Henry VIII: May 1536, 26-31

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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May 1536, 26-31

26 May. 966. Indictments in Somersetshire.
See Grants in May, No. 26.
26 May. 967. Sir Thomas Audeley, Lord Chancellor.
See Grants in May, Nos. 28 and 29.
26 May.
Otho, C. x. 276. B. M. Hearne's Sylloge, 140.
968. Princess Mary to [Cromwell].
"Master Secretary, I would have been a suitor to you before this time to have been a mean for me to the King's Grace to have obtained his Grace's blessing and favor; but I perceived that nobody durst speak for me as long as that woman (fn. 1) lived, which is now gone; whom I pray our Lord of His great mercy to forgive." Is now the bolder to write, desiring him for the love of God to be a suitor for her to the King, to have his blessing and leave to write to his Grace. Apologises for her evil writing; "for I have not done so much this two year and more, nor could not have found the means to do it at this time but by my lady Kingston's being here." Hunsdon, 26 May.
Hol. Mutilated.
26 May.
R. O.
969. Ch. de Coornhause to the Deputy of Calais.
You have been misinformed about my men having enterprised on the limits of the king of England. It was some adventurers who obtained my assistance to recover certain cattle, though they had no passport. If I had known I would have had them hanged. One of them was English and the others Brabanters. Boy de Hack confesses having let the cows for hire to a Frenchwoman, and I have caused them to be restored. Broucbourgh, 26 May.
Hol., Fr., p. 1. Add.
26 May.
Nero, B. vii. 110. B. M.
970. Harvel to Starkey.
I acknowledge your advice in your letter of the last of April to write to my honorable friends, but the length of time I have abstained from writing oppresses me with shame, which I know is groundless, sed natura sum pudenti ut scis. Besides, I have little pleasure and comfort of myself, considering the perpetual factions and discords of the worldly things, which makes me cold to come among men in public. My mind inclines much more to follow a private and quiet life and give up the worldly "fastidies" to those qui ambiunt honores, in the which number I was never greatly to be reckoned. I will not forget to provide your books. The news of the Queen's case made a great tragedy which was celebrated by all men's voices with admiration and great infamy to that woman to have betrayed that noble prince after such ma[nner], who had exalted her so high and put himself to peril, not without perturbation of all the world, for her cause. God showed himself a rightful judge to discover such high treason and iniquity. But all is for the best, and I reckon this to the King's great fortune that God would give him grace to see and touch with the hand what enemies and traitors he lived withal, of the which inconvenience his Grace is fair delivered, for with time there might have followed damage to his Grace inestimable.
There is no hope of peace. Everything tends to war between these two princes. The Imperial party is incomparably superior, both in men of war and in the estimation of all the world. The Emperor is at present in Ast, and will go in person to the war. His army will number about 70,000. The French have fortified Turin with a garrison of 5,000 men, and it is thought they will return with the rest of their host to France, which country the Emperor will probably invade. The Imperial league in Almain offered the Emperor 30,000 foot and 10,000 horse, paid, on condition that if France is vanquished it shall go the Empire, but the Emperor required Burgundy for his own patrimony, and agrees to the rest. It is thought the affair is concluded, for they are raising many men in Germany, probably to commence the war in Burgundy. The Emperor's navy is going to Provence. A great quantity of gold has arrived in Spain. Mr. Morison left for England on the 21st. Cease not to write, especially having so great argument there by these new mutations, which are likely to follow this case of the Queen's. Venice, 26 May 1536.
Hol., pp. 2. Add.
26 May.
R. O.
971. G. Lilius to Starkey.
Has scarcely time to write three words, owing to the hurry of the bearer. Is pleased by Starkey's opinion of his writings, and his advice. Venice, 26 May.
Hol., Lat., p. 1. Add.: Londini.
26 May.
R. O.
972. Paul III. to the King of Portugal.
Minute of a brief: "Regi Portugalliæ super obitum filii et super Regem Angliæ." 26 Maii.
Transcript from a book of minutes in the Vatican.
26 May.
Add. MS. 28,588, f. 281. B. M.
973. [Hannaert] to Charles V.
* * * * *
There is news from England that the so-called Queen was found in bed with her organist, and taken to prison. It is proved that she had criminal intercourse (hazia el maleficio a si mismo) with her brother and others, and that the daughter supposed to be hers was taken from a poor man. The English ambassador says that she and her brother are condemned to be burnt, and a valet (camarero) of the King's, who was very intimate with him, and three others, to be beheaded, for conspiring the death of the King. The King has sent for the Princess, made much of her, and given her many jewels belonging to the unjust Queen. De Leon Solarrona (Lyon sur le Rhone), 26 May 1536.
Sp., pp. 5. Modern copy.
27 May.
R. O.
974. Raynold Pole to Henry VIII.
Was informed by letters, first of your chaplain Mr. Starkey, and afterwards of Mr. Secretary, of your Grace's pleasure that I should declare to you my opinion touching the superiority of the Pope, with other articles, and state my reasons. I have done so, accordingly, in a book which I send by the bearer. How it will satisfy you, He only knows in whose hand are the hearts of kings. If you wish further information of my purpose, I refer you to the bearer. Venice, 27 May.
Hol., p. 1. Add. Endd.
Cleop. E. vi. 334. B. M. Burnet, vi. 172. 2. Instructions of Reginald Pole to be shown to Henry VIII.
To declare to the King Pole's intent in writing the book, which was the manifestation of the truth in the matter about which Mr. Secretary wrote, whose letters he took as a commandment from the King. Otherwise had never set pen to a book in so little hope of persuasion, and with such likelihood of not being the best accepted. Found that in the books sent to him on the contrary part the truth was marvellously suppressed and cloaked, and all colours that could be invented set upon the untrue opinion. Saw also what sore and grievous acts followed upon the same, and that unless the truth was purely set forth, it might turn to the utter undoing of the King and destruction of the quietness of the realm. This made him use all the wit and learning God had given him, to endeavour to express the truth and declare the qualities of the acts that followed of the sinister opinion, that he doubts not whoever read the book, that would know the truth, would never after fall in danger for ignorance of the true sentence. Believed that the King was allowed by God to fall into these errors, as He sometimes suffers those who are in His favor, that they may the better know where they have their true light and safeguard.
Refers to the falls of David and Solomon, and trusted that the King would be recovered to higher honor and grace than ever, as David was when the prophet had shown him the truth.
There is not only peril before God, but also in this world danger might happen if the King continued in this sentence, so different from other Christian princes; for his people cannot be quieted with these innovations, and it pertains to other princes to defend the laws of the Church. That the danger might not be unknown, has brought together in the book the reasons why other people or princes might be justly instigated against his Grace. He might think by the vehemency and sore reprehension he sees in the writing that Pole is the greatest adversary of his honor that ever has been; but anyone who reads the whole book together will see that his purpose was to save the King from great dishonor and peril both in this world and that to come. For the better understanding of his opinion and sentence, would desire the King to appoint some learned and sad man to read over the book and declare his judgment, being bound with an oath to show his judgment without affection. Suggests that it should be given to the bishop of Durham.
To declare to the King Pole's purpose that no part of the book should come abroad before the King had seen it, and to follow the same secretness as in the book about his matrimony. How this intent has been frustrated, "this you may declare by mouth, knowing the whole matter."
To desire the King to take as a favorable admonition of God the detection of the iniquity of her which hath been the original cause and occasion of all these errors and dangers, and to follow the advice of those whose conscience and fidelity to the King caused them, against their own private wealth and with great danger, to dissent from that matrimony. If the King will accept this warning to return to the unity of the Church, it will be taken for one of the greatest miracles that has been showed these many ages, and the most certain sign of special favor that ever was showed from God to any prince.
Now all Christendom calls for a General Council, and the King must either with dishonor and damage flee to obey thereunto, or with more danger answer there such causes as are laid to him. If he return, no Christian prince would appear there with more honor. The innovation he has made in the Church is the occasion of ruin of the fairest member of the Church of God. If God made him turn, his fall will be the happiest fall that was unto the Church many years, which may be a ready and high way to the reformation of the whole. The end will be, in every man's opinion who marks the whole process, that God suffered his Grace to fall, to make him rise with more honor to the greater wealth of his own realm and the whole Church. Signed.
Pp. 6. Headed: These shall be your instructions following, this same to be shown to the King's highness.
975. [Pole's] Book [de Unitate Ecclesiastica] addressed to Henry VIII.
R. O. After expressing the difficulty he has in writing either against the King or against his own conscience, seeing that others have been punished with death for their loyalty, he says he nevertheless feels it a duty, as he is the only one of the English nobility whom the King has educated from a boy. He then enters into a long argument in reply to Sampson's defence of the King's authority; and taunts Sampson with conduct like that of Judas in betraying the Church for some money promised him in past years by the King out of the bishopric of Norwich, expecting also that bishopric for himself. Speaks of the execution of Fisher and More, and of More's character as a judge, of his trial, and of his daughter embracing him on the way to execution,—how he was seen looking grey for the first time on coming out of prison, and how even strangers could not refrain from tears on hearing of his fate. Pole himself can hardly write for tears, having known the man as he did. Describes also Fisher's character, and refers to the Carthusian and Bridgetine martyrs, especially to one whom he knew personally, by name Reynolds (ei Reginaldi erat nomen), remarkable for his holiness of life and for his learning. He was the only monk in England who knew the three languages "quibus omnis liberalis doctrina continetur." Such was his constancy that, as an eyewitness informed Pole, he put his own neck into the noose, looking more like one putting on the insignia of royalty than one about to undergo punishment. Refers also to the Observants. Though it seems a hopeless task to recall Henry to virtue, yet as the prayers of Mary and Martha recalled a brother from corruption, so Katharine now prays for her husband, and Mary for her father; even Achab repented. Compares Henry's conduct to that of Nero and Domitian, and appeals to the Emperor to protect thousands of Christians from a far greater danger than the Turk. At the very time of Charles V.'s glorious expedition to Africa, Henry, bearing most untruly the name of Defender of the Faith, did not merely kill but tore to pieces all the true defenders of old religion in a more inhuman fashion than the Turk. Who that knew Fisher would have expected that a man so old and feeble in health and slender in body could have endured imprisonment even for one month? Pole, certainly, when he left England three years before, did not believe that, with the utmost care, he would have lived more than a year longer. Was told afterwards that when he was brought to London to be sent to prison he was so weak that for some time he lost consciousness. Yet he endured 15 months' imprisonment. "Who," the writer asks, "does not acknowledge the hand of God beyond nature that lengthened his life to your shame that he might perish by your sword, and allowed him to be enrolled among the number of cardinals, that it might be known to the whole world that you had slain not merely an excellent bishop, against whom you had no just cause, but a cardinal over whom you had no authority?" The writer then warns the King that the Pope is urgently entreated to expel him from the Church as a rotten member, nor can Henry expect his subjects to keep faith with him when he has broken it so shamefully with them. During the 27 years he has reigned he has continually plundered them, and if he was liberal in anything, it was certainly not in things making for the common weal. He has robbed every kind of man, made a sport of the nobility, never loved the people, troubled the clergy, and torn like a wild beast the men who were the greatest honor to his kingdom. What epitaph is to be placed on Henry's tomb except the recital of these facts, unless this is to be added, that he has obtained for himself from the universities the name of an incestuous person, and by the slaughter of his best men has got himself acknowledged 'Head of the Church.' Warns him by the fate of Richard III., that he may find few friends one day, and concludes with a strong exhortation to repentance. Dated at the end 1536.
Lat., pp. 280.
Begins: Quid ad te hoc tempore scribam.
Ends: Et non erit vobis iniquitas vestra in ruinam.
R. O. 2. An abstract of [Pole's] treatise; or rather, a list of statements contained in it.
In Moryson's hand, pp. 10. Endd.: Abbreviations of a certain evill willyd man or wryt ayenst the Kynges doinges.
27 May.
R. O.
976. Jenne de Saveuzes [Madame de Riou] to Lady Lisle.
I have received your letter by Jehan Semtin (sic), and was glad to hear of your good health. Before hearing from you I was made anxious by a report of plague in England, but the bearer tells me there is none. Your daughter (fn. 2) is well. I have received the angelot you sent me for her, and thank you for the beautiful tokens to myself. Jehan Semoin told me you wished me to take notice how your daughter employed the three crowns you have sent her. I assure you she does not waste them, but spends them as well as can be in her little affairs and in good works; otherwise I would let you know. You need not trouble yourself to get lanners, for Mons. de Ryou is not in this country. Pont de Remy, 27 May.
I do not wonder my lord Lisle and you could not send into this country sooner, considering the troubles in England. I always feared you would have much trouble owing to lord Lisle's sense of his responsibility (pour l'amour de la charge que a Mons. de Lisle).
Hol., Fr., p. 1. Add.
27 May.
Vit. B. xiv. 215. B. M.
977. [Sir Gregory Casale] to Henry VIII.
"Serme et invictissime Domine, Domine mi supreme, [salutem et fælicitatem.] Jam dies decem præterierunt ex quo Pontifex [jussit me ad se] accersi, narravitque ad se perlatum esse Regi [nam una cum] suis parentibus, quod illis assentientibus adulteriu[m admisisset,] in carcerem fuisse conjectam. Dixit deinde se [millies] obtestatum fuisse Deum, ut vestræ Majestatis mentem alio[quin rectam] suo limine hac in re illustraret; se quidem se[mper præ] oculis aliquid tale habuisse, propterea quod ita [secum] reputaret Majestatis vestræ animum iis esse vir[tutibus] decoratum, eaque fuisse ipsius merita in Christ[ianam] Rempublicam, ut eam Deus haud esset desert[urus] sed potius sui luminis gratia sublevaturus, ut [his] temporibus, quibus maxime certe opus est, v[estra] Majestas, quemadmodum alias fecit, egregiam ope[ram] reipublicæ præstare valeat, ab eo conjugio so[luta] quod ei nimis sane impar esset. Nec sile[ntio] præteriit Majestatis vestræ animi præstantiam qu[a Christianorum] pacem et concordiam semper quæsivit, liber[alitatem et] magnanimitatem, qua sæpe huic ecclesiæ [armis], pecuniis, omnique ope et consilio præsto fu[it, prudentiam] ac doctrinam, qua acerrime Lutherum [impugnavit; hæc] omnia frustra apud Deum futura nequaquam se [cre]didisse. Quinimmo nunc animadvertere divinam [pr]ovidentiam voluisse vestram Majestatem in eum locum ducere, [u]nde tantas duorum maximorum principum iras et inimicitias tantum bellorum incendium facile, nec sine immortali gloria, sedare et extinguere possit. Primum igitur se omnipotentem Deum bonorum omnium largitorem, deinde Majestatem vestram obsecrare ut animum inducat, sese ita comparare, ut tantæ gloriæ adeundæ occasionem non prætermittat. Quod si vestra regia Majestas huic Romanæ ecclesiæ conjuncta fuerit, ipsam sine dubio tantum habituram autoritatis, ut Cæsari simulque Gallorum regi jubere possit et utrunque cogere ad pacem, cujus honorem Majestati vestræ cum nemine esse communicandum, cum quia manifestum fuit, se quamvis totis viribus conatus sit. nihil profecisse, tum quia minime obscurum est Majestatem vestram, si secum Romanum Pontificem habeat, reliquis principibus quod voluerit imperaturam, potentiæ et autoritatis causa. Se vero polliceri se in hoc negotio vestræ regiæ Majestati obtemperaturum, et omni [sig]nificatione ac rebus ipsis declaraturum, honorem ex hac provincia referendum ad Majestatem vestram [tantummodo] pertinere. Utque hoc magis persuaderet affirm[avit se nihil] omnino aliud præter pacem optare, nec anim[um suum] factionibus addictum esse, aut alteri ex pa[rtibus magis] studere, neque ea cupiditate laborare, ut suæ [familiæ] fortunas in immensum augeat aut pontific[iæ ditionis] fines propaget, unde accidere posset ut ab hac [recte] instituta ratione recederet. His adjunxit, non [debere vestram] Majestatem infenso animo erga se, sed potius amico [et benevolo] esse. Semper enim studuisse rem gratam vestræ [Majestati facere], nec unquam eam lædere voluisse, sed in rebus [omnibus], me quidem teste, et plerumque suam operam require[nte, sui] amoris et observantiæ signa non obscura dedisse. [In] causa vero matrimonii, et in consistoriis, et pub[lice et] privatim apud Clementem VII. se omnia quæ [potuit pro] vestra Majestate egisse: et Bononiæ Imperatori per [horas] quatuor accurate persuadere conatum fuisse [non] esse Majestatem vestram per illam causam impug[nandam]; qua quidem in re vera narrabat, meo [namque] rogatu id fecit. Atque hujusmodi certe offic[ia se ex]corde fecisse, cum confideret Deum [bonorum operum Majestatis] vestræ rationem habiturum. Nec ulla in re offendere [vol]uisse Majestatem vestram, quamvis in Anglia quotidie aliquid contra Sedem A postolicam fieri intelligeret. Quod vero ad Roffensem pertinet, Deum testatur se sperasse amorem sibi inde, non odium conciliaturum fuisse. Idque in causa esse cur id fecerit, quod cum imprimis cuperet concilium haberi, opusque esset collegium cardinalium aliquot viris doctis concilii causa augeri, ex sui animi sententia cardinales nonnullos creare voluit, et eo respexisse, quod mos sit ex qualibet natione cardinalem aliquem concilio interesse. Ideoque Roffensem in Anglia legisse, cujus libri adversus Lutherum præcipuæ sunt authoritatis. Ac se quidem putasse rem undecunque laude dignam facere. In eo tantum se fatetur errasse, quod suam deliberationem nemini dixit. Sed postea cum undique sollicitaretur compellereturque ad Roffensis mortem qua posset ratione ulciscendam, non potuisse non habere ea de re sermones, et ea agere quæ tamen numquam in animo habuit ad exitum perducere, optans modo [ut] divina Majestas opem ferret, quemadmodum nunc fecisse videtur, cujus vestigiis in hoc se velle [insistere. Ideo] cogitare, se ad vestram Majestatem missurum, q[ui eam adhortetur] et obtestetur, ut velit considerare div[inam providentiam] non sine magna causa ista effecisse his [temporibus] adeo turbulentis. Idcirco Majestatem vestram se [accingere] debere ad tantam gloriam comparendam [vel potius] accipiendam, quam Dii hominesque ei obtul[erunt, cum] pacis inter Christianos principes componendæ [pulcherrimam] præstent occasionem, unde Majestas vestra suas [laudes et] titulos præclarissimos sit cælo æquatura. [Ex] pace vere concilium subsecuturum rem præ[ter cæteras] necessariam, et a Christianis principibus va[lde exoptatam]. Unde sperandum sit difficultates omnes, [quæ sunt] inter Christianos sublatas fore. Quo negoti[o confecto] non dubitandum est, quin infideles facillim[e debellari] possint, cum præsertim Turcæ sint de[biliores] at Christianorum vires longe maximæ nun[c potissimum] esse videantur.
Cum Pontificem interrogarem an vellet ist[a quæ mihi] dixit, ad vestram Majestatem scriberem ut ab ipso [accepta, post] multam deliberationem permisit, ut ta[nquam ex me in mod]um consilii scriberem, diceremque in ipso me adeo bonum [a]nimum reperisse, ut proculdubio vestra Majestas omnia de ips[o] sibi polliceri possit. Meo quidem judicio, si Majestas vestra vel minimum significationem fecerit mittendo, vel aliquid ad me scribendo, unde colligi possit, ipsam aliquo modo amicitiam et conjunctionem cum Pontifice desiderare, Pontifex nuntium mitteret, et omnia quæ posset ageret. Sed nunc ipsius voluntas impeditur, quod multi ei dicunt, magno dedecori ei fore, si post tot injurias acceptas, ad vestram Majestatem miserit, antequam ex ullo signo aut conjectura sperare possit, id in bonam partem acceptum iri. Hane ob causam se missurum dixit Latinum Juvenalem aut Andream Casalium, ita tamen ut fama sit, non ab ipso mitti, sed a me privatarum rerum mearum causa. In hoc tamen ipse nihil adhuc decrevit, neque ego assentire volui ut meo nomine mittatur. Dico autem quod si ita placet, corum alterum suo nomine mittat, nec aliter sum dicturus. Video tamen ex hac re nil nisi honorificum accidere posse. Si sciret Pontifex me omnia singillatim ad Majestatem vestram, ut debeo [et ut facturus] semper sum, scripsisse, nunquam ampliu[s quod haberet] in animo mihi ostenderet.
"Heri allatæ fuerunt literæ, itemque hodie [a Marchione] Vasti ex Cæsaris castris, quæ significa[nt Gallos] ultra montes recedere, et reiinquere Taurin[um] . . . . . . Columnam; Imperatorem vero magnis itineri[bus versus] suos contendere. Nihil tamen hac de re [nuntius] Pontificis scribit. Ex Hispania Gen[uam] . . . . . . advenerunt xxv. triremes cum duobus mill[ibus et] quingentis peditibus, cumque quadringentis mill[ibus] aureorum." 27 May 1536.
Mutilated. Add.
Add. MS. 29,547, f. 9b. B. M. 2. Modern copy made before the Fire. The mutilated passages have been supplied from it, except in the last paragraph, which is not in the copy.
27 May.
R. O. St. P. vii. 656.
978. Sir Gregory Casale to Cromwell.
Will not repeat the substance of his letter to the King. Rome, 27 May.
On the 20th inst. decided to go to the Emperor's court, seeing that there was no hope of making peace through the Pope, but his Holiness asked him to wait until he had certain news of the Queen, &c.
Hol. Lat. Add.: Secretario, &c.
28 May.
Harl. Ch. 57. H. 3. B. M.
979. Cromwell.
Indenture, dated 28 May 28 Hen. VIII., between Thos. Crumwell, chief secretary to the King; John Clopton and Elizabeth his wife, one of the cousins and heirs of Edw. Knyvet, Esq., d. and h. of Margaret, late wife of John Roydon, Esq., second sister of Edw. Knyvett; and Francis Clopton, cousin and heir of Edw. Knyvett, son and heir of Thomasian, eldest sister to the said Edw. and late wife to Sir Wm. Clopton, father of the said Francis, for the sale of the manor of Newington Belhouse, Kent, to Cromwell, for the sum of 667l. 8s. 4d.
Vellum. Signed and sealed by Cromwell and Fras. Clopton. Endd.
28 May.
R. O.
980. Sir Ralph Ellerker, the younger, and others, to Cromwell.
On Saturday, 26 (fn. 3) May, we were at the monastery of the Charterhouse, Hull, which we surveyed according to the King's commission. The prior and his brethren were ready to accomplish the King's articles. They are well-favored and commended by the honest men of Hull and others for their good living and great hospitality, and they also desire that you would be good master to the prior and his brethren, and that their house may be continued. From the monastery of Swyne, 28 May. Signed: Rauf Ellerker, the yonger, k.—M. Constable—Leonard Bekwith—Hugh Fuller.
P. 1. Add.: Secretary. Endd.
28 May.
Cleop. E. iv. 116. B. M. Wright's Suppression of the Monasteries, 130.
981. Thos. Prior of Bodmin to Mr. Lokes.
Complains that the canons have lived unthriftily and against the good order of religion. The bp. (fn. 4) in his late visitation gave certain injunctions, no harder to keep than their own rule, which have sore grieved them, and most of them intend to depart with capacities without the prior's consent. One has purchased a capacity, without the prior's licence, last term, which is against the words of his capacity. Has therefore restrained his departing. If he allows him to go, will have never a canon to abide with him. Is sore threatened by Roger Arundel, their maintainer, to be brought before the King's council for not allowing him to depart. Asks Lokes to show this to Mr. Secretary, and refer any complaints to Sir John Arundell, Sir Peter Eggecumbe, Sir John Chamond, and other discreet gentlemen in the country; so that he may not have to come to London, which would be a great charge to him, being so indebted. This gentleman has procured a commission to pull down a weir which has belonged to the house this 400 years. Will write more by Mr. Hill. Bodmin, 28 May.
Hol., p. 1. Add: To, &c., Mr. Lokes, mercer, dwelling in Cheapside at the sign of the Padlok. Endd.
28 May.
R. O.
982. Jacques de Coucy [Sieur de Vervins] to the Deputy of Calais.
I have received your letter touching the galeasse of Boulogne, which, as you were told, took a ship belonging to Ric. Gardonne, merchant of London. No ship or mariners of Boulogne have made such a capture. Yesterday there was a ship in the roadstead, which was said to belong to Dieppe. It would not enter the harbour, and left today without unloading anything here, as the bearer will tell you. If they had, I would have arrested them, after receiving your letter. Boulogne, 28 May. Signed.
Fr., p. 1. Add.
29 May. 983. Bishopric of St. Asaph's.
See Grants in May, No. 36.
29 May.
R. O.
984. Sir John Whyte (fn. 5) to Cromwell.
Asks him to obtain the King's letters to the Under-Treasurer to allow him to occupy land which the earl of Kildare kept from him. Also that he may have a commission to take up certain tithes of corn for the expenses of the castle of Dublin. Dublin Castle, 29 May. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Mr. Secretary.
29 May.
R. O.
985. John Whalley to Cromwell.
Asks for money, 300l. at least, for the payment of 480 men, for ironwork and boats, and for courts occupied daily for the cleansing of the harbour. Mr. Wyngfeld has sent for money to pay them for a month, which is on Saturday next. Many who have wages are not set to work. It grieves him to see the money go so fast. What he told Cromwell at Stepney, that the master of the Maisondieu and Mr. Wyngefeld were as one, appears to be true. The men Whalley put in office have been discharged by the master's counsel, and new officers of the townsmen put in meet for their purpose. The bearer is one of those dismissed. Asks Cromwell to hear him, and then order everything as it shall please him. Wyngfeld says Whalley shall not meddle with buying provisions nor making clerks and officers, but that he is to admit them, and Whalley pay everything that he and the master assign. In all the King's works the paymaster ought to see everything for the money. Asks that he may be so discharged. The master of the Maisondieu keeps a book, and has admitted one Chr. Levyns, of Canterbury, to be his clerk, who he hears is chosen to be one of the burgesses of Parliament for Canterbury. He is meet for the master, for he is a seditious and crafty fellow. Has written to Wyngfeld that he will not allow both him and the master clerks. The Comptroller is sufficient for putting his hand to Whalley's book. They care not how the money goes, but he is afraid thereof. Remits all to his pleasure. Has been sick since he saw him at the Rolls, but trusts shortly to be able to go to Dover, Monday, 29 May.
Hol., pp. 2. Add.: Mr. Secretary. Endd.
29 May.
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986. Nic. [Shaxton], Bishop of Salisbury, to Mr. Turwytt.
You have done me wrong to sue to the King for his letters. The offices were not in Henry Norris's nor Hennege's hands since the King gave me the bishopric. Hennege held the offices only during Campeggio's time without the chapter seal, and Norris's title was no better. It was in my gift, and Henry Norris knowing right well spake to me for the rooms, and had them of me during my pleasure. The fees were given to his servant Sandes, but the leading of the men, whenever it took place, was what he regarded.
If he had lived, and not fallen into this danger, I would have spoken to him to have provided otherwise, for I had warned his servant the last Michaelmas to cease occupying my demesnes, and would have given my brother Norris's office. It is worth only 6l. 13s. 4d. a year, and is of great charge, as the officer has to receive clerks convict, and convey them to Salisbury, &c., as I will show you at my coming to Parliament. Remmesbury, 29 May. Signed.
P. 1. Add. Endd.
29 May.
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987. Sir E. Nevill to Cromwell.
Please to help me that I may now pay my debts, and set me forward to wait upon the King when he goes. As my lord, my brother, has been very ill I have kept him company. When I arrived at London to wait upon you, hearing he was very ill, I was compelled to return. He is now very well amended. "Notwithstanding, your letter of recommendations which ye promised shall do good rather than hurt to the disease of his honor." (fn. 6) Please you of your goodness to relieve me of this money at this time, and I were greatly bound to you. Forest of Waterdowne, 29 May.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Secretary. Endd.
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988. Lord Leonard Gray to Henry VIII.
Has received his gracious letters by the Chief Justice and Master of the Rolls. Expresses his determination to serve the King. Complains of the lack of money. Dublin, 29 May. Signed.
P. 1. Add. Endd. Sealed.
29 May. 989. S. Vaughan to Cromwell.
See the two letters in Vol. VII., Nos. 731, 732, which are of the year 1536.
[29 May.]
Corpus Reform., iii. 81.
990. Melancthon to Justus Jonas.
The reports from England are more than tragic. The Queen is thrown into prison, with her father, brother, two bishops, and others, for adultery. You will hear the whole thing from Bucer. Monday.
30 May.
Otho, C. x. 277. B. M. Hearne's Sylloge, 146.
991. Princess Mary to [Cromwell].
Thanks him for the great pain and labor he has taken in obtaining for her her father's blessing and licence to write to him,—the two highest comforts that ever came to her. Begs him to continue in suit for her. Will be as obedient to the King as can reasonably be expected, and hopes his Grace will not only withdraw his displeasure but license her to come to his presence, which she desires above all worldly things. Begs Cromwell to be her petitioner, "for the love of Him that all comfort sendeth." Can write no more for the rheum in her head, and begs credence for bearer. Hownsdon, 30 May.
Hol. Mutilated. Begins: Master Secretary.
30 May.
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992. Sir Thos. Audeley, Chancellor, to Lord Lisle.
Sends two books, one for the ordinances of the town of Calais, and the other containing an Act for the same. London, 30 May. Signed.
P. 1. Add. Endd.
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993. Wm. Marche to Lord Lisle.
Your letter was delivered on Monday after my departure from Calais, and Mr. Secretary made me answer that he had given you a full answer to its contents. Mr. Boysse and I are at your commands, if we can do anything further. As to the horsemill, Mr. Dawnce told me it may not be set upon the King's ground, but if he had set it upon his own freehold it might have passed well enough. This day the King is known to be married unto one Mrs. Jane Semar, Sir John Semar's daughter; and my lord William [Howard] this day came out of Scotland in post and merry. London, 30 May 1536.
Hol., p. 1. Add. Endd.
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994. John Husee to Lord Lisle.
Has delivered to Sir John Russell one piece of French [wine], 10 doz. quails, "and a xi. brews;" also to Mr. Hennage, 11 doz. quails, 1 hogshead Gascon wine, telling him what losses you have sustained by Mr. Norrys's death. As he offers his services, you will find in him a very friend, for he now supplies Mr. Norrys's whole room. Mr. Treasurer is at Guildford, and I have delivered the French wine to his servant Osborn. His man paid for it. Thinks he should write to Mr. Hennage. Wyndsor is here, and shall receive the 60l. He is loth you should do away with any part of the "waytes londes," "saying there is therein great charge of conscience. Howbeit if it were in his hands I think his conscience would not therein be so scrupulous." Sends the proxies made by Pexsall. The registration in the Parliament chamber will cost 20s. The usage has been to put in a spiritual man and a temporal, but now by Pexsall's advice two temporal men are named, the lord Delaware and lord Montague. Received his letter by Snowden, who has gone to Mr. Treasurer. If Mr. Porter will have this room he must come over. Mr. Secretary says he sent you the King's letter touching "the Marrys." Boyes and Marche confirm it. Will ask Page for a gelding for you. All his council are opposed to proof (?) for my lord Daubeny. Boys desires your instructions what motion they shall make in the Parliament House. If I stop here and follow your causes, I am afraid I shall lose my room and my check will be stopped. I send you by Fyssher two pair of hose and a pair of satin sleeves for Lacy. Wishes to know his mind respecting the 20 bows. London, 30 May.
Hol., pp. 3. Add.
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995. John Husee to Lady Lisle.
I thank you for your last, and the pains you have taken in saving my check, though I never thought my lord and you would see me lose my wages while staying here on your affairs. The danger, however, is increased by the new statute, "which doubleth so from day to day that a man were as good give up his room as run in the danger of two months' check;" and your affairs will ask no small time to be well ordered. But I trust, now my lord Comptroller is my lord's friend, that the matter may be the sooner stayed; if not, suit must be made to the King. or I must give up. I will show Skutt the misordering of your gowns. You need not send money to Mr. Basset till he returns to London after the holidays. As to lord Daubeney, Mr. Suyllyard and others of your council are against making any motion for the proviso, but think you should work by some trusty friend about him. Mr. Degory, Bury, and Myller wish you to remember their liveries. Tong cannot complain of your Ladyship for his money. I send by the ship that brought your wine two dozen bowls packed with my Lord's hosen and a pair of satin sleeves for Mrs. Lacy. I delivered the puncheon of wine to Mr. Treasurer's servant, John Osborne, against his master's coming; to whom I shall give your recommendations, and note how thankfully he receives them. No credible news worth writing. London, 30 May.
Hol., pp. 2. Add.
30 May. R. O. 996. Thomas Abbot of Abingdon to Cromwell.
Thanks him for his goodness in the matter between him and John Audelett, which he understands is brought to such a point that it lies with Cromwell to finish it. Begs him to make an end now, rather than in the Parliament time, when he will have less leisure. This day one Andrews inquired of me in your behalf if the obligations were sealed. They were both sealed on the 15th, and I sent them up next day by John Wellsborne, who sent me word that the one with the convent seal was delivered to you. The other he returned to me. Abingdon, 30 May.
Begs Cromwell not to be offended with his bold writing. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Mr. Cromwell, chief secretary, &c. Endd.
30 May. R. O. 997. Robt. Testwood to Mr. Whalley. (fn. 7)
I have sent you certain articles and a letter enclosed, which I beg you to communicate to my right worshipful Master Cromwell so closely and suddenly that neither Mr. Warde nor any other of the canon's friends at Windsor know thereof. It will advantage the King 2,000l. or 3,000l. Mr. Myles shall be sent for and examined. I would have come myself, but can get no horse, and it would have been thought by all our masters, the canons, whereabouts I had gone. I have therefore sent my son to you. Show my letter to Mr. Cromwell. If it please him that I should have any knowledge of this business, when anyone comes I will use my diligence. Windsor, 30 May.
I think it meet for some of Sir Chr. Plummer's (fn. 8) servants to be attached for divers causes.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Unto his assured and well beloved friend, Mr. Whalley in Chepps Syde, this be given with all speed that may, and in his absence to Mr. Marshall in Woodstrete.
31 May. R. O. 998. William Prior of Bridlington to Cromwell.
Has received his letters of the 7th, complaining that the writer had promised Thomas Brigham, for certain services, the next farm that should be void, refusing him Besyngby lately void by the death of Herbert St. Quintin. Never made any such promise to Brigham, who has been sufficiently recompensed. The farm of Besyngby was not void by St. Quintin's death, as the lease was not expired, and his executrix sold it to Henry Pully, who has obtained a new lease under the convent seal before the coming of Cromwell's letters. Sends him by the bearer 6l. 13s. 4d., with a grant of an annuity of 10 marks per annum. Bridlington, 31 May. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Secretary. Endd.
31 May. R. O. 999. Thomas Runcorn to Anthony Bonvix.
There is no news since you left, except that I, my brother and Medow, greatly regret your absence. We remember you every Friday. You have left, however, behind you, a pledge with me of your affection, which I consider so grateful that I can never repay it, and shall be glad of any opportunity of serving you. They say the Emperor goes this day to Asti, six miles from Turin, thence to besiege a castle called Fosson, formerly belonging to the marquis of Saluzzo. Lyons, prid. Calend. Junias.
You need not show this news to Baltazar.
Hol., Lat., p. 1. Add. Endd.
31 May. R. O. 1000. John Husee to Lord Lisle.
The bearer, Mrs. Alice Warton, is the gentlewoman I wrote of, and I trust will do you good service. She has taken out a great part of the cushion, but has not had leisure to take out the whole. There remains the tree or flower and the beast, which is an unicorn. If you will have it taken out, I will get some woman or painter to do it. You will receive by this ship two dozen bowls, which cost 4s., and the coals which Annes Woodrove bought for you. It is said the coronation will not be till Michaelmas. "The King was married yesterday in the Queen's closet at York Place or Manor, whose Grace is determined to see the watch on Midsummer night." London, 31 May.
Hol., p. 1. Add.
P.S. on the back:—Mine host Cross sends in this ship a kilderkin of ale, and desires his barrel again and some venison. Mine hostess will have half the thanks.
31 May.
Lamb. MS. 603, f. 80.
1001. Ireland.
Treaty between Lord Leonard Gray and Remund Savage, who promises to serve the King, and is confirmed as principal captain of Lecale. 31 May 28 Hen. VIII.
Lat., copy, p. 1.
31 May.
Add. MS. 8,715, f. 254 b. B. M.
1002. Bishop of Faenza to Mons. Ambrogio.
* * * He will see by the copy enclosed that there is nothing of importance from England since the death of the Queen. It is certain that the French (questi) know the good stroke they would make by bringing him back to the Church and making an alliance [matrimonial] with him.
Ital., modern copy, pp. 4.
Headed: Al Signor Prot. Ambrogio. Da Lione li 31 Maggio 1536.
31 May.
Corpus Ref. iii. 82.
1003. Melancthon to Henry VIII.
Sends this letter by John Stratius, a Flemish knight, of Ulyssean experience, an old friend of his own and of Francis, (fn. 9) the Vice-Chancellor of the elector of Saxony. After studying rhetoric and law, he went through France and Italy, partly as a soldier and partly from desire for learning, and finally went to Poland and Hungary, where the Princes employed him on embassies and other important business. In Italy and elsewhere powerful bishops made him great offers; but he hates the tyranny of the Pope, and would not join them, but preferred to go to the King and offer his services. His eloquence, knowledge of languages, experience, and other qualities may be of use in embassies or other business. 31 May 1539. (fn. 10)
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1004. The Marquis of Saluces.
Order by the Emperor to "Jherusalem Conquerant Roy d'Armes" to summon Françoys marquis of Saluces to quit his marquisate on account of his action against the Emperor, the defensive league, and the duke of Savoy, on pain of being treated as a rebel.
He is to take with him "Macabeus trompette" to make a public proclamation, in case he cannot find the Marquis. He is then to go to the prince d'Asculi, Anthonio de Leyva, to tell him what he has done. In the city of Ast, 31 May 1536. Sig. (copied) A. Perrenyn.
Fr., copy, p. 1. Endd.
R. O. 1005. [Lisle] to Henry VIII.
Has received his letter dated Westminster,—April, desiring him to admit Rob. Whethill, son of Sir Richard, to "a rome of a spere," late Thos. Prowd's room. Reminds the King that three years ago he wrote to him in favor of Sir Thos. Palmer, knight porter here, who was to have the first that fell vacant out of three, viz., Thos. Prowde, Ralph Broke, or Thos. Tatte; which grant Sir Thos. brought before master Treasurer and the other commissioners at their last being here. On Prowde's death, accordingly, the writer gave it to Palmer, who is a good horseman, and will spend on the death of his father little less than 100 marks a year. On this "lady Whethell came unto my poor wife in Pilate's voice, railing upon me many slanderous words and untrue, as shall be proved." Would have punished her, except out of respect for the King. The young man himself, too, declared "he would have a spear's room and ask me non lyve (leave); which, as methought, was very liberally spoken in the gate here before all your servants, I being admitted by your Grace unworthy to be your captain here."
Draft on a long sheet of paper, corrected by Palmer.
ii. [Same] to Same.
On the same subject. Has been treated by Sir Ric. Whethill, his wife and son, in a way the worst groom of the King's chamber would not have suffered.
Draft in Palmer's handwriting.
R. O. 1006. [Sir Thos. Palmer to Lord Lisle.]
Begs him to let Tystone have the next 6d. a day that falls vacant, that the writer may have the "room" Tystone has, and that the writer's room may be given to the priest's brother. With this my lord Controller and master Treasurer will be satisfied, if they have Lisle's favor, saying it is not against the Act. (fn. 11) Will give him 40 load of log wood and 40,000 of billet lying at Apylldor. My lord Controller and master Treasurer had appointed that Pynar should have the next 6d., till he promised Pynar's wages should be continued till another "room" should fall.
Hol., p. 1.
R. O. 1007. John Whalley to [Cromwell.]
Reminds him that there are in the King's works at Dover 460 persons, as reported by the clerks to the writer and the master of the Maison Dieu. To most of them is owing a whole month's wages; the greater number at 5d., others at 6d., 8d., and 10d. a day, altogether over 200l., besides certain iron work, timber carriages, 40 dozen shovels, spades, scoops, &c., bought in London, within this six days. Begs the money may be sent at once. The great pain he suffers with the stone and "stranguyllion," grieves him no more than the lack of money to pay these men. If Cromwell distrust him, let him appoint another to see payment of it.
Hol., pp. 2. Add.: Rt. Honorable, &c. good Master.
R. O. 1008. Anne Boleyn's Debtors.
Abstract of the "arrearages" of divers persons, due to the late queen Anne at Michaelmas 27 Hen. VIII.
Northt.—Berkhampstede, from lord Vaux.
Berks.—Newbury, from John Erley.
Wilts.—Dychamton, fr. Sir Humph. Stafford; Marleborough, fr. John Wylks.
Linc.—Grantham, fr. Fras. Halle; Kelby, fr. the heir of George Taylbos, of the fee farm of Shillinghope.
Herts.—Huchyn, John Smyth.
Norf.—From the earl of Rutland, Ric. Southwell, Wm. Conyngesby, and Sir John Heydon.
Total, 197l. 13s. 1d. ¼ 1/8.
Lat., pp. 4.
R. O. 1009. Anne Boleyn's Appointments.
"The offices and fees yearly that George Tayllor had by the late Queen." First, the receivership, 50l.; item, for his attendance the four terms, and for his house of receipt in London, 10l.; item, for paper, wax, and ink, 46s. 8d.: 62l. 6s. 8d. In margin in another hand:—"Griffith Richards."
The lord Mountjoy: (fn. 12) Stewardship of Havering at the Bower, 6l. Francis Blake: (fn. 12) annuity out of Moche Waltham in Essex, 10l. Griffith Rede: (fn. 12) customership of Penbroke and Tymby, in Wales, 4l.; bailliwick of Rowse in Wales, 3l.
Total, 85l. 6s. 8d.
P. 1. Endd.: George Taylor.
Vesp. F. XIII. f. 109 b. B. M. Arch, XVII., 277. Ellis, 1 S. II., 67. 1010. Jane, widow of Lord Rochford, to [Cromwell].
Beseeching him to obtain from the King for her the stuff and plate of her husband. The King and her father paid 2,000 marks for her jointure to the earl of Wyltchere, and she is only assured of 100 marks during the Earl's life, "which is very hard for me to shift the world withal." Prays him to inform the King of this. Signed.
P. 1. Begins: Master Secretary.
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1011. Lady Rochford.
. . . May, 28 Hen. VIII.
Stuff belonging to lady Rochford remaining in a chest in the chamber over the kitchen.
10 pair of sleeves of velvet, satin, damask, and "tynxell." 13 plackards of similar materials. A primer borded with silver and gilt and one clasp. 2 pair knives with black velvet sheaths. A silver-gilt foot of an ivory coffer. 2 pair of broken beads—gold and pearl, and gold and white bone. A paper of lawnes. 2 books, covered with black and crimson velvet. A pair of knit hose of white silk wrought with gold, for masking. 5 squares of velvet and satin in a case.
R. O. 1012. J. [Hilsey], Bishop of Rochester, to Cromwell.
As I intend to visit my place at Bromley, let me know if it is expedient for me to set forward now or defer my journey. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Secretary. Endd.
1013. John Fagan, servant to Lord Odonaill, to [Cromwell].
R. O. Petitions for an answer from the King for his master, for which he has waited here more than five months, to the great hurt of the King's business in Ireland. The time is passing in which any good can be done against the Irish rebels. Asks for a letter from the King to the Deputy, to aid Odonaill against his false son Manus, and other rebels. Thinks otherwise he will have no more aid nor comfort than he had last year. He was with lord deputy Skeffington three months or more last year, and yet it was not the Deputy's fault that time. If he had lived, Odonaill would have been aided, as it appears by Skeffington's letters, and also Ulster would have been at the King's commandment. Refers to Mr. Warre, Mr. Whit, and Jeram Grene of Bristow, to answer the complaint that Fagan did not diligently try to depart thence. They heard what he said to the Mayor and the customer "for his dispatching there hence, and to have a picard or a ship."
Hol., p. 1. Endd.
1014. Richard Thorpe to Lord Lisle.
R. O. Martin Fouller has been into Flanders for your horse, and on Saturday night passed through Gravelines at low-water mark, bringing with him six horses, and was within the King's pale within half a mile, where he was set upon by six fishers of Gravelines, who took two of his best horses and wounded his man. The horses—a grey for your Lordship and a bay for Mr. Myddelton—are now in the captain's stable. You may safely write for them. I have arranged with Fouller to let you have the grey as a free gift, if he have the other home.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: My lord Lylle, lord Deputy of Calais.
1015. Grants in May 1536.
1. Rob. Harvye, a native of Normandy. Denization. Westm., 1 May. — Pat. 28 Hen. VIII. p. 5, m. 13.
2. Commissions of the Peace.
Hunts: Sir Th. Audeley, C., Thomas duke of Norfolk, Charles duke of Suffolk, Sir Wm. Fitzwilliam lord admiral of England, J. bishop of Lincoln, E. bishop of Ely, John lord Husey, John lord Mordaunt, Sir John Baldwyn, Sir Ric. Lyster, Sir Walt. Luke, Sir John Russell, sen., Sir Wm. Husey, Sir John Seynt John, Sir Wm. Gascoigne, Sir Laur. Taylard, Sir Rob. Kyrkham, John Hynde, serjeant-at-law, Edw. Mountague, serjeant-at-law, John Gostwyke, John Goodrik, Hen. Goodrik, Rob. Tyrwhitt, Th. Hall, Rob. Apryce, Oliver Leder, Th. Megge, Th. Wawton, Th. Downold. 1 May.—Pat. 28 Hen. VIII. p. 5, m. 4d.
3. Co[rnwall]: Sir Th. Audeley, C., Thomas duke of Norfolk, Charles duke of Suffolk, Henry marquis of Exeter, Sir Wm. Fitzwilliam, lord admiral of England, J. bishop of Exeter, Sir John Fitzjames, Sir Th. Willoughby, serjeant-at-law, Sir Pet. Eggecombe, Sir John Arundell de la Hern, Sir Ric. Greynvile, John Arundell, son of Sir John Arundell of Heron, Sir Th. Arundell, Sir Wm. Godolghan, Sir Hugh Trevanyon, Rog. Arundell, John Reskymer, John Arundell of Talfern, John Arundell of Trerise, John Carmynowe, Ric. Eggecombe, Rob. Vyvyan, Ric. Penrose, John Tregean, Wm. Loure, Hen. Trecarell, Th. Seyntabyn, Wymond Carewe, Wm. Carneshewe, Rob. Langdon, Th. Chamond, Th. Trefrye, Humph. Trevylyan, Pet. Coryngton, Nich. Carmynowe, Rob. Hyll, John Tubbe, Wm. Bere, Walt. Kendall. 6 May.—Pat. 28 Hen. VIII. p. 5, m. 3d.
4. Camb.: Sir Th. Audeley, chanc., Thomas duke of Norfolk, Charles duke of Suffolk, John earl of Oxford, Sir Wm. Fitzwilliam, lord admiral of England, T. bishop of Ely, Sir John Baldwyn, Sir Ric. Lyster, Sir Mich. Fyssher, Sir Giles Alyngton, John Hynde, serjeant-at-law, Ph. Parys, John More, Edw. North, John Goodrik, Th. Checheley, Wm. Everard, Th. Megge, Th. Hutton, Rob. Tylney, Th. Rudston, Th. Castell, Th. Dunnolde, Chr. Burgoyne, John Lambart, jun. 6 May.—Pat. 28 Hen. VIII. p. 5, m. 3d.
5. Pet. Vannes, canon and prebendary of the prebend of Bedwyn in Salisbury cathedral, and Latin secretary to the King. Confirmation of his admission by Nicholas bishop of Salisbury by letters under the said bishop's seal, dated 22 Sept. A.D. 1535, as coadjutor of Ric. Pacey, dean of Salisbury cathedral, on account of the said dean's bodily and mental infirmities; the said Peter to have full administration of the affairs of the deanery, except an annual prestation of 50l. for the support of the said Richard. Westm., 6 May 28 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 8 (fn. 13) May.—P.S. Pat. p. 1, m. 15. Rym. xiv. 568.
6. Sir John Daunce, King's councillor, and John Hales, baron of the exchequer. To be general surveyors of Crown lands, in accordance with the Act 27 Hen. VIII. (cap. lxii.), making perpetual the Act 14 & 15 Hen. VIII. (cap. xv.) regarding the revenues; with a clerk, an usher, and a messenger, with the fees specified in the Act. Del. Westm., 9 May 28 Hen. VIII.—S.B. Pat. p. 1, m. 12.
7. Geo. Salvyn and Margery his wife. Licence to alienate a ninth part of the manor of Sutton, and a ninth part of 1,000 acres of land, 1,000 acres of meadow, 1,000 acres of pasture, 40 acres of wood, and 20s. rent in Sutton S[ut]cotes, (fn. 14) Dreypole, and Stonferry, Yorks., to Sir Wm. Seydney and Agnes his wife, and John Baker and their heirs. Westm., 10 May.—Pat. 28 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 28.
8. Th. Crumwell, King's secretary. Grant of the prebend of Blewbery in the cathedral church of Salisbury. Westm., 8 May 28 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 11 May.— P.S. Pat. p. 1, m. 13. Rym. xiv. 569.
9. Rob. Redshawe of Scotton, York, yeoman. Pardon for the murder of John Wylkes, of Scotton. Grenewyche, 13 March 27 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 11 May 28 Hen. VIII.—P.S.
10. John the abbot and the convent of St. Mary, Bordesley, Worc. Inspeximus and confirmation of patent 30 Sept. 4 Edw. IV., being a licence to the abbot to enclose the waste called Lyndenwood, Worc. without the forest of Fekenham, but within the purlieu thereof. Westm., 12 May.—Pat. 28 Hen. VIII. p. 4, m. 24.
11. Ric. Ratclyf, alias Calais. To be one of the King's ordinary pursuivants with the name of Blewmantell, and 10l. a year. Westm., 5 May 27 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 16 May.—P.S. Pat. p. 1, m. 13.
12. Geoff. Colvyle. Livery of lands as s. and h. of Ric. Colvyle, deceased. Westm., 16 May 28 Hen. VIII.—S.B. Pat. p. 2, m. 21.
13. Sir John Mordaunte lord Mordaunte. Pardon and release as tenant of the lands late of Sir John Middelton, deceased, late sheriff of co. Northumb. and son and heir of Sir John Mordaunte, deceased, tenant of the said lands. Also grant to the said lord Mordaunte, of the issues of the manors of Brunton and Neipton, Northumb., late of the said Sir John Middelton, and lately seized into the King's hands by Henry earl of Northumberland, sheriff of said co., the said John Middelton not having accounted to the King for the issues of his office. Westm., 6 May 28 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 16 May.—P.S. Pat. p. 3, m. 32.
14. Th. Savage and John Collynson of Holme in Spaldyngmore, York, alias of Flamburgh, York, yeomen. Pardon. Westm., 18 May 28 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 18 May anno subscripto.—P.S. Pat. p. 1, m. 2.
15. Th. Halley, alias Norrey. To be king of arms and principal herald of the southern, eastern, and western parts of the kingdom, with the name of Clarenciaulx. Greenwich, 18 April 27 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 19 May 28 Hen. VIII.—P.S. Pat. 28 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 3.
16. Sir Th. Cheyney. Appointment as constable of Dover Castle and warden of the Cinque Ports. T., Westm., 17 May 28 Hen. VIII.—S.B. Pat. p. 3, m. 24.
17. Wm. Lawson. Livery of lands as son and heir of Rob. Lawson, deceased. Westm., 14 May 28 Hen. VIII. Del. 19 May.—P.S. Pat. p. 3, m. 20.
18. Wm. Broke, of Magna Ilforthe, Essex, yeoman. Exemption from serving on juries, being made justice of the peace or of sewers, admiral, mayor, sheriff, or other officer, &c. Westm., 17 May 28 Hen. VIII. Del. 21 May.—P.S. Pat. p. 1, m. 24.
19. Ric. Sexten, one of the King's vintners in the retinue of Calais, Grant of the office of supervisor and keeper of the forest of Guysnes and of all the King's woods in the marches of Calais, in Picardy, with fees of 4d. a day. Westm., 17 May 28 Hen. VIII. Del. 22 May.—P.S. Pat. p. 3, m. 32.
20. Wm. Beyneham. Livery of lands as s. and h. of John Beyneham, deceased. Westm., 22 May 28 Hen. VIII. Del. 23 May.—Pat. p. 2, m. 22.
21. George Taillor. To be general receiver of all the possessions of the late Queen. Greenwich, 7 May 28 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 24 May anno subscripto.— P.S.
22. Prior and convent of Norwich Cathedral. Congé d'élire on the death of Ric. Nyx, last bishop. Westm., 22 May 28 Hen. VIII. Del. 25 May.—P.S. Pat. p. 3, m. 31. Rym. xiv. 569.
23. Sir Wm. Sands lord Sandys, the chamberlain, now keeper; governor, surveyor, and lieutenant of Guysnes Castle, in Picardy, and of the town and co. of Guysnes. Licence to remain in England notwithstanding the statute 27 Hen. VIII. (cap. 63). Westm., 17 May 28 Hen. VIII. Del. 25 May.—P.S. Pat. p. 1, m. 15.
24. Brian Tuke, treasurer of the Chamber. To be steward of the manor and lordship of Haveryng-at-Bowre, Essex. Westm., 25 May 28 Hen. VIII. Del. same day.—P.S. Pat. p. 1, m. 2.
25. Rob. Leighton and Meriella his wife, and Thos. Kighley. Livery of lands, Meriella being one of the daughters and heirs of Th. Lyndeley, and Th. Kighley, kinsman and heir of the said Thomas, viz., son and heir of Anne, daughter and one of the heirs of the said Thomas, on all the possessions in England, Wales, and Calais, lately belonging to the said Thomas Lyndeley, John Lyndeley, and Margery Grey, deceased, late wife of Anthony Grey. Westm., 20 May 28 Hen. VIII. Del. 25 May.—P.S. Pat. p. 3, m. 20.
26. Somerset: Pardon of persons condemned of high treason for unlawful assemblies in co. Somerset. Westm., 26 May 28 Hen. VIII.—S.B.
ii. Schedule of names, places, and trades of those attached. Total, 140; of whom 73 were condemned, and had respite of execution; 19 were indicted "in magna billa;" and 38 in a second bill. The ten others were suspected but not indicted. Of those indicted in the second bill, one surrendered to lord Stourton. Mutilated, pp. 4.
27. John Williamson. Lease of the rectory of Bexle, Kent, with tithes, with reservation of the advowson of the vicarage of Bexle, and tithes due to the vicar; for 21 years from the Feast of Annunciation of the Virgin Mary next ensuing; at the rent of 10l. Del. Westm., 26 May 28 Hen. VIII. —S.B.
28. Sir Th. Audeley, the chancellor. Annuity of 300l. Westm., 26 May 28 Hen. VIII. Del. same day.—P.S. Pat. p. 5, m. 8.
29. Sir Th. Audeley, the chancellor. Grant of the priory of St. Botolph, Colchester, Essex, the site, church, messuages, &c.; the manors of Blyndeknyghts, Canwikes, and Dylbrige, Essex; the rectories of the churches of St. Botolph, Colchester, Leyr de la Hey and Tey Maundevile, Essex; the advowsons of the parish churches of St. James, St. Peter, and St. Martin, Colchester, and Mile Ende, near the same town; an annual pension or rent of 60s. issuing from the priory of Hatefelde Regis, Essex; an annual pension of 6s. 8d. from the rectory and church of Mile Ende aforesaid; an annual pension formerly of four marks and now of 26s. 8d. from the vicarage and church of St. Peter, Colchester; and the following other annual pensions, viz., 3s. from the rectory and church of St. Martin there, 10s. from the rectory and church of St. James, Colchester, 6s. 8d. from the wardens of the chapel or fraternity of St. Anne, near Colchester; from the following rectories and churches: Frating, Essex, 6s. 8d.; Parva Rayne, 20s.; Aldham, 6s. 8d.; Bures St. Mary's, Suff., 10s.; Holton, Suff., 6s. 8d.; Cornerd, Suff., 6s. 8d.; and all pensions and portions of tithes belonging to the said late priory of St. Botolph, in Boxsted, Alba Capella, Wytham, and Alba Notley, Essex; and in Bures St. Mary's, Holton, and Cornerd, &c. Suff.; an annual rent of 60s. issuing from the manor of Sheriffs and other lands and tenements thereto belonging in Colne Engayn, Colne Comitis, and Colne Alba, Essex; and all manors, &c. of tenants by lease of Th. Turnor, prior of the said priory of St. Botolph's or predecessors; rents, fee farms, &c. in Colchester, its suburbs and hamlets, and in the vills, fields, &c. of Leyr de la Hey, Peldon, Abburton, Fyngrinhoo, Magna and Parva Wigbarough, Ardeley, Magna and Parva Bromeley, Lawforde, Alresforde, Dedham, Wywenhoo, Elmestede, East and West Donylond, Birche, Lexden, Stanwey, Copforde, Mile Ende, Grinsted, Magna and Parva Tey, Tey Maundevile, Colne Comitis, Colne Alba, Colne Engayn, Keldon, Boreham, Notley, Cressing, Hatfelde Regis, Frating, Parva Rayne, Fordham, Bergholt Sakvile, Langham, Aldham, and Roydon, Essex, Bures St. Mary's, Holton, Cornerd, and Roydon, Suff., and in Hawkesdon, Camb., which Th. Turnor, the prior, held in right of the said monastery on the 4th Feb. last, and which came to the King's hands by virtue of the Act 27 Hen. VIII. [cap. 28]. Also annuity of 10 marks issuing from the manor of Blyndeknyghts, formerly paid by the said prior of St. Botolph to the priory of Wodbridge, Suff., which is now in the King's hands by virtue of the said Act. The premises are of the annual value of 134l. 3s. 4d., and are to be held by a rent of 13l. 8s. 4d. Westm., 26 May 28 Hen. VIII. [Del. same day.]—P.S. Pat. p. 5, m. 8.
30. Th. Jermyn, John Waller, and John Holt. Licence to enfeoff Fran. Jermyn and Anastasia his wife, daughter and heir of Th. Darrell, of the manor of Bakons and 200 acres of land, 20 acres of meadow, 400 acres of pasture, 6 acres of wood, 300 acres of marsh, and 9l. rent in Danasey, Essex. Westm., 26 May.— Pat. 28 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 14.
31. Geo. Vernon. Livery of lands as s. and h. of Ric. Vernon, deceased; viz., of all possessions which lately belonged to the said Richard or of which Sir Godfrey Foljambe, Sir Anth. Fitzherbert, one of the justices of the Common Pleas, Th. Rawson, clk., or any others were seized to the use of the said Richard and his heirs, or of Margaret, now wife of Wm. Coffyn, for the term of her life, or of John Vernon, or any other ancestor of the said Richard. Westm., 1 May 28 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 26 May.— P.S. Pat. p. 2, m. 22.
32. Chr. Yorke of London, mercer. Protection; going in the retinue of Sir Tho. Clifford, vice-captain of Berwick-uponTweed. T.R. Westm., 26 May 28 Hen. VIII. —Fr. m. 2.
33. Ric. Ryche, chancellor of the Court of Augmentation. Grant of the site, &c. of the house or priory of Lighes, Essex, the church, messuages, &c. belonging thereto in Parva Leighes, the manors of Lighes alias Lighes Parva, Magna Lighes, Folsted, and Fyfeld, Essex; the advowson of the parish church of Parva Lighes; an annual pension of 5 marks issuing from the rectory and church of Magna Birche, Essex; and all messuages, lands, &c., in Parva Leghes, Magna Lighes, Folsted, Fyfeld, Bradwell juxta Coggeshall, and Magna Birche, Essex, and the manors of Lighes Camset, Bernes, and Herons, &c. as enjoyed by Th. Ellys, prior of the said priory, on the 4 Feb. last, the premises having come to the King's hands by virtue of the Act 27 Hen. VIII. Annual value, 26l. 7s. 6d.; rent, 52s. 9d. Westm., 25 May 28 Hen. VIII. Del. 27 May. —P.S. Pat. p. 5, m. 22.
34. Nich. Ford, Forde, Fourde, or Fourthe, fishmonger or merchant of the city of London. Protection; going in the retinue of Sir. Arth. Plantagenet viscount Lisle. Signed: Sir Arthur Lyssle. T., 28 May 28 Hen. VIII.—P.S.b.
35. Rob. Bulkeley. Livery of lands as s. and h. of Rob. Bulkeley, deceased, viz., of a third part of the manor of Burgate, Hants, and a third part of the views of frankpledges there, a third part of the court of the hundred of Forde, and a third part of one carucate of land, 66 acres of land, a park, pasture and wood, 200 acres of heath in Burgat; and a third part of 20 messuages, two carucates of land, one close of pasture, called Hethill, 12 acres of heath, called Sandelheath, and 4l. rent in Burgate and Stickton, Hants; the manor of South Charford, Hants and Dors., and the manor of Chynnor, Oxon, which Anne, late wife of the said Robert the father, held for life by way of jointure, and of which the reversion after her death belonged to the said Robert the son, &c. Westm., 24 May 28 Hen. VIII. Del. 28 May.—P.S. Pat. p. 3, m. 13.
36. Bishopric of St. Asaph's. Congé d'élire to the dean and chapter of the cathedral, vice Wm. Barlowe, last bishop translated. Westm., 28 May 28 Hen. VIII. Del. 29 May.—P.S. Pat. p. 2, m. 20. Rym. xiv. 570.
37. Ralph Sadlyer. Grant of the ground, land, site, &c. of the late monastery or abbey of St. Thomas the Martyr, Lyesnes, Kent; the manors of Lyesnes and Fauntz, Kent (except the marshes of the manor of Lyesnes); and all lands, &c. in the vills, parishes, and fields of Lyesnes, Fauntz, Ereth, Bexlee, Dartford, Plumpsted, Highamfeldys, Fawystys Gardayne, Ledyn, Invyneyerd, Hookys, Walstowe, Saltlandis, Keyffeld, John Hyll, and Manfeld, Kent, belonging to the said manors; with liberty of free fishery, &c.; the premises having come to the King's hand by the attainder of Wm. Brereton, one of the pages of the King's Privy Chamber.
Also grant as above to the said Ralph, of a parcel of marsh called Coldherbert in Beinfflete, Essex, belonging to the said late abbey. Westm., 29 May.—Pat. 28 Hen. VIII. p. 3, m. 32.
38. Rog. Radclyff. Grant of the offices of chief steward of the lordship of Langham, Rutland, with fees of 40s. a year, and bailiff of the vill of Langham, with fees of 26s. 8d. a year; in the King's hands by the attainder of Hen. Norres. Westm., 23 May 28 Hen. VIII. Del. 29 May.—P.S. Pat. p. 3, m. 15.
39. Frauncis Galyardett. Licence to depart the realm with his wife, two children, four men servants, two women servants, and ten horses or geldings, ambling or trotting, with lawful baggage. Westm., 18 May 28 Hen. VIII. Del., 29 May.—P.S. Fr., m. 1.
40. Sir Rog. Townesend. Licence to enfeoff Dav. Morisby, clk., Rob. Nicols, clk., and Ric. Borom, of and in the manors of Havyles and Scales, Norf., to hold to them and their heirs for ever. Westm., 29 May.—Pat. 28 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 1.
41. Tudor Ap Robert and John Wyn Ap Robert. Lease of escheated lands in the vill of Bodestan, in the commote of Issalet in the lordship of Denbigh, late in the tenure of Jevan Ap David Ap Thomas, Rees Ap Thomas Ap Hoell, Saunder Ap David Ap Hoell Ap Comis, Rob. Ap David Ap Grono and Griffith Ap Llewellyn; and a water mill in the vill of Beryng late in the tenure of John Mutton; with reservations; for 21 years; at annual rents of 33s. 4d. for the lands, 12d. for the water mill, and 20d. of increase. Del. Westm., 29 May 28 Hen. VIII.—S.B. Pat. p. 1, m. 2.
42. Th. Holwey of Compton Grenefyld alias of Avon, Hants, yeoman. Pardon of all felonies, robberies, and burglaries committed before 1 Feb. last, and all abjurations and banishments thereupon. Westm., 29 May.—Pat. 28 Hen. VIII. p. 4, m. 28.
43. John Ridley, page of the King's long-bows. To be keeper of the tower and houses called "le Blokehouse and Berehouse," at Portesmouth, Hants., vice Ric. Palshid, deceased; with fees of 12d. a day. Del. Westm., 31 May 28 Hen. VIII.—S.B. Pat. p. 3, m. 14.


  • 1. Anne Boleyn.
  • 2. Anne Basset.
  • 3. Should be 27.
  • 4. The bishop of Exeter.
  • 5. Constable of Dublin Castle.
  • 6. Sic.
  • 7. Whalhed in the body of the letter.
  • 8. Canon of Windsor, deprived in 1536.
  • 9. Burchard?
  • 10. Note by Editor:—"Pezel. 1536. Sed etiam Cod. Bav. 1539." The letter is printed in the edition of Melancthon's letters published at London, 1642, (lib. III., No. 5,) and the date is given as "anno millesimo quingentesimo tricesimo sexto."
  • 11. Stat. 27 Hen. VIII. c. 63.
  • 12. These names prefixed to the offices are written in the margin in the same hand as the name of Griffith Richards. The lord Mountjoy referred to seems to have been William lord Mountjoy who died in 1534. See Vol. vii., No. 352.
  • 13. Incorrectly printed 7 May in Rymer.
  • 14. Illegible. The name is Sutcottes on the Fine [Trin. 27 Hen. VIII., No. 87].