Love Letter 9

THE uneasiness my doubts about
your health gave me, disturbed
and alarmed me exceedingly, and I
should not have had any quiet with-
out hearing certain tidings. But now,
since you have as yet felt nothing, I
hope, and am assured that it will spare
you, as I hope it is doing with us. For
when we were at Walton, two ush-
ers, two valets de chambres and your
brother, master-treasurer, fell ill, but
are now quite well ; and since we have
returned to our house at Hunsdon,
we have been perfedlly well, and have
not, at present, one sick person, God
be praised; and I think, if you would
retire from Surrey, as we did, you
would escape all danger. There is
another thing that may comfort you,
which is, that, in truth in this dis-
temper few or no women have been
taken ill, and what is more, no per-
son of our court, and few elsewhere,
have died of it. For which reason I
beg you, my entirely beloved, not to
frighten yourself nor be too uneasy at
our absence; for wherever I am, I am
yours, and yet we must sometimes
submit to our misfortunes, for who-
ever will struggle against fate is gen-
erally but so much the farther from
gaining his end: wherefore comfort
yourself, and take courage and avoid
the pestilence as much as you can,
for I hope shortly to make you sing,
la renvoyé. No more at present, from
lack of time, but that I wish you in
my arms, that I might a little dispel
your unreasonable thoughts.

Written by the hand of him who
is and alway will be yours,

Im-H. R-mutable.

4 Responses to “Love Letter 9”

  1. Sway says:

    “for wherever I am, I am

    Such beautiful love…to such tragic ending. Never seizes to amaze me.


  2. starr says:

    Do you wonder if she sent him a letter asking him why he didn’t come to her when she was ill? He seems to be addressing her “unreasonable thoughts”. Also, Claire, I wonder if you subscribe to the theory, that after Henry had a bad fall, he suffered from mental illness caused by the damage done by the fall. Maybe that’s why he was so easily swayed.


    Christina Reply:

    Henry did not have his “bad fall” well into his marriage with Anne and while she was carrying his second child, a son, which she miscarried several days later.


  3. Danette Browne says:

    The King had to be taken to safety, away from the “Sweating Sickness” that was sweeping through the land. He was being held in quarantine and therefore could not be with Anne, who was in fact suffering from the sickness herself.


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