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ference in her marriage with King Henry the Eighth. It is addressed to that Prelate, and is curious for the fimplicity of the style, and the orthography of it.
“ My Lord, in my most humble wise I thank “ your Grace for the gyft of thys benefice for 66 Master Barlo, how behit this standeth to non « effecte, for it is made for Tonbridge, and I “ would have it (if your pleasure war so for “ Sondridge; for Tonbrige is in my lord my “ father's gyft, bi avowson that he hath, and it “ is not yet voyd. I do trost that your Grace
will graunt him Sundrig, and considering the “ payne that he hath taken, I do thynke that it « shall be verie well bestovyd, and in so doing I “ reckon myself moche bounde to your Grace. “ For all those that have taken pain in the King's . “ matter, it will be my daily study to imagin “ all the waies that I can devyse to do them « servis and pleasur. And thus I make amende, “ sendyng you again the letter that you sent me, " thankyng your Grace most humbley for the “ payne that you take for to wryte to me, assure “ inge you, that next the Kyng's letter, there is “6 nothinge that can rejoice me so moche. With 6 the hande of her that is most bounde to be
“ Your most humble '
66 ANNE BOLEYN.
" My Lord, I besyche your Grace with all “ my hart to remember the Parson of Honey“ lane for my fake shortly.”
The original of the following Letter from Anne Boleyn to Cardinal Wolsey is also in the British Museum; and shews what pains she took, and what artifices she made use of, to gain the assistance of that powerful Minister, in her mar. riage with King Henry.
" TO CARDINAL WOLSEY.
“ MY LORD, " After my most humble recommendations " this shall be to give unto your Grace as I am s most bound my humble thanks for the gret " payn and travell that your Grace doth take “ in stewdyeng by your wysdome and gret u dylygens howe to bryng to pas honerably the C gretyst welth that is possyble to com to any 66 creator lyvyng and in especyall remembryng “ howe wrecchyd and unworthy I am in com“ paryng to his Highnes And for you I do • knowe myself never to have deservyd by my 66 desertys that you shuld take this gret payne “ for me yet dayly of your goodness I do per“ ceyve by all my ffrends And though that I “ hade not knowledge by them the dayly proffe 6 of your deds doth declare your words and
« wrytyng toward me to be trewe Now good “ my Lord your dyscreslyon may confyder as yet “ howe lytle it is in my power to recompence “ you but all onely with my good wyl the 66 whiche I aflewer you that after this matter is 66 brought to pas you shall find me as I am 6 bownd in the meane tym to owe you my “ servyse and then looke what thyng in this 6 world I can immagen to do you pleasor in you « shall fynd me the gladdyst woman in the “ woreld to do yt And next unto the kyng's “ grace of one thyng I make you full promes to “ be assewryd to have yt and that is my harty “ love unffaynydly dewering my lyf And “ beyng fully determynd with God's grace “ never to change thys porpes I make an end 65 of thys my reude and trewe meanyd letter “ prayng ower Lord to send you moche increse “ of honer with long lyfe. Wrytten with the “ hand of her that besychys your Grace to ex. “ cept this letter as prosydyng from one that is “ most bownde to be “ Your huble and obedyent Servant
." Anne Boleyn."
" As soon as Fisher, Bishop of Rochester, ac was beheaded,” says Dr. Bayley, in his Life of that Prelate, “ the executioner carried the “ head away in a bag, meaning to have it set
" on London Bridge that night, as he was com- manded. The Lady Ann Boleyn, who was 6 the chief cause of this holy man's death, had 6 a certain desire to see the head before it was 6 set up. Whereupon, it being brought to her, “ The beheld it a space, and at last contemptuously 6 faid these or the like words: Is this the head " that so often exclaimed against me? I trust “ it shall never do any more harm.”
Orders being ifsued by Henry the Eighth, that all strangers should be removed out of the Tower of London previous to the execution of Anne Boleyn, Master Kingston, Lieutenant of the Tower, wrote the following letter to Master Thomas Cromwell, afterwards Lord Cromwell and Earl of Essex. The letter is preserved in Lord Herbert's incomparable History of the Life and Reign of King Henry the Eighth.
66 SIR, < If we have not an hour certain (as it may 6 be known in London) I think here will be but « fewe, and I think a reasonable number were 6 best. For I suppose she will declare herself to « be a good woman for all men but for the 6 King, at the hour of her death. For this « morning she sent for me, and protested her 6c innocency. And now again, and said to M. “ Kingston, “ I heard say I shall not die afore
« noon, and I am sorry therefore, for I thought “ to be dead by this time, and past my pain. I “ told her it should be no pain it was so fotell*, « for so is his word” (adds Lord Herbert), “ And then she said, she heard say the execu« tioner was very good, and I have a little 56 neck;' and put her hand about it, laughing “ heartily. I have seen many men and women “ executed, and they have been in great sorrow; 6 and, to my knowledge, this lady hath much e joy and pleasure in death,
« May 19, 1536,"
“ The nineteenth of May being thus come,” fays Lord Herbert, “ the Queen, according to “ the express order given, was brought out to a « scaffold erected upon the Green in the Tower
of London, where our historians say she fpoke “ before a great company there assembled, to 66 this effect:
6 GOOD CHRISTIAN PEOPLE, " I am come hither to die. For according to “ the law, and by the law, I am judged to die, “ and therefore I will speak nothing against it. I « am come hither to accuse no man, nor to speak “ anything of that whereof I am accused and