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Detail of Margaret Roper, Née More, from
"The Household of Thomas More", 1593.
Rowland Lockey after Hans Holbein.
©National Portrait Gallery, London.


Excerpt of Sir Thomas More's Letter to his Daughter.

[1520s]

[Sir Thomas More's favorite, Margaret, had written to her father in timid terms, requesting money. He sent her the amount, along with this reply].


      You ask, my dear Margaret, for money with too much bashfulness and timidity, since you are asking from a father who is eager to give, and since you have written to me a letter such that I would not only repay each line of it with a golden philippine, as Alexander did the verses of Cherilos, but, if my means were as great as my desire, I would reward each syllable with two gold ounces. As it is, I send only what you have asked, but would have added more, only that as I am eager to give, so am I desirous to be asked and coaxed by my daughter, especially by you, whom virtue and learning have made so dear to my soul. So the sooner you spend this money well, as you are wont to do, and the sooner you ask for more, the more you will be sure of pleasing your father.




        Bridgett, T. E. Life and Writings of Sir Thomas More.
        London: Burns & Oates, 1892. 135.




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