Henry VIII: December 1537, 1-15

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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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December 1537, 1-15

[1 Dec.] 1153. Sir Thos. Audeley, Chancellor, to [Cromwell].
Cleop. E. iv.,
To-day, lord Borough will wait upon you, and I have ordered lady Borough (fn. n1) to do so likewise. Though perhaps you cannot end the matter, because of the absence of lord Borough's son, yet you may order lord Boroughe to pay the 25l. for her finding this half year, considering that he promised to do so before your lordship, the earl of Hampton, and me, especially as it was lord Borough's fault allowing his son to depart so suddenly before you could have him and lady Borough together. Last night I received your letter requiring a dedimus potestatem to be directed to Mr. Shelley, the judge, to take knowledge of a fine and recovery of the abbot and convent of Tichfield to the King's use. Sent yesternight with speed to Croke for the course thereof; but if the abbot and convent are content to give their monastery, a deed of gift might be made thereof and of all their lands, acknowledged before Mr. Shelley, the judge, and so enrolled; whereas a fine and recovery cannot be executed till the term, and if the house be dissolved before the execution, it is as if a man died before executing a deed. Will examine precedents with Croke, who will be with him this morning. The commission of sewers is despatched, for Audeley commanded Stokysley to make them forthwith, and also the patents of Cromwell and the duke of Norfolk. (fn. n2) Written this Saturday morning.
Hol., pp. 2.
1 Dec. 1154. Cromwell and Norfolk.
R. O. A memorandum that Thomas duke of Norfolk, 1 Dec. 29 Hen. VIII., upon the partition then made between him and Thomas lord Cromwell, of the lands of the late priories of Lewes and Castleacre, did grant to the said Lord Cromwell and his heirs his manor of — (blank), Suss., and all his lands in the town and suburbs of Lewes, Sussex. Witnesses, Richard Crumwell and Richard Pollard, who have subscribed this bill the day and year above written.
Written and signed by Pollard, but not signed by Ric. Crumwell.
P. 1. Headed: A remembrance.
1 Dec. 1155. French Wines.
Harl. MS.
442, f. 150.
Mandate to the bailiffs of Colchester for the publication of a proclamation regulating the sale of French and Gascon wines according to the tariff laid down by the lord Chancellor Audeley, Thos. duke of Norfolk, Treasurer of England, Charles duke of Suffolk, president of the Council, Thos. lord Cromwell, keeper of the Privy Seal, Sir John FitzJames, Chief Justice of the King's Bench, and Sir John Baldwyne, Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, in pursuance of the Act 23 Hen. VIII., viz., every tun of the best Gascon or French wine to be sold at 7 marks. Small and thin wines to be sold at lower rates as the buyers and sellers can agree. Westminster, 1 Dec., 29 Hen. VIII.
Modern copy, pp. 2.
1 Dec. 1156. Cranmer to Henry VIII.
Strype's Cr.
ii. 732.
Wilkins iii.
Nominating Ric. Yngworth, S.T.P., prior of Langley Regis, and John Codenham, S.T.P., to the King, in accordance with the Act of Parliament, for the selection of one of them to be bishop of Dover. Lambeth, 1 Dec. 1537, 29 Hen. VIII.
Lat. From Cranmer's Register.
1 Dec. 1157. John Husee to Lady Lisle.
R. O. I think I sped the better for your ladyship's prayer. "Robert ap Raygnold showed me that your ladyship did bless me after that I had taken my leave of your ladyship. I think not the contrary but that God held up your hand, for I ensure your ladyship we were once like to have very full (foul) weather, but God heard some good prayers that were offered up for us; so that at length about 2 of the clock at afternoon we were landed against Lydd within six miles of Rye." There, as my lord Howard was with us, we could for no money get horse; for my lord and his train, of course, would be first served. At last, with much ado, and the loss of two days' journey, we got to Dover. I think we sped the worse for having so many lodesmen, for there were two boats that came to Dover by noon the day we departed, and were at Calais two hours after us. I met Mr. Corbett at Gravesend, who has bought a coffer for each of your ladyship's daughters, and a petticoat for Mrs. Katharine. He says she must have a new chamlet gown, and will need no other all the winter. Mrs. Anne will need nothing till her mourning gear be cast off; but both will require money against Christmas. I will speak with lady Sussex and lady Rutland and the gentlewoman, and let you know what order is taken. Bery and Harys send commendations. I desire to be commended to Mr. Basset and his fere. Gravesend, 1 Dec.
Hol., p. 1. Add.
1 Dec. 1158. Thomas Scot, of Pitgorno, to Cromwell.
R. O.
St. P. v.
The bearer Rosay Herald is sent to the king of England about the conservation of the peace, touching aid given by officers and others on the borders to fugitives from Scotland who are "resett" in England and in the neutral ground, which latter "is now bot ane spelunc and hurd of thewis." Lately heard a servant tell his King (James) that in Flanders he intended to have "coft" (bought) a young lion for the King, but, while absent on other business, another bought it for the king of England. Said that had Henry known James wanted it he would have "prepynit" it to him. Suggests that such a present would give James much pleasure. Edinburgh, 1 Dec. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Privy Seal. Endd.
[2] Dec. 1159. Sir Thos. Audeley, Chancellor, to Cromwell.
Cleop. E. iv.
Touching the dissolution of Tychefeld, wrote last (fn. n3) that a deed of gift by the abbot and convent to the King, sealed and acknowledged before Mr. Shelley or some other judge of record, would be sufficient. If, however, Cromwell will have a fine or recovery, explains how it may be taken.
Lady Borough says you are her good lord, for which I thank you. Please take a final end in the matter and rid me of a suitor. Remember my lord of Oxford for his two bills which you have. I send a bill exhibited to the King and delivered to me for the matter of exchanges and beg you to take some pain therein. I perceive the merchants will have their liberal exchanges without licence or "shyppege." Please let me know your pleasure. Sunday morning.
Hol., pp. 3. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.: December.
1160. Lord Chancellor Audeley to Cromwell.
R. O. Hears this morning that his friend John Oonly is like to die. (fn. n4) Is not a little sorry, for he is a right honest discreet man. Asks Cromwell, if he die, to move the King that Southwell may have the office of attorney, which it were reasonable he had, as he has served the King well in the office of solicitor; and that John Lucas, of the Temple, may have the office of solicitor. He is a right well learned and discreet person. He will give Cromwell 10l. for wine. The fee is but 10l. Prefers him without any profit to himself, because he knows him to be a right honest man and no common meddler in causes, whereby he may give the better attendance.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
2 Dec. 1161. Thomas Legh, LL.D., to Cromwell.
R. O. As at this time I cannot repair to your lordship myself, please extend your goodness to my kinsman and godfather Sir James Laborne: that, whereas Sir John Lamplowe and others spoke with you this afternoon (who, I suppose have your favour), he too may have expedition in his business and speak to you himself, and be tried by my lord of Durham and others of the country of his demeanour (if so charged). Please be good to him, for otherwise he is as a man desperate. It is no small grief to him to lose his service and the charges he has been at in it through the malice of those who love him not. London, Sunday, 2 December. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Thomas Cromwell, lord Privy Seal. Endd.
2 Dec. 1162. William Harper.
R. O. Account of "ready money and other" (i.e. bonds) delivered by Will. Ostryche to Will. Harper of London, brewer, and also received by Ostryche of Harpyn (sic). The dates range from 28 March 1537 to 2 Dec. following.
Pp. 3.
3 Dec. 1163. John Hodgkin, S.T.P., Bishop Suffragan of Bedford.
See Grants in December, No. 5.
3 Dec. 1164. Cromwell.
See Grants in December, No. 6.
3 Dec. 1165. [Stephen Vaughan to the Archbishop of York.]
R. O. It was intended to put up a bill of complaint to my lord my master against your grace for breaking the ancient customs of the collegiate church at Ripon in choosing officers and otherwise. Thinking it to be untrue I have stopped the exhibition of it, and send it to you, not doubting that you will attempt no such thing, but rather, if any of them are wayward, take such order as shall neither redound to the breach of the said customs nor the discommodity of the church. London 3 Dec.
In Vaughan's hand, p. 1.
3 Dec. 1166. Paul III., Charles V., and Francis I.
Notice (from the Diaria Martinellis) of the Pope's decree given in secret consistory, Monday 3 Dec. 1537, appointing thanksgiving to be made in the city and district "propter initam" (sic) between the Emperor and French King and prayer for future peace.
Latin. Extract from a modern copy in R.O.
4 Dec. 1167. Cromwell to John Doraunt, of Ketismer, Escheator in Cos. Northampton and Rutland.
R.O. Encloses the office of Husey, which it is the King's pleasure, he shall cause to be found in due course, of all the possessions of the said Husey, attainted of high treason, at the time of his attainder, within Doraunt's office. The Nete, 4 Dec. 29 Hen. VIII. Signed.
P. 1. Add. Endd.
4 Dec. 1168. Cranmer to Cromwell.
R. O.
C.'s Letters,
Has written to the wardens of the goldsmiths requiring them to take a view of the pix belonging to the mint at Canterbury, but they want a commandment from another of the Council besides Cranmer, as in times past. Asks Cromwell to sign the enclosed bill, the master and comptroller of the mint being now in town. Lambeth, 4 Dec. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
4 Dec. 1169. Thomas Lord Dacre to Cromwell.
R. O. I have received your lordship's, letters, wherein I perceive your benevolence towards the frailness of my youth in considering that I was rather led by instigation of mine accusers than of my mere mind to those unlawful acts, which I have long detested in secret. I perceive your lordship is desirous to have knowledge of all riotous hunters, and shall exert myself to do you service therein. I beg you give credence to Mr. Awdeley, with whom I send some of my servants to be brought before you; he can inform you of others who have hunted in my little park of Bukholt. Herstmounceux, 4 Dec. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Privy Seal. Endd.
4 Dec. 1170. St. Augustine's Canterbury.
Close Roll,
29 Hen. viii.
p. 2, no. 6.
Grant to the Crown of the park called Chistlet Park in Kent, with the game in the said park and the house called the Lodge. Chapter House of St. Augustine's Canterbury, 4 Dec. 29 Hen. VIII. Acknowledged 10 March, 29 Hen. VIII. before Chr. Hales, Master of the Rolls, in the chapter house of St. Augustine's. (fn. n5)
4 Dec. 1171. Wardon Abbey.
R. O. Surrender of the monastery with all its possessions in cos. Beds, Hunts, Camb., Ntht., Bucks., Midd., and elsewhere in England and Wales and the marches thereof, 4 Dec. 29 Hen. VIII. Signed by Hen. Emeri, abbot, and 13 others. Seal broken at foot. [See Eighth Report of Dep. Keeper of Public Records, App. II. 47.]
Enrolled [Close Roll p. 1, No. 12] with mem. of acknowledgment, same day, before Ric. Layton, clk., and Wm., Petre, clerks or masters in Chancery.
R. O. 2. Office copy of the "Valor" of the monastery of Wardon, Beds (See Valor Eccl. iv., 193), attested by Richard Pollard.
Large paper, pp. 2.
4 Dec. 1172. John Hutton to Cromwell.
R. O.
St. P. viii. 5.
On receipt of Cromwell's letters by bearer, made as much secret search as the time would permit, but thinks no search could have found one meet to be likened to "that noble Raynge." There is in the Court waiting upon the Queen the daughter of the lord of Breidrood, 14 years old and of goodly stature, virtuous, sad, and womanly. Her mother, who is dead, was daughter to the cardinal of Luike's sister; and the Cardinal would give her a good "dote." There is the widow of the late earl of Egmond, who repairs often to Court. She is over 40, but does not look it. There is the duchess of Milan who is reported a goodly personage and of excellent beauty. The duke of Cleves has a daughter, but there is no great praise either of her personage or her beauty. Has little experience amongst ladies, but has written the truth as nigh as he can learn, and leaves further judgment to others. Yesterday friar Peto showed him the enclosed letter and was content, at Hutton's advice, to send it to Cromwell with offers of allegiance to the King and service to Cromwell. There is truce between the Emperor and French King till the 1st March; and meanwhile, to conclude a peace, the Emperor has sent lord Chovos and Granvella, and Francis the Cardinal of Lorraine and the Grand Master. One party goes to Perpignan, the other to Narbonne. On the 15th inst. the Emperor will be at Barcelona, and Francis at Pesulano. Wrote that the Duchess of Milan would keep Christmas with the countess Palatine her sister; her purpose is now changed and she will be in Court in eight days. The men of arms from the frontier are stayed and shall not follow the enterprise of Gelderland. Brussels, 4 Dec.
Begs favour for his brother Dean concerning certain lands and houses in Eyton.
Hol. Add.: Privy Seal. Sealed and Endd.
5 Dec. 1173. Cromwell to the Bishop of Chester.
Titus B. i. 407.
B. M.
Ellis 1st S. ii.
About a twelvemonth past the King pardoned a company of lewd persons calling themselves Gipcyans, for a shameful murder, on condition that they should avoid the realm by a certain day long since expired. As they still linger and commit felonies unpunished you shall inquire if there be any such about you or in the shires adjoining, and compel them to depart to the next seaport to take ship with the first wind, and if they break that command to see them executed. The Neate, 5 Dec. 29 Hen. VIII. Signed.
Add.: My lord of Chester, president of the Marches of Wales.
5 Dec. 1174. Prudhoe Castle, Northumberland.
R. O. Copy of an indenture made 5 Dec. 29 Hen. VIII. between the King and Thomas Carye, esquire; that whereas by letters patent of the 3rd inst. the King has given Thomas Cary the custody of Predo Castle in Northumberland for life, the latter binds himself to live there with his family the most part of every year, to leave there, when absent, a substantial lieutenant who can at need call in the tenants of the lordship and the neighbours to defend the castle, and to maintain a porter and two warders; also to hold the castle for the King, his heirs and successors according to the limitation of the Statute of Succession, and to answer for all lead, iron, glass, standards, &c. within the castle.
Pp. 4. Endd.: The minute for the indenture of Mr. Cary.
5 Dec. 1175. Archbishop Lee to Cromwell.
R. O. Reminds Cromwell of the book of device for the increase of preachers and for other things comprised in his letter to Cromwell by his chaplain before he left London. The particulars were:—(1.) An order to be taken to increase the number of residentiaries at York. (2.) Good order to be taken in the church of Ripon, where now resides only Draggeleye, "a man nothing meete to govern such a church." (3.) One Joye, a layman, having prebendam sacerdotalem in the said church against the ordinance; if Cromwell could induce Joye to resign, and would give it to some wise and sad man who should reside there, it would be a great benefit. (4.) The probate of the testament of the late bishop of Canterbury could only prove for what lay within his province, as the bishops of Bath and Durham, arbiters indifferently chosen, have declared. Means hereby only the maintenance of the rights his predecessors used, and begs Cromwell's favour that he may do as the archbishop of Canterbury does in his province. Has written now b[y Mr.] Babthorpe to Dr. Bellices and Mr. Sulemount to remind Cromwell of these things. For the benefice of Byngham he trusts Cromwell will appoint a good clerk, a preacher, as he hears Sir Brian Stapleton has given Cromwell the nomination. Has sequestered the fruits to the behoof of him that shall have it; it is the best benefice in that country. Cawodd, 5 Dec. 1537. Signed.
Pp. 2. Add: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
5 Dec. 1176. David Beton.
Episc. Succ.
i. 125.
5 Dec. 1537.—The Pope provided to the church of Mirapoix, void by the death of Ph. de Senis, David Betton, clk., of St. Andrew's Diocese, at the nomination of the French king.
Lat. Printed from a Florence MS.
R. O. 1177. Sir Fras. Bryan to Cromwell.
I thank your lordship for your great kindness to me and my friends. I forgot, when last with you, to move you for a friend of mine concerning Mr. Oneley's office, called the Attorney of the Augmentations. I beg your lordship to help Mr. Molinex to it. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
6 Dec. 1178. Sir Richard Ryche to Cromwell.
R. O. Requires to know whether he shall attend on the King for the signing of many bills concerning his Grace's exchange. Mr. Monnokes, late (sic) alderman, secretly conveyed his lands to young Monnokes, his cousin, who is dead, (fn. n6) leaving an heir within age, who is the King's ward, if the secret conveyance may come to light. Learns this from one who has seen the conveyance. Desires Cromwell to move the King that the writer may have the said ward for his money. If the King object that he has already the preferment of Mr. Onley's son, Cromwell may say there is doubt whether the latter is the King's ward, and if he be, Ryche has no land during the life of Mrs. Onley. Would show what secret conveyance has been used to defraud the statute. Augustine Friars, St. Nicholas day. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd. vjo Decembris.
6 Dec. 1179. Cranmer to Cromwell.
R. O.
C.'s Letters
When last at Court, not finding Cromwell there, was a suitor to the King for Sir John Markeham, declaring his service to his Grace's grandame and to himself in all his wars since his coronation, and also how unfeignedly he favours the truth of God's word. Found the King well-minded towards him, and asks Cromwell to set forward his suit. Forgot to tell the King that this is the first thing Markeham has asked of him. Lambeth, 6 Dec. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
6 Dec. 1180. T. Magnus to Cromwell.
R. O. Wrote before Whitsunday that he was desirous to come up specially to see the King. Was immediately vexed with a disease in one of his legs, as my lord of Durham knows, and is not yet clean whole. Intends to come up immediately after "the deep time of this winter." Begs him to accept the "poor thing" enclosed. York, 6 Dec. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
6 Dec. 1181. The Prior of Newburgh.
R. O. Information given at York 6 Dec., 29 Hen. VIII., before the President and Council of the North, by Will. Witham of Derneton, Durham, of a conversation reported to him, yesterday, by Brian Boye, late keeper of the chapel of Newburgh, which took place between Mrs. Fulthorp of Isilbek and the prior of Newburgh. The former praised the service done by the duke of Norfolk; on which the latter said "It maketh no matter if one of them were hanged against the other," (meaning the King and Norfolk).
On this the prior was sent for to be at York next day, Mrs. Fulthrop and Brian likewise.
ii. Depositions:—(1) of Brain Boye of Owston, Yorks., 7 Dec. 29 Hen. VIII., confirming the preceding. The conversation took place about Lammas last [most other witnesses say Trinity Sunday] when Mrs. Fulthrop went to pay her husband's rent, and the prior "fummellid the words softly out of his mouth, for it was then at afternoon, and the prior, as this deponent thinketh, was somewhat alye." Thinks nobody else heard them, though several others were present (mentioned in deposition); which prevented him mentioning the matter before. Signed.
Names of the canons of Newburgh most in favour with the prior:—Sir Thos. Rippon, Sir Jo. Wrangham, Sir Will. Browne. With names of four of the prior's servants most in favour with him.
(2.) Of Marg. wife of Will. Fulthorp of Isilbek, by which it appears that she and her husband had had a dispute with the prior, which Norfolk had settled in their favour, and she wished he had come into the country seven years earlier as it would have saved them 200 marks.
(3.) Sir Thos. Ripon, priest, denies hearing the words imputed to the prior. Signed.
And so also do Geo. Metcalf, the prior's servant, and Sir Will. Whithawe, priest.
(4.) John Pilmore of Sutton in Galtresse also bears witness to the conversation generally, but heard the prior speak no seditious words.
(5.) Sir Rowland Forster also bears like testimony. Signed.
(6.) John Fulthorp, s. and h. apparent to Will. Fulthorp of Isilbek, servant to lord Scrope of Bolton, gives evidence to the like effect. Signed.
Pp. 12. Endd. Enclosing,
iii. Declaration of the prior relating the circumstances and denying the charge entirely. He was very glad the Duke had settled the dispute.
Pp. 3, in the prior's own hand and signed by him.
iv. Deposition of Will. Barkar the subprior. [Note at head:—"This subprior confessed before the Council that he was cousin to Brian Boye."] That Brian Boee had told him that he "had great business" for words he had told Master Wytham of the prior, which he had declared to the Council, that John Boee, Brian's father told him the words his son reported the prior to have used and deponent told him not to repeat them. Communicated what he had heard to Sir Geo. Lawson in answer to inquiries and begged him to favour the prior; on which Sir George told him to say nothing about it. Told John Lambert, servant of the house, that Brian's business was not as we did judge and reported it in the chapter house, advising them to take counsel what should be done, &c.
Hol., pp. 2. Signed by deponent.
8 Dec. 1182. Richard Ingworth, Bishop Suffragan of Dover.
See Grants in December, No. 13.
8 Dec. 1183. Bishop Roland Lee to Cromwell.
R.O. According to the King's pleasure and yours, signified by your letters, I directed the King's letters to James Baskervyle, deputy-steward of Pembroke, for the arraignment of the Portingale who spoke seditious words. He was by 12 men found guilty, as appears by the deputy's certificate enclosed, but I have respited his judgment till the King's further pleasure. Mr. Richard Deveroux, deputy-steward of Arustley and Kevyliock, caused Ll'n ap Morice ap Res ap Atha (one of the Earl of Worcester's 2 servants who broke the gaol at Llanydlos and, amongst others, let out the fellow that railed against the King and your lordship, who is now in Shrewsbury gaol) to be arraigned and he is, by 12 men, found guilty, as appears by the copy of the process, enclosed. Him also I have caused to be respited, for I intend to arraign the said fellow, in ward here for railing, of treason, and the above named Ll'n ap Morice as accessory. I trust you will take the process and record in the Portingale's case in their true meaning, though it be not in due form, for there be no good "prenotories" in Wales. Shrowisbury, 8 December. Signed.
Pp. 2. Add.: Lord Crumwell lord Privy Seal. Sealed. Endd.
8 Dec. 1184. Wm. Abbot of York to Cromwell.
R. O. Sends a patent for the chief-stewardship. Have made the fee 10l. which before was 6l. If there is anything in it not to his pleasure, will seal any form he sends. Has received his letters for Hugh Askeughe to have the tithes of Hornesey and rule of their waters there. Their provision of grain lies wholly about that place and they place and they have no more tithes. Are at more charges some years by a "key" there than the whole lordship is worth by year, not only for their own profit, but for the defence of the country, which it would not be his ease to sustain. Asks his aid in this and such suits. Asks that they may use their refection house called the "fratere" for correction and reformation of vices and offences in the religion, and that his brethren preachers going to divers parish churches "may satisfy there for the sermons that should be done in our own church because there is more concourse of people." York, 8 Dec. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
9 Dec. 1185. John Milsent to [Cromwell].
R. O. On Thursday last John Whight of Lewes told me it was reported by some Grey friars in Lewes that the King was dead. The morrow after, Sir John Gaynesford, (fn. n7) high-sheriff of the shire, came to Lewes, and I desired him to send for Whight, who told us the friars were called Friar Richard and Friar Longe. Whereupon we sent for Friar Richard, who confessed that he said so to his brethren Friar Longe and Black Herry. We asked where he first heard the words: he stood amazed and at last said that a somyner who keeps an alehouse opposite the Friars' gate told him. The somyner, being sent for, utterly denied even hearing the words. It appears Friar Richard was the original of the abominable tidings; so we charged the "garden" of the Friars to see him safely kept till your Lordship's pleasure were known. Lewes, 9 December.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: My lord my master. Sealed. Endd.
9 Dec. 1186. Sir Harry Delves to Cromwell.
R. O. Has received his letter bidding him admit no one as under-sheriff without informing Cromwell what matters the King has to be put in ure this year in the shire. Has received a letter from the master of the King's wards that the King should be truly served concerning the ward of Masse now to be found. Other matters there are, as of Damport of Hynbyrre and Swyttenam, now in hand. Asks whether he shall admit one after his own mind or else Thos. Hurleston. He sent for him but he delays to come. Denidtoun (Deddington), 9 Dec. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Sealed. Endd.: The Sheriff of Cheshire.
9 Dec. 1187. John Hutton to Cromwell.
R. O.
St. P. viii. 6.
The duchess of Milan arrived here yesterday. She is 16 years old, very tall—taller than the Regent, of competent beauty, soft of speech, and gentle in countenance. She wears mourning after the manner of Italy. The stay between her and duke Gillum of Rav[estein], son and heir of the duke of [Cleves] is only to know the Emperor's pleasure. She is said to be both widow [and] maid. One of the council here suggests that the King should marry her, and the duke of Ravestein the lady Mary. She resembles one Mrs. Sheltun that used to wait on queen Anne. She commonly speaks French, but "can Italian and High Almeyn." Brussels, 9 Dec.
Hol. Slightly mutilated. Add.: Lord Privy Seal.
9 Dec. 1188. John Hutton to Wriothesley.
R. O.
St. P. viii. 7,
Transcript of the preceding letter, with a paragraph addressed to Wriothesley himself, desiring him to intercede for him in case his letter gives offence. Is anxious to promote a good alliance between the King and the Emperor. There is none in these parts for beauty of person and birth to be compared to the Duchess. "She is not so pure white as the late Queen, whose soul God pardon; but she hath a singular good countenance, and when she chanceth to smile there appeareth two pittes in her cheeks and one in her chin, the which becometh her right excellently well." Brussels, 9 Dec.
Hol., pp. 2. Add. Endd.: 9 Dec. 1537.
10 Dec. 1189. Cromwell to [the Irish Commissioners].
R. O.
St. P. ii. 519.
Has received their letter of 15 Nov. and declared it to the King, who thanks them for their pains in setting forth Parliament, &c. As to the rebellious attemptate of that traitor Bryan O'Conor, the King marvels that the Deputy and some of the Council have allowed themselves to be deceived by him. They are to "be plain" with the Deputy in declaring this oversight. They shall also make enquiry for secret abettors of the said Bryan. James FitzJohn of Desmond, a copy of whose submission is enclosed in their letters, is to be concluded with. Where he alleges both bastardy and treason against James FitzMaurice; if he can justify the treason he may rest assured that he and his posterity shall have good cause to pray for the King. Notwithstanding its prolixity and tediousness, they are to advertise the King fully of matters requiring reform and fulfil their charge, and Cromwell will get them licence to return home. Otlande, 10 Dec. 29 Henry VIII.
Copy, pp. 3.
10 Dec. 1190. The Bishop of Dover.
Cr. 733.
Wilkins iii.
Cranmer's commission to Ric. bp. of Dover to exercise episcopal functions as his suffragan. Lambeth, 10 Dec. 1537.
Lat. From Cranmer's Register.
10 Dec. 1191. Sir Fras. Bryan to Cromwell.
R. O. I write in behalf of Mr. Byrche, in whose favour you wrote to me for the preferment of Canons Ashby, which was passed before the receipt of your letters. Warden Abbey in Bedfordshire is now in the King's hands, and I beg you will get him part of it. London, 10 Dec. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Privy Seal.
10 Dec. 1192. John Uvedale to Cromwell
R. O. Has received his letter dated 4th inst., and is glad to part with anything that may be a pleasure to him. Asks him to be good lord to Geo. Buncheley, his deputy keeper there, a good archer and a singular good woodman, to whom he has given the whole fee, as Mr. Smyth the Queen's late surveyor, can report.
Encloses a letter to Thos. Brightma[n] of Westminster, bidding him deliver the patent of the office to Cromwell.
Asks Cromwell to find him, Cromwell's old true and steadfast friend, some place under the King or with the Prince. Had rather serve there for 40l. a year than here for 100l. The duke of Norfolk knew his mind herein at his sudden departure hence. Might perhaps be able to set forward some of Cromwell's good and godly purposes. York, 10 Dec.
Hol., pp. 2. Add.: Privy Seal. Sealed. Endd.
10 Dec. 1193. H. Earl of Worcester to Cromwell.
R. O. Thanks him for his letter, dated the Nete, 19 Nov., concerning the payment of 70l. 15s. 9d. to Sir John Clerk and Dame Agnes, his wife, late wife of Nic. Pynchon, for which the writer is condemned by their suit. Complains of his suing him without previously asking for the money. Remembers that he had an old debt to Nicholas Pynchon. Has written to Thos. Atkyns, one of his counsel to conclude for the payment. Tynterne, 10 Dec. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
10 Dec. 1194. C. Lord of Howthe to Cromwell.
R. O. Sends a cast of falcons and begs letters in favour of his suits in Chancery here to the lord Chancellor and Master of the Rolls. Howith, 10 Dec. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal.
10 Dec. 1195. James Basset to Lady Lisle.
R. O. I am still at the college of Navarre. Mons. Le Gras has taken great trouble about me and it is his wish that every time I do not have a lesson I should be at his lodging—also when I am ill or tired—as if I were his son, and not only myself but my master with me. I will study hard. Will take pains that if I cannot speak Latin I may at all events understand it. My schoolmaster, who is my master and servitor, sends his respects. Paris, 10 Dec. Signed.
Fr., p. 1. Add.: Madame la Debitis a Callays.
11 Dec. 1196. Sir Richard Ryche and Robert Sowthwell to Cromwell.
R. O. At their late being with the King, at Oatlands, they informed his Grace that the demesnes of the late monastery of Newbo, Linc., whereof Sir John Merkham sues to be purchaser, were let to Mr. Haryngton for 21 years. On further search they have found that the lease is made to Mrs. Margery Horsman, by the King's command, who has since sold her interest to one Merkham, a near kinsman of Sir John. Mr. Haryngton has no interest in
them. The timber will sell for 30l. Desire Cromwell to inform the King and advertise them of his Grace's pleasure. London, 11 December. Signed
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.: Chancellor of the Augmentations.
[11] Dec. 1197. Thos. Jakman, (fn. n8) Parson of Aston Clynton, to John Franckysh, Registrar to the Bishop of Lincoln.
R. O. On Monday after St. Hugh's day, about 3 or 4 p.m., there were at his house six or seven men, of whom the principal was a very tall man in a black short gown. The others wore grey frieze coats, all having beards but one, who was a little person in black raiment. Describes their horses. All had swords and bucklers except the principal, who had a single sword. Three or four had bows and arrows and one had a spear staff. All wore black thrummed hats of the new fashion. They had gold and silver of the writer's, to what sum he does not know, a silver salt and spoons, two rings, a notary signet as broad as a ryale, and other things; and also of his priest's, three rings, a pair of amber beads, and a crucifix. Aston Clynton, Tuesday before St. Lucy's day.
P. 1. Add. Headed: The copy of Mr. Jakman's letter.
11 Dec. 1198. Sir George Lawson to Cromwell.
R. O. Has been at Berwick and paid the wages. Understands that Cromwell is steward of St. Mary Abbey and chief justice of the forests on this side Trent. Congratulates him and begs to be his deputy at St. Mary's and in Galtres Forest. York, 11 Dec. Signed.
P. 1. Sealed. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
11 Dec. 1199. Bishop Roland Lee to Cromwell.
R. O. Of late, upon the taking of the Portingale in Pembrokeshire, who spoke against the King's Majesty (who, I certified you of late, was found guilty by 12 men), this Council directed forth the King's letters to the mayors of Pembroke and Tenby to stay the ship and goods of the said Portingale. I am now certified by the mayors above-named (whose certificates I send) that the ship in which he arrived belongs to one Dugo Vernando of Avero in Portingale, and that the seditious Portingale is but a mariner in it. I desire to know your pleasure. Shrewisbury, 11 December. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Crumwell lord Privy Seal. Endd.
ii. P.S. on a separate slip.
Remember my recompense for my house and rents. I assure your Lordship Wales was never in better order. As for the matter of Arustley, lord Ferrys will obey this Council.
In Bp. Lee's own hand, p. 1.
11 Dec. 1200. Jacques de Coucy [Sieur de Vervins] to Lord Lisle.
R. O. Desires Lisle to procure him a greyhound. Boulogne, 11 Dec. Signed.
Fr., p. 1. Add.
11 Dec. 1201. Francis I. to Castillon.
Kaulek, 5. Has received the answer made 20 (fn. n9) Nov. to his letter of the 6th. Has taken in good part the overtures of marriage made by the lord Privy Seal. Will think it a great honour if the King take a wife in his realm, and there is no lady who is not at his commandment except Madame de Longueville, whose marriage with the King of Scots has been arranged. C. is to endeavour to ascertain what terms are desired for a treaty in connection with this marriage, both for offence and defence on either side. For since England desires the amity of France it should be established firmly with a clear knowledge of what one is to do for the other. Castillon knows by Francis' letter from Carmagnolle of the truce concluded with the Emperor. The army of Piedmont is strong, and it would have been easy to drive back the enemy into the duchy of Milan; but winter having commenced and provisions being scarce owing to the great devastations made by the enemy, the truce was very important to allow towns to be revictualled and fortified. Francis does not believe in the peace. If he has sent his cousins of Lorraine (fn. n10) and Grand-Master to Narbonne to see what the Emperor's deputies would propose it is only that the might not appear an enemy to the peace of Christendom, and to see if by this peace they would restore to him and his children what belongs to them. Francis will keep Castillon informed of what takes place further that he may notify the king of England. Lourmarin, 11 Dec. 1537.
*** A copy of this letter is among Baschet's transcripts in the Record Office.
11 Dec. 1202. Bochetel to Castillon.
Kaulek, 6. Francis is writing in answer to Castillon's letter of the 25th ult., and says he takes favourably the overtures of marriage but is surprised at their putting his daughter in comparison with the others. Castillon will do well to entertain the king of England as well as he can, for the peace with the Emperor is not too secure. He must be on his guard also against the letters of (for?) Francis being intercepted, for advantage might be taken of them by the Emperor. No doubt you will laugh at this warning as you are not likely to commit such a mistake, but you will excuse the name you have given me of cuncta formidans. Francis continues well and will be at Avignon in two days. The card. of Lorraine and the Great Master left five or six days ago for Montpellier. 11 Dec.
*** A copy of this letter is among Baschet's transcripts in R. O.
11 Dec. 1203. The Comendador Mayor of Leon and Granvelle. to Aguilar.
Add. MS.
28,590, f. 46.
B. M.
By the despatch sent at the Emperor's departure from Monçon he will have heard of the suspension of hostilities agreed upon with M. de Velli. The Emperor is to go to Barcelona and the French king to Montpellier and their ministers to Narbonne and Perpignan to negociate further. From Monçon the Emperor went in post to Valladolid to see the Empress. Three days ago news came from the Marquis del Guasto that the suspension was accepted and proclaimed, &c.—The Council, the Turk, and the Venetians.
Spanish, pp. 5. Docketed: Roma 1537.—Al Marques de Aguilar de Barcelona, 11 Dec. 1537, del Comendador Mayor y Mr. de Grandvella. Modern copy from the Archives of Simancas. [See Spanish Calendar V. ii. No. 171.]
12 Dec. 1204. Thos. Prior of Christchurch, Canterbury, to Cromwell.
R. O. Has received the letter and message of John Antony. As to the thing that he spoke of, sends the best that he has. Asks Cromwell to be good lord to them in a matter of which Anthony will tell him. Canterbury, Wednesday, 12 Dec. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
12 Dec. 1205. Hugh Abbot of Reading to Cromwell.
R. O. There is sprung up in our country the most lamentable tidings that ever was, that the King and the Lord Marquis of Exeter are dead.
The bearer, Nic. Wylkenson, his servant, was the first that showed it him. The Bere, 12 Dec.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
13 Dec. 1206. Adrian Dogan.
R. O. Warrant to lord Edmund Howard, comptroller of Calais, the vice-treasurer, and the bailey of Guisnes, to put Adrian Doogan in possession of the lands and tenements in the parish of Pittam, co. Guisnes, granted to him by patent, which Adrian Lynet, a stranger, purchased without the King's licence; and to put out Thos. Prestwiche alias Sandwiche, who on complaining of being unjustly ejected, obtained the King's letters in his favour. It now appears, by a certificate from the parish of Reke in Flanders and a declaration of Sir Peiro le Provost, otherwise Mons. de la Mote, knight for our body, and Will. Flower, Guisnes pursuivant, that the purchase made by the said Lynet, being a stranger, was against the statutes. Oteland, 13 Dec. 29 Hen. VIII.
Copy, p. 1.
13 Dec. 1207. Cromwell to Lord Leonard Grey.
R. O.
St. P. ii. 522.
Received letters by your servant, the bearer, which required no speedy answer; so I willed him to wait until further opportunity of writing occurred. Upon news of O'Chonnor's enterprise a post was despatched, and the bearer should have gone but was absent. I write this to excuse his delay. Let O'Chonner be hanged to the terrible example of all others, and let his treason be a warning to you, and all the King's servants there, "never to trust traitor after." Otelands, 13 Dec.
Copy, p. 1. Headed: To the lord Deputy.
13 Dec. 1208. Edward Mountagu and Robt. Aprece to Cromwell.
R. O. Of late, in the east of Northamptonshire and in Huntingdonshire, there has been a report that the King and Prince were dead, which the writers have traced to one John Petyfer, of Kyngthorp, Northt., husbandman, whose examination they enclose. As Petyfer's informants dwell in Leicestershire, have bound him in 100l. to appear before the King's Council and bring his said informants. Desire to know the King's pleasure. Hemyngton, 13 December. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
R. O. 2. Deposition of John Petyfer of Kyngthorp, Northt., husbandman, examined before Edw. Montagu, King's serjeant, and Rob. Ap. Rice, 12 Dec. 29 Hen. VIII., viz.: that he and Ric. Slade, of Woodford, rode together on 30 Nov. last to Leyre in Leicestershire, to speak with one —— Townesende, of Froulesworth, whom they call a wise man, for counsel about things stolen from them. They lay that night at the house of John Bryan, of Leyre, and on the morrow, 1 Dec., sent for Townesende. After speaking with him they departed homeward and baited their horses at Lutterworth, at the house of one Pryste, a wheelwright, where one —— Harryson, of Lutterworth, harper, asked Petyfer, "What news hear you?" He replied he had none, and Harryson said it was rumoured that the King and Prince were both dead. Heard the same afterwards from Thos. Payne, of Thedyngworth, who, when Petyfer said he did not believe it, assured him that it was true, as he had heard from Rob. Mower, chaplain to Master Chauntrell, that his master had a letter from Rob. Mower, chaplain to Master Chauntrell, that his master had a letter from London to that effect, which Mower had read. Next day, 2 Dec., Petyfer came to his own house and told his wife, and on the 4th Dec. he reported it also to Thos. Bryde, who told it to other people.
Pp. 2.
14 Dec. 1209. John Husee to Lord Lisle.
R. O. I delivered the boar's head, with your Lordship's letter, to my lord Privy Seal at Oatland, which is now the King's house, and was sometime Mr. Read's. He said he would remember your lordship, and gave the boar's head to Sir John Russell. That night he was something acrased, and in the morning rode to Mortlake; so Husee came away, as he was informed that he would meddle with nothing but the King's causes for seven or eight days. Hopes, when the King comes near, he will be at more leisure, and then Husee will open to him at large Lisle's full mind. Delivered also to Sir John Russell Lisle's letters, both that which he brought himself and that which John Smith gave him, concerning Vycars; and he said he would spy out a time to move the King's Grace therein, advising Husee to come to him when the King drew near London. He thought if Lisle were here with the King, he would do well enough. My lord Privy Seal says he will set order about the water-bailey. Spoke to Mr. Porter for a supersedeas to discharge the first commission; and he said, if the surveyor's letters were not sufficient, he would sue no further for it. Husee, however, showed him Lisle's mind, and let him do as he thinks best. Delivered Lisle's letter to Mr. Payge, who, seeing he would have no nay, sent a token to the keeper of Haunworth Park for a grey and white pied gelding. Hopes he will at least serve for his journey into Devonshire. Spoke to Mr. Ric. Cromwell for the gelding he promised. He says he will appoint one for Lisle at his first coming to London. Sir John Daunce promises payment of 6l. 13s. 4d. at all times, and says one came to him last year in Lisle's name, saying that Lisle had sent him a barrel of herrings, but he heard nothing of them. As to the room that Mr. Vyllars had at Kybworth, his nephew is joint patentee with him by your grant, as Mr. Daunce and Mr. Windsor both say. Sends a letter of Mr. Windsor, with 11s., which is part of the rent of Superton; and he delivered Husee 33s. 4d. Sends 140l. out of 144l. 18s. 2d., the balance of Mr. Windsor's account. The odd 4l. 18s. 2d. he has bestowed on certain things for my lady. The King is good lord to Mrs. Anne, and has promised she shall have her place whenever the time comes. "It is yet unknown what his Grace intendeth, but it is judged she shall come out of France." Has not paid the merchant the 11l. who wrote to Lisle from Flanders. Delivered Lisle's letter to Sir Chr. Morys, and he promised to answer early. Harris left before my lady's letter came, but Mr. Rolles has conveyed it to him. The abbey of Warden is suppressed, and others are named to go down, as Peterborough, Ramsey, Sawtrey, St. Albans. It is thought most will go down by consent of their abbots and priors; so I trust something will fall to your lordship. As to your disease in the right side, the physician says you must beware of windy meats, as fish and fruit, and specially of late eating and drinking. He has promised a regimen in writing. Mr. Brian "cometh" over in post. Lisle should make him good countenance, as he is in a position to do him pleasure. Dover, 13 Dec.
Has waited three days to hear from his Lordship. Yesterday Mr. Brian, coming in post from Canterbury, was taken suddenly ill, and returned thither. Has remained these four days, expecting Lisle would send over for his money; for he wrote by Corbett that he would be here about this time. Wishes Justice had gone over with it, but he refused. Sends it now by John Donnygcourt and John Burnell, of Dover. The sum is 141l. 13s. 4d. Dover, 14 Dec.
Hol., pp. 3. Add. With memoranda on the back by Husee of sums paid.
14 Dec. 1210. John Husee to Lady Lisle.
R. O. I have delivered your tokens to my lady of Sussex, who sets not a little store by them. If you send her more of those conserves, I think she will make much thereof. I told her her stuff would come with the first fair weather. Mrs. Anne Bassett is merry, and thanks you for the letter and token you sent her. Both by my lady Sussex's report and Mrs. Stanings' she is clearly altered, and no fault can be found in her, so that I doubt not she will henceforth use herself discreetly. My lady Sussex wishes me to make her a gown of Lyon tawney satin, turned up with velvet, and to buy her a standard for her gowns, which I shall do before Christmas. No doubt when the time shall come she shall enjoy her accustomed place. Mrs. Staynings also shall be delivered when God shall send her hour, within my lord of Sussex's house at Mortlake, where my lady Sussex shall lie in, for my Lord shall in no wise part from her. Mrs. Staynings desires you to send her some old stuff. I have delivered the conserves to my lady Rutland, who was also in hand with me for her stuff, and I promised it should be sent at the first fine weather. Even when I left her and took horse, she sent her woman to me, Mrs. Katharine being there, to remind me. I delivered your letter and token to Mrs. Katharine. Both my lady of Sussex and lady Rutland have promised, when time shall come, to do their best to advance her into like place with her sister. Lady Rutland wishes me not to make her a satin gown, but only one of tawny camlet, &c. I have delivered her an angel besides the half angel you sent, as she made great complaint to me. I assure you she behaves herself well, and is beloved of young and old. I wish to know what New Year's gift she should give to my lady Rutland, and what to the gentlewomen and others. Mr. Pollard has ridden down himself about your weir, to see that it shall be made as others are. Mr. Rolles wrote to know your pleasure whether Mr. Pollard should lie at Umberlegh this Christmas. Tyldesley has been with me about the stuff, which he says was to be returned in eight weeks. I promised it should come with the first fair weather. Those of the late Queen's wardrobe cannot part with the travers, because it was never damned. Mr. Rolles has sent your letter to Mr. Harris into Devonshire, whither he was gone ere it came. I have received of Mr. Rolles 6l. 16s. 9½d., and shall have of Mr. Dawnce 6l. 13s. 4d., for Mr. Villers' bequest to my Lord. I have received of Mr. Wynsor 149l. 10s. 4d. according to his debet, after paying the chandler, and 33s. 4d., which he delivered me of Sobberton rent, &c. I accordingly send by bearer 142l. 4s. I have bestowed 4l. 18s. 2d. in stuff to send your ladyship to Calais against Christmas. Other reckonings. Mr. Bryan goes over now. He is in a place where he may do pleasure. No news but that divers abbeys are to be suppressed, and it is thought the most part will after. The King, it is said, intends not to be hasty in choosing of his fere and macke. Some judge she shall come out of France. Jesu send him such a one as may be to his contentation. I send you a bill of the money I received from Mr. Wynsor. Dover, 14 Dec.
Hol., pp. 4. Add.
14 Dec. 1211. John Husee to [Lady Lisle].
R. O. I received your two letters by Clare, and a letter to Mr. Rolle, which I shall deliver with all speed. I send you Mr. Rolle's letter again. Mr. Pollard has already gone into Devonshire, but Mr. Rolles (sic) will certainly write him my lord and your ladyship's pleasure. I am sorry you have been so sick, but am glad to learn from Mrs. Reynold that you are well amended. I gave lady Rutland your thanks for the beadstones, as Mrs. Katharine desired me at my first coming thither. She shall have her camlet gown and kirtle of white taffeta against Christmas. When the wine and herring come they shall be delivered and your thanks given to the sergeant of the Cellar for his goodness to Mrs. Anne. Your velvet sleeves I shall see made. My lady Rutland wished me to write to you to help one of her men in wages in the retinue, and to inquire who it was, of Calais, who came to my lord of Westmoreland and said he had a hawk for my lord of Rutland. Mr. Bryan was coming over in post on this side Canterbury, and was suddenly taken ill and rode back to Canterbury, where he lies sore sick. You will receive, of John Donnyngcourt and John Burnell, 141l. 13s. 4d. in a bag. I would have had Justice go over with it, but he was too busy. I have tarried at Dover four days, thinking my lord would have sent hither for it. Dover, 14 Dec.
Hol., p. 1.
14 Dec. 1212. The Vicar of Muston.
R. O. i. Charges made at York, 2 Dec. 29 Hen. VIII. by Alexander Caulf, William Lowndisburugh, and Rowland Ledebeter, with others of Mustone, in the parish of Hononebie, in the East Riding, against Sir John Dobsone, priest, vicar of Mustone.
(1.) For a year and a quarter he has not prayed for the King or set forth the Supremacy till Sunday, 25 Nov. last, after being remonstrated with by John Poskat, servant to Sir Ralph Ewre, jun. (2.) He has said, both in the church porch and the alehouse of Mustone, that the King would be driven out of his realm, and would return, and be content with the third part of it. (3.) Also that "he that beareth the E[agle], which is the Emperor, shall his wings over all this realm and shall rule it all at h[is pleasure, and] after that shall never be king in [England], but all shall be holden of the Emperor." (4.) Also, "that [the dun] cow, which is the bishop of Rome, is casten in her stall, and she shall come into England jingling with her keys, and set the Church again in the right faith." (5.) Also, that "When the Crumme is brought low, Then shall we begin the Christis Cross row," (fn. n11) meaning by "Crumme" my lord Privy Seal. (6.) That "the moon shall kin[dle] again, and take light of the sun, meaning by the moon the blood of the Perceis." (7.) That "the cock of the North, which he saith is the lord Lomeley, shalbe billed in the neck and the head, and after that he shall busk him and brush his feathers and call his chickens togethers, and after that he shall do great adventures." (8.) That "the scallop shells (fn. n12) shall be broken and go to wreck." (9.) The vicar had a book of the premises and other things.
The accusers affirmed this before the President, Sir Ralph Ellerker, jun., Robt. Bowes, Robt. Challoner, and John Uvedale, councillors, and in presence of the said vicar.
ii. Petition to the King and Council in the North, dated York, 3 Dec. 29 Hen. VIII., from John Dobson, vicar of Muston, stating that he was in Scarborough 20 Oct. 28 Hen. VIII., with Friar Chapman, warden of the Grey Friars, and Friar Borebee, prior of the White Friars there, when Chapman said he heard there was a prophecy going about, and Borobyn (sic) brought out a paper roll, which he read, and said to him, "Vicar, ye shall have it home with you, and look upon it, and send it me again within fourteen days." Did so, returning it by his nephew and servant, Wm. Bentley but took no copy of it, nor ever saw or heard other prophecies. Signed.
iii. Another petition of same date, confessing that he had a roll of prophecies from the prior of the White Friars of Sc[arborough], which [Merlion] and Thomas Ayslaydone (fn. n13) did make. The said "Thomas and Mer[lion] did rehearse in their aforesaid roll th[at] the ruff should be roughly rent, and the clergy should stand in fear, and fight as they seculars were; and when [the] black fleet of Norway was comed and go[ne] after in England should there be war never, [and] when A, B, C, is brought down low, then we will begin Christ's Cross rowe; then soon after of Saundieforth (?) of the south side shall there be a battle; a long man in red shall rise and go over at Darwyn (?) stayen, the rays of ceall (?) shall shine full bright of Berwick walls; the King of England shall have all the keys of Christendom to govern so long as God woll; the Eagle shall spread his wings and do much things; the cock of the North shall be plucked and pulled, and curse the time that ever he was lord; the moon shall lose her light, and after shall take light of the sun again; Thomas demandeth of Merlion and Bede saying, when shall all these things be? About the year of our Lord God a thousand v. hundred and xxxvij." Told this only to Stephen Rosse and Thos. Beforth and to "the pynder" and one or two Bylawe men.
iv. Wm. Layng examined: Heard the vicar say something about the "cock of the North."
v. Petition of John Borobie, prior of the White Friars, Scarborough, to the Council of the North at York, 5 Dec. 29 Hen. VIII., stating that he had happened to meet a priest at Beverley at the Rogation days in the 28th year of the reign, who showed him certain prophecies, which began "Fra[nce] and Flanders, shall arise." It is in two sheets of paper, which he copied in St. Margaret's chapel. Does not know the name of the priest, whom he never saw before or after. Afterwards met the vicar of Mustone, whom he invited to his chamber with the warden of the Grey Friars, and let him see the said prophecies, which the vicar desired to have home, as he could not perfectly read them at the time, promising to return them in 14 or 16 days, which he did. Petitioner also being at Werthrope about St. Paul's Day 28 Hen. VIII., the vicar showed him a less quire than the other, with prophecies beginning "When the cock of the North hath builded his nest," which he asked to have home with him, and did not return. It lies in his chamber with a little tale of a "Cromme" and a "Christ's Cross rowe," which he had, copied, of a gentleman in Scarborough called William Langdale. Also, two years ago, one of his brothers brought deponent a scroll of paper which spoke of the black fleet of Norway and a child with a chaplet, &c. Enquired where he got it, and was told it belonged to a priest of Rudstone called Sir John Paikok, to whom he supposes it was returned, though his brother gave a copy to Wm. Langdale.
vi. Deposition of Wm. Langdale of Scarborough, at York, 8 Dec. 29 Hen. VIII., stating that Master —— (blank), [prior] of the White Friars of Scarborough, had seen in his house a little roll of paper containing a prophecy in rhyme, otherwise called a "gargonne," which spoke of the learning of A, B, C, and K, L, M, and borrowed it of him for a few days. On returning it the prior lent him a long paper roll of prophecies, which when he went into the castle of Scarborough, he left behind him in a window of his house, and which, with other books, was stolen in his absence by the commons. He had the same "gargonne" of one Sir Thos. Bradley, priest, at Aton, who told him that he had it of Sir Ric. Stapleton, priest, at Sokbourne.
vij. Deposition of Thomas Bradley, priest, at York, 11 Dec. 29 Hen. VIII., touching prophecies (mentioning Merlin and Bede and A. B. C. "and crumme in a man's throat, doth many man hurt God wot," &c.) read to him by Sir Ric. Stapleton, in the buttery at Ayton, in Pikringlight, about Michaelmas twelvemonth, of which he took a copy and gave it to Wm. Longdale.
viij. Deposition of Ric. Stapleton, priest, at York, 14 Dec. 29 Hen. VIII., touching his meeting with one Wm. Langley, parish clerk of Crofte "in enloaning" (qu. in a loaning?) between Crofte and Hawnabe, in Richmondshire, when the latter said he had a little prophecy, which he had not then with him, but promised to send him to Sokborne, and did so by a servant of deponent's master named John Yoye. There were certain letters in it, and "crummes." It was not past 12 lines, and went in metre. Gave a copy of it afterwards to Sir Thos. Bradley. Afterwards, when he came home by Gisburne on his master's business, he showed it to the kitchener there.
Pp. 9. Apparently a copy, as the signatures of deponents are copied in the same hand. Endd.: My lord of Duresme letters the 8 (fn. n14) of Dec., with the examinations that came from York with the same.—The priest and the friars.
14 Dec. 1213. Will. Pole to Lord Lisle.
R. O. All is rest and peace in these parts. All the Irish lords bordering on the English pale have put in their pledges and promised obedience to the King and his laws. How long it will continue I cannot tell. I thank your lordship and my lady for your daily goodness. When the room which was decreed for me falls vacant, please see it furnished with watch and ward till my return; which I hope will not be long. Commendations to Mr. Palmer and Mr. Rocwod. Dublin, 14 Dec.
(fn. n15)Hol., p. 1. Add.: deputy of Calais.
15 Dec. 1214. T. [Lord] Wentworth to Cromwell.
R. O.
The abbot of Crowland has a farm called Knowefild with a "merche" adjoining, nigh a manor of mine in Lincolnshire. Please write to my lord of Crowland in favour of Adlarde Welby, tenant of mine, for the said farm. Nettilstede, 15 Dec. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Privy Seal. Endd.
15 Dec. 1215. Sir Piers Dutton to Cromwell. (fn. n16)
R. O. I thank your lordship for having me in remembrance for the sheriffwick of Cheshire. After the King had granted the stewardship of Halton to Sir Edw. Nevell, his Highness commanded that I should have the exercising thereof, and I think I have since brought it into better frame. Sir Edward now wishes to sell the office during the nonage of John Savage his son-in-law, (fn. n17) which is for about 7 years yet to come, and Sir Will. Brereton offers him 100 marks for it. I wonder he would give so much, for it is but 100s. fee by year, unless it be for some other purpose. Some of my adversaries would rejoice if I were put from it so soon. As my house and manor of Dutton are within the circuit of the said office I beg you will move the King therein and give him the enclosed letter. Dutton, 15 Dec. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: lord Privy Seal. Endd.
15 Dec. 1216. Furness Abbey.
R. O. "Instructions to Sir John Lamplieu, knight, how he shall use and behave himself in his office under me the Lord Privy Seal at Furness." (fn. n18)
1. He is to keep his household on the site of the late monastery, and if compelled to remove by sickness he shall leave a substantial person resident with four able men. 2. He shall see the pile of Foderey well and substantially kept by two persons at least lying nightly therein; and on his arrival now at Furness he shall view the said pile and report what repairs are necessary. 3. At his coming he shall assemble the tenants and tell them that I, the lord Privy Seal, have made him my deputy, and that he is commanded by the King to see indifferent justice administered and that they shall be rather better used than when they were the abbot's tenants; but they must not assemble themselves at the command of any one except the King or me, his lieutenant, or my deputy. 4. He shall have a vigilant eye that all curates do their duty in setting forth the King's supremacy, and if he hear of any seditious person provoking diversity of opinion, either by open preaching or in secret, he shall put him in prison until further instructed. 5. He shall see that the steward who keeps the courts shall not take excessive fees, and 6. that the lead, iron, glass, stone, &c., now on the site of the house of Furness, and pile of Foderay or sent thither for their repair be duly employed to the King's use. 7. He shall cause all the tenants of the monastery: who are able, to furnish themselves with horse harness and weapons for the King's service. 8. He shall cause the courts to be kept as formerly and certify any matter of doubt hither. The Nete, 15 Dec. 29 Hen. VIII. Signed John Lamplugh.
Pp. 4. Endd.
15 Dec. 1217. Edmund Harvel to Cromwell.
R. O. Since he last wrote there is here certain hope of peace between the Emperor and the French King, but the conditions are diversely reported. Some say the duchy of Milan shall be given to the second son of France, with marriage of the Emperor's daughter, and the Emperor shall have 2,000,000 cr. Others say the duchy of Savoy shall remain to the French king, and Milan to the Emperor. The fame is constant of Barbarossa's departing from the Turk with 12 galleys; and that he is agreed with the Emperor, "and by advice from Rome should be in Sicily; which thing is of inestimable detriment to the Turks," for as a naval captain all men hold him equal to Andrea Doria. The Turk makes great preparations against next year both by land and sea. He has caused 150 galleys "to be new made." This state works continually in their arsenal, expecting to have ready about 200 galleys "great, bastard, and suttil." Ferdinand provides new strength through his whole state. The Emperor and Ferdinand have promised the Almains the Council in Almayn. Venice, 15 Dec. 1537.
P.S. Letters have come to the Signory from their baylio at Constantinople, who was put in prison, but, at the Turks' instance, has sent these letters, treating of reconciliation with this state. The Turk repents breaking with them; and they would be glad of peace, for the city decays for lack of doings. The marquis of Guasto has licensed the Almains and Italians of his camp; and likewise the French king, who is gone, with the Dolphin, towards Narbonne, while the Emperor comes to Barcelona. It is said they will hold a parliament together, and that the French king's second son will go to live in Spain.
Hol., pp. 2. Add. Endd.


  • n1. From what follows it would seem that this was not lord Borough's wife, but his son's, the matter, no doubt, being the question of her child's legitimacy (See Nos. 1072–3). If so, the first footnote in Vol. VIII., p. 226, is wrong so far as regards the statement that her letters are inaccurately endorsed; for she seems to have borne the title "lady Borough."
  • n2. See Grants in December, Nos. 6, 24, and 30.
  • n3. See No.
  • n4. He was dead at least before the 6th December 1537. See Sir R. Ryche's letter, No. 1178. This letter of Audeley's may be some weeks earlier.
  • n5. The first words and the conclusion of this document are printed in Rymer xiv. 592, among a number of monastic surrenders, just as if it were in the same form with the others, a surrender of the monastery itself.
  • n6. See Inquis. p. m. on Thomas Monoux, the cousin in question, taken 25 Sept. 30 Hen. VIII. (No. 6), at which time Alderman Monoux was alive. Thomas Monoux died 4 Dec. 29 Hen. VIII., leaving his son and heir Geo. Monoux 8 years old.
  • n7. Should be Nich. Gaynesford, who was sheriff of Sussex from Mich. 1537 to 1538.
  • n8. He was rector of Aston Clinton at the time the Valor was taken in 1535. See Valor Eccl. IV. 248.
  • n9. Qu. 25th? See next No.
  • n10. The card. of Lorraine.
  • n11. For this and some other prophecies here referred to, see Part I., No. 318 (2). The letters which in that paper are "R. L. M." are here (in § vi.) distinctly "K. L. M."
  • n12. Apparently an allusion to the Dacre family (of Gilsland) whose arms were "Gu., 3 escallops, Or," (Burke.
  • n13. Thomas of Erceldoune, "the Rhymer."
  • n14. Meaning 18th
  • n15. But not in Pole's own hand.
  • n16. See Vol. VIII., No. 22, which must have been written in the Jan. following the date of this letter.
  • n17. Born probably about the end of the year 1525. He was over three years old on the 13 Jan., 20 Hen. VIII., when the inquisition was taken on his father, Sir John Savage, Senior. See Inquis. p.m. 20 Hen. VIII., No. 54. But this letter cannot be later than 1537, as Sir Edw. Nevell was attainted in Dec. 1538.
  • n18. This paper is in the same form and nearly in the same words as the instructions to Sir Marmaduke Tunstall noticed in Part I., No. 881.