have authored any of the original writings we separate out as literature she

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have ‘‘authored’’ any of the ‘‘original’’ writings we separate out as ‘‘literature,’’ she nonetheless received public recognition for her excel- lence in writing and in speaking in a eulogy printed in  as part of Holinshed’s Chronicles . Both Mary Ellen Lamb and Margaret Hannay have drawn attention to the bizarre and yet mundane circumstance that created the opportunity for the performance of eloquence that gained her most credit – that is, her death: During the whole course of her sicknesse, and speciallie a little before it pleased almightie God to call her hense to his mercie, she used such godlie speeches, earnest and e ff ectual persuasions to all those about hir, and unto such others as came of freendlie courtesie to visit hir, to exhort them to repentance and amendement of life, and dehort them from all sin and lewdnesse, as wounded the consciences, and inwardlie pearsed the hearts of manie that hear hir. And though before they knew hir to exceed most of hir sex in singularitie of vertue and qualitie; as good speech, apt and readie conceipt, excellencie of wit, and notable eloquent deliverie (for none could match hir, and few or none come neere hir either in the good conceipt and frame of orderlie writing, indicting, and speedie dispatching, or facilitie of gallant, sweet, delectable, and courtlie speaking; at least that in this time I my selfe have knowen, heard, or read of ) yet in this last action and ending of hir life . . . she . . . farre surpassed hir selfe . . . ⁴² Beyond the public recognition, fortuitously, we are privy here as well to the judgment of her letters’ recipient upon Lady Mary’s way with words, since the Holinshed biographer who notes the ‘‘orderlie writing’’ in which few could match her is Edmund Molyneux himself. In letters and above, Lady Sidney directs Molyneux to take whatever action is necessary to acquire a suitable chamber at Hampton Court for her husband upon his recall from his administrative post in  Language and service
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Ireland. What is striking about her instructions is, fi rst, her lengthy provision of detailed reasons for the directions she is giving. Without a room for his business use, ‘‘my Lord wilbe greatly trubled, when he shall haue enny Maters of Dispache: My Lodginge, you see, beinge very lytle, and my sealfe continewaly syke, and not able to be mouche out of my Bed.’’ These are the ‘‘circumstances’’ which Angel Day claims a su- perior’s demand need not develop. Second, Lady Sidney represents Molyneux’s assigned task as a joint venture. This cooperative approach is evident in her use of the fi rst person plural pronoun (‘‘ we must do more yet for the good dear Lord . . . I pray let us do what we may for our Lords Eas and Quyet’’ [emphasis added]); and in her division of the labor for ‘‘my Lords’’ bene fi t into his part and her own (‘‘Therefore I pray you, in my Lords owen Name, moue my Lord of Susex for a Room forthat
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