||420. The Privy Council.|
|i. Meeting at Hampton Court, 1 Jan. Present: Chancellor, Norfolk, Suffolk, Privy Seal, Gt. Chamb., Hertford, Gt. Admiral, Durham, Treasurer, Comptroller, Mr. of Horse, Vice-Chamb., Wriothesley, Sadler, Chanc. of Augm., Chanc. of Tenths. No business recorded.|
||ii. Meeting at Hampton Court, 2 Jan. Present, the same persons. Business: — Thos. Cottisford, chaplain, and Deryck — (blank), a Fleming, servants to the bp. of Ely, accused by Thos. Whalpole of publishing an epistle of Melancthon against the Six Articles, (fn. 1) examined; and Deryck confessed to receiving the copy from Cottisford and he from Blages wife, grocer in Chepe. The Recorder of London and Wm. Lock, mercer, were written to to examine Blages wife and send her hither. Letter sent to the mayor of London to enquire how sugar and spices were sold at Lixbour and Andwerpe; that the Council might set the price of certain sugar and spice brought by Portingalles in four ships.|
| (fn. 2) 2 Jan.
||421. Chapuys to Charles V. (fn. 3) |
Pt. i. No.
|On the 23rd ult. I wrote to “your Imperial Majesty” what passed at Hampton Court with regard to the proclamation touching the lading of vessels. On the 27th received the Emperor's letters of the 16th and a memorandum from Secretary Bave of the compliment paid to Winchester on his going to Valenciennes, at which this King is much gratified. The pirates who captured the caravel have been taken since the Admiral last dined with Chapuys, and will be executed. Will, to obviate such evils, try and get it enacted that no armed ship shall sail for Brazil or such countries without giving security not to attack the Emperor's ships. As to the Portuguese ship that was wrecked, the Admiral is making enquiries.|
Whatever answer Winchester gets he will follow the Emperor to Germany for the purpose the writer mentioned in his last despatches; for this King has still misgivings about the decisions of the German diets, although the French proclaim that nothing will be done at Worms or Regensburg (considering the Emperor's haste to return to Spain, Hungary's need of succour from Germany, and the obstinacy of the Lutherans), but that the Emperor will renew the truce made at Frankfort.
“On the third day of Easter (fn. 4) ” the Scotch ambassador (who gives out that he is going to the Emperor to protest against Spaniards and Flemings fishing in Scotch waters) arrived and was highly feasted. The Council has been, for the last 36 hours, so busy with “the affair in question” that they would transact no other business.
As lady Anne of Cleves is recalled to Richmond and seems happier, and the Queen is not yet enceinte, people talk of a reconciliation. Sees no sign of it, but will indirectly thwart it. London, 4 Jan. 1541.
Original (at Vienna) partly in cipher.
||422. The Privy Council.|
|Meeting at Hampton Court, 3 Jan. Present: Chancellor, Norfolk, Suffolk, Privy Seal, Gt. Chamb., Hertford, Gt. Admiral, Durham, Treasurer, Comptroller, Mr. of Horse, Vice-Chamb., Wriothesley, Sadler, Chanc. of Augm., Chanc. of Tenths. Business:—Proclamation that whosoever had money, jewels, or goods of one Albert, taken at the burning of his tent at the Court Gate, should restore them before Twelfth Day. Sir John Fawel, of Ashburton, Devon, sent for at the suit of Sir Thos. Denys, Queen's chancellor, appeared. Thos. Smyth, clerk of the Queen's Council, and Wm. Graye, sometime servant to the late lord Cromwell, examined “of the cause of their writing invectives one against another.” Ric. Bankes denied printing the said invectives and laid the fault to Robt. Redman, dec., and Ric. Grafton; which Grafton confessed that he printed part of them and also had in his keeping, in English, an epistle by Melancthon (fn. 5) contrary to the Six Articles, and was committed to the porter's ward.|
||423. Cromwell Ballads.|
|A sequence of nine ballads numbered from 4 to 12 in the Society of Antiquaries' book of broadsides, viz.:—|
No. 4.—“A Balade on Thomas Crumwell.”
“Both man and chylde is glad to here tell
Of that false Traytoure Thomas Crumwell
Now that he is set to lerne to spell
“Synge trolle on away.”
This is not the original broadside, which will be found printed in full in Percy's “Reliques of Ancient English Poetry,” Book IV., No. xi., but a mere memorandum printed in blackletter in modern type, stating that the original consists of 16 verses of three lines each, the last being—
“God save King Henry with all his power,
And Prynce Edward, that goodly flowre
With all his lordes of great honoure,
Synge trolle on away, synge trolle on away.
Heve and how, rombelowe, trolle on away!”
||No. 5.—“A balade agaynst malycyous Sclaunderers.”|
“Heve and how, rumbelow, thou arte to blame
Trolle into the right way agayne for shame.
Trolle into the way, trolle in and retrolle
Small charyte and lesse wytte is in thy nolle
Thus for to rayle upon a Christen soule
Wherfore men thinke the worthy blame
Trolle into the way agayn for shame.”
Consists of 18 stanzas in all, the purport of which is to rebuke the author of No. 4, for reviling lord Cromwell, as railing on a dead man is shameful; and it is alleged—
“Although lord Cromwell a traytor was,
Yet dare I saye that the Kynge of his grace
Hath forgyven hym that greet trespas.”
He had moreover made a good end. The author accuses the other of being popish and upholding—
“both monkes and fryers
Nunnes and naughty packes and lewed lowsy lyers,
The byshop of Rome with all his rotten squyers.
To buylde such a church thou arte moche to blame.”
Stanza 15 is—
“A prety wyse printer belyke he was
Which of his printing so lytell doth pas
To print such pylde poetry as this same was.
Lyke maker, lyke printer, two trolles of the game,
A payre of good papystes, ye be payne of shame.”
At the foot: “Prentyd at London in Lombard Strete nere unto the Stockes Market at the Sygne of the Mermayde by John Gough.
Cum previlegio Ad imprimendum solum.
O Domine in virtute tua letabitur Rex,” &c.
||No. 6.—“A lytell treatyse agaynst sedicyous persons.”|
“To trolle away or trolle in let not trolle spare
If trolle truly trolle, trolle nedeth not to care.”
In 13 stanzas, the writer stating that he has perused the two preceding ballads “Trolle away” and “Trolle in,” and exhorting to charity, while maintaining that “Trolle away tolde trouth.”
“Composed by Thomas Smyth, servaunt to the Kynges royall Majestye, and clerke of the Quenes Graces Counsell, though most unworthy.”
||No. 7.—“A treatyse declarynge the despyte of a secrete sedycyous person that dareth not shewe hymselfe,” being another ballad in 13 stanzas by the same Thomas Smyth. Printed at London “in Paternoster rowe at the sygne of our Lady Pytye by John Redman ad imprimendum solum.” In this he complains of being named a papist, for which he says he will seek redress “before the higher powers.”|
||No. 8.—“An answere (fn. 6) to Maister Smyth, servaunt to the Kynges most royall Majestye and clerke of the Quenes Graces Counsell, though most unworthy.”|
“Whether ye trolle in or els trolle out,
Ye trolle untruly, loke better about.”
A ballad of 13 stanzas in the same metre, in answer to No. 6, ending with prayers for Henry VIII., Queen Katharine, and Prince Edward.
Printed at London by Richard Bankes, “cum privilegio ad imprimendum solum, and to be solde in Paternoster Rowe by John Turke, at the sygne of the Rose.”
||No. 9.—“An envoye from] Thomas Smyth upon th'aunswer of one W.G. lurkyng in Lorrells denne for feare men shulde hym see.”|
A reply to No. 8 in 16 stanzas.
||No. 10.—“The Returne of Mr. Smythes envoy.”|
In 15 stanzas. Printed by Richard Bankes, “and be to sell in Lombard street nere unto the Stockes by Rycharde Kele.”
||No. 11.—“An Artificiall apologie, articulerlye answerynge to the obstreperous obgannynges of one W.G. evometyd to the vituperacion of the tryumphant trollynge Thomas Smyth. Repercussed by the ryght redolent and rotunde rethorician R. Smyth P. with annotacions of the mellifluous and misticall Master Mynterne, marked in the mergent for the enucliation of certen obscure obelisques, to th'ende that the imprudent lector shulde not tytubate or hallucinate in the labyrinthes of this lucubratiuncle.”|
In 22 stanzas, in the course of which it appears that the name of the assailant “W. G.” is Graye, and he is asked why he thus assails “our Smyths.” Of Master Thomas Smyth it is said:
“He commeth of the smyth that shod Saynt Georges horsse
By ryght dessent, it may not be denyed;
But yf any wolde it shall not greatly force.”
Printed at London by Richard Bankes, “and be to sell in Paternoster rowe at the sygne of the Rose.”
“A paumflet compyled by G. C.
To Master Smyth and Wyllyam G.
Prayeng them both, for the love of our Lorde,
To growe at last to an honest accorde.”
In 21 stanzas of eight lines each (those of the previous ballads being of seven lines each).
Printed by Bankes, &c., like the last.
||424. The Privy Council.|
|Meeting at Hampton Court, 4 Jan. Present: Chancellor, Norfolk, Suffolk, Privy Seal, Gt. Chamb., Hertford, Gt. Admiral, Durham, Treasurer, Comptroller, Mr. of Horse, Vice-Chamb., Wriothesley, Sadler, Chanc. of Augm., Chanc. of Tenths. Business:—The wife of — Blage, grocer in Chepe, confessed the delivery to Thos. Cottisford of a seditious epistle of Melancthon's (fn. 7) , and that she had it of Ric. Grafton. She and Deryck were then dismissed. Thos. Walpole confessed setting forth the said epistle, and also conspiring with one Forde, of East Dereham, touching conjurations. Letter sent to Sir Rog. Tounesende and Mr. Fermor, sheriff of Norfolk, to send up Forde, physician, of East Dereham, together with his instruments of conjuration. Thos. Smyth, Wm. Graye, Ric. Grafton, Thos. Walpole, and Thos. Cottisford committed to the Fleet.|
||425. John Butler to John Scudamore.|
|Understanding that you have appointed the audit of the revenues of suppressed lands in Worcestershire to be kept in Worcester, I, being the King's farmer of those of the late monastery of Pershore lying in Gloucestershire, have sent the bearer, my servant, to you about it, with certain requests, in which I desire a continuance of your friendship. Beconysfyld, 4 Jan.|
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Mr. John Skidmore, esq.
||426. The Privy Council.|
|Meeting at Hampton Court, 5 Jan. Present: Chancellor, Norfolk, Suffolk, Privy Seal, Gt. Chamb., Hertford, Gt. Admiral, Durham, Treasurer, Comptroller, Mr. of Horse, Vice-Chamb, Wriothesley, Sadler, Chanc. of Augm., Chanc. of Tenths. Business:—Sir John Fawel examined of the bill put up by Philip Brayn, of Exeter, against Sir Thos. Denys, Queen's chancellor. Letters sent to lord Dacre to secretly apprehend Jas. Duglas, of Parkhed, who fled into England a year past. The like to Sir Thos. Wharton and Sir Wm. Musgrave, and to Sir Cuthb. Ratcliff and John Heron of Chipchase, for the apprehension of two other Scots called Robin Rutherford and Andrew Bell. Letters written to the treasurer of Calais, answering his request to come over; and to the comptroller of Calais and John Sandes to send frequent news of Picardy.|
||427. Henry VIII. to Wallop.|
St. P., viii.
|We have received yours of 24 Dec. declaring your good entertainment there, the French king's motion touching a Breton who has suits at law here, the naming of his commissioners for Cowbridge, and your conferences with the queen of Navarre. You are to repair to the French king, and say that you have letters from us touching the Breton and the other matters lately treated of at Melun, and that as to the first we have ordered the matter to be immediately examined, and if the Breton has any right to the recompence he demands he shall be satisfied. And, secondly, as to the Commissioners, although we desired, and he promised, that none of that province who were allied upon the frontiers should be appointed, yet, seeing he has appointed Mons. de Bees, whom we take for a man of honour and good inclination, we are content. We have appointed to meet the said Mons. de Bees and his colleague our Councillors the earl of Hertford and Sir Edw. Kerne, one of the masters of our requests, and they shall be ready at Calais on the 2nd of next month, as in our other letters is appointed.|
Sundry your friends here have made suit for your advancement and, the matter requiring haste, we revoke you and send in your place the lord William Haward, who shall be there within a fortnight. You shall tell the French king of our intention to revoke you, so that in case he would send any letters or message by you they may be put in hand at once. You must yourself be ready to depart upon lord William's arrival.
Draft, pp. 7. Endd.: Minute to Mr. Wallop, 5° Januarii.
||428. [Diet of Worms.]|
Reform., iv. 7.
|Reply of the representatives of the German Princes of the Confession of Augsburg [at the diet of Worms] to certain conditions (issued on Sunday) circumscribing those of the decree of Hagenau (forma Haganoensis). They commence by saying they offered themselves for a conference upon the recess of Hagenau and the rescript of the Emperor, and that they sincerely desire the glory of God and the tranquillity of Germany. They protest against these two articles:—(1.) That the discussion be confined to the two collocutors of the two parties; which they had hoped would be open to all the 22 deputies, as the early councils of the Church (at Ephesus, Chalcedon, and elsewhere) showed the value of free discussion, and the speech of 26 November (fn. 8) seemed to imply that it would be allowed. And (2) that only the conclusions and not the arguments on both sides should be written down by the notaries.|
Exhibited 5 Jan.
Latin, pp. 7. Endd.: The third.
||429. Paul III. to the Bishop of Liege.|
|Hears that Gerald, son of Gerald late earl of Kildare, in Ireland, has taken refuge in Liege, fleeing from the fierce persecution of the schismatics, by whom his father and elder brother and two uncles were slain, and who no less cruelly seek the life of this survivor. Commends the youth to his care, and desires him, if he cannot protect him at Liege, or if the boy himself wishes to come to the Pope, to assist him in every way. Writes further to Theodoricus Hezius on the matter. Rome, 5 Jan. 1541 anno 7.|
||430. The Privy Council.|
|Meeting at Hampton Court, 6 Jan. Present: Chancellor, Norfolk, Suffolk, Privy Seal, Gt. Chamb., Hertford, Gt. Admiral, Durham, Treasurer Comptroller, Mr. of Horse, Vice-Chamb., Wriothesley, Sadler, Chanc. of Augm., Chanc. of Tenths. Business:—Sir Fras. Bryan deposed what he knew touching the traitor that calls himself in France “the White Roose.”|
||431. William Hawke.|
||Receipt given by Wm. Hawke, of Thryplowe, Camb., 6 Jan. 32 Hen. VIII., for 10l., part payment of 80l., for all Hawke's lands in Thryplowe. Signed.|
Small paper, p. 1.
||432. The Bishop of Modena to Cardinal Farnese.|
|Differences among the Protestants as to mode of procedure, adjusted by Melancthon. Yesterday morning, before the Lutherans gave their reply to the proposition made two days earlier, spoke with Granvelle to assure him that the Pope did not wish to hinder the conference. In return he recounted his affection to his Holiness ever since he became Pope, when he (Granvelle) was the Emperor's ambassador in France, and Card. Salviati was legate there, and enumerated the good offices he had done not only for the Holy See but for the Pope's own person and house; concluding that, lastly, in Flanders, he had hindered the marriage of the widow duchess of Milan with the king of England, solely in order not to prejudice the Holy See. And now if it pleased him to persuade the Emperor to shut his eyes, an alliance with these heretics would follow, considering the necessity of these two brothers (fn. 9) . * * * * Worms, 6 Jan. 1541.|
||433. The Privy Council.|
P. C. P., vii.
|Meeting at Hampton Court, 7 Jan. Present: Chancellor, Norfolk, Suffolk, Privy Seal, Gt. Chamb., Hertford, Gt. Admiral, Durham, Treasurer, Comptroller, Vice-Chamb., Wriothesley, Sadler, Chanc. of Augm., Chanc. of Tenths. No business recorded.|
||434. The Privy Council to Sir William Eure.|
|Have received his letters and heard this bearer's credence of what he could declare touching preparations in Scotland and concerning the King's sister, the Queen dowager there. The King thanks Eure for his dexterity, and, to know what shall be treated in Scotland at the Parliament to be there holden now in February, and what preparations are made, and also touching the said Queen's matters, has devised that this bearer, Berwick, shall repair into Scotland with Eure's letters to the Comptroller, David Wood, touching the matter of wines, conformable to the enclosed letters from the earl of Southampton, “now lord Privy Seal, and then Admiral, when that matter came in ure,” and from “me” the Lord Russell, now Admiral, to John Horseley, who has behaved ill in the matter, being privy to the order made by me Sir Rafe Sadler. In Scotland, Berwick is to deliver the King's letters to the said Queen (copy enclosed), and to spy what he can, both by his own wit and with the aid of Eure's trusty friends there, touching the preparations and the Parliament. Where Eure writes of the naughtiness of John Horseley in detaining the King's letters, that matter is referred to “me the Duke of Norfolk” who comes down right shortly.|
Draft, corrected by Wriothesley, pp. 6. Endd.: Minute to Sir William Eure, 7 Jan.
||435. The Privy Council.|
|Meeting at Hampton Court, 8 Jan. Present: Chancellor, Suffolk, Privy Seal, Gt. Chamb., Hertford, Gt. Admiral, Durham, Treasurer, Comptroller, Vice-Chamb., Wriothesley, Sadler, Chanc. of Augm., Chanc. of Tenths. Business.—Upon the Staplers' suit for renewal of their licence for shipping wools, now nearly expired, the King has willed his Council to declare to Geo. Medley and And. Judde, Staplers, being here for the said suit, that they shall have licence for one year from Lady Day upon the conditions of their pact made five years ago. Letter written to the mayor of London to forbear levying subsidy of Alvaro de Asto Dillo, Antonio Jaismes, Antonio de Maznelo, and Philip de Aranda, strangers. Letter written to Ric. Egecombe and others to enquire into the spoil of the Portingalles ship that ran aground at Plymouth. Letter under stamp to the King's solicitor and Wm. Fermour, for justice in felonies charged to Joan Harryson and to examine into a riot by servants of John Denton, of Caversfeld, against John Harman, gentleman usher. John Babam, late servant to the lady of Salisbury, examined. John Gough, of London, sent to the Fleet for printing seditious books. Wm. Pert, of Senock, Kent, sent to the Fleet for an affray with Sir Thos. Nevell's servants and as suspected of hunting.|
|8 Jan. (fn. 10)
||436. Chapuys to the Queen of Hungary. (fn. 11) |
Pt. i., No.
|Wrote on the 2nd. On the 3rd the lady Anne of Cleves sent the King a New Year's present of two large horses with violet velvet trappings and presented herself at Hampton Court with her suite, accompanied only by lord William, the Duke of Norfolk's brother, who happened to meet her on the road to this city. She was received by the Duchess of Suffolk, the Countess Darfort (of Hertford?) and other ladies, who conducted her to her lodgings and then to the Queen's apartments. Account of her interview with the Queen; whom she insisted on addressing on her knees, for all the Queen could say, who showed her the utmost kindness. The King then entered and, after a low bow to lady Anne, embraced and kissed her. She occupied a seat near the bottom of the table at supper, but after the King had retired the Queen and lady Anne danced together and next day all three dined together. At this time the King sent his Queen a present of a ring and two small dogs, which she passed over to lady Anne. That day lady Anne returned to Richmond.|
The Princess has not yet visited the new Queen, though she sent her a present on New Year's Day; at which her father was pleased, as well as at one he himself received from her. Is told he sent, her back two magnificent New Year's gifts from himself and the Queen. Despatches have come from the bp. of Winchester reporting the audience he had with “your Majesty.” The King and Council have been deliberating upon that despatch two days what answer to make, the expediency of sending into France, etc. They have sent two messengers thither within the last three days, and are going to send as ambassador the above lord William—a good young gentleman, but not suitable for such business; and Wallop will come back to take the command of Guisnes, though some say that has been given to Mr. Wingfield, vice-chamberlain and captain of the Body Guard. Some suspect Wallop has been recalled for fear he should withdraw, as the archdeacon of Lincoln did; for he was suspected at the time that he first returned to France, when the King sent several persons to find out the truth. Has heard nothing unpleasant yet about “your Majesty's” answer to the bp. of Winchester; these people seem satisfied with it. The Bp. made excuses for not having entered Valenciennes and spoken to “your Majesty” sooner about the said Archdeacon, whose withdrawal the Privy Councillors have been trying to keep as secret as possible, ordering all private letters to be opened to see if anything is said of it.
The French ambassador sent word yesterday that he was going to Court to-day to present three venison pies, made of the largest wild boar ever killed in France, sent to the King by Francis. London, 4 Jan. 1541.
Original (at Vienna) partly in cipher, endorsed as a “letter to the Queen.”
||437. Robert Wauchop (fn. 12) to Cardinal Farnese.|
|Received on 4 Jan., Farnese's letters, dated at Ostia, 22 Dec. Has already written that he thinks this conference a device of the Protestants to let three princes, (fn. 13) their favourers, declare openly for them. Refers to Modena for details. Informed Modena of the various deceits of the Protestants and the arts of their favourers who are in Granvelle's household, that he might certify Poggio, nuncio with the Emperor. The Pope is right in insisting on reformation, and the Catholics think that schism will never cease until it is made. The French King has appointed the dukes of Wirtemberg and Saxony and the Landgrave his chief captains in Germany, and asked them to raise soldiers, a sign of imminent war, although Vergerius says the King does it only in self defence. Worms, 8 Jan. 1541.|
||438. The Privy Council.|
P. C. P., vii.
|Meeting at Hampton Court, 9 Jan. Present: Chancellor, Norfolk, Suffolk, Privy Seal, Gt. Chamb., Hertford, Gt. Admiral, Durham, Treasurer, Comptroller, Mr. of Horse, Vice-Chamb., Wriothesley, Sadler, Chanc. of Tenths. No business recorded.|
||439. Anne of Cleves.|
||Denization. See Grants in January, No. 17.|
||440. The Garter.|
of the Garter,
|Chapter of the Order of the Garter, held 9 Jan. 32 Hen. VIII., at Hampton (fn. 14) by the King, the duke of Suffolk, earls of Southampton, Sussex, and Rutland, lords Walden and Russell, and Sir Thos. Cheyney, for the choice of a knight to one of the stalls then vacant. The nominations were as follows:—|
Sir Thos. Cheyny:—Princes: the earls of Hertford and Shrewsbury and marquis of Dorset. Barons: lords Cobham, St. John, and Delaware. Knights: Sir John Gawge, Sir Ant. Wynkfeld, and Sir Edw. Baynton.
Lord Russell:—Princes: earls of Hertford, Shrewsbury, and Worcester. Barons: lords Cobham, Windesor, and Matrevers. Knights: Sir John Gawge, Sir Ant. Wynkfeld, and Sir Giles Strangwysh.
Lord Walden:— Princes: marquis of Dorset, and earls of Shrewsbury and Hertford. Barons: lords Matrevers, Windsor, and St. John. Knights: Sir John Gawge, Sir Ant. Wynkfeld, Sir John Dudley.
Earl of Rutland:—Princes: same as Walden. Barons: lords Cobham, Windsor, and St. John. Knights: same as lord Russell.
Earl of Sussex:—Princes: earls of Shrewsbury, Hertford, Worcester. Barons: lords Matrevers, St. John, Cobham. Knights: Wingfield, Gawge, and Strangwishe.
Earl of Southampton:—Princes: same as Sussex. Barons: lord Delaware, Cobham, Windsor. Knights: same as lord Russell.
Duke of Suffolk:—Princes: earls of Shrewsbury, Worcester, and Hertford. Barons: lords Cobham, Powys, and Windsor. Knights: same as Sussex.
Upon seeing which, the King proclaimed that he thought the earl of Hertford to be preferred, which all present, both by words and looks, approved. The filling up of the other vacant stalls was deferred.
||441. Francis I. to Marillac.|
|Received his letters of the 22nd and 31st ult. (recapitulated), and heard the contents of those to the Constable. Need only answer that he is pleased to hear from him as often as possible. His ambassador writes that the Emperor still continues his journey to Germany. Countersigned: Breton.|
French. Modern transcript, pp. 2. Headed: Fontainebleau, 9 Jan. 1541.
||442. The Privy Council.|
|Meeting at Hampton Court, 10 Jan. Present: Chancellor, Privy-Seal, Gt. Chamb., Hertford, Gt. Admiral, Durham, Treasurer, Comptroller, Vice-Chamb., Wriothesley, Sadler, Chanc. of Tenths. Business:—Letters written to the Deputy of Calais, that Broke, Pate's servant, whom he sent over by Ric. Shelley, was found in no fault, and that he should send over the chest, &c., which Pate's servant left at Calais.|
||443. Francis I. to Henry VIII.|
|A few days ago arrived two gentlemen, commanders sent from the Grand Master and Religion of Rhodes, with commission to visit Henry and declare things touching the affairs of the Religion. Credence for his ambassador to learn Henry's wish and intention upon the fact of their going thither. Fontainebleau, 10 Jan. 1540.|
French. Modern transcript, p. 1.
||444. Francis I. to Marillac.|
|Two gentlemen, commanders sent from the Grand Master of the Religion of Rhodes, arrived lately with commission to declare urgent affairs of the Religion to the king of England. Before proceeding to England they asked Francis to make this despatch, to learn if their coming would be agreeable to the King. Writes therefore a letter of credence (copy enclosed) to the King, which Marillac shall present and report, without delay, whether the said commanders may easily and safely proceed to him.|
French. Modern transcript, pp. 2. Headed: Fontainebleau, 10 Jan. 1541.