THE approach of the time for which I have so long waited

rejoices me so much, that it seems almost to have come already. How- ever, the entire accomplishment can- not be till the two persons meet, which meeting is more desired by me than anything in this world; for what joy can be greater upon earth than to have the company of her who is dearest to me, knowing likewise that she does the same on her part, the thought of which gives me the greatest pleasure.

Judge wh at an effect the presence of that person must have on me, whose absence has grieved my heart more than either words or writing can ex- press, and which nothing can cure, but that begging you, my mistress, to tell your father from me, that I de- sire him to hasten the time appointed by two days, that he may be at court before the old term, or, at farthest, on the day prefixed; for otherwise I shall think he will not do the lover’s turn, as he said he would, nor answer my expectation.

No more at present for lack of time, hoping shortly that byword of mouth I shall tell you the rest of the sufferings endured by mc from your absence.


Written by the hand of the secre- tary, who wishes himself at this mo- ment privately with you, and who is, and always will be. Your loyal and most assured Servant,

H. (no other A B seek) R.