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Es tract of Marriage to us. But if, by this Sentence,
our Marriage should be declared prohibited by DiŚ vine Right, and to have been null and void from ço the Beginning, this our unhappy Case is to be de
plored and lamented by a Flood of Tears, not only Śs because I am to be separated from the Society and & Company of so illustrious and lovely a Woman, but “ much more so, for that, being deceived by the Shew
or Likeness of Matrimony, we enjoyed one another “ for many Years in Embraces more than vitious, “ without any lawful Isue, upon our Demise, to fuc
, ceed in this renowned Kingdom,
“ These are our Cares, these our Solitudes, which “ Day and Night vex and torment our Mind and « Conscience ; for the removing and dispersing of “ which, we seek for a seasonable Remedy from this & Legation and Judgment: Therefore we entreat you, ço in whose Honour and Fidelity we have great Confiço dence, that you declare our true and genuine In“ tention and Meaning with regard to this Affair, “ which you have had now from our own Discourse, s to the People ; and that you excite them to join in “ Prayer with us, for the Appearance of Truth in
the Sentence, which has been this many Years “ wrapped up in Darkness, whereby Peace and Tran
quillity may be restored to our troubled Conscience.
The Speech was differently relished, some pitied the King, but the Queen's Case had much more Compassion; some ambitious People, who, its like, had the Prospect of mending their Fortunes, were pleased to see the Waters disturbed, applauded the King's Proceedings, and pretended that his Highness's Resoluțions were very pious, and serviceable to the Publick.
In the Course of these Transactions, several Applications had been made to the Court of Rome, by Fox, Gardiner, and Sir Gregory Casali, to obtain a Decretal Bult to ascertain the Diyorce, in Case the Legatine
Court should be of Opinion his Majesty's first Marriage was invalid, his Holiness accordingly directed it to be made out, and committed it to the Trust of Cardinal Campeius ; but as he did not, when requested, prcduce it, Complaint was made to the Court of Rome; in a Letter from Wolsey to Cassali, dated Dec. the 17th, 1528 ; to which he replied, “That he had attended
; “ his Holiness on the Complaint, who delivered for “ Answer; — Had not his Request been out of “ the common Course it should have been complied “ with at first, without giving the King and him so “ much Trouble ; and bid him not insist any fur“ther upon it.” However, the Application had this Effect, Campeius gave the King a Sight of the Decretal Bull, but would not be prevailed with to leave it for a Minute either with his Highness or Wolley; and the Pope, for fear of worse Consequences, and to keep fair with the English Court, fent Francis Campana to England to give the King Expectations of further Favours from Rome, and to deliver the following Letter to the Cardinal. The Pope's Letter to Wolsey, for giving Credencé
to CAMPANA. u Beloved Son,
E have not judged it convenient to answer by
Letters, the Matters lately laid before us “ by the Ambassadors of the King, our most beloved “ Son in CHRIST; wherefore, we have fe in our “ trusty Friend, Francis Campana, over, from whom “ his Serenity and you may fully understand our “ Thoughts, as well with regard to the Peace of all “ Christendom, as his Majesty's private Affair, which “ we have very much at heart; and we recommend “ it to your Care, to persuade his Majesty as well as “ yourself, that we have, and shall proceed with pa“ ternal Benevolence toward his Serenity and that 6 whatever We have hitherto signified to him has Ffa
" Howed from a Motive of Affection, which oựr be“ loved Sons Cardinal Campeius and the said Francis, “ will deliver more at large to you, to whom we de“ fire you would give most ample Credit. Given at « Rome the 15th of February,
" CLEMENT, with his own Hand.”
It seems plain Campane's Coming and smooth Mer. fage gave but little Satisfaction ; yet the Preparations for opening the Legatine Court was carried on with great Diligence, though it was some time before they were compleated. The Legatine
The Measures being now adjusted for Court crened. hearing the Cause relating to the Divorce, Firji Duy.
the Legate's Court was prepared at Black1529
fryars, and the King having, by a Warrant under his Great Seal, given them Leave to execute their * Commisfion, they fat on the 31st of Mcy, which was exhibited by Longland, Bishop of Lincoln.
* Concerning this Court hear Shakespear.
S CE N E. Trumpets, Sonnet, and Cornets. Enter two Vergers, with short Silver
Vands ; next them two Scribes in the Habits of Doctors; afier them, the Bijbep of Canterbury alone ; after him, ibe Bishops of Lincoln, Ely, Rochester, and St. Afaph ; next them, with some small Distance, follows a Gentleman bearing the Purse with the Great Seal, and the Cardinal's Hat ; then two Priests, bearing each a Silver Cross; then a Gentleman-ufber bare headed, accompanied with a Serjeant at Arms, beai ing a Mace; then tro Gentlemen bearing two Silver Pillars; after them, side by side, the two Cardinals, two Noblemen with the Sword and Mace. The King takes Place under the Cloth of State; the two Cardinals fit under him as Judges. The Queen takes Place fome Difance from the King. The Bishops place themselves on each side the Court in Manner of a Consistory ; below them, the Scribes. The Lords fit next the Bishops. The rest of the Attendants stand in convenient Order about the Court.
Hilit our Commission from Rome is read,
W Let Silence be commanded.
CLEMENT the VIIth's Commission for trying the Cause
of the DivoŘCE. “ Clement, Bishop, Servant of the Servants of God, to
« our beloved Sons, Thomas of St. Cecile and York, «. and Laurence Campeius of St. Mary beyond Ty" ber, Cardinal Priests, Legates a Latere, from us " and the Apoftolick See, in the Kingdom of Englandy “ Health and Apoftolick Benediction.
E have often heard, from Persons worthy
of Credit, of the Dispute lately raised, re“ lating to
the Validity of that Marriage which Henry, our most beloved Son, King of England, " and Lord of Ireland, acknowledges to have been « contracted and consummated with our most beloved
Daughter, Queen Catherine, in Virtue of a Difpen“ sation from the apoftolick See, which has not as yet “ been brought before the Tribunal of the Church ; “ but, as the Iflue, which Justice and Equity shall give to fo great and important a Cause, keeps the
King. What's the need ?
may then spare that Time.
Court, comes to the King, and kneels at his Feet, then speaks ; ] Sir, I defire you do me Right and Justice, And to bestow your Pity, on me ; for I am a most poor Woman, and a Stranger, Born out of your Dominions ; having here, No Judge indiff'rent, and no more Allurance Of equal Friendship and Proceeding. Alas! Sir, In what have I offended you ? what Cause Hath my Behaviour given to your Displeasure ? That thus you should proceed to put me off, And take your good Grace from me, Heaven witness,
“ Minds of all the People there in such
Suspence, that " it requires a mature and deliberate Definition, and “ to be managed with the utmost Nicety and Care: it Wherefore, We, whom God hath appointed the “ Servant of Servants, to administer Justice in Judg“ ment, and Truth impartially to all, not being able “ of ourselves to examine and come at the Truth " of the Fact; and considering besides, that the “ Fact, which gives Birth to this Affair, may be “ known with greater Truth and Expedition there
I've been to you a true and humble Wife,