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JOHN DE LA POLE,
DUKE OF SUFFOLK.
The following Letter, preserved by Sir John Fenn, in his very curious Collection of the "Paston Letters," will shew that homage which vice is obliged to pay to virtue; and that earnest desire which even the most prossigate persons are animated with, that those who are dear to them may escape the snares and temptations into which they themselves have fallen.
THE COPIE OF A NOTABLE i/RE WRITTEN BY THE DUKE OF Suff' TO HIS SONNE GIVING HYM THEREIN VERY GOOD COUNSEIL.
"My dere and only welbeloved Sone I be"seche oure Lord in Heven ye maker of alle "the world to blesse you and to sende you eu'grace to love hym and to drede hym to ye "which as ferre as a Fader may charge his "child I bothe charge you and prei you to sette "alle your spirites and wittes to do and to knowe "his holy Lawes and Comaundments by the ** which ye shall w' his grete m'cy paste alle ye "grete tempestes and troubles of y'5 wrecched "world, and y' also wetyngly ye do no thyng "for love ner drede of any erthely creature y' "shuld displese hym. And yre as any Freelte
** maketh you to falle besecheth hys m?cy soone ** to calle you to hym agen w' repentaunce satis"faccon and contricon of youre herte never "more in will to offende hym.
"Secoundly next hym above alle erthely "thyng to be trewe Liege man in hert in wille *c in thought in dede unto ye Kyng oure aider *cmost high and dredde Sou'eygne Lord, to "whom bothe ye and I been so moche bounde f too, Chargyng you as Fader can and may
rather to die yan to be ye contrarye or to "knowe any thyng y' were ayenste ye welfare •" or p'so'ite of his most riall p'sone but yl as
ferre as youre body and lyf may strecthe ye "lyve and die to defende it. And to lete his -** Highnesse have knowlache yr of in alle y* ** haste ye can.
"Thirdly in ye fame wyse I charge you my "Dere Sone alwey as ye be bounden by yc f com'aundement of God to do, to love to P worshepe youre Lady and Moder, and also y' ye "obey alwey hyr com'aundements and to beleve "hyr councelles and advises in alle youre werks •" ye which dredeth not but shall be best and ** trewest to you. And yes any other body t* wold stere you to y* contrarie to flee' y" c 4 "councell "councell in any wyse for ye shall fynde it "nought and evyll.
"Forthermore as ferre as Fader may and can "I charge you in any wyse to flee ye copany "and councel of proude men, of coveitowse
men and of flateryng men the more especially "and myghtily to withstonde hem and not to "drawe ne to medle w' hem w' all youre myght "and power. And to drawe to you and to "youre company good and v'tuowse men and "such as ben of good conu'sacon and of trouthe "and be them shal ye nev' be deseyved ner re"pente you off, moreover nev' follow youre "owne witte in no wyse, but in alle youre "werkes of suche Folks as I write of above "axeth youre advise and counsel and doyng "thus w' ye m'cy of God ye shall do right well "and lyue in right moche worship and grete "herts rest and ease. And I wyll be to you as "good Lord and Fader as my hert can thynke. "And last of alle as hertily and as lovyngly as "ever Fader blessed his child in erthe I yeve S* you ye blessyng of Oure Lord and of me, "whiche of his infynite m'cy encrece you in alle "vertu and good lyvyng. And y' youre blood "may by his grace from kynrede to kynrede "multeplye in this erthe to hys fvife in suche -' "wyse
"wyse as after ye departyng fro this wreched '** world here ye and thei' may glorefye him "et'nally amongs his Aungelys in hevyn. "Wreten of myn hand,
"ye day of my dep'tyng fro the land, "Your trewe and lovyng Fader,
EDWARD THE FOURTH.
The original of the following very curious letter of Edward and of his brother, the Earl of Rutland, to their father, the Duke of York, is in that valuable repository of literature and of science the British Museum:
** Ryght high and ryght myhty prince, our ** ful redouted and ryght noble lorde & fadur
as lowely w' all oure herts as we youre trewe ** & naturell sonnes can or may we recommande ** us unto your noble gr", humbly beseechyng ** your nobley & worthy faderhude daily to geve ** us your hertely blessing, thrugh whiche we "truste muche the rather to encrees and growe ** to vertu & to fpede the better in all matiers ** and things that we shall use occupye & exer
"cisc. t* cise. Ryght high & ryght mighty prince, "our ful redouted lorde & fadur, we thanke "our blessed Lorde not only of yor honourable "conducte & good spede in all your matiers "and besynesse and of your gracious prevaile "agenst the entent & malice of your evil-willers, "but also of the knowlege that hit pleased your ** noblesse to lete us nowe late have of the fame ** by relation of Sr Waltier Devreux knyght, "& John Milewatier squier, & John at Nokes, ** yemen of your honorable chambier. Also we "thank your noblesse and good fadurhood of "our grene gownes, now late fende unto us to "our grete comfort; beseeching your good ** lordeship to remember our porteux, and that ** we myght have syne bonetts fende unto us by "the next feure melliger, for necessite so re** quireth. Over this, right noble lorde and "fader, please hit your highnesse to witte that we ** have charged your servant Will"1 Smyth berer "of thees for to declare unto your noblesse cer"tayne things on our behalf, namely; concern** ing & touching the odieux reule & demenyng ** of Richard Crofte & of his brother. Where"fore we beseeche your generouse lordship and "full noble fadurhood to here him in exposition. **of the same, and to his relacion to geve full "feith & credence. Ryht high & ryght nvyghty ** prince, our ful redouted & ryght noble lorde