|480. Thomas Parry to Cromwell.|
|Ending our examinations of the monks (the comperts whereof are
sent by Mr. Leigh), the prior, seeing he would be justly deprived, has this
morning resigned. The convent desire your favor with the King that one
of those named in their instrument made to His Grace may succeed.
Amongst those is Wm. Basing, D.D., a man of learning and a favorer of
the truth, who never consented to the spoils and sacrilege here committed,
and who for your favor herein will give you 500l. He will raise your fee
here from 10l. to 20l. yearly, and renew your patent to you and Mr. Gregory
Cromwell for term of both your lives. As to the rest of the monks named
to the King, some, as Avington the sub-prior, and Peterfild the sexton, were
chief committers of the sacrilege, the other being unlearned. As to the
prior's pension, I think you will judge him more worthy of punishment than
of pension. The sexton has just confessed that Bestian, the jeweller, gave
him 20 crs. as reward, and that he sold Bestian an emerald for 20s. not
mentioned in the articles. I beg your favor for Dr. Basing, and trust
Dr. Leigh will report his honesty, who has appointed me to tarry here for
the present. St. Swithin's in Winchester, 16 March.|
|Please let me know your pleasure concerning the monks who committed
and assented to the sacrilege.|
Hol., pp. 2. Add.: Secretary. Endd.
|481. John Vaughan to Cromwell.|
|I sat at Newport in Wenloge three days, and found many things to
be reformed. I have appointed the parties to keep "cowre" (court) the
last three days of May next. The people were never so far out of frame
concerning the spiritual jurisdiction, by reason of naughty bishops and worse
officers. God send you as good officers for the spirituality as you have in the
Marches for the temporality. I trust to end my visitation of the diocese of
Llandaff on the 26th inst. I have sent my precepts to visit the diocese of
St. David's. I have 10 or 12 supplications daily, and have sequestered the
fruits and revenues of Llandaff into the King's hands and yours. I have
set sure men to make accounts to the King, as the Bishop's officers were
very busy to receive money. The country is without bread for lack of
corn. It were well they had a placard to bring corn out of England.
Llandaff, 16 March.|
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Secretary.
|Calig. B. iii. 194. B. M. St. P. v. 36.||482. Barlo to Cromwell.|
|Suspects the Council, (fn. 1) which are none else but the Papistical elergy,
mean to delay them without any despatch till they hear from France, and
then give them a "crafty conceived answer." Rumors are spread that the
French king abhorred our King's proceedings against Rome, and some have
asked if he be unfeignedly our friend. Hopes the best of James's disposition,
but his "spiritual unghostly counsellers" would destroy us if they could.
Some think I am sent to preach, some that we come to fetch away the
Queen, some that we want their aid for fear of our Popish enemies. They
make great complaint of the rulers in the English borders, and praise their
own,—probably to get our good officers removed. Though they pretend
that James has done sharp execution on some of his borders, it has not been
for love of justice, but because they were accused of favoring Englishmen,
for which Mark Carre and others, now in durance, are likely to suffer. Is
sure the clergy would not advise the King for due execution on thieves, else
he ought to begin with them. The lying friars preach in our presence
against us, but if he can obtain the King's licence to preach in answer will
confute them. Until God's word be planted among them their promises are
Calig. B. i. 158. B. M. St. P. v. 38.
|483. Queen Margaret to Henry VIII.|
|Since the departure of lord William I have made "some lawboures
to zowr adwertisment." Sir Adam Otterburn has a joint credence with
lord William. Since his departure James has been counselled by the churchmen to demand of you:—1, to promise not to ask him. "to take your new
constitutions of the scripture:" 2, not to intercede for Angus: 3, that
the meeting be at Newcastle: 4, that Sir Adam may have the credence
and bring the answer again; but as to the last, he will not desire it plainly,
but by subtle manner. Advises that lord William alone should bring the
answer, or at least he as principal. James is very constant to the meeting,
though many would dissuade him from it. Has spoken with him this day.
Edinburgh, 16 March.|
Hol. Add. Endd. by Wriothesley.
Cleop. E. iv. 34. B. M. Wright's Suppression of the Monasteries, 103. Dugd. iv., 572.
|484. John [Shepey alias Castelocke], Abbot of Faversham, to
|Has received Cromwell's letters, dated 8th inst., suggesting his
resignation of the house of which he has so long had the rule, because of
his age and debility. Trusts he is not yet so far enfeebled but he can
govern as well as ever, though he cannot so well perchance ride and journey
abroad. Even if an abbot's peculiar office were to survey the possessions of
his house, he took such pains in his younger years that he need to do less
now; and his servants, whom he has brought up from their youth, have
such experience in these worldly matters that they can supply this part.
Thinks, however, the chief office and profession of an abbot is to live chaste
and solitarily, to be separate from the intermeddling of worldly things, to
serve God quietly, to distribute his faculties in the refreshing of poor
indigent persons, to have a vigilant eye to the good order and rule of his
house and the flock committed to him by God. Doubtless it would be, as
Cromwell says, more to his ease to resign for a reasonable pension, and has
no doubt of Cromwell's conscience therein, considering the benevolence he
has always found in him. For his own part, he should be contented, not
being ambitious; but, considering the miserable state in which the house
would be left, God forbid that he should think his office irkful or tedious.
The house is much impoverished, partly by the debts left by his predecessor,
who was but a right slender husband to the house, partly by the necessary
repairs of the church and other buildings, and the "innyng" of marshes
which the sea had won, by lawsuits for the recovery of their rights, and by
dismes and subsidies to the King, amounting to more than 2,000l. The
house is now 400l. in debt, which I might see repaid if I continued in the
office six or seven years, but if I should resign, the charges of first-fruits and
tenths due to the King, added to the debt, would ruin the house. Christ
forbid that I should so heinously offend against God and the King as to
further the ruin of so godly and ancient a foundation, dedicated to Saint
Saviour by one of the King's progenitors, (fn. 2) whose body, with those of his
Queen and son, lie buried in honorable sepulture, and are had all three in
perpetual memory with continual suffrages and commendations of prayers.
Considering the premises I doubt not that you will continue your accustomed
favor and benevolence toward our poor monastery. At our poor monastery
aforesaid, 16 March 1535. Signed.|
P. 1. Add.: Maister Secretary.
|485. Wm. Basynge to Dr. Leigh.|
|Asks his aid in moving Mr. Secretary for him. Will give Mr. Secretary 500l., and more, if required. Puts his whole confidence in Leigh for
forwarding his purpose. Winchester, 16 March. Signed.|
P. 1. Add. Endd.
|486. [Lord Lisle to Cromwell.]|
|According to the King's command, signified by Cromwell, has viewed
the breach of the walls of Guisnes, and estimated the repairs. They say
plainly in Flanders that the war has commenced between Francis and the
Emperor, and was proclaimed on Sunday the 12th at Gravelines. (fn. 3) The
captain of Gravelines has sold two of the King's horses that Parker bought,
and has taken four more home with him. Barbarossa has assembled
200,000 men against the Emperor. Rob. De la Merche has laid siege to a
castle of the bishop of Luke, who sent to the Lady Regent for rescue.
Every man is commanded to his garrison. What with Barbarossa, the
French on their frontiers, and the dread that our King should help Francis,
they were never so much afeared. Calais, 16 March.|
|Has written to the King to be good lord unto him, but is loth to ask
anything out of his coffers; "beseeking you to help me to some old abbey
in mine old days. I have no trust but God, the King, and you."|
P. 1. Endd.: The copy of Mr. Secretary's letters sent by Huse.
|487. Thos. Warley to Lady Lisle.|
|Received her letters, dated 3 March, by lady Whetall, on March 13,
and the same day delivered her letter to Antony Berry, gentleman of the
Middle Temple. Sends by the bearer, Jas. Roberts, a mariner of Calais, a
velvet frontlet, lined with black satin, for which he has promised Mrs. Burley
Ss., and 1 oz. of damask gold, price 4s. 8d. A bonnet will shortly be sent
of the same velvet as the frontlet, and will cost 26s. Has paid the whole
"dewty" to Mrs. Burley, 13s. 4d. Since coming to London has only
received 6s. 8d. from all his debtors, and has spent more than 6l. 6s. 8d. Is
a continual suitor to the Lord Chancellor, not having an hour's respite all
day. Yesterday he took him to the King, when going to his closet, and
spoke for him, so that he hopes to obtain his purpose. Asks lady Lisle, if
she or her husband write to the Lord Chancellor, to thank him for this.
Begs her to get for him from lord Lisle a blank warrant towards his charges.
Has been to Dr. Tregonell about her letter, but can get no answer. Is
promised many letters to them at his return. Hopes she will be mean
for him that lord Lisle is not displeased at his long absence. London,
|Asks her to send him some money.|
Hol., pp. 2. Add.: At Calais.
|488. Thomas Warley to Lady Lisle.|
|Encloses a letter given him by Leonard Smyth, who says he had it
from Mr. Waytte. Lives now by hope and comfortable words, and his
purse waxeth light. Hastynges is the most subtle and crafty fellow he ever
met. Hopes soon his craft will little avail him. Sent a letter by Buck,
lord Edmund's servant, with a gold cramp ring in it. Is uncertain whether
it has been received, as he has heard nothing of it. Has written the news to
lord Lisle. God send my Lord a good abbey or two for a commendam.
London, 16 March.|
Hol., p. 1. Add.: At Calais.
|489. Mayor and Council of Youghill to Cromwell.|
|Have written to the King that for fault of good rule, and by force of
unkind neighbours, they have no cattle nor corn to victual the town.
Understand that certain aliens are preparing to invade the land, and beg for
a provision of ordnance and powder. Have men enough for the circuit of
the walls. Youghill, the eve of St. Patrick, this instant year.|
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Secretary. Endd. Sealed.
Vit. B. xxi. 102. B. M.
|490. Henry VIII. to the Consuls and Senate of Bremen.|
|In behalf of Geo. Wolweuer (see No. 285). Complains that instead
of his being released, he is every day treated with greater cruelty. Hears
from his ambassadors that it is reported at Bremen that his previous letters
were obtained by their fraud. Denies that his ambassadors are guilty of
this. Threatens retribution. Our palace, near London, 17 March 1535.|
Lat. Corrected draft. Mutilated, p. 1. Add.
|491. John Whalley to Cromwell.|
|Received Cromwell's letter by the master of the Masondewe. Has
paid out the 400l. in the master's presence, and with his signature; there
still remains near 40l. owing for ironwork, and there are other arrears.
Perceives by Cromwell's letter that he is to meddle no further than to pay
|Hears that all abbeys under 200l. a year are to be "suppressed into the
King's hands." Asks Cromwell to grant him the abbey of Burneham beside
Wyndesore, at the present ferme of 51l. 10s. (a kinsman of his wife's is the
vicar), or to let him have the priory of Folkestone at a reasonable rent.
Dover, 17 March.|
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Cheff Secretary. Endd.
|492. [Lord Lisle] to the Captain of Gravelines Castle.|
|Complains of his having imprisoned a servant of the king of England,
named Deric, and another who accompanied him, and taken from the former
certain writings, in violation of the amity with the Emperor. Calais,
17 March. No signature.|
Fr., p. 1. Endd.: Copie.
|493. [The Captain of Gravelines] to Lord Lisle.|
|I have received a letter from you complaining that I have detained a
servant of the King your master, with another, his vassal. The fact is that
I arrived from Court between 3 and 4 o'clock, and heard that the porters of
this town had arrested two Germans. The one, who you say is called
Dericq, said he was from Cologne, the other from Hamburg. As the latter
had been proclaimed a disloyal subject of the Emperor, both were arrested
before my coming, and placed in a hostelry called the Couronne. Small
books of Martin Luther and his adherents were found upon them. I asked
them if they had brought such books, and ordered them to be restored to
them. I have referred the matter to the Queen; for, as you know, she and
the Emperor have ordered us to keep watch on such persons. Your
reproach that we illtreat English subjects is unfounded; and I wish you had
done as much to preserve the amity as I have done to counteract malicious
inventions on your side. I need not write at greater length, as you have
made no answer to other things I have written, by which I wished to
confer with you, and show you personally that I do nothing unworthy of a
knight descended of blood royal like myself, though you do. Gravelingen,
17 March 1535. Signed: "Vostre bien amy, dysamys de l'Empereur."|
Fr., copy, pp. 2. Endd.
|494. Chapuys to Charles V.|
|Informed the Emperor by his last letters of the 7th how desirous
Cromwell was to speak to him. Thinks the English were afraid of some
agreement between the Emperor and Francis, and that they must since have
received news that there was great probability of such agreement. This
must have been the cause why Cromwell has cooled; nevertheless, he sent to
me again today to say that he should be glad to come to me when I was at
leisure, if it were only to know how I was. I will wait a day or two to
see what he will do, and if he does not come I will go to him to ascertain all
the news, and continue to divert them from making any treaty with France
to your prejudice; with which alliance, so far as I can see, they are every
day more disgusted, and will hardly hear speak of it, not even the duke of
Norfolk, who has hitherto several times said to the ambassador of France
and his brother that one of the best things his master could do would be to
give him leave to levy 10,000 Englishmen for the service of France beyond
the mountains. Yet of late, when the French ambassador spoke to him of
his master's preparation for war and the advantages of a joint enterprise, the
Duke answered abruptly that he and the other councillors of the King his
master had enough to do in the current affairs of this Parliament without
troubling themselves about the said war. And today again Cromwell has
strongly affirmed to a man of mine that they would not lead the King their
master such a dance for all the Frenchmen could do; whereupon he began
to censure the said Frenchmen severely for their inhumanity to the duke
|The French ambassador was a long time today at Westminster only to
discuss the injuries which the French king says have been done to his
subjects against the treaties. This is a very disagreeable and troublesome
thing for the English, especially as Francis seems to have taken it to heart,
and has written so strongly to his ambassador; and, as it could not be
determined here, it has been this day advised that the King should send to
France four doctors to discuss it. It is well to note that if the French hoped
to treat anything with the English, they would have avoided troubling them
|Today a courier returned from Scotland, who says that it has been
determined that this King and the king of Scots shall meet at York
immediately after Easter, and that the duke of Richmond and the eldest
sons of the duke of Norfolk and of the Marquis shall be made hostages for
the security of the king of Scots.|
|It has been determined in Parliament that monasteries not worth more
than 1,000 crs. annual rent shall be suppressed, and I think some beginning
has already been made in the work, by which the King will greatly increase
his revenue; with which, however, not being satisfied, nor with innumerable
other means he has found of getting money, he has proposed to Parliament
a law that every one shall be bound to offer at the holy sacrament according
to the value of his goods; which offerings would be collected by men
deputed by the King, in order therewith to feed the poor and impotent, and
even to support robust mendicants, whom, for the good of the realm, he will
employ in public works like the harbour of Dover. The King has also
determined to forbid the greater part of the religious from hearing confessions, but that this should be done merely by the curates, who are to
be ordered not to absolve any one who does not hold the Pope for Antichrist, and the King for head of the Church, confessing the other articles in
conformity with these.|
|Cromwell, finding that the cross which he re-demanded of the Princess,
as stated in my penultimate letters of 25 Feb., was not so rich as he thought,
and had only the relic, to which these men attach no importance, has sent it
back to her; but yet they have given her nothing of what the good Queen
left for her. London, 18 March 1535.|
Fr., from a modern copy, pp. 3.
|495. Chapuys to Granvelle.|
|Knows not what to add to what he has written to the Emperor, except
that he has been informed that of late the King said triumphantly at a full
table how the Pope, fearing the Emperor's approach to Rome, had furnished
the castle of St. Angelo to withdraw into, and was raising foot soldiers for
the same reason. He also said that the marquis of Guasto had killed the
marquis of Villa Franca, which was a very awkward thing for the Emperor.
These are all French inventions, which this King has no great difficulty in
believing. You will see by the letters I write to his Majesty, the gentle
device of this King to extract money on pretext of charity by means of the
offerings. If it succeed, as no doubt it will, he will gain an immense sum
of money, for he will impose a tax according to his will which everyone will
have to offer, and not engage to do so for once but for all the other innumerable inventions that this King daily puts forward in order to get money,
at which the people is terribly grieved and almost desperate, but no man
dare complain. The new amours of this King with the young lady of whom
I have before written still go on, to the intense rage of the concubine; and
the King 15 days ago put into his chamber the young lady's brother. (fn. 4)
London, 18 March 1535|
Fr., from a modern copy, pp. 2.
|496. Lady Fitzwilliam.|
|On the 18 March 27 Hen. VIII. Thos. Portre, late servant to my
lady Fitzwilliam, intending to leave the realm, did confess before the persons
subscribed that John Denham, of Ethrop, Bucks, being in peril of death, did
call to him one Sir Ric. Smythe, curate of St. Thomas the Apostle, in
London, to hear his confession in Sept. 27 Hen. VIII., when he devised all
his goods to dame Jane FitzWilliam, his mother, immediately after declaring
the same to Thos. Cooke, his servant. Signed by Porter. Present, Will.
Barreth, curate of Gravesend and others, and attested by Seth Traves, public
P. 1. Endd.
|18 March.||497. Knights of St. John.|
See Grants in March, Nos. 30, 37, and 38.
|498. Lord Lisle to Cromwell.|
|Sends a letter from Dr. Boner and Master Caundissh, received
yesterday from one who came with Deric the King's servant. He told me
that Deric was arrested at Gravelyng, and all he had taken from him by
those in the castle. Wrote immediately to the captain, and encloses a copy
of his letter; and the captain's answers, of which he has kept a copy, as he
will have to reply again. Will do nothing till he hears the King's pleasure
and Cromwell's. Calais, 18 March.|
|Asks that the captain's letter may be kept safe, as it is in his own hand.
Whereas he says that if Lisle and other of the King's servants would do as
he does to keep concord and amity, if he can prove that Lisle and any here
to his knowledge have done any injury or wrong to any of the Emperor's
servants or subjects, "I will be ready to make answer and amends to my
P. 2. Add.: Chief Secretary and Master of the Rolls. Endd.
|499. Thos. Warley to Lady Lisle.|
|Has attended at the Court for the kirtle which she has long looked
for, and this morning had a token from Mrs. Margery that it should be
delivered to him in the Queen's wardrobe, where upon sight of the token he
received it. It is of cloth of gold paned like the paper enclosed. Showed
Mr. Blunt one of the sleeves that he might certify you of the same.|
|Went back to the Queen's chamber to thank Mrs. Margery, but she had
gone into the privy chamber, so that he could not speak with her. Will be
at Court tomorrow, and send word what she says by the next messenger.
Asks what he shall do with the kirtle. Suggests that lady Lisle should
write letters of thanks to Mrs. Margery and Geo. Tayllour, and remember
those of the Queen's wardrobe. Mr. Raffe Sadler confirms what he wrote
previously, that all abbeys of the yearly value of 300 marks and under shall
be put down. When Sadler can come by any of the names, he will send
them to Lord Lisle. The King has given to Mr. Blunt and his heirs the
tenement that Thos. Knight of Calais dwells in. London, 18 March.|
|Wrote to lord and lady Lisle by Buck, lord Edmund's servant, to lord
Lisle, by London, archer on horseback, and to both by Thos. Audesle, of
Devonshire, and has heard nothing from them since his coming.|
Hol., pp. 2. Add: At Calais.
|500. Ric. Pate to Cromwell.|
|Received on the 16th inst. his letter dated 25 Feb., exhorting him
"to pluck my sprites unto me" to do the King's affairs.|
|His "sedulity" will, he trusts, appear from the Emperor's answer,
which he will despatch from Rome shortly after his coming. Asks Cromwell
to interpret his access without Gregory Casali to the best part. Was moved
thereto by divers reasons, and could not do otherwise, their journey being
daily deferred. There were other things also that might meantime have
succeeded to the small "prevayllement" or regard of their commission
Naples, 19 March.|
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Secretary.
|501. William (fn. 5) Prior of Bridlington to Cromwell.|
|According to the King's letters received by Cromwell's visitors for the
province of York, I have sent up the charters of our foundation and grants
of appropriation to our poor house, with all our papistical muniments and
bulls. As we are unable to thank you for your goodness to us, please to
accept our poor hearts with the poor fee of our house which I send you,
begging you to be good master unto us, and let the bearer know your pleasure.
We are much troubled by gentlemen in our country for the denial of such
farms as we may not forego casefully, fearing upon their wrong information to
your mastership to have your letters directed to us in their favor. Begs
his protection. Bridlington, the third Sunday in Lent.|
Hol., p. 1. Add.. Secretary.
|R.O.||502. George Browne to Cromwell.|
|Begs for his assistance in meeting the necessary expenses of his
promotion (fn. 6) in Ireland. Wishes to speak to him about his matter with lord
Rochforde. Hears that Agar and other of those parts are despatched with
favor. Beseeches him to consider his case. Signed.|
P. 1. Add.: Secretary. Endd.
Harl. MS. 6989, f. 40. B. M.
|503. G. Lilius (fn. 7) to Starkey.|
|Writes by the bearer, John, who was brought up for some years with
Starkey, and will give him full particulars of their health and state. Supposes
he has heard of his patron's (fn. 8) work, which will be a glory to the country and
posterity. Venice, 14 Cal. April.|
Lat. Hol., p. 1. Add.: D. Th. Starkeio, Londini.
|504. Antony Barker to Lady Lisle.|
|I have received your letters of 15 Feb., which I should have answered
long ago if I might have spoken to any of the couriers. Your son
Mr. James is with Mr. Raynoldes, who has had the governing him since he
came to Paris. As he is not letted by so many troubles as I, your son will
profit more under him than me. I see him every day. His bringing up is
sober and virtuous. Suggests that money for him should be paid to
Nic. Hardye. Thanks for news of my lord of Harford. (fn. 9) Commendations to
lord Lisle. The bishop of Paris is come from Rome suddenly and secretly,
and glad that he so might escape. Paris, 20 March.|
Hol., p. 1. Add.. At Calais.
|505. The Town of Southampton to Cromwell.|
|Since you were last here we have lived in hope that we should be
relieved of the great burden hanging upon us in the King's Exchequer for
the arrears of the farm of the town. This has been increased by a yearly
sum of 40 marks above the 200 for the fee-farm, in the Exchequer. Many
writs are out against the late sheriffs of the town for the arrears, and we are
undone without your help. If that were discharged we would set men to
work for repairing the walls, keeping out the sea, and providing ordnance.
Hampton, 20 March.|
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Secretary. Endd.
|506. Will. Waldegrave to Cromwell.|
|I have received your letters of the 2nd Feb., by which I perceive that
John Peyntwyne has complained that I have discharged him from a copyhold he had of me of my manor of Wendon. I discharged him because he
was the principal cause that Will. Barly, Esq., entered a piece of land of
mine and took away my farmer's crop of corn to the peril of disinheriting
me and my heirs. This is found against him by the whole homage of my
tenants at a court where neither I nor my servants were present. He made
himself similarly busy in my grandfather's time. The value of it was not
more than 6l., and his pretended poverty is feigned. But I shall be content
to be ordered by you in this matter. 20 March.|
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Secretary.
Cleop. E. iv. 230. B. M.
|507. Ric. Southwell to [Cromwell].|
|On Friday night at Newmarket, your servant, my friend Mr. Bestney,
lying in wait lest my son (fn. 10) should escape without his knowledge, furnished us
with meat and fish sufficient for our entertainment, and in the morning gave
us some to carry to my house. He offered to discharge our whole charges
there, and convey us out of town without charge; which we refused. In
requital, I asked him if I could send any message to you from him. He
asked me to remind you of the priories of Lygyn and Syverneye, a cell to
the house of Ely, for which he lately wrote to you. He desires his suit for
the latter to be secret. Your pains will not be unremembered.|
|"Your son and mine" on Saturday last arrived all healthy, pleasant, and
in good point, at my most poor cabin and cottage, where he seems better
content than there is cause for. I have written to my brother certain
remembrances for you. 20 March 27 Hen. VIII.|
Hol., pp. 2.
Vit. B. xiv. 241. B. M.
|508. Antony Guidotti to Cromwell.|
|"Al mio hoservandissimo singniore, conosciendomi inabile a sadisfare
alle obrighatione et d . . . . . . . . . la Maesta regia vostro et mio singniore
giornalmente conl . . . . . . . . . vo pensando in eche modo potrei inqualche
parte a quello . . . . . . . . . . alli pasatti gierni a Messina mivene per
fantassia depar . . . . . . . . maestri tessittori di drappa de setta. Quali
sono quelli che . . . . . . . anno benefichatto tallemente essa cipta che
destrutta, che era . . . . . . . cipta del regnio di Cicillia et li cittadini dessa
terra sono t . . . . . . . maraviglia a vederllo et tutto derivante da tale
mestiero, . . . . . la terra d'Antona per manchamento de sercizio de homini
et tra . . . . . . destrutta. Et inoltre quanto direbbe bene davere tale
mestie[ro] . . . . . d'Antona, primamente per la chonmoditta de sua Maesta,
e simile p . . . . . . sua suditti che ampliandossi la detta artte indecta terra
co . . . . . pure che da voi il neghotio sia favoritto. Li Normandi et
B[rettagni ?] vanno a Lione 300 ho 400 miglia per drappi de setta, aranno
p . . . . . de venire in Antona per potere portare delle loro merchantie
p . . . . . . a Lione non lo possano fare, et alsi averrano de ogni sorta
drapper . . . . . . . merchatto che a Lione, donde consideratto honnia
miresolve segre . . . . . . capitolare con uno de migliori maestri dessa cipta
de Messina pure . . . . . facciendoli pero buono partitto. Talmente che
col nome de Dio alli x . . . . . . . passato con xxiiij. persone homini et donne
utilli per tale mestiero . . . . . . sopra una nave Rangiea per lavolta da
Antona che vene otto . . . . . . con le loro mogliere e figlioli. Et anno
portatto tutto l'artifitio . . . . . . . delche vi prometto non e statto con
poccho mio dangiero della vitta . . . . . . per levarlli et condurlli con tutte
le appartenezie dell mestier[o] . . . . . mi parra avere bene inpieghatto.
Quando intenda V. S. tengh . . . . che abbi facto bona determinazione
si chome io mi persuado . . . . . . . . per che jo vorrei sappere parte della
mente de V. S. sopra q . . . . . . . . . cioe se siatte desiderosso che detto
mestiero, se aplichi grande . . . . . . . si chome sarrebbe la mente
mia. Dacto che adesso e lapi . . . . . . . . che fusi o sara mai consitt che
queste preparazionc . . . . . . . . . . fano perdere il choraggio a questi
poveri homini . . . . . . . . . . . . . . se macienerette la mette vostra
* * * omini ma bisognia avere le loro mogliere
servitori pratichi . . . . . . . tutto l'artifizio che e de grande volume et de
gran travaglio . . . . . . . sa loro, tutta volta semichoraggiatte alfarllo la
fatte da poy . . . . . anoctatte, che questo e troppo gran peso alle mie spalle
che arsi . . . . . qualche pocho da tutto, sichome ne schrivo a mio suociero
ad lungho . . . . . [vostr]a singnoria siresolla e sidegni respondermi o farmi
respondere . . . . . gratia sopra questo e ffare domando a V. S. che sia
intermediattore [che sua M]ta midia previlegio che per xv. o xx. anni
persona non possa in cotesto [regno] vocare et fare la vocare de questa
artte, se non sotto mio nome, che questa . . . . . e domanda defforma
a vendoci io presso tanto travaglio et spesa . . . . . . . o quando vedrette
questa artte in Antona, et che sua maesta vedra . . . . . . . delli homini
condotti costi che sarette intercessore a fare che sua [Maesta] me porgha
qualche aiutto per ampliare questa artte, quale io non fo . . . . . . .
alchuno che in brievi anni non abbia daessere in Inchilesi si chome . . . . . .
[q]uesti che mando de costa. La maesta dello imperradore dua anni
. . . . . . ando fu qui in Napoli dete grandissimi previleggi sdoni a dua
fratelli . . . . . . tti Francisco et Achostino Cordes Millanessi per che
andassilo a levare l'artte . . . . . . . sa et chosi intendo anno fato che in
fatti et gentile artte et de buon profitto [et de g]ran reputazione. Et de
gratia piacia a V. S. schrivere quatro versi . . . . . . . nere d'Antona che
abbi per rachomandatto le persone xxiiij. che la . . . . . . . ndatti, et che
non siano angheriatti anzi previleggiatti in che parte del . . . . . . che
stano. Et quando e fusi conmodo alli detti de Antona per qualche . . . . . .
vere dato loro 8 et 10 chasette de bando pure de dua o tre nobli . . . . . luna
sarebbono bene impieghatti per che essi schriverebbono dello . . . . . . . .
Si bene visti che intermine de pochi mesi sanza spesa alchuna . . . . . . . .
verebbono a abbitare in Antona, tamen paressere povero la villa . . . . . . . .
voglio desiderare a voi che lo desideriatte a essi, tamen sarebbe . . . . . . .
mente a propoxito, et alla villa d'Antona sara de grande refreschamento
. . . . . . . xxx. o xl. famiglie de questa (?) artte, et perche meglio de me
intende . . . . . . . [n]eghozio faro sanza altro dire sopra cio.|
|"[Se sua Mae]sta o V. S. volessi che io chonduciessi uno maestro che
lavori dero . . . . . . . . . . o altro avertitemene et notate che mero altri
homini de quelli . . . . . . . . . . . . ia che a a intendere V. S. lho maestro
che e venutto con le . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ermisini et taffatta
tuta * * *|
|"Simile se V. S. desegniassi avere per sua maesta, o per V.[S.] . . . . . . .
c uno murattore, da fare uno palazo et chasa et qualche . . . . . . . . qualche
giardino almodo de Italia o grande commoditt . . . . . . . . Et etiam uno
depintore optimo pure Fiorentino giov[ane] . . . . . . . . vertuossissino et
maxime alle cose naturalle. Et laresti per . . . . . . . e viparebbe da altra
qualitta de totto. Adunque se in . . . . . . viposso servire fattemello
intendere che non bramo altro . . . . . . . Avutto la reposta de questa
impartiro per Alpaese de costa . . . . . . Napoli o Roma, Firenze o Vinegia
judichatte possa servire la V. [S.] . . . . . . in che conto che fusi comandattemi che vi obediro chome et mio . . . . . . per che jo so che V. S. intende
piu dormendo che io vegliando non . . . . . . piu avanti baciando laman
de V. S. suplichando quella . . . . . . de rachomandarmi umillemente a sua
gratia per la qua . . . . . . . deverse gentilezze, e alsi per la regina et de
V. S. non mi s . . . . . . estimo pure per Santo Giovanni essere Alpaese.
Rachoman . . . . . . . il mio quore il mio suociero, suplichandovi alchontinouare . . . . singniore che ciertamette appattito pure assai per me, tamen
con . . . . . . . . et la solitta benignitta de su maesta. Spero che a tutto
sabb . . . . . . . . . fine che cosi piacia a nostro singniore conciedere
gratia et felice . . . . . . Data in Napoli addi xx. de Marzo 1536 et
bincharnazi . . . . . ."|
Mutilated. Add. Endd.: Anthony Guidott.