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“ voke a Hornet's * Neft.-- And as they refufed to comply with his Request, the King did not forget to make them fenfible of his Resențment.

When the Point came to be debated in the University of Cambridge, fome Art was made use of before the King could obtain a Subscription. When Gardiner and Fex, who were sent thither purposely to manage the Members, found Matters could not be carried to their Liking in a fufl Congregation, with great Difficulty brought the Thing within the Compass of a small Committee of twenty-nine Persons, viz. Dr. Edmonds, the Vice-chancellor, ten Doctors, fixteen Batchellors, and the two Proctors. Many of the University foresaw the Danger of this Method, and therefore they moved the Question, “ Whether “ or no it should be followed ? " Collier says, “That, " the second Time the Question was put, the Votes

were equal ; the third Time, by prevailing with “ some of the contrary Opinion to quit the House, “ the Order of the Committee passed.” Gardiner and Fox having gained this Point, gave the King an Account, and fent up the Names of the Committee, acquainting the King with the good Condition of the Affair, and that they hoped in a short Time to procure a Majority, which happened accordingly. And thus with a good deal of Management the King gained his Point, and the Marriage was declared unlawful. The Cardinal

As the Court for trying the King's begins visibly to Caufe was diffolved, the Cardinal bedecline in the

gun fenfibly to decline in the King's FaKing's Favour.

vour, though he had done every thing that could in Reason be expected from him, except betraying the Trust repofed in him by the See of Rome ; in the Discharge of which he made no inconsiderable Figure ; yet gave place to his Collegue

in * His Majesty, we think, has Name here; for he was a Stinger not given himfelf an improper fure enough.

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in every thing, and suffered him to act as he pleased: From whence we may infer, notwithstanding his Enemies Insinuations to the contrary, that he was determined to act with the utmost Impartiality, whatever the Event might be, valuing his Honour and Reputation more than any worldly Advantages. Yet Bishop Burnet would have it, “ That the King re“ceived Information of Wolsey's having juggled with “ him in the Business of the Divorce, and had fe

cretly advised the Pope to what he had done : For which he produces no Authority. Whereas there is nothing appears more manifest, than that he always

acted without Dissimulation ; it being a remarkable Part of his Character, that he was above promifing, where he did not intend to perform ; and the chief Reason of Anna Bulleyn's first Prejudice against him, as before observed, was, because she could not prevail on himn to promise to be in her Interest respecting her Exaltation to the Throne ; and therefore she took all the Ways possible to ruin him. For, Rapin says, Anna Bulleyn was persuaded, if Wolsey “ had pleased, the Affair of the Divorce would have

taken another Turn; but that he had altered “ his Resolution : Whether her Opinion was well “ grounded, or the Vexation to see herself still re“ mote from her Hopes, was the Occasion of ex“ asperating her against Wolsey, does not fully ap

pear : Other than true it is she looked upon him

as an Enemy, that deserved her whole Vengeance; “ and, finding the King to give Ear to whatsoever

was said against his Minister, she neglected nothing “ that could help to ruin him : And in this she “ was assisted by several Persons of the highest * Rank.”

If this was the Case in respect to the King's favourite Lady, why should we wonder at his Majesty's Conduct? whose Uneasiness must needs be much Vol. IV.



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heightened, on seeing himself thus disappointed by Queen Catharine's continuing obstinate, and refusing to accept of any Expedient, that might debar her from being his Wife, and facilitate his Aying into his beloved Anna's Arms: — For though, even after

: Campeius's Arrival in England, the King and Queen eat at one Table and lodged in one Bed, there being no visible Sign of any Breach between them ; yet, after the Legantine Court was opened, they parted, and Anna Bulleyn was upon that Occasion removed some time from Court; but no sooner was an End put to the Legatine Commision, than Anna Bulleyn was recalled, and thereupon much more waited on than the Queen, at which several Persons expressed great Uneasiness, and among others Wolley was one of the first. Anna Bulleyn Upon the great Favour shewn, to greatly in fa- Anna Bulleyn by the King, and her

being introduced to Court in so pompous a Manner, a fine Representation has been given us in a Print, wherein Henry appears leading Anna Bulleyn by the Hand; Queen Catherine, sitting in a mournful Posture ; Lord' Piercy, Mrs. Anna's first Lover, standing by the Queen's Chair ; and Wolsey, leaning on his Throne of State, in a thoughtful Mood : Under which are the following Lines,


Here fruts old pious HARRY, once the Great
Reformer of the English Church and State :
'Twas thus be stood, when Anna BULLEYN's Charms.
Allur'd the amorous Monarch to her Arms :
With his Right-hand he leads her as his own,
To place this matchless Beauty on his Throne :
Whilst Kate and Piercy mourn their wretched Fate,
And view the royal Pair with equal Hate ;
Refleeting on the Pomp of glittering Crowns,
Aird arbitrary Power that knows no Bounds:



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