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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 498

deserve, I thought it my part of congruence, at least, by these my rude letters, to advertise you, that of my good will and prayer to do your stead or pleasure, you snail be ever during my life assured, •which I trust your gentleness will yet accept in worth, considering it is all that 1 have wherewith to repay any part of that charge and perfect friendship that I have and dofind in you : heartily requiring your continuance, which, besides the purchasing of my tedious suits wherewith I do ever molest you, shall he my great comfort, and thus I beseech God to send you as well to fare, as I would wish myself. " At Richmond, this Thursday night, " Your assured loving Friend " during my life, " M AKY." It was one of the King's hobbys to negotiate marriages for the Princess Mary. With this view, a treaty was entered into in 1537 with the Prince of Portugal ; Ilenry declaring, that as he had illegitimatized his daughter by act of parliament, he by the same means could restore her to her rank in the succession when he so pleased. The suit failed, and in the following year Cromwell's efforts to unite Mary to the young Duke of Cleves ended in the unfortunate marriage of Anne of Cleves to Henry tbe Eighth. These failures so little discouraged the King, that when Duke Phillip of lìavaria, who was a supporter of the Protestant religion, visited England to assist at the wedding of Anne of Cleves, he resolved to marry the Princess to that Duke. The Duke acquiesced, and Wriothesly, who was appointed to broach tbe subject to Mary, thus reports the proceedings to Cromwell :—t ( When I waited on my Lady Mary's grace, and opened the cause of my coming, she answered me that the King's Majesty not offended, she would wish and desire never to enter that kind of religion [meaning the wedded state], but to continue still a maid ; yet, remembering how she was bound to be in all things obedient to tbe King, and how she had obliged herself to tbe same, she committed herself to his Majesty, as her merciful father and sovereign lord, trusting and knowing that his goodness and. wisdom would so provide for her, as should redound to his Grace's honour, and to her own quiet." Despite the refusal contained in this letter, the Protestant Duke was introduced to the Catholic Mary, conversed with her, kissed her, and gave her a rich diamond cross. Meanwhile, Ilenry invested Duko Phillip with the Order of tho Garter, called him son-in-law, and settled Mary's portion at seven thousand pounds ; indeed, matters went so far, that tho wedding day was about to he fixed, when the harshness of Henry's conduct to Anne of Clevcs excited the ire of tho German Duke, and Henry, offended by his bold reproof, caused the diamond cross to be returned to him, as a token that the match was broken off. However, six years afterwards, Duke Phillip, who sincerely loved Mary, renewed his suit, and, being promptly refused, died a bachelor. At the commencement of 1510, Mary presented to Prince Edward, as a new year's gift, a coat of crimson satin, embroidered with gold, ornamented with pansies of pearls, and with sleeves of tinsel and four aglets of gold ; she also made presents to her sister Elizabeth and others, but a want of spaco prevents us from inserting these and many other interesting items of Mary's expenditure, for which we refer the curious reader to Sir Frederick Madden's ably edited work. In the summer of this year wc find Mary at the residence of Prince Edward at Tittcnliangcr, where she became so seriously ill, that the King's surgeon was sent from London to bleed her. How long she tarried at Tittenhanger is uncertain, but it is highly probable that the council, were it only to secure her person, dismissed her household, and placed her under some sort of restraint during the terrible and bloody struggle of the theological parties in 1540-1, a period when she herself was in great personal danger—when her late state governess, the venerable Countess of Salisbury, was butchered on the block —when her old schoolmaster, Dr. Feathcrstone, her mother's chaplain, Able.

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