Henry VIII: March 1514, 12-20

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Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 1, 1509-1514. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1920.

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March 1514

12 March.
Addit. 15,387, f. 17. B.M. Ellis, 3 S. I. 165. Theiner, 510.
2715. [4871.] HENRY VIII. to LEO X.
Desires his favor for the Observant Friars, who are troubled about certain convents in Cologne, &c., united to their order by Julius II. Cannot sufficiently express his admiration for their strict adherence to poverty, their sincerity, their charity, their devotion. No order battles against vice more assiduously; none are more active in keeping Christ's fold. His ambassador, the Bishop of Worcester, will state the King's wishes more explicitly. Greenwich, 12 March 1513.
Latin, pp. 7. Add.
12 March.
Sanuto, XVIII., 281.
2716. VENICE.
[Note of letters received 18 June 1514.]
From Andrea Badoer, [London], 12 March (sic):—Letters in cipher, but unimportant.
12 March.
S.P. Hen. VIII., 7, f. 108. R.O.
2717. [4870(2).] THOMAS LORD DACRE to HENRY VIII.
To the same effect as No. 2718. The lands were let for a time by Henry VII. at 40l. Kirkoswald, 12 March. Signed.
P. 1. Add.
12 March.
Ib., f. 105. R.O.
2718. [4870.] THOMAS LORD DACRE to the COUNCIL.
On Thursday night last Sir Roger Fenwick died, who had the custody and lands of Henry Fenwick, an idiot, granted him by Henry VII., "for the holding of him and his kinsmen together, being a good band of men to do him service upon his Middle Marches." Requests to have the wardship, during this time of war, to distribute the profits among the surname and allies of the Fenwicks. Desires no advantage for himself. My Lord of Winchester knows the value of the lands, and the men's services, by the letter which Dacre has written to the King. As the matter touches himself will pay the posts for this occasion, and has written to Bryan Tuke accordingly. At Kirkoswald, 12 March, at noon. Signed and sealed.
P. 1. Add.: To my Lord of Norfolk's grace, my Lord Winchester, Lord Duresme, my Lord elect to Lincoln, and other my Lords of the King's most honorable council.
13 March.
Le Glay, Negoc. entre la France et l'Autriche, I., 575.
Has received her second letter, announcing that by her means Mons. de Clermont, cousin of Mons. de Segré, is released from [the Tower ?] of London and has the liberty of the town. Thanks her and begs that she will continue to aid him. Ussé, 13 March.
14 March. 2720. HENRY VIII.
Household expenses when abroad. See GRANTS IN MARCH, No. 27.
14 March.
Copenhagen MS.
Will make the redress asked by John Holm, with whom he sends back John Backer as his own envoy. Greenwich, 14 March 1513, anno 5.
Noticed in Report of Dep. Keeper of Public Records, XLV, App. ii., p. 6.
14 March.
S.P. Hen. VIII., 7, f. 109. R.O.
2722. [5769.] THE NAVY.
Two warrants by T. earl of Surrey, addressed to Sir John Daunce, for payment of The Elizabeth of Newcastle (Lewes Sowtherne, captain) at Newcastle, and The Mary Jamys (Wm. Ellercar, captain) at Hull, which cannot be paid at Portsmouth like the other ships. London, 14 March.
ii. Receipts endorsed on each of the above, by Sir T. Wyndham and his servant Harry Haylys, 14 March 5 Hen. VIII.
Pp. 4.
14 March.
S.P. Hen. VIII., 230, f. 114. R.O.
Receipt, 14 March 5 Hen. VIII., from Sir John Daunce, by Sir George Seintlegier, of money for coats and conduct of soldiers.
P. 1.
14 March.
Ep. Er. ii., 28. [Edit. Allen, I. 288.]
2724. ERASMUS to ANTONY OF BERGEN, Abbot of St. Bertin.
Has learned from the bishop of Durham and Ammonius, the King's secretary, the abbot's affection for him; the stronger is the desire of Erasmus to return to his country. Has many friends in England; the archbishop of Canterbury in particular from whom Erasmus receives a pension in lieu of the living (fn. 1) resigned by him. Would, but for the war in which this island is engaged, be more liberally treated. All things are dear; wine is scarce; suffers from the stone in consequence of drinking swipes (ex malis vappis) for lack of wine. England is in itself a banishment, and no letters pass owing to the war. Emphatically denounces war. The war was begun by Julius II. Cannot Leo. X. put an end to it? Italy has been cleared of the French only to be ruled by another potentate; and is now worse off than before. Begs the abbot to use his efforts for peace, as he has great influence with Prince Charles and the Emperor Maximilian. Greetings to Ghisbertus Medicus and Antonius Lutsenburgus. London, prid. id. Martii, 1513.
14 March.
Calig. D. VI., 111. B.M. Rym. XIII., 395. Dumont IV., i. No. 84.
2725. [4875.] LOUIS XII.
Ratification of the truce for one year, made 13 March, 1513, by Francis duke of Valois in behalf of France and Scotland, with Peter de Quintana on the behalf of Ferdinand of Aragon, the Emperor Maximilian, Henry VIII., and Prince Charles, reciting the articles and also the commissions (dated respectively Orleans, 12 March 1513, and Mayorete, 16 Feb. 1514). Orleans, 14 March 1513.
Pp. 7. [See also Spanish Calendar, Vol. II, No. 164.]
15 March. 2726. CONVOCATION.
Summons. See GRANTS IN MARCH, No. 28.
15 March.
S.P. Hen. VIII., 230, f. 115. R.O.
Receipt, 15 March 5 Hen. VIII., by Lucas Longland, servant to the Earl of Wiltshire, from Sir John Daunce, of money for coats and conduct. With Wolsey's holograph order for the payment attached.
Pp. 2.
16 March.
R.T. 144, f. 243. R.O.
2728. [4885(2).] TOURNAY.
Trade with England. (See GRANTS IN MARCH, NO. 35.)
French. Modern copy of letters patent (countersigned: Yong—Meautis), pp. 2. Printed by M. Adolphe Hocquet as No. XXXII. of his Pièces Justificatives. See No. 2676 (4).
16 March.
Calig. D. VL, 117. B.M. Rym. XIII., 399.
Have received between Sittingbourne and Canterbury a packet from France. Have despatched to M. Le President the letter addressed to him. He will inform Wolsey of the good feelings of Louis for Henry. Canterbury, 16 March. Signed.
French, p. 1. Add.: A Mons., Mons. de Lincone.
17 March. 2730. DENMARK.
Treaty confirmed. See GRANTS IN MARCH, No. 38.
17 March.
Copenhagen MS.
2731. HENRY VIII. to OVE BYLDE, Chancellor of Denmark.
Credence for John Backer and thanks for kindness shown last year to Henry's herald of arms (fn. 2). 17 March 1513, anno 5.
ii. Copy of bond by Henry VIII. to restore the island of Iceland when repaid the loan for which it is pledged.
iii. Backer's instructions.
Noticed in Report of Dep. Keeper of Public Records, XLV., App. ii., 7.
17 March.
S.P. Hen. VIII., 7, f. 111. R.O.
Thanks him for this further obligation in procuring him means of attaining the King's favor. Having always desired to mark his regard for the King, he showed the King's esquire (scudier) Thomas (fn. 3) over all the stables, requesting him to take what horses he liked, which he declined. Wishes to present the King with a pair or more of the best horses he has, which he will send with one of his servants, and asks the Cardinal to represent it to the King as coming from one of his most devoted servants. He and Frederic are equally obliged to the Cardinal. Mantua, 17 March 1514.
Hol., Ital., p. 1. Sealed. Add.: "Reverendissimo in Christo patri domino patri honoratissimo, Domino Christofero Ebor[acens]i Storum Petri et [Marcell]ini presbitero Carli."
18 March.
S.P. Hen. VIII., 230, f. 117. R.O.
Receipt, 18 March 5 Hen. VIII., by John Hales, of Grays Inne, from Sir John Daunce, of 10l. reward for drawing, writing and engrossing the Act of Subsidy in the Parliament of the 4th year and the "Act of the sum of 160,000l." in this present year.
P. 1.
18 March.
Ib., f. 118. R.O.
Wolsey's signed order to his "Felawe John Daunce" to pay Rougecrosse pursuivant wages, at 2s. the day, for the 51 days of his late journey into Scotland, viz. from 14 Jan. to 5 March, reckoning the 4l. he had at his departing. Signed: T. Lincoln.
Subscribed with holograph receipt, by Thomas Hawlay al. Roughe Cros, for 5l. 2s. in full payment of the above, 18 March 5 Hen. VIII.
P. 1.
19 March.
R.T. 144, f. 245. R.O.
2735. [4896 ii.] TOURNAY.
Rents payable to enemies. (See GRANTS IN MARCH, NO. 44.)
French. Modern copy of the letters patent (countersigned: Yong—Meautis), p. 1. Printed by M. Adolphe Hocquet as No. XXXIII. of his Pièces Justificatives. See No. 2728.
19 March.
Galba B. III., 139. B.M.
Wrote last on the ... inst. Has since been to Mechlin and delivered to the Archduchess the King's letters to her, and those to the Emperor and [Count] of Nassau. She promised to forward the Emperor's to Sir Robert Wingfield, to present it or not as he thinks fit. She says she cannot excuse herself without inculpating Henry; to which Spinelly answered the King was as much displeased as any one, and had done all he could to extinguish the bruit. Hears that letters have come from Spain touching the said matter, and the governor of Bresse thinks my lady's reputation is compromised by it. She has had no letters, since his last, from the Emperor or from Jacques de Bannisius. Marraton writes nothing worth mentioning, as may be seen by his letter (enclosed). She knows nothing of the proceedings between the Emperor and Quintana, but thinks that the latter departed unsatisfied. Spinelly thinks this close dealing unreasonable. By letters from Card. Gurk, of the 6th, she has been advertised of the peace concluded and published by the Pope between the Emperor and the Venetians. By the last news the Emperor was gone to Vienna. Berghes has written to him begging him to come and provide for the interests of the prince of Castile and the performance of the late treaty made with England at Lisle. The Swiss met at Suryke on the 15th to debate of peace or war with France. Before they will admit of this discussion they demand the 400,000 cr. of gold promised them at Dijon and 20,000 cr. damages. Philip Galteroti tells him the duke of Albany has required 100,000 crowns of gold of the French King 4,000 Almains, 2,000 Normans, 200 Stradiots, and much ordnance, to go into Scotland. Th[e bp. of] Murray to go with him with a certain number of ships. Recommends Jo. Ca[valcanti ?] "in all occurrences, and specially in the imposition lately ordered by your grace's Parliament." The King's ambassadors arrived on the 17th. He and they go to Mechlin to-morrow. Antwerp, 19 March. Signed.
Pp. 4., mutilated.
20 March.
Le Glay, Analectes Hist., p. 188.
II "dépêche vers Marguerite son serviteur Guillaume Browe, et la prie de donner à cet envoyé toutes facilityés pour se procurer des wagons et autres voitures d' artillerie nécessaires au service." Greenwich, 20 March 1513.
20 March.
T.R. Misc. Books, III., f. 2. R.O.
2738. [4527.] ORDNANCE.
Receipts by John Dawtrey temp. Henry VII. and VIII. (fn. 4) A few of the items are:—
Of Elys Hylton, 11 May 4 Hen. VIII., 2,538 old and new bows, left by the Marquis of Dorset in the West, 7,219 sheaves of arrows; 11 June, 7,350 bowstrings, 1,900 stakes. Of Sir Sampson Norton, 28 July, 120 half-barrels of gunpowder, 100 gross of bowstrings, 2,000 iron and lead shot, 100 ditto, 500 marespikes (at different times) 3,691 ditto, 1,000 bills. Of Thos. Hart, 5 May, 21 lasts 6 barrels of gunpowder. Of Lord Lisley, by John Gelston, 10 June 5 Hen. VIII., 51 sheaves of arrows, 668 bills. From the customer of Pole, by order of the Bp. of Winchester, 3 brass guns, 1 iron gun. From Will. Bussheler, 4 April, 170 pair of harness and 12 cables. From John Hode, 12 April, 340 harness, 32 cables. Of John Blewbery, 9 Aug., coats of white and green cloth 638, white and green chamlet 13, white and green satin 4, damask 1, 10 ulronds, 5 fardels of Veteri canvas. Of George Harward, 6 Sept. 5 Hen. VIII., 200 ulronds. Of Will. Twedy, 1 Aug. 5 Hen. VIII., 13 anchors, 5 lasts of tar, 11 barrels not full, 8 lasts of pitch, 1 barrel not full, 6 run out. Of John Gowthe, master of The Mary Jessey, 6 Sept. 5 Hen. VIII., 56 cables. Of Richard Dyat, master of The George Wyndesore, 6 Sept. 5 Hen. VIII., 29 cables. Of Thos. Wryght, master of The Mary Grase of London, 28 Oct. 5 Hen. VIII. 14 great cables. Of Fryscobald, 11 March 4 Hen. VIII., 16 cables from Italy bought by the King. 49 cables brought from London.
Here follow accounts of the deliveries of bows, gunpowder, saltpeter, brimstone, coal powder, arrows, bowstrings, white and green coats, pitch and tar, &c., to various persons temp. Henry VII. and VIII. (no dates given), viz.:—Bows to Henry VII., the Earl of Kildare, Richard Gold, one of the yeomen of the Ordnance (for the army then "at Portsmouth toward Scotland by water"), Lord Broke's steward (for the Regent), Philip Lokyer, "Charles Repon broke the house and stale away 112," the yeomen of the Guard who went in the Sovereign, Thomas Baskat, captain of the Ragose ship, Sir Edward Howard, Sir Charles Brandon, Maurice Barkeley, "to the King's grace, himself being present," 24 bows. Gunpowder sold to Nic. Matoke and the town of Hampton, and the money delivered to John Heron; delivered to Thomas Thomas and John Hopton for defence of the Regent during her lading, Robert Brygandyne for defence of the King's ships in Portsmouth, Sir Edward Howard, Marquis Dorset by the hands of Sir Harry Wylloughby, Maurice Barkely, captain of the Cheryte, Th. Basket for the Ragose ship, Sir Robert Morton, Anthony Knyvet "for the Sochenours being in the Idle (sic) of Wyght," John Smyth and Hen. Trobelfyld, captains of the Michell Compton, to the Trinity of Hampton and Mawdelyn of Hamyll, to Colas of Brystow and Thomas Walshe, master of the Margaret of Dartmouth, to Ric. Courtenay, captain of the Mychell Rote, to Chr. Coo, captain of the Trinity of Hampton, to James King, captain of the Mary Falmouth, to Nicholas Cowart of Hampton, and to "the Almayns." Saltpetre, brimstone and coal powder, to Brygandyne, Th. Hart and Sir Sampson Norton. Arrows to Sir Stephen Bull (for the Regent) and others named above, including 600 sheaf to Sir Edward Howard to furnish "the Mary James and other ships appointed northward for wafting of the herring fleet." Bowstrings to Sir Th. Knyvet and others. Gunshot: 100 shot of iron to Sir Stephen Bull for the Regent's "cowrttauds that came out of Flanders," 2,000 sent to Portsmouth by night in great haste and delivered by the King "to what ships I cannot tell." Morespikes. Bills. Guns: to my lord Howard 4 brazen and 1 of iron. Complete harness for footmen to Harvey Heyward, master of the Gabriel Royal, Mr. Arthur Plantagenet for the Nicholas of Hampton and Ant. Poyntz for 3 Bristol ships. Coats, white and green, 80 to the Michell Compton, and 558 (including 1 of damask, 4 satin and 13 chamlet) to John Blewbery. Ulronds, anchors, pitch and tar, and cables to the captain, masters and pursers of numerous ships and finally on 20 March 5 Hen. VIII. to John Hopton. A demy fardel of Veteri canvas was delivered "to make wrappers to the coats which were sent from Hampton to London, to Blewbery."
ii. Costs for the ordnance, house rent for ditto.
Pp. 40.
20 March. 2739. RATTO to MARQUIS OF MANTUA.
See under 20 June, 1514.
20 March.
Calig. B. II., 323. B.M.
Has received his two letters, the first dated Greenwich, 7 March, demanding his answer to a bill enclosed, put to my Lady of Savoy by the friends of Adrian Baiellvelle, one of his prisoners. Encloses his answer. In the second, of the 10th March, the King declares his pleasure for fortifying Berwick Castle. There is no lack of ordinary soldiers except such as are absent on furlough. All is in accordance with his indentures of the last 18 years. As to the complaint that the King pays for 50 gunners, and there are not more than six, Darcy acknowledges there are not more than than 20, but Wm. Pawne is master of the ordnance, and has in his retinue 54 gunners, and cannot obtain more, as all have gone to the wars; but he has offered to instruct such soldiers in the garrison "as were lusty to learn," with the King's assent. To save powder, Darcy would not allow them to shoot. Hopes, whatever gunners are allowed, they will be Englishmen and not strangers. Trusts that reports against him be not easily credited, considering how well he served the King's father. There is no truth in the statement made by the mayor and corporation of the town. When a siege was expected they ran away. He has had great difficulty "to make them take sad order and accord amongst themselves." My Lord of Winchester knows them and their acts full well. In consequence of their discord, "every of them improwde upon other his ferme of fishing." They pay 60l. per year more rent to the King than when Darcy was first captain of Berwick, and are too impoverished to find provisions for soldiers.
On Friday, 10th March, the Scotch burnt five towns in the East Marches. On Saturday they came within two miles of Berwick, and at night removed up the Tweed and lay "forgainst Foorthes," ready to cross into England. My Lord Dacres had then sent a chaplain of his to the council of Berwick, desiring the Scots' ordnance to be conveyed to Belford. If it had been sent, it would have fallen into their hands. The Scots are ready to lay siege to Berwick, and only wait for Albany's coming with the French and the Danes, as he has written before. It is impossible for him to comply with the King's demand to furnish Berwick with 500 men, and, leaving his cousin Sir Ralph Eure as deputy there, attend the King in his journey over sea; and not leave his son deputy in his absence. His son shall leave in all convenient haste. In the short time he has been there he has done more to annoy the Scots than has been done on all the three Marches.
Sir Ralph Eure has received the King's letter to take the deputyship at Berwick, and begs to decline, as he cannot have his health there because of the cold weather and the sea air. He would gladly serve the King in any other part of the world. The writer's son desires to attend the King over sea. "I have no moo but him and his brother and myself; and for God is sake, sir, spare none of us all, for I am sure, as I shewed your grace, of the best heir in England and all three fail, and that is your noble grace." Had not written before, waiting news from Scotland. It would be better if he was at liberty in Yorkshire than shut up in the town. At his intercession all the nobles and commons have shown themselves most zealous to serve. Sir Thos. Burgh, Sir Ralph Ellerker, the father and the son, Sir Wm. Eure, or Sir Richard Mauliverer are willing to be his deputies. The Pope's secretary (fn. 5) has reposed himself here two or three days, and was shown good cheer both here and at York. He spoke much honour of the King and Council, before Darcy's frie[nds and] prisoners. Templehurst, 20 March. Signed.
Pp. 5. Add.: To the Kings, &c., grace. Endd.: The Lord Darcy's letter.


  • 1. Aldington. See p. 1075.
  • 2. Somerset herald was sent to Denmark in May 1513. See Vol. II, p. 1461.
  • 3. Cheney ?
  • 4. The particulars of Henry VII. are not here specified.
  • 5. Balthasar Stewart, nuncio to Scotland.