Lord Stanley’s house.
(Stanley; Sir Christopher Urswick)
Stanley sends a message to Richmond assuring him of his support, but explaining that his son is a hostage and that he cannot therefore do anything openly on Richmond’s part as yet. He also lets him know that the Queen has agreed to let her daughter marry Richmond, despite her promise to Richard. (21 lines)
Enter Stanley the Earl of Derby, and Sir Christopher Urswick, a priest.
Sir Christopher, tell Richmond this from me:
That in the sty of the most deadly boar
My son George Stanley is frank’d up in hold;
If I revolt, off goes young George’s head;
The fear of that holds off my present aid.
So get thee gone; commend me to thy lord.
Withal say that the Queen hath heartily consented
He should espouse Elizabeth her daughter.
But tell me, where is princely Richmond now?
At Pembroke or at Ha’rford-West in Wales.
What men of name resort to him?
Sir Walter Herbert, a renowned soldier,
Sir Gilbert Talbot, Sir William Stanley,
Oxford, redoubted Pembroke, Sir James Blunt,
And Rice ap Thomas, with a valiant crew,
And many other of great name and worth;
And towards London do they bend their power,
If by the way they be not fought withal.
Well, hie thee to thy lord; I kiss his hand.
My letter will resolve him of my mind.