130. THOMAS GATE TO THOMAS STONOR [before 1474]
Right wurshipfull and my especiall good master, y recomaunde me unto you: prayng you hertly to shue me your favour after my deservynge, and not without cause resonable to be of oþer disposicion, as my verry trust is in you most syngulerly of all your blode and my knowlege. Howe be it ye and oþer wurshipful haven lete be moved ayenst me by Thomas Ramsey, your kynnesman and y his, wherof to me-werd he makith gret straungenese: y merveile why: our faders, of whos sowlez God have mercy, dyd nat so, for their moders weren cosyns germaynez descended of Sir Milys Beauchamp, knyght, late lorde of the manor of Hucham, litill Merlowe, Crowelton and Illesley, entailled to hym and his wif and to ther heires generall,*. ["entailled . . . generall" has been inserted.] doughter to Sir Ric. Noirnute, knyght, donor of the seid entaile, which Milys had issu Robert Beau|champ, Bessayle of your kynnesman aforseid, and dame Elizabeth, my Bealaylez, maried to John du Brutewell, myn auncestor: the denyer of these premissez is oon of the causez of my writtyng to your mastership: blame me nat of this, for it is resonable a gentilman to know his pedegre and his possibilyte: seynt Poule foryete nat to write to the Romayns of what lynage he was descended, Ad Romanos xjo. Also I merveile of this unkyndnes of your seid kynnesman to me warde and my frends in seying, writtyng and doyng, and hath in me found no cause nor occa|cion, but alwey to my power tru lovyng and kynde, unto nowe late he wrote to me a letter of unkyndnes, y trowe in hast, and so it was answerd, wherof me repented. Howe be it myn entent was y wold nat have the taile aforseid lost ne foryetten by hym, for y have seyn it in his handes and red it, as y can remember hym well: for what cause therfor our letterz of unkyndnes were made, and for that it pleassed hym to take partie with straungers as to his blode both ayenst me and my Page 137, vol. 1 allye Thomas Worley, a servant of the kynges, as for the right of my cosyn Kateryn his wif, havyng no resonable consideracion to my under|standyng. Natherthelesse y shall abyde such direccion for my partie as shall plese you to ordeyne or awise betwen us most convenyent to leve and love in peas to the confort of our neyghbors and lovers, to God and our selfes gret pleasure, which lorde preserve you and yours. Written at Brutewell, the vth day of October in hast.
Your servaunt, Th. Gate.
To the right wurshipfull Thomas Stonor, Esquier, this be delivered in hast.