Henry VIII: August 1534, 16-20

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Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 7, 1534. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1883.

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August 1534, 16–20

16 Aug. 1067. Assemblies in Kent.
R. O. Indictment for an unlawful assembly at Leneham in Kent, on the 16 Aug. 26 Hen. VIII., against Thos. Serathe, of Plukley, tailor, Rob. Lukke, husbandman, and others, 15 persons in all, belonging to Plukley, Benynden, Mersham, Egerton, Hethefeld and Estsutton.
P. 1. Large paper. Endd.
ii. A similar indictment against Thos. Bettenham of Pluckley, gentleman, Thos. Swynarton of Benenden or of Merstham, clerk, and Wm. Tylman of Lylmere in the parish of Pluckley, husbandman, who with others, to the number of six persons, assembled at West Well on 16 Aug. 26 Hen. VIII.
Large paper, p. 1.
16 Aug. 1068. Chancellor of Ireland, Lord Trimletiston.
See Grants in August, No. 4.
16 Aug. 1069. Edmund Sexten and others, of Limerick.
See Grants in August, No. 5.
16 Aug. 1070. Sir Wm. Kyngston to Lord Lisle.
R. O. I have this day received yours, which is to me a strange letter and nothing pleasant. I never denied that your lordship might sell your own, and he that showed you so lies falsely. I said to Smyth when he wanted me to buy it that I had loved it [too] well to destroy it, in so mush that I wrote and prayed master Wyy and your servant Motley to buy it, and if they lacked money, they should have it of me. I never heard of Smyth again till he had sold it to Button, who has done me many displeasures. Windsor. morrow of our Lady Day.
Did not expect his lordship would have been so easily prejudiced against him by so slender a man as Smyth.
Hol., p. 1. Add. Endd.: 16 Aug. 1534.
17 Aug. 1071. John Rastell, Sen., (fn. 1) to Cromwell.
R. O. I showed you that there was a thing devised for a charge to be given at sessions by the justices for the instruction of the learned as well as for the people at large to withdraw all confidence from the Pope. With two or three wise men, of whom Fras. Bigot is one, who can explain our intentions, we would set this thing forwards if we could be supported by the Council, and we think it should be put forth by authority of Parliament. I have taken great pains in the matter, but with no other reward than hatred to myself. If some who are called priests and spiritual men knew it came from me, they would out of disdain seek to hinder it. London, 17 Aug.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Secretary.
1072. John R[astell] to Cromwell.
R. O. “. . . . . . . yf it . . . . . . . to understand as touching the matter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . to me . . . . . . wt . . . . . . but Mr. Stevyn Vaughan hath showed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . crof as well what the clothman heard thereof, a[s al]so w . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . inquire. Also if it like you to kn[ow] . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . you than that which I somewhat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . yt and send unto you by Mr. Derby, clerk of the Sygnet, which Mr. Fr[ancis] Bygod Should have brought you before and moved you somewhat therein . . . . . . . . could have found a convenient time to have talked with you at ley[sure].” The matter concerns a charge to be given at sessions courts and great leets to be declared among the people to turn their minds from the erroneous and superstitious opinions which the great multitude yet believe. I have taken a little study and pain therein, which I would might be preferred and set forth [for the ] honor of God and great surety, honor and wealth of the King and quietness of his people. If I were to send what I have written to you or to the King or any of the Council, the matter is so busy and strange that it would not take effect, unless I were present at the opening and decal[rin]g thereof, and at the defending thereof in such doubts which might be [propose]d therein. Asks Cromwell to appoint some time to speak with him before he departs to the Court again.
Hol., mutilated, p. 1. Add.: Mr. Secretary.
1073. John Rastell to Cromwell.
R. O. Touching my book which is delivered me to be reformed, give me a little leisure, as I intend to add more authorities and improve it. When you show it to the King and the Council let me know of any doubts, that I may reply to them, and as I have taken pains in drawing it, let me be privy to the preserving of it when it is set forth by the King's commission; for if it may be bruited that it comes of the King's mind. and that his Grace has studied the matter, I trust it will do as much good as any little book that has yet been put abroad. I think there should be 10,000 or 12,000 printed and circulated in every shire in England, which may be done under 100l. I have spent four or five years in compiling books in furtherance of the King's causes and opposing the Pope, by which I have lost more than 100l. worth of my business and the profits I got by the law in pleading at Westminster, to the amount of 40 marks; and I printed every year 200 or 300 ream of paper, still more profitable to me. I now only get 40s. a year by the law, and have not these two years printed more than 100 ream. I have leaned to you more than any other of the King's Council this four or five years, and shall do so as long as I see you inclined to good causes. I am an old man and cannot live long, but I desire to spend my time for the common wealth. Therefore I desire to have the printing of this book, that thus I may have an opportunity to correct it. I have devised certain prayers in English to be put in primers of divers sorts at small price. Some are printed already in a little primer which I sent to the Court, intended to bring people from the naughty doctrine of the Pope. People are loth to buy any such books, and if they be given them they will scantly read them ; but when the matter in English is put in primers, which they bring with them to church, they shall, in a manner, be compelled to read them. If the King therefore would print 4,000 or 5,000, and give them away, it will bring the people to right belief and do as much good as preaching.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Secretary.
17 Aug. 1074. Thos. [Goldwell], Prior of Christchurch, Canterbury, to Lord Lisle.
R. O. Received a letter from him begging the prior to take one of Lisle's gentlemen into his service. The world is so “very chargeable with us” that doing the best we can we are not able to be out of debt. Keeps as many servants as he can, and is therefore sorry he cannot comply. Received a letter lately from Mr. Cromwell, the King's secretary, desiring a buck should be sent to Lisle to be delivered at John Bowles house at Dover. Canterbury, 17 Aug. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: My lord Lyssle being in Calice. Endd.: The 17 of Aug. a° 1534.
17 Aug. 1075. Thomas Pace to the Proctor Of The Charterhouse in Smithfield.
R. O. The bishop of Bangor desires you to deliver his plate, which you have, to this bearer. There are,—a basin and ewer of silver with the Bishop's arms, two salts, a “notte” with a cover, a bowl, a goblet with cover, and a standing chase cup with cover, all of silver and parcel-gilt; also 2 doz. silver spoons in a black leather case. I delivered it into your treasure house above a little turning stair in your sextry in the cloister, and it was put in a chest “by Dr. Hurdes dayes.” 17 Aug.
Hol., mutilated, p. 1. Add.
19 Aug. 1076. Lord Lisle to Cromwell.
R. O. As the surveyor (fn. 2) is now with you, I remit to him the declaration touching the completion of the new-begun works. Nevertheless if it were the King's pleasure that what is begun should be finished, it would not only be sightly but a great surety for the town. You marvel that the Main brook or Mr. Wingfield's Marsh is not “pulled down,” as determined. I never had any such commandment till your last letter. When I know at whose cost it is to be pulled down, and what orders have been taken about it, I will not fail to execute them, though Mr. Wingfield has often said a letter would not be sufficient, as he has the marsh by patent, but perhaps it might be advisable to send a commission under the Great Seal. I thank you for the warrants for venison. Calais, 19 Aug. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Secretary.
20 Aug. 1077. Thos. Lord La Warr to Lord Lisle.
R. O. I recommend myself to you and my lady, and thank you for your goodness, for which I am sorry I cannot recompense you. I desire you to be good lord to my servant John Holden, the bearer, for a boat of his that was taken away. When I spoke to you about it at London, you were contented that he should have it again for 26s. 8d., which Edward Makepese of Dartford gave you for it. Makepese now demands more money for it, which Holden thinks strange, as it is his own and he did not forfeit it. Offyng[ton], 20 Aug.
P.S.—In his own hand. Apologises for not sending venison.
P. 1. Add. Endd.
20 Aug. 1078. Count of Cifuentes to Charles V.
Add. MS. 28, 587, f. 17. B.M. * * * Arrangements are being made for the interview between the kings of England and France to be held in the spring. The nuncio in France writes that both kings suspect the Emperor will cometo terms with the other by means of a marriage. * * * Rome, 20 Aug. 1534.
Sp., Pp. 14. Modern copy.


  • 1. He is the same as the writer of the two following letters, though it is only in this letter that he adds “senior” to his name.
  • 2. William Lilgrave.