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active part in public affairs to some seems so novel and revolutionary.
" My dere Lord, I recommande me to yowr hie Lordesehippe wyth hert and body and all my pore mygth, and with all this I think 50W, as my dere Lorde, derest and best yloved off all earthlyche Lordes; . . . ffor by my trowth I was never so gladd as when I herd by your lettre, that ye warr stronge ynogh wyth the grace off God, for to kepe yow fro the malyce of your ennemys. . . . And my dere Lorde, if is lyk 50W for to know off my ffare, I am here by layd in manner off a sege, wyth the counte of Sussex, Sudray, and a greet parsyll off Kentte; so that I ne may nogth out, nor none vitayles gette me, bot with myche hard. . . . Farewell my dere Lorde, the Holy Trinyte 50w kepe fro 5our ennemys, and son send me gud tythyngs off yhow. Ywryten at Pevensay in the castell, on Saynt Iacobe day last past."
Next year the castle was granted to Sir John Pelham, and when James I. of Scotland, on his way to France, was captured at Scarborough and long held a prisoner in England, he was committed for some time to Pelham's care, and lived under restraint in Pevensey Castle. Hall's Chronicle (1542) gives a most entertaining account of this famous Fitzalan or Stuart, and if it be digressing to quote a part of it in connection with Pevensey, let us digress. Edward Hall, a lawyer by profession, was entirely at one with Dr. Johnson in his opinion of the Scotch, and he contrived to express himself yet more rudely.
"For the true knowledge therof you shal vnderstande that Englande demaunded a small raunsome for so great a prince as the Scottes accompte their kyng (and the Scottes were neither