letters between Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley
There are some suggestive letters written between Elizabeth and Dudley, which express their affection and admiration for each other.
She ends one of her letters to Holland, where Robert is in 1586:
"Now will I end that do imagine I talke still with you, and therefore lothely say farewell ōō thoughe ever I pray God blesse you from all harme and save you from all foes with my million and legion of thanckes for all your paines and cares. As you know, ever the same.* E.R."
Elizabeth had a loving nickname for Robert, she called him her ‘eyes’, symbolised in this letter as ōō.
In the last letter Robert wrote to Elizabeth, 7 days before his death on September 4, 1588, he writes:
"I most humbly besech your majeste to pardon your poore old servant to be this bold in sending to know how my gratious lady doth and what ease of her late paine she findes, being the chefest thinge in the world I doe prey for & for hir to have good health and longe lyfe/ for my none poore case, I contyndue still your meddycyn [medicine] and finde yt amended much better than with any other thinge that hath byn given me. Thus hoping to finde perfect cure at the bath, with the contynduance of my wontyd preyer for your majesty’s most happy preservacion. I humbly kyss your foote. From your old lodging at Rycott this Thursday morning reddy to take on my Journey.
by your most faythful and obedyent servant. R Leycester.
[postscript] Even as I had wrytten thus much I receyved your majesty’s token by young Tracye."
See the original here: Ntional Archives.
This letter was found 15 years later in the belongings of Elizabeth, she marked it as "His Last Letter". Must have been love!
Robert Dudley as an older man
Elizabeth I ca. 1583