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since you have yet felt nothing, I hope it is with you as with us; for when we were at Walton, two Ushers, two Valets de Chambre, and your Brother, Master Treasurer, fell ill, and are now quite well; and since we are returned to your House at Hundsdon, we have been perfectly well, God be praised, and have not at present one sick Person in the Family; and I think if you would retire from the Surrey Side, as we did, you would. escape all Danger. There is another Thing that may comfort you, which is, that in Truth, in this Distemper,* few or no Women have been taken ill; and besides, no Person of our Court, and few elsewhere, have died of it. For which Reasons I beg you, my entirely Beloved, not to frighten yourself, nor to be too uneasy at our Absence. For where-ever I am, I am yours, and yet we' must sometimes submit to our Misfortunes; for whoever will struggle against Fate, is generally but so much the farther from gaining his End: Wherefore comfort yourself, and take Courage, and make this Misfortune as easy to you as you can and I hope shortly to make you sing for Joy of your Recal. No more at present for lack of Time, but that I wish you in my Arms, that I might a' little dispel your unreasonable Thoughts. Written by the Hand of him who is, and always will be yours.
My H. Rex, Lovely. * the Sweating-Sickness.
BY turning over in my Thoughts the Contents of your last Letters, I have put myself into a great Agony, not knowing how to understand them, whether to my Disadvantage, as I understood some others, or not; I beseech you now, with the greatest Earnestness, to let me know your whole Intention as to the Love between us two. For I must of Necessity obtain this Answer of you, having been above a whole Year struck with the Dart of Love, and not yet sure whether I shall fail, or find a Place in your Heart and Affection. This Uncertainty has hindered me of late from naming you my Mistress, since you only love me with an ordinary Affection; but if you please to do the Duty of a True and Loyal Mistress, and to give up yourself, Body and Heart to me, who will be, as I have been, your most Loyal Servant, (if your Rigour does not forbid me) I promise you, that not only the Name shall be given you, but also that I will take you for my Mistress, casting off all others that are in Competition with you, out of my Thoughts and Affection, and serving you only. I beg you to give an entire Answer to this my rude Letter, that I may know on what, and how sar, I may deperid. But if it does not please you to answer in Writing, let me know some Place, where I may have it by Word of Mouth, and I will go thither with all my Heart. No more^br sear of tiring you. Written by the Hand of him who would willingly remain yours,
UOR a Present so valuable that nothing could *' be more (considering the whole of it) I return you my most hearty Thanks, not only on Account of the costly Diamond, and the Ship in which the solitary Damsel is tossed about; but chiefly for the fine Interpretation, and too humble Submission which your Goodness hath made to me. For I think it would be very dissicult for me to find an Occasion to deserve it, if I was not assisted by your great Humanity and Favour, which I have sought, do seek, "and will always seek to preserve by all the Services in my Power; and this is my firm Intention and Hope, according to the Motto, Aut illic, aut nullibi.* The Demonstrations of your Affection are such, the fine Thoughts of your Letter so cordially expressed, that they oblige me for ever to honour, love, and serve you sincerely; beseeching you to continue in the same firm and constant Purpose; and assuring you, that on my Part, I will not only make you a suitable Return, but out-do you in Loyalty of Heart, if it be possible. I desire you also, that if at any Time before this I have in any Sort offended you, you will give me the fame Absolution which you ask, assuring you, That hereafter my Heart shall be dedicated to you alone, I wish my Body were so too. God can do it if he pleases; to whom I pray once a Day for that End; hoping, that at length my Prayers will be heard. I wish the Time may be sliort, but I shall think it long, till we shall see
• Either Here, m Nowhere.
one one another. Written by the Hand of the Secretary, who in Heart, Body and Will, is,
Your Loyal and mojl
H. no other Heart, A. B.seeks Rex.
LETTER VI. Original
'T' H E Reasonable Requests of your last Letter, with the Pleasure I also take to know them, causes me to send you now this Newes. The Legat,* which we most desire, arrived at Paris on Sunday or Monday last past; so that I trust, by the next Monday, to hear of his Arrival at Calais: And then I trust, within a While after, to enjoy that which I have so long longed for, to God's Pleasure, and both our Comforts. No more to you at this present, mine awne Darling, for lake of Time; but that I would you were in myne Arms, or I in yours: for I think it long since I kyst you. Writen after the killing of an Hart, at xi of the Clock: Minding with God's Grace tomorrow, mightily tymely to kill another, by the Hand of him, which I trust shortly shall be yours.
, Henry Rex.
LETTER VII. Original.
DArling, tho' I have skant Leasure, yet remembring my Promise, I thought it convenient to certifie you breevly, in what Case our Affaires stand. As touching a Lodging for you, we have gotten wone by my Lord Cardinal's Means, the like whereof could not have been fond hereabouts for all Causes, as this Bearer shall more shew yow. As touching our other Affairs, I ensure you there can be no more done, nor more Diligence used, nor all manner of Dangers better both foreseen and provided for, so that I trust it shall be hereafter to both our Comforts, the Specialties whereof were both too long to be writen, and hardly by Messenger to be declared. Wherefor till you repaire hydder, I keep something in Store, trusting it shall not be long too. For I have caused my Lord your Father, to make his Provisions with Speed. And thus for lake of Tyme, Darling, I make an end of my Letter, writen with tiie Hand of him which I would were yours. '-t\--."'
L E TtER VIII.. Out of French.
A L T H O' it doth not belong to a Gentleman -** to take his Lady in the Place of a Servant, however in following your Desires I willingly grant it, that so you may be more agreeably in the Place that you yourself have chosen, than you