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Close Rolls, Henry VI: 1438

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

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17 HENRY VI.

1438

Membrane 33.
Sept. 14.
Westminster.
To the customers and keepers of the passage in the port of London and in singular the ports and places adjacent. Order to suffer no ships with them which are disposed or like to be disposed shortly to pass to Aquitaine and Gascony to sail thither, but to arrest them and keep them under arrest until the king shall make provision for resisting his enemies and rebels, and until further order, so behaving that the succour of those parts be not hindered for lack of a sufficient navy; as the king has particular information that great number of his enemies and rebels there have now of late combined to attack divers places and fortresses which have long been under obedience to him, and have won them, and are striving to win others, and for safe guard of the said parts the king's will is to resist their malicious intent, as he is bound to do.
Like writs to the customers and keepers of the passage in the following ports and the ports and places adjacent:
Kyngeston upon Hull.
Plymmouth.
Pole.
Suthampton.
Dertemouth.
Sandewich.
Bristol.
Bishops Lenne.
Sept. 22.
Dogmersfield.
To the customers and keepers of the passage in the port of London etc. (as above). Order to desist from execution of (the foregoing) writ, dearresting all ships by them arrested by colour thereof, and suffering them to pass without let to Aquitaine and Gascony such arrest notwithstanding, but to stir up the merchants, masters and seamen therein sailing thither to be so armed and arrayed that they may pass by land and sea without let or disturbance of the king's enemies and their own; as upon true information the king lately gave them order (as above); but now he has clear information that it would redound to no small loss of the merchants, owners and seamen of the ships arrested if they should wait under arrest until a fleet should be made ready within the realm to be sent over thither and there abide a sufficient time for the safe guard and resistance therein mentioned, and the king's will is to take precaution against such loss.
Like writs to the customers etc. in the ports etc. above mentioned.
Sept. 18.
Westminster.
To the customers and keepers of the passage in the port of Gippewich, and in singular the ports and places adjacent. Strict order at their peril, for notable causes now specially moving the king, and especially because of the dearness of wheat and other corn in every part of the realm for no small time past, to suffer no wheat or other corn to be taken out of that port etc. to foreign parts save by special licence with express mention of this restriction, the town of Calais excepted, so behaving that the king shall have no matter to punish them for complaisance, neglect or default, or for any feigned excuse.
Like writs to the customers etc. in the ports etc. following:
Great Jernemuth.
Bishops Lenne.
Sandewich.
Sept. 13.
Westminster.
To the keepers of the passage in the port of London. Order before their departure to take of all persons purposing to take or send out of that port for foreign parts any ships for purveyance of wheat or other corn security, for which the keepers will answer, that with all convenient speed such ships shall be brought to the realm with the wheat etc. so bought and purveyed, and shall there be discharged, and that the wheat etc. shall be exposed for sale within the realm and nowhere else; as upon information of the dearness of wheat in the realm for no small time past, now of late the master of Prucia out of respect for the king [gave] licence that ships of certain lieges of the king in Prucia should be loaded with no small store of wheat etc. to be carried to the realm for victualling thereof, but the lieges in those ships, pondering not the dearness aforesaid but greedy for extravagant gain, went aside from their straight course towards the realm, and steered for Seland, where they reckoned on selling the wheat etc. at a somewhat higher price than in England, and exposed the same there for sale to the prejudice of the king and the lieges; and the king's will is to take precaution against such prejudice, as he is bound to do.
Sept. 3.
Westminster.
Order to the sheriff of Wiltesir for election of a coroner instead of Roger Trewebody, who is dead.
Sept. 14.
Westminster.
Order to the sheriff of Berkshire for election of a coroner instead of Thomas atte Vyne, who is dead.
Membrane 32.
Oct. 14.
Westminster.
To the sheriff of Middlesex. Order for election of a coroner instead of John Drayton, who has been appointed under sheriff, so that he may not attend upon the office of coroner.
Nov. 3.
Westminster.
To the receiver of the duchy of Cornwall for the time being. Order to pay to William Bonevile the king's knight 40 marks a year for life and the arrears for Easter and Michaelmas terms last; as by letters patent of 8 November last the king granted to the said William for his good service the office of steward of the county of Cornwall for life, to be occupied by himself or by a deputy for whom he would answer, taking therein 40 marks a year by the receiver's hands, with all other fees, profits etc. due and accustomed of old time.
Et erat patens.