Henry VIII: December 1536, 6-10

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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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December 1536, 6-10

6 Dec.
R. O.
1258. Eustace Chapuys to Lord Lisle.
I have just received your letters of the 1st inst., touching the depredation of some of our ships of Holland committed on your men, at which I am as much concerned as the injured parties. I have used every effort to make our ships quit the Channel, and I have now written to the Queen Regent in Flanders, who, I am sure, will give ample satisfaction. London, 6 Dec. 1536.
Hol., Fr., p. 1. Add.
6 Dec.
R. O.
1259. [Cromwell] to Thos. Wingfield.
I marvel to hear how ill the King has been served by a sort of you whom he has put in trust. In respect of your duties, and because he gives you right honest wages, you ought to have used him far otherwise. I know if you had done your duty as comptroller, the King might almost have saved one half of what has been rather spoiled from him by naughty means than well spent. I am in great doubt how you would answer if you were called to account, for now I know how you have used your office, and how others who were put in trust have deceived mine opinion in them. Secondly, it appears how little you regard the King's charges, and how much you set by your own profit (if spoil may be called profit), by your setting forth at the King's charge those that it likes you to maintain with his purse. At the last order taken for discharge of some part of the workmen, you have kept in a great many men as clerks and others who are very chargeable to the King, and retained only 30 labourers. I am sorry to see such manner of dealing pass you, who should be a man of honesty, and some others, who I thought would not have used themselves as now I know they have done. You should have been the King's housewife and specially looked to his profit, and you have devised upon nothing more than how to keep him in great charge to a little purpose. Evil can he correct other, who in the same crime is guilty and reprovable himself. The King's pleasure is that you shall retain only four clerks, one of the check, Foxley, one for the ligers, one for the storehouse, Edward Dawes, and one for the call. He thinks, if you do your duty as comptroller, he will need no other overseer. He wishes no greater number of any sort than shall be necessary, and those men meet to serve. Thirdly, he desires that you shall make no provision, nor do anything touching the works, without the advice and consent of the master of the Maison Dieu. His Grace will allow no such fat fees of iron and other things as have been taken there. The fees he gives to all of you are right honest, and his favour is much better. If with a narrow respect to your private lucre you lose his Grace's favour and are brought to answer to the parts of your proceedings, you will lose in the shire what you have gotten in the hundred. Let this be a warning to you and cause you so to weigh your duty, as the works may go forward without further charge than necessity shall require. The Rolls, 6 Dec.
The King's pleasure is that you shall admit only, for an overseer, Robt. Thomeson, brother to the bearer.
Pp. 2. Endd.: The copy of my Lord's letters to Mr. Wingfield, Comptroller of the Works at Dover.
6 Dec.
R. O.
1260. A Seditious Paper.
Examinations taken at the Tower of London before Thomas Bedyll and Richard Layton, archdeacon of Buckingham, in presence of John Rice, 6 Dec. 28 Hen. VIII.
Richard Fletcher, keeper of the common gaol of Norwich, examined:—
On Sunday, before All Hallows day last, was going towards my lord of Norfolk to recover Peter Edrige, a prisoner "he had let go abroad at the desire of certain of his neighbours," and who had gone Northwards with Norfolk. Beyond Lynne he met soldiers coming home, and one of them, a clerk of Mr. Fermor, son and heir of Sir Harry Fermor, advised him to return, as all the company was coming home. Returned to Lynne with the clerk, who asked him to take a bill of news to John Manne, of Norwich. At supper at the "Bell," at Lynne, the clerk brought him the bill, and said his master had it from my lord of Norfolk: that copy was subscribed by the clerk and one Davie, servant to Sir Thos. Strange. The goodman and certain merchants at table asked that it might be read out, and it was read, and examinate let the goodman take two copies of it. At Norwich he showed it to the mayor, Mr. Fermor, who "marvelled that such a bill should be suffered to go abroad." Delivered it to John Manne, and showed a copy to one Thetforde, his host at Norwich. On All Souls' day "lord Morley came into this man's house" and deponent showed him the bill, and he said it was nought, and marvelled it was suffered to go abroad. Showed it also to Mr. Rogers, merchant of Norwich, and to no other there; but at London he showed it to Leonard Stanger, servant to Mr. Willoughby, who said it was nought and took it away to burn it.
"Touching the basins," he had them at Michaelmas last of his father-inlaw, Wm. Drake, "in marriage with his daughter," and Drake had them long ago of a priest. Had for them, 8l. 15s.
The mayor, when he showed him the bill, did not bid him suppress it.
George Wharton, innkeeper of the Bell, and keeper of the King's gaol at Lynne, examined. Similar to the preceding. It was Robert Milner who read the bill at "the Bell," one of his prisoners, John Parishe, made the two copies. Afterwards gave a copy to some Cornish soldiers, who were coming from the North on a pilgrimage to Walsingham. Also showed it to Milner, the elder, and to Wm. Doonne, bailey of Gawood.
ii. Answers of Ric. Fletcher, of Norwich, and George Wharton, of Lynne, before Thomas Bedyll, archdeacon of Cornwall, and Ric. Layton, archdeacon of Buckingham, in presence of Jo. Rice, notarie publique, at the Tower, 6 Dec. 28 Hen. VIII. "Abridged somewhat."
Depositions as before, with the names noted in the margin.
Pp. 6. In Ap Rice's hand. Faded in parts.
6 Dec.
R. O.
1261. [Lord Lisle] to Gardiner and Wallop.
I have received your letter dated the 21st inst., in which you write that you have heard again, and how you have been blamed for the news you sent me from Valence. If anyone in England, high or low, can show my hand in writing any news you sent to me, except two years ago when I wrote to my lord of Carlisle, never trust me for a true man. Rather than my lord of Winchester or you should suspect me so, I wish you would write to me of nothing but your good health. I assure you you never wrote me any news but I had heard them before or within ten days after. My wife sends her hearty commendation to you both and to lady Wallop. Calais, 6 Dec. (fn. 1)
P.S.—I hear the rebels are up still at York, and that the Archbishop, lord Darcy, and all the knights of the country are with them. On 20 Nov. Norfolk and my lord Admiral rode thither with 30 horses to have communi cation with them. I pray God send a good end thereof. The King has sent to Nottingham Castle six pieces of ordnance, falcons, and sakers. He is still at Windsor, but intends to keep Christmas at Greenwich. The Flemings have robbed certain Englishmen at sea, but the ambassador of Flanders has caused restitution to be made, and forbidden the Admiral on pain of death to meddle with Englishmen.
Corrected draft, p.1. Add. Endd.
6 Dec.
R. O.
1262. Lady Lisle.
Receipt by John Husee to Chr. Campion for 10 yds. tawny damask at 7s. 6d. per yd. for the use of Lady Lisle delivered to her servant Harys, to be paid for on the 15th May next. 6 Dec. 28 Hen. VIII.
Hol., p. 1. Endd.
6 Dec.
R. O.
1263. Jehan des Gardins, priest, to Lord Lisle.
I send back your son James Basset, and also his clothes. I should be very sorry if he did not return to us, but your will must be done. He was beginning to make great progress in his grammar, and I hoped by the end of his year he would have been well practised in Latin. As to George Basset his brother, I will do my duty. 6 Dec.
Hol., Fr., p. 1.
6 Dec.
R. O.
1264. Ysabeau du Bies to Lady Lisle.
I send you by the bearer a little monkey of which the Seneschal has made me a present at his return. He and Madame la Seneschalle and Mons. de Vrevin (Vervins) send their compliments. Boulogne, 6 Dec. Signed.
Fr., p. 1. Add.
1265. Arthur Uvedale to Cromwell.
R. O. Of late, delivered to Mr. Wrysle a bill of the examination of certain men of Wykham, Hants, touching certain words by the parson (fn. 2) of that town. Cromwell then, by Mr. Wrysle, commanded him, at his coming home, to send up the parson and his accusers. Before his coming home, the parson was fled and cannot be found, so Uvedale has seized his goods and chattels, for the King, and taken an inventory. Meanwhile, as patron, he trusts to see the cure of Wykham sufficiently served; and as the said parson, for his flight, ought to be reputed a traitor, the benefice is in the King's hands. Begs favor for his brother Richard Uvedale to have the lease of the benefice, paying yearly as it is cessed for the tenths. "At my poor house of Wykham the—." (fn. 3) Signed.
Pp. 2. Add.: My lord Privy Seal. Endd.
7 Dec.
R. O.
1266. Thomas, (fn. 4) abbot of Mochelney, to Cromwell.
Has received Cromwell's letters, and accordingly has given Mr. Richard Uvedall, under convent seal, the King's corrody late possessed by John Fyssher, clk. Desires to have the King's letters in favor of Uvedall, according to custom, so as to prevent future trouble, and meanwhile has taken a bond obligatory of Cromwell's said servant Uvedall. Mochelney, 7 December.
Hol, p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
7 Dec.
R. O.
1267. Suffolk, Sir Fras. Bryan, and Sir Wm. Parre to Henry VIII.
Sends a letter received to night at 9 o'clock from Norfolk, Shrewsbury, and others, concerning the state of the North. Asks how he is to order the ordnance, harness, and prisoners, if things take good effect. According to Bryan's message, will wait upon the King at Christmas, leaving his wife in these parts. Lincoln, 7 Dec., 11 p.m. Signed.
P. 1. Add. Endd.
7 Dec.
R. O.
1268. John Hennege and John Wyseman to Cromwell.
As at the last survey of the abbeys suppressed in this county, so now at this present audit, my lord of Suffolk has taken order that we shall pay half the debt at this time and the other half at next audit, taking sufficient sureties for the Chancellor of the Augmentations. Have acted accordingly. Lincoln, 7 December.
P. 1. Add: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
8 Dec.
Otho, C. x. 270. B. M. Hearne's Sylloge, 135.
1269. Princess Mary to [Cromwell].
That you have never refused to further my continual suits makes me the bolder in writing to you at this time. The King my father has sent me every quarter of this year 40l., as you best know who were a mean for it. And as this quarter of Christmas must be more chargeable than the rest, especially considering the house I am in, I would desire you to be a suitor to the King to increase the sum. "My lord," I am ashamed to be always a beggar to you, but cannot choose. Hownsdon, 8 Dec.
Hol. Mutilated.
8 Dec.
R. O.
1270. Abbot of Reading to Morysyn.
Asks him not to be discontented if his request about one Graye, once the abbot's servant, is not granted. Perceives that he is a hard suitor to Morysyn, and that he has told him that some about the abbot are not his (Graye's) friends. Marvels that he can be a suitor to any man for service with him. He knows the abbot would not have his service at a gift, but he has made his vaunt that he will be his servant whether he will or no. Has many causes for this denial. Reading, the Conception of our Lady. Signed.
P. 1. Add.
1271. Henry VIII. to Fitzwilliam and Russell.
R. O. Has perused the letters written by them and others of the Council at Doncaster on Wednesday night. Wonders at their writing in such desperate sort as though it were neither possible to achieve any part of the thing which the King most desires, viz., the reservation of some persons to be punished for the example of others, nor to appease the commons unless the King consented to the standing of the abbeys in those parts which are to be suppressed by Act of Parliament. As to the inclination of the commons, everybody says they are rather repentant for what they have done than disposed to make any new commotion. The King has talked here with one Steward a gentleman of Scotland, who lately came with letters from the Queen his sister and the Regents there, who said plainly he saw no great stirring in all his passage, though he travelled by the usual roads, but gathered that the people were weary of their folly and would be glad of a pardon. The same thing is affirmed by a servant of Mr. Coffin's and another of my lord Privy Seal's. Mr. Frankleyn declares that the commons at his coming were quietly in their houses, and no man abroad but those who belong to the gentlemen, and says he declared the same to you. There have also been divers men of Kendal here, who agree about the repentance of the people, and you alone write unto us all extremities, without reference to those remedies which you have or may attain, as though we should be drawn to agree to things against our honor. The least we can think is that none of you is so diligent to advertise us of the good as of the evil. To tell you our mind plainly, as to the abbeys, we shall never consent to their desires therein, but adhere to our right, to which we are as justly entitled as to the Crown, and while we enjoy the one we will not suffer the other to be infringed. You will, therefore, frame such an end as may consist with our honor, else it will encourage all our subjects to disobedience. A patient cannot be cured who will not trust his physician, but takes ignorantly what medicines he likes himself. The rebels cannot be reduced to obedience unless they submit and acknowledge their offences without insisting on conditions repugnant to the laws. If they do, we shall provide for their repression, and those shall first repent it who were the greatest abettors of them. And as your letters purport such extremities, we desire you to write in detail all your proceedings, and what remedies you prepare that we may take counsel thereupon. Finally, we marvel much that in your letters written on Thursday to my lord of Suffolk you do not despair of bringing this matter to an end, while in all your letters to us and the Council here you make so many difficulties as if you thought matters hopeless.
Draft, in Wriothesley's hand, pp. 11. Endd.: The minute that was devised to have been sent to my lord Admiral and Master Russell.
9 Dec.
R. O.
1272. Sir Ric. Bulkeley to Cromwell.
Is very sick of a great lax and feels in danger of his life, which illness he took in getting the King's subjects ready to serve him. Begs that his son and heir may have the reversion of his office of sheriff of Carnarvonshire, or be joined with him in it in survivorship; also that while he lives he may authorise his brother William to do any service to his Majesty. Has made provision for payment of the money he owes Cromwell if he dies. Bewmares, 9 December.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal.
9 Dec.
R. O.
1273. The Merchants Adventurers to Lord Lisle.
Received his letter dated 6 Dec. touching the ship mentioned in their last. Give particulars respecting the claims made upon the cargo. London, 9 Dec., 1536. Signed as No. 1201.
P. 1. Sealed. Add.
9 Dec.
R. O.
1274. Charles de Grave to Lady Lisle.
I send by your servant Jacques Hondt half an ell of violet cloth of gold at ten caroluses of gold the ell. I have today despatched a messenger for Antwerp, whom I have commissioned to bring half an ell of cloth of gold frieze, as your servant desired, and will send it you with the price. St. Omer, 9 Dec., 1536.
I am sorry I have nothing pretty to send you, and also for your two sons who remain in this town (ceste ville), for their master said he would forward to my lord and you whatever I wished to send. I wish I had what I expect from Antwerp to send to you and your two sons. I send by the bearer a Turkey carpet as a present.
Fr. Hol., p. 1. Add.
9 Dec.
R. O.
1275. John Hutton to Cromwell.
Letters from Jen (Genoa) dated 13th instant (ult.?) state that the Emperor was ready to take shipping for Spain, staying only for the weather. The chief rulers of the Low Countries have been before the Council for a taxation to maintain the wars. The Council wish to have the receiving, to which the countries and towns will not consent, especially Flanders, whose commissioners have departed without taking leave. They offered to pay as many men as every country would grant to aid the Emperor, but otherwise not. Yesterday Monsur dw Pynney and a bastard daughter of the Emperor were married. They hope here for a truce for 18 months at the intercession of the bishop of Rome, who is procuring a general council. There is large talking of the rebellions in England. Brussells, 9 Dec.
Hol., pp. 2. Add: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
9 Dec.
R. O.
1276. The Northern Rebellion.
General pardon to the inhabitants of Cumberland, Westmoreland, Northumberland, bishopric of Durham, city of York and the shire of the same, towns and shires of Kingston-upon-Hull and Newcastle, and the town and shire of Lancaster for their late rebellion :—Provided they make submission to the duke of Norfolk and earl of Shrewsbury, the King's lieutenants general. Richmond, 9 Dec, 28 Hen. VIII. "Pexsall."
Pp. 2. Endd.: Copy of the King's pardon proclaimed at Doncaster, xij.
R. O. 2. Fiant to Sir Thomas Audeley, lord Chancellor, for the issue of separate pardons to applicants dwelling in Yorkshire, Cumberland, Westmoreland, Northumberland, bishopric of Durham, city of York, and towns of Kingstonupon-Hull and Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and also in the town and county of Lancaster. The pardon to apply to all offences before the 10th Dec. (corrected into "the present date.")
Draft. Latin, pp. 2.
[10 Dec.]
R. O.
1277. Earl of Wiltshire to Cromwell.
Has received his letter stating that the King finds that Wiltshire owes him 437l. 13s. 5d., that is 322l. 7s. for Tonbridge and other lands suppressed by my lord Cardinal. Asked Gostwyke about this sum last term, and he desired him to speak with Mr. Smyth, the auditor. Sent his servant Robt. Cranwell to Smith, and it was arranged that after calling John Pell, who receives the revenues of Tonbridge Priory, it should be seen what he owes, and he would pay it next term. Is well assured that he owes nothing for Ponynges land, late the earl of Northumberland's, but 30l. are due to him, which one Gyfford has received and paid to Cromwell.
Is also charged with 75l. 5s. 1d. in the book of the Princess Dowager's lands, of whose lands he never received a penny, but his brother, Sir Jas. Boleyn meddled with him. Has sent Mr. Thornbarn, his chaplain, to Mr. Gostwyk for a privy seal to his brother about it. Asks for conduct money for the men he brought up to London at Hallowmas. Paid for their conduct money both ways, besides coats, harness, and weapons. Penshurst, Sunday after the Conception of Our Lady.
Hol., pp. 3. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
10 Dec.
R. O.
1278. George Gyffard to Cromwell.
I lately moved your Lordship for a grant to my poor brother John Gyffard of the late priory of De la Pray near Northampton, which I found you had already given away, but you promised to be my good lord for something else. There is within the circuit of my receipt in Leicestershire a religious house not yet surrendered, named Olescroft, which might bring some little profit to my brother, if you would enter him in your book of remembrance, and that the priory of Olescroft may be in the next commission of surrender. Okesbridge, 10 Dec. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Cromwell, lord Privy Seal. Endd.
10 Dec.
R. O.
1279. John Dakyn, Vicar General, to the Priors of Cartmell and Conished.
All religious persons, by the King's consent, shall enter their suppressed houses again, till further direction be taken by Parliament. Exhorts them to do so, and trusts their monasteries shall stand for ever. York, second Sunday of Advent.
Hol., p. 1. Add.
R. O. 2. Copy of the above.
Small slip.
10 Dec.
R. O.
1280. Oudart du Bies to Lord Lisle.
I am informed that you have in prison a compaignon of this country, named Baudet. I beg you to send him back, with the charges against him, and I will see justice done. Boulogne, 10 Dec. Signed.
Fr., p. 1. Add.


  • 1. Originally "November," but corrected.
  • 2. John Fisher, rector. See Valor Eccl. II. 23.
  • 3. Blank.
  • 4. Tomas Yve.