THE cause of my writing at this
time, good sweetheart, is only
to understand of your good health
and prosperity; whereof to know I
would be as glad as in manner mine
own, praying God that (an it be His
pleasure) to send us shortly together,
for I promise you I long for it. How
be it, I trust it shall not be long to;
and seeing my darling is absent, I can
do no less than to send her some flesh,
representing my name, which is hart
flesh for Henry, prognosticating that
hereafter, God willing, you may en-
joy some of mine, which He pleased,
I would were now.

As touching your sister’s matter, I
have caused Walter Welze to write
to my lord my mind therein, whereby
I trust that Eve shall not have power
to deceive Adam; for surely, whatso-
ever is said, it cannot so stand with his
honour but that he must needs take
her, his natural daughter, now in her
extreme necessity.

No more to you at this time, mine
own darling, but that with a wish I
would we were together an evening.

With the hand of yours,