The Earl of Surrey is the youngest member of the King’s Council, and the first to think of More as a man who might be able to help quell the riot.
He does not approve of the actions of the foreigners, and worries about the reactions they may provoke. He does not think much of the intelligence of the lower classes, and they in return do not much like him, and refuse to listen to him when he tries to speak to them. He is a very conservative man, shocked at the concept of rebellion and disobedience to the King, no matter whether it comes from a carpenter or the Lord High Chancellor. Nevertheless, he attempts to save Rochester’s life, even when the latter continues to refuse to sign the King’s articles, and wishes More would be less obstinate.