17 May 1507/08 – Henry VII to Sir Gilbert Talbot

Trusty and right welbiloved, we grete you wele

And for thinformacion in writing subscribed by you and our servant Thomas Decon, touching Richard Knight, whiche ye have caused to bee notified and declared unto us, we geve you our especial thankes, ascertaignyng you that we have upon knowlege of the said enformacion, caused the said Richard Knight to bee comitted to warde within our Towre of London. Wherfor we, considering that he had the keping of our towre of Risebanke, wol and commaund you that furth with upon the sight herof ye do committe unto the said Thomas Decon the custodye of our said towre, and put hym into the same with noo gretter nombre of personnes than shal conveniently serve for the suer keping therof to our moost proffit and avauiitage, unto the tyme we shal have provided at convenient leysir a sufficient personne to have the charge and custodye of the said towre, and also til ye shal have from us by writing otherwise in commaundement. And that ye faille nat herof, as we trust you.

Yeven under our signet at our manor of Grenewiche, the xvii day of May.

Source – Letters and Papers Illustrative of the Reigns of Richard III and Henry VII (ed. J. Gairdner, London, 1863)