Madam., I must hombley carue pardon of your ladyship for defering so loing the presinting my duty, which I had loing seinces done if my lord's accasiones would haue permitted him to haue attinded you which hee and I (booth) has much dessired but sinces it is not yin good fortuny to wayte of your ladyship att this time, I beseeche you to geue me leaue by these lines to make knowne to your ladyship that you haue no child that can more cencerely and affectionatly strife to serui you then my selfe who will euer remayne

your Ladyships most obbedint daughter


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