Calais Papers: September 1549

Pages 354-355

Calendar of State Papers Foreign: Edward VI 1547-1553. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1861.

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September 1549

Sept. 10.
173. The Council to Lord Clinton and the Council at Boulogne. Cannot but marvel that they would assent by their common agreement in Council to the abandoning and razing of the King's fort of Boulogneberg, upon the vain fear and faint-hearted messages of the captain and others of that fort, and without any other apparent or imminent peril or danger, or warrant from his Majesty. Cannot but be sorry to understand that Englishmen, namely such as have had some experience of the wars, should be so faint-hearted that they durst not look the enemy in the face, but would after such dishonourable sort both forget their duties and his Majesty's piece, the abandonment of which, without special warrant, is much against his laws, no such warrant having been given. As no good service can henceforth be expected from those who were in Boulogneberg, desire that they will discharge the Captain and Lieutenant of that place, and Captain Atwood, commanding them to appear personally before the Council. In like manner Sir Henry Palmer, having shown himself more fearful than cause was, and seemed unwilling to serve with the numbers appointed to remain in the Old Man, requiring the number of 1,500 men, desire that he shall forthwith be discharged, and Sir John Norton placed in his stead there. Also they shall select from the newly arrived bands of Lord Thomas Grey, Norton, and Knyvett, the likeliest and best armed men, discharging the sick and unmeet, and so many others that there shall no more remain in Boulogne or any of the smaller forts, than were before the coming of this last crew. In the course of a month it is intended to draft off some more. Doubtless there will not be wanting discoursers, who leaving much to their own wits, and thinking their own devices best, will neither like this order nor any other not agreeable to their phantasies; but such discoursers, as they did no good in Boulogneberg, so be they ill ministers in all other places, and so ill as it is not the wish of the Council such should remain; wherefore, if there be any such, desire to be informed of them. As many may be conveniently set to work are to be employed in perfecting the small fort in the Old Man. Aucher has been instructed to supply them with more provisions, of which they are enjoined to be very careful. [Two pages and a quarter. Minute, autograph of Petre.]