Appendix: November 1536

Pages 595-596

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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November 1536

4 Nov.
R. O.
13. Henry Malet, priest, to Dr. Belasses.
Of late at Amptill, my uncle the master of Gretham (fn. 1) laboured for your help touching redress for the tenths wherewith he is overcharged. He has now sent up his servant, the bearer, for a new commission to have the yearly charges of Gretham allowed according to the statutes. I beg your favour herein. I am pained at my long absence; my only comfort is to preach every holyday at home here in Hitchen and hereabouts, and so do my Lord some service. Please desire Mr. Gostwick's patience touching payment of my fruits of Hitchen. Hitchen, 4 November.
Hol., p. 1. Add. Endd.
[About 20 Nov.]
R. O.
14. Thos. Parry to Mr. Franklyne.
I have informed my Lord (fn. 2) and divers of the Council how lord Darcy stayed you against your will (fn. 3) "and what my Lord laid to your charge if ye should come away with me," and how you would have written, but I durst not carry your letters. The King asked the "harrot" (herald) for you "and told him . . . . . . not in the field." Mr. Bows told my Lord you were forced to go to your house. I advise you to come and show your loyalty to the King. I remember your service in taking Norham Castle. "It were a great thankful service to take that most detestable traitor Ask." Write to my Lord.
Copy, p. 1.
R. O. 15. Dissolution of the Monasteries.
Instructions to the Commissioners for the suppression.
Heading mutilated:— * * * * "parliame[nt] . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . houses . . . . . . . . . . . [reig]ne of our most [gracious] lord King Henry VIII., which [said religious so hereafter] (fn. 4) our sovereign lord the King hath promised to continue with t[he] . . . [arreragys] (fn. 4) religious persons of them yet still remaining in . . . . . . without any confirmation or establishment by the King's letters pa[tents] thereof made."
1. The Commissioners shall first repair to the monasteries and take into their hands the common and convent seals and cause them to be broken or safely kept to the King's use. 2. They shall call before them the governors and officers of the said houses, and make them declare upon oath the state and plight of the houses, and what leases, corrodies, fees, &c. have been granted by them before 4 Feb. 27 Hen. VIII. 3. They shall make a true inventory of the lead, bells, and superfluous buildings, and of all "plate, jewels, ornaments, goods, chattels, debts, corn, stock, and store of the same houses." 4. They shall survey all the possessions, spiritual and temporal, of the same houses in the form heretofore used "of such other like houses of religion dissolved by reason of the said Act of Parliament." 5. They shall inquire of the debts due to the houses; 6. And put in safe custody to the King's use all evidences and writings. 7. They shall appoint pensions to the governors and notify them to the Chancellor and Council of the Court of Augmentation, with the total values of the possessions; then despatch the governor and other religious persons with convenient rewards. [8. They shall make letters for the capacities of the governors and religious persons to be obtained gratis, in the manner used in other houses heretofore suppressed.] (fn. 4) 9. They shall sell all the corn, grain, household stuff, &c., except the lead, bells, plate, jewels, and principal ornaments in the form heretofore accustomed under the Act. 10. They shall pay all servants' wages and debts due for corn, cattle, victuals, &c., and all other debts not exceeding 6l. 13s. 4d. 11. They shall deliver possession to such persons [as they think meet] (fn. 4) as the King shall appoint. 12. They shall certify their proceedings under their seals and signs manual at the day limited.
A paper roll of four sheets sewed end to end, written on one side only.


  • 1. The master in 1535 was Humphrey Gascoigne. See Valor Eccl. v. 309. That he is the master here referred to, is evident from the fact that Malet, the writer of this letter, made the will of Gascoigne of Cardington, as appears by a letter of his which will appear in a later year.
  • 2. Cromwell.
  • 3. See No. 1112.
  • 4. Crossed out.