Henry VIII: October 1538 11-15

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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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October 1538 11-15

11 Oct. 584. Cromwell's Injunctions.
Wilkius iii.
Mandate, by Thomas archbishop of Canterbury, to the archdeacon of N., or his official, to publish the injunctions hereto annexed, (fn. n1) issued by Cromwell with the King's authority. Lambeth, 11 Oct. 1538, translat. 6.
R. O. 2. Notes from Cranmer's register touching the preceding, and of further acts relating to the authority of the Abp. and his suffragans in the reigns of Edw. VI. and Philip and Mary.
In a modern hand, pp. 2. Endd.: Notes e libro Cranmeri.
11 Oct. 585. Chapuys to Queen Mary of Hungary.
Calendar VI. i.
No. 21.
The King, having this morning heard from his ambassadors of the very kind reception she had given them, would, Chapuys is told, have wished to see him and thank him for his commendations of secretary Wriothesley, desiring him to thank her for the same, but that he had taken some light preservative medicine and intends taking a bath tomorrow. Not to delay the courier, however, he sent Cromwell to him, who expressed himself so warmly that he has no words to explain it. Cromweìi said that on hearing from his ambassadors of the cordiality of the lords in the Low Countries, especially Arschot and the counts of Bure, Trestein (Isselstein?), and Molembaix, the King could not help crying for joy and exclaimed that he had hitherto somewhat suspected His Majesty (fn. n2) of seeking him to gain some advantage, but now he knows well that she was really in earnest; and since it was so he would play a bon jeu bon argent. Cromwell also said that he had never seen the King so much disposed for the conclusion of the two marriages, especially that of his daughter, for which he was about to despatch Dr. Carne to treat, along with the other ambassadors, and had already written to Sir Anthony Brown to come back. He also told me secretly that the King intends sending thither, as soon as possible, a gentleman of his Chamber, (fn. n3) but he did not think that he could depart till after eight or fen days. He would, however, let me know before the despatch, with instructions, was closed, and show me besides many other good provisions, such as the King's offer of assistance against the Turk, of which he and the rest of the Privy Councillors had that very morning spoken to the King, and which would be a special article of the ambassadors' instructions. When we came to speak of the Pope's authority Cromwell, at last, said that the King would not insist on it one way or other, and would be content that no mention were made of it at all. Chapuys suggested that if he would do the same with respect to Milan, for reasons already alleged, there would be no difficulty in the way of the marriages; on which Cromwell was for a time thoughtful and, to avoid giving an opinion, said the French were boasting that they would be masters of Milan before three months were over, and that the whole affair would be settled at Compiegne. Chapuys repeated to him what he had told the King respecting the Emperor's journey, and who was the promoter of the interview, and that it was but an excuse for pastime. Cromwell replied he believed that it was so, but made no answer to Chapuys' suggestion about Milan. Is sure he himself is in earnest about this affair, and has already passed many sleepless nights and borne a thousand reproaches on account of it. London, 11 Oct. 1538.
French, from a 31S. at Vienna.
11 Oct. 586. Sir Thos. Hennege to Dr Legh.
R. O. Informs him of the King's pleasure that Thos. Gyfford, gentleman usher of the Chamber, shall have the house and farm of Black Ladies of Brewod, Staff., who has made suit for it for more than a year. At your now being there you shall put him in possession, and he may at leisure apply to the Chancellor of Augmentations for the lease. Westminster, 11 Oct.
Hol., p. 1. Begins: "Maister Legh."
11 Oct. 587. Sib Brian Tuke to Cromwell.
R. O. Being here "a stert" to look to his things, sends, as desired, a book of the wages he pays as treasurer of the Chamber. Has examined it only by memory without his books. Tomorrow intends to be at London and will see by his books if anything be omitted. My poor house besides Havering, 11 Oct. 1538.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Crumwell, lord Privy Seal. Endd.
11 Oct. 588. Thomas Jeferys, Mayor of Bristol, to Cromwell.
R. O. The mayor and commonalty have commissioned David Brooke, Thos. Whyte, and Will. Chester, to move our suits to your Lordship for St. John's in Bristol and other matters, which we hope you will further. Bristol, 11 Oct.
Hol,, p. 1. Add,: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
[12 Oct.] 589. [Henry VIII.] to Wriothesley [and Vaughan].
R. O.
St. P. viii.
Perceives by their letters of Sunday last, dated from Valenciennes, their diligence in resorting (fn. n4) to the Queen Regent, especially that of Wriothesley, who was so ill. Is gratified by that and the kindness of the Regent and the rest of the Court. They must by this time have received Cromwell's letters by Thos. Barnabey acknowledging receipt of the Regent's letters of the 17th ult., for which they are to express the King's cordial thanks, desiring her to continue the treaty with them in accordance with ancient amities. Sends Dr. Kerne to assist them, whom they are to present to the Regent and explain the cause of his coming. Has also appointed Sir Ant. Browne to resort to her Court, for whom they will prepare a lodging.
Corrected draft.
12 Oct. 590. John Husee to Lord Lisle.
R. O. Has received his letters. Has moved my Lord (Cromwell) for your annuity. He says he asked the King for 400l., but could not obtain it, but will rest upon his first promise and obtain 400 marks. This is all I can get of him. He says also that he doubts not you shall have the Friars, but you must wait his leisure. Your patent will bear the first payment at Christmas next, and the gift from Michaelmas. I have written to you about Plymton and have since communed with Mr. Thaccker and Darbye. They have no remembrance of the matter, but they were glad to hear you had sped so well at Dover. The King will grant no abbeys. The marquis of Dorset has been in hand with me for money. He says the sum is 150l. I told him you had an acquittance of 100 marks, which he pays shall be allowed if it be sufficient; but 1 fear to show it, finding it was dated before the obligation. He asks 40l. a year, but I have proposed 20l., which "I think he will take. I am called upon for the subsidy, which is 46l. for two payments. Can see no remedy as to the, 100l. for Sir Weston Brown. Mr. Smeth of the Exchequer says it cannot be deferred, for my lords of Sussex and Ferres have paid it. You might write to my lord Chief Baron and Mr. Smythe for friendship in this. Your bailly of Kybworth wishes a warrant for timber to repair your tenantries. Parson Ayagell will be but too well ordered when he comes. I have been plain with my lord Privy Seal for my Lady's letters to the Chancellor and justices. He says they shall be stamped within two days, adding, "Who was in the realm that durst be so bold to meddle with those lands, seeing the King had stayed the matter?" Mr. Treasurer will pay you, according to the King's patent, as long as he shall be officer there. Mr. Popley and Mr. Bonham are not yet come. Sir Chr. Morrys is content the party shall continue in his room till the next room falls. He will write to you. I will be in hand with Mr. Wyndsor for the hangings. Mr. Basset† is with my lord Privy Seal, and waits daily, by Mr. Richard's admission, but my Lord has never spoken to him. You should thank my Lord, on his behalf; and doubtless Mr. Pollard, at his coming, will advance the matter. London, 12 Oct. (fn. n5)
Hol., pp. 3. Sealed. Add.
12 Oct. 591. John Husee to Lady Llsle.
R. O. I have received your sundry letters and am glad you have received all things according to my former writing. As to the King's letters to my lord Chancellor and the justices of the Common Bench, I have this day been plain with my lord Privy Seal, who asked me who had been so bold to meddle with those lands seeing that the King had stayed the matter; but at last he promised that I should have those letters stamped within two days. "As touching my lord Privy Seal for my Lord's annuity, I cannot see that it will be above 400 marks;" but I will do my best to further the first grant. As to my Lord's stuff at Soberton, against the hoy comes, I will write to Mr. Wynsor for the six pieces of verdure. "When I asked for them he said the tapestry man had them mending and they should be ready when you sent for them. Mr. Lock has delivered my Lord's doublet to Worley. I enclose a letter from Hyw Yeo, given me by the man who received the hawk for him. No quinces are to be had under 8s. the 100, and yet they are but small. I hope the travers will come now or never. Mr. Basset waits on my lord Privy Seal by Mr. Richard's admission, yet my Lord never spake to him. At Mr. Pollerd's coming, I doubt not he will advance the matter. Your Ladyship has forgotten Bremelcomb's coat. He must have it. I thank you for my livery, which your Ladyship has well considered in measure for my Italian waist. Mr. Comptroller is not come. I send a letter from Mr. Thirlby in answer to that brought by Mr. Fowler. I have Mr. Maydway's letter. He will be in the country for 30 days. Mr. Sheryngton has promised to send your silk and a letter shortly. I have received the "vessel" which lacks 9 lbs. or 10 lbs. in weight. I will exchange them and send two garnish, for them. Mr. Bryan is well amended. Mr. Speckott desires his livery. I hear no more of Paynyswick. Concerning Yeo, I wrote what answer Mr. Haynes made. I have received my pomander. I am sorry you did not keep it. Mrs. Karket desires to be commended to you. Mr. Coffyn cares not how soon he has his hawk. Today I asked Mr. Baynton for his advice, as to whom Mrs. Anne should apply to, now that the King has given her her "finding." He advises you to write to some one in the Privy Chamber to know the King's pleasure. London, 12 Oct. Lord Dawbny will be here about All Alontide.
I Hol. pp. 2. Add.
12 Oct. 592. Going to the Emperor's Wars.
R. O. The saying of Thos. Coke, 8 May 30 Hen. VIII., before John Dawtery and John Gounter, justices of the peace.
That Ric. Crowmpe, his late servant, said to him about 4 May in his house in the Pallant of Chichester, "Master, I can have no living here. I will go beyond sea; for I know one John Stappill hath been there in the Emperor's wars, and is now come home like a jolly fellow apparelled in scarlet, and 100 cr. in his purse; which John Stappill will get the King's licence for me, the said Richard, and Thos. Acton, late servant unto my lady of Salisbury, to go to the said Emperor's wars."
ii. The report of Thos. Cheselett, 12 Oct. 30 Hen. VIII., before Wm. Erneley and John Gounter, justices of the peace, and Ellys Bradshawe, late mayor of Chichester.
That Coke declared the above to him about 3 Oct., and said that if it had not been for dread of certain persons, he would have declared the truth; viz., that Stappill would procure the King's licence for himself, Acton, Crowmpe, "and half a score more of my lady of Salisbury's servants (if ye know who they were, ye would little think it,) to pass over the sea to the Emperor's wars; and if we cannot be retained there, then we will go to cardinal Poolle, who hath but one Englishman with him, which is the vicar of Estmeane, (fn. n6) and there we shall be sure to be retained."
P. 1. Endd.
12 Oct. 593. University of Cambridge to Henry VIII.
E. vi. 242.
B. M.
Strype Ecel.
Mem. i. pt. ii.
Wilkins iii.
Thank the King for two great gifts, peace and a purified religion. Neither desire nor ought to ask for more, except that these may be well secured; and the one is so well looked to by the King that nothing more can be desired; the other is begun with so much vigour that everything may be hoped for. For since, in the beginning of his reign, Henry subdued the Scots, and brought the French to terms, no one has attempted to create disturbance. But he was late in turning his mind to the Reformation of Religion, —not late if it be considered how much was done in a very brief space, but late considering his own zeal for truth, and his people's ardent love of piety. Like an excellent artificer he has done a work, the beauty of which will preserve the memory of his past labours. In reward for his efforts God has at length sent them prince Edward, a child worthy of such a parent. Enlarge upon the different steps taken for the reform of religion; and beseech Henry's favour for their university. Are grieved at the fall of their brethren—not that those members have been expelled who were injurious to the Christian religion; but they hope that the monasteries formerly given over to superstition, from which a base herd of impostors used to issue, may henceforth be made colleges to promote good letters and the true doctrine of Christ. Cambridge, 12 Oct.
Lat. Endd.
12 Oct. 594. Nicolas [Shaxton] Bp. of Salisbury to Cromwell.
R. O. The suffragan of Dover, Visitor of all the Friars in England, has received for the King a little house in Wilton, wherein was only one friar, and committed the custody thereof to Thos. Candell, the bishop's registrar. It is a little house, in great decay, the church and chancel not more than 34 feet by 14, a cloister of 24 ft. every pane, and a lodging of 16 ft. long and 12 ft. broad, adjoining, with the cloister, to the church, a little garden and a meadow ground of 3 acres or thereabout, which is worth 20s. a year. As it is near the registrar's house, asks that he may have it, either by gift, purchase, or farm. He is an honest poor man, diligent and trusty in his calling to help forward God's word, and has sustained great labour and costs these 14 years, concerning taxation and collection of the subsidies, without having any recompense, the bp. (fn. n7) then being at Rome. He is only vice-registrar, with a portion of the profit which is very small. Rammesbury, 12 Oct. Signed.
In Candell's hand, pp. 2. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
595. Thos. Candell to Cromwell.
R. O. Reminds him of his suit specified in the bp. of Salisbury's letters concerning the little house of one friar in Wilton, with a meadow. Begs him to desire the King to grant him this house for ever, for the considerations mentioned in a supplication enclosed. Is a poor man charged with wife and children. Will give Cromwell 10l. within a month after the receipt thereof. Would be loath to give more than 20l. for the purchase, though a rich clothier took the meadow by lease for 26s. 8d. a year, it is not now so much worth, for now it is enclosed with hedges where before stood houses. Poor folk carry away the hedges to make fire, and cattle enter and do hurt. Perceives that the King has given away divers friars' houses, far in value above this, and perhaps will give this to some other man. Has made his suit only to Cromwell and begs him not to repel him. Asks that the bearer may know his pleasure. Rammesbury.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal.
12 Oct. 596. William Dynham to Cromwell.
R. O.
Ellis 3 Ser.
iii. 112.
Of late I came to the priory of St. Germayne in Cornwall and sat at supper with the prior, accompanied by Alex. Barckley, who the day before preached in honour of the Blessed Virgin, but not so much to the edifying of his audience as his demeanour next day was, I heard, to their destruction. At supper I moved such questions as I thought might do good to the audience. He served my purpose, till, "alter a sodeyne dompe he brake silence, as a man that had spoken too well (and yet a frere in a somewhat honester weed)," and glorified himself. He first protested he would preach no new things, not set out by the King and his Council. I answered, wondering what he meant when all men of literature and judgment "knew that our so Christian a Prince and his Council set forth no new thing but the gospel of Christ, and the sincere verity thereof." Barckley replied, "I would to God that at the least the laws of God might have as much authority as the Jaws of the realm." Asked him what he meant, and Barckley said, Nothing, but he thought men were too busy pulling down images without special commandment of the Prince. Dynham answered he knew none pulled down, except such as idolatry was committed unto, and reminded him "of St. Margarets Patent is rode, (fn. n8) and the assembly, although somewhat dispraised, yet for the intent and good fact thereof tolerated. Here he demanded, what followed thereof? I requiring him to answer his demand, he said I knew how many tenements and some people were burnt soon upon. 'What, Barckley?' said I, 'here is somewhat moved; ye have a versatile ingeyne, but were ye so sleper as an eel, here will I hold you. Would you infect this audience with that opinion, that God for such cause plagued them? Your cankered heart is disclosed. My true little stomach, with reverence of the prior and his board, must be opened lest it break. You are, Barckley, a false knave and a dissembling frere. You get no pence might I rule here. You seek your own profit vocall to hinder the truth more than unity to set forth the true and princely endeavour of our most Crysten and of his church Supremest Head most laudable enterprises; whereof I trust thou shalt hear.'" Lyfton, 12 Oct.
Hol., (but not his own hand), pp. 2. Add.: Lord Cromwell, lord Privy Seal. Endd.
12 Oct. 597. Sir William Uvedalle to Cromwell.
R. O. Has, by the King's patent, an office in the park of Clarendon called the "launde walke," and, like his father and other keepers before him, has a lodge called the Queen's Lodge pertaining to the keeper of the said walk. Now one Sir Michael Lyster, alleging a patent for the wardenship of the whole park, says he will have the said lodge. Sir Michael, upon "light tales," took and imprisoned the writer's keeper in a deep dungeon and set a servant of his own in the lodge. Got the keeper released on bail, and then one of Sir Michael's servants made a fray upon the man in Salisbury, and when he returned to the lodge Sir Michael again cast him into the dungeon and has kept him a fortnight. Begs Cromwell to call the parties before him. 12 Oct. Signed.
Pp. 2. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
12 Oct. 598. Guido Giannetto to Peter Vannes.
R. O. I have arrived in my return at Nuremberg, one of the first cities in Germany. Was recognised and courteously entertained by M. Joachime a gentleman of the city, who had seen me in England in the house of Monsignore. (fn. n9) He introduced me to Osiander, the first of the Evangelical preachers at Norimberg, who asked news of his friend the abp. of Canterbury to whom he has dedicated a book entitle Harmonics Evangelicœ. M. Joachimo says he is going to England to be at the King's service. To make him laugh, sends copy of something from Italy which has been translated here into German. By letters received from Spain it seems probable that the Emperor will pass through France into Flanders; if so it must be not only on account of the dukedom of Gueldres but to renew some league with the princes and free states in Germany, perhaps to induce them to go with him to a Council; but this is only a conjecture, because the papists and antipapists are alike uncertain whether they will succeed in a Council. Hearing that 60,000 Turkish horse were about to invade Hungary the king of the Romans asked aid of men from these free states, but none sent any except Norimberg, which is very favourable to tbe Emperor—more, they say, than any other Lutheran state. It sent at its own expense 500 men who have been since dismissed as not needed. I wrote to you from Antwerp and left the letters with Francesco Nasi. Nuremberg, 12 Oct. 1538.
Italian, Hol., pp. 2. Add. Endd.
13 Oct. 599. Abp. Lee to Cromwell.
R. O. Is sorry to trouble him so often with his suit for a suffragan. The bill has been in Wriothesley's hands ever since Easter, and the Abp. hears Cromwell has put in it the name of the prior of Gisborough. Begs him to get it signed as he has great need. Cawood, 13 Oct. 1538. Signed.
P, 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
13 Oct. 600.Richard Sparcheford, Priest, and Richard Warmecombe to Cromwell.
R. O. Have received the King's letters patent to survey the bpric. of Hereford, now in his Grace's hands, and keep the courts there. It was Cromwell's pleasure, at Sparcheford's late being with him, that the bailiffs who had levied the half year's rent should continue to occupy till next audit. Thomas Lorymer and others, who have obtained bailiwicks, by the King's signed bill, enterprise to occupy them. Lorymer, especially, who has the bailiwick of Hampton, sometime of Richard Love, says he will gather the half-year's rent. 13 Oct. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
13 Oct. 601. Mereval, or De Mir a Valle, Abbey.
R. O.
Rymer xiv.
Surrender of the monastery and all its possessions in cos. Warw. Leic., Staff., Derb., Lane, Chester, Norf., and elsewhere in England, Wales, and the marches thereof. 13 Oct. 30 Hen. VIII. Signed by Win. Arnold, abbot, John Ownsbe, subprior, and eight others. [See Deputy Keeper's Eighth Report, App. ii. 31.]
Seal broken.
Enrolled [Cl. Roll, p. 1, no. 46] as acknowledged before Thos. Legh, LL.D.
13 Oct. 602. Lord Lisle to Wriothesley and Vaughan.
R. O. Has received their letters this St. Edward's even. Said nothing touching the person (fn. n10) they wrote of, but desired Thos. Scriven, the King's servant, to inquire if any such stranger were in this town, who learns from the treasurer of the Staple that he was here on the 24 Sept., as I stated. Where you write that my lord Privy Seal would have had him if he had known it in time, if the search had not been published, "I promise you to be bidden by, there was no more done than is before written." I send my Lord a letter with a copy of yours. Calais, 13 Oct. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: To the right worshipful Master Wriseley and Mr. Vaughan, the King's ambassadors resident with the lady Regent in Flanders.
ii. "Copy of my letter to my lord Privy Seal."
Received a letter from Mr. Wriseley dated Antwerp the 3rd. I caused Scriven, who was admitted the King's servant at Dover, to search for the man who was here on the 24 Sept. last, who is a clothier dwelling at Mechlin, and will be here again between Easter and Midsummer to buy wool. Received yesterday a letter from Wriseley, willing him to inform Cromwell of what had been done. Calais, 13 Oct.
P. 1.
13 Oct. 603. Anne Rouaud (Madame de Bours) to Lady Lisle.
R. O. I have been waiting to procure the two goshawks for which you wrote. I have only been able to procure one, which still has something wrong with its leg. I understand that a gentleman has promised Mons. de Ryou to send my Lord a couple. Montmorency went to the Court six weeks ago, and I told him to get me some, if he could, for you. I have since been absent with one of my brothers, who has been ill, and died 15 days ago. Since my return I have been ill. I wish for news of "Mademoiselle ma bonne fille," (fn. n11) whom your last letters state to have been ill for some time. Recommend me to my Lord. Bours, 13 Oct. Signed.
A great personage of this country wishes for a large English greyhound, and I beg you to send me one for him.
Fr., p. 1. Add.
14 Oct. 604. Leather, Hides and Tallow.
Harl. MS.
442, f. 155.
Proclamation prohibiting export of leather, hides, and tallow. Westm., 14 Oct., 30 Hen. VIII.
B. M. Later copy, pp. 2.
14 Oct. 605. John Husee to Lady Lisle.
R. O. I send such letters as Mr. Rolles delivered me for your Ladyship, and with them one for Mr. Marshal, which I beg you to send on. "As to the pewter vessel, your Ladyship shall receive two garnish in Toby's boat." I have been in hand with Mr. Marvyn for Bell, but nothing can be done till next assize. Money matters with Mr. Rolles. I wait for the King's letters. My lord Privy Seal promises hourly to rid them, but I cannot be despatched. I am told plainly that the earl of Bridgewater will be here before All Hallowtide. The earl of Hertford is not yet come. No news but that the Council sit most of the day. Mr. Basset is a great waiter, and will be a good courtier. London, 14 Oct.
Hol., p. 1. Add.
14 Oct. 606. John Lord Fitzwarren to Cromwell.
R. O. Since sending his letter, delivered at Canterbury, concerning certain priests of Sarum who privily stirred the people in confession to the old fashion, and also concerning Cromwell's favour that he should have the Black Friars to dwell in, and his Lordship's letters in favour of the bailiff of Sarum, complaint has been made to Fitzwarren of the papistical fashions of Gyles Hakelewt, sub-dean of Sarum. It has been "coloured and drowned" by Mr. Baker of the Close and the mayor, and no reformation had. On the eve of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross he rebuked divers scholars for not being at evensong on so high an even, and called them and their fathers and masters heretics. The examination was had before the mayor, Fitzwarren being then with lord Hartford. Asks whether he shall be punished or sent up with the depositions.
Reminds him of the articles he sent to him at Portsmouth concerning John Evans, constable of Sarum. If he be not bridled, the others of his brethren will take too much courage in their unlawful doings. Dorneforde, 14 Oct. Signed.
P.1. Add.: My lord Privy Seal. Sealed with the Bourchier knot. Endd.
14 Oct. 607. Ric. Worsley to Cromwell.
R. O. A little before the death of his father, (fn. n12) there was a contention between the baileys of Newport in the Isle of Wight and the inhabitants, for divers petty customs, which the baileys require. His father and other gentleman arranged that the matter should be declared to learned counsel, and a final order taken at Easter term, contrary to which the baileys have arrested poor men on privy seals to appear before Cromwell, having selected simple men who will not be able to answer what will craftily be laid to their charge. Considering that it is sowing time now, asks him to discharge the poor men and commit the matter to the country, or to stay it in his hands for a time. The Isle of Wight, 14 Oct.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
14 Oct. 608. Marmonde Priory.
R. O.
Rymer xiv.
Surrender of the priory and all its possessions in cos. Camb. and Norf. and elsewhere in England, Wales, and the marches thereof, 14 Oct. 1538. Signed by Roger the prior and Wm. Cristall. [See Deputy Keeper's Eighth Report, App. ii. 31.]
Without seal.
Enrolled [Close Roll, 30 Hen. VIII. p. 1. no. 70] as acknowledged [the same day] before [Ric] Layton, elk., by virtue of the King's commission.
14 Oct. 609. J. de Honcourt to Lady Lisle.
R. O. I thank you for the trouble you write that you are taking to procure some birds for me. Abbeville castle, 14 Oct.
Commend me to your daughter. (fn. n13)
Hol., Ft., p. 1. Add.
14 Oct. 610. Adrian Revel to Lord Lisle.
R. O. I beg you to send me by the bearer the money for the 43 dozen quails I have sent yon, amounting to 43 livres. You wrote that you thought them too dear, and that you could get them at Calais at 17 sous a dozen.
I assure you it would cost me as much without those that died, which were over three dozen.
Begs that he may have some of his old account. Dieppe, Monday 14 Oct. 1538.
The herring fishery here is over. If there are any still at Calais, a good trade may be driven, as the drogueurs have not caught any.
Hol. Fr., pp. 2. Add.
15 Oct. 611. Shouldham Priory.
R. O.
Rymer xiv.
Surrender of the monastery with all its possessions in Norfolk and elsewhere in England, Wales, and the marches thereof, 15 Oct. 30 Hen. VIII. Signed by Robt. Swyfth, prior, Ric. Foster, sub-prior, and eight monks, Eliz. Fyncham, prioress, Jane Plomstede, sub-prioress, and five nuns. [See Deputy Keeper's Eighth Report, App. ii. 40.]
Without seal. Stained.
Enrolled [Close Roll, p. 1. no. 69] as acknowledged the same day before Ric. Layton, the King's commissioner.
15 Oct. 612. Richard Cromwell to [Cromwell].
Cleop. E. iv.
204. (fn. n14)
B. M.
of the
Rode on Sunday to Cambridge "to my bed." Was up betimes next morning expecting to have found at Ely Mr. Pollard and Mr. Williams, but they had left. Dined at Somersham with the Bp., and overtook them and declared your pleasure. Your Lordship will find the prior of Ely to be of a froward sort, from what we shall relate at our coming home. Have done nothing at Ramsey, except that overnight I communed with the abbot, whom I found conformable to everything that shall be at this time put in ure. When we have clone with Ramsey we shall go on to Peterborough, from thence to my house and so home, where I trust to be in seven days. Ramsey, Tuesday morning, 15 Oct. Signed.
P. 1.
15 Oct. 613. Dr John London to Cromwell.
R. O. I received, 14 Octobris, your letters by Mr. Vincent for me to give him the custody of the house of the Grey Friars of Stamforde, which I at once did. Within three hours after, the duke of Suffolk wrote that he trusted to have that house. When I had opened this to Mr. Vincent he was contented, trusting you would help him to another house of the Friars. The town would be helped by the Duke lying there. I have despatched the friars all well contented, and made the best I could of the moveables. It would help this town if men expert in clothing were planted here; moreover, the people complain that, if it were not for the mills on their stream, (fn. n14) vessels of 10 tons might come up to the bridge, but those who profit by the mills will not remove them. I have advised the honest men to open the matter to your Lordship. I keep the plate I found in these houses till I can send it up. I am riding towards Coventry and thence to Northampton, where my commission expires. Stameford, 15 Octobris.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Privy Seal. Endd.
15 Oct. 614. W. [Barlow] Bp. of St. Davids to Cromwell.
R. O. Has received Cromwell's letters with the injunctions enclosed, more welcome to him than any worldly treasure," even as they freely express God's honour, the advancement of Christ's religion, and gracious purpose of out most Christian Prince." Will see them observed. If his suggestion for the translation of the see is carried out, doubts not the diocese will shortly be thoroughly reformed. Complains that the steward Morys ap Herrye has restrained his deputies from allowing a rent of 8 mks. due to the Bp. from lands in Narbard, let by one of his predecessors to "Roger Mortymer, sometime earl of March. It has been paid without interruption. Dr. Barnes will show Cromwell a copy of the record at Wygmore. Would rather have for it some small benefice of like value, to avoid the cumbrous molestation of crooked officers. Carmarthen, 15 Oct.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
15 Oct. 615. Edmund Boner to Cromwell.
R. O. On the arrival of Francisco the courier, yesterday about 5 p.m., good Mr. Wrisley, notwithstanding his weakness from the ague with which he has been so long troubled, communicated the letters sent to him and his companion, Mr. Vaughan, from the King and others, to my companion Mr. Brown and me, and semblably we did with them. He gave me a private letter written to him by gentle Mr. Solyman and asked me to do therein as I thought best, but to temper my writing so that it should be seen not to proceed of malice to the party. From Solyman's letter I perceive Mason confesses to the fact and words laid to his charge, but excuses it as done by Mr. Wyat's command. This must either be arranged between them or Mason wishes to excuse three faults thereby, viz.: speaking with Poole at St. Denis and Villa Franca and with Poole's servant towards Nice. When Poole, in his ungodly legation, was at St. Denis by Paris, Mr. Wyatt would not receive wine of him nor speak with him, but Mason spoke with him. That might be by Wyatt's counsel; but on the other occasion Bonner wrote of, Mr. Wyatt was in England, for he did not return till we were before Marseilles. Had Mason meant truly he would have been as ready to communicate with Mr. Heynes and Bonner as with Poole. Thinks Mr. Wyatt too wise to command Mason "earnestly to swear and wish that Mason's soul were joined with Poole's soul." The longer he considers the answer the worse he likes it. Fears that Mason, corning abroad and being at large, will boast himself faultless and accuse Bonner of malice. Compiegne, 15 Oct.
P.S.—Has just received a packet of letters from the ambassador of Portugal containing one to Bonner sent by Wyatt out of Spain, which he encloses, with another addressed to the Emperor's ambassador with the King. Wyatt is in such credit with the Emperor that no man is so meet to fill that room. Yet if some things were reformed in him he could do better, as surely he will do, Mason being absent from him.
Hol., pp. 3. Add: Lord Privy Seal.
2. Sir Thomas Wyatt to Bonner.
R. O. Takes the opportunity of the bearer, M. de Selye, who goes first to the French king and then to the duke of Savoy, to write, though little of any importance has happened since he despatched Mr. Mason. Yesterday the Emperor departed towards Toledo. Wyatt is to follow in eight days but will be there before him by reason of his hunting. Desires him to forward a packet to the ambassador of the Emperor in England from his friends here. It would be well if Bonner had good intelligence of what passes at this meeting of the French king and the queen of Hungary. Is assured that nothing shall be treated there but pastime and good cheer and all the rest will be treated here; but it will do no harm to look about. Valladolid, 22 Sept.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Bp. elect of Hertford (sic) ambassador for the King's grace in the Court of France. Sealed. Endd.: Received the 17th October by a servant of th'mbassadors of Portingale at Compiegne.
15 Oct. 616. Don Dyego Hurtado de Mendoça to Cromwell.
R. O. Is extremely grateful for the favour expressed to him by Cromwell, in his letter in the King's behalf. The letters of the ambassadors will show the state of affairs. The Queen is the most sure friend and sister the King could have. The English ambassadors who are here with the French king have sought permission to pay their respects to her; at which she has been gratified, and has greatly appreciated (tenida en muncho) their good civility and courtesy. Being hunting and on her journey, and because today she has gone to be feasted by the Constable at a house of his, she has not been able to receive them today. She does so on Sunday, when she will show the good will and love she bears to the King and his affairs.
The ambassadors Vrislej and Vagan have been referred to Brussels, as it is not a time to negociate in these festive interviews of brothers, and with them as with others, no negociations have has as yet been possible. They have shown the love the King has for the Queen, whom they have accompanied with much honour. The writer is shortly going to the Emperor and will do his utmost with the King's ambassador and with the Emperor to serve Cromwell. Compiegne, 15 Oct. 1538."
Hol., Spanish, pp. 3. Sealed. Add.
15 Oct. 617. Florys d'Egmont, Count of Buren to Henry VIII.
Galba. B. x.
B. M.
Thanks the King for his munificence to Michael Mercator, whose skill in constructing musical instruments, and in other arts, deserves royal patronage. His dexterity is no less in public and private business, which the Count has made trial of in these disturbances in Lower Germany. He is an ardent lover of peace, and hates nothing so much as those who create dissension. Desires credence for him. Brussels, 1538, 15 Oct.
Copy enclosed in the letter to Cromwell. Lat., pp. 2. Add.
15 Oct. 618. Florys d'Egmont, Count of Buren, to Cromwell.
Galba. B. x.
B. M.
Does not know which to congratulate most, the King on his servant, or Cromwell on his master. Would rather possess such friends as Cromwell than lands or jewels. Desires his favour for Michael [Mercator]. Brussels, 1538, 15 Oct. Signed.
Lat., p. 1. Add. Endd.: Therle of Buere.
15 Oct. 619. Anthoinette de Bourbon [Duchess of Guise] to the Queen of Scotland.
Balcarres MS.
ii. 19.
Adv. Lib.
Was glad to learn by Hanoncourt the good cheer made by the King and you, "que nayent (nayant?) depuys son retour eu mesage (messagier?) seur par quy vous le suses faire entendre nay eu contentement sy ne mestres lettres alaventure pour vous le donner entendre sete cy sera la premyere je continure jusque ace je sare il retournera quelcum vers vous." (fn. n15) As winter approaches there are likely to be few messengers. I have been quite proud (bien fiere) to see what the King has put in your letters written with his own hand. I will keep them cherement. I need not make answer to him till some one goes. I beg you to make my humble commendations to him. When I dare speak to him "en pleus grant surte," I will tell him "vos complexsion, et pour ce donnes vous garde de moy." Your father is in Burgundy, but I think on the point of leaving for the Court. I hope to see him in passing. Our son (fn. n16) has been a little unwell with vomiting, which has brought on an access of fever, that surprised us a little, but that was all, and he has not been ill since. It has done him good, for he was too full (trop plain) and he is as well as ever, eats with good appetite, and sleeps ten or twelve hours. He is fat and round and very pretty. Tour brother Francis thought he was dying; also your sister Renée. The fever continues with both. All the rest well. I am told your sister (fn. n17) "sen va tant en bon point que je ne (n'ay) peur que du trop. Il sen fault beaucoup elle tyegue riens des palles coulleurs." Your uncle and his daughter are still in Barois, where they make great cheer. The Marquis is at Court. The King has taken away his mourning (luy a osté leduil). "Lon dit il veult tout le reste loste; ausy je croy ne leur sera desplesir, car lacoustrement est facheus." Wishes her long life and a "beau filz, que tant vous desire (desirez)" 15 Oct.
Hol., Fr., pp. 2. Add. Endd.: Madame de Guise.
15 Oct. 620. Melanchthon to Joachim Camerarius.
iii. 597.
* * * From England our people have not ye returned. The Turks defeated by the Wallachians. * * * Idibus Oct.
Lat. Add.: in Tubingen.


  • n1. See No.
  • n2. "Sa Majesté" in the original, which the Editor of the Spanish Calendar understands as her Majesty the Queen of Hungary; but it is clear from what follows that the Emperor is meant.
  • n3. Philip Hoby. See No. 622.
  • n4. Misprinted "reporting" in St. P.
  • n5. John Basset.
  • n6. John Heliar.
  • n7. Campeggio, the writer's predecessor.
  • n8. The rood at St. Margaret Pattens in London.
  • n9. Cromwell.
  • n10. John de Caster. See No. 548.
  • n11. Mary Basset..
  • n12. Sir James Worsley, late governor of the Isle of Wight.
  • n13. Mary Basset.
  • n14. The Welland.
  • n15. Apparently this means: "But not having had a sure messenger since his return to make you understand it, I was ill satisfied. If I do not put letters in hazard (by an insecure messenger) to intimate it to you, this will be the first. I will continue till I know of some one returning to you."
  • n16. Meaning the queen of Scotland's son, her own grandson, Francis duke of Longueville.
  • n17. Louise.