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


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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Queens of England. Vol.1.
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rumour of the Pope's death, retarded his endeavours to open the legatine court. Anne's impatience accused the Cardinal of wilful delay, which so irritated Henry, who at this period believed in Campeggio's intentions to, at all hazards, pronounce in favour of the divorce, that he sent her the following mild reproof :— " To inform you what joy it is to me to understand of your conformableness with reason, and of the suppressing of your inutile and vain thoughts and fantasies with the bridle of reason, I assure you all the goodness of this world could not counterpoise for my satisfaction in the knowledge and certainty thereof. Therefore, good sweetheart, continue the same, not only in this, but in all your doings hereafter, for whereby shall come both to you and me the greatest quietness that may be in this world. The cause why the bearer stays so long, is the gear I have had to dress for you, which i trust ere long to see you occupy ; and then I trust to occupy yours, which shall be recompence enough to me for all my pains and labour. The unfeigned sickness of this well-willing legate doth somewhat retard this access to your person; but Γ trust verily, when God shall send him health, ho will with diligence recompence his demur. For I know well where he hath said (fomenting the saying and bruit noise that he is deemed imperial), that it shall be well known in. this matter that he is not imperial. And thisj for lack of time, farewell. "H. IL" As Anne was dissatisfied with Durham House, a stately building in the Strand, pleasantly situated on the hanks of the Thames, which the King had already bestowed upon her or her father, Henry, in his solicitude for her return to court, employed Wolsey to secure for her Suffolk House, a splendid mansion near to the Cardinal's favourite residence at Whitehall, then known as York House. The allusion to gear in the above letter doubtless applies to the furnishing and fitting-up of Suffolk House ; and in another epistle to Anne, the King announces his success in securing that noble mansion, in the following words : "Darling, as touching a lodging for you, we have gotten one by my Lord Cardinal's means, the like whereof could not have been- found hereabouts for all causes, as this hearer shall more show you." The next letter Henry evidently pen ned to soothe the impatience of his mis tress, and to hasten her arrival in Lon don. "The approach of the time which I have so long expected, rejoices me so much, that it seems almost really come. However, the entire accomplishment cannot bo till the two persons meet, which meeting is more desired by me than any thing in this world ; for what joy can be greater upon earth than to have the company of her who is my dearest friend, knowing likewise that she does the same on her part, tho thinking on which gives great pleasure. You may judge what effect the presence of that person must have on me, whose absence has made a greater wound in my heart than either words or writing can express, and which nothing can cure but her return. 1 beg yon, dear mistress, to tell your father from me that I desire him to hasten the appointment by two days, that he may be in court before tbe old term, or, at furthest, on the day prefixed, for otherwise 1 shall think him not inclined to do the lovers' turn, as he said he would, nor to answer my expectation. No more at present, for want of time, hoping shortly that, by word of mouth, I shall tell you the rest of my sufferings from your absence. "H. P." Anne's propensity to tattle, and boast of her ascendancy over the King, caused Henry no little uneasiness ; the mild7 ncss of his reproof, when he learned that what he had written to her in confidence, was well known in London, is, considering the offence, a proof that Henry, if a selfish husband, was, at least, an indulgent lover. He says :

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