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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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A.D. 1537..
[In this Appendix cross references will be found to the documents contained in Appendix to Part I.]
1. Sir Roger Cholmley to Cromwell. (fn. n1)
R. O. Your servant Richard Cholmley, my kinsman, rode, by my advice, to my lord of Rutland, desiring to be his deputy in the stewardship and receivership of Pykeryng and Pykerynglythe, like my uncle, his father, before him. He went twice, but could not see him as he had the ague, but at the one time young Sir Ralph Eury was there to make like suit for his father, Sir Wm. Evers, and was admitted to Rutland's presence and had such favourable answer that he thinks himself sure of it. By the answer of the said lord to Cholmley, on a third visit, this seems to be true, for he said the King had written to him in favour of another. Hopes this was a mere excuse. Young Evers wants to be his father's deputy, which would be very injurious, for he is very needy. His father is captain of Norham Castle, a more profitable office. Written this Sunday. Signed.
Pp. 2. Add.: Privy Seal Endd.
13 Jan. 2. Oudart du Bies to Lord Lisle.
R. O. I have received your letter informing me that the 15 tuns of wine which you desire me to deliver to the bearer belong to you and two friends at Calais. I have accordingly delivered them. Boulogne, 13 Jan. Signed.
Fr., p. 1. Sealed. Add.
25 Jan. 3. John Schere, Prior of Launceston, to Cromwell.
R. O. One Richard Carlighan, (fn. n2) vicar of Stratton in Cornwall, and brother of one of my predecessors in the house of Launceston, (fn. n3) has had sundry affairs "of the houses" in his hands, craftily procured, to the impoverishment of the said house, as this right worshipful knight, Sir John Chamond, can instruct your honour. I beg that the said Sir John may have authority to examine the vicar upon certain interrogatories, which I pretend against him, sent herewith. Lanceston, 25 January.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Cromwell, Lord Privy Seal. Endd. Wrongly: Ao. xxvijo.
[Jan.?] 4. Instructions to the Earl of Sussex.
See Part I. Appendix No. 1.
2 Feb. 5. Norfolk to the Lord of the Council.
See Part I. Appendix No. 2.
3 Feb. 6. John Shere, of Lunceston, to Cromwell.
R. O. My old mortal enemy, Sir Wm. Genys, has most devilishly invented a lie against me, which, not to trouble you with long writing, I have desired Sir John diamond and Mr. Ric. Powlerde to instruct you of, for the declaration of my innocence. Launceston, 3 February.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Cromwell Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
16 Feb.]
7. Robert and John. Owyn to Lord Lisle.
R. O. On 14 Feb. we were commanded to bring the 12 pieces of ordnance that we made for the King to Westminster within the park, but in no wise the double cannon might not come there, for Master Harry (fn. n4) could not provide an axletree for it since May. We, perceiving that, found means to speak with my lord Privy Seal as he was coming from St. Jhamys(?) to the Court, and as his Lordship passed by the pieces, he spied the Master of the Ordnance and commanded him to send for the double cannon in any wise that the King might see it. "Notwithstanding, for all that, Master Harry had turned the Master of the Ordance's mind, but Master Anthony would not consent thereto, but that it should be brought to the park with all the speed possible; and so it was, and on the 16th day the King's Grace with my lord of Suffolk(?), my lord Privy Seal, my lord Admiral, lord Bechame(?), with many other gentlemen came into the park [and] sawe the pieces, and his Grace liked them well, and so [did] the lords, and gave a piece better that was, meaning by the double cannon." The King answered, it was a double cannon cast at Calais, liking it marvellous well. "And then we moved the King's Grace concerning the complaint(?) that Master Harry made. And then Master Harry denied it and said that he said no such words, but turned the matter after another fashion; but there were many that did shake their heads. And thus we cleared ourselves, and the King's Grace was very well pleases, of the which we are bounden to give your Lordship thanks, for it was done only by your Lordship's goodness."
We intend to be at Calais immediately after Easter.
Hol., p. 1. Mutilated and the writing much faded in some parts.
Add.: Deputy of Calais.
19 Feb. 8. Sir James Strangways to Cromwell.
R. O. Has received Cromwell's letter, dated London, 27 Jan. Perceives Cromwell is informed he has lands in Norfolk and Suffolk. (fn. n5) Has no lands in either shire, wherefore he is sorry he cannot accomplish Cromwell's pleasure. From my poor house, 19 Feb. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd. wrongly: Sir Giles Strangways.
22 Feb. 9. Queen Jane Seymour.
See Part I. Appendix No.3.
24 Feb. 10. James V. to Henry VIII.
Add. MS.
32,646, f. 97.
B. M.
Papers, (fn. n6)
Received his letters in the beginning of January from his ambassadors here, who have never since visited James or desired an answer. Has sent the bearer, Johnie Tennent, "verlote of our chamber," to explain matters. Thanks him for the satisfaction be expresses at James' marriage. Would have pardoned Angus, at Henry's request, long ago, but for the weighty reasons he has often written. Compiegne, 24 Feb. Signed.
P. 1. Add. Endd. by Wriothesely.
24 Feb. 11. Queen Margaret to Cromwell.
Add. MS.
32,646, f. 95,
No. 36.
Begs him to favor the effect of her writing to the King in behalf of the bearer, the abbot of Melrose, and that he may have safe conduct to pass and repass. Edinburgh, 24 Feb. 1536. Signed.
Multilated. Add.: Maister Crommell, my lord Privy Seal. Endd.
26 Feb. 12. The Regents of Scotland to Henry VIII.
Add. MS.
32,646, f. 99.
B. M.
No. 38.
On receipt of Henry's letters gave sharp commandment to the wardens that no aid should be given to English rebels and broken men within Scotland. Edinburgh, 26 Feb. Signed: Gawan Archebischop of Glasgw, Chancellar: Wilzem erll of Montros.
P. 1. Add. Endd.: The Regents of Scotland.
7 March. 13. Thomas Evance to Cromwell.
R. O. Enclosed is the complaint of the parishioners of Trinity Church, Gloucester, against their curate Sir Hugh Williams alias Rawlyns. He could void never a one but qualified some of them. I send this not to renew any matter against him (for since your Lordship restored him I offered him my letters to the abbot and mayor of Gloucester for his preferment, when he replied he should not need them), but to show there was more matter laid than he or his factors showed you. All the parish that be of reputation, except two, signed the bill. "This, my good Lord, moved me (meaning only quietness) to do more hastily than wisely," and I beg you will bear with me, for I am more bound to you than to all England besides. Worcester, 7 March.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
8 March. 14. Sir John Porte to Dr. Leigh.
R. O. The same day that Leigh's servant delivered the lord Privy Seal's letter to the master of Burton, (fn. n7) he sent to Mr. Ratliff, who advised him to follow the contents thereof, for he was fully minded to have gone up to London on Thursday last. The evening before, one Faunte, servant to my lord Privy Seal, willed him in no wise to appear, and comforted him that he could make means and friends for the discharge of his appearance. On the morning after he came up to London or else has ridden to my lord of Norfolk to obtain his letters to the King and others. Then the brethren will think "in tradde of time" to have free election again. They, and others, say to the master, "Stick to it and do not resign, we doubt not but this world will turn and not ever continue at this point." Spoke to him about resignation, to feel his mind, and told him he had better resign if Leigh had it given to him, for fear of causes of deprivation which Leigh had knowledge of in his visitation. He said he cared not though he did resign if the house did well, and he to have a poor living, for he was but old. Now Faunte and others have given him such counsel that he is of another mind and will not appear. If it is so Leigh must ask the lord Privy Seal for another quick and sharp letter ordering him to appear immediately. It can be laid to his charge that he keeps one Webster's wife and maintains her husband to pick quarrels against gentlemen, and that he published a transcript of a bull of the bp. of Rome "in town chapel out of his parish." If Cromwell knew what a papist he is, he would so inform the King that he should be no more head of any such house. 8 March.
Hol., pp. 2. Add.: At Austen Freres in London.
8 March. 15. Queen Margaret to Henry VIII.
Add. MS.
32,646, f. 109.
B. M.
No. 39.
Since Mr. Sadalar's departure much progress has been made in her divorce suit against lord Meffen; 20 sufficient proofs have been made against him, and she only awaits sentence. Has got no answer about it from the King, her son, though she expected one after the departure of Henry's servant. Lord Meffen has appealed unjustly, and the bp. of St. Andrews defers sentence to enable Meffen to spend her living, declaring that the King, her son, will take her contrary part. Begs Henry to send a special servant to ascertain his mind towards her. The Queen, his wife, is to come to Scotland soon after Easter, and it will be a dishonour to him if his mother cannot have a final end. Hopes Henry will help her to obtain justice. 8 March.
Hol. Add. Endd.
9 April. 16. Edmund Hasselwod to Wriothesley.
R. O. Mr. Popley and his house, being visited with sickness, (fn. n8) dare neither come nor send to my lord Privy Seal. He has therefore sent me a draft commission, according to my lord's instructions, for matters in variance between Bekwhyth and Acclam. (fn. n9) I beg he may be informed of my lord's pleasure therein, and the rather for the despatch of my poor brother-in-law, who must remain in durance till it be tried. "I would have waited upon you myself but that Mr. Soythwell and I ride forth a towne this morning." 9 April.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: To the Right Worshipful Mr. Wrysley, Esq., at St. James's. Endd.
17. Wm. Acclome to Cromwell.
R. O. Petition, asking that the commissioners appointed to examine the matter between him and Leonard Bekwith may hear his witnesses as well as those of his adversary, and that he may be licensed to leave the Fleet prison to prepare evidence.
Hol., pp. 2. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
11 April. 18. G. Archbishop of Glasgow, Chancellor of Scotland, to Norfolk.
Add. MS.
32,646, f. 100.
B. M.
No. 40.
Has received his letters, dated Newcastle, 7 April, addressed to the Regents, requesting the delivery of certain English rebels received in Scotland, especially in Jedburgh abbey. Reminds him of the sharp order they gave against recepting rebels when he wrote before. Will go to Edinburgh, and, with the advice of the other Regents, call before them the abbot of Jedburgh and others having the rule in those parts, and punish anyone in fault. Glasgow, 11 April. Signed.
Sealed. Add.: Lieutenant of the North parts of England. Endd.: Shrifhoton, xvij Aprilis.
[After 14 April.] 19. Henry Ray's Mission.
Add. MS.
32,646, f. 102.
"The answer of me, Henry Ray, pursuivant of Berwick, to the articles of mine instructions in my repairing towards Scotland for the delivery of my lord of Norfolk's letter to the Regents there."
B. M.
No. 41.
1. On receipt of the letters and instructions repaired to Edinburgh, where he found none of the Council except the bp. of Aberdeen, Treasurer of Scotland, and Mr. Adam Otterburne. Was told that the Chancellor was at Glasgow, but the Treasurer promised to send on the letters to him. Thought the Treasurer suspected him of desiring to speak with the Queen or to get knowledge of the muster which they made in Stirlingshire, 10 April. Dined on the 9th with the Treasurer, who asked him the news in England about the insurrection. Said the realm was never in better order. The Treasurer regretted that so many Christian men had been put down, and asked what ships were sent to sea. Ray said he knew of none.
2. Declared to the Treasurer the 2nd article, touching the quietness of the realm, the assembly of the prelates, the King's repair to York, the Queen's being with child and the people's joy at it; all which he was glad of, and said he would pray for the King and realm of England "that ye may be good men." Ray replied, they were good already.
3. Declared also the 3rd article, "touching war, at the coming home of their King, spoken by the Borderers." He said no doubt they would be to blame in that case.
4. The commons of Scotland say we have sent ships to sea to take their King, and that if they find Henry in league with the Emperor against the French king, they will make war on us, calling us heretics.
5. New money is already paid at 2s. 3d. the crown, landed men and merchants only, without any rebellion. The lords were not beyond Fife except lord Maxwell, "for what purpose I know not."
6. Has accomplished all the contents of the last article. They say, and, Ray believes, think, that they are able to withstand us or any other. They are suspicious of Norfolk's lying in the North so long, and the putting of the King's ships to sea. Spoke with friends of Angus and one friend of the captain of Berwick, who said that the Admiral of France's deputy and the earl of Murray would come to Scotland by the East seas and the King with a ship or two by the West.
All the lords and other gentlemen of Scotland and the queen of Scots were at Edinburgh on Saturday, 14 April, "to consult upon their matters." Signed: Herre Roye, porsewant at Barweck.
22 April. 20. Sir Nic. Wadham to Cromwell.
R. O. Performed the contents of Cromwell's letter sent to him by his son John Wadham, Cromwell's servant, when the business was in the North. Thanks him for his goodness to his said son. Meryfeld, 22 April. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
24 April. 21. Queen Margaret to Cromwell.
Add. MS.
32,646, f. 104.
B. M.
No. 42.
Is writing to the King for answer of her letter by Mr. Sadler, as the return home of her son is near at hand. Hopes the King will help her for his honour and her own. Edinburgh, 24 April 1537. Signed.
Add. Endd.
[28 April?] 22. Wm. Lord Sandys to Lord Lisle.
R. O. I thank you for your frequent news. What news I have, except from you, is quite uncertain. As soon as I have received all my pieces, I will send Walter James to your lordship, and indent with you. Guisnes, this Saturday. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Deputy of Calais. Endd.
2 May. 23. Sir Chr. Mores to Lord Lisle.
R. O. In behalf of Edmund Cockerell, to whom the King granted, by signed bill, the reversion of the room of one of the soldiers at Calais, at 8d. a day. Understands there is such a room now void. London, 2 May. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Deputy of Calais.
4 May. 24. Sir Nic. Wadham to Cromwell.
R. O. His answers to his previous letters give him confidence that he will speak to the King for some reward for him, his old faithful and true servant. Desires credence for the bearer. Meriffeld, 4 May. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
[6 May?] 25. Sir Thomas Palmer to Cromwell.
See Part I. Appendix No. 4.
— May. 26. M. B. to [Cromwell].
R. O. I have had no opportunity, since being at the Rolls, of thanking your Lordship for your goodness, renewed, as I understand, by my dear friend, in writing for us to my father; and as I cannot abide your uncertain coming hither to the Court (and the uncertainty of my getting speech of you there) I take the way of this rude bill to thank you. If I did not trust in you I would soon tire of life to find my father no better to me than he is. This is due to hardness, the common fault of age; I beg you will not think him ill-disposed to you or your servant. "Whosoever had been likewise author or party (my mother, taken to God's mercy, that was wont in such matters best to persuade him) should doubtless have found him the same man." Till he saw that money was likely to be demanded he favoured Mr. T., both for your sake and his own qualities, as much as any son-in-law he ever had. More than one or two of his letters say as much, though now he objects to your servant's lack of lands and living, of which I despair nothing so long as you are inclined and able to do for him. As he whom my heart resteth upon regards you more as a father than a master I will ever as one body with him bear a daughter's affection to you. Hampton Court, —— (fn. n10) May. Signed: "Your lordship's most bounden handmaid, M.B."
Hol., pp. 2.
5 June. 27. Sir John Brodwen, Priest, to the Deputy of Calais.
R. O. "Master, yesterday at 4 o'clock afternoon they set out of Dornam a great band of Burgoneons to the number of 2,000," and brought with them to lay to the castle of Carsacre 2 double curtals and 9 other great guns. And there they be all this night about Owtynges and Carsacre making great fires; and this morning they are making great holes in the church walls of Loche, to lay their ordnance to the castle. At five this morning they began to shoot three great pieces. This night 4,000 or 5,000 Burgundians lay at Elsk in camp, blowing their trumpets and making great fires. This morning they are coming towards the castles about Arde to beat them down. They are goodly men "as ever I see." I was amongst them last night and they made me good cheer and said it would be peace within eight days. Balyngehem, 5 June, at 5 a.m.
Hol., p. 1. Add.
[23 June.] 28. Herry Polsted to Cromwell.
R. O. "The comen vulgarr" is that the term shall be adjourned upon Monday, and if so the matter between Cromwell and old Sir Wm. Gascoigne is not like to take effect before next term. Young Sir Wm. Gascoigne says his brother Sir Henry will not fail to be here on Wednesday next, and old Sir William's servant will probably be here by the same time. Advises Cromwell to get the adjournment stayed till Thursday that all things may take effect according to his long delayed purpose. Will go through with the recovery when Sir Henry comes if the term hold. Thursday, moreover, will suit poor suitors better, because upon Wednesday is "the day of return of Octabis Johannis." Sends two "bridgements," made by Polsted and his brother, of the writings between lord Latymer and Sir Fras. Bygod. The Rolls, Saturday. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: My lord my master. Endd.
R. O. 2. "Articles as well of the covenants of marriage as of divers bargains, sales, and leases had and made between the lord Latymer and Sir Francis Bygod," as shown by indentures of 26 & 27 Hen. VIII. for a marriage between Ralph Bigod or any other son and heir apparent of Sir Francis and Margaret daughter of lord Latimer.
Pp. 5. In the same hand as the preceding.
4 July. 29. Nunnery of Neasham.
Letters patent of exemption from suppression, to the priory of St. Mary of Nesham—Johanna Lawson, prioress.
In possession of Sir John Lawson, Bart., of Brough Hall, Yorks.
See Rep. III. of Hist. MSS. Commission, p. 256.
13 July. 30. John Graynfyld to Wriothesley.
R. O. Begs his compassion for a poor man who has exhibited to my lord Privy Seal a bill of complaint against Walter Portland the pursuivant, who in conjuction with John Sydnham turned the complainant out of a lease that Portland had granted him. Out of fear of a process Portland served him with a privy seal to appear in the Court of Augmentation, as he confessed before Roo, the serjeant, and Wm. Symonds of Exeter, with a promise of restoration. Begs him to help the complainant to my lord's letter for that object. Kensington, 13 July.
P. 1. Add.: To Mr. Wyrsley, one of the clerks of the Signet this be delivered at the Court.
14 July. 31. Sir Wm. Parre to Cromwell.
R. O. Upon the King's letters of the 27th ult. and Cromwell's of the 26th, met Sir Thomas Wentworth and accompanied him to Lincoln, where Hussey was delivered to the duke of Suffolk. Went thence with Constable and Aske to Hull and delivered them by the duke of Norfolk's order to Sir Ralph Ellerker, jun., Sir John Constable, Sir Chr. Hilliarde, and the mayor of Hull. At the execution of Constable, my lord of Norfolk showed me he was as much bound to your lordship as ever nobleman could be to another. I answered that I had heard and partly knew how willing you were to further him and his. He replied, "Sir William, no man can report more than I know already, for I have found such assured goodness in him to me, that I never proved the like in any friend before; and therefore myself and all mine shall be, as long as I live, as ready to do him pleasure as any kinsman he hath." Yesternight I received from Dr. Hall of Huntingdon a letter showing that you had ordered him to sell all Hussey's goods and chattels, save such as are meet for the King's own use. As he and I were joint commissioners chargeable therewith "and he now sole to make sale thereof" I beg to know whether I shall meddle further therein; as also what to do with the persons whom I committed to ward for the late riot at Lincoln. Grantham, 14 July. Signed.
Pp. 2. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
[July?] 32. James Hyll to Cromwell.
R. O. Has been imprisoned (fn. n11) by his creditors, having imprudently spent much money and got into debt. Trusts in Cromwell as another father, and hopes he will counteract ill reports made of him to the king on account of his absence from Court; also that he will comfort his poor father and mother who are much troubled on his account.
Hol., pp. 2. Add. Privy Seal. Endd.
[July?] 33. The Bishop's Book.
R. O. "The archbishops and bishops of England, to all and singular the King's highness' loving faithful and obedient subjects, greeting."
Inc.: "We may most rejoice for many things, but in especial for these two."
Refers to a book wherein "we spake long sithence," of baptism, penance, and the eucharist, and their purpose now to speak of the other four.
Ends: "Such bishops as no less desire your wealth and profit than his Grace doth."
Pp. 5. In Morison's hand.
11 Aug. 34. William Lord Sandys to Lord Lisle.
R. O. Thank my lady for her birds and other kind remembrances. I desire your favor for the bearer Cockerell, an old servant of the King's, to whom his Highness has granted a room of 8d. a day in Calais, when any is void. I understand there is now a vacancy. He is a good gunner and smith. Guysnes, 11 Aug. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Deputy of Calais.
[End of Aug.?] 35. Richard Grafton to [Cromwell].
Cleop, E. v.
B. M.
App. xx.
1537:—According to your lordship's commission, by your servant, I have sent you certain bibles and beg you to accept them as well done. Where I wrote to your Lordship for a privy seal as a defence against the enemies of this bible, and you thought it unnecessary; this work has cost us 500l. and I have printed and booked 1,500 copies, but now others are printing the same work in a lesser letter, intending to sell their little books cheaper than I can sell my great, and so prevent my selling any. Will by this be undone, and so will his creditors who have assisted him. Those who are printing this new copy from his will falsify the text; for they do it not for God's glory but covetousness. Dutchmen dwelling here who can neither write nor speak good English are printing it, and to save 20l. or 40l. to a learned man to oversee it, will issue it full of errors. Desires the King's privilege that none shall print them till these be sold, which shall not be this three year, and will "consider" Cromwell's favour, and doubtless so will my lord of Canterbury and other friends, and God "will look upon your merciful heart that considereth the undoing of a poor young man;" for truly his whole living depends on it. Desires that, as this goes abroad with the King's licence and is the pure Word of God, Cromwell will command every curate to have one. Every abbey should have six set in different places for the convent and resorters to read. Would have none but the papistical sort compelled to have them, and then there would be enough in my lord of London's diocese "to spend away a great part of them." A very small commission to my lords of Canterbury, Salisbury, and Worcester would cause it to be done in their dioceses. It would terminate the schism that is in the realm, some calling themselves of the Old and some of the New; for now should we all follow one God, one book, and one learning. Begs answer by his servant the bearer. Would come himself, but the sickness is about them; "and because of coming to your Lordship I have not suffered my servant with me since he came over."
Hol., pp. 2.
[Aug.?] 36. John, Bishop of Bath, to Cromwell.
Harl. MS.
283, f. 160.
B. M.
I beg you to be my good lord and not suffer any stranger "to see my book except it be my lord of Harford or Chichester, for it is but a rude thing. I beseech your good lordship also to help with your favourable report to the King's Highness, whom to have thus displeased I am the most sorriest man living."
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal.
37. "The Institution of a Christian Man."
Royal injunctions (fn. n12) that the clergy shall read and declare openly in their several parishes the treatise "devised by us" called "The Institution of a Christian Man" for better instruction in the faith and the sacraments.
Inc.: "Item, for as much as it is very necessary that all persons which shall receive this holy sacrament of the altar."
Explicit: The necessary rules of his profession.
Pp. 4.
[Sept.] 38. Certain Portuguese to Cromwell.
Vesp. C. xiii.
B. M.
Agreed with Capt. Ric. Hor to convey them from Lisbon to London, but he took them to Cardiff (fn. n13) and would not let them land till he had extorted money from them and examined all their luggage. Were obliged to give him bonds for 1,000 cr., besides 140 cr. already paid for their passage. These, as procured by fear, are invalid. The usual charge for a passage to England or Flanders is 6 or 7 cr. Give many references to legal authorities in support of their petition for a return of the bonds and the expenses incurred in coming to London. Signed: Franciscus: Jorje Lopez: Cairs Ruiz(?).
Lat., pp. 3. Endd. The supplication of some Novos Christianos.
[Sept.?] 39. Ric. Deryng to Cromwell.
R. O. Thanks him for offering him the comptrollership of the King's works at Dover, as he is informed by Antony Auchar. Will be glad to take it.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
20 Sept. 40. Antony Knyvet to Cromwell.
R. O. Begs favour for the bearer who, with many others of his "paryschyngs" and others of Staffordshire, is vexed by one Doctor Dyngley. (fn. n14) Begs him to send for Dyngley and command him to let these poor men live in quiet. There are other things to examine Dyngley of, as concerning the bp. of Rome. Dyngley's "portes" was delivered to Cromwell at Windsor, with a bill of other complaints. Hampton Court, 20 Sept.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
23 Sept. 41. Cromwell to Dr. Dingley.
R. O. Orders him immediately to appear before Cromwell and the rest of the Council. Stepney, 23 Sept. Signed.
P. 1. Add. Endd.: Lord Privy Seal.
[Beginning of Oct.?] 42. Humphrey Brown to Wriothesley.
R. O. I beg you with the help of Mr. Pollarde to move my lord Privy Seal for his favour that I may not be "hindered" to my Prince by back friends. If I have not done my duty to my lord by waiting on him "a certain times," it shall be otherwise hereafter. "I speak now to this intent to have no office of justice, (fn. n15) for it would be to me great loss, what of my fees and daily g[ILL]n," but only for his favour.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Right worshipful Mr. Wrythesley. Endd.: Humph. Brown to Mr. Wrioth.
1 Oct. 43. William Boston, Abbot of Westminster, to Anthony Denny.
R. O. "Good Mr. Deney," as certain persons examined by you and me, by my lord Privy Seal's command, 29 Sept., say one Kendall reported to them that he and one Robert Sharpe showed me of slanderous words William Webb should speak by the King. The truth is that about All Hallowmas or Christmas last they came and desired me to restore Sharpe to an office he occupied in my garners at Westm. which I had taken from him for negligence and given to William Webb. When they saw they could not obtain their purpose they fell to great crackings and threatenings of me and Webb, so that I said, "Sirs, if ye have any other thing to say now unto me than this, I will gladly hear you, but as for the bestowing of my office, I am at a point therewith. Content yourselves." Then, after more words, Sharpe said, this man (meaning Webb) reported that as he rode on a good gelding with a fair gentlewoman behind him, the King met him and said, "Whom hast thou behind thee there, Webb?" and he answered, "A friend of mine, an it like your Grace." With that the King stepped to her and plucked down her muffler and kissed her, saying, "Well, Webb, thou art never without such fair stuff about thee, but we will give her a gown of damask for thy sake, and see she have it." That is the worst that Sharpe reported to me, and after he had said it Webb said, "Fye upon you! false wretches both; ye falsely lie upon me," and more. This messenger can declare more. Westm., 1 Oct. Signed.
P. 1. Add. Endd.
[Early in Oct.] 44. Rafe Sadleyr to Cromwell.
R. O. Has received his letter. Sends lord Shrewsbury's bill signed by the King. (fn. n16) Thanked the King, on Cromwell's behalf, for the commodity he has lent him in his houses of the Nete and St. James, for else he could not tell how to have shifted, as they begin now to die fast about the Rolls. The King said he might use both houses, as he liked, and both being near Westminster they would serve his purpose. To-day the King has taken order for letting the lands of Furness Abbey, none being present but Robt. Sowthwell and Sadleyr. Sowthwell will inform him what order is taken for the house and part of the demesne lands and the leading of the manred. Is driven of necessity to ask Cromwell to be his good lord. Mr. Wriothesley has declared in what state he is. Within this fortnight the King has been liberal to divers who have no better deserved than he. Appeals to Cromwell, who has brought him up from the years of discretion and advanced him to his present degree.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
[11 Nov.?] 45. Norfolk to Cromwell.
R. O. Send Mr. Pollarde and Polsted "to meet me on Tuesday, at night, at Reygate, (fn. n17) and I doubt not ye will send with them the resignation made in the best sort." Also show the King of my going thither, and appoint your nephew to ride with me from Windsor. "In haste this morning at Hampton Court."
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
[11 Nov.?] 46. Sir John Bryggys to Cromwell.
R. O. I received, on Sunday night, your most comfortable letter to be on Monday (fn. n18) at the Court "within little of a C mile from me, and unprovided, which were onpossybell." I therefore beg your Lordship to make my excuse. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
[— Nov.?] 47. Sir Thomas Palmer to [Cromwell].
R. O. "Please it your good lordship," I send such news (fn. n19) as I have. My lord Deputy and I have found much truth in "his" advertisements. Remember my long suit. I have spent all I have and laid my chain to gage, "and yet have I lost my hearing, which grieves me more than all my poverty."
Hol., p. 1. Endd. Sealed.


  • n1. Written probably early in 1537, if not at the end of the year 1536.
  • n2. "Carlingham" in the endorsement; which appears to be wrong.
  • n3. A John Carlian is mentioned by Dugdale as prior of Launceston in 1507.
  • n4. Harry Johnson.
  • n5. See Part I. No. 893.
  • n6. By an unfortunate oversight most of the Hamilton Papers of the year 1537 have been omitted in their proper places, but are noticed under their dates in this appendix. It should be noted, however, that letters 43 and 44 in Mr. Bain's publication, though endorsed (in a somewhat later hand) "1537," belong really to the year 1536. No. 43 is evidently concurrent with Henry's letter to James in Vol. X., No. 1111. No. 44 is noticed in Vol. XI., No. 112.
  • n7. Burton Lazars.
  • n8. See Part I., No. 875.
  • n9. See Part I., No. 1163.
  • n10. Blank.
  • n11. See Part II., Nos. 256, 285, 576.
  • n12. Though fair written it is probable that this paper is only a draft, as there is no appearance that such injunctions were ever issued.
  • n13. See Part II., No. 640.
  • n14. Roger Dyngley, D.D. See Valor Eccl. III. 103, and IV. 269.
  • n15. This probably refers to the proposal for his promotion in Part II., No. 805.
  • n16. See Pt. II. No. 1008(9).
  • n17. See Pt. II., No. 1062.
  • n18. Probably to be at the funeral of Jane Seymour, on Monday, 12 November. The writer had been already at the christening of prince Edward on the 15th October (Pt. II., 911 ii.), but his name does not occur in the list of those who attended the funeral (see No. 1060).
  • n19. Possibly the anonymous letter of 1 Nov., Pt. II., No. 1014.