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_y/r/t/y vn.

1422-1509 A.D.

A Reprint of the Edition of 1872-5, which

Contained upwards of Five Hundred

Letters, etc., till then unpublished, to

which are now added others in a

Supplement after the Introduction



Of the Public Record Office



1471-1509 A.D.




Edward IV.


A.D. 1471, 1 8 April.

[From Fenn, ii. 62.]

This letter, as shown by the contents, was written just four days after the
battle of Barnet, by which Edward IV. recovered his throne. It is not
signed, but the writer is Sir John JPaston.

To my Moodre.

OODRE, I recomande me to yow, letyng yow
wette that, blyssed be God, my brother John
is a lyffe and farethe well, and in no perell
off dethe. Never the lesse he is hurt with an
arow on hys ryght arme, be nethe the elbow ; and I
have sent hym a serjon, whyche hathe dressid hym,
and he tellythe me that he trusty the that he schall be
all holl with in ryght schort tyme. It is so that John
Mylsent is ded, God have mercy on hys sowle ! and
Wylliam Mylsent is on lyffe, and hys other servants all
be askepyd by all lyklihod.

Item, as ffor me, I ame in good case, blyssyd be
God ; and in no joparte off my lyffe, as me lyst my
self; for I am at my lyberte iff nede bee.

Item, my Lorde Archebysshop l is in the Towr;

1 George Neville, Archbishop of York. It was from the custody of this
prelate that Edward escaped, after having been surprised and taken
prisoner by the Earl of Warwick, in 1470 : perhaps the kind treatment of his
then prisoner now procured his pardon. F.





neverthelesse I trust to God that he schall do well i
noghe ; he hathe a saffe garde for hym and me bothe.
Neverthelesse we have ben troblyd syns, but nowe I
undrestande that he hathe a pardon ; and so we hope

Ther was kyllyd uppon the ffelde, halffe a myle ffrom
Bemett, on Esterne Daye, the Erie of Warwyk, the
Marqweys Montacu, Sir William Terrell, 1 Sir Lewes
Johns, and dyverse other Esquiers off owr contre,
Godmerston and Bothe.

And on the Kynge Edwardes partye, the Lord
Cromwell, 2 the Lord Saye, 3 Sir Ornffrey Bowghsher 4
off owr contre, whyche is a sore moonyd man her, and
other peple off bothe partyes to the nombre off mor
then a m L

As for other tythynges, is undrestande her that the
Qwyen Margrett is verrely londyd and hyr sone in the
west contre, and I trow that as to morow, or ellys
the next daye, the Kynge Edwarde wyll depart ffrom
hense to hyr warde, to dryve her owt ageyn.

Item, I beseche yow that I may be recomendyd to
my cosyn Lomner, and to thanke hym ffor hys goode
wyll to me wardes, iff I had hadde nede, as I undre-
stoode by the berer heroff ; and I beseche you on my
behalve to advyse hym to be well ware off hys delyng
or langage as yit, ffor the worlde, I ensur yow, is ryght
qwesye, as ye schall know with in thys monthe ; the
peple heer feerythe it soor.

God hathe schewyd Hym selffe marvelouslye lyke
Hym that made all, and can undoo ageyn whan Hym
lyst; and I kan thynke that by all lyklyod schalJ
schewe Hym sylff as mervylous ageyn, and that in
schort tyme ; and, as I suppose, offter then onys in
casis lyke.

Item, it is soo that my brother is on purveyed off

1 Sir William Tyrell was cousin to Sir James Tyrell, the afterwards sup-
posed murderer of Edward V. and his brother the Duke of York. F.

2 Humphrey Bourchier, third son of Henry, Earl of Essex, had summons
ot Parliament, in 1461, as Lord Cromwell, in right of his wife. F.

8 William Fienes, Lord Say. * Son of John, Lord Berners.

A.D. I47I-] EDWARD IV. 5

monye. I have holpyn hym to my power and above.
Wherffor as it pleasythe yow remembre hym, ffor kan
not purveye ffor my selffe in the same case.

Wretyn at London the thorysdaye in Esterne weke.
I hope hastely to see yow.

All thys bylle most be secrett. Be ye not adoghtyd
off the worlde, ffor I trust all schall be well. Iff it thusse
contenewe, I ame not all undon, nor noon off us ; and
iff otherwyse, then, &c. &c.


[From Fenn, ii. 68.]

To the ryght reverent and wyrchypfutt Lady. 1

|YGHT reverent and wyrchypfull Lady, I re-
comande me to yow, lettyng yow wete that I
am in gret hevynes at the makyng of thys
letter ; but thankyd be God, I am eschapyd
my selfe, and sodenly departyd fro my men ; for I
undyrstand my chapleyn wold have defrayed me ; and
if he com in to the contre, let hym be mad seuer, &c.
Also ye shall gyff credence to the brynger of thys letter,
and I beseke yow to reward hym to hys costs ; for I
was not in power at the makyng of thys letter to gyfl
hym, but as I wass put in trest by favar of strange
pepyll, &c.

Also ye shall send me in all hast all the redi money
that ye can make, and asse mone of my men asse can
com well horsyd ; and that they cum in dyverse par-

1 Margaret, daughter of Richard Neville, Earl of Salisbury, and sister to
the late Earl of Warwick, and wife of John de Vere, Earl of Oxford. F.


cellys. Also that my horsse be sent, with my stele
saddles ; and byd the yoman of the horse cover theym
with ledder. Also ye shall send to my moder, 1 and
let hyr wete of thys letter, and pray hyr of hyr blessyng,
and byd hyr send me my kasket, by thys tokyn j that
she hathe the key therofF, but it is brokyn.

Also ye shall send to the Pryor of Thetford, 2 and
byd hym send me the sum of gold that he seyd that I
schuld have. Also sey to hym by thys token, that I
schewyd hym the fyrst Prive Scale, &c. Also lete
Pastun, Fylbryg, Brews, come to me. Also ye shall
delyver the brynger of thys letter an horsse, sadell, and
brydell. Also ye schallbe of gud cher, and take no
thowght, for I schall brynge my purpose abowte now
by the grace of God, Qwhome have yow in kepyng.

O . . . D?.


A.D. 1471, 30 April.

[From Paston MSS., B.M.]

This letter was printed by Fenn in his fifth volume, of which the original
MSS. are now recovered. It was evidently written in April 1471, when the
writer was recovering from the wound he had received at the battle of
Barnet. See No. 668. It is not addressed, but is endorsed in a later hand,
" Litera Johannis Paston armigeri matri suae."

|FTYR humbyll and most dew recomendacyon,
in as humbyll wyse as I can, I beseche you of
your blyssyng, preying God to reward you
with as myche plesyer and hertys ease as I
have latward causyd you to have trowbyll and thowght ;
and, with Godys grace, it shall not be longe to or then
my wronges and othyr menys shall be redressyd, for the
world was nevyr so lyek to be owyrs as it is now ;

1 Elizabeth, daughter and heir of Sir John Howard, Knight, who was
the grandfather of John Howard, first Duke of Norfolk of that name. She
was now the widow of John de Vere, late Earl of Oxford.

2 John Vescey, Prior of Thetford, from 1441 to 1479.?.

A.D. I47I-] EDWARD IV. 7

werfor I prey you let Lomnor no be to besy as yet.
Modyr, I beseche you, and ye may spare cny money,
that ye wyll do your almesse on me and send me some
in as hasty wyse as is possybyll ; for by my trowthe
my leche crafte and fesyk, and rewardys to them that
have kept me and condyt me to London, hathe cost
me sythe Estern Day l more then v/z., and now I haue
neythyr met, drynk, clothys, lechecraft, ner money but
up on borowyng ; and I have asayid my frendys so
ferre, that they be gyn to fayle now in my gretest ned
that evyr I was in. Also, modyr, I beseche yow, and
my horse that was at lechecraft at the Holt 2 be not
takyn up for the Kynges hawkys, 3 that he may be had
horn and kept in your plase, and not to go owght to
watyr, nor no whedyr ellys, but that the gat be shet,
and he to be chasyd aftyr watyr within your plase,
and that he have as myche met as he may ete ; I have
hey i new of myn owne, and as for otys, Dollys will
purvey for hym, or who that dothe it I wyll paye.
And I beseche yow that he have every wek iij. boshell
of otys, and every day a penyworthe of bred ; and if
Botoner be not at Norwyche, and Syme kep hym. I
shall geve hym well for hys labore. Also that Phelypp
Loveday put the othyr horse to gresse ther, as he and
I wer acordyd.

Item, that Botoner send me hyddyr the two shyrtys
that wer in my casket, and that he send me hydyr x\s.
by the next messenger that comyth to London.

Item, that Mastress Broom send me hedyr iij. longe
gownys and ij. doblettes, and a jaket of plonket cham-
lett, and a morey bonet out of my cofyr. Sir Jamys
hathe the key, as I sent hyr werd be for thys.

Item, that syche othyr wryghtynges and stuff as was
in my kasket be in your kepyng, and that no body look
my wryghtynges.

Item, that the horse that Purdy hathe of myne be

1 The battle of Barnet was fought on Easter Day, I4th April 1471.

2 A pasture so called, and means the groves, or lands full of wood. F.
* This may signify, in jocular language, if he be not dead. F.


put to some good gresse in haste ; and if it plese yow
to have knowlage of our royal person, I thank God I
am hole of my syknesse, and trust to be clene hole of
all my hurttys within a sevennyght at the ferthest, by
wyche tym I trust to have othyr tydynges; and those
tydynges onys had, I trust not to be longe owght of
Norffolk, with Godys grace, Whom I beseche preserve
you and your for my part.

Wretyn the last day of Apryll. The berer herof can
tell you tydynges, syche as be trew for very serteyn.
Your humbylest servaunt,



A.D. 1471, 4 May.

[From MS. Phillipps 9735, No. 279.]

The following paper is in a contemporary handwriting, and undoubtedly
refers to the battle of Tewkesbury.

Ded in the Feld.

Edward that was called Prynce.

Lord John of Somerset

Erie of Devenshire.

Lord Wenlok.

Sir William Vaus.

Sir Edmond Hamden.

Sir John Seymour.

Sir William Bermoth.

Water Barrow.

Mr. William Henmar.

Mr. Feldyng. 1

Hervy, recorder. 2

Mr. Kerry, capteyn of Brystowe.
Sir Roberte Whetyngham.

1 Sir William Fielding, according to Warkworth's Chronicle.

3 These words, " Hervy, recorder," are written over "Kerry, capteyn," as
a correction ; but the latter .are not erased Wark worth mentions Sir
Nicholas Hervy.

A.D. I47I-] EDWARD IV. 9

Thes be men that were hevededl

The Duke of Somerset.

The Lord of Sent Jones. 2

Sir Jerveys Clyfton.

Humfrey Awdeley.

Lowes Miles.

Forey of Fraunce.

Sir John Delvys. 3

Lord Foskew on lyffe.

Sir William Carre.

Sir Hew Courteney.

Sir Thomas Tressham.

Sir Herry Tressham.

Sir William Newbery.

Mr. Gower. 4

Mr. Awdeley. 6

Robert Clerke.

Lechefeld, mason of Westmynster.

Sir William Grymesby yet on lyffe.

Thes be the Knyghtes that the Kyng mad in the Feld.

Lord Cobham. Sir Richard Croft.

Sir George Nevel. Sir John Pylkyngton.

Sir Philip Courtenay. Sir John Byngham.

Sir Herry Bemonde. Sir John Harley.

Sir Moreys of Barkley. Sir John Boteler.

Sir Richard Hastynges. Sir Christofer Morysby.

Sir Roberte Haryngton. Sir John Clay.

Sir Thomas Gray. Sir Robert Wylleby.

Sir James TerelL Sir Robert Grene.

Sir John Feres. Sir Roger Ree.

Sir Herry Feres. Sir Richard Radclyffe.

Sir Herry Purpeynt Sir John Saundes.

Sir John Parre. Sir Thomas Strikelande.

Sir John Downe. Sir George Browne.

Sir Roger Kyngstone. Sir William Motton.

1 Beheaded. 2 Sir John Longstmther, Prior of St John's.

3 Originally written " Mr. Delvys,' and corrected.

4 James Gower, according to VVarkvvorth, 6 Sir Humphrey Audcley.


Sir John Crokere.

Sir Skerne.

Sir James Crowmere.
Sir William Sandalle.
Sir John Deverys.
Sir Kerry Grey.
Sir Edward Wodehous.

Sir Tery Robsert.
Sir Thomas Cromewell.
Sir Robert Corbet.
Sir Nicholas Langford.
Sir John Seyntlowe.
Sir William Brandon.


A. D. 1471, 5 July.

[From Fenn, iv. 1 16.]

From the mention of Lord Scales in this letter it might be supposed that it
was written not later than the year 1469, when Anthony Woodville, the last
Lord Scales, became Earl Rivers by the death of his father : but I believe
the date to be 1471, and that the writer is simply speaking of Earl Rivers by
his old title. In the first place there is no appearance of either of the John
Fastens requiring a royal pardon before the year 1471 ; secondly, it is not
probable that either of them would have spoken so slightingly of the value of
Lord Scales's intercession at an earlier period ; and thirdly, it seems doubtful
whether Edmund Paslon could have been old enough to own a war-horse
many years before. Finally, we find by Letter 674 following that John Paston,
the youngest, succeeded in obtaining a pardon signed by the King on the
I7th July 1471. If the reference to the autograph plate in Fenn is correct,
this letter was in the hand of his elder brother, Sir John Paston, Knight ; but
as it is not signed, like most of his letters, " John Paston, K.," we are inclined
to suspect that it was really written by the younger brother, like No. 674.

OST worchepfull and my ryght specyall good
modyr, as humbylly as I can, I recomand
me on to yow, besechyng yow of your blyss-
yng. Please it yow to undyrstand that thys
day I spake with Batcheler Water, whiche let me have
undyrstandyng of your welfare, wherof I thank God
with all my hert. Also he leet me have knowlage that
the Lord Scalys had grauntyd yow to be my good
lord, wherof I am no thyng prowd, for he may do leest
with the gret mastyr ; but he wold depert ovyr the see,
as hastyly as he may ; and because he wenyth that I
wold go with hym, as I had promyseyd hym evyr, and
he had kept foorthe hys jornay at that tyme, thys is
the cause that he wyll be my good lord and help to
get my pardon. The Kyng is not best pleasyd with


hym for that he desyerthe to depert, in so myche that
the Kyng hathe seyd of hym, that wen evyr he hathe
most to do, then the Lord Scalys wyll sonest axe leve
to depert, and weenyth that it is most be cause of
kowardyese. As for pardon, I can never get, with-
owght I schold paye to myche money for it, and I am
not so purveyd. As for Herry Hallman, my brodyr
wyll axe hym no sylver tyll ye be payeyd ; therfor ye
may send to hym and have it.

Item, I am sory that ye have fadyrd my hors that
was at Caster to be my Brodyr Edmundys, for I had
leveer that they had hym style then owght ellys ; wher-
for thow they profyr hym yow from hense foorthe, let
not my brodyr Edmund take hym, but let him sey
whedyr they wyll let hym have hym or not, that I have
promyseyd my brodyr Edmund a bettyr hors for hym,
so that he wyll not cleyme the same for hys. As for
tydyngs her be non but that the Scottys and Walyshe
men be besy ; what they meane I can not seye. My
cosyn John Loveday can tell yow, and ther be eny
odyr flyeyng talys, for he hathe walkyd in London,
and so do not I. When I may I wyll come horn with
Godys grace, whom I beseche to sende you your
hertys desyeyr. Wretyn the v. daye of Julie.

Be yowr humblest sone and servant,



A.D. 1471, 12 July. ABSTRACT.

[From MS. Index in Magd. Coll., Oxford.]

NorfF. and Suff. Deeds, No. 5. " Relaxatio Johannis Paston
militis, Davidi Husband et Will. Gyfford totius juris in maneriis
de Saxthorp, Tichvvell^ Haineford, Essex in Hickling, &c., Cal-
cote, Leystoft, Habland, Broweston, Gorleston alias Spitlings,
quae quondam fuerant Johannis Fastolf mil., et quse Will. Wayn-
flet episcopus Winton' habuit ex dono Rad. Boteler domini dr
Sudley, et pnedicti David et Willielmus ex dono episc. praedicti


necnon de et in 25 markes redd, precipiend. de priori de Hickling.
Julii 12, Edw. IV. II. With a scedule annexed touching the
same release."


A.D. 1471, 17 July.

[From Paston MSS., B.M.]

This letter refers to a pardon granted by the King to John Paston the
younger, for having taken part with the Lancastrians at the battle of Barnet.
Though the " bill' for this pardon was signed by the King on the lyth July,
pardon itself did not pass the Great Seal till the 7th February following,
under which date it is enrolled on the Pardon Roll of n Edw. IV., memb. 9.

To my most worchepfull Modyr, Margaret Paston, be
thys ddyveryd in hast.

YGHT worchepfull modyr, I recomand me to
yow, and as lowly as I can, I beseche yow
of yowr blyssyng. Please yow to undyr-
stand that thys Wednysday Sir Thomas
Wyngffeld sent to me, and let me wet that the Kyng
had syngnyd my bylle of perdon, whyche the seyd Sir
Thomas delyveryd me; and so by Fryday, at the
farthest, I tryst to have my perdon ensealyd by the
Chanceler, and soone aftyr, so as I can fornyshe me,
I tryst to se yow, if so be that eny of the Kynges hows
com in to Norwyche. I wold fayne my gray horse wer
kept in mewe for gnattys. Also, modyr, I beseche
yow that Dollys and his felawe may be sent to, that I
may have my money redy ayenst that I come home,
whyche is dew to be payid, for thys mater hathe
cost me the settyng over. Also that it may please
yow that Purdy at Heylysdon maye be sent to for the
horse that he hathe of myne, and that the horse may
be kept well, and have as myche mete as he wyll eate
be twyx thys and that I come home, and that
Jakys nage have mete i now also. Also, and Syr
Thomas Wyngfeld come to Norwyche, that he may

A.D. I47I-] EDWARD IV. 13

have as good chere as it please yow to make on to that
man that I am most behold to for hys gret kyndnesse
and good wyll, for he takyth full my part ayenst
my gretest enmyeys, Brandons and hys brodyr
William ; for at my fyrst comyng to Sir Thomas Wyng-
feld, bothe William Wyngfeld and William Brandon
the yonger wer with Sir Thomas, and had gret vvordys
to myn owne mowthe, and in cheff W. Wyngfeld ; and
wher so evyr he may met me on evyn grownd he wyll
do myche ; but and we met evynly, no fors, so I
have yowr blyssyng. I prey yow, with owght it be to
my Lady Calthorp, let ther be but fewe woordys of
thys perdon. No more, but I prey God preserve yow
and yours.

Wretyn the Wednysday next before Mary Mawdelen,
By your humblest sone, J. P.


A.D. 1471, 15 Sept.

[From Fenn, ii. 72.]

Apart from the reference to John Paston's pardon, the date of this letter is
fixed by what is said of the bastard Falconbndge.

To Mestresse Margret Paston, or to John Paston, JEsqier,
hyr sone, in hast.

|YGHT well belovyd brother, I comende me to
yow, letyng yow wete that I am in wellffar, I
thanke God, and have ben evyr syns that I
spake last with yow ; and mervayle for that ye
sent never wryghtynge to me syns ye departyd; I
herde nevyr synes that tyme any worde out oft
Norffolk; ye myght aft Bertlemai Feyr 1 have had
messengers i nowe to London, and iff ye had sent to
Wykys, he scholde have conveyed it to me. I herde
yisterdaye, that a Worsted man of Norffolk, that solde

1 Bartholomew Fair, in Smith-field.


worstedys 1 at Wynchester, seyde that my Lord of
Norffolk and my Lady wer on pylgrymage at Our Lady 2
on ffoot, and so they went to Caster ; and that at Nor-
wyche on scholde have had large langage to yow, and
callyd yow traytor, and pyked many quarellys to
yow. Sende me worde ther off ; it wer well doo, that
ye wer a lytell sewrer offyowr pardon than ye be : avyse
you, I deme ye woll her afftr ellys repent yow.

I undrestonde that Bastarde Fauconbryge 3 is owther
hedyd or lyke to be, and hys brother bothe; some
men seye he wolde have deservyd it, and som sey

I purpose to be att London the ffyrst daye off the
terme ; send me worde whethyr ye schall be ther or

Item, I wolde wete whether ye have spoken wyth
my Lady off Norffolk or not, and off hyr disposicion
and the howsoldys to me and to yow wardes, and
whether it be a possible to have Caster ageyn and ther
goodewylles or not ; and also I praye yow undrestande
what ffelaschyp and guydyng is in Caster, and have a
spye resortyng in and owt, so maye ye know the
secretys among them. Ther is moche adoo in the
Northe, as men seyn ; I pray yow be ware off yowr
guydyng, and in cheff off yowr langage, and so that
ffro hense fforthe by yowr langage noo man perceyve
that ye ffavor any person contrary to the Kynges
plesur. I undrestonde that the Lord Ryvers hathe
lycence off the Kynge to goo to Portyngale now within
thys vij. nyght. I pray yow recomande mo to my
modre, and beseche hyr off hyr blyssyng on my be
halve. 4

Item, I praye yow sende me worde iff any off owr
ffrendys or wellwyllers be dede, ffor I feer that ther is

1 Worsted, in Norfolk, a town formerly famous for the spinning of the fine
thread with which the yarn called Worsted is made. F.

2 Of Walsingham.

8 Thomas Nevill, a natural son of William, Lord Fauconberg. He was
beheaded in 1471, and, as mentioned in Letter 676 following, his head was
placed on London Bridge.

* Here follow, says Fenn, some directions about payments of money.

A.D. 1471.] EDWARD IV. 15

grete dethe in Norwyche, and in other Borowgh
townese in Norffolk, ffor I ensur you it is the most
unyversall dethe that evyr I wyst in Ingelonde ; ffor by
my trowthe, I kan not her by pylgrymes that passe the
contre, nor noon other man that rydethe or gothe any
contre, that any Borow town in Ingelonde is ffree ffrom
that sykenesse ; God sease it whan it pleasyt Hym.
Wherffor, ffor Goddysake, let my moodre take heede to
my yonge brytheren that they be not in noon place
wher that sykenesse is regnyng, nor that they dysport
not with noon other yonge peple whyche resortythe
wher any sykenesse is, and iff ther be any off that
sykenesse ded or enffect in Norwyche, ffor Goddes sake,
lete hyr sende them to som ffrende off hyrse in to the
contre, and do ye the same by myn advyce ; late my
moodre rather remeve hyr howsesolde in to the contre.

Even now Thyrston browt me word ffro London
that it was Doctor Aleyn that cawsyd yowr treble that
ye had at Norwych; and that John Pampyngroode
ffor a dyscharge ffor yow, and that he hathe sped well,
but howghe, that wot I nott ; iff ye be cleer owt off
Doctor Aleyn danger, kepe yow ther, and her afftr ye
maye schoffe as well at hys carte. I praye yow sende
me worde off all the fforme off hys delyng with yow.

I had almost spoke with Mestresse Ann Hault, but
I dyd not ; nevyrthelesse thys next terme I hope to take
on weye with hyr or other ; sche is agreyd to speke with
me, and sche hopythe to doo me ease as sche saythe.

I praye yow sende me worde hoghe ye doo with my
Lady Elysabeth Boghscher ; ye have a lytell chaffyd it,
but I can not tell howe ; sende me worde whether ye
be in better hope or werse. I her seye that the Erie
off Oxenffordys bretheryn be goon owt off Sceynte-
warye. Sir Thomas Fulfforthe l is goon owt off Sceynte-
warye, and a gret ffelaschyp ffettchyd hym, a iij. 3 -, and
they sey that with in v. myle off London he was CC.
men ; and no man watethe wher he is become not yit.

1 Sir Thomas Fulford was son of Sir Baldwin Fulford, beheaded ?
Bristol in 1461 ; he likewise ended his life on the scaffold.


The Lordes Hastyngs and Howerd be in Caleys,
and have it pesebely ; and Sir Walter Wrettesle and
Sir Jeffrey Gate be comyn thense, and woll be at
London thys daye as it is seyde.

Wretyn at Waltham besyd Winchester the daye nex
Holy Roode Daye. 1

J. P., K.


A.D. 1471, 28 Sept.

[From Fenn, ii. 80.]
The evidences of date in this letter are the same as in the last

To hys well belovyd John Paston, Esquier, at Norwyche,
or to Mestresse Margret, his Modre.

COMANDE me to yow, letyng yow weet

that, c. 2

I wolde ffayne have the mesur wher

my ffadre lythe at Bromholm ; bothe the
thyknesse and compase off the peler at hys hed,
and ffrom that the space to the alter, and the
thyknesse off that alter, and imagery off tyrnbre werk ;
and what hyght the arche is to the grounde off the ilde,
and how hye the grounde off the qwyr is hyer than the
grownde off the ilde.

Item, I praye yowe late the mesur by pekthred be
taken or elt mesured by yerde, how moche is ffrom the
northe gate, ther the brygge was, at Gressham to the
sowthewall, and in lyke fforme ffrom the este syde to

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