Henry VIII: March 1536, 21-25

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Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 10, January-June 1536. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1887.

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March 1536, 21-25

21 March.
R. O.
509. H. Earl of Northumberland to Cromwell.
I have appointed this bearer to show you an instrument I have sent to the King, and I beg your advice and assistance in the matter. I desire that such abbeys as are of my foundation in the North, and all such other as be in Northumberland, may not be granted till I have spoken with the King. Stampforth, 21 March. Signed.
P. 1. Add.. Secretary. Endd.
21 March.
R. O.
510. The Mayor of Windsor to Cromwell.
On Sunday last John Brawne, dwelling in Old Jewry, London, came to New Windsor, offering to sell certain diaper, and saying that he came from you with your letter for the King's business. When we required a sight of it he said that Geo. Whelpley had ridden with it to Salisbury, and he would ride after it. Afterwards he said he was going to Abingdon to one Ric. Beverley. We desire to know your pleasure. New Windsor, 21 March.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Secretary. Endd.
21 March.
R. O.
511. Harry Broke, late Prior of St. Swithin's, to Cromwell.
Complains of Dr. Legh, their visitor, who, having a commission to proceed against him for alleged dilapidations, to which he made a true answer, threatened to remove him from his office unless he resigned. Was appointed by free election without ambition on his part, and never disputed the visitor's authority. Begs to have a pension assigned him by the King on the revenues of the priory, and confirmed under the convent seal. Winchester, 21 March.
Hol., pp. 2. Add.: Secretary. Endd.
21 March.
R. O.
512. Edmund Stewarde to Cromwell.
By Mr. Comptroller's letter I perceive it was your pleasure to have the prior of the Black Friars at Winchester brought up. I send him with a copy of his indictment, but as I received him from the sheriff I beg I may have a writing for discharge of me and my Lord. Winchester, 21 March.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Secretary. Endd.
21 March.
R. O.
513. Edmund Stewarde to Sir Wm. Pawlet, Comptroller of the Household.
On the same subject as the preceding. Winchester, 21 March.
Hol., p. 1. Add. Endd.
21 March.
R. O.
514. Marmaduke Abbot of Fountains to Cromwell.
This 21 March I received your letter concerning the resignation of a prebend I have in the collegiate church of Ripon. I have never promised to resign it, and this house was so much entangled I would rather resign my abbotship than my prebend. I have a dispensation for holding both, and beg, therefore, to be excused. We trust, in consideration of the relation of your Commissioners, the King's visitors, you will be so good as to pardon us for any resignation until such time as we be clearly through with the King for our first-fruits. Fountains, 21 March. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Secretary. Sealed.
21 March.
Lamb. MS. 602, f. 94. St. P. II. 307.
515. [Sir] Francis Harbart to Cromwell.
Since the departing of Sir James FeisGerrot and his brethren, these parts are quiet.
The Deputy has spoken with O'Mor and MacMorro at Kylka, and they seem desirous to have peace, though the report was that O'Konnore, O'More, McMorro, O'Dowyn, O'Molmoye, and others, had confederated against the English. My Lord Treasurer, and my Lord his father also, met my Lord, and told the Deputy and Council that O'Bren intends to make war on Ossory. O'Bren is the strongest man here. Commends the conduct of the deputy and treasurer. Complains of the lack of money for the army. The gentlemen of Kildare are afraid of being taken. The country is wasted. Wishes the King would send English to inhabit. Dublin, 21 March.
Hol., pp. 2. Add.: Chief Secretary. Endd.
21 March.
R. O.
516. Sir William Fitzwilliam to Lord Lisle.
In behalf of Ralph Broke, a spear at Calais, in consideration of whose sickness the King is satisfied that he shall remain here until his recovery without losing his wages. Westm., 21 March. Signed.
P. 1. Add.
21 March.
R. O.
517. Ralph Broke to Lord Lisle.
Has been ill of his old disease, or he would have been at Calais ere now. The Act is not yet passed for Calais, so his licence is good till it be. As to the proclamation made by Mr. Treasurer, my licence and my service, with the "shutte" (suit) of my friends to Mr. Treasurer, have caused him to write to your Lordship in my favor; so I hope you will pass nothing touching my rooms at Calais till you hear from me again. Begs credence for his servant the bearer. Eslyntoun, near London, 21 March.
Begs remembrances to lady Lisle.
Hol., p. 1. Add.
21 March.
R. O.
518. Ric. Sexston to Lord [Lisle], Deputy of Calais.
I have received your letters, and have shown most of my fellows here your pleasure. I have shown Mr. Treasurer your commandment touching myself. He said he would write to you in my excuse, and bade me remain here till I had answer of him in my suit. London, 21 March.
Hol., p. 1. Add.
21 March.
R. O.
519. Will. Pryseley to Lord Lisle.
I have delivered your letters to Mr. Treasurer of the King's household in his place in Chanon Row, at Westminster, there being then with him all the other Commissioners that were at Calais. He asked after your Lordship and my Lady, my lord Controller, and my good masters of the Council there, and said I should soon have an answer, and he would write to you. Next day he showed me that the proclamation only meant that without the gates, viz., between Watergate and the Lanterngate, the inhabitants shall be taken as inhabitants within the town, and he said I should continue to dwell in the "fabours" at my pleasure, and serve the King as in times past. He commanded his clerk Chaterton to write the enclosed letter of his mind, which I send by Will. Womseley, serjeant. I beg that it be put on the register in the Council Chamber at Calais. London, 21 March. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Deputy of Calais. Sealed.
22 March.
Add. MS. 10,124, f. 29b. B. M.
520. Henry VIII. to the Chancellor and University of Oxford.
Forbids them to admit any person to medical degrees without the approbation of Dr. John Warner, public prælector of medicine, or his successors. 22 March 1535, 27 Hen. VIII. Signed by Cromwell.
Later copy. Lat., p. 1.
22 March.
R. O.
521. Edward Archbp. of York to Cromwell.
Perceives from the bearer, Mr. Winter's servant, that the abbot of Fountains has not yet resigned. The abbot had told him he had a sufficient dispensation from the visitors, Dr. Layton and Dr. Leghe. On receiving the abbot's resignation will give his proctor collation and institution; has very little power, but Mr. Winter knows his good mind towards him. Cawod, 22 March 1535. Signed.
P. 1. Add.. "Secretary." Endd.
22 March.
R. O.
522. Adam Becansaw, Priest, to Cromwell.
Encloses 40[l.] due to Cromwell at this feast of Our Lady, for the benefice of Top[s] Filde, &c. Is "alleviating" with all diligence such duties as belong to the King by the death of the late bishop of St. Asaph, of which, since he parted from Cromwell, he has obtained 20 marks. Has done it, however, at his own cost, of which he hopes to be relieved by Cromwell. Whatecrofte, Cheshire, 22 March.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Secretary. Endd.
22 March.
R. O.
523. Matthew Thomson to Sir Arthur Darcy.
It pleased my Lord my master to send his letters in my favor to the prior of St. Oswald's for their grange called Huntwyk grange. Although, as the prior alleged, it is part of their grange, he promised, in the event of its alienation, that I should have it. During his absence the convent has granted a lease of it to disappoint the prior, who has sent his servant, Wodrove, and put the grange in his Lordship's hands. Please ask him to favor me with it at the ordinary rent. 22 March.
P.S.—If you are not at leisure please write to Mr. Thomas Soulmont.
Hol., pp. 2. Add. Endd.
22 March.
R. O.
524. Stephen Vaughan to Henry VIII.
Mr. Parker warned him, on the 22nd inst., that one Dyrik, sent from Lubeck to Henry, has been arrested, along with his companion, a learned man of these parts, by the master of Gravelines. Will immediately enquire the cause. Three or four monks are said to have come here recently from England. One Whyte of Lynne, said to be a brother of the late bishop of Rochester, has been in Antwerp since Christmas. In a monastery of Franciseans at Barrow there are two monks, Peto and Flegg, late of Greenwich, than whom there are no persons who blaspheme more against Henry. Advises their arrest. If Henry writes in person to the Queen, Vaughan can apprehend them before they have a chance of escape. Antwerp, 22 March 1535.
Hol., pp. 2. Add. Endd.
22 March.
R. O.
525. The Town of Gravelines to Lord Lisle.
On the 20th inst., Clais Chocquel, your subject, showed us that some report has been made to you that we had ventured to infringe your territory of Oye in respect of the "hems" and pastures which we hold in the town of St. Omer, and that we had been digging trenches further than we have a right to do. This is untrue; for since the time when the bailly of Mark, Master Thos. Prout, and others, of Calais, held communication with some of our side touching the said pastures, and agreed that matters should remain as they were till they had informed the King that further measures might be taken, we have always left things as they were; but it is possible that the keeper of the beasts has dug in some places within the creek (creque) which forms the boundary between your pale and ours, to prevent them straying. The three crowns which Clais Chocquel pays us yearly is for a part of the said pastures, which we have let to him to encourage peace between neighbours. We have also received a letter from you, dated Calais, 17 July 1535, of which we enclose a copy, stating that you would inform the King before Michaelmas of everything in order to obtain an answer. We have had no news since. Gravelines, 22 March 1536.
Hol., Fr., p. 1, large paper. Add.
22 March.
R. O.
526. Cinque Ports.
Inquisition held at Hythe, 22 March 27 Hen. VIII., before John Parker, deputy of George [lord Rochford], warden of the Cinque Ports, as to articles found at sea and on shore.
Lat., pp. 2, large paper.
22 March.
R. O.
St. P. II. 308.
527. Thos. Fokes to Cromwell.
Sir John of Dessemond has nearly the whole country belonging to the earldom, by the aid of the O'Brenes. It is pity he should rule so much unless his truth to the King is greater than it is thought to be.
If he distribute his four sons in the country they will not be obedient to the laws. Waterford, 22 March.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Master Secretary.
22 March.
Add. MS. 28,588, f. 228. B. M.
528. Dr. Ortiz to the Empress.
Has received her letter of 25 Feb. The ambassador in England wrote on 9 Feb. that the Princess was well, and had been removed to another house, smaller, and not so good as the first. La Ana feared that the King would leave her, and it was thought that the reason of her pretending the miscarriage of a son was that the King might not leave her, seeing that she conceived sons.
A monk of Monte Sion, who had been brought by fear to the errors of the kingdom, preached before the King that there was no purgatory. Another monk said publicly in a sermon that the former did not speak the truth. He was immediately arrested, and it is expected he will suffer martyrdom.
An Austin friar, (fn. 1) who formerly fled the kingdom on account of his being a Lutheran, is now so favored that he has been sent to Lubeque and Anbur (Hamburgh) to pervert the people there, that they may make an alliance with the King. The King has given him a bishopric. (fn. 2) Books are publicly printed against purgatory, images, and worship of saints. A roll has been made of monasteries and abbeys which they intend to suppress (deshazer) and give the rent to seculars. Rome, 22 March 1536.
Sp., pp. 2. Modern copy.
23 March.
Vit. B. xxi. 103. B. M.
529. Henry VIII. to Laurence Stayber.
Desires him to intercept and send to England an English subject (fn. 3) of low birth, guilty of treason, robbery, manslaughter, and sacrilege, who is travelling with a rebel named Henry Philipp through Germany on his way from Flanders to Italy. Our palace near London, 23 March 1535.
Lat., p. 1. Corrected draft. Mutilated. Add.
23 March.
Vit. B. xxi. 104. B. M.
530. Henry VIII. to the Consuls and Senate of Nuremberg.
Requests them to arrest two criminals, James Gryffith Apwell and Henry Philip, if they pass through their territory. Our palace near London, 23 March 1535.
Lat., p. 1. Corrected draft. Mutilated. Add.
23 March.
R. O.
531. Henry Earl of Essex to Cromwell.
Inasmuch as the Act is passed that all places of religion being under 300 marks be wholly in his Grace's hands, asks Cromwell to remind the King that the little house of Byleygh, of which he was founder, lies entirely within his own lands. Will give 1,000 marks, to be paid in three years, for its recovery, and promises that it shall never be used as a religious house again. Benyngton, 23 March. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: "Master Secretary."
23 March.
R. O.
532. Oudart Du Bies to Lord Lisle.
I had asked you to get me a couple of horses, but as I have procured some, I beg you not to take any trouble about it. Boulogne, 23 March. Signed.
Fr., p. 1. Add.
23 March. (fn. 4)
R. O.
533. John Arundel of Treryse to Lord Lisle.
Commend me to my lady aunt, (fn. 5) your wife. I thank you for the good cheer I had of your Lordship. I have sent a balinger laden with salt hides to Calais, of which the King's takers may take their pleasure, if there be any provision for the town in it; and if there be no restraint, I beg that my servant, John Milhewyche, may ship the rest to France or Flanders. 23 March.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Deputy of Calais.
23 March.
Nero, B. vii. 113. B. M.
534. Francisco Torello da Fano to —.
When the knight Casale left Bologna he charged me to send you news from Venice. Wrote lately by way of France, directing the letters to Wallop, giving an account of the accord between the Venetians and the Emperor, to keep the articles between them and the late duke of Milan, i.e., to give him 6,000 foot, 700 light horse, and 500 men-at-arms, which they are now required to do by the Emperor for the defence of the duchy. Letters from Naples of the 15th March state that the Emperor was about to leave Naples on the 16th, but would travel slowly, as he did not wish to arrive in Rome till the Germans were in Italy. Today there is news that they held a muster at Bolzano, near Trent, on the 15th instant., and the Emperor will therefore hasten his journey. In the letter of the 15th, there is news that M. Scalengo had arrived at Rome, sent from His Majesty, with a colonel of 2,000 infantry, and that many are doing this without beat of drum. They are all sent by way of Sciena. The Pope has forbidden armourers to sell arms, and persons in the States of the Church to enlist. The French king is already master of all Savoy. Gives particulars of the Emperor's forces.
By letters of March 7 from Ragusa, the Turk had beheaded Marco de Nicolo, a Venetian, by whom he corresponded with France, and a great number of asappi or young janizaries, who mutinied for their pay while he was in Persia. He has created Barbarossa governor of Rhodes, with orders to provide galleys. Don Hippolito, brother of the duke of Ferrara, archbishop of Milan, has come from the king of France. The duke of Urbino has returned to his estate from Naples, and it is said will come to Venice.
Duke Alexander of Florence has married the Emperor's daughter. He has given the Emperor 150,000 cr., and His Majesty has recalled the exiles, The kingdom of Naples will pay the Emperor 1,000,000 of gold. The Focchars and Velzers have lent him 600,000 ducats. No answer has yet been given by the Emperor to the cardinal of Trent, Ferdinand's ambassador, and the archbishop of Colocz and Il Broderico, ambassadors of king John. Venice, 23 March 1536. Signed: Franco Torello da Fano, agente del Sor Cavaliere Casale.
Hol., Ital., pp. 4. Endd.: Francisco Lorello.
24 March.
Vienna Archives.
535. Henry VIII. to Charles V.
Has commissioned Patt (Pate), archdeacon of Lincoln, his ambassador, to inform him touching certain of the King's subjects, (fn. 6) who, after having committed grievous crimes against both the King and their neighbours, have taken refuge in the Emperor's dominions, where they stir up causes of dissension, and have lately gone to Italy. Requests that these rebels may have no support in His Majesty's dominions, but may be delivered up to Patt for punishment. Westm., 24 March.
Fr. From a modern copy, pp. 2.
24 March.
R. O. St.P. iv. 666.
536. Angus to Geo. Douglas.
Has received his writings from Pate Nesbet, and talked with him at length. Friends in Scotland advise that you should speak with Mr. Adam Oterbowrn, who, they think, has "small trayst in Schotland," to be good to my matter and yours. Also ask the King, my lord of Norfolk, and the Secretary, to bid my lord William [Howard] speak in my behalf to the king of Scotland. The clergy are sitting in general council at Edinburgh on certain articles put to them by the King. The King is not there himself, and very few temporal lords. He is at Crawfurd Jhon in Cledysdal. Sir Jas. Hamilton and others took his writing to the clergy, bidding them give up "crospresandes and the owmest claycht" throughout Scotland, and that every man should pay for his teind "syklyk as he payis to his landislord." The churchmen of Scotland were never so ill content. It is now fully believed that the two Kings will meet. Berwick, 24 March. Signed.
24 March. R. O. 537. John Whalley and John Tomson to Cromwell.
Over 400 men are engaged on the works. Want money for one month's pay ending Saturday, 8 April, and also to pay arrears for timber and its carriage, ironwork, &c. against Easter. Wish also to have a reasonable surplus always in their hands, so that they may pay off and discharge loiterers when found idling; hitherto, for want of money to pay them off, they have been forced to keep on such to the King's loss. The 400l. received last would scant pay the wages last pay day, with two months' wage that was owing to over 160 men, and 50l. for iron-work. Asks for 500l. on account; "less shall serve afterward." Dover, 24 March. Signed.
In Whalley's hand, p. 1. Add.: "Chief Secretary." Endd.: "John Whalley and the mr. of the Meason de Dieu from Dovorr."
24 March.
R. O.
538. John Cheriton to Lord Lisle.
Is at Marseilles with a ship "boffght at a gos mortos" (Aigues Mortes), costing 800l. In stress of weather was obliged to cut away her sails, and she will now cost him 500 cr. Has gone to Leghorn for the King's ordnance, and removed it to one Bylott's ship, as there is war between the duke of Savoy and the French king, and, as some say, betwixt France and the Emperor. This is probable, for the Emperor has sent to Nice 6,000 men. Can get 150 cr. of the sun for the 13 pieces of ordnance. Two are of brass and 11 of iron. Here people are entirely employed in preparing for war and manning the walls. The Emperor has sent to Nice 26 great brass guns. Begs him to favor the bearer, Thomas Smythe, captain of the Trinity, of Erith, whose owner is named Adam Samson, and one Spar. They were betrayed by a Genoese pilot, and the master, Jas. Romne, who was abed naked with a harlot.
Hol., pp. 3. Headed: Jh'us anno 1536, the 24th day of March, at Marsylles. Add. Endd.
24 March.
R. O.
539. Lisle to the Captain of Gravelines.
Has received his letters in reply to those he wrote for the deliverance of Deryck, the king of England's servant, and the writings he had with him. His answer is not honorable or neighbourly, but directly contrary to the amity with the Emperor. Advises him to set Derick free at once, and not irritate the king of England, as he has often done.
Few persons are acquainted with the captain's boasted nobility of birth, but every one knows Lisle's parentage. If the captain were come of noble lineage, his manner would be more courteous. Calais, 24 March.
Fr., copy, pp. 2. Endd. in Lisle's hand: The letter to the capytayn of Gravelyng.
R. O. 2. Another copy, omitting the last paragraph.
P. 1.
R. O. 3. Another copy, also without the last paragraph.
P. 1. Endd.
24 March.
Galba, B. x. 57*. B. M.
540. Jehan de Tovar to Lord Lisle.
I have received your letter in answer to mine of the 20th inst., informing you that my men had arrested in my absence a man named Derich, who, you say, is a servant of the King, and another Almain, in consequence of their having on them books of Martin Luther and his adherents. Derich disavowed his master, and said that he came from Cologne; so I sent him to the Queen. You may be assured that no wrong will be done him, knowing that he belongs to the King. If harm comes to him, it is his own fault. I pray you to moderate your writings, and think that we would do no displeasure to the King's servants, nor do anything to cause [enmity between] the Emperor and the King. Gravelinghes, 24 March 1535. Signed.
Fr., p. 1. Add.: Mons. le Debitis de Kales. Endd.
24 March.
R. O.
541. Lord Lisle to Cromwell.
Sends a letter from the captain of Gravelyng to the Emperor's ambassador in England, brought hither by an Englishman who dwells in the English house at Bruges.
On Tuesday last Parker's servant received three of the King's horses, and the fourth is lame. The captain of Gravelines gave 24 crs. for him, and, if he recovers, Parker will pay back this sum and for his meat, and have the horse again. On Monday last Diryck and the man of the duchy of Holster, who came in his company, were sent in a waggon from Bruges to Gawnt, and 16 archers with them. The same day the queen of Hungary removed from Bruges to the forest of Eclow towards Antwerp. Will send news when he hears of Diryk and his companion, as he has a person daily in the Regent's Court. Hears from a man of Marguyson that on Tuesday at midnight all those of Marguyson who belong to the garrison of Boulogne rode forth in harness, he thinks to the revictualling of Turwyn. Begs Cromwell to be good to him in his suits. Calais, 23 March.
After writing the above, went to the dyke to view the foundation of the wall which late fell. As the first stone was laid in the foundation, the rest of the wall and the rampire fell to the ground. If one who spied it had not given warning, it would have killed 10 men. No man can remember such a breach here before. Asks that there may be no lack of money. The breach shall be rid and the work set forward with all diligence. Forty men shall work day and night, and meantime that quarter shall be well furnished with ordnance, and 20 gunners shall watch there every night beside the stand watch and search watch.
The night of the date of this letter, received Cromwell's letter and two letters to the captain of Gravelines, from Cromwell and from the Emperor's ambassador. Has written him an answer, and sent the letters by a discreet fellow, one of the King's servants. Today, 24 March, heard that the Regent is returned from the forest to Gawnte for redress of great matters. Will write again when he hears from the captain of Gravelines. Signed.
Pp. 2. Add.: Chief Secretary and Master of the Rolls. Endd.
R. O. 2. Corrected draft of the preceding.
Pp. 2. Add.
24 March.
R. O.
542. Anne Rouaud (Mad. de Bours) to Lady Lisle.
I thank you for your letters and for the great kindness you have shown me. I was very glad that Jainsemy (John Smith) came. He saw what they have taken for your daughter. You show yourself a good mother to her, and I think she is of such good conditions that you will be pleased with her. The said Jehan Semy will speak more fully about it. My daughter d'Agincourt thanks you very humbly for the girdle of St. Rose and for the blanket you have sent her. She sends you a little silver cup and a head of St. John to put in a cabinet. I thank you for the gold thread (fy dor) you sent me. Abbeville, 24 March.
Hol., Fr., p. 1. Add.
ii. [Lady Lisle to Madame de Bours.]
"My Lord and I were both sent for about Easter to have gone into England, and also other trouble here have been the cause that I have not written to you or this time. I thank you for the pain ye take with my daughter. I thank you for the token ye sent me. I send you by John Smyth, this bearer, such money as ye have laid out for my daughter. I send you and mademoiselle d'Azingcourt such pleasure as I have to do you. I pray to take them in good part. And in anything where I may do you pleasure spare me not. Recommend me unto my Lord and to your son and daughter."
Draft, written on the back of the preceding.
24 March.
R. O.
543. Mary Basset to Lady Lisle.
Thanks her for a beautiful white girdle. Will endeavour to obey her commands, and do good service to madame de Bours, to whom she is much bound for her kind treatment. Begs her not to be displeased that she must incur much expense for her. It will not be for long, for her dresses are well mended. Is in want of nothing at present but sleeves (mancons), which are all used up, as John Semyt (Smith) will inform her. Sends a needle-case and a gospel to carry with her paternosters. Abbeville, 24 March.
Hol., Fr., p. 1. Add.
ii. [Lady Lisle to Mary Basset.]
"Sending God's blessing and mine, willing you to serve God and please my Lord and Lady (fn. 7); and so doing I think the cost of you well employed. I send money by this bearer, John Smyth, to my Lady, that thereof of the money that I owe her she shall buy you such sleeves as ye need. I send you also hose cloths because the hosiers here, for lack of measure of your leg, cannot make them meet for you. I will that ye make mine excuse unto my Lady that she be not discontent that I have not sent her money or this time, I had such business that I could send it no rather. And any other thing that ye lack show your mind unto John Smyth. And if ye can perceive what thing my lady lack —."
Draft, p. 1. On the back of the preceding.
24 March.
R. O.
544. Jenne de Saveuzes (Madame de Riou) to Lady Lisle.
I was glad to receive your letters by the bearer, and hear of lord Lisle's good health and yours. Your daughter is well. No one could do her duty better to Mons. de Ryou and me. You need not have apologised for not having sent sprats or fish this Lent, you make us so many fine presents. I send you a memorandum of all I have spent (tiré) for your daughter, as John Simoin (Smith) informs me you have lost the first that was sent you. I have received from the said John Semoin 27 crs. and the gold thread, for which I thank you. I send tokens I have brought from Vendosme. Pont de Remy, 24 March. Signed.
My son thanks you for the handsome purse you have sent him.
Fr., p. 1. Add.: a Calleys.
ii. On the back of the preceding is the following draft answer:—
"After recommendations to my Lord and Lady, I am sorry that I have not written rather (i.e. sooner) to you, but my Lord and I both were sent for to have gone into England, and other impeachment therein sithence hath been the cause thereof. And I thank you for the pain ye take with my daughter, and also for the tokens ye sent me. And such things as I have to do you pleasures I send you by this bearer, praying you to take them in good part. Madam, I send you the rest of your money, and am right sorry that ye had it not or this time; and shortly I trust to recover some lannyers for you. And in everything that I may do you pleasure," &c.
24 March.
R. O.
545. Anne Basset to Lady Lisle.
Thanks her for all her kindness. Begs her to send her some cloth for shirts, not so thin as she sent before; and some hose, and a little money for her devotions. I have tried to find out, as you desired, what my Lady (fn. 8) would like. She would like some needle-cases. Pont de Remy, 24 March. Signed.
Fr., p. 1. Add.: Madame de Lisle ma bonne mere a Calleys.
ii. Lady Lisle to Anne Basset.
I send you God's blessing, and my charge to you to please my Lord and Lady, and that you keep you a good maiden.
I send you money to buy smocks, because you say that which I sent you was too thin. I also send you hose cloths, because the hosier here knows not the bigness of your legs. I have sent my Lady a needle-case; but as I had no time to work it, I trust she will "take it gree," and I will send a better.
Draft, p. 1.
24 March.
R. O. St. P. vii. 641.
546. Sir Gregory da Casale to Cromwell.
Sent a letter from Cromwell to Wallop about the Emperor's preparations for war. It is considered certain that he will go to Rome. He is reported to have sworn that he will not cease war till either he or the French king is reduced to a private station; but the Imperialists wish to persuade the Pope that the Emperor has written to the French king, or asked through his ambassador, for the Admiral to be sent to Rome. Antony Leyva would approve of delay to collect men and fortify Turin and Vercelli. Everyone, including the Imperialists, thinks that if the French are strong at the beginning of the war, and protract it, they will be victorious, for the Emperor has not the means of sustaining the war long. Comments on the prospects of the war, and the advisability of Francis not accompanying his army. Hears that Leyva has advised the Emperor not to go to Lombardy.
The king of Tunis has attacked, without success, the garrisons left by Barbarossa, and has asked aid from the garrison of Goletta, who refused, having only 600 foot.
Cardinal Palmerius has been again talking to him since his last letter. Peter Lewis, the Pope's son, has often expressed a wish for an agreement between the Pope and the King, and that his Holiness would trust the faith of the kings of England and France. They are certainly moved by the knowledge that the war which the French king has told the Pope he will undertake, will tend to the liberation of the Pope and the See. They see also that the Emperor cannot carry on the war without exacting money from the clergy, and that he must ask the Pope for licence to collect a tenth or subsidies in Spain or Naples, and he will get what he wants from him. The Imperialists say that the war is to be waged against the Infidels, for Barbarossa has been invited by the French king, so that the Pope will hardly be able to refuse the Emperor's demands unless he secures his position with the two Kings. Asks for instructions. Rome, 24 March 1536. Signed.
Lat. Add. Endd.
R. O. 2. Modern copy.
25 March.
R. O. Letters, 321.
547. Cranmer to Cromwell.
I desire your favor for the bearer, my brother-in-law, who is now clerk of my kitchen, to have the farm of the priory of Shelford, or of some other house in Notts, now suppressed. Lambeth, 25 March.
Added in his own hand: Let not this suit be prejudicial to my servant Francis Basset. Signed.
Add.: Master Secretary. Endd.
25 March. 548. Hilsey Bishop of Rochester.
See Grants in March, No. 50.
25 March.
R. O.
549. John Prior of Christchurch Twynham to Cromwell.
On Our Lady's Annunciation I received your letter, which I shall obey with all diligence, but I beg that the sheriff, commissioners, and country may view the said weirs, and determine what is to be done. Christchurch Twynham, 25 March.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Secretary. Endd.
25 March.
R. O.
550. The Prior of Blythe (fn. 9) to Cromwell.
Is visited with sickness, so that he cannot come up to show Cromwell their muniments, regal and papistical, according to Cromwell's injunctions at his last visitation. Sends him all the evidences concerning the King's grants and the bishop of Rome's confirmations. Blythe, 25 March.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Secretary.
25 March.
R. O. Wright's Suppression of the Monasteries, 117.
551. Sir Piers Edgecombe to Cromwell.
I thank you for your goodness to me at all times. It is reported all abbeys and priories under 200l. a year are to be suppressed; for what reason, or to what use, or to whose benefit, is not yet known. By grant of the King's father to my father and his issue male I am founder of the priory of Tottenes and the nunnery of Cornworthye, in Devonshire, both under 200l. a year. The prior of Tottenes is a man of virtuous conversation and a good "viander." I beg you will inform the King, and let him order me as one that will risk life and goods in his service. From my house, the day of Annunciation of Our Lady.
Hol., pp. 2. Add.: Secretary.
ii. P.S.—If by your means the King will let the prior of Tottenes enjoy the spiritual promotions, "and hyt wyll be no better for hym and his breder to leve on," and I, especially as being founder, to have the temporal possessions or part of them, I promise to consider your favor to please you. But if you think my suit unreasonable, I leave all to you. It is said the "prioras" of Cornworthye is given already.
Hol., p. 1.
Cleop. E. iv.
258. B. M.
2. Copy of the preceding in Sir P. Edgecombe's hand (from which the letter is printed by Wright).
Pp. 2.
25 March.
Cleop. E. iv. 234. B. M. Wright's Suppression of the Monasteries, 119. Ellis, 2 S. ii. 132.
552. Thos. Lord de la Ware to [Cromwell].
Hears that the Act is passed for giving to the King all houses of religion under 300 marks, but that he may license some to stand. Begs that the house of Boxgrave, of which he is founder, may be spared, as many of his ancestors and his wife's mother lie there. His parish church is under the roof of the church of the monastery, and he has made "a poor chapel to be buried in." If the King will not forbear to suppress it he might translate it into a college; otherwise begs that he may have the farm. Will recompense Cromwell's pains therein. "Written at my poor house upon Our Lady Day." Signed.
P. 1.
25 March.
R. O.
553. An Outrage in Yorkshire.
"The examination of Richard Forde, servant to Sir Francis Bygod, this Our Lady Day, in the 27th year of king Henry VIII."
He says that on the 4th March last he waited on Ralph Bygod, brother to Sir Francis, from Mowgrave (Mulgrave) castle, after they had dined with the bailiff, to Pykeryng, 16 miles off; there bated their horses, and rode to Settryngton, eight miles further, where they arrived at 7 p.m. at the house of Sir Francis, where they supped. At supper some one brought word that Percival Worme, John Bygod, Chr. Williamson, Wm. Corneforthe, Nich. Harryson, Wm. Dobson, Simon Arrundell, Edw. Fleccher, Wylfryde Fulthorpe, and Geo. —, had ridden to Malton, two miles off, to murder one Davy Seignory, servant to Mr. Ewers. On this Rauf Bigod ordered their horses, that he might prevent the act; but before they came to Richard Reysyng's house, where the murder was done, they met Percival Worme and his company, who informed them that they had done it.
P. 1. Add.: Mr. Thomas Crumwell, Esq., chief secretary to the King's highness.
25 March.
R. O.
554. Chamberlain of Chester.
Indenture, made 25 March 27 Hen. VIII., between Wm. Brereton, chamberlain of Chester, and Randolph Lloyd, whereby the latter covenants to exercise the office of chamberlain of Chester during the pleasure of the former.
P. 1. Seal gone.


  • 1. Barnes.
  • 2. See No. 283 note.
  • 3. James Griffith. See next No.
  • 4. Year uncertain.
  • 5. John Arundel of Trerice is said to have married Jane, daughter of Sir Thos. Grenville by his first wife Isabella Gilbert (Notes and Queries 5 S. ix. 377); lady Lisle was another daughter. Was the writer of this (who calls lady Lisle his aunt) a son of the John Arundel of Trerice in question?
  • 6. See Nos. 529, 530.
  • 7. Mons. and Madame de Bours.
  • 8. Madame de Riou.
  • 9. George Dalton.