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L.a.162: Letter from Walter Bagot to unidentified recipient, circa 1620: autograph manuscript draft

Catalog record:
Collection:Papers of the Bagot family of Blithfield, Staffordshire
Preferred Citation:Letter from Walter Bagot to unidentified recipient, circa 1620: autograph manuscript draft, Papers of the Bagot family of Blithfield, Staffordshire. Transcription by Early Modern Manuscripts Online (EMMO). MS L.a.162, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC.
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I pray you will take the advice of some friend of judgment
and understanding what course may best beholden
for your good in the execution of the writ of supplicavit
you delivered unto me My own opinion is rather to
have it suppressed then prosecuted my reasons are these
if your mother were defamed by another man that she
were of unhonest Conversation a malefactor and a
Common perturber of of the peace do you not think
(as you are her son born of her body & a gentleman)
you are bounden to defend her reputation? I know you
would do it why then should you endeavor to lay such
a disgrace upon her wherein you cannot but receive the
like being descended of her. Moreover in all the time
of my experience I have never known any man or
woman procure any writ of that nature against father
or mother And why should you be the first against a
mother from whence you expect a fair Inheritance?
Admit her intemperance

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From Walter Bagot