Location: Antwerp, Duchy of Brabant, Burgundian Netherlands
Surnames/tags: cely kesten
Hanham Transcription and Notes
By Nicholas Adams.
Right wellbeloved brother, I recommend myself as lovingly as I can or may. Furthermore, please know I have received a letter from you, the which I have read and do well understand. I have written to our father for an answer thereof, etc. Our father wishes that I should come to Calais. I received from Thomas a bill for £121 6s 6d, whereof I can receive but £70 Flemish, that I have received and Thomas Kesten has promised me to deliver to me the rest, and more too. Also there is a variance between Kesten and John Vandyrhay for 9 sarplers of wool. This is an ill-disposed matter: I was at Mechlin and saw it to be ill wool. It is this which is between Kesten and him. In our father’s duty he has paid me truly, and he can go no further except to me, and the matter is such that I believe I cannot help him. Brother, our father is now at Calais, and is honorable, and so taken, and for our reputations let us see that all things about him are honest and clean. He is not now at Aveley, and the more honorable as he is at Calais, the more loved we shall be, and the more regarded by these acts by the world. Brother, I understand he has no more to what is upon him than you. Do your duty, and at my arrival in Calais I shall do mine. I think every hour ill until I come to Calais. I hope be with you shortly. I pray recommend me to our father, and to our brother, and tell our father the next trusty man that comes shall bring him £10. Written at Antwerp the 27th day of September 76, in great haste.
by your brother, George Cely.
Dorse: To be given to my brother Richard Cely, being at Calais staying with Thomas Kesten.