The Countesse of Shrewesbury 1573
yf I were not assured of the good wyll ys borne me I should not Lyke that any Letters should be showed in the behaulfe of myne I dare vndertake no manar of harme shall faulout of yt, yf he were an enemye yt could not, as I know hym to be avery trew and good frend and can not dout but to reseue that he hath profyte in hys Letters to me of Late; yours I know wyll do good and further much he wyll Lyke that you take in good part hys formar good wyll to you and your frend and that you vnderstand by me and others the contenewaunce of hys good wyll towards you, he wylbe the more yours when he knows by your Letters that you thenke your selfe behoulding to hym and ys content to make your selfe so styll;/ your selfe wyll vse more effectuall and good words then I can deuyce./ yt wyll please you to shar your grefe for the Losse, your fauar to hym, your wylingnes to do hym good and your openyon of hys thankfulnes to them; and that you trust and desyar that inrecompence of hys Lose and for your sake that they wyll deale as well with hym for hys benefyt as she would haue don yf god had graunted he Longar Lyfe, with promys that you wyll euer bethankfull to hym and hys and to requyt yt by all the good means that shall Ly in your powar, the more earnyst and playn yt ys the more good yt wyll doe, you wyll do yt in such sort as he maybe assured yt coms from you to my sonne and for to derect yt, I stay the bearar of purpas for your Letter, I desyar to haue yt thys nyght, all myn here ys well and taks thankfully your for remembaring. them; and retourns ther dew comendatyons, so praying for your health, and the increas of your happynes I end

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