FRANCIS LANCELOTT, ESQ.
Queens of England. Vol.1.
sure them, -will be glad to do them any pleasure which shall lay in my power. And thus I make an end, praying God send you good health. Written at Greenwich, the fourth day of April,
" By your anxious friend,
" ANNE BGLEYN."
It is worthy of remark, that the office of consecrating the cramp rings appertained especially to the Queen ; and as Anne was not yet the consort of Henry, it becomes a question how she could have become possessed of the rings which she sent to Gardiner with the above letter ; perhaps the King, with a stretch of his lordly prerogative, obtained them, and gave them to her ; or, what is more probable, perhaps, she already exercised all the functions of a Queen Consort. But however this may be, she at this period completely eontrolled the will of her lover ; and, what is remarkable, Gardiner and Bonner, both bigoted Catholics, and Cranmer, a staunch Reformer, were the three most energetic ecclesiastics for the divorce, and they all owed their elevation chiefly to her patronage.
The abrupt adjournment of the consistorial court, without the object for which it had been held being obtained, increased the fire of Anne's anger against Wolsey, and determined her to compass his ruin. Not long since she had prevailed upon the King, to recall Sir Thomas Cheney, whom Wolsey had banished from the court for some offence , and prompted by this victory, sho now threw off the mask, openly avowed her hostility, and eagerly seconding the Dukes of Norfolk and Suffolk, and her father, the Viscount Bochford, to precipitate the downfall of the minister she so bitterly hated, placed in the hands of the King, letters, which, if written by Wolsey, afford evident proofs of bis duplicity. But, despite Anne's malice, Wolsey, after many disappointments, obtained permission to accompany Campeggio, when that prelate took leave of the King at Grafton. Campeggio was received with all the attention and courtesy due to bis rank, whilst Wolsey found, to his sorrow, that no preparation
had been made for his reception ; and although his colleague was ushered into a stately chamber, he was indebted to the kindness of Sir Henry Norris for even a temporary accommodation. When he was introduced into the presence, every courtier anticipated his disgrace ; but, to their surprise, the King cordially welcomed him, and taking him familiarly by the hand, led him aside in a friendly manner, and conversed with him for some time. Wolsey dined with the ministers, the King took his midday meal in his chamber with Anne, who was so alarmed and irritated at Henry's conduct, that in the presence of the waiters she arraigned the Cardinal's mal-administration, reprobated the heavy loans he had contracted in the Sovereign's name, and declared, that had Suffolk, Norfolk, or any other nobleman, adventured but half as much, they would long ere this have lost their heads.
" Then I perceive you are not the Car
dinal's friend," replied Henry, amused, or
perhaps flattered, by Anne's inquietude.
"Indeed, sir," she rejoined, " I have
no cause, nor any that love you; no
more hath your Grace, if you do but
well consider his indirect and unlawful
The waiters soon cleared the tables ;
and so little was the effect produced by
this discourse upon the King, that he
admitted Wolsey to a private evening
conference of two hours, during which
time, Anne endured by anticipation
all the torments of disappointed am
bition, for she believed her cause lost
for ever, if Wolsey were restored to the
King's confidence. Henry promised to
see Wolsey again the next morning ; but
Anne prevented the meeting, by pre
vailing on the King to accompany her
to view a tract of land he intended to
convert into a park, since called Harc
wcll Park ; and whilst dining in this ro
mantic retreat, extorted from him a pro
mise that he would never more speak to
A few days afterwards, Campeggio'a
luggage was rifled at Dover, under pretence that he was carrying away some of Wolsey's treasures, but really to I search for Henry's billet-doux to Anne,