1141. Cromwell to Lord Lisle.
Requests him to suffer the executors of Robert Baynam, of Calais,
to administer his testament freely, notwithstanding the letter which he
formerly wrote at the suit of his own servant, Bartholomew Bayneham,
Robert's son, to stay his father's goods for a time. Thanks him and my
Lady for their goodness to his said servant. Stepney, 21 Sept. Signed.
P. 1. Add.
1142. John Abbot Of Welbeck to Cromwell.
I send you your poor fee. I received your letters, dated 5 Sept., by
your chaplain, Richard West ; and, according to your desire, I send you a
good bay gelding, the best I have. At our next meeting I will further
show you my mind concerning our religion. I hear that in the Lower
House an Act has been conceived touching vicars, from which no man can
obtain any advantage except the Bishop. My religion was mostly founded
in spiritualities, and if the vicars are called home, and their benefices given
to secular priests, it would undo the third part of our houses. By the Pope's
bulls, and the King's grants, we may give our vicarages unto our religious
brethren. Welbek, St. Matthew's Day.
Hol., p. 1. Add. : Worshipful.
1143. Cranmer to Cromwell.
Begs his favor to John Broke, plaintiff in a cause against Ric. Mares.
Begs him to remember the writer's kinsman, John Padley, sanctuary man in
Westminster. Otford, 23 Sept. Signed.
Add. : Of the Council.
1144. Robt. Kayllwey to Thos. Broke.
There is a parsonage in Wiltshire, near Salisbury, called Chawlke,
in the hands of one Lodge, by lease of the provost of King's College,
Cambridge, which lies very commodious for me. Though no fine has been
hitherto given for the lease, I will give Mr. Fox, now provost of the College,
20l. for a lease of 40 years. If you will get Mr. Cromwell to speak to
Mr. Foxe, so that I might get it by his means, I would give you 40s. If
Mr. Cromwell obtains it for me I will give him 20l. Salisbury, 23 Sept.
Hol., p. 1. Add. : Mr. Thos. Broke, at the sign of the King's Head,
within Temple Bar.
1145. Nicholas Shaxton.
See Grants in September, No. 18.
1146. Jane Basset to Lady Lisle.
I received your letter, dated Calais, 10 July, in which you desire the
great book should remain at Soberton. Thank you for the thanks you have
sent Mr. Dr. for his kindness. Thomasine has been with me since I came
to this country. When I leave Umberleigh she goes to Alverdescotte.
Thanks lady Lisle for her gown and the bucks. Has not got them, as the
game is far behind. This winter will ask her for a doe. Is surprised that
anything should be lost at Soberton, as she entered in a book everything
that was in the house, and therefore Nich. Person and Seller shall be
answerable. Umberleigh, 24 Sept.
Desires her remembrance to Mastres Frances, her sister Phillippe, and the
Hol., p. 1. Add.
1147. John Cheryton to Lord Lisle.
The Pope came to Pisa 23 Sept., preceded by the Corpus Domini,
and with him 16 cardinals, 100 spearmen, and 100 musketeers. He and the
duke of Florence have in Pisa above 2,000 men, for the most part gentlemen.
He has left Rome with most part of his baggage. They say he will not
return to Rome, but go to Nice, and the duke of Savoy has refused to let
him land there, although the French king has appointed to meet him there.
The Pope will therefore land at Marseilles. They say the meeting is for
a marriage between the Pope's daughter (fn. 1) and the French king's son. All
say he is going to raise an army, some think against the Emperor, and some
for him, to enable him to land in England ; to which the Pope intends as
much good as a fox among a flock of sheep. Can have no other passage
here but in the same navy in which the Pope sails, in which there are
10 galleys and 8 very great ships, sent by the French king, and well
appointed. Will send him further news from Marseilles. Prays that God
will send my Lady a son and heir.
"My Lord, as for aowre holle fader the Pop, he has ij. the fayryste wemyn
to hys wyvys that ever I sowe aowtt of Engelonde, for thaye ar mor lokyn
angellys than erle (earthly) womyn ; and the Pop fyndes mor myn (men)
for to wat apon thym than he dyd for to wat a pon the Corpys Dome (Corpus
Hol., pp. 2. Dated at the head : "1533, 24 Sept., at Pyse."
II. Same to Same.
Has received in Leghorn a letter from Lisle, dated 19 April. Thanks
him for his great goodness. Has sold the Mare (the Mary?) to Antone
de Maryne, according to Lisle's order. He and the master have caused the
writer to spend in this voyage more than 1,400 g. ducats, and has lost by her
sale above 60l., and in victuals above 100 marks stg. My Lord, Antone
Gethott (Guidotti?) and Jas. Provytt have written here all the mischief
they can. Have yet come to no arrangement about the King's ordnance. Will
come home by the first ship to England.
Hol., p. 1. Dated at the head the same as the preceding. Add.
1148. Christopher Hales to Cromwell.
I received your letters this day concerning our Holy Maid, and I think
her holiness will appear such as you write. It will, therefore, be a good deed
to make it manifest. No affection shall prevent me from executing the King's
commands. Yesterday and today we kept the quarter sessions. That done,
I will apply the purpose to the best effect that I can ; and as I can catch
them, one after other, I will send them to you. The two religious men and
the official are of as good reputation as any of their degree, and therefore
may the sooner deceive others if they be of evil disposition. There is a
fame here among some fools that, at the request of Mr. Bedyll, you favor one
Tomson, a priest, intending to promote him to the mastership of the Maison
Dieu. If ye knew the man, as many do, you would not help him to such a
promotion. He is the worst priest I ever knew, but can help himself with
his tongue and his audacity. Let ye not to say this upon my report. Show
kindness to the poor prisoner here, to whom the King granted pardon, of
which you have a bill to be signed. If he lie here during the winter he will
be undone. Canterbury, Wednesday before Michaelmas.
Hol., p. 1. Add. : Councillor and Master of the Jewels.
1149. Christopher Hales to Cromwell.
According to your late letters I have not only apprehended
Dr. Bokkyng, cellarer of Christchurch, and Mr. Hadley, one of the penitentiaries
there, but have entered their chambers, and examined all things belonging
to them. I send up Bokkyng and Hadley, with all the writings found
in the said Doctor's chamber. In Hadley's chamber I found nothing. These
things have been handled as secretly as possible. The official is yet in the
country, keeping his visitation. You shall be sure to have him at his return,
and whatever of his things can be found. Tomorrow I ride for the parson
of Aldyngton, whom I will also send. Canterbury, Thursday night before
If no cause appear to the contrary, I pray you send home the religious
men as soon as you can.
Hol., p. 1. Add. : Councillor and Master of the Jewels.
2. Henry Man to Dr. Bockyng.
Of late it has pleased God to give me some knowledge of His secret and
wonderful works which He works daily in his special elect virgin named
Eliz. Barton, your spiritual daughter. This knowledge doth more edify my
soul, and more fervently "accend" my heart in the love of God, than anything
that ever I heard spoken, or anything "that ever I have read in Holy Scripture."
I beseech you, therefore, in visceribus Jesu Christi, to accept me as
your spiritual son, and make me partaker of your prayers. I also beseech
you "ofttimes to put that my good mother Elizabeth, in whom is my trust
above all mortal creatures, in remembrance to offer me up in sacrifice to the
most glorious Trinity, and to beg grace for me that may so mortify me that
I may say with St. Paul, Vivo autem jam non ego ; vivit vero in me Christus ;
and that I may so set my desire, my delectation, my estuant affection, and my
fervent love in God, that I may attain to such cognition and love of Him as
may be had in this life." Charterhouse of Shene. Signed : Henry Man,
professed and proctor there most unworthy.
Hol., p. 1. Add. : To his devout father in God, Mr. Dr. Bockyng, cellarer
of the monastery of Christ's Church in Canterbury.
St. P. VII. 509.
1150. Vaughan to Cromwell.
Waits at Cologne for the King's pleasure. Certified the King that
the duke of Saxony would have no intelligence with him. Thinks that as
he is the chief maintainer of Lutheranism, he will not embroil himself in any
fresh difficulty, especially as the King has repudiated Katharine, which
affects the Emperor. From want of success in his commission, stays at
Cologne for further orders. The King has been greatly deceived by Staber,
who has certified many lies in order to obtain his stipend. Thinks the
Lutheran sect will never be overthrown. Enumerates the German princes
by whom it is favored. Ferdinand, for a yearly tribute, abandons the
regiment of Hungary. A gentleman in the territory of duke George of
Saxony lately burnt two rich abbeys there. Hears that a number of
Gueldrois have been raised for service against England, which they threaten
in their foolish way. Regrets his utter ignorance of the German tongue.
Cologne, 25 Sept.
Wishes his letters to be sent to Harman Ryng, the younger, at St. Antony's
 (fn. 2) Sept.
Vit. B. XIV. 58.
1151. [Peter Vannes] to Cromwell.
"Mag ... habem
... Dicit ...
ab eo ...
pontifex intra ...
non ante xxiiii. diem ...
Hic assidue construuntur nova ... tabulata, ut
excipiatur pontifex ... tum, et Galli conqueruntur, quod
Ubi primum convenerint isti pri[ncipes] ... aliquid
scire potero dignum quod sc ... id statim, ut in mandatis
habeo ... significabo.
Tanta est hic hominum nobilium scilicet ... fluentium turba,
ut mirum sit, et ... Rex, nec pontifex adsunt, adeo ... in
eorum adventu, quam multos eject ...
Rogo quam vehementissime ut me ... suscipias commendata,
et non gra ... contrarotulatori optimo, (fn. 3) et pr ...
cujus in me humanitati mul ... commendare, et
bene vale ... Septembris 1533."
Mutilated. Hol. Add.