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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 509



Majesty's council had appointed Rochester, Inglefield and Waìgrave, being her servants, to open the premises unto her, and how ill and untruly they had used themselves in the charge committed unto them, and besides that how they had manifestly disobeyed the King's majesty's council, &c. To this, she said, it was not the wisest council to appoint her servants to control her in her own house ; and that her servants knew her mind therein well enough, for of all men she might worse endure any of them to move her in any such matters ; and for their punishment, my lords may use them as they think good ; and if they refused to do the message unto her, and her chaplains, and her servants as aforesaid, they be, said she, the honcster men, for they should have spoke against their own consciences. "After this, when wc had, at good length declared unto her the effect of our instructions touching the promise which she claimed to have been made to the Emperor ; and, besides, had opened unto her at good length all such things as we knew and had heard therein, lier answer was, that she was well assured the promise was made to the Emperor, and that the same was once granted before the King's Majesty in her presence, then being there seven of the council, notwithstanding che denial thereof at my last being with his Majesty. And 1 have, quoth she, the Emperor's hand, testifying that this promise was made, which I believe better than you all of the council. And, though you esteem little the Emperor, yet should you show more favour to me for my father's sake, who made the more part of you almost of nothing. But as for the Emperor, said she, if he were dead I would say as I do. And if he would give me now other advice I would not follow it ; notwithstanding, quoth she, to be plain with you, his ambassador shall know how I am used at your hand. "After this, wc opened the King's Majesty's pleasure for one to attend upon her grace for the supply of Rochester's place during his absence, &c, as in the instructions. To this, her answer was, that she would appoint her own officers, and that she had years sufficient for that purpose ; and if we left any such man there, she would go out of her gates, for they two would not dwell in one house. And, quoth she, I am sickly, and would not die willingly, hut will do the best I can to preserve my life, but if I shall chance to die I will protest openly that you of the council be the cause of my death. You gave me fair words, but your deeds be always ill towards me. And having said thus, she departed from us into her bedchamber, and delivered to me, the Lord Chancellor, a ring, upon her knees, most humbly, with very humble recommendations, saying, that she would die his true subject and sister, and obey his commandments in all things except in these matters of religion, touching the mass and the new service ; but, said she, this shall never be told to the King's Majesty, &c. "After her departure we called the chaplains and the rest of her household before us, giving them straight commandment, upon pain of their allegiance, that neither the priest should from henceforth say any mass or other divine service, than that which is set forth by the laws of the realm, nor that they, the residue of the servants, should presume to hear any. " The chaplains, after some talk, promised all to obey the King's Majesty's commandment signified by us. " We gave like commandment to them, and every of them, upon their allegiance, to give notice to some one of the council, at the least, if any mass or other divine service than that which is set forth by the laws of the realm, should be hereafter said in that house. " Finally, when we had said and done as is aforesaid, and were gone out of the house, tarrying there for one of her chaplains, who was not with the rest when we gave the charge aforesaid unto them, the Lady Mary's grace sent to us to speak with her one word at a window. When we were come into the court, notwithstanding that we offered to come up to her chamber, she would needs speak out of the window, and prayed us to speak to the lords of the


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