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As Sir John had married an Heiress, the Cardinal, in Virtue of one of his high Offices, had the Care and Wardship of Sir John's Children ; and it appears from the following Letter, (the Original whereof being now in the Exchequer Record-office) that his Eminence had a more than ordinary Value for them, which will best speak for itself.

« Please your Grace,
HAVE received your Letter, dated the 19th

Day of June, concerning the Death of my Son, “ Browthen, and of the sure Custody of his Sisters, “ and also the gracious Mind and Favour that your “ Grace beareth unto my said Son, and also for " the Trust and Confidence your Grace bears me “ for the Custody of them; and at this Day I re“ceived another Letter from your Grace, dated the “ ist Day of July, mentioning that your Grace un“ derstandeth, by a Letter that I sent to Mr. Arundel, and also by a Letter to Master Hennes, that great “ Suit is made to the King for them, and that the “ King thought they were his Wards. I fhewed his “ Grace, that your Grace had them from Heir to “ Heir, wherewith his Grace was satisfied; and where

as your Grace writeth somewhat sharply, and in

a manner half in a Distrust of me and my Wife, “ how that we would bestow the eldest without the “ Consent and Advisement of your Grace ; I would “ be sorry that your Grace should have any such

Opinicn in me, seeing that I have borne my Heart " and Service unto your Grace above all Men living,

saving only the King. True it is, that the one of “ them is ať her full Age, and your Grace may be « well assured, that I would do nothing in that, till I u know further of your Grace's Pleasure, but your “ Grace knoweth well, that I must needs speak in her

Behalf, as I am bound unto; notwithstanding your « Grace may be assured, I would be glad to do your Grace any Service that lieth in my Power : Dd 2

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" But this Mistrust, that you have in me, cometh

of your Grace only; and if it please your Grace to call to your Remembrance a Year and a half “ past, I moved your Grace for a Marriage for my

younger Daughter, for one Dormerson, what great « Offer he made ; and at that Time your Grace was

contented, that I should go through withal : But " I staid always for two Causes; the one was, that “ I would have been glad to have matched her with “ fonie better Blood; and the other, if my Son Brow" then should deparț to God, as he is now, that " it should be a great Hindrance to your Grace. I 5 wrote to Master Arundel, that he should move “ your Grace in my Behalf, that it would please

your Grace to be so good a Lord to me, to let “ me have the youngest, paying as much as another : « I do desire her for nothing else, but for my Wife's « Pleasure, for she would be very loth that another ço fhould have her said Daughter afore her ; for it « is all her Joy in this World : And also it is ” mentioned in your faid Letter, that I and my Wife « should have the Keeping of her said Daughter, so “ that she be kept in clear Air, which we will 66 do to the best of our Powers: But, rather than is

your Grace should have any Mistrust of me and

my Wife, I had rather they were out of my * Hands than otherwise. There is great Labour « made to the King, by Sir Thomas Cheney and “ Sir John Wallop, and also to Mrs. Anne, for this " Matter, and the King was very desirous of the < fame. Master Kingston defired me to move your is Grace to be a good Lord unto him, that he might « be Steward of the Bishop of Worcester's Lands in “ Warwickshire, for he thinketh it is in your Grace's 5 Gift; and if your Grace did not bestow the faine “ otherwise, I. humbly desire your Grace to give it

to him, whereby your Grace shall find him to do your Grace what Service lies in his Power, which

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to do I think he will be very glad, as knoweth “ God, who preserve your Grace in his blessed ten« der Tuition. Written at Tylynganger, the 2d Day

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Your bumble Servant,

“ J. Russel.”

It is not to be doubted, that after this Letter Matters were settled to Sir John and his Lady's Satisfaction ; for that, it fully appears, even after the Cardinal's Disgrace, that Sir John retained to the last his Affection for Wolsey.

The Cardinal's Regard for the Safety The Cardinal's and Prosperity of Individuals in private further Care of Families, and the publick Affairs both

jeals. at Home and Abroad, did not engrofs his whole Attention, but he readily listened to the Representations from the Chiefs of the Religious Houses, in respect to any Misdeeds there committed ; and where the Grievances complained of were notorious, and in his Power, he caused them to be redressed, as many Letters now in being fully shew. He also very readily attended to such Applications that were made to him from any of the Cities and Corporations in the Kingdom, tending to preserve or renew any of their ántient Rights and Privileges, or to the encouraging or retrieving their Trade and Manufactures ; the former he interceded with his Majesty to grant and protect, and the latter he encouraged to the utmost of his Power, as appears in many other Letters ; and, as a further Instance of the Cardinals Respect for the City of York, take their own Acknowledgment, from an original Letter now in the Record-office. Most Reverend Father in God, our most special, fine

gular, good, and gracious Lord, N our most humble Manner, with due Reveverence, we recommend us unto your Grace,

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thanking your Grace, in our most humble Man“ ner, for the great Pains and Goodness that your " Grace hath oftentimes taken for the Preferment " and maintaining your poor City of York, whereby “ we trust now, by God's Grace and your

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gra“ cious Help, that it shall continue a City to our

great Comforts ; and that it may stand with your

gracious Pleasure, that we may conclude with the “ Earl of Rutland, by Writing, of the Certainty that

we shall pay to his Lordship yearly for the Fee“ farm Rent of the said City: And moreover, we “ beseech your Grace to be good and gracious unto

us, touching the Grant for shipping Wool and Fell; and we shall daily pray to the Blessed Trinity " to preserve your said Grace in Honour long to con“ tinue. At the said City of York, under the Seal “ of the Office of the Mayoralty of the fame, the * 27th Day of January, By your Grace's most humble and daily Beadf

men, the Mayor, and his Brethren, with the

whole Commonalty of the City of York." Here we must observe, that, though Rapin and other Authors have been full of their malicious Reflections against Wolsey, none of them have charged him with any Attempt to corrupt or influence Persons to send Representatives to Parliament of his Recominendation ; though it is plain, if he had been minded, he could have caused his own Friends and those depending on him, to have been elected in many Places ; on the contrary, he left them to chuse such Gentlemen as they thought proper, which we think is highly to his Honour. But, when Cromwell came into the Ministry, the Case was quite otherwise, for there are several Letters now in the Exchequer RecordOffice, that shew he actually directed many Places to elect for their Members such Persons that he recommended to them. See our IId Vol.

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