Henry VIII: April 1532, 1-15

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Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 5, 1531-1532. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1880.

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April 1532, 1-15

Vit. B. XXI. 82. B. M. Pocock, II. 247.
910. [Aug. De Augustinis to Cromwell.]
Wrote last on the 21st ult. (fn. 1) Expostulates with him for not writing. Does not believe that business prevents it, which is a vulgar excuse, and acceptable only to the vulgar. No one who, knows his authority with the Prine of such a wealthy kingdom would think that he could not obtain a small benefice for a friend and servant for nearly a year. Many must have fallen vacant, and he knows that Cromwell is not ill-disposed towards him. He will, perhaps, bid him wait for better times. In answer to which he narrates a story of a converted Jew, who gave up usury, and was nearly starved before meeting with good fortune. Speaks of his long friendship with Sir Thos. Elliot, in the time of the late bishop of Winchester and the Cardinal. Elliot, lamenting his misfortunes, has often promised to use his influence with Cromwell on Augustine's behalf. This he did on the last occasion when he left this court, to the great regret of all.
The diet at Swynforth i.e., in Porcorum Valle, was put off until the present week, The elector of Mentz, the Count Palatine, the landgrave of Hesse, and the duke of Saxony, eldest son of John the Elector, have met there. The right great toe of duke John has been amputated by reason of gangrene, and some say that he is dead. The following conditions are offered to the Lutherans : to restore their goods to the clergy, to allow Catholic preachers to preach in public, and to forbid the marriage of priests in future, allowing those already married to remain so until the next Council, which will be the Greek calends.
Does not think they will agree to the first; but the others [may be referred] to the foresaid Council, unless the approach of the Turk makes them obstinate. When the Diet is finished, all will come hither to swear fealty to the king of the Romans.
There is nothing certain about the arrival of the Turk. The Emperor is arranging everything here and in Italy, and has summoned many German captains hither. Men can be raised easily in a month. He intends to attack the Turk in person with 100,000 foot and 15,000 horse, of which 40,000 foot and 8,000 horse were promised to him by the princes of Germany at the Diet of Augsburg, when the Turk attacks the limits of the empire; and the remainder he intends to pay for with the French king's ransom. He hopes to excite other princes to assist in the war, fearing only lest the Turk should escape to some safe place.
All the places on the Italian shore open to attack are well fortified, and the marquis of Guasto is going to Romandiola with 20,000 Italians and Spaniards. Andrew Doria will be ready with 50 galleys, so that there will be nothing to fear by sea. The Emperor would prefer the Turk to come this year, as next year he will be in Spain. " (fn. 2)In hc instantis belli remedia" (fn. 3)
Hol., Lat., pp. 4, mutilated and imperfect.
Vit. B. XX. 259. B. M.
911. [A. De Augustinis] to Cromwell. (fn. 4)
"ex datis xvj. prteriti in Urbe, Venetias pervenerat o ... ... ex Venetiis tamen de hac re nihil, nam ultim ex eo loc[o liter] ... petitum existimatur permutationem Corcyr insul, aut d ... [in] alium quendam locum in Grcia longe meliorem, quod quidem non ... res, nam ejus loci commoditate nedum toti or maritim Itali[] ... ... Turca maximum et manifestissimum facesseret negotium.
"Mons. de Baury Romam mittitur, Mons. de Prato Venetias, Franci[scus] ... in Poloniam. Hodie Mons. de Balanzon per equos dispositos in Galliam ... modum istuc ad illam serenissimam Majestatem, Mons. Monfauconeto nobilis Saba[udi] ... hinc mensis antequam crearetur Mons. de Busciu, locum tenens ... equorum ... non major domus seu magister familias; qui nunc sub ... vir certe non admodum acuti ingenii, si non ad impetrandum ... aliqui[d contra] Turcam, tamen ad minus ne Csari implicite bello impedimenta ... .. asmus Auria jam vj. dies Genuam per equos dispositos properat ... computator (?) bellici sumptus cras Genuam versus contendet ... iis illuc per literas commutatitias sunt remissa : non cessat ... suadendo, non tamen persuadendo ut animum ejus avertat ab Italia ut ... aut ... Syriam magna cum classe contendat ac omnem illum tractum sine pulvere ... .. fore (?) prdicat atque depingit, Turca maxime cum aliis cu ... ... Sed hc satis usque ad nauseam, et si unquam .. e aliquid sp ... pendet Vale. Humillime me commendatum habebi[s] ... ac ... et R. ... D. Winton, dominis meis singularissimis, quibus scripsi per ... cui ... dedi tibi monstranda[m] conf[essio]nem Lutheranorum una cum Apologia Melanc[thonis] de qua jam pridem cum essem Bruxellis tibi scripsi ... momenti ... libellus (?) a Joanne Coclo in illius confutationem ... xxx ...
"De illis xxv. conclusionibus vestris in consistorio disputatis quale tunc et ibi sunt in ... tunc ob bonum respectum tibi scribere supersedeo."
Lat., p. 1. Add. : D. Thom [Crom]well ser. Regis Angli ... Hol. Badly mutilated, and the writing faded. The writing seems to begin in the middle of a sentence. Marked, in modern hand, in margin : "1522, (qu. error for 1532 ?) April, Ratisbona, A.A."

Harl. MS. 6989, f. 158. Latimer's Remains, 356.
912. Latimer to Greenwood. (fn. 5)
I pray you be charitable, and redeem the time with us. In the malice of these days one must not believe every report; but if all I hear be true, I am compelled to beg your Christian forbearance. I have enough of enemies and slanderers, even if you are friendly or silent. You will have to give an account of every idle word; how much more of injurious ones. As to what I have preached, as I am not conscious of error, I have not confessed any publicly, though at times I may have been a little indiscreet. Report ever as ye would be reported. Although the misbehaviour of the people might be imputed to other things than to my preaching, I will not be contentious. Though I will have more respect to the people's capacity, I will not change the verity of my old preaching, but, according to my promise, I will do my utmost to reprove their infirmity.

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913. Reynold Lytylprow to Cromwell.
This summer I intend to ride to my wife's lands, where there be chases and parks of the King's, beseeching your help therein. Their names are Clebere and Yeruneowd (Yearnewood) parks, the forest of Were, Gatle park, and Bryngewood park.
Hol., p. 1. Add. : Right worshipful.
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914. Thomas Denton to the Archbishop of Canterbury.
I have received your letters, dated 30 March, by which I perceive that you are informed that Leonard Rede has required the escheator to find an office since the death of his father William, and that I should sit on the inquest. On Monday, 1 April last, John Bustarde, escheator, sat at Oxford by virtue of his office, when I returned him a jury, and thought to have sat upon two writs directed to me as sheriff, respecting a statute staple touching Sir William's lands, at the suit of Sir Robert Jones; but as neither my Lady, your niece, nor Leonard Rede were ready with their evidence, I caused the escheator to adjourn the jury till after Easter week, that neither of them might be hurt. For your wish to know to whom the jury belong, and of whom they hold, I cannot inform you; but I am sure they are honest, and will find nothing that cannot well be proved. I doubt not so to look to the matter that there shall be no variance between the said Lady and her son-in-law.
P. 1, broad sheet. Add. Endd.
4 April.
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915. Harry Lord Scrope to Henry VIII.
I learn from Sir Antony Outhrede and Master Cromwell that you wish to have my lordship of Pissho. (fn. 6) If you will let me know your pleasure by your Council, and what recompense I am to receive, I shall be ready to accomplish your pleasure. Langley, 4 April. Signed.
P. 1. Add. Endd.
4 April.
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916. Harry Lord Scrope to Cromwell.
I have received your letter dated London, 19 Feb., and understand it is the King's pleasure to have my manor of Pisshoo to be annexed to his honor of Hunsdon, (fn. 7) and in recompense desires me to search for other lands about me, provided they do not dismember the manor of Barnard Castle, Middleham, &c. I cannot view the King's lands without his special licence. Call the King's receiver in these parts, who can instruct you what lands will not dismember the King's manors. Langley, 4 April. Signed.
P. 1. Add. : Master Cromwell.
4 April.
Harl MS. 2,057, f. 161 b. B. M.
917. Shipping.
Writ of enquiry for concealment of the entry of "le Kateryn de Penmark," at Chester. Chester, 4 April 23 Hen. VIII.
5 April.
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918. Edward Lee, Archbishop of York, to Cromwell.
Hopes he will not forget three things to be put in the pardon : 1, for the intrusion; 2, for dismes due in my lord Cardinal's days and his predecessors'; 3, for money paid and to be paid to the merchant strangers for expediting his bulls and pallium. Moved the King for these things before the last Parliament, and he was content. For the last, has a bill signed by the King, and sealed with his signet. Stockwell, 5 April 1532. Signed.
P. 1. Add. : Mr. Cromewell, one of the King's most honorable Council. Endd.
6 April.
Close Roll 25 Hen. VIII. m. 38 d.

m. 37 d.

m. 36 d.
919. Coinage.
Indenture between the King and Rauff Rowlet and Marten Bowes, citizens and goldsmiths of London, in pursuance of patent dated 5 April, appointing them masters and workers of the King's moneys of gold and silver in his Tower of London, realm of England, and town and marches of Calais. They have undertaken to make money as follows :
Gold : Sovereign, value 22s. 6d., 24 to the pound troy. Ryall, 11s. 3d., 48 to the lb. troy. Aungell, 7s. 6d., 72 to the lb. George noble, 6s. 8d., 81 to the lb. Aungelett, 3s. 9d., 144 to the lb. Fortypence, half the George noble, 3s. 4d., 162 to the lb. A pound troy of this money is to be worth 27l., and the fineness is to be 23 carats, 3 gr. fine gold, and gr. alloy, which is the old right standard of gold in England. The standard is to be made in gold and indented, one part to remain with the said masters, and the other in the Treasury, for the assays at Westminster. Of every pound weight troy of money the warden shall take up 2s. 9d. st., of which the masters shall have 1s. 6d. for their work, the coiners 7d., and 8d. to pay the fees of the warden, comptroller, graver of the irons, clerk, and usher of the coins. For every lb. of gold the merchant shall receive 26l. 17s. 3d.
Default of of the carat in a lb. troy (which is called remedy) is not to regarded, but if more the money must be recast.
Two other gold pieces are also to be made, viz., the crown with the double rose, at 5s., 100 in the lb. troy; and the half crown of the double rose, 2s. 6d., 201 to the lb. troy; both to be of 22 carats.
Default of a sixth of a carat to be allowed. Of every lb. weight of this money the warden of the Mint shall take 3s. st., of which the master shall have 19d., the coiners 9d., and the remaining 8d. shall be spent in the fees of the warden, comptroller, &c. The merchant is to have 24l. 19s. 6d. for every lb. troy.
Five silver coins are to be made. The groat, 4d., 135 to the lb. troy. The half groat, 2d., 270 to the lb. troy. The sterlynge, 1d., 540 to the lb. troy. The halfpenny, 1,080 to the lb. troy. The farthing, 2,160 to the lb. troy. To every lb. troy there shall be 11 oz. 2 dwt. of fine silver of troy, and 18 dwt. alloy; 1 dwt. being 24 gr., and 20 dwt. an oz., which is the old right standard of the sterling of England.
Every lb. troy of this coinage is to be worth 45s., of which 12d. is to be taken by the warden, being 10d. for the master, and 2d. for the fees of the warden, &c.
Default of 2 dwt. (which is called remedy) is to be allowed. The masters must make a privy mark in all coins. After the assay 10s. from every 10 lb. of gold, and 2s. from every 100 lb. of silver, for which the masters shall be allowed, shall be put in a box and sealed, and locked with three keys. Once every three months it is to be opened before some Lord of the Council, in the presence of the warden, master, and controller, and assay made of the contents. If they are found good, the masters may have letters patent for their acquittance, without fee. If deficient within the remedy, the default is to be entered in record, and the masters charged therewith, and any excess in goodness is to be entered to the masters' credit. For default exceeding the remedy, the masters shall make fine and ransom.
The warden, masters, and comptroller may take as many workmen at the King's wages as they think needful. Gravers of irons shall only work in one house in the Tower. The warden, &c. have power to punish workmen. They must receive all gold and silver brought to the Tower, after the very value, for ascertaining which two good touch-stones called "touches," and good "nedels," marked with the rose crowned, shall be always ready; and shall give bills to the merchants of the sums which they bring. The officers of the Tower are charged to allow free egress and ingress to the masters and their servants, and to all persons bringing gold or silver. If the amount coined is not sufficient to pay each man his proper quantity, it shall be divided proportionally. The masters or their deputies are not bound to make account before the King, but only the warden.
The King will issue a proclamation forbidding the export of money or bullion, and the importation of counterfeit coin. Previous charters and franchises to masters of the Mint are confirmed. The workmen are to be ready to work when warned by the warden, &c. The bullion is to be given to the "moyners" (moneyers) in clean ingots by weight, and delivered by them in clean pieces. Any default in weight must be paid by them to the masters, who will then pay them their wages. The masters shall have the use of the usual buildings.
The masters have taken an oath in the Chancery, and found borrows or sureties, viz., John Chaumpneys, citizen and alderman of London, Walter Champion, citizen and alderman, Robt. Trapps, citizen and goldsmith, Raffe Aleyn, grocer, and Bernard Jennyns, citizen and skinner, each of whom is bound in 200 marks. 6 April 24 Hen. VIII.
Mem. of the acknowledgment of the indenture by Rowlet and Bowles, on 1 May.
7 April.
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920. John Huse, Prior of Witham, to Cromwell.
I thank you for your kindness to this house, through which the King has been pleased to receive us into his gracious protection, and to defend the right of our presentation against all men, and that we shall not sue or be sued by any. I beg you will obtain a commission of defence for us under the Great Seal. Mr. Hyde, the bearer, will pay all costs. I beg I may have the King's letter to my lord of Glastonbury that we may not be disquieted hereafter. Wyttham, 7 April.
Hol., p. 1. Add. : Mr. Cromwell.
8 April.
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921. Thomas Hattecliff to Cromwell.
It is owing to your goodness that I have been preserved from imprisonment of my carcase in the Tower, as I had deserved. But that punishment would have been death to me. I am not yet out of heaviness, as Mr. Treasurer has this night dismissed me from my room in the house. As I am therefore in the King's displeasure, I beg you will interpose for me to obtain the King's favor, as I have been brought up from a child in his house. 8 April.
Hol., p. 1. Add. : Of the Council.
[9 April.]
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922. T. Baret to Cromwell.
Thanks for his familiar good cheer at Cromwell's last being at Oxford. His friend Edw. Copeland has been here in his chamber for eight days, and suffers much from want of sleep, not sleeping more than half an hour or an hour a night. Baret and his friends do their best to comfort him; but he is a marvellous man, he will take no comfort. Fears some great evil will happen to him, he is of so abject a mind. Begs Cromwell to comfort him by his letters. He has asked Baret to write to Cromwell that one of his acquaintance of Whyte Hawle may have the advowson of his benefice. Every day he talks about his testament; for which he is well chidden by Baret, Dr. Owen, and Archdeacon Fox, (fn. 8) who has been vexed this five year or more with like disease, and is like to recover. Oxford, Wednesday after Low Sunday.
Hol., p. 1. Add. : To the worshipful Mr. Cromwell, in London.
9 April.
Julius, E. II. 59. B. M.
923. John Casale, the Prothonotary, to Henry VIII.
Has nothing to write, except about the Turks. The last letters received by the princes of Venice state that the king of the Turks had sent Lewis Gritti to cause the Scythians to join his expedition against Pannonia (Hungary) and Germany. The naval forces seem not to be so strong as previously reported. It is impossible that they can think of invading Italy with only 100 galleys, which is the number given. They are probably intended to protect the coast during the expedition, and prevent the errors into which they fell at the siege of Vienna. Constantinople might then have been taken by 20 Christian galleys, and it would be much more likely now, as there are not such wars in Christendom. It is rumoured that the Emperor has ordered 60 galleys to be ready, and has written to Rome and to the princes here that he intends to send a great force of Spanish foot from Spain, and has ordered his army in Italy to obey the Pope. His offers and promises are daily increasing, and less fear is felt of the Turks. The report of their intended invasion of Italy was a pretext for exactions of money by the Italian princes. Both the Pope and the Venetians exacted money alike from laity and clergy. His Holiness was vexed at their demanding money from priests, for they have raised 100,000 aurei, which is a third of the Church revenues, from priests, as a loan. They did the same when engaged in war for three years, but part of the money was repaid. The Pope therefore secretly intimated a sentence of excommunication against the Venetians, but has suspended it on certain conditions.
The Imperial ambassadors say that the Emperor is busy collecting troops in Germany, and in fortifying the cities, chiefly Vienna. Has not, however, heard otherwise of any extraordinary preparations. The Venetians are sending their galleys to the islands and cities under their rule, to be manned with rowers and soldiers. Italy is quiet. Has written what he has been able to get from the signory about the wool trade. Though they will not give a decided answer, they have opened their minds to him in conversation, and he thinks they will not give any different answer. Does not think he should urge the matter when he sees his words are thrown away, and he wishes to know the King's will. Venice, 9 April 1532. Signed.
Lat., pp. 3. Add. Endd.
9 April.
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924. Sir William Percy to Cromwell.
I hope, with the help of my cousin Heneage, to satisfy you with regard to the contents of your last letter. By the malicious procurement of Sir Marmaduke Constable, the elder, though in the name of Anth. Bayles, upon information in the King's Exchequer, there has come to this bearer, a very honest priest, chaplain to the dean of York, Herthill, and Hull, considerable trouble. This has arisen in their displeasure because he had assisted Adam Olyver, his brother, to whom of late ye made a lease of certain lands in Dalby. Bushopburton, 9 April. Signed.
P. 1. Add. : Of the Council.
9 April.
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925. Embezzlement.
Confession of Francis Spyltherup, otherwise called Francis Armourer, before Sir John Dauntsye, Sir Edmond Walsingham, and Thos. Crumwell, councillors to the King, taken 6 April 23 Hen. VIII.
About three years ago he sold to Dyonysyous, an Almain goldsmith, gold to the value of 5l. embezzled from the gold delivered to him for gilding the King's harness. At another time he sold to the said Denys gold worth 17l. delivered to him for gilding clasps for books and "crunstykkes;" and again, between Midsummer and Bartholomewtide last, gold worth 6l. He never clipped any money before last Christmas, "that is to say, in the said 23 year." Since then he has clipped five ounces of silver and an ounce of gold. Signed : Franczis Speldorp.
P. 1. Endd. : "The confession of Francis Spylthrop alias Francis Armourer, before Sir John Dauncy, my master, and other." "The depositions and sayings of one Denys, being prisoner in the Tower."
R. O. 2. Examination of Denys Selder, goldsmith, before Sir John Dawntsey and Thos. Cromwell, 9 April 23 Hen. VIII.
He says that Peter Larke bought by his procurement of Erasmus, the King's armourer, before last Christmas, 17 oz. of gold in grains, swept from the gilding of the King's books and harness, with three or four broken crowns, for which he paid 35l. or thereabout. That he bought from Francis Spelderp, armourer, molten gold, twice, but does not know the value. He never bought any clippings of him, nor knew that he was other than honest.
P. 1. Endd.
10 April.
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926. Margaret, Marchioness of Dorset, to Cromwell.
Thanks for his services. Has no other succour in all her troubles but himself. Requests his aid in the matter of the benefice of Bosworth, which her son the Marquis will declare to him, and of the benefice of Eston, in Essex, appropriated to the house of Tyltey, claimed by the bishop of London. Would be glad if her son's schoolmaster were in quiet possession of the said benefice, because she might attend her son daily in the Court. Sir Richard Clement's Mote in Kent, 10 April. Signed.
P. 1. Add. : Of the King's Council.
10 April.
Add. MS. 9,835, f. 24. B. M.
927. The Privy Chamber.
An order taken by the King at York Place, Wednesday, 10 April 24 Hen. VIII., how the gentlemen of the Privy Chamber shall give attendance.
My Lord Marques [Dorset], Masters Norrice, Carewe, Browne, Cheyney, Page, and Weston.
My lord of Rochefort, Masters Hennage, Nevell, Bryanne, Russaile, Welsborne, and Henry Knevet. The gentlemen ushers of the Privy Chamber are to enter in a book the attendance of the above gentlemen; each set to serve for six weeks.
Wednesday, 10 April.My lord Marquis and Mr. Norrice left.
P. 1.
Add. MS. 9,835, f. 26. B. M. 2. Another order.
The Master of the Horse, (fn. 9) Sir John Russell, Sir Antony Brown, Sir Richard Page, and Master Fras. Weston, are to serve for six weeks alternately with Sir Fras. Bryane, Sir Edw. Nevyle, Sir Thos. Cheney, Master John Welsborn, and Master Henry Knevet.
The lord of Rochefort, Master Hennage.
The King will not be charged with more than five chambers at once for the gentlemen of the Privy Chamber, beside the lord Marques extin . . the lord Rocheforde, Master Norrice, and Mr. Hennage, nor for carriages, livery to their chambers, or bouche of Court. If any gentleman is absent during his term of service, from sickness or other reasonable excuse, he must provide one of his fellows to supply his place, and enter the same in the usher's book, so that the King may always have six gentlemen and one lord to serve him.
A number of medical recipes and directions for grafting and planting trees.
Pp. 6.
10 April.
Wilkins, III. 724.
928. Convocation of Canterbury.
Met at St. Paul's; adjourned, after various prorogations, to Westminster, 21 Jan. [1531], when John the abbot appeared, and on bended knees alleged the privileges of his abbey, at which nothing could be done without his consent. On the asseveration of the Archbishop that no infringement of those privileges was intended, the Abbot gave his consent. On the 24th Jan. a subsidy was granted to the King of 100,044l. 8s. 8d. by each house, from which the Mendicant Orders, the prior of St. John's, and other religious claimed exemption. Their allegations were referred to the bishops of Ely and Bath. On the 7th Feb. a conference was held with certain of the King's Council on certain articles prefixed to the Book of the Subsidy, touching the Supremum Caput, &c., and the general pardon of all offences against the prmunire. The King's judges exhibited a copy of the articles of exceptions from the general pardon, respecting which they affirm that they had no authority to conclude anything before the bishops and clergy had concluded as to the first. Hereon a dispute arising, the King modified the first article to this effect, "Cujus protector et Supremum Caput post Deum (fn. 10) is solus est," declining all further discussion. On the 11th Feb. the Archbishop proposed the title, "Ecclesi, &c. cujus singularem protectorem, unicum et supremum dominum, et. quantum per Christi legem licet, etiam Supremum Caput, ipsius Majestatem recognoscimus;" which was unanimously agreed to.
Convocation then proceeded to the reformation of abuses, and on the 25th Feb. to examine the will of Will. Tracy, and condemn the author of it as a heretic. On the 3rd March articles were set forth against Crome, Latimer, and Bilney; and respecting schools and schoolmasters.
Ib., 746. March 27 and the following day they examined John Nicolson for heresy and proceeded to the condemnation of Tracy, and ordered his body to be exhumed.
After various prorogations, met 23 Jan. [1532], and proceeded to condemn the will of Thos. Brown, of Bristol. On the 11th March summoned Hugh Latimer, who refused to sign the aforesaid articles, and was pronounced contumacious, and committed to prison at Lambeth. On his consenting to subscribe the 11th and 14th articles his sentence was taken off.
His submission.On the 10th April he subscribed before Edw. archbishop of York, Stephen bishop of Winchester, John bishop of Rochester, John bishop of Exeter, Ric. Wolman, Ric. Sampson, Edw. Fox, &c.; on which he was absolved, and warned to appear 15 April to hear further process.

Wilkins, III. 747.
929. Convocation of Canterbury.
Complaint exhibited in the Convocation of Canterbury, 23 Hen. VIII., against the practice of resident canons preventing other canons from participating in the distribution of daily offerings until they have paid them a large sum of money and made a sumptuous feast.
10 April.
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930. Sir Ralph Fenwick.
Indenture made 10 April 23 Hen. VIII. between Edw. archbishop of York, and Sir Ralph Fenwyk, granting the latter the offices of steward, receiver, and bailiff of the lordship of Extoldesham, and other offices formerly held by Thos. lord Dacre, deceased, or by Sir Christopher Dacre.
Copy, large paper, p. 1.
10 April. 931. The Cistercian Order.
See Grants in April, 23 Hen. VIII., No. 6.
10 April.
Add. MS. 28,584, f. 253. B. M.
932. Rodrigo Nio to Charles V.
The deciphered portions of a letter about the league between the kings of France and England, the Vayvode, and certain Lutheran princes. It is reported that the king of England will marry his daughter to the Vayvode. Francis is raising a fleet in Normandy, to be commanded by Albany. The Doge told him last Sunday that he had letters from England, of 16 March, saying that the duke of Suffolk had used hard words to the Ambassador because the Signory had not allowed the professors (doctores catredaticos) at Padua to go to Rome to discuss the English divorce case.
Some persons with the galleys in England say that if it came to the knowledge of the king of England that the Emperor had news of the league from Venice, they would suffer for it, which is the reason why the Doge has not spoken of it. Believes the Republic will observe their agreements with the Emperor, and that nothing will move them to do otherwise, as they know well the kings of France and England.
A Venetian ambassador writes that the Turk has intelligence with France and England, and that his navy (armada) will not move without the presence of a French officer, and the French fleet will join it. The Turkish captains and corsairs are ordered not to interfere with English, French, or Venetians. Further news from Turkey and France.
Sp., pp. 12. Modern copy. Headed : De Rodrigo Nio, 10 de Abril 1532.
Add. MS. 28,584, f. 286. B. M.
933. [Dr. Ortiz to Charles V.]
Has received the Emperor's letter of 26 March, saying that he will consider the advisability of procuring the other brief when he has an answer from England. Does not think the first brief will be of any use except to justify the Pope in sending the second, as he has already told his Holiness. As the King so clearly despises the commandment of God, he will more easily despise the commandments of the Pope. Fears the second brief will not produce the proper result, and that even the sentence will not be obeyed, as the King has already given to understand by his letters. Gives his reasons for thinking the brief of censure necessary, which he thinks will not be refused, although the belief that it will have no result, except in worse treatment for the Queen, is an argument against it. This need not prevent its being sent to the Emperor, to be used as he thinks best. If it is not advisable to use it, it would be better that the king of England should be obliged to the Emperor's clemency, which may cause him to repent. When the former brief was sent, the Pope allowed the second to be drawn up, to be sent secretly with it; but difficulties were put in the way when it had to be engrossed and sealed. Thinks there will still be great difficulty in getting it completed. The Emperor must consider what is best, for there is no need of a legal process for this censure. He can demand it on the ground of the Pope's denying justice, and his Holiness has no excuse. He may order it to be asked for only if it is certain that it will be effectual, and have it done secretly, so that he can use it as seems best. The request should be accompanied by a letter from the Emperor, thanking the Pope for the offer of this brief, through Ortiz, and asking for its immediate despatch. If this be done, the Pope cannot excuse himself, as he has done previously, by saying that the Emperor does not wish such rigour to be used against the King. A letter of credence will be sufficient.
If the sins of the Church had not hindered the calling of the Council, this cause, and others no less important, would not have been delayed.
The Ambassador has written about the 12 conclusions which were settled on March 22. They are of great importance, and were discussed four times. Juan Luys, the Emperor's advocate, behaved well. On the last occasion he and the Ambassador protested that this discussion was sufficient for the principal point, and these conclusions were only proposed by the opposite party to cause delay; they would not attend these discussions any more, and required the Pope to conclude this article of the excusator. The latter, on the other hand, demanded the discussion of the remaining conclusions. It was determined that both parties should produce information (informen); and the Wednesday in the Octave of Easter was fixed for the English, but they did not appear. On the Wednesday following, April 10, they attended the Consistory to prosecute their information, and prolong the delay.
Sp., pp. 5. Modern copy.
11 April.
Add. MS. 28,584, f. 257. B. M.
934. Clement VII. to Charles V.
Is consoled among his many griefs to find that the Emperor intends seriously to resist the Turk. In the English case, something might perhaps be gained by proceeding rigorously, but there has been no failure of justice in any point. As no injurious proceedings have been taken against the Queen in England, is firmly of opinion that it was advisable not to drive the King to despair by refusing him absolutely the advantages he hopes to obtain.
But there has not been and will not be any failure of justice on this account. Desires greatly to meet the Emperor, but the safety of Christendom depends upon the maintenance of his authority in Germany. Rome, 11 April 1532.
Ital., pp. 3. Modern copy from the archives of Simancas.
11 April. 935. Abbey of Bruton.
See Grants in April, 23 Hen. VIII., No. 9.
12 April. 936. Eleanor Verney.
See Grants in April, 23 Hen. VIII., No. 10.
12 April.
R. O.
937. Nycholas [Heath], Prior of Lenton, to [Thomas] Hennege.
Dan Hamlet Pencriche, one of his brethren, who last year laid an unjust accusation against him before the Council, has fled from his religion, as he did twice before, by the instigation of certain men of Nottingham, who love not this poor house.
He has taken goods of the house which the said men have received. Asks for Hennege's favor, and for his credence for the bearer. Lenton Abbey, 12 April. Signed.
P. 1. Add : To, &c. Mr. Henege, grome of the stoole to the king's Grace.
14 April.
Add. MS. 28,584, f. 264. B. M.
938. Katharine of Arragon to Dr. Ortiz.
Thanks him for his letters and his labours in her cause. Sees no way of acting but to recommend all to God, and ask Him to remedy the evil which will ensue, as his Vicar will not do so. Can do nothing, as she writes to the Pope, but declare her truthfulness, and represent the evil consequences which will follow, and, if this does not suffice, complain to God. Has shown a copy of the brief to learned persons, who say the medicine to cure this plague must be stronger,that is, the sentence. The other will cause trouble, and do little good. De Mix (fn. 11) (sic), 14 April.
Sp., pp. 2. Modern copy.
[14 April.]
R. O.
939. Robert Amadas.
Commission to Sir Thos. Awdeleley, keeper of the Great Seal, Sir Wm. Powlett, Sir Wm. Kyngston, and Sir Bryan Tuke to view the plate, &c. late in the custody of Robert Amadas, master and treasurer of the Jewels, deceased, whom Thos. Cromwell is appointed to succeed.
Imperfect draft corrected from a similar commission to Sir Andrew Windesor, Sir John Dauncye, and Roger Lupton, provost of Eton, on the appointment of Amadas in place of Sir Henry Wyat.
Endd. by Cromwell's clerk.
14 April. 940. Thomas Cromwell.
See Grants in April, 23 Hen. VIII., No. 13.


  • 1. See No. 888.
  • 2. The word "In" is a little obscure, and is not printed by Mr. Pocock.
  • 3. Here the fragment breaks off abruptly at the foot of the page.
  • 4. Apparently the last leaf of the preceding.
  • 5. See Wilkins, III. 748.
  • 6. See Stat. 25 Hen. VIII. c. 31.
  • 7. See Stat. 23 Hen. VIII. c. 30.
  • 8. Edward Fox, archdeacon of Leicester, 1531-5; archdeacon of Dorset, 1533.
  • 9. Sir Nicholas Carew.
  • 10. These words omitted in the first draft.
  • 11. The original, doubtless, has "Mur," i.e. Moore.