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"Lett me here you as soune as you can"

Jane Skipwith's Love Letter to Lewes Bagot

In an inexperienced but carefully written italic hand, Jane Skipwith, writes this letter to her cousin and lover. In this letter she refers wryly to his father’s attempts to marry him to an honorable woman with a large dowry (honor "dothe goe fare with most men nowe dayes"), adding that she "writ not this out of any mistrust I haue of your loue," and in another letter, written just two days after this one, she frets that the carrier has arrived without a letter from him, "and if you knewe but how wellcome you[r] letters are to mee: you would not bee soe sparing of them."


Read a  transcription of Jane Skipwith's letter to her cousin.

Jane Skipwith. Letter to Lewis Bagot. Manuscript, 14 April 1610?

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