Henry VIII: December 1511

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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'Henry VIII: December 1511', in Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 1, 1509-1514, (London, 1920) pp. 493-502. British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/letters-papers-hen8/vol1/pp493-502 [accessed 25 April 2024]


December 1511

2 Dec.
Exch. Accts., 417 (6), f. 58. R. O.
Warrant to the Great Wardrobe to deliver Pero le Doulx, "cook for our mouth," a tawny cloth gown, &c. Greenwich, 2 Dec. 3 Hen. VIII.
2 Dec.
Ib., f. 72. R. O.
Warrant to the Great Wardrobe to deliver Mabel Clyfford, one of the Queen's gentlewomen, a crimson velvet gown, &c. Greenwich, 2 Dec. 3 Hen. VIII.
P. 1.
2 Dec.
Eras. Ep., VIII. 11. [Edit. Allen, I., 248.]
972. [2013.] ERASMUS to AMMONIUS.
His letters make Erasmus anxious to visit London. Is his condition, as compared with Ammonius', like an anemone compared to a rose ? Ammonius, however, has a right to complain, weighing his merits with his rewards; but if he wishes to rise he must throw off some of his bashfulness. It is useless to regret having left Rome, or lament the approach of grey hairs. Must not press Winchester too much. All Erasmus requires is a warm chamber and a clean hearth. Has his Mecænas paid the 20 nobles to Bernardus ? Sent the flagon three days back with a brief letter, and received two from Ammonius. If he was not occupied with St. Jerome would send verses enough. Bovill writes. If he sees Colet, is to offer his services in any thing he has to send. Is to tell Sixtinus Erasmus was much pleased with his letter. Cambridge, 4 Non. Dec.
Supposes Gerard, the bookseller, gave Ammonius his other letter.
5 Dec.
Eras. Ep., VIII. 12. [Edit. Allen, I, 249.]
973. [2021.] AMMONIUS to ERASMUS.
Banters Erasmus on the compliments contained in his last letter. Would gladly change condition with him. Does not so much regret his grey hairs, as that he has grown old without being serviceable. If Erasmus will show the way, will turn his present opportunities to the best account. When Erasmus comes to town, they will find some good occasion for talking with the Bishop of Winchester. Does not clearly understand whether Erasmus wishes to lodge with Griphus; will see Sixtinus and Mountjoy. Had forgot to tell him Allen was in London; was recalled under some honorable pretext, but in reality because he managed unskilfully the Archbishop of Canterbury's business at Rome. Wishes for the time when Erasmus will be in London, "ut una citius vel invita Nortia nugemur." Has received his two letters with "Icaromenippus." Has not yet had Bovill's letter, the two short ones of Erasmus, or the flagon. London, Non. Dec. 1511.
5 Dec.
R. MS. 13 B. II. 55b. (No. 149.) B.M. Ep. Reg. Scot., I., 122.
974. [2020.] JAMES IV. to the POPE.
Although in former years the King of England had caused him to make peace, ratified under apostolic censures, and given him his eldest daughter in marriage, yet, some time before he died, he neither regarded the treaty nor the relationship, allowing his subjects to make unprovoked attacks, which James could not retaliate. The present King of England, though he has ratified the treaty, pursues, slays, and imprisons the Scotch by land and sea, and takes no notice when James demands redress. Presumes, therefore, that both are absolved from their oaths. Edinburgh, 5 Dec. 1511.
6 Dec.
Exch. Accts., 417 (6), f. 73. R. O.
Warrant to the Great Wardrobe to deliver "Blynde Dikke, our harper," a tawny gown, &c. Greenwich, 6 Dec. 3 Hen. VIII.
P. 1.
7 Dec.
Ib., f. 62. R. O.
Warrant to the Great Wardrobe to deliver the Princess of Castile gowns, &c. (specified). Greenwich, 7 Dec. 3 Hen. VIII.
P. 1.
7 Dec.Sanuto, XIII., 317. 977. VENICE.
[Note of letters received 14 Dec. 1511.]
From Lorenzo Trivisan, Rome, 28 Nov. to 7 Dec.—The Pope is more than ever disposed against France, and to undertake the enterprise of Bologna. The Duke of Termeni left Rome on the 29th but has again fallen ill. The Spaniards come slowly and want their third pay. The Swiss are moving against Milan. Letters of 9 Nov., from England, state that the King has seen the articles of the League and will sign it; and sends an agent to Rome for this. The Emperor's people at Rome have complained to the Pope that in this treaty for an agreement the Signory want Gorizia, Trieste and Verona. Communicated to the Pope the Signory's news that Alberto da Carpi asked for hostages. The Pope's contemptuous reply. News of appointment of bishops, &c.
Italian. See Venetian Calendar, II, No. 135.
8 Dec.
Exch. Accts., 417 (6), f. 56. R. O.
Warrant to the Great Wardrobe to deliver Oliver Turner and 12 others (named), yeomen of the King's Chamber, attending in the Tower, tawny medley for "watching clothing." Greenwich, 8 Dec. 3 Hen. VIII.
P. 1.
8 Dec.
S.P. Hen. VIII., 229, f. 33. R. O.
Bill of receipt by Brian Sharp, 8 Dec. 3 Hen. VIII., from Thomas lord Darcy, by the hands of Ric. Lyster, of 5 mks., in part payment of 20l. "for a mese or burgage called ye Swan in Pontfreit, which I have sold unto ye said lord." Signed.
Small paper, p. 1.
9 Dec.
Eras. Ep., VIII. 13. [Edit. Allen, I., 250.]
980. [2025.] ERASMUS to AMMONIUS.
Is serious in what he says of the fortunes of Ammonius. On the Feast of the Conception he has conceived and given birth to some rocks. This is a pebble to be added to the rest. Is not to press Winchester unseasonably. Gives his advice how he shall rub off some of his modesty. If he considers the advice too obvious, "heus in aurem! nosti την βριταννικην ζηλοτυπιαν" is to use it for his own purposes. Is to show letters inviting him elsewhere, and withdraw himself a little, that he may be courted. Has nothing to do with N. (fn. 1); a greater fool could not be found. Griphus suits him well, but liberty more. The carrier says he has delivered Ammonius the letter and the flagon. Cambridge, postrid. Conceptionis 1512.
9 Dec.
Exch. Dipl. Doct., 734. R. O. Rymer, XIII., 310.
981. [2026.] MONEY FROM FRANCE.
Indenture tripartite between Henry VIII. on the one part, Sir Gilbert Talbot, Deputy of Calais, Sir Heu (fn. 2) Conwey, treasurer, Rob. Wotton, master porter, and Walter Colepeper, vice-marshal, on the second, and Sir Rich. Carew, lieut. of the castle, on the third, stating that a halfyear's payment of 13,793 g.c. of the sun had been received from France; of which John Bunolt, secretary at Calais, has retained 50; 150 have been delivered to Jean du Prat for his salary; the rest is in four linen bags, ticketed in parchment, under the care of Sir Rich. Carew. Dated 9 Dec. 1511, 3 Hen. VIII. Signed: Richard Carew. Sealed.
French. Parchment.
10 Dec.
Ven. Transcr. 176, p. 112. R. O.
10 Dec. 1511.—Yesterday came messengers from the Swiss cantons reporting that they were in Belenzona on the 4th with their great banner (never carried save in the greatest undertakings and not used since the war of Burgundy about 36 years ago) and that they had sent a defiance to the King of France and meant to expel the French from Italy. This news appears of the highest importance and should be communicated to the Pope, as concerning the whole League; and this special courier is despatched in order that the Secretary may at once notify it to the Pope and Spanish ambassador, reminding them that at present the least movement of England would ruin France.
Italian. Modern transcript. See Venetian Calendar, II, No. 134.
11 Dec.
Le Glay, Negoc. entre la France et l'Autriche, I., 461.
* * * The King (of France) and his Council entertain the ambassadors of Aragon and England as best they can till answer come from the Emperor to the message carried by the ambassador my master (Andrea da Borgo), who writes from Noveleise, 4th inst., that he crossed le Mont Seint (fn. 3) that night in great danger from wind and snow into which he fell from his horse at least ten times. He hoped to be that day at Turin and within two days later at Milan. Blois, 11 Dec.
12 Dec.
Close Roll 3 Hen. VIII., m. 5d. R. O.
Indenture made at Greenwich 12 Dec. 3 Hen. VIII. between the King and Thomas lord Dacre, who is from Michaelmas last till Easter next, "and further, if the peace continue, at our sovereign lord's pleasure," deputed warden and governor of the East and Middle Marches. If the Scots will not be contented with reason he shall make reprisals. He will lie within the said Marches until Easter. Sir Edward Ratclif and Roger Fenwyk shall be his lieutenants in the Middle Marches. Subscribed with mem.: That on 13 Dec. Dacre personally recognised the above in Chancery.
12 Dec.
Exch. Accts., 417 (6), f. 65. R. O.
Warrant to the Great Wardrobe to deliver Th. Clyf, "our deser," fustian coat, &c. Also to Thomas Tayllour, "keeper of the said Thomas Clyf," a broad cloth gown, &c. Greenwich, 12 Dec. 3 Hen. VIII.
P. 1.
14 Dec.
Exch. Accts., 417(6), f. 67. R. O.
Warrant to the Great Wardrobe to deliver "the young earl of Devon," a black velvet gown, &c. Greenwich, 14 Dec. 3 Hen. VIII.
P. 1.
14 Dec.
Ib., f. 63.
Warrant to the Great Wardrobe to deliver Hugh Foster, the King's servant, a tawny broadcloth gown, &c. Greenwich, 14 Dec. 3 Hen. VIII.
P. 1.
14 Dec.
Ib., f. 64.
Warrant to the Great Wardrobe to deliver Edw. Foreste, "groom of our chamber," a broad cloth gown, &c. Greenwich, 14 Dec. 3 Hen. VIII.
P. 1.
15 Dec.
Le Glay, Analectes Hist. p. 183.
Il lui annonce qu'il a contremandé la marche de son armeé, commandeé par Messire Edward Ponynges: il l'entretient en outre des affaires de son beau-frère, neveu de la princesse. Greenwich, 15 Dec. 1511.
15 Dec.
Exch. Accts., 417 (6), f. 21. R. O.
Warrant to the Great Wardrobe to deliver John Colynson, "groom of our chamber and of our Leash," a gown of "our watching clothing," &c. Greenwich, 15 Dec. 3 Hen. VIII.
P. 1.
16 Dec.
Le Glay, Corresp. de Max. et de Marg., I., 460.
* * * The deferring of the going of the Seigneur de La Roche, our president, into England pleases us well and our advice is to wait till the end of the treaties of peace now in hand, that his mission may be guided thereby. Will send the French her answer as to the words imputed to her. * * * Gemonde, 16 Dec. 1511.
17 Dec.
Le Glay. Analectes Hist., p. 184.
Il regrette de ne pouvoir lui laisser plus long temps son artillerie, étant obligé de la faire revenir, à cause de son expédition contre les Ecossais. Greenwich, 17 Dec. 1511.
17 Dec.
Add. MS. 28,572, f. 95. B.M.
Resolutions taken by the Spanish clergy, at Burgos, 17 Dec. 1511, as to delegates to and duties of the Lateran Council, first among the latter being the extirpation of schism generally and of that of Vaud and Prague in particular.
Spanish. Modern copy, pp. 7.
19 Dec.
Exch. Accts., 417 (6), f. 60. R. O.
Warrant to the Great Wardrobe to deliver Wm. Crane, one of the gentlemen of "our chapell," a tawny chamlet gown, &c. Eltham, 19 Dec. 3 Hen. VIII.
P. 1.
20 Dec.
Exch. Dipl. Doct., 736. R. O. Rymer, XIII., 311.
Confirmation, by Ferdinand of Aragon, of the League (recited with the commissions) with England for defence of the Church and rescue of the Pope, made 17 Nov. 1511. Burgos, 20 Dec. 1511. Signed. Broken seal.
Lat. Parchment book of 12 leaves.
21 Dec.
Eras. Ep. (Edit. Allen), I., 251. (Abstract.)
Rejoices that the report of Erasmus' death has proved false. Bentivogli busy fortifying Bologna against the Pope. Thanks for invitation to England. [Bologna,] 21 Dec. 1511.
22 Dec. 997. THOMAS LORD DACRE, of Gillesland.
i. Before the Council. See GRANTS IN DECEMBER, No. 15.
ii. Warden of the East and Middle Marches, ib. Nos. 17, 23.
24 Dec.
Sanuto, XIII., 448.
998. VENICE.
[Note of letters received (?) 7 Feb. 1511–12.]
From Andrea Badoer, London, 24 Dec.—The King has been to see a ship that was there and wishes to make some like it. Badoer accompanied him and writes their conversation—trifles, of no account. The whole realm is astir with arms. All the Council have been suborned by France except two, who _ (blank).
26 Dec.
Le Glay, Analectes Hist., p. 184.
"Il lui promet son assistance contre Charles de Gheldres. Greenwich, 26 Dec. 1511."
29 Dec.
Le Glay, Nogoc. entre la France et l'Autriche, I., 477.
* * * The ambassador, my master (Andrea da Borgo), writes that on the 6th (qu. 11th) he arrived at Inspruck and found there the Chancellor and others of the Emperor's Council and all the ambassadors, viz., of the Pope, France, England and Navarre, that of Aragon having gone to the Emperor in the mountains of Austria. Also that the Pope and King of Aragon make great promises, but the Emperor does not trust them. My master and the French ambassador were to go to the Emperor on the 13th. * * * Blois, 29 Dec.
29 Dec.
Sanuto, XIII., 360.
1001. VENICE.
Note that on 29 Dec. 1511, arrived an English messenger, who came through Germany with the King's letters, dated London, 4 Dec., ordering his Cardinal, at Rome, to sign the League. There was great preparation for war with France in the spring. At the Emperor's Court, 12 leagues beyond Villach, it was said that the agreement with Venice would be made. The messenger carried letters to Alberto da Carpi. As he was in haste to go to Rome, the Senate at once despatched him to Chioggia and sent a note to their ambassador.
Italian. See Venetian Calendar, II, No. 140.
31 Dec.
Ven. Transcr., 180, p. 1. R. O.
1002. VENICE.
30 Dec. 1511.—Secret commission to Domenico Trivisano, knight, ambassador elect to the Sultan (fn. 4), besides his other commission.
If the Sultan mention a desire to hinder the Portuguese navigation in India, the Ambassador shall say that Venice is no less desirous that it should be stopped. If he ask for some master of the making of artillery and ships, or for oars, lances and the like, he shall be asked to consider, besides the Christian laws against this, that their League with the Pope, Spain and England, by which they hope to avenge themselves of their enemies and recover their own, would be converted to their ruin if they did anything which the Pope reputed unworthy of a Christian. One of the chief foundations of the League of Cambray was the King of France's saying that Venice must be destroyed before any joint enterprise against the enemies of Christendom could be thought of. The Sultan will be able to get artillery and timber from the Turk, besides timber from the Colpho de la Giaza. Instructions for an answer to possible complaints against the Grand Master of Rhodes. Trade questions with Alexandria and Syria. As he knows, an ambassador of the King of France is either gone or going to Cairo to procure that the Sultan should take the side of France and leave the Venetians. He must use all dexterity to persuade the Sultan that the French are not to be trusted, and the League above-mentioned is likely to give them as much trouble as they have given others.
Italian. Modern transcript, pp. 4.
Ib., 176, p. 114. R. O. 2. General commission given to Trivisano, 31 Dec. 1511.
Italian. Modern extract. See Venetian Calendar, II, Nos. 141–2.
1. John earl of Oxford and Elizabeth his wife, widow of William viscount Beaumont lord Bardolf, s. and h. of John viscount Beaumont. Inspeximus and confirmation, for the life of the said Elizabeth, of patent 24 Nov. 3 Hen. VIII., being a constat and exemplification of charter 8 Nov. 27 Hen. VI., granting in fee to the said John viscount Beaumont and Will. lord Bardolf the return of all writs. &c., in all possessions of which they are or may be seized in Linc., Leic., and Norf.; the said charter being lost as sworn by Ric. Wode. Westm., 1 Dec. Pat. 3 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 21. [2011.]
2. Nicholas Ryng. To be gunner in the Tower of London, with 6d. a day, provided that he keep watch and ward in the Tower. Richmond, 18 Nov. 3 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 1 Dec. P.S. (in English). Pat. 3 Hen. VIII. p. 3, m. 10. [2012.]
3. Burgesses of Portsmouth. Inspeximus and confirmation of:—
Pat. 26 Jan. 4 Hen. VII. (Conf. roll 20, No. 17), conf.:—
Pat. 21 Dec. 1 Edw. IV. (p. 5, m. 13), conf.:—
Pat. 12 Oct. 8 Ric. II., conf.:—
Ch. 4 July, 40 Hen. III.
Ch. 13 Oct. 32 Edw. III., cf.:
Ch. 12 Feb. 6 Edw. II., cf.:
Ch. 2 May 5 Ric. I.
Ch. 25 Oct. 2 John.
Ch. 18 Nov. 14 Hen. III.
Pat. 5 April 39 Hen. III.
Westm., 1 Dec. [3 Hen. VIII.]. Conf. roll 45, No. 3.
4. Plasterers of London. Inspeximus and confirmation of:—
Pat. 10 March 16 Hen. VII. Westm., 1 Dec. [3 Hen. VIII.]. Conf. roll 45, No. 7.
5. John Fardyng. Grant, for his exhibition at school, of the free chapel called Le Wekys, in the lordship of Donyngton, in Holland, Linc., in the King's hands by death of Edward Heven. Del. Westm., 2 Dec. 3 Hen. VIII. S.B. Pat. 3 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 10. [2014.]
6. Henry Tofft of London, alias of Little Badwe, Essex. Pardon and release, as keeper of the exchange towards foreign parts under Henry VII., of all offences prior to 23 April 1 Hen. VIII. Greenwich, 30 Nov. 3 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 2 Dec. P.S. Pat. 3 Hen. VIII. p. 3, m. 8. [2015.]
7. Thomas Rokes of Falley, Bucks. Protection for one year; going in the suite of Sir Gilbert Talbot, Deputy of Calais. Greenwich, 25 Nov. 3 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 2 Dec. P.S. Pat. 3 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 10. [2016.]
8. Robert Hutton, chaplain. Presentation to the church of Denton, Linc. dioc., void by death. Greenwich, 24 Nov. 1511. Del. Knoll, 2 Dec. P.S. Pat. 3 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 10. [2017.]
9. Thomas Stranghyshe of Sneton. Custody of the lands of John, s. and h. of Sir John Arundell of Treryse, who held as of the honor of Pynkeney, during minority of the said heir. Richmond, 22 Nov. 3 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 2 Dec. P.S. Pat. 3 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 10. [2018.]
10. Robert Dobbys, London, haberdasher. Protection for one year. Westm., 4 Dec. Pat. 3 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 10. [2019.]
11. Sir Henry Wyat and John Melton. To be, in survivorship, bailiffs of the lordship, keepers of the park, laund and paling, stewards of the lordship, and constables and doorwards of the castle of Cornysborow, Yorks.; on surrender of patent 4 April 5 Hen. VII., granting the same to the said Henry Wyat, then clerk of the jewels, and Sir Thomas Fitzwilliam of Aldwerke, now deceased. Del. Knoll, 6 Dec. 3 Hen. VIII. S.B. Pat. 3 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 10. [2022.]
12. John Harden, clk. Grant of the prebend in the collegiate church of Penkrige, void by death, in the King's presentation or gift by voidance of the see of Dublin. Greenwich, 4 Dec. 3 Hen. VIII. Del. Knoll, 6 Dec. P.S. Pat. 3 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 10. [2023.]
13. John Buttill, yeoman purveyor of the Poultry. Appointment, till 6 June next, to take geese, chickens, coneys, lambs and other necessaries for the office. Del. Knoll, 6 Dec. 3 Hen. VIII. S.B. (subscribed as addressed by John Shurley, cofferer, to the clerk of the Crown in Chancery).
14. The General Pardon. Warrant for a patent of pardon for William Cressewel, who was comprised in the bill of exception. Greenwich, 8 Dec. 3 Hen. VIII. S.B. [2024.]
15. Thomas lord Dacre. Warrant to John Yong, master of the Rolls, to cancel a recognizance of 10,000 marks, made by Thomas lord Dacre of Gillyslande, 13 May 2 Hen. VIII. for his appearance before the King and Council on the morrow of All Souls Day then next and attendance on the King till licensed to depart; at which day he appeared and continued attendance till 19 Feb. following when he received licence to depart and an injunction (also hereby to be cancelled) to appear again at All Souls then following. Greenwich, 10 Dec. 3 Hen. VIII. S.B. (countersigned: T. Surrey, Ri. Wynton, T. Duresme, Thomas Lovell, Harry Marny, T. Englefild, Thomas Wulcy). [2027.]
16. John Westgate, late of Norwich, calendarer, alias dyer, alias worsted dyer, alias merchant. Pardon. Greenwich, 5 Dec. 3 Hen. VIII. Del. Knell, 10 Dec. P.S. Pat. 3 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 10. [2028.]
17. Thomas lord Dacre. Mandate to the abp. of Canterbury, Chancellor, for a commission to lord Dacres of the North to occupy the office of warden of the East and Middle marches till Easter next, and after that during pleasure; for which indentures have been made between the said lord Dacres and the King. Greenwich, 12 Dec. 3 Hen. VIII. S.B. (without note of delivery: countersigned: T. Surrey, Ri. Wynton, G. Shrouesbury, T. Duresme, Thomas Lovell, Harry Marny, Thomas Wulcy).
* On the back is written, "The commission hereof must be made under the Broad Seal, or else the Scots will not regard it." [2029.]
18. John Rolt, yeoman of the Crown. To have the fee of the Crown, being 6d. a day, lately held by William Rolt. Greenwich, 28 Nov. 3 Hen. VIII. Del. Knoll, 12 Dec. P.S. (in English). Pat. 3 Hen. VIII. p. 3, m. 7. [2030.]
19. Lewis Cousin, yeoman purveyor in the Pultry. Appointment, till 14 June next, to take lambs, coneys, capons, hens, geese, swans, cranes and other wildfowl, eggs, butter, and all milk products for the Household. Del. 14 Dec. 3 Hen. VIII. S.B. (subscribed as addressed by John Shurley, cofferer, to the clerk of the Crown).
20. Sir John Everyngham. Annuity of 20 marks out of the issues of the lordship of Dancastre. Greenwich, 13 Dec. 3 Hen. VIII. Del. Otford, 15 Dec. P.S. Pat. 3 Hen. VIII. p. 3, m. 7. [2031.]
21. Master William Bragges, clk. Presentation to the church of Everingham, alias Elveringham, in the marches of Calais, Canterb. dioc. Greenwich, 1 Dec. 3 Hen. VIII. Del. Knoll, 18 Dec. P.S. Pat. 3 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 12. [2032.]
22. Anthony Martyn, alias Perkyns, of Westminster, alias of the parish of St. Sepulchre without Newgate, alias of the parish of St. Clement Danes, clk. Pardon. Greenwich, 16 Dec. 3 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 20 Dec. P.S. Pat. 3 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 15. [2034.]
23. Thomas lord Dacre, of Greystok. Authority (no period of time specified, see § 17 above) to execute the office of keeper and warden of the marches towards Scotland, viz. in the East March and Middle March, to keep the courts and sessions of the marches, and to compel observance of the truce. Knoll, 22 Dec. Scotch Roll, 3 Hen. VIII. m. 10. [2035.]
24. John Yong, master of the Rolls. To cancel four recognizances: 1st, of 1,000l., made by Peter Corse and Julian Serrestory, merchants of Florence, Nicholas Shelton and John Kyme, mercers of London, and John Robynson of London, brotherer, 8 Nov. 23 Hen. VII.; 2nd, of 200l., made by the said Peter Corse, the said 8 Nov.; 3rd, of 1,000l., and 4th, of 200l., made by Marcus Strocy, merchant of Florence, in the place and stead of the said Peter Corse, 17 Sept. 24 Hen. VII. Greenwich, 30 Dec. 3 Hen. VIII. S.B. [2036.]
Shrewsb. MS., A., f. 2. Heralds' Coll. Lodge, I., 2. 1004. [4238.] ORDNANCE FOR THE KING'S ARMY.
Bows, &c., delivered by Sir Sampson Norton to Lord Darcy, to William Kingston, to Sir Henry Marney, to Thomas Hart; gunpowder to John Jeffron, to the Earl of Kildare; bows, &c., to Richard Falconer; gunpower, &c., to William Pawn, to Richard Peper of Calais; saltpetre, &c., to Richard Ockam; various to Sir John Peachy, to Humphrey Walker, to William Dawbern (fn. 5), to Henry Creme, to Christopher Clapham of Berwick, to Richard Falcon, to Sir Edward Howard, and Sir Edward Poynings.
Endorsed: Ordnance and artillery delivered by Sir Sampson Norton, by virtue of the King's warrants."
S.P. Hen. VIII., 229, f. 34. R. O. 2. List headed "To Ric. Peper for the towne of Caleice, by warraunte," viz. saltpetre in flour 15,600 lb. in 78 barrels, brimstone in flour 4,800 lb. in 48 barrels, coal powder 3,600 lb. in 36 barrels and copper metal (at 112 lb. to the hundred), 1,000 lb.
P. 1.
Exch Accts., 61 (15). R. O. 3. "Hereafter ensueth a decla[ration of John of Wood, bow maker, of 20l. which [was delivered unto him ?] to ride into sundry sh[ir]es [and cause bows to be ?] made for and to the use of the King's Majesty, by the commandment of Sir Thom[as Lovell ?]"—showing the number of days, at 12d., occupied by "the said John of Wood" in riding into various home counties, and as far west as Bristol, to provide hemp, take up workmen and fetch "stuff and bowstrings" to London.
Very mutilated, p. 1.
S.P. Hen. VIII.,
229, f. 35. R.O.
4. Book of payments made to a large number of persons for carriage of sheaves of arrows from various places, at the rate of one farthing the sheaf for fifty miles, and of billheads from Birmingham, at the rate of 2d. a mile for every 500. The first entry is "Item, paid for the expenses of William Huxley, clerk of the Ordenaunces, with his servant," riding into Salop, Warw., Heref., Worc. and Glouc., to prest bowyers for making wich hazel bows and blacksmiths for making billheads, 60 days at 1s. for himself and 10d. for his servant, "as parcel of the 100l. received by the said Huxle of the Master of the King's ordnance for provision concerning the premises," 110s. A note on the first page, "Totalis hujus libri 36l. 18s. 11½d." shows a page, or two, lost, for what remains only totals about 30l.
Fragment (?), pp. 9.
Royal MS.,
14 B. XXXIII. B.M.
"A remembraunce for the avaunsyng and settyng forward of the Kynges shyppes in viages."
The chief commodity in this realm for their lading is wool, which is conveyed out by Venetians, Florentines and other strangers in galleys and other ships, to the decay of the King's navy. If it please the King to call in all licences granted to strangers and to license only English merchants, his subjects, to convey wools beyond the Straits of Marroke, four ships of 200 or 300 tons would be set forth every year, or at furthest every 13 or 14 months. They must have a place of resort and staple beyond the Straits of Marrok, which, his merchants think, should be Pisa, under the dominion of the Signory of Florens, for which there were negociations in the King's father's days—as Sir John Cutte can show, who was there in commission to treat with the lords of Florens. To all English merchants thus carrying wools "it shall please" the King to grant days of payment of their custom and subsidy "that is to say six years' day after the shipping of any such wools." The King must appoint masters and mariners for the ships and a captain to rule them, "for they be so unruly nowadays that there is no merchant man dare enterprise to take upon him the ordering and governing of the said ships"; but for freight they will gladly pay the 4th penny ("penyng") more than they now pay upon strangers' ships. The King must write to the Pope that his merchants may have yearly, for their money, alum to lade two of the said ships, or else "he that hath it of the Pope to be bounden to lade two of them," one for England and one for Flanders. The rest of the ships shall go to Candy and there lade malveseys. Under these conditions there are 20 or 30 of the King's merchants who will undertake this trade.
A paper roll.
Add. MS.
28,572, f. 100. B.M
Representations to be made to the King of England with a view to concerting measures for avoiding disputes about precedence between the ambassadors of England and Castile at the Council of the Lateran which the Pope has convoked. (fn. 6) Proposes (1) that one person should represent both England and Castile, or (2) that England should not send any ambassador but give power to Ferdinand's, or (3) that England should nominate the Cardinal of England who would, of course, sit among the cardinals. An arrangement to attend the Council on alternate days would be inconvenient, for, as defenders of the Church, they should appear united against the King of France, her declared enemy.
Spanish. Modern copy, pp. 6. See Spanish Calendar, Vol. II, No. 61.
Vitell. B. II., 3b.
By letters which he encloses the King will learn the news, Bologna, with the consent of the French, is in the hands of the Emperor. The former are in pursuit of the Pope and the Venetians, and are said to have taken the whole of Romandiola. The Pope has fled, some say to Venice, some to Ancona, some to Rome. The Council against his Holiness is now indicted by these two princes and the three cardinals at Milan have endeavoured to thrust him into it. They say they have mandate sufficient from the writer and other five cardinals who are in Lombardy, but he will send no mandate without the King's express order. The bp. of Gurk states the Emperor wishes the writer to go to Milan to advise about the Council.
Hol., p. 1. Mutilated. Addressed.
R. MS.
13 B. II. 50. (No. 128.) B.M.
1008. [1405.] JAMES IV. to JOHN KING OF DENMARK.
In behalf of Thomas Henrisoun, whose goods, last year, at Dantzic, entrusted to a ship of Dantzic, Harman Round master, have been taken at sea by Danish subjects. Stirling.
Lat., copy, p. 1.
Ib., 65.
(No. 179.)
2. [3620.] Another copy.
Ib., 60.
(No. 163.) B.M.
1009. [2042.] JAMES IV. to [MARGARET OF SAVOY].
Has received her letters requesting satisfaction for the injuries done to Martin de Gorizo, a Spanish merchant. Has done justice upon the offender, a dire and truculent islander who illtreated shipwrecked men. Edinburgh.
Lat., copy, p. 1.
Desires much to have six Spanish horses. Hopes the edict against their exportation will be relaxed in his favor.
Lat., copy, p. 1.


  • 1. Probably Allen.
  • 2. Misprinted Henry in Rymer.
  • 3. Mont Cenis.
  • 4. Of Egypt.
  • 5. "Dawby" in Lodge.
  • 6. For 19 April 1512. See No. 816
  • 7. This letter should have been placed about the end of May 1511.—See No. 777.