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Close Rolls, Henry V: May 1413

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Calendar of Close Rolls, Henry V: Volume 1, 1413-1419. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1929.

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May 1413

May 12.
Westminster.
To the collectors of customs and subsidies in the port of Dovorre or Sandewich. Order without taking custom or subsidy to suffer Levin van Millam of Brugges to ship in one of the said ports and take over to those parts for his own use two basins of silver gilt, 2 ells of scarlet, 4 ells of 'blanket,' 1 ell of 'kersey' and three quarters of green cloth to him given by certain lieges in England.
March 29.
Westminster.
To William Hankeforde. Order to busy himself with the office of chief justice for holding pleas before the king; as the king's will is that he be chief justice. By K.
Membrane 32.
April 14.
Westminster.
To the constable of Dovorre castle and warden of the Cinque Ports, and to his lieutenant. Order, for particular causes, to take information by all means they can or may at their discretion, and if need be to make inquisition in the ports of Wynchelse and Rye, what and how much of the goods and merchandise wherewith was laded a ship of Brittany called the 'Seint Marie,' Hervy de Lodadoun master, is the property of merchants of Brittany, and what is of the king's enemies of France, and to make restitution to those merchants of such as they may find ought truly to pertain to them and to have been taken contrary to the truce with Brittany, distributing the other enemies' goods among the lieges who were present at the capture thereof; as that ship was lately taken contrary to the truce by lieges of Dertemouth and Fowy and of the Cinque Ports, and brought to Wynchelse or Rye, and is yet there. By K.
April 18.
Westminster.
To the admiral of England or his lieutenant, the collectors of customs and subsidies in the port of London, the king's searchers and the keepers of the passage there. Order to suffer John Say, Peter va Cageant, John Naght, Nicholas Okke, John Milbert, John Lodewyke, Leuyn Holander, John Williamson, Hayne Tommesson, Mieux Gilesson, Frees Freesson, William Claysson, John Vawght, Peter Ram and Nicholas Mant, masters of ships of Holande, Selande and Flanders lately laded at Middelburgh in Selande and Lesclus in Flanders with linen cloths and divers other merchandise of certain merchants of London and other alien merchants of the king's friendship, brought to London and there unladed it is said, to pass thence to their own parts, after payment of the customs, subsidies etc., in order there to get other merchandise and bring it to England, any command of the king to the contrary notwithstanding.
To the same. Order to suffer William Pee, master of a ship called 'la Katerine' of Baioun now in one port of London it is said, to lade his ship with 100 quarters of oats to the use and profit of Thomas duke of Clarence and earl of Albemarle, the king's lieutenant in Aquitaine, and after payment of customs, subsidies etc. to pass the same to Aquitaine, with the seamen and servants thereof, any command of the king to the contrary notwithstanding.
To all admirals etc. to whom etc. Order to suffer John Strete and John Stamforde merchants of Bristol, who have in Ireland laded a ship called 'le barge Seint John,' Thomas Braban master, with 42 lasts of salted hides and kips to be taken to the staple of Calais or Middelburgh, for which they paid custom in Ireland as by letters of cocket produced in chancery may appear, to pass thither with the same, any command of the king to the contrary notwithstanding.
March 23.
Westminster.
To the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer. Order not to trouble Joan late the wife of William de Bello Campo for her homage; as upon the finding of an inquisition, taken before John Russell the late king's escheator in Herefordshire and the march of Wales adjacent, that the said William at his death, by name of William de Beauchamp of Bergevenny, held as jointly enfeoffed with her the castle, lordship, town and land of Bergevenny in Wales by gift of Thomas archbishop of Canterbury and others made with licence of the late king to them and the heirs of Joan, the castle and lordship of Ewyas Haralde by gift of John Prat clerk and others made with licence of the late king to them for their lives with remainder to the archbishop and others and to their heirs, and the castle, lordship, town and land of Grosmonde in her right, that she holds the same by gift of the late king under seal of the duchy of Lancastre to her for life, and that all were held in chief, for a fine paid in the hanaper the late king respited her homage until a day now past; and the king has taken her homage. By p.s. [2.]
May 17.
Westminster.
To all admirals etc. to whom etc. Order to suffer John Leycestre and John Hore merchants of Bristol to lade a crayer called 'la Trinite' of Bristol, William Cordewan owner and John Elys master, with wine, cloth, salt and other merchandise not of the staple and, after payment of the customs, subsidies etc., to take it over to Ireland with the master and seamen of the said balinger (sic), there to sell the wine etc., buy and purvey salmons and other victuals in Ireland, and by himself and his servants bring the same to England, any command of the king to the contrary notwithstanding, so that they bring with them nought to the prejudice of the king or realm.
June 8.
Westminster.
Order to the sheriff of Huntingdon for election of a coroner instead of Robert Rokesdoun, who is too sick and aged to exercise that office.
Order to the sheriff of Norhampton for election of other verderers of the forest of Saucy instead of those made in the late king's time; as by his death their power expires.
Like order concerning the forest of Whittelwode.
May 27.
Westminster.
Order to the sheriff of Yorkshire for election of a coroner in the Westrithing instead of John Vavasour of Doneby, who is insufficiently qualified.
May 28.
Westminster.
Order to the sheriff of Norhampton for election of a verderer in Whitilwode forest instead of Ralph Parles, who has become blind and is too aged to exercise that office.
May 20.
Westminster.
To the bailiffs and constables of St. Botolphs town. Order, upon petition of John Heny, William Claston, Robert Salthous and John Bowere of Boston and great number of other merchants of that town, to arrest and put in safe custody, until further order by advice of the council, all merchants of the fellowship of the merchants of the Hans who are used to repair to Norberne within the realm of Norwey and are now at St. Botolphs town, and all their goods and merchandise within the town; as the petitioners have shewn that without reasonable cause their attorneys and all their goods at Norberne have been arrested by certain persons of the said fellowship and detained no small time, so that they may not traffic in those parts as they ought, and that now of late certain persons of that fellowship have arisen against the English in Norberne with the strong hand, committing divers great contempts in despite of the whole nation, and have slain and murdered William Sleght late merchant of Boston and another merchant of Lenne, notwithstanding that the liberties and privileges granted by former kings to the merchants of the Hans were granted upon condition that merchants of England and all the king's lieges in Norwey should be friendly entreated, even as they are and desire to be entreated in England; and the king's will is that evil if so wrought shall not go unpunished. By K.
May 26.
Westminster.
Order to the sheriff of Lincoln for election of a coroner instead of Thomas Scarburgh, who is too sick and aged to exercise that office.
Membrane 31.
May 12.
Westminster.
To the mayor of Suthampton, Walter Cotton, John Reynewelle and William Flete. Order, upon petition of Raphael Vaunell of Luca merchant, by mainprise of the petitioner and James Bernardyn of Luca merchant to deliver to him his oil and wax if they exist or otherwise the price or value thereof, the arrest thereof notwithstanding; as his petition shews that at Cyvyle in Spain be bought eight tuns of oil and a bale of wax, and put them in a ship of the king of Castille now in the port of Suthampton, and that among other merchandise brought thither in that ship they are arrested at suit of the mayor etc. as goods of merchants of Genoa (Janua), though they are his property; and he and James Bernardyn have made oath in chancery that they are his and not of any Genoese, undertaking under a pain of 100l. to answer to the king for the same, or for the price or value thereof, in case it may not be proved that they are his property.