CP 138, 18c

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CP Vol 138 f.18

HMC Vol 1 p 183 No 621

Haynes Page 246 Number 227

Transcribed by Samuel Haynes in “A Collection of State Papers . . . 1542 to 1570” London, 1740 19 Feb 1559 From my Lord his Grace, to the Lords of the Counsell

From the Duke of Norfolk's Book of Entries.

AFTER our most hartie Commendatyons, &c. We have in debating the Weightenes of the Service here, founde one Matter nott yet appointed by the same, of whiche we shall most neede of speedy Annswer. My Lord Graye, accompting of hymself non otherweis, then a Man may in this transytorye World; and considering if, by eny infortunatt Means, he shuld not be hable to furnyshe this Service according to his ernest good Will: For feare ther might be lack fownd in hym hereafter, if any suche Thinge shuld happen, thought good most ernestly to requyre us, in tyme to requyre your Lordshipps, that som on worthy Man, might by you be appoynted, who, by his Experience and Understanding in warlycke Matters, shuld supply suche a Want: Where we shall most ernestly be Sewters to your Lordshipps, that this my Lord Gray's wise and circumspect Request may be so aunswered, as the Weght thereof doth requyre. And trusting the Lords woll take in good Part this my bold Lettre, considering that in deede, though my Lord Graye shuld somweys take lacke, if suche Chaunce shuld fall, the Thing not prevented, yet the hoole Dishonour shuld chiefly redownd unto me, if ought shuld happen amysse. Thus, &c.

Tho. Norffolk.