St. Peter's, Rome.
|To Master James de Aquila, papal chaplain and auditor. Mandate motu proprio as below. A cause having arisen between Peter Stapulton, canon of York, licentiate of canon and civil law, and the late John Henley, priest, about the church of Seggesfeld in the diocese of Durham—which, on its voidance because the said John, who held it, obtained and held therewith Howgton in the same diocese, Stapulton claimed under a papal mandate of provision, which Henley prevented from taking effect—Gregory XI, at Stapulton's instance, committed the cause, although not lawfully devolved to the apostolic see, to the late William de Herborth, papal chaplain and auditor. On the death of Gregory, Urban VI. committed it to the late Bartholomew, bishop of Lucera, then papal chaplain and auditor, who by a definitive sentence made provision of and adjudged Seggesfeld to Stapulton, imposing perpetual silence on Henley. Stapulton impetrated letters of execution from Urban VI, to certain judges [apparently those above, Reg. LXVII, f. 70d], under which he obtained possession. Afterwards pope Urban, for certain reasons set forth by Henley, gave commission to Master John Egidii, then papal chaplain and auditor, to restore to Henly (sic here, as below), his power of appeal, and upon his making appeal from the said sentence, committed it to Bertrand, bishop of Gubbio, then papal chaplain and auditor, who by a definitive sentence reversed that of Bartholomew. Stapulton's appeal therefrom was committed by pope Urban to the late Peter Gasconis, papal chaplain and auditor, and after he and divers other auditors had proceeded in the cause pope Urban died. The present pope committed it first to Master Henry de Westerholt and then to Nicholas, [now] elect of Girgenti, papal chaplains and auditors, the latter of whom has proceeded short of a conclusion. The cause being thus pending Henry, who was in possession and had despoiled Stapulton, died, upon which Stapulton obtained peaceable possession, but has been despoiled thereof by Walter (Valentinus) bishop of Durham, and his accomplices. Lest a fresh adversary arise the pope therefore motu proprio orders the above Master James to surrogate Stapulton to Henly's right, if any, to Seggesfeld, value not exceeding 200 marks, and to collate and assign to him such right. The auditor is further to collate and assign to him such church itself; notwithstanding that he holds the church of Befort, value not exceeding 50 marks, and that the pope has lately ordered provision to be made to him of a certain benefice without cure called the hospital of Kyrpeer, in the said diocese, value not exceeding 100 marks, possession of which he has not yet obtained, and of a benefice with or without cure in the common or several gift of the archbishop and the dean and chapter of York. Upon obtaining Seggesfeld he is to resign Befort, and the said provision shall be null as far as regards a benefice with cure only. Litterarum sciencia, vite ac morum. (De mandato.) [See Reg. XLVIII, f. 50, and Reg. LXVII, f. 70d. See also Cal. Lett. IV, p. 446.]