Henry VIII: August 1536, 16-20

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Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 11, July-December 1536. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1888.

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August 1536, 16-20

16 Aug.
Burnet, vi. 83.
309. Worcester Cathedral.
A declaration by Henry Holbeche, the prior, and the convent of Worcester Cathedral, that they renounce entirely the papal supremacy and will hold no communication henceforth with Rome. Dated in the Chapter House, 16 Aug. 1536, in presence of John Tyson, Oliver Lloyde, and Roger Hughes, batchelors in law and in decrees, and Ric. Bedle, notary public.
Lat. From the Worcester register.
310. Business before the King.
R. O. "Bills and other things to be signed."
Bills for lord Beauchamp and Sir Richard Bulkeley, for the offices of chancellor and chamberlain of North Wales; for William Webbe, for a portion of bread, ale, and a monk's refection, which the abbot of Westminster gave to the prioress of Kilburn; for Thomas Welles, for the customership of Southampton, at the death of James Bettes; for John Salisbury, for the room of chancellor and chamberlain of Denbigh; for Richard Candisshe, for lands lately belonging to the priory of Lyghes; for James Blithe, for a prebend at Windsor, vice Chr. Plomer; for John Whalley, for the offices of the assaye, comptroller, and clerk of the coinage; for Raff Crofte, for the keepership of Cottescouthe Park, in the lordship of Middleham, and the forestership of half Coverdale Forest, on surrender by Sir George Lawson; and for Robert Casy, for the offices of gauger and searcher at Dublin, Waterford, Drogheda, Dundalk, Rosse, Wexford, Carlingford, and Strangford.
Letters to the landgrave of Hesse, the Lord Chancellor and the queen of Hungary.
P. 1. Endd.
16 Aug. 311. Sir Wm. Fitzwilliam, Lord Admiral.
See Grants in August, No. 15.
16 Aug.
R. O.
312. Sir John Shelton to Cromwell.
I perceive by your letter the King's pleasure that my lady Elizabeth shall keep her chamber and not come abroad, and that I shall provide for her as I did for my lady Mary when she kept her chamber. Have me in remembrance for the King's warrant you commanded me to deliver to Master Wrisley for money for the household, otherwise I cannot continue it. Within seven or eight days provision must be made at the seaside for Lent store and other necessaries. You promised me to let me have the warrant and the checkroll reformed at the King's pleasure. If the household is to be served on two sides, 4,000l. will be little enough. Hunsdon, Wednesday, 16 Aug. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal.
16 Aug.
R. O.
313. Lord Sandys to Cromwell.
Perceived by his letter and his son John Sandis' report, that Cromwell is his very good lord, and that the King spoke to Basing that Palmer might be his vice bailly of Guysnes. Expresses his satisfaction. Clutton will give Cromwell another letter concerning other matters taken newly in hand. Asks him to move the King to remedy what is done against him in the parts beyond sea. Perceives from the King's "jests" that he will be at Esthampstede this day week. Will wait upon him at his entering into such walks as he has under his Grace there. Both he and his wife hope that while the King is there or at Reading Cromwell will "see the poor hamytage of the Vyne inhabited with an old man and an old woman your faithful friends in heart."
Is sorry the stag was no better. Thanks him for his kindness to his son John, who he trusts is toward and will long endeavour to do him service. The Vyne, 16 Aug. Signed.
Pp. 2. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
16 Aug.
R. O.
314. Thomas Skreven to Lord Lisle.
Whereas he had intended to come no further than Bruges, his business has drawn him to Antwerp. No money to be had, and what there is is too little for the Emperor. No peace looked for but only continuance of the war. Antwerp, 16 Aug. 1536.
Hol., p. 1. Add.
16 Aug.
Add. MS. 28,589, f. 34. B. M.
315. Count of Cifuentes to Charles V.
* * * Letters from France state an English herald has passed through Lyons on his way to the Emperor, to tell him that if he invades France the king of England will take it as a declaration of war against himself. Does not know whether to believe it, as the ambassador in England does not mention it, but says that the French have been pressing the King to assist them, which he has not yet determined to do. Rome, 16 Aug. 1536.
Sp., pp. 5. Modern copy.
*** Opposite this passage in the abstract of Cifuentes' letters (f. 28) is the following marginal note: "Haze bien en avisar que ya se le dize lo que ay que dezir cerca de todo esto."
17 Aug.
Vienna Archives.
316. Chapuys to Granvelle.
The queen of Hungary has lately sent, by the écuyer Vander Aa, the answer to certain letters which this King had written to her about the peace between the Emperor and the king of France in conformity with those which the King wrote to his Majesty. The said Queen has doubtless sent a copy of the correspondence. Believes the King is well pleased with her reply, which has encouraged him in his hopes of acting as mediator. When the écuyer presented his letters the King began to tell him how Nassau besieged Guise, at which he was displeased, as he would be obliged to assist in its defence. Hereupon the King began to read the letters, and afterwards called those of his council, with whom he conversed some time; but he conversed much longer after that with the French ambassador, and not without much laughter. On the 3rd day the écuyer was despatched with letters for the Queen, and, on taking leave, the King told him that he was sorry Nassau continued daily marching forward; but he said it more graciously than before and did not threaten this time to assist the French. The écuyer also had a present of 100 crowns, which, I think, was due to the capture of Guise, and I believe the news which came this morning of the death of the Dauphin and the rout of the French near Aix, in Provence, will soften the English a little, and make them use other language. Cromwell wrote to me by a man who had conducted the said écuyer to Court, what you will see by the copy hereto annexed, and sending to excuse himself for not having given me an answer about our communications, he notified that he would be here in two days and would talk with me at full length, and that I must not be suspicious about the French ambassador being in Court, but be assured that nothing would be treated with the French to the Emperor's prejudice. When all is said they go on leading both sides by words, and as yet I can see no good will in this King; perhaps the news aforesaid will make them change.
Hopes to write more fully in two days both to the Emperor and to Granvelle. London, 17 Aug. 1536.
Fr., from a modern copy, pp. 2.
317. Henry VIII. to Francis I.
Add MS. 25,114, f. 208. B. M. Since the great pleasure he received by letters written in Francis' own hand, he has had news of the death of the Dauphin and the defeat of certain captains of Francis. Begs him to be of good comfort, especially as he is blessed with other fair issue and the other misfortune is not of a nature to discourage the rest of his forces.
Fr., p. 1. Copy. Endd.
17 Aug. 318. Monasteries exempted from Suppression.
See Grants in August, Nos. 20 to 24, 34 and 35.
17 Aug.
R. O.
319. Sir Thomas Whartton to Cromwell.
Has attended the assizes in Cumberland, where divers riots have lately been done. One great riot is found to have been by command of the bishop of Carlisle. Since the death of the late abbot of Holm, labour has been made to Wharton for one Graaym, monk of that monastery, who besides the first fruits would give 400 marks for his preferment. Begs favour for the same; also credence to the bearer. Kerlesle, 17 Aug. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Cromwell. Endd.
17 Aug.
Add. MS. 28,589, f. 37. B. M.
320. Dr. Ortiz to the Empress.
Eustacio Chapuys writes on July 22 that the Princess is in good health and within three miles of London. The King visited her, staying a day and night, and it is said was well pleased. He made many promises of her being better treated, and said that on his return from hunting about Michaelmas she should come to Court. He ordered her clothes and jewels to be returned to her.
Parliament was concluded four days before, on 18 July, but the statutes were not yet printed. Both the Princess and the daughter of La Ana are declared illegitimate, and the issue of this new marriage is to succeed to the throne. In default, they have left it to the King to name a successor. He had determined to name his bastard son, the duke of Zuhamont (Richmond), but he died on July 22.
Thinks the Princess must be prayed for more than ever that she may persevere in her mother's constancy.
The earl of Kildare, who placed himself in the King's power last year, has been imprisoned in a tower, and is now condemned to death as a traitor, with his uncles.
Master Abel, queen Katharine's chaplain, who has been imprisoned for preaching that the King ought to punish his Council for giving him bad advice, has no prospect of being liberated during this schism in England.
The King has deprived La Ana's father of the greater part of his estate.
The queen of Hungary writes that the count Nasao is besieging Guise.
The duke of Gueldres does nothing. Rome, 17 Aug. 1536.
Sp., pp. 3. Modern copy.
18 Aug.
R. O.
321. Richard Tomyow to Cromwell.
The bearer, who was recommended by Ric. Suthwell, wants prest money for the supply of cod and ling for Cromwell's household.
Thinks 200 ling and 800 cod sufficient, which with expenses will cost about 30l. Counts upon the 200 ling usually sent by Boston and Laystock (Lowestoft).
Mortlake (where Cromwell's servants are in health and his building ariseth fair), Friday, 18 Aug.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: To my right honorable lord and master Endd.
18 Aug.
R. O.
322. Herry Polsted to Cromwell.
Has sent his clerk to report proceedings at Abendone. Would gladly come to Guildford to sue to Cromwell to be means to the King for the confirmation of his office. His hope of advancement in marriage is clearly gone by his late evil chance. Is sorry that his mother cannot do her duty to Cromwell. The Rolls, 18 Aug. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: My lord my master. Endd.
— Aug.
R. O.
323. — to Sir John Wallop.
His promotion to the retinue at Calais does not go forward. Hears that the King at his late being at Dover gave to Ric. Leonard, upper sergeant of Marke, one of the vacant rooms of the Exchequer, with 8d. a day, and that there are two rooms still vacant, under the names of John Mylles and Thos. Rutter. Will sue for one of them, if it be Wallops's pleasure. Wishes his "favorable address" in the matter to Sir Thos. Cheyny and others in the Court. Calais, — Aug. 1536. Not signed.
P. 1. Add.: Ambassador in the Court of France.
18 Aug.
R. O.
324. "Monsieur Edgare" to Cromwell.
Yesterday I received your letters dated at Oking, 13 Aug. inst., by John — (blank), servant to Sir Will. Skipwith, desiring me to give over "such promise, interest, and title as I have" in a farm belonging to the suppressed abbey of Markeby, in Huttofte, Linc., adjoining the ground I have there, which your lordship has several times been in hand to purchase of me. Three or four years ago your lordship wrote at my request to the prior, who for your sake consented I should have the farm on the expiration of Sir Andrew Billesby's lease; and since the Act of Suppression both that and the parsonage were granted to me by the chancellor of the Augmentations. By means of Master Hennege I am disappointed of the farm of the parsonage, worth to me yearly 20 marks; and now "I would to God the said Master Skipwith his belly and guts were stuffed with all the tithe corn this year gathered in sheaves as it is on the said parsonage, and then I trust he would once rest of craving; for he hath the whole abbey, and yet he would have my said corn besides."
At the making of this letter Mr. Robert Seymour and I were riding into the west to seek a gentleman called Master Health, and will return to see the King and you at Reading, when I will make you further answer. At my brother Mr. York's house in Wiltshire, called Helthrop, 18 Aug.
Hol., pp. 2. Add.: My lord Privy Seal. Endd.
18 Aug.
R. O.
325. William Marshall to Cromwell.
Sends the sum of a sermon that Mr. Symonds, (fn. 1) sometime chaplain to the bishop of London, and now, by Cromwell's preferment, to the King's Grace, made at Paul's Cross the 6th inst. Expected Mr. Buckmaster, another chaplain and disciple of the Bishop, would have preached there on Sunday last, which he did not, and intended to send both together. The days have been when Cromwell would have heard as much as any man, but now some dare not tell him the truth, and others use deceitful flattery, and indeed many things go amiss. Trusts Cromwell will take in good part what is told with good intent. Begs him to read over the sermon with the notes in the margin, and trusts he will recollect more things to lay to Symonds' charge. Laments to hear how poor people be indicted for small matters of pretended heresy, as by the bishop of Lincoln in his diocese, while the proud and stubborn against the word of God go unpunished. What two sermons made the bishop of London ? If a mean man out of ignorance had made half such, he should either have burned or abjured. Could reherse a rabblement of seditious preachers, besides the vicar of Croydon, who have escaped. Has heard men say these preached well, else they should not be suffered to preach; wherefore it is much needful to look to such preachers. London, 18 August.
Hol., pp. 2. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
18 Aug.
R. O. [1536–7]
326. G. Earl of Shrewsbury to Cromwell.
The abbot of Welbeck is dead, and the brethren are going up to the King to make suit for free election. Begs Cromwell will favor their suit as there are several among them discreet and able to be master. Wynfeld, 18 Aug. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal.
18 Aug.
R. O.
327. Ric. Southwell to Cromwell.
"The house of Saint Feythe now viewed and at a point to be dissolved." Writes in favor of the prior there, who being suffragan has neither home nor living, for an adequate pension and for preferment to some other house. Caistre Hall in Norfolk, 18 August Ao xxviii. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
18 Aug.
R. O.
328. E. Harvel to Richard Morison.
Has received his letter of the 22nd ult., and learned all his news in letters to others. Is grateful for the friendly relation made of him to lord Cromwell, and is much bound to him for his constancy. Is glad that he is set a work which will doubtless be for his preferment by his wit and learning. Count Guido de Rangon, signor Canin and other captains were raising men for the French at Mirandola, and have got 6,000 foot and 400 horse, hoping to rescue the French besieged in Turin. But the Imperials have 20,000 there and in Lombardy. The Emperor triumphs in Provence. On the 5th at Brunolles Don Ferrante Gonzaga took and slew 800 horsemen and 500 harquebuses of the French and took their captain Montjan. The Emperor is expected to pass the Rhone and attack Marseilles. The Turk's armada was lately in Archipelago, and can do nothing this year. The Sophy has gained a great victory over the Tartars. From Constantinople they write that he came with a great host to Sury. Ferdinando is coming to Trent, I think, to secure Italy against these motions. Has advised Mr. Kokerel about the money. Venice, 18 Aug. 1536.
Hol., p. 1. Add. in Italian: Al mio da fratre honorando M. Ricardo Morison, in Londra.
18 Aug.
R. O.
329. Thomas Andrews.
Bill dated 20 Nov. 25 Henry VIII. by which Thomas Andrews acknowledges he owes to Richard Eton, of London, 5l. 6s. 8d. payable at Easter next.
ii. Receipt given 18 Aug. 28 Henry VIII. for 3l. 6s. 8d. in part payment of the above.
Small paper, p. 1.
19 Aug.
Harl. MS., 442, f. 132. B. M.
330. Proclamation of Neutrality.
Order addressed to the mayor and sheriffs of London, to proclaim the King's neutrality in the war between the Emperor and Francis I. Berechurch, 19 Aug. 28 Hen. VIII.
Modern copy, pp. 2.
19 Aug.
R. O.
331. John de Ponte, Chaplain, to Cromwell.
On Thursday 18 August, (fn. 2) I was going to my chapel about 7 p.m. when three of the King's labourers at Dover attacked me, and one of them, Wm. Butterwike, knelt on my breast, and with a stone knocked me on the mould of my head till I was as dead. Butterwike took my purse containing a crown of gold and certain white money. If they might have found my keys, they would have slain me and robbed the chapel. These persons, because I have a light in my chapel at night when I go to bed or to my book, say I have a light for the King's enemies, which is not true. I beg your lordship to write to Mr. Vaughan, Mr. Nethersall, Mr. Waren, and Mr. Wrake to examine those who hurt me: and please find means that I may go about without danger of my life. Dover, 19 August.
"If I might have right here I would not trouble your lordship herein, but I can have no justice." Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Sir Thos. Cromwell, knight, Lord of the Privy Seal; at the Court. Endd.
19 Aug.
R. O. St. P., II. 360.
332. Lord Leonard Grey to Henry VIII.
Have sped reasonably well in Munster; but, had every man done his duty, it had been such a journey as was never seen here, as Grey has written to the Lord Privy Seal. Could, if properly furnished, get all the country at the King's command. Has an unruly sort of soldiers, but trusts to see them amend: they are hardy men at an assault or the like, and still have not always acted well. The gunners have done well, especially at the castle called Carreke Ogunell. Before laying siege to the same, sent a message offering to let them go free if they would deliver the castle. They detained the messenger, and sent no answer. Sent again, saying that if any man of his were hurt they should die, man, woman, and child. Kept promise with them, though they kept none with him. In the field before Loghe Gere castle, 19 Aug. Signed.
Add. Endd.
19 Aug.
R. O.
333. Lord Leonard Grey to Cromwell.
Have sped reasonably in Munster, but had all done their duties it had been such a journey as was never seen here before. There has been such crafty canvassing to keep James of Desmond and O'Breen from peace with me, and for want of money the army has so mutinied that I have been in more jeopardy with them than with the Irish enemies. And yet I never saw hardier men in action, especially at a castle called Carreke Ogunell; which I formerly had and put in ward of my own servants, who were afterwards betrayed out of it. For that the mayor of Limerick was to blame, although, with the Council, I have written in his favor. According to promise to Ossory and Lord James his son, on Tuesday, being Lady Day the Assumption, we came thither and laid siege to it. The first night my own servants won the outer ward and drove the defenders to the donjon and inner ward. We then brought up a great piece, beat down part of a tower, and after three assaults and many men hurt and slain, both of Wm. Seyntlowe's and mine, won the place. When last in England I said, if the King would provide inhabitants I could get castles enough, and I could win any castle in Ireland if I had the things promised me then. Complains of the conduct of the Provost Marshal, who has this day ridden in post to Dublin, although ordered by the Council to remain here in the parts of Casshell, Fetherd, and Clonmell, where most of the army lie for the defence of James of Desmond, and to do some punishment upon the soldiers, and bring them into better rule. Cromwell will see by former letters that there is one great hindrance to good service. There is great fault in the governors of great towns and rulers of the English pale. If he might speak with the King and Cromwell, he could show things he has learned within this twelvemonth, to know which would save the King money. The field beside Loghgere Castle, 19 Aug. Signed.
Pp. 2. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
20 Aug.
Otho. C. x. 285. B. M. Hearne's Sylloge, 132.
334. Princess Mary to [Cromwell].
"After my most hearty commendations," it is so long since I heard from the King my father that I am bold to send my servant, the bearer, with letters to the King and Queen to know how they do. If I have sent too soon "molesting his Grace with my rude letters," please make my excuse. Till he shall licence me to come to his presence my comfort is to hear often of his health.
"My lord, your servant hath brought me the well favored horse that you have given me, with a very goodly saddle, for the which I do thank you with all my heart." I trust the riding upon him shall do my health much good, "for I am wont to find great ease in riding." Your benefits increase daily towards me. Hownsdon, 20 Aug.
P. 1. Only a fragment of the letter now remains.
20 Aug.
R. O.
335. Thomas Thacker to Cromwell.
Thanking your lordship for your letters to the surveyors of suppressed monasteries in the county of Derby, in favor of my brethren. The pay made on Saturday 19 August at your place by Friar Augustines was 39l. 2s. 6d.; to wit, wages to 6 bricklayers, 56 carpenters, 12 sawyers, 5 plasterers, and 19 labourers, 28l. 19s. 1d., empcions of lime, sand, hair, &c., 7l. 19s. 4½d., and carriage of timber from Frian wood, 44s. 4d. Also for smith's work and to Mr. Williamson for Mortlake, 13l. glazier, 13l. So with 26l. for Mortlake, payment amounts to 65l. 2s. 5½d. You must have eight fodder of lead for windows, &c., I will look for it this week. I need more money; the 40l. I have must go for lead. There must be doors of wainscot, as your own chamber and others near it. Your works at Mortlake go forward. Mr. Williams (sic) wants six mounts of plaster, 6s. the mount; he desires also the glass and ceiling of the old gallery. I send a letter that came from Mr. Chancellor of Augmentations, and another that was brought to your place by Friar Augustines; also a quiver and a dozen arrows for your cross-bow. Your Place in the Rolls at London, 20 August.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Crumwell, Privy Seal. Endd.
20 Aug.
R. O.
336. Sister Anthoinette de Saveuse to Lady Lisle.
Regrets she has had no news of her for such a long time, for lady Lisle and Madame de Riou are the persons dearest to her upon earth. Wishes to hold her during life commended to God as she has been long accusomed to do "ma dite dame de Pont de Remy," whom she regards as her good mother. Wishes to be informed when lady Lisle writes thither, and will send her letters addressed to her.
Had written to thank her for her presents of half-a-dozen gold and silver cramp rings and a gold crown, and for five tokens sent her by Mademoiselle Anne. Sent another pair of coifs like the first, but she fears they have not arrived. Wishes to know the virtue of the cramp rings and tokens. Dunkirk, 20 Aug.
Hol., p. 1. Add.
20 Aug.
R. O.
337. John Bekynsaw to Lady Lisle.
When your servant came hither to fetch your son, Mr. James Basset, he brought to Mr. Barkar a memorandum of certain affairs you wished done here. In Mr. Barker's absence he arranged with a substantial merchant, Sir Will. Le Grace, and left him your memorandum to Mr. Barkar translated into French. He left also the memorandum with Mr. Barkar and me, and we repaired to LeGrace; but, as you promised to send another diamond for the brooch of the Assumption of Our Lady, Hugh Giles caused the patterns of two brooches to be drawn, one with the image of Our Lady, the other with a personage sitting under a cloth of state, and carried them to show you. As there came no word from you till now the goldsmith let your work alone. Now Mr. Buclere and I (who neither of us thought the other was in Paris) have brought your servant to Mr. Guill. LeGrace, who is sore sick, but he would not deliver it without a discharge. Mr. Buclere gave him a letter of his own hand and paid for the making of the flower and mending of the brooch, with the additional gold he put to it, 17 fr. 1s. 9d. Tournoys=37s. 11½d. stg. He wants 20 sous for the drawing of the two brooches which he swears he has paid, and 4½ cr. of the sun for his work; the rest for the gold he has put in, as appears by the goldsmith's bill within the box. I beg you to thank LeGrace, and that Mr. Buclere may have his obligation. Commend me to Mr. James, your son. Paris, 20 Aug. 1536.
Hol., pp. 2. Add.
[20] Aug.
R. O.
338. Dennys Jacob to John Mason.
Has no news to write. Complains of his not having written for half a year. Writes at the request of his servant John, who longs to hear of his coming home. Reminds him of his saying that friendship should better be known in absence than in presence, but if his remembrance is no more in presence than it is in absence, it is but small. Expected to have had letters as others had, but perceives that it was not his mind to write, for he saw his letter to his servant John, whereby he bade him not to show it, and it was without any recommendations. All Mason's stuff that he has is safe. If it had not been holiday, would not have written to such a forgetful person. The Sunday before Bartylmewe day.
Hol., p. 1. Add. Endd.
339. Queen Margaret to Henry VIII.
R. O. S. P. v. 181. His nephew has been in great danger at sea by contrary winds, and compelled to pass forth of this East sea northward compassing most part of this realm. But he has arrived at the port of St. Ninian's called Quhithorne. His ships and servants are divided. So far as she can learn his intention was to have visited Henry. Wrote lately by "Rosa" herald with her own hand, "for eschewing of inconvenient till was without zour help." Is in danger of extreme dishonor and trouble otherwise. Begs credence for bearer. Signed.
P. 1. Add. Endd.


  • 1. Simon Symonds, prebendary of Hansacre, Lichf., and canon of Windsor.
  • 2. The 18th August was a Friday in 1536. It was not a Thursday between 1530 and 1541.