28,585, f. 17.
1097. Dr. Ortiz to Charles V.
Has received his letter of 2 June. The day before yesterday the
Pope told him that his Nuncio had written that, by order of the queen of
England, he had presented the brief to the King, who, in replying, blamed
the Queen's perseverance in this affair. He said he did not know what the
Pope could have to send to him, but he would read it and then answer it. It
is astonishing how the enemy has prevailed with the King. He will not confess
his sin, and finds fault with the Queen's virtue. Told the Pope it was his
duty to order his Nuncio to signify to the King that he was guilty of a grave
sin, and that he should behave to the Queen with decency, and leave this Ana
with whom the enemy has entangled him. His Nuncio should be a living
brief to say this to him continually, as the King continually perseveres in this
sin. The Pope is bound to do this by his office, by his regard for the
salvation of the King, and the justice due to the Queen. I have also told
the Pope that there are three grievous evils in the Church : the first, this
cause, which scandalized the whole Church; the second, the heretics; and
the third, the Turks; and he ought to publish a universal jubilee that the
prayers of all Christians may be united. He replied, that he would grant it;
and today, Sunday, it has been promulgated in Rome, and afterwards will be
intimated through all Christendom.
I have already written that information is still being given to the Cardinals
for the decision of the point whether the case is to be decided here or
remitted to some place where the King can be present. The other side
printed certain discussions by a Bolognese doctor, who has come here, and he
has now printed a book containing all that can be said on the King's part.
They only want to cause delay. Though this point is legal, and does not
touch my profession, I will not fail to show the Pope and Cardinals the
insufficiency of the King's reasons for wishing to remove the case from Rome,
and the necessity of deciding it here, as it concerns the faith and the papal
power, and the genuineness of certain canons which is disputed by the other
side. It concerns the Holy See for ever, but the king of England only for
his life; and it is therefore more needful for him to come or send here than
for the See to go there, or allow such a matter to be decided in its absence.
As the majority of the Rota has decided thus, I cannot doubt that the
Consistory will do the same. The lawyer Juan Luis has printed his information
on this point, and the Ambassador has sent it to your Majesty.
Complains of the treatment of his brother, Francis Ortiz, in Spain. Rome,
16 June 1532.
Sp., pp. 6. Modern copy from the archives of Simancas.
28,585, f. 20.
1098. Dr. Ortiz to the Empress.
Has written already that after the discussion in the Consistory the
Cardinals have been informed by both sides, and that in the next sitting it
will be decided whether the cause shall be heard here, or remitted to a place
where the king of England can be present.
Juan Luis on our side, and a Bolognese doctor on the other, have published
books on the case, which I send to the cardinal of Compostella. The King's
advocates assert that he has a right to appear in person, but cannot leave the
kingdom, so that the cause ought to be judged in or quite near to England. It
ought rather to be judged at the Holy See. Thinks the Cardinal will come
to this decision, as the majority of the Rota have already done. Has had a
letter from the Emperor, saying that the queen of England and the Imperial
ambassador do not think it advisable to make use of the hortatory brief; but
the Pope says he has received a later letter from the Nuncio, that the Queen
thought it ought to be presented, and that when the Nuncio wished to have
an interview with the King, his Majesty referred him to a knight, named, as
Ortiz thinks, Montfort, with whom the Nuncio refused to communicate. On
seeing the Nuncio, his Majesty said the Queen was very obstinate in prosecuting
her intentions, and he did not know what the Pope could order him to do
(que cosa el Papa le pudiese mandar en esta causa). He had read and
knew the divine and canon law on the subject, and had taken many learned
advisers. He did not know that the Pope could order him to do anything.
The Nuncio presented the brief; and the King, seeing that it was long, said
he would read it at his leisure and answer it. The Pope has had no answer
as yet. Told the Pope that the Nuncio should continue to tell the King of
his great sin, and advised him to publish a jubilee, which has been done.
Rome, 16 June 1532.
Sp., pp. 7. Modern copy.
Ib., f. 24.
2. Modern English translation.
1099. The Divorce.
Allegations for the Queen, by Jerome Novato, a Milanese advocate,
with letters to Mai, the Pope and others. Dedicated to Peter de Accoltis,
cardinal of Ancona, in a letter dated 16 June 1532.
Lat. Printed by Pocock from a copy in the Grenville Library, B.M.
1100. Sir Richard Tempest to Cromwell.
Thanks him for his goodness to his son-in-law Thos. Waterton, the
bearer, and to his son Thos. Tempest. Requests him to obtain for Waterton
long days of payment to the merchant for the lordship of Burne. Has
provided a Northern gelding for Crumwell, which, if peace be, he will bring
himself this summer. If it be war, begs Cromwell to have him in
remembrance to the King, that he may be appointed where he may do best
service. Bollynge, 16 June. Signed.
P. 1. Add. : To the right honorable and his especial good master, Thomas
Cromwell, councillor to the King's highness. Endd.
St. P. IV. 608.
1101. William Lord Dacre to Henry VIII.
Received on the 9th a letter from the king of Scots by Rob. Charters,
laird of Hempisfelde,—enclosed, with copy of his answer. The king of Scots
came hunting, 30 May, into a waste ground called Crammell, in Meggott's
lands, within 30 miles of these West borders, with a small company of 300
persons, and had but small game. The common bruit was, to have made a
road on the Debateable Ground and Liddisdale men, "now being at the sheles
from their winter houses." On which bruit the parson of Awyke (Hawick).
Pate Whitelawe, two gentlemen of the Hebburns, kinsmen of earl Bothwile,
came to the castle of the Armetage in Liddisdale to help the keepers to hold it
for the Earl. On June 1 the King returned to Peebles, and departed on the
3rd to Edinburgh. The queen of Scots at the same time came down to
Newark castle to keep a forest court of Ettrick of her conjunct feoffment,
and demanded the keys of the laird of Buccleughe. The laird refused till
he knew the King's pleasure, and she complained of him to the King, who
commanded him to deliver them; so he gave them to the lord of Meffen.
There are in company with her Grace 60 horsemen and 24 runners on foot;
and she passed from thence to the abbey of Driburgh, and intends to come to
Coldstream, and so to Edinburgh. Has given, as commanded, a special
assurance to the inhabitants of Liddisdale "unto 14 days after Midsummer,"
and will prolong it at the desire of Geo. Douglas till he know the King's
pleasure. Was urged by Geo. Douglas to "receipt" the inhabitants in case
the king of Scots had come forward against Liddisdale, which he durst
not do for breach of the peace. Nawarde, 16 June. Signed.
Pp. 2. Add.
1102. William Penizon to Cromwell.
Has had nothing to write about of moment. The queen of Hungary
(questa Mata) is much pleased with the present sent her by the King. She
made the English dogs run with those of Spain to her great satisfaction.
She and the Great Master made good cheer to a priest of mine, and I hope
to return shortly well despatched.
The marquis of Guasto in Italy, it is said, "acapara quanti capitani di
nome po trovare." Many say they do not mean to serve the Emperor for any
pay, either against the Turk or any other. It seems the affair of the Turk
has cooled. The viscount of Turena died three days ago, who was much
esteemed in this court, and is greatly lamented; also the eldest son of
Lautrech. "A la Henode," 17 June 1532.
Hol., Ital., pp. 2. Add. : Al mio hono Signor Croumuel, meistro dell zoie
de la Mata del Re in Londra.
Camusat, 92 b.
1103. Francis I. to the Bishop Of Auxerre.
The Pope formerly sent Albany to ask if he would send him a fleet of
galleys under command of the Duke, if he was in danger from the Turk.
Prepared a fleet accordingly, and is surprised to hear that the Pope has put
his galleys in charge of Andrea Doria, from whom he cannot expect less
treachery than he showed to Francis.
Desires him to mention this to the Pope, and give him the letters of
credence. Chasteau Briant, 17 June 1532.
28,585, f. 27.
1104. Dr. Ortiz to Cobos.
Has received the Emperor's letter of 2 June. Cobos will see the state
of the Queen's case from his letter to the Emperor.
The Ambassador has sent Juan Luis' book. Does not send what has been
written on the other side. Desires him to forward the accompanying letters
to England. Rome, 18 June 1532.
Sp., pp. 2. Modern copy.
1105. Sir M. Constable to Cromwell.
Writes in behalf of his sister's son, Harry Ughtred, brother to Sir
Rob. Ughtred, who, as he mentioned to Cromwell in Westminster Hall, has
an annuity by the gift of his father, Sir Harry Ughtred, confirmed by the
said Robert. Part of the amount, viz., 8s. or 9s. a year, lying in Rowston,
Sir Will. Percy out of malice charges the tenants in the King's name not to
pay him. The young gentleman is the King's household servant, and has
nothing else to live on. Everyngham, 18 June. Signed.
P. 1. Add. : To the right worshipful master Cromwell, one of the King
his right honorable councillors.
1106. [Cromwell?] to the Mayor Of Haverford West.
Notifies that Sir Will. Wolff, sometime chaplain to Rice ap Griffith,
deceased, for whose appearance in the Star Chamber the Mayor took recognisances,
is discharged of his appearance before the Council. 19 June
24 Hen. VIII.
P. 1. Add.
1107. John Bishop Of Lincoln to Cromwell.
Begs him to favor his suit concerning his bonds to the King. Has
showed his necessities, and the expences he has far above any other bishop,
by reason of his continual attendance. Has a great household of young
gentlemen. Begs him to spare his payments till his next receipts about
St. Andrew's tide, when he will be able to forbear 60l., and at Whitsuntide
after 40l., and yearly afterwards in like manner till the whole be paid. The
Old Temple, 20 June.
Hol., p. 1. Add. : To my right worshipful friend, Master Thomas Cromwell,
one of the King's most honorable Council.
3,881, f. 33.
1108. Earl Of Huntingdon.
Indenture made 20 June 24 Hen. VIII. between Margaret countess
of Salisbury and Henry lord Mountague, her son, on the one part, and Geo.
earl of Huntingdon on the other, for the marriage of Francis lord Hastings,
son and heir of the said Earl, with Katharine, daughter of lord Mountague,
before the feast of St. James the Apostle next.
Lat., pp. 2. Modern copy. (fn. 1)
1109. Chapuys to Charles V.
Received three days ago the Emperor's letters of the 25th ult., and
immediately informed the Queen of the Emperor's continual remembrance of
her. She charged Chapuys to thank him, and to request him to procure from
the Pope the "aggravatoire" of the brief decreed at Bologna, as she sees
that his Holiness does nothing but delay the sentence, and keep up the disagreement
between the Emperor and the king of England, or at least to
procure another brief which the Pope cannot revoke as he did the previous
one. Has several times written about this, and would not have repeated it,
if it had not been for the Queen's commandment and the letters of Dr. Ortiz,
who says that he is only waiting for the Emperor's orders to solicit it.
As to the complaints made to the Emperor's council in Castile about the
new tribute to be imposed on the Spaniards here, it is true that there was
some talk of it; but some of the Castilian merchants here informed [Chapuys]
of it, and he spoke to the King and Council, and the matter dropped. Has
assembled all the Spaniards here, and asked them if there was any other
grievance or imposition; but they say there are none except what are ancient,
and they are being discussed by the Imperial and English Commissioners.
Will not fail to make the proper representations, if they tell him of other
The French ambassador returned 10 days ago with two greyhounds as a
present from Francis to the King. Thinks he must have brought news
pleasanter than the present, for he has been very well feasted and visited.
On his arrival he went to see the King, seven miles from London, and stayed
there two days. The duke of Norfolk, the bishop of Winchester, the dean
of the Chapel, and Dr. Faulx (Foxe) returned with him, and supped at his
house. The next day they were all in communication, and then the Ambassador
went to court, and did not return until evening, when the same
persons accompanied him, and supped at the house of a young man of Genoa
(Jennevoys) named Lomellin. Though he sent to tell Chapuys he wished to
see him, there has been no opportunity till this morning, when Chapuys went
to welcome him. He pretended that his journey was only on private business,
but at last he allowed himself to say the opposite, and confessed that he had
been asked to go, and could not deny that the mission of Rosinboz to
Scotland was one cause of his journey. He acknowledged that he had
solicited his master to use his influence with the Pope in the King's favor
in the divorce. Had considerable trouble in getting this out of him. There
must be some business of importance, as there have been such continual communications
with him both before and after his journey. While Chapuys
was with him, Dr. Foxe sent to speak with him about his dispatch to France,
and he had to go and dine at Westminster (Vasmotier) with the Duke and
his council. Has not yet been able to discover what they are about. The
Ambassador assured him that Lasco had left France without obtaining any
decision about the marriage of the Vayvode, and that the order which
Francis had given him had been promised when he was acting as ambassador
from the king of Poland. He said also that the French king had refused a
new overture made by the people of Genoa, and is determined never to have
an agreement with them. The 50,000 cr. of the pension due at All Saints
were paid a few days ago. The King has also received 12,500 cr. by
the agreement for changing the 15,000 cr. of salt which the French were
bound to furnish yearly for 10,000 cr. in money. The three years' arrears
are to be paid in four instalments of 7,500 cr., of which the first has been
paid, with 5,000 cr. for this term. The private pensions have been paid,
especially that of the duke of Norfolk, who has sent the treasurer four
There has been a report that one Grimaldo, now in the French king's
service and formerly general of Milan, had lately conveyed from Paris to
Lyons carts laden with money to enlist Swiss; but Chapuys hears from the
man who paid the pensions that the money belongs to Grimaldo, and the
Ambassador affirms that no money had been sent to Switzerland except to pay
their interest and pension. The man whom Chapuys sent after Ursino
followed him to France. The captain who came with him is still here, but
has never been to court, nor practised with any person. He is almost always
at his lodging playing tictacq. His host has undertaken to watch him.
Supposes the Emperor will be informed about Scotch affairs by Mons. de
Rosymboz. Has heard nothing since his return, except that the King sent a
herald thither last Sunday, and a Scotchman told him there was likelihood of
peace or a renewal of the truce. The return of the Nuncio who went
thither last winter is daily expected. About twelve days ago the bishop of
Rochester preached in favor of the Queen, and has been in danger of prison
or other trouble. He has shut the mouths of those who spoke in the King's
favor, but the treatment of the Queen is not improved. This can be effected
by nothing but the sentence, for which there is incredible desire here. Several
great persons have told him that they would take charge of its execution,
and Master Taillop (Wallop?) said the same to the Nuncio two days before
he left for France, where he is Ambassador. Does not think he will stay
long, as it is seen that he is not ardent for the divorce; and Norfolk said that
such a charge was not altogether suitable for him, being more a man of war
than of counsel. Apologises for writing so often about the divorce, but is
sure that the repose of the Queen and the kingdom depends upon it, and
that when it is settled the Emperor will have more power in the kingdom
than ever. London, 21 June 1532.
Fr. From a modern copy.
1110. Gilles De La Pommeraye to the Bishop Of Auxerre.
The reason of the long interval since his last letter is that he has
visited France, and returned four days ago. Christiern king of Denmark
has fallen into the hands of his worst enemies, so that his enterprise is at an
end. The kings of England and Scotland are not on good terms, and it is
feared that war will ensue. The Legate in Scotland is doing whatever he
pleases for his master the Pope. If his Holiness had one here he could not do
the same, for the liberties of the Church are continually being diminished.
Mr. Morres (More) has resigned or been deprived of the chancellorship.
The King is willing that the cardinal Trani should be the protector of the
French nation. London, 21 June.
Vit. B. XIII.
1111. The Divorce.
Informatio brevis super admissione excusatoris ill. regis Angliæ.
Arguments alleged pro and con, in the matter of the excusator.
Lat. In Benet's hand.
1112. Cardinal Of Siguenza to the Comendador Mayor.
Extract from a letter, dated Rome, 22nd June 1532.
In the cause of England I am not an agent, but a judge. God knows the
grief it has caused me since I have been here. The chief obstacles are the
continued threats of the King to renounce obedience to the Holy See, the
coming of the Turk, and the Pope's cowardice. The Queen's lawyers tell
me that no cause for a rent of 10 ducats was ever conducted with such
carelessness as is shown on her side, while there is such vigilance on the other,
as if the sentence concerned all England. The Ambassador acts like a dog in
the manger (el perro del ortolano) in this matter as in all others. When one
talks to him about matters of importance, he yawns; and when he speaks about
them, he hawks in his throat, and spits. He will write about the blessed
cause of England. Does not approve of what was done yesterday in
Consistory. Keeps in his anger, seeing the dangerous state of Christendom.
Letters of encouragement should be sent to the Queen.
Sp., pp. 2. Modern copy.
28,585, f. 36.
1113. Mai to the Comendador Mayor Of Leon [Cobos].
In the affair of England all our diligence ends in nothing, because they
(his colleagues) do not take enough trouble to keep their friends. Any way
what can be shall be done. Asks Cobos to send letters to the cardinals of
Monte and Ancona, urging them to hasten the conclusion of the case, and
expressing how much the Emperor will feel obliged to them for doing so.
As Ancona drinks in all waters, fears that when the Emperor has given
him the 2,000 ducats, the others will give him in secret a good sum (algun
buen golpe). A letter should also be sent to the card. of Ravenna, expressive
of the Emperor's confidence in him. Muxetula says that if any one is
in fault, it is Monte and Ancona. But I answered they were all in fault,
because, when pressing Ancona one day, Ravenna told me he said what I
wanted him to say. * * * Rome, 22 June 1532.
Sp., pp. 6. Modern copy.
28,585, f. 43.
1114. The Divorce.
"Rapport de M. Loys Helwighen touchant l'home de Louvain."
Loys de Heylwigen, of the Emperor's council in Brabant, was supping with
the porter of the castle of Louvain on 22 June 1532. Among the company
was John Barlo or Carolo, priest and dean of Westberry, and three other
Englishmen, who resided in the house of the commander of Chantrain. The
Dean, who did not speak Flemish, was the principal person. He is of small
stature, with red hair, sober in eating and drinking, speaking little, and
ignorant of music or games. At table nothing was said of any importance,
and the English divorce was not touched upon. After supper remarked to
him that there was not so much talk as usual about the divorce, and asked
whether the matter had been hushed up (appaisiees). The Dean replied,
that it was true there was less talk, but the matter had not been hushed up.
Asked who put this idea into the King's head; whether it was the late
Cardinal, or some other. The Dean replied that the King's confessor, whose
name Heylwigen does not recollect, spoke to him about the nullity of his
marriage some nine or ten years ago, and that the King was grieved at it, for
otherwise he would have wished to continue in this marriage.
Asked whether other learned men had not told the King that the dispensation
was valid. This, he said, had been the opinion of some, but the
majority thought otherwise. Said he had heard that the King intended to
allege that his consent to the marriage was not free, in consequence of his fear
of his father. The Dean replied that he had heard of this plea, but that no
mention was made of it now. Said that the long cohabitation after his
father's death was proof of free consent after the marriage, and the King's
intention of using this plea suggested that the divorce was not proposed merely
to relieve his conscience, but that the King had little affection for the Queen,
and loved another.
The Dean said the King would not insist on this point of free consent,
and he confessed that the King frequented the society of a lady of a noble
house, whom it was reported the King intended to marry, if he obtained a
divorce. Mentioned a report that the King wished to marry this lady to
legitimate by subsequent marriage a son whom he had by her; but the Dean
said that this son was by another lady, who was already married. Said he
had never heard of this, and he thought that the King's love for another than
his wife must be for the mother of his son. Remarked also on the suspicious
nature of the King's intimacy with the lady in question; but the Dean said he
had never heard anything of it. Asked him if he knew these two ladies, and
whether they were beautiful, worth leaving his wife for. He said he knew
them both, and the mother of his son was eloquent, gracious, and beautiful,
but the other lady was more beautiful still. Suggested that the King must
have been charmed by potions, or otherwise; but the Dean said he had not
heard of anything of the kind.
Asked him what was the opinion of the theologians of Louvain, but he said
he had never spoken to any of them on the subject.
Took leave of him, and expressed an intention of visiting him again at the
Has tried to find out whether the English were students at the university,
or had come to collect opinions about the divorce, but can discover nothing.
Fr., pp. 6. Modern copy.
1115. St. James's, Northampton.
See Grants in June, No. 23.
28,585, f. 28.
1116. Clement VII. and Charles V.
"Relacion de las cartas de M. Mai y Muxetula, xxij. de Junio."
Muxetula says every effort is used to keep his Holiness in amity with the
Emperor; and though his Holiness knows he ought to preserve it, he goes
on endeavoring not to break with the king of France, excusing himself by
pointing to the league between France and England, and the danger of the
affairs of Christendom. He shows himself inclined not to break at all, lest they
refuse obedience to him, as they have threatened to do. He will, however,
continue to be a good father to the Emperor, and take part with him in the
defence of Christendom.
Sp., p. 1. Modern copy from the archives of Simancas.
Rym. XIV. 435.
1117. Treaty with France,
Concluded by Giles de la Pomeraye, Kt., steward of the French king,
with Thos. earl of Wiltshire and Ormond, keeper of the Privy Seal, and
Edw. Fox, almoner to the king of England, confirming former treaties, and
covenanting for mutual aid when required against the Emperor; and that if
the Emperor suffer English merchants in Flanders to be molested, Francis
shall write in their behalf to the queen of Hungary, and, if they are not
released, shall arrest the persons and goods of Flemish merchants in his own
dominions, &c. London, 23 June 1532.
Modern copy. (fn. 2)
1118. John Godsalve to Cromwell.
As certain laces of gold and silver must be made for the treaties, from
which the seal is to hang, it is necessary for me to tarry and provide the
same. I send you by the bearer your letter from my lord of Winchester.
London, Wednesday morning.
P. 1. Add. : Of the King's Privy Council.
1119. Money For The King's Use.
Warrant for Thos. Crumwell to pay to Thos. Alvarde, out of a sum of
2,241l. 5s. 11½d., received of the prior and convent of the monastery of
Westminster, the sum of 2,000l. for the King's use; the residue, viz.,
241l. 5s. 11½d., being placed in the coffers. Eltham, 23 June 24 Hen. VIII.
Signed at top by the King.
1120. Walter Devereux [Lord Ferrers] to Cromwell.
Thanks him for his goodness at all times. On the 19th of this June,
one Jevan ap Ricard, otherwise Jevan Hyk Heue, was coining money in the
chamber of a monk named Dan Rychard, at the monastery of Istratflere.
The monk perceiving his craft, sent privily one of his brethren to tell the
abbot, who caused Jevan and the monk to be put in gaol, and sent notice to
lord Ferrers. Has them both safe in Kermerthyn Castle till the King's
pleasure and Cromwell's be known. Sends the money he coined, and the
instruments and metal used. If the King wishes the men sent up, desires
that the commandment be directed to Sir Will. Thomas, sheriff of cos. Kermerthin
and Cardigan. Kermerthin, S. Wales, the 24th day of this said
P. 1. Add : To, &c. Mr. Cromwell, one of the King's most honorable
1121. Sir George Lawson to Cromwell.
Is desired by friends to write in favor of the bearer, a monk of Holme
Abbey, to whom Cromwell was good master, and who was with him lately
along with his father abbot. York, Midsummer Day.
Hol., p. 1. Add : To my right worshipful Master Cromwell, Esq., and
of the King's most honorable Council.
1122. Henry Earl Of Essex to Cromwell.
Reminds him that he laid out 100 marks "at the breche at Eryth,"
for which he laid plate to pledge to Sir John Mondy. Desires to have the
plate re-delivered. Stansted, 25 June. Signed.
P. 1. Add. : To Master Cromwell.
1123. Thomas Barton to Cromwell.
My friends, John Byrnand, John Donyngton, and Anthony Haymond,
send you a gelding for the pains it pleased you to take concerning such
bonds as I and they stand bound in to Ric. Jerveys. I beg your favor to the
bearer, my master's (fn. 3) chaplain and registre of his provostry of Beverley, wrongfully
troubled by Sir John Constable and Sir Ralph Ellerker the younger
touching a benefice given him by Thomas Donyngton, late deceased. (fn. 4) I
send you the prior of Durham's letter in answer to yours in my favor.
Please have me in remembrance if Hampton has the parsonage of Cheriburton,
that I may be his farmer there, and I will send you a gelding, as I
promised. Geoffrey Lee, treasurer to the archbishop of York, has it, and
will not suffer me to occupy it for any money. Beverley, 25 June. Signed.
P. 1. Add. : Of the King's Council.
"The names of all such persons as have taken the privilege and
sanctuary of Holy St. Peter, of Westminster, for divers trespass and offences
which now be there remaining and continuing still, the 25 day of June in
the 24 year of our most gracious sovereign lord king Henry the VIIIth."
The list of names numbers 49, including John Gonne, for the death
of a man in Westminster almost 20 years past, Wm. Stafferton, merchantman,
for debt of long continuance, Sir Jas. Whitaker, priest, for murder, and
Wm. Calverley for robbery upon the sea. Among the causes given are debt,
felony, the murder of two sergeants of London, receiving suspect persons,
robbing churches, and stealing hens.
Pp. 2. Endd.
Camusat, 93 b.
1125. Montmorency to the Bishop Of Auxerre.
Has received his letters, and has seen those to the King of 1st, 7th,
11th, and 12th inst. The King is pleased with his conduct, and expects the
despatch for the grant of two tenths, and the bulls for the suspension of
privileges. He is still willing to aid the Pope with a fleet, though he wishes
his Holiness had not given the command to such an Imperialist as Loys de
Gonzaga. Instructions for contradicting the report that the King has provoked
the Turk to invade Christendom. By letters from Mr. Velly of the
12th, the Emperor is not cured, and has gone to some baths two leagues
from Ratisbon. His journey to Italy is not as near as he has caused to be
reported. The King's affairs, in England and elsewhere, are going on well.
He is in good health, and will start for Basse Bretagne in four or five days,
and return to Nantes about the middle of August. Villancher, 26 June.
Has received letters from Raince, showing that he is well informed of
English and French affairs, and that Andrea Doria is making an enterprise
against Marseilles, Toulon, and Antibes. Wishes he were there already, so
that he could be hung.
Vit. B. XIII.
1126. [Carne and Bonner to Henry VIII.]
Detail an account of the proceedings of Carne, and the arguments
urged against him by the Queen's advocate. He insisted that there was no
difference between appearing in person and by proxy, and requested that a
decree might be made by the Datary,—much to the consternation of the
Imperialists. Narrates his discussion with the Datary, and the attempt of
the Imperialists to prevent his being admitted as legitima persona. The
Queen's advocate impugns your letters as insufficient. On the 22nd the
Pope ordered the Datary to instruct Carne to reduce his arguments to
writing, for his Holiness to peruse. Rome, 27 June 1532.
Vit. B. XIII.
1127. Ghinucci, Benet, and [Casale] to Henry VIII.
Refer him to Carne's letter, and the discussion in the Consistory
respecting the excusator, and the part taken by the cardinal of Arrona. The
Pope told us that the Queen had been driven from the More, a commodious
habitation in the summer, to a house belonging to the bishop of Lincoln, (fn. 5)
which is very damp in the winter; and now, when it has become more
suitable as a residence, she was compelled to move elsewhere. We denied
the statement. The Pope has determined in the Consistory that the clergy
of Italy shall contribute half their revenues to the expedition against the
Turk. The Venetians have refused to let their subjects pay anything.
News of the movements of the Turks. The Emperor has gone to the baths
in consequence of a complaint in his leg. The Spanish soldiers distress the
inhabitants very much. Rome, 27 June 1532. Signed.
Lat., mutilated. Add. Endd.
1128. Bishop Of Auxerre to Duke Of Albany.
The Pope is sending the cardinal de Medicis as Legate to Hungary,
and pays 50,000 cr. a month to the Emperor, to whom he is more a slave
than ever. The Emperor is raising 20,000 men for Hungary, to be commanded
by the marquis d'Algoast. The Marquis has been engaging all the
captains in Italy. Pasquin Corse has been assassinated for refusing to go.
The same thing has been done to count Gayas. Advises the retaining of
some of the principal Orsini. Albany knows the power and goodwill
of Valerio Orsino. There are secret rumours of the marriage of Albany's
Fr. Headed : A Mons. d'Albanie, du 27 Juin 1532.
1129. Thomas Upton to Cromwell.
I have sent you the best turquoise I could meet with at this mart,
and beg you will accept it, though you may have others much more
precious than this. The great Turk has proclaimed war against all
Christian princes, except the kings of France and England and the Venetians.
He intends to invade Hungary, and will be opposed by the Emperor in
person. Antwerp, 28 June 1532.
Hol., p. 1. Add. : To London. Endd.
Vesp. F. XIII.
1130. Davyd Cyssyll to Cromwell.
The King has appointed me sheriff of Northamptonshire; and Mr.
Montague, serjeant-at-law, writes, that in consequence of your report, the
King's pleasure is that I should suffer no loss by it. The old sheriff,
Mr. Spenser, (fn. 6) had a warrant from the King of 100l. to bear his charges.
I do not know where I can get a warrant or money, except by your help.
Stanforde, 28 June.
Hol., p. 1. Add. : Master Cromwell, one of the King's most honorable
1131. Chapuys to Charles V.
After writing on the 21st, sent a man to the duke of Norfolk about
the private affairs of a Flemish merchant, concerning whom the Queen had
written to him. The Duke received the man well, and talked with him
familiarly in the garden for nearly an hour, asking him about the Emperor's
health and the condition of the Lutherans. The man replied that the
Emperor was well, and that there was hope of redressing Lutheranism at
the Diet of Nuremberg, where the electors of Mayence and the Palatine had
gone. The Duke told this answer as a joke, and said they had letters from
their ambassador at the Imperial Court, of the 18th ult., that the Emperor
was ill, and that the Diet was dissolved, and in such disorder that the
Lutherans, not caring for any other appointments, had made a firm league
with the king of Poland, Frederick king of Denmark, the Vayvode, and the
Grand Master of Prussia, against the Emperor and the king of the Romans.
He looked for the letter to show to Chapuys' man, but could not find it.
He was anxious for the man to believe his news, and told him to warn
Chapuys not to publish the contrary, as he would be vexed to discover afterwards
that it was not true. The next day, which was Saturday, went to
mass at a church near his house, and sent him word that I should call on
him afterwards; but he excused himself on the plea of ill health, and came
to see me on Sunday morning at seven o'clock. He repeated the news which
he had told my man, and I said that I had had letters of the 4th inst.—not
from the Emperor, but private letters,—speaking of the Emperor's recovery,
and of the resumption of the Diet at Nuremberg. As the letters were so
recent, he did not know what to reply.
Afterwards spoke to him of the report that the coming of Mons. de
Rosymboz had been the cause of the journey of the French ambassador,
but as there had been such frequent communications with him before
and after his journey, I thought there must be some other matters. He
answered, that perhaps I had heard that the French ambassador had come
to prevent some marriage; but there was nothing in this, for they knew
before that the queen of Hungary had refused the match; and as to the
daughters of Denmark, (fn. 7) the alliance on the part of the father could not do
them much damage as things were now; and, besides, they did not fear that the
Scotch king would take any steps in matters of importance without their
knowing of it, for he did nothing without the advice of Albany, who tells
everything to the French king, and he to them. Whatever proposals the
Scotch king has made for marriage, he has always continued to seek the
hand of the Princess; but his request would not be granted, as they were too
nearly related. He said also that the Scotch king was very ill-advised, and
that Albany had obtained from him a bull by which he had appropriated an
income of 10,000 ducats from the Church, which had heretofore protected
and defended him against the nobles. Said that I heard that the Princess's
hand had been sought for the son of the duke of Cleves. He replied, that the
father was said to be mad, and it was not known whether the son would be
so too; but they would rather marry the Princess to him than to the Scotch
king. The Princess would never be married except in a high position, for
she was still heiress of the kingdom; and when the great affair was settled in
the King's favor, and he remarried, it was uncertain whether he would have
male children, and, if not, she would be preferred to other daughters. If
any person ventured to say that she was illegitimate, he would have his
head cut off. He said nothing about the communications of which I
asked him. I think it has been a great cry and little wool. Can only
conjecture that the business was to declare that both parties have observed
the articles of the treaty made against your Majesty. Since then the French
ambassador has not been at court, nor with any of the Council, but he has
been invited to go hunting with the King. Was told that he and Norfolk
had high words together, which may have been the cause of the Duke's visit
When I mentioned to the Duke that Camille Ursin said he was going to
the Turk, and the King had given him some supplies, he replied that Ursin
had not boasted of this to the King, to whom he had merely brought a letter
from Lasco, and obtained no answer, except that if Lasco came in person,
an answer would be given him. This shows their desire for his coming, and
the hope they tacitly give him. The Duke said nothing about Lasco's
charge, and swore that since the King gave Ursin 200 cr. for his return, his
companion had not been at court, nor spoken to the King nor him, and he
wondered what he could be doing here. While talking of the Turk, he said
it was a great pity that all Christian princes had not rallied to assist your
Majesty, but that it was your fault,—implying that you should consent to
this divorce. I justified your conduct, and told him of the order passed in
Spain to make no new laws against the English, and that your Majesty had
heard from the Council of Castile that new impositions were daily laid
upon the Spaniards here. He said that since he had conducted public
business, he had taken care that subjects of the Emperor should be in no way
troubled, and he would remedy anything of which I complained. London,
28 June 1532.
Fr. From a modern copy.
1132. Dr. John London to Cromwell.
I beseech your favor to me and your poor college for the King's
licence to have Candiche of the Mayor and his brethren. It used hitherto
to be a noisome place to us and the whole town. The bishop of Chichester,
who was some time fellow of the college, promised to help us in purging
that unwholesome place if we could obtain it in his lifetime. He is aged and
sickly. If, in return for your procuring the King's licence, I can do you any
acceptable service, I shall be glad of the occasion. I have a fair ambling
colt four years old, fit for the saddle, of easy pace, and likely to prove a good
gelding. He has never yet been handled. Let me know your pleasure
whether you will have him as he is, or have him broken by my servant. I
sent you a little book, but have not heard whether you liked it. I did in it
as well as I could for that little time. Oxford, feast of St. Peter and
Hol., p. 1. Add. : Of the King's Council. Endd., inaccurately, by
Wriothesley : The bishop of London.
1133. Farms Held By Clergy.
A Qui tam sued by Ric. Plommer of London, clothworker, 29 June
24 Hen. VIII., against John Smyth, clk., for continuing to occupy the manor
of Chyngford Hall, Essex, under a lease granted originally to Benjamin
Dygby, by the dean and chapter of St. Paul's, notwithstanding the Act
21 Hen. VIII. [c. 13.] against spiritual persons holding farms.
Large paper, pp. 4.
1134. Cardinal Egidius to Charles V.
Recommends the abbot Lauro for title to a bishopric which the
Emperor has given to him. Lauro belongs to the town of Gerona, and has
written in favor of the cause of England. Rome, 29 June 1532.
Ital., pp. 2. Modern copy.
1135. Anne Boleyn.
See Grants in June, No. 32.
1136. Henry Lokwod, (fn. 8) Student, to Cromwell.
I thank you for your benefits to our college and to me in this little
time of our acquaintance. Without your help I can do nothing in the college,
and would rather give it up than continue in the obloquy of those who will
say that with my simplicity I have dangered the continuance of the founder's
mind in releasing the college land without proper security. Help that this
new exchange may be profitable to the college, and in more surety than the
other 20l. was. Mr. Hynd can certify you more. The last day of June.
Remember me and my loving pupil Gregory. I wish I had a house near
Cambridge for him.
Hol., pp. 2. Add. : Of the King's Council.
1137. Cardinal Of Siguenza to the Comendador Mayor.
Extract from a letter dated Rome, 30 June 1532.
In the cause of England we debated in the Consistory yesterday, and the
Pope forbade the publication of the decision with great censures and curses.
Shall not think the decision bad if it is persevered in till another Consistory,
but fears a change.
Sp., p. 1. Modern copy.
Titus, B. I.
1138. Stephen Bishop Of Winchester to Cromwell.
Hearing from Master Paulet, comptroller of the King's house, that it
was expedient for me to be at a point with the King for my temporalties, I
desire you, considering I remitted it to the King's pleasure, whose executor
you are, to do for me as you may do for your friend, and procure such an
end as I may be able to perform. I would be glad to pay nothing if it were
remitted, and the less I pay the better content, so that the King is pleased;
but I am in that state, by his goodness, and without my asking or deserts,
that, as far as I can, I will with no less goodwill pay it to him than I received
it of others. Remember that I receive 1,300l. less from the bishopric than
bishop Fox did, and owe twice as much as he was worth when he died, if
his inventory were true, besides the implements of the bishopric, which
importeth a great charge, "for I find in no place a panne." Determine the
end as shall be agreeable to the King. I do not mean to "hucke of," or
stick to pay my duty. "I would I could express my meaning always either
in words or deeds, or both. Truth is called Time's daughter. Time will
have child at the last, but it is long first. I would for my part Time's
deliverance were as speedy in childing of Truth as conies be, that bring forth
every month." Asher, 30 June.
Hol., pp. 2. Add. : Of the Council.
1139. Grants in June 1532.
1. Simon Symonds, M.A. Presentation
to the parish church of Upplowmoth or
Upplowman, Exeter dioc., vice Thos. Worseley,
deceased. Eltham, 28 (?) May
24 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 3 June.—P.S.
2. Rob. earl of Sussex. To be one of
the Chamberlains of the receipt of Exchequer,
vice Sir Henry Guldeford, deceased.
Eltham, 31 May 24 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm.,
3. For Pierre seigneur de Rosinboz, Knt.
chamberlain of the Emperor. Safe-conduct
to leave the realm. Eltham, 4 June
24 Hen. VIII.—S.B.
4. Priory of St. Mary, Huntingdon,
Linc. dioc. Congé d'élire on the resignation
of William Gidding, last prior. Eltham,
30 May 24 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 4 June.
—P.S. Pat. p. 2, m. 6.
ii. Petition for the above by the sub-prior
and convent. Hen. VIII. is patron by reason
of the attainder of the duke of Buckingham.
Dated 19 April 1532.
5. Thos. Grene and Alice his wife.
Licence to alienate a third part of a moiety
of the manor of Caxton, except one acre in
Caxton, Camb., to Will. Longford, clk.,
John Norton, Thos. Saunder, and Thos. Geddynge.
Westm., 4 June.—Pat. 24 Hen. VIII.
p. 1, m. 33.
6. Sir Nich. Carewe, master of the Horse,
and Elizabeth his wife. Grant in reversion
in tail male of the said Nicholas of the
manor of Tyllyngdon, Surrey, which came
to the King's hands by the attainder of
Edw. late duke of Buckingham, and was
granted by pat. 4 Jan. 16 Hen. VIII. to
Walter Chaldcote, one of the serjeants-at-arms;
with free warren in the demesne lands.
Westm., 21 March 23 Hen. VIII. Del.
7 June 24 Hen. VIII.—P.S. Pat. p. 2, m. 13.
7. For Edw. Lee, archbishop of York,
late archdeacon of Surrey. Pardon for all
intrusions on the said archbishopric before
the 18th Dec. 23 Hen. VIII., and grant
of the revenues of the see from Mich.
23 Hen. VIII. Greenwich, 26 May
24 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 8 June.—P.S.
Pat. p. 2, m. 35.
(2.) Draft of the patent in R.O.
8. Constat and exemplification, at the
request of Thos. Hygney, parson of Harpelee,
of the inrolment (the original being lost
as sworn by Will. Conyngesby) of pat.
5 June 35 Edw. I., granting to John de
Gurney, then pastor of Harpelee, Norf., a
fair at the manor there. Westm., 8 June.
—Pat. 24 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 15.
9. Hen. James alias Jamys, a native of
Lucca. Denization. Eltham, 6 June
24 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 10 June.—P.S.
Pat. p. 1, m. 11.
10. Peter Lygham, LL.D., dean of the
Arches. Pardon for all offences against the
Statute of Provisors, of which he was condemned
upon a bill exhibited against him in
the King's Bench by Chr. Hales, the attorney
general, and of all other such offences
committed before 13 May 24 Hen. VIII.
Eltham, 11 June 24 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm.
14 June.—P.S. Pat. p. 2, m. 19.
(2.) Draft Bill for a patent to the same
effect in R. O.
11. Ric. Southwell of London, alias of
Rysynge, Norf., alias of Craneworth, Norf.,
kinsman and heir of Sir Rob. Southwell,
Rob. Southwell of London, Anth. Southwell
of London, Matthew Fraunsham of London,
yeoman, Ric. Woode of London, yeoman,
Will. Bofeld of London, yeoman, David Lloid
of London, yeoman, and John Garnard of
London, alias of Rysynge, alias of Craneworth,
yeoman. Pardon for the death of Sir
Will. Pennyngtone. Westm., 15 June.—Pat.
24 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 5.
12. Edm. Miller. Grant of the office of
one of the four messengers of the Exchequer,
lately held by Thos. White, deceased, with
fees of 4½d. a day and the livery of a yeoman
of the Chamber. Eltham, 4 June
24 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm.—P.S. Pat. p. 2,
m. 5.—Vacated on surrender 22 March
13. John Pyro, servant to Mons. de
Vaulx. Safe-conduct to leave the realm.
Eltham, 24 June 24 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm.,
16 June, same year (sic).—S.B.
14. Thos. Wytham or Witham. Livery
of lands as kinsman and heir of Margaret,
late wife of Will. Tocotes, and late wife of
Geo. Wytham; viz., s. and h. of John Wytham,
s. and h. of Geo. Wytham and Margaret
his wife, deceased. Eltham, 7 June
24 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 17 June.—P.S.
15. Will. Cleyton, LL.D., the King's
chaplain. Presentation to the parish ch. of
Wynniandermere, in the archdeaconry of
Richmond, York dioc., vice Thos. Worsley,
deceased. Addressed to the abbot of St.
Mary's, York, whom the King desires to
present him to the ordinary. Eltham, 12 June
24 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 17 June.—P.S.
16. Thos. Wyse. Licence to alienate
three parts of the manor of Kenardyngton
alias Kenarton, Kent, and the advowson
of the church there, to Sir William Hawte,
Sir Henry Isseley, Will. Kemp, John Guldeford,
Roger Horne, Thos. Culpeper, John
Bourne, Reginald Scott, Thos. Morrant,
Thos. Bereworth, Rob. Wylys, Rob. Howell,
clk., Ric. Howell, jun., James Bourne, John
Maplysden, John Bourne, Osmund Howell,
Thos. Ward, and Ralph Johnson. Westm.,
17 June.—Pat. 24 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 34.
17. Anth. Bradeston, kinsman and heir
of Blanche Bradeston, viz., son of Thos.,
son of John, son of Thos., son of the said
Blanche. Inspeximus and confirmation of
pat. 30 Jan. 16 Ric. II., granting to the
said Blanche free warren in her demesne
lands belonging to the manor of Wynterbourne,
Glouc., and a weekly market and
two yearly fairs there. Westm., 19 June.
—Pat. 24 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 5.
18. James Gruffyth ap Howell of Castell
Malgon, Pembroke, or of Spyttye, in the
lordship of St. John's, in co. Cardigan, or
of Emlyn, Carmarthen. Pardon. The petition
states that he is a prisoner in Westminster.
Del. Westm., 20 June 24 Hen. VIII.
19. Sir Will. Pyrton. Grant of the
lordship or manor of Devyles, in Newport,
S. Wales. Del. Westm., 20 June
24 Hen. VIII.—S.B., not filed.
20. Will. Lordysman, clk. Presentation
to the parish church of Ferndych, Linc.
dioc., void by death, and at the King's
disposal by the minority of Thos. Tyrryngham,
s. and h. of Rob. Tyryngham, deceased.
Eltham, 19 June 24 Hen. VIII. Del.
Westm., 20 June.—P.S. Pat. p. 1, m. 10.
21. Salop : Commission to Sir John Talbot,
Sir Richard Cornwall, Sir Thomas Hangmer,
Humphrey Vernon, and Richard Snede,
to make inquisition p. m. on the lands and
heir of John Leyghton. Westm., 21 June.
—Pat. 24 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 2d.
22. Kyngeston-upon-Hull. Grant to the
mayor and burgesses, for the support of their
harbour, which is much decayed, of the following
privilege; viz., that no stranger shall
buy or sell merchandize from or to any other
stranger within the borough, except at fair
time, on pain of forfeiture of the goods.
Eltham, 18 June 24 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm.,
21 June.—P.S. Pat. p. 1, m. 10.
23. Monastery of St. James, Northampton.
Assent to the election of John Dasset,
priest, canon of the said monastery, as abbot
vice Henry Cockes, deceased. Eltham,
8 June 24 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 22 June.
ii. Petition for the above by the prior and
convent. Dated 6 June 1532.
24. Gyles Heron and Thos. Barret of
London, merchant tailor. Warrant to pay
the former 200l. for the King's final agreement
with the said Gyles for the manor of
Alderbroke, in the parishes of Lytle Ilforde
and Wansted, Essex, and to the latter 60l.
in full recompence for his title and interest
in lands, &c. inclosed in the park at Eltham.
Eltham, 23 June 24 Hen. VIII. Signed at
top by the King. Seal broken.—R.O.
25. Oliver Kelley of Staverdell, Somers.
Pardon for being concerned with others in
the murder of Thos. Stone of Wymbourne
St. Giles, 22 Feb. 23 Hen. VIII., at Shaftesbury,
Dorset. Eltham, 18 June 24 Hen. VIII.
Del. Westm., 24 June.—P.S. Pat. p. 1,
26. Charles duke of Suffolk, Margaret
marchioness of Dorset, John earl of Oxford,
Will. earl of Arundel, Walter Devereux
lord Ferrers of Chortley, lord Leonard Grey,
lord Geo. Grey, clk., Hen. ld. Matraverse, Sir
Anth. Fitzherbert, and Sir Will. Shelley,
justices of C. P., Sir Hen. Guldeforde, Sir
Edw. Willoughby, Sir John Dannet, Sir
Edw. Wotton, Sir Edw. Ferrers, and others
named. Pardon of all unlicensed alienations
and acquisitions made by them before 9 Oct.
22 Hen. VIII. of possessions lately belonging
to Cecilia late marchioness of Dorset,
and of the manor of Stoke-upon-Tyerne,
Salop, late of Thomas late marquis of Dorset,
s. and h. of the said Cecilia. Eltham,
10 June 24 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 28 June.
—P.S. Pat. p. 2, m. 19.
27. Thaddeus Bole. Annuity of 10l. for
life. Eltham, 20 June 24 Hen. VIII. Del.
Westm., 28 June.—P.S. Pat. p. 2, m. 5.
28. John Wellesborne, esquire of the
Royal Body. To be keeper of the writs and
rolls of the Common Pleas. Eltham, 24 June
24 Hen. VIII.—P.S. Pat. p. 2, m. 5.
29. John, son and heir of John Horssey
of Clifton, deceased. Livery of lands. Eltham,
20 June 24 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm.,
29 June.—P.S. Pat. p. 2, m. 17.
30. Andrew Wryght. Reversion of the
office of the King's serjeant painter, with an
annuity of 10l. out of the small custom and
subsidy of tonnage and poundage in the port
of London, as the said office was granted by
patent 12 March 18 Hen. VIII. to John
Browne. Eltham, 19 June 24 Hen. VIII.
Del. Westm.—P.S. Pat. p. 2, m. 35.
31. Hugh Lowas, one of the King's doorwards.
Annuity of 5 marks for life out
of the issues of the lordship of Denbigh,
N. Wales, in the same manner as John Floyd,
deceased. Eltham, 19 June 24 Hen. VIII.
Del. Westm., 29 June.—P.S. Pat. p. 2,
32. Dame Anne Rocheford. Grant of
the manors of Coldkenyngton and Hanworth,
Middx.; on surrender of patents
30 Jan. 12 Hen. VIII. to Sir Ric. Weston,
23 July 22 Hen. VIII. to Stephen bp. of
Winchester (by the name of Stephen Gardiner,
LL.D., the King's councillor and
secretary), and 26 May 1 Hen. VIII. to
the said Sir Richard. Eltham, 21 June
24 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 30 June.—
P.S. Pat. p. 2, ms. 13, 14.
Petition of Robert Cope "to the right worshipful Master Thomas
Cromwell, Esq.," for his intercession with the authorities at Oxford to get
him reinstated in the keepership of the gaol called Bokardoo. He was
appointed to that office by the mayor and aldermen of the town on 6 Oct.
23 Hen. VIII., on condition that he should pay 6d. weekly to Thomas
Crampe, of Oxford, and 20s. [a year?] on certain days appointed to the town,
for repair of the town walls. Has paid 13s. 4d. of the latter sum, and continued
the other payment until he was discharged on account of the rescue
of Robert Knyght, a servant of Dr. Thorneton, warden of Canterbury
College, who was committed to his custody on Friday before Corpus Christi
Day. Six or seven days after his arrest the prison was broken open by two
proctors, a bedell, and 40 others, scholars.
P. 1, long sheet. Endd.
1141. Sir Anthony Fitzherbert to Cromwell.
I beg your favor for the bearer, my kinsman, in his suit for his
brother, Nich. Coton, (fn. 9) a scholar at Oxford. A prebend at Lichfield, called
Parva Pypa, valued at 33s. 4d. a year, is void by the death of my lord of
Chester. It is in the King's gift. Saturday morning.
Hol., p. 1. Add. : Right worshipful.
116, f. 53.
Mem. I. pt. II.
1142. Friar John Lawrence to [Cromwell].
I am informed that Father Robbynsone offered on Sunday last to
dispute with that worshipful abbot who preached that day at Paul's Cross.
Since then a bruit has arisen that if the friars of Greenwich might tell the
truth, they could silence all those who preached in the King's cause.
Father Robbynsone proposes to declare this matter of matrimony, and justify
the Queen (Katharine). This is appointed to be done on Sunday next.
Unless you find, therefore, some convenient remedy by your policy, error
posterior erit priore pejor. The vicar of our convent is in the secret, and
was with Father Robbynsone at Paul's Cross. He is either with our fathers
at Lambeth or amongst seculars, and does much harm by his deceitful
flattering. He approves it as well done that our warden reproved the
preacher in the pulpit in our convent, as concerning the time and manner of
his speaking, and reports to certain brethren at Richmond that it was not
our warden that spoke, but the Holy Ghost that spake in him. To you he
was of a contrary opinion; and this shows his dissimulation. He also says
that our father should prevail against you and all them who favor the King's
cause. For what he has said of me I commit myself to God, assured that
the King will never be so unkind to me as the vicar says. I dare not disclose
by letter or messenger what I might if the King sent for me. If he
send for me, urge him also to send for brother Lyst.
Hol., p. 1.
1143. Friar John Laurence to Cromwell.
Send me your mind concerning the King's pleasure. If I can do him
service I shall always be ready. If I am tedious I will seek and write no
more. I am not able to abide the ill will that our fathers have conceived
against me for favoring the King's part. They invent all the means possible
to put me to confusion; and I cannot preach and induce the people to do
reverence to their Sovereign, but the friars say I preach the King's matter.
Preaching at Kyngston yesterday I spake but a few words, persuading the
people to reverence their prince by Scripture and example; and as soon as I
entered the convent divers set upon me with open mouth, saying I had
preached the King's matter, and that all our religion should be slandered
thereby, and all our benefactors and lovers should, in consequence of my
preaching, withdraw both their benefits and devotions. Thus they have
reported me to the Queen and many others. For this I am hated by all that
favor the Queen's cause. I beseech you to call to examination one Pen
Ruttare, a gunner of the town, and he will inform you of the truth. If the
King will appoint me time, place, and audience convenient, he shall perceive
whether I am able to do him honor or not; and as his Grace doth like
me, so let him use me. I am in great heaviness till I know his pleasure.
Hol., p. 1. Add. : Right worshipful.