To inform you what joy it is to me

to understand of your con- formableness with reason, and of the suppressing of your inutile and vain thoughts with the bridle of reason. I assure you all the good in this world could not counterpoise for my satis- fadtion 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 quietness that may be in this world.

The cause why the bearer stays so long, is the business I have had to dress up gear for you; and which I trust, ere long to cause you occupy : then I trust to occupy yours, which shall be recompense enough to me for all my pains and labour.

The unfeigned sickness of this well- willing legate doth somewhat retard his access to your person; but I trust verily, when God shall send him health, he will with diligence recom- pense his demur. For I know well where he hath said (touching the say- ing and bruit that he is thought im- perial) that it shall be well known in this matter that he is not imperial; and thus, for lack of time, sweetheart, farewell.


Written with the hand which fain would be yours, and so is the heart.

H. R.