Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 12 Part 1, January-May 1537. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1890.

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'Appendix', in Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 12 Part 1, January-May 1537, (London, 1890) pp. 608-609. British History Online [accessed 29 February 2024]



A.D. 1537.
Later draft of part of No. 302, commencing:—
"For first how can he call himself wilfuly poor that will not live but as they list himself." What obedience is in him that will presume to direct his prince? Such obstinate persons are rather enemies of the common wealth, devourers of others' labour than men having all worldly things in contempt. They have so accumulated possessions and exempted themselves from laws, that no prince can live as freely as they. The prince must cark and care—must risk his life—for the defence of his poor subjects from the thraldom of their mortal enemies. The monks and canons live warm in their dens and cloisters. They may not profane their holy hands to fight for their prince and country, "but they have declared at the late rebellion that they might fight against their prince and country." Is not this a great and wilful poverty to be richer than any prince who tenders the weal of his subjects as the King doth? Is not this a great obedience to labour to destroy their prince yea! and to shed Christian blood? Poor men must labour for their living, and, as reason is, must go in person to defend their prince and country. Points out that good subjects should not be grieved that the King should have that (for the defence of his realm and maintenance of his estate, so that he shall not need much to molest his subjects with taxes) which these idle fellows, under the cloak of holiness, have scraped together from princes and other noble and honest personages; nor that such dissimulers should be punished for their demerits.
In Wriothesley's hand, pp. 7.
2 Feb.
The following appears to be the schedule referred to in No. 319:—
2. "Certain men's names of Tynedale and Riddesdale whom my lord of Norfolk would not have admitted into pensions."
Edward and Cuthbert Charleton, Henry and Geoffrey Robson, Chr. and David Mylborne, John Hall of Otterburn, and Sandy and Anthony Hall. Each of these is characterised as a thief or a maintainer of thieves.
Pp. 3. Endd. by Wriothesley as above.
22 Feb.
Add. Charter, 36,198. B. M.
Appointment by Queen Jane of Edw. Kympton as steward of her manor of Weston juxta Baldock, Herts. Westm., 22 Feb. 28 Hen. VIII.
Parchment. Fine Seal.
[6 May ?]
R. O.
I have received the King's letters and your lordship's with 100l. As I had lent out my horse to Mr. Bran, I was fain to tarry one day after the receipt of your letter in order to provide another. I take but one horse and my servant, and cause half a dozen to meet me at Gravelynges, knowing nothing but that I go to buy a horse in Flanders. As I see cause, I will prepare more company. "From Calais this Sunday; and on Monday I depart."
One showed me at the making of this, that John Wyngfeld and Francis Hall had sent for their harness to be carried to those parts. I trust this will lead to no disclosure. The under marshal told me the tale, and I made no answer, as if I knew nothing of it. If I may hear where they be, I will commune with them.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Privy Seal.