To my Lady
Our bounden duty moste humblie Remembred/ In lyke humblenes we render your Ladyship thankes for your lytter /the laste/ tho the leste of your Infinite goodnesses towardes vs & ours/ We are safely comme hither to dunstable (we thanke god) this Shrofe munday at nyghte/ And now for yat the fowle ways is paste/ we thynke beste to returne your Ladyship's lytter agen from hence./ Suche newes as on the Queenes hye wayes we have mett with/ your Ladyship shall now vnderstand/ fyrste that her majestie (royally in person) was at the parlament house/ the fyrste day of this parlament where Sir Iante Snagge was admytted for the Speker of the nether house/ My Lorde of Darby is Lord Steward duringe this cession/ That yesterday one tolde a man of myne/ that as yet nothynge of any moment hathe bene touched in the nether house nether any expectacion yat any gret matters wilbe handeled/ but yat it will shortely ende/ That a day or two before the parlament began/ the Lord chansellor the Lord Theasurer with j or ij more of the privy counsell/ and master Auturnea, & master Solicitor, were with therle of Arundell in the Towre, Synce which tyme ther hathe bene no suche speche of his araynement as ther was before/ This is all the Queenes hye wayes hathe afforded vs of newes/ Yet further we here that all your Ladishyps above are very well./ And Thus in haste, moste humblie besechinge your Ladyship's blessinge to vs & all ours/ who pray evermore to the moste hieste spedely to graunte vnto your Ladyship all contentmentes with longe lyffe we humblye seace/ tyll our nexte lettres/ which shall not be longe

Your Ladyship's moste humble & obedient lovinge chyldren

Gilb: Talbott

Mary Talbott

We haue desired your ladyship's leter men to bringe a lettre to your ladyship from beskewod wher mistress markhames ernest intrety mad vs to leue her tell the returne ther of I besech the all mighty to send your ladyship my lady Arbell and the rest of your ladyships a most hapi long life

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