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Bishop Mortons deuise for to be at his owne libertie in his bishoprike of Elie.

nothing giuen to him in charge, in great hast and with good speed returned to the countesse his ladie and mistresse.
When Braie was departed, and this great doubtfull vessell once set abroach, the bishop thirsting for nothing more than for libertie : when he saw the duke pleasant and well minded toward him; he told the duke, that if he were in his Ile of Elie, he could make manie freends to further their enterprise: and if he were there and had but foure daies warning, he little regarded the malice of king Richard, his countrie was so strong. The duke knew well all this to be true, but yet loth he was that the bishop should depart: for he knew well, that as long as the bishop was with him, he was sure of politike aduise, sage counsell, and circumspect proceeding. And so he gaue the bishop faire words, saieng, that he should shortlie depart, and that well accompanied for feare of enimies.

The bishop of Elie saileth into Flanders to the earle of Richmond.

The Bishop being as wittie as the duke was wilie, did not tarrie till the dukes companie were assembled, but secretlie disguised, in a night departed (to the dukes great displeasure) and came to his see of Elie; where he found monie and freends; and so sailed into Flanders, where he did the earle of Richmond good seruice, and neuer returned againe, till the erle of Richmond (after being king) sent for him, and shortlie promoted him to the see of Canturburie. Thus the bishop woond himselfe from the duke when he had most need of his aid, for if he had taried still, the duke had not made so manic blabs of his counsell, nor put so much confidence in the Welshmen, nor yet so temerariouslie set forward (without knowledge of his freends) as he did, which things were his sudden ouerthrowe (as they that knew it did report) [and might perhaps haue beene auoided by the bishops wisdome for the dukes saftie, as his owne; sith

Qui sapit, ille potest alios sapuisse docere.]

When Reginald Braie had declared his message and priuie instruction to the countesse of Richmond his mistresse, no maruell though she were ioious and glad, both of the good newes, and also for the obteining of such a high freend in hir sonnes cause as the duke was. Wherefore she willing not to sleepe this matter, but to further it to the vttermost of hir power and abilitie, deuised a means how to breake this matter to queene Elizabeth then being in sanctuarie at Westminster. And therevpon she, hauing in hir familie at that time (for the preseruation of hir health) a certeine Welshman called Lewes, learned in physicke, which for his grauitie and experience, was well knowne, and much esteemed amongest great estates of the realme, brake hir mind to him.
For with this Lewes she vsed sometime liberallie and familiarlie to talke, and now hauing opportunitie and occasion to expresse hir hart vnto him in this weightie matter, declared that the time was come that hir sonne should be ioined in marriage with ladie Elizabeth, daughter and heire to king Edward; and that king Richard being taken and reputed of all men for the common enimie of the relme, should out of all honor and estate be deiected, and of his crowne and kingdome be cleerelie spoiled and expelled: and requiredhim to go to queene Elizabeth (with whome in his facultie he was of counsell) not as a messenger, but as one that came freendlie to visit and consolate hir, and (as time & place should require) to make hir priuie of this deuise; not as a thing concluded, but as a purpose by him imagined.

Lewes the physician sheweth the queene the whole conceipt and deuise of the matter.

This physician did not linger to accomplish hir desire, but with good diligence repaired to the queene, being still in the sanctuarie at Westminster. And when he saw time propice and conuenient for his purpose, he said vnto hir : Madame, although my imagination be verie simple, and my deuise more foolish; yet for the entire affection that I beare toward you and your children, I am so bold to vtter vnto you a secret and priuie conceit that I haue cast and compassed in my fantasticall braine. When I well remembred and no lesse considered the great losse and damage that you haue