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as do wishe those thinges to take place, which be most agreable to them selues, by whose doinges your maiesty not offended, I entend not to rule my conscience. And thus without molesting your highnes any further, I humbly besech the same, euen for gods sake to beare with me, as you haue done, and not to think that by my doynges or example anye inconuenience might grow to your maiestye or your realme. for I vse it not after such soft, putting no dout but in time to come, whither I liue or die your maiesty shal perceiue that mine entent is groūded vpon a true loue towards you, whose roiall estate I besech almighty God long to continue, which is and shalbe my dayly praier, according to my dutye. And after pardon craued of your maiesty for these rude and bold letters, if nether at my humble sute, nor for the regard of the promise made to the Emperour, your highnes wil suffer & bere with me, as you haue done, til your maiestye maye be a iudge herein your selfe, and rightlye vnderstand their procedinges (of which your goodnes yet I dispaire not) otherwise, rather then to offend God and my conscience, I offer my body at your wyll, & death shall bee more welcome then life with a troubled conscience, moste humblye beseeching your maiesty, to pardon my slownes in answering your letters. For mine old disease would not suffer me to write any sooner. And thus I pray almighty God to kepe your maiesty in al vertue and honor, with good health and longe life to his pleasure. From my poore house at at Copped hal, the. xix. of August.

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your maiesties most humble sister, Mary.

A copy of the kinges maiesties letters to the said Lady Mary.

RIght deare and right entierlye beloued sister, we grete you wel, and let you know that it greueth vs much to perceiue no amendement in you, of that whiche wee for Gods cause, your soules health, our conscience, and the cōmon tranquillity of our realme, haue so long desired, assuring you that our suffrance hath muche more demonstration of naturall loue, then contentation of our cōscience, and foresight of our safety. Wherefore althoughe you giue vs occasion as muche almoste as in in you is, to diminish our natural loue: yet be wee loth to feele it decaye, and meane not to be so careles of you as we be prouoked.

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And therfore meaning your weale, and there with ioyning a care, not to be founde gylty in our cōscience to God, hauing cause to require forgeuenes that we haue so longe for respecte of loue towardes you omytted our bounden duty, we send at thys present our right trusty and right welbeloued counsaylor the Lorde K. or chauncellor of England, and our trusty and ryght welbeloued Counsaylors, syr A. W. knighte, Comptroller of our howsehold and syr W. P. knighte, one of our principall Secrataries in message to you, towching thorder of your house, willing you to giue them fyrme credyte in those thinges they shal sayeto you from vs, & do ther in our name. Yeuen vnder our signet at our Castel of Winsor, the xxiiii. of August, in þe first yeare of our reigne.

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A copy of the kinges maiesties instructions, geuen to the said L.C. syr A. W. & sir W. P. knightes &c. 24. August. 1551.

FIrst, you the said lord Chauncellor & your Colleagues shal make your immediate repair to the said Lady Mary, geuing to her his maiesties harty commendations, and shewe the cause of your comming to be, as foloweth.

Although his maiesty hath long time, aswel by his maiesties owne mouth and writing, as by his councell trauayled that the sayde Lady, being his sister, and a principal subiect & member of his realme, should both be in deede, and also shew her selfe conformable to the lawes & ordinances of the realme, in the profession and rites of religion, vsing al the gentle meanes of exhortation and aduise that could bee deuised, to the intent the reformatiō of the fault might willingly come of her selfe, as the expectation and desire of his maiesty, and al good wyse mē was: yet notwithstandinge his maiestye seeth that hitherto no maner of amendement hath followed, but by the continuance of the errour and manifest breache of his lawes, no small peril consequently may happe to the state of hys realme, especially the suffrance of suche a fault being directly to the dishonor of God, and the great offense of his maiesties conscience, and all other good men: and therfore of late, euen with the consent and aduise of the whole state of his priuy Counsel, and diuers others of the nobilitye of his realme, whose names ye maye repeate, if you thinke conuenient, his maiesty did resolutely determine it iust, necessarye, and expediēt, that her grace shoulde not in any wise vse or maintaine the priuate masse, or any other maner of seruice, then such as by the law of the realm is authorised and allowed: and to participate this his maiesties determination to her grace, it was thoughte in respect of a fauourable proceding with her selfe, to haue the same, not onely to be manifested by her owne officers & seruants, being most estemed wyth her, but also to be executed by thē in her house aswel for the more quiet proceding in the very matter, as for the les molesting of her grace with any message by straungers, in that tyme of her solitarines, wherin her grace then was by the reason of the late sickenes. For whyche purpose her thre seruantes, Rochester, Englefeld and Walgraue wer sent in message in this maner. First to deliuer his maiesties letter to her, next to discharge the Chaplains of saying masse, & prohibiting al the houshold from hearing any. Wherein the kinges maiesty perceiueth vpon their owne report, being returned to the Court, how negligently, & in dede how falsely they haue executed their cōmaundemēt and charge, contrary to the duty of good subiectes, and to the manifest contempt of his maiestye, insomuch as manifestlye they haue before his maiesties Counsel refused to doo that which pertaineth to euerye true faithfull subiect, to the offense so farre ofhis maiestye, and derogation of his authoritye, that in no wyse the punishment of them coulde bee forborne. And yet in the maner of the punishment of thē

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