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Henry VIII Letter to Anne Boleyn, 1528.

Henry VIII. to Anne Boleyn.

[ June, 1528 ]

There came to me suddenly in the night the most afflicting news that could have arrived. On three accounts I must lament it. The first, to hear of the illness of my mistress,1 whom I esteem more than all the world, and whose health I desire as I do my own, so that I would gladly bear half your illness to make you well. The second, from the fear that I have of being still longer harassed by my enemy. Absence much longer, who has hitherto given me all possible uneasiness, and as far as I can judge is determined to spite me more. The third, because I pray God to rid me of this troublesome tormentor, because my physician, in whom I have most confidence, is absent at the very time when he might do me the greatest pleasure; for I should hope, by him and his means, to obtain one of my chief joys on earth—that is the care of my mistress—yet for want of him I send you my second, and hope that he will soon make you well. I shall then love him more than ever. I beseech you to be guided by his advice in your illness. In so doing I hope soon to see you again, which will be to me a greater comfort than all the precious jewels in the world.
     Written by that secretary, who is, and for ever will be,

Your loyal and most assured servant,

H. (AB) R.




[AJ Notes:
1. The sweating sickness epidemic, which raged in London and surrounds
    in June, 1528. cf. two letters from the French Ambassador.]





Source:
Letters of the Kings of England. Vol I. James Orchard Halliwell, Ed.
London: Henry Colburn, 1848. 312-13.





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The Tudors

The Parents of Henry VIII
King Henry VII
Elizabeth of York

The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Queen Catherine of Aragon
Queen Anne Boleyn
Queen Jane Seymour
Queen Anne of Cleves
Queen Catherine Howard
Queen Katherine Parr

The Children of Henry VIII
Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond
King Edward VI
Queen Mary I
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Edward Stafford, D. of Buckingham
Thomas Howard, 3rd D. of Norfolk
John Dudley, D. of Northumberland
Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire
George Boleyn, Viscount Rochford
John Russell, Earl of Bedford
Thomas, Lord Audley
Richard de la Pole
Thomas Seymour, Lord Admiral
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John Hooper, Bishop of Gloucester
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Edward Fox, Bishop of Hereford
William Tyndale
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William Grocyn
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Historical Events
Field of the Cloth of Gold, 1520
Dissolution of the Monasteries, 1536-40
Pilgrimage of Grace, 1536
The Siege of Boulogne, 1544
The Sweating Sickness


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