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succeeds him, who discharges the Duties of that Poft
so conspicuously, as to surpass the Hopes of all, not“ withstanding the great Opinion they had of his other " eminent Qualities, and, what is most rare, 10 give so " much Pleasure and Satisfaction, after so excellent a
Predeceffor”. " Ammonius writes to Erasmus to " the fame Effect, in regard to the foregoing Arti“ cles, and says,+ Your Archbishop, with the King's good “ Leave, bas laid down bis Post, which that of York, “ after much Importunity, has accepted of, and behaves “ most beautifully". * After citing these Proofs of the Cardinal's Moderation, from Gentlemen that were his Cotemporaries, with what Face can Monsieur Ram pin, and other Authors, charge hiin with Greediness to step into his Predecessor's Place.
Erasmus, just at the Close of this Year, Erasmus reobtained the Royal Licence to return a
fil. gain to Bafil, where he had not been long before he wrote to the Cardinal the following Letter :
turns to Ba
Erasmus to the most Rev. Lord Thomas, Cardinal and
Archbishop of York. “ Most Reverend Prelate, “ I am very sorry that I had not an Opportunity “ of a longer, and more particular Conference with
your Highness, before I left England. My last Re
fuge, and the Sheet-anchor of my Felicity. I “ had fixed in you; but I was in haste to publish St. “ Jerom, a voluminous and celebrated Work, and, « if I mistake not, a Work which will be immortal,
besides its being pious and edifying. This it was
+ Tuus Cantuarienfis, cum bona, in a good Degree, will not hold regis venia, Magiftratu fe abdi- between the late great Chancelcavit. Quem Eboracenfis impen- lor, Lord Talbot, and his predio rogatus suscepit, & pulcherri. fent Succesfor, the Right Hon. me gerit.
Pbilip Lord Hardwick, who fills Andreas Ammonius Erasmo. the Chair with so much Sagacity
and Eminence, we shall leave the • Whether the Comparison, Learned in the Law to determine.
" which I had so much at Heart, that I neglected alf “ other Business to profecute it.
“ The Roads in this part of the World were al ways obnoxious to Robberies, but never more than
at this Tinie; and then the Rhine, being swelled " with Snows and Rains, had overflowed and made “ so general an Inundation, especially about Straf “ bourg, that our travelling might more truly be “ called swimming, than riding. However, I despised
every thing if so be I could but get St. Jerom pub“ lished. There is a new Greek Teftament printed is
as it was written by the Apostles, with a Latin “ Translation, and Annotations by me.
me. Some other Things also I have published of less Consequence. “ And yet these Trifles are a greater Trouble to me, " than those arduous Affairs of State are to you. " When, therefore, we have finished these Under
takings, we will hasten our Return to England, es“pecially if your Eminency's Goodness and Genero
fity will, in the mean Time, be providing something « for me as a Refreshment, both to my Mind and Bo
dy, after the Fatigues I have undergone from these
Employments. May a good State of Health be « enjoy’d by your most Reverend Lordship, to whom " I wholly devote and dedicate myself. " Bafil
, Feb. 3, 1516." About this time the Reverend Dr. Colet, a famous Divine, met with a very kind Treatment from the Cardinal, which Account we shall take from Dr. Knight, who tells us, “ That the Bishop of London “ had prosecuted the Dr. for an Heretick, upon “ which he laid his Complaint before the Cardinal; " that the Cardinal paid a particular Deference and
Respect to Dr. Colet; and took care that he should
peaceably poffefs what he had without any Distur“ bance, and stopt the further Profecutions against ce him."
Dr. Colet was born in London in the
He lived till the Year 1519, and was buried in St. Paul's Cathedral, where a handsome Monument was erected to his Memory; but, being much worn out by Time, was, some few Years since, repaired by the Mercer's Company, who were appointed Trustees of his Will, and have all along nobly and faithfully executed the great Trust reposed in them, as well to their Honour, as to the great Service of the City of London and the Kingdom in general.
Some little time after Archbishop Wolsey was declared a Cardinal, his Royal Master wrote him a most affectionate Letter with his own Hand, which, for the Novelty of it, we shall here introduce.
My Lord Cardinal,
The King's Letheartily as I can, and I am right glad. ter to Cardinal
may long continue. So it is, that I “ have received your Letters, to the which, because « they ask long answering, I have made an An“ swer by my Secretary: But two Things there “ are which are fo secret that they cause me at this
* Among other eminent Per- Duke of Marlborough, the present sonages educated at this School Earl of Wilmington, the late Lord were the late Victorious John, Orrery, Sir John Strange, Kt. &c.
Ks time to write to you myself: The one is, that I “ trust the Queen, my Wife, is with Child ; the o" ther is the chief Cause why I am so loth to repair
to London, because now is partly her dangerous “ Time, and likewise because I would remove her as “ little as possible. Now, my Lord, I write this unto
you not as an assured Thing, but as a Thing “ wherein I have great Hope and Likelihood; and allo “ I do well know that this News will be comfortable ” to you to understand, therefore I do write it unto
you. No more unto you at this Time, Nisi quod “ Deus velit inceptum opus bene finiri. Śr Written with the Hand of your loving Prince
" HENRY R."
FERDINAND was now grown Ajairs of Spain. old and sickly : As his Age and Sick1516.
nefs increased, he did not care to rest long in a Place, but continually moved up and down.
Charles of Austria, hearing of his Grandfather's Illness, fent Adrian, his Preceptor, into Spain, to take care of his Interest, with full Power likewise to take upon him the Government of Spain, in case Ferdinand should suddenly die, before he could otherwise provide for the Safety of that State.
Adrian, pursuant to his Master's Instruciions, fet out for King Ferdinand's Court; upon his Arrival there he demanded an Audience of the King, which was at first refused him; (tho' great Endeavours were used to prevail on his Catholick Majesty, to see a Person who came from one so nearly related to him) but after fome time, as his Illness increased, he changed his Mind; for, tho' at first he could not be persuaded to prepare for Death, or see his Father Confeffor, who often endeavoured to get Admittance, he now found it was in vain to defer it, and that his End drew near, he then sent for his Confessor, received the Sacraments, and acquiesced with the Perfor