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<P PASTON LETTERS> <A AGNES PASTON> <T TO WILLIAM PASTON I> <D 14400420?> <N 13> <L 0> To my worshepefull housbond ^W. ^Paston be @is lettere takyn. <L 1> Dere housbond, I recomaunde me to yow, &c. Blyssyd be God, I sende yow gode tydynggys of @e comyng and @e brynggyn hoom of @e gentylwomman @at ye wetyn of fro %^Redham @is same nyght, acordyng to poyntmen @at ye made @er-for yowre-self. And as for @e furste aqweyntaunce be-twhen ^John ^Paston and @e seyde gentilwomman, she made hym gentil chere in gyntyl wyse and seyde he was verrayly yowre son. And so I hope @er shal nede no gret trete* be-twyxe hym. @e parson of %^Stocton toold me yif ye wolde byin here a goune, here moder wolde yeue ther-to a godely furre. @e goune nedyth for to be had, and of coloure it wolde be a godely blew or ellys a bryghte sanggueyn. I prey yow do byen for me ij pypys of gold. Yowre stewes do weel. The Holy Trinite* have yow in gouernaunce. Wretyn at %^Paston in hast @e Wednesday next after $^Deus $qui $erra . . .
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<A JOHN PASTON III> <T PERHAPS TO THOMAS PLAYTER: DRAFT> <D 146103> <N 317> <L 1> I recomawnde me to yow, and lete yow wete @at notwythstandyng tydingges come downe, os ye knowe, @at pepill shuld not come vp tyll thei were sent fore, but to be redy at all tymes, this notwithstandyng mech pepill owt of this cuntre* have take wages, seying thei woll goo vp to %^London. But thei have no capteyn ner rewler assigned be the comissioneres to awayte vp-on, and so thei stragyll abowte be them-self and be lyklynes arn not leke to come at %^London, half of them. And men that come from %^London sey there have not passid %^Thetford not passyng cccc and yet the townes and the cuntre* that have waged hem shall thynk thei be dischargid. And therfore if this lordes above wayte aftyr more pepill in this cuntre*, be lyklynes it woll not be easy to get wyth-owt a newe comission and warnyng; and yet it woll be thought ryght straunge of hem that have waged pepill to wage any more, for euery towne hath waged . . .
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<A MARGERY PASTON> <T TO JOHN PASTON III> <D 147702> <N 415> <L 0> Vn-to my ryght welbelouyd Voluntyn ^John ^Paston, squyer, be @is bill + delyuered, &c. <L 1> Ryght reuerent and wurschypfull and my ryght welebeloued Voluntyne, I recommande me vn-to yowe full hertely, desyring to here of yowr welefare, whech I beseche Almyghty God long for to preserve vn-to hys plesure and \owr hertys desyre. And yf it please \owe to here of my welefare, I am not in good heele of body ner of herte, nor schall be tyll I here from yowe; For @er wottys no creature what peyn @at I endure, And for to be deede I dare it not dyscure. And my lady my moder hath labored @e mater to my fadure full delygently, but sche can no more gete @en \e knowe of, for @e whech God knowyth I am full sory. But yf that \e loffe me, as I tryste verely that \e do, \e will not leffe me @erfor; for if @at \e hade not halfe @e lyvelode @at \e hafe, for to do @e grettyst labure @at any woman on lyve myght, I wold not forsake \owe. A . . .