Close Rolls, Henry VI: November 1436

Pages 103-105

Calendar of Close Rolls, Henry VI: Volume 3, 1435-1441. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1937.

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November 1436

Membrane 20d.
Nov. 14.
To the prior and convent of Spaldynge co. Lincoln. Order to take again letters patent concerning a corrody which Richard Parker has for life in that priory, to admit the said Richard and John Penycoke yeoman of the king's robes to their house, and minister such corrody to them for their lives and the life of the longest liver, making and delivering to them letters patent under the common seal of the house with mention of what they shall take, and writing again by the bearer what they will do; as the said Richard is minded to demise his estate in that corrody to the end that he and the said John may have it, and in consideration of the good and unpaid daily service of the said John the king has granted the same to them as aforesaid. By p.s. [3431.]
Nov. 8.
To the abbot and convent of Chertesey. Request to admit to their house John Merston esquire, whom the king is sending, willing that provision be made him of a corrody or maintenance in that abbey which John Stok esquire, serjeant of the office of janitor of the household, has by grant of the king, to take again and cancel letters patent made to John Stok, and minister to John Merston such maintenance as John Stok or any other heretofore had, making him letters patent under the common seal of the house with mention of what he shall take, and writing again by the bearer what they will do; as John Stok is minded to demise his estate therein to the end that John Merston may have it. By p.s. [3425.]
Nov. 13.
To the abbot and convent of Shirborne co. Dorset. Nomination of Thomas Pecke clerk of the king's larder to receive the pension wherein by reason of the abbot's new creation they are bound to one of the king's clerks, until by them provided with a benefice. By p.s. [3429.]
Oct. 29.
To H. archbishop of Canterbury. Summons to a parliament to be holden at Cantebrigge 21 January next, with the clause premunientes. By K. and C.
Like writs to John archbishop of York, R. bishop of London, sixteen other bishops including J. bishop of Bangor, and the guardians of the spiritualities respectively of the bishoprics of Lincoln, Ely and Bangor during the vacancy of those sees.
[Report on Dignity of a Peer, iv. p. 891.]
To the abbot of Peterborough. Summons to the said parliament.
Like writs to the abbot of St. John Colcestre, 23 other abbots, the prior of Coventre and the prior of St. John of Jerusalem in England.
[Ibid., p. 892.]
To Humphrey duke of Gloucestre. Summons to the said parliament.
Like writs to John duke of Norffolk, Henry earl of Northumberland, six other earls, James Berkeley knight and 25 others, all but two styled chivaler.
To the sheriff of Kent. Order at the next county [court] to make proclamation of the day and place of the said parliament, and to cause two knights of the shire girt with the sword, two citizens of every city and two burgesses of every borough to be elected by those present at the proclamation according to the statute and to a former statute, inserting their names whether present or absent in indentures made between the sheriff and those present, and to certify the election in chancery under his seal and the seals of those present; reciting clauses of the statute of 8 Henry VI, that the electors shall be resident in the county and have each a freehold to the value of 40s. a year at least, that those elected shall likewise be there resident, that knights shall be returned by a majority of those who have 40s. a year and more to spend, that a sheriff shall have power to examine an elector upon the gospels how much a year he has to spend, that if a sheriff shall make a return contrary to this ordinance the judges of assize shall have power to take an inquisition thereupon, and if convicted the sheriff shall incur a pain of 100l. and imprisonment for one year without bail or mainprise, and that knights returned contrary thereto shall lose their wages. The king's will is that the sheriff be not elected, nor any other sheriff.
Like writs to singular the sheriffs throughout England.
Membrane 19d.
To the sheriffs of London. Like order, mutatis mutandis, for election of four citizens.
Like writs, mutatis mutandis, to the following:
The sheriffs of the city of York for election of two citizens.
The sheriff of Newcastle upon Tyne, two burgesses.
The sheriffs of Norwich, two citizens.
The sheriffs of the city of Lincoln, two citizens.
[Ibid., p. 893.]
To William Cheyne the chief justice. Summons to the said parliament.
Like writs to William Goderede and eight others.
To the constable of Dovorre castle and warden of the Cinque Ports or his lieutenant. Order for election of two barons of every port.
[Ibid., p. 894.]
To the chancellor in the county palatine of Lancastre. Order by writ under the county seal to give command to the sheriff (as above) for election of knights of the shire, citizens and burgesses, reciting etc. (as in the writ to the sheriff of Kent).
To the sheriff of Bristol. Order at the next county [court] to make proclamation etc. (as above), and to cause two men to be by those present elected as knights of the shire and burgesses of the town and borough of Bristol inserting their names etc. (as above); as among other liberties and quittances granted to the burgesses of Bristol by charters of former kings, confirmed by the king, it is granted that the town shall not be charged to send to parliament but two men who shall be bound to answer for the county, town and borough as knights of the shire and as burgesses. The king's will is etc. (as above).