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Henry VIII by Lucas Horenbout (or Hornbolt), 1526-7. Royal Collection.

King Henry VIII to Cardinal Wolsey.1

[ 1527? ]

      Mine own good cardinal,—I recommend me unto you with all my heart, and thank you for the great pain and labour that you do daily take in my business and matters, desiring you (that when you have well established them) to take some pastime and comfort, to the intent you may the longer endure to serve us, for always pain cannot be endured.  Surely you have so substantially ordered our matters both of this side the sea and beyond, that in mine opinion little or nothing can be added.  Nevertheless, according to your desire, I do send you mine opinion by this bearer, the reformation whereof I do remit to you and the remnant of our trusty councillors which I am sure will substantially look on it.
      As touching the matter that Sir William Says brought answer of, I am well contented with what order soever you do take in it.
      The queen my wife hath desired me to make her most hearty recommendations to you, as to him that she loveth very well, and both she and I would fain know when you will repair to us.  No more to you at this time, but that with God's help I trust we shall disappoint our enemies of their intended purpose.
      Written with the hand of your loving master,


To my Lord Cardinal.

1 MS. Cotton Vesp. F. xiii. f. 71.  There is no date to this note, but it may have been written in 1527, shortly before the disgrace of the Cardinal.

Letters of the Kings of England. Vol I. J. O. Halliwell, Ed.
London: Henry Colburn, 1846. 285-6.

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The Parents of Henry VIII
King Henry VII
Elizabeth of York

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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
Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond
King Edward VI
Queen Mary I
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Thomas Cromwell
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