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King Henry VIII Granting the Great Bible to Cranmer and Cromwell

Letter of Archbishop Cranmer to Thomas Cromwell.

August 13, 1537.

Cott. MSS. Cleop. E. v. f. 329. b.

      My very singular good Lord, in my most hearty wise I commend me unto your lordship. And whereas I understand that your lordship, at my request, hath not only exhibited the Bible which I sent unto you, to the King's Majesty, but also hath obtained of his Grace, that the same shall be allowed by his authority to be bought and read within this realm; my lord, for this your pain, taken in this behalf, I give unto you my most hearty thanks: assuring your lordship, for the contentation of my mind, you have showed me more pleasure herein, than if you had given me a thousand pound; and I doubt not but that hereby such fruit of good knowledge shall ensue, that it shall well appear hereafter, what high and acceptable service you have done unto God and the King. Which shall so much redound to your honour, that besides God's reward, you shall obtain perpetual memory for the same within this realm. And as for me, you may reckon me your bondman for the same. And I dare be bold to say, so may ye do my Lord of Wurceiter.1 Thus, my lord, right heartily fare ye well. At Forde, the xiiith day of August. [1537]

Your own bound man ever,        
T. Cantuarien.2

1 Hugh Latimer, Bishop of Worcester.
2 Thomas Cantuariensis, i.e., Thomas of Canterbury.

Image Source:
Knight, Charles. The Pictorial History of England. Vol 2.
London: Bradbury and Evans, 1857. 713.

The Remains of Thomas Cranmer. Vol I. Rev. Henry Jenkyns, Ed.
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1833. 101-102.

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