Love Letter 1

IN turning over in my
mind the contents of
your last letters, I have
put myself into great
agony, not knowing how to interpret
them, whether to my disadvantage,
as you show in some places, or to my
advantage, as I understand them in
some others, beseeching you earnestly
to let me know expressly your whole
mind as to the love between us two.

It is absolutely necessary for me to
obtain this answer, having been for
above a whole year stricken with the
dart of love, and not yet sure whether
I shall fail of finding a place in your
heart and afFeftion, which last point
has prevented me for some time past
from calling you my mistress; be-
cause, if you only love me with an
ordinary love, that name is not suit-
able for you, because it denotes a sin-
gular love, which is far from com-
mon. But if you please to do the office
of a true loyal mistress and friend, and
to give up yourself body and heart to
me, who will be, and have been, your
most loyal servant, (if your rigour
does not forbid me) I promise you
that not only the name shall be given
you, but also that I will take you
for my only mistress, casting off all
others besides you outof my thoughts
and afFeftions, and serve you only. I
beseech you to give an entire answer
to this my rude letter, that I may
know on what and how far I may
depend. And if it does not please
you to answer me in writing, appoint
some place where I may have it by
word of mouth, and I will go thither
with all my heart. No more, for fear
of tiring you. Written by the hand
of him who would willingly remain
yours, H. R.

11 thoughts on “Love Letter 1”

  1. Anastasia says:

    Very fascinating, seeing what he at some point thought of her and what he thought of her when he had her executed. It is clear that he did love her, and he did not just merely love her, she had for a while made a huge impact on his life. Claire, if you happen to see this could you send me some links of your site where I can find stuff about Henry and Anne’s relationship – I am having a Tudor research you know so that would help a lot.

  2. Deborah says:

    Does anyone happen to know what H.R. means? I thought it might be Henry, regent or something, but I am not sure.

    1. Claire says:

      Henry Rex, meaning Henry the King. Queens have an R after their name too for Regina, or Queen. So, our present queen is ER Elizabeth Regina.

      1. Rick says:

        Correct !! It was not permitted for royalty to have a last name as that would diminish their status. When the french aressted Louis they insulted him by giving him a last name.

  3. sylvie ross says:

    Lovely, lovely, lovely. Thank you so much for putting the original words of the letters here for us. What a romantic love affair it was and it is still…it resonates vibrantly throughout time…bless their hearts that they left these for us…historical…! Love and Light..

  4. Charlotte Haslam says:

    I am doing an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) at sixth form and my title is ‘How far was Henry VIII’s decision to marry Anne Boleyn due to his desire for a son?’ I was wondering if there are any links on your website that I could look at to do with this.

  5. Anne says:

    If it was edited back so the type wasn’t all broken up it would look better. I’ll bet you go in and
    put the sentences back together.

  6. aubrey says:

    i love the letter cause its inspire me

  7. aubrey says:

    did queen elizabeth daughter of king henry Vlll and mistress anne have a daughter

  8. Mary Boleyn says:

    Been there, done that. Wouldn’t bother Sis.

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