Henry VIII: November 1537, 11-15

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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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November 1537, 11-15

11 Nov. 1054. Cranmer to Dr. Snede, Vicar of Rye. (fn. n1)
R. O.
Letters, 357.
Understands that he is in doubt whether he may lawfully celebrate divine service in his church by reason of bloodshed lately committed by Wm Guston upon Robt. à Wode. Considers there is no lawful impediment to cause him to abstain. Forde, 11 Nov. Signed.
P. 1. Add.
11 Nov. 1055. Cranmer to Cromwell.
R. O.
C.'s Letters,
Asks him to write to the prior and convent of Christchurch, Canterbury, in favour of Master Towker, his physician, who has been for a long time physician to the convent, with promise of a patent of the office for life, which the prior now refuses. Lamehithe, 11 Nov. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
11 Nov.
R. O.
1056. The Mayor and his Brethren of Southampton to Cromwell.
The bearer has declared Cromwell's goodness in remembering the arrearages that were hanging upon them. Beg remembrance; as they live in dread, for there is a process in the Exchequer against them. (fn. n2) If the matter were at a good point, they would go forward, as they promised, with the fortification of the town. Southampton, 11 November.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Cromwell, lord Privy Seal. Sealed. Endd.: Mayor of Hampton.
11 Nov.
R. O.
1057. Bishop Roland Lee, John Pakyngton, John Vernon, and Ric. Hassall to Cromwell.
In the matter between the earl of Worcester and lord Ferrers for the stewardship of Arustley and Kevylyock; upon the King's pleasure, in Cromwell's letters by the King's messenger signified to them, to attend the decision of this Council 10 November, Lord Ferrers appeared, but the Earl sent letters of excuse by his chaplain, enclosed, together with his chaplain's credence. Could do nothing as the Earl did not appear. Desire to know the King's further pleasure by the bearer. One Pier Andre of Avero in Portingale is in ward, at lord Ferrers' command, in Pembroke Castle, for treasonable words. Have directed the King's letters to Ferrers or his deputies, the sheriff of Pembroke and the mayor of Tenbye, to bring up the said Pier and arrest his ship and goods. Shrewisbury, 11 November. Signed.
Pp. 2. Add.: Lord Crumwell lord Privy Seal.
R. O. 2. Copy of a letter from H. earl of Worcester to the president of the Council in the Marches of Wales.
Received, by the King's messenger, my lord Privy Seal's letters, commanding him to appear before them the 10 November. On Saturday, 3 November, was sore diseased in his head and on Sunday worse, so that his physician, supposing he has fallen into the new ague now reigning in these parts, wills him to keep close. Desires pardon for his appearance for 14 days and credence for his servant the bearer. Tyntern, 5 November.
Note added by Bishop Lee:—Delivered to me 8 November, 29 Hen. VIII, by Wm. Nelson the Earl's chaplain, who declared that the Earl would be content that the Council should appoint an indifferent person to hold court in Arustley and Kevylyock in the meantime. Mr. Nelson would not take it on his credence that the Earl was diseased as above written. If Ferrers had kept his promise to put out Hugh ap David Lewys and David Lloid ap Robert from that office the Earl would have kept his promise to Ferrers. Signed: Roland Co. et Lich.—John Pakyngton—John Vernon—Richard Hassall.
Pp. 2.
R. O. 3. James Baskervile to his father-in-law [Lord Ferrers]. (fn. n3)
On the last of October in Pembroke, a wretch, born in Portugal, named Peyr Andrewe, spoke seditious words against the King and Queen. He was challenged by Thomas Morice, brought before the writer, Mr. Peryent the King's auditor, and Henry Catherne of Pryndegast, and, as he did not deny the charge, committed to gaol. Would have informed the commissioners of the Marches but thought it sufficient discharge to have advertised "your good lordship," now in these parts. Pembroke, All Hallo'n day.
Copy, p. 1.
ii. Examination of Pyer Andre of Avero before James Baskervile, John Peryent, and Henry Catherne.
The last day of October, 29 Henry VIII., Thos. Morice, merchant, being expert in the language of Portyngale, in the house of Thomas Thomas at Pembroke, heard the accused, who had arrived in a ship called the Trinity, say the King was married to a "villain's blood." Which words he did not deny but said he spake them in jape.
Copy, p. 1.
These copies are authenticated as read before the undersigned on the 11th Nov. Signed: "Roland Co. et Lich.," "John Pakyngton," "John Vernon," "Richard Hassall."
Endd.: From the lord President and Council in the Marches of Wales, 11 November.
R. O. 4. Order of the Council of the Marches made at Shrewsbury, 10 Nov. 29 Hen. VIIL, that a letter be sent to James Baskervile, deputy steward of Pembroke, commanding him to deliver the body of Pier Andre of Avero to John Phillips, Esq., sheriff of Pembroke to be brought before this Council on a charge of treason; and to send the depositions of the witnesses.
Another letter to be sent to the sheriff, commanding him to receive the body, and another to the mayor of Tenby, to arrest the ship and goods of the said Pier.
P. 1.
11 Nov. 1058. The Town of Bourbourg(?) to Lord Lisle.
R. O. We have today received your letters complaining that one Philip Rapeghier, of this town, has taken a goshawk from one of your servants, and kept it two days, forcing him to spend 2 cr. in complaining to you. If your servant had called Rapeghier before us we would have done justice. But he has promised to write to you and to show reasons for what he has done, which he hopes will satisfy you. Bourb., 11 Nov. '37.
Hol., Fr., p. 1. Add.
11 Nov. 1059. Philippe Rapeghier to Lord Lisle.
R. O. I am informed by the burgomaster and échevins of this town of Broucbr' that you have written to them complaining of wrong done by me to one who called himself your servant about a goshawk he gave me. The facts are that I was at Gravelines bridge, in the passage between Artois and Flanders, as a servant of the Emperor, and in returning home I met two men, the one English and the other Brabançon, laden with hawks, such as "oultors, tyrceles daultoir, tyrceles defaulcon, esmeryllons et aultres." I offered to buy one of him (the Englishman) in presence of some honest men, for an angelot, but he refused. I then asked for his passport from the grand falconer. He had none, nor any letters showing that he was your servant; on which I told him that I seized all his birds as confiscated. Next day the lord confirmed the confiscation, and the Englishman promised me a goshawk if I could procure leave of the lord for him to go away with the others. When I bad done this, he gave me a goshawk in the market place, and asked me for a piece of silver. I gave him a florin, "de ryder de Gheldre," and to the Brabanson a "solz de gros," that is, a piece called stryckelborg, and two Flemish solz. I think he did wrong to complain. Broucbr', 11 Nov. 1537.
I am sorry I could not send back the hawk when I knew it was yours, for it died, refusing to eat.
Hol., Fr., pp. 2. Add.
12 Nov. 1060. Queen Jane Seymour.
College MS.
I. 11,f. 37.
A remembrance of the interment of Queen Jane, mother of Edward VI., who died at Hampton Court, 24 Oct., on Wednesday about 12 p.m., in child-bed, 29 Henry VIII.
Immediately upon this heavy news the King ordained the duke of Norfolk, High Marshal, and Sir Wm. Pawlet, Treasurer of the Household, to see to her burial; and he himself retired to a solitary place to pass his sorrows. The aforesaid councillors then sent for Garter and other of the Office of Arms to show precedents. First the wax-chandler did his office, taking out the entrails "with searing, balming, spicing, and trammeling in cloth," then the plumber leaded, soldered, and chested; and her entrails were honourably interred in the chapel. Friday, 26 Oct., there was provided in the chamber of presence a hearse with 21 tapers about it, &c., and the corpse conveyed, in honourable wise, from the place where she died, and laid beneath the hearse. All the ladies and gentlewomen "put off their rich apparel, doing on their mourning habit and white kerchers hanging over their heads and shoulders," and there knelt about the hearse during mass afore noon and Dirige after; there was also a watch kept nightly until the last day of the month.
On Wednesday, the vigil of All Saints, the great chamber and galleries leading to the chapel, and the chapel, were hung with black cloth and garnished with rich images. In the chapel was prepared a hearse, garnished with 8 banner-rolls of descents i.e. of the King, Queen, Prince, York, Normandy, Guienne, Ireland and Cornwall with "rachments and majestye." The same afternoon the corpse was conveyed to the chapel, the King's officers and servants standing in double rank from the chamber to the chapel with torches, not lighted, whilst the bp. of Carlisle, her almoner, assisted by the bp. of Chichester, dean of the Chapel and the subdean, entered the chamber and did the ceremonies, as sensing with holy water and De profundis. That done, torches were lighted and the procession formed; first the cross with priests, two and two, then gentlemen, esquires, pursuivants and heralds, then the noblemen, then Gaiter, then the earl of Rutland, the Queen's chamberlain, and duke of Norfolk, then the corpse, then the chief mourner, the lady Marquis of Exeter "in place of the lady Mary as then accrased assisted by two noblemen as earls," then 8 noble ladies, mourners. The corpse being received in the chapel by the prelates and placed under the hearse, Lancaster Herald said, with a loud voice, "Of your charity pray for the soul" &c. (words quoted). Then Dirige was sung and all departed to the Queen's chamber. Watch was kept every night in the chapel by priests, gentlemen-ushers and officers of arms who, in the morning, early, were relieved by ladies and went to breakfast, which was provided "as two chines of beef with bread ale and wine thereto sufficient." Then began Laudes; and at 9 a.m. the lady Mary, chief mourner, and the others proceeded to the chapel. Thursday, 1 Nov., was the offering mass (described) at which everyone offered a piece of gold. Then after dinner and consultation with the cofferer and other chief clerks of the Household about the provision to be made, Dirige was solemnly sung by the bishop of Chichester. On Friday, 2 Nov., the abbot of St. Albans said mass and conducted the service; Saturday, 3 Nov., the abbot of Waltham did execute; Sunday, 4 Nov., the abbot of Reading; Monday, 5 Nov., the abbot of Stratford. On Tuesday, 6 Nov., were 3 solemn masses, (1) by the abbot of Tower Hill at which were the chief mourner, the countess of Rutland and other ladies, 9 in all, the train borne by Mrs. Bassett: (2) by the abbot of Westminster (attended by the chief mourner, countess of Oxford and others): (3) by the bishop of St. Tasse, abbot of Bramsey (attended by the chief mourner, lady marquis of Exeter, countess of Rutland and Sussex and others; the train borne by lady Coffyn).
On the 7th Nov. the bp. of Rochester officiated, 8 Nov. the bp. of Lincoln, 9 Nov. the abbot of Tower Hill, 10 Nov. the bp. of Carlisle. Sunday 11 Nov. were three solemn masses by the abbots of Stratford and Westminster and the bishop of Chichester.
Monday, 12 Nov., the corpse was removed to a chair drawn by six chariot horses, and four banners were borne by four barons (not named). Banners (described) were also borne by Chester, Windsor, Richmond, and Lancaster heralds, by Sir Thos. Denys, Gregory Crumwell, Sir Wm. Godolphyn, Sir John Sandes, Ric. Crumwell and Ric. Manners. Assistants about the corpse and chair:—Duke of Suffolk, Marquis Dorset, and earls of Surrey, Westmorland, Wiltshire and Sussex. To the chief mourner:—lords Montague and Clifford. Gentlemen-ushers:—Hen. Webbe and Thos. Dauncy. Henchmen that sat upon the chariot horses:—Thos. Kempe, Robt. Turwytt, Bennet Lee, and John Hastynges. Officers of arms in attendance:— Garter and Clarencieux, kings; York, Chester, Windsor, Richmond, Lancaster and Somerset, heralds; Portcullis, Bluemantle, Rougedragon, Guisnes, Hammes, Berwick and Blaunchlyon, pursuivants. Serjeants-at-arms:—Wm. Rowte, John Gwillm, Walt. Chalcote, Thos. Dawtry, Wm. Uxley, Geo. Warrenne, Ric. Raynshowe, Wm. Clerke, John Stoner, Ralph Framyngham, John Greefelde, Ralph Saintjohn, John up Richards, Edw. Slegge, Nic. Jacsoune. Everything being in order the procession started, Gregory Lovell and Robt. Hawkes leading the way, with black staves, followed by 200 poor men wearing the Queen's badges, who at Colbrooke, Exton (sic, Eton), and Windsor stood on each side of the street with their torches. Then came minstrels and trumpets, strangers and ambassadors' servants, the cross with priests, knights, chaplains, abbots, barons and bishops, councillors and head officers, viscounts and earls. Lord Cromwell lord Privy Seal with the French ambassador Mons. de Schatelon. The lord Chancellor with the ambassador of the Emperor "last come." The cross of the archbishop of Canterbury borne before him by his chaplain; and he himself with the Emperor's ambassador "longest being here." Then Clarencieux and Garter, the Queen's almoner, the chamberlains to the King and Queen, the earl of Oxford, High-Chamberlain, the duke of Norfolk, High-Marshal. Then the corpse surrounded by banners borne by Sir Wm. Muschame, lord Hungerford, lord Mordaunt, lord Bray and lord Mountjoy; assisted by the earls of Sussex and Westmorland, marquis Dorset, the earls of Wiltshire and Surrey and duke of Suffolk. Then my lady Mary, chief mourner, her horse trapped in black velvet and assisted by lords Clifford and Montague. Noble ladies following, in the first chair:—Lady Fraunces, the countesses of Oxford, Rutland, Sussex, Bath, and Southampton, and lady Margaret Howard. In the 2nd (described) the countess of Derby, widow, and ladies Margaret Gray, Rochford, and Carowe, followed by ladies Morley, Dawbeney, Dudley, Owtred, Browne, Pawlet, Russell, and Baynton. The 3rd chair containing ladies Cobham, Bray, Kingston, and Coffyn; followed by ladies Knevet, Wollope, Henage, and Lyster, Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Jernyngham, Mrs. Stoner, and Mrs. Francis Aylmer. The 4th chair containing Mrs. Souche, Mrs. Hollande, Mrs. Asheley, Mrs. Norres, and Mrs. Parre; and followed by Mrs. Darcy, Mrs. Pexsall, Mrs. Clarencieux, Mrs. Carowe, Mrs. Poyntes, Mrs. Cromwell, Mrs. Boynton, and Mrs. Tymeo. The 5th chair containing Mrs. Fitzherbart, Mrs. Bassett, Mrs. Rastall, Mrs. Uxbryge, and Mrs. Joscelyn. (All other gentlewomen rode on before to await the arrival at Windsor, and the start was to be made at 5 a.m.) After the 5th chariot came Sir Wm. Kingston, the King's vice-chamberlain and captain of the Guard, followed by the Guard—three and three—and all other noblemen's servants. Two almoners were appointed to distribute alms by the way. At Colbroke the corpse was reverently received; and so forth at Eaton, where the bp. of Lincoln, the bp. of Carlisle "provost of the said college," and all the priests, clerks, and children received it with caps and tapers in their hands. At Windsor the mayor and brethren met it at the bridge-foot with lighted torches, and so passed to the College. Describes the hangings on the way from the bridge-foot to the west door and in the choir. The dean of Windsor and all the College met the corpse at the utter gate, and accompanied it to the west door, where the chair was taken out and borne by Sir Henry Savyll, Sir Marm. Constable, Sir Arthur Darcy, Sir John St. John, Sir Henry Parker, Sir Thos. Poyninges, and Sir Thos. Darcy, assisted by Sir Humph. Radclyff, Sir John Gage, Sir Ric. Weston, and Sir Ric. Sandys. A canopy (described) was borne over the corpse by Lord Hastyngs, son and heir to the earl of Huntingdon, and lords Delaware, Morley, Dacres of the South, Cobham and Bray. In the choir was the archbishop of Canterbury, in pontificalibus, assisted by the bishops of London, Lincoln, Chichester, Worcester, Rochester, St. Taxe (St. Asaph), and Carlisle, and the abbots of Westminster, St. Albans, Reading, Waltham, Tower Hill, and Stratford. The chief mourner followed the corpse, having her train borne by the viscountess Rochforde, and assisted by lady Fraunces, the countesses of Oxford, Derby (widow), Rutland, Bath, and Southampton, and lady Margaret Howard. The corpse being passed under the hearse, a Dirige began in which the lessons were read by the prelates in turn (named) and that finished, the nobility went to the Castle. Describes solemn watch that night and services next day, after which the "offering of the palles began" i.e., ladies Bray, Dawbeney, Morley and Cobham offered one each, ladies Margaret Howard, and Marg. Gray two each, the countesses of Southampton, Bath, Sussex, Rutland, Oxford, and Derby three each, lady Fraunces four, and the lady Mary, who was lead between the dukes of Norfolk and Suffolk, seven. That done, the mourners went to the Castle where they were sumptuously provided for, and the corpse was solemnly buried and all finished by 12 o'clock that day.
ii. Liveries given to the officers of arms and payments for diets made to them by Mr. Gostwick.
Pp. 24 in an Elizabethan hand.
12 Nov. 1061. Thos. Cromwell to [John] Babington.
Hist. MSS.
Rutland Rep.
i. 26.
Your brother Thos. Babington, son and heir of your late father, Sir Anth. Babington, agreed to an award made by Sir Anth. Fitzherbert, knight, and others, that Dame Katharine your late mother, should have the manor place of Kingston, Notts, with certain lands there, during her life and for a year after her decease, paying nothing for it, although your brother might have had 10l. year rent from it. I hear that you, being your mother's executor, have, during the said year after her decease, committed so great waste in the said manor place that 100l. would not restore it. You and your brother shall each take two honest and indifferent gentlemen to view the waste, and take such order thereupon, that your brother may have no cause to complain to me or the King's Council. London, 12 Nov.
Ibid., 27. 2. Answer of Thos. Babington, esq., to the demand of John Babington, esq., under 11 heads. Concerning "booles" at Ashover and River, smelting places, tools, lead, slag, and scraps. Mentions the award of Sir Anth. Fitzherbert, the will of Sir Anth. Babington, and other affairs of the family.
12 Nov. 1062. Henry Polsted to [Cromwell].
Cleop., E. iv.,
233 (fn. n4)
B. M.
This present Monday, the prior of Lewes has acknowledged a fine both of Lewes and Castellacre, though it is thought that the latter does not pass by the fine. It is now fully resolved that there shall be no such preamble to the deed. The prior affirmed that the duke of Norfolk promised him to have all the goods and one-half the debts of the monastery. I am sorry I did not come a little "rather" upon Sunday, that I might have spoken with your lordship in the premises. Pollard and I will be at Reigate tomorrow night, according to the duke's appointment. The Rolls, Monday, 12 Nov. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: To my lord my master.
12 Nov. 1063. Sir J. Russell AND Thomas Hennege to Cromwell.
R. O. Mr. Hynege and I have received your letter and shown it to the King; your lordship's suit is that the lords, after the business done at Windsor, may repair hither to see his Grace's health. His Grace is content they should come when you think convenient, and they shall be welcome. Westminster, 12 November. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Cromwell lord Privy Seal. Sealed. Endd.: Sir John Russell.
12 Nov. 1064. Chancellor and University of Oxford to Henry VIII.
Cleop. E. vi.
B. M.
Strype's Eccl.
Mem. I. ii.
Wilkins, iii.
Profuse praises of his work in the reformation of religion and his favour to the universities in having lately, by authority of Parliament, * pardoned to them the payment of first fruits and tenths. Beg him to put an end to their disputes with their neighbours and restore their privileges. Oxford, prid. Id. Nov.
Latin, pp. 2. Add. at head.
12 Nov. 1065. Dr. John London to Cromwell.
R. O. According to Cromwell's letters he and his company have leased to Mr. Taylor the parsonage of Hornchurche, for ten years from Michaelmas a.d. 1542; and in the mean time will let him use the same quietly. Has some in his company who, in Cromwell's last request for Mrs. Cok, made all the stay they could. Wishes they were as studious as busy, and trusts, with his Lordship's assistance, to make them so. Will, at St. Alban's, accomplish Cromwell's pleasure for the Master of the Rolls and the prior. Oxon, 12 Nov.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Privy Seal. Endd.
12 Nov. 1066. Dr. John London to Thomas Wriothesley.
R. O. I have done what I can to satisfy your desire for Mr. Knyght, but have certain in my house who tried to stay Mistress Cok's matter and so do in this. With your help I will watch my time to effect Mr. Knyght's purpose, and see whether", with my lord's assistance, I can turn their busy wits to learning. Oxon, 12 Novembris.
Have sent you a winter token.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Right Worshipful Master. Endd.
12 Nov. 1067. Thomas Knyght to Cromwell.
R. O. On his last return from Cromwell he was thinking of the Queen's death and how good she must have been to leave such regret in the minds of all. Afterwards determined to write something in mortis defensionem. Has begun, though his means are too slender for the amplitude of the work. Sends some of it, which will show how he has been occupied, and hopes his patron will not despise his good mind. Oxon, 12 Novemb.
Hol., Latin, pp. 2. Add.: Lord Cromwell lord Privy Seal. Sealed. Endd.
12 Nov. 1068. Sir Wm. Parre and Ric. Throkmerton to Cromwell.
R. O. According to his letter of 26 Oct. sends an examination of the words spoken by John Newman and concealed by John Parke. Most of the witnesses affirm the articles in the bill to be true, saving that Wm. Davie now denies that he heard Newman speak such words, and says he confessed it for malice at the instance of Margaret Pere. The matter against both Newman and Parke appears to be maliciously contrived by her. They shall remain in surety until further orders. Brigstok, 12 Nov. Signed.
Pp. 2. Add.: Lord Privy Seal.
ii. Examination, taken 22 Oct. 29 Hen. VIII.
Sir John Harbrowne, parson of Newnton, Northants, deposes that John Parke, of Newnton, said to John Newman, on a Sunday before Michaelmas Day, at matins in the church: "Beware what thou sayest, for it is treason that thou speakest," but what the words were he cannot tell. Margaret Pere says that Newman said: "It is pity that the King was ever crowned, for we have had more pilling and polling since he was crowned than ever we had before, and it is pity that he hath lived so long."
Wm. Davy deposes that Newman said in the church, about the time of evensong, that "we had never goud hewsse sen the King was crowned King," and then John Parke said to him, "Beware what thou sayest, for thou speakest treason." John Parke says he never heard such words spoken, but about Midsummer John Hewet said at matins time that he heard say the leads of Buckingham church were valued. Harbrowne then said he heard at Heygham on the Saturday that Buckingham church was down. Then John Newman said: "God forbid that we should have any mo churches down." Then John Parke said to Newman: "Be contented, for the King is supreme head of the Church, and we must be ruled as it shall please the King to have us," adding: "Beware what thou speakest, for a little word is treason." All the tenants of Newnton say they never heard such words spoken as Margaret Pere has alleged, and that Wm. Davy was not in the church when this matter should be spoken. John Stretton, John Hewyet, William Rosse, Robarde and Ric. Pere, and John Graunt are bound for Newman and Parke.
Pp. 2.

12 Nov.
1069. William Popley to Cromwell.
R. O. Since coming to these parts, by exercise, he has recovered health. Is grieved that some men say he departed from Cromwell without licence, and is no longer his Lordship's servant. Asked his fellow Carleton to inform Cromwell, and-Carleton wrote his Lordship's pleasure was for Popley to do as he thought best for his health. Begs his Lordship to take no displeasure. Will return to his duty. Bristow, 12 November.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Cromwell, Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
12 Nov. 1070. Lisle to Cromwell.
R. O. Four days past Sir Robert Wyngfylde caused the water-bailey Cockson to be served with a subpœna, which I enclose, begging your favour for him as you know he is impotent and aged and this process is only out of malice; for Cockson did nothing but according to the King's commission. I beg you to excuse him if he do not now appear, and if he must come over, to defer the matter to the spring. I send the declaration and the arrest done by the vice-bailey of Guisnes against the said Cockson and others. Calais, 12 Nov.
I assure your lordship Cockson is not guilty of what is laid to his charge. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal.
12 Nov. 1071. Thomas Wasshington to Lord Lisle.
R. O. Requests him to see the bearer Wm. Pery, paid 14l. 12s. 6g. (sic) for velvet sent by the writer more than a year past. Antwerp, 12 Nov. 1537.
Hol., p. 1. Add. Endd.
12 Nov. 1072. Guillaume le Gras to Lady Lisle.
R. O. I wrote lately to my lord Deputy in answer to one from my lord and you instructing me to put Master James to the College, and in some place where he would be well treated. I accordingly found a very honest man at the College of Navarre, who has agreed to take him with him in his chamber. He is very fortunate in being with such a person. A son of General Preudhomme will be his companion, and he will have a servant whom he has always had in my house to attend to him in his studies. It will cost 26 cr. for his board and 18 cr. for that of his servant, and further 25 cr. for the room and firewood. It is a good deal of money, but, I think, well bestowed. The person who takes him does so more for the hope of your friendship than for the money. I have done everything by the advice of Master Bequanssal.
I sent you lately the account for your son amounting to 123l. 8s. 6d. for which sum Verdun Labbe has written to me that you have delivered to him 48 1/2 cr. of the sun, and 2 angels, which he has sent; but they only amount to 116l. 2s. 6d. Tournois, the crown being here worth 45 sch. and the angel 70 sch. The balance I shall add to the Dew account for your son, but do not forget to send him some sprats for the coming Lent, because he does not like the fish here. My wife thanks you for the gold ring you sent her. Paris, 12 Nov. 1537.
Hol., Fr., 2, pp. 2. Add.
R. O. 2. Account of expenses paid for Mr. James Basset, son of the Deputy of Calais, from 19 Dec. 1536 to Oct. 1537.
For an escritoire and paper, for violet camlet for a gown, for the making of hose, for making and the furring of his camlet gown, for shoes and slippers, for money delivered to him to pay "a lescolle descripre quil fut Roy." For velvet bonnets, leather shoes, a book of hours (pour unes heures), to Mons. de Bosons for three months' instruction in writing, for a trunk to put his clothes in, to Mons. Benard for teaching him dancing, for shirts, for black and violet taffetas, to Mons. Pierre, dean of the College of Bayeux, for his expenses for two months and a half when he breakfasted and dined at the college. Total 128 livres 8 sous 2 deniers, amounting to 12l. 17s. at the rate of 9 livres 12s. Tournois to the pound sterling.
(In a different hand.) Received by me Verdun Labbe, 5 Nov. 1537.
Fr., pp. 3. In the hand of Guillaume le Gras. Endd. in the same hand.
1073. Elizabeth Burgh (fn. n5) to Cromwell.
R. O. Is prematurely delivered of a child, and in danger of losing it after her great travail. The gentleman and his wife, with whom she stays, who is a kinsman of her husband, wrote to him of her own and the child's danger, desiring him to come and see it, that he might have no cause of jealousy against her, seeing that the child, by the proportions of his body, was born long before the time. Has many witnesses who have seen the child, yet my lord his father says it is none of her husband's, and makes him absent himself from her. Begs Cromwell's mediation. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.: The lady Burgh.
13 Nov. 1074. Elizabeth Burgh* to Cromwell.
R. O. Complains of the trouble she is put to by lord Burgh, who always lies in wait to put her to shame. Is not yet out of danger from her travail, being still as a prisoner, comfortless. Hears that lord Burgh has complained of her to the Council, declaring that her child is not his son's. Nothing but the power of God has preserved his life; begs Cromwell will prevent it being disinherited. Her husband dare do nothing but as his father will have him. Langley Lodge, 13 Nov.
Hol., pp. 2. Add.: Lord Privy Seal.
13 Nov. 1075. Tunstall to Henry VIII.
Titus B. i.
B. M.
Burnet, vi.
The news of the Queen's death has caused all men to lament, especially considering that the Prince is left an orphan. Addresses various arguments to Henry out of Scripture for his consolation. York, 13 Nov.
13 Nov. 1076. Tunstall and the Council of the North to [Henry VIII.].
R. O. Have held an "oyer determiner" and a gaol delivery here at York. Four persons have been executed, two for money making, and two for messages brought from the rebels in Scotland. One of these was committed to ward by Norfolk, accused by the minister of St. Bobert of Knaresborough, and the other, by means of the said minister, attached by Thos. Slyngesby. He appeared to be a seditious young vagabond, minding by false tales to move the people to new commotion. Have sat here for two months, occupied, among other things, in restitutions of spoils done in the late commotion. Norfolk did something in this matter, but people daily complain, as they come to know in whose hands their goods are. Sir Reynold Carnaby, keeper of Tyndale, has informed them that Wm. Charleton, whom he put in possession of the house and tower of Hasilside in place of the rebel Edw. Charleton, has fled for fear, and Edward's folks keep possession. Have therefore ordered him to recover the house and put his own folks in it.
Two friars Observants, converses and not priests, being of those who entered into the Grey Friars' house at Newcastle at the time of the late commotion and were expelled by Norfolk and ordered to go to Scotland, whence they came, are attached at Barney Castle by Robt. Bowys. They have confessed that they came back to England on account of the misery and penury they sustained in Scotland. They will acknowledge the King's supremacy. Desires to know his pleasure by the bp. of Llandaff the bearer. Their names are Thos. Danyell, of Devonshire, professed at Canterbury, and Henry Bukkery, a lay brother not professed, born at Old Lynne.
At this oyer determiner, lords Cumberland, Dacres, Scrope, and others have well demeaned themselves. Cumberland and Dacre were very familiar together, to the rejoicing of all men. Advise the King to leave enough lead belonging to the religious houses here to cover Pountfrette and Shireffhoton castles and other his houses in the North; 32 fother will suffice for the two. Have just received two commissions, one for hearing causes, in which the name of Thos. Fairfax, serjeant-at-law, is inserted, and another to Tunstall, which he will keep secret, according to the lord Privy Seal's letters. York, 13 Nov. Signed: Cuthbert Duresme—Robt. Llandaff—T. Magnus—Thomas Tempest—Robert Bowis—William Babthorp—Robt. Chaloner—Ric. Bellyses—Jo. Uvedale.
Pp. 4.
13 Nov. 1077. Tunstall to [Cromwell].
R. O.
St. P. v. 122.
We have written to the King of our sitting of oyer determiner here. Give credence to my lord of Llandaff, who was present at all our doings. He is a meet man to serve the King here, and it is a comfort to have so wise a man to ask advice of. We have all desired him to show our ordering of the pledges of Tyndall and Reddysdale, who are boarded here at a serjeant's house, and must show themselves every day to the sheriffs of the town and to us when we come abroad. Those for Tyndall are two of the most active men of all Tyndall, John Robson, of the False Stayn, and Gybbe of Charleton, who both promised my lord of Norfolk to do much against the rebels; but now when the time is to do it they are sent hither by Sir Reynold Carnabye's letters to relieve the other pledges for a season, according to custom. Blamed the bringer of them, Carnabye's servant, that his master should have sent these two, who should have been at home to resist the coming in of the rebels; but was told that if those and other head men were away, the country would be better ruled. Thinks they have offered themselves as pledges to be quit of their promise to the duke of Norfolk. After this full moon the outlaws will be busy, and Mr. Carnaby promised when here to do his best against them.
The pledges should lie henceforth at Newcastle, 18 miles from their county; for in coming hither they learn all the bye ways of the country, and are emboldened to steal, knowing which way to escape. Will take them to Newcastle at our going, and leave them there.
Would know the King's pleasure touching the two friars Observants mentioned in their letter to the King. They might be received to mercy, as they now forsake their former obstinacy. Their return without licence or pardon after being commanded by the King's lieutenant to avoid the realm, is another fault. If they be received to mercy, others will follow them. Amongst the spoils are two sorts. (1.) In the second rebellion in Westmoreland those who were arrayed against the King were spoiled by the King's army before the King's lieutenant was sure of the victory. Such persons should repute their pardon more than full restitution. (2.) Spoils made by rebels upon true subjects and upon each other; in which cases we compel restitution. Have sat at York to order matters left unfinished at Norfolk's sudden departure; but will forbear hereafter to sit "within the term" unless in case of riots, albeit spoils may not be deferred. Sir George Lawson has viewed the King's stuff left at Sheriff button by Norfolk. Sends inventory by bearer. The King's officer should sell the worst of it; "for clowting of it will be some charge, and such stuff is not meet to be in a King's wardrobe." Norfolk has an indenture of me for the whole, and those who sell it must discharge me of what shall be sold. Sir Thomas Curwen, keeper of Sheriffhutton, has the custody of it. York, 13 Nov.
P.S.—Here arrived two commissions and two letters from your lordship, one to me and the other to us all. I will keep secret the commission for levying the people. I am glad Mr. Fairfax is remembered with his fee and put in our commission. All in these parts are marvellous sorry for death of the Queen. Added in his own hand: I have written to the King partly to comfort him, being his servant and chaplain. "I durst not dilate the matter too long lest thereby I might rub too sore upon a green wound." Signed.
13 Nov. 1078. James V. to Henry VIII.
R. O.
St. P. v. 121.
Congratulating him on the birth of his son as reported by his letters dated Hampton Court 23 Oct. Linlithgow Palace, 13 Nov., 25 James V. Signed.
P. 1. Add. Endd.: Touching the birth of Prince Edward.
13 [Nov.] 1079. Queen Margaret to Henry VIII.
Add. MS.
32,646, f. 105.
B. M.
Papers, No.45.
Rejoices that he has a prince. Hopes he is informed both by her own writings sent with the herald Master Svallo and the information sent to Sir Tomas Qwarton, how she is treated. Trusts Henry will not let her be wronged daily. Would sooner be dead than remain in such trouble as she has been in since Master Sadler's departure. Desires only to "brwk" her lands given her by the King her father and confirmed by the three estates of this realm; of which she is only debarred by lord Meffen. Has her sentence of divorce ready to be pronounced written and concluded with forty "famos prewes" (proofs), but the King her son supports Meffen, as her husband, in possession of her lands. When she passed to her land the forest of Ettrick the King her son accused her of intending to marry "him that was earl of Angus," which Henry knows she had never a mind to do. Her son will only let her "depart bed and bwred," which is unjust, and fears she will pass into England. Trusts Henry will for his own honor refuse redress on the Borders till she has her due. Is now 49 years old and should not travel like a poor gentlewoman, following her son from place to place as she has done for 20 weeks past. 13 Oct. (fn. n6)
Hol., pp. 5. Add.
14 Nov. 1080. Robert Lownde's Will.
R. O. Inhibition to John London, LL.D., the King's visitor in Lincoln diocese, at the suit of Richard Clerk and Agnes his wife, who have appealed against his decision touching certain legacies in the will of Robert Lownde, the parties being summoned to appear at St. Paul's on Thursday, 17 Jan. Dated 14 Nov. 1537, 29 Henry VIII.
Latin. Copy, large paper, pp. 2.
14 Nov. 1081. Richard Wharton to Cromwell.
R. O. Begging him to accept, as a remembrance,—— (blank) cranes, 12 pheasants, and 24 partridges; with thanks for past kindness. From my poor house, 14 Nov. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
14 Nov. 1082. Tunstall to Cromwell.
R. O. Asks him to give orders for the payment of the stipends of the two chantry priests, schoolmasters of the grammar school and song school in Durham, for the maintenance of which land was given to Gervaux Abbey, the copies of the grants being entered in Mr. Pollard's books. York, 14 Nov. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
14 Nov. 1083. Ric. Bellycys to [Cromwell].
Cleop. E.iv.
B. M.
of the
I have taken down all the lead of Jervaxe and made it in half fodders, 365 fodders in all. It cannot be carried till next summer, the ways are so foul in winter. I am minded to let the house stand till the spring as the days are now so short. I cannot sell the bells above 15s. the "hundrethe." Shall I sell them at that or send them to London? The carriage to the water would be costly. As for Byrdlington, I spare it till next March as the days are now so short. York, 14 Nov. Signed.
P. 1.
14 Nov. 1084. Honor Lady to the Countess of Sussex.
R. O. Commendations to my lord and you. I have received your letter and perceive your sorrow for the death of the Queen, yet her Grace was fortunate to live the day to bring forth such a prince. I perceive my lord and you have taken my daughter Anne until, by your good suit, she may obtain place again. If she cannot I will send for her and recompense your charges. I did not send them to put you or any of my kin to charge, but to have them with the Queen. Where you write that but for your great charge of kin and other gentlewomen you would have taken Kateryn too; it was never my mind to put you to any charge, yet if I were in England and you sent me even three or four I would accept them. I pray you prefer Anne because she was sworn to the late Queen. Where it has pleased my lord of Rutland and my lady at your suit to take Kateryn for the time, I trust they shall be no losers. "Very glad to hear of your great belly, beseeching God to make you a joyous mother." As shortly as I can I will send you your own, with some good wine which I trust ye shall have three weeks before Christmas. Calais, 14 Nov.
If my niece Staynyng will take the pain to come over here she shall be welcome and her woman with her. Signed.
Pp. 2. Add. Lady of Sussex.
14 Nov. 1085. Timber of Winchelsea.
R. O. Notarial certificate touching the finding, between Ostende and Walrauezyde(?) in Flanders, of some timber of Winchelsea, from a ship of Will. Pieterson of Der Gawe (Gouda) which was wrecked after St. Martin's day. 14 Nov. 1537.
Dutch, p.. 1.
14 [Nov.] 1086. Queen Margaret of Scotland to Cromwell.
R. O.
St. P. v. 115.
I thank you for your writing by the King my brother's servant and for the joyful tidings that God has sent him a prince. Complains of her ill treatment and begs Cromwell's help. Desires her letters to the King and him to be kept secret. 14 October (sic). Signature cut off.
Hol., pp. 2. Add.: Lord Privy Seal.
14 Nov. 1087. John Mason to Cromwell.
R. O. On 12 Nov., I received a packet of letters for England from Mr. Wyatt, directed to my lord of Winchester, which, as my lord was far from hence, I retained here, thinking that in 2 or 3 days I should be able to carry them myself. Being yet sick, I send them by this messenger, trusting, within 5 days, to follow him. Lyons, 14 November.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
[14 Nov.] 1088. John Frederic Duke of Saxony to Henry VIII.
iii. 448.
Has seen his refusal of the Council because, among other reasons, the tyranny and impiety of the bishop of Rome being so manifest, it is not to be expected that in his Council his unjust power and the abuses which he defends will be abrogated. Rejoices that Henry's opinion is so like his own. It is evident that the Council is summoned only as a pretext to move the kings to defend papal authority; but nothing is more honourable to kings than to use their influence to the glory of God. If the bishop of Rome sees opportunity he will hold a council to establish his unjust power, and therefore it behoves them to deliberate together. Asks whether Henry will consent to a common deliberation.
Sends by bearer a copy of his own refusal (nostrae Recusationis) of the Council. Is well aware of the danger he incurs in making it, but is bound by duty to the universal Church. Explains delay in sending it.
Lat. Draft by Melanchthon.
14 Nov. 1089. John Frederic Duke of Saxony and Philip Landgrave of Hesse to Henry VIII.
Reform. iii.
448. note.
For many weighty causes, they have decided to write to the King once more, in proof of their regard for him. They and their allies in the cuse of religion knew, by that ample legation of learned men which Henry sent to them two years ago, and who conferred for some time with the duke of Saxony, his desire to restore the true worship of God and take away the impiety, tyranny and abuses of the bishop of Rome. How he perseveres in that object is shown by a certain writing he has issued about the suspect and deceitful Council indicted by pope Paul, a copy of which, printed in Germany, they have seen with pleasure. His piety and zeal are applauded throughout Germany by all students of sincere religion.
Rejoice that their replies to the Nuncio and the Imperial ambassador, at their diet last Lent at Smalcald, agree with his opinion. His counsel at that time would have been grateful to them. Have heard he was somewhat displeased that they did not write to him of their decision concerning the Council. At Smalcald they debated how soonest this decision might be sent to the kings and princes and concluded, as the 23 May was so near, and there was no time to send special messengers, that trustworthy merchants in the confederate cities should be asked to send letters to their agents in other countries. Entrusted those for him to the senate of Hamburg, which city has almost daily commerce with England; and in so doing they never thought to displease him.
Undoubtedly the Pope will, at the first opportunity, hold a council to establish his tyranny—indeed some report that it is already indicted for Vicenza; but Henry will know better than they. In view of this it is very important that they should deliberate in common. Ask to know his views that they may debate thereupon at their next diet. 14 Nov. 1537.
15 Nov. 1090. Sir Thos. Palmer to Lord Lisle.
R. O. I have received your two letters concerning Thos. Appowell, with whom your Lordship is displeased because he would not take a groat a day, which many in Calais think is more than he deserves. The King and his Council think he deserves 8d. a day, or they would not have written for him, and in demanding it he did not usurp upon your Lordship's grant, for the King gave it him before your time. I could not counsel him to take a groat myself, for I give him sixpence a day, which he would have to give up. I did not counsel him to refuse it, to make you incur the penalty of your obligation, for I thought on his going over you would have given him no less than the King had done by his letters, and also my lord Privy Seal and my lord Admiral, and I thought you would have done no less for him even for my sake. He and I both were blamed by the King's Council because we consented that Pole had the last 8d., and on your promise I took your bill of assurance of the next 8d. as a remembrance, not expecting you would give me cause to show it. Your Lordship writes somewhat sharply that if I do my worst you will dally with me one year ere I recover anything of you, but although I have not yet put it in execution nor in suit, I would not your Lordship should trust too much your dalliance to do me any wrong. For I would do your Lordship no displeasure whereby the King's law should be stopped. As to your threat to recompense me according to my deserts, I trust you will handle me no otherwise. London, 15 Nov. Signed.
P.S. in his own hand. I think Vekars will have it and put us both aside. I do believe your Lordship did not do me this displeasure of yourself, for I never deserved it, nor will do, and they that caused you to do it owe you less good will than I.
Pp. 3. Add.: Deputy of Calais.
1091. Sir Thos. Palmer to Cromwell.
R. O. Your guns and harness have been here four or five days, and I have had them cleaned as they were wet on the sea. I have caused the maker to remain here, so that, when your Lordship sees them shot, if any break or miscarry it may be to his charge. There are 56 almain rivets, for which he wants a crown apiece, and 30 gorgets at the same price and a pair of curets for a horseman and a gorget and a pair of splints for 7s. 6d. I would have waited upon your Lordship but have a disease in my head at times, so that I cannot well stand. I beg your favour for the bearer Thomas Apowell. My lord Deputy is not so good to him, in spite of your letter and the King's signed bill and special letter and two or three special letters of your Lordship's in his behalf. If you knew him you would say it was great wrong that he had not his room according to the King's gift. Thomas Jones, for whom your Lordship wrote, has his room. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal.
15 Nov. 1092. Sir Godfrey Foljambe.
Add. MS.
6668, f. 391.
B. M.
Receipt by Sir Godfrey Foljambe of Walton, by the hands of Wm. Wylde, his deputy, of 4l. 5s. from John Poole for his "coope tayle" due at Michaelmas last. 15 Nov. 29 Hen. VIII. Signed.
15 Nov. 1093. Archbishop Lee to Cromwell.
R. O. At Whitsuntide was twelvemonth you gave me as ample commission for my jurisdiction as ever I had. Lately I wrote for your pleasure concerning two monasteries of nuns, being void, as they stood in danger of the Act of Suppression and had no confirmation of the King. I now understand that two commissions be come down for elections in the said monasteries and confirmations of the same. I beg you to consider that I have cure of the said houses and must answer to our Lord for them, and therefore should have some say in the election of their governors. Confirmation is an act of commission of cure of souls, which cure "should be committed by me that have cure of their souls." I beg that I may have the oversight and confirmation of the elections; and if you will have anything done in them I will do my best to satisfy the King and you. I beg you remember my suits for preachers and residence of the church of York. "I have commanded all archdeacons to bring in bills of such as be able to preach within their archdeaconries. I find in the archdeaconry of Nottingham not one; in others very few." Men desire much to have the book of Catechism last set forth by the King; and I would command every curate to have one, but here are none or few. Desires licence for some printer in York to print them. Cawod, 15 Nov. 1537. Signed: "Edouarde Ebor."
Pp. 2. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
15 Nov. 1094. Bishop Roland Lee to Cromwell.
R. O. Has sent his servant, Rob. Browne, the book of instructions, signed by the King, which, for the coming of Mr. Sulyarde and others, must be renewed. Begs Cromwell to have only learned men appointed. The commissions, copies whereof are with the clerk of the Crown, and the warrant for their diets, which is with Sir Brian Tuke, must also be renewed. Prays that he may be paid by some other man, for it now costs him 20l. a year, Tuke having 5l., his clerk 26s. 8d., and the writer's servant seven or eight weeks tarrying for it. Wishes the sum increased, as the Council are not able to gratify the gentlemen of the country except at the table; for instance, he is now at Wigmore for a gaol delivery, with Sir Edward Crofte, Mr. Pakington, and Mr. Vernon, and they and other loyal subjects must be entertained. There are nigh 40 prisoners. Hears nothing of Mr. Sulyarde, who shall be sure of two things, to have business at full, and, where heretofore great suit was made to him, now he must be a suitor himself. Wigmore, 15 November. Signed.
Pp. 2. Add.: Lord Crumwell lord Privy Seal. Endd.
15 Nov. 1095. Lord Edmund Howard to Cromwell.
R. O. Thanks for Cromwell's comfortable letter dated the 3rd inst., with thanks for the writer's poor present of hawks. Begs Cromwell's favour with the King in the suit contained in a bill which the bearer shall deliver. Asks for "nothing but that may ensue only upon casualties"; and such things are always asked by the King's servants, so that his Highness has little profit in them, as Mr. Fowler, the vice-treasurer here, can show. Cannot continue here without some augmentation of living. Calais, 15 Nov. 1537. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal.
15 Nov. 1096. The Irish Commissioners to Cromwell.
R. O.
St. P. ii. 517.
Have surveyed most of the King's lands in Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford, Dublin, and Kildare, which are much wasted. Little suit is made for waste lands, but they have set garrisons. Would have finished the survey had not the Deputy, with advice of the Council, taken their men with him to expel Bryan Okonner from Offaly which he had falsely invaded. Parleyed with James of Desmond outside Clonmell without perceiving any towardness in him; but, 2 days after, his secretary came with his master's signet to conclude certain articles (copy enclosed), (fn. n7) saying his master had been afraid to proceed for fear of the captains of galloglasses with him. The King's causes in Parliament take good effect. Are now at the vice-treasurer's account, and afterwards will survey the residue of the King's lands. Have perceived divers things worthy reformation, but too tedious to write. Dublin, 15 Nov. Signed.
Add: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
R. O. 2. Copy of the above.
Pp. 2.
1097. Castles in Ireland.
R. O. List of castles in Ireland to be guarded.
In Wexford bordering upon the Kavanaghs:—Old Rosse (in marg. Wm. Sayntelo), Dunschorthy, Fernys (in marg. Watkyn Appoylle), Arclow, [abbey of Duyske]. (fn. n8) Carlow:—Leyglen Bridge, Duyske Abbey, Karlaghe, Cloughenogan, Clone More, Rawylle and Baltynglas Abbey. Kildare:—Athy and Woodstocke, Lee, Rath Chamgan, Keyscheboyne in Bermygam's country. Dublin:—Wyclow—where Thos. Stewynys, merchant of Dublin, is constable with 20 mks. fee and all profits "as yet,"—Bree, Powers-court, Holewodde. Meath:—Castell Jordan, Longzhenseude, Alone. Lowth:—Knockfergus, Sketrycke, lately won by John Prouse, Ardeglas, Dundrowm, lordships of Morne and May, Green Castle, and Karlyngforthe, "whereof Mr. Geram Lyn is constable, as I am informed." Tipperary:—Knockeraffyn, Castle Curre. Limerick;—Karge Ogaynyll, Adare, Crome. Waterford:—Dungarvan, whereof Ossory and lord Butler are constables with 100l. fee, "as I am informed."
Other castles, to me unknown, to be kept, at the discretion of the Commissioners. To part of the Castles substantial farmers should be appointed, putting the King to no great charge. Constables and garrisons should be English, and must be horsemen, to be able to defend the King's tenants about them.
Pp. 4. Endd..
15 Nov. 1098. Francisco the Courier.
R. O. I, Arthur Noell, servant to my lord of Winchester, met with Francisco in Lyons, 15 Nov. last, and, knowing he was despatched into England, showed him that Mr. Mason, lying sick at the post's house, had received important letters from Spain for the King, and he, Francisco, should go for them. Told him this in my lord's house in presence of Stevins, my lord's tailor, and he promised to go; so I went and told Mr. Mason of it, who sat up in bed and wrote a short letter to my lord Privy Seal. Meanwhile Francisco took horse and was gone an hour and a half before Mr. Mason knew of his departure.
ii. Similar deposition by Walter Haws, gentleman to my lord of Winchester.
P. 1. In the handwritings of Nowell and Haws, and signed by them. Endd.: The saying of Arthur Nowell, 15 Nov.
1099. Germayne [Gardiner] to Wriothesley.
R. O. I have given Henry Fraunces a long letter for you, which I am in doubt whether he will deliver, for during the short while he has tarried here he found means to make my lord more angry with me than ever he was in his life; "but with a letter (for my lord would not speak with me) I defeated his malice, and am in better case with my lord (I thank God and him) than ever I was. And therefore, seeing the man hath done me good, I pray you be not angry with him for it; only keep him there if ye can, not for my cause whom he cannot hurt, but for many other men's whom he hurteth daily, for he cannot almost speak but evil." Sends this in Mr. Bonvise's packet. I suppose by this time you have sent hither either Thwaytes or Massy. I pray you send the other after him, and Gates next.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: To my loving brother Mr. Wrythesley one [of] the Signet.


  • n1. This and the next letter are printed consecutively in Cranmer's Works as if they were both written on the same day in 1537; which is impossible, Forde and Lambeth being more than a day's journey apart. Nor is it certain that either of them is of the precise year 1537. From a comparison of the clerk's hand and Cranmer's signature in different years, this letter might with great probability be assigned to the year 1535; at which date also we find Dr. Snede mentioned as vicar of Rye in the Valor Eccl. i. 345. But in the uncertainty of dates we leave these two letters in the order in which they have been printed.
  • n2. See L. Tr. Rem. Memoranda Rolls of Exch., 30 Hen. VIII., rot. 4.
  • n3. James (afterwards Sir James) Baskerville married Katharine, daughter of Walter lord Ferrers. See Dugdale, ii. 177.
  • n4. See Statute 27 Hen. VIII. c. 42. The letter is more probably of the year 1536 than 1537, bit was overlooked in Vol. Xl. Strype and Wilkins place it in 1538.
  • n5. Wife of Sir Thos. Burgh, the son of lord Burgh. See Vol. VIIL, No. 597 note. She was a daughter of Sir David Owen. See Dugdale ii. 289.
  • n6. Evidently a mistake for November.
  • n7. See No. 943; also No. 698 (2.).
  • n8. Crossed out.