Honorable good Lady this bearer my survnte Lassels hath promised to deliuer this Lettre vnto your Honor I thinke my Lord Candish acquaynteth you with all the parlament newes It is very ioyfull matter to see how well the kinge his Lords and commons doe agree togeether in one this parlament and all agaynst the papistes the kinge offered his meditations to the house as his majestie called them the Lords they drue a bill and the Commons an other and these 3 bills wer all on in effect to haue some seuere execution vppon the preists and recusants for the Late executions of the traytors I am suer your Honor hath hard how they died Ther was but 2 of the 8 that would freely confesse ther fact to be a sinne agaynst god/ It is thought that the Lords shall not be arrayned but only brought into the starre chamber Ther are diuerse Iesuites and preestes Lately taken on speciall man that is the prouinciall of the Iesuites and hath his hand farre in this action which they call Garnet or Walley the kinge is very glad of his apprehension for he is the most dangerous man to this state that liueth His majestie goeth commonly to Hampton Court at the beginninge of the weeke and tarieth ther till the Latter end of the weeke I am alwayes with his majestie in these iorneys which maketh me that I can not write so often to your Honor as I would

Thus with my humble duty to your Honor I take my leaue Courte this 10 of februarye 1605 your Honors most faythfull frend

Iames Mountagu

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