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[=36] Cecil Papers 89/148 (bifolium, 233mm x 174mm, second leaf heavily repaired), Oxford to Cecil; 4 December 1601 (W000;F623).

I can not conceyve, in so shorte a tyme, & in so smaale an abscence, how so greate a change ys hapned in yow, for in the beginninge of my sute to her Magestie I was doutfull to enter therinto, boothe for the wante I hadd of friendes, and ye dowt of the Caries. But I wass incoraged by yow whoo dyd not onlye assurme [=assure me] to be an assured friende vnto me, but further dyd vndertake to moue yt to her. whiche yow so well performed, that after sum dispute, her Magestie was contented. In that good begininge, I was promised fauoure, that I showlde haue assistance of her Magestyes counsel in lave [=law], that I showlde haue expeditione. but for fauoure the other partie, hetherto, hathe found muche moore, and as for assistance of her Magesties councell, whoo hathe bene moore, na [=nay] only agaynst me, the expeditione hathe bene suche, that what myght haue bene done in one monthe, ys now allmost a yeare differred. At my departure frome Greenwiche, what good woordes yow gaue me, and what assurance, of yowre constancie to me, yf yow have forgotten, yt ys in vayne for me to remember. Now besydes the alteratione whiche I finde in ye style of yowre letters, Caulye hathe towlde me yat yow ar exempted, and that Carye complaynes as yt weere of yowre partialite. When I tooke my leaue of her Magestie, she vsed me very gratiouslye, & mooreover gaue me thes woordes, that she doughted not for all that was sayed to the contrarie, but that the Escheat of Sir Charles Davers wowld faal owt well and that wythe all her hart she wisht yt and ment yt to me. I was gladd to heare her, and thought my self greatly behowldinge [=beholden] to yow, for I my self had never yet speache wythe her, wherfore I dyd and doo styll imput [=impute] this her good mynde to yowre friendly and honorable dealinge towards me. Now the cause fallinge owt to be good and by course of laue [=law] her Magesties, yt ys iustice, that her Magestye may bestowe the same at her pleasure, and yf she be willinge to giue yt me, I doo not see in reasone how partiallite showld or canbe imputed to yow, & the matter lyinge thus in the ballence of iustice, I doo not see, but boothe for yowre promise sake even frome the beginninge and for the alliance whiche ys betwien yow and me, wytheout any iust imputatione of partialite, yow may as well and wythe as great honor end as begine yt. And wheras yow assure me that the Lord Thresorer ys now very wyllinge to further me, I am very glad yf yt soo proue, for I have need of as many good friends as I can get, and yf I could I wowld seeke all the || adversaries I have in this cause to make them my friendes. Wherof I stand in so muche need, and yet when I hadd done all, I wowlde especiallye thinke my selfe behowldinge to yow[re selfe], on whome for all thes discoragments past I doo onlye relye. I have written to her Magestie, and receyved a most gratious answer to doo me good in all that she cane [=can], and that she will speake wythe yow, about yt. Now therfore yt ys in yowre poure [=power] alone, I know yt, that yf yow will deale for me, as I have cause to beleue, that yt may have an end accordinge to myne expectatione, for whiche I will esteme and acknowlege only to procede from yow. The Aturnye hathe had a deuice indede, as yow know yf yow lyst, by referringe yt to iugges to delay the cause wherby weariynge me with an vnresonable tyme he myght procure an agrement wherto I will never agree, or els an extenuatione, or vtter overthrow of her Magesties lyberalite towards me. But my councell doothe fullye aduise me, yat yf yt be her Magesties plesure to have a short end therof, then to graunt yt me (de benne esse, quantum in nos est,) wherin yf at any tyme yt shall please yow to heare them, I doo not dowt but they are able to satisfise [=satisfy] yow. In the meane seasone I recommend my selfe and the whoole cause to yow as one hym, vpon whome I relye wythe this most ernest desyre, that howsoever, there myght be an end, for as yt hathe hetherto bene handled, yf yt weer to begine agayne I wowld never enter into yt. and yf I cannot obteyne yt, yet an end as yt ys fallne owt ys sumwhat. this 4th of December 1601.

Yowre most louinge and assured Brother in lave Edward Oxenford (ital.; 4+7)

Addressed (O): To my very welbeloved Brother Sir Robert Cecill principall Secretarie to her Magestye. [seal]

Endorsed: 1601; December 4; Erle of Oxenford to my Master.

NB: Fowler, who did not locate the original, cites an incomplete text from Trout.

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