The Manuscripts of His Grace the Duke of Rutland 1640 is in The Manuscripts of His Grace the Duke of Rutland.
04 Jan 1640. Savoy.
F. Lord Willoughby to his uncle, the Earl of Rutland (60), at Belvoir Castle.
When we ate yonr venison my wife and I drank your health and my Lady's and did not forget little Mr. George, whom, I am glad to hear, grows towards a man. "There hath beene a marriage at the court betweene one of my Lord of Corcke (73) sonnse (21) and my Lady Elizabeth Feelding, about which there is a greate stur, for it seemes he did not prove eoe rite as a man should be to goo about such a business. For the report goese that his manly part had lost something in his former serviocesse, and beside that he was soe full of severall disceases ... as that it was tould the Queene (30), whoe sent for my Lady Elizabeth, and tould her that she must desier her not to lett her husband lye with her that night, whoe put of, modilestly making little answere, but she seemed so lothe to understand the Queene (30), as that she tould her she must command her not to come in a pair of sheets with him, and tould her the reasons ; soe as that he is gone out of the way some say into France, others thinks he is in London under cower. It was discovered by his sister (30) Mr. Goring's (31) wife, to whom he had imparted his grevancess, and she had plotted it soe, to make an excuse for him, that he should falie downe stares that day, and she would come and take him up, and soe he should complane how he had breused himselfe and strained his back with the fale, that he should be soe ill he was not fitt to goe to bed to his wife that night. But could not keepe her counsel but must tell her husband Jorge Goring (31), and he presently ran and tould the Queene (30), and soe it was discovered and then it was presently in every buddy's mouth.".
My Lord Keeper is so ill that the physicians think he cannot recover. My Lord Chief Justice Bramstone is talked of to be Lord Keeper, and Bishop Wren (54). It is known to be between those two. My Lord Finch (12) will be Chief Justice of the King's Bench and the Attorney General to be Chief Justice of the Common Pleas. Signet.