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some other good and well-disposed Woman shall have it: Whereby the House shall be the better reformed (whereof I ensure you it had much need) and God much the better served: As touching abode at Hever, do therein as best shall like you, for you know best what Aire doth best with you; but I wold it were come thereto (if it pleased God) that neither of us need care for that, for I ensure you I think it long. Sue he is fallen sick of the Swett, and therefor I send you this Bearer, because I think you long to hear Tydings from us, as we do in likewise from you. Writen with the Hand,

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LETTER XIV. Original

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ARLING, these shall be only to advertise you, that this Bearer, and his Fellow, be dispatched with as many Things to compasse our Matter, and to bring it to passe, as our Wits could imagine or devise; which brought to passe, as I trust by their Diligence it shall be, shortly you and I shall have our desired End, which should be more to my Hearts Ease, and more Quietnesse to my Minde, .than any other Thing in this World, as with God's Grace shortly I trust shall be proved, but not so soon as I would it were, yet I will en

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sure sure you there shall be no Tyme loss, that may be wane, and further cannot be done, for ultra pojse non. tjl effe: Keep him not too long with you, but desire him for your Sake to make the more Speed, for the sooner we shall have Word from him, the sooner shall our Matter come to passe; and thus upon Trust of your short Repair to London, I make an End of my Letter Mine awne Sweetheart. Writen with the Hand of him which desyreth as much to be yours as you do to have him.

H. Rex.

LETTER XV. Original.

T\ARLING, I heartily recommend me to ^* you, assertaining you, that I am not a little perplexed with such Things as your Brother shall en my Part declare unto you, to whom I pray you give full Credence, for it were too long to write. In my last Letters I writ to you, that I trusted shortly to fee you, which is better known at London, than with any that is about me, whereof I not a little mervelle, but lake of delcreet handling must needs be the Cause thereof. No more to you at this tyme, but that I trust shortly, our Meeting shall not depend upon other Men's light Handlings, but upon your awne. Writen with the Hand of him that longeth to be Yours.

H. Rex.


LETTER XVI. Original

MY N E awne Sweetheart, this (hall be to advertise you of the great ellingness that I find here since )our departing, for I ensure you, me thinketh the Tyme longer since your last then I was wont to do a whole Fortnight; I think your Kindness and my Fervence of Love causeth it, for otherwise I wolde not thought it possible, that for so little a while it should havegrived me, but now that I am comeing toward you, me thinketh my Pains been half released, and also I am right well comforted, insemuch- that my * Book maketh substantially for my 'Matter,- in writing whereof I have spent above mi Hours this Day, which caused me now write the'shorter Letter to you at this tyme, because of some Payne in my Head, wishing myself (specially an Evening) in my Sweethearts Armes, whose pritty Duckys I trust shortly to kysse. Writen with the Hand of him that was, is, and shall be yours by his!Will,.

H. Rex.

Letter Xvii. Original

*TTO informe you what Joye it is to me to under

.*. stand of your Conformableness with Reasone,

and of the suppressing of your inutile and vain

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Thoughts Thoughts and Fantasies with the Bridle of Reason, I ensure you all the Good of this World could not counterpoise for my Satissaction, the Knowledge and Certainty thereof; wherefore good Sweetheart, continue the same not only in this, but in all your Doings hereafter, for thereby shall come both to you and me the greatest Quietnesse that may be in this World. The Cause why this Bearer stayed so long, is the Business that I have had to dresse ujk Geer for you, which I trust ere long to see you occEjlye,,and then I trust to occupy yours, which shall be Recompence enough to me for all my Pains and Labours. The unsayned Sickness of this well-willing Legate, doth somewhat retard his Access to your Person, hut I trust veryly, when "God stall fend him Health, he will with Diligence recompence his Demurre, for I know well where he hath said (lamenting the Saying, and brute, that he shall be thought Imperial) that shall be well known in this Matter, .^at he is not Imperial. And this see lake oflTyme sarewell. Writen with the Hand which faine would be yours, and so is the Heart.

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Y Lord, in my most humblest wife that my Heart can think, I desire you to pardon me that I am so bold to trouble you with my simple and rude Writing, esteeming it to proceed from her, that is'-much desirous to know that your Grace does well, as I perceive by this Bearer that you do. The which I pray God long to continue, as I am most bound to pray; for I do know the great Pains and Troubles that

* Ibis Letter is rmtrkUwi} Dr. Burnet, in bil Hist, of the Reformat, p. 5s. Vol. I.


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