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“ His Schemes for the Benefit of Learning were « noble and well laid, as appears by his College
at Oxford; he likewise founded a College at “ Ipswich, for the Service of Religion and the “ Poor : He likewise designed the Founding of a
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- épasse for your old Brynger up * yd and furnyshyd. I have and loving Frende Thys Kyndnon Apparell for my How, nes exhibite from the Kyng's
fys ther, nor money to bring Hyghnes íhal prolong my * me thether, nor to lyve wyth Lyff for some lytyl why, tyme of the
• thow yt shal not be long, by • Yeere, shall come to remove • the Meane whereof hys Grace o thether, Thes thyngs con- « Thal take Profytt, & by my • fyderyd, Mr. Secretary, muft • 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 confyderyd, “chester, & Seynt Albons, hys • Alas Mr. Secretary, ye with o- • Grace takyng with my herty • ther my Lords shewyd me, that good wyl the Residew. Res • I fhuld otherwyse be furnysh-member, good Mr. Secretary, • yd & feyn 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 • niuft begyn the World ageyn.
no. Alas! the Qualytes of myn 'I 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 sustaynyd ' mite, & 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 ytwold please “onely ascrybe thys my Relef
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, so I fhal not fayle
to be dowbtyd, but his High- to requyte your Kyndnes. • nes wold have Confyderatyon · Wryttyn haftely at Afber, with • & Compaffyon, augmentyng • the rude and shackyng Hand • my Lyvyng, & appoyntyng
And asuryd Frend,
"T. CAR.lis EBOR. Highnes Honor, Meryte, Vol. IV.
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 entrely. 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
Ipfwich: But Cavendish says 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 $6 and inacceptable, and the Face of Things were “ much altered both at Home and Abroad; and, to
speak softly, it must be said, The King crushed this “ Minister with a very indifferent Grace.”
“ It is a difficult Matter to give a Church Hif
« Character of this great Man, without fiorian.
displeasing almost all Sorts of Readers ; “ few Writers have done him Justice ; they comKc monly discover both a great deal of Passion and
Prejudice in the Account they give of him ; Ca
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-ufher, and Patience, her Woman,
Grif. How does your Grace ?
Kath. O Griffith! fick to Death!
[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 fuffer'd, gave no car to't,
" tholicks attack him as being the grand Promoter “ of the Divorce ; Protestants inveigh against him
as one of the great Enemies of the Reformation ;
Laymen represent him as a proud Prelate, and “ take an Occasion to wound all the Clergy through “ his Sides; the Clergy exclaim against him for his “ exorbitant Power, which obstructed the ordinary
Jurisdiction of the Episcopal Order ; the Monks were provoked with his Project of alienating so much of their Lands; the Nobility despised him as a Court-meteor of no folid Extraction ; the Cimmon People opened against him as the Author of a great many Taxes, to support the Pride of an
expensive Ministry, and an arbitrary Prince. I “ shall not pretend to determine how far the Car“ dinal was singular or reprehensible in the Cases a“ bove-mentioned: Thus much I dare venture to “ say in general, Never did any Statesman manage a “ Prince with greater Dexterity, and one who threw
so many Riders ; none ever beld the Reins with more
Steadiness; he had a capacious Soul, replenished with " the highest Ideas of Show and Splendid Greatness. “ No Subject ever appeared more like a King, or left
greater Monuments of a princely Genius. As no Prelate polesed larger Revenues, so none em
Grif. Well, the Voice goes, Madam.
Kath. Alas, poor Man!
Grif. At last, with easy Rides, he came to Leicesters
ployed them with greater Credit, both to Church and “ State. He was a Man of prodigious Parts, and was
no less industrious to make them useful to Mankind: “ For he was Master of all those Qualifications, which “ were capable of making him both agreeable and ser« viceable to a Prince. He was perfonable, learned,
eloquent, affable, penetrating, industrious, generous, " and had the Interest of his Country purely at Heart.
Nothing was wanting to compleat bis Chara&ter, bad not this noble Structure been erected upon the Basis
of an ignoble and obscure Birth, which Custom bas “ made a sufficient Consideration to depretiate true and
genuine Merit. If he gathered with one Hand, he as freely bestowed it with the other. He entertained 800
“ An old Man, broken with the Storms of State,
Kath. So may he reft, his Faults lie bury'd with him,
gave The Clergy ill Example.
Grif Noble Madam ;
“ Domesticks, whereof 9 or 10 were Lords, 15 Knights, “ and 40 Esquires. The Clergy that were preferred “ by him were generally confidered upon Account of their « Parts and Merits ; and the Poor, according to their “ Neceffiies, received more or less. He never engaged “the King into any Alliance that was not for his " Honour and Advantage: The Charakter of Fuft car“ not be denied the Cardinal in all Affairs of publick
Judicature. He laid the Foundation of two of the noblest Colleges in the World, had his idea been parsued. He established seven University Lectures, and “ built the two Palaces of White-hall and Hampton
In fine he was as great Abroad, as be was at Home ; for, while he was Chief Minister, be
Kath. Yes, good Griffith,
Grif. This Cardinal,
Kath. After my Death I wish no other Herald,