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FRANCIS LANCELOTT, ESQ. Queens of England. Vol.1.


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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Queens of England. Vol.1.
page 473

addresses. That her love was no new flame, hut the outburst of that passion which her royal marriage had smothered but not extinguished, is evident by the following rather lengthy postscript to a letter addressed by lier to Seymour a few weeks after the death of Henry the Eighth. " I would not have you to think that this mine honest good will towards you to proceed of any sudden motion of passion, for as truly as God is God, my mind was fully bent the other time that I was at liberty to marry you before any man whom I know, Howbeit, God for a time, through His grace and goodness, made that possible which to me seemed quite impossible ; that is, made me to utterly renounce mine own will, and to cheerfully follow His will. To write all the process of this matter would require much time and great space; therefore, if I live I shall declare it to you myself; and here only say as my lady of Suffolk sailh, God is a marvellous man. " liy her that is yours to serve and to obey during her life. "KATHEKIXE THE QUEEX, K. P." At this period, Katherine was residing at her commodious but not highly magnificent or ornamental jointure palace at Chelsea, on tbe bank of the Thames, which with its extensive grounds occupied the spot now known as the Cheync Pier. Here it was she held secret meetings with her captivating lover, who strenuously urged her to consent to their immediate marriage, as will be seen by the following letter, which, although without date, was evidently written in reply to one of his billet-doux at about this period. " MY LOKD, "As I gather by your letter delivered to my brother Herbert, you are in some fear how to frame my lord your brother, to speak in your favour ; the denial of your request shall make his folly more manifest to the world, which will more grieve me than the want of his speaking. I would not wish you importune for his good will if it come not frankly at the first, yet it shall he sufficient once to have required it, and afterwards to cease. 1 would desire ye might obtain tbe King's letters in your favour, and also the aid and furtherance of the most notable of the council such as ye shall think convenient, which thing obtained, shall be no small shame to your brother and loving sister in case they do not the like. My lord, where as ye charge me with a promise written with my own hand to change the two years into two months, I think ye have no such plain sentence written with my hand. I know not whether ye he a paraphraser or not, if ye be learned in that science it is possible ye may of one word make a whole sentence, and yet not at all times after the true meaning of the writer, as it appeareth by this your exposition upon my writing. When it shall be your pleasure to repair hither ye must take some pain to come early in the morning that ye may be gone again by seven o'clock, and so I suppose ye may come without suspect. I pray you let me have knowledge over night at what hour ye will come that your portress may wait at the gate to the fields for you. And thus with my most bumble and hearty commendations I take my leave of you for this time, giving yon like thanks for your coming to the court when I was there.—Prom Chelsea. " I will keep in store till I speak with you my lord's large offer for Pausterne, at which time I shall be glad to know your further pleasure therein. " l'y her that is, and shall be, your humble, true and loving wife during her life. " KATHERINE TUE QUEEN, Κ. P." Although in the above letter Katherine rebuked Seymour for his importunity, she was unable to check his ardour or her own passion ; and ashamed, or perhaps alarmed, at the probable consequences of the indelicate haste of their proceedings, she contracted a clandestine marriage with her fourth husband, the only man, in all probability, she had ever really loved. The date of the marriage is unknown ; Burnet says " it was so soon, that if she had conceived

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