It is trewe, they were sworne to hym, his lawes, hys heyres and successors, which othe they duly obserue, and should offende if they shoulde breake anye one ioate of the Kinges lawes now being, without a dispensation by a lawe, and herein her grace shall vnderstand that it is no lawe which is dissolued by a law: Neyther maye her grace do that iniury to the kinges maiestye her brother, to diminish hys authoritie so far, that he maye not by the free consent of a parliament, amende and alter vnprofitable lawes, for the nomber of inconueniences which hereof might followe, as her grace with consideracion maye wel perceyue.[Back to Top]
Offense taken by the sending for of her
If her grace consider the fyrst letters of that purpose, they will declare our good meaning to her, and our gentle vsage, requiringe the presence of her trusty seruaunte, bycause she might geue more trust to our message.
Her house is her flocke.
It is well lyked her grace should haue her house or flocke, but not exempte frō the kings orders: neyther maye there be a flocke of the kinges subiectes, but such as will heare and followe the voyce of the kinge their shepard. God disalloweth it, Lawe and reason forbiddeth it, polycy abhoreth it, & her honour maye not require it.[Back to Top]
Her grace differreth her obediēce to the kings
lawe til his maiesty be of sufficiēt yeares.
She could in no one sayinge more disallow thaucthoryte of the kinge, the maiesty of hys crowne, & the state of the Realme. For herein she suspendeth his kingdom, and estemeth his aucthorite by his age, not by hys righte & title. Her grace must vnderstande he is a king by the ordinaūce of God, by discent of Roial bloud, not by the nombring of his yeares. As a creature subiect to mortalitie he hath youth and by gods grace shal haue age: but as a king he hath no difference by dayes and yeares. The scripture playnly declareth it, not onlye yonge children to haue bene kinges by gods speciall ordinaunce, but also (which is to be noted) to haue had best successe in their reigne and the fauour of god in theyr proceadinges. Yea in theyr first yeares haue they most purely reformed the Church & state of Relygion. Therfore her grace hath no cause thys to dymynishe hys maiesties power, and to make hym as it were no king, vntil she thinke him of sufficiente yeres. Wherin how muche hys maiestye maye be iustly offended, they be sory to thinke.[Back to Top]
She sayth she is Subiecte to none of the
If her grace vnderstandeth it of vs in that acceptacion as we bee priuate men, and not counsellors, sworne to the kinges maiesty, we knowledge vs not to be her superiours, but if she vnderstand her writinge of vs as Counsellors and magistrates, ordeyned by hys maiesty, her grace must be contented to thinke vs of aucthorytie sufficient by the reasō of our office to challenge a superiority, not to rule by priuate affection, but by gods prouidence, not to our estimacion but to the kinges honour, & finally to encrease the kinges estate with our Counsel, our dignitie and vocacion: and wee thinke her grace wil not forget the saying of Salomon in the. vi. Chapter of the booke of Wisdom, to moue a kinge to rule by counsel and wisdom, & to build his estate vpon them. Wherfore her grace must be rememored, the kinges maiesties polytique body is not made only of hys owne Royal materyal body, but of a counsel, by whome hys maiesty ruleth, directeth, and gouerneth hys Realme. In the place of which counsel her grace is not ignoraunt, that wee bee set and placed. Wherfore the reputacion shee shall geue vs, shee shall geue it to the kinges honour, and that which shee shal take from vs, she shall take from his maiesty, whose maiesty wee thinke if it might take encrease of honor, as God geueth a dayly aboūdaunce, it should receaue rather encrease from her being hys maiesties syster, then thus any abatement.[Back to Top]
She receaued mai
ster Arundel and maister Englefeld.
All the counsell remembreth well her refusall to haue her house charged with any more nomber, alledging the small proporcion for her charge, and therfore it was thoughte to come of their ernest sute, meaning to be priuileged subiects from the law, thē of her desire, which refused very often to encrease her nomber. Their cautel the king might not suffer, to haue hys lawe disobeied, theyre countryes where they should serue by them to be destitute, and hauing bene seruauntes to hys maiestye, the circumstaunces of their departure might in no wyse be lyked.[Back to Top]
She refuseth to heare any person to the
contrary of her opinion.
It is an answer more of will then of reasō, and therfore her grace must be admonished neither to truste her owne opinion without ground, neither mislike al others hauinge groūd. If hers be good, it is no hurt, if she here the worse. If it be yl, shee shal do wel to heare þe better. She shal not alter by hearing, but by hearing þe better. And because she shal not mislike þe offer, let her grace name of learned men[Back to Top]