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book, and give no reverence to the maffe at "all. Furthermore, remember when you may "conveniently be abfente from court, to tarry "with Sir William Pickering, to be inftructed by him how to use yourself. For women, as "far forth as you may, avoid their company: if the French King command you, you yet, may fometime dance (fo measure be your "meane); elfe apply yourself to riding, shooting, "tennis, or fuch honeft games, not forgetting "fometimes (when you have leisure) your learning, chiefly reading of the Scriptures. This I "write not doubting but you would have done, though I had not written but to fpur you on. "Your exchange of 1200 crowns you fhall receive "either monthly or quarterly, by Bartholomew Campaigne's factor in Paris. He hath warrant "to receive it by, here, and hath written to his factors to deliver it you there. We have figned your bill for wages of the Chamber, which Fitzwilliam's hath. Likewife we have sent a "letter into Ireland, to our Deputy, that he fhall "take furrender of your father's lands; and to "make again other letters patent that those lands "fhall be to him, you, and your heirs, lawfully begotten, for ever; adjoyning thereunto two
religious houfes you fpake for. Thus fare you "well! From Westminster, the 20 of December
The following refpectful and elegant little Latin letter of his to his mother, Catherine Parr is in the British Mufeum.
Fortaffe miraberis me tam fæpe ad te fcribere, idque tam brevi tempore, Regina hobiliffima, et mihi chariffima, fed eâdem ratione potes mi"råri me erga te officium facere. Hoc autem "nunc facio libentius, quia eft mihi idoneus fervus "tuus, et ideò non potior non dare ad te literas "ad folvendum ftudium erga té.
"Optime valeas, Regina Nobiliffima,
Hunfdona, vicef. quarto Maii,
"Tibi obfequentiffimus filius EDVARDUS PRINCEPS.
The order for the Coronation of King Edward in the book of the Council is as follows:
"The Archbishop of Canterbury fhall fhew the King to the people at four parts of the great pulpit or stage to be made for the King; and fhall fay, Sirs, here I prefent King Edward, rightful and undoubted inheritor by the laws of God and man to the royal dignity and "crown imperial of this realm; whofe confecra
"tion, inunction, and coronation is appointed
by all the Nobles and Peers of this land to be this day. Will ye ferve at this time, and give your good wills and confents to the fame confecration, inunction, and coronation, as by your duty and allegiance ye be bound to do? "The people to answer, Yea, yea, yea; King Edward, King Edward!
"All things being prepared for the corona"tion, the King, being then nine years old,
paffed through the city of London, as hath " heretofore been ufed, and came to the palace of "Westminster; on the next day came to West"minster Hall; and it was asked* the people, "whether they would have him to be King; who anfwered, Yea, yea. Then he was crowned King "of England, France, and Ireland, by the Arch"bishop of Canterbury."
The ceremony of afking the confent of the people at the coronation of the Sovereign, appears to have been discontinued after the reign of Edward the Sixth. In France, according to 'Duclos, it was left off at the coronation of Louis the Fifteenth.
This excellent Prince kept a diary of his life, which is preferved by Bifhop Burnet at the end of
First Diary of King Edward the Sixth, written by sumfelf.
of his History of the Reformation. Some extracts from it are here given*.
March 31, 1549. "A challenge made by me, "that I, with fixteen of my chamber, fhould run at base, shoot, and run at the ring, with any seven"teen of my gentlemen in the court."
"The first day of the challenge at
base, or running, the King won.”
Auguft 1. "Mr. Cook, Master of Requests, " and certain other Lawyers, were appointed to "make a fhort table of the Laws and Acts that "were not wholly unprofitable, and prefent it "to the Board."
March 18, 1550. "The Lady Mary, my "fifter, came to me at Weftminster; where, "after falutations, fhe was called with my "Council into a chamber, where was declared "how long I had fuffered her Mass, in hope of "her reconciliation; and now being no hope, "which I perceived by her letters, except I faw
fome fhort amendment, I could not bear it. "She answered, that her foul was God's, and "her faith fhe fhould not change, nor diffemble "her opinion with contrary doings. It was faid,
* Edward was so fond of his instructors, that when his tutor, Sir John Cheke, was ill, he prayed to God to grant him his life; and the grateful and pious Prince imagined that his petition had been granted.
"I constrained not her faith, but willed her,
not as a King to rule, but as a subject to obey, " and that her example might breed inconveni
19. "The Emperor's Ambaffador came in "with a fhort meffage from his mafter, of war, "if I would not fuffer his coufin, the Princefs, "to use her Mass. To this no anfwer was ù given."
"The Bishops of Canterbury, London, "and Rochester, did confider to give license to fin, was fin. To fuffer and wink at it for à time might be borne, so all poffible hafte might "be ufed."
26. "The French Ambaffadors faw the baiting of the bulls and bears."
27. "The Ambaffadors, after they had ee hunted, fat with me at fupper."
29. "The Ambafadors had a fair fupper "made them by the Duke of Somerfet, and "afterwards went to the Thames, where they "faw both the bear hunted in the river, and "the wild-fire caft out of the boats, and many "pretty conceits."
June 15. "The Duke of Somerfet with five others of the Council went to the Bishop of "Winchester, to whom he made this answer: "I having deliberately feen the Book of Com"mon Prayer, (although I would not have made