|Armorial of Henry VI of England|
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Letter from the King to Sir William Herbert knight, Walter Devereaux and Roger Vaughan, esquires, dated 17th August, 38 Hen. VI, 1460
By the King,
TRUSTY and welbeloved, We have understande by credible reporte made unto us nowe late, howe that dyvers persones w'oute oure wille or comaundement and expressely contrarie to our lawes and pees, usurp and take upon thaym to vitaille [victual, supply] and fortifie dyvers castelles places and strenghthes in our contree of Wales and over that make grete assembles routes and gaderying of people in riottouswyse, wherby olesse [unless] than it were sone purveyed for the ceessyng therof grete hurt and inconvenience is like to ensewe both to our said countrees of Wales and to al this oure lande, that God forbede. Wherefor, we in eschewing alle suche hurtes and perilles, wylling oure lawes and pees be kept and oure trewe liege people to lyve in goode reste and pees w'oute any undue vexacon [vexation] or trouble, wol desire and praye and nevthelesse straitely charge you and ev'iche [every each] of you and thereto by thees oure ires [angers] yeve [give] you ful auctoritee and power that in alle possible haste after the sight herof ye putte you in effcuel [effectual?] devoire [respect, duty] and diligence by alle waies and meanes possible to rep'sse [repossess] and subdue alle thoo persones of what astate condicon or degree soever that be that in fourme above reherced take upon thaym or p'sume to make any such gaderyng routes or assemblees or any castelles places or strengthes vitaille or fortifie in anywise. Not oonly letting thaim of thaire purpos in that behalf; but also puttyng such as ben leders pryncipall doers and stirrers of thaym in seure holde and kepinge, so to remaigne and dwelle unto the tyme ye have knowlach from us what shal be doo furthermore for thaire punysshment in that partie, olesse than ye can w'oute daungier or perille seurly bringe or sende thaym to us, the whiche if ye maye we wol ye so doo. And moreove that by youre grete pollices and wisedom and such meanes as ye thinke wol best ve therto; ye take al mane such castelles places and strengthes into our handes and seurely kepe thaym to oure use tyl we have ordeigned othrwise for the kepineg and rule therof. Besides this yeving [giving] in straite comaundemente on oure behalf as we soo do by thees p'sent [r]es [?] to alle mane shirrieff maires [mayors] baillieff counstables officers and alle other oure lige people in thoo contrees and ech of thaym as the cas shall require diligently to assiste favour helpe and entende you and ev'iche of you in the execucon of the p'misses and ev'iche of thaym, and that ye and thai ne noon of you faille not herein as oure parfite [perfect] trust is on you and as ye desire to be recomended of goode and diligent obeissance and to stande in oure espial favo' and grace and have a singular thanke of us. Yeven [given] at Westminster the xvij day of August.
To oure trusty and welbeloved William Herbert knyght Waultier Deveros and Rogier Vaghan squyers and to everich of thaym.Well, so much for "goode and diligent obeissance." Unfortunately for poor Henry VI, the message of the letter fell flat on Yorkist ears.