101. St. Laurence Pountney.
Receipt by Edm. bp. of London, from Mr. Wm. Latymer, master of
the college of St. Laurence Puntneye, of 7l. 19s. 9½d., for a certain annual
rent or pension due to the King, by Act of Parliament, last Christmas.
1 Feb. 34 Hen. VIII. Signed by Robt. Smith, the Bp.'s sub-collector.
Small printed form with space left for name of payee and amount, p. 1.
St. p., V. 249.
102. Lisle to Suffolk.
Sir George Douglas arrived between 3 and 4 p.m. to-day, with the
answer to the King's letters sent in by the prisoners, and intends to be
with Suffolk to-morrow. The Cardinal's taking, he says, was like to have
caused some business, and has delayed the answer (which appears to be "at
large," referring all to ambassadors, which they trust the King will receive).
He says the King will, little by little, obtain all his desire. He said that
the duke of Guise would be suffered to land with only 24 men. Lisle
answered that if so, Guise would soon be as strong a party in Scotland as
he and his brother, who, against the fair words and rewards of the Frenchmen,
would have ado to keep their friends together, even though Guise
landed with only six persons, and all those offended with this business
about the Cardinal (for no priest will say mass since his taking, nor christen
nor bury) would join with Guise. Douglas thereupon concluded to send a
servant to the Governor and his brother, to stop Guise's landing; and with
him, Suffolk's servant John Barrons, left at 8 p.m.
Encloses copy of a letter he sent the Governor by Henry Raye, whom he
sent to mark their doings because this answer was so long a coming.
Berwick, 1 Feb. Signed.
Pp. 2. Add. : the King's lieutenant in the North. Endd. : ao 1542,
with a copy of a letter of his sent to the governor of Scotland, ultimo
A. P. C., 80.
103. The Privy Council.
Meeting at Westm., 2 Feb. Present : Norfolk, Privy Seal, Gt.
Chamb., Winchester, Westminster, Cheyney, Gage, Browne, Wingfield,
Wriothesley, Riche. Business :—Recognisance of John Graylie to appear
at next goal delivery held at Southwark for the county of Sussex.
St. P., V. 250.
104. Lisle to Suffolk.
Suffolk will enquire of Sir George Douglas by whose advice the
Parliament now proclaimed at Edinburgh was summoned and why he did
not advertise the King? He says it was done only to restore his brother and
him and condemn the Cardinal. When Lisle told him he should have first
sent word to know what the King "would have had preferred in the same,"
he answered that they had so much a [do] otherwise that they forgot; howbeit
he would move Suffolk in that matter. It begins 12 March.
Douglas has written again this morning to his brother to defend Guyse's
landing, and to send, in all haste, to take St. Andrews castle, "and also
that [he] sh[uld speke] to the Governor" to proclaim at Edinburgh and St.
Andrews and all the North parts that all shall resist the Frenchmen's
landing, also that his brother should get the Cardinal sent to Temptallen.
Asked him whether his brother and he would deliver the Cardinal to the
King if required. He "studied a little," and said that, if they did so,
they would be "mistrusted to be of England's partie," but they would
keep him safe. In answer to other questions he said that as to the strongholds,
they had as yet only got Temtallen, but on his return they hoped to
get a servant into Edinburgh Castle, and he himself thought to get Dunbar;
the Cardinal was now Chancellor, having caused the Governor to take
the seal from the bp. of G[las]c[ow] and deliver it to him; it was now intended
to make Glencarne chancellor, if the King would agree, but as long
as he was prisoner he could not have the office; his brother and he durst
not yet practice with their friends "as touching the King's Majesty's purpose."
Lisle asked why he wrote that he thought the lords were angry
with him. He said it was because he made them not privy to his purpose,
"nor wyll do, for he saithe he ys out of . . . . . . . . . . . . . . to be
of the weker partie as yet thoroughe his broder and hym and their
freinds they arr the stronger the m[ost] parte of those men wolde swarve from
them." He said Maxwell and Flemyng were wily men to deal with, and
he seemed to fancy most Glencarne and Casselles.
An espial has just brought word that the Marye Willoughbye and the
Salamon are come home with 19 sail of English prizes, and dare not come
to Lath[e] for fear of Angus, but will go to St. Andrews. The Lyon of
Scotland and four other ships of war are yet out. The lord Bowgkleughe
has sent Angus word that "he was once at the chasing of him out of
Scotland, and that he trusteth to be at the same again." The appearance
of dissension is great.
This day or to-morrow Mr. Shelley will finish his books and send them
to you. This morning, at 6 o'clock, I received your letters. Berwick, 2
Pp. 3. Mutilated. Add. : lieutenant in the North.
St. P., V. 252.
105. Wharton to Suffolk and Others.
After I had made my letters at this time, as your lordships shall
perceive, my servant Edward Storye arrived from Edinburgh with two
letters (enclosed) from divers of the lords prisoners and from Dumlanryke.
Storye shows the order of the Cardinal's taking much as I have written.
He heard the Governor's proclamation at the Cross that it was for treason
"and not for any taking away of any service of the Church." In Scotland
the prisoners are called English lords. Dumlanryke sent a message that
they would agree to the King's keeping of their young Queen and leave
their bond with France, but they would have Scotland to be a realm with
its own laws : and that George Dowgles went to Suffolk for an abstinence
and a safe conduct for ambassadors. On Sunday, 4th inst., Angus will
marry Maxwell's daughter. When Storye left Edinburgh, on Wednesday,
there was every appearance that the lords would fight. No mass is done
in Edinburgh churches since the Cardinal's taking, save on the day after
(when the proclamation was made) in the Governor's presence. Argyle
went home on Tuesday last. Huntley, Murray and Bothwell offered
to be sureties for the Cardinal's liberty. It was thought that Argyle would
take Stirling castle, and that Huntley, Murrey and Argyle would prepare
Has just received their Lordships' letters dated Newcastle, 1st inst.,
to get intelligence in Scotland and advertise the King with diligence.
Thinks it strange that he has had no letters but these two since the
prisoners' departing, unless Suffolk has had many; for espials say that
all matters with this realm pass through Angus and George Douglas. That
way is quickest for sending letters, for there are no posts this way nearer
than Borowbrige. Carlisle, 2 Feb. Signed.
Pp. 3. Add. : To the right honorable my lord of Southfolke his grace,
my lord of Duresme, my lord Parr and Sir Rauff Sadler, knight, of the
King his Maties most honorable Privy Council at Newcastle. Endd. :
St. P., IX. 285.
106. Paget to Henry VIII.
At last the French king is arrived at Paris, yesterday, where, and at
St. Germayns, Midon (fn. 1) and Boy Vincenne, he will sojourn a month to take
order for the war towards Flanders, and obtain more aid of this and other
towns from which he has had great subsidy twice this year already. As the
burden shall fall on the minute people, the request is not for money but men,
of whom this town is at a point to furnish 6,000 for a twelvemonth, every
household being taxed after the rate paid for scavage of the streets. Has
everywhere heard much murmuring : but necessity requires it, for at the
beginning of the war last year the French king had not 200,000 cr. in store.
"And yet we set upon our matters very stoutly as they come in our heads, and
afterward we do consult whether they be best to be done or no"; as these four
or five months we have determined to set upon Arthois and Flanders, through
Luxembourg and Liege, but now make courtesy whether to begin or defend.
On Monday last was great consultation on this at Estampes, for 12,000
Spaniards have passed to Italy to come to Flanders with 5,000 Italian
haquebutiers and a great band of lansknechtes; like as we also have 40,000
Suysses and lansknechtes coming down (indeed there are bands ready but
Paget has not learnt the number). For defence we are very strong and have
furnished all our holds towards your Majesty, especially Arde, which might
hare been hurt but now is stronger than you are aware of, so that we keep you
as prisoner in your isle. We know you have lately braved against the Scots
and said you would be enemy to all who would help them, but the Scots have
taken 40 of your ships, as the French king lately said at table, with great
commendation of their valiantness. Prays God send both him and them
what they deserve, for, were it not for the majesty of a king, he could write
that these men are neither sincere, constant nor kind longer than makes for
their own profit, which they regard without respect of honor. Sees them
repine at Henry's prosperity, triumphantly magnify any adverse chance, and
commend and covertly aid his enemies. Wrote lately by Thadee that Mr.
Knevet's servant, Giles Granado, a Frenchman, said that ships and munition
were prepared in Normandy for Scotland, which Paget thinks those here will
not deny as Henry may perceive from the French king's answer to Paget and
by the copy of his letters (fn. 2) which Paget lately sent by Francisco, and the
saying of some of his Council. Thought right to boult out the matter further
(that they might not aveugle him with fair words, as they did the Emperor's
ambassador last year, when this King was before Yvoy and Perpignan ere the
ambassador would believe it and almost ere the Emperor knew it) and has
found much of Granado's report true; for, besides money and munition sent
to the Scots in the Scottish king's lifetime, in the beginning of this war, there
was sent hence lately, and now is detained by frost on the way to Rowen,
35,000 pieces of munition, as pikes, halberts, hackbuts, barrels of gunpowder,
&c. More artillery shall be added at Rowen, and the ships that carry it
shall be manned with both Scots and Frenchmen, so that if they take English
ships it is the Scots that take them, and if they themselves are taken they are
Frenchmen and must be restored. They say they have found another trade
to Scotland, viz., to ship in Brittany and go about by Wales. Hears no
more of shipping lansknechts. Whereas Granado said there was an
ambassador at Dieppe for Scotland, and Paget wrote that Bordery was
despatched for that purpose, he was indeed despatched to take ship at St.
Malo's, but was revoked, and returned to Court last Saturday; and in his
place shall go personages of more estimation. It is bruited that Mons. de
Guise goes over, as Henry will perceive by a letter to Paget's clerk from
Bryan, the merchant who was with him at Court, and by a writing dedicate
to the lord Deputy of Calais; but Paget knows that the president of Turin,
called M. Cheman, a man of much experience and now admitted of the Privy
Council, goes forthwith to Scotland to assist the Council there, and with him
goes Mons. de Lorges, an esteemed captain. Also either the earl of
Lenox, a Scottishman, or the captain of the Guard is appointed to go. Has
learnt the cause of Bordery's going; for, on Saturday, when Bordery
returned to Court, he sent the King's servant Hammes and his clerk thither,
where (Hammes feigning himself to be a Collonoys and Paget's clerk a
servant of Mons. d'Orleans) they, with the help of the bp. of Ades secretary,
insinuated themselves into acquaintance with Bordery's secretary, who told
them his master was at St. Malo's with Mons. de Chasteaubryant, apparelled
as a merchant, and the ship ready to go about by Wales, and also read them
his master's process made for his journey and the French king's instructions,
which they afterwards wrote, from memory, and Paget sends it herewith.
Will try to find if there is anything more in the President's going, but Paget
and his men here are like owls. Grieves to have been so long here and done
so little, but it is against their nature to love sincerely and against their
custom to deal truly. Begs Henry to pardon him ij he seems to judge rashly,
for he cannot but be moved when he sees "their unkind, ungentle and
indiscreet handling of you, and knowing, as all the world knoweth, what
humanity your Majesty hath shewed unto them."
The Admiral will be here shortly. Mons. de Guise arrived from Jenvile
yesterday, a little before the King, with 200 horse. The Dolphin is looked
for daily. Other parts are prepared for defence, as Bayone, Narbone, Turin
and Troyes, yet, except one band of men of arms left in Provence, all our
gendarmerie and the nobles, bande and arriere bande, and all our adventurers
are already in Picardy, and, on the 15th inst., if their determination hold (as
few of theirs do), shall muster at Amiens. Thinks the King's ministers of
Calais and Guisnes know of it and give good eye to their evil neighbours
Arde and Boulloyn, "for all is fish that cometh to these men's nets; and
great things they crack they will do, and yet money have they none, but
from hand to mouth, and men have they few, but for money, which by
policy and in time with a little money might have been taken from them."
They have great store of artillery, and coal and sulphur enough, but little
saltpetre. They intended to send to the country of Mores for gun metal,
which the King of that country offered to give at five kyntals for a kyntal
of tin, or not above 40d. a kyntal; and the navigation thither is not
dangerous, between the isle of Canare and Madre, 120 leagues beyond
Cales by Andolozia, and 6 leagues from Caput Egue which the King of
Portugal lately lost. Jehan Pacquelone, whom the master mariner of
Dieppe lately retained in Henry's service will know, was to have gone, but
is stayed at Paris where 300 [men] are working upon artillery. Bordery
goes with a present to the Grand Seigneur, with whom he has been before.
The King has said at table that the Clevoys have discomfited a great band
of Brabansoys and taken 5,000 of them.
Yesterday, as he concluded these letters, the bearer, Nicholas, arrived
with two letters from the Council, one containing a demand to be made to
the French King, and the other setting forth the demeanour of the French
ambassador there, with command to declare and engrieve it to his master.
Sent immediately to the Cardinal of Tournon for audience this day, and was
answered that the ambassador of Portugal had been promised audience, but
if he attended until the ambassador of Portugal was finished the King
would hear him. Chose rather to be heard to-morrow so as not to
prejudice Henry's dignity in comparison of the King of Portugal. Until
now this King has always given open audience and heard ambassadors
according to the degree of their masters. Having these letters ready,
decided to return Nicholas with them, and report his proceedings in the
other matters in a day or two. Paris, 2 Feb., 9 (fn. 3) a.m. Signed.
Pp. 16, partly 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 portions deciphered.
3. Contemporary decipher of the cipher portion of §1, the commencement
being in Wriothesley's hand.
107. The Privy Council.
Meeting at Westm., 3 Feb. Present : Norfolk, Privy Seal, Gt.
Chamb., Winchester, Westminster, Cheyney, Gage, Browne, Wingfield,
Wriothesley, Riche. Business :—Letter written to the mayor and aldermen
of Bristol to send up Austen Larcke, prisoner there, with such as he
could declare justly to be ringleaders of a certain company which made a
tumult for his imprisoment. Dr Chessham, long prisoner in the Marshalsea
for lewd words which he could not well deny, released.
St. P., V. 247.
108. Suffolk and Others to the Council.
Received the Council's letters of 28 Jan., with copies of Arren's
letter to the King and the King's answer, and also the Council's letter to
Angus, Casselles and Glencarne and the other prisoners, which is sent to
Lisle at Berwick to be forwarded to Edinburgh. Suppose that the King's
answer to Arren is being carried by the Scottish herald, who is not yet
arrived here. This day came hither George Douglas for causes which they
now signify to the King. Have seen the Council's letters of 27 Jan. to
Lisle and Brian, with the copy of the instruction sent by George Ryveley,
of which Brian retains the original. Yesterday, Brian, with the six
Newcastle ships (named, with their captains, in a schedule herewith), left
Tynmouth haven at noon, the wind being at W.S.W., for Holy Ilond, for
their ordnance; but, as they were leaving, news came from Lisle and from
Bamburghe that 21 great ships were seen off Holy Iland, "which kepte in
the bellowe of the sees and plyed northwardes." Supposing that this was
the duke of Guyse with a great power, and knowing that Brian's ships
were slenderly furnished, sent him word of them and advised him to draw
towards Humber to the rest of his company, to accomplish the feat which
Ryveley would declare to him; and, yesterday, at his departure he wrote a
letter (enclosed) to Suffolk showing what he intended. To-day came a
letter (enclosed) from Lisle showing that the 21 sail are the Mary
Willoughby and Salamander with 19 English prizes; and, forthwith, came
word that Brian had met Basing and his company, being 8 sail, and they
had together sailed northwards. Wrote then to Brian at Holy Ilond the
news of the Mary Willoughby and Salamander and of the Lyon and the
four other Scottish war ships yet abroad, so that he might put himself in
order to follow the instructions which he will receive by Ryveley. Newcastle,
3 Feb. Signed by Suffolk, Durham, Parr and Sadler.
P.S. (fn. 4) in Sadler's hand—"We have received the letters for the musters
and also c. li. for Mr. [Sh]elley with the note of his charge wh[ich s]halbe
conveyed to him where he is at [Bar]wik with the next desp[atch th]ither.
And the rest we shall put [in ord]er touching th[e] direction and [sett]ing
forth of the said letters for the musters as soon as we may conveniently."
Pp. 3. Slightly injured by damp. Endd. : ao xxxiiijo.
32,649, f. 108.
109. Suffolk to Arran.
Has received his letters dated Halyrudhouse, 30 Jan., and heard the
credence of George Dowglas, containing in effect his desire of safe conduct
for Douglas, Hamylton, Lyrmouth and Balnavis and for an abstinence.
Although he doubts not but that Arran considers the weighty matters mentioned
in his letters as opened by the noblemen who lately returned from
hence so beneficial to Scotland as to need no delay (the accomplishment
whereof will secure the weal of both realms and great benefit to Arran) he
has advertised his sovereign of Arran's desire.
Copy, p. 1. Headed : "The copy of my lord of Suffolkes letter to the
earl of Arrayne, dat. iijo Februar. ao r.r.34, at Newcastell."
32, 649, f. 111.
No. 292 (1).
110. Arran to Lisle.
On the 1st inst. received his writing from Berwick, 31 Jan., in
answer to Arran's. As he wrote, desires much to have unity between the
King and the Queen, his sovereign, and their realms; and will do his
utmost to procure it. Will be "very plain" to the King and his ministers,
for he knows that there is no prince living of greater wisdom and experience,
and therefore expects him to be kind to his proniece "and to ws
that has the cure and gyding of hir and hir realm under God." Halyrudehous
beside Edinburgh, 3 Feb. Signed : James G.
P. 1. Add. Endd. : ao xxxiiijo.
A. P. C., 81.
111. The Privy Council.
Meeting at Westm., 4 Feb. Present : Norfolk, Privy Seal, Gt.
Chamb., St. John, Winchester, Westminster, Cheyney, Gage, Browne,
Wingfield, Wriothesley, Baker, Dacres. Business :—Upon information
by Wm. Fylding, who furnished 30 men with horse and harness for
the late wars in Scotland, that the men (with the consent of their captain,
John Asshebye), at the breaking up of the camp, retired home without restoring
anything to him, Asshebye was written to see the horses and
harness delivered again to Fylding.
112. H. Lord Maltravers to the Council.
Upon their last letters, addressed a messenger into France, who has
brought the intelligence contained in the enclosed bill. Learns by
another espial that, thinking the King has good espial about New Havon
and Deape, the duke of Guyes will not embark thereabouts but at Brest;
and so to pass between Wales and Ireland, as the duke of Albany did. Can
only learn that the Duke will be accompanied by the best ships in France
and intends to keep his departure secret.
On the 12th inst., shall come to Arde 300 footmen and 100 light horse.
Eight yards of the rampart before the St. Omer's gate of Arde is fallen
down. On Monday the Captain there ordered all inhabitants to provide
victual for two months. They have 200 pieces of wine and 1000 qr. of
wheat. Thinks the surest knowledge of Mons. de Guyes' departing may
come from the French Court; for it will be sudden. Calais, 4 Feb. 1542.
Hol., pp. 2. Add. Endd. : ao xxxiiijo.
St. P. IX., 291.
113. Paget to Henry VIII.
Yesterday afternoon, repeated to the French King what passed
between the Commissioners and his ambassador, as prescribed in the
Council's instructions; showing that this treaty was broken off by the
fau[lt] of his minister and that, because the arrearages had been long
forborne, he was instructed to demand that order should be taken for their
payment, as the Ambassador had asked why they were not demanded here.
Paused here, and the King asked if that was all he had to say. Replied
no, but when this was answered, he had "somewhat else more to say."
The King told him to say on and he would answer all together. Declared
then the matter of the ships arrested at New Haven and coming from
Bordeaulx, and at Poldavy Bay, with the arrest of their ships and the
Ambassador's demeanour in the matter, concluding that he should do well
to send another in his place. The King answered that, in the treaty, his
Ambassador did as instructed, for how could they treat of arrearages until
they knew the amount, which would depend upon the dote? His request
for 800,000 was thought too great, and Henry's offer of 300,000 too little,
and therefore the Ambassador was to ask 500,000, and offer the dowry
he did, which (considering the doubtfulness of the debt of the arrearages)
was "indifferently proceeded." As to what Henry said was due for
arrearages, he would do as he was bound; and as for the ships, if the Scots
took them, he could not meddle, and the Scots were as welcome in
Flanders as here, but if his own subjects did amiss, as four labourers at
New Haven had done, they should be punished. Perhaps the Ambassador
was misliked because he would not conform to Mons. de Winchestre's
opinion, but he had good cause to complain of the arrest of 15 or 16 of his
subjects' ships in England, and he heard that his good brother was
preparing to open war against him this year, having (as reported from
Strasburg) a band of lanceknights ready, although he did not believe it.
He wished Paget to write that his preparations for defence were against
the Emperor, to meet whom he had 100,000 footmen and 20,000 horse, of
whom 40,000 were Swiss and lanceknights; adding, if my good brother
"will demand nothing of me I will demand nothing of him (for demand
was his term), and write unto him that I pray him to be my friend."
Paget replied that although the amount of the arrearages depended on the
dote they might have treated the "term" and "caution" of payment
of it, and that it was iniquum to offer no more dowry than Queen Mary had
and ask almost thrice as much dote. "Nay, Mary! (quoth he) the payment
is diverse, for the debt is in question." Asked leave to speak of that point,
since he made the debt conditional and the conditions not fulfilled. "No,
Mary! were they not, (quoth he, and brake my tale), and that Monsr. de
Winchestre knoweth, who was a minister in it when I was in Languedoc";
and spoke with great indignation against Winchester and then of the
treaties, which he alleged so ignorantly that it seemed as if he had never
heard of them before. Paget begged to remind him how matters passed,
for he knew his master was never bound to anything he had not performed,
and would be richer now if all others had done the like, and began to
declare the treaty at Moore. O! said Francis, "that treaty was foreclosed."
Asked how, since it was the first article of the perpetual peace? He then
said he would not dispute of treaties, but speak first with his Council as
Henry had done; he and Henry were friends and should be bound by the
treaties; and, as to his asking more dote and giving no greater dowry, he
would increase the living of the husband, but (Paget protesting) that was a
matter to be considered and he would send another ambassador shortly
with his whole mind. He begged to be commended to Henry, whom he
wished to remain his friend, and as for the Emperor he would show the
world that the King of France could defend himself. He was about to go
when Paget stayed him with the matter of the ships, on which he (Francis)
said that he, if any man, had cause to complain, for if the French ships
were arrested on suspicion of piracy he might arrest the English on the
same plea. Paget asked if he had or would arrest them, and he said no,
but he had forbidden his own subjects to come in English ports. "'O, Sir
(quoth I) do not so.' 'By my faith, but I will (quoth he) you shall take
no mo of them'." In this last business in Flanders there were 100
Englishmen taken and as many slain among the Burgundians and those
he took were always sent home. Paget said they were not there by the
King's will, and Francis replied that no more was it by his will that his
subjects had done as they were accused of doing, but if any could be proved
to have been taken within his havens or by his officers they should be
Had taken leave, and was going down stairs, when he met English
merchants who complained that their ships and goods here and at Rouen
were arrested, and also their "comptours" and writings sealed up (upon
the order enclosed, which has since come from Rouen). Went back to the
King and, after reverence, reminded him that he said our ships were
not arrested but it seemed they were. "I cannot tell, quoth he, roundly,
what matter is between the merchants : you may speak with my Council
in it. And even so wound himself quickly from me and went his way."
Departed amazed at his strange dealing.
The French merchants who have goods in the ships arrested in England
have been all yesterday and this morning with the Council here, and last
night asked Paget to intercede for their goods, saying that if the mariners
were evil doers it was no reason to arrest their goods or, as the Council
added, to arrest so many ships for the fault of one, which (they say) is sunk
soon after escaping. They said the goods were worth 100,000 crs. and the
persons arrested numbered 400. Said this was not the way to have them
discharged; and declared the case, doing his best to "elevate" their
Ambassador's credit; but in vain. "Your ships remain here still and
be like to do."
Describes how one Dudley, son of the late lord Dudley, who was in
6d. a day at Calais, came hither intending to go to Rome to join
Pole, and how he has obtained a blank warrant for his extradition and
will either send him or bring him upon his return, which, he is told here,
shall be shortly. Begs the King to confirm that report, so that the French
ambassador there may be said to have written at least something true,
for he is author of it. Has written (copy herewith) to the lord Deputy
touching the arrest of ships here. The lanceknights are still in Brittany
and no word of their shipping or De Guyse's going. The president of
Turin takes ship at Dieppe with Mons. d'Aubigny's nephew, captain of the
Scottish guard, and his brother the earl of Lenox, thinking to have the foremost
oar in the boat, for he says the earl of Arrem is illegitimate. Their
contention may work for your affairs. With them go 60 or 80 Scots who are
at Dieppe waiting for the President. Paris, 4 Feb., 3 a.m. Signed.
Pp. 11. Add.
M. S. 597,
2. Letter-book copy of the preceding, in the hand of Paget's clerk.
St. P. IX., 315.
114. English Merchants in France.
Order by Francis I., at the request of certain merchants of Paris
and Rouen whose ships are unlawfully arrested in England, to
arrest all English merchants within his realm, and put their ships and
goods in surety, until the said French merchants are satisfied and their
goods restored. Paris, 4 Feb., 1542, 29 Francis I. Signed by the King,
the Sire Dennebault, marshal of France, and Bayard.
French. Notarial copy (made 7 Feb.), pp. 2. Endd. : Copy of the reprisals
sent from my 1. deputy of Calais.
115. The Privy Council.
Meeting at Westm., 5 Feb. Present Norfolk, Privy Seal, Great
Chamb., St. John, Winchester, Westminster, Cheyney, Gage, Browne,
Wingfield, Wriothesley, Baker, Dacres. Business :—The Council having
committed Wm. Bulmer of Yorkshire to the Fleet and ordered the
President of the North to send the receipts of his hands to the clerk of
the Council, John Dropholme and Ric. Goldethorpe this day delivered to
John Mason, clerk of the Council, 34l.
116. Suffolk and Others to the Council.
The letter dated 5 Feb. printed in St. P. v., p. 252, is of the 25th
Feb. See No. 207.
32, 649, f. 113.
No. 292 (2).
117. Lisle to Sir George Douglas.
Received his letters this Monday at 5 p.m., with a letter from his
brother and a safe conduct from the Governor for a servant to pass and repass
to him. Begs Douglas to thank the Governor and his brother for
this. Perceives that his brother thinks that Mons. de Guise is not coming.
Nothing is more certain than that six great ships are ready for him, and
that he tarries only for the Almaynes. If they examine John a Barton
(as doubtless they will) he can partly declare this. Therefore let the
Governor be ready for him. Has an inkling that the Governor has put the
prizes brought into Lithe under arrest, with the wines in them. Asks the
certainty of this. Alnwick Castle, Monday, 5 Feb., 8 p.m.
Copy, p. 1. Endd. : Copie of my lord Warden's letter to Sir George
Douglas, vjo (sic) Febr. ao xxxiiijo.
33,649, f. 117.
No. 293 (1).
118. Arran to Lisle.
This 4th day of February received his writing dated Berwik on the
2nd. As to his advice to make a "good party" with the King and send
a trusty person to declare his mind in all matters; has, upon the King's
letters by the noblemen who were prisoners, sent a writing to the duke of
Suffolk, by George Douglas, desiring safe conduct for certain persons whom
he intends to send to treat all things contained in the King's letters.
Thanks for his advertisement touching the duke of Gweys. Edinburgh,
5 Feb. 1542. Signed.
P. 1. Add. Endd.
119. H. Lord Maltravers to Henry VIII.
Encloses a letter, received a little before the shutting of the gate,
out of France, from John Orwell, mariner. Calais, 5 Feb.
Hol., p. 1. Add. Sealed. Endd. : ao xxxiiijo.
St. P. IX.,
120. Wallop to the Council.
On Friday next shall be general muster in Picardy, and 2,000 or
3,000 men taken into wages to furnish castles and peels on the borders. The
nobles (120 horsemen) of Normandy who lay in garrison at Arde now return
and 300 called "feadors" come in their place. Both Frenchmen and Burgundians
fortify their frontiers. At St. Omez, last week, was published, by
sound of trumpet, open war against France and Cleves. The bruit runs of
a great personage to be sent from France to Scotland. Guisnes, 5 Feb.
P. 1. Add. Endd. : ao xxxiiijo.
121. Bishopric Of Coventry And Lichfield.
See Grants in February, No. 14.
A. P. C., 82.
122. The Privy Council.
Meeting at Westm., 6 Feb. Present : Norfolk, Privy Seal, Gt.
Chamb., Winchester, Westminster, St. John, Cheyney, Gage, Browne,
Wingfield, Riche. Business :—Letters written for stay of French ships in
all ports of England.
123. Suffolk and Others to the Council.
According to the King's instructions to Suffolk, Mr. Shelley has
made a book (herewith) showing what remains of the victuals provided for
the army which invaded Scotland, what proportion of victuals will serve the
garrisons, being 2,000 men, for one month, and what will serve a main
army of 24,000 for a month, the state of bakehouses and brewhouses at
Barwycke and Holy Eland, and what ordnance and artillery remains at
Barwycke, Warke and Alnewyke. Expert men should be sent to join
with Shelley in furnishing a main army, if the King determine upon it,
for the burden is too great "for Mr. Shelley, M[r. Law]son to . . . . .
wt oute helpe of summe men of good experience in . . . . . . es.
I [the du]ke of Suff., before my commyng from the Courte [made a] booke
[contain]ing a certayne devise for the victualling [of an armye] of
xxiiijm [m]en, and what carriages should [be necessary for the fur]nyture
of the [s]ame, whiche booke I delyv[ered unto] my [lord of Win]chestre.
Praying [y]or lordshipps, if ye thinke it soo good, to com[pare] the same
wt Mr. [Sh]elley's booke; and, by the next dispeche hither, it maye lyke
you to send me a copie of myne owne booke." Enclose letters to Suffolk
from "Mr. Stanhop and Mason," showing the provision of grain they have
made (whereof none is yet arrived in the North) and what Mr. Stanhop can
make further. Beg them to instruct Stanhop therein and touching the
victualling of the ships.
Enclose letters from Lisle of his intelligence by espials. As they wrote
in last letters, Mr. Bryan, upon coming to the seas, met Basyng with the
King's ships from Humber, except Cotton and his prize, which is said to be
in Thamys. The same night a great storm scattered them all; so that the
Elizabeth, with Mr. Brian aboard, the Minion and the Prymerose lost the
rest and are yet not heard of : John Wyngfeld and Mr. Wolstrop with their
ships of this town, and Fowberie with his ship and lord Lysle's bark that
has lain so long at Humber, are come into Tynmouth haven with great
leaks, which shall this day be mended, and to-morrow, if wind serves, they
will to the seas again. The rest of the navy are upon the coast; and all
together will be 11 sail besides Lisle's bark, viz. : 5 of the King's ships from
Humber and 6 of the town of Newcastle. George Ryveley is with Basing
in the Minion, having come aboard on [We] nnysdaye last, as the master of
Fowberies ship says.
Have "indorsed and directed" the letters for the musters in the
counties "within the commission of me the saide duke of [Suff.] . . .
. . . . . . . in the counties of Chesshier . . . . . [S]taff.
an[d] Shropshier to the nombre of iiijc at the leaste, which yt maye lyke
you to send unto us wt diligence to thintent we maye send them fourthe,
as tomorrowe we shall sende fourthe all the rest accordinglye." Newcastle,
P.S.—Enclose letters received from Wharton. Signed by Suffolk,
Durham, Parr and Sadler.
Pp. 2. Mutilated and faded. Add. Endd. : ao xxxiiijo.
124. Lisle to Suffolk.
There is like to be great ruffling in Scotland. Arguile, Murrey, and
Huntley draw one way, and threaten to have the Cardinal at liberty again
or make a worse reckoning. They intend to come strong to this Parliament
to give Anguishe and his brother "a liste." Glencarne, Casselles,
Flemyng and Maxwell keep still about the Governor, with Anguishe and
his brother. Bothewell is gone from them. The bishops, as Lisle wrote
in his last, are all gone to their houses. All their sort, with Arguile,
Murrey, Huntley and their friends, disdain that [Anguishe] and these lords
who have been in England should bear the swing about the Governor.
Bothewell sojourns at Haddenton nunnery, and neither party make much
account of him, but no man is so offended at the taking of the Cardinal as
he. Has this morning answer from Arran to his letter by Raie, from
Berwick, 31 Jan., and letters from Anguishe to himself and Sir George
Douglas; all enclosed together with copy of a letter he has written to Sir
George. It appears that Arren and Anguishe scantly credit the coming of
Mons. de Guise and that Sandy Lyddall, Sir George's servant, wrote the
news to them from Berwick. Suspects that Lyddall lies there for such
Mr. Shelley and he found that the King's provisions at Berwick had been
wasted, and over 100 tuns of beer lost, as Shelley would report. Sir George
Lawson lies very sore sick and not like to escape. Alnwik Castle, 6 Feb.
P.S.—A servant who was at the sea coast, to-day, about 2 p.m., heard a
great peal of ordnance upon the seas which lasted half an hour. Thinks
that Mr. Brian must have met with some of the Scottish ships; for only
three ships of war have come home, bringing eight English ships laden with
wine. The three ships are the Mary Willoughbye, the Lyon and a merchant
ship trimmed for the war. The Salamon, the Unicorne and three armed
merchant ships are still abroad. John a Barton said in the Governor's
chamber that they took only 11 ships and sold three of them in France;
and received "small countenance" of the Governor and the lords. Trusts
to learn to-morrow whether the Governor has made stay of the wines, as
The Governor intends to appoint a greater company to attend the Queen
Pp. 3. Add.
St. P. IX.,
125. Paget to Henry VIII.
To do his best for the discharge of the English ships arrested in
France and show that he is not "disdainfull" to speak in it, has spoken with
the Cardinal of Tournon. Describes, verbatim, a long and angry altercation
he has had with Tournon in presence of the Council. The Cardinal said
Francis did not know of the arrest when he said the ships were not arrested,
and that their Ambassador had done his best, and asked why Artigo and
the Farronyere were detained these three months. Paget swore that Artigo
was a strong thief, and that Francis had said as much both of him and De
Vale, that the English ships spoiled at New Haven were here pretended to
have been spoiled by four Frenchmen instead of four score, that he himself
was commanded to detain the ships now stayed at Bordeaux after the
French ships were arrested in England, or they would have been gone, &c.
The Cardinal insisted that their ships should first be restored, and complained
that the bp. of Winchester, their mortal enemy, was engaged in all
negociations with them. Paget said that was their Ambassador's report,
but he was "somewhat glorious, and by all likelihood ever cocking
with my lord of Winchester in matters of learning," wherein there was no
comparison between them; his master was too wise a prince to be
governed by his ministers. Tournon repeated the complaint that their
men were imprisoned in England without trial and Paget retorted about
the delays of justice in France, and they parted; the Cardinal, however,
bringing Paget out into the Court, to the marvel of everyone, for since
his interview with the King all talk of war, and the heralds believe that
there is a herald come to proclaim it, and have questioned Hamnes, the
Has the miserable fool George Dudley still in keeping, and sends herewith
a discourse of the thing and his confession. He begged for mercy
with more tears than Paget ever saw distil from any creature's eyes. His
ungracious purpose seems partly due to despair of succour, for at Calais he
was driven to work with a mattock and shovel, and if there be no greater
malice in him than appears, he might be pardoned. Does not send him
because these matters require great diligence, but will bring him. Paris,
6 Feb., 4 a.m. Signed.
Pp. 9. Add. Endd. : ao xxxiiijo.
2. Letter-book copy of the preceding, in the hand of Paget's clerk.
A. P. C.,
126. The Privy Council.
Meeting at Westm., 7 Feb. Present : Norfolk, Privy Seal, Gt.
Chamb., Winchester, Westminster, St. John, Cheyney, Gage, Browne,
Wingfield, Riche. Business :—Letters written to the lord Deputy of Calais
to deliver certain Burgundians by him detained.
St. P. V., 255.
127. Suffolk and Others to the Council.
Letters are even now arrived from Lisle to Suffolk, which they
enclose as showing what can be learnt by espials. Wrote in their last how
Bryan and the navy were scattered by tempest. Yesternight, George
Ryveley was here and declared that all were together again, some in
Tynmouth haven mending their ships, and the rest riding before Tynmouth.
Ryveley said that the King instructed him that, if the Scottish ships were
passed in to the Frythe, Bryan should follow them; but, now that they are
in Lygh haven near Edinburgh, he thinks it useless to follow. Bryan with
his masters and mariners will shortly send the Council their opinions.
Newcastle, 7 Feb. Signed by Suffolk, Durham, Parr and Sadler.
In Sadler's hand, p. 1. Slightly mutilated. Add. Endd. : ao xxxiiijo.
St. P. V.,
128. The Same to The Same.
Since despatching their last letters, have even now received other
letters (enclosed) from Lisle and from Wharton, among them being a letter
from Arren to Lisle showing that he is still in expectation of an abstinence
and the King's safe-conduct for ambassadors. Enclose also a letter to
Suffolk from Shelley showing the scarcity of grain in these parts.
Newcastle, 7 Feb., 7 p.m. Signed by Suffolk, Parr and Sadler.
In Sadler's hand, p. 1. Add. Endd. : ao xxxiiijo.
129. Lisle to Suffolk.
The messenger he sent with secret letters to Arren, this morning,
brought the answer enclosed; and says that Arren, Anguishe, Casselles,
Glencarne, Murton and Marshall, with the lords Flemyng, Maxwell, Forbus,
Lammes (qu. Glamis?), Grey, Seton, Yester, and others, are a strong
A safe-conduct for Ambassadors and an abstinence would do no harm,
for if they minded a division among themselves the abstinence would bring
them the sooner to it. Alnwik, 7 Feb. Signed.
P.S.—Has received his letters showing that Mr. Bryan, with the rest of
the ships, is before Tynemouth and that Mr. Bryan will be to-day at
Holy Island. Has sent to Edw. Shelley to send beer and biscuit, and the
fish which Lisle bought in Berwick, to Holy Island for the King's ships.
Has a tun of wine in his ship at Tynemouth. Begs Suffolk to take his
choice of it. Signed.
In his own hand.—The Scottish mariners taken by Cottune say that the
Unicorn and Salomon went not forth this year, but lie in the Frithe, at the
Brent Island. Marvels at this report.
Pp. 2. Add. Endd. : vijo Febr. ao xxxiiijo.
A. P. C.,
130. The Privy Council.
Meeting at Westm., 8 Feb. Present : Norfolk, Privy Seal, Gt.
Chamb., Winchester, Westminster, St. John, Cheyney, Gage, Browne,
Wingfield, Riche. Business :—Chr. Hall, of Yorkshire, charged with misbehaviour
towards certain poor men there and to account for a portion of
Bulmer's lands, gave recognisance (quoted) to attend until dismissed.
Foxe, V. 463.
131. White Meats.
Proclamation (in the same words as that calendared in Vol. XVII.
No. 85) permitting the eating of white meats in Lent in consideration of
the scarcity of fish.
Later copy, pp. 2, from the print by Thomas Berthelet. Headed as made,
9 Feb., 34 Hen. VIII.
132. Henry VIII. to Arran.
By his sundry letters to the Warden of Henry's Marches, and by
those of 30 Jan. to the duke of Suffolk, lieutentant general in the North,
which have been received since the despatch of Rothesay herald, Henry
perceives his desire for an abstinence from war, during which he may send
ambassadors to declare his "zeal and affection towards us, and to the good
of peace." Trusts he will indeed frame the ambassade so that Henry may
with honor extend his favour to him; and sends "an abstinence for the
land for three months" and safe-conduct for the persons named in his letter
to Suffolk; and promises that, if sinister counsel on that side does not
prevail, he shall see that Henry tenders the advance of his "pronepte"
and the good and quiet of the people of Scotland.
Draft corrected by Wriothesley, pp. 5. Endd. : Mynute to th'earl of
Arren, ixo Febr. ao xxxiiijo.
2. Grant by Henry VIII. (at the instant suit of the earl of Arren,
governor of Scotland, for an abstinence for four months, in the war which
grew by occasion of the King's late nephew) of an abstinence and surcease
of war by land from the — (fn. 5) (blank) day of this month to the 1st
of June (fn. 6) next; on condition that Arren, within twelve days after receipt
hereof, send to the King's lieutenant on the Borders a like promise, with
the addition that, in this time of abstinence, Scotland shall treat no alliance
with any other prince or favor such as are not the King's friends or do
anything prejudicial to him.
Draft, pp. 2. Endd. : "Minute of th'abstinence for three months by
3. Earlier and fuller draft of § 2 with some corrections by Wriothesley.
In Gardiner's hand, pp. 4.
133. The Council to Sir Fras. Bryan and Ric. Broke.
The King is even now advertised that the goods of his subjects in
Paris, Roan and elsewhere under the French King are sealed up and the seals
of the merchants of England there taken from them. Marvelling why they
should be thus evil entreated, the King has commanded us to signify that
if "you meet with any French ships and find in them any Scots you
shall order the same according to your former instructions," and, in gentle
sort, detain the ships, declaring how the King's subjects are daily spoiled
by them, and inform the King with diligence.
Draft, pp. 2. Endd. : "Minute to Sir Francis Bryan and Rich. Broke for
stay of French ships."
St. P. IX.,
134. Henry VIII. to Paget.
Has received his letters of the 2nd, 4th, and 6th, describing conferences
with the French king and Cardinal of Tournon. As the French
ground this arrest of English ships and goods in France upon the staying
of the French ships at the Wight, Paget shall repair to the French king's
Council, (fn. 7) and declare how Henry marvels at this unkind proceeding, as
both contrary to the amity and void of all pretence of reason. The French
ships gave occasion for their stay (by the open taking of an English ship in
an English port, conveying away him that did the attemptate and resisting
Henry's officers), but the English ships in France gave none. Paget shall,
therefore, desire them indelayedly to deliver the ships and goods arrested
(to detain which is contrary to and in rupture of the league) or else the
King will take order for the safeguard of his subjects and requital of their
injuries. Had liever they declared themselves open enemies than thus
deceive him. [And where Paget has heretofore sued for his return, sends
letters herewith (copy enclosed) to the French King for that purpose which
he shall deliver and then take leave and return]. (fn. 8) By next post will send
letters to the French king for Paget's return.
Draft, corrected by Wriothesley, pp. 6. Endd. : Minute to Mr. Paget,
ixo Feb. ao xxxiiijo.
Calig. E. IV.
2. Original letter of which the foregoing is the draft. Dated . . . . .
Much mutilated, pp. 3.
135. Robert Henneage to Robert Downes.
Upon the authority given to him, as master of woods under the
Court of General Surveyors, by warrant (under seal of the office of
"justice of inoyre and forests," dated 27 Dec., 35 (sic) Hen. VIII., by
Charles duke of Suffolk, Great Master of the Household, President of the
Council, warden and chief justice in oyre of forests on this side Trent)
commissions Downes to survey and sell woods in co. Southampton,
reporting proceedings at Midsummer and paying all money received at
Michaelmas next. London, 9 Feb., 34 (sic) Hen. VIII. Signed.
P. 1. Subscribed. "To Rob't Downes, gent."
136. Oudart Du Bies to Henry VIII.
Has received his letter dated Westmester, 6 Feb., requesting the release
of certain ships and waggons laden with wool arrested here. Explains
that "l'occasion de cest arrest a este [parcequ'il estoit cer]tainement sceu
qu'on avoit faict la semblable en vostre [royaume à] aucuns navires des
nostres, dont sur l'heure desdits advertissement et arrest je feez le Roy mon
maistre certain"; and until he receives his King's reply he begs to be
pardoned in detaining the ships. Boulogne, 9 Feb. 1542. Signed.
French, p. 1. Add. Sealed. Endd : ao xxxiiijo.
A. P. C.,
137. The Privy Council.
Meeting at Westm., 9 Feb. Present : Norfolk, Privy Seal, Gt.
Chamb., Winchester, Westminster, St John, Cheyney, Gage, Browne,
Wingfield, Riche. No business recorded.
Meeting at Westm., 10 Feb. Present : the above, and also Wriothesley,
Baker and Dacres. Letters sent to Whippell and other inhabitants of
Stortford, Essex, to appear on Tuesday next.
2131, f. 26 b.
138. The War With Scotland.
Letters missive in the same form as No. 53, addressed to George
Boothe, esq. Westm., 10 Feb. 34 Hen. VIII.
Modern copy, pp. 2.
139. Henry VIII. to Suffolk.
We have received your letters of 29 Jan., with those of Lisle and
the three letters to him from Arren and the two from Sir George Douglas;
also your letters of the 3rd inst. with the letters sent to you by Arren and
all the other writings therewith.
1. We well accept your order taken with Sir George for payment of the
money his brother and he received for the 200 men they had in wages;
willing you to continue it and to help them further if need be, for,
"thinking they will show themselves to be true and just men towards us,"
we will have special regard to them until we see what shall finally ensue.
2. Concerning Arren's suit for an abstinence and safe-conduct; considering
that, since the King of Scots' decease, we, in respect of the tender
age of our pronepte, have done no displeasure to the Scots, and yet have
kept all our garrison there idle, and that, if we refuse their suit so often
repeated, we could not sit still with honor, and, between this and July
(before which we could do them no great displeasure), much treasure would
be consumed which might stand us in stead hereafter; also that to deny or
be over slack in granting their petition might make those who have the
stroke there relent to France, and so "make our purpose more hard and
difficile to be compassed than needeth,"—we condescend to their suit; and
send the abstinence and safe-conduct herewith, for you to put in the dates
and forward to Arren, together with the letters to him and to Angus and
Sir George Douglas touching that purpose (copies enclosed).
It shall be well "that you, our cousin of Suff., do also write a gentle letter"
to Arren, offering, for the good will which you perceive that we bear him,
to prefer any of his suits, and reminding him what a party he will have
against him by France and by the clergy, who will undoubtedly essay to
undermine him by fair speech, by rewards and by setting up Linoux, whom
they allege to be next heir after our pronepte. And advise him to provide
against this, as he has been advised by the lord Warden of the Marches.
When you receive the abstinence for their part, you must then cause it
to be proclaimed upon the Borders.
Draft corrected by Wriothesley, pp. 11. Endd. : Mynute to the duke of
Suff., xo Feb. ao xxxiiijo.
140. The Privy Council to Angus and Sir George Douglas.
The King has seen all Sir George's letters to the lord Warden and
heard his conferences both with the lord Warden and my lord of Suffolk, and
takes them in good part. Suffolk is ordered to pay them wages for 200
men, and aid them if necessary; and the King doubts not but that Sir
George's coming in the ambassade desired by Arren will be to good purpose,
and, for it, has granted a safe-conduct with an abstinence for three months
That they may instruct Arren how the Frenchmen proceed, they are to
understand that Guise is not yet setting forward, but the president of
Thurin, Mons. Cheman, one of the French king's privy council, is ready to
depart to be director of the Council of Scotland until Guise's coming; and
with him goes Captain Lorges to serve in case of a ruffle. With him also
comes the earl of Linoux, who they say is rightful inheritor of that realm
after the Princess, for the Frenchmen call Arren illegitimate; and Linoux
is to marry the Dowager of Scotland, to secure his right, as they call it.
They take good store of munitions, nominally sent by the French king for
defence of the country but really to be used for their own purposes. It is
doubtful whether they go by the West seas or the North seas, so that Arren
must lay for them both in the Frithe and by Dumbritayn. Suggest that
Glencarne might serve well in the West if Dumbritayn were got into his
hands; and suppose that if Arren were to make Glencarne chancellor the
King would not make his condition as prisoner a hindrance to it. Arren
and they must look to themselves in this matter and provide against Murrey,
Argile and Huntley. If Bothwell be so peevish as Sir George declared to
Suffolk, Arren should remove him from his strength and put the Borders in
Maxwell's hands, having a special eye to the lord of Buclough and the
Carres and other dependents of the Cardinal. Whereas Sir George told
Suffolk that Arren would doubtless be content to come to the King; he shall
be welcome if he come, but assured men must be left to govern in his
The King, tendering the youth of his pronepte, upon learning the death
of his nephew, ordered all his captains by sea and land to cease hostilities;
and his ships, except one or two which were abroad, were drawn into
Humber. Meanwhile ships of war of Scotland have taken 20 or 24 English
ships, part of them laden with the King's own wines. They should speak
earnestly to Arren that these prizes may be restored; for this abuse of the
King's clemency might breed hurt, which is to be eschewed by sending them
forthwith to some of the King's ports there and notifying Suffolk of it;
which done, the King will take order for matters of the sea.
The above discourse will show how the King favours and tenders both
Arren and them.
Draft, pp. 17. Endd. : Mynute to therle of Anguishe and Syr George
Douglas, xo Febr., ao xxxiiijo.
No. 296 (1).
141. Lisle to Suffolk.
Describes how Brian Layton, captain of Norham, has sent hither a
Scot who reports a bruit in the Marse that Arguill and Huntley have taken
Arren, beyond the Frithe, on Thursday last. It is true that Arren went
over the Frithe last week, but this cannot be true or Lisle's men (he has
three lying in Edinburgh) and Anguishe and his brother would have
Received to-night Suffolk's letter showing that certain small Scots ships
of war keep the coast between Scarborough and Humber, and has sent to
Mr. Brian to send two or three ships towards the Foreland to conduct the
King's provisions from Grimsby and Hull. Where Suffolk writes that two
victuallers have already passed towards Holy Island; four balingers arrived
there yesterday with grain, one of them a topman from the deputy of Hull,
and one on Wednesday; so that five have come this week, besides the
crayer Suffolk writes of. Has sent two of the balingers to Berwick and
appointed a man to make the sales at the prices Suffolk wrote.
Last night 80 Scots horsemen fired a house at Kyllowe in Norhamshire,
but the countrymen killed one of them and took another and won three of
their horses. Either they are set on by some who desire war, or they wish
to make their hand before the abstinence. Their meaning will be guessed
when it is known whose tenants they are. Will be even with some of them
ere five nights are ended.
The spoils he wrote of upon the Tyne and in Hexhamshire are due to Tyndale
and Ryddisdale men bringing in the Scots, and cannot be holpen unless
the gentlemen of those parts help each other, "but there is such envy, hatred,
disdain and malice amongst them that one of them would see another's
throat cut rather than they will rise to go to their doors to save their
neighbour's goods." Most harm has been done thereabouts, especially
upon the Carnabies land, as Lisle showed at Suffolk's first coming to Newcastle.
This riding through Tyndale could not be if the keeper did his
part, as he maintains that he does. Alnwik Castle, 10 Feb. Signed.
Pp. 3. Add. Endd. : ao xxxiiijo; also, below the address : Delivered at
Alnwik, 10 Feb. at midnight.
142. H. Lord Maltravers to the Council.
Upon receipt of theirs of the 7th, released the Burgundian men of
war whom he detained and sent bearer, Calis pursuivant, with the King's
letters to Mons. de Byes, who has sent again to the King the letters herewith
and made such answer to the bearer as himself will declare. Begs
that Calis may have allowance towards his charges, as his predecessors had
in times of such business, for "the man passeth few days unoccupied in the
King's Majesty's affairs." Calles, 10 Feb.
Hol., pp. 2. Add. Endd. : ao xxxiiijo.