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- In the mean time came divers Noblemen of « his friends to wellcome him to court, by 6 whom my Lord was advertised of all things « touching the King's favour or displeasure; and “ being thus informed of the cause thereof, he 6 was more able to excuse himself.

“ So my Lord made him ready, and went to ce the Chamber of Presence with the other Car6 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 6 were present many Gentlemen who came on

purpose to observe the meeting, and the į countenance of the King to my Lord Cardi“ nal. Then immediately after, the King came 66 into the Chamber of Presence, standing under " the cloth of State. Then my Lord Cardinal " took Cardinal Campejus by the hand, and 6 kneeled down before the King; but what he " said unto him I know not, but his countenance 6 was anriable; and his Majesty stooped down, 6 and with both his hands took him up, and " then took him by the hand and went to the w window with him, and there talked with him “ a great while.

" Then to have beheld the countenances," adds Cavendish, “ of the Lords and Noblemen

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6 that had laid wagers, it would have made you “ smile, especially those that had laid their 6 money that the King would not speak to my “ Lord Cardinal. Thus were they deceived ; “ for the King was in earnest discourse with the 66 Cardinal, insomuch that the King said to him, “ How can this be? Is not this your hand? and s 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 66 him, Go to your dinner, and take my Lord

Cardinal to keep you company, and after 56 dinner I will speak further to you. And so “ they departed; and the King dined that day 66 with Mistress Anne Boleyn in her chamber. As I heard it reported by those that waited on the “ King at dinner, that Mistress Anne Boleyn 56 was offended, as much as she durst, that the “ King did so graciously entertain my Lord 66 Cardinal, saying, Sir, is it not a marvellous 5 thing to see into what great debt and danger so he hath brought you with all your subjects ? " How so? quoth the King. Forsooth, quoth so she, there is not a man in all your kingdom « worth a hundred pounds, but he hath indebt5 ed you to him (meaning the loan which the " King had of his subjects). Well, well, quoth the King, for that matter, there was no G2

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“ 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? Why, Sir, quoth she, I have “ no cause, nor any that love you. No more 6 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 fitting at dinner telling - of divers matters, The King should do well, “ quoth my Lord Cardinal, to send his Bishops 66 and Chaplains home to their Cures and “ Benefices. Yes, marry, quoth my Lord of “ Norfolk, and so it were meet for you to do

66 also. also. I would be very well contented there“ with, quoth my Lord, if it were the King's 6 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 6 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 o counsell. « 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 66 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 re6 sort to him in the morning, for that he would

" The King after dinner departed from Mif“ tress Anne Boleyn, and came to the Chamber 66 of Presence, and called for my Lord, and in “ 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 66 into the Privie Chamber, and sate with him in « consultation all alone, without any other of “ the Lords, till it was dark night; which « blanked all his enemies very sure, who had no “ other way but by Mistress Anne Boleyn (in 66 whom was all their trust and affiance) for the " accomplishment of their enterprizes; for with< out her they feared that all their purposes es would be frustrate.

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further with him about the same matter. In 6 the morning my Lord came again to the 6 King, at whose coming the King's Majesty 6 was ready to ride, willing my Lord to consult “ with the Lords in his absence, and said he 56 could not talk with him, commanding my « Lord to depart with Cardinal Campejus.

66 This sudden departure of the King," says Cavendish, “ was the especial labour of Mistress, " Boleyn, who'rode with him purposely to draw 6 him away, because he should not return till " the departure of the Cardinals. The King c 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 iny Lord Cardinal's de" parture.

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