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" 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 fo “ much of their Lands; the Nobility despised him as
a Court-meteor of no folid Extraction; the Conmon 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 threzer
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 Leicester,
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 ser66 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 his Charaxter, had not this noble Stručture been ereEted upon the Basis
of an ignoble and obscure Birth, which Custom has “ 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,
Grif Noble Madam;
“ Domesticks, whereof 9 or 10 were Lords, 15 Knights, “ and 40 Esquires. The Clergy that were preferred “ by bim were generally considered upon Account of their “ Parts and Merits ; and the Poor, according to their “ Necefflies, received more or less. He never engaged “ the King into any Alliance that was not for bis “ Honour and Advantage: The Character of Just can
not be denied the Cardinal in all Affairs of publick Judicature. He laid the Foundation of two of the noblest Colleges in the World, bad bis Idea been parsued. He established seven University Lectures, and “ 'built the two Palaces of White-hall and Hamptor
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,
Ipf wich and Oxford! one of which fell with him,
Kath. After my Death I wish no other Herald,
played what Game be pleased upon two of the greatest Powers of Europe, who retired or approached according as the Cardinal moved his Hand. The Errors
of his private Life were in great measure Ca“ lumnies raised by his Enemies, upon his declin“ ing Fortune, and what publick Miscarriages he was
charged with were entirely owing to a passionate " and ungovernable Prince ; but it is hoped they “ were all atoned for by a timely Repentance. “ From the whole, it will appear how unreasonably « fome of our Historians are transported in his “ Disfavour, especially Mr. Fox, and his Copier, « Dr. Burnet.
There is something so very applicable, Bruyère.
in one of Monf. Bruyere's Fables, to the Cardinal's Original and End, that we shall conclude with it.
" THERE HAS APPEARED IN The World,
DISAPPEAR. THESE MEN HAVE NEITHER « ANCESTORS NOR POSTERITY, THEY ALONE
COMPOSE THEIR WHOLE RACE.
• Hollingsvead, Hall, Grafton, Echard, Rapin, and many others.
MEMOIRS of King Henry the
VIIIth, from Wolser's Death to the
ENRY at last was become Wolfey's Heir
and Executor, and the Wealth he gained H
thereby was very agreeable to his voracious and extravagant Disposition. Hi
therto, or at leait to Wolsey's Fall, the King's Reign had been glorious ; but was much otherwise afterwards. This Year the King took into his Hands
The King takes the Hospital of St. James near Charing- pofleffion of St. cross, which he obtained, as Stow relates, James's House. by allowing the Sisters of that House
1531. yearly Pensions for their Lives. As soon as the King was in Poffeffion thereof he built a handsome Palace, and gave it the Name of St. James's House, which it retains to this Day, and also made the Meadows, that lay between this new Palace and White-ball, into a Park, planted it with Trees, and walled it round; yet it has ever since been open for all People to walk in at convenient Times, which, doubtless, greatly contributes to the Health of the Inhabitants of Westminster, &c.
And as the King found he could not The Palia. obtain what he hoped for from Rome, he
1532. called a Parliament, which met on the 4th of Feb. who passed an Act, forbidding all Appeals to that Court, upon Pain of incurring a Premunire.