Collection of Letters: Detail
- Adam Marsh
To the illustrious lady, S[anchia], countess of Cornwall, Brother Adam [sends] peace and greetings on earth, glory and honor in heaven.
Because the most serene eminence of your ladyship ordered the state and will of my humble person to be made known to her, I swell with thanks as much as I can, though not as much as I want, praying that what my insufficiency can not, the supernal affluence of highest majesty in you may satisfy, for the multiple generosity of both benefits and honors so frequently shown to me by the innate liberality of your benevolence. Let there be blessing therefore in the divine Name.
I spend my days with my brothers at Oxford, supported in bodily welfare, giving devoted promptness to [serve] the honorable pleasure of your serenity. Your excellency should know that our dearest brother William Batale is in the convent of minor brothers at Northampton on the order of our superiors, until they have assessed what should be done about him, according to the observances of our religion/order.
May your illustrious lord count thrive. May the prosperity of your nobility thrive. May your distinguished children thrive. May your universal house thrive. May all those serving you with faithful desire thrive in Jesus Christ and the most blessed Virgin.
The queen had requested that a Franciscan, William Batale, attend her, according to a letter from Adam to a superior, asking him to allow William to go, ep.185, p.332. Eleanor's letter is either not extant, or the request, made for the second time in ep.154, p.290-91 is repeated without naming the person.
Adae de Marisco Epistolae, ed. J.S. Brewer (London: Longman et al, 1858), RBMAS, CM, Monumenta Franciscana II, ep.156, p.292