Mr. Shakspere —

If it is within my Power to Retain the Secret with which you have Intrusted me, I shall certainly hope to doe so. Your Proposal is in Fact so farre above the call of Honoure and Dutie, and therefore so deserving of Praise, that I can only promise not to mention it to any-one out of concern for my owne Secret and the everlasting Shame that should have been mine if not for you.

I do not intend, Sir, that this situation should be in any way a Hindrence to your Pursuits.  Indeed I may ask no more of you than what you have already offered, and that so Willingly.  I doe so hope that this will not in any way Impede your plans for London or for the great thinges there which I know you to be destined.

Please also knowe, Sir, that this House is always open to you for rest or retreat, but is in no way that it should be a Burden or Obligation. Knowe that the Childe and I will always welcome you even if we cannt hope to Expect you.

Would you think me overly fond, Sir, if I did wishhe that some daie the Childe might call you Father?

With humble sincerity,

A.- H-.

ps My Fatherre’s Freind Mr Sandells has promised us his Second-best bed for the Household.