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

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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 from the Kinge, as good
allowance, and encoragement to pursue my purpose, as I
could desire. Whilst I was there, I found that my Lord chamber=
lane, refus'd to swear a Gentleman into a place of Grolme of
the chamber, after he had bargaind for yt, because he
was a Servant to my Lord of Canterbury. Thys, and some
other lights make me see, that matters stand not so well
between them, but that they are likely to oppose one anothers
dependants. Before I go about to seeke my Lord of Canter-
bury, I would gladly, if I could, discerne hys inclination to
me, and if whether he haue any coniecture upon my relation
to my Lord chamberlain which ^he ys very likely to haue come to hys
knowledge, since my goinge, by reason of hys Lordships more open
avowinge me, then heretofore. If therfore, yow haue taken
any occasion to speake with hys Grace, since I desired that fauer
of yow, and haue perceyvd any thinge therby, which yow thinke
fytt that I should know before your comminge hether, I humbly
besecche yow to let me understand it, when any Servant of
yours hath occasion to come to London: that I may use my best
meanes of disposinge hym towards yt. My Lord chamberlain hath
layd hys commandement upon the Master of Requests, to forbear
to move the king in the other busines, for any man; though I saw
the Byll, for the kings hande, and saw that it was styll earnestly
pursued out of yorkhouse. Hys Lordship 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. With
which purpose I wyll acquaint my Lord chancelor, and humbly in-
treat hym, that it may be so. And so, sir, with my humble duty to
yow, and your poore daughters, I leave yow to our most blessed Sa=

yours euer to be commanded
Iohn Donne.
At my poore house.
3 December i6i4.

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