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L.b.540: Letter from John Donne, Chelsea, to Sir Henry Wotton, 1625 July 12: autograph manuscript signed

Catalog record:
Collection:Papers of the More family of Loseley Park, Surrey
Preferred Citation:Letter from John Donne, Chelsea, to Sir Henry Wotton, 1625 July 12: autograph manuscript signed, Papers of the More family of Loseley Park, Surrey. Transcription by Early Modern Manuscripts Online (EMMO). MS L.b.540, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC.
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Thys ys your Quietus est from me; It ys your assurance that
I wyll never trouble yow mor, about any place in your Colledge;
But thys Quietus est must beare date from the end of thys
letter; for in the letter, I must make a suite of that kinde,
to yow: In which, I know yow wyll giue a good interpretation of myne
ingenuity, that I would not forbear euen the troublinge of yow, when
I had a way presented me, to do any seruice to that noble family, to
whom I owe, euen my posterity. Sir, At your last Election, Sir Robert
More (to whom I haue the honor to be brother in law) had a sonne
elected into your schoole, and hys place ys not falln, and so our hopes
euacuated, that way. Because yt was my worke at first, I would
faine perfit yt; and I ame in the right way of perfitinge yt, when
I addresse my selfe to yow, who haue a perfit power in the busines,
and haue multiplyed demonstrations of a perfit loue to me. That
which was then donne, was donne by way of wa gratitude, by Mr wood-
ford, one of the then opposers, to whom I had giuen a Church, be-
longinge to our pauls: And for the fauor which yow shall be pleasd to
afford us herin, I offer yow mother and daughters, all the seruice
that I shall be able to doe, to any servant of yours, in any place, of any
of our Churches. Our most Blessed savyor, blesse yow with all hys graces, and
restore us to a confident meetinge in wholesomer places, and direct us all,
by good ways to good ends. Amen.

your very true frinde and
humble seruant in Christ Iesus
Iohn Donne
from Sir Iohn Dauers house at chelsey,
of whose house, and my Lord Carlils at Hanworth,
I make up my Tusculan. 12 Iulii. 1625

This Man Dr. Donne Marryd one of Sir George More's daughters against
his concent

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To the Honorable knight, and
my most Honored frinde
Sir Henry Wotton pro=
uost of Eaton.