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have been in that which I gave you. I shall be heartily obliged to you, if you- please to have some Remembrance of me. 6N. R. 1. deR. O. M. V. E. Z.
LETTER IX. Original.
HP H E Cause of my Writeing at this Time '*. (good Sweatheart) is wonly to understand off your good Health and Prosperity, whereof to know, I would be as glad as in manner myne awne, praying God (that and it be his Pleasure) to send us shortly togyder, for I promise you I long for it, howbeit, trust it shall not be long too, and seeing my Darling is absent, I can no less do, than to fend her some Flestie representing my Name, which is HartVFleflie, for Henry, prognosticating, that hereafter God willing you mult enjoy some of mine, which if he pleased I wolde were now. As touching your Sister's Matter, I have caused Walter Welche to write to my Lord mine Minde therein, whereby I trust that Eve mail not have Power to deceive Adam. For surely whatsoever is said, it cannot so stand with his Honour, but that he must needs take her his natural Daughter now in her extreame Necessity. No more to you at this tyme mine awne Darling, but that with aWiflie I wolde we were togyder one Evening with the Hand of your
LETTER X. Out o/French.
A Lthough, my Mistress, you have not been "* pleased to remember the Promise which you made me when I was last with you, which was, That I mould hear News of you, and have an Answer to my last Letter; yet I think it belongs to a true Servant (since otherwise he can know nothing) to send to enquire of his Mistress's Health; and to acquit myself of the Office of a True Servant, I send you this Letter, begging you to give me an Account of the State you are in, which I pray God may continue as long in Prosperity, as I wish my own; and that you may the oftner remember me, I send you, by this Bearer, a Buck killed late last Night by my Hand, hoping when you eat of it, you will think on the Hunter; and thus for want of more Room, I will make an End of my Letter. Written by the Hand of your Servant, who often wishes you in your Brother's Room.
LETTER XL Out of French.
*"p H E Approach of the Time which I have so '*. long expected, rejoices me so much, that it seems almost already come. However, the intire Accomplishment cannot be till the two Persons meet, which Meeting is more desired by me than any
Thins Thing in this World; for what Joy can be greater upon Earth, than to have the Company of her who is my dearest Friend? Knowing likewise that she does the same on her Part, the Thinking of which gives great Pleasure. You may judge what an Effect the Presence of that Person must have on me, whose Absence has made a greater Wound in my Heart, than either Words or Writing can express, and which nothing can cure but her Return: I beg you, dear Mistress, to tell your Father from me, That I desire him to hasten the Appointment by two Days, that he may be in Court before the Old Term, or at sarthest on the Day prefixed; for otherwise I shall think, he will not do the Lover's Turn, as he said he would, not answer my Expectation. No more at present for want of Time; hoping shortly that by Word of Mouth I shall tell you the rest of my Sufferings from your Absence. Written by the Hand of the Secretary, who wiflies himself at present privately with you, and who is, and always will be,
LETTER XII. O^o/French.
*"p HERE came to me in the Night the most ￼ * afflicting News possible. For I have Reason to grieve upon three Accounts. First, Because I heard of the Sickness of my Mistress, whom I
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esteem more than all the World, whose Health I desire as much as my own, and the Half of whose Sickness I would willingly bear to have her cured. Secondly, Because I sear I shall suffer yet longer that tedious Absence which has hitherto given me all possible Uneasiness, and as sar as I can judge, is like to give me more. I pray God he would deliver me from so troublesome a Tormentor. The Third Reason is, because the Physician, in whom I trust most, is absent at present, when he could do me the greatest Pleasure. For I should hope by him, and his Means, to obtain one of my principal Joys in this World, that is my Mistress cured; however, in Desault of him, I send you the second, and the only one left, praying God that he may soon make you well, and then I shall love him more than ever. I beseech you to be governed, by his Advice, with relation to your Illness; by your doing which, I hope shortly to see you again, which will be to me a greater Cordial than all the precious Stones in the World. Written by the Secretary, who is, and always will be,
Your Loyal, and mojl
< ^eTTER. Xm. Ongtnal
SINGE your Ia'st' Letters, myrte awn Darling, Walter Welche, Master Brown, John Care, Yrlon of'" Br ear ton, John Cocke the Pothecary, be fallen of the Swett in this House, and thankyd be God all well recovered, so tha;t as yet the Pleague is h6t fully ceased here; but I trust shortly it shall by the Mercy of God; the rest of us yet be well, and I trust shall passe it, either not to have it, or at the least as easily as the rest have don. As touching the Matter of Wylton, My Lord Cardinal * hath had the Nunys before him, and examined them, Master Bell being present, which hath certified me, that for a Truth, that she hath consessed herself (which we would have had Abbesse) to have had Two Children by Two sundry Priests; and surder, since hath been keeped by a Servant of the Lord Broke, that was, and that not long ago. Wherefor I would not sor all the Gold in the World clog your Conscience nor mine, to make her Ruler of a House which is of so ungodly Demeanour; nor I trust you would not, that neither for Brother nor Sister I should so deftain mine Honour or Conscience: And as touching the Pryoresse, or Dame Ellenor's Eldest Sister, tho' there is not any evident Case proved against thern, and that the Pryoresse is so Old, that X>f many Years she could not be as she was named; yet notwithstanding to do you Pleasure, I have don that neither of them shall have it, but that