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his office as Lord Admiral of England." Detained at Calais by bad weather for fifteen days, Fitzwilliam beguiled the time by teaching the Princess to play at cards ; he wrote to inform the King of her arrival, and thinking he must make the best of a matter beyond remedy, repeated the praises of the lady's appearance. Having kept Christmas at Calais, Anne landed at Deal on St. John's day, 1539. Henry, who sorely desired to see her, rode to Rochester and despatched Sir Anthony Brown, his Master of the Horse, to convey to Anne a New Year's gift. The Knight afterwards declared when he was shown the Queen, " He was never so much dismayed in his life as to see a lady so far unlike what had been represented." He had the discretion to conceal his impression, well knowing how opinions vary as to beauty, and left the King to judge for himself. When Henry saw his betrothed, a glance sufficed to destroy the enchantment which Holbein's pencil had created, the goods were not equal to the pattern. Marillac further says: "From what we may judge, she is about thirty years old," (she was but twenty-four), "she is of tall stature, pitted with smallpox, firm and determined." Thomas Cromwell afterwards paid the penalty of his life partly for having been instrumental in the marriage with Anne of Cleves, and accused Fitzwilliam of having encouraged false hopes in writing from Calais. The latter witnessed the arrest of Cromwell, 10th June, 1540, when according to Marillac, "To show that he was as much his enemy as he had pretended to be his friend, he stripped the Garter off the fallen Minister."
Fitzwilliam, Earl of Southampton, died in 1542. He married Mabel, daughter of Henry, Lord Clifford, and in his will desired to be buried at Midhurst, " If he died within a hundred miles of the place," and that a new chapel should be built there at the expense of 500 marks for the burial of himself and his wife. But he died at Newcastle-on-Tyne while serving against the Scots, and his body was not brought to Midhurst and there are no signs of the tomb. He had no children and left his estates at Cowdray to his half-brother, Sir Anthony Brown, with whose family the Wriothe-sleys afterwards made alliance. There is a portrait of Fitzwilliam, Earl of Southampton, engraved by Bartolozzi from the drawing by Holbein. On his death without issue the title remained in abeyance until it was revived in the person of
Baron Wriothesley of Titchfield and First Earl of Southampton of that name.
He was the eldest son of William Writh, York Herald, and adopted Wriothesley as the family name. Born on the feast of St. Thomas in 1505, he early became acquainted^
of Hants, his sister Anne being married
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