Henry VIII: June 1513, 1-10

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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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June 1513

1 June.
Sanuto, XVI., 456.
1949. VENICE.
[Extract from a letter made 4 July, 1513.]
From Ant. Bavarin to the Pesari, London, 1 June.—Numbers and gorgeous equipment of the King's army, of which the first division, under the Lord Steward, had gone and the 2nd, under the Lord Chamberlain, was going.
Italian. See Venetian Calendar, II, No. 252.
1 June.
Exch. Accts., 203 (1), R.O.
Bill witnessing receipt by Pierre Chanseau and Gerard de Froymont, from Sir Richard Wyngffilde, marshal of Calais, ambassador in the Low Countries, of 50 "florins du Rin d'or de 28 solz de deux groz le solt piece," in prest for wages as leaders of artillerymen. 27 May 1513. Signed: Psanseau: De Fromont.
French. Small parchment.
Ib. 2. Like receipt by Jehan de Lusy for 100 "livres du pris de 40 groz m[onnaie] de Flandres. ... " Same date. Signed.
French. Small parchment.
Ib. 3. Like receipt by Jehan de Berghes for 1,000 "florins d'Utrecht de 24 s. piece." Dated 1 June 1513. Signed.
French. Small parchment.
2 June.
S.P. Hen. VIII., 4, f. 75. R.O.
1951. [4150.] SIR THOMAS LUCY.
Receipt by Thomas Leson, receiver of Master Compton, to Sir Thomas Lucee, for 10l. sterling, a half year's fee due to Compton at Lady Day last. 2 June 5 Hen. VIII. Signed.
P. 1. Sealed.
2 June.
Sp. Trans., I., 5, f. 251. R.O.
Wrote on 15 and 28 May. France urges conclusion of league between the Emperor, France and him to destroy Venice. The Emperor writes from Augsburg, 12 May, that Urea and an Imperial ambassador are coming to Spain empowered to conclude it. The Pope, Emperor, and he must remain allies. The Pope must quickly conclude an Italian league against France and induce the Venetians to enter it; and the friendship of the Emperor must be preserved, the league paying his infantry and 5,000 Swiss. The league to last 25 years. England has decided to begin war with France. The Pope must (1) form the League and reduce the castles still held by the French in Milan; and (2) preserve the friendship of England and see that Italy, the Pope and the Council of the Lateran are included in any peace between England and France. Valladolid, 2 June 1513.
Spanish. Modern transcript from Simancas, pp. 3. See Spanish Calendar, Vol. II, No. 113.
Ib., f. 265. R.O. 1953. FERDINAND KING OF ARAGON.
Representations to the Pope to be made by _ (blank) jointly with Hieronymo de Vich, ambassador at Rome.
Has sent the Pope seven despatches and ordered the Viceroy of Naples and Vich to conclude the league quickly but has no answer from any of them. Even whilst afraid of invasion from England, France has conquered Milan and Genoa. Now that the English army has invaded France and the King is about to take command in person is the time for the Italian princes to deliver their country. Explains this. The members of the league should be the Pope, Ferdinand, Venice, Florence and the other Italian states, except Milan and Genoa. The Pope should entertain the Swiss, win over the Duke of Ferrara and Marquis of Mantua, maintain a secret understanding both with the Adorni who now rule Genoa and the Fregosi who have been expelled. Ferdinand and England made war on France in the time of Pope Julius in order to force the recall of the French troops from Italy; but, seeing that the Italians neglected the opportunity, they concluded a truce with France. Now, if the King of England see that the Italians remain inactive, he may even conclude a perpetual peace with France, but if the Italians help themselves he will surely continue his enterprise; and then Ferdinand will invade France from Spain. The Pope must act at once and have courage. France proposed to Ferdinand and the Emperor to destroy Venice, asking only the towns which formerly belonged to him and offering the Emperor the pay of 1,000 men at arms and 8,000 foot. When this proposal failed the Queen of France sent Ferdinand word that her husband wished to conclude a general peace. Sent Quintana to France, hoping that the general peace might be concluded at Rome, but he was offered only a separate peace, by marriage of Renée of France and his grandson Ferdinand with Milan and Genoa as dower together with all towns conquered from the Venetians. Indignantly recalled Quintana. Urea and an Imperial ambassador are on their way to Spain through France. Promises not to enter any proposed league against the Venetians.
Spanish. Modern transcript from Simancas, pp. 11. See Spanish Calendar, Vol. II, No. 120. (No. 121, of which there is also a transcript [Spanish, pp. 4] in R.O. is a briefer note to Vich on the necessity of rousing the Italians and of correcting the bull for deprivation of the King and Queen of Navarre.)
3 June.
S.P. Hen. VIII., 229, f. 182. R.O.
1954. THE TOWER.
Bill of George Lord, purveyor of the King's timber, for timber delivered, by command of Master Almoner, for works at the Tower, 3 June 5 Hen. VIII., to Thomas Stokton, the King's joiner.
P. 1.
3 June.
Tanner MS., 106, f. 2.
Grant by Sir Thomas Feyns lord Dakrys, to Edw. White, of a buck and doe out of the manor of Horseford, Norf. 3 June 1513. From Catalogue.
3 June.
Sanuto, XVI., 457.
1956. VENICE.
[Extract from a letter, made 4 July 1513.]
From Andrea Amonio, Latin secretary of the King of England, to Nicolo Chafiri, merchant, London, 3 June.—Your peace with France displeases everyone here, the love which they bore your nation being alienated by your friendship with the French; but some of the great men know it has been caused by the Spaniards, who are here heartily hated (veduti qu. oduti ?) for their inconstancy. The King would make light of it but for the Emperor; because, if you do not agree with the Emperor and French affairs go as we hope, his close relationship may constrain him to help the Emperor against you.
Italian. See Venetian Calendar, II, No. 254.
3 June.
Galba B. III., 79. B.M.
For restitution to be made to Andrew de la Coste, a merchant of Bruges and officer of Prince Charles, who has again complained that his long and costly suit for his 1,685 bales of alum (balles d'all ...,) taken by the servants of Mr. Conton, of the King's Household, in a Biscayan ship, is fruitless notwithstanding the decree made by the Council in London for their restitution. Brussels, 3 June 1513. Signed.
Fr., mutilated, pp. 2.
Ib., 81. B.M. On behalf of Andrew de la Coste, of Bruges, who, at her request, was, by the King, promised restitution of his alum taken at Artemude in the ship of Dominic Darisey, Biscayan, by "gens d[e gue]rre en une nef de gherye" belonging to Mr. Conton; but his clerk, after two months' delay, has had to return home with nothing. Asks again that the 1,100 bales still at Anton may be delivered and also the value of the 500 which have been sold. Brussels, 3 June 1513. Signed. Countersigned: Marnix.
Fr., p 1, mutilated. Add.
3 June.
Calig. E. I., 14 (140). B.M.
Anthony Spinolle is to reside at Montferrant. He is to present himself to the Lieutenant every day, to write no letter, and send no message, without its being overlooked. The general of Languedoc will write more. Blois, 3 June.
Fr., mutilated, p. 1. Endorsed: "[Copie] d'une lettre que le Roy a fait [et e]script au Lieutenant de Montferrant [qu]ant Anthoine Spinolle fut [env]oye prisonnier pardela."
4 June.
S.P. Hen. VIII., 4, f. 78. R.O.
1960. [5757.] FOX to WOLSEY.
"Brother master Almoner, yesternight, in my bed and in sleep after ten of the clock, I received your letters, with the letter to the King of Scots, a minute for a warrant for the deliverance of Steward out of the Tower, and the instructions for Thomas Spynell, the which, with a letter directed to Mr. Compton to get them signed of the King's grace, I delivered to the post forthwith, sitting up in my bed, so that by this hour, which is six in the morning, he might be with the King's grace at Gilford." On their way the letters were lost between Alton and Waltham, and afterwards recovered. A similar delay occurred in the letters for the Emperor, the Venetians and the Bp. of Worcester, which only came to Fox's hands on Thursday afternoon, "and the same hour I returned them to you." What with slowness of the posts and other chances, there have been many delays of letters since the King came hither, but not owing to Fox. Received this night past the copy of the King of Scots' letter sent by Isley. The words sound well, but what he means is uncertain. It is clear the French King means, if England do not accept the truce of Aragon, that the King of Scots will be at liberty to take his part. It is only by Mr. West, Lord Dacre, and Sir Rob. Drury, and by his works, that they can judge of the Scotch King's intentions, "and also by the King's dealing towards him, which I know not, but me seemeth that the letter that is now written to him shall little please him, albeit the letter that Rosse brought, as it should seem by the rehearsal thereof in the King's letters, deserved no better." These recriminations, however, do not tend towards amity. Thinks it will appear at length that James will make no actual war, but rob and spoil the King's subjects, especially by water. He will be inclined to be suspicious of the appointment of the next diet in October. Thinks it would have been better in the middle of August. Spinelly's instructions will not satisfy my Lady of Savoy, but as for that matter it was ill begun and worse continued. As for the repairing of the ships to Britanny, Wolsey, doubtless, knows the issue of Lord Lisle's matter; it was sent him on Thursday (fn. 1) in the morning. My Lord Admiral will not sleep, but his letters of yesterday show that he is in want of many things. "He hath had a great let by my Lord Lisle's matters; and now for the ordering of many other matters far out of good frame, I warrant you, the which he will reform." He will remain no longer than is necessary. "And somewhat he is embusied about ridding of my Lord Lisle's company by land, and taking into his ships, and dividing the victuals that came from you, and discharging a great number of ships, to the King's great advantage." At Hampton, 4 June, about six in the morning.
I fear it will be Monday before I may depart hence.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: My brother the King's almoner.
4 June.
Galba B. III., 81b. B.M.
Begs he will recommend him to the King of England, according to his promise made at Gravelinghes, and show that, being engaged in his service against the French, under De Walham, his people have taken one of the King of France's chief governors at Therouane, named Maquelu, and sent him to the castle at Calais. Does not intend to deliver him until the King shall have spoken with him, and discovered the secrets of the King of France and Mons. de Piennes. The French are so angry with him they have sworn to burn his houses in Artois, and do him all the harm they can. Begs the King will give him the house and seignory of Cauchie in the county of Boulogne, belonging to a French captain, and grant him his letters patent accordingly. Gravelinghes, 4 June 1513. Signed.
Fr., p. 1. Add.: "Mons de Ponynghes, Chevalier de la Garetiere de l'ordre du noble et puissant Roy d'Engleterre."
4 June.
S.P. Hen. VIII., 4, f. 77. R.O.
Wrote his last on the 31st May. This evening took leave of my Lady, and introduced to her the sergeant of the Poultry with the letters and present. She said that this afternoon a herald of France, named Champaign, brought her letters from his master. For their tenor, and also for news of the Emperor and Italy, refers to Thomas Spynolle's letters. Leaves for Antwerp to-morrow to prepare a passage for the Almains to Calais. The horseman dislodge daily towards their mustering places, to which he will proceed with all diligence. Brussells, 4 June. Signed.
P. 1. Add.
4 June.
Galba B. III., 80. B.M.
Dares not write to the King in his rude hand, as he thinks it would not be understood. Has had no letters from the King or Council what orders to take for advancing the troops towards Calais. Wolsey will see by his letters that he has obeyed the orders of the Lady Margaret for their dislodging. Leaves to-morrow homewards. Has spoken to the sergeant of the Poultry, who shewed him that Wolsey desires to have two drumslades. Brussells, 4 June.
Hol., p. 1. mutilated. Add.
4 June.
Ven. Tr., 179, p. 1. R.O.
Approve of his having taken up 600 ducats from Sir Thomas Newport, knight of Jerusalem, to be repaid here; and authorize him to raise other 400 ducats in the same way. Enclose summaries of Italian occurrents and of news from Constantinople, the former for his own guidance and not to be shown. 4 June 1513.
Italian. Modern transcript, p. 1. See Venetian Calendar, II, No. 247.
5 June.
S.P. Hen. VIII., 4, f. 79. R.O. Ellis, 3 S. I., 157.
Has found him so kind, he can do no less than write to him from time to time, as never poor gentleman was in greater fear to take rebuke than he. His late brother was exposed to calumny, "many men putting fear what he durst do, which opinions the day of his death he well proved untrue." Before the King, it was debated whether he should burn the ships at Brest Castle or destroy the haven there by sinking ships; and the King bade him spare not to enter the great water of Brest. Since his departure the Lords Winchester and Lisle have, in the King's name, countermanded the order. Thinks the French will not come abroad unless they are joined by the Scots and Danes. If they will not, the army had better be discharged. The Spaniards here would fain be home, since they heard of the truce. Begs his friendly advice from time to time. Hampton, 5 June.
Hol., pp. 3. Add.: "To Mr. Almoner, with the King's grace."
5 June.
Galba B. III., 82. B.M.
Has received his letters by Stephen Cope, one of the princ[epaulx] sommeliers of his Household, with his beautiful presents. Needed no such incentive to promote the good issue of his affairs in treaty with the Emperor; for, after her father and nephew, he is the person she most desires to please. Brussels, 5 June 1513.
P.S.—Yesterday the marshal of Calais left. Signed.
Fr., mutilated, pp. 2.
5 June.
S.P. Hen. VIII., 229, f. 183. R.O.
Has received his present and letter by Steph. Cope, one of the King's chief butlers. Knowing the affection borne the King by Madame his mistress (Margaret of Savoy) would be happy to serve him. Brussells, 5 June. Signed.
Fr., p. 1. Addressed: "Au Roy."
6 June.
Stowe MS., 146, f. 65. B.M.
Warrant to John Daunce to pay John de Castro, merchant of Spain, 24l., for 80 "handguns with horns." Greenwich, 26 May 5 Hen. VIII. Signed and sealed.
ii. Subscribed with Castro's receipt dated 6 June.
6 June.
S.P. Hen. VIII., 4, f. 81. R.O.
1969. [4171.] [WOLSEY] to THOMAS LORD HOWARD.
As the Council are now writing, and his hands are full, forbears writing for the present. Is to take such habiliments for war as were appointed for Lord Lisle, leaving the rest with Ric. Palshyde, to whom Wolsey has written to deliver Howard all the bows he has. It is not possible to convey anchors or cables by land. Has shipped them by four hoys four days ago. Begs he will be sparing of the victuals. Written at my poor house at Bridewell, the 6th day of June.
Draft, in Tuke's hand, p. 1. Begins: My lord Admiral.
6 June.
Sanuto, XVI., 449.
1970. VENICE.
[Note of letters read 31 July 1513.]
From Andrea Badoer, London, 6 June.—Already 25,000 English had crossed to France; the King and Queen are going in person and the combatants will number 60,000. The fleet returned to the Isle [of Wight] and has embarked 6,000 new men of whom Lord Lisle shall be captain (fn. 2). The Signory's letters came to the hands of Monsignor di Urant who made Badoer decipher them in his presence, and expressed displeasure at the league with France, although it was known already. Went then to the King (who at first refused him audience) and was told that the Signory did wrong not to appoint him as their mediator with the Emperor; and he (the King) suggested that the matter should be entrusted to the Pope, King of Spain and himself, or to himself alone; adding that he had written to the Emperor not to stay at trifles in agreeing with the Venetians. Had audience also of the Council. The King sends the Signory a letter. Three of Badoer's servants have been wounded by Englishmen because of this league, and he fears to go out. By St. John's Day the King will have crossed to France. His men at Calais.
ii. From the King of England, London, 6 June.—A wise letter in Latin, composed by Secretary Carmeliano, complaining of the league with France and offering mediation with the Emperor.
Italian. See Venetian Calendar, II, Nos. 250–1.
Ib., 456. iii. [Extract from a letter received 1 July (entered under 4 July 1513).]
From Lorenzo Pasqualigo to his brothers Alvise and Francesco, London, 6 June.—The King's army and fleet. "He will keep faith with his colleagues even though they should do otherwise. I say this by Spain who is said to have made truce with France. You will see great things soon."
Italian. See Venetian Calendar, II, No. 253.
6 June.
S.P. Hen. VIII., 229, f. 184. R.O.
This morning at 8 o'clock, Calthorp and Harper, whom I sent to the Normandy coast for tidings, brought me the master of a fisherman (of seven men) whom they had taken, who says that, 15 or 16 days past, 18 ships came out of Brytaynge to Homflew and are laid up under the town, and the mariners and soldiers gone home "saying they will no more go to the sea this year without the Scots and Danes come, whom they look daily for." He says they make no preparation for revictualling, save that Hob a Barton has men mustered for his new ship and a bark that shall go with her to the north parts; also that Normandy was in great fear of an English landing and that all "would gladly yield themself English so that their country were not robbed nor brenned.' The French King had so pilled them, with more larger 'tayles' by the third part than ever he had done, that they would gladly be English and to be out of his thraldom; saying that, and the war continue one year, Normandie shall be utterly destroyed." Wisman, who was with Calthrop and Harper, has brought a hulk which long ago, coming with wines from Bordeaulx, was carried to Dieppe, because the master was an Englishman long resident in Flanders, but is now suffered to depart unladen. The master confirms what the Frenchman says, save that he says Hob a Barton is already departed northward with 12 small ships to seek his profit. "I pray God he meet not with the Iceland fleet." The Englishman says also that one of the ships from Britanny, of more than 200, "fell on a leak and was brought to Herflew, and in bring (sic) her on ground 'waltred' on the one side and is perished."
The premises heard, I took horse and rode hither to tell my lord of Winchester and Lord Lizle, and will forthwith return to the ships. I look hourly for news from Brytayne, where I have three ships. Cannot yet certify the time of my departure, for "there is slow lading of beer at Portismouth"; but to-morrow I take musters and will make all haste "to Brytaynge ward." Winchester, 6 June, 1 p.m.
"Sir, as yet I hear no word of anchors nor cables fro you."
Hol., pp. 2. Add.: To Master Almoner with the King's Grace.
6 June.
Vitell. B.II., 41. B.M.
The French have abandoned the siege of Novara and the Swiss have entered it, with the baron de Sazes. Duke Maximilian at daybreak started to attack the French, who are in great disorder; they have been defeated and lost all their baggage. "Lon ne scet encoires quelx gens de bien y sont demourez; car il ne se peult scavoir jusques a ce que la bende sera rassemble." They are all crowding down hither. Mons. de Maliant and I do what we can to keep them out. Has sent to the Governor and Council for advice. Vercelli, 6 June.
Fr., pp. 2. Copy, headed by Spinelly: "Ex Vercellis prope Noarriam ab Gubernatore ducis Sa[baudiæ] de conflicto inter Helvetios et Gallos."
6 June.
Addit. 21, 382, f. 49. B.M.
1973. [4172.] GEORGE DE GADDIS, ducal Secretary, to BANNISIUS.
The French camp was broken up this morning, by the Swiss alone, without the Spaniards. Will write the particulars as the news arrives. Como, 6 June 1513.
On a slip attached to the letter: Triulcius and Tremouille are said to be prisoners.
Italian, p. 1. In Spinelly's hand.
6 June.
Nero B. I., 70. B M. Sanuto, XVI., 622.
1974. [4173.] EMANUEL KING OF PORTUGAL to the POPE.
Thinks it proper to write to him, as the head of Christendom, of his successes in India. After many obstinate battles and much bloodshed, his general, Alfonso de Albecherque, to repair the losses of previous years, sailed to the Aurea Chersonesus, called by the natives Malacha, between the Sinus Magnus and the Ganges' estuary, a town of immense size, supposed to contain 25,000 houses, and abounding in spices, gold, pearls, and precious stones. After two engagements, and considerable slaughter of the Moors, the place was captured, sacked, and burned. The King, who fought upon an elephant, was badly wounded and fled; many were taken, and much spoil carried off, including seven war elephants, with towers and harness of silk and gold, and 2,000 brass guns of the finest workmanship. Albuquerque caused a fortress to be built at the mouth of the river which flows through the city, with walls 15 feet thick, of stones taken from the ruins of the mosques. There were then at Malacca foreign merchants, from Sumatra, Pegu, Java, Goree, and from the extreme east of China, who, being allowed by Alfonso liberty to trade, removed their habitations near the citadel, and promised obedience to Portugal, and to take its currency—catholici of gold worth 1,000 and malachenses of silver worth 100 reis. (fn. 3) On hearing this the King of Ansiam (Siam), the most powerful King of the East, from whom Malacca had been usurped by the Moors, sent a golden cup, with a carbuncle and a sword inlaid with gold, as a pledge of amity. Hereupon Alfonso sent him some of his cleverest men, with gifts, to explore the country, which will doubtless augment the Catholic faith. Returning to India, he found Goa, which he had formerly won with great bloodshed, besieged by the Moors, and another strong citadel raised beside it; "unde Ruminum Turcorumque sex milia nostros continue infestabant." He attacked and took it, found a great booty, punished the Christian renegades serving in the ranks of the Moors, sailed to Dabuli, received an embassy from Prester John, who requested him to cross the Red Sea, and unite with himself in war against the Infidels. He has sent home to the King a large fragment of the wood of the true cross, and asks to have some clever workmen, in order that he may divert the Nile from the country of the Sultan. There was with him at the time the ambassador of the Pagan King of Narsigua, who has 1,500 elephants of war, 40,000 horse, as much foot as he wishes, and so much territory as can scare be traversed in six months. There was also with him ah ambassador from the King of Cambaye, from Sabay, formerly Lord of Goa, and King Grosapa, with presents and offers of alliance. In the last fleet that appeared was an ambassador from the King of Ormuz (Armusii), with a present of pearls and jewellery. Alfonso had taken this King, and made tributary the chief town of Ormuz, in which he found 15,000 seraphini = gold ducats. Many nations in India have embraced Christianity. It may therefore be expected that God's favour will attend Albuquerque in his attempts upon the Red Sea, when he will shut the door on the commerce of the Saracens. He will effect a union with Prester John, and, raising the standard of the Cross, inflict a blow upon Mahometanism. Lisbon, viii id. June 1513.
Lat., copy, pp. 4.
7 June.
S.P. Hen. VIII., 229, f. 185. R.O.
1975. NAVY.
"Victuals delivered, for 6 weeks beginning" 7 June 5 Hen. VIII., to the Trinity Sovereign and 18 other ships; giving for each the purser's name, the number of men and the quantity of beer delivered by Richard Palshid.
Pp. 2.
8 June.
Egerton MS., 2,603. f. 5. B.M.
1976. Fox to WOLSEY.
Brother Master Almoner, I marvel that I have no answer to my last letters to you. Delabere, for whom your wrote that I should help to set him forward with certain of the King's Guard and others of my lord Howard's folk, was with me at Sayncte Crosse upon Ascension day and left for Hampton after dinner. On the morrow I went thither, and Rote also came thither with some of the Guard. Yesterday came the remnant; and to-day Young Bray has come with certain of my lord Howard's folk, but the full number are not yet come. Delabere and Ichyngham, Rote with his company and some of Lord Howard's folk departed to-day with a good wind. Rote well and wisely ordered his shipment. John Dawtrie has despatched the victualling in the speediest manner. He will provide as many ships as may be had in these parts against the 15th inst. according to your last writing. Yesterday came a goodly ship of Spain, of above 300, out of Flanders to lade wools. By my advice, Dawtrey will retain her for the King's service on and after the 15th inst. If she is not to be retained you must write with all speed to Dawtrey for her discharge. I purpose going to Sayncte Crosse and to-morrow to Portesmowthe to see how the brewhouses go forward. Because much victual goes to the army out of Thamys and also from hence and out of the west country, order should be taken for its distribution to each ship: and the Admiral should be written to to despatch the victuallers hither again with empty vessel or else they cannot be served with beer, as Dawtrey will certify. Without wafters "there is good likelihood that they shall be take up by the way." Much old piped beef is left here by Edward Ratclif which is like to be lost. You should command Ratclif to come hither and do the best that can be done with it. Hampton, 8 June.
Hol., pp. 2.
8 June.
Kreiten, Briefwechsel K. Max. mit Marg., p. 89.
Explains that the Swiss, at present occupied with the French in Milan, will afterwards, with his men, invade France; and for their entertainment the receipt by Baptist de Taxis of the first two instalments of the 100,000 cr. at Gravelines may be no longer delayed. Has declared himself enemy of France even sooner than the treaty with England required. Would have been willing to deliver his ratification to the English ambassador here; but sends it to her as desired. She may send either the Bailly d'Amont or Simon de Ferrette to receive that of the King of England * * * Ulm, 8 June 1513.
Writes to the King of England about the Swiss and the money. Sends letters of credence for Amont and Ferrette. Finds that the ratification above mentioned has been left behind at Augsburg, but will send it as soon as possible.
8 June.
S.P. Hen. VIII., 229, f. 187. R.O.
On 7 June "I received your letters at midnight of the 6th day." As to your first article, answering what I wrote touching my return to Brest; no man can be more joyful than I to go thither, for I see not how otherwise I may do service unless the Scots and Danes come. I will do my best to save the King's navy, "but without some adventure none exploit of war will be achieved." Has enquired how so great a number of bows and arrows have been wasted and finds that "the greatest number were 'wechyn' bows of whom few would abide the bending." Cannot undo the past, but will henceforth prevent waste. Foists were assuredly wasted, but not since his coming. As to discharging unnecessary victuallers, Winchester and Lord Lizle can show that of 140 he has taken under 30 and would not have taken more than 14 save only to bring back the empty foists. Began yesterday to take musters and hopes to finish by noon to-morrow. Fears that many are gone without licence. Lord Ferres, whose men mustered 311, is sure that 100 are wanting and has arrested two who were going away. If it be proved that they "were departed" they shall be hanged to-morrow. He says that Hereford gaol is full of his men who have run away. The King should command some of them to be executed, and others to be brought hither against my return, to be executed here. Lading of beer alone delays his departure; for there are but two cranes and the crayers can only come in and out to them at full sea. On consultation with Wm. Pawne and Palshide, suggests the use of lighters as in the Thames. Two or three of the greatest in Thames should be towed hither by crayers, "and with making them higher with a strake of board we doubt not they shall come safe hither." The brewhouses here are the goodliest he ever saw, and already brew 100 tun a day. As there is no place to store it but the streets, where hot weather would destroy it, he has commanded Wm. Pawne to have great trenches digged and covered with boards, turf and sedges. The beer which came for Lord Lisle has been assayed by Howard, the Treasurer and the Clerk Comptroller and mostly sent back to London; for Heron's servants, who deliver it, say that the brewers are bound to take back "unable stuff." I know not what the King pays, but "much of it is as small as penny ale and as sour as a crab. I doubt not your Lordships will see the brewers punished." Sends the charter-party of a hulk, with woad, which he has arrested. If it be a prize it is worth 3,000l.; and he thinks it will prove Frenchmen's goods. Asks whether to deliver the goods to Dawtre before the trial. "If it be laid on land, at the least the King shall have the custom." Begs that the hagbushes which the King promised, in exchange for others, may be shortly sent by land. Portismouth, 8 June.
Hol., pp. 3. Add.: delivered at 11 a.m., "haste, post, haste, haste."
9 June.
S.P. Hen. VIII., 4, f. 82. R.O.
Has received good news from Italy; he will see the prosperous state of affairs there. Brussels, 9 June 1513. Signed.
Fr., p. 1.
9 June.
Sanuto, XVI., 474.
1980. VENICE.
[Note of letters received 8 July 1513.]
From Dr. Marco Dandolo, knight, the Ambassador, Paris, 6 and 9 [June].—The King was there attending to affairs of England. A number [of English] have already landed from the island and two other bands (nave, qu. mane ?) are expected. The French will not meet them in the field but hold the towns. Bourbon and La Palisse are the captains. Angoulême was with the King. The King bears goodwill to the Signory and treats an appointment with England. He expected 10,000 Swiss but cannot get them.
Italian. See Venetian Calendar, II, No. 255.
10 June.
Stowe MS., 146, f. 66. B.M.
1981. ARMOUR.
Bill, 10 June 5 Hen. VIII., of receipt by Leonard Freschobaldi, merchant of Florence, from John Daunce, of 3,600l. for 4,500 harnesses for footmen delivered to Edward Guldeford, to the hands of John Blewbery. Signed.
P. 1.
Exch. Accts.,
56 (1). R O.
Declaration by William Keby and William Burvell, commissioners appointed by the King's "letters plackardes," of 29 March 4 Hen. VIII., for the presting of ships to be brought to London and Sandwich to convey victuals, ordnance and necessaries for his army royal, over the sea into France.
Received of John Daunce, by indenture 2 April 4 Hen. VIII., 580l. Paid for "tondage" of divers ships out of the North, at 6d. the ton for 14 days, and for mariners to convey them, 219l. 16s. 4d. Paid to Robert Dewy, riding from Colchester along the coast to Newcastle to warn owners and masters, 26s. 8d. To Robert Bayard, one of the King's messengers, going to Colchester and Ipswich to receive again 12l. 17s. prested to the owners "of too greate shippes afore the comyng of the Kynges lettre of countermaunde," 6s. 8d. To Edw. Yngham, riding to Sandwich and Dover to warn the wafters, 26s. 8d. The commissioners' costs, from 29 March 4 Hen. VIII. to 20 May following, attending upon the ships in Thames and the Council at Baynardes Castell and elsewhere, and further from 20 May to 10 June following, 25l. 8s. Leaving in their hands 331l. 2s. 5d.
A paper roll.
S.P. Hen. VIII.,
229. f. 189. R.O.
2. Seven indentures made respectively at Woodbridge, 8 April, Dunwich, 8 April, Southwold, 9 April, Yermouth, 11 April, and at Cley, 12 and 15 April 4 Hen. VIII., and at Newcastle, 29 April 5 Hen. VIII., between William Keby and William Burwell, the King's servants, and the officers of the said towns, on one part, and certain owners and masters of ships on the other, concerning the arrest of the said ships by Keby and Burwell for the King's service, and the payment of money towards their rigging and the "preparing" of mariners. They are to be at London by 22 April, except those from Newcastle for whom the day fixed is 7 May.
Signed and sealed by the town officers and the owners.
Ib., f. 196. 3. Certificate by William Keby and William Burwell that six ships (named with their ports and masters) of 60 tons apiece, which "the Merchants Adventurers have appointed to be laden with goods and merchandises to this Synxon Mart," are not retained for the King's service. A seventh entry, viz., "The George Maynard of London which is in wages with the King's Grace," is struck out. Signed.
Small paper, p. 1. Endd.: Mr. Kebbe, takir of ye Kynges sshippis.
Ib., f. 197. 4. A list of names of ships belonging to various ports with the names of their owners and their tonnage.
The commencement is lost by mutilation, the first intelligible items being "Item a ship called the Trinitee belonging [to] Gregory Caws, 110 tons. Item a ship called the George belonging to the same Gregory 100 tons," and the total (7) of "the said ships" (i.e. at that port, qu. Yarmouth ?). The rest is legible though mutilated, viz. Loyestofte 3 ships, Southewold 2, Eston Da[va]nt 1, Walberswyk 1, Dun[wich]e 1, Aldeburgh 2, Exeter 3 (including the Gabriell of Topsham 140 tons "in the King's wages"), [Dart]mouth 14 (including the Margaret of 140 tons "in the King's wages"), Barnestable 4, Lynne 5, Ipeswich 3, Harwyche 5, Bryghtlyngsey 1, Plymmouth 4, Fowey 2, the Creek of Loo 1, Falmouth 4, Bristowe 13 (the last being "the prize ship that was taken" of 70 tons, and three others the Trinity 136 tons, Elizabeth 100 tons and Margaret 110 tons marked in another hand "in the Kinges werr"), Bridgewater 2, Mynehede 2 (including the Jesus late of Roane), Rye 1, Pole 1, and Paddystowe in Cornewall 1.
Paper roll written on one side only. Mutilated.
10 June.
Hist. MSS. Com., Rep. XV., App. 9, p. 13.
Notarial instrument witnessing James IV.'s receiving the stewardry of Annandale from John lord Maxwell (resigned by proxy) and delivering it, by staff and baton, to Sir Robert Maxwell, son and heir apparent of the said John, at Holyrood palace, 10 June 1513. Witnesses, Henry lord Sinclair, the King's master of artillery; Mr. Patrick Panter, the King's secretary, and others (named).
10 June.
Vitell. B. II., 42. B.M. Fiddes' Wol. C., 8.
This day, at 22 of the clock, the Pope had news of a cruel battle fought at Neware upon Sunday last (fn. 4), where the Duke of Milan was with 5,500 Swiss. The town was assaulted by the French, numbering 1,000 men of arms, 500 light horse and 8,000 foot, who beat down 50 yards of the walls. The Swiss issued out, took possession of the French artillery, on perceiving the arrival of 7,000 of their countrymen. Mons. De la Tremouille and his two sons, John Jacobo Tryulcio and his son Camillo, and all the French captains, were slain, with the exception of Baron de Be[arn] who is besieged in a castle with a small company. The Swiss have lost 5,000. As the Viceroy of Naples was crossing the Po to help the Swiss, the Duke of Milan sent him word to turn his arms against the Venetians, and gave order to the Emperor's captains of Verona to stop the passage of the Venetians. The Pope on hearing the news has "more declared himself" against the French, and has shot a solemn peal of guns from St. Angelo. They expect to hear daily that the English have exterminated the French. Rome, 10 June 1513, "at 3 of the clock after that the sun was set." Signed.
Mutilated, pp. 2.


  • 1. June 2nd.
  • 2. "Et l'armada di quel Re era tornata a l'ixola, su la qual era stà posti fanti 6,000 novi et Monsignor di là sarà per capitanio."
  • 3. "Simul et monetam nostro ibi nomine cusam tanquam regis dominique sui agnoscentes excipiunt et expendunt: auream Catholicos mille scilicet nummorum argenteam (in Sanuto argenteorum) centum valore Malachenses inscripsere."
  • 4. June 5th.