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Book the Nineteenth.

A ROYAL SUIT.

CHAPTER I.

. MISTRESS ANNE.

1526.

1. WOLSEY was preparing for a meeting of the two Kings, when an incident occurred of which he took no note; the meeting of a gentleman and a lady in a garden ; though this incident was to fire the passion of his life. The scene was Hever, in the Weald of Kent; a quaint and formal garden, with a moat, a drawbridge, an embattled gateway, and a brace of flanking towers. Viscount Rochford and his daughter were at home; the lady, plain of face and in her twenty-sixth year, but with the freshness of her youth and spirit lighting up a pair of fitful, fawn-like eyes. The King was visiting his Treasurer of the Household, as he visited all his officers and comrades in their turn; and in the quaint

VOL. IV.

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