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[=37] Cecil Papers 181/99 (small bifolium, 232mm x 175mm), Oxford to Cecil; [January 1602] (W337;F652-3,682-3).

It ys now almoste a yeare sythence by the promises of yowre helpe and assistance, when the Escheate of Dauers was found nothinge for her Magestye 26 shyllinges excepted, that I dyd vndertake to recover yt. Now Brother I doo nott by thes letters make chalenge of yowre woordes, for yf yow lyst to forgett them, my puttinge in remembrance wilbe bitter, and to smaale purpose. Only this now ys myne intentione not to tell any nev [=new] thinge, but that whic [=which] ys allredie knowne, vnto yow. The matter after yt hade receyved many crosses, many inventiones of delay, yet atlenghe [=at length], hathe bene hard [=heard] before all the Iugges, Iugges I say boothe vnlaufull, and laufull, for so may I affirme sythe Walmsle whoo hadd mached [=matched, married] in the house of Davers, besydes sum other, weere admitted to the decidinge of the cause, notwythstandinge longe sythence I dyd accept [=except, protest] agaynst hym, and yt wass then thowght resonable. But now tyme, and truthe, have vnmasked all difficulties, and I doo vnderstand, the Iugges are, yf they will be indifferent to make a good report to her Magestie. Yet I know not by whatt vnfortunat stare [=star], ther arre so many disposed to wythestand yt, as the truthe, muche oppressed by the freendes of the contrarie part, [that yt] ys leklye yf not whoolye to be defaced, yet so extenuated, as the vertu therof wilbe of littell effect. Now for so muche, as I vnderstand yt ys ment to delay the report to the end, to gett a compositione of her Magestye and so to bringe all my hoope in her Magestyes gratious woordes to smoke, I am ernestlye to solicit her, to caale for the report, whiche I showld not have neded to doo, yf gospell hadd bine in the mouthes of the Lorde chiefe Iustice and the Atturnye, whoo dyd assure me that at the next hearinge, whiche then was appoynted the second day of thys terme yt showld have a full end. Now the matter dependinge in this sort, I fynd my statte weake and destitute of friendes for havinge only relyed allwayes on her Magestye, I have neglected to seeke others, and this trust of myne, many thinges considered, I feare may deceyve me. An other confidence I had in yowre selfe, in whome, wytheout offence lett me speake yt, I am to cast sume dout, by reasone, as in yowre last letters I founde a waveringe style muche differinge from yowre former assurances, I feare now to be left | in medio rerum omnium certamine et discrimine. whiche yf yt soo faale owt, I shall beare yt by the grace of god, wythe an equall mynde, sythe tyme and experience have giuen me sufficient vnderstandinge of woorldlye frayelte. But I hoope better, thowghe I cast the woorste, how so ever for finis coronat opus. and then every thynge wilbe layd open, every dout resolued into a playne sence. In the meane seasone, I now at the laste, for now ys the tyme, crave this brotherly freendship, that as yow began yt for me wythe all kyndnes, so that yow will continue in the same affectione to end yt. and so I will end, these thinges only desyringe yow to remember, that yow may know I doo not forget, how honorablie yow delt with her Magestye at what tyme yow fyrst moved her, showinge how owt of nothinge to her, for so in manner yt wass founde, yf by myne industrie I could of this nothinge make sumthinge, she showld yet giue a propt [=prop] and stay to my house. Agayne I know and well perceyve how that this Eschet of Davers shalbe made a great matter, to crose my good happ and to obscure the rest of the lands whiche discend from the mother on Latimer syde, [.] to her Magestye whiche ys as clere her Magestyes as thys. Last of all I shall desyre yow to remember that I craved of this Eschette only what I cowld recover in Wilshyre and Glocester shyres. Leuinge to her Magestye the lands of Oxford, Lecester, Northamptone and Yorkshyre. whiche ys of muche moore vallue. [and] In the beginninge the whoole was thowght desperat, and yet yow shall se now the lave to be clere of the Queens syde, notwythstandinge yt hathe indured all the crosses that can be possible, ye [=yea] mooreover I will say to yow that I must informe, this case hathe opend her ryght to a far greater Matter, then this of Davers, yf her Magestyes ryght and interrest be not cunningly suppressed, and therfore I hoope her Magesty after so many gratious woordes which she gave me at Grenwiche vpon her departure excedinge this whiche I expect, will not now drave [=draw] in the beames of her princlie grace to my discoragment and her owne detriment. Neyther will I conceyve otherwise of yowre vertu and affectione towards me now att the end, then I apprehended all good ^\\hoope// and kyndnes from yow in the beginninge. thus wythe a lame hand, to wright I take my leue, but wythe a mynde well disposd to hoop [=hope] the best of my friends, tyll otherwis I finde them. which I feare nothinge att all, assuringe my self yowre woords and deeds dwell not asunder.

Yowre Louinge Brother in Lave [=law]

(signed) Edward Oxenford (ital.; 4+7)

Addressed (O): To my very welbeloued Brother in Lave Sir Robert Cecill of her Magestyes priuie councell and principall Secretarie. [seal]

Endorsed: Ianuary (blank) 1601 [=1602]; The Earle of Oxford to my Master

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