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L.a.240: Letter from Richard Broughton to Richard Bagot, 1577 May 13: autograph manuscript signed

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Collection:Papers of the Bagot family of Blithfield, Staffordshire
Preferred Citation:Letter from Richard Broughton to Richard Bagot, 1577 May 13: autograph manuscript signed, Papers of the Bagot family of Blithfield, Staffordshire. Transcription by Early Modern Manuscripts Online (EMMO). MS L.a.240, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC.
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Sr I thank you for yor lres, as touchinge 26s.8d. of Walker I am glad my Partner
was so carefull of so small thinge, it were pitie But she had comandement ouer greater & then
no doubt she wold yeld as good Accompt as is loked for that,: I am glad my lady delyteth
to Soiourne so nere that contrey, wherby I may more easilie some tymes waite vpon her la:
& haue her good Countenace in Any reasonable Cause I shall requyre. for your 3 geldings
grasse I thinke you shall not fynde it worth so great thankes, for once within seuen yeres
I may be quite with you: with greter recompence. Aboutz the end of August I entend
to trouble you, for myne owne part not with any great Company, or frendes, my Brother from
Cambridge & my Brother here Will I take downe with me, as touching other of my frendes
who in good will wold wish and expect to shewe me their good wills in any thinge they may. it
standeth thus that aboutz three yeres past comunicacon of mariage had betwen my father & one mr
lee of Shropshire, after the same was in maner agreed vpon vpon some vnkindnes betwen mr
lee and my father, the matter fell to irreuocable cholerik speches & all turned vpside
Downe, whereupon (the occasion almost altogether ministred by my father, who past not what
he did to make a Breche) because the same was not giuen ouer, if there grewe mislikings,
in as frindly quiet sort as it Began. I toke it in Angriest part of all, & for these two
yeres till michelmas last that from the Sea side I came through Shropshire I was not nere
my fathers nor these thre yeres sins the Brech sodenly grewe in effect had no great
speches with my father, nor neither wrote nor receyued any lre from him, Diuers tymes he
hath very fatherly sent his frendes and myne to me, persuadinge me not to take it so strangely
affirminge that for that place he was occasioned so sodenly for feare of further conclusions to
Deale, offringe my present possession of all his inheritance, & him self & my mother & to be as
I wold, Although the occasion of Brech being so offred I was not so greatly Discontented
therwith, because mr lee and his frendes gaue out it was but my slipper deuyse vpon
some toy to procure my father to play the part, & that we quickly wold be frendes Agayne,
I haue more strangely demeaned my self then I should of very iust occasion, so farre by
this long contynuance that my father beleueth I will neuer be reconciled, within these three
dayes there hath bene one with me from my father, wishinge me not to take it so strangely
& to do with my fathers liuing my pleasure, I still with dutiefull wordes make small
accompt of his liuinge, wishinge him to take the full benefitt of the reuenues thereof, &
for my Brother in Cambridge he neded no great exhibicon for my Brother here I wold contynue the
finding of his exhibicon, for my suster being maried she was no charge vnto him, And thus
taking small occasion or non at all to write I strangely remayne Whereof he often maketh
his moue to others, willing that by all the meanes they can to vse persuasions with me
to passe some tyme in that Contrey. But for myne owne part vpon, the first Brech I determyned
not to passe any long tyme in those partes till further occasion, & Besides whensoeuer
I should be towardes mariage till it were fynished I resolued that I would notneuer
make my father & then by consequens not many of my frendes preuy of it. of which mynd
for myne owne opinion I contynue, albeit I wey that on thother side vpon such prefixed
tyme your frendes will haps minister priuate speaches why I so strangely on my frendes
Behalf do so demeane my Self, & I had rather be fully made reconciled in dutiefull
Amitie with my father a moneth after then three monethes before. Neuertheles I am not
in this, nor will not in any thinge else, be so bent to my will, But if you shall should it more
conuenient, I do before fall in full remitter of Amitie, I can for your satisfaccon demeasne my
self that way. But for myne owne opinion, I still remayne of my first determyned
opinion rather a moneth after then two moneths before, & for myne owne part I
shall like it best if by my strangenes it fall out in speaches that I ame
so strange with my father neuer likely to be in better case. for the state of my
fathers liuinge I haue sufficiently alredy, as by his conueiance made to me enrolled
in the chauncery which I haue left in my tronk in my partners custody you may
perceaue. so that if by death my partner should lose her partner I shall prouide for
her out of that litle a competet tners part. as touchinge my tners apparell
I have sent vnto her the graue determynacon of a taylor & referr her likinge
to her self by your Aduice And her mothers, whose iudgmt in those things
is better then yours or myne & thus with 1577 comendacons 3. Id. May
to your self & mres Bagot, my Partners and their susters I comitt you
to the tuycon of thalmighty.

Yours euer as his owne
Rich Broughton

My frend Raph Edge can tell you all the currt newes & therfore I will
not trouble you.

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