Letter from Queen Catherine Howard to Thomas Culpepper (SP 1/167)
In Early August 1541, Catherine Howard wrote a letter to Thomas Culpepper which would become a factor in their, and Lady Rochford’s, eventual execution. Catherine, the first cousin of Anne Boleyn, was only 16 or 17 when she married the 49 year old king, her vulnerability and exploitation by older men becoming her undoing.
I heartily recommend me unto you, praying you to send me word how that you do. It was showed me that you was sick, the which thing troubled me very much till such time that I hear from you praying you to send me word how that you do, for I never longed so much for a thing as I do to see you and to speak with you, the which I trust shall be shortly now.
That which doth comfortly me very much when I think of it, and when I think again that you shall depart from me again it makes my heart die to think what fortune I have that I cannot be always in your company.
Yet my trust is always in you that you will be as you have promised me, and in that hope I trust upon still, praying you that you will come when my Lady Rochford is here for then I shall be best at leisure to be at your commandment, […]
Yours as long as life endures