Henry VIII: June 1537, 1-5

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Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 12 Part 2, June-December 1537. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1891.

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June 1537, 1-5

June. 1. Lord Darcy.
R. O. "After judgment given the petition of Thomas 1. Darcy to the King's Grace by my lord Privy Seal. Sent by Mr. Doctor Woilson."
1. To have confession and, at mass, to receive my Maker. 2. That my whole body may be buried with my late wife, the lady Nevyll, in the Friars at Greenwich. 3. That the straitness of the judgment may be mitigated at the King's pleasure.
ii. "For my debts to be paid."—1. That enough of my coin and plate may be delivered to Sir Arthur Darcy to pay my debts and he charged to pay them. 2. My debts are:—To the prior of Pontfret 100 mks.; and to Sir Arthur, that he paid for me to Mr. Allan, alderman of London, 100l.; and to Sir Arthur, more, 100l. odd. To Mr. Roo of Watlyng Street for liveries, 44[l.] odd. To Thomas Lowther clerk for the discharge "of the foot of my last household book," &c., such sums as appear in his bill signed my me, to be viewed by Sir Arthur, Parson Elys and George Nevyll, or two of them. To John Coor, grocer of London, 10l. and more. My fellow Oxenfeld to have his eight tuns of wine at Templehurst back again, for I have not paid him for them, with reasonable recompense for his loss. To my servants their fees and wages from Easter to Whitsunday.
"The premises served is great merit in, and to me a singular comfort and to his Grace a small matter; this at the reverence of God and for Christ's blessed Passion, and more of petty debts if any be duly proved —— poor T. Darcy."
iii. Md. My bill of restitution I discharge both my sovereign Lords of; which by record amounts to 4,400l. and odd. "The King that dead is commanded that to all men restitution should be made, and charged the King's Grace that now is and his most trusty councillors to see the same done, and his w[ill] and the Savoy performed." Trusting his Grace will the rather command the within written debts to be paid.
Hol., pp. 2. Headed "in June 1537."
2. John Lord Huse to Henry VIII.
R. O. Requests of his charity. (1.) That the King will discharge his sureties for the payment of certain sums still due, as he never offended his Grace in will, deed, or thought, "by the death that I shall die." (2.) I have paid his Grace the sum of 3,000l. as will appear by my book signed by the Treasurer of the Chamber; "for the which sum his Grace gave me my pardon ready to be showed, so it touched nothing of his words, scilicet. Notwithstanding my pardon, my lord Cardinal compelled me to pay it, at that time I moved his Grace, and his Highness promised me that I should have had remedy. Now in the honor of Christ's Passion, have pity of my sinful soul and forgive all my defaults and negligence but treasons, and for that I will ask no pardon, for as I be saved I never offended his Grace in treason." (3.) That his Grace will pay his debts, of which he gives a catalogue, the creditors being:—One Cowper of Westminster, the executors of Thos. Robertson of Boston, Jas. Meryng (for part purchase money of some wood at Knysall), Will. Walhedd, bailiff of the same (qu. of Knysall?), the bp. of Lincoln, Will. Cawdron of Hekington, Sir John Allen, "my aunt Marmyon" and her daughter, the prior of Spalding (borrowed of prior Boston), Mr. Sentpole, John Scutte, the Queen's tailor, Ric. Gressham of London, my servant Nic. Fetherston, one Tonge tailor in Fletestrete, Peter Seynthill, clerk of my kitchen, John Clement of Folkingham, Mrs. Darnold in Woodstrete, Thos. Tipkyn of St. Katharine's, Poynter of Limehouse, Thos. Webster of Willoughby, "the sisters of one Grymsby (whose title as I remember one Wentworth hath by marriage) for the purchase of Bytham." Was also executor to one Lowe of Waltham and bound to spend with him 40l. on a way called Honye Lane, but has only spent 10l. yet; "and I spake with the warden of the Gray Freers at Ware to have gotten me some honest man to have looked upon it for this 30l. and that to spend upon the same; beseeching your Grace in the way of charity it may be paid."
"Item, I beseech his Grace to be good unto a daughter of mine, which is called Dorothy Huse, which was handfasted and bytrawthid to one Thomas Wymbusshe by their own accords and agreements before sufficient record; which Thomas Wymbusshe was ward unto his Grace, and I bought him of his Highness; beseeching his Grace that the said marriage may take effect for the discharging of their consciences."
Signed: Your humell servant, John Huse."
Pp. 3. Headed: To the King's Highness. Endd.
3. John Lord Lumley, to Cromwell.
Vesp. F. xiii.
119 b.
B. M.
Thanks Cromwell for his goodness and begs him not to credit ill reports against him in this troublesome world till he hear his answer. Is advised by his learned counsel that he may make whom he pleases his heir. Desires credence for Cromwell's servant Will. Blytheman and for his own chaplain, Sir Thos. Hallyman. Sends his Lordship's half year's fee which he promised him. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal.
4. Richard, Bishop of Chichester, to Cromwell.
R. O. Owing to an attack of his old enemy the colic, cannot wait this morning on the King. Having taken a remedy, hopes to wait on Cromwell to morrow, either here at London or there if the French ambassador is to be there with him. Intended this day to have desired licence of the King to solemnise the feast of St. Richard "whose day is for the church holiday of the cathedral church of Chichester." Hopes they may keep it there as they have been accustomed. The feast shall be now before Midsummer." (fn. n1)
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
5. Edw. [Fox], Bishop of Hereford, to Lady Lisle.
R. O. Thanks for 12 brewes and 12 heronsewes. As to her thinking him unkind for not having sent to her for so long, Hussey told him about Ascension time that she desired some cramp rings against her confinement, and he promised him a dozen and some other remembrance of greater value in four or five days. Has never seen him or any other from her since. Has himself been sick and not out of his chamber till last week. Sends a dozen and a half cramp rings by this messenger, and will send a better token by the next messenger, if he be trusty. Wishes her good speed in the great burden she bears.
Hol., p. 1. Add.
6. [Depositions before the Mayor of Leicester.]
R. O. * * *
"Whitsunday ................................................................ from thence tull Ippeswiche in the county of Suff., and from thence to Norwich" and thence to Crowmer, Lyme, Crowlonde, Spaldyng, Lincoln, Humber, St. John of Beverley ("and there he did his pilgrimage"), Musse Abbey, Sisterkirte, "a burroughe town wherein standeth an abbey nigh to Skarborough now suppressed," Scarborough town, Whitby abbey, the Bishopric ferry next the sea, Durham town (pilgrimage there), Newcastle, Morpeth, Annyck (pilgrimage there), Norreham, Our Lady of Elaryt (Loretto) in Scotland, and thence to Edinburgh four miles. There he rested four days and heard the following:—
First, that the Scottish king would make war for "the Seven Sheriffdoms" unless the king of England, his uncle, would give it him freely. Item, if not he will win it by force. Item, that the Scottish king has proclaimed himself duke of York and prince of Wales. Item, that there were 15,000 Englishmen in Scotland. Item, in Edinburgh he saw two Englishmen, one a gentleman wearing a black velvet coat, who, it was said, was but a poor man in England, the other, a canon in the house of religion adjoining the King's palace (Holyrood). Item, the said Englishmen had promised to be in the "voweward" in aid of the Scots, and to have the aid of all Northumberland.
Signed "by me Roger Gyllott, mayor (fn. n2); John Beamount, recorder; Thomas Catlyn bayelif; Nichis. Reynold; Robt. Maye."
Large paper, pp. 2. Signed on each page.
1 June. 7. Edmond Boner, "Priest," to Cromwell.
R. O.
St. P. i. 550.
Was to have been with Cromwell this afternoon to know his pleasure touching the book delivered yesterday to Cromwell's hands (concerning which he thinks, whatever be the opinion of some men, that when others have declared their opinion touching the indiction of the Council, the King should not withhold his, especially as he is at liberty to add or withdraw at pleasure), and also to be a suitor in some things touching his departure. Forebore, however, as Cromwell was so busy. Desires to have, during his abode, copies of the treaties heretofore made, some prest money to make preparation, and some plate to furnish his poverty. This Friday, 1 June.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: lord Privy Seal.
1 June. 8. Sir Wm. Parre to Cromwell.
R. O. Thanks him for having made his excuse to the King for his absence and sickness. Has brought from Barlinges more than a horse load of the abbot's books. Wishes to know what to do with them, and with lord Husye's goods and chattels. Brigstoke, 1 June. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: lord Privy Seal. Endd.
1 June. 9. Norfolk to Cromwell.
R. O. In behalf of Dr. Addyson, the bearer now returning to Cromwell, who has used himself in as good sort as possible in the parts where he has traveled and was born. Sheriffhutton, 1 June.
P.S. in his own hand.—Advises that the bishops of these parts, the archdeacon of Richmond, the dean of Windsor, and Mr. Magnus may find some honest preachers to make the people more conformable. Those who have such great livings should not regard the filling of their purses and neglect their duty in instructing the people. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: lord Privy Seal. Sealed. Endd.
1 June. 10. Sir Thomas Clifford to Cromwell.
R. O. At my late being above I sent a letter down to my deputy here to make up the two breaks in the wall which was fallen. The one he had made up before my return, the other is in hand. The walls of the castle and town with the towers of defence bulwarks and heads or partitions of stanks are sore ruined, and unless speedy remedy be had the charges will be much the greater. Requests Cromwell's favour in a matter between himself in right of the heir of Sir Edward Gray, deceased, whom he has obtained of the King, and one Lionel Gray, if the cause be not decided by Mr. Poulet. Berwick, 1 June. Signed.
P. 1. Add.. lord Privy Seal. Sealed. Endd. Sir T. Cliff., Captain of Berwick, primo Junii 1537.
1 June. 11. William Lord Sandys, to Lord Lisle.
R.O. I have this afternoon received from you the most joyful news (fn. n3) ever sent me. No greater comfort ever came to my knowledge next to the prosperous estate of our Sovereign lord. You inform me that fires are to be made and Te Denm sung, and guns shot off at Calais at 4 o'clock. Too much honour cannot be done to the occasion, and I will do the same here, but this day is too far spent to do it publicly, and I have warned the curates of this county to meet at the parish church to-morrow morning and have a solemn mass with Te Denm after. There will also be a fire in the market-place and gun shot; so I trust the news will be known to all my neighbours, and your Lordship will perceive the doing thereof, if the wind suffer it to be heard. Sends a piece of venison and commendations to my Lady. Guysnes, 1 June, 29 Hen. VIII. Signed.
Pp. 2. Add.: deputy of Calais.
2 June 12. Dr. John Pykering.
R. O. Deposition of Sir John Pykering, p[riest,] 2 June, 29 Hen. VIII.:—
1. As to his communications with Sir John Bowmar's chaplain in the Marshalsea, says that within 10 or 12 days after his commitment, be, having been born and brought up in the same place with the chaplain, after they had heard each other's confession and dined, asked the said chaplain named Sir William for what cause he was committed. He replied that on Good Friday last his master Sir John Bowmar sent him with a letter [of cit]ation to one parson Frank to ask his counsel concerning the said citation; that having business of his own he went first to Esington; that the parson of Esington asked his errand and said that if his master was cited to London he would lose his head. He went the same day to Loftus where parson Frank dwells, who answered, "Twisshe, straws! I can nother thee nother thy master thanks for sending to me for any such counsel; for thy master came of late flying to Kylton to my lord Lumley and departed thence again by and by, and the ............ [my lord] Lumley departed thence als[o,] no[twithstandin]g that he was minded before to have tarried there unto Whitsuntide next coining; which things causeth a great murmur to be here in the country. And if thy master be sent for to London let him go as he is commanded. I can give him none other counsel." Finding that parson Frank did not favour his master, the chaplain did not deliver his letter to him but rent it and cast into a water between the bayly's house and the church. Also Parson Frank called the bayly of the town to hear what message was done to him and what answer he made again.
Being further questioned whether the chaplain showed him what was contained in those letters, this examinate said to his remembrance he spake nothing thereof. But the chaplain said as he was coming to London Mr. Rudston asked him [for what cau]se he was sent for, and w[ho] was his accuser; on which he declared to him the whole matter as above, [adding that Parson] Frank and [the] parson of Esington were his accusers. Rudston replied, if that were all, Parson Frank had done worse things, for he was one of the chief captains at Holden at the first insurrection and chief of counsel with Sir Thomas Percy. This conversation was heard by one Gregory Conyars who said that if he were called he would recollect (?) those words spoken by Rudston. And if after this (the chaplain showed this examinat) he were hanged, he would cause Parson Frank to hang Rudston or Rudston Parson Frank. All this examinat showed the same night to one Thos. Lutton, by whose advice he declared it next morning to the keeper of the Marshalsea.
Being examined "of the money ........ of the late quondam of Gysborn," says he knows of no money, plate, or goods, except 46l. 5s. which the said quondam delivered to him, and which Sir Ralph Yevars had of him again. Sir Ralph had also some plate of the quondam's but examinate cannot remember the particulars. The quondam had also 2 caskets, one in the church of Lyth, the other in a chamber in the parsonage there, the keys of which caskets were delivered to Sir Ralph Yevars, but what was contained in them he knows not. He had also a great chalice and certain masers and other stuff in his lodging at Gisborn.
Further examined what money, plate, or goods of his own he had when apprehended, says he delivered to Sir Ralph Yevars 6l. 5s. when he was sent to London, and that he left 20l. in the keeping of Ric. Harwood of Lyth to send to his father, an old man dwelling in Skelton. 5l. of it belonged to a brother of his, now in France.
Hol., pp. 6, each page being signed at the bottom by the deponent.
R. O. 2. Statement of George Bakhouse that Sir Ralph Eure came to Lith between Easter and Whitsuntide after the Commotion time and demanded of one Harwod's wife there a casket (fn. n4) and 20l. in money which Sir John Pickering, then being in durance, had granted to my lord Privy Seal, having left it in keeping with her husband. This the wife utterly denied, and Sir Ralph commanded me and Ralph Skelton his servant, in the King's name and my lord Privy Seal's, to take the said Harwod wherever we found him and bring him to him unless he would grant the said casket with 20l. Soon after his wife found the casket in her husband's bed straw, as she said, and sent for me and would have delivered it to me, but I refused to take it alone. She then sent for John Tyndall her neighbour and delivered it to him locked without key before me, and the said Ralph Skelton and Tyndall immediately delivered it to us. We took it to Blakamore to Sir Ralph Eure who was then hunting with the duke of Norfolk. He drew us together alone and broke the lock with a dagger and found inside a penny purse full of gold rialles, ducats, and angels, and some crowns of 5s. Sir Ralph counted the contents to 200 angels yet he told not all, but said he had forgotten what he told and put all up together again, saying he would tell it forth at home. He told Ralph Skelton and mo, though he had no authority, he would give each one rialle and account to my lord Privy Seal. Skelton said it was a small reward for their pains being charged with all the goods and chattels of the said quondam's and Sir John Pickering his priest by au inventory ready to be showed. Would have declared the whole premises immediately but that he thought Sir Ralph Euro had truly accounted thereof. Signed: Per me, Goreg (sic) Bakcus.
Pp. 2.
2 June. 13. Ric. Southwell to Cromwell.
R. O. Immediately after he had despatched Robt. Sturges to Cromwell, he received from his cousin Sir Roger Towneshend, Yelverton the elder, and his son, an examination of Thomas Wrigthen (Wright), carpenter, of Howghton, near Walsingham, and a letter from the mayor of Norwich touching a person taken there for words; both which he has sent by bearer, 2 June, from Estderham, Ao, xxixo.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
R. O. 2. Examination before William Yelverton, esquire, and William Yelverton the younger, gent.
Accusation, of Thomas. Fostar and Thomas Westwoode, of Howgthon juxta Harpley, 31 May 29 Hen. VIII., against Thomas Wrygthe, carpenter there. Fostar says that Westwood came to Wrygthe "and desired him to work with his master." Wrygthe asked the news at Norwich, and Westwood said the wife of one of those to be executed fell down in a swoon, and so lay for an hour, but her husband had as be deserved. Then Wrygthe said, "they that did for the commonwealth were hanged up."
The said Wrygthe denies the words.
In Townsend's hand:—Thomas Wry the, examined before Sir Roger Towenshend and William Yelverton, saith "he bad no such words." "I, Sir Roger Touneshend was at the examination of the last article."
P. 1.
R. O. 3. William Leyer, mayor [of Norwich] to Richard Southwell.
Sowthwell marvels that the mayor and his fellows have not before this informed him of John Cokke, worsted weaver, and Robt. Toll, a journeyman, in prison in the Guildhall. Yesternight after sessions they examined them.
It appears that on Monday night last, Tolle reported to the mayor's brethren Pykerell, Sywhat, and Lynsted, that Cokke, in Lent past, said to him, Gregory Aldryche, petty collector of the subsidy, has been with me for the King's money, and I cannot pay, for I can sell no worsted, "wherefore I see no remedy without poor men do rise."
Tolle, examined apart, says be never spoke such words, and if he did so he must have been drunk. Asks Sowthwell to certify the matter to the Council.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Mr. Rychard Southwell, esq., at Rysyng.
2 June. 14. Norfolk to Cromwell.
R. O. Thanks for his kindness and advice. Writes to the King. Understands his Majesty has sent letters to these parts touching vagabonds. Has not neglected that matter, as Cromwell will see by copies of letters which he sometime past sent to all the justices of the peace and religious houses. The alms they have in religious houses is the great occasion thereof, and the slackness of the justices in doing their duty. Will so order these countries that Cromwell will probably hear, of no small number of them drawing southwards. The sooner Mr. Pollard comes into these parts the better for the relief of the King's charges.
The house of Jervaulx was much in debt, but the moveables will discharge that, and likewise at Bridlington, especially if plumbers be sent down to take the lead off the houses and cast it in sows. Sheriff Hutton, 2 June.
Thinks the stuff of those put to execution should be sent to York rather than Pomfret, as it will cost less and the King will have more time to look thereon there.
Added in his own hand:—Thanks him for his information that the King does not much favour lord Latimer or Sir Ric. Tempest, and is ill-pleased with lord Conyers for breaking his promise at his departure from Windsor. Cannot deny it was by his advice that his Grace allowed him to return home, though he was in ward before; but he thought for the best. Desires to know how to satisfy his Highness about lord Latimer and Tempest. Sir Richard is now ridden to London. The lord dwells within 12 miles of this house, and perhaps will resort to Norfolk. Begs to be rid of the charge of these parts.
Pp. 2. Sealed. Add.: My lord Privy Seal. Endd.: My 1. of Norff. to my 1. P. S. Item, the Emperor's letter to the duke of Norff. Item, the copies of my lord of Norff. letters for the punishment of vagabonds.
R. O. 2. Circular from the duke of Norfolk to the justices to put in execution the statutes against vagabonds. Sheriffhutton [1 June]. (fn. n5)
Copy, p. 1.
R. O. 3. Circular from Norfolk to the abbots, priors, and other religious governors of the —— (blank) Riding of Yorkshire warning them not to give meat, drink, or other relief to sturdy vagabonds.
Copy. p. 1.
2 June. 15. Oudart du Bies to the Deputy of Calais.
R. O. Has received his writing complaining that this bearer, an English subject, having been compelled by stress of weather to enter Boulogne harbour, a young man in his ship, a brewer's servant, who was commissioned to deliver a certain quantity of beer, was imprisoned by Du Bies' order. The man has acknowledged himself to be a Fleming and been ransomed. If he had been an Englishman would have treated him as he always does the others. Boulogne, 2 June. Signed.
Fr., p. 1. Add.
2 June. 16. Faenza to Ambrogio.
Add. MS.
8715, f. 370 b.
B. M.
Has stopped here two days because the lanceknights were three leagues off passing into Dauphiné, and as there are Lutherans among them he would not trust himself to pass. Their probable destination, &c. Letters from Venice of the 27th mention practises of Count Guido and the Florentines, and that Pier Luigi has taken possession of Novara.
Italian, modern copy, pp. 3. Headed: Da Lione, li 2 Giugno, 1537.
2 June. 17. Charles V. to Cifuentes.
Add. MS.,
28,589, f. 313.
B. M.
Acknowledges receipt of six letters since 20 Feb. Truce between the French king and the Turk. Loss of Clisa and danger to the king of the Romans.
As to Cardinal Pole's going into England, Cifuentes acted prudently in getting him sent through France rather than Flanders. Nothing more can be done until his arrival and the result of his commission are known; but the affair is of small importance since he carries so little money as you say.
The Pope's negociations for peace. Florence. Sends an instruction for his proceedings there.
Spanish, pp. 6. Modern copy from the archives of Simancas. Original headed: "Al conde de Cifuentes, de Valladolid a ij de Junio de mdxxxvij que esta en Florencia."
2 June. 18. Charles V. to Aguilar. (fn. n6)
Add. MS.
28,589 f. 316.
B. M.
Pier Luis. The Pope's information that the French king has concluded a three years' truce with the Turk. Loss of Clisa. As to the going of Card. Pole to England your action in getting him sent through France rather than Flanders was prudent, &c. (as in the letter to Cifuentes).
Spanish, pp. 3. Modern copy from, the archives of Simancas. Original headed: From Valladolid, 2 June 1537: Ant. Dexar carried it to Genoa.
Ibid. f. 285.
B. M.
2. The Emperor's instructions to Don Antonio Dixar sent into Italy. Given at Valladolid, 2 June, 1537.
Disturbed condition of Christendom by reason of the war moved last year by the French king, and the imminent invasion of the Turk. Action of the French in Italy and the recent invasion of Flanders and capture of Hedin. The Emperor's measures taken both in Italy and Flanders against France and the Turk. Money wanted by the Emperor. Difficulties of the defence of Italy. Preparations to be made against the Turkish Armada.
All the above is to be shown to the prince Doria and his opinion heard. Dixar shall then proceed to the marquis del Guasto and present it to him.
Further instruction touching the duke and duchess of Savoy. The marquisate of Saluce. Florence. Valladolid, 2 June 1537.
Spanish, pp. 53. Modern copy from the archives of Simancas.
3 June. 19. H. Earl of Northumberland, to Cromwell.
R. O.
Arch. xxxiii.
Had previously agreed to give up all his inheritance to the King on the performance of divers articles signed with his (the earl's) hand, which he lately sent to Cromwell. He now relinquishes all his requests in the said articles. Hopes the King will allow his servants to enjoy such fees, annuities, and leases as he had given them. Desires Cromwell to inform the King of this his submission; and to give credence to Dr. Legh. Hackney, 3 June. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Cromwell lord Privy Seal. Scaled. Endd.
R. O. 2. "A declaration of my lord's lands in anno 29 r.r. Hen. VIII." Rents of assize in Yorkshire, Northumb. and Cumb. in fee and reversion, 3,000l. Woodsales, yearly value, 500l. Perquisites, profits of courts, wards, &c., 376l. Total, 3,876l.
P. 1.
3 June. 20. John, Bishop of Lincoln, to Cromwell.
R. O. I have received your letters touching the gift of the prebend of Leighton, which I understand by your letters is now void, and shall be glad to perform your request as far as I can. The truth is, as I showed your lordship in the gallery at St. James's, I have given it by vowson to my chancellor. At that time you wrote for the dean of the Arches, and I gave him a vowson of a prebend of 40l.; but as the King wrote in favour of the said dean, Dr. Gwent (fn. n7) for Leighton I gave him another vowson of the archdeaconry of Huntingdon. Nevertheless I shall do my best to persuade my chancellor to satisfy you. You had better write a letter to him which I can send with letters of like request. If I can bring this to pass I beg you will have this prebend bestowed upon yourself, as it is temporal and of good value. I fear my unkind archdeacon Dr. Layton "do make means unto your lordship for this. I trust ye mind not to it; for I will never consent that he shall have it." My servant, Frankishe, at Holborn, will forward my letters. Wooborn, 3 June. Signed.
Pp. 2. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
3 June. 21. Henry Manser, Priest.
R. O. Depositions taken before Sir Roger Touneshend, John Bozom, and Wm. Heydon, esqs., 3 June 29 Hen. VIII.
Robt. Sutton, of Little Walsingham, deposes that on Our Lady's Even before Christmas he heard Sir Henry Manser, priest, say to four men of Lincolnshire, who came on pilgrimage to Our Lady of Walsingham, that if Norfolk and Suffolk would have risen when Lincolnshire and Yorkshire did they had been able to have gone through the realm.
Wm. Baker, of Walsingham, deposes that he heard Robt. Sutton say this day, in the hearing of Wm. Salman, Robt. Angos, Ric. Grene, Nic. Forest, and Thos. Byrd, of Walsingham, that six weeks before Christmas two or three men of Lincolnshire said the above words to Manser.
Edm. Crome, of Walsingham, deposes that on Saturday after Corpus Christi Day, after evensong, Sir Henry Manser came out of Our Lady's Chapel, and told him that Edward Sutton, "beyng a soore and a diseased person" askyng alms daily, would not forbear coming to the door of the chapel, and when he spoke to him about it by desire of the pilgrims, would answer froward and naughty words. He therefore desired Crome, one of the constables, to speak to him, who finally led him to the stocks, and he then accused Manser of having said the above words. Signed by Crome.
Wm. Danby, one of the constables of Little Walsingham, deposes that when Sutton was in the stocks, he told him Manser had spoken the above words, and that Angos and Master Sydney were his bearers. Bade his watchmen bear witness what Sutton said
Baker returned after being examined, saying that he did not recollect whether Manser or the Lincolnshire men spake these words. Signed by Touneshend, Heydon and Bozum.
Pp. 2.
R. O. 2. Deposition of Wm. Salman before Sir Roger Touneshend, Wm. Heydon, and John Bosom, esqs., 3 June, 29 Hen. VIII.
That Robt. Sutton, while set in the stocks at Walsingham, on being asked what he heard Sir Henry Mancer, priest, say, replied as above, and when further asked who heard it, said, only two or three Lincolnshire men, whom he also heard say that the rising was for abbeys and the maintaining of God's service. Signed by Salmon and by Townesend and Heydon.
In Salmon's hand, p., 1.
3 June. 22. Norfolk to Cromwell.
R. O. Received his letter by Hopkins and sent his two letters to Rudstone and Munckton, who should be with Cromwell before the receipt of this. I also sent Sir Ralph Ellerear to Beverley, where I hear Thomas Strangways is, to take him and deliver him to three of my yeomen, who I hope will bring him up to you. Hopkins will report what he has done about the good news of the Queen's being quick with child. This afternoon Te Deum shall be sung and this night bonfires made through all this city. Has ordered four hogsheads of wine out of his cellar to be laid abroad at night to be drunk in divers places freely. Sends also the mayor's certificate of such beds and stabling as will be made in this town and the Ainsty against the King's coming. Believes there will be made two or three hundred beds more. There will lack no grass in the country for horses. York, Sunday, 3 June. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal.
3 June. 23. Norfolk to Cromwell.
R. O. Has sent up Thomas Strangways according to Cromwell's letters by Hopkins received last night. Sheriffhutton, 3 June. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Scaled. Endd. in a later hand: 1537.
3 June 24. Wystasse Morel, Lieutenant of the Captain of Gravelines to Lord Lisle.
R. O. Having received information that some young horses were to be sold in Flanders, to be carried out of the Emperor's countries, in violation of the proclamations, I ordered watch to be placed on the passages, and two men of Oye named Joon Lunx (?) and the son of Rye Smits were apprehended along with some men of Flanders leading horses out of the country. The horses have been declared confiscated, and two of them taken, but those who led them carried away by force the other four. I believe to Calais. I beg you to inquire about it, and if you find that the Emperor's orders have been disobeyed, to send back the delinquents with the horses. Gravelines, 3 June 1537.
Hol. Fr., p. 1. Add.
3 June. 25. John Hutton to Henry VIII.
R. O.
S.P. vii. 699.
This day the Regent took her journey to Lille. As the bp. of Verona had been with her the evening before, Hutton prepared to accompany her, and when a little way past Brussels she told him the bp. had been sent to her by Card. Pole as she had declined to see himself, to explain that he had been sent as an Englishman to dispute those errors which by separating England from the Holy See hindered the calling of a General Council, and had therefore written to the Pope to complain of his treatment as Legate. To this she had replied that when the time came for a General Council she would not be found lacking, but she did not consider these countries a fit place for discussing the things concerning the King without his consent; that she left it to his discretion what he should write, but she Lad done nothing she would not justify; and she advised him to return as she had no commission from the Emperor touching his legacy, especially as he was a suspect person, which might occasion more inconvenience than his legacy could profit. She promised further that nothing should be done affecting the King but she would let Hutton know. Brussels, 3 June.
Hol. Add. Sealed. Endd.: 3 Junii 1537.
26. Hutton to Cromwell.
R. O. Containing a copy of the preceding letter.
Last night one of his spies brought him word from Liege that Pole lay in the old palace, and had been pontifically received in the city, where he means to remain till he have answer from Rome; that Throgmorton had gone to England; that a present of 3,000 gildyrns had been made to Pole by the Card, of Liege. "They take him there for a young god. He cometh but little abroad nor he will not speak but with very few." Brussels, 3 June.
Hol., pp. 4. Add.: My lord Privy Seal at the Rolls. Endd: 3 Junii 1537.
4 June. 27. Thomas Bedyll to Cromwell.
R. O. I have been at the Charterhouse beside London and persuaded them rather to submit wholly to the King's mercy and surrender their priory than abide the extremity of the King's laws. I hope to bring the surrender to the King to-morrow under their convent seals, or else they shall deceive me very much of mine expectation. London, 4 June.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Privy Seal. Endd.
4 June. 28. Bishop of Lincoln to Cromwell.
R. O. Sends the collation of Leighton prebend, as he heard to-day after 3 o'clock that his chancellor, to whom he had given the advowson, is dead. Wooborn, 4 June. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Privy Seal. Endd.
4 June 29. [Sir] Richard Sapcote to Cromwell.
R. O. Begs remembrance at this time, for he trusts, by the attainder of lord Hussy, many things are in the King's hands whereof a small portion might do him ease. As he does not know what the King has granted already, begs Cromwell will appoint what he is to sue for. Would have made this suit himself, but since his coming home has been visited with his old pain. Ayelton, 4 June.
Hol., pp. 2. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.: 1537.
4 June. 30. Sir Ralph Ellerkar, Jun., to Cromwell.
R. O. On Sunday morning, 3 June, my lord of Norfolk commanded me from Sheriff Hutton to attach Thos. Strangwyge the late lord Darcy's steward, whom I have this morning delivered to Thos. Nuderell (?), Harry Balle, and John Sabffurthe, three of my Lord's yeomen, to bring to your Lordship. At his arrest he was sore crazed, and my Lord's servants desire me to write in their excuse "as in wentter thay be nott a byll to cary hym no grett jurnay becausse off hys syknes"; for they would be sorry to be blamed for tarrying by the way. Rysbe, 4 June.
Hol., p. 1. Add: Privy Seal. Endd.: 4 Junii 1537.
4 June. 31. Hutton to [Cromwell].
Galba, B. x.
B. M.
By this [post?] I have sent divers letters which require haste; where[fore] please send them with all convenient diligence. The lady Regent departed from Brussels the .... day of this present month towards Lile where she intends to reside this summer. Yester[day] I received letters from Venice dated 18 May. The Turk is ready with 260 ships and galleys, which be thought to be at Valona before this. They be either for Pooilia or S[icily?]. The Venetians declare themselves neutral, but make preparations for defence. The French King attempts to [get?] passage for the Swissars through the Venetian's dom[inions], which was not yet granted "at the date . .. letters." Antwerp, 1 June.
Hol., p. 1. Edge injured. Begins "Right honourable and my singular good lord."
4 June. 32. The General Council.
Add. MS.
28, 589, f. 325.
B. M.
Extract from letters of Mons. Guidiccion, 4 June, about the place of celebration of the Council and the action of the diet of Smalkald and the duke of Saxony.
Italian, modern copy from the archires of Simancas, pp. 2. Original endorsed in Spanish: Copia del capitulo quo embio el nuncio di Su St en España sobre lo del Concilio, 1537.
5 June. 33. John Copynger, General Confessor of Syon, to Cromwell.
R. O. The brethren of Syon have long abstained from preaching, at the King's precept to them sent by Cromwell's letters. Now sloth and idleness are imputed to them for that cause. Begs Cromwell, therefore, to grant them a relaxation of his commandment, and restore them to their duty of preaching. The disciples of Christ did receive grace by the coming of the Holy Ghost and then did preach; the brethren sue to Cromwell for grace, although they have not his Lordship's former promise, as the disciples had of Christ. Syon, 5 June.
Hol., p. 1. Add: Privy Seal. Endd.
5 [June]. 34. The Duke of Norfolk to Henry VIII.
R. O. Sends by the bearer Mr. Tashe who goes up with the Tenths, all such things of gold as were on the shrine at Bridlington, which he caused Master Magnus to take off when he was there to suppress the house. It is in two boxes, sealed with the seals of the Duke, and Magnus. In the less box are three proper and ..... d wrought tablets, "and if I durst ....... be a thief I would have stolen them to have sent them to the Queen's Grace, but now your Highness having them may give them unto her without, offence." In the great box "is one proper thing of radix Jesse to be set upon an altar" and all the rest of the gold work. The rest of the silver gear remains here with "the plate of Sir Robert Constable's ..... of that was belonging to Bridlington." Shall it be kept till the King's coming to these parts, or sold for his advantage here? It is very old stuff, and would be better broken up: amounting in value to about 3,470 oz. Sheriff Hutton, 5 ...... Signed.
P. 1. Mutilated, and the writing in parts faded. Add. Sealed and Endd.
5 June. 35. Norfolk to Cromwell.
R. O. Sends to the King, by Tristram Teshe, in two boxes, all such gold stuff as was upon the shrine at Bridlington, with a letter to his Majesty to know what shall be done with the remaining silver. Desires favour for Teshe, as few others are at this time, without restitution or agreement made with them, and the Duke does not see how he is to be compensated for the robberies he has sustained. If Cromwell will lodge in his house at York, he may be, sure of a welcome, "and if ye lust not to dally with his wife he hath a young woman with pretty proper tetins." Begs Cromwell to be good lord to the abbot of St. Mary's, as to the farm which he wrote to the abbot to give to Fulbery; it is so necessary for the abbey that they cannot part with it. Sheriffhutton, 5 June.
Added in his own hand: Understands the King keeps a garrison at Pomfret, which he thinks a needless expense. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Sealed. Endd.: 1537.
5 June. 36. Sir Will. Gascoygne, the younger, to Cromwell.
R. O. Please help me to the preferment either of Bridlington abbey or of Jervax, with the demesnes, which I am informed are now suppressed. You know I have but a small living during my father's life. Cusworth, 5 June. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
5 June. 37. Wm. Lord Sandys to Lady Lisle. (fn. n8)
R. O. Asks her to further the request contained in his letter to lord Lisle. (fn. n9) Is without French wine, having been here but a short time to make provisions. Sent his servant last week to a merchant in Calais, who promised him four tuns, and sent Wm. a Chambre yesterday for the wine, but the merchant refuses to deliver it unless he will take it all. There is a statute that victuallers shall not be compelled to sell but at their pleasure, and thinks it reasonable they should keep their promises. Unless this house is victualled, it will be in great danger. Guysnes, 5 June. Signed.
P. 1. Add.
5 June. 38. Wistasse Morel, Lieutenant to the Captain of Gravelines, to Lord Lisle.
R. O. I have this day received your letters, and thank you for their contents. As you say that the six horses belong to yourself, and you wish to recover the two others, which I have still in my hands, I have sent notice to the captain, my master, at Aeyre, from whom I hourly expect an answer. Gravelines, 5 June 1537.
Hol. Fr., p. 1. Add.
5 June. 39. John Bekynsaw to Dr. Knight.
R. O. Lately received a letter from Mr. Barkar, showing that Knight wished the writer to seek service in these parts. Wondered at his giving such advice. Has long sued for it himself, but has given it up in despair, and intends to return home after Midsummer cum pannis. Having no certainty of living here, cannot go to his book as he would. Would be glad to retire to a corner till the small voice come after the fire and whirlwind. Paris, 5 June 1537.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: To my master, Mr. Dr. Knyght, archidiacon of Rychmond, at St. Stephen's in [West]mester by London. Endd.
5 June. 40. Henry Cole to Dr. Knighte.
R. O. Is in great anxiety. Could endure death more easily than his patron Knight's displeasure. Has written to him three times to ask what he wishes done. Cannot believe that Knight has received none of his letters. Hopes if he has done anything amiss Knight will forbear till he can explain. Paris, "nonis Junii, 1537."
Hol. Latin, p. 1. Add.: To, &c. "Mr. Dr. Knighte, archedecon of Richemonde"; at his place in Canon Row, by Westminster, London Endd.


  • n1. The translation of St. Richard, 16 June.
  • n2. Gyllott was mayor of Leicester from St. Matthew's day (21 September). 28 Hen. V11I. and Beaumont was appointed recorder in the same year.
  • n3. The news of the Queen (Jane Seymour) being with child.
  • n4. See Part I. of this volume, No. 535, which it thus appears has been placed too early.
  • n5. This date is struck out.
  • n6. In the same MS. will be found (ff. 281, 318) two papers containing the resolutions of the Emperor's council with a view to despatches into Italy, the first dated 18 May and the second drawn up apparently about this time, but undated
  • n7. According to Le Neve, Richard Gwent, LL.D. held the prebend of Leighton Ecclesia from 1534 to his death in 1543. If so, it was not void, us Cromwell supposed, at the time this letter was written.
  • n8. Printed by error in Vol. X. as of the year 1536.
  • n9. Not found.