624. The Privy Council.
Meeting at Westm., 1 June. Present : Canterbury, Chancellor,
Russell, Hertford, Admiral, Westminster, St. John, Gage, Browne, Wingfield,
Paget, Riche, Baker, Dacres. Business :—The mayor and coroners
of Cambridge appeared; but, as the Council "had no time to hear them,"
they were dismissed home again until 1 July.
625. Adrien De Croy [Sieur De Roeulx] to Wallop.
The Frenchmen make a very great assembly, at which the King will
be in person; at least he is coming to Compiennes if not there already. He
expects 4,000 Almains besides those about Monstroeul. If that be so, the
enterprise we have so often talked of would be both honourable and profitable
to our masters. "Jay sceu quelque chose de Ardre plus avant que je
ne feis jamais, que je vous diray quelque jour sil plait a Dieu que soions
ensamble." Commendations to his wife. For her sake has granted
Peronnelle his life, whom he will send back to her in 3 or 4 days. Lens,
1 June '43. Signed.
French, p. 1. Add. Endd.
626. Adrien De Croy [Sieur De Roeulx] to [Wallop].
After he had finished his first letter he received Wallop's reporting
answer from the King upon the subject they discussed. Is always at
the King's service and the Emperor's. The more he thinks of the
project they discussed, the more he finds it honorable, reasonable and
profitable, if done secretly and soon. Quite understands that the King
desires to guard his honor; but they must be ready to act immediately
upon the defiance made, and therefore the English should by working
at their bulwarks make a show of meaning to defend rather than attack
and bring over little troops of men secretly. As to the men and
artillery he can bring; will at once despatch to know the Queen
Regent's pleasure, "et, sa response oye, vous en advertiray a diligence;
et si mestier est me trouveray vers vous pour conclure ce qui sera de
fere. Jespere avoir nouvelles de la Roineend edens aprez demain le soir."
As to the revictualling of Monstroeul, gave him long ago the plan (fn. 1) in
writing. Thinks he could only bring the artillery he had last with him,
for there is none on these frontiers except for the towns.
The duke of Arschot and he have no enterprise about Hainault, but
he is come hither to join the Duke as the French threaten Hainault.
Had he had any other enterprise he would have told Wallop when he
spoke with him last. Wallop will have news of him as soon as he has
the Queen's answer. Lens, 1 June '43. Signed.
French, pp. 2. Not addressed.
627. The Privy Council to Parr.
Received his letters of 30 May with a letter to him from Wharton,
and "the copy of an article of a letter" sent out of Scotland to the deputy
customer of Carlisle. The King will grant the safe conduct to the laird of
Dunlanerik, the sheriff of Ayre and John Hamilton, bastard brother to the
Governor, with 20 servants, to come to Carlisle, not doubting but that
Wharton will use his accustomed dexterity with them to advance his
Majesty's affairs in Scotland. Westm., 2 June. Signed by Chancellor
Audeley, Norfolk, Russell, Westminster, St. John, Browne, and
P. 1. Add. : To, &c., the lord Parr, lord warden of the Marches
151, f. 199.
628. Charles V. and the German Princes.
Proclamation of Charles V. to the Princes of Germany to cease all
strife among themselves until the general Imperial diet which he has
appointed, and at which he will be present. Genoa, 2 June 1543, imp. 23,
Lat., pp. 3. Headed : Interpretation pene de verbo ad verbum.
St. P., IX. 395.
629. Seymour and Wotton to the Council.
On 31 May at night, received the Council's letters dated at Hampton
Court, 28 May; the effect of which they yesterday declared to the Queen.
She rejoiced to see the King so ready to perform the treaty, trusted her
herald would shortly meet Garter, and (although much busied with these
wars otherwise) would make ready to send to the sea at the time appointed.
She was glad to hear that there is such likelihood that the Scots will grow
to a good conclusion, and thanks his Majesty for informing her. She said
that the French noised that a league was made between the King and the
French King, and showed a copy (copy enclosed) "whereat was meetly
good laughing." She persists that the French prepare to invade the Low
Countries this year; but she cannot perceive whether by Artois, Haynaulte
or Luxenborgh. She said that the Clevois under the lord Welles lately
planned to sack the city of Coleyn.
Have received their letter concerning Mr. Formen's (fn. 2) matter, and will
move the Regent in it. Bruxelles, 2 June 1543. Signed.
Pp. 2. Add. Endd.
630. The Privy Council.
Meeting at Westm., 2 June. Present : Canterbury, Chancellor,
Russell, Hertford, Admiral, Westminster, St. John, Gage, Browne, Wingfield,
Paget, Riche, Baker, Dacres. No business recorded.
Meeting at Westm., 3 June. Present : the above named and also
Norfolk. Business :—Commission stamped for Peter Mewtes to levy 100
hacquebutiers. "O'Brien with a great number of Irishmen made this
day their submission to the King's Highness."
631. Chapuys to Paget.
Mons. le Secretaire, I send you a letter from Mons. de Granvuelle
and another from Mons. du Praet to be declared to the King. By the
Queen's letters of the 27th ult., the Clevois, in spite of their losses before
Hainsberghes, continue the siege; and she has sent the Prince of Orange
thither with 3,000 horse and many footmen, who give them continual
alarms. She writes to me to beg the King to take in good part the impost
here of one per cent.; for if his subjects are exempt the whole impost must
be abated, a marvellous hurt to the Emperor and no great advantage to the
King's subjects; and she cannot think that he would cause such hurt when
the surety of these countries is as important to his subjects as to the
natives. Since his subjects enjoy more privileges there than the natives
themselves, they should not, for so little a matter, spoil all, especially as the
Emperor has now exempted them from the impost of 2½ per cent. at Calix.
They need not fear the taxation and examination of their merchandise, for
all courtesy will be used. Although the Queen has been persuaded
that no treaty or convention can extend to such an unexpected
and extreme case (in which any means, lawful or unlawful, might be used)
and, contrary to the form of the intercourse, many imposts have been here
put upon the Emperor's subjects which should first be revoked, the Queen
will not dispute with the King, but beg him to regard it as above. I beg
you, as it is not possible for me to go to the King, to make the necessary
representations to Messieurs of the Council. It grieves me that these
affairs go not otherwise; and, as they write from thence, the Queen, for the
indemnity of the Emperor and the country, and also that of the subjects of
this country, will not be able to do otherwise than continue the impost and
ultimately restore that which shall be levied upon the English.
French, pp. 2. Seal broken. Endd., "From th' Emperor's ambassador
to Mr. Paget, the iijde of June 1543."
632. Chapuys to the Queen of Hungary.
The fault of a courier who after four days (not being able to pass at
Dover) has returned the packet which Chapuys sent to Thoison d'Or
constrains him to despatch bearer in such haste that he refrains from now
answering her letters of the 27th ult. as amply as he could wish.
As to getting this King to declare expressly against Cleves, the Council, lately,
at Antoncourt, said it was better to wait until defiance was made to the king of
France and affairs were a little hotter; and then would be the time to solicit that
article and the two others which he mentioned, viz. the declaration against
Holstein and aid against the Turk. Took that advice, especially because, by the
6th article of the treaty, the King is not bound to declare against the aforesaid
unless they invade, or favour those who invade, the countries named therein.
The agent of Cleves is not despatched to his master to solicit the truce. The
King has, by the Council, only shown him the folly of his master's not observing
the truce, and that if he continue the Emperor's enemy the King must be his.
As to persuading the King to assist the Emperor with men or money in case he
could not make the general enterprise, it is not yet time to speak of it without
spoiling all; but he might be persuaded to the enterprise of Monstreul. The
captain of Guisnes may have added the condition which she mentions, to
know whether De Roeulx would listen to it, but those here say that he is
absolutely commanded to assist in case of defence. Did not make other
instance because, when the defiance is made, the King's men will be ready
to join him for defence and offence.
As to the impost of one per cent., has made one more remonstrance, that
no treaty could forbid it in a case of such necessity, and that the Emperor
lately exempted the English nation at Calix from the impost of 2½ per cent.
And, because those here show that they are not so averse to paying as to being
held liable to display and value (manifester et taxer) their merchandise, to show
them that in the end they would have to do that I told them that your Majesty,
for your own indemnity and that of the English nation, could not but continue
the impost indifferently and at the end of the year return to the English what
they have paid, reserving the sum which they wish to offer. Advises continuing
in this strain. An answer is to be made him to-morrow which, with the
sequel, he will advertise her of as soon as possible.
Here is no other news save that the French ambassador was yesterday in
Court, to complain that his couriers were stopped at Dover, and had no other
answer but that he must have patience for fifteen days. Four or five of
the principal lords of Ireland have arrived accompanied by some bishops,
who this morning made homage and fealty to the King. London,
3 June 1543.
French, pp. 3. Modern transcript from Vienna,
St. P., III. 463.
633. Irish Chiefs.
Paper endorsed "An abridgement of the Irishmen's requests" [made,
apparently upon their arrival in England].
Of Obrien :—To have his lands in tail male and the rule of the King's
subjects there, under the laws; gift of bishoprics and other royalties
except. To have the suppressed abbeys the Council of Ireland gave him.
That English laws be executed in Tomond and the naughty laws and
customs of the country put away. That bastards may not inherit. That
Irishmen educated in Oxford and Cambridge may be sent thither to preach.
To have some small place near Dublin and such name as the King shall
Of the lord Fitzwilliams :—For a general pardon. (In margin "Agreed.")
To be captain in Connaught and have the leading of his cousins and
kinsmen. (In margin "Noa capytayne.") To be created earl of Connaught
in tail male with lands sufficient to maintain the name. (In margin "Erle
of Clanrykarde.") Ratification of his covenants with the Deputy and
Council of Ireland. To have the town and castle of Sligo with rents
detained, many years, from him by Odonell, Orowrke and others, especially
in Claymewilliam; and that the King will write to Ormond and Desmond
not to aid the said Claymewilliams, and to the deputy of Clayn Awley to
allow him certain rents in Tire Awley.
Of the lord Fitzpatricke :—To have court leet and hundred in the lordship
of Upper Osserey which the King granted him by letters patent, with
a Thursday market at Haghevoo. (In margin "To be granted.")
Restitution of the town of Glashare seized from him by Kildare and now
confiscated to the King. (In margin, but cancelled, "To be granted.") To
have the house of friars called Haghevoo and the monastery of
Haghmackart. (In margin "To be granted.") To have Leyes abbey and
all the premises to him and his heirs by two knights' fees and rent of
3l. 14s. 4d. To have Leyslipp or Fountesland near Dublin. (In margin
"A convenient porcion to be appoynted by the Deputie.")
Of Sir Donought Obricne :—To have the seigneurie or captainship of
Thomond after his uncle, and his lands in fee simple, with some name of
honor whereby he may come to Parliaments. To have lands in lieu of his
annuity of 20l. To have the lands and captainship of Onaght on this side
the water of Shyniayn, of his inheritance and in the King's hands by his
Obrienne :—Also desires that the establishment of the Friars of
Limerick as a college may be confirmed by the King's broad seal.
Of the bishop of Gloserten :—To have the bpric. of Elphinen united to
his see, and the White Friars of Locriac, the chief town of Fitzwilliams,
made the parish church.
Pp. 4. Marginal notes in Norfolk's hand. Endd.
634. Irish Noblemen.
Paper headed, "A note of th'expedition of the noble men of
Obrcen :—To be earl of Thomond for life, and his son after him to be
baron of Enchewyn, and to enjoy his lands beyond the Shenon in tail male;
with gift of all benefices (except bprics. and "liberties regalites"), the
abbeys suppressed in his country and a piece of land near Dublin.
The lord Makwyllyam :—To be made earl of Clenrykard in tail male, with
annuity of 25l. Irish in lieu of the profits of cockets of Galway, and to have
his lands in the county of — (blank) in tail male. To have liberty
to give parsonages and vicarages of the King's gift within his country and
take the third part of the first fruits. To have the abbey called De Via
Nova, Clonfert dioc., now in his son's possession, in tail male. To have a
piece of land beside Develen by grant to be passed here, at the Deputy's
The bp. of Clonferten :—To be confirmed by the King in possession of his
bishopric with "the deanery of Clonferten', the vicarage of Kyllacmaro,
of Lyicmolasy, of Theacneac, de Baleloecriac (?), Clonforten' diocesis, and
the vicarage and parsonage of Uran More and the vicarage of Ballenacurthy,
Enacdumen' diocesis," which he now possesses. The monastery "De
Portu Puro Clonforten civitatis" to be united to the bishopric.
Donough Obrien :—To be made baron of Donnobreghan in tail male. To
have his annuity of 20l. in money or in lands within the English pale. To
have a piece of land near Dublin, to set his horse in when he comes to
Parliaments, in recompense for Onagh. To be earl, after his uncle's death,
for term of life. To have his lands beyond Shenon in tail male. To have
the moiety of the abbeys of Clare and Ellanegrave.
The lord of Upper Ossery :—To have court leet and hundred and a
Thursday market at Haghevo, the Friars of Haghevo, monastery of
Haghmakart and a convenient portion of land to be appointed about
Maknymarry, &c.:—"Md. to write to the Deputy for Macknimara,
Ashaftnes, Dennys Grady, to have their lands of the King."
Doctor Naylond :—The Friars of Wennys in Tomond or some other
"Md. Ashaftnes to have a bishopric or some other spiritual dignity for his
kinsman Malachi Donocho, and the bishopric of Kilmacoudg for his son,
Pp. 4. The first three pages in Gardiner's hand. Endd.
St. P., III. 290.
635. Mcwilliam to Henry VIII.
"To your most excellent Highness I, William de Burgo, otherwise
called MacWilliam or lord Fitz William, your true and faithful subject,
most humbly submit me, my land, life and goods, and desire your most
He and his ancestors, brought up in a rude country, through ignorance
neglected their allegiance. Now, hearing of the King's renown, has submitted
to the Deputy and Council of Ireland, and yet not satisfied therewith,
but desirous to see the King, has "hither resorted to see the same; whereunto
nature did procure me, remembering that I and mine ancestors were
descended of English blood, and in time past a baron of the Parliament."
Submits all he has to the King, willing only to take what the King may give
Pp. 2. Endd. : Copy of submissions of Irishmen.
636. Mcwilliam and Mcgilpatrick.
Submission (fn. 3) of William Bourke alias MacWilliam made before the
King, asking pardon and to have such title and lands as the King will give
him. 3 June 35 Hen. VIII. Signed : W. B.
2. Modern copy of the preceding.
3. Articles which McWilliam Clanricard promised to observe when he
made his submission to the King.
[Eight articles identical with those subscribed by O'Neil (see Vol. XVII.
No. 832) substituting the name of McWilliam for that of O'Neil.]
To take such name as the King may give him, introduce English habit
and manners, keep his lands in tillage, make no exactions on the King's
subjects nor keep galloglas or kerne except at the Deputy and Council's
order, obey the laws, assist at hostings, not harbour rebels, and hold his
lands by one knight's fee. Signed : W. B.
Pp. 2. Endd. : Certain articles whereunto McWilliam hath subscribed.
St. P., III. 291
4. The like signed (with a cross) by McGilpatrick.
Pp. 2. Endd. : Certain articles whereunto McGilpatrick hath subscribed.
VIII. m, 4d.
5. Enrolment of the like articles as promised by O'Brene, signed by
Sir Ant. St. Leger, John Alen, chancellor, James earl of Ormond and
Ossory, Edw. bp. of Meath, Wm. Brabazon and Edw. Basnet, dean.
See Morrin's Calendar, p. 87.
637. T. Paston to his Brother in Law, the Earl Of Rutland.
"June 3. Westminster.—The King has sent his chief herald of
arms to Calais to meet the Emperor's chief herald. They are to ride
together to the French king, not, I think, to make a defiance for the King,
but to bring him to such a peace as they shall require. If the French king
come to that peace, I think they will put all their powers against the Turk.
The Emperor is not yet arrived in Almain. The King is advertised from
Venice that the Turk is coming, with his army by sea, to one of the French
king's ports called Toulon, which is one of the goodliest ports in the whole
world. 'The French king—like the most Christened Prince—has for truth
made a great preparation for the Turk's coming both with wine and biscuit
and other great pr[ovisions] sent, and he hath sent Munser Vandom's
32,651, f. 2.
638. Sadler to Suffolk, Parr and Durham.
Having no great matters to write, but being required by their last
letters to report the reception of the matters now brought hither by Sir
George Douglas, signifies that he has gone to the Governor for the speedy
sending forth of the proclamations proroging the abstinence to 1 July,
and, again, to present Sir Robert Richardson, priest (whom for the King's
sake the Governor has well received), and has taken occasion to feel the
Governor's inclination towards the articles brought by Sir George. Finds
him most willing to pass them; but, lest it should be said that he concluded
them privately by himself, he has written to sundry lords to be here
to-morrow for that purpose; and expects no sticking at the articles, "unless
it be at the delivery of the daughter of Scotland at ten years old, which,
nevertheless, he trusteth easily to bring them unto." If the said lords
come not, they cannot say they were not called, and he will, with the advice
of those here, conclude matters and despatch Sir George to the King. Has
talked also with Angus, Casssils, Somervail and Sir George, who expect no
difficulty and approve the sending for the lords, as numbers will lend
authority to the conclusion. The Governor also said that he had put off
the convention which the clergy prorogued to the 4th of June, and, if once
sure of peace, he would prosecute the Cardinal. Told him he might now
perceive how to be sure of peace, which was by performing the King's requests;
and he answered that he would do as the Council here thought expedient,
and for himself fully agreed with those last articles, and trusted that the
lords who assemble here to-morrow would likewise agree.
Begs them to advertise these things to Court, and to forward private
letters, herewith, to Mr. Wriothesley and other friends. Edinburgh, 3 June.
Pp. 3. Add. Endd. : 1543.
*** The above is noted (with corrigenda for the text as given in Sadler
State Papers) in Hamilton Papers, No. 375.
St. P., V. 304.
639. Sadler to [Parr].
This day, when with the Governor, received Parr's letters of the 1st
and showed the contents to the Governor, who alleged that he had sent for
Bothwell, to answer for his proceedings on the Borders and for other causes,
and will, with the advice of the Council here, proceed to his "punition,"
and forthwith order justice to be ministered on the Borders. You should
do as they do, making redress if they make it, and letting them have always
one shrewd turn for another; as your Lordship, with the advice of my
lord Lieutenant, can well consider. Herewith are letters to my said lord
Lieutenant and my lord of Duresme, showing what I know of the matters
which Sir George Douglas has here in treaty; also letters to Mr.
Wriothesley and other friends at London, containing only my private
affairs. Pray address these to my said lords to despatch to Court.
Edinburgh, 3 June. Signed.
P. 1. Fly leaf with address lost.
640. Wallop to the Council.
Yesterday and to-day hears that the French King is, or will be
to-morrow night, in camp at Amyaz with 42,000 footmen, 20,000 being
Allemaynes and Swyches. Compeyne and Amyaz are each to provide
30, doz. loaves of bread daily to the camp. Many great pieces of
ordnance are coming from Paris. Mons. de Reulx wrote of this assembly
two days ago; and Wallop sent him news, and the contents of the Council's
letters of 28 May. He will not shortly be on these borders; as he doubts
the Frenchmen's coming down to Bapham and Arras.
As the French king's meaning is doubtful, will certify the state of this
place. The great ditch before the castle, and the bulwark that responds to
the Myll tower and Pourtons bulwark, will not be finished till Michaelmas,
unless more masons are sent. The Surveyor has sent for 80 more. The
ditches from the said bulwark to the Myll tower and thence to the Three
Corner bulwark, both lie dry and unmade. The 300 men working in the
town ditch might be better employed there, for the surety of the castle is
Reminds them to send pikes, matches, touch boxes and horns. Encloses
two letters for Sir George Dowglas, from two gentlemen of Scotland,
sometime his (Dowglas's) servants, who are in the garrison of Therwanne.
Guysnes, 3 June. Signed.
Pp. 2. Add. Endd. : 1543.
641. Wallop to the Council.
The bruit still runs of the great "amasse" of Frenchmen, the
King's coming this day to Amyaz and the coming of many Allemaynes and
Swychez. This morning the captain of Gravellings wrote (letter enclosed)
that 16 ensigns of Allemaynes and Denmarquoiz, sent by the duke of
Cleves, have passed by Lembourgh doing much hurt, that the Duke's army
lies before Henisbourgh, and that the power of Flanders prepares towards
Cambray, doubting the French king's coming. Sends copy of a treaty
which the Frenchmen lately devised, and which the Great Master wrote
(letter enclosed) that he had sent to Wallop to forward to their ambassador,
which was forgotten.
Last night heard from the Lord Deputy that the Frenchmen intended a
course upon the Pale. Put order for it; and this morning learnt that the
villagers round Ballingham and Anderne brought in their cattle for fear of
the Burgundians, and hoped for peace with us. Captains went yesterday
from Arde to Amyaz.
Has just received answer to his letter to the Great Master, who
perseveres for the journey of Mustrell. Begs to be at it and have the
appointment of 24 footmen here to attend him, so as not to take any out of
the castle. The number may be "rebated of some one that shall send men
hither." This morning returned a man he sent yesterday to Boullen for
certain mares, taken when Mons. de Rieux was in these parts and now
returned so willingly that the owner might have had one more than he lost,
"so desirous they now be to please us." Mons. de Beez is gone to Amyaz
and there is no stirring in the Boullonoyez. Guisnes, 3 June. Signed.
P.S.—After closing this, learnt that De Beez came late yesternight to
Boullen and ordered all horses and foot of Boullonoyez to be ready.
Expects a "course" to-night.
Pp. 3. Add. Sealed. Endd. : 1543.
642. Edmund Harvel to Henry VIII.
Wrote, 26 May. Since followed the arrival of the Emperor in Geane
with 50 galleys, 50 ships and 30 small vessels, 1,000 or 1,500 horse, and an
uncertain number of foot. He brings 300,000 cr. in money and as much in
letters of exchange. In Tuscana are made 5,000 foot, and in Lombardy
6,000 or 7,000, for the Emperor's use in Hungary. This day the Emperor
leaves Geane for Pavia, Mantoa and Trent, towards Almayn. It is very
doubtful whether he and the Bishop "shall come to parliament." The
Bishop gives the Emperor 1,000 foot against the Turk, who by letters from
Ragusa of 16 May, hastens towards Hungary, marching as far in four days
as he used to do in eight. No sufficient provision made in Vienna and
Austria, and the Almains in obstinate dissension. The Turk's navy, 120
galleys besides foists, is arrived in Negroponte. "This Signory hath made
iiij ambassadors to do reverence to th' Emperor passing by their lands.
Th' Emperor's daughter, married to the Bishop's nephew, is gone to Pavia
to join with her husband, who is come with th' Emperor from Spayne."
Venice, 3 June 1543.
Hol., p. 1. Add. Endd.
643. George Day, bishop of Chichester.
See Grants In June, No. 21.
644. The Privy Council.
Meeting at Westminster, 3 May (sic). Present : Canterbury,
Chancellor, Norfolk, Hertford, Admiral, Westminster, St. John, Gage,
Browne, Wingfield, Paget, Riche, Baker, Dacres. Business :—Letters
stamped for my lord of Arondell, lord Cobham, the earl of Sussex, countess
of Sussex, Mr. Treasurer, Thos. Wiatt, and sundry others in Kent, Essex,
Sussex and Suffolk to levy certain men and convey them to the sea side to
be transported to Dover.
645. Suffolk to [Parr].
I send your Lordship herewith a letter that came from Court to you,
open, answering your last letter to Court sent "at your being here"; also
another letter to you and one to Frogmorton your servant. I send you also
copy of a writing (altered from proclamation) sent to all the sea coasts of
England; praying you to send my letter herewith to the sheriff of
Northumberland in that behalf and my letter to Wharton enclosing like
letters to the sheriffs of Cumberland and Westmoreland, with a letter also
to the mayor of Newcastle. Also I send a letter to Sadleyr in Scotland
with a letter to Sir Wm. Eure for its conveyance. Darnton, 4 June.
P. 1. Fly leaf with address lost.
St. P., III. 465.
646. Sir Ant. St. Leger to Henry VIII.
Returning from the Cavenaghes' country, where he had been ten or
twelve days, heard from Cork that three French ships there had taken a
prize or two laden with iron and salt, Spaniards' goods, and sold them
there, the city claiming privilege to do so even in war time. There are
Frenchmen and Bretons in divers coasts. As the King's ships at Lambay
are instructed to intercept communication between France and Scotland,
reminds him that between Lambay and Holyhead is 60 or 80 miles, so that
the Frenchmen and Scots, knowing of the King's navy being there, can
pass out of danger. Asks how to use Frenchmen and Scots that repair to
On the writer's motion, Desmond brought the lord Roche and the White
Knight, Englishmen who have been long out of order, to him at Caterlagh
castle and they are now laid in Dublin castle, where they agree very well
"and lie both in one bed that before could not agree in a country of forty
miles in length between them and under their rule." Will keep them till
their amity is confirmed and then send them home in English apparel (now
they are in "saffren shurtes and kernoghes cotes"), for they could not buy
one apparel and pay a quarter's board in the castle, although their lands,
well ordered, would make them great lords. Praises Desmond's diligence
and begs the King to favour his suits. Advised him to forbear his
suit for Dongervan, and has sent four gunners to keep it safely, for it is
one of the meetest places for the King to have a servant of his own in. The
Vice-treasurer, who has done nine years' painful service and been no beggar,
had, from the late lord Crumwell, the wardship and marriage of the baron
of Delven, but has no patent to show. Commends him and begs the King
to grant one. The ward is but 40l. a year and within a year of his age.
Commends the Chief Baron for an increase of fee. Must needs commend
those who serve well, although none have more need than himself, who
spends all he has, both here and in England, and a great deal more, in the
King's service; but his trust is in the King, who brought him to this estate
and has suffered no man to fall that truly served him.
Reminds him of the Council's suit to have the late abbey of Christes
Churche for the establishment of a permanent Council in Dublin and a free
school. Advises the King to send a command to the Vice-treasurer that
no records be had out of the Treasury, for often they cannot be found.
Asks the King to hear his servant Thos. Agard's report on the mines of this
realm and to favour him. The King's falconers are now here. Long
before their coming, sent to such as he supposed had hawks to preserve
them, but it is hard to do here. Kylmaynan beside Dublin, 1 June,
35 Hen. VIII. Signed.
Pp. 5. Add. Endd.
647. Adrien De Croy [Sieur De Roeulx] to Wallop.
Wrote the contents of his letter touching the enterprise of
Monstroeul to the Queen; who thanks him for his affection to the Emperor
and, approving the enterprise, commands the writer to join him upon his
intimation that the King's 3,000 foot and 600 horse are ready. Would do
so, with a greater number, if it were not that the enemy entered in such
force here that he must use his men for defence, and for that ask the
assistance which Wallop has offered on the King's behalf. The King of
France is at Coussy and will be to-morrow at Laffere with 8,000 or 10,000
lansquenets, 24,000 or 25,000 French foot, from 7,000 to 8,000 horse, and 46
pieces of artillery, with much munition and many pioneers. If he lay siege
to any town, Wallop and the writer have only to give him battle, which if
he loses he and his realm are lost, and if he retire he is dishonored and risks
losing his frontier towns. Meanwhile, by the enterprise of Monstroeul he
is constrained to divide his force; or, if he turn the whole towards
Monstroeul, they can give him battle more advantageously than here.
Has sent for one of the two ensigns of Almains at Ste Marie Querke,
leaving the other with orders to the Sieur de Vendeville, captain of
Gravelinghes, for it to assist Wallop if required. The ensign contains 1,500
foot and 300 horse. If Wallop requires more for defence, will do his best
to supply them. As to guarding Monstroeul, it will be time to look to that
when they are within it. Bouchain, 4 June. Signed.
French, pp. 2. Add. Endd. : "The Great Master of Flanders . . . . .
. . . . . . . 1543."
648. The Privy Council.
Meeting at Westm., 5 June. Present : Canterbury, Chancellor,
Hertford, Westminster, St. John, Gage, Riche, Baker. Business :—Passport
signed for certain Scottishmen dismissed into Scotland. The Irish
matters viewed, and Parker, secretary to the lord Deputy, instructed therein.
Letters received from the mayor of Dertmowthe together with a certain Breton (fn. 4)
who desired to speak with the King or Council; and who was desired to
put his matters in writing and committed to the dean of Westminster.
649. Sir Henry Sayvylle and Robt. Chaloner to Sir
On Sunday, 3 June, received his letters to my lord President and
others of the Council here, for the examination of witnesses concerning the
parsonages of Owstone and Axsey, Linc. As the President was already in
his journey towards London, and the rest of the Council employed elsewhere,
the writers took the examinations enclosed; but could not examine
Chr. Lepton, who was departed to London. Palace at York, 5 June.
P. 1. Add. : Chancellor of Augmentations.
ii. Interrogatories, detailed, for Chr. Lepton, gent., the vicar of Bugewith,
Yorks., and Ric. Johnson, of Owston, as to the ownership of the parsonages
of Owston and Haxsey and payment of the rent corn.
iii. Palacium Ebor. quinto die Junii ao xxxvto H. viijvi :—Depositions
taken by Sir Henry Savell and Robert Challoner by virtue of a letter from
Sir Ric. Riche, &c., of Thos. Caldbek, vicar of Bubwithe, and Ric.
Johnson, as to rent corn of the above parsonages in dispute between Chr.
Lasselles and Sir John Cavendish. Signed : Henry Sayvylle : Robt. Chaloner.
St. P., III. 470.
650. Deputy and Council of Ireland to the Council.
Are informed that James Delahyde, a traitor, has come out of
Scotland with a gentleman of the earl of Argyles, and that they were with
Odonell, at Loghfoyle, three or four days; also that Odonell retains
galloglas. Although for that, and for breaking all his promises to come to
Parliament, Odonell deserves to be scourged, yet, considering the bruit of
war with Scotland and France and the intended reformation of Laynster as
soon as money comes, they dare not ruffle with him without express
command. The army on the sea now here would, with a land force, soon
bring him low. Has sent to him again to repair hither and release his
brethren, and he has again promised to do it at Midsummer. Thinks he is
in doubt because his chaplain (fn. 5) , to whom the King granted a bishopric more
than a year past, has never received the King's confirmation. Would have
it to deliver to him under the Great Seal if he repair hither. There is no
profit from the bishopric, and meanwhile provision may be had from Rome;
for the bishop of Rome grants all things free, to allure them.
The King commanded them to advertise him of such of his servants as
here diligently "mylited" in his service, to the intent to reward them with
lands or the keeping of fortresses. Highly commend John Travers who is
meet, for his services, office and knowledge of the language, to be planted
in some place to be surely kept. Dublin, 5 June 35 Hen. VIII.
P.S.—Lord Power and the baron of Dunboyne have come hither with
letters from Ormond requiring licence for them to repair to the King for a
year or two, and, as they are young men of small living, to be admitted as
pensioners. Ask the Council to learn the King's pleasure in this. Signed
by St. Leger, Alen, Abp. Browne, Aylmer, Brabazon, Lutrell, Bathe, Cusake
and Justice Houth.
Pp. 3. Add. Endd.
651. Sadler to [Parr].
Commends to his Lordship the bearer William Ryvan, laird of
Ballanden, uncle to the lord Ryvan, who desires to see the King and realm,
and has the Governor's licence to pass into England. Has written by
him to Suffolk to give him passport and safe conduct to Court. Has
found him "of a very honest mind and affection towards Christian
religion." Edinburgh, 5 June.
Hol., p. 1. Fly leaf with address lost.
652. The Patriarch, Marco Grimani, to Card. Farnese.
Here are arrived certain Scots, amongst others an agent (fn. 6) of the
Cardinal of St. Andrews, a person of intelligence and experience in Rome,
who dined with the writer this morning. He came from Scotland with two
ships, in company with a man (fn. 7) sent by the Queen of Scotland and the
count of Linox to the French king, in danger from the English who guard
that sea, and they were bound to pass between England and Ireland. He
says the Queen is at liberty but cannot govern; and is in her palace with
her daughter, and cannot depart thence. Likewise the Cardinal does
nothing (non negotia) but remains in St. Andrews waiting for better fortune.
The barons of the realm are at discord and will shortly come to blows; and,
although the greater part of Scotland sides with the Queen and Linox, it is
doubted that that Governor may seek the aid of England; in which case
there would be no remedy, but they would occupy that realm. Their chief
fear is that the Governor appears to hold to the part of England and is
considered little catholic and favours bad churchmen (tristi ecclesiastiei), of
whom there are abundance. This agent says that the man sent by the
Queen and Linox, immediately upon arriving at Dieppe, went in post to the
French king to seek ships, artillery, munitions and money.
Asked these Scots whether he (the writer) would be welcome in Scotland,
and what he could do; but all concluded that he could do little, seeing the
discord there and the hatred which part of them bear to the Church.
Protests his own readiness to go. In Scotland they did not know [of his
coming], although he has been here nigh two months; but the King of
England knows it well and, as Venetians report, threatens to do him little
pleasure if he catches him. Has in his time escaped from so many perils
that he trusts in God to escape this also. * * * Paris,
5 June, 1543. Signed : Marco Grimano, Patriarcha.
Italian. Modern extract from a Vatican MS., pp. 3. Headed : Di Marco
Grimano, nuntio in Francia, al R'mo Card. Farnese.
653. Cruciger to Joachim Camerarius.
When I had come hither John Anglus who passed some years in
our University brought me letters from D. Philip [Melancthon] * * *
Halæ Saxonum, 5 June.