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L.a.13: Letter from Yeldard Alvey, Oxford, to Walter Bagot, Blithfield, 1620 March 27: autograph manuscript signed

Catalog record:
Collection:Papers of the Bagot family of Blithfield, Staffordshire
Preferred Citation:Letter from Yeldard Alvey, Oxford, to Walter Bagot, Blithfield, 1620 March 27: autograph manuscript signed, Papers of the Bagot family of Blithfield, Staffordshire. Transcription by Early Modern Manuscripts Online (EMMO). MS L.a.13, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC.
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Right worshipful and my very much respected friend: I have caused your
son to write out the note of this quarter's expenses which arise
to the greater sum, because he was entered in the dancing school.
as he informs me by your appointment, but had I not had good
experience of his ingenuous nature, I would not have given way
unto it, upon so weak warrant as his word, unless I had understood
your worships mind by a letter: not that I mislike the thing, which is an exercise
well beseeming a gentleman and no hindrance to his study, but I think
it unfit for a Tutor to lay out any thing extraordinary, for his pupil
without he be fully secured that it stands with his liking to whom he is
to give up the accounts of all expenses. young men's wills and words
are not always Tutors warrants, neither would I have easily
given way unto this but that I knew who I trusted, for to speak no
more of him than I do with joy daily behold in him. he is one
that deserves my commendatory letters both for his studious and virtuous
behavior, and be you assured that I will do my best endeavour to hasten
him forward in those well begun courses: Thus not forgetting my
best respect and thankfulness to your much respected wife, and my love
to your sons in haste I take my leave

Oxford this 27 of March
Your Worship's in all friendly
Yeldard Alvey

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To the Right worshipful his very
much respected friend Mr
Walter Bagot Esquire at
Blithfield give these

To Walter Bagot — from
(Sir Harvey Tutor Oxford)