749. The Privy Council.
Meeting at Westm., 6 Sept. Present : Chancellor, Sussex, Hertford,
Russell, Winchester, Cheyney, Wingfield, Wriothesley, Sadler.
Business :—Recognisance of Wm. Bowier, alderman of London, to attend.
Letter to Ric. Caundisshe from my lord Admiral, that the King would
permit a ship belonging to the Great Master of Spruce (fn. 1) to winter in
32,647 f. 113.
750. Norfolk to the Council.
Has just received certificate how many men he shall have in
Norfolk and Suffolk, and finds that he will not have 50 horsemen besides
his own household, but may have more than his 2,500 foot, for he never
saw men so desirous to be revenged of the Scots. There are 200 or 300
pair of harness at Sheryhoton (sic) and Pomfret. If he might receive
that, he would take as many men above his number; for much harness
was lost with Bowes, and these men are as much to be trusted as any
others. Would know the King's pleasure soon, for on Friday he delivers
coats and conduct money. If they are as well furnished with victuals
as with good will of men, the King's money shall be well bestowed. Sir
George Lawson has not yet replied what drink and bread he will have
ready on Michaelmas Eve. What is lacking were surest sent from
London. His men embark on the 20th. Kenynghale Lodge, 6 Sept.,
Hol., p. 1. Add. Endd. : ao xxxiiijo.
32,647 f. 124
751. The Duke Of Norfolk.
Letters missive commanding the person addressed to attend the
duke of Norfolk, who is sent to the Borders as the King's lieutenant,
with as many horsemen and also as many other able men as he can make,
of whom a quarter must be archers and the rest billmen.
Draft with corrections in Wriothesley's hand, pp. 4. Endd. : Minute
to sundry to attend on my 1. of Norfolk.
Ib. f. 127.
Similar letters for Suffolk.
Draft in Wriothesley's hand, pp. 2. Endd. : Minute to certain in
Suffolk to go with my lord of Norfolk.
Ib. f. 128.
Letters missive commanding the person addressed to set forth immediately
the men he was by former letters commanded to put in
readiness to be at — (blank) by the — (blank) of — (blank) at
Corrected draft, pp. 2. Endd. : Minute to send men levied.
32,647 f. 111.
752. Rutland and his Council to the Council.
This morning received theirs of 2 Sept. by Raymond, who shall
replace John Carr in Wark; albeit the Scots will apparently make suit
for peace. To-day will send the ambassador of Scotland's letter by Berwick
herald, who is practised in getting intelligence. Encloses letters
from John Carre, with copy of the King of Scots' letter showing that
all the English gentlemen lately taken are to enter into Scotland—
probably to remain there until peace is concluded. Sends letter sent
him last night by Somerset herald. In the letter from the Scotch
Council forwarded yesterday, they touch the riding of Sir Cuthbert
Ratcliff in Scotland; but wise Borderers say that is of small force, because
his riding in the East Marches was but as a common person.
According to their letters of 30 Aug., notice is given yesterday or to-day,
throughout the Borders for making or taking redress. Thos. Gowre,
now come from Berwick, reports that the Scots have made like proclamation.
Alnwick, 6 Sept. Signed : Thomas Rutland : John Latymer :
John Markham : Jo. Uvedale.
Pp. 2. Add. Endd. : ao xxxiiijo.
32,647 f. 117.
753. Norfolk to the Council.
Since writing last, has perused the certificate of his men, and
finds he may have 700 or 800 in harness more than his number, so that
he need not use the King's harness at Sheryfhoton or Pomfret. Will
scant get ships here to convey his 2,500 men to Newcastle; for part of
the ships lately come out of Iceland have not yet unloaded their fish
and the rest stink so that no man not used to the same can endure it.
Begs therefore (though he wrote otherwise yesterday) not to be charged
with more men. Two wise fellows of Southwold, who were taken by a
Scottish ship to the Lithe beside Edenboroughe, are come home upon
pledge to pay ransom if it turn to war. They say that on Saturday
was sevennight the Danske ships were not come. Has sent to
the King's ships a tall, lusty young man, who knows the Firth well, to
go aboard the Less Gallion, if she be come forth, and give advice. Perceives
that the Scots would be loath to have war and that, upon the
report of Norfolk's coming down and the King's sending out of ships,
their ships are countermanded to Queensferry. "Sir John Jermy, as
good a knight as ever spurred a cow, and so well beloved that he can get
few able men to serve the King, hath offered me x li. to find men for
him, which I have taken; desiring your Lordships to cause as many
bottles of leather to be bought as will extend to that sum, and to be
sent to me with such ships as shall come next, and I shall pay for them."
Fears lack of nothing but beer. "Good my lord Admiral," hasten the
ships of war northward, for pity it were the Scottish fleet of Danske
should escape. Kennynghall Lodge, 7 Sept.
In his own hand.—If it be true that James Douglas of Park Hedge,
is prisoner, as they write, [and] that the King of Scots will pardon him,
fears he has promised largely on Angus's behalf, with whom no man was
so great. Will be vigilant that the sequel turn not to the King's displeasure.
Hears from Harwich that Sir John Greham's wheat and
the other merchants' is so hot that it will be no man's meat.
Pp. 2. Add. Endd. : ao xxxiiijo.
32,647 f. 115.
754. Norfolk to Southampton and Sir Ant. Browne.
Doubts not they are in the same predicament as himself to see
this journey, to which they are appointed, well furnished. Fears most
lack of drink. No doubt 500 tun of beer will be sent after their coming
to Edinborow, but enough will not be brewed at Berwick to bring them
there. The remedy is to convey it in small crayers from London. Prays
them to despatch 500 or 600 tun before they leave, and trusts the good
Admiral will not be too scrupulous to let so many foists pass that way.
Hopes the King's ships now in the North will meet the Scots coming
from Danske, but the ships of war now in the Thames should hasten
to join the others. Will meet them on the day appointed at York,
where he thinks the Scots will spare no fair offers for peace. Six or
eight boats of Rie could do good service, as the lord Privy Seal knows,
Would rather have them than two good ships. The King of Scots has
only the Saloman of 240, the Lion 200, Mary Willoghby 160, and the
"other bark" 90; the rest are of no force. There are over 60 small
sail in the Firth, which shall come into England or burn there. Kenynghale
Lodge, 7 Sept., 2 p.m.
Hol., p. 1. Add. : "To my very good lord, my lord Privy Seal and
to my cousin Sir Anthony Browne, master of the Horses." Endd. :
St. P., IX. 145.
755. Paget to Henry VIII.
Within two days after Paget last wrote, on the 12th ult., (fn. 2) the
French king left Lyons with the ladies of his privy band, for Narbona,
passing by Avignon, Arles and Aigues Mortes, without tarrying, save
one day at Avignon, to taunt the Bishop of Rome's vice-legate for resisting
his command to apprehend certain rich Marans (fn. 3) there, who are
now apprehended. On the 26th he arrived at Besyers and Paget at this
town. Meanwhile the Dolphin lay at Narbona, and Danebault, with
the main army, at the foot of the mountain adjoining Saulses. Brysack
and Montpesac were gone over the mountain to stop the passage on the
other side. Describes how they have made a passage round Saulses,
and are now drawing in on Perpignan, and gives numbers of their
artillery and men. There are victuals enough for men, but great scarcity
for horses between Tholouse, Perpignan and Pont St. Esprit, although
they have down the Sone and Rhone all that can be had out of Bourgovn.
The French king would borrow 100,000 crs., of the duke of Ferrara; but
is not like to obtain it, for he owes 100,000 crs., borrowed since his
deliverance out of Spain, of this Duke's father, on whose death he retook
possession of the towns in Brittany assigned for payment thereof.
Wrote that the merchants' strangers at Lyons were entreated by Cardinal
Turnon to pay, for the despatch of Blanchefosse and Delagrise, part of
the money they were to lend at the end of the fair. It was paid in
broken and bad gold and none refused. Money comes hither daily, but
store of old there seems none; and yet this King willed the Venetian
ambassador to write that he would have here 40,000 foot, and Orleans
should have few less, and could continue the war for ten years. He
practises with the Venetians, who seek a breach with the Emperor; and
two days ago their ambassador learnt that Paulus Lusast, the best
warrior of all Italy, captain of the Emperor's light horse, had plotted
to take their town of Verona. This King is not like to have so much
outward aid this year as was said, for the Grand Signor neither sends
so many by sea, nor comes himself. Saw letters from Venice, of 30
July, mentioning that the Turk's galleys were at Constantinople not
ready. Chevalier Daux is returned, and says he left in Lipera 150 sail
and has brought a ship full of gold. Blancfosse has much ado to levy
Swiss, and it is feared that he will come again without, and is therefore
bruited that the 8,000 lansknects and 8,000 Swiss, who were sent for
will go to Mons. Dorleauns, against De Bure, who is advancing with
20,000 foot. Dorleauns victory in Luxembourg has given those here
great courage. Never saw braver gentlemen. They said they had won
Perpignan when no ordnance was yet near it; for on the 28th ult. the
Admiral sent word that they had brought but eight battery pieces within
100 paces of the ditch, and the next night as many. Had they been
as friendly as they promised at Lyons, he might have had leave to paint
a plat of the town (Perpignan) and camp himself; but he has got a half
hearted permission to send Hammes, and has, besides, some in the camp
who will inform him of all. Describes the town (which is about the
size of Northampton) by hearsay, and the strength and boldness of the
garrison. The passage called the Pertuse through the Pyrenees into
Spain is kept by Frenchmen.
The Emperor lies between the Pyrenees and Barcelona, without men
or money. He is stronger by sea than we, but the Count of Anguillara
is lately revolted from him and come to Marseilles to serve. He is a
subject of the Bishop of Rome, and father-in-law to Signor John Paulo.
In his place you shall hear shortly that Conte Petilyan is revolted to
the Emperor. Mons. de Grunean has levied 2,000 foot in Provence,
to defend Burgo Bressa, or, as some think, rather to come hither if we
cannot get so many Swiss as we looked for. The Emperor will rescue
Perpignan if need be; for, besides the Italians and Almains who (Paget
wrote) were coming, he has sent for all his Spaniards who were in
Cicill, Naples and Sardinia to defend the Turk, who were bruited to be
7,000, but are 5,000, and were embarking at Genes on the 25th ult.
Langey has by stealth taken Cherasa near Turin.
The prior of Capes has returned from the sea, and is at Court, having
taken two Spanish ships; like as the Normans took eight or nine
Flemings in English seas, but the English rescued them and imprisoned
the Frenchmen, whereof both the French ambassador and Vicomte of
Dieppe have written. Paget's clerk saw the Vicomte's letter, which
mentioned two ships, and that the officers of Dover said they would
not see the Flemings take wrong at the Frenchmen's hands. This has
augmented their opinion of war at Henry's hands, which, by Secretary
Bayard's report, the King no longer doubts; and has therefore
ordered Vendosme to disperse his bands into garrison again, and looks
daily (as the Admiral has sent word) for Henry's Grand Escuyer and
another of his Council to move the French king to peace with the
Emperor and require the pension; and this suspicion is increased by
a letter from Rome which states (Italian words given) that an agreement
between the king of England and the Pope is expected, together with a
marriage between that King and the Emperor. Paget denies all knowledge
of this, and says Henry will make no war with anyone without
occasion given. Here they say the Scots will "occupy" Henry, and
have already burnt villages and towns on the Borders, and therefore
Anguishe is sent thither. They say the coming or not coming of Henry's
fleet to Bordeaux this year will show his intention. Begs him not to
trust them, for they trust him never a whit.
The Bp. of Rome sends Card. Sadolete to this King, and Card.
Contarini to the Emperor to perusade them to peace. If this King
obtain his purpose at Perpignan, he will go no further this year, but
pass by Bordeaux to Brittany to set things in order, having "already
permitted the old use of their salt." Secretary Villandre is dead, and
Laubespyny has his office.
Had written thus far when news came that, on Sunday last, after three
days' shooting at the castle (of Perpignan) had failed to make a breach,
they were consulting whether to batter the bulwark of St. Lazare, and
Signor John Paulo and his Italians were delivering over the ordnance to
Brysac and 2,000 Frenchmen, when those within the town made a
sortie, and would have drawn all the ordnance into the castle ditches
but for Brysac's bravery. Brysac was wounded in two places, 400 of
his men slain, 5 great pieces "clowed" and three dismounted, before
Montpesac came to the rescue, when the Spaniards retired, with the
loss of 15 (fn. 4) men. This King was so displeased at the news that he would
have gone to the camp if the queen of Navarre and cardinal of Lorraine
had not appeased his courage. He still says he will go, as he said at
Lyons, but it is thought that will depend on the coming of the Swiss.
The same Sunday, three galleys of Barcelona sent men ashore who
carried off four wain loads of munition going to the Dolphin. Pesenas,
in Languedoc, 5 Sept. Signed.
P.S.—On Tuesday morning, sent his man for a passport, but he only
returned this night, and spake not with the Admiral until yesterday.
The Admiral said he should have the passport, but added, "Nous gens
sont mal traictees en Engleterre;" and when he said Paget knew not of
it, the Admiral said, "Par Dieu, jen suis bien adverty, il fault faire del
mesme sorte;" and sat down to dinner. After dinner Paget's man applied
to Buchetel, who said the Admiral had given no order; so he
spoke eftsoons with the Admiral, who said (French words given) that the
English took their ships and imprisoned their men and broke the treaties;
if they meant war let them make it. The man answered that he was
misinformed, and asked if he would any "service" to Paget; to which
the Admiral said only, "Tell him this." Thus the Admiral raged, in
a Pilate's voice, before all the world. A crown was charged for the passport,
a thing never used in the Princes' affairs. The King this day
departed from Besiers to a castle by Narbona, and thence the dames
will go to Carcassona and he himself to the camp. Yesterday morning
800 Spaniards entered the town maugre the camp, and, it is muttered,
the Spaniards have recovered the Pertuse. Count Glick arrived this
morning from Denmark. Is appointed to lie here, 70 miles from the
camp, and is in perplexity how to do his duty at such a distance. Pesenas,
7 Sept., 10 p.m. Signed.
Pp. 16, several passages in cipher. Add. Endd. : ao xxxiiijo.
MS. 597, p.
2. Letter book copy of the preceding, in the hand of Paget's clerk, with
the cipher passages deciphered.
3. Decipher in Wriothesley's hand of the cipher passages of §1.
7, 8 Sept.
756. The Privy Council.
Meeting at Westm., 7 Sept. Present : Chancellor, Sussex, Hertford,
Russell, Cheyney, Wingfield, Wriothesley, Sadler. No business
At Westm., 8 Sept. Present : As above. Business :—Commission to
— Duffelde and Giles Harrison to take up cask. Placards to take up
carriage northwards to Sir Wm. Penison and John Parker, and to Thos.
Hangate and Wm. Brackenbury; also to Mr. James Lyrmowth, master
of household and ambassador here of the King of Scots, for taking up
carriage for his stuff to York, and "his good entertainment by the way."
757. Adrien De Croy [Sieur De Roeulx] to Wallop.
Thanks for news of the course which the French intend to make,
of which he also had news. Such courses may well be made in such an
open country, and are made daily upon the French. Of the Clevois
knows only that they are at Luxembourg with the duke of Orleans.
Does not yet know if they have besieged Theonville; but hopes so, for
it is strong and well furnished. If it had suited the King, the time
would have been propitious for the enterprise they talked of; to the
great loss of the French, for once inside the place (fn. 5) four of their towns
would be in extreme necessity. As to Wallop's news of the defeat of
the French about Perpignan, would that it were so, as it may very well
be, for there are men of war in Spain; but he has no news of it, for the
news of it from Flanders is not sure.
As to the horse, Wallop's man says he has not yet bought it, and
without knowing the colour and height it is impossible to give a passport.
If he takes it to the captain of Gravelinghes, De Roeulx will
write to him to let it pass; but horses are scarce, and much needed
because of the war, so that it would be better if the King asked of the
Queen passage for some number of horses. Bethune, 8 Sept. '42.
French, pp. 2. Add. Endd. : The Great Master of Flanders to
758. The Privy Council.
Meeting at Westm., 9 Sept. Present : Chancellor, Sussex, Hertford,
Russell, Cheyney, Browne, Wingfield, Wriothesley, Sadler, Riche,
Dacres. Business :—Passport signed "for Roussby, an harauld off
Skotland" to repair to Scotland.
VI. II., No.
759. Chapuys to Charles V.
Has received from the Queen Regent an extract from his letters
to her of 15 July, containing his intention upon two points of the
treaty of closer friendship. The Queen thought that upon that foundation
Chapuys could pass to the conclusion of the treaty, or at least give
this King sure hope that his ambassadors would have such answer as
he desired, and so induce him to aid the Low Countries; and she wrote
letters of credence for Toison d'Or, this bearer, and Chapuys to that effect.
They have used infinite persuasions twice to the King and thrice to the
Council. On the first occasion the King made three excuses, (1) that
he was constrained to war against the Scots, who had made several raids,
killing many men and burning the country, and lately had taken two
of his principal captains prisoners, and killed many gentlemen and others,
and if the Emperor approved the proposal of Du Roeulx, he would need
all his men, and a great sum of money, which he would have to draw
from his own coffers, for so far there was no question of his subjects
contributing, as the Emperor's did, who bore the whole cost of the war;
(2) he heard that Vendosme had retired and disbanded his men, and
that Orleans intended doing the same, so that there would be no need
of his aid; (3) he did not know how he stood with the Emperor, and
could only presume that the Emperor had no great desire to respond
to his goodwill, since he had no news from his ambassadors, and it would
be folly to throw away his money and make enemies of his friends without
knowing why. However, he had decided, while Vandôme was about
Arthois and Low Flanders, to risk some declaration and enterprise against
the French, and had made Chapuys write to the Queen to empower Du
Roeulx to treat with his captain of Guisnes on matters of importance to the
Emperor's countries and his own, but that power had either not been
given or had come too late.
Upon our reply, the King resolved to consult his Council before
deciding. Two days after, the Council asked Toison d'Or and me what
money and what number of men we asked for, and whether we had
powers to treat of the recompense. We replied that we had no such
powers, and that the remainder rested with the King. On this the
Council said that they would report to the King and let us know his
intention, but no message has come from them. Toison d'Or coming the
other day to take his leave to go to your Majesty, as the Queen commanded
him, the King spoke to the same effect as before, adding that
if we had power to treat of the recompense or pressed for aid under the
treaty of Cambray, he would make a suitable answer. He then blamed
the Emperor for neglecting the defence of the Low Countries, and said
if he had listened to the bp. of Winchester the subsequent inconveniences
might have been remedied; but the Emperor would scarcely hear him,
and had delayed the affair ten months without showing any sign of desiring
his amity. Chapuys was constrained to point out that Winchester
had no power to treat, and himself proposed the said term, and you had,
within the time, sent ample power, and if he would have observed an
honorable and friendly equality, Chapuys would have concluded the
affair without crossing into Flanders, from whence he brought answer
to all that was asked, but afterwards the King's deputies asked exorbitant
things, which might have been omitted by one desirous of
concluding the said amity, so necessary for both sides. As to the imputation
that the Emperor had not provided for the defence of the Low
Countries it was because he could not believe that a King of France,
while the enterprise against the Turk was being treated, might so far
forget his honor as to move war and contravene his oath to the
truce, especially when he always affirmed, even until two days before
he commenced the war, that he would observe the truce. The Emperor
was not put to sleep, as he hinted, upon hope of treating with the French,
and even if his Holiness did meddle therein, as he said, and Mons. de
Marvol had returned into France, as the French ambassador told him, he
had no cause to complain as he seemed to do; for the Emperor always
preferred his amity to all others, provided he would be satisfied with
reasonable conditions. It is not said that the Emperor and he might
not listen to practices, as he did when the French practised the marriage
of the Princess; only treaties to each other's prejudice were forbidden.
And since the term of the said prohibition was expired, or nearly so,
Chapuys willingly wrote, as he commanded, for the prorogation of it,
while he himself wrote to his ambassadors with the Emperor.
On leaving the King, we were told by the Council that although their
master had work for all his forces, he was a prince of such honor that
he would nowise be reproached with having failed to observe any treaty
or promise, and therefore desired us to declare whether we required aid
according to the treaty of Cambray. Being answered in the negative, they
asked for this in writing, but we avoided giving it, and persuaded them to
promise that they would renew the subject with the King, and send the
answer next day, which was yesterday, but we have no news of it.
Need not give further details, as bearer can report them, and also the
King's great preparations both to resist the Scots and to invade their
country, though perhaps all may be stopped, as the Scotch ambassador,
who was on his way back, has returned to solicit an interview at York
on the 15th between the Duke of Norfolk and certain other of the
King's servants, and other "grans maystrez" of Scotland. Believes,
for anything he has heard of this King, that he will willingly condescend
to some treaty, although he sees that he will perhaps never have a
better opportunity against the King of Scots, for Chapuys supposes that
the Cardinal and other Churchmen have moved James to make war on
him, fearing lest, if they became friends, or the people were not occupied
in something, the Churchmen might be treated there as they have been
here; and, therefore, this King hopes, by treating with James, to draw
them to his opinion and destroy the credit of those who now trouble him
(qui la mectent en ces troubles); moreover as he dislikes spending money
he will accept any honorable conditions.
To show that the King, in hope of the treaty, was declaring himself
somewhat against the French, this Council showed Chapuys a letter from
the French ambassador, complaining of the taking of three or four French
ships by Englishmen, and that while no French ship equipped for war was
allowed to remain more than four and twenty hours in any English port,
the Emperor's ships could stay as long as they pleased; moreover that
the Emperor's subjects were allowed to land and go from lodging to
lodging in Dover and Rye to see if any Frenchmen would cross, in order
to take them on the sea, yea, sometimes, to assault them in their own
lodgings, as had lately been done at Dover, contrary to the neutrality
which this King wished to profess, as the said French ambassador affirmed.
Believes that the English will use more moderation now that the French
have made some reparation for damage done to Englishmen, "et soy
offrent de per satisfaire." London, 9 Sept. 1542.
Original endd. : As received in Barcelona, 1 Nov.
French. Modern transcript, from Vienna, pp. 8.
760. Chapuys and the Privy Council.
"The Emperor's ambassador, being oftentimes demanded whether
he made the request of aid according and by virtue of the league of
Cambray," answered that (although sure that if he made such request,
the King, whom he knows to be a prince of honor, would accomplish
it) his request is only that, "upon their great necessity," the King, for
the Emperor's sake and to preserve the Low Countries, would lend some
money to the lady Regent. Asked whether he had any commission to
capitulate for repayment, he answered nay. Being told that if he sent
for one the King would give him further hearing, he said time would not
admit such delay; but if the King would send a sum of money to Calais
or Guisnes, and declare to him the conditions of loan, he would signify
them to the Regent, that she might cither take it or at least
thank him for sending it thither at their request.
ii. On the back.—Notes of the questions to which the foregoing is an
answer, viz., "To demand whether by the league or otherwise. For money,
how repayment and what reciproque? What commission? The charges."
In Gardiner's hand, pp. 2. Endd. : Conference with th'Emperor's
St. P., III.,
761. Deputy and Council Of Ireland to Henry VIII.
Wrote that Obrien would repair to the King before Michaelmas;
but he now begs them to make his excuses, and he will come in the
beginning of the year. He is aged and sickly, and fears the winter
passage. Odonell, in whom they suspected some lightness, has sent
his eldest son, who has right honestly declared his father, and leaves
another son here as his pledge until the beginning of the year, when
he promises to go to the King and present him. Thinking it better to
have divers of them to go together, they have stayed the lord of Upper
Ossorie, who is here with his son, a proper child, whose mother is
Ormond's sister, ready to go over. On Tuesday the Deputy, with 400
of the army, advances towards Desmond's country for the good order of
Cork, Kingsale and Youghall, long hindered by the McChartes, two
great captains there. It will be near All Hallowtide before they return
to attend to the reformation of Leinster, without which all that is done
is nothing. Maynooth, 9 Sept. 34 Hen. VIII. Signed by St. Leger,
Alen, Edw. bp. of Meath, Aylmer, Lutrell, Cusake, Sir John Whyt,
knight, and Brabazon.
Pp. 2. Add. Endd.
Copies of ordinances made in Venice by the Council of Ten, dated
12 July 1450, and 9 Sept. 1542, against speaking with foreigners about
matters of state; the latter forbidding any noble to visit the house of
any lord or ambassador without express licence from all three chiefs
of the Council.
Italian. Later copy, pp. 2.
A. P. C., 31.
763. The Privy Council.
Meeting at Westm., 10 Sept. Present : Chancellor, Sussex, Hertford,
Russell, Cheyney, Browne, Wingfield, Wriothesley, Sadler, Riche,
Dacres, Baker. Business :—Commission to the bp. and mayor of
Chichester, Mr. Knight and Mr. Whight, of Southwyke. to try out the
author of a seditious bill found in the open field beside Chichester.
Letters written to Suffolk touching levying of men and preparing himself
northward. The King's coopers surrendered their commission for taking
6,989 f. 89.
764. The Privy Council to [Norfolk].
The King has devised the repair of Suffolk to reside at Newcastle
or Alnwick or thereabouts, as warden of the Marches during Norfolk's
entry into Scotland, there to give order to 6,000 men who are to remain
in garrison to be employed in burning and devastating after Norfolk's
entry, or to resist the Scots if they should make a counter entry. My
lord of Cumberland shall remain with him to execute his orders; for he
himself shall not stir unless the Scots enter England. Whereas Norfolk
appointed his entry for the 29th inst., the King has delayed it to 6 Oct.
to give Norfolk more leisure to commune with the Scotch ambassadors
at York, and to assemble his men. No doubt Norfolk will take order for
the levying of the men of York and the Bishopric against 6 Oct. for
the King's profit. He is to advertise Suffolk from time to time of the
state of affairs. Westminster, 10 Sept. at night. Signed, T. Audeley
Chauncelor : E. Hertford : J. Russell : Ste. Winton : Thom's Wriothesley :
Rafe Sadleyr : John Bakere.
Pp. 2. Headed in a modern hand, "cxlii. The Council to ye Duke
. . . . . 1542."
18 B., VI. 145.
St. P., V. 210.
765. James V. to Henry VIII.
Our Master of Household, being with you, has written that you
have appointed our ambassadors to come no further than York, and
there meet certain of your Council. Although we think they should
have treated better near yourself, we send them to keep the 16 Sept.
appointed in York; and have directed John lord Erskin, one of them,
to repair to you, during or after the meeting, to declare our constant
mind to increase the amity. Edinburgh, 10 Sept. 29 James V.
Copy, p. 1.
St. P., IX.,
766. Christopher Mont to Henry VIII.
Wrote in his last letters, of 24 Aug. from Spires, how the Saxon
and the Landgrave had subdued the duke of Brunswick's country and
taken Wolffenbotel. The Duke's children taken there were honorably
provided for; and ambassadors were forthwith sent to the princes at
Nürnberg to justify the war. King Ferdinand and the Emperor's commissioners
replied that they were ready to admit the excuse, but the
matter must be referred to the Emperor; and that all the states required
that the army should be dismissed; which has been done, to the great
praise of the Protestants and congratulation of the bishops.
In the Diet of Nürnberg nothing worth while was done. Frederic
Palatine was the only prince there, and he left before the Diet ended.
There was great contention about sending more forces to Hungary and
about payment. King Ferdinand obtained nothing unanimously; and,
except the minor bishops, all openly opposed him, because he has not
kept his bargain with the Empire; and these disputes are deferred to
a future Diet, to be about the middle of November. Nürnberg gave
King Ferdinand 20,000 crs. The Bishop of Rome has indicted a General
Council to begin on the Calends of November next, at Trent. Encloses
the bull of indiction. In the Diet at Spires in February last, the
Bishop's legate moved the holding of a Council. Trent and Cambray
were then proposed; and the Protestants agreed to Trent, but under
protest. The Bishop sends Otto Trucses, provost of Trent, to the king
of Poland, to intimate the Council. "Ego hanc bullatam indictionem
ut bullam evanituram puto."
About the beginning of October, the king of Poland's only son marries
King Ferdinand's daughter. The Frenchman attracts many German
soldiers with high pay. Francford, 10 Sept. 1542.
Hol. Latin, pp. 2. Add. Endd.
St. P., IX.,
767. Edmond Harvel to Henry VIII.
Bearer is Alexander of Bononye, Henry's servant, who has been
very cruelly entreated of Pole. He says Pole has spies in England who
send notice of everything. The Turk "hath recusid to inprest" the
money he promised the French king; because his priests say it is against
their religion to lend money to Christian men. The Turk said Polin's
coming was so tardiffe that it was useless sending out any navy this year.
The Signory is occupied about the criminal matters, and daily one or other
is put in prison. Mafio Leon, a gentleman of authority, is fled, and his
goods are confiscated, his sons degraded and banished, and a reward
offered for him alive or dead. It seems that he took a "yearly provision"
of the French king. Guasto has taken Villanova. The Bishop
was coming to Perusa and Ancona and will give the Marca of Ancona,
with many other places, to his nephew Octaviano. In Hungary the
Christian host ingrosses daily, and will give battle to Buda. The Turks
will abandon Pest. The Lancegrave has overrun all Pranswike, and it
is doubtful whether he will attack the bp. of Magunsa or go against
Buda. He is reputed the chief capain of Almain. Venice, 10 Sept.
Hol., pp. 2. Add. Sealed. Endd.