Henry VIII: April 1538, 16-20

Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 13 Part 1, January-July 1538. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1892.

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'Henry VIII: April 1538, 16-20', Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 13 Part 1, January-July 1538, (London, 1892), pp. 291-301. British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/letters-papers-hen8/vol13/no1/pp291-301 [accessed 20 June 2024].

. "Henry VIII: April 1538, 16-20", in Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 13 Part 1, January-July 1538, (London, 1892) 291-301. British History Online, accessed June 20, 2024, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/letters-papers-hen8/vol13/no1/pp291-301.

. "Henry VIII: April 1538, 16-20", Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 13 Part 1, January-July 1538, (London, 1892). 291-301. British History Online. Web. 20 June 2024, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/letters-papers-hen8/vol13/no1/pp291-301.


April 1538, 16-20

[16 April] 775. Sir Thos. Audley to the Warden of New College, Oxford.
R. O. In favour of one Legate, to whom at the King's request they had granted a farm of the parsonage of Hornechurche (fn. n1) after a lease now held by Coke. If they will signify to the King and the lord Privy Seal how far the said farm is passed, and that ye cannot conveniently without prejudice to Legate and to yourselves do anything contrary to your writing made to Legate, they will be satisfied. London, Tuesday afore Easter day.
Hol., pp. 2. Add.
16 April. 776. Robertsbridge Abbey.
R. O.
xiv. 633.
Surrender of the monastery and all its possessions in cos. Sussex and Kent, and elsewhere in England, 16 April 29 Hen. VIII. Signed by Thos. Taylor, abbot, and eight others. [See Deputy Keeper's Eighth Report, App. ii. 39]. Faded. Seal fair.
776. Robertsbridge Abbey—cont.
Enrolled [Cl. Roll., 30 Hen. VIII., p. 5, No. 27] as acknowledged same day before John Tregonwell, King's Commissioner.
R. O. 2. Inventory of the plate of a church and an abbot's chamber, apparently the abbey of Robertsbridge.
P. 1. Endd.: Robertsbridge.
R.O. 3. Abridgment of the state of the late monastery of Robertsbridge, viz.:—
The lead, bells, plate, &c., sold, with rents received, due last Lady Day, 281l. 14s. 9d. Thereof paid to the abbot and monks for their apparel and rewards, and to the servants for their wages, &c., 121l. 10s. 8d. Rents still due estimated at 90l., and debts due to the monastery, 60l. 2s.4d. Total due to the King, 310l. 6s. 8d.
P 1. Endd.
16 April 777. The Navy.
R. O. Brief account of expenditure in the transport of the King between Dover and Calais, with wages and victuals to captains, soldiers, and gunners serving his Highness at sea, and expenses of making and repairing ships, from 21 Aug. 24 to 16 April 29 Hen. VIII. [A.D. 1532–8].
Total receipt from three books, A, B, and C, 14,891l. 3s. 8d. Total discharge in the same (sub-divided in B and C under different heads) 15,589l. 3s. 5d. Surplusage delivered by way of prest as shall appear in my prest book, 597l. 11s. 2½d. And so the whole surplus of all these books aforesaid due to the same account, 4 Nov. 29 Hen. VIII., amounts to 1,295l. 11s.
Received further, 2 March, from Sir Brian Tuke by warrant of 2 Feb. for wages to shipkeepers, 93l. 7s. 4d. Payments since last declaration, book C, 940l. 6s. 9½d. Total surplus, 2,142l. 10s. 5½ d.
Pp. 5. Endd.: Mr. Gonstone.
16 April. 778. The Bishopric of Winchester.
Close Roll,
30 Hen. VIII.
p. 1, m. 27d.
xiv. 602.
Charter of Stephen, bishop of Winchester, granting to the King his lordship or manor of Assher, with all his messuages, lands, &c., in Assher, Dytton, Cobham, Kyngeston, and Walton, Surrey, 16 April 29 Hen. VIII.
ii. Ratification of the preceding grant by William Basyng, S.T.P., prior of St. Swithin's. Chapter house, Winchester, 12 (fn. n2) May 1538, 30 Hen. VIII.
iii. Recognition of the above deeds before Philip Parys, the King's commissioner, first by the Bishop, 2 May, and secondly by the prior and convent, 11 (fn. n3) May.
16 April 779. Merton Priory.
R. O. Surrender of the monastery with all its possessions in Surrey, Kent, Suss., Bucks., Hants., Wilts., Dors., Devon., Somers., Cornw., Oxon., Staff., Ntht, Herts., Beds., Hunts., Norf., Suff., Essex, Midd., and elsewhere in England, Wales, and the marches. 16 April 29 Hen. VIII. Signed by John Ramsey, prior, John Debnam, subprior, Thos. Godmechester, sacristan, John Codyngton, Ric. Wyndesor, precentor, Geo. Albyn, succentor, John Hayward, Ric. Benese, and seven others, the last being John Page, scholar of Oxford. Seal much mutilated. [See Deputy Keeper's Eighth Report, App. ii. 31.]
Enrolled [Close Roll, 29 Hen. VIII., p. 1, No. 38] with mem. of acknowledgment, same day, before Ric. Layton, clk., and Edw. Carne."
16 April. 780. Cromwell to Wyatt.
Harl. MS.
282, f. 197.
B. M.
Nott's Wyatt,
The King has much to heart to know what it is you cannot write but declare by mouth. He wills you, therefore, with all possible diligence to return, or at least make the shortest abode there that you can. And meanwhile inquire what the Emperor woll this yere, or go owt of Spain or wrrie agent (war against?) the Turk or Barbarosse, and how all standeth bitwen France and him, and of all other news. The bearer can tell the news. London, 16 April. Signed.
Mainly in cipher, p. 1. Add. Endd: By Nicholas, 16 April, to Toledo.
Ib. f. 198. 2. Contemporary decipher of most of the above.
P. 1.
16 April.
Kaulek, 38.
781. Castillon to Montmorency.
[London], 16 April:—The king of England sends in haste to the Emperor Thos. Barnabe, brother-in-law to M. Walop. Thinks it will be to hear of the forthcoming interview and to signify his intention touching the Council to the Emperor, to whom he writes in espistle about it, of which he has had a great number printed here. Sends one; it will show the reasons he alleges. Since Tarbes left, has had no letter from the King or Constable.
French abstract.
*** A modern transcript is in R. O.
16 April. 782. John Husee to Lord Lisle.
R. O. My lord Privy Seal has made me a determinate answer that you shall not come over before Easter, but that immediately after Easter your licence shall be despatched. I trust to have it signed before. My lord Comptroller is yet at no certainty; howbeit Mr. Sellynger with the other Commissioners that were late in Ireland are come home, and it in thought that in case my Lord and Mr. Sellynger can agree, that he shall have the comptrollership. I doubt not but your Lordship doth know what I mean. I have inquired of the matter you wrote me concerning Bewley. The surveyors of Abyngton were the Chancellor of the Augmentations and his officers, and the visitor was Dr. Layton, and neither knows anything of that you wrote of. If you are earnest at your coming you shall have a better thing than Bewley. Martyn Abbey shall be shortly suppressed. I am told that Mr. Bonham is at Calais where you may take such way with him as you please. London, 16 April.
Hol., p. l. Add. Deputy of Calais.
[16 April] 783. Chr. Hales to Cromwell.
R. O. "Knell is attainted this day of high treason with such acceleration as I have seldom seen. Here was very good and great appearance of the commissioners and of the country". He was indicted and arraigned before noon and tried at afternoon, so that the court was dissolved by 4 o'clock. I suppose my lord Wiltshire will inform you more fully. Maidstone, Tuesday before Easter.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord keeper of the Privy Seal. Endd.: April.
16 April. 784. Norfolk to Cromwell.
R. O. I thank you for your pains often taken in advertising me of your occurants, and rejoice at the good news in your letters of the 10th inst., received this morning. I think God intends no longer to wink, but to look "broadwaking, as well on those who follow His commandments as those who follow their old mumpsimus and superstitions, and will shortly punish the bp. of Home and his ungracious cardinals and all who support their damnable proceedings. I am sorry Christendom is likely to suffer by the Turk this summer, but am pleased that we are like to sit without business' and that the King's back friends have more need of His Majesty than he of them. Magnus Dominus in operibus suis. I rejoice at the news that we shall have a mistress shortly. Kenyngale, 16 April.
P. 1. Sealed. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
16 April. 785. Richard Layton, Priest, to Cromwell.
R O. Here at Marten Abbey are 18 fat oxen, whereof Sir Nic. Carewe desires part, 40 fat sheep, 200 qrs. of malt, and 30l. in ling and haberdyne. If I shall reserve any of these for your household, please certify me by Mr. Belasys. Marten Abbey, Tuesday morning.
16 April. 786. Gregory Cromwell to Cromwell.
R. O. At the sessions here on Thursday last there appeared before us, my lord Delaware, and the other commissioners, three fellows taken for digging and throwing down a cross. As none of us knew what to do with them they desired me to write to know your Lordship's pleasure whether you will have them sent to London. Sends their confessions. Lewes, 16 April.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Privy Seal. Sealed. Endd.
R. O. 2. The examination [of] certain persons for the digging up of a cross at Willington, taken before Gregory Crumwell, Esquire, 11 April 29 Hen. VIII.
Thomas Whetley, of Willington, glover, says that Robt. Eightacre, and John Draper of Willington, labourers, Thos. Savery of Lawghton, Sussex, glover, and himself, dug up the said cross on Saturday before the Annunciation of Our Lady last, and that there was no other person present. Being examined which of them first enticed the others, he says that he and Robert Eightacre, the Sunday before, met at. Hen, Mochelgrove's, an ale-house in Willington, and on leaving it, Eightacre said to him in manner of scoffing or "bordyng" —" There be many crosses digged up hereabouts and men say there is much money under Willington Cross, which, if thou wilt be ruled by me, we will have." This examinat agreed, saying he had often dreamed there was money under the cross and they arranged to bring such company as they could entice. He himself brought a shovel and Robt. Eightacre three mattocks, but they found no money.
(ii.) Examination of Eightacre much to the same effect.
(iii.) Also of John Draper.
Pp. 3.
16 April. 787. Sir John Markham, John Hercy, John Babyngton and George Lasselles to Cromwell.
R. O. We. with Mr. Fitzherbert and others, have proceeded in our commission of oyer determiner. The late prior of Lenton and Ralph Swenson are executed. One Nich. Sanderson is indicted of high treason, and rightly, as we think, reprieved, as Mr. Beamond and Mr. Cattelyn, or the one of them that shall be the bearer hereof can declare. We have adjourned the court until Monday after Low Sunday for evidence, and to know your pleasure. Lenton, 16 April. Signed.
P. 1 Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd."
16 April. 788. Sir Nycolas Strelley to Cromwell.
R. O. According to your Lordship's letter I produced before the justices of oyer determiner within the county of Notts, one Sanderson, who was there indicted of high treason and "repried" into my custody by the favour of his landlord, Mr. Beamonde, whose brother took away from Sanderson's house after his apprehension above 10l. in money. To be discharged of such a chargeable prisoner, I desire you to write to the justices to proceed to his arraignment and I will undertake to prove the indictment true. Styrley, 16 April. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Privy Seal. Endd.
16 April. 789. Thurstan Tyldisley to Cromwell.
R. O. It is said the priory of Lenton with its cells is like to come to the King's possession. There is a cell thereto belonging called Kersall in Lancashire, worth 20 mks. a year. Begs favour that he may get the farm of this cell, and that the bearer may know Cromwell's pleasure in this suit. From my poor house in Lancashire, 16 April.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
16 April. 790. Ralph Earl of Westmoreland to Cromwell.
R. O. Wrote lately by his servant, Geo. Walle, whom he instructed not to return, but give attendance on his son Thomas, who was with his uncle my lord Chamberlain. His other servant reports that Cromwell sent him an answer by post which he has not yet received. Sir Thomas Tempest will show what execution has been done. Sir John Bulmer had a suppressed nunnery in Yorkshire called Rosdale in farm worth 50l. a year. Would be glad to have it as it lies near the nunnery of Keldham, which the King gave him. Brauncepeth, 16 April. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
16 April. 791. Robt., Prior of Tynemouth, to Cromwell.
R. O. Thanks for Cromwell's letter on behalf of Christopher Mydforde, touching his lease of a coal pit in Elstwik. Mydforde's claim is all the coal mine. Desires that the cause may be committed to the lord President and Council in the North Parts so as to save expense. Tynmoth, 16 April.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd. wrongly: the bishop of Coventry and Lichfield.
16 April. 792. Thomas Stepyns, late [abbot] of Bewley, to Wriothesley.
R. O. Begs him to be good master to these poor men privileged in the Sanctuary of Bewley for debt. They have been very honest while he was their governor. It would be no profit to the town if they were to leave, for the houses will yield no rent. At your house of Leonard's, 16 April.
Hol., p. 1. Add. Endd.
16 April. 793. Sir Thos. Palmer to Cromwell.
R. O. Has received letters from an abbot of 200 marks a year in Picardy, who has never deceived him. He will come over secretly and give more information if Cromwell wishes. Calais, 16 April.
Hol. p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd."
16 April. 794. Anthoinette de Saveuses to Lady Lisle.
R. O. Commend me to your husband. I was very glad to receive your letter. I beg you will never be si mal privee de moi as your letter makes mention. I cannot take it ill that I have not received news from you considering the hindrance you have met with, and in such great houses as yours it is impossible to give immediate reply to my letters, from obstacles that occur. But I am sorry you say you are ashamed of having so long delayed to send news. In truth I suspected two thing, either that my Lord and you had met with some misfortune, or that the packet was lost, which amounted to a great sum, and this would have put me in difficulties. Happily it arrived all right, but not so soon as I could have wished, because the bearer has not been at Calais during the whole of this Lent (du long che Quarremme). You write that you have scarcely a Roszinboz to send because throughout Flanders they allow 21 patars a piece for them. I thought it was gold in which you lost least, but for my part the more valuable the coins are, the less bulk they occupy in transport. Do, however, as you please. As soon as I receive it I will send it where it ought to go. You know well the amount, as I wrote it in your letter touching the five dozen [bonnets?] lately received. But the half dozen which I sent you by themselves before were still cheaper. You owe on them only 27s. You state that you owe 3 livres 16 sous de gros, but I think you reckon the said half dozen de femme at 30s. Commend me to your son. (fn. n4) I should be glad to know if his wife is enceinte, and especially remembered to Mademoiselle Marie and all your daughters. Let me know how the bonnets please you. Dunkirk, 16 April.
I find you owe only three sous less than your account.
Hol., Fr p. 1. Add.
17 April. 795. Sir Thomas Hennege to Cromwell.
R. O. The King is pleased with Cromwell's letter and instructions. Asks for the nunnery of Henynges, one of the small nunneries in Lincolnshire for the suppression of which Robt. Tyrwhyt and he were suitors. It lies among the late lord Darcy's lands which the King gave him. If Cromwell will order the Commissioners to put his servant in possession, will arrange for the Chancellor of the Augmentations. Has told the King what order he and the lord Admiral have taken with lord Taylbous and Heneage's niece Skipwit. His Grace thinks it well to have them married as shortly as may be. .Richmond, 17 April. Signed.
P.1. Add: Privy Seal. Endd.
17 April. 796. John Craiford to Wriothesley.
R. O. Wriothesley would do a good deed to obtain the King's protection for the miserable debtors of Beaulieu. Almost all the inhabitants of Beaulieu are sanctuary men. The murderers and felons, as hopeless men, must immediately depart. The rest are debtors and of good behaviour amongst their neighbours. Wriothesley would thus gain credit here, where, though unseen and unknown, he is much regarded. Wriothesley's work is much praised; people say there will not be a stronger or more beautiful house for the quantity of it. Details of the building. Written at 2 o'clock early 17 April.
P.S.— "Take not my saying that so great a work can up by midsummer. God knoweth that day, and with good diet (such as I keep none) I would not mistrust to see it; but and we had four (?) masons, but only to occupy a lad and four bricklayers, and yet we have already a brown dozen, I would say sore to the new side of your house to the church north aisle and choir afore "Michaelmas." Desire Mrs. Wriothesley to receive from Mr. Rooke 4l. which he borrowed from me at Mycheldevor. Write two words of thanks to Vincent for his pains. The tower or steeple misliketh every man, but the body roof may stand to keep the sea air off your house, &c.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: With my lord Privy Seal. Endd.: 17 April.
17 April. 797. Wm. abbot of York to Cromwell.
R. O. Has been visited with a great fever since Mid Lent and cannot do his duty to the King and Cromwell. Wishes to have the farmhold called Grymston back again from Sir Arthur Darcy at some reasonable recompense. Have no other ground to keep their muttons. Sends a token. Overton, 17 April Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
17 April. 798. Sir John Weddrington to [Cuthbert Tunstall] Bp. of Durham.
R. O. Met the warden of Scotland at the Coklawe at a daytrewe on the 9th. According to a letter from the Council of Scotland, of which he encloses a copy, demanded justice. They alleged that the bills were unarrested, and appointed Tuesday after Low Sunday and four days following to file all the bills, both English and Scotch. The Warden and Weddrington have exchanged cousins of theirs for the true performance of the same. Asked Gilbert Carnabee, the officer of Tynedale, hew he would discharge the Tynedale men who were filed in the Scotch bills, to which Weddrington must answer. He replied that his master was in London and he was only set to keep good rule, not to charge or discharge. Asks for a letter to him charging him to bring in fawtours under his rule. Fears that if Tynedale does not come in the Scots will complain that the English stop justice. Desires credence for the bearer. Weddrington, 17 April. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Bishop of Durham, lord President of the Council in the North Parts. Endd.
R. O. 2. "The Credence of Thomas Crayston, servant to Sir John Witherington."
"The Tyndalle men saith they woll not come to day of trewe unless they have a bill of theirs furthwith alway filed for a bill that is filed for the Scots against them. The Tyndall men since Midlent have run one foray into Reddisdalle openly on the midst of the day against the Redys and Fosters, to the intent, as it is thought, that Tyndall thereby, not minding to come to the day of true, should for their excuse lay that they dare not come for the feed (feud) that Redisdal hath against them."
P. 1. The heading is in Uvedale's hand.
18 April. 799. Frays on Officers.
Harl. MS.
442 f. 152.
B. M.
Proclamation for the protection of officers, appointing that all persons aiding or abetting in the resistance to or murder of a sheriff, bailiff, or other officer in the execution of his duty, shall suffer loss of goods and perpetual imprisonment in the first case, and death in the second; also that, as persons have lately been slain in frays by reason of sudden foynes with swords or other weapons, anyone who shall in a fray use such foyne or foynes with his sword, or henceforth shall slay any person by such foyne or foynes shall suffer death. Westm., 18 April 29 Hen. VIII.
Modern copy, pp. 4.
Titus B. i.
2. Another modern copy.
Pp. 3."
18 April.
R. O.
800. Lord Edmund Howard to Lord Lisle.
Received his letter of the 16 April stating that he has no reason to think unkindness in Howard for not returning. If anyone reports ill of him to Lisle, he defies them in every way. He has acquainted Hussye with whatever he has done. That he may know the truth, he sends a copy of the acts that he has done, either by word or writing, begging him to keep it secret. It contains everything he has done since his coming over, and is subscribed by his name. Lambeth, 18 April. Signed.
Mutilated, p. 1. Add.: Viscount Lisle, deputy of Calais.
18 April. 801. Sir William Turvyle, Thomas Harve, and George Vyncent to Cromwell.
R. O. On Wednesday, 17 April, I, with other justices of the peace in Leicestershire, assembled at Market Bosseworth upon the King's proclamation lately to us directed. Certain words spoken by Sir Thomas Ball, parson of Kateby (Cadeby) nigh Market Bosseworthe, were proved by two witnesses whose names appear in a bill enclosed. We have put the parson in custody till we know the King's pleasure, and have committed his goods to certain substantial gentlemen to keep. Aston Flambyll, Leic., 18 April, by us, justices of the peace. Signed.
In Vyncent's hand, p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
18 April. 802. H. Earl of Worcester to Cromwell.
R. O. Has received his letter dated 7 April, concerning the lands at Chesthunt, saying that ye are not, ner will be servant or minister to any man in such case, but only to your own use, ner will not be restrained, if it shall be yours, to use it as it shall please you. Meant no such restraint. Supposes only that Cromwell, at the desire of a good fellow, would be glad to oppose his friend to do him pleasure. Trusts that, although Cromwell says that some learned men are doubtful of it, his title is nothing the worse. Trusts the King will not take it from him, it there were any negligence in his learned counsel in drawing up his patent. (fn. n5) His wife, who is sister to the earl of Hampton, (fn. n6) has as good title as he has. Has, therefore, written to the Earl to attend on Cromwell before next term with some of Worcester's own learned counsel. Chepstow, 18 April. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
18 April. 803. William Stone to Wriothesley.
R. O. Excuses himself for not having written before as Wriothesley desired him. The cause was so ragged and rude a hand to send, that I thought it great shame to pass forth. Writes now to avoid displeasure. Tichefeld, 18 April.
Hol., p. 1. Add. Endd.
19 April. 804. John Longland, Bishop of Lincoln.
"A sermonde made before the Kinge his Majestye at Grenewiche, upon Good Frydaye, the yere of our Lorde God, M.D. xxxviij. By John Longlonde, busshop of Lincolne."
Printed by Thomas Petyt at London, in Paul's Churchyard, "at the sygne of the Maydens Heed.
*** Extracts from this sermon are given by Foxe (Vol. V., p. 171, Townsend's ed.) in which the Bishop declaims against papal supremacy as a usurpation of the office of Christ."
19 April. 805. John Husee to Lord Lisle.
R. O. Has received his letters by the bearer. His back friends shall not prevail where he is present. Suspects one who has a living there and is under the degree of Sir. His power is small. Has full confidence in Lisle's cause. Hopes to get his licence signed before Easter week, or will himself apply to the King. Has not written to say what Bonham is to pay for the brewhouse, &c. Wishes to know if he shall set it at any value beside the 60l. Will speak to Rolles for the rent of Frystock and about Lisle's woods. I do not think he is the best merchant for your profit. Please to certify the commission concerning my father Coockson, who may be displeased if it come not in time. Garter sends you a scutcheon for your arms against St. George's Day, and wishes you to send your certificate of suffrages in time in eschewing the contempt and penalty. Delivered my lord Controller (lord Ed. Howard) your letter, which he took very heavily, and has written to you by bearer. He is your good friend; therefore write kindly to him. On Palm Sunday eve John Oxen killed a man of Bottley, a glover, formerly keeper of Idsley park, and is in gaol at Winchester. There is a room of 6d. now void at Calais. From St. Katharine's, Good Friday, 19 April.
Hol., pp. 2. Add.
19 April. 806. John Husee to [Lady Lisle.]
R. O. I have received your letter by the bearer, and also Mr. Wynsor's account—the very thing I wrote for. It was by your direction I got the sayes only 2½ yards broad, but if sent back I will get them changed. Mr. Judd has sent the silk. Mrs. Anne is not in fault, but takes it very grievously. No present need be given to lady Sussex, for none of her friends gave her anything, except the godfathers and godmothers. Mrs. Staynengs sends you a pair of sleeves. John Goughe gapes for his reward. He that hath the travers is into Wales, but is daily looked for. Mr. Bonham expects to have ail my Lord's interest in Soberton, with the brewhouse, and everything but the bedsteads. If all go for 60l. it is a good bargain; but I do not think my Lord means this. I will tell my lady Sussex what a good bargain they have. John Oxen killed a man on Palm Sunday and is now in Winchester gaol. His room is in my Lord's hands. The man he killed was once keeper of Idsley. London, Good Friday, 19 April.
There have been a gentleman or two willing to come over and serve you, who have been repelled by a report that you were very sharp and hasty. Who made this ungracious report I know not.
Hol., pp. 2.
19 April. 807. [Sir] Thomas Hennege to Cromwell.
R. O. Has presented to the King his fat hind, who says it could never have come in a better season, not only to do him pleasure but to serve at St. George's Feast. Oatland, 19 April. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
[19]April. 808. Margaret Vernon to Cromwell.
R. O. Is surprised to hear Mr. Stathum makes labour for her house, considering she desired the contrary, after speaking with Cromwell. At the time when she heard Sir Thomas Nevell made labour for it, she said she would rather Stathum had it than that it should go to another who would not inhabit there. But after she spoke with Cromwell, she desired him to make no suit therein, trusting to enjoy it during her life. Begs favour, for, unless all shall be dissolved, she would like to keep it according to Cromwell's promise. Has broken her day of payment, but within this 14 nights he shall be pleased. Good Friday, at Mailing.
Hol., p. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.: April."
19 April. 809. Lady Lisle to Madame Antoinette de Saveuses.
R. O. Is sorry she should have had to wait so long for her money. Sent her a letter which has been detained eight days. Will discharge her account which she has received. Sends her a half dozen caps (bonnets) to have changed. The English ladies and my daughters complain that they are too large. Would Lave them made according to the pattern sent with the half dozen. Will pay for the alteration. Calais, 19 April. Signed.
Sends back the half dozen, not only because they were too large, but because they were not made in the fashion aux lozenges, which she desires to have, and a little more narrow, especially in front, although the pattern is different. Sends her 16 rozimbos and two demi-angels Flemish or Carolus d'or.
Fr., p. 1. Add.: At Dunkirk.
On the back Mad. Añtoinette writes: Madame je vous avoie recrit que la pieche dez bonnes (bonnets) domhme valent viii s. et lez bonnes de femme vi. et demy la pieche sy vous pleet de ferre jeter lez deux (?) douzeigne bonnes domhme et troez douzeigne bonne de femmes vou trouverrez le conte einsy comme je vous & (sic) eecrit.—Madame, vostre coiffe me a ette raportee fort salle, et comme sy elle eut tonbe en quelque fange; quant je lorrey nettoiet je le vou renvoirey au plessir de Dieu.
20 April. 810. Cromwell to Lord Lisle.
R. O. Has received his letters of the 15th with the report of a priest. The news is good, if true. If so, the prince who so answered is an unfeigned friend to the King. If untrue, it is hard to judge whether feigned by him that reported them or the priest. Has sent money thither. London, 20 April. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: the viscount Lisle, lord Deputy of the King's town and marches of Calais.
[20 April.] 811. John Bishop of Lincoln to Cromwell.
R. O. Certain malefactors in Oxford, both scholars and townsmen, have customably eaten flesh this Lent, and out of Lent sparing neither Fridays, Ember, nor fast days, contrary to the King's proclamations and the customs of the Church of England. Part of them are apprehended. Begs to know what order is to be taken for their punishment. Would have waited upon Cromwell but for his spiritual attendance upon the King at this feast. Credence for bearer, Mr. Wryte. Written this Easter Even.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
20 April. 812. John Lord Latimer to Cromwell.
R. O. You have heretofore accepted a small fee, of me, of 20 nobles a year: I send, by the bearer, 20 nobles due at our Lady Day the Annunciation last. Sir Reynold Carnabye and one Stapleton are bound for payment of 100 marks, which I lent to my lord of Northumberland. I hear that the King doth pay the said Earl's debts, and beg you to help me to the same for I would be loth to sue Carnabye and Stapleton if I may be paid otherwise. Synnyngton, 20 April. Signed.
P.1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
20 April. 813. John Butlare to Cranmer.
R. O. Received on the 18th his letter dated Lambeth, 8th inst., saying that he hears there are seven or eight persons in Calais who manifestly deny Christ. Supposes some papistical person has written it. Has consulted the Deputy and Council and the mayor and his brethren, and can hear of none such. It would be truer to say that there are in Calais 500 who openly profess Christ and his doctrine, as Dr. Champion can show. The mayor and his brethren say the informants ought to be punished. The Deputy and Council have examined certain papistical persons, but to no purpose. God send his grace among the rulers to profess Christ with their heart as they do with their mouths, and then the Word of God will prosper among them as it does among the common people. Two Observant Friars have come to Calais, having been persecuted in France for preaching God's word. One of them, who is well learned, has spoken with Dr. Champion. Since their arrival, one of them has gone into Picardy to preach, and has been safely reconducted to the Pale. One has given up his friar's weed. Hopes he will tarry, as he will greatly further God's word among those who do not well understand English, but the Deputy and Council say that their ordinance is that no stranger shall abide within the Pale. Unless they may tarry, they are utterly cast away. Asks Cranmer to speak to Cromwell in their behalf. The Deputy has licensed Butlare to lodge them for a time. Cales, 20 April 1538.
Hol, pp 2. Add.: Endd.
20 April. 814. Francis I. to Castillon.
Kaulek. 29. [La Côte Saint André], 20 April:—Sends him power and instructions to treat touching the marriage he has put forward. The mutual aid should be equal and reciprocal, and at least 30,000 or 40,000 crs. The condition of the marriage shall be, effectual restitution of the duchy of Milan, the county of Ast, and the signory of Genoa.
French abstract.
*** A modern transcript, dated à la coste Saint Andre le xx April 37, [i.e., avant Pâques] is in R. O.
[20 April.] (fn. n7) 815. Melancthon to Vitus Theodorus.
Reform., iii.
The diet was held at Brunswick for the reception of the king of Denmark into the confederation; which was done unanimously. Commends the King for his energy in recovering his states. Has talked much with him although be (the writer) was but two days at Brunswick.
Christopher [Mont], the English messenger, was there, and asked that some personages should be sent into England to consult with the King about religion. He summoned me by name; but as to me he received no answer. As to sending others they said they would consider. Rejoices at the cordiality and unanimity among the princes at the diet.
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April. 816. James V.
Teulet i. 128. Decree of the Chambre des Comptes, at Paris, as to the conditions under which king James V. of Scotland is entitled to the county of Gien under letters patent of Francis I., dated at Briançon, in Nov. 1537, granted in compliance with the marriage contract of Magdelaine, passed at Blois 26 November 1536. April 1537, ante Pascha.


  • n1. The rectory of Hornchurch, in Essex, seems to have been leased in 1535 to John Halle. At that time Thomas Legatt was bailiff there. See Valor Ecc. ii. 261.
  • n2. Both these dates are as they stand in the inrolment.
  • n3. Both these dates are as they stand in the inrolment.
  • n4. John Basset.
  • n5. See Vol. V., No. 220 (13).
  • n6. The earl of Worcester's wife was Elizabeth daughter of Sir Anthony Browne, the elder (of Henry VII.'s time). The earl of Southampton was her half brother, being the son of the same mother, Lucy, by her previous marriage with Sir Thomas Fitzwilliam.
  • n7. So dated in the Corpus Reformatorum.