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"In the mean time came divers Noblemen of "his friends to wellcome him to court, by "whom my Lord was advertised of all things "touching the King's favour or displeasure; and "being thus informed of the cause thereof, he "was more able to excuse himself.
« So my Lord made him ready, and went to "the Chamber of Presence with the other Car"dinal, where the Lords of the Council stood "all of a row in order in the Chamber, and all "the Lords saluted them both. And there
*were present many Gentlemen who came on
*purpose to observe the meeting, and the "countenance of the King to my Lord Cardi"nal. Then immediately after, the King came "into the Chamber of Presence, standing under "the cloth of State. Then my Lord Cardinal "took Cardinal Campejus by the hand, and K kneeled down before the King; but what he ** said unto him I know not, but his countenance ** was amiable; and his Majesty stooped down, "and with both his hands took him up, and "then took him by the hand and went to the "window with him, and there talked with him "a great while.
"Then to have beheld the countenances," adds Cavendish, " of the Lords and Noblemen 4 « that *< that had laid wagers, it would have made you ** smile, especially those that had laid their "money that the King would not speak to my ** Lord Cardinal. Thus were they deceived; "for the King was in earnest discourse with the "Cardinal, insomuch that the King said to him, "How can this be? Is not this your hand? and "pulled out a letter out of his own bosome, and "shewed the same to the Cardinal. And as I ** perceived, my Lord so answered the same, "that the King had no more to say, but said to ** him, Go to your dinner, and take my Lord "Cardinal to keep you company, and after "dinner I will speak further to you. And so "they departed; and the King dined that day "with Mistress Anne Boleyn in her chamber. "I heard it reported by those that waited on the "King at dinner, that Mistress Anne Boleyn "was offended, as much as she durst, that the "King did so graciously entertain my Lord "Cardinal, saying, Sir, is it not a marvellous "thing to fee into what great debt and danger "he hath brought you with all your subjects? "How so? quoth the King. Forsooth, quoth ** she, there is not a man in all your kingdom "worth a hundred pounds, but he hath indebt** ed you to him (meaning the loan which the "King had of his subjects). Well, well, quoth M the King, for that matter, there was no G 2 ** blame
"blame in him, for I know that matter better "than you or any one else. Nay, quoth Mistress "Boleyn, besides that, what exploits hath he "wrought in several parts and places of this "realm, to your great slander and disgrace? "There is never a Nobleman but if he had "done halfe so much as he hath done, were "well worthy to lose his head. Yea, if my "Lord of Norfolk, my Lord of Suffolk, my "Father, or any other man, had done much "lesse than he hath done, they should have lost "their heads ere this. Then I perceive, quoth "the King, that you are none of my Lord Car"dinal's friends r Why, Sir, quoth she, I have "no cause, nor any that love you. No more "hath your Grace, if you did well consider his "indirect and unlawful doings. By this time *: the waiters had dined and took up the tables, "and so for that season ended the conversation.
** Then," adds Cavendish, " there was set "in the Presence-chamber a table for my Lord "Cardinal and the other Lords, where they "dined together; and sitting at dinner telling "of divers matters, The King should do well, ** quoth my Lord Cardinal, to send his Bishops "and Chaplains home to their Cures and "Benefices. Yes, marry, quoth my Lord of "Norfolk, and so it were meet for you to do
"also. "also. I would be very well contented there"with, quoth my Lord, if it were the King's ** pleasure to license me with his Grace's leave ** to goe to my Cure at Winchester. Nay, ** quoth my Lord of Norfolk, to your Benefice "at York, where your greatest honour and "charge is. Even as it shall please the King, "quoth my Lord Cardinal; and so they fell "upon other discourses. For indeed, the No"bility were loth he should be so near the King "as at Winchester. After dinner they fell to ** counsell.
"The King after dinner departed from Mis"tress Anne Boleyn, and came to the Chamber "of Presence, and called for my Lord, and ist ** the great window had a long discourse with ** him (but of what I know not). Afterwards, "the King took him by the hand and led him "into the Privie Chamber, and fate with him in *c consultation all alone, without any other of "the Lords, till it was dark night; which "blanked all his enemies very fore, who had no "other way but by Mistress Anne Boleyn (in "whom was all their trust and asfiance) for the "accomplishment of their enterprizes; for with** out her they feared that all their purposes "would be frustrate.
"Now," adds Cavendish, " at night warn** ing was given me, that there was no room ** for my Lord to lodge in the Court; so that I "was forced to provide my Lord a lodging in "the country about Easton, (at one Mr. Emp** ston's house,) where my Lord came to supper ** by torch-light, it being late before my Lord "parted with the King, who willed him to re* * sort to him in the morning, for that he would "further with him about the same matter. In "the morning my Lord came again to the "King, at whose coming the King's Majesty "was ready to ride, willing my Lord to consult "with the Lords in his absence, and said he "could not talk with him, commanding my "Lord to depart with Cardinal Campejus.
"This sudden departure of the King," says Cavendish, "was the especial labour of Mistress . **Boleyn, who rode with him purposely to draw ** him away, because he should not return till "the departure of the Cardinals. The King "rode that morning to view a piece of ground . ** to make a park of, which was afterwards "called Harewell Park, where Mistress Anne "had provided him a place to dine in, fearing "his return before my Lord Cardinal's de"parture.