Lady Katherine Paston to Sir John Heveningham 20th January 1620

Lady Katherine Paston
Early 17th Century
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The coppy of my letter to sir Iohn Heveningham
the 20 of Ianuary 1619

Good brother. I know well. you needed not to haue written to me at all: concerninge this bisnes./ yett I finde the last order. that you wear to acquaynt the playntiff with your desire in wrightinge. which accordingly you haue done. though very late: our Cownsell beinge goon to London: but theer shallbe order taken for so much as dothe concern our selues :/ now for that I haue bine much taxed for seekinge to preffer my Cosine Paston and his sonns in the lands to be purchised before you and your posteryty: it is suffitient for me. to know my selfe wronged by all that beleue it is trew:/ and allso I know it to be most trew that my Cosine paston hathe not: at any time. by any ways or mens. by word nor wright­inge made known to me that ever he aymed or desired any estats in such lands as wear to be purchised: but if any such concept he had he kept it scecrite in his own bosome. from my knowledge euen to this day:/ and it will appeer to be most trew that my Lord Chanclor vpon heeringe of the Cawse debated on all parts: affter he had ordered that lands wear to be purchised with the moneis: he then in open Coort in the heeringe of mr !army: sayd that he wold settell the estats of the lands to be purchised in the neerist maner he coold accordinge to the convayances: as affter vpon the finishing of the decre he did for haueinge sene the convayancis and se how the lands wear intaled to the tenthe sone. with diuers re­ maynders to others. he with the master of the Rowls. at that time did thinke it most meet to settell the estats of the new purchised lands as the others wear: therby to go so neer to sir williame pastons his purpos as he coold. and as it wear. to strengthen rayther then to weaken the same:/ and I am parswaded my Lord was fare from beinge wrought by my Cosine paston thus to dispos of them allthough in on of your resons shewed: (with out Cavs :) he is charged to seeke it:/ you may thinke we neglekted you and yours: but sure we more forget an eleuenth sone if any such shall be borne. for by that means such a on shall be borne to nyther peny nor peny worthe. but I hop ther shall never com of sir will such a poor sowll into the world. but howsoever if I had thought of it in time. and cowld I haue obtayned I shold not haue fayled to haue spoke in the behalf of those vnborn which I hope shall never be:/ all the world 7 wold haue thought Mr Iarmy to haue bine a most singular frinde to you. if some 7. yeers sine he woold haue shewed you of the dangerous inconvenienc which in time to com you wear like to receiue. by the lose of these monys. which him self and other had receved :/ if your selfe shall not providently prevent the same: / by some coorse which himself no doupt coold haue direckted you in: but by those days he towld you an other talle:/ and surly your selfe was so fare from apprehendinge this your great lose which now you ar so sencible ofe: as you sought to be a stranger in the trust rayther then to haue any medlinge in the receyts. and oft towld me. bothe before and seine the sute began. that you wold giue over and receiue no more: it seemd so great a burden then to you as your best frinds did ther best to haue you giue all over to the rest and medle no more. no word was then spoken concerninge setlinge of estats to you and yours. for you sought not to preserve so much as the stocke to yoµr own vse: but good brother I wish you had giuen direcktions to your Cownsell. or that your self rayther had bine pleased to haue bine at the heeringe of the Cawse as I oft desired you wold: then had bine a fittinge time to haue made your desire known to my Lord: and surly all things wold haue bine more frindly prosecuted then now thay ar like as I well parsayve: but that it was not thus. it was not my falte. for coold my intreatis haue prevayled: your self shold haue bine made partaker of the secrit of all my intentions in this bisnes: but I se mr Iarmy dothe still procur you to play his game with my Cosine paston: himself that whilst reioysinge more in your disention: then he will glory if you shall obtayn the victory: and if ever I haue offered you wronge. it is now in trubling you so much with my criblinge. but for that my hart is very full. for beinge wrongfully condemned by you and my good sister Heveningham. I am the bowlder to make this long discourse. to satisfy you if it maybe. and so good sir comendindinge me very kindly to you and my sister. I shall ever remayne what so ever you esteme me.
your very louinge sister Katherine Paston

Ruth Hughey says,"Sir William Paston's purpose was very clearly to keep the Paston estates for the greater part in the possession of those bearing the Paston name; and thus it was interpreted by the Lord Chancellor."

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