Robert Dudley, earl of Leicester
Autograph letter, signed, to Queen Elizabeth I


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Robert Dudley, earl of Leicester (1532?-1588)
Autograph letter, signed, to Queen Elizabeth I
[August 3, 1588]
Leicester wrote this personal letter from the camp at Tilbury while the English troops were waiting for the Spanish Armada. Twice he puts little eye-brows over the o's in "moost" and he signs the letter, "your most faythfull & most obedient ["eyes" symbol] R. Leycester," intimate reminders of the queen's nickname for him, her "Eyes." A month later he died from a fever at the age of fifty-five, and Elizabeth was grief-stricken.

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