Registrum Statutorum et Consuetudinum Ecclesiae Cathedralis Sancti Pauli Londiniensis. Originally published by Nichols and Sons, London, 1873.
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XVII. EXCERPTS FROM MS. M., RELATING TO THE STATUTES OF BISHOP WARHAM, DEAN COLET, AND CARDINAL WOLSEY.
The number have been four more and less, and but one when Mr. Mullynes (fn. 1) was Residentiary, and but 2 when Mr. Watts (fn. 2) came in for a long time, and but 3 in Deane Nowell's (fn. 3) time for a long time together, yet there were of 30 prebendarys divers not unwillinge to be resident.
That Mr. Nowell told him that it [Bp. Bonner's] (fn. 4) was a good Composition.
He never said so to us, but at our comming in shewed us his Book of Statutes and sayd, There be here in the end shewed B. Warham's and Wolseis Statutes; but they are no Statutes; you must sweare to keepe these, devidinge them in the jeaves from the residue. But of the Composition he never showed us any Copie, nor spake any word.
1. Natalis Domini.
2. S. Stephani.
3. Johannis Evangelistæ.
7. Conversionis Sancti Pauli.
10. Paschæ cum 3.
12. Pentecostes cum 3.
14. Nativitatis Johannis Baptistæ.
15. Petri et Pauli.
16. Omnium Sanctorum.
We have beene oftentimes intreated by Mr. Deane of Paules (fn. 5) to reporte unto your Lordship what we have found in the cause of Sutton Mannor, which is in controversy betweene him and the Residentiaries of that Churche, the consideration whereof was by your Lordship's order comended to the Bishop of Elye and us; the truth whereof is that we have many times mett and herd what could be said by the lerned Counsell of both sides: as allso we have seene and scanned so many records and books as were produced before us, in all which we must ingenuously acknowledge that we doe not finde anie thing which may give us satisfaccion that by the Orders and Statutes of that Churche anie lease may be good whereunto the Deane hath not given his consent. We are sorry we are not able to compose this cause without farther troubling of your Lordship (suche stiffeness we find where we did not expect it), and therefore we are constrayned to returne it to suche course of lawe as your Lordship shall see convenient. So, desyring the Allmighty long to blesse your Lordship in the good of the Churche, we take our leave.
19. Nullo pacto Decanus et Residentes ultra portionem assignatam accipiant, exceptis pitanciis, pecunia, et finibus prestitis, et boscis; et nullo pacto dividant Residentes, sed in Thesauro Ecclesie reponant.
Statuta Woolsey. (fn. 10) 1518.
7. Not observed soe made after Michaelmas, and not received by the Chapter till June or July as is alleadged, when all used to be absent in the great vacacion; and before Michaelmas deane Collect dyed.
9. In deane Coles (fn. 11) time, Mr. Armested (fn. 12) (and he was an Auncient Resident, from K. H. time to Q. Marie, and a lawier,) protested to B. Bonner against them in Q. Maryes time, and against Warhames and Fitzjeames (fn. 13) Statutes, quod in nullo observabant ab aliquo Predecessorum quod ipse noverit.
Statuta B. Warham. (fn. 17) 1502.Decemb. 20.