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a lain most in School Divinity, and Canon Law i s but, notwithstanding this Character of Abatement,

we do not find he was ever taxed of being under

qualified for the Chancery-bench. He is much “ blamed by some Historians for Haughtiness and u stiff Behaviour ; but, if this had been his Fault, " it seems he left it off before his last Misfortune;

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• In further Support of what . & Saynt Albons As I would, we have said of the Cardi. • Mr. Secretary, I cannot expal's commendable Behaviour af- presse howe much I am bown, ter his Retreat, we here intro-dyn to the Kynge's Royal duce Copies of two Letters from • Majeste for thys hys gret & him to Dr. Gardiner, Secretarybownteowse Liberalyte, reputof State, communicated to us by yng the same to be muche Mr. Littleton, (in whose Hands more then I shal ever be aby! the Originals are) which are com- to deserve. Howbeyt yf hys posed literatim, as a Specimen Majeste confyderyng the short of the Spelling at that Time; ' & lygtyl Tyme, that I shal lyve tho' we have modernized the • here in thys World by thę Spelling in most of the other Let- ' reason of such Hevynes as ! ters, to prevent any Perplexity have conceyvyd in my hert

• to our Readers.

wyth the ruinowse of the olde

Howfys & the decay of the To the Rygth honorable Mr. Se

• faid Archbyfhopryck at the cretary, in hafi,

• best to the Sum of viïi C My owne goode Mastyr Secretary,

' Marke yearly, by the reason OYNG this Day out • of the A& pafsyd for Fynys

of my Pue to Hey of Testaments, wth also my • Maite, your Lettres datyd yel- • long paynful Servys and poore ! ternygth at London wer dely. ' Degre; and for the Declara. • veryd unto me ; by the con- • tion of hys Grace's excellent

tynue wherof I undyistand, • Cheryte, yf hys Hyhnes be • that the Kyng's Hyhnes, of “ myndyd I shal leve Wynches;

hys 'excellent Goodnes & ter & Saynt Albon's, wych I

Charyte, ys contentyd, that ' fuppofyd, when I maid my . I mal injoy & have the Ad- · Submyfsyon, not offendying in

mynystration of Yorke Minster ' my Trewth towards hys Royal • with the Gyftts of the Pro- • Parsen, Dygnyte, or Majefte . motions spiritual & temporall · Royal, I should not, nor had

of the fame, reservinge onely desyryd to have Life ; and unto his nobyll Grace the ' much the more knowying his gyft of v or vi of the best Pro- • Grace's excellent Propensyon

motions. And that hys Plea- to Pyte & Mercy, & re! fure ys, I shal leve Wynchester ! membryng the francke Depart,

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" for Cavendis relates, that, in his last Journey to the “ North, he gained very much upon all Sorts of

People, and that he was remarkable, not only for

his Bounty and exemplary Life, but likewise for “ his Condescension and obliging Manner. He seems to have been a good-natured Man, by the Ten

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with of all that I had in fhal be takyn from me to geve • thys World, that I may have • and appoynt unto me a conve• some convenyent Pension re- nyent for the fame, non ad pom. • fervyd unto me, such as the pam, fed necesariam honeftatem.

Kyng's Hyhnes of his nobyll . And yf I may have the free • hertshal thynke mete, so gyft and Dysposytion of the

orderyng his that shal' fuc- • Benyfyts, yt ihal be gretly to * cede unto my lyvyngs, that my Comfort. And yet when • the same may be of lyck va- • any of the v or vi pryncypall • lew yeerly and exstent. Where- • hal Fortune to be voyd, the

as my trust ys, that, and my • Kyng's Grace being mynded • Herte so gevyth me, that hys to have any fo

to have any of them, hys hyhMajeste wold make no Dyf- nes shal be as sure of the same,

fyculte, yf yt may lycke yow as though they wer reservyd. • friendly to propound the fame, • And thus by his nobyl &

assuryng yow, that I desyre not 'mercyful Goodnes delyvered • thys for any mynde, (God ys owt of extreme Calamite, & my judge,) that I have to

restoryd to a newe Fredome, • accumulate Good, or desyre, • I shal, with God's Mercy & • that I have to the mucke of Help, fo ordyr my Lyff, that • World ; for, God be thank. • I trust hys Majelte Ihal take

yd, at thys ower I let no special Comfort therin, & be

more by the Ryches of & Pree- pleafyd with the fame: Spero • minences of the World, then quod hoc, quod peto, non video • by the dust under my Fote ; bitur magnum. Howbeyt I • but onely for the Declaration • most humbly submyt and re• of the Kyng's Favor & hyhe 'ferre all my Petytions, immo • Cheryte,' & to have where- 'noftram Vitam, to his gracyous

with to do good dedys, & • Ordynance & Pleasure, pray. • to helpe my poore servants & ing yow to declare & syg. • kynnysfolks. And further. nify the same, fupplying myn

more that yt wold please the Indyspofytion & lacke of • Kyng's excellent Goodnes by "Wyt, waynyd by Reason of ' your freindly Medyation, con- my extreme forowe & hevy.

fyderyng how slendyrly I am nes, that the same may be to • furnyshyed in my Howse, nowe • the Kyng's oftentation, wher,

specially that the Apparell of «in I had lever be ded then to Wynchester and Saynt Albons • offende in Word, Thowght,

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« derness and Regret between him and his Family

at parting, and his declaring, That no Circumstance in bis Misfortunes troubled him so much, as bis being disabled from making a Provision for his Servants.

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• or Dede. And as towchying thus with my daily Prayer • the grantyng of the Fee of one I byd yow farewell. From

CL. for Mr. Nores duryng . Aber hapely with the rude • hys Lyff for hys good Servys Hand and mofte hevy herte of

• • done unto the Kyng's Hyh- • Yowr assured Frende nes, for the wych I have al.

< 6 Bedy/man, ways lovyd him, and for the

T. Car.lis Ebor. • fingular good hert and mynde, • that I knowe he hath alweys

"To the Ryght honorable and • borne unto me, I am content my asuryd Frende Maflyr • to make out

my
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upon • the fame, ye & it wol please

• My owne goode Maftyr Secretary, • the Kyng to inlarge it CL. FTYR my mofte herty more ; and semblebly cause

Commendations I pray • Mr. Theforer hath the kepyng yow at the reverens of God • of the Kyng's Game nygh to to helpe, that Expedition bę • Fernam, I wold gladly, if it • ufyd in my Perfuts, the De• may stand with the Kyng's lay wherof fo replenyfhyth my • Pleasure, grawnte unto hym • Herte with Hevynes, that I • the Reverfion of such Reve. take no refte ; not for any

nues of the fayd. Lands, fithens • vayne fere, but onely for the • then with the

of • miserable condytion, that I am the Fee above that wych is presently yn, and lyklyhod oldely accuftomyd, to the

' to contynue yn the fame, onles • Sum of XL L. by the Yeere ; • that yow, in whom ys myn • & also I wold gladly geve to assuryd Truste, do_help & • Mr. Comptroller a lycke Fee, • relive me therin. For fyrst, & to Mr. Ruffel, another of

contynuyng in this moifte & • XX L. by the Yeere. Remyt- corrupt Ayer, beyng enteryd

tyng thys and all other my • into the Passyon of the Dropsy • Suts to the Kyng's Hyhnes • Pleasure, Mercy, Pity, & Com.

Appetitus et continuo infomnio, • paffion, mofte humbly beseech- • I cannot lyve: Whirfor of ne

yng hys Hyhnes so nowe gra- ceslyte I must be removyd to cyously to ordyr me, that I o some other dryer Ayer and Place, may

from henceforth serve o where I may have Comody té "God quietly & with repose of • of Physycyans. Secondly, havo • mynd, & praye as I ain most yng but Parte, wych is now

bowndyn, for the Conserva- • decayd, by viii. C L.. by, the tyon

& Increase of his most • Yeere, I cannot tell how co • noby: & Royal Eftate. And lyve, & kepe the poore nom

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" His Schemes for the Benefit of Learning were

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at Oxford ; he likewise founded a College at

Ipswich, for the Service of Religion and the “ Poor : He likewise designed the Founding of a

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byr of Folks, wych I nowe & Dyscharge of Confyens, • have, my Howsys ther be in • & to your gret Prayse for decay, and of evry Thyng the bryngyng of the same to

mete for Howffold unprovyd- pase for your old Brynger up * yd and furnylhyd. I have and loving Frende Thys Kynd

non Apparell" for my How- nes exhibite from the Kyng's • fys ther, nor money to bring Hyghnes shal prolong my me thether, nor to lyve wyth • Lyff for some lytyl whyi, tyme of the

" thow yt shal not be long, by • Yeere, shall come to remove • the Meane whereof hys Grace « thether. Thes thyngs con- • fhal take Profytt, & by my • fyderyd, Mr. Secretary, must

Deth non.

What ys yt to hys nedys make me yn Agony & Hyhnes to give some conve• Hevynes, myn Age ther- nyent Pensions owt of Wyn• with & Sycknes consyderyd, 'chester, & Seynt Albons, hys • Alas Mr. Secretary, ye with o- • Grace takyng with my herty other my Lords shewyd me, that • good wyl the Residew. Rea • I fuld otherwyse be furnysh-member, good Mr. Secretary,

• yd & seyn unto, ye knowe in

my poore Degre, & what your Lirnyng & Confyens, Servys I have done, & how whether I fuld forfet my nowe approchyng to Deth, I • Spiritualties of Wynchester or • must begyn the World ageyn. • no. Alas! the Qualytes of myn • 1 besech you therfore, movyd

" • Offencys confyderyd, with the • with Pity & Compaffyon

gret Punishment & Loss of soker me in thys my Calaa Goodes, that I have sustaynydmite, & to your Power, wych

owt to move pytiful Sutys ; • I knowe ys gret, releve me ; • and the moste nobyl Kyng, • & I wyth all myn fhal not • to whom yf yt wold please 'onely alcrybe thys my Relef yow

of

your cherytable Good- unto yow, but also praye to nes to shewe the Premises af- God for the Increase of your

tyr your accustomable Wys- • Honor, & as my Power shal • dom & Dexteryte yt ys not increase, fo I fhal not fayle o to be dowbtyd, but his High- to requyte your Kyndnes.

• • nes wold have Confyderatyon · Wryttyn haftely at Afber, with

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& Compafsyon, augmentyng • the rude and thackyng Hand
• my Lyvyng, & appoyntyng of

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• venient for my Furniture, wych And assuryd Frend,
s to do fhal be to the Kyng's

• T. CAR.lis EBOR."
Highnes Honor, Meryte,
Vol. IV.

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e Society in London, for the Civil and Canon Law: “ For this Purpose he projected the building a fine “ Stone College : The famous Antiquary, Sir Tho

mas Cotton, saw the Model of this Structure. He “ built the greatest Part of White-hall, and Hampton

court entirely. The Monument of Brass, which “ he left imperfect, was a work of extraordinary “ Curiosity and Expence. 'Tis not certain, whether “ he designed this Mausoleum for the King, or him“ felf. He came into the World with no Advantage “ of Family, his Father being but a poor Man in Ipswich: But Cavendish fays nothing of his being a “ Butcher. While the Cardinal fat at the Helm " the Kingdom held on in a Course of Prosperity, " and the publick Motions were steady and strong; “ but not long after the Government grew perplexed " and inacceptable, and the Face of Things were “ much altered both at Home and Abroad; and, to

speak softly, it must be faid, The King crushed this Minister with a very indifferent Grace."

“ It is a difficult Matter to give a Church Hil

« Character of this great Man, without florian.

displeasing almost all sorts of Readers ; “ few Writers have done him Justice ; they com* monly discover both a great deal of Paffion and

Prejudice in the Account they give of him ; Ca

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Our renowned Shakespear gives an Account of Wolfey's Death in a Scene, where he introduces Queen Catherine, (whom he calls Catherine Dowager) being sick, led between Griffith, her Gendeman-usher, and Patience, her Woman,

Grif. How does your Grace?

Kath. O Griffith! fick to Death!
My Legs, like loaded Branches, bow to the Earth,
Willing to leave their Burdens : Reach a Chair
So now methinks I feel a little Ease.

[Sitting down,
Did'it thou not tell me, Griffith, as thou led'st me,
That the great Child of Honour,, Cardinal Wolfey, was dead ?

Grif. Yes, Madam ; but I think your Grace, Out of the Pain you fufker'd, gave no car to't,

Karb.

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