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Henry VIII Letter to Anne Boleyn, 1528.

Henry VIII. to Anne Boleyn.

[ June, 1528 ]

The uneasiness my doubts about your health gave me, disturbed and alarmed me exceedingly, and I should not have had any quiet without hearing certain tidings. But now, since you have as yet felt nothing, I hope, and am assured that it1 will spare you, as I hope it is doing with us. For when we were at Walton, two ushers, two valets de chambre, and your brother,2 fell ill, but are now quite well; and since we have returned to your house at Hunsdon, we have been perfectly well, and have not, at present, one sick person, God be praised; and I think, if you would retire from Surrey, as we did, you would escape all danger. There is another thing that may comfort you, which is, that, in truth, in this distemper few or no women have been taken ill, and, what is more, no person of our court, and few elsewhere, have died of it. For which reason I beg you, my entirely beloved, not to frighten yourself nor be too uneasy at our absence; for, wherever I am, I am yours, and yet we must sometimes submit to our misfortunes, for whoever will struggle against fate is generally but so much the farther from gaining his end: wherefore comfort yourself, and take courage, and avoid the pestilence as much as you can, for I hope shortly to make you sing, le renvoye. No more at present, for lack of time, but that I wish you in my arms, that I might a little dispel your unreasonable thoughts. Written by the hand of him who is and always will be yours,

Im—H.R.—mutable.




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





Source:
Letters of the Kings of England. Vol I. James Orchard Halliwell, Ed.
London: Henry Colburn, 1848. 304-5.





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Queen Anne Boleyn
Queen Jane Seymour
Queen Anne of Cleves
Queen Catherine Howard
Queen Katherine Parr

The Children of Henry VIII
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English Nobility
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Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire
George Boleyn, Viscount Rochford
John Russell, Earl of Bedford
Thomas, Lord Audley
Richard de la Pole
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Edward Seymour, Protector Somerset


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William Tyndale
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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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Tudor Literature
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