Henry VIII: June 1514, 1-15

Pages 1285-1297

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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June 1514

1 June.
Stowe MS. 146, f. 121. B.M.
2965. ARMOUR.
Warrant to Sir John Daunce to pay Guido Portynary, merchant of Florence, 80l., for 100 Milleyn harness for footmen delivered to Sir Edward Guldeford, master of the Armoury. Eltham, 3 May 6 Hen. VIII.
ii. Portynary's receipt, dated 1 June, subscribed.
P. 1.
2 June.
S.P. Hen. VIII., 230, f. 191. R.O.
Receipt, 2 June 6 Hen. VIII., from Sir John Daunce, by Ric. Prows, servant to John Style, "solicitor" in the King's causes in Spain, of 100l. for his master's diets and 5l reward for himself.
P. 1.
2 June.
Stowe MS. 146, f. 124. B.M.
2967. FLAGS.
Bill for streamers and banners, painted, made for the King's new ship by Vinsent Vulp, painter. Describing the device and make of six streamers and their cost together with the cost of 100 penselles and 50 banners. Total, 112l. 19s. 8d.
P. 1. Endd. with receipt for the above sum, for the parcels delivered to the King's ship called the Henry Grace de Due, by "Vincent Fox," dated 2 June 6 Hen. VIII. and signed "Io Vicenzo Volpe son cont'o di quanto ho lavorat' per la carraka comosontto (?) vander' et stremer'."
2 June.
S.P. Hen. VIII., 230, f. 192. R.O.
Memorandum of receipt from John Rowley, 2 June 1514, of 4,700 tenpenny nails, 3,900 eightpenny, 3,900 fivepenny, 3,700 ½ fourpenny and 3,900 threepenny nails, for the King's Great New Galley.
Small paper, p 1.
Ib., 193. 2. Bills for paint and painting work, and for pulleys and other tackle, all, apparently, provided by William Chyldyrlay for the Great Galley.
Very mutilated, pp. 9.
Ib., 199. 3. Memorandum of wages due to workmen for work "a pone the galye a for that sche wentte to seye."
Small paper, p. 1.
Ib., 200.
4. Bill of ropes and canvas delivered by Roger Halle for the Great Galley.
P. 1.
Exch. Accts.,
61 (6). R.O.
5. Miscellaneous file, vix.:—
(1) End of a roll showing fees due for cables and hawsers received by John Bleubery, on ten occasions, from 22 December to 15 June following. Total, 13l. 11s. 11d.
ii. Note in another hand that on 22 June, Humphrey Mawdyt received the above 13l. 11s. 11d. from Mr. Daunce "for my master weigher and the company."
Two leaves of a narrow paper roll.
(2) Memoranda of wages due to men working on the King's Great Galley; also of beer delivered to the Suveraigne and Lyssard. Pp. 2.
(3) Bill of Piers Yong for victualling the Mychell Yong from 21 May to 18 June; with Sir T. Wyndam's holograph order to Mr. Dawtre to pay this, dated 1 June 6 Hen. VIII. P. 1.
S.P. Hen. VIII.,
230, f. 201. R.O.
6. Measurements for the building of a ship, beginning "The kele by sqwyar, 80 footte; and to rak forward 27 footte: and to rak afterward 8 footte. The Somercastill 56 footte."
P. 1.
Ib., 203. 7. Another copy of § 6, with further particulars about the height, the thickness of the timber; and conditions as to the use of pitch and rosin, &c., one of which is "And [tha]tt the shyp be made redy by yow so myche as ... to carpenters and callcars crafftt, as well tops, cabons," &c.
Pp. 3.
2 June.
Sanuto, XVIII., 246.
2969. VENICE.
[Note of letters seen 5 June 1514.]
From Vetor Lippomano, 2 June.—To-day after dinner the Pope was with the Cardinal San Severino, who acts for France, and the Cardinal of England, which two cardinals are lately much together. It is said that agreement or truce is already made between France and England and 1,700 lances and 20,000 lanzknechts ready for Italy under the Duke of Bourbon. The Emperor is at Vilacho and Gurk should to-day (2 June) join him there.
3 June.
Stowe MS. 146, f. 109. B.M.
2970. ARMOUR.
Warrant to Sir John Daunce to pay Thomas Bolton for certain Milan harness (described) delivered to John Blewbery, yeoman of the Armoury, 6 Sept. last, at St. Omer. Greenwich, 9 March 5 Hen. VIII.
ii. Subscribed with Pietro Corso's receipt for the above, dated 3 June 6 Hen. VIII.
Parchment, p. 1.
4 June.
Exch. Accts., 417(3), f. 105. R.O.
Warrant to the Great Wardrobe to pay for doublets, &c. (a long list). Eltham, 4 June 6 Hen. VIII.
4 June.
Lettres de Louis XII., iv., p. 318.
Received some days ago her letters, dated Malines, 23 May, reporting the answer she made to Count Felix de Verdembergh about the going of the Princess of Castile to Calais, whereby it appears that she wishes the time prolonged, and the place altered. Regrets that the ceremony cannot take place in the manner which was agreed upon, and refers her to his ambassadors. Eltham, 4 June 1514.
4 June.
Calig. B. II., 197. B.M.
2973. DACRES to [HENRY VIII.].
"Please it your grace to know I am advertised by my espies out of Scotland how the ambassadors late being in Denmark are comen home, which shows they saw an ambassador of yours in Denmark 15 days past laboring to have the old league renewed betwixt your Highness and the King of Denmark. And over that they report that the said league will not be renewed without consent and counsel of them.
"Sir, I understand of truth, there is comen in Leith haven of late 7 French ships of war which has been upon the East coast betwixt Hull and Berwick most part of this month past, and has taken a great ship of Lubeck laden with merchandise, which was coming to this your realm, and because of the unity taken betwixt Scotland and the Lubecks the said Frenchman dare not bring her ne the goods in the haven but lies here at the Inch 6 miles East from Leith and by nightertale conveys the merchandise of the said ship to Leith and there sells it from time to time. The said Frenchmen are victualling their ships and intends to go to the sea again shortly by the East coast, as it is said amongs them.
"Sir, according to my writing sent your Highness on the Ascension day, I am credibly informed that the lords of Scotland are drawn to two parties whereof the one is the earl of Huntly, the earl of Crawford, the earl of Lennox, the earl of Glencairn, the earl of Cassillis, with others earls and barons on the far side of Forth; and on the other party the earl of Angus, the earl of Morton, the Earl of Arran, being lord Hamilton, the lord Home, the lord Borthwike, the lord Maxwell, the lord ..., the lord Creghton, the lord Seton and other on this side Forth. The bp. of Aberdeen, being the wisest prelate of Scotland, seeing the controversy among the heads of the realm, is withdrawn himself forth of the court and holds him upon his benefice. There is great dissension and war fallen of late betwixt the earl of Argyle on the one party and Mackan and Makclayn of Irlond, who wedded the very aunts of the said earl, on the other part, insomuch as great slaughter is betwixt them made. Sir, of a surety, there is noder law ne reason ne justice at this day used ne kept in Scotland, but git that git may.
"Albeit a part of the lords were assembled coming towards the Queen at Striveling upon Wednesday last past according to their summons, and as it is said the most part of them will be there and appear and that the Queen should be churched upon Thursday last and that the Pope's orator should come to her presence the same Thursday, as I am credibly informed; Sir, as far and as soon as I can get knowledge of their determined purposes at the meeting now in Striveling, with further news from time to time, your Highness shall be advertised by post with all celerity, as our Lord God knows, who preserve your most noble grace long and prosperously to endure. At Carlisle, this Whitsunday."
"Your humble subject,
Very much faded, pp. 2.
5 June.
S.P. Hen. VIII.,
8, f. 126. R.O.
A servant arrived from the general of Normandy, on Sunday night, and left, conducted by Guysnes, this Monday. The captains are not most glad at the order of the Council to forbear excursions. Mr. Wettell and others have taken certain horsemen licensed by Mons. Pontderemy to plunder the English. Heard from the Admiral that he intended a landing in these parts yesterday or this morning in revenge of the burning of Brighthenston. The Duke of Albany and Richard De la Pole are making preparations to go into Scotland. Has written at divers times to the captain of Boulogne for the redemption of the prisoners, and wrote to-day at the mayor's request for certain prisoners in Dieppe, using the words in French comprised in the extract herewith. Calais, 5 June. Signed.
Pp. 2. Addressed.
5 June.
Milan Calendar, I., No. 685.
The dispute among the Cistercians has caused a riot in Milan. Has ordered the Cardinal's commissary to write urgently for remedy, so that the Duke may not be compelled to appeal to the Pope. Pavia, 5 June 1514.
Le Glay,
Corresp. de Max. et de Marg., II., 155.
Monseigneur's accidental killing of a man with his cross-bow, on Whit-monday, as the Seigneur de Chievres, who was present, will report. Has already notified the raids made in Haynault by Frenchmen calling themselves Scots and saying that as our men are for the English they are for the Scots. Finds it difficult to resist them by force for want of money. Charles of Gueldres will constrain the Duke of Cleves to give him his daughter in marriage unless the Emperor write to the duke, council and towns of Cleves forbidding it. Your President and Jehan Colle have departed for England, and the President will press the advice contained in your last letter. Awaits the King's answer, to whom she has written expressly for the 30,000 cr., before sending Maître Loys. The ambassadors of Denmark have arrived at Antwerp and will be here the day after to-morrow. The Emperor's coming hither necessary.
7 June.
S.P. Ireland, Hen. VIII., 1, f. 6. R.O.
Has sent several letters, but the wind is not at will. Has not heard from him since leaving, which grieves him more than all his troubles in Ireland. Intreats him for the love of God, for his many promises, not to leave him without letters, as a castaway, in this ill-ordered country. Hired at his coming over a ship of Chester with ordnance and men of war, which has kept the Irish coast safe till the present time. They have had a sore fight with two Breton pirates, near Dublin. Hearing of this and that four merchant men had joined the pirates, caused the town of Drogheda to man and victual two Spaniards, which took one of the Bretons, a man of war of the best and one of the merchantmen, laden with salt. "These be our news, whereof I assure you I am the doer and cause, without loss of man." Termountfeken beside Drogheda, 7 June.
Hol., p. 1. Add: "My Lord of Lincoln."
7 June.
Leonis X. Regesta, vol. I., No. 9462.
2978. LEO X. to HENRY VIII.
In favour of John Bailleti, M.A., of Tournay, whom he had commended to the bp. and chapter of Tournay, for the next vacant prebend there.
Latin. Modern abstract.
7 June.
Ven. Transcr. 180, p. 17. R.O.
7 June, 1514.—His letters of 8 to 22 [ult.] received, by way of Rome, three days ago were welcome, for the good hope there was of agreement with England and with the Swiss, and especially for the news of the marriage of Madame Claude and the Duke of Angouleme.
Italian. Modern extract, ½ p.
7 June.
Ib. R.O.
7 June, 1514.—[Extract to the same effect as No. 2952.]
Italian. See Venetian Calendar, II, No. 421.
7 June.
Sanuto, XVIII., 259.
2981. VENICE.
[Note of letters received 10 June 1514.]
From the Ambassador at Rome, 5 and 7 June.—Forwarding letters from France which were read in the Council of Ten, and are said to announce an 18 months' truce between England and France.
From Vetor Lippomano, Rome, 7 June.—The agreement between France and England will certainly take place. The General of Normandy had safeconduct and crossed to England on the 25th. France will send men to Italy at once, and the Swiss will agree with the Pope and France and us. Cardinal San Severino and the English ambassador are daily together.
[Reports at Venice on the 10th about England and France, viz., that during the 18 months' truce the Pope will mediate for a peace, that France pays 150,000 ducats besides the usual tribute and delivers Cambrai (sic, qu. Tournai ?), &c.]
Italian. See Venetian Calendar, II, Nos. 423–5.
8 June.
Epist. 539.
2982. [5152.] PET. MARTYR to LUD. FURTADO.
Almazan, the only confidant of Ferdinand, died on 14 April, and is succeeded by his cousin (patruelis) Pedro Quintana, educated under his rod. The King is alarmed at the advance of the Moors, is very ill, and suffering from asthma. Eleven triremes and 20 other ships [of the Moors] have come to Denia. Bastida, a friend of the Viceroy, has arrived. He states the Venetians will not make any peace with the confederates, unless Verona, Brescia, and Bergamo be restored. * * * The sister of the King of England was betrothed to Prince Charles on condition that he should marry her when he passed the age of fourteen. Henry is urgent to have the marriage completed, as the Prince was of the age required on the 24 Feb. last. Maximilian and Ferdinand require its postponement, as Charles is naturally of a feeble constitution. Henry is exceedingly angry, and threatens to make terms with France. Valladolid, vi. non. Jun. (sic) 1514.
S.P. Hen. VIII.,
8, f. 128. R.O.
2983. [5154.] ROBERT FOULER to [WOLSEY].
Has delivered to Sir Robert Dymmok, at Tournay, 10,000l. in gold. Dymmok will be contented for the future to take crowns at 4s. 2d. Knows not where else to get that price save at Calais where with much business he utters them at 4s. 3d. Anthony Nele doing therein right well. Begs that when any more money is sent to Tournay Mr. Dymmok may send one of his clerks for it at Calais. Has received, the day before his departure to Tournay, the 1,000l. of Richard Carewe; and yesterday finished "the tale of all the residue which I find well." The worst pence in England are good money at Tournay. At Calais.
P.S.—Has received the King's letter directing him to repair again to Tournay with the other 10,000l. Will do accordingly when he knows of the coming of horsemen to Newport from Tournay. Trusts it will be his last journey thither. Takes all this payment in crowns.
P. 1. Add.: Bp. of Lincoln.
9 June.
R.T. 144, f. 251. R.O.
2984. [5153.] TOURNAY.
Acknowledgment by Sir Robert Dymok, Treasurer of Henry VIII. in Tournay, of the receipt of 50,000 gold crowns of the sum at 36½ patars the crown, partly in silver plate at 30 patars an ounce, and partly in ready money paid by the crown in accordance with the treaty. 9 June 1514. Signed by Dymok.
French. Printed by M. Adolphe Hocquet as No. XXXIV. in his Pièces Justificatives. See No. 2735.
10 June.
Galba B. III., 198. B.M.
Wrote last on the [6th] inst. Have not since heard from his Highness. Send a letter of Sir Robt. Wingfield, which arrived here yesterday by post. Think the Emperor will wait for knowledge from his ambassadors "upon such charges as they c[arried unto] (fn. 1) your grace." Louis Morreton shall return to the Emperor as soon as an answer arrives from the King touching the 30,000 crowns, which, it is thought, should cause him either to come down or to return to Italy. The three Danish ambassadors had audience two days ago: their master was ready to do service to the Emperor, the Prince of Castile, my Lady and all the House of Burgundy. Yesterday the Chancellor of Brabant communed with them; and to-morrow the King of Denmark and the Lady Ysabeau shall be made handfast. News from Rome of the 30th May states that the mission of the General of Normandy to England is for a peace. Nassau is in Hainault with a large body of horse to resist the French. Brussels, 10 June, 1514. Signed.
Pp. 2, mutilated.
Ib., f. 196. 2. Modern copy of the same, made before the fire.
Pp. 2.
10 June.
S.P. Hen. VIII., 8, f. 129. R.O.
2986. [5156.] LEO X. to HENRY VIII.
Is informed by Hadrian cardinal St. Chrysogon, collector, that one George Ardizono, a Genoese merchant, appointed to exact a penny from every ducat exported out of England, by way of exchange, has demanded the payment of this amount from the monies of the Apostolical collector, &c., which are sent hither yearly by the vicecollector. Richard [Fox] bp. of Winchester, who for 10 years previously held the same office, never made the like demand, which is altogether contrary to custom. Rome, 10 June 1514, pont. 2. Countersigned: Ja. Sadoletus.
Add. Vellum.
Transcr. I., 1, f. 206. R.O.
2. Modern transcript from a contemporary copy of the above dated Rome, 10 May (sic) 1514.
P. 1.
10 June.
Ib., f. 215. R.O.
2987. LEO X. to THE COUNCIL.
To the same effect. Rome, 10 June 1514.
Latin. Modern transcript, p. 1.
10 June.
Roman Transcr. I., 1, f. 214. R.O.
2988. LEO X. to HENRY VIII.
Polydore of Castellaneto (Castellensis), vice-collector in England, lately returned with Henry's letters testifying that he had always used his office of collectorate well. Has therefore moved Hadrian cardinal of Bath, who has charge of that collectorate to send him back and commends him to Henry's favour. Rome, 10 June 1514, anno 2.
Latin. Modern transcript, p. 1.
10 June.
Roman Transcr. I., 52 b, f. 434. R.O.
2989. FISHER.
Certificate by Raphael [cardinal of Ostia, Papal Chamberlain], of visitation [of the Pope] by Polydorus Vergilius, archd. of Wells, on behalf of John bp. of Rochester, 10 June 1514, pont. 2.
Latin. Modern extract.
10 June.
Roman Transcr. I., 1, f. 212. R.O.
Exhorts them to assist Thomas Nudre, treasurer of Glasgow and rector of La Myngton, Glasgow dioc., at present residing in the Roman Court, to obtain all the emoluments of his said benefices. Rome, 10 June 1514, anno 2.
Latin. Modern transcript, pp. 2. Begins: Leo Papa X. dilectis filiis Comiti de Arran et Patritio Homylton, militi.
10 June.
Sanuto, XVIII., 272.
2991. VENICE.
[Note of letters received 15 June 1514.]
From the consul at Naples, 10 June.—Turkish galleys and foists have captured an English ship entering Leghorn.
Italian. See Venetian Calendar, II, No. 428.
12 June.
Lettres de Louis XII., iv., 320.
Has received letters written by her own hand, reminding him that he had promised Fellinge (fn. 2) to lend the Emperor 30,000 gold crowns on her bond; stating also that she had received letters from the Emperor written in his own hand, urging her to send him the aids granted there if she desired his coming into those parts; and that she is put to considerable inconvenience, as none of the states, except Brabant, have yet granted any money. Henry would have been very glad to have served her had things remained in the same state, but, inasmuch as after the sudden departure of the Emperor he had expected the changes which have since taken place, he was not minded to lend the money, and only at the instance of his Council had he agreed that this should be received at Tournay, at a day appointed, by the hands of his treasurer of war, out of the money left there for the pay of the garrisons, to be repaid within a time named; and as it was not asked for then, it cannot now be paid at Tourney, as that money is spent. If the Emperor had kept his agreements, and paid the sum he promised for the garrisons, there would have been more of it in hand. As he refused the offer when made, it cannot be repeated. When the Emperor made show of offering Henry the Crown Imperial and afterwards the Vicariat and Henry made no reply, because he was ill, and wished to have the advice of his Council, the Emperor told the English ambassador that a "golden coffer offered as a present, if not accepted in time, might be revoked by the donor." Henry is therefore as free with regard to his offer as the Emperor to his coffer. Eltham, 12 June 1514.
12 June.
S.P. Hen. VIII., 230, f. 205. R.O.
Receipt, 12 June 6 Hen. VIII., by Brian Tuke, from Sir John Daunce, by command of my lord of Lincoln, to the use of Sir Robert Wyngfelde, ambassador with the Emperor, of 200l. for diets.
P. 1.
12 June.
Lettres de Louis XII., iv., p. 324. Le Glay, Corresp. de Max. et de Marg., II., 256.
Describes arrangement with the Danish ambassadors, who arrived on Wednesday last, and solemnisation of the marriage of her niece Isabel on Trinity Sunday. The Spanish ambassador was there on the side of Monseigneur, to the satisfaction of the parties, but those of England "ne s'y peurent trouver à cause qu'on ne les sçavoit accorder." Since the coming of Maître Loys she has received two letters from the Emperor and will act, and cause the ambassadors who are in England to act, in accordance with them. Hears that a French personage named the General of Normandy is in England on pretext of paying the Duke of Longueville's ransom; but she doubts he has some other charge for he is much entertained. The Emperor will do well to speak of it with the English ambassador, and she will do the like here.
Another raid by Frenchmen into Hainault, which had been worse if the Count of Nassau had not assembled some men and obtained 100 horsemen from Messire Ponnyngue, governor of Tournay. Wrote to the Count to make no invasion but only defend. As to the despatch of Maître Loys Maraton, who solicits it incessantly, she awaits answer from England; for on this side the thing is "bien mal preste." Brussels, 12 June 1514.
P.S.—Intended marriage between the Duke of Cleves' daughter and Charles of Gueldres.
13 June.
T.R. Misc. Books, 3, f. 37. R.O.
2995. [5163.] FLEMISH SOLDIERS.
A book of payments entitled "The moneth of Apryll and May." [Each entry signed by the recipient.]
31 May 6 Hen. VIII.—Paid to the "Countie of Nassou," by Pasquier Vierlyng, his secretary, for the wages of 24 halberdiers, for the latter 15 days of April last, "at 40 pays by the month, 4 ph's. for a pay," sterling 11l. 2s. 2d.;—also the wages of 50 Spaniards for the same time, 60 pays, 16l. 13s. 4d. Signed: P. Vierling.
1 June.—Paid, by command of the Lady Margaret Duchess of Savoy, notified by her letters dated Louvain, 24 May, addressed to Monsr. Symond de Ferrot, 200 petty florins for wages during the month of April last, by Frederick Ryscher, his servant=22l. 4s. 5d.—Also, by command of the Lady Margaret, to Monsr. Tho. Foxe, for a month's wages, by the said Frederick, at 50 ph's. a month=6l. 18s. 10d. Signed: P. Vierling; Frider. Rüssler, per manus proprias.
9 June.—Paid to Monsr. Dysselston, captain of the garrison at St. Thomas', 600 petty florins, as wages for April last=66l. 13s. 4d.—Also the wages of 700 horsemen for the same period, 8 ph's. a month each man=777l. 15s. 6d. Signed: Florys.
9 June.—Paid to Monsr. Desessyngbard, captain of the garrison at Betton, 600 petty florins for wages, as above.—Also wages of 700 horsemen, at the same rate as above. Signed: J. le Clerck.
To Monsr. Claudy Bouton, by the King's command, and my Lady of Fayffey's (Savoy's) letters, 100 gold florins for wages for the month of April last=15l. 11s. 1d. Signed: K. Bouton.
10 June.—Paid to John Desrosieres and John Braure, bringers of a quittance from Monsr. Charles de Luxonbroght, captain "unto Deffyens of the garrison being at Eyrey," the wages of 178 horsemen, at 8 ph's. for April last=197l. 15s. 6d. Signed: Jehan des Roziers; Jehan Braure.
13 June.—Paid to Arnold Percyvall, bearer of a quittance from Monsr. de Leney, Count de Fawconberge, 600 petty florins, the said Count's wages for April last=66l. 13s. 4d.—Also the wages of 700 horsemen, at 8 ph's. a month, including 12 halberdiers at 9 pays=777l. 15s. 6d. Signed: Ernoul Percheal.
13 June.—Paid Loys de Daymeryes by Piere Vauchier and Janin de Merlans, his servants, 200 petty florins, his wages for April last=22l. 4s. 5d.—Also the wages of 200 horsemen, at 8 ph's. a month=222l. 4s. 5d.—Also the wages of 40 pietons (footmen) at 4 ph's. a month=22l. 4s. 5d. Signed: David b. Deymeries—P. Vaulchier—J. de Merlant.
Similar entries and receipts for the month of May, the only addition being the following:—
13 June, 1514.—Paid, by command of the Lady Margaret Duchess of Savoy, by her letter dated Loven, 3 May, and by command of the Lord Lieutenant, to Bertrand de Morbage, of the garrison of the Countie of Nessou, the wages of 40 pietons, "new admitted in the garrison at Arras," at 4 ph's. each a month—22l. 4s. 5d. Signed: Bertram de Marba.
Pp. 15.
13 June.
Milan Transcript. R.O.
2996. THE SWISS.
Letters from the Milanese ambassadors dated Zurich, 12 and 13 June 1514, announcing that five English ambassadors had just arrived (with the two whom the Swiss sent to England) and a diet was appointed for Monday next, 19th inst., at Zurich. Swiss ambassadors' good reception in England. Henry VIII. received them at a place half-a-day's journey from London, to the astonishment of the Marquis of Rotolin, who was present.
Italian. See Milan Calendar, I, Nos. 686–7, 689.
S.P. Hen. VIII.,
230, f. 206. R.O.
Proposals made at Zurich by consultation between the ambassadors of England and the representatives of the Swiss, on the occasion of Wm. Knight, LL.D., and Ric. Wodhowse being sent as the King of England's ambassadors to negociate the designs framed with the Swiss orators at Greenwich. 1st. Mutual good understanding between the two parties as the declared enemies of France. 2nd. Right reserved for the Swiss to invade France as shall seem to themselves most conducive. 3rd. Gratification of the Swiss for their expences. 4th. Liberty for either party to take a truce with France pending the negociation on condition that the other party is reserved by being named in it.
Lat. pp. 2. Draft or copy in Pace's hand.
13 June.
Ven. Transcr. 180, p. 18. R.O.
13 June 1514.—Glad to learn by his of the 7th the arrival in France of the Bishop of Tricarico, and that the League between the Pope, France and Venice might be considered as concluded, and the like would speedily ensue with England.
Italian. Modern extract, ½ p. See Venetian Calendar, II, No. 426.
14 June.
Sanuto, XVIII., 341.
2999. VENICE.
[Note of letters received 10 July 1514.]
From the Ambassador in England, 14 June.—Launch of the King's great ship; with a solemn mass at which the King and Queen were present, and all ambassadors except himself were invited.
Italian. See Venetian Calendar, II, No. 441.
[14 June.]
Calig. D. VIII., 245. B.M.
I have been delayed, by contrary winds and lack of victuals, in fulfilling the King's command to land and burn in France; but yesterday I landed in Normandy, three miles W. from Cherbourg Castle, and have burnt all the country four miles west of where I landed, and three miles eastward to the walls of Cherbourg, and two miles inland, "which is as goodly a cou[ntry], and as well builded for small towns and villages, as I have seen in any country." Left no house unburnt that might be looked on, except Cherbourg. The town and castle are very strong. When I landed, I caused Walope, Gonstone, Sa[byne], and about 700 men to land thirty miles west of me. They have not yet returned, but they made such smoke in the country, that for some time we lost sight of land; "and thus I trust your grace be not in the French m[en's deb]t for burning of late of Brighthelmstone." (fn. 3) I send my servant Edward [Bray], who was one of those that had the order of the burning, for your information. I beg you to write letters of thanks to the gentlemen for their toward minds. Before Pole, the ...
Hol., p. 1. mutilated. Add.
14 June.
Calig. D. VIII., 246. B.M.
Landed yesterday in Normandy three miles west of Cherbourg, and burned [four] miles west, three miles east, and more than [two] inland as far as any house might be seen for great woods, leaving nothing unburnt but abbeys and churches. Burned many gentlemen's country houses, "well builded and stuffed with hangings and be ... of silk, of which neither they nor our men have little pr[ofit], for all or the more part was burnt." Re-embarked without the loss of a man. The night before I landed, to requite the burning of Preer John, I sent Walope, Gonstone, Sabyan, and 700 men to land thirty miles west of me. They have not yet returned, and were so far on our lee that they cannot be here till night, but they burnt the country so sore that we lost sight of the high hills of the Hag. Thinks the King should write a letter of thanks to the Vice-admiral and captains. Never saw men of better will to serve. Sends his servant Edw. Bray for their further information. Thinks Dover and Hastings should be warned to fortify themselves; for if Preer John intend any new business, he will meddle with one of those places, and could [burn] either without danger. When the wind is favorable, I shall send six more ships to those parts to encounter him. In the Mary Rose, before Portland. 14 June.
Hol., pp. 2, mutilated. Add and endd.
Masters MS. IV.,
lib. ii, p. 103.
2. Abstract of the above made before its mutilation:—
"June 14. Original.—He writes that June 13 he landed in Normandie, 3 miles west from Cherbourg, and so I have burnt 4 miles west of my landing and 3 miles east, hard to the walls of Cherbourg, and also more than 2 miles into the land, abbeys and churches only reserved. (Cherbourg is a strong town and castle.) And thus, saith he, I trust your Grace be not in the Frenchmen's debt for burning of late of Bright Helmston (which Preer John [Pregent] burnt). We retired without loss of any man."
Abstract in a hand of Charles I's time, with footnote:—"This letter the earl of Surrey wrote from before Portland in Dorsetshire whither he was now retired intending again to set towards France."
15 June. 3002. ORDNANCE.
Accounts of Sir Edw. Belknap and Sir Sampson Norton, for the Ordnance, from Jan. (?) 5 Hen. VIII. to 15 June 6 Hen. VIII.
See Vol. II, p. 1511.
15 June.
Sanuto, XVIII., 350.
3003. VENICE.
[Summary, entered under 12 July 1514, of a letter received—(blank) July.]
[From Nicolo di Favri,] London, 15 June 1514.—Count Modrusa arrived here with letters on 17 May. Wrote last, 15 May, copiously, by way of Rome, under letters of Dom. Stefano Faxan of the splendid fleet which this King has against France and the taking of certain French ships. What has occurred since is that the French attacked Guisnes and were routed. The King has been sending men over for two months past and was himself to cross in May to make espousals. Forbears to write why they have not taken place; but the King will muster 80,000 men. Describes reception of the sword and cap from the Pope whose ambassador, a Florentine prothonotary named _ (blank) (fn. 4), arrived in London on the 19th ult., and the ceremony was in St. Paul's on the 21st.
The Venetian ambassador afterwards dined with the King at the bishop of London's palace beside St. Paul's and presented a letter from the Signory. Courtesies shown him; and refusal of the Spanish ambassador to stay to dinner, because ashamed of the peace made by his King with France. The Queen of Scotland's fear lest the Duke of Albany should be sent there from France. An ambassador has come from France to ask for peace or, as some say, to ransom the Duke of Longueville who was taken at Tournay (sic). An ambassador came lately from the Duke of Bavaria, to offer troops. The King gave the Pope's ambassador, who brought the sword and cap, a benefice worth 200l. yearly. Anzechin arrived on the 11th inst. and brought a letter to the King. Describes blessing on Tuesday, 13th inst., of a new ship which the King has built on the Thames, 12 miles from London.
Italian. See Venetian Calendar, II, No. 445.
15 June.
Calig. E. I., 26 [II., 181]. B.M.
3004. [5164.] [ ] to COLART. (fn. 5)
Angoulesme was married on 18 May and is in the French King's house. Bourbon is in ... with troops for fear of the Swiss and the rest of the troops lie one days' march from your frontier. A plot to surprise Tournay was lately taken up by the father of the bp. of Tournay who took it to the bp. of Paris and other governors of France. The proposal is to send a number of horse and foot by night to the "ars de Tournay" (fn. 6) and, by arrangement with certain persons in the place, put boats within them, by which the soldiers may descend and gain an entrance; the horse to raise an alarm in another quarter. St. Genois was sent with the plan to the King who sent it on to Monstreul, to be deferred until August. St. Genois will communicate it to Colart. The Dukes of [Albany ?] and Sufforth, with their lanzknechts, have not yet left Normandy for Scotland. The King of France is using every effort to secure peace, and has sent to England proposing a marriage with the King's sister. The Pope's ambassador (fn. 7) on 8 June left France for England. The King is two leagues from Paris. Begs him to commend St. Genois to the King of England. Everything is dear in this quarter which is marvellously wasted by the gens d'armes. Paris, 15 June.
P.S.—Angoulesme leaves on the 17th for your quarter. It is said the Swiss side with England.
Fr., p. 1.


  • 1. § 2 reads "receive from" but the first letter is partially visible and is "c" or "a," certainly not "r."
  • 2. James Villinger.
  • 3. See Transactions of Royal Historical Soc., 3rd series, I., 19.
  • 4. Leonard Spinelly.
  • 5. In margin in a different hand: "[Col]art is the [name] off me Sir Edward [Poynings] Purrart du ... Messire Anthony [de St. Mar]tin, wham I made a counsail [in the] affaire and the ... ys the said ... s."
  • 6. In the margin: " ... bee the ... the ryver [of Tourn]ay joignyng [the wa]lles off the [town]; " in the same hand.
  • 7. The bishop of Tricarico.