--I see that your Lordship holds your old course, to wrong them most who take greatest pains to hold your love without charging your purse. I am like a good spaniel, who, the more he is beaten, the fonder he is of his master. You say that I gain by the use of your money. If you looked as carefully to others that have your money as you do suspiciously at your honest friends, you haply might profit more at the year's end. I send you your money before ever I receive it, with charge and trouble for which I look for no thanks. I might say it were good you gave me interest for my old debt, but "I look for neither till you be exceeding rich," for I think I love you and care more for your business than you do yourself.
Your money was sent thus:-two hundred pounds at 24s. 4d., Hambro money, two hundred at 24s. 6d. and the last two hundred at 24s. 9d., which is the best husbandry I can make. My lord of Rutland had but 23s. Hambro. Your loss in the exchange is not above a penny or three halfpence in the pound, and this is almost saved in your last two hundred.
Your Lordship's Barbary is like to recover, but the dun horse is so lame that I can sell him for no money.
"Now I have done chiding and accounting, I must come to another matter. You write England hath no need of the goodman of Gremsthorp [i.e., Willoughby himself] nor he of it. I am sorry he is gone out of Germany into Italy. He is looked for at the farthest in May next. . . . The great Earl, his friend, will write very shortly to hasten him, and the mistress of Northall commanded me to write unto your Lordship to assure his (sic) her great mistress looks day[ly] for his return, and bids him be assured that he shall have many contents at his return home. Her brother [? Sir Wm. Russell] nor any where he is, in a treaty hath half the credit with her great mistress as he hath. I humbly pray your good lordship to let him but use the baths in April and be here in any wise in May next. I pray your lordship, though you go yourself (sic), carry him not to the Hungary wars in the spring.
"I am glad your Lordship hath recovered your health and legs again. I hope you will keep them so, if you follow but the priest his order you sent me, which is, wenches and wine to loathe them." Gray has been here to follow your Lordship's causes. My lady and all your children are well except "my father Peregrine," who has small-pox at Cambridge, as I hear.
"Here is assured both by sea and land espials the Spanish army will be here at the spring. They have stayed all the best ships the Flemings and Easterlings have, to carry their army. Sir Francis Drack is gone [to the West Indies]. Not heard of his success as yet. Some say the Spanish King hath sent three fleets after him. There is a truce taken in Ireland for two months, it is thought there will be a peace presently, it is doubted of many here. The Scots King is assured to the Queen. God send it to continue.
Here is great provision for two or three armies, and great care to furnish them, both horse and foot.
"Sir Robert Drury hath hurt his brother Sesell in a fray, or af small quarrel, in the arm.
"Mrs. Foulgam [? Foljambe], if she were assured you would come home in any time, would stay her choice of her husband till she had your Lordship's advice. The lady her sister hath a young daughter, though your Lordship was not at the Bath this spring.
"Sir Thomas Heng [i.e., Heneage] is died twenty-thousand pounds in the Queen's debt. . . . Mr. Hacher hath got a fair wife, which stayed his journey to your Lordship. All Sir Thomas Heng's offices are yet ungiven.
"I would your Lordship were Treasurer of the Chamber, to keep the money and the maids. I pray God keep your Lordship's health still, as you write me you will imitate the young Pallantyne. I told a lady you had left all love toys. Nay, said she, he writ to my husband there was a French lady at the Bath, which was with the water cured, which he honoured much and loved well. I am almost even with your Lordship." I pray you write to Mr. Manners, and make much of my Lord of Rutland.
*The Countess of Warwick.