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Love Letter 16

THE reasonable request of your
last letter, with the pleasure also
that I take to know them true, caus-
eth me to send you these news. The
legate which we most desire arrived
at Paris on Sunday or Monday last
past, so that I trust by the next Mon-
day to hear of his arrival at Calais:
and then I trust within a while after
to enjoy that which I have so long
longed for, to God’s pleasure and our
both comforts.

No more to you at this present,
mine own darling, for lack of time,
but that I would you were in mine
arms, or I in yours, for I think it long
since I kissed you.

Written after the killing of a hart,
at eleven of the clock, minding, with
God’s grace, to-morrow, mightily
timely, to kill another, by the hand
which, I trust, shortly shall be yours.

Henry R.

2 Responses to “Love Letter 16”

  1. candice says:

    The
    legate which we most desire arrived
    at Paris on Sunday or Monday last
    past, so that I trust by the next Mon-
    day to hear of his arrival at Calais:

    What is this part about? Just trying to make sense of all the events in my mind

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    Claire Reply:

    It just means that Cardinal Campeggio, the Papal Legate who was coming to do the trial into the annulment proceedings with Cardinal Wolsey, was on his way to England from Rome. See http://www.theanneboleynfiles.com/cardinal-campeggio-and-the-legatine-court/

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