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Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 Sir William Drurie then perceiuing that the meaning of the lord Fleming was not to deale simplie in this matter,The lord Fle|mings double [...]ling. touching a conference to be had betwixt them, returned to Glasco, where sir George Careie being maruellouslie inflamed with that vnhonest dealing of the lord Fleming, made earnest sute to the generall that he might send to him and offer him the combat in triall of this quarrell,Sir George C [...]eis sute. sith it was more requisit that a gentleman souldier should stand in those questions than a generall, [...]. Church| [...]. con|sidering his calling and office. The generall than|ked sir George verie courteouslie, but yet said,

that it stood him vpon to search out these matters to the vt|termost (as he would haue doone in déed) were not his commission and charge (as was well knowne) to be otherwise imploied: Yet (quoth he) sith your sute is so reasonable (and the whole companie and lawes of armes alloweth of it) I grant your request, and therein doo as best shall séeme to your birth and esti|mation.
Herevpon sir George Careie streight|waies deuised a letter of challenge,A letter of chalenge sent to the lord Fleming. and deliuered it to an herald to beare from him vnto the said lord Fleming, the tenour whereof here insueth.

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23.1. A copie of sir George Careis foresaid letter to the lord Fleming.

A copie of sir George Careis foresaid letter to the lord Fleming.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 _LOrd Fleming, if either your birth or bringing vp had wrought in you a noble mind, or estimation of credit, hardlie would you haue so much forgotten and stained your honour, as in a parlée of late with our generall you did.The lord Fle|ming charged with treache| [...] At whom vilelie and vnhonorablie shooting, you falsed that assurance of warre which souldiers submit themselues vnto: and trained him to your treason vnder trust, a thing heretofore not accustomed, nor presentlie to be allowed of. He assu|redlie pretending your owne and your freends good, commoditie to your countrie, and quietnesse to the state, twise abased and submitted himselfe, comming to confer with you thereof: but your pride ioined with a harmefull meaning,With pride, harmefull meaning and vaineglorie. to those that you professe best vnto, and selfe wilfull vaineglorie, without cause why, refused that which reason and honour comman|ded you to haue doone. Therfore, bicause his calling is presentlie with his charge better than yours, and mine not inferior; I summon you reasonablie to ex|cuse that fault supposed to be yours, or else to main|teine that traitorous act with your person against mine in fight, when, where, or how you dare. Other|wise I will baffull your good name, sound with the trumpet your dishonour, and paint your picture with the heels vpward, and beare it in despite of your selfe. In the meane time I attend your answer. From Glasco, the 22 of Maie 1570.

Subscribed George Careie.

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23.1. The copie of the lord Fle|mings answer.

The copie of the lord Fle|mings answer.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 _GEorge Careie, I haue receiued your brainelesse letter, making mention of my false and treasonable dealing against your generall, in shooting vnder trust, so vilelie against my honour and truth, traitorouslie trained him vnder my trust: which is altogither false and vntrue.The lord Fle|mings de|fense against the charge of treacherie. And howbeit your generall came by the house of Dunglas by my appointment, which I suffered, and I appointed one place of mée|ting, six men of either partie which he refused, and he departed, and certeine of his companie came brag|ging vp the riuers side towards the house, viewing the same and the ground thereabouts, shooting your harquebusses against the same: I could doo no lesse but present you with such as I had. Whereas you write of your generals calling to be presentlie bet|ter than mine, and yours not inferiour; when your generall challengeth me therof, I shall giue answer. And as for you, I will not be inferiour to a better than you, or anie souldier vnder your generals charge. Whereas you summon me (as you call it) rea|sonablie to excuse that falt supposed to be mine owne,Lord Fle|ming beareth him bold of his gentrie. or else to mainteine that traitorous act with my per|son against yours: you shall wit, I haue gentlemen of honour, seruant souldiers to me, as ye are to your generall, which may be your fellowes, shall defend the same against you and your false and vntrue in|uented writing: and were not the charge I present, or how soone I can be relieued of the same, I should lowlie my person to méet you six English miles, or anie other person. Howbeit ye be but one souldier, assure your selfe from this daie foorth, I will not re|ceiue no such inuented message, for I haue little to doo with Englishmen, ye may raile vpon my hono|rable name as ye please. You shall haue as hono|rable gentlemen as your selfe against you fighting. Take this for answer.

Iohn lord Fleming.

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