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L.b.538: Letter from John Donne, "at my poor house," to Sir George More, 1614 December 3: autograph manuscript signed

Catalog record:
Collection:Papers of the More family of Loseley Park, Surrey
Preferred Citation:Letter from John Donne, "at my poor house," to Sir George More, 1614 December 3: autograph manuscript signed, Papers of the More family of Loseley Park, Surrey. Transcription by Early Modern Manuscripts Online (EMMO). MS L.b.538, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC.
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I returnd not tyll yesternight, from my expensive iourney
to Newmarket. Where I haue receyvd fro ye Kinge, as good
allowance, and encoragement to pursue my purpose, as I
could desire. Whilst I was there, I found yt my L: chamber=
lane, refus'd to swear a Gent: into a place of Grolme of
ye chamber, after he had bargaind for yt, because he
was a Servant to my L: of Canterbury. Thys, and some
other lights make me see, that matters stand not so well
between them, but yt they are likely to oppose one anothers
dependants. Before I go about to seeke my L: of Canter-
bury, I would gladly, if I could, discerne hys inclination to
me, and if whether he haue any coniecture upon my relatio
to my L: chamberl: wch ^he ys very likely to haue come to hys
knowledge, since my goinge, by reason of hys Lps more open
avowinge me, then heretofore. If therfore, yow haue taken
any occasion to speake wth hys Grace, since I desired yt fauer
of yow, and haue perceyvd any thinge therby, wch yow thinke
fytt yt I should know before yr comminge hether, I humbly
besecche yow to let me understand it, when any Servant of
yrs hath occasion to come to London: yt I may use my best
meanes of disposinge hym towards yt. My L: chamb: hath
layd hys commandement upon ye Mr of Requests, to forbear
to move ye k: in ye other busines, for any man; though I saw
ye Byll, for ye kings hande, and saw yt it was styll earnestly
pursued out of yorkhouse. Hys Lp hath assurd me, that
yt shall sleepe, tyll I move hym to sett yt afoote hereaf-
ter, when my Sonne, or any for mee may^ haue profit therby. Wth
wch purpose I wyll acquaint my L: chancelor, and humbly in-
treat hym, yt it may be so. And so, sr, wth my humble duty to
yow, and yor poore daughters, I leave yow to our most blessed Sa=

yours euer to be comanded
I: Donne.
At my poore house.
3 Decemb i6i4.

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