Henry VIII: June 1537, 6-10

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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, 6-10

6 June. 41. Cromwell to Sir Thos. Wyatt.
Harl. MS.
282, f. 203.
B. M.
Nott's Wyatt,
Though Wyatt has been somewhat slack to write to him, takes the opportunity of this bearer, M. du Vauldray, who has been declaring the Queen of Hungary's excuses for the conveyance of the traitor Pole from Cambray (where he had retired when expelled by the French king) to the dominion of the bishop of Liege, "which was thought, to have been more solemn than the treaties required." Don Diego de Mendoza arrived the Wednesday after Pentecost, and was well received by the King, then being at Hampton Court. With him and the other ambassador Cromwell and others of the Council have, by the King's appointment, had sundry conferences upon the causes of his coming, touching the marriage. Though the King is well inclined, nothing is concluded, because Mendoza brought no new commission, but only such as the ambassador here resident had received long before; also because they make some difficulty in the demand that the Emperor should rather adhere to the King than to the bp. of Rome, and should withstand any attempts made by the Bishop and his adherents against the King. The said ambassadors have written of this by De Vauldray, and upon their answer from the Emperor the matter shall be concluded or broken off. Advises him to pretend ignorance; yet he may take any opportunity of saying that at his departure the King's mind was, for good causes, immutably against the said Bishop, and doubtless he would not esteem an alliance perfect with any person that would assent to or assist in anything to his displeasure, taking heed evermore to the nourishing of the good amity between them.
The King is in good health and disposition, the more because the Queen is quick with child. God send her good deliverance of a prince, to the joy of all faithful subjects. Upon the news coming from Hampton Court to London on Trinity Sunday, at afternoon, there was great celebrity at Powles, and thanks given to God, and in the evening solemn fires both in the city and other towns. The whole realm is peaceful, and offenders sorry for their offences, and desirous to serve the King, the more so because of his Grace's merciful pardon extended to them, and observed inviolably. For although lords Darcy and Husey, Constable, Bigot, Sir John Bulmer, Hamerton, the lord Lumley's son, Aske, Tempest, the abbot of Jervaulx, the prior of Bridlington, and some others, also Sir Thos. Percy, had their pardon, yet they have been openly convicted of high treason most ungratefully committed since, and some of them be already executed. Wyatt may affirm that if they had not offended since their pardon, the King would never have remembered their previous offences. From the Rolls, 6 June 29 Hen. VIII. Signed.
Pp. 2. Add.: Ambassador with the Emperor. Endd.: "From my lord Privy Seal, the first by Vauldray, 26 June," and also, "in June, at Valodolid."
June. 42. Wriothesley to Sir Thos. Wyatt.
Harl. MS.
282, f. 279.
B. M.
Nott's Wyatt,
By my lord's letters you shall perceive occurrants here and the terms in which the treaty with Don Diego de Mendoza consists. If the Emperor will come to any good point in the matter of the capitulation against the bp. of Rome all will be well. Labour to cause him make an overture to aid no man, directly or indirectly, against the King, and in case of invasion to assist the King against the bp. of Rome, or any other. Do not let it appear that "you could approve this overture, for that will offend. Make the bargain as good as you can, and stick you upon the Emperor's joining against the Bishop."
From the Rolls, in more than haste. Sends herewith divers letters from friends.
Hol. p. 1. Add.: Ambassador with the Emperor. Endd.: Mr. Wriothesley, in June, by Mr. Weldon, at Valladolid.
6 June. 43. Norfolk to Cromwell.
R. O. On Sunday last sent Sir Ralph Ellerker, with three of his servants, to Beverley, to take Thomas Strangwishe, and bring him to Cromwell. Commanded Sir Ralph to search for writings in his house that might touch the King, and last night he sent such as you will receive with these. The first copy is that I sent from Windsor to lord Darcy by the King's command, after my first return from Doncaster. The second is that written by Sir Ralph Ellerker and Robert Bowes at the same time to the said lord. The third is the King's letter sent with them. Some things must now be tried out, for it apppears they had spies among us, who must be discovered. Perhaps lord Hussey was one of them. Some say the King will not come hither this summer; whereof I beg you to let me know the truth. Sheriffhutton, 6 June. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: My lord Privy Seal. Endd.: 1537.
6 June. 44. Sir John Bulmer.
R. O. Survey of the lands of Sir John Bulmer, attainted, in Yorkshire, by Ric. Pollard, one of the King's general surveyors, in June 29 Hen. VIII.
Possession taken at the lordship of Bulmer, 6 June 29 Hen. VIII., in presence of Thos. Laurens, Marmaduke Dawtrie, John Taylour, Rob. Annyngson and John Saunderson "with the body of the whole lordship, and there did atturne and become tenants to our said sovereign lord, and have given knowledge at the entry there, according to their ancient custom."
List of freeholders with their tenures:—The priors of Marton and Mowseby, John Malton and Ric. Otterborne.
Tenants by indenture and by copy of court roll:—John Saunderson, Marmaduke Daitre, Will. Skalyng, Rob. Anneson. Rob. Maunsell, John Tayllour, Wm. Huchynson, Wm. Tayllour, John Malton, Janet Maunsell, John Stephynson, Davy Williamson, John Byfurth's wife, Agnes Wattson, Hen. Bedall, John Etton, Wm. Wyll, John Benson, Wm. Skelton's wife, John Harreson, Matt. Wright, Edw. Calverd, Wm. Anneson and John Welborne.
Tenants at will:—Rob. Bulmer, Rob. Welborne and John Tomson.
Work-silver:—The township of Bulmer for "bonne silver otherwise called work silver." 6s. 8d.
In Welborne:—Tenants by copy of court roll:—Ric. Wedrelt, John Ellys, Rob. Smyth, Ric. Wright, Wm. Wayte, Ric. Knotte, Thos. Gilbank, Thos. Hare, Chr. Hare, Rob. Colt, Thos. Cawthorn, Wm. Pykaryng, Wm. Wright's wife, Rob. Tanfeld's wife, John Seman, John Collynson, and Wm. Byfurth.
Tenants at will.—Rob. Pekett, Thos. Laurence, John Twede and the township of Welborne.
The mill of Welborne is a water mill standing upon a small stream and grindeth all manner of corn: repairs will cost 4l.: it is held by Rob. Bulmer at the lord's pleasure: rent 40s.
The demesne lands held by the township of Welborne and by Robert Bulmer (the various parcels specified).
The manor place stands on a plain high ground in the midst of the town and is a very old house covered with slate and greatly in decay. There is an orchard of about an acre growing no fruit. Also an old "kylne house," at the back, and a gatehouse, at the entry, ready to fall down. Also two stables much in need of repair.
Woods:—Southwodde, Brandretn and Storffe Wodde. Bulmer Common 60 acres and Welborne Common 50 acres.
Royalties:—The fine called the "grenehith" and the "gressham" and "incomme."
The lord has the advowson of Bulmer and there is a chapel of Our Lady at Welborne.
Robt. Bulmer is the bailiff and has no assurance for his fee. The half year's rent due at Pentecost is still unpaid. Signed by Pollard.
Pp. 15. Slightly mutilated.
6 June. 45. Henry Cole to Dr. Wotton.
R.O. I send by the bearer, Mr. Leyton, such seeds as Mr. Michael Throgmarton left here for you, with a letter to you. You will see I have other things for you which the bearer could not carry. Paris, 6 June, 1537.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: To Master dotter Wotton, the phisition. Endd.
6 June. 46. Bishop Gardiner to Norfolk.
Harl. MS.
6989, f. 74.
Has had no letters from Norfolk for 4 months. The French king is hunting at Fontainebleau as though there were, no war. His appointment was to go to Molyns, but now it is doubtful as the Burgundians have assembled to take St. Pol, which he has fortified. St. Pol is neutral and has ever lived in peace. It is noteworthy that the war being begun by the Emperor and French king for Milan, all their countries and Milan are quiet and the misery of war troubles only Savoy and St. Pol, countries belonging to neither. Spoke yesterday with the Grand Master, who thinks little of what the Emperor can do and says the Burgundians are fewer than reported. Others say otherwise, and that the French king is doubtful whether to send his lanceknights to Italy as intended, or keep them for defence of his country. The pay of these lanceknights alone is 30,000l. a month, and the King has 12,000 Italians in Piedmont. The parts to be defended lie very wide, and there is much talk of want of money. The Emperor is in Spain and, it is said, will win us against the French. I will not believe till I see it. for it is a good rent the king our master has of France, and it were better to have them agree than help one to overrun the other. The Turk's coming is not much feared because he tarryeth so long. The bp. of Rome should have married his nephew to the Duchess of Florence in hope to recover Milan: but now they say the Emperor sues for my lady Mary to marry the infant of Portugal and will give him Milan, so that the Bishop's marriage stayeth and the Italians account us Imperials.
Chastilion (Castillon) goes now into England to be ambassador resident and the bishop (i.e., of Tarbes) returns. What I shall do I cannot tell, but I have lately bought mules and necessaries as though to tarry here still; for, seeing I have tarried so long, I will not with suit to come home lose any of the thanks I might have had, but will serve diligently. Ville Nove Saincte Ge[orges], 6 June.
Hol. Slightly mutilated, pp. 3. Add.
6 June 47. Germayne Gardyner to Wriothesley.
R. O. "You marvel not so much there how the post money can draw nigh the sum which my lord (fn. n1) wrote as we marvel here how ye can doubt thereof." To remove all doubt, has made a perfect account of the money laid out by my lord since "we" came into France, valuing the crowns at 5s. stg., for if rated at less my lord would be a loser. You will learn the news by my lord's letters. Commend me to my sister. Te Deum is sung here for the Queen being with quick child. Hopes it will be a son. Ville Saint George, 6 June.
Commendations from Mr. Medoe and "my your" Twig.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: To my loving brother Mr. Thomas Wriothesley. Endd.: vjo Junii 1537.
48. John Hutton to Lord Lisle.
R. O. Desires his favourable letters to the captain and viscount of Dieppe for John Over as one of the. Kind's subjects.
P.S.—He is in partnership with Rob. Colt.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Deputy of Calais. Some memoranda on the back, apparently by Lisle, of hogsheads delivered to different persons.
June. 49. John Hutton to Lord Lisle.
R. O. Received his letter of the. 6th, wishing to know what answer Lisle should make for the passport of four horses for Mr. Richard Cromwell. I wrote eight days past that George, the Imperial ambassador's servant, told me that he had obtained grant of the queen [of Hungary] for it. Thanks him for showing kindness to John Overe. Antwerp, .. June.
Hol., p. 1. Mutilated. Add. Endd.: [By Lisle?]
7 June. 50. Sir Ralph Longford.
R. O. "Monyse layde howtt by Syr Wylliam Hollys, knyght, to the h[u]se off Syr Raffe Longforthe, knyght, uppon the sum off V.C. markes too be payde for hys heyre." Total [281l.] 7s. 4d. With a statement of sums remaining due to Longforthe's use under an agreement of the lord Chief Baron, 7 June 30 Hen. VIII.
Pp. 2. Mutilated.
7 June. 51. Cromwell and the Marquis of Exeter.
R. O. Deposition of Thos. Benyng of Stoke, Soms., carpenter, examined before Sir Henry Capell, 7 June 29 Hen. VIII., viz., that he had heard John Howell of the same parish, butcher, say that the marquis of Exeter and the lord Privy Seal had fallen out; that the Marquis had drawn his dagger on my lord Privy Seal, who was protected by the harness on his back; and that the latter had ordered the former to the Tower, but if he had been put there by my lord Privy Seal's order, he would have been fetched out again, though the best of the realm had said nay; "and that he, the same Howell, and his company were fully agreed by one assent to have him out before they had come away." This took place a fortnight before Christmas last in Alice Latche's house in Stoke. Signed: Harry Capell.
P. 1. Endd.
7 June. 52. The Mayor and his Brethren of Sarum to Cromwell.
Harl. MS.
283 f. 146.
B. M.
The mayor of New Sarum and others of the discreetest of his brethren that have been mayors have always been in the commission of peace. But now Thos. Chamber, the under-bailey of Sarum, and others of his affinity have so reported to the people that the mayor is but the bishop's mayor and gaoler, and has no more authority to punish any misdoer than any other citizen, that the people be in such a boldness that they no longer regard the mayor and his brethren. And whereas it is said the bishop intends to sue for the charter granted to his predecessors to be confirmed and enlarged, whereby great inconveniences may ensue, for his officers say all power is in him, and the said bishop says his charter will discharge him of all misuses and non-use; they beg Cromwell to qualify the said charter and that the bishop's under-baileys may be of some gravity and substance, so that they need not use extortion and bribery, which has caused all the variance betwixt the bishop and the citizens. It has been the custom upon the even of St. Osmunde, 15 July, which saint lies in the cathedral church as St. Edward does in Westminster, to keep a solemn watch like that kept in London on midsummer even, and to keep the morrow as a holiday. Now that St. Osmund's day is commanded not to be kept they beg to know what is to be done as regards the said watch, of which the bearers can speak. Sarum, 7 June.
Hol., pp. 2. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.: 7 Junii 1537.
7 June. 53. Norfolk to Cromwell.
R.O. Understanding that the receivers of the Augmentation shall not meddle with these lands that are come to the King's hands by the attainders, Sir George Lawson has asked me to write to your Lordship for the same. He is in good esteem in these parts and diligent to serve the King. Sheriff Hutton, 7 June. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Sealed. Endd.: 1537.
7 June. 54. Anthoine Brusset to Lord Lisle.
R.O. I have received a letter you wrote to my lieutenant of Gravelinglies, claiming the two horses taken by his officers sur les passaiges as your own. I cannot understand this, seeing that if you wanted horses from Flanders a word from you to the Queen would be enough and I would back your suit, as I have always done. There would be no need to bring them by indirect ways like those in question, contrary to the Emperor's ordinances. I therefore desire you will apprehend the subject of the Emperor who sold and brought the said horses. I cannot find that they were taken within your pale as you say. Aire, 7 June '37. Signed.
Fr., p. 1. Add.
7 June. 55. Margaret, Queen of Scotland, to Henry VIII.
St. P. v. 89.
I received your letter by your secret servant, Mr. Sadler, and thank you for the 200l. he brought me. I thank you for sending into France to the King my son for me, and trust to find the more kindness for your sake. I beg to hear from you when you send word into this realm, and hope to do you pleasure, as this bearer your servant will show. I spoke at length with the King my son, and find him well disposed towards you, as I trust he has sent the abbot of Arbroath to declare to you. I beg that the abbot may be well treated, for he is great with the King your nephew; also that you will speak to him for my honourable treatment. "My dewors and portyseng is at the gyffeng of the sentens and pryved be mony famos folke to the noumbar of fowr and twenty pryves, and vyth the grace of God I schal not have newer syche a trowbyl a gayn." I trust to have your help if I am wronged, and will be diligent to preserve love between you and my son; but I will not write at length for the causes I have shown to Mr. Sadler, for whom I beg credence. The King my son is very well content with him. 7 June.
Hol., pp. 3. Add.
8 June. 56. Insurrection in Norfolk.
R. O. Examinations taken at Norwich Castle at the sessions there holden 8 June, 29 H. VIII. before Sir Roger Towneshend, Sir John Jermy, Robert Holdyche, and John Clere, justices of the peace.
Thomas Colles, prisoner in the said castle on suspicion of felony, says he hea[rd] Ralph Rogerson and Nich. Mylom, subprior of Walsyngham, prisoners for treason, "say that ...... said he would give amongst them six [or] seven sc. ecore (score?) sheep." That was two or three days before the said Ralph and Nicholas went to execution. Saw a bill rent in pieces and thrown abroad.
Stephen Alyson, prisoner on suspicion of felony, heard Johnson and Clerk, prisoners, say Rogerson would have accused "one Smythe and Gyggys, of Wyghton, and also a priest, a rich gentleman." This about a week before the justices sat upon Gysborough and his company.
Thomas Johnson, prisoner and attainted of felony, heard Rogerson say that, about Hallowmas last, as one Smyth of Wighton and he came from London, Smyth said, "It shall never be well until such time an we make an insurrection against great men," and said he would be captain of 100 men. Heard Rogerson and old Gisborowe say "they would have" Smyth, one Mr. Gyggis and another, and a priest of Old Walsingham named Betts, before the justices sat on them. Then young Gisborough said, "Father, there is no remedy but death with us, and for us to put any mo in danger, it were pity." Heard them also say that if any great man "had two dishes on his table, they would have had the one if they had gone forward with their business." Gyggis had said they should not lack sheep as long as he had any.
John Clerk, prisoner on suspicion of felony, heard Rogersou, old Gisborough, and Nich. Mylom marvel that John Smyth, one Giggis alias Debyde, William Hall, Thomas Kyrton, Rogerson's tenant of Wighton, Betts, a priest in Old Walsingham, and one Parker, a glover, had escaped. Similar story to the preceding. Knew the persons aforenamed, for he had been servant to Smyth's father, and arrested him at Lyn for 11s. wages.
Robert Crome, prisoner on suspicion of felony, heard nothing, but "saw a piece of paper about the breadth of a groat flying abroad in the castle, and stamped in the water by James Biggis, his fellow that he was coupled unto." Heard Biggis this day say certain sheep should be given to those who should rise against the King.
James Byggis, prisoner on suspicion of felony, gives evidence similar to Clerk's. Rogerson "rent a paper in pieces as small as pence of two pence."
Johnson and Clerk would not disclose the above till they might speak with Mr. Sheriff. This day they showed it to Henry Payn, servant to Sir William Druvy, sheriff of Norfolk, who informed the justices. Signed by Touneshend, Jermy, Holdych, and Clere.
Pp. 5, stained and worn. Endd.: Concerning the insurrection in Norfolk.
8 June. 57. Sir Wm. Parre to Cromwell.
R. O. Sends a letter just arrived by the bearer about unlawful assemblies and riots at Lincoln. Wishes to know the King's pleasure. Horton, 8 June, 4 p.m. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal.
8 June. 58. Sir Wm. Brereton to Cromwell.
R. O. I examined Piers Feldye and showed him, by the way as I came homeward, that there was no way for him but death, and your Lordship had sent him into this country to suffer, urging him to declare the truth. He confessed that he was promised his pardon by Sir Piers Dutton, to which he had trusted till then, but that he would now tell the truth, which I think he has done. I made a book of his confessions (enclosed), and after coming to Chester examined him before the mayor and aldermen and divers friends of Dutton. I desire instructions what to do, and beg you to remember the causes I moved your Lordship in when I was with you; also to know your Lordship's pleasure touching certain recognisances forfeited by two of Dutton's servants, as he has a supersedeas for himself and all his servants. Chester, 8 June. Signed.
P. 1. Add. Endd.: "1537."
ii. Confession of Piers Feldy, condemned to death, made at Chester, 5 June, 29 Hen. VIII., before Sir Wm. Brereton, Sir Wm. Stanley, Wm. Gudman, mayor of Chester, Wm. Davidson, David Myddelton, and Hen. Gee, aldermen, Wm. Stanley, John Mascy of Podyngton, and Rob. Chauntrell.
He confesses having slandered Rondulf Brereton of Chester, deceased, and that Sir Piers Dutton, George Holford, Piers Rauffson, and Ric. Mascy, servants to Sir Piers, procured him many times at Islington, when he was in "his" custody there, to accuse the said Randolph of treason for receiving and uttering naughty crowns. Dutton then said, "Feldy, the same Rondulph hath done me many high displeasures," and desired him to depose that he and Robert Hale brought to the said Randolph certain gold of false coin, telling him that the said Hale's father and the same Randolph were very great, and the thing would be easily believed against him. He wished him also to say that he was acquainted with the said Randolph by having sold him partridges, which he was wont to take and bring to Chester, and he promised to get him his pardon if he so deposed. Feldy did so, although he knew no such matter against the said Randolph. Feldy prays to be suffered to ask forgiveness of his wile, children, and friends, and also of one Roger Ince, whom at Dutton's instigation he accused untruly of delivering naughty crowns to the said Brereton.
Dutton also moved him to accuse Rauf Rogerson of Chester of treason, and when Feldy said he knew not what to lay against him, asked, "Is there no bare fellow that thou might say were of counsel, and should be by when he should have some naughty gold delivered him?" Feldy said there was John Armestronge, a pickpurse, and Dutton told him to allege that Armestronge had delivered him coining irons, and that they had met in Cotton wood and struck certains crowns there. He also says that when in prison in Chester Castle, Ralph Manning, under - sheriff of Cheshire, Geo. Holford, servant to Mr. Dutton, and Wm. Glasiour of Chester, procured him to accuse Piers Bruyn of Tervyn of treason, and that he had 13 crowns delivered by Feldy and John Cotgreve. Sir Piers Dutton also did the same in going towards London, near Lichfield. Dutton also moved him to accuse Sir John Donne, Sir Rondolf Pole, clerk, and Sir Wm. Pole, knight, and get them up on a charge of having received naughty crowns of Stephen Sumpnour, when he was Donne's tenant. Dutton also urged him to accuse some great men, putting him in comfort that as he (Dutton) was in favour with the King and his Council, and had been made sheriff again, he need not fear of his pardon; trusting to which promises he neglected opportunities of escaping from the custody of Sir Piers, and went many times through divers sanctuaries, as Westminster and St. Martin's, he and one John Frodesham, both prisoners in the custody of Dutton's servant, Hen. Ledesham. Afterwards, when the abbot of Norton and John Janyn were brought up, and there was no man to prove the matter laid against them, Dutton desired Feldy to accuse them, and lady Dutton sent for him from Islington to her lodging in London, promising him a new coat to do as her husband desired. Also, when it was known that he should be committed to the Tower and delivered out of Dutton's custody, Dutton and his servants strongly urged him to stick to his tale, or it would be impossible to get him a pardon: relying on which promise he repeatedly denied that his evidence was procured by anyone. It was also arranged that some of Dutton's servants should be present at his examination, and that, if any one were named whom Dutton wished to accuse, one of the servants who knew his mind should hold up his finger, and if any one were named whom he wished not to accuse, the servant should put down his hand. Also, if the accusations were well taken before the Council, Feldy, when he saw any of Dutton's servants, was to hold up his finger, and if they were not well taken he was to hold it down. He was so much in Dutton's power that he would have accused his own father, whom he knew to be a true man, if so commanded. Also he saw John Wynbury, who was servant to Sir Piers, deliver to Ralph Manning 13 naughty crowns in the house of Hugh Hanky at Chester, and Wynbury afterwards told him George Holford could utter them well. Robert Hale also told him that he had delivered many naughty crowns to Manning in taverns at Chester. Also Jankyn Aldersey had many delivered to him by Robert Hale and Thomas Cotgreve at Besewik's house in Chester and at a tavern by the East Gate. They had also delivered many to Hugh Thewley, of Yorkshire, clothier, in Feldy's presence.
Pp. 9.
8 June. 59. Sir Arthur Darcy to [Cromwell].
Cleop. E. iv.
B. M.
of the
Was with my lord Lieutenant at the suppression of Gervayes, which is wholly covered with lead, "and there is one of the fairest churches I have seen, fair meadows and the river running by it and a great demesne." The King is at great charge for his stud of mares at Thornbury. Suggests that Gervayes would be a suitable place, where the breed of horses was "the tryed breed in the North." Has, through my lord Lieutenant, recovered much of his goods of Coverham. Went from Gervayes to Salley, where he found a chalice that was "brybbed" from the King before the suppression, a book of debts of the house, and a "barkhawes" stored with leather. Desires licence for 14 days to come up and despatch his debts. Has desired Mr. Solymontt to remind Cromwell of his (the writer's) causes. Wastes the King's money here at Pomfret; for the North "was never in a more dreadful and true obeisance." I beg your favour: it is showed me that the King would again survey my lands and Mr. Chancellor sent to me that it was thought I had deceived the King. You know I might have had St. Lenardes which is 300 mks. better than my lands in the first survey. I refused that and never knew what Salley was till it was granted. Mr. Fermer and Mr. Montagew would have given 600 mks. yearly for Grenesnorton, and in consideration thereof, and with my wife in marriage, the King gave me my lands unsurveyed. If the King will have my rentals I will bring them myself. 8 June.
Hol., pp. 2.
8 June. 60. J. de Morbecque to the Deputy of Calais.
R. O. Asks him to allow Lanselot de le Maurrye to pass with two tuns of wine d'Auxerrois for his own use. Tournehen Castle, 8 June. Signed.
Fr., p. 1. Add.
8 June. 61. Madeleine, Queen of Scotland, to Francis I.
Ribier i. 32. Since the king of Scotland sent for Maître Francisque, the physician, she has much recovered, but if he come ho will assist to her complete cure. M. de Limoges, who has taken the greatest care of her in the journey to Scotland, can give the news. Islebourg, 8 June.
8 June. 62. Florence.
Add. MS.
28,589 f. 324.
Note of the dates of the oaths of fealty made to Cifuentes on behalf of the Emperor, of the governors of the castles of Florence, Pisa and Livorno, i.e. 4, 7 and 8 June 1537.
Spanish, p. 1. Modern note of archives at Simancas.
9 June.
R. O.
63. Geo. Wolfet, Clerk of the Closet to the King, to Lord Lisle.
I beg you to accept my continual suit ever since you were at court at the King's being at Canterbury, for the preferment of an old servant of mine to petty wages. I have been bold divers times to write to my lady about it. Hampton Court, 9 June. I enclose some cramp rings for my lady.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Deputy of Calais.
10 June. 64. Charter House, London.
R. O. Surrender by Wm. Trafford, prior, and the convent (considering that the majority of them and not a few others of their convent, both alive and dead, have so by their offences provoked the King's indignation against them and their priory that they deserve, by the laws of England, to have the goods and possessions of their priory confiscated and they themselves to suffer the severest death, and therefore they would rather throw themselves upon the King's mercy than abide the rigor of the law) to the King, their founder, of the monastery and all its possessions in England and elsewhere in the King's dominions. 10 June 1537, 29 Hen. VIII. No signatures, seal slightly broken. [See Eighth Report of D. K. of Public Records, App. II. 28.]
Enrolled [Close Roll 29 Hen. VIII. p. 1 No. 16.] with mem. of acknowledgment the same day before Thos. Bedyll, clk.
10 June. 65. A Carmelite Preacher.
R. O. The information of Francys Turpyn of the words and preaching of Robert Austyn, White Friar, in the church of St. Bride's in Fleet Street, "the 10th day of June (fn. n2) of this present month." 1st. That he did not pray for grace. 2. That he omitted the reverence due to his Prince and Supreme Head under God. 3. That he did not preach against the usurped power of the bishop of Rome, according to the commission lately proclaimed by the bp. of London. 4. That he had abused a preacher who had preached at St. Bride's on the gospel of the Rich Man and Lazarus for applying it to women. 5. Item, he said although the rich man in that parable had no name, "yet right well he might have named his steward called Nemo." 6. That the preacher aforenamed called Our Lady a maintainer of bawdery.
As he left the pulpit informant asked him by whose authority he preached, and he replied by the bishop of London's. Signed.
P. 1. Endd.: Robert Austyn, frear Carmelytan.
10 June. 66. Elynor, Countess of Rutland, to Lady Lisle.
R. O. Is glad to hear she is in good health. Thanks her for the cherries and peasecods sent by the bearer. Received the heart of gold but lately, and sends it by the bearer. The King and Queen are in good health and merry. Hampton Court, 10 June. Signed.
P. 1. Add.
10 June. 67. John Mores to Cromwell.
R. O Last night Sir William Knotton, priest, professed in Syon, departed thence over the walls and was brought to me by the constables of Braynefforde about 5 o'clock in the morning. He declared he was going to sue to your Lordship for release from his religion, and as he hath other things to shew I was at Chelsey with him by 7 o'clock this morning, where I learnt your remove towards the Court. The said William is in custody of William Gawyne one the constables aforesaid and has not spoken with any of the religious of Syon. Mr. Matstone, steward of Syon, and I, are to ride tomorrow to keep my Lady's courts in Sussex. What is to be done with the said Sir William? Syon, 10 June. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
10 June. 68. Sir Roger Touneshend, Sir Thos. Le Straunge Wm. Fermour, Henry Bedyngfeld, and Wm. Yelverton to Cromwell.
R. O. Send the depositions of certain prisoners in Norwich Castle against certain other persons. Ask for instructions. 10 June. Signed.
P 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.: 10 June 1537.
R. O. 2. "Examinations severally taken before Sir Roger Touneshend and Sir Thos. Lestraunge, kt.," 10 June 29 Hen. VIII., touching the information of John Clerke given to the above, and other justices, at Norwich Castle 8 June, "that Jas. Hendley and Harry Capron should have heard all such words as he hath reported as well as he."
1. Jas. Hendley, who was one of the prisoners in Norwich Castle when Sir Nic. Myleham, Ralph Rogerson and others were imprisoned there for treason, says that he, two friars of Burnham, Harry Capron, Rob. Hawker, Andrew Paxe, John Mapylton, Thos. Arthur and Ric. Love (which Richard lay there for felony) were all in one house within the prison and could not come near the said Myleham, Rogerson, Gysborous and others, who were in another house, and were commanded not to come near where they were; and if Myleham and his company came to the chapel they departed to their house again and they never spoke together.
2. Harry Capron says that none of Myleham's company ever came near them except at the anthem of Our Lady, when their company was in the chapel and Myleham's in a little house five or six yards off; but they departed without communication, except two or three nights at first, when Myleham and the two friars kneeled together at the altar and they kneeled behind them.
3. Robert Dobydo alias Gygges of Wyghton denies holding any communications.
4. And so does Will. Hall of Wyghton.
5. Sir Will. Bettes of Old Walsingham, priest, in answer to a charge by Ralph Rogerson and others, says he was not conversant with Sir Nic. Myleham, Ralph Rogerson nor Gysborough, nor has spoken with him these three years except to say good morrow; and that he never spoke such words or heard any such spoken as he is accused of. (This article is signed by deponent.)
6. Thos. Dyrton of Wyghton never heard Ralph Rogerson speak any words concerning the offences he died for.
7. Will. Parker of Old Walsingham never heard Myleham, Rogerson, Gysborowe or any other man speak of the Walsingham conspiracy.
The said Dobydo being examined whether one John Clarke, now in prison in Norwich, ever dwelled with him, says he came to his house before Christmas last, desiring service; that he gave him work in threshing and let him a house to dwell in, where he remained till Candlemas, when he broke up a staircase in the night and carried off some garments from a tailor and disappeared. A man afterwards came seeking him for another robbery. Signed by the writers of § 1.
Pp. 3. Endd.
ii. Schedule attached, containing the holograph deposition of John Smyth confessing that he went and came from London in Mich. term, in Ralph Rogerson's company, having by fortune met him on the way; but all else he denies.
10 June. 69. Sir George Lawson to Cromwell.
R. O. Has sent three ships to Berwick with corn, which is already laid up in the King's garners there. Has bought more to be sent thither with diligence, so that the town will be well victualled. Goes thither next week to pay the wages, and means to return shortly to wait upon the King and Cromwell at their repair to these parts. Hopes Cromwell will lodge in his house at York. The captain of Berwick writes continually for urgent repairs at Berwick, for which he has no money. Desires letters to the abbot of St. Mary's for 200l. Will make true account at his coming. The repairs of Sheriff Hutton castle have cost much. Begs that he be made receiver of the revenues of the monasteries and lands of attainted persons. York, 10 June. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: My lord Privy Seal. Endd.: 1537.
10 June. 70. John Heliar, Priest, to Sir Anthony Wyndsor.
R. O. I commend myself to you and my lady your wife, thanking you for your goodness now in my absence, by whose wisdom I hear the parish is in good order. I hope my lady takes up the tithe buck and doe in the park, as I wrote almost two years since, asking her to be my deputy in that behalf, and not lose the old custom. I have appointed a little money to be bestowed within the parish of Estmeon, as the bearer will more largely inform you, and desire your help and counsel in bestowing it. Commend me to Rob. Leg and John Cowse, and mother Langrige and Laurence. Lovan, 10 June.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: At Estmeon. Scaled. Endd.
10 June. 71. Card. Pole to Paul III.
Poli Epp. ii.
Have arrived much tempest-tossed at the port where his Holiness foretold they would be in safety. That is, they have come to Liège which, though only two days' journey from where they were, it has taken them 40 days to reach. Profuse eulogy on the card, of Liège. As to Pole's mission, Verona wrote recently to the Prothonotary, his Holiness' secretary. Liège, 10 June 1537.
10 June. 72. Card. Pole to the Sacred College.
Poli Epp. ii.
Since it was piety alone which prompted the Pope and them to send him into this province, and piety made him the more readily undertake the mission, events are to be borne with equanimity. Commends the card. of Liège, in whose city he is safe from the dangers which surrounded him. Asks their prayers. Liège, 10 June 1537.
10 June. 73. Card. Pole to Card. Contarini.
Poli Epp. ii.
Thanks him for the trouble he has taken with the Pope about Pole's money matters, as appears by his letter from Rome 12 May, received 5 June. Wishes the necessity for that trouble had not arisen; but the siege (as it may be called) they underwent in Cambray for nearly 40 days, and the escort of cavalry and herald required to take them through the province of France to Liege, of course entailed extraordinary expenses. Hopes he is not annoyed that Pole commissioned Priolus to write of it. Economical conduct of his household under the rule of the bp. of Verona.
It will best show the state of England if he explains the attempts made against himself; and therefore he enclosed copy of his letter to the Pope. So far all he has done in his embassy is to get to a place of comparative safety. Even here before two days [were over] an Englishman arrived for purposes of treachery (insidiandi causa), as Pole learned by letters to the man from the English ambassador in Flanders, which were intercepted. In these it was written, if he could do that which they had talked of he should gain great favour of the King and due reward. The man came hither pretending he was exiled from England and had no means of living, and therefore desired to be taken into Pole's household. Had he remained one night longer in the city he should have gone to prison; but, either getting wind of this or being conscience stricken, though he arrived in the evening he left the city before light. Priolus' letters will tell more of such things.
Cannot write of the progress of the cause, as Verona is away at Brussels. Is sure those who defend the cause this third time will win gloriously; though it seems now twice conquered, once in Ireland, Deo duce providente, and again in England, God, as I myself think, exhorting the people. But whatever way God provides, the goodness of the cause and the wickedness of the adversaries will be manifest. Rejoices at what Contarini writes of the Pope's good will for Reformation; and no less in those chapters of Philip Melanchthon which, with Contarini's learned opinion thereupon, he has read, and takes hope that, the Pope persevering in the censure of morals, there will not in the rest be so great a controversy. Liege, 10 June 1537.


  • n1. Bishop Gardiner.
  • n2. If the 10th of June was a Sunday, the year must have been 1537.