FRANCIS LANCELOTT, ESQ.
Queens of England. Vol.1.
keeping him under undue restraint, persuaded the artless young sovereign to write a letter of complaint, which he, Seymour, should lay before Parliament, and arranged, by the aid of his partisans, to procure the guardianship for himself. The letter was indited by Seymour, and Edward was about to copy it, when the plot was detected, and the Admiral summoned before the council. At first he repelled the charge with haughtiness ; hut when threatened with committal to the Tower, on a charge of high treason, he acknowledged his fault, the two brothers forgave cacli other, and as a peace offering, an addition of eight hundred pounds a year was made to his
already lucrative appointments.
Meanwhile, tbe Protector and the council, on discovering that Katherine was really married to the Admiral, vented their rage by detaining the jewels presented to her by the late King. These, both she and her husband laid claim to; but, in reply to their indignant remonstrances, the council pronounced tbcm the property of the crown, which had been lent, not given to her, and promptly refused to resign them ; whilst, to widen the breach, the Protector shortly afterwards, in the plenitude of his power, forced lier against her will, and greatly to her annoyance and ill-convenience, to admit one Master Long as a tenant on her favourite manor of Faustcrne. Jiy some it is supposed that Somerset was urged to commit this tyrannical, unjust act, by his Duchess ; and this seems highly probable, as the proud, overbearing Anne Stanhope, Duchess of Somerset, for some reason nowhere clearly explained, bore burning malice and bitter ill-will against Katherine, whose train she now refused to bear, alleging it to be beneath her dignity to perfonn. that office to the wife of her husband's younger brother ; and for similar reasons, she disputed precedence with her at court; hut in the latter instance, it, being de
cided by act of parliament that Henry
the Eighth's Queen and daughters should
take precedence over every other lady iu
tbe realm, she, to her great and unfor
giving mortification, was compelled to
Residing under the same roof with Katherine Parr and her husband, Sir Thomas Seymour, were the Princess Elizabeth and Lady Jane Grey ; the Princess Elizabeth was under the immediate care and tutelage of her stepmother, but Seymour had purchased the wardship of Lady Jane for five hundred pounds—a not uncommon bargain in those times—for the purpose of uniting her in marriage to his youthful sovereign. Katherine, with whom the idea is said to have originated, spared neither money nor pains to bestow on her an education befitting the consort of a great King, liy this measure, Seymour not only hoped to thwart the Protector's design of marrying King Edward to his own daughter, Lady Jane Seymour, and his son to Lady Jane Grey, but also to annihilate the political influence of Somerset, and clutch in his own hands the reins of government; an aspiring project, which in the end brought him to tbe scaffold.
The presence of the Princess Elizabeth ruined the domestic happiness of Katherine, who, forgetting that a girl of fifteen was no longer a child, blindly encouraged her husband and Elizabeth to toy and romp together in her presence. The evidence of Mrs. Ashby, Elizabeth's governess, before the privy council, affords a startling portraiture of the rude, immoral manners of that period.
"At Chelsea, the moment Sir Thomas
freymour was up, he would hasten to
Elizabeth's chamber in his night-gown
and bare-legged ; if she was still in bed,
he would open the curtains, and make
as though he would come to her, and
she would go farther in tbe bed, as though
he could not corno at her. If she were
up, be would ax how she did, and strike
her in the back and then lower down
familiarly. He sent James Seymour to
recommend him to her, and ax her whe
ther her great * * * * were gj-ολνη
any less or no." At ITanley, Katherine
held the hands of Elizabeth, whilst Sey
mour amused himself by cutting her
gown to shreds ; and on another occasion,
the Queen Dowager introduced him intJ
the chamber of Elizabeth, when they
both tickled her in bed, and a violent
romping scene ensued. Parry, the cof