Henry VIII: September 1538 16-20

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Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 13 Part 2, August-December 1538. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1893.

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September 1538 16-20

16 Sept. 358. Sir John Aleyn, Alderman, to Cromwell.
R. O. Received today his letters dated 24 Aug. desiring him to desist from prosecuting the extent of Thos. Barneble's statute. Has never troubled him since the receipt of Cromwell's first letters, both by reason of his absence in the King's business and on account of the said letters. Has never taken any of the goods conveyed out of his house and has stayed prosecuting the law, though he well merited it. Supposes his last letters to Cromwell were either intercepted or embezzled. Asks when he can wait upon Cromwell for his purgation. 16 Sept. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
16 Sept. 359. John, Abbot of Peterborough, to Cromwell.
R. O. Of late, certain persons have conceived mischievous letters which he sends, to slander the abbot and others. They were found, with certain money, in a purse by one Thomas Lamkyn, of Wirrington, as he saith. Lamkyn wished to deliver the letters secretly to the abbot, but the latter called his servants and took them from him and read them openly, as well as could be with much "wrestinge" and guessing. Perceiving "the ungracious conceit of it," made by malice to undo me, I advertised Serjeant Montague, who willed one of my servants to certify you of the matter and to secure Lamkyn and others suspected. Peterburgh, 16 Sept. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal.
16 Sept. 360. William Cholmeley to Ric. Cromwell.
R. O. Lord Conyas has laboured this fortnight of a fever quartane, and as there is no liklihood of his recovery, as the bearer, his servant, can further show you, he desires, with my Lord my master's pleasure, to come up to London and consult physicians. Please advertise my Lord of this and signify his pleasure by the bearer. Sheffelde, Monday 16 Sept.
Hol. p. 1. Add. Endd.
16 Sept. 361. John Weste, Curate of Kingsbury, and Wm. Balfford, Curate of Hyndon, to Cromwell.
R. O. On the 16 Sept. 30 Henry VIII., the writers were assembled making merry, in the parish of Whyzt Churche, with Sir Ric. Davy, curate of Whyzt churche, sometime a monk of the Charterhouse of Mount Grace in Yorkshire, Richard Hernesse of Hedgeware, John Hussey, clarke of Kyngysbury." Amongst whom the said Sir Ric. Davy said he would not hold with "this new doctrine," nor with the suppressing of images. Were greatly offended and think that Davy should be "called to reformation." Signed.
In Weste's hand, p. 1. Add. Endd.
16 Sept. 362. T. Hall to Cromwell.
R. O. You promised that in case the priory of Haverholme (fn. n1) in Lincolnshire, a house of Gilbertines near Sleford, should come to the King's hands, you would help me to get the farm of the demesnes at a reasonable rent. They are valued at 9l. or 10l. a year. I hear the Commissioners are coming to dissolve the house of Sempringham and other of that religion and know not if Haverholme will be comprised. If not, please have it inserted in the commission. Sleford, 16 Sept.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Privy Seal. Endd.
16 Sept. 363. Sir Arthur Darcy to Cromwell.
R. O. In favour of the porter of Berwick, to be captain in place of Sir Thos. Clyfford, who, he hears, will [resign] in consequence of ill-health. The porter has served the King well these 16 years as deputy to the warden and in all exploits against the Scots. He will give Cromwell 500 mks. As you "have saved his life lately by doing justice to him," so you should encourage him the longer to serve the King in his old age. From the Weylld, 16 Sept.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal.
16 Sept. 364. Roucester or Rocettur Abbey
R. O.
xiv. 618.
Surrender (by Wm. Grafton, abbot of Roscetor, &c.) of the monastery and all its possessions in cos. Staff., Derb., Ntht., and elsewhere in England, Wales and the marches thereof, 16 Sept. 1538. Signed by William, the abbot, and 8 others. [See Deputy Keeper's Eighth Report, App. ii. 39.]
Seal broken.
Enrolled [Cl. Roll, p. 1, no. 25.] as acknowledged same day before Thos. Legh, LL.D.
17 Sept. 365. Norfolk to Cromwell.
R. O. With hearty thanks for your pains in soliciting of my matters. My servant Fulmerston arrived here yesternight, by whom I perceive how gracious the King is to me concerning the Grey Friars of Norwich, and that your mind is, an the friars would give me the house, I should take it. The warden of the friars had already come hither, offering to give up the house to me. I intend within two or three days to ride to Norwich and take the surrender to the King's use, for I would not give example to other founders to take surrenders to their own use. As soon as I have done this I shall repair towards the King; intending to be at Greenwich that night or the morrow after his Majesty shall come thither. Kenyngale, 17 Sept. 6 a.m. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Sealed and Endd.
17 Sept. 366. John Freman to Cromwell.
R. O. I have been with Dr. Legh and Mr. Paris in Leicestershire where I have despatched the abbey of Croxston, and send the book thereof. I have returned to Lincolnshire, where I have received letters from you which I will fulfil to the best of my power, except that in which you desire me to put Mr. Skypwith in possession of the parsonage of Borrowe in the Marsh. In this too, I will obey if desired, though I asked it for myself; but it is worth 40l. more than it goeth for, and he ought to pay enough. He desires to have all things and has deserved nothing. I thank you for bidding me take the priory of Ormesbie to farm, but the King and you granted it to Mr. Atclyf, and in truth it is very necessrary for him. I think he will exchange land near Lewes, which will be meeter for the King. Semperyngham, 17 Sept. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
17 Sept. 367. Dr. John London to [Cromwell].
Cleop. E. iv.
of the
Ellis, 1, Ser. ii.
Has pulled down the image of Our Lady at Caversham, whereunto was great pilgrimage. It is plated over with silver. Has put it in a chest fast locked and nailed up, and will send it by next barge to London. Has pulled down the place she stood in with the lights, shrowds, crutches, images of wax &c. about the chapel, and defaced the same thoroughly. This chapel belonged to Notley Abbey and there was always a canon of that monastery warden of Caversham, who sang in chapel and had the offerings. He was accustomed to show many pretty relics, among others the holy dagger that killed King Henry, and the holy knife that killed St. Edward. All these with the coats of this image, her cap and hair, my servant will bring your Lordship next week. Has sent the canon home to Notley and made fast the doors of the chapel, the lead of which, if desired, he will make sure for the King: otherwise it will be stolen by night,—as happened at the Friars, where they took the clappers of the bells, and but for the aid of Mr. Fachell and the mayor they would have made no little spoil. Reading, 17 Sept.
At Caversham is a proper lodging where the canon lay, with a fair garden and orchard, meet for any friend of your Lordship's. Recommends that the church of Grey Friars be given to the town of Reading as their town hall is small and inconvenient. Now that it is rid of "parcloses, images and altars" it would make a very good town hall. The mayor, Mr. Richard Turner, is a very honest man.
Hol., pp. 2.
17 Sept. 368. Dr. John London to [Wriothesley]. (fn. n2)
Cleop. E. iv.
of the
Has pulled down the image of "your Lady" at Caversham, &c. Describes the relics, of which he missed nothing but "a piece of the holy halter Judas was hanged with." The canon of No/?/ley had conveyed home to his master as great a relic (fn. n3) as any of these before London came, "but I will have him and shall send it to my Lord. And this week following I will send up Mr. Johan. Schorn, and so as many as I find." Has occasion to go on college business by Aylesbury and Bedford next week "and as I suppose by Northampton." In all these are places of friars which he will despatch if allowed, for as they would fain be abroad it were a pity to stay them. In several of these houses much idolatry has been used. Remember Mr. Knyzte's matter. My servant will be with you this week to bring up the Friars' surrender and the relics of Caversham, and will also bring you a token in parchment under the convent seal from the abbot and convent here. Reading, 17 Sept.
Hol., pp. 2.
Harl. MS.
604, f. 110b.
2. Copy in a later hand with the address at the bottom (now lost in the original):— "To the right worshipful and my singular good master, Mr. Thomas Writhesley."
17 [Sept.] 369. Sir Thos. Denys to Cromwell.
R. O. On the 17th inst. received his letters. Sends accordingly the Breton priest, (fn. n4) Abevan, who has spoken with no man except Denys' servants. 17th inst. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
17 Sept. 370. Crokesden Abbey.
R. O.
Rymer xiv.
Surrender of the monastery and all its possessions in cos. Staff., Derb., Ntht., Linc., Leic., Chester, Midd., and elsewhere in England, Wales, and the marches thereof, 17 Sept. 1538. Signed by Thos. Chalner, abbot, and twelve others. [See Deputy Keeper's Eighth Report, App. ii. 18.]
Seal good.
Enrolled [Cl. Roll, p. 1, no. 23.] as acknowledged same day before Thos. Legh, LL.D.
17 Sept. 371. Sir Reynold Carnaby to Cromwell.
Calig. B. iii.
Would have written before, but he could not bring that to pass which he desired. Cromwell will perceive his diligence by the letters enclosed; but without his help cannot perform his office of Tynedale as he would. Has striven for a year and a half to cause the Tynedale men to make amends for their offences, who now complain they were never used so before. Begs credence for his brother Thomas Carnaby and Roger Lawson. Hallton, 17 Sept. Signed.
Pp. 2. Add.: "My lord Privy Seal." Endd. by Wriothesley.
Calig. B. iii.
2. "Articles given by me, Raynold Carnaby, kt., to my brother Thos. Carnaby and to my servant Roger Lawson to declare of my behalf to the right honourable and my most special and singular good Lord, my lord Privy Seal, concerning the order of the inhabitants of Tynedale, of whom I have taken the charge as the King's highness' officer there and therein have done my devoir and shall during the King's highness' pleasure. The 17th of September anno 30."
(1.) His labour in riding to days of march both on the West border and on the Middle, almost daily watching to prevent frays, being almost surrounded by evil-disposed persons of Lyddisdale, Bewcastle, Gilsland, Tynedale and Rydesdale. (2.) That the offers of Tynedale men are only dalliance till they can get home again these headsmen that Carnaby has in hold, and till they have eaten most of their hay and corn. (3.) In repressing the outlaws of Tynedale, has done all he could devise, but besides many times secretly they have now openly assembled, on Friday, the 13th, witht he inhabitants of North Tynedale. Cannot keep them out as he has no house for himself or deputy. (4.) The advisability of a raid amongst them, as he had devised, to receive such as will come in, and burn the goods of those that refuse. (5.) That every pensioner be required to levy a certain number of men. (6.) If this or some other way be not taken he cannot perform his office for Tynedale, as he would. He cannot occupy himself looking through his fingers as others have done. (7.) To know his pleasure for the house of Heslysyde. (8.) To have letters from Cromwell to the wardens of the West and Middle Marches and to Thomas Dacre, to be ready on advertisement from him. (9.) To be excused for writing his poor mind on this matter, considering the high charge given him. Signed.
Hol., pp. 3. Endd.: "Carnaby's instructions."
ii. On the fourth page of the preceding the writer has added the following list headed: "The names of the wardens and pensioners, as far as I can remember, of the Middle and East Marches."
Sir John Woddrington, Sir Wm. Evers, the lord Ogle, the capt. of Berwick, Sir Wm. Ogle, Sir Cuthbt. Radclif, Sir Raynold Carnaby, Sir Robt. Ellerkar, Sir Roger Gray, Sir John Delavale, Robt. Collyngwod, Thos. Gray, Lionel Gray, Thos. Forster, John Horsley, Percyvale Selby, Edw. Muschans, John Selby, John Ogle of Ogle, John Ogle of Twysil, Geo. Ogle, Thos. Heborn, Thos. Howborn, Rich. Folbery, John Car of Wark, Thos. Car of Newland, Raif Carr his brother, Willm. Strother of Newton. "These among them to find 100 persons."
P. 1.
372. Sir Reynold Carnaby to Cromwell.
R. O. Begs him to be good lord to his brother Thomas Carnaby and to his servant Roger Lawson, this bearer, in their reasonable suits, which will encourage them in the King's service. From my grandfather's poor house of Hallton, being kept from the King's house at Hexham by the plague.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal.
17 Sept. 373. Nicolas Partridge to Bullinger.
Orig. Letters,
(Parker Soc.)
Informs Bullinger about his book dedicated to the King, (fn. n5) and what has been done with the other copies sent as presents. On our arrival in England we inquired concerning the state of the realm. Learned that Bullinger's influence had been diminished by that unhappy retractation. Went therefore to the abp. of Canterbury, who courteously received the copy sent to himself. Offered him also the King's copy to present, which he at first refused, saying that it would be better placed in Cromwell's hands; but after supper he asked for it of his own accord and promised to deliver it, provided we were present in case the King wished to ask us questions. He then set himself to read it continuously, that he might not seem to recommend to the King a thing of which he had no knowledge. He bade us come again in two days. We then called on Cromwell. Eliot (fn. n6) put in his hands your book addressed to himself. He received it kindly with the letter, which he read through, though overwhelmed with business. That evening he went to Court and doubtless showed the book he had received to the King. On hearing this, Canterbury forthwith sent the King his book when we could not be present. But that it was acceptable we judge from this, that the King expressed a wish to have it translated into English. The Abp. promised to write to you this fair; but when I called on him five days before I left England, and asked if he had anything to send you, he said he had not your letter by him, having left it at his house 50 miles from London.
Eliot, I suppose, has written to you of lord Cromwell, Matravers, and the Polsteds. Latimer certainly inquired of me if we intended to return to those parts, for he would gladly write in reply. Nothing gratified him more than your present. At that time I could make no certain promise, and when I left England he was more than 200 miles away from London. Sir Edw. Wotton received your book with great satisfaction, and is diligently engaged on it.
Religion is making good progress among us. The King has sent persons to preach the truth in all parts of England. You have heard, no doubt, of the Lady of Walsingham, and the breaking in pieces of the other idols. The flames of purgatory are extinguished among us. There is a great dispute about private masses. The ambassadors of Saxony and Hesse are still in London, in discussion daily at Lambeth. You will learn further from Master John Butler. Has sent some British cloth, Oxford gloves, &c. Wishes him to write to Ric. Tracy, father of our friend Traheron. Frankfort, 17 Sept.
18 Sept. 374. Whitby Abbey.
See Grants in September, No. 8.
18 Sept. 375. Sempringham Priory.
R. O.
Rymer, xiv.
Surrender (by Robt. bp. of Llandaff, commendatory general master of the Order of Sempyngham, and Roger, prior of Sempyngham, &c.) of the house and all its possessions in cos. Linc., Notts., Derb., Leic., Camb., Midd., and elsewhere in England, Wales, and the marches thereof, 18 Sept. 30 Hen. VIII. Signed by Roger the prior and sixteen others. [See Deputy Keeper's Eighth Report, App. ii. 40.]
Seal bad.
Enrolled [Cl. Roll, p. 1, no. 30], as acknowledged same day before Wm. Petre, LL.D.
18 Sept. 376. [John Heliares] to Sir Thomas [Harrison].
R. O. "Brother Sir Thomas," for our troublous matters I trust we shall find remedy. My lord of Winchester gives me good comfort. Touching Spicer's matters, Mr. Chancellor advises that the other warden and "syde men" should present it to the Commissary at his next visitation; so I pray you appoint two men to present his denying of tithes, wherein I have written to Sir Geoffrey Pole, to whom you shall resort on Tuesday or Wednesday next, and if Spicer will not be ruled by him, send Horne and some other there as "syde men." Gives directions about engagement of sawyers. Not signed.
Small paper, p. 1. On the back in very illegible writing is a copy of of the will of Richard Horne as follows:—
Anno Dñi mliocccc[c]xxxv[ij?], xiiij die M[artii]. In Dñi nõie amen. Ego Ricardus Horne condo testamentum in hunc modum. In primis lego animam meam Deo ac corpus meum sepeliendum in cemiterio be[a]te Marie de [War]blynton. Item lego [eccl~e S[an]c[t]i Swithin. ijd]. (fn. n7) Item pro reparac[i]o[n]e capelle B[ea]te Marie ijd. Item, summo altare (sic) p[ro] decimis oblatis ijd. [Item, altari S[an]c[t]i Georgii ijd.] (fn. n7) Item, lime (lumini) vocat' rode lethe ijd. [Item, l~me b . . . Be[a]t[e] Marie in choro ijd.] (fn. n7) Item quiblz filulis meis ijd. Residuum vero bonorum meorum . . . legatorum do et lego Alicie uxori mee, quam facio meam executricem ut ipsa disponat pro [anima] mea, [et] Walteru[s] Rwsell supervisorem, qui habebet (sic) pro labore suo xiij iiijd. Hiis testibus, Recardo Batt . . . Nicolao Beschop et Domino Thoma Herrison, curato meo.
Below in Harrison's hand: [Deli]verd to Sir Wylliam Gory, Anno Domini mlcccccxxxviij et xviij of Septem[ber]." (fn. n8)
18 Sept. 377. Dr. John London to [Cromwell].
Cleop. E. iv.
B. M.
of the
Has sent up the surrender of the Grey Friars of Reading, with their plate, such as it is. Has inwardly defaced the church and dorter, leaving the rest till he know Cromwell's pleasure, and despatched all the friars out of doors in secular apparel, paying their debts and giving them each money in their purses. "This is a town of much poor people, and they fell to stealing so fast in every corner of the house that I have be fain to tarry a whole week here to set everything in due order." Hopes to receive to the King's use above 40l., the mansion wholly reserved. Has sent up the principal relic of idolatry in England, an angel with one wing that brought to Caversham the spear's head that pierced our Saviour's side upon the Cross. It was conveyed home to Notley, but he sent his servant purposely for it. Sent also three coats of the image, the dagger that they say slew Henry VI., the knife that killed St. Edward, &c. Has defaced the chapel inward, and sent home the canon to his master to Notley. Has required of the abbot the relics of the house, which he showed him with good will. Has taken an inventory of them and locked them behind the high altar. They have a good lecture in Scripture daily read in their chapter-house, both in English and Latin. Reading, 18 Sept.
Hol., pp. 2.
ii. Inventory of the relics of the house of Reading.
P. 1. In a clerk's hand, with a sentence added at the foot in Dr. London's.
18 Sept. 378. John Wellysburne to Cromwell.
R. O. Wishes to know the King's pleasure touching the stewardship of the lordship of Abingdon, with the lands thereto belonging, because of the law-days and courts, which should be holden as in time past. At his parting from the King, his Highness desired him to be at all law-days and courts, but he cannot, without commission or patent. It is needful to have courts. Recommends John Pollard as understeward. He is an honest gentleman, well learned in the law and the Latin tongue, a man of judgment and substance. Cannot come himself as he has a stitch in his left side, "and sometyme in (sic) fallethe in my legge, that I cannot abydd well the tredyng an easye pased horse without gret grefe." Fulwell, 18 Sept.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
18 Sept. 379. John Gostwyk to Cromwell.
R. O. There has been a dispute touching the vicarage of Potton, Beds., before the bp. of Lincoln's commissary, who has summoned an inquest de jure patronatus. The parties are a farmer of the house of the Mynoresse by London, and a friend of mine, who by an advowson granted under their convent seal before the said lease has presented one who has long taken pains in the instruction of youth in the said town. As my youth was brought up there I beg you will write to the Bp. to forbear to institute any one or take any presentment till the title has been further examined before your Lordship. Wyllyngton, 18 Sept. Signed.
P. 1. Add. My lord Privy Seal. Endd.
18 Sept. 380. Hulton or Hilton Abbey.
R. O.
xiv. 617.
Surrender of the monastery and all its possessions in cos. Staff. and Linc., and elsewhere in England, Wales, and the marches thereof, 18 Sept. 1538. Signed by Edward Wilkyns, abbot, and eight others. [See Deputy Keeper's Eighth Report, App. ii. 24.]
Seal broken.
Enrolled [Cl. Roll, p. 1, No. 24] as acknowledged same day before Thos. Legh, LL.D.
18 Sept. 381. White Friars of Plymouth.
R. O. Surrender of the house, by prior and convent, to the lord Visitor for the King, 18 Sept. 30 Hen. VIII. Signed: Frater Johes. Myllyn prior— Frater Symon Apphowell,—and by friars John Harrys, John Bond, Hev Hawyn, and Wm. Lobbe.
P. 1.
R. O. 2. Indenture of the stuff of the White Friars in Plummowthe when the house was delivered to Dr. Wegans and James Horssewall for the King.
Vestry:—A suit of vestments, blue silk, priest, deacon, and subdeacon, with 3 copes of the same, 3l. A vestment, blue satin, the deacon and sub-deacon cloth of tinsel, 30s A single vestment, red satin, the cross blue, 15s. 3 old tenacles, 16d. Blue silk altar cloth, 3s. 4d.; blue damask do. 5s. Two fronts, one silk, one red velvet, 2s. 3 old chesabulls, 12d. An old chest and coffer, 12d. A press for vestments, 8d. A holy water stoup, 6d. 3 stools for chaunters, 6d. A sacry bell, 1d.
Chambers:—A table, 2 trestles and 4 forms. A cupboard, 16d. Two tin candlesticks, 4d. An old chest, 4d.
The above remains in the house: besides it there was sold stuff for 7l. 16s. 10d. Debts and charges were 37s. 10d. The Visitor has 6l. and 2 chalices, one of which was in pledge, 14½ oz. The Visitor has received plate which was purloined, 211 oz., for which he paid 8l. 4s. Signed by Edward Wygan and James Horswall.
Copy p. 1.
18 Sept. 382. John Brierton to Alexander Mather.
R. O. I marvel that for so many letters as I have sent you, neither you nor my uncle Sir James have sent me any. Take this for the last unless you awake. A letter from you or my uncle would revive my spirits. I enclose a letter from Peter Rede to his old playfellow, the good wife of the Three Bells. If my uncle has more money than I, "desire him to bowe me an old noble or two for a token." Recommend me to my old master and yours, my mistress and the rest, also to John Ringer, Peter at Mrs. Salter's, and the good fellows at Mr. Grene's. John Gedge, my master's servant, will see any letters conveyed to me. Valedolide, 18 Sept.
The Emperor and French king have concluded a truce for 10 years. The Emperor is now going towards Garnado to embark towards Constantinople. Deliver the enclosed letter to my uncle Sir James.
Hol., pp. 2. Add.: servant to the right worshipful Mr. Godsalve at Norwich.
18 Sept. 383. John Rattlef (?) to Cromwell.
R. O. Wrote lately before the arrival in this town of our King's ambassador about the business of the King's subjects here. Now, as the ambassador writes more at large, need not speak of it. Desires to have the office in this Court and Council of solicitor for the King's subjects, who repair daily to this Court about losses of money and goods and wrongs done them in these parts. A solicitor to assist them in their causes would be very useful to all the King's subjects trading in these parts. Also as the Emperor is leaving Spain to proceed against the Moors and Turks, and the ambassador accompanies him, Cromwell will want someone to advertise him of what passes here. Lately the Emperor's council commanded that no foreign cloth should be brought into these kingdoms. Thereupon petitioned the Council in the name of the city of London and other cities, and they revoked the provision. However, it will be renewed if the English clothmakers (traperos dese reyno) do not amend the faults in the cloth. Will write what occurs when the ambassador Don Thomas Vuyet is absent. Has written to the mayor and aldermen of London, enclosing a translation of the said provision of the Council. Vallidd., 18 Sept. 1538. Signed.
Spanish, pp. 2. Add. Endd.: "John Ratclyff, xviijo Decembr."
19 Sept. 384. [Sir] Richard Gresham to Cromwell.
R. O. Divers persons, both men and women, have eaten flesh yesterday, being Ember Day. If they are not punished, flesh will be eaten on Fridays and Saturdays as on other days. Asks whether they shall be committed to ward. London, Thursday, 19 Sept.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
19 Sept. 385. Sir J. Russell to Cromwell.
R. O. I am now well amended and trust to wait on you shortly. The abbot of St. Albans has shown me an indenture and a copy of a decree, brought to him by the late abbot as if from your Lordship. The abbot is content to follow your commands, but supposes it is not your pleasure that he should seal the said indenture, for it far varies from the order your Lordship took between them at their last waiting upon you. For the "urgent causes" in the articles herein enclosed, and others, please respite the matter till I may speak with you. Cheynes, 19 September. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.: Sir John Russell.
R. O. 2. "Considerations for the not sealing of the indenture of the late abbot of St. Alban's."
* * * * the xxviij [day of Au]gust.
"Item, in the said indenture is expresse[d that] the said abbot and convent should be bounden in [one th]ousand pounds" to fulfil the same, which 1,000l. they would be in danger of as soon as they sealed, as the payment was not made at Lady Day and Midsummer as mentioned in the book. There is no place of payment limited; and no clause providing, if the said abbot and convent should hereafter prefer the said Robert Catton to any spiritual promotion over 40l. and under 80l., that the said annuity of 80l. mentioned in the indenture might be proportionately diminished. The said now abbot says that when he and the said late abbot were before the lord Privy Seal his Lordship ordered the late abbot to pay certain debts, money by him received, which are not mentioned in the indenture.
In the hand of Sir J. Russell's clerk: p. 1. Mutilated fragment, nearly half the leaf gone. Endd.
19 Sept. 386. Norfolk to Cromwell.
R. O. Though diligence has been used in the Commission of Sewers, there are certain mills very "noyfull" to the country. And as the vagabonds are not yet clearly banished from Norfolk and Suffolk, wishes Cromwell to write to him that the King marvels the premisses are not yet redressed. It would be convenient to have such a letter before the sessions of Norfolk and Suffolk, the week after Michaelmas. Begs Cromwell not to disclose that he has written for it. Kenynghall, 19 Sept. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Sealed. Endd.
19 Sept. 387. Thomas Lord Lawarr to Sir Richard Longe.
R. O. On Friday night, before Our Lady Day last, my park of Ewhurst was hunted, and two men walking there beaten and wounded. There were eight hunters at least, some in harness, and two cross-bows. There are divers suspect persons in these parts as the bearer, Wm. Tanner, can show you. I beg you to be a mean to the King, that these men may be examined before the Council. Halfnakyd, 19 Sept.
P.S. in his own hand. I shall deserve your goodness if I can, and for Tanner, I hear say you are his good master, for which I thank you. Signed.
P. 1. Add. Endd.
R. O. 2. Particulars of the hunting.
On 6 Sept. 30 Henry VIII., being the Friday before Our Lady Day the Latter, on which day at night the park of Ewhurst was hunted, there went at 8 a.m. from Shoreham, John Martin, Robt. Wilson and Reynold Gibson, and were drinking at Henfield at one George's house at 7 p.m., and where they became afterwards I cannot tell. There is an ale house in Henfyld called William Boneface house where was great resort at 8 that night. And there was a man that heard divers say within the house "Now shall we go?" "Nay," said another of those within, "I will not go this night, we will go another night." Then said the other "If thou wilt not go now we will not go at all. Then let us go our way." With that two or three went out at the street door and smote their staves on the ground. And there were three men that night at 2 in the morning at Woodds Mill having with them "a vallowe dogge and a black." And there was eaten at the said John Martin's house a pasty of holt venison the Tuesday after this hunting, and at old Gibson's house there was a shoulder of venison a roasting. The two men that were hurt say that there were eight hunters at the least, two of them had crossbows and some had harness. The keepers desired the hunters to give them drink, and one of the hunters filled a sallet full of water and gave one of the keepers drink, "and shakyd his harness over him, Here is for you, and would a made them swear on a book that they should never tell that there was any hunting there." The keepers refused, for if they kept it secret men would think that one of them had hurt the other. On Tuesday and Wednesday about 8 p.m., before the hunting, there came Robert Wilson and one with him riding from Cofold and met with Mr. Covert at Morles Bridge. Mr. Covert asked who was there and he said a good fellow. On which Wilson whistled for his greyhounds and Mr. Covert thought he had done it to have his spaniels. Mr. Covert met him at Henfyld two or three days after and asked him "Robert, did not I meet with you such a night?" and he said "No," and confirmed it by an oath. After that Wilson went to his own house to the Downs, and told a man by the way that he had thought to cast Mr. Covert into the dyke from his horse if he had not heard his hawk's bells on his fist. And he made his boast that he or his fellow had a tegge that time behind one of them on their horse.
ii. The names of the suspect persons, viz. : — The parson of Woodmancote, Sir Thomas a Wood of Henfyld, Robert Wilson, Reynold Gybson, John Martyn, and William Bonyface.
In the hand of lord La Warr's clerk, pp. 2. Add.: To William Tanner. Endd.
[19 Sept?] 388. Bp. Roland Lee to Cromwell.
R. O. Thought it expedient to advertise you by this bearer of my coming to London this night, and to know your counsel in my coming to the Court, and in ordering myself there. Thursday in the morning, at St. Albons.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
19 Sept. 389. Grey Friars of Plymouth.
R. O. Surrender of the house by warden and convent, to the lord Visitor for the King, 19 Sept. 30 Hen. VIII. Signed: ffr. John Morys, warden of Plymouth—frater John Hunt, vysgardianus, and by friars Roger Sparnall, Wm. Scherwyll, John Bowgge, Robt. Elles, Wm. Barre, and Thos. Tygberd.
P. 1.
R. O. 2. Indenture showing that the house of the Grey Friars, Plummowth, is delivered, to the King's use, to Thomas Clowteynge, mayor there, and Wm. Hawkyns, mayor elect. There remains at the high altar an alabaster table, with "the pore stalls" and lectern in the choir, and two bells and a clock in the steeple. The rest of the stuff was like to have been "brybeyd" away, and so was valued by the mayor, Dr. Wegans, James Horswell, and others, and sold by the Visitor for 3l. 10s. over and above his charges. This, with a chalice of 8 oz., the Visitor has for the King. Signatures copied of Clowteyng and Hawkyns.
Copy, p. 1.
19 Sept. 390. [Lady Lisle] to Madame de Bours.
R. O. I promised to send you news when I returned from England. My Lord and I have lately been there and seen the King. I can hardly tell you how well he received us. All our affairs have succeeded as well as we could desire. At our departure the King made us beautiful presents. He desires that my Lord should remain here, promising he shall not want anything he can do for him. You would do my Lord and me a great pleasure if you would procure us two good goshawks, male and female. Your daughter (fn. n9) desires to be humbly commended to you. She has been ill with fever more than five weeks. It still attacks her every day, and we do not know what remedy to apply. Commend me to your son and to Mademoiselle d'Agincourt, your daughter. Calais 19 Sept. Not signed.
French, p. 1. Add.
391. [Lord Lisle] to Earl of Rutland.
R. O. I and my wife thank you and my Lady for your goodness at our last being in the Court with you. We beg you to get this bill signed by the King for one James Wading, an Englishman, who has long been victualler to this town, that he may continue the brewing of beer at the Middle Way without the walls of Calais, for he pays scot and lot as if he dwelt within. It will be a great injury to the town if he do not. I will send you a tun of wine.
P. 1. Endd.: The copy of my lord of Rutland's letter.
20 Sept. 392. W. Earl of Southampton to Cromwell.
R. O. As I am now restored to health I intended to come to Court on Wednesday or Thursday next, but thought that first, with my hawks and dogs, I would visit my neighbours, my lords of Arundel and La Ware. Did so on Tuesday last, 17 Sept., and, after seeing my lord of Arundel and meeting with my lord La Ware, as we were hawking in the afternoon, came to me a poor man saying his wife was committed to prison in Chichester by one Gounter, J.P., of Sussex, for reporting that Sir Geoffrey Poole would have sent a band of men over sea to his brother Cardinal Poole had he not been taken. Sent the poor man to bid Gounter come speak with me at lord La Ware's; but he came not. Afterwards sent some of my folks for him and he came to me on Thursday last about 9 a.m. and brought the examinations of the woman and others, one taken before him and the mayor of Chichester the others before himself alone. Commanded him to come before me next day and sent for the woman and her daughter, who repeated their former confessions as herein enclosed. As the report appeared to originate from one Laurence Taylor alias Harper of Havant, I asked whether he was in ward. The justice replied that the poor man I sent did not come to him and he, in doubt what to do, after examining the said Laurence, let him go, and he was gone to a wedding to Windborne. Hearing this unwise answer and knowing Laurence to have been sometime Gounter's servant, I blamed his negligence in letting Laurence depart, and said he had acted like an untrue man. He waxed pale and with tears and sobbing besought me to be good to him; he had not seen the importance of the matter at the beginning, but would make amends by his diligent search for the said Laurence. I desire advice what to do, and will tarry here a day or two longer. Meanwhile I keep both the justice and the woman here in surety. I have asked my lords Matrevesse and La Ware to come to me and will inquire if they have heard of this matter. I will try out the matter and let you know either by letter or at my coming to Court. From my manor of Cowdrey, 20 Sept. Signed.
Pp. 3. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
R. O. 2. i. Confession of John Wissedome, husband, and Joan Triselowe (or Truslowe), spinster, of Stoghton, Suss., 13 Sept. 30 Hen. VIII., before John Gounter, J.P., in Sussex.
That they heard Johane Sylkden of Waldreton, Suss., spinster, say that if Sir Geoff. Poole had prospered till March next he would have sent a band of men over sea to his brother Cardinal Poole; also that if my Lady of Salisbury had been a young woman, the King and his Council would have burnt her at their late being in the country.
ii. Answer of the said "John" Silkden, 17 Sept., before John Gounter and Elys Bradshawe, mayor of Chichester.
Heard the above reports at Stoghton from Alice Paytchet, her mother.
iii. Confession of Alice Patchet of Stoughton, Sussex, 18 Sept.
Told her daughter that Hugh Holand was taken up to London "with his hands bound behind him and his legs bound under his horse's belly," and Sir Geoffrey Poole met him and asked where he was "bound to go." Hugh said he could not tell very well himself, and bade Sir Geoffrey "keep on his way, for he should not be long after." Heard this from Laurence Tailor of Havant, harper. Also she says, Sir Geoffrey would send over sea to his brother in March next, &c.
iv. Answer of Laurence Tailor.
Reported the first article but not the last. Told Alice that Holand was suspected of carrying letters over sea; Ric. Heyre told him so.
Pp. 3.
20 Sept. 393. W. Earl of Southampton to Cromwell.
R. O. Laurence Taylour, the harper of Havant, who was lately examined by Gunter, the justice of peace, and let go again, has been arrested again by his servants in consequence of Southampton's rebuke. Walter Russell, of the Guard, the bailiff of Havant, also sought for him. He was arrested at one Richard Cockwells of Farlington. Lord La Ware was unable to come to attend to the matter, as he and Sir Wm. Goring had to sit elsewhere in commission, but lord Matravers came. Taylour denied the words attributed to him in Alice Patchet's confession, that Sir Geffrey Poole would have sent over the sea to his brother at March next if he had not been taken, but she again affirmed it, and finally he confessed, but could not tell where he heard it, unless it was from Richard Heyre, surgeon.
Has committed him to sure ward in his gate house, and hears that Heyre is in custody with Walter Russell. Does not think it is necessary to detain the women. The justice repents his negligence, and meant no harm. Cowdrey, 20 Sept.
The pirates who had robbed some Flemings or Englishmen coming from Iceland, and were chased by John Chaderton, and others of Portsmouth are taken. Signed.
Pp. 3. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
20 Sept. 394. The Mayor and Aldermen of Coventry to Cromwell.
R. O. It is reported that the Grey and White Friars of Coventry are to be suppressed. Their churches can ill be spared; for in time of plague, sick people resort to them to hear divine service. There are but two parish churches in the town, and no small number of Christian people belong to them. If in time of plague sick people resorted to the parish churches they would infect the whole city. We beg you therefore to intercede with the King that those two churches of friars remain, the religious persons thereof to be reformed at the King's pleasure. Coventry 20 Sept. Signed by William Cotom, mayor, Roger Wigston, recorder, Thomas Banwell, Julian Nethermyll, Ric. Heryng, Thos Dode, Thos. Arcelen, Roger Myllys, Hugh Lawton, John Gett, Roger Palmer, Chr. Wayd, Chr. Waren, Henry Woner (?), Wm. Mailer, Cuthbert Jenour, Ric. Lee.
P. 1. Add.: Privy Seal. Endd.
20 Sept. 395. Sulby or Welleford Abbey.
R. O.
Rymer, xiv.
Surrender of the monastery and all its possessions in cos. Ntht., Leic. Warw., and elsewhere in England, Wales and the marches thereof, 20 Sept, 1538. Signed by Ralph Armonte, abbot, Robt. Bucley, prior, Thos Hyll. subprior, and nine others (See Deputy Keeper's Eighth Report, App. ii. 43.],
Fair Seal.
Enrolled [Cl. Roll, p. 1, no. 26], as acknowledged same day before Thos. Legh, LL.D.
20 Sept. 396. Grey Friars of Bodmin.
R. O. Surrender of the house, by warden and convent, to the lord Visitor for the King, 20 Sept. 30 Hen. VIII. Signed: "per me, ffr'm Waltere Rodd, gar.— per me, fr'em Johem Colyns—per me, fratrem Richardum Kesern "and by John Bowrood, John Colyn, Robt. Skyll, Hen. Tarway (?), John Hamley, and Rich. Pec.
P 1.
R. O. 2. Indenture of the stuff of the Grey Friars of Bodmain, received by the lord Visitor under the Lord Privy Seal, and delivered to John Bley and Nich. Bower for the King.
Choir:—On the high altar an alabaster table, a frame of old organs without pipes &c. Vestry:—7 suits of vestments of damask, baudkyn, silk and worsted, with other vestments, &c. Chambers, frayter and buttery:—furniture detailed. The kitchen and brewhouse furniture, except a brass pot and a copper in a furnace, sold to pay costs for 23s. 1d. Two old feather beds with coverings sold for 10s. The convent was in debt above 16l., to discharge which the warden had a suit of white vestments, not yet all paid for, a pair of organs, a little maser and 2 spoons. The Visitor has 286 oz. silver. There was a chest of evidences belonging to 3 divers gentlemen which I have sealed and left with the prior of the canons of Bodman. The evidences of the house remain with the keepers. Signed by Nic. Bowar and John Blygh.
Copy, pp 3.
20 Sept. 397. Geo. Rolle to Lady Lisle.
R. O. Last night I received your Ladyship's letter, dated Dover, 5 Sept. I am glad to hear of the King's letter concerning the recoveries and fines of which you wrote. I showed this to my lord of Bridgewater that he might give up his unreasonable demand, but he had good hope from the King. John Davey can report what I said to him. He made a great matter of his father giving Mr. Bassett 3,000 marks, as appears in the great indenture, but I showed him never one penny was paid. He also alleged the payment of 500 marks to Hugh Beamount. He would not be removed from his unreasonable demand contained in my last letters from Perrot, but when the King's pleasure is declared to him by his own friends, I trust he will be more reasonable. There is no need now to make a fresh suit to him I would your Ladyship would remember an old letter of mine advising that Mr. John Bassett should be put to my lord Privy Seal's service, that after a convenient season, he might put him to the King's service. One article in my last letter, written at midnight, was that my Lord and you should labour the King to order my lord of Bridgewater and your counsel to come to London and show your titles before two noblemen and two judges, who should report to the King that he may make a final end between you to bring the whole inheritance home. Though it cost 1,000 marks there are many of your friends who would be bound for him. As to the title of the bastard Beamount, I am of your mind. You have fines and proclamations and bastardy certified in the Chancery. I am glad that Mr. Ric. Pollard was with you at Dover. My Lord should write to Sir Ric. Riche, Chancellor of the Court of Augmentations, for delivery of the evidence of Frystoke and Brodwod, which is in the parish church of Frystoke, sealed by Sir Thos. Arundell and the King's auditor. I have an abstract of the indentures of all the tenants in Frystoke and Brodwode Wygger, and I have taken some fines of those who had taken reversions by convent seal. The world is dead in these quarters by reason of the great plague yet remaining. I thank you and my Lord for my patent. Stevenston, 20 Sept.
Hol, pp. 2. Add.: at Calais.
20 Sept. 398. Edmond Boner to Cromwell.
R. O. The bearer, Sir Ant. Browne, will explain all our proceedings since his arrival. Cannot enough commend his dexterity and discretion. Has had of him a great treasure and shall want him greatly if he has much to do. Has been visited three or four times by an Italian who wants to know what is to be done as to the pension due to the King. He brought Bonner a letter (enclosed) sent to the bp. of Winchester, desiring him to read it as he had left. Desires to know Cromwell's pleasure about it. 20 Sept.
Hol., p 1. A dd.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.


  • n1. Surrendered 24 Sept. 1538. See No. 411.
  • n2. Not to Sir Richard Riche, as conjectured by Wright. See § 2.
  • n3. See No. 377.
  • n4. See No. 267.
  • n5. The copy presented is now in the British Museum, bearing words of presentation on the title page in Bullinger's own hand. There is also a marginal note in the King's hand at f. 94 b., declaring one argument irrelevant.
  • n6. Nic. Elyot. See Nos. 145, 146.
  • n7. Crossed out.
  • n8. The letter itself is, no doubt, much earlier in date than this memorandum.
  • n9. Meaning Mary Basset