¶ TO THE CVRTEOVSCURTEOUS
Buyer, by a of the tvvotwo Authours.
Buyer,Buyer (for I write not to the enuiousenvious
Carper)), it was my good happe, as I interpreate it, nowe lately at the
fourthe or fifte hande,
to bee made acquainted wyth the three Letters following, by
meanes of , who with muchemuchc entreaty had procured the . And I praye you, interprete
it for your good
happe,sohappe, so soone after to come so easilye by them, throughe my meanes, who
am onely to crauecrave these twoo things at your handes, to thinke friendely of my
friendly meaning, and to take them of me
wyth this Presumption,
: and many pretious stones, thoughe in
quantitie small yet in qualitie and
valewe are esteemed for great. The first, for a good
familiar and sensible Letter, sure
liketh me verye well, and gyuethgyveth some hope of good mettall in the Author, in whome I
knowe myselfe to be very
good partes otherwise. . And yet I am credibly
certified by the
foresaide faithfull and honest friende, that hathe written manye of the same stampe bothe to Courtiers and
others, and some of them discoursing
, wherein he is
said, to be fully as sufficient and hable, as in these schollerly pointes of Learning. The whiche Letters and Discourses I would very gladly see , but more
gladly in Printe, if it might be
obtayned. And at this time to speake my conscience in a
worde of , I
esteeme them for twoo of the rarest, and finest Treaties, as wel for ingenious deuisingdevising, as also for
vtteringuttering, &and cleanly conueyingconveying of his matter, that euerever I read : and I
hartily thanke God for bestowing
vsus some such proper and hable men with their penne, as I hartily thanke the Author himselfe, for vsingusing his pleasaunte, and witty , with so muche
and with , contrarye to the veine
of moste, . , but
beeyng so well, and so
sufficiently done, as they are, in my simple iudgementjudgement, and
hauinghaving so many notable things in them, togither with so greate
varietie of Learning,
worth the reading, to pleasure you, and to helpe to garnish our Tongue, I feare their displeasurediſpleaſnre the lesse. And yet, if they
thinke I hauehave
made them a faulte, in not
making them priuyprivy to the Publication: I shall be alwayes readye to make them the
amendes I can, any other
friendly waye. Surely, I wishe them bothe hartilye wel
in the Lord, and betake you and
them to his mercifull
gouernementegovernemente, hoping, that he will at his pleasure conuerteconverte suche good and diuinedivine
gifts as these, to the setting
out of his own glory, and the benefite of his Churche. This XIX. of IuneJune. 1580.
Your, and their vnfaynedunfayned
friend, in the Lorde.
0.2. wellwiller: wellwisher
1. Carper: critic
2. happe: fortune
2. nowe lately: quite recently
7. am onely to crave: seeks [in response] only
8. friendely: in a friendly way
12. liketh: pleaseth
13. mettall: aptitude, mettle
14. partes: abilities, capacities
18. certified: assured, made certain
19. stampe: character, type
21. hable: capable
26. devising: conception
25. rarest: most distinguished.
26. Treaties: treatises (see treaty OED 1a)
27. uttering: expression
32. conceyted: clever, witty
37. garnish: embellish, enhance
38. their displeasure: i.e., the displeasure of the two
39. made . . . faulte: done them a disservice.
39. privy to: aware of
42. betake: commend
] diſpleaſnre 1580
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