Katherine Philips's letter to Lady Fletcher
The text is printed here verbatim et literatim from the transcript which appears in a miscellany of Royalist verse, copied in a single hand in the mid-1650s, now at University College London, MS Ogden 42, p. 221. It is printed by permission of University College London.
Ther were no excuse for such a presumption as this from a person so vnworthy & so unknowne, were it possible for me to be a stranger, where ever my dearest Rosamia3 hath an Interest. or for any one to want some kind of worth where she will recommend. All I can pretend 5 is a Sympathy with her noble Soule. & an admiration of it. & both these speake me yr servant, though at so great a distance., ffor if I either love Rosamia, or honor goodnesse (wch indeed is all one) I must be yr votary, who are Mistresse of a double happynesse. a freindship 10 from the paragon of the world, & a vertue to give you title to it. Now since my devotion is as impossible to be concealed as supprest. be pleased to accept an Offering wch hath nothing can challenge so much as a pardon, but the relegion that tenders it, & ye Subject. 15 for no language can be barbarous that speakes Rosamia though the fancye that gave these lines a birth, is really as barren as the Rocks & Mountaynes4 it inhabitts.
Yr most humble servant