||1. Henry VIII. to Albert duke of Prussia.|
|R. T., 148,
|Thanks for former tokens of affection and for falcons lately sent. Offers in return any pleasure his realm can afford. Cannot omit to thank him in the name of the Christian religion for his efforts to promote the Gospel. Is himself, for the glory of God, always ready to assist this most sacred cause. Greenwich, 18 Jan. 1539. Countersigned: Petrus Vannes.|
Lat. Modern transcript from Königsberg, p. 1. Headed: “Illustrissimo ac excellentissimo principi Domino Alberto Marchioni Brandenburgensi, Borussiæ, Stetiniæ, Pomeraniæ, Cassubarum ac Sclavorum Duci, burgravio Nurenburgensi, Rugiæque principi, &c., consanguineo et amico nostro carissimo.”
||2. Edm. Harvel to the Lord of the Privy Seal.|
||I wrote last on the 14th inst. and have since, by letters of my friend Thos. Stace, learnt the provision of 20s. a day which the King has given me by patent, to begin at the feast of St. John's last, with three months beforehand. Expresses his gratitude for this and affection to the lord Privy Seal, who has drawn him out of misery and care into the King's favour. Encloses a letter of thanks to the King.|
As he wrote on the 14th, two Venetian gentlemen arrived from Constantinople in 34 days, professing to have escaped; but it is suspected they brought letters from the Turk to the Signory announcing the confirmation of peace which Cantelmo, the French king's man, and a Venetian gentleman are expected with daily. French practises with the Turk continue, for Ant. Brucioli says he lately saw five letters that go to Rincon in Constantinople from the French king secretly. The Turk makes great preparations by sea and land, against Italy it is thought. Notwithstanding the peace, the Venetians prepare a great navy. The Imperials also assemble a navy at Genis, where they expect 20 galleys out of Spain, besides ships retained in all places. Also 12,000 Spaniards shall come to Italy. No more mention of the bp. of Rome's practises for the purchase of the duchy of Florence (for 1,200,000 cr.) and other towns. If the Emperor comes to Italy the said practises are not unlikely. These men have taken ships of Ragusa laden with wheat and expect ships out of Cyprus with corn. A Venetian ship, rich above 20,000l. st., was lately taken by Barbarossa on his way to Constantinople, where he is now arrived and in great estimation. Venice, 21 Feb. 1540.
Hol., pp. 3. Add.
||3. William Kennerday. (fn. 1) |
||Inquisition made by me Vincent Engeham, of certain words heretical and blasphemous against the Sacrament of the Altar, spoken by one William Kenterdall, of Calais, late servant to Sir Edward Ryngeley, comptroller of Calais.|
1. That he said several times in Sandwich before Mr. Pyman of the same town, jurat, Ric. Aldersley and John Folefeld, and many others, that he had as lief see an oyster shell or a piece of paper as the most blessed sacrament above the priest's head at the altar. 2. That he would sell all the meed and merits of all the masses he had ever heard for a penny or a dozen of points. 3. That our Lord gave not his own body, but a signification thereof unto his disciples at his last supper or “maundey.” 4. That he said of the King's book sent down for the edifying of his subjects, that one part of it could not be amended, and the other part, if all the devils in Hell had been at the making thereof, they could not have made it so evil. 6. That if a knave priest could make God, then he would hire one such god-maker for a year and give him 20l. to make fishes and fowls and all other things he wished. “If this be not sufficient you shall have at more leisure of his lewd words against other sacraments and ceremonies of the Church.”
P. 1. Endd.
||4. Card. Pole to Francis I.|
|Thanks for the King's benign letters. Sees in them a reflection of the Divine image, since God has promised to aid and console orphans. As to what Francis writes in favour of the bp. of Rhodez (Ruden.), (fn. 2) Pole knew him at Venice, by the introduction of the bp. of Lavaur, and thinks him one better qualified to advise himself than to be advised by him; but will do what he can, for the sake of Francis, for whom he prays, both because God has commanded prayer for those in high station and because, ever since the joyful meeting at Nice, he has prayed Christ to increase and preserve that divine light and odor of the Heavenly kingdom which marked the interview of Francis with the Pope and Card. Contarini and the writer. Rome.|
||5. Card. Pole to Card. Cervini.|
|Is writing to the Nuncio about the chaplain (fn. 3) detained at Louvain. Trusts that Cervini and Card. Farnese will obtain the chaplain's release. Rome, 16 June.|
||6. Philip Count Palatine to Christopher Munth.|
||After careful consideration and advice on the negociations which took place when he was in England for his marriage to the Princess Mary, sent a written answer from Heidelberg, dated 25 April last, by his servant Zaiger, who delivered it at Whitsuntide to the late Privy Seal Cromwell, and Cromwell, till his arrest, always promised to deliver it to the King. Understands, however, that he did not do so, and Zaiger will have to be instructed anew. Begs Munth to use his best efforts that he may deliver the letter to the King's own hand. Just after Munth had been with him at Heidelberg, sent on to him at Strasburg two letters addressed to the King, the one touching Wilhelm Count of Furstenburg, the other touching Duke Ruprecht, Count Helffenstain, John lord of Haidegk, and Conrad von Bemblberg, knights, with request to present it to the King. Finds Munth has already delivered them to the King, but no answer has come. Begs Munth to press for an answer.|
Burgklenngfeld, 21 Aug. 1540. Signed.
German, pp. 3. Add.: Unserm lieben besonndern Cristoffen Munth, Engellendischem Secretarien.
||7. [Philip Count Palatine to Mont.]|
||[P.S. to the preceding?]|
Begs him to inform him by Zaiger of the new order of the King's Council and who is Privy Seal in Cromwell's place; also to visit the new Privy Seal and present the writer's excuses for not having written to him this time personally for want of information. If it be the former Admiral, takes him for his good friend. Speaks of a silver salver which the King had appointed for him as a present which was not delivered by Cromwell.
German, p. 1. In the same hand as the preceding.