Letter Sixth To Anne Boleyn

TO MY MISTRESS. Because the time seems very long since I heard

concerning your health and you, the great affection I have for you has

induced me to send you this bearer, to be better informed of your health

and pleasure, and because, since my parting from you, I have been told

that the opinion in which I left you is totally changed, and that you

would not come to court either with your mother, if you could, or in any

her manner; which report, if true, I cannot sufficiently marvel at,

because I am sure that I have since never done any thing to offend you,

and it seems a very poor return for the great love which I bear you to

keep me at a distance both from the speech and the person of the woman

that I esteem most in the world: and if you love me with as much affection

as I hope you do, I am sure that the distance of our two persons would be

a little irksome to you, though this does not belong so much to the

mistress as to the servant.

Consider well, my mistress, that absence from you grieves me sorely,

hoping that it is not your will that it should be so; but if I knew for

certain that you voluntarily desired it, I could do no other than mourn

my ill-fortune, and by degrees abate my great folly. And so, for lack of

time, I make an end of this rude letter, beseeching you to give credence

to this bearer in all that he will tell you from me.

Written by the hand of your entire Servant,

H. R.