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Close Rolls, Henry IV: July 1407

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Calendar of Close Rolls, Henry IV: Volume 3, 1405-1409. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1931.

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July 1407

July 1.
Westminster.
To the mayor, sheriffs and aldermen of York for the time being. Order, upon petition of the dean and chapter of the church of St. Peter York, when by them required to cause proclamation to be made of the charters of former kings, whereby among other liberties and quittances it is granted that they and singular the canons and their successors, their men and tenants free and neif shall all be quit in city and borough, market and fair, in passage of bridges and seaports and in all places throughout England, Ireland and Wales and all the king's lands and waters of toll, murage, pontage, tallage, passage, pedage, lastage, stallage, hidage, wardage, of works and aids of castles, walls, bridges, parks, sea walls, dikes and stews, and to cause all things therein contained to be kept, suffering them to be thereof quit within that city and the liberty of the same, and not troubling nor grieving them, and if aught has been of them levied or taken by the mayor etc., or by their ministers, order to make them restitution, so behaving that by reason of abuse thereof the king shall be given no cause for revoking his letters patent; as he has confirmed the said charters with the clause licet, and now he has information that by colour of his said letters, made in aid of building the city walls and a bridge called 'Fossebrig,' and repairing another bridge called 'Ousebrig' therein, the mayor etc. have been levying toll etc. of the dean and chapter, the canons, their men and tenants, and cease not so to do, distraining and troubling them for the same contrary to the said charters, wherefore they have prayed for remedy; and it was not the king's intent when his letters were made, neither is it, that any such toll etc. shall by colour thereof be levied of them or any of them.
To Robert Rikedoun escheator in Essex. [Imperfect entry, reciting] an inquisition, taken by the escheator, whereby the king has learned that John Frenssheman of Wodeham Mortymer now deceased, on the day of a felony by him committed by manslaughter of John Pollarde of Purley, held in right of Margaret his wife (now deceased) for her life 10 acres of land in Wodham Mortymer, a cottage and 1 acre of land, that she died on the feast of Allhallows 5 Henry IV, that after her death the premises ought to descend to William atte Hathe as cousin and next heir of Robert atte Hathe, namely son of Thomas atte Hathe brother of the said Robert, because the said Robert was thereof seised in his demesne as of fee, that the said Robert made a feoffment . . . . . .
Membrane 3.
June 8.
Westminster.
To the keepers of the passage in the port of London and the searcher therein. Order to dearrest a ship of William Gedeneye of Lenne called 'la Gracedieu' of Lenne of 160 tuns burden, lately arrested in the port of London by command of the king, suffering him with his ship and seamen to pass out of port the arrest notwithstanding, and notwithstanding any proclamation or ordinance to the contrary.
Like writ concerning a ship of Hugh atte Feen' called 'la George' of Jernemuth of fifty tuns burden.
June 28.
Westminster.
To Philip de Albertis a Lumbard dwelling in the city of London. Licence to make a letter of exchange to his fellows dwelling in foreign parts for 20l. there payable to brothers Roger de Sancto Ivone and William Framyngham, provided no gold or silver in the lump or in money be sent over by colour of this licence under pain of forfeiting the same.
June 27.
Westminster.
To the collectors of customs and subsidies in the port of London for the time being. Order to send to the treasurer from time to time by one whom they trust all securities and sums of money by them now or hereafter taken arising from the subsidy upon wool, hides and woolfells in that port within a quinzaine after the shipment thereof, making no payments to any man by reason of any commands, grants or assignments by the king now or hereafter made, knowing of a surety that if they shall make any contrary to this command no allowance thereof shall be made them in the exchequer, and order to make proclamation of certain articles concerning the days of payment of such subsidies and other matters in regard of the ruling and shipment of wool etc. contained in a schedule in form of a patent which the king is sending, and to cause the same to be observed and executed, executing and observing the same themselves so far as in them lies under the pains thereto attached, which the king will levy of every offender; as for payment of the wages of hired soldiers, craftsmen and other officers of the town and castle of Calais Thomas bishop of Durham has now lent them 100 marks, Ralph earl of Westmerland 500l., William lord Roos 250 marks, Hugh lord Burnell 250 marks, John Norbury 2,000l., John Hende 2,000l., Richard Whityngton 1,000l., the merchants of the staple of Calais 4,000l. and the merchants of the Albertini 1,000l., for payment whereof at a set term or terms Thomas archbishop of Canterbury, Nicholas bishop of London, Henry bishop of Winchester, Thomas bishop of Durham, Edward duke of York, John earl of Somerset, Richard lord Grey, John Stanley knight, Master John Prophete clerk and the said William and Hugh have given bonds under their seals, and in consideration of their great readiness in his present need, as security for payment and for their speedy discharge the king has granted and promised upon his word that the lenders shall by the hands of the treasurer have full payment of the first moneys of the said subsidy arising from time to time in singular the ports of England upon wool etc. now or hereafter shipped for export, in preference to all assignments or payments now or hereafter made thereof by the king or the collectors for the time being, and that such preference be made any assignments or grants to the contrary notwithstanding, except a grant to the merchants of the Albertini that they may keep in their hands the said subsidy in the said port and the ports of Dovorre and Suthampton up to the sum by them advanced or a proportional part thereof, and that the soldiers etc. shall henceforward have ready payment, and so soon as the said creditors shall be contented, and others of whom money shall be borrowed for the purpose aforesaid, the king's will is that one moiety of the said subsidy shall be paid for the wages aforesaid according to a grant and appointment by him made, and that these letters shall be amended if need be, and put in better form, as security for the prelates and lords before mentioned. By K.
Like writs to the collectors in thirteen other ports (named).
[Fœdera.]
Sept. 8.
Westminster.
To the keepers of the passage in the port of London, Dovorre or Sandewich. Order, at the instance of John duke of Bayviere the elect of Liege and count of Loz, at his cost to suffer sixty men at arms and five hundred archers, of whom John Cornewaille shall be captain and commander if he will, to pass over sea in one of those ports with their horses, arms, goods and harness whatsoever, any former command of the king to the contrary notwithstanding, provided they take with them nought to the prejudice of the king or realm. By K.
[Ibid., with erroneous date September 18.]
July 25.
Westminster.
To the constable of the Tower of London and his lieutenant. Order to set free William Barbour, who by command of the king is in the constable's custody within the Tower.
Membrane 2.
July 3.
Westminster.
To the escheator in Essex. Order to remove the king's hand and meddle no further with the rent hereinafter mentioned, delivering up any money thereof taken; as lately the king ordered the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer to send into chancery the tenor of an inquisition of his office taken at Waltham Holy Cross before Clement Spice late escheator, concerning a fishery in the river (ripa) called the Leye in Chyngeforde whereof John Bernewelle late parson of Chyngeforde was sometime seised and other articles, and they sent the same, whereby it is found that he was seised of the said fishery containing in length one league, that in 37 Edward III he made a feoffment thereof to John Maunynge 'fysshere' and his heirs under a condition that they should render 2s. a year to the churchwardens of Chyngeforde towards finding two wax 'torches' every day at the elevation of the body of Christ in that church, that the grantee after demised the same to Walter Smyth of Chyngeforde and his heirs, and he to Peter Hereforde and his heirs in fee simple, both under the said condition, without obtaining licence of the king, that John Bernewelle, John Maunynge and Walter Smyth did pay the rent all the time they were thereof seised, that Peter Hereforde has withdrawn the same for seventeen years past, and that the fishery is worth 10s. a year; and the tenor of that inquisition being read in chancery, and the matter understood, proclamation was made for any who would give the king or council or the serjeants at law information wherefore the king's hand ought not to be removed from the said rent and the moneys thereof taken, and when no man appeared, after deliberation with the justices, serjeants at law and others of the council learned in the law, it seemed to them that the seizure thereof was insufficient, wherefore by their advice it was determined that the king's hand should be removed.
July 16.
Westminster.
Order to the sheriff of Surrey for election of a verderer of Wyndesore forest instead of Walter Broke, who is dead.
Like order, mutatis mutandis, to the sheriff of Berkshire in regard to John Benfelde.
Like order, mutatis mutandis, in regard to Thomas Crychefelde.
Like order, mutatis mutandis, to the sheriff of Surrey in regard to Walter Rydyngershe.
July 28.
Westminster.
To brother Anthony de Pereto minister general and servant of the order of friars minors. Faculty to send to lieges of that order whatsoever in the realm letters containing the tenor of the schedule hereinafter mentioned, not doubting the king's will to assist him so far as to his dignity is meet, as law and reason shall dictate; as he has lately caused it to come to the king's ears how that he was lately sent into the realm by Pope Gregory XII for certain business with the king's person, that he had information of controversies which arose there between certain lieges his brethren of that order and, purposing to put an end to the same, is minded to despatch letters to the said brethren of the tenor specified in a schedule presented to the king, which the king is sending again herewith enclosed, directing them to appear before him for that purpose at days and places therein mentioned; and by view of the schedule the king is aware that his intent is to the glory of God, the increase of divine worship, and the peace and credit of the order. By K.
[Fœdera.]
Sept. 29.
Westminster.
To the mayor of la Pole. Strict order, under a pain of 200l., upon sight etc., so far as in him lies, to make restitution to the subjects of the duke of Brittany, their deputies or attorneys, of the ships, vessels, merchandise and goods taken contrary to the truce with him, suffering them therewith to pass away whithersoever they please, and if there be any cause wherefore he ought not so to do, order to be in person before the king on Monday before Allhallows next to shew the same; as by complaint of Roland Vitre the duke's butler and other his subjects the king has learned that, contrary to the said truce and the proclamation thereof, six merchant ships and vessels of theirs laded with salt and other merchandise were on the voyage lately taken at sea by the mayor, his son and other lieges in a balinger of the mayor's, as one Mundy master thereof then averred, brought to England, and there detained, and the king's will therefore is that, if the same were taken contrary to the truce, restitution shall be made, and the offenders chastised according to their deserts. By K.
Like writs to the following, mutatis mutandis:
One Mondy bailiff of la Pole and master of a balinger of the mayor.
John Hoche of la Pole.
One Kanway of la Pole.
John Pee of la Pole.
William Warner of la Pole.
July 3.
Westminster.
To Thomas Hordenne escheator in Kent. Order to give John Isak and Agnes his wife, Thomas Whitynden, Henry London and Margaret his wife and Thomas Mayhewe and Joan his wife seisin of the fourth part of 30l. of yearly rent to be taken of the farm of the city of Canterbury; as the king has learned etc. (as above, p. 203).
Membrane 1.
July 10.
Westminster.
To the escheator in Norhamptonshire. Order to remove the king's hand and meddle no further with the manors of 'Netherheyforde' called 'Patteshullesmanere' and 'Grymmescote,' two messuages in Farthyngeston, three in Bukbrooke, a messuage and cottage in 'Coldeassheby,' five messuages in 'Westhaddoun,' three in Flore, and 2s. a year of rent in Patteshulle, delivering to Margaret late the wife of Robert Tudenham any issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that at his death the said Robert held the same as jointly enfeoffed with her by feoffment of William Berdewelle and others.
July 1.
Westminster.
To Robert Rikedoun escheator in Essex. Order to give William atte Hathe livery of 10 acres of land in Wodeham Mortymer, a cottage and one acre of land, and the issues thereof taken since the death of John Frenssheman; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that John Franssheman of Wodham Mortymer deceased, on the day he committed a felony by manslaughter of John Pollarde of Purley, was tenant of the premises in right of Margaret his wife (now deceased) for her life, that she died on the feast of Allhallows 5 Henry IV, that after her death the premises ought to descend to the said William as cousin and next heir of Robert atte Hathe, namely son of Thomas atte Hathe his brother, because the said Robert was thereof seised in his demesne as of fee, that the said Robert made a feoffment thereof to John Smythe and John Yuot, their heirs and assigns, and they made a grant thereof to the said Margaret for life with remainder to the right heirs of the said Robert, that John Frenssheman died 4 August last, and that the premises are held of others than the king.
July 1.
Westminster.
To the sheriff of Wiltesir for the time being. Order to levy of the lands of John Dauntesey knight, tenant in chief by knight service, 100s. at Midsummer, 100s. at Michaelmas, 100s. at Christmas and 100s. at Easter, and to give Walter his son and heir livery of those sums in part of his maintenance; as in the octaves of Trinity last it was determined in chancery that of his father's lands, which the king has granted to Thomas de la Croys and Peter Walbere from the father's death until the full age of the said heir, and of the issues thereof, he should have 20l. a year for maintenance during his nonage.
July 14.
Westminster.
To the sheriffs of London. Order to set free Simon atte Forde of Britport co. Dorset; as on 24 July 4 Henry IV before William Askham then mayor of the staple of Westminster deputed to take recognisances of debts therein he made a recognisance to Thomas Fulham citizen of London for 40l. payable at Midsummer following, and paid it [not ?] it is said, and the king ordered the sheriffs to take his body, if a layman, and keep him in custody in prison until he should pay the debt, and to cause all his lands and chattels to be extended and appraised, and to be seized into the king's hand for delivery to the said Thomas until he should be thereof contented, certifying in chancery how they should execute that command, and the sheriffs returned that they did take and imprison him; and the said Thomas, appearing in chancery, has acknowledged that he is contented of the debt, with his damages and costs.
To the same. Like order, mutatis mutandis, in respect of a like recognisance of the same date for 35l. payable at Allhallows then following.
July 16.
Westminster.
To Thomas Caule. Order at his peril, for particular causes laid before the king in chancery by John Wysebeche chaplain, to be there in person in the quinzaine of Michaelmas next, in order to answer touching what shall be laid before him on behalf of the king and the said John. By p.s. [5340.]
July 13.
Westminster.
Order to the sheriff of Somerset for election of coroners instead of John Gregory, John Boller and William Bury, who are insufficiently qualified.
July 3.
Westminster.
Like order, mutatis mutandis, to the sheriff of Huntingdon for election of a verderer in the forest of Waubirge and Sapple instead of Richard Boteler, who is dead.
Like order, mutatis mutandis, in regard to Robert Wareyn, who is too sick and aged.
July 14.
Westminster.
To the bailiffs of the city of Canterbury for the time being. Order to pay to John Isak and Agnes his wife, Thomas Whetynden, Henry London and Margaret his wife and Thomas Mayhewe and Joan his wife the fourth part of 30l. a year of the farm of that city, and the arrears since 8 July last; as upon the finding of an inquisition, taken by Thomas Hordenne escheator in Kent and Middlesex, that William Makenade at his death held that fourth part by the courtesy of England in right of Margery his wife, namely the fourth part of 10l. at Easter and of 20l. at Michaelmas, which 30l. King Edward III by letters patent (produced) granted to William son of John Cundy and brother of the said Margery, and to his heirs, one of whose heirs she was, that William Makenade and Margery had issue William and others now deceased, that he held no other lands etc. in Kent of her heritage, that he died 16 March last, and that the said Agnes daughter of Margaret one of the sisters of Margery, Thomas Whetynden son of Alice a second sister, Margaret wife of Henry and Joan daughters of Constance her third sister, are cousins and next heirs of the said Margery, and of full age, on 8 July last the king ordered the escheator to give the said John and Agnes, Thomas, Henry and Margaret and Thomas and Joan seisin of the fourth part aforesaid.
Et erat patens.