Henry VIII: August 1537, 21-31

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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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August 1537, 21-31

21 Aug. 555. John Husee to [Lord Lisle].
R. O. Wrote by Henbury's man of the signing of his bill. Your Lordship has the gift in fee simple, and I have no doubt I shall make the arrangement that you shall have a year and a half's rent at Michaelmas. My lord Privy Seal says that if you attempt to sell it the King will never be good lord to you, as it is his gift. I assured him you never would. Thinks he should thank my lord Privy Seal. Mr. Surveyor advises you to send some loving letter to Wriothesley. If he had some present worth 40l. it should be well bestowed. He stands in place where be can please or displease. Has been advised to go to the Chancellor of the Augmentations with Lisle's patent. Mr. Fowler has with great difficulty lent 20l. I have given him a bill for it, for otherwise he would not advance it. Charged for your patent for the Privy Seal, &c., 14l., and what for the Augmentations God knoweth. Wriothesley's clerk must be rewarded with 20s. It is not good to give any more for the money he has received. Sent him a letter from my lord Marquis to Mr. Ponings for venison for Lisle. He thanks you for the hawk, "but she died in the mew, or she were full nywde (mewed?)." He says he would like another; a partridge and pye. He does not care whether it be "sawre" and mewed, or a falcon. My lord Admiral thanks you for the seal. He will send you some venison. I kept the seal here at Wapping five weeks or more, for none of his men would receive her. She cost me some days 6d. in fish, and yet she had not dined. Could not speak with my lord Admiral till the King came to Grafton; when he said he could not keep the seal, but desired me on my return to London to kill it, and deliver it to his man Osborne, and cause him to bake it and send it to his wife, which I have done. I see he will keep nothing that puts him to cost. He likes Ralph Rygsby very well. He is not satisfied with his division, but wants the whole forest, and will turn Russell out. I told him the whole belonged to you, and that what the lord Montague held was by your sufferance. This must be looked to. My lord Privy Seal is pleased that you have so gently handled Mr. Surveyor and his new wife. He looks daily for an answer to his letter concerning Mr. Marshal. He did not like the letter brought by his man Olyver. When you know the last of Mr. Marshal's mind, send your answer to my lord Privy Seal. I will let you know the contents of Mr. Marshal's letter. Nothing can be said or done against you, but it is known. The King has pardoned Jas. Crane. Touching any such priests as shall be brought back to you by good Mr. Commissary, let them remain in prison, for it is not fit you should be charged with their costs. Will learn my lord Privy Seal's mind touching their punishment. The abbot of Westminster is sick. I wish he had a tun of wine and the cask in his belly. Huntley will give you for the 12 acres their full worth, even if it should be proved that they went above 2s. the acre. Would not like him to lose anything of the accustomed rent. You need not fear my lord Comptroller's malice, because he was not admitted mayor. Is glad of Mr. Porter's coming. "As for the death of the man with the great nose, (fn. n1) he dieth oft, but he is not minded to be buried." As for the banding of my lord Comptroller, Mr. Wingfield, the marshal and under-marshal against you, they shall win nothing but rebuke. You and my lady may live without their help, even if the marshal and his wife refuse their duty. Will prevent West and his son's purpose. John Doningcourt has brought Mr. Richard's horse. Chr. Villers is dead. Sir John Dauncy, Sir John Villers, and one Wylkocks are his executors. I will procure a sight of the will. Spoke with Crowder his man, who says he left you 5 marks and a salt, and if you had been here he thinks you would have had a great part of his master's substance, for he loved you better than anybody else. The bishops' books are printing, and I think will be out by Michaelmas. On Sunday next my lord Privy Seal and my lord Beauchamp will be stalled at Windsor. Will send other news by Doningcourt. St. Katharine's, 21 Aug.
Hol., pp. 4.
21 Aug. 556. Harry Huttoft to [Cromwell].
R. O. Hampton, 21 August 1537.—I thank you for my relief and comfort always at great need. On Saturday I received my lord Admiral's letter with two of your lordship's to be forwarded to Sir John Dudley, who arrived with the rest of the King's ships, within the Needles on Saturday afternoon. I sent a boat to him with your lordship's letter. He has since remained for lack of wind but will depart with the first for London. On Thursday se'nnight I had a ship coming from Westchester towards the Bay, which was boarded at Scilly by 2 shallops with Bretons and robbed of all they had on board to the value of 100l. The same ship, as I informed your lordship, was robbed by Spaniards in May last going to Bordeaux and last summer the men of Dieppe took a hoy of mine laden with wheat from Bordeaux whereby I lost above 100 marks' value, for which I beg you will get me recompense. A year ago before the departure of Anthony Guydott a bargain was made between him and Barnard de Priole for 150 butts of malmsey to be delivered to Guydott. The ship has been 15 months in coming but is now arrived in Bristol, and meanwhile Priole and his company are broken and fled the realm. He is indebted for the custom of wools passed in Hampton last year by virtue of your lordship's letter, 210l., and meanwhile, to defraud their creditors, they have changed both the lading and consigning of the goods, as those of a merchant in Flanders. This has given me much trouble, for there were consigned to the said Priole over 22 butts of malmsey and 37 great butts of "reiss of corans" which they will not acknowledge. I have accordingly sent to Bristol to arrest the ship both for the King's custom and for his bargain. It would be well that your lordship wrote to the mayor and to your deputy recorder of Bristol to have a right determination of the matter. The ship for malmsey for which I had your lordship's letter is arrived in safety, but Castlyn's ship is lost in Cadiz, wherein was the muscadel laden for your lordship. I will send you some of the malmseys now arrived. I beg you will remember the two bills I delivered at my departure, the one for money paid for the custom house and the other for a licence.
Hol., pp. 3. Endd.
21 Aug. 557. Simon Heynes to Cromwell.
R. O. On my arrival here I enquired of my brethren in the chapter house for the injunctions left by the King's visitors, in order to see them put in execution. No one present knew who had them, and "if I had them (it was said) that they impo[r]ted nothing else but that we should do as we have done in times past, and live after the old fashion." Some supposed that Dr. Brerwood hath a copy, but as yet I can get no knowledge of them. I beg your lordship therefore to send me such injunctions, signed with your own hand, as you would have kept by this cathedral church and other like, and I will see them executed within this "closs." I like the people of this town very well, but, as far as I have yet seen, the priests of this country are a strange kind, very few of them well persuaded or anything learned. I thank your lordship for the King's gracious letters to the chapter in my favour for the fruits of the residence of my prebend here, because I have compounded with the King's officers both for the corps of the prebend and for the residence. The canons have deferred their answer till St. Matthew's day, but, without your continued favour to me, I have small hope that they will do as the King desires: hitherto their answer is that I shall have the fruits of the vacation at 4l. a year and no more, but I beg you will not take this for their resolute answer. Exeter, 21 August.
You commanded the provincial of the Grey friars to take one John Arthur, friar, and bring him up to you. He is this day taken by one called Cardemaker and delivered to the mayor till the pleasure be known of Sir Thos. Denyse, recorder of the city. "This is a perilous country, for God's love let the King's grace look to it in time."
Hol., p. 1. Add: Privy Seal. Endd.: 22 Aug.
21 Aug. 558. Oudart du Bies to Lord Lisle.
R. O. I have received your letter about the answer to what you had written to La Rochepot, which I sent him immediately by post, and have not yet had an answer. As soon as it comes I will send it to you. Boulogne, 21 Aug. Signed.
Fr., p. 1. Add.
21 Aug. 559. Card. Pole to Card. Contarini.
Poli Epp.
ii. 88.
Although as often as I look at the state of England, that is, at those now in power (who seem so odious to all classes, for their continual slaughter and spoliation of churches and faith kept to none, that nothing can be weaker than their state, should there only be one to give the least impulse, which I am convinced cannot longer be wanting, both because of one (fn. n2) near at hand who has new and just causes of enmity, and by reason of the number of fugitives who are with him) it grieves me to be torn away from hence, where I could be present in time on every opportunity for the utility of the Church if anything should happen; yet when the vicar of Christ commands me to return, I obey his command rather than my own will. Comes therefore very readily, although the malice of the adversaries makes the safety of the journey very doubtful. The card. of Liege, however, who has now some months entertained them with such liberality, will provide as much as possible against treachery (laqueos) and has been three days consulting with the guides about the way. To-morrow they start. Liege, 21 Aug. 1537.
22 Aug. 560. Elizabeth Hutton to Wriothesley.
R. O. London, 22 Aug. 1537.—Thanks him for his letter sent by her servant William, and for his friendship to her husband. Is willing to dwell with her husband beyond sea, but the house for which she made suit is "easily rented." Her brother Dean will occupy the warehouses belonging to it, with such goods as he shall buy and sell without keeping the shop open. The rest is a fair room which Master Dean will reserve for her and her husband in case he be sent for at any time. In this and in the matter you wrote of, in the letter I received at Calais, I shall follow your pleasure. Signed.
P. 1. Add. Endd.
22 Aug. 561. Loys Ferrers, Abbot, and the Convent of Wymondham to Cromwell.
R. O. Have received his letter desiring them to grant a lease of the parsonage and lordship of Happisburge to Wm. Clifton. There is nothing that he can demand but they will be ready to accomplish, unless it be against the benefit of their monastery, as this should be greatly. This lordship was never let. They get many beneficial things thence, as wreck, and fish. They have no other pasture for their sheep, whereby they maintain hospitality according to the King's injunctions. As to the parsonage, Mistress Litellprowe and Hen. Fuller, alderman of Norwich, have it by indenture for 15 years. But if they will surrender their lease, the man for whom he writes shall have a new grant. Wyndham, 22 Aug. Signed by the abbot and by Thos. Thaxted, cellarer, Thos. Lynne, sub-prior, John Harlystun, third prior, Ric. Chambryge, sub-chanter, Edw. Saame(?), precentor, Robt. Colchester, sexton, John Wyndham, John Hoxton, Robt. Westwayd.
In the abbot's hand, pp. 2. Endd.: The lord Cromwell.
22 Aug. 562. Wm. Stapilton to Cromwell.
R. O. The King has granted the wardship of my nephew Robt. Stapilton to Sir Oswald Wilstrope, as appears by a letter from Mr. Pawlet, master of the wards, to Copyndale, his Grace's feodary of Yorkshire, for seizure and delivery of the same; which letter, though my nephew was of full age, was obeyed in every point. Inconveniences are like to ensue as the duke of Norfolk is forth of the country and there have been grudges between the two houses, being nigh neighbours. Please let the trial of his age be committed to the duke of Norfolk or to a commission. Wighell, 22 August.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.: Sir William Stapulton. Sealed.
22 Aug. 563. Sir John Dudley, Sir Geo. Carew, and Will. Nicolson to Henry VIII.
R. O. This day, the 21st, while repairing home in your Highness' ships we met with two Breton ships before St. Helen's lying in wait for two ships of Cornwall that were within Porchemouthe haven laden with tin to the value of 3,000l. When they saw us under sail they "made in with Porchemouthe," where we boarded and took them. Describe the ships. Will bring them to the Thames. Have no doubt they are very pirates. From the Isle of Wight, 22 Aug. Signed.
P. 1. Add. Endd.
22 Aug. 564. [Lord Lisle] to my Lord Admiral.
R. O. Since my last letters in favour of John Bradfyld for the office of serjeant-royal in co. Guisnes, I have called to mind a commission that was directed to me and others of the Council here to try a variance between Henry Palmer, bailly, and the freemen of Guisnes, on the one part, and a servant of my lord Chamberlain who claimed the said office, on the other. It was then determined that the appointment of the said serjeant-royal is incident to the offices of the bailly and freemen; of which notice was sent to my lord Privy Seal. Hereupon the servant of my lord Chamberlain was expelled and another put in his place. If the bailly and freemen have no longer the same power, I wish you would prefer Bradfyld before Barnard Grete. Calais, 22 Aug.
P. 1. Endd: A copy of a letter to my lord Admiral.
22 Aug. 565. Guillaume le Gras to Lord Lisle.
R. O. Excuses himself for not having written in answer to the letters from lord and lady Lisle on account of his absence from Paris.
Master James is in good health. He has learned to dance, to sing, and to write and can now study a little. He goes to college, and I think will learn Latin, if you will let him remain. I desire to know your intention on that subject. I think he will write to you by the bearer. I do not write to my Lady as she cannot read French. Paris, 22 Aug. 1537.
Hol., Fr., p. 1. Add.
22 Aug. 566. The Abbot of Arbroath to James V.
Add. MS.
19,401 f. 34.
B. M.
Came to Dover the 22nd Aug. and hopes to cross to Boulogne tomorrow and make all haste to the King, James' father, at Fontainebleau. Surprised at the news James sent by Alexander Gordon's servant that the tailor had put away great part of the gear in his charge.
The king of England was nothing contented that your Grace should show yourself so affected to the King your father; but both he and his Council will have you in greater estimation, and I wot the king of France will think you have done your part. M. de Limoges, who is here with me, sends humble commendations and begs favour for the bearer, who was long in Dunbar. Douvre, 22 Aug. Signed "Arbroht."
P. 1. Add.
23 Aug. 567. Richard Gresham to Cromwell.
R. O. Asks for the lease of the manor of Wytheham, parcel of Barkele's lands, which lord Hussey had. The lease is now in custody of the bearer, Percival Cresswell, and Master Controller has written for it. Has the wardship and marriage of the said Barkeley, whom he designs for one of his daughters. The said manor is one of the head houses of the Barkeleys. Will give as much for it as any other; and begs Cromwell to stay it till his return from the North. The bearer has many children. London 23 Aug.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
23 Aug. 568. Ralph Leyche to Cromwell.
R. O. I have received your several letters to the dean of Lincoln, Sir Henry Sacheverell, and me, for which I thank you, and have sent on the two former. I enclose the value of such lands of mine as Sir Henry Sacheverell has entered into, by force of the "said" writ, in Derbyshire and Staffordshire, in all 58l. 4d., and have ordered the tenants to pay the "foresaid sums," after the feast of St. Martin next, to any one you shall appoint. I beg your favour. If you knew how Sir Henry has used me and my poor tenants in taking our hay, corn, wool, and lambs, and rents to more than 100l., you would not be pleased; dread of the King's displeasure and yours has made us submit. London, this eve of St Bartholomew.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
23 Aug. 569. John Husee to Lady Lisle.
R. O. I have received your sundry letters, much to my discomfort that your ladyship should bewail so needlessly as I trust you do. You are not the first woman of honour that has overshot or mistaken your time, but I trust you will yet speed well, as you have done in times past; and though I admit it might chance otherwise, you should not take it so earnestly. I hear you grieve inordinately. I pray you show yourself that confidence with which you were wont to inspire others. There is a woman who took her rights and reckoned to be delivered before Whitsuntide, who was delivered of a daughter within these six days; so I beg you not to despair. I have seen Horne's book discharged. It appeared he has never paid before. You need not doubt my lady Sussex will be content to forbear her stuff and my lady Rutland also, who is now come to Court again. Your daughters may now come when you please. I will be at Court tomorrow and speak with my lady Rutland and lady Sussex. Your gentlewoman I am sure will be always ready. I am glad you are at a point with Campyon. Mr. Popley is well amended and says he will remember your weir. I have spoken to Mr. Surveyor therein. As to St. Lawrence eve you shall know more next year, but all the Court ate fish on his eve, though divers in the realm ate flesh. As to Mr. Surveyor, "I think the parties will be conjured or else they will repent." It is shameful to them that they will do nothing at your request, considering how good you have been to them. I have sought Mr. Treasurer twice about the 20l. but could not speak with him. I have already borrowed of him 20l. for the despatch of my Lord's long suit. The bill is now signed with much difficulty. I think he will fulfil your ladyship's request. There is no fear of my lady Sussex and my lady Rutland being displeased. I will see Sir William at my return from Court, and will write to you by Dunning-court. St. Katharine's 23 Aug.
Hol., pp. 2. Add.
23 Aug. 570. William Popley to Cromwell.
R. O. Is well recovered from his ague, but yet feels some pain in his head. Because the doctors advise a certain rule and diet for a season, desires licence to go and see his own country. Sends certain letters; one from Sir Harry Long desiring Cromwell to write to Dr. London for 2 manumissions, "which he saith he promised him;" another for two poor folk, to Sir William Feldyng, Sir Walter Smyth, Simon Mountford, and John Waldive, to examine a matter between the prior of Coventry and them. Also a relaxation of injunctions for the prioress of Ambresbury; Popley's fellow Carleton shall declare the matter. Is the bolder to write because he has a sister there who thinks he might prefer her lady's suits. Thanks for the answer by Mr. Price concerning Popley's communication with Mr. Pope, wherein he has done nothing. Hampsted, 23 August.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Crumwell lord Privy Seal. Endd.
23 Aug. 571. Canterbury.
R. O. Assessment of the ward of Newyngate in Canterbury by Jas. Vidyan, John Remysshe and Jerome Oxenbrege, 23 Aug. 29 Hen. VIII., for payment of 8l. 181/2 d., and for the "owtreyes" 20s., for a whole fifteenth granted to the King 26 Hen. VIII. and due at All Saints 1537.
A list of 79 names with the amount assessed upon each person. Total 9l. 2s.
Pp. 3.
23 Aug. 572. Domp. Thomas London to Cromwell.
R. O. The late deposed abbot of Wardon, father Emery, on Tuesday last coming from the Court, declared to me it was your pleasure I should give place to him, and demanded the keys of the abbacy of Wardon. I refused as he showed no authority. I beg, as I am occupied with the affairs of the abbey and cannot attend upon you, to know your pleasure by the bearer, a brother of the house, to whom give credence. 23 Aug.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Sealed. Endd.
23 Aug. 573. William Lord Sandys to Lord Lisle.
R. O. On Wednesday next I intend to wait upon your lordship at Calais for matters touching Mr. High-Marshal, Rob. Whetehill, and my lady his mother, and also for matters between Adrian Douggon and Thos. Prestwiche alias Sandwiche, on which your lordship and I are commissioners with others, as our commission lasts only till Michaelmas. Guisnes, 23 Aug. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Deputy of Calais.
24 Aug. 574. Richard Towris to Lord Lisle.
R. O. The town clerk that was with you at Calais has gone to Brussels, and I have not yet delivered your letters. Please to write to the "boroomaster," certifying that the ship and her apparel is Sir John Dudley's, and he has promised to make delivery of the ship's cargo and the merchandise as Englishmen's. The captain of Gravelines made me good cheer. The ship is laden by John Davy servant to Mr. Forman of London. Mr. Bakon of London also has merchandise stopped in a ship of Hastings. Please to write for them both. Screven heard this day that the boroughmaster could demand nothing but sureties. 24 Aug.
Hol., p. 1. Add.
2. Richard Towrys to Lord Lisle.
R. O. If he will make three certificates and send them to Antwerp to John Peytwell he will receive a gown of fine taffeta. Without the gates of Calais.
Hol., p. 1. Add.
25 Aug. 575. [Cromwell to the Irish Commissioners.]
The lord Deputy and Council have written to me to move the King in favour of Ric. Aylmer to be King's serjeant in country Kildare. The King wishes you to admit him and, with the advice of the Deputy and Council, appoint him a reasonable fee. Windsor, 25 Aug. 29 Henry VIII.
P. 1. (See No. 389, viii.)
[25 Aug.?] 576. John Gostwyk to Cromwell.
R. O. I have remained here, as you commanded, all this week to set Jas. Hill at liberty, and have daily sent to Foxley's house, but I suppose he purposely absents himself to avoid coming to an agreement with him. I send an account of the receipt of the Tenth for last year and the present. You will see how much they vary, but I hope to receive arrears next term. I thank you for your goodness to the poor monk of Warden. I beseech you write me a letter blaming me for lending his Grace's money, that I may show it as I am so importuned. Ralph Alen begs to have the King's letter, that he be not chosen the other sheriff, "for the common voice is fully bent to have him." If it stand with your pleasure, Ric. Gressham had better be chosen mayor this year, as his brother (fn. n3) is chosen sheriff. A like case has not been seen before of two brothers, "and as good for him to be mayor this year as the next year." People daily call on me for arrears due to them on the account of the Great Wardrobe, especially Addington's wife for money due last Michaelmas. Sir Edw. Nevell desires money for his retinue, but I find he is indebted to the King 150l. for arrears of the farm of the parsonage of Yalding, belonging to the late priory of Tonbridge; so he may have the said 100l. for his charges. This day I leave for my poor house at Willington, where I trust to see you, leaving Rob. Lorde and John Rok, my clerks, in my place. Signed.
P.S.—This present Saturday at 5 p.m. Sir Ric. Tempest died, (fn. n4) leaving his wife and Sir Thos. Tempest, his son, executors. He willed his heart to be taken out of his body and carried to his own country, to be buried in the place he had prepared for his corpse and his wife to lie in. Sir Thomas came to this city on Wednesday, and would gladly wait on you, but that those who have been in this city are forbidden the Court. London, Saturday night. Signed.
Pp. 3. Add.: Privy Seal. Endd.: Penultimo Julii. (fn. n5)
25 Aug. 577. William Gonson to Cromwell.
R. O. Has received Cromwell's letter written yesterday at Windsor, with one to Mr. Gostwick or, in his absence, to Robert Lord, to whom the writer is to repair to receive money for the wages and expenses of the King's ships brought by Sir John Dudley into the Thames. Neither Dudley nor the ships have yet come, but as soon as they arrive he will discharge them and re-deliver the ordnance and munitions to the proper officers. Has already paid for the King's ships 1,000l., and owes about 300l. Depfordestronde, 25 Aug. Signed.
P. 1. Sealed. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
25 Aug. 578. Edward Bp. of Hereford to Cromwell.
R. O.
S. P. i. 562.
The printing of our book cannot be finished before Tuesday next. It grows to a greater quantity than I showed you at first. I long for the King to see it. I have lain out of London myself three weeks, and most of my servants have lain at Ruyslipp 10 weeks. If permitted to return to Court, I would gladly come on Monday or Tuesday and bring that book with me. Popler, 25 Aug. Signed.
P. 1. Sealed. Add.: lord Privy Seal. Endd.
25 Aug. 579. Nicholas Wilson to Cromwell.
Titus. B.
I. 348.
B. M.
Is going to visit the benefice (fn. n6) which the King has granted him at Cromwell's desire, and his duty requires that he should see the King and him; but as his affairs prevent his being long absent from London, fears that while desiring to be dutiful, he may cause displeasure. Will do as Cromwell orders. Knows that he would not have intercourse with any from whom he would contract danger, but still does not wish to trust his own judgment in such an important matter. Asks Cromwell to obtain for him "bestiola aliqua" from one of the royal parks near his benefice that he may give a dinner to his parishioners and friends. Steynes, 25 Aug.
Hol., Lat., p. 1. Add.: Illmo atque honorandiss. domino meo, D. Thomæ Crumwello, Wynsorræ. Endd.
[25] Aug. 580. T. Earl of Wiltshire to Cromwell.
Vesp. F. xiii.
B. M.
According to your letter I send you my collar with my best George, and request that it may be delivered when done with to Mr. Thornham, my chaplain, at Darby Place, London. From Hever, this Saturday.
Hol., p. 1. Add: my lord Crumwell, lord Privy Seal. Endd.: August.
26 Aug. 581. Cromwell, K.G.
Anstis' Order
of the Garter,
ii. 408.
Notice of the installation of Cromwell as knight of the Garter at Windsor, Sunday, 26 Aug. 1537. Present, the Marquis of Exeter as the King's deputy, the earls of Sussex and Rutland, with the lord Admiral and Sir Nich. Carew.
26 Aug. 582. Thomas Earl of Rutland to Cromwell.
R. O. Mr. Skevington (fn. n7) has desired me to write in his favour for wages due to him and his company in the castle of Nottingham, as appears by his book which the bearer has with him. My poor house of Belver, 26 August. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
26 Aug. 583. Sir Roger Chomley to Cromwell.
R. O. Was desired by Cromwell when he parted with him at Master Weston's place beside Guildford to make answer to the extortions laid to his charge. Was commanded by Norfolk to send his son with 10 tall men to Carlisle and Newcastle. Sent accordingly with him 7 of his household and 3 of the liberty of three townships, which townships gave their men 19s. 4d. amongst them till they came to receive the King's wages. Sir Ralph Eure, junior, procured 4 or 5 light fellows to complain of him to my lord's Grace, saying he had taken money to his own use, and my Lord showed another bill put in by the same Sir Ralph accusing him of extortion from the country to the extent of 2,000l. This my Lord showed to Mr. Pollard. Has been 43 years officer and offers to forfeit his head and lands if it can be proved. Rousby, 26 Aug.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal.
26 Aug. 584. Oudart du Bies to Lord Lisle.
R. O. I have received your letter stating that you have spoken to the parties opposed to Rochepot's men, to suspend the suit till the arrival of an answer to the letter which [you have] written to him. I thank you for this and send one of my men to Rochepot to obtain it. Boulogne, 26 August. Signed.
Fr., p. 1. Add.
26 Aug. 585. Denmark.
ger, iv. 61.
"Instructiones de acceptis triennii indutiis cum Cæsareanis et de fœdere inter reges adjungendo, destinatæ ad Anglum sed redditæ non sunt."
Instructions for Peter Suavenius to declare how (details given) after three years of war Christian has obtained peaceful possession of Denmark and Norway, and to represent to the king of England the immoderate power of the Emperor, and to express Christian's readiness to enter into a league with England and France. Copenhagen, 26 Aug. 1537.
2. Credentials of the same date addressed to king Henry, "Crumwell" and the duke of Norfolk.
Endd.: "Redditæ non sunt."
See Report xlv. of Dep. Keeper of Public Records, App. ii. 18.
27 Aug. 586. Henry Knyvett to Wriothesley.
R. O. Requests him to remind my lord (fn. n8) of two matters of the bishop of Winchester's, of which he should have answer by next letters. When last at Court between Myssylden and Windsor, the writer moved them both to my Lord, who promised that an answer would be sent by next post to his satisfaction. 1. The one is a loan of 2,000l. ready money which the bishop desires of the King, to be repaid by 500 mks. a year under good securities, the bishop being content to serve without diets meanwhile. But of this my Lord said it was not meet to speak to the King; and he hoped to obtain for the bishop what he wanted otherwise. 2. The bishop wishes an answer how long he shall stay where he is, even though it be not decided when he shall return home. Sutton, 27 Aug.
Hol., p. 1. Endd. Begins: "Maister Writhsley."
27 Aug. 587. Walter Walsshe, Humfrey Burneford, and Wm. Robynson alias Marsare to Cromwell.
R. O. Have examined the causes within written, according to their commission, and committed the party to ward. Worcester, 27 Aug. Signed.
P 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.: Walter Walche for examination of one Evans (sic).
ii. The saying of the witnesses against Thos. Emans, servant to Mr. Evans. That he said, leaning upon Roger Crompe's shoulder, "Lady, art thon stripped now? I have seen the day that as clean men hath been stripped at a pair of gallows as were they that stripped thee." Then he entered the chapel, said his prayers, and kissed the image, and turned to the people, and said "Ye that be disposed to offer, the figure is no worse than it was before, and the lucre and profit of this town is decayed through this." Presten, the keeper of Our Lady, saith that he heard Thomas Emans say to the people, "This lady is now stripped, I trust to see the day that they shall be stripped as naked that stripped her."
Confession of Thomas Emans, of the parish of All Saints, Worcester, made 19 Aug.
That he entered the Lady chapel in the monastery of Worcester, on Our Lady even the Assumption, 1537, and said a Paternoster and an Ave, and kissed the image's feet, and then turned and said to the people: "Though our Lady's coat and her jewels be taken away from her, the similitude of this is no worse to pray unto, having a remors unto her above, then it was before." Spoke with the intent that the people should resort to her at Worcester as they had done before. Witnesses:—Hugh bp. of Worcester, Hen. Holbaghe, prior of St. Mary's Worcester, Walter Walshe, Robt. Acton, and Humfrey Burneforde and Wm. Mercer, bailiffs of Worcester. Signed like § i.
P. 1.
27 Aug. 588. Norfolk to Cromwell.
R. O.
St. P. v. 101.
Returned hither on Saturday last and found the country in good order, as he left it. Desires before his departing hence to bring Tynedale in better order and fearing that the Scotch ambasssador has not written so frankly to his master as at Grafton he promised, Norfolk has sent a letter to the king of Scots (copy enclosed). The time is coming to chastise the rebels of Liddersdale and Tynedale, which can only be done by both princes concurring. Is willing to ride Northwards, if the king of Scots will ride upon Lyddersdale, to do the like upon Tynedale. Will do his best to apprehend Edward and Cuthbert of Charlton and John Heron's son. Desires John Heron to be secretly brought hither, to be conveyed by him to Newcastle to justice by 20 Sept., with a hood upon his head, so that no man should know him by the way, else Norfolk could not take the others. Wishes instructions about the stuff of lord Darcy, Sir Robt. Constable, and the Bulmers and the King's artillery here. Has seven or eight yeomen that were my lord of Richmond's servants, one of whom might have charge of it. Wishes to know when my lord of Durham shall be here that Norfolk may send his stuff home by sea. Begs his favour for Sir George Lawson about the office of which he wrote before. Sheriffhutton, 27 Aug. Signed.
Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
27 Aug. 589. Norfolk to Cromwell.
R. O. Sends up the bearer, Robert Bowys, as he promised the King. Begs Cromwell to despatch him that he be here by next Monday night, for on Tuesday Norfolk will have matters of importance requiring his help. That done, will send up Chaloner and Babthroppe. Thinks the bp. of Durham should be spoken with to forget displeasures against Bowys, so that the Council here after Norfolk's departure may be united. Shrifhoton, 27 Aug. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Sealed. Endd.
27 Aug. 590. Norfolk to James V.
Addit. MS.
19,401, No. 1.
B. M.
Was with the King (fn. n9) on Our Lady Day the Assumption (15 Aug.) when your ambassador, the abbot of Arbroath, was present, who promised on your behalf to deliver all rebels according to treaty if the King would do the same, and that the officers of the Marches should make answer for Liddersdale. The King has therefore ordered me to Newcastle to see justice done to your subjects; on which and the other matters discussed on that day I desire to know your pleasure. Sheriffhutton, 27 Aug. Signed and sealed,
P. 1. Add.
R. O. 2. Copy of the preceding.
P. 1.
28 Aug. 591. Cromwell to [the Irish Commissioners].
The lord Butler will shortly go over to you with the King's decision for the disposition of the castles and fortresses in his hands. Stay proceedings therein till his coming. Windsor, 28 Aug.
Half page. (See No. 389, i.).
28 Aug. 592. Cranmer to [Cromwell].
Cleop. E. v.
B. M.
C.'s Letters,
App. XIX.
Praises his diligence in setting forth the Gospel. Since coming from London into Kent has found the people very obstinate to observe their holidays lately abrogated, and perceiving that their curates animated them thereto, has strictly enjoined the parsons and vicars of his diocese to prevent such holidays being observed and to present any of their parishioners who shall practise in word or deed contrary to any ordinance that the King may hereafter issue for redress of the Church of England. Cromwell should command the other bishops to do the same. "But, my lord, if in the Court you do keep such holydays and fasting days as be abrogated, when shall we persuade the people to cease from keeping of them; for the King's own house shall be an example unto all the realm to break his own ordinances."
Has twice written in favour of "this poor man," Wm. Gronnow, the bearer, to the lord Deputy of Calais to restore him to his room, but he can get no answer. Begs him to get a bill signed by the King to the treasurers and comptrollers of Calais for payment to Gronnowe of his accustomed wages, and to none other. Forde, 28 Aug. Signed.
Pp. 2.
28 Aug. 593. Richard Grafton, Grocer, to Cromwell.
Cleop. E. v.
B. M.
Cranmer, 84.
Letters, 346n.
As requested sends six bibles. Would have brought them himself, but for the sickness in the city, and therefore has sent them by his servant, who this day came out of Flanders. Begs him to take them as a gift for his pains in moving the King to license such a work. As my lord of Canterbury said, the tidings thereof did him more good than the gift of 10,000l.; yet there are men who believe not that the King licensed it. Begs him, therefore, to license it under privy seal. Is sure the lords of Canterbury, Worcester, and Salisbury will thank him for what he has done, and that God will reward him. London, 28 Aug. 1537.
Hol., p. 1. Add. Endd.
28 Aug. 594. Raff Waren, Mayor of London, to Cromwell.
R. O. Will accomplish the contents of his letter concerning the matter between Matthew More, merchant of the Stilyard, and the bakers of London. Has committed to prison one John Harrydaunce, bricklayer, who on Sunday last, Aug. 26, preached the gospel openly without licence or sufficient authority out of the window of his mansion house in Whitechapel parish, and caused a great conventicle and unlawful assembly. London, 28 Aug. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: lord Privy Seal. Endd.
28 Aug. 595. Sir Will. Godolghan to Cromwell.
R. O. Owing to the plague no assizes have been kept at Launceston, whereby Carpysacke should be judged and put to execution, and unless there be a special commission he must wait the next assizes. I send your servant James, with Samson and Ric. Jacke "and yff he play with boys yowr lordschypp schalle se hym play with owte fere." Sir John Dodlay and Sir Geo. Karow have had a fight with four Frenchmen at Mount's Bay, from 5 p.m. till dark, and I heard their shooting. A great tempest rose at night, and Sir John Dodlay's spritmast broke, or they had taken all four. At daybreak they brought one into the Kay of the Mount, all to-broken with their ordnance, and departed to sea in good health "and angry with God to send them such weather." Please remember my bill about Trewardreth. John Arundel, son and heir to Sir John, boasts that I shall never have it, and that my lady of Sussex has sent him word to come to Court and make sure of it, for John Graynfeld's lease of the mansion is the only grant of it. Godolghan, 28 Aug.
Hol., p. 1. Add.
29 Aug. 596. Piracy.
R. O. Accusation by Stephen Omedeux, alias Unde, of Southampton, 29 Aug., 29 Hen. VIII., before Ric. Avyngton, mayor of Bristol, and his brethren, in the council house there, of Francisco de Sovyeta of Rendrie, in Biscay,
captain of a ship belonging to Domyngo de Sovieta, of having taken certain parcels of woollen cloth, fish, and raiment out of two Guernsey ships on the high seas in October last, and of having tortured Harris, the master of one ship, and strangled Nic. Fasshyn almost to death. Can prove this, either himself or by Thos. Fasshyn, of Hampton, merchant, or other owners of the goods. Signed by Omedeux with a notarial mark.
Hol., p. 1.
29 Aug. 597. Sir Wm. Brereton to Cromwell.
R. O. Your letters to Sir Piers Dutton for the deliverance of Piers Feldy, whom he had forcibly taken from my custody at Chester castle, and also for his appearance before your Lordship to answer for the same, were delivered to him at Dutton 10 Aug. He said he would answer them, and regarded the matter very light. I told your Lordship at Windsor of his misdemeanour in this, and it shall be approved very truth. On the Wednesday Sir Piers took Feldy to his house at Hatton and kept him there till Saturday, when he put him to execution at Boughton, within the limits of the city of Chester. At his execution he made a confession (enclosed), which confirms his previous confession before the mayor of Chester, myself, and others. Sir Piers' friends openly report that he can do as he likes in this county. If he is not punished it will be so supposed by the whole shire. I desire to know your mind by the bearer, my son. I lately received your letters for the discharge of the abbot and canons of Norton, and have done so on their giving sufficient sureties. Brereton, 29 Aug. Signed.
P. 1. Add. Endd.: Particular letters.
ii. The confession of Piers Feldy at his execution at Boughton.
The said Piers, standing at Boughton at the Cross there, Saturday, 4 Aug., 29 Hen. VIII., before he went to the place of execution, openly required a discreet ghostly father to hear his confession, this notwithstanding that a priest appointed by Sir Piers Dutton had been with him all the previous day, and was there present, having accompanied him from Hatton. Many priests and friars were standing by; one of them, John Hurleton, prior of the White Friars of Chester, a very discreet man, came forward at this request, but the servants of Sir Piers, in whose custody Feldy was, would not allow any one to do so except the priest appointed by Sir Piers. This man is an assured friend of Sir Piers, whom he calls master, and from whom he has an annuity of 20s. for life. Afterwards Feldy, standing on the ladder at the place of execution, confessed openly to having accused "Neventh" persons of the city and county of Chester of treason. Amongst other he named Ralph Rogerson of Chester, Piers Bruyne of Tervyn, Roger Ince of Chester, and Rondulph Brereton, late of Chester, deceased, asking their forgiveness, and that of Rondulph Brereton's wife and children. He said he had unjustly accused them, and knew nothing of them except that they were true men. Addressing the widow of the said Rondulph he said, "Hale did accuse the said Rondulph as well as I; howbe it he had never come up to London but through my accusation, which I did by counsel." He was then asked to declare by whose instigation he accused these persons, but said he would not declare it then to set debate amongst the gentlemen of the shire, and continued, "Masters, never trust to knight, esquire, nor gentleman, for I was fair promised; howbeit it is an old saying, 'Fair words make fools fain.'" When asked if his previous confession, made in the castle of Chester were true, he said he thought the King's Council knew of it, and that it was true. Then one Rauf Mannyng said, "Feldy, thou did accuse me; is that true or not? God forgive thee, and I do." Feldy looked at him, but made no answer or request for forgiveness. Feldy then accused one Holland of Asshetou of hiring him and two others to beat Robert Croket of Barton for taking a house; they had received part of the money promised for this business, and Holland had said they would have a mark a year for life if they killed Croket and the same so long as they were in hiding for striking him. Holland, who was present, denied this. Feldy took it upon his death it was true, and said, "Hollande, thou art my mortal enemy." Then Feldy said there were three pairs of coining irons in the shire, and that there were persons listening to him who had coining irons. At this point he was suddenly turned beside the ladder by the servants of Sir Piers, and died without saying more.
Pp. 3.
30 Aug. 598. John Hutton to Henry VIII.
R. O.
S. P. viii. 707.
Has had continual espial at Liege, where Pole has resided since his last until the 22nd inst., when he departed thence, riding solemnly through the city, giving his benediction to the people, with a cross borne before him and other ceremonies. He was accompanied out of the city by the card. of Liege, the bp. of Verona, and another named here "le nounce du Pappe," and rode towards Mastrike, where a chapter is to be held on the 3rd prox., after which he will depart towards Rome.
Letters from Rome of the 13th inst. state that divers Venetian galleys have come in conflict with Turkish vessels, and it is thought the Venetians will be compelled "to spane in" with the Emperor, though the ancients of their senate object, as they have much merchandise in Syria. The Bishop of Rome has 7,000 foot, and daily musters men; never was seen at Rome such gathering in of money. Some think "St. Peter's rich cope is in great danger to put to sack." The Turk has gained some holds adjoining Castro. The viceroy of Naples is departed towards the Turk's army with 10,000 foot and 6,000 horse. Many think Doria's victory will turn to displeasure, as his galleys are unfurnished. It was a cruel fight. Sends the copy that was sent hither by one present. Complaint is made here that one Capt. Barlo has been attached and is in danger to suffer for serving the Emperor in his late wars, for they say there were Englishmen found on the French side at St. Pol, Montreuil, and elsewhere. Has answered that the arrest must have been for some other cause. Antwerp, 30 Aug.
Hol. Add. Endd.
R. O. 2. The Same to Cromwell.
Gives copy of the preceding. As there is more news here than at the Court, and as this Synxson Mart is the busiest time of the year with the merchants, he thought best to come hither. Departs tomorrow towards Bruges. Antwerp, 30 Aug.
Hol., pp. 3. Sealed. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
31 Aug. 599. Henry VIII. to the Mayor, Aldermen, and Burgesses of Cambridge.
Annals of
i. 390.
Understands that since the receipt of Cromwell's letters (of 14 Aug.) the mayor and others repaired to Cromwell to have had counter commandment of some things in the letters, and that one of the company said "that the attempting of the contrary touching the maner of the receyving of the othe was but a feete mater," with which the King is not a little offended. His express pleasure and commandment is that they shall duly and without contradiction fulfil the said commandment in all points without exception, as they will answer at their extreme perils. Assher, 31 Aug., 29 Hen. VIII.
Signed with a stamp. Add.
31 Aug. 600. Cranmer to Cromwell.
R. O.
C.'s Letters,
Thanks him for his answer by his servant Nevell, and for his good mind towards him concerning his debts to the Crown.
As to the lands at Maidstone and Otford which the King wishes to have in exchange, has small experience in such causes, and refers the matter wholly to Cromwell.
Will justify all that he has written about the prior of the Black Friars in Canterbury. Asks him to write to the lord Chancellor for the preferment of Antony Nevell to be custos rotulorum of Nottinghamshire. Has received three letters from the King for the collection of the subsidy for Canterbury, the shire, and Rochester, but only one commission, for Canterbury. Wants the others. Has sent to his commissary at Calais to withdraw his process against Mr. Chamberleyn. Forde, 31 Aug. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
31 Aug. 601. Henry Man and John Michel, Visitors of the Carthusian Order, to —— Copynger, General Confessor at Syon.
Cleop. E. iv.
B. M.
This document, noticed in the year 1535 (Vol. vii. 1105), appears to be of the year 1537.
31 Aug. 602. [Sir] Roger Touneshend to Cromwell.
R. O. Sends, by the prior of the White Friars of Burnham, Norfolk, a book of "cungerations" and a paper of prophecies rehearsed by one Ric. Laund, pinner of Norwich.
The prior can show him the good service done by Austen Styward, alderman of Norwiche. Asks him to thank the prior, who was the taker of one of the most rank traitors that were privy to the conspiracy at Walsingham. Would have written sooner but has been engaged with the matter between the prior and cellarer of Walsingham, which Cromwell wrote to him to examine, and which he hopes soon to finish. Begs favour for this prior in his suits. 31 Aug. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
31 Aug. 603. Christopher Jenney to [Cromwell].
R. O. Thanks Cromwell for several letters in his behalf to the mayor and brethren of Lynne, but they say "upon the report of your lordship's mouth" you are content that they shall do as they list notwithstanding your letters. On receipt of Cromwell's last in favour of Jenney's servant, Mr. Conyngesby told the mayor and brethren he would write and discharge them against your lordship; which encouraged them to disobey, as Mr. Hastyngs, the bearer, for whom he begs credence, can show. How lightly they esteem Cromwell's letters is "noted by the best in those parts." 31 Aug. Signed.
P. 1. Begins: "Right honourable and my singular and special good lord."
604. Chr. Jenney to Cromwell.
R. O. Apparently a P.S. to the preceding:—My lord, I have no special causes requiring haste to write of until I shall wait on your lordship concerning our being in the North parts. The man we saw most out of order was Jack of Musgrave whom we caused to make restitution of goods. If time had served there would have been other complaints of him which my lord of Norfolk will reform at his next being in those parts. If Norfolk abode in Northumberland and Cumberland he would do the King best service. After this effect I have sent him word since his coming from the King.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.: Chr. Jeney ultimo Aug. and touching Jack a Musgrave.
31 Aug. 605. Robt. Holdych to Cromwell.
R. O. Where of late it pleased the King to grant proclamations, under his broad seal, that until Michaelmas next, all manner of cloths made for sale should be sealed by the "awlnegeors" without any forfeiture, the Acts of Parliament notwithstanding: as "awlnegeor" of Suffolk, Essex, and other shires I have warned the most substantial by word of mouth, and written to the others that after the said feast, they should not incur the danger of the statutes. Being doubtful how to act, I intended to have waited on your lordship and told my lord's Grace [Norfolk] so at his being here. He approved of my doing so but afterwards considering what I had to do in his house and elsewhere for him he desired me to write to your lordship in excuse by the bearer Gilbert Clay don. Kenynghale, Friday, 31 August, anno 29.
Hol., pp. 2. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
31 Aug. 606. Ric. Abyngdon, Mayor of Bristol, to Cromwell.
R. O. A ship named the Salvator of the Rendry in Spain, Domingo de Sovieta, owner, arrived at this port of Bristol, and one Stephen Omedeux, otherwise Unde, of Southampton has accused Francisco de Sovieta. brother of the said Domingo, of piracy on the high sea, in taking 3 fardels of woollen cloth belonging to Englishmen out of two Guernsey ships. Divers Englishmen have since complained of piracies committed by one John Saunce de Sovieta, gromett, son of John Surey, who came to Bristol in the said ship and is now in ward at the accusation of Rob. Avyntry. Bristol, 31 Aug. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Cromwell. Endd.
31 Aug. 607. John Worth to Cromwell.
R. O. Sends a dozen of Picardy cheeses which, he is informed, Cromwell likes. Has been here at Calais since he was favoured with Cromwell's letters to lord Berners then deputy, and since his death has served lord and lady Lisle, who for Cromwell's sake have given him 6d. a day in the King's retinue. Desires Cromwell to thank them and to request lord Lisle to change his 6d. a day to 8d. at the first vacancy. Calais, 31 Aug.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Sealed.
31 Aug. 608. Oudart du Bies to Lord Lisle.
R. O. I have received your letter and seen another from the lieutenant of the mayor of Wissant to you, by which it appears that some English hoys laden with wood have struck on the coast. I never heard it till now, and have sent for the Admiral's lieutenant to get information of the boldness of the mayor in not informing me. Justice shall be done. As to what you say that you will inform the King your master, I am sure when he knows the diligence used here to obtain justice he will take it in good part. Boulogne, 31 Aug. Signed.
Fr., p.1. Add.
31 Aug. 609. Jacques Roche, Lieutenant of the Admiral, to Lord Lisle.
R. O. The seneschal and governor of Boulogne has this day shown him Lisle's letter about a hoy laden with wood, destined for the works at Calais which has struck on the coast of Wissant. Has sent officers of the Admiral to place the property in security that it may be restored to whomsoever it belongs, and will see to the punishment of the offenders. Boulogne, 31 Aug.
Hol. Fr., pp. 2. Add.: Mons. le Debitis et gouverneur de Callais.
610. Holidays and Observances.
R. O. Information against Sir Richard Crowley curate of Broghton for preaching betwixt Christmas day and Candlemas day that the Pope signified the sun, the King the moon, and the stars all the people in the world. "Now the sun is taken away and the moon has lost her light. Now the world is dark, never so dark: who is it that giveth the light but we of the Church?" On Corpus Christi day, "our new found Lady" [day], Jesus day, St. Laurence day and Relic Sunday, he said he could not command them to keep holyday but exhorted them to come for the pardon granted thereto. On Midsummer day he had mass not at the parish church but at a chapel of St. John for the pilgrims that came thither.
P. 1. Endd.
611. Richard, Prior of St. Thomas's nigh Stafford, to Cromwell.
R. O. Lately received Cromwell's letters by one Mr. Leyke a gentleman of Derbyshire for the same Leyke to have a lease of a church of theirs called Aldelem (Audlem), Cheshire. It is in occupation of five poor farmers there by lease, yet the prior and his brethren, considering Cromwell's goodness, have given Leyke a 50 years' lease in reversion after the first. Might have had for it from Mr. John Boythe, the King's servant, 40 mks. and from Leyke he had but 6s. 8d. At Midsummer last, delivered 60l. to Robt. Browne, the lord President's servant, for Cromwell; sends by bearer 20l. and desires respite for the other 20l. St. Thomas' nigh Stafford.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
612. Sir William Fitzwilliam to Lord Lisle. (fn. n10)
R. O. My brother Clefford is robbed of jewels and money "worthe an old honderethe pound" by a Picard who took ship at Berwick in a Frenchman of Depe. Trusts that Lisle will apprehend them if he land at Calais or thereabouts. Begs that he will keep it secret from all but the Council, the deputy of Guysnes, the secretary and water bailiff of Calais. "For lake of my clarke ye shall have myche work to understand thys letter."
The thief came to "my broder Cotes" when he came to me to Guisnes, and has continued with my sister ever since.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Deputy of Calais.
613. French Depredations.
R. O. Philip Gibbys, of Tynbye in Wales, being sworn and examined, says that about last Lent a ship of St. Malowes robbed an English ship on the Cornish coast of wine and sent three butts thereof to Tynbye, where it is now in the mayor's hands; that two French ships have lain off the Welsh coast since Easter, and took a fisher boat of Milford, wherewith they have robbed all that have passed the coast for six weeks; there are many Frenchmen now watching for the English, Irish, and Welsh who are accustomed to come to the fair at Bristol; the night after Larguerec, captain of a French ship, was arrested at Tynby, three boats came to try to rescue him.
Morgan Taillour of Tynbye says that many French and Breton ships have lain on the Welsh coast this year, robbing all the English ships they could, and coming on land to steal sheep.
John du Laerquerec, captain of the French ship, denies that he ever spoiled Englishmen, but Peter Dromyowe, one of his mariners, confessed that they had robbed one Englishman, whereupon Laerquerec confessed that he had taken ships' ropes, mariners' apparel, five pieces of wine, fish, a gold crown, and 11 silver halfpence or pence, four daggers and a couverture, called in French "ung pont de raye." He has heard that a ship of St. Malowes, of which John Hacque is captain and owner, has pilled many Englishmen.
Pp. 2, in the hand of Fitzwilliam's clerk. Add: To the right worshipful Master Wrethesley. Endd.. The confession of the French captain taken at Tenbigh.—Books of sundry kinds, as confessions, certificates, and examinations.
614. J. Elangehac, Bishop of Limoges, to the Deputy of Calais.
R. O. Desires him to cause his horses to be delivered, which the writer embarked at Dover, expecting they would have followed in the track of the other ships which brought him hither. Begs him also to despatch his men as soon as possible, as he is engaged on the business of both their masters. Boulogne, Saturday morning. Signed.
Fr., p. 1. Add.
615. Anthoinette de Saveuses to Lady Lisle.
R. O. Desires to be recommended to lord Lisle. Since the peace I heard that Madame de Riou wished to speak with me, and I have been to her. I cannot tell you her innumerable and continual annoyances, which render her more subject to cartarrh and other diseases, which come in her case partly from melancholy. If you understood my letters I would write about a secret thing and ask your advice. As I can neither speak nor write your language, I beg you to remember in your prayers the necessities of certain persons. Madame de Riou desires to be recommended to the Deputy and to you. She has written to you, but I do not know whether you have received the letters, as I have had no news from you since, and hope to have news by the bearer. I send "ung ensangie" with which I have touched the head of St. John the Baptist at Amiens. I had formerly a fine piece of the point of a unicorn's horn, which had been given me by a great lady, of which I was very careful on account of its properties. I lent it to a sick person, and on asking for it again was told that it had been stolen. This little piece was given to me to be set, and there is no goldsmith here. I beg you to have it done for me. Dunkirk.
Certain English persons once brought a young boy to live at Amiens at the hostel of Mons. de Ghouwy, promising him a good salary if he brought him up well. He has done so, but no one has come to pay him or know how the child gets on. He has given me these copies showing that he was charged to take the child into his house. Please have them examined to see if any one knows the persons concerned.
Hol. Fr., p. 1, Add.: Madame la Debity de Calles.
616. Queen Margaret of Scotland to Norfolk.
Calig.B.i. 191.
B. M.
St. P. v. 103.
Thinks it unkind that when he sends to Scotland he sends no message for her. Since Mr. Sadlar left she has no word from the King her brother. Complains that though she has obtained her divorce from the lord Meffen, and sentence has been ready to have been pronounced these 12 weeks, the King her son has stopped it, though he had promised when she gave him her "maynnes" of Dunbar for certain money that she should have sentence pronounced. Asks him to write, seeing that he is so near these parts, to the King her son and let him know that the King her brother will not suffer her to be wronged. Prays him to make some errand to the King her son without letting it be known that she has advertised him. "They" cause the King her son to believe that Meffen may give her lands and living to the King as long as he is her husband. Is herself in such suspicion for England that she dare send no Scots man, and begs Norfolk to send a special servant to whom she may speak. Credence for Harry Ree.
Hol., pp. 2. Add. Endd. By Wriothesley.
617. Grants in August 1537.
1. Sir Edw. Seymour viscount Beauchamp and dame Anne his wife. Grant in tail male of the manors of Slaughtenford and Alyngton, Wilts., belonging to the suppressed monastery of Farlegh, Wilts.; and all lands, messuages, &c., in the vills, fields, &c., of Slaughtenford, Alington, Sopworth, and Wraxall, Wilts., belonging to the said late monastery, as held by Lewis Breknok alias Willen, late prior. Also the house and site of the late monastery of Maydenbradley, Wilts., and the manor of Maydenbradley and Yarnefeld, Wilts., belonging to the said late monastery, as held by Ric. Jenyns, the late prior. Also the manor of Kyngeston Deverell, Wilts., belonging to the late monastery of Leteley, Hants., as held by———(blank) the late prior. Annual value 159l. 11s. 11d., rent 16l. Sunnynghill, 28 July 29 Hen. VIII. Del. Berechurch, 2 Aug.—P.S. Pat. p. 1, m. 11.
2. Ralph Worseley, yeoman of the Wardrobe of Robes to the Queen Consort June. Grant of 6d. a day as fee of the Crown; on surrender of pat. 26 April 9 Hen. VIII. granting the same to John Parker, yeoman of the cross-bows. Del. Berechurch, 2 Aug. 29 Hen. VIII.—S.B. Pat. p. 5, m. 13.
3. The bishopric of Carlisle. Assent to the election of Rob. Aldridge, almoner to the Queen Consort Jane, as bishop, vice John Kytte, deceased. Windsor Castle, 6 Aug. 29 Hen. VIII. Del. Berechurch, 7 Aug.—P.S. Pat. p. 5, m. 16.—Rym. XIV. 583.
4. Hen. Watkyns, clk. Presentation to the provostship of the collegiate church of St. Gybi's castle (i.e. Holyhead, "castri Sancti Cubii") in the archdeaconry of Anglesea, Bangor dioc., vice Hen. Rotte, clk., resigned. Del. Westm., 12 Aug.29 Hen. VIII.—S.B. Pat. p. 5, m. 13.
5. James Bourghchier, John Prowyd and Will. Grene. Next presentation to the parish church of Marke, Marches of Calais. Windsor castle, 4 Aug. 29 Hen. VIII. Del. Berechurch, 14 Aug.—P.S. Pat. p. 5, m. 12.
6. Roger Touneshend, clk. To be one of the King's chaplains, with licence to serve Thomas, abp. of Canterbury, and to be non-resident and to hold pluralities. Grafton, 29 July 29 Hen. VIII. Del. Berechurch, 15 Aug.—S.B. Pat. p. 4, m. 24. (In English.)
7. For the mayor, bailiffs, and commonalty of Exeter. Patent confirming all charters and liberties granted by former kings, and constituting the city a separate country distinct from the country of Devon; and that 24 men of the common council of the said city shall annually elect one of their number to be sheriff, who shall hold courts on a Tuesday in every month. Also there shall be nine aldermen, of whom the recorder shall be one. Grafton, 17 Aug. 29 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 23 Aug.—P.S. Pat. p. 1, m. 13.
8. John Pek, esquire of the Royal Body. To be door-ward of Sandale castle, Yorks., and keeper of the little park there, with the usual fees, vice James Ascue, deceased. Ampthill, 20 Aug. 29 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 23 Aug.—P.S. Pat. p. 5, m. 16.
Vacated on personal surrender 26 Sep. 30 Hen. VIII., in order that the offices might be granted to the said John, and Nic. Pek, his son, in survivorship.
9. The bishopric of Carlisle. Restitution of the temporalities, on the election, by the prior and the convent, of Rob. Aldrige, chaplain and almoner of the Queen Consort Jane, confirmed by Edward abp. of York, as bishop, vice John Kyte, deceased. Ampthill, 10 Aug. 29 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 24 Aug —P.S. Pat. p. 3, m. 2. Rym. xiv. 583.
10. Artillery Company. Licence to Sir Chr. Morres, Master of the Ordnance, Anth. Knevett and Peter Mewtes, gentlemen of the Privy Chamber, overseers of the fraternity or guild of St. George, to be overseers of the science of artillery, to wit, for longbows, cross-bows, and "hand-gonnes," of which science Sir Chr. Morres, Cornelis Johnson, Anth. Antony, and Hen. Johnson shall be masters and rulers; and also to the said Sir Christopher, Cornelis, Anthony and Henry to found a fraternity of St. George to be incorporated as the fraternity or guild of artillery of long-bows, cross-bows, and "hand-gonnes." The members to be free to exercise the art of shooting with long-bows, &c. at all manner of marks and butts and at the game of the popinjay and at other games as at fowl in the city of London, and in all other places in England, Ireland, Calais, and the Marches of Wales, except royal forests, chases, and parks, without special warrant; and to wear an embroidery or coguizance of silver, and any manner of silk gowns and jacket, except purple and scarlet; and to be exempt from serving on any inquest or jury in London or elsewhere; with other privileges. Greenwich, 29 April 29 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 25 Aug.—P.S. (In English).
Enrolled in a modern hand. Pat. p. 5, m. 1, by order of J. Leach, M.R., 26 May 1829. The order which is enrolled on the dorse sets forth, that though the original charter had been lost, the writ of the Privy Seal by virtue of which it had passed was in the Rolls Chapel.
11. Ric. Cotton. Annuity of 40 marks, out of the issues of the manor of Bedehampton, Hants. Del. Oldford, 29 Aug. 29 Hen. VIII.—S.B. Pat. p. 1. m. 23.
12. John Rydleye, John Ingram, and Ralph Ingram. Next presentation to the parish church of St. Einanus the Bishop, with the chapel annexed called Tydwoll, Bangor dioc. Estamstede, 23 July 29 Hen. VIII. Del. Olde Forde, 29 Aug.—P.S. Pat. p. 5, m. 15.
13. Thos. Abarmeby. Reversion (in consideration of his services in the late wars and in Calais) of the room of a soldier of Calais, with fees of 8d. a day. Windsor Castle, 28 Aug.—P.S. 29 Hen. VIII. Del. Olde Forde, 29 Aug.—P.S. (Add.: to Lord Lisle, deputy, lord Edm. Hawarde, comptroller, and Rob. Fowler, vice-treasurer, of Calais).
618. The Bishops' Book.
R. O.
Works, 469.
Minute of an answer of Henry VIII. to a letter from the commissioners, apparently intended to be prefixed to the "Institution of a Christian Man," directing that it should be read in every parish church every Sunday and festival day during the next three years.
Begins: Albeit that hitherto we have had no time convenient to overlook your great pains taken in the long search.
Ends: be engraven in the hearts of our said people."
Draft, with corrections and additions by Cromwell, pp. 6. Endd.: A book upon the Institution of a Christian Man.
R. O. 2. Fair copy of the same.
Pp. 7.


  • n1. Francis I.
  • n2. The king of Scots.
  • n3. John Gresham.
  • n4. Sir Ric. Tempest died on the 20th August 1537, according to Inq. p.m. 29 Hen. VIII. No. 11. But the 20th Aug. 1537 was a Monday. Sir Thomas Tempest, his son and heir was over 40 years of age. As the inquisition gives the date of Sir Richard's death in words, it is possible that one word is accidentally omitted, and that we ought to read "obiit vicesimo quinto die Augusti," which would agree with Saturday.
  • n5. Perhaps a reference to some other letter once tied up with this.
  • n6. Wimborne Minster, Dorset. See Grants in June, No. 5.
  • n7. Leonard Skevington.
  • n8. Cromwell.
  • n9. This must have been at Grafton.
  • n10. The exact date of this letter cannot be ascertained, but it is not later than the end of August 1537.