Neville to Richard Beaumont 1606
Source: Beaumont papers. Letters relating to the family of Beaumont, of Whitley, Yorkshire, from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries - Archive.org
I am very sorry that it lies not in my power to send you half a buck; my keepers tell me that there is none in my walk; sure I am that I have not seen a pasty of venison of this yeere. I did adventure to send you the side of a stag which I thought might serve your turne as well if it came sweet to you, which the heate of the weather made me fearfull of. But my cooke and keeper were confident, and I caused them to take the best order for the coole conveyance of it. My lawyer failed in the instructions I gave him about the deede of S[outh] cave. My purpose was to give you power to sell it outright, which I intreat you still to doe if you can meet with any price or purchaser that you shall think fit; I will avow any act herein done by you. Thus, with many excuses for my boldness in thus farre troubling you and many thanks for your care of it, I end, assuring you that none living doth more earnestly desire the recovery and continuance of your health then Your faithfull friend, kinsman, and servant, Hen: Neville Billingbeare, Wensday night.
Address, To my honorable friend and kinsman, Sir Richard Beaumont, knight, at London.
Parallels in the Works of Shakespeare
Wife, bid these gentlemen welcome. Come, we have a hot venison pasty to dinner: come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness. Merry Wives of Windsor, 1.1
Divide me like a bribe buck, each a haunch: I will keep my sides to myself, my shoulders for the fellow of this walk, and my horns I bequeath your husbands. Am I a woodman, ha? Speak I like Herne the hunter? Why, now is Cupid a child of conscience; he makes restitution. As I am a true spirit, welcome! Merry Wives of Windsor, 5.5