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ceived IVolsey's Answer, She wrote the Car- \.. dinal a Second Letter, without any Mention of the King, expressing her own Impatience ito hear of the Legate's coming •, of which his Majesty sent her the News soon after. But to return to the Fourth Letter, which must, in all Probability, have been written in August; it is the most important in all -the Collection ; for, it fixeth the exact Time of the Rise of his Majesty's Affection to this Lady. He pathetically complaineth therein, that, He had been above a whole Tear struck with the Dart of Love, and was not yet sure, whether He Jhould fail, or find a Place in her Heart and AsseElion. He farther adderh, that, long before Shesufpetled it, from his first seeing Her, be felt a Pafston for Her.
It cannot be doubted by any, who read these Letters, that King Henry's Affection -to Anne Boleyn, was altogether upon honourable Terms. There appears not the least Pretension to the Last Favour, nor Aim towards it, till the Holy Legate and Mother Church, had paved the Way to Consummation, (and then He I Monsieur Pope! Entendez vous bien.)
The Last of these Letters, mentions the Legate's Illness, as a Reason why he hid not performed the Duties of his Function ; which makes it apparent that this Royal Love Correspondence ended in May, 1529, whtn the Process began, making up j.1st one Year.
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You see, Sir, how readily I lay hold of every Opportunity to oblige you. The NewTear's Gift I sent you was from Paris ; * and this immaculate Intercourse of Royal Affecl'wn comes from Rome. So that, not in the least doubting, but you will give an equal Reception to both Presents, I now do, and ever shall, with the like Sincerity, remain
Tour Humble Servant,
8 March I73S-S. E. CuRLL.
* The New-Tear's-Gift, I scnt_ by a Special Messenger, to Mr. Pope at Twickenham, was a little Book, (neatly bound in Red Turky Leather, Ruled, snd the Capital Leuers illuminated with Gold, and various Colours) intitled, «' Heures des Frierres: "Dedie a Madame la Duchesse de Chartres. Avec les Sept "Pseaumes Peniientieux. a Paris, 1696." This Manual was likewise illustrated with Tour beautiful Prints, One, in particular, representing David prostrate; in which Part of the Book, upon a Label, was wrote the following Lines:
. As Friends who of a Criminal take Leave* Tray the Almighty may his Soul receive; So, I these Penitential Psalms havesent, Hoping, like David, you'll at length repent. One good Effect I find they have produced, for you have .recanted, and razed out, this Distich against the Dutch: Then first the Belgian Morals were extoll'd; We their Religion had, and they our Gold.
Ejs. on CrH. You now fay, as these Lines contain a National Reflection, in your stricter Judgment, it is what you cannot but disapprove, on any People whatever. Were you not as sensible, that this was a National Reflection, when you wrote it, as it is now I
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Y Mistress and Friend, I and my Heart put ourselves in your Hands, begging you to recommend us to your Favour, and not to let Absence lessen your Affection to us. For it were great Pity to encrease our Pain, which Absence alone does sussiciently, and
* N. B. Tkt ifi, zd ii, 4th a»ii stb of these LETTERS, are TranJJated, lucrally, from tbt FreDch Originals.
more more than I could ever have thought; bringing to my Mind a Point of Astronomy, which is, That the sarther the Moots are from us, the farther too is the Sun, and yet his Heat is the more scorching; so it is with our Love, we are at a Distance from one another, and yet it keeps its Fervency, at least on my Side. I hope the like on your Part, assuring you that the Uneasiness of Absence is already too severe for me, and when I think of the Continuance of that which I must of Necessity suffer, it would seem intolerable to me, were it not for the firm Hope I have of your unchangeable Affection for me; and now to put you sometimes in Mind of it, and seeing I cannot be present in Person with you, I send you the nearest Thing to that possible, that is, my Picture set in Bracelets, with the whole Device, which you know already, wishing myself in their Place, when it shall please you. This from the Hand of,
Tour Servant and Friend,
To my Mistress.
BEcause the Time seems to me very long, since I have heard from you, or. concerning your Health; the great Affection I have for you, has obliged me to fend this Bearer to be better informed
ed. both of your Health and Pleasure, particularly because since my last parting with you, I have been told, that you have intirely changed the Opinion in which I left you, and that you will neither come to Court with your Mother, nor any other Way; which Report, if true, I cannot
RÆind, that I have never committed any Offence against you; and it seems a very small Return for the great Love I bear to you, to be kept at a Distance from the Person and Presence of the Woman in the World that I value the most; and if you love me with as much Affection as I hope you do, I am sure the Distance of our two Persons would be a little uneasy to you. Tho' this does not belong so much to the Mistress as to the Servant. Consider well, my Mistress, how greatly your Absence grieves me; I hope it is not your Will that it mould be so; but if I heard for certain, that you yourself desired it, I could do no other than complain of my ill Fortune, and by Degrees abate my great Folly: And so for want of Time, I make an End of my rude Letter, defiring you to give Credit to this Bearer in all he will tell you from me. Written by the Hand of your entire Servant.
TH E Uneasiness my Doubts about your Health gave me, disturbed, and frighten'd me extreamly, and I mould not have had any Quiet without hearing a certain Account. But now