P Crewe letter

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Address: Aston, [juxta Birmingham]. To an unnamed clergyman. 'I thnk God & Sr W:A: for my fie, & you for joyning us togather: excuse a trifle sent you on the occasion as thus - The unrepented yeare is past, / The parsons gloves are sent att last: / What Witam had, att Oxford are / On that account another paire. / On ye other side is ye originall & ye cause of this mean rime.' The writer tells the story of Mr Hodges, the Parson of Wytham, near Oxford, who had asked couples that he married to send him a pair of gloves if they had never regretted their marriage during its first year; he received only one pair in 40 years. Short verses in Latin and English reportedly written by the Hodges follow.
Autograph, with signature.


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