The Stonor letters and papers, 1290-1483; ed. for the Royal historical society, from the origial documents in the Public record office, by Charles Lethbridge Kingsford.
Kingsford, Charles Lethbridge, editor. 1862-1926.


This seems to have been written shortly after the death of William Harleston on 4 November, 1480, see note on No. 260. But in that year 1 December Page  113, vol. 2 was on a Friday, so that Master Sillyarde (Harleston's nephew Sulyard, see No. 135) must have departed on the morning of the day that the letter was written. From A.C., xlvi, 197.

Shewyth unto your good Maisturshipp that on Thursday last passid ther was moche a doo bothe for the ap[pro]bate of the testament and also for the lande of my lady Harlston: but it is now put in a trete, and I truste to God bothe the lande and also the testament shall do well ynowe. But ther is and also hath byn moche sotell crafte for the same, and that bi them that ye thinke litill on. Wherfore I pray your Maisturshipp to take the labor, and faile not to be here as ye promysid on Monday at the ferthist, or rathir, and ye may, that ye may ride in all haste goodly over to my lady your Aunte, and then I truste to God ye shall have a god ende in the same: for I have devysid very good meanys for the accomplyssyng of your desire. Also, syr, M. Sillyarde departid hens on Friday in the mornyng, and he entendith to make as wise and as crafty labor as he can, when he comyth home. Whefor I wolde ye were there with hyr in all haste goodly, and then I trust to God all shalbe well: who preserve you to his pleasure. At London, the morowe next after Sant Andrex day.

Your owne servaunt John Rysshe.

The names of the Arbiturs:

M. Page. for you.

Doctur Birte for you.

Doctur Coke for hym.

M. Hoddesfeld for hym.

To my right worshipfull Maistur, Sir Willm. Stoner, knyght for the Kynges body.