221. The Privy Council.
Meeting at Westm., 1 April. Present : Norfolk, Suffolk, Southampton,
Sussex, Hertford, Russell, Durham, Winchester, Gage, Browne,
Wingfield, Wriothesley, Sadler. Business :—Whereas, "for causing of
—Ferrers," page of the Chamber, being a burgess of the Parliament,
the Common House committed — Whight to the Tower; Whight
was called before the Council and alleged ignorance in committing his
offence, and made a recognisance (cited) to abide the Council's order in
the matter Ferrers' debt.
the House of
Lords, I. 164.
Account of daily business and attendance of peers in the Parliament,
16 Jan. to 1 April 33 Hen. VIII. With list of acts passed.
Prorogued to 3 Nov.
223. The Court of General Surveyors.
Draft of a warrant to Sir Brian Tuke for 40s. reward to be paid
to Ant. Bourchier, one of the King's auditors, for making a book (fn. 1) of
the King's castles, manors, mansion-houses and parks within the jurisdiction
of the Court of General Surveyors. 1 April—(blank) Henry
VIII. Place indicated for signatures of Sir John Daunce and Richard
224. Mary Of Hungary to Chapuys.
The letter placed under this date in Spanish Calendar, Vol. VI.,
Pt. I., No. 242, is really of the year 1544.
St. P. VIII.
225. Edmond Harvell to Henry VIII.
Wrote last 27 Feb. Letters from Constantinople, of 12 and 16
Feb., report that Janus Bey departed thence on the 9th; who is
esteemed to be in Ragusa, and daily expected here. The captain of the
Gulf is to accompany him hither with a strong presidye, for six Imperial
galleys lie at Brindisi to take "the said ambassador," whose "negocye"
is esteemed to be important. Captain Polin is arrived out of France,
French ambassador to the Turk, who very straitly escaped the Imperials
on the frontier, who had, shortly before, taken the secretary of the
French ambassador here, on his way to France with letters. The fame
of the Turk's preparations continues. He has gone a hunting towards
Andrinopoli and will, after St. George's day, go in the expedition of
Hungary. In Buda are 12,000 Turks. The Almains, in great fear,
have, in the late Diet of Spire, given 40,000 foot and 8,000 horse
against the Turk, and taken truce in religion for three years. The French
ambassador there left without taking leave of the Princes, who gave
him small credit, but have sent the Count Palatine into France and
written to the duke of Cleves to contribute to the charges of this war
and abstain from wars against Christian men. Friar George, bp. of
Varadin, and Statilio, bp. of Transylvania, have fled to Ferdinando, and
the Queen of Hungary and her son to Polonia, leaving the Turk all the
dominion of Hungary. A general battle between Christians and Turks
is expected this year.
In Italy both French and Imperialists raise men. The French hold
Maran with 500 foot and make raids in Ferdinando's country. Most
of the Spaniards that were at Alger are come to the defence of Naples.
The marquis of Guasto makes 8,000 men to defend Milan. The Venetians
furnish their fortresses and will take no part, although the Turk
and French King offer them Napoli de Malversia again, with Cremona
and other towns in Lombardy. The licence which they hope for, to
send their galleys to England as in times past, would do them great
pleasure and also be profitable to England. Wrote in favour of it on
the 24th Feb. at length. Venice, 1 April 1542.
Hol., pp. 3. Add. Endd.
226. Edmond Harvel to Wriothesley.
Has received his of the 22nd, signifying that, by the King's
command, he has delivered 50l. to Fras. Lambert, the writer's factor;
which 50l. Harvel has repaid to Mr. Bucler, and delivered him Wriothesley's
letters. Thanks for his favour. Promises service to him as
one whom he esteems worthily called to the authority he holds with
the King. Venice, 1 April 1542.
Hol. p. 1. Add. Endd. : "Haryvel to the K's mate, primo Aprilis
227. The Privy Council.
Meeting at Westm., 2 April. Present : Norfolk, Suffolk, Southampton,
Sussex, Hertford, Russell, Durham, Winchester, Gage, Browne,
Wingfield, Wriothesley, Sadler. No business recorded.
228. Humphrey Coningsby and George Newport.
Passport for Humph. Coningesbie and George Newport to go
beyond sea for "their affairs there" with four horses, 40l. in money,
&c. Westm. palace, 2 April 33 Hen. VIII. Signed at the head by
the King, and sealed.
229. The Privy Council.
Meeting at Westm., 3 April. Present : Southampton, Durham,
Winchester, Wriothesley. Business :—John Bulmer, for disobeying the
Council's order between him and his wife, committed to the Fleet.
The same day. Present, besides the above named, Suffolk, Sussex,
Hertford, Russell, Gage, Wingfield, and Sadler. Business :—Jheronimo
— (blank) appeared with his answer in writing, which shewed the
matters partly untrue and partly unimportant, and that, the Grey Friars
now belonging to the King, the town officers ought not to search any
house in it, was, after a good lesson to observe common orders and
deserve the good will of his neighbours, dismissed.
230. College of St. Mary Magdalen in Cambridge.
See Grants in April 33 Hen. VIII., No. 9.
231. Sir Richard Ryche to Mr. Skidmore.
As the King has, in recompense for certain lands, granted lord
Wyndesore the late house of Bordesley, with the manors of Terdebigg
and Bordesley and all buildings of the said house, Skidmore is not
further to deface or pluck down any of these buildings, but only to take
payment from lord Wyndesore for the lead upon them, at the rate of
4l. the fodder. London, 3 April 33 Hen. VIII. Signed.
P. 1. Add. : receiver of th'Augmentation revenues in the county of
St. P., VIII.
232. Paget to Henry VIII.
On Friday, 31 March, at 6 p.m., received letters from the Council
instructing him to confer with the Admiral, in order that the instructions
of him that was to be sent to England might be better considered.
Although the occasion is removed, because none is sent, yet (as the
Admiral's letter, which he forwarded, shows that one should come
shortly) he went next day to Court. Found the Admiral was seven leagues
off, and so could not speak with him before yesterday. Details conversation,
which he began by complaining that it would bring him into
discredit that no personage was sent, after he had written that the
King promised to send one. The Admiral said the King had been
reminded by the presence of the gentleman (fn. 2) who came from the Ambassador
that to send another now would undo the work which the Ambassador
had already done; but one should be sent very shortly. Paget
then begged him to see that the person sent was well affected and fully
instructed, and enlarged upon the Admiral's influence and Henry's regard
for him, with the necessity of asking, for the marriage, only things
reasonable, and for the rest offering a reciproque (as in the Council's
letter, No. 206). The Admiral put off his cap and with great reverence
made a long discourse of his obligation to the King. He had of himself
procured this marriage, 1st for the love he bare to Henry; 2nd for his
love to Mons. d'Orleans, whom he loved of a child and by whom he
trusted his master should have comfort, for he doubted that ever the
Dolphin should have child; and 3rd for the singular qualities noted
to be in Henry's daughter. True, Orleans was not the greatest prince,
but Henry was a puissant and opulent prince, who could "make" him,
and whom he loved entirely. A gentleman should be sent within two
days, "for friendship, to visit his Majesty, as he, of his gentleness, visited
us in our adversity." Took these words "by the end," and said, "Why,
Mons. l'Admiral, think you the King's Majesty, my master, is in adversity,
or in such case as he must fain of necessity make Mons. d'Orleans a great
prince at his great dispense ? If Monsr. d'Orleans love my master I
know he loseth not his love." "No, Mons. l'Ambassadeur," interposed
the Admiral, "you take me amiss. Though it be true we were in
adversity, yet I know you be in none, nor need no greater friendship
than you have; for neither your master, nor king of England before
him, was ever so rich as he is at this day, nor never king had a surer
friend than he hath of the King my master, who, I am sure, will never
forsake him in no chance, whatsoever befall. And as we (thanks be
to God) be wealthy, so it is a token we think you wealthy in that we
desire to treat a marriage with you; for there is difference between a
treaty and a treaty of marriage. And as for the reasonableness or
unreasonableness of the demand, it is true that there is due in arrearage
eight or seven hundred thousand crowns, of two millions that was paid
for my master; the remission whereof is, in this last resolution sent into
England, is (sic) (fn. 3) demanded, and also the yearly hundred thousand
payable during your master's life. And as for the fifty thousand payable
after his life, because it was left him of his predecessors, the King my
master toucheth not, but is content the treaties in that part shall stand
as they stand." Paget asked him whether, as a man of reason, he would
advise his master to give his daughter such an excessive dote, 800,000
crs. in ready money and 100,000 crs. a year for so long as, by God's
grace, this should be paid. The Admiral answered that he knew it was
a great dote, but the King's liberality was greater; whereby he might
grant the pension of 100,000 crs. and they would abate somewhat of
the 800,000 crs. Said he thought it prodigality rather than liberality;
and would advise them to ask a reasonable remission of the arrearage
and devise a recompense for the other. Further conversation, in which
each urged the other to devise something, and, talking (at the Admiral's
suggestion) not as ministers but as friends, Paget reminded him how
Milan was detained, Fregosa and Rincon "chopped up," and now the prothonotary
of St. Pol "sent the same way," injuries which a prince of
courage, like his master, must desire to revenge with the sword, and could
not do so without this marriage; adding that if the practices of others broke
it off, it would touch no man so much as himself; for the Emperor's
darling was the Constable, "whose hand is the Chancellor," and if they
once came in again together he could look for no courtesy at their
hands. He seemed pleased, and said it was true that the Emperor,
whom he loved not, had lately made overtures through the Pope's nuncio
for a French ambassador to reside with him, as a proof to the world
of friendship between them, but his master would scant listen; as to the
Chancellor, he only meddled with judicial matters; "as touching this
treaty now in hand, no creature knoweth it but I and Madame
d'Estampes and the third suspecteth it." "That is the Queen of
Navarre (quod I). So it is (quod he), who is a right English woman.
And whereas you said it touched no man so much as me, yes, it toucheth
these two no less; the one in respect of the Queen, who, if the King
and th'Emperor join, must be otherwise treated than she is now, and
th'other in respect of Navarre, for then farewell her kingdom." To
that Paget agreed and advised them then to lay their heads all three
together "and shove at this treaty." After another attempt to get
Paget to propose some device, the Admiral prayed that he might see
him again within eight days, and went his way.
Mons. de Traafes is come to this Court for assistance, and has fair
words. The Almain and Italian captains that follow the Court, and
hitherto have had "small countenance," are now much made of. All
captains of galleys are paid their pensions. The Spaniards that came
from Algiers to Sardinia are sent, some to Naples and some to Piedmont,
so that, apparently, the Emperor minds not to return to Algiers this
summer. The Cardinal of Scotland has been three days at Court, and
had conference with the Admiral, being ready (it is thought) to be
dispatched into Scotland. The Diet in Almain ended with the advance
of 40,000 foot and 8,000 horse for the recovery of Hungary. The duke
of Cleves refused to contribute without the Emperor's assurance to
make no war upon him for twenty years. In Avignon five Frenchmen
have been "roundly cast on the cordes" and fined, for wearing weapons
within the town; which is grievously taken here, and the Admiral
speaks stoutly against the bishop of Rome. Paris, 3 April, 6 p.m.
Pp. 13. Add.
MS. 597, p. 70.
2. Letter-book copy of the preceding, in the hand of Paget's clerk.
233. The Privy Council.
Meeting at Westm., 4 April. Present : Suffolk, Southampton,
Sussex, Hertford, Russell, Durham, Winchester, Gage, Wingfield,
Wriothesley, Sadler. No business recorded.
234. Monastery of St. Mary De Chatterys, Camb.
Exemplification by the Court of Augmentations of their confirmation,
made 13 Feb. 33 Hen. VIII., of a grant by Anne, abbess of Chatterys,
and the convent there, 1 April 26 Hen. VIII., to John Goderycke, of
the office of chief steward of their lands for life, with fees of 40s. a
year. Westm., 4 April 33 Hen. VIII. Seal gone.
Parchment. Lat. Endd. as enrolled before Thomas Mildemaie,
235. Marillac to Francis I.
Two days ago received the letters, instructions and copies of
treaties sent by his cousin, and would already have been with the
deputies, but they are very busy about the end of the Parliament, it
remaining only to draw up in form of enactment what has been determined,
which will be done in two or three days. After that two or
three meetings will show what to expect and it is likely that they
will agree to what Francis demands, unless they are altogether demented.
Meanwhile, there are some occurrences which he thinks he ought
to write. Two or three days ago, the King's ships of war, both great
and small, were launched, and are being prepared for sea, as they were
last year, except that last year the preparation was complete at this
season where now it is scarcely begun. It is not yet known whether
these ships need repair, or whether this is done to impress Francis and
the Emperor, or whether they have some design which is kept secret
until the equipment is finished at the end of May. Although it is
unlikely that they should innovate anything against their neighbours
unless they see their great advantage, still, other considerations make
people muse, viz., that besides the general tax put upon Englishmen
and strangers, of which Marillac wrote, this King is borrowing from
300 of the greatest of his realm, ecclesiastic and temporal, among whom
the dukes of Norfolk and Suffolk are each assessed at 6,000 crs. and
others according to their power, so that the whole will exceed 300,000
crs. Can see no pretext for this extortion unless it be war or the
marriage of the King's daughter, considering the great accumulation of
money he has from the spoil of the abbeys, the confiscation of the goods of
so many lords for treason, the long time he has been exempt
from war and the imposition of the above mentioned
tax. The duke of Norfolk departed the day before yesterday
to refresh himself at his own house, as he has been languishing (n'a faict
[que] traisner) all this Lent like one very ill in body besides being
mentally worried. Some days before leaving he told Marillac to find
means to speak with the King, with whom he should advance more in
an hour than in eight days with the deputies, who are very reserved
and do not let themselves be understood so easily as the King would.
Intends accordingly to see the King as soon as he can. Marked as sent
by Thomyn. (fn. 4)
French. Modern transcript, p. 4. Headed : Londres, 4e Avril
236. Francis I. to Marillac.
Since last despatch by his cousin, has received an abridged statement
of what has been paid hitherto in England, and sends it herewith.
Countersigned : Baiard.
French. Two modern transcripts, each p. 1. Headed : Vauluysant,
4 April 1542.
237. The Privy Council.
Meetings at Greenwich, 5 and 6 April. Present : Southampton,
Russell, Durham, Winchester, Gage, Wingfield, Wriothesley, Sadler.
No business recorded.
[*** Next entry in 8 April.]
238. Wingfield College.
Indenture of lease, 6 April 33 Hen. VIII., by Robt. Budd, master,
and the college of Wyngfeld, Suff., to John Laws, of lands called Barnardys
in Wyngfield (which John Smith, late of Oxon., dec., and Anne Newall,
yet living, executors of the will of Hen. Nevell, late of Hoo, Kent, 20
May 22 Hen. VIII., in fulfilment of the will of the said Henry, granted to
Thos. Dey, late master, and the said college, for a term of years of
which 45 years are yet to come, at 16s. rent, on condition of performing
certain masses) and three pightells of land adjoining. Signed by
Robert Bud, master, John Stannard and Thomas Campyon.
Parchment. Seal of Wingfield College attached.
VI. I. No. 243.
239. Charles V. to Chapuys.
Arrival of the bp. of London and account of his reception.
Owing to an attack of gout the Emperor could not see him immediately,
but gave him audience yesterday, Palm Sunday, (fn. 5) though still so feeble
that he had difficulty in reaching the hall. He expressed his master's
grief for the loss the Emperor had sustained in his late expedition to
Algiers, and his pleasure at hearing of his safe arrival in Spain, and in
every way set forth his friendship. He then went on to say that
the King, remembering what had passed between the Emperor and the
bp. of Winchester at Regensburg, and their mutual promise,
had sent him in the hope of arriving at a closer
confederacy. In saying this he mixed the sweet and the
bitter by alluding to the late differences between the Queen of Hungary
and the English deputies on trade, and the losses his master had sustained
through them, adding that in spite of the King's most reasonable
demands the revocation of the edict forbidding English ships to lade
in Flemish ports had not been obtained. In support of this complaint
he drew from his pocket a Latin memorandum (copy enclosed), and then
said the King had sent him to replace the resident ambassador, whom
he wished to employ elsewhere. Thanked him for his master's good
will, &c., and said he could not give him at once a categorical answer
about the mutual promise, as the subject had only been treated between
the bp. of Winchester and Granvelle, and the latter, who had just
arrived at Barcelona, would shortly be at Court; but he might write
at once to Henry of the Emperor's desire to meet his wishes. Sends
copy of a letter which he writes to the King, by which Chapuys will see
what he says about the other ambassador's (fn. 6) return. Valladolid, 6 April
From a draft in the Vienna Archives. Another draft is dated the
Sc., II., 148.
240. John, King Of Portugal, to James V.
Snaudon, James's officer of arms (armiger), delivered his letters
signifying how he was importuned for licence to make reprisals upon the
Portuguese on account of goods formerly intercepted. Could have explained,
in letters, by the said herald, why this should neither be asked
nor granted, but, for fuller satisfaction, sends Gaspar Apalha to show the
truth of the affair. Lisbon, 6 April 1542.
241. The Privy Council.
Meeting at Greenwich, 8 April. Present : Southampton, Russell,
Durham, Winchester, Gage, Wingfield, Wriothesley, Sadler. Business :—
Warrant to Sir Martin Bowes, master of the Mint, to deliver Wm.
Dormer, my lord Admiral's deputy in Ireland, 2,000l. in harp groats.
Warrant to Tuke for 40l. for Dormer's charges in conveying it to
Ireland. Letter sent to Deputy and Council of Calais touching certain
labourers who fled from the works into Flanders; and for Snowden
and the denizens to remain there until further order. Letter of thanks
to Sir Cuthb. Ratcliff for "his late advertisements."
*** This is the last entry on the Register printed by Nicolas. After
it there are no entries until 22 April, when the new series of Acts of
the Privy Council, edited by Dasent, begins.
242. The King's Woods.
Warrant by William lord Seynt John to Robert Downes to assign
trees, from Whitfyld woddes, to the farmer of Wrexolde in the Isle of
Wight, for repairs there; and, from the park of Overbremer, to Wm.
Pyrrye, farmer of Overbremer, for repairing a stable and building a hayhouse.
8 April 33 Hen. VIII. Signed.
P. 3. No. 28.
243. Metyngham College, Suff.
Surrender (by Thos. bp. of Ipswich, master or keeper, and the
chaplains of the chantry, or fellows) of the chantry or college, the manors
of Metyngham, Bromefelde and Mellys, Suff., Perishall, Howe, Holmehall
and Lynge, Norf., the rectories of Ravenyngham and Norton, Norf.,
and all other possessions of the chantry in cos. Suff. and Norf., and
elsewhere in England, Wales and the marches thereof. Metyngham
chapterhouse, 8 April 33 Hen. VIII.
Acknowledged same day at Metyngham before Wm. Petre, one of the
clerks of Chancery.
St. P. VIII.
244. Edmond Harvel to Herny VIII.
Wrote on the 1st. Janus Bey, the Turk's ambassador, has
arrived, but, for respect of these Pascal feasts, shall have no audience
until the 11th inst. The Signory are determined to stand to their late
capitulations with the Turk, and refuse his demand which will be to
declare against the Emperor, for Milan, in the French King's favour,
who labours them by Captain Polin who goes hence, shortly, to the
Turk. Rumour of war in Italy multiplies. The King of Pole will not
declare against the Turk. There is not such union in Almain as was
divulged; for the League of Smalkald will first have the cause of religion
resolved. Ferdinando's subjects petition their Prince for the liberty in
religion granted in this Diet of Spire, declaring their belief that their
calamities arise from neglect of the true religion of Christ. Ferdinando
answers that he will be guided by the next Council or Diet. 700 Turks
are slain, and 7 "gambelles," laden with money for Buda, taken by
Christians. The Turks' preparations will be finished by St. George's
day. In Spain the Emperor makes men and money, and gives out that
he goes to the expedition of Alger, which seems unlikely. Piero Stroci
is returned from Rome unsuccessful, for the Bishop is all Imperial.
Venice, 8 April 1542.
Hol., pp. 2. Add. Endd.
VI. I. No. 247.
245. Chapuys to Mary Of Hungary.
Has only time to acknowledge her letter of 31 March, with the
powers and papers, which came very à propos, as the Councillors who
favor the Emperor had begun to grumble, seeing that the ten months (fn. 7)
agreed upon had passed and nothing was known of the Emperor, and
no answer had come on a matter of such importance, on which she had
received so solemn an embassy from England. They had also begun
to suspect Chapuys had kept back letters or not let the Emperor know.
Was, besides, made uneasy by their frequent conferences with the French
ambassador as late as Tuesday or Wednesday last. Hears that, on the
last mentioned day, he had a long audience with the King. Believes that if
the powers had come in time the French ambassador could have done
nothing to thwart the treaty now being negociated, but fears the powers
sent will give little satisfaction, and the English will think them only intended
to beguile them and spy out their intentions, since the instructions
are so deficient as regards overtures to be made on our part.
Begs her to forward in haste another set of secret instructions. Will
endeavour meanwhile not to lose ground. After dining at Court tomorrow
will inform her of what he hears. London, Easter Day 1542.
From the Vienna Archives.