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THE

LIFE AND LETTERS

OF

SIR THOMAS MORE:

BY

AGNES M. STEWART,

Authoress of “Margaret Roper," Florence O'Neill,” “General Questions,”

* Biographical Readings," &c., &c.

CROMWELL. Sir Thomas More is chosen Chancellor in your place.
WOLSEY.

That's somewhat sudden.
But he's a learned man, may he continue
Long in his Highness's favor, and do justice
For truth's sake and his conscience, that his bones,
When he has run his course, and sleeps in blessings,
May have a tomb of orphans' tears wept on 'em.

HENRY VIII. ACT III., SCENE 2.

LONDON :
BURNS & OATES, PORTMAN STREET,

AND PATERNOSTER ROW.

1976.

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PREFACE.

With a feeling of extreme diffidence we devoted ourselves to the task of writing a life of that Christian hero and philosopher, the learned and estimable Sir Thomas More.

His character is one on which the mind loves to linger, so learned was he, yet so simple in his ways; full of innocent

; playfulness as a little child; ever unmindful of self and beneficent to others, so that he may justly be regarded as one of the best and greatest of Englishmen.

It was well for those amongst whom he lived that he was mistaken as to his vocation to a religious life, for he was doubtless destined by Providence as a bright example, to show unto others how they should educate their children, serve their country, and, at the same time, practise the christian virtues of piety, humility, and continency.

It is hoped that the Letters, and abstracts of letters written by More, which have been printed in this volume, may be perused with interest by the reader; indeed, without

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