To my Lord my husband the earle of Shrouesbury./
My Lord the innocency of my owne harte ys such and my desyar so infenyt to procuer your good conceat as I wyll Leaue noe ways vnsought to attayne your fauor, which Longe you haue restrayned from me./ and in all dutys of a wyffe I beceach you not to rune with asetteled condemnatyone of me for my harte can not accuse yt, sh... a gaynst you, nether ys ther any thynge alleged agaynst me that dyssarueth seperatyone./ my Lord how I haue rendred your happynes euery ways weare superfluvs to wryte, for I take god to wettnys my Lyffe should evar haue ben adventured for you, and my harte notwithstanding what I haue suffered thyrstes after your prosperety, and desyers nothynge so much as to haue your Loue./ alas my Lord. what benyfits yt you to seake my troble and desolatyon, or wherin doth yt sarue you to Lett me Lyue thus absent from you, yf you wyll saye because now you Loue me not I know my Lord that hatred must growe of somthynge, and how I haue deserved your yndignatyon, ys vnvisible to mes yf you wyll say I or myne haue touched you in dutye of alleadgeence, fyrst I proteast ther ys no such thynge, and what can you haue more then that her magesty Iustefyed you and vs, the Lords of the connsyll I and my sonnes cleare you or how can yt in reason be thought I should forgett my selfe so greatly being your wyffe, and my daughter wyffe to your eldest sonne./ My Lord I beceache you geue me Leberty to come vnto you, I doubt not but in euery partecular so to satysfye you as my innocency wyll manyfestly appeare and then I trust you wyll quiett my harte receuinge me into your fauor, for you only may doe yt./ so I end beceaching the almyghty god to prospar you, and blesse me with hys grace and your fauor./// from my Loging in chanserye Lane thys xxvjth of august.//

your humble wyffe most faythfull


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