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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 492



should forgive her, and permit her to approach him as her father. Is'one of these letters received an answer from the King. Another, addressed in the same imploring strain to her father, and one to Cromwell, produced a visit from Wriothesly and two others of the privy council, who urged her to submit to the King in all things, and obtained from her a verbal confession, but what this confession was is not known. This visit took place on the twenty-fifth of June, and on the following day Mary wrote to her father as follows :— "Most humbly, obediently, and gladly, lying at the feet of your most excellent Majesty, my most dear and benign father and sovereign lord — I have this day perceived your gracious clemency and merciful pity to have overcome my most unkind unnatural proceedings towards you and your most just and virtuous laws, the great and inestimable joy whereof 1 cannot express, nor have anything worthy to be again presented to your Majesty, for the same your fatherly pity extended towards me, most ingrately on my part, abandoned as much as in me lie, but my poor heart which I send unto your Highness to remain in your hand, to be for ever used, directed, and framed, while God shall suffer life to remain in it, at your only pleasure, most humbly beseeching your grace to accept and receive the same, being all that I have to offer, which shall never alter, vary, or change, from that confession and submission which I have made unto your Highness in the presence of your council, and others attending upon the same, for whose preservation, with my most gracious mother, the Queen, Ï shall daily pray to God, whom eftsoons I beseech to send you issue, to his honour and the comfort of your realm. " From Ilunsdon, the twenty-sixth " day of June, your Grace's most "humble and obedient daughter " and handmaid, " MARY." About this time, Mary sent to her father several letters, which the wily Cromwell either dictated or corrected for her ; she also received a friendly visit from the Spanish ambassador, and as a token of the royal favour, the Queen's brother, Edward Seymour, waited upon her, presented her with a beautiful docile palfrey, and as the time was drawing near when etiquette demanded that she should lay aside the deep mourning she had assumed on the death of her beloved mother, assured her that the King would willingly supply her with whatever apparel she was pleased to order. Despite these symptoms of royal clemency, Henry had not deigned to address a single line to his anxious daughter. He would not allow her to visit him, but on the seventh of July, it was intimated to her, that she might send her servant to him with letters or messages, a licence which she took advantage of on the subsequent day, by sending her old servant, Randal Dod, with a long submissive letter to her father, composed for her, it is believed, by Cromwell, in which she says : " Most humbly beseeching your Highness, in case I be over-hasty in sending so soon to pardon me, and to think that I would rather be a poorchamberer in your company, than be heiress to your mighty realm." As both the King and Cromwell thought that by this time the spirit of Mary was sufficiently humbled, she was waited upon by a deputation of the privy council, more numerous and formal than the previous one. lîut their demands that she would acknowledge the illegality of her mother's marriage, her own illegitimacy, and the King's supremacy over the church so startled her, that bursting into tears, she exclaimed, "Must 1 then damn my soul to appease the wrath of my father ?" and pacing the hall in deep emotion, ejaculated, " Oh J it is horrible ! Indeed, I dare not, cannot, comply with these bitter requisitions." The deputation departed as they came, but they had no sooner gone, than she wrote to Cromwell for counsel, and in reply he addressed her a most unfeeling and insolent letter. After soundly rating her for daring to oppose the will of the council, he proceeds, " As God ia my witness, I think you a most obsti


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