Signed by Mary during her imprisonment at Sheffield in 1571.
Truest friend. We greet you well.
We are not ignorant of the good intentions you bear towards us and the exertions you have undertaken in our service which, God willing, we hope to acknowledge and to give you such thanks as will content you. And so that we may have the more to remember, we pray you to use your good counsel and assistance to make your friends and our subjects show themselves plainly as defenders of our authority at this time, and we assure you that help for them shall not be lacking in due time; and if they take any other course, we acquit ourselves before God and man of giving them any occasion to do so, seeing that they will be well supported, as the bearer of this can show more fully.
And so farewell.
At Sheffield, the 10th day of May, 1571.
Your good friend
Original at Sheffield City Archives ref. MD1887/2.
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