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FRANCIS LANCELOTT, ESQ. Queens of England. Vol.1.

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FRANCIS LANCELOTT, ESQ.
Queens of England. Vol.1.
page 388



your Grace, of the which Τ beseech you never to doubt it, that ever I shall vary from this thought, so long as any breath is in my body. And, as touching your Grace's trouble with the sweat, I thank our Lord that them that I desired and prayed for are escaped, and that is the King Hnd you ; not doubting but that God biis preserved you both for great causes, known only of His high wisdom. And as for the coming of the legate, I desire that much, and if it be God's pleasure, I pray Him to send this matter shortly to a good end, and then I trust, my Lord, to recompense part of your great pains. In the which, I must require you in the meantime to accept my good will in tbe stead of the power, tbe which must proceed partly from you, as our Lord knoweth, to whom I beseech to send you long life, with continuance in honour. Written with the hand of her that is most bound to he, 1 1 Your humble and obedient servant, " ANNA BOLEYN." The ravages of the pestilence having subsided, Anne, thirsting for admiration and the pleasures of the palace, returned to court on the eighteenth of August. Her empire was now more confirmed than ever ; and the French ambassador, who had predicted tbe estrangement of the King's affection during her absence, now confessed his error, and declared that Henry's mad passion fer her could only be cured by the miraculous interposition of heaven. The Queen was packed off to Greenwich with but little ceremony, and the favoured maid of honour lodged in splendid apartments adjoining those of the King. But, at this crisis, the murmurs of the nation in favour of the Queen, and the threatened insurrection in the north, seriouslv alarmed the King and bis advisers. I'he prudent Lord Roehford advised that Anne should be dismissed from the court; and as Campeggio was expected from Rome, these considerations, combined with a sense of decency, now that the validity of his marriage was about to be tried, induced Henry to desire his mistress to retire for a period to her father's residence at Hever Castle. "Whereat," says one of her contempo raries, "she smoked mightily." Butas the King insisted on her departure, she left the court in a towering rage, vow ing that she would never return again. Her position at this period appeared to her to be critical. Should the King relinquish his purpose, he would still re main a king, whilst she would be ruined. Her mind was constantly on the rack. She entertained doubts of the Pope, and suspicions of Wolsey; and that some thing like recrimination passed between her and her royal lover, who, however, to do him justice, continued, in impas sioned epistles, to transmit to her almost hourly intelligence of Campeggio's ap proach, is evident, by the following billet from Henry to Anne, shortly after she left court ;— "Although, my mistress, you have not been pleased to remember tbe promise which you made me when I was last with you, which was that I should hear news of you, and have an answer to my last letter, yet, I think, it belongs to a true servant, since otherwise he can know nothing, to send to inquire of his mistress' health ; and for to acquit myself of tbe office of a true servant, I send you this letter, begging you to give me an account of the state you are in, which, I pray God, may continue as long in prosperity as I wish my own. " H. R." Campeggio's arrival at Paris, he thus announces to her :— " The reasonable requests of your last letter, with the pleasure I also take to know them, causes me to send you now this news. The legate which we most desire arrived at Paris on Sunday or Monday last past, so that I trust, by the next Monday, to bear of bis arrival at Calais; and then I trust, within awhile after, to enjoy that which I have so long longed for, to God's pleasure, and both our comforts." Campeggio, being aged and diseased, reached London in such a state of suffering and weakness, that he was carried on a litter to his lodgings, where, for some time, he was confined to his bed. Frequent fits of the gout, and the false


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