The idea that Brandon felt relieved wasn't all that flattering - or comforting, for that matter.
His reception by the king was flattering enough; but his hopes of preferment were dashed by the opposition of the Anglican clergy to the promotion of a papist.
But, flattering as was the offer, Petrarch declined it.
The invitation was renewed in the most flattering manner a year later.
After this important conquest, Eugene and Marlborough proceeded to the Hague, where they were received in the most flattering manner by the public, by the states-general, and above all, by their esteemed friend the pensionary Heinsius.