Calendar of Papal Registers Relating To Great Britain and Ireland: Volume 13, 1471-1484. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1955.
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Vatican Regesta, Vol. DXCV.
Bullarum Communium Lib. XLV. Tom. L.
9 Sixtus. IV.
7 Sixtus IV.
8 Sixtus IV.
12 Kal. May.
St. Peter's, Rome.
|To John Waltham, rector of St. Mary Magdalen's, in the diocese of Lincoln. Dispensation, etc., as below. [Paul] (fn. 1) II dispensed him to hold for life with his parish church of North Thoresby in the diocese of Lincoln any one other benefice, or if he resigned that church any two other benefices, with cure or otherwise incompatible, and to resign or exchange them, etc. Subsequently the present pope, at his petition (containing that the said letters omitted to mention that Vincent Clementis, provost of Valencia, then collector of the Camera in England, alleging that he had special faculty from the apostolic see, had dispensed him on account of illegitimacy, as the son of a priest and an unmarried woman, to be promoted to all even holy orders and hold any two compatible benefices with or without cure; and that in virtue thereof he had obtained the said church; and that he therefore doubted whether the said letters of pope Paul were surreptitious), granted that the said letters should hold good, and dispensed him, as before, in regard to two incompatible benefices, etc. His recent petition contained that the said Vincent only had from Nicholas V a faculty to dispense fifty persons on account of illegitimacy as the sons of unmarried parents or in any other way illegitimate, to be promoted to all even holy orders and hold two compatible benefices with or without cure [Cal. X, pp. 227–8]; that it is alleged that he could not in virtue thereof dispense the said John, being the son of a priest and his sister's daughter, and that the said collector's dispensation is therefore without force, as also because it merely described John as the son of a priest and an unmarried woman, etc.; that furthermore the present pope's said letters are without force on account of the same misdescription, and also because they did not mention that, under pretext of the said collector's dispensation only, he had had himself promoted to all, even holy orders and had obtained the parish church of Barton in the said diocese, and, resigning it, that of North Thoresby; and that it was stated therein that he had obtained no benefice under pretext of Paul II's dispensation, whereas in fact he had obtained in virtue thereof the parish church of St. Mary Magdalen in the said diocese, had held it for some time with North Thoresby, and, resigning the latter, had obtained the chantership or wardenship (cantoriam sive custodiam) of St. Peter in the church of Lincoln, and had held it, as he still does, with St. Mary Magdalen's, under pretext of the said letters of Paul II. The pope therefore hereby dispenses him, on account of the said defect, to minister in his orders and hold any two benefices, even if incompatible, in accordance with the letters of the said collector and pope Paul, with the power to exchange as granted thereby, and validates from the date of these presents the said letters and the pope's own former letters, and the collations and provisions made to him of the said church of St. Mary Magdalen and chantership, value 10 marks and 20l. of English money, respectively, notwithstanding the said omissions, etc. Vite ac morum. (In the margin: Au.) [6¼ pp.]|