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Transcribed by Peter Titley on Thu, 04 Jul 2019 - 21:32

To my lovinge frend Sir/ Jhon Leveson knight my/ deputie Leutenant/

That her Ma[jes]ties pleasure ys to make/ ploy of the ....... of the 300/ men ....... ....... appoy[n]ted out of/ this countye/

That the iron masters shalbe/ bond tyll michaelmass next a 1000li a peece in the surety of/ in 100li a peece. 17th octob[er]/ 1590/

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Sir. I have aquaynted my Lo[rd] Chan[cello]r with your le[tte]r con/ cerninge the order to be taken, with such as cast Iron/ ordinance <gr and the names of Furnaces> who thinke yt fytt that the parties them/ selves should be bound in a 1000li band accordinge to the condic[i]on wherof you send me a copie to be in force/ but tyll Michaelmas next, And evirie of their surt/ tis in a 100li a peece duringe the same tyme w[hi]ch/ bands I praye you to take with expedic[i]on And so/ to returne them by ........ .viii/

I have also receaved your le[tte]r together with Sir Thom[a]s/ Scott and Sir Thom[a]s Sands knights touchinge your/ beinge at maydestone, for the effectinge of her ma[jes]t[y]s/ good pleasure in levyinge <of> 300 men to be imployed/ in her ma[jes]t[y]s Service, w[hi]ch your ......... and [illegible]/ my lords do take in ....... good part/

I have thought yt good to let you knowe, her Ma[jes]tie/ hath altered her mynd touchinge the levyinge of them, therefore you may make staye therof. And yet I could wishe you to make some fewer dayes tryall/ of their wyllingnis to be so imployed, that when/ ther shalbe needed of any such Service their wyll/ illingnis may be knowne to them ....... [illegible] <by> the [illegible]/ effect. I have wryten to Sir Thom[a]s Scott and Sir Thom[a]s Sands knights w[hi]ch I send you here with/ ......., ......... I praye you to se send to Sir Thom[a]s Sands/ accordinglie. I daylie look for the certification of your/mustere on ....... yet I have not receaved the thyngs in your gen/ rall le[tte]r you make menc[i]on of the sendinge therof/

And so I comyt you to god. From the court this/ xvjth at nyght. 1590/

                                               Your lovinge friend/


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Record Office
Kent County Library and Archive Centre
(with permission of South Staffordshire County Council)
Document Reference
The Sutherland Collection - Sir John Leveson of Halling
Document type
Letter to Leveson from Lord Cobham

Document Date
Henry Darrell writing to Sir John Leveson
Lord Cobham writing to Sir John Leveson

Names referred to within the document
Nicholas Myller
Thomas Barham
Sir Thomas Sands
Sir Thomas Scott
Sir John Leveson

Key words
Transcribers Notes
Where the writer of the letter has use / to denote the end of a sentence, then // has been used to differentiate from /denoting the end of a line in the text.