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Henry VIII Letter to Anne Boleyn, 1528.

Henry VIII. to Anne Boleyn.

[ June, 1528 ]

Since your last letters, mine own darling, Walter Welsh,1 Master Brown,2 John Care,3 Brion of Brearton,4 and John Cork, the apothecary, be fallen of the sweat5 in this house, and, thanked be God, all well recovered, so that as yet the plague is not fully ceased here, but I trust shortly it shall. By the mercy of God, the rest of us yet be well, and I trust shall pass it, either not to have it, or, at the least, as easily as the rest have done.
      As touching the matter of Wilton,6 my lord cardinal7 hath had the nuns before him, and examined them, Mr. Bell being present; which hath certified me that, for a truth, she had confessed herself (which we would have had abbess) to have had two children by two sundry priests; and, further, since hath been kept by a servant of the Lord Broke that was, and that not long ago. Wherefore I would not, for all the gold in the world, clog your conscience nor mine to make her ruler of a house which is of so ungodly demeanour; nor, I trust, you would not that neither for brother nor sister, I should so distain8 mine honour or conscience. And, as touching the prioress, or Dame Eleanor's eldest sister, though there is not any evident case proved against them, and that the prioress is so old that for many years she could not be as she was named; yet notwithstanding, to do you pleasure, I have done that neither of them shall have it, but that some other good and well-disposed woman shall have it, whereby the house shall be the better reformed (whereof I ensure you it had much need), and God much the better served.
      As touching your abode at Hever, do therein as best shall like you, for you know best what air doth best with you; but I would it were come thereto (if it pleased God), that neither of us need care for that, for I ensure you I think it long. Suche is fallen sick of the sweat, and therefore I send you this bearer, because I think you long to hear tidings from us, as we do likewise from you.

Written with the hand de votre seul,

H. R.




[AJ Notes:
1. Sir Walter Walsh (also referred to at times as Walter Welsh), a Groom of the Privy Chamber.
2. Sir Anthony Browne, Esquire of the Body.
3. Sir John Carey, Groom of the Privy Chamber; he was the older brother of Sir William Carey, husband
    of Mary Boleyn, Anne's sister.
4. Brian Brereton, Yeoman of the Privy Chamber; brother of Sir William Brereton, Groom
    of the Privy Chamber.
5. The sweating sickness epidemic, which raged in London and surrounds
    in June, 1528. cf. two letters from the French Ambassador.
6. cf. "A Scandalous Carey Nun" by Danielle Evelyn.
7. Cardinal Wolsey.
8. Stain, sully.]





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





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Queen Anne of Cleves
Queen Catherine Howard
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Field of the Cloth of Gold, 1520
Dissolution of the Monasteries, 1536-40
Pilgrimage of Grace, 1536
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The Sweating Sickness


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