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L.b.529: Letter from John Donne to Sir George More, 1601/1602 February 13: autograph manuscript signed

Catalog record:
Collection:Papers of the More family of Loseley Park, Surrey
Preferred Citation:Letter from John Donne to Sir George More, 1601/1602 February 13: autograph manuscript signed, Papers of the More family of Loseley Park, Surrey. Transcription by Early Modern Manuscripts Online (EMMO). MS L.b.529, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC.
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From yow, to whom next to God, I shall owe my health, by enioyeng by your Mediacion this
mild change of Imprisonment, I desire to deriue all my good fortune and Content in
this world. And therfore with my most vnfeyned thanks, present to yow my humble
peticion that yow would be pleasd to hope, that as that fault which was layd to
me, of hauing deceiud some gentlewomen before, and that of loving a Corrupt
Religion are vanishd and smoakd away (as I assure my self, owt of theyr weaknes
they are, And that as the Deuyll in the Article of our Death takes the aduan-
tadge of our weaknes and fear to aggrauate our Sinns to our Conscience, so some vn-
charitable Malice hath presented my Debts doble at least, So; many of the
Imputacions layd vpon me, would fall of, if I might but shake and purge my
self in your presence. But if that were donne, of this Offence committed to yow
I cannot acquit my self. Of which yet, I hope that God, to whom for that
I hartily direct many prayers, wyll informe yow to make that vse, that as
of Euyll Manners good Lawes growe, so owt of our disobedience and boldnes,
yow wyll take Occasion to show Mercy and tendernes. And when yt shall
please ^god yow to soften your hart so much towards vs, as to pardon vs, I beseech
yow allso to vndertake that charitable office of beeing my Mediator to my
Lord whom as vpon your iust Complaint yow found full of iustice, I doubt not
but yow shall allso find full of Mercy: for so ys the Almighty pattern of
Iustice and Mercy, equally full of bothe. My Conscience and such Affec-
tion as in my Conscience becomes an honest man, emboldneth me to make
one request more, which ys that by some kind and Comfortable message yow
would be pleasd to giue some ease of the afflictions which I know your
Daughter in her Mind suffers; and that (if it be not against your other
purposes) I may with your leaue wright to her; for withowt your leaue
I wyll never attempt any thing concerning her. God so haue mercy
vpon me, as I ame vnchangeably resolvd, to bend all my Courses to make
me fitt for her; which if God, and my Lord and yow be pleasd to strengthen
I hope neyther my Debts, which I can easily Order, nor any thing els shall
interrupt. Allmighty god keepe yow in his fauor, and restore me to his
and yours. From my Chamber, whether by your fauor I ame Come. 13o
Februarii 1601

Yours in all dutifull obedience
Iohn Donne

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To the right worshipfull
Sir George More knight