SINCE your last letters, mine own darling,

Walter Welshe, Master Browne, Thos. Care, Grion of Brear- ton, and John Coke, the apothecary, be fallen of the sweat in this house, and, thanked be God, all well recov- ered, so that as yet the plague is not 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 pass it, either not to have it, or, at the least, as easily as the rest have done. As touching the matter of Wilton, my lord cardinal hath had the nuns before him, and examined them, Mr. Bell being present ; which hath certi- fied me that, for a truth, she had con- fessed herself (which we would have had abbess) to have had two children by two sundry priests; and, further, since hath been kept by a servant of the Lord Broke that was, and that not long ago. Wherefore I would not,for all the gold in the world, clog your conscience nor mine to make her ruler of a house which is of so ungodly de- meanour; nor, I trust, you would not that neither for brother nor sister, I should so destain mine honour or con- science. And, as touching the prior- ess, or Dame Eleanor’s eldest sister, though there is not any evident case proved against them, and that the prioress is so old that for many years she could not be as she was named; yet notwithstanding, to do you plea- sure,! have done that neither of them shall have it, but that some other good and well-disposed woman shall have it, whereby the house shall be the better reformed (whereof I en- sure you it had much need), and God much the better served.

As touching your abode at Hever, do therein as best shall like you, for you best know what air doth best with you; but I would it were come there- to (if it pleased God), that neither of us need care for that, for I ensure you I think it long. Suche is fallen sick of the sweat, and therefore I send you this bearer, because I think you long to hear tidings from us, as we do like- wise from you.

Written with the hand de votre seul,

Henry R.