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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 465



and hospitals in the kingdom at his disposal. The nniversity of Cambridge, one of the nursing houses of the reformation, took alarm, and appliod for protection from the threatened spoliation to the enlightened Queen, who successfully interceded with her royal husband on their behalf; and in a letter dated Greenwich, the twenty-sixth of February, thus informs them of her triumphs over the grasping acquisitiveness of the King and his ministers. " I, according to your desire, have attempted my lord the King for the establishment of your livelihood and possessions ; in which, notwithstanding his Majesty's property and interest, through the consent of the high court and parliament, his highness being such a patron to good learning, doth hinder you so much. Howbeit, he would rather advance learning, and erect new occasion thereof than confound your ancient and goodly institutions ; so that such learning may hereafter ascribe her yery original whole conservation to our sovereign lord the King, her only defence and worthy ornament ; the prosperous state and princely government of whom long to preserve, I doubt not but every one of you will in the daily invocation call upon Ilim who only can dispose to every creature." Bad seeds bring forth evil fruits, and the days of infirmity, disease, and misery came unexpectedly, but with dread certainty, upon the hitherto pampered, sensual, self-indulging King. Unable to longer take the lead in courtly pageants, tilts, or sylvan sports, the once active and energetic Henry, now confined by the dropsy and an ulcered leg to his chamber, whence he could be removed only by the aid of machinery, suffered from ennui, bodily pain, impatience, and maddening mental anguish. Fortunately for him, Katherine, already rendered an experienced nurse by attending tho death chambers of her two former husbands, dressed his leg with the skill and address of an experienced surgeon, and with soothing gentleness, untiring attention, and consummate art, so completely adapted herself to hie whims and wayward petulancy, that he would seldom permit any one else to act as his nurse. To charm and amuse his self-accusing mind, she induced him to join her in diligently superintending the studies, and watching over the interests of his youthful heir, Prince Edward. And of that Prince's sincere affection for his step-mother, Katherine Parr, the following literal translation from a Latin letter which he addressed to her about this period, bears ample testimony : " MOST NOBLE QUEEN- AND DEAUESI MOTHEK, " Perhaps you will wonder that I write to you so often and so soon ; but, at the same time, you will admire my dutifulncss to you. "And 1 do this the more willingly now, because my servant is so useful to me as a messenger, and, therefore, I have not been able to help giving him letters testifying my respect towards you. " A sweet farewell, most noble Queen, "Your most dutiful son, "EnwAitn (Prince). "T o the most illustrious Queen, my mother. " Hunsdon, 15th of May." The subjoined affectionate epistle was also addressed to Katherine by her royal step-son about this period. "Most honourable and entirely beloved mother, I have mo most humbly recommended unto your grace with like thanks, both for that vour grace did accept so gently my simpfe and rude letters, and also that it pleased your grace so gently to vouchsafe to direct unto me your loving and tender letters, which do give me much comfort and encouragement to go forward in such things wherein your Grace bearethme on hand that I am already entered. I pray God I may be able in part to satisfy the good expectation of the King's majesty, my father, and of your Grace, whom God have ever in his most blessed, keeping. " Your loving son, "E . (Prince.)"


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