Oxford Letter

This letter was addressed to William Cecil, Lord Burghley (who was the historical prototype for Shakespeare's character Polonius) and addressed from the residence of Oxford's daughter and her husband, the Earl of Derby.

(As published in Shakespeare Revealed in Oxford's Letters by William Plumer Fowler, 1986.)

"The writing which I have is in the country, for I had such care thereof as I carried it with me in a little desk; tomorrow or the next day I aim to go thither, and so soon as I come home, by the grace of god I will send it you. The Earl of Derby should have set his hand and seal to this copy, as he had done to yours, but his promises, being but delays and shifts, in the mean season I caused his officer Ireland and another to set their hands unto it, to witness that it was a true copy. I named you in haste, in my last letter, Mr. Hykes (Hicks). But I had forgot myself, it was Mr. Borrnarddeaux whom my lord employed in that cause, and therefore I think him able to satisfise all such doubt as my lord may cast. I do not doubt but if my Lord had then any care thereof, or Mr. Borrnarddeux, but that it assurance is as firm as the law can make it. There was employed on it the master of the Rolls then and now Lord Keeper, and others of my lords Learned Counsel in Law who I hope are sufficient to pass greater matters than it.

Thus taking my leave from Channon Row, this 6 of September 1596,

I remain your loving friend.


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