Henry VIII: August 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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August 1538 11-15

11 Aug. 72. [Sir] Ric. Gresham to Cromwell.
R.O. Conyngsby confesses that he had nothing to say to Cromwell or Wrythesley, but only wanted to put off time that he might obtain pardon. The 400l. he wrote of is a debt of the old bp. of Lincoln to some of his old friends, which is now in the hands of the present bishop, owing to the renunciation of the late bishop's executors. "This is the 400l. that he will give to the King's highness for to have his pardon, which is worth nothing. So I have put him to execution and God pardon him." Has received the proclamation from the Chancellor and it is proclaimed in the city and Lombert Street. The city is ill provided with harness, none having more than one harness apiece. Has devised an act that all the occupations in the city should have certain harness and weapons, every man according to his degree, viz., aldermen, 20 harness and halberds; sheriffs, 10; wardens of occupations, 4; persons in the livery, 2; householders, 1. Harness and weapons to be provided by a certain day on pain of 40s. The wardens to hold a yearly inspection with power to fine 20s.
Reminds Cromwell of the King's letters to Monockes and for the hospitals for the poor in London; also for the bishop's lands in Norfolk for himself (Mr. Wriothesley has the book). Wants leave from the King for himself and six aldermen and the sheriffs to see the Prince Edward. His servant will give Cromwell two warrants for the mayor, aldermen, and sheriffs for as many bucks as the King pleases in Enfield Chase and Waltham Forest. Asks for a letter to Havering for a buck "if we have licence to go thither."
Asks Cromwell to speak to the Recorder of Dublin on behalf of the London merchants who are so ill treated there. London, 11 Aug.
Hol., pp. 3. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
[11 Aug.] 73. Sir Thomas Cheyne to Sir Nicholas Carew, Master of the Horse.
R.O. The King received letters yesterday from the Emperor and the French king, but what they contain I hear not. The French ambassador told me the one can demand nothing of the other but he shall have it, and that there is no woman in France but she shall be at the King's commandment if he will have her, "and how they care not and he marry in Spain." I am sorry for your hurt, I miss your company, and trust you will be here shortly. But I will be gone by Dover before you come. Mr. Bryan will be here today or tomorrow, when I will write to you. "I trust my Lady's stomak contynew styll in goodnes." Portsmouth, Sunday next after St. Lawrence.
Hol., p. 1. Add. Endd.
11 Aug. 74. John Tregonwell to Cromwell.
R.O. Received on the 9th his letters dated Cowdrey, the 8th, stating that the King has appointed his house to be given to Sir Ric. Page in exchange for Molsey, from which he wishes Page to move at once, and he therefore desires Tregonwell to leave the farm that Page may enter it. Has been offered 100l. or 20 nobles a year for the lease, and has spent 120l. in necessaries for husbandry, hedging, marking the ground, &c., 40l. thereof being paid to the King at the suppression of the house. (fn. n1) There are 140 acres of corn on the ground, and his hay and wood is already housed. Does not know where to go to. Asks Cromwell to help him. St. Gyles, (fn. n2) 11 Aug. Signed.
Pp. 2. Add.: Privy Seal.
11 Aug. 75. Henry Broke to Cromwell.
R.O. On the 10 August the prior and convent of the friars' house of New-castle-under-Lyne freely surrendered it to the King's commissioner, the bp. of Dover. I have certain lands near adjoining in right of my wife and took three leases of the said prior and convent, two of which are dated 9 May, and the other 3 July last, of some of their buildings and other grounds at a rent of 22s. 8d. I have spoken to the said bp. to confirm my lease with the house and gardens worth 7s. or 8s. a year; but he said he had no power and I beg you to help me. I will give you 30l. to get me the King's gift of it and all the goods now left, the lead upon the high chancel and part of the cloister and two bells, glass, stone, and iron in the windows and about the said church, to pay 15l. for their debt, which, the bp. says all their goods will not pay. The bearer Ric. Spencer, my servant, will wait on your Lordship to know your pleasure. At Wrymbyll in Staffordshire, 11 August.
Hears that one Bothe, of London, and John Smith, of the Guard, will make suit for it.
Hol., pp. 2. Add.: Lord Cromwell of Wymlenton, lord Privy Seal. Endd.
11 Aug. 76. John Rokkewood to Cromwell.
R.O. Received his letter by Henry Lacy. Denies that he has had any convention concerning Lacy's causes with Thos. Fowler or any one else. Has showed Lacy more favour than his conscience might well bear. "The lawe at Marke" has answered Cromwell concerning the poor folk, Tichet, Rye Smithe, Kelderman, and Sorrett. It is those of the said lawe who settle the cessement by virtue of their charter. Calais, 11 Aug. 1538. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Privy Seal. Endd.
12 Aug. 77. Castillon to Francis I.
Chelsea, 12 Aug.:—On Friday last, 9th inst., received his letters dated Villefranche, 1 Aug. Had the day before communicated to the king of England those of 28 July from Vienne. Knew from M. de Lassigny and from the letters of 28 July, Francis' intention; and followed it in his last communication as if he had already received the letters Francis now writes. Begs pardon for having believed what was told him here; it is against his nature, for he was determined never to believe lightly the words of this country; but they were said with such assurance and he had heard nothing from Francis. Will not repeat it. They still continue to hold the same language.
In my last negociation, which was in accordance with your letters of 28 July, to keep him in his good will without seeking (rechercher) him, I brought him to his senses a little; for after hearing by Lassigny the certainty of the amity between you and the Emperor he was not well at ease; and liked still less the going of Lassigny to Scotland insomuch that posts ran on all sides as we wrote on the 3rd inst. I assured him, however, that notwithstanding this great amity he would find you as cordial towards him as you had been in the past, and if he had need of anything in your kingdom he should have it, "Well," said he "does he (Francis) send me nothing of the marriages ?" Replied as before that you did not think it honourable to bring the ladies to Calais, but that he should send some trustworthy personages to report. "By God!" said he "I trust no one but myself. The thing touches me too near. I wish to see them and know them some time before deciding." I replied, half laughing, "Ne vouldriez vous point, Sire, encores monter sur toutes l'une apres l'autre et apres retenir pour vostre personne celle qui yroit le plus doulx? Les Chevaliers de la Table Ronde traictoient-ilz point ainsi du temps passé les dames en ce pays?" I think this shamed him, for he laughed and blushed at the same time, and recognised then that the way he had taken was a little discourteous. After rubbing his nose a little he said "Yes; but since the King, my brother, has already so great an amity with the Emperor, what amity should I have with him? I ask because I am resolved not to marry unless the Emperor or the King my brother prefer my friendship to that which they have together." Replied it needed a wiser man than I to answer that. Did he think that if he married on the Emperor's side, the Emperor would prefer him to you? He said, "Yes, assuredly." I asked if I should tell you that. He said, "Yes; for it is true." Said I had not charge to answer such demands, and asked him to write to his ambassador with you. "By God!" said he, "I will not write until there is another ambassador there, called Dr. Boner. The others have deceived me and let themselves be seduced by Hoyet, with whom I am not pleased." (I think Winchester and Brian will have evil cheer; for he has complained to me of them before.) To show that you had not much need of him I answered that I would speak plainly, as of myself, and my opinion was that he should not seek you so closely. For ten years you would be in no need, and still you wished to remain his friend as before this truce and assurance of amity; and he should take your amity as it was. You were a great prince and a powerful, and the king of Scots obeyed you like a son, while the king of Denmark was devoted to you, and all three were his near neighbours; so that if there was a disturbance all would move. He had better buy your amity without looking at its particulars.
I went no further for lack of instructions; otherwise I would have pressed him to abolish the pension. Will reserve this till Francis think it expedient. Spoke thus to put out of the King's head this preference of amity and let him know that, without seeking for five feet on one sheep, your amity is more to him than his is to you. One must mingle the bitter with the sweet; for he never forgets his own greatness, and is silent about that of others.
He shook his head and said, "By God! I have good men and good entrenchments." But he thought of it; for afterwards he said that as you did not approve of the ladies coming to Calais they might go to such a place as that of Madame de Vendôsme, their grandmother, as near Calais as possible, while M. de Guise might come as on some business, and he would send personages to see them réciproques to M. de Guise; by whose report he would be guided. And this time he said nothing about preference of amity. I know not if he would imitate the king of Scots and go himself to seek his wife, as he says he will trust no one in it. He said twice or thrice that it should be as near Calais as possible, and moreover I scarcely know of reciprocals for M. de Guise in this country unless it be himself. Still this is only a guess. Anyway, if he do not change his mind, he will send some of the most eminent personages of his kingdom. Asks instructions. The ladies he means are Mesdemoiselles de Vendôsme, de Lorraine, and the two de Guise. He had heard something of the younger of the two last, and I think he will settle on one of them. He has a great opinion of their house.
Thanks for the mastership of waters and forests of Britany, which, the Constable writes, is given him.
*** A modern transcript is in R.O.
12 Aug. 78. Castillon to Montmorency.
Chelsea, 12 Aug.:—Begs pardon for being so dull as to believe what was told him here. Will forget nothing of his letter of the 2nd. Refers to his letter to the King for news of negociations. This King puts on such assurance (fn. n3) (and I think he is in a fine fright) that I had to put forward the thing he fears most in the world to show him that the King can hurt him as much as he can the King; for he always makes himself so great that often he esteems others but little, so that one can never have anything definite from him (avoir rien nect avec luy). Certes, he must buy our amity now instead of our having bought his, and must think more of the preservation of his kingdom than of receiving pensions from others. When you see fit to put this forward, I think I shall succeed." It is common to say "Let us remain quits and good friends." Still, I am of opinion that we should try to marry him since he has come so far as to be willing to go or send. If you are well assured of the Emperor,† he can no doubt be brought to reason. I assure you he is in a bad way (qu' il n'en est pas bien), and perhaps never kingdom was cheaper. I wonder the Pope† is not busy on his side. Now, at present this King is not on bad terms with you, yet there shall be no interview unless you wish it, the ladies shall not come to Calais, but he will go or send to see them, as in your last letter, and, moreover, there shall, if he marry, be no "preference," a malicious word to try and break the amity of Francis and the Emperor, (fn. n4) which scarcely pleases him.
Asks for frequent instructions. As this King says, "as near Calais as possible," and M. de Guise has lands near Amiens, I think he and Madame his wife should come with the company, and this would be a greater incentive to induce this King to go in person. Brian is not yet come; I will inform you of his arrival. As he could not say more than he has written, his coming can make no change.
Has been forced to leave the Court and come to live on credit near London. Begs for money. The want of it is both a shame and a disadvantage. Thanks for the mastership of waters and forests of Brittany.
P.S.—Send with speed the time and place where the above-written "assembly" shall be made; for this King waits to know it.
*** A modern transcript of the part not in cipher is in R.O.
12 Aug. 79. Thomas Legh, LL.D., to Cromwell.
R.O. The visitor of the friars has dispatched the friars at Lechefeilde and put the house in custody of Richard Wetwoode and the constables of the town. Of his own accord and also at the instance of the bp. of Chester (to both of whom Wetwoode has formerly shown great pleasure), desires Cromwell to favour the said Richard for the preferment of that house. London, 12 August.
This day I was "appurpoysed" to have been with the ambassadors at the forest of Waltham, but as I was prevented by sickness they did not come there, but sent for some flesh, and they were well contented with the same. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
12 Aug. 80. W. Earl of Southampton to Cromwell.
R.O. In favour of the mayor and his brother and other commons of Chichester who have suits to Cromwell. They are the writer's neighbours and honest men. Guildford, 12 August. Signed.
P. 1. Add: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
12 Aug. 81. John Swan, Mayor of Rye, to Cromwell.
R.O. On 11 Aug. Robt. Coke of Rye, "scherman," seized 9 packs of wool, say and cotton, of one William Sonnyngs, born in England, and dwelling in Rone, which were shipped and "not customed." The mayor has Sonnyngs and his packs in custody till he knows Cromwell's pleasure. Rye, 12 August.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
12 Aug. 82. Ric. Androys to Cromwell.
R.O. I was at the surveying of your manor of Stanlak in Oxfordshire. It was said that Mr. More of Oxfordshire had bought all your wood in the parish of Cokthrop, parcel of the said manor, so that nothing would remain for your houses in Broughton, Fylkyns, and Stanlak, but only Churrold grove. Spoke with Mr. More on Tuesday last, who said he had bought it of my lord of Huntingdon's officers before your Lordship's bargain. Finds there is timber yet standing to keep up the houses for 100 years, and Mr. More will be reasonable. Concerning the receipts of your manors in Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Warwickshire, &c., I will do my best. Ernton, 12 Aug.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
12 Aug. 83. The Earl of Arundel to Cromwell.
R.O. I thank you for your manifold kindness. Your Lordship knows that, upon the breach of certain covenants of marriage between the late marquis of Dorset and me, ray daughter (fn. n5) should have to her marriage 4,000 marks, in yearly payments of 300 mks. out of certain lordships in cos. Leic. and Warw. My lord Chancellor thereupon awarded an injunction to George Hynd, then bailiff and receiver of Lutterworth, Leic., to the lady marquis of Dorset, widow, to refrain from exercising those offices; and Richard Sackvile, appointed by my daughter as her deputy, being of late in those parts, appointed one Roger Elis as an officer to my daughter; but Hynd, for the lord Marquis, does not allow him to occupy his office. I beg you will write to the lord Chancellor for an injunction against the lord Marquis also. Downeley, 12 Aug. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Privy Seal. Endd.
12 Aug. 84. Norfolk to Cromwell.
R.O. I have despatched this bearer, treasurer of my house, as by my former letters I signified I would do, to declare what has been done concerning the seditious bruit in this country, and what Balam, mentioned in my last letters, this day said to me touching the shoemakers lately apprehended at Wisbiche. He shall also speak of the cause of my daughter of Richmond. I beg you give him favourable audience. Kenyngale, 12 Aug. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Sealed. Endd.
12 Aug. 85. Mary [Duchess of] Richmond to Cromwell.
R.O. Thanking him for his kindness in sueing the King for her cause, and begs its continuance now at the concluding thereof; also credence for Mr. Rowse, the bearer. Kenyngall, 12 August.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd. . The duchess of Riche-monde: and in a later hand: 1537.
12 Aug. 86. Ric. Vowel, Priest, to Cromwell.
R.O. Though Cromwell's labour for the translation of the late priory of Walsyngham into a college took not effect, yet the writer is obliged to him for it. Begs Cromwell's intercession with the King that he may obtain the parsonage of Walsyngham. Trusts he has always acted as a true subject and chaplain of the King: in remembrance thereof he had an annuity of 10l. which now (by reason of this suppression) he accounts void. Wishes this parsonage so that he may not be His Grace's chaplain in name only. The yearly value of all three churches "which were accounted but one in cure" does not exceed 30l If in consideration of his age and impotency he might obtain this, he will be obliged to Cromwell. Hears, from the Commissioners, the King has assigned him a pension of 100l.; begs Cromwell to expedite the assurance of the same both for him and his brethren; "and for our dispensations also with capacity." 12 August.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
[12 Aug.] 87. Sir Clement West to Henry VIII.
Otho. C. ix.
"M[o]st exselent Prynce, and my good and g[racious]. . . . . . . . . considered, off yowr verlet, thys may . . . . . . . .dute dysschargyng off soch as be her yn uce. [The Emperor] dyssendyd and went yn to Aguas Mortes, [and the French] kyng went yn to the galys off themperor, an[d] . . . . . wyth owght othyr wer long secret, and ther w . . . . . what was at Nys ys nat declaryd a lytyll be w . . . . . . up on whych ys a semblyd a gret arme like C[Cl. seylles] whych be thys I suppozse be departyd. The Prynce Dory [hastes after] wyth many mo, whych wyth Venyssyans ys lyke [to be] . . seylles or mo, yn whych all togethyr be sydes mary[ners ys] lyke to xxx. m1. sowgers and yntendys to sum go[od enterprys].
"Barba rows wyth a C. x. seylles set men alond at [Candy] whych went to vylages and gardeyns, and good [Candyottes] scharply retoryd them, and so went towardes Lavaunt."
The captain of "a schyp Ragozsey," whose name is Maryn de Gosso, can show further about Barbarossa. Written in haste at Malta [12 Aug.] (fn. n6) 1538.
Hol. Mutilated, p 1. Add.
13 Aug. 88. Friars of Shrewsbury.
R.O. 13 Aug. 30 Hen. VIII., Ric. bishop, of Dover visited the places of friars at Shrewsbury, in presence of Edm. Cole and Adam a Mytton, bailiffs. The Grey Friars surrendered their house by one assent, without counsel or coaction. At the Austin Friars there was only a prior and two Irish friars, all utensils gone, not so much as a chalice to say mass. No man durst trust the prior to lend him anything. All in the house could not be appraised at 26s. 8d. There was no bedding, no meat, bread, nor drink. The visitor discharged the prior and assigned the friars to Ireland. To the Black Friars he gave certain injunctions, took their accounts and left them to keep good order. He left the Grey and the Austin houses with their appurtenances in the bailiff's hands. Signed: per me Edmund Coll—per me Adam Mytton.
P. 1.
R.O. 2. Inventory of the Austin Friars at Shrewsbury, delivered to Cole and Mytton.
In the Vestry.—5 chasubles, silk with birds of gold, dornyxe, striped silk, and green with birds, the best appraised at 2s. 8d. A piece of an old cope, a vestment of blue silk, with alb and stole, 3s. A latten censer, 4d., &c.
In the Choir.—Altar cloths, 2 small latten candlesticks, 2s. A poor cross, 2d. 2 lamps, 20d. A holy water stoup, 4d. A proper little bell in the steeple, &c. A lectern of timber, &c.
In the Chapel.—A stained cloth before the altar, 2d. A table of alabaster, 2s.
In the Church.—5 poor altar cloths. A mass book. A sacring bell, 2d. 2 cruets, 1d.
In the Hall.—A table and forms, 6d.
In the Kitchen.—An Iron chain, a little brass pot, a pewter platter, a little kettle, a gridiron, and spit.
No bedding nor linen, but a tablecloth.
In the Chambers.—Shingle, old stained cloths, a white tester, old hangings and a covering, an old coffer, a corporas and case. Signed: Per me Edmund Coll—per me Adam a Mytton.
Pp. 2.
R.O. 3. Inventory of the Grey Friars in Shrewsbury, delivered to Cole and Mytton.
Two pair of candlesticks, a branch with four sockets and an old broken cross, all of latten. 3 altar cloths, 4 pillows, a table of alabaster for the high altar, a timber lectern, a brass lamp, a parclose of timber.
In the Lower Vestry and High Vestry.—A fair chest and an almery. 18 corporas cases. 2 "teneculles" motley with good "offeras" (orphreys) with vestment and cope of the same suit. 17 chasubles, one, white with swans, another, yellow velvet with a red lion. 2 boxes, with evidence, &c. An old pyx with a box, latten, a silver cross, and chalice in the visitor's hands, and other things.
The Kitchen.—Brass pots, pans, 7 platters, &c.
The Hall.—3 board cloths and other napery. 5 pewter pots and a salt. A latten candlestick.
The Chambers.—A table, 2 trestles, and a form. 2 featherbeds and 2 bolsters, a covering and 2 pillows.
Signed by Cole and Mytton.
Pp. 2. . Endd. by the bishop of Dover: "Little lead, none rents, but 3 or 4 acres of land."
13 Aug. 89. Sir Richard Ryche to Cromwell.
R.O. I have received your letters in favour of my friend Sir Nicholas Poyntz, and am right glad the King has granted his suit to purchase certain possessions of the late house of Kingswood. As the framing of his assurance requires circumspection, I defer it till my repair to London within three weeks. Loughton, in Essex, 13 Aug. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.: Chancellor of the Augmentations.
13 Aug. 90. Mayor and his brethren of New Sarum to Cromwell.
R.O. Sends depositions of persons summoned on Saturday last, the 10th Aug., for speaking words against the King. Ask for instructions. Salisbury, 13 Aug.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Sealed. Endd.
13 Aug. 91. Thomas Bishop of Ely to Cromwell.
R.O. I have got eight more of the shoemakers apprehended,—in all, 14 persons. There are besides three in the town, not apprehended till I know your pleasure. Two are old, sick, and feeble, and have been in the town 30 years; the third is a boy who disclosed the matter. I have got one arrested at Lynn whom the officers would not deliver without special commands. They examined him there (examination enclosed). Three are yet untaken and where they be we know not,—Geo. Kelsey, Bernard Melton, and Father William. They have wives in the town. Somershame, 13 Aug. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Cromwell. Sealed. Endd.
ii. Confession of Edw. Clarke, cordwainer of Wisbech, taken before Will. Halle, mayor of King's Lynn, and John Gryndell, alderman, on Sunday before the Assumption of Our Lady, 30 Hen. VIII.
(1.) That one John who came out of the West Country came to him at the feast of St. James the Apostle, and induced him to come on Sunday following to Barton Marisse beside Wisbech where he met five or six persons who increased within an hour to 16. Among them were Harry Leveret, Geo. Kelsey, and Barnerd Melton. (2.) That Geo. Kelsey took a book out of his bosom and said they must all be sworn not to work for less than 18d. a dozen pair of shoes, where before they took but 15d.
Signed by the mayor and John Grendell (so spelt) and three others. P. 1.
13 Aug. 92. Ric. Bp. of Dover to Cromwell.
Cleop. E. iv.
B. M.
of the
Since writing from Gloucester, has taken into the King's hands two convents in Worcester, one in Bridgenorth, one in Atherston, and one in Lichfield, as he wrote by Cromwell's servant, Holt, from Lichfield. Since then has taken two in Stafford, one in Newcastle-under-Lyne, and two in Shrewsbury, leaving the Black Friars there standing, as he has no commission to suppress, but only to receive voluntary surrenders.
Has no leisure to write copies of the inventories, and his servants are sick and cannot take them; but in a week, when he has finished Wales, he trusts to bring them. Describes the houses in Stafford, Newcastle-under-Lyne (where one Broke has obtained leases for little money of most of the lands) and Shrewsbury (where in the Austin Friars were only the prior, who seemed in a frenzy, and two Irishmen whom the writer has sent to their own country). Rides to-day to Westchester and so into Wales. If any order be taken with Newcastle-under-Lyne, let John Bothe, the King's servant, a great builder there, have the slate and shingle and profit of the ground. Shrewsbury, 13 Aug. Signed.
P.S. in his own hand: Has no word from Cromwell since his letter from Petworth 28 July. Promises the friars warrants for their habits before Michaelmas and meanwhile gives them letters to visit their friends.
Pp. 2. Add. (at f. 256): Lord Privy Seal.
14 Aug. 93. John Husee to Lady Lisle.
R. O. We had a fair passage and landed at 9 o'clock. Justyce deserves thanks. He refused Mr. Basset's money, and would receive none of us. At Dover they made us tarry till 5 o'clock for horses, and the mayor got us served with difficulty. The King continues his former "gestes." Mr. Basset desires your blessing and would be commended to his wife, his sisters, and friends. I forgot your spoon for my lord Privy Seal. Canterbury, 14 Aug.
Hol., p 1. Add..
14 Aug. 94. Dr. John London to Cromwell.
R. O. I have sent to your servant at London, Mr. Thacker, such plate as appertained to the friars of Oxford, and have received a bill indented from him of the same, with the weight. When I have dispatched these friars with their capacities, and debts paid, your Lordship shall have an account of what remains. As yet we have not their capacities, and have to find them meat and drink. The residue abroad look for like demission; people see their manner of living to be monstrous and full of dissimulation, and few give them alms. Your Lordship would do well to reduce them to live like honest priests. Oxon, Vigilia Assumptions Marie.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Privy Seal. Endd.
14 Aug. 95. Charles V. to Lope Hurtado de Mendoça.
Add. MS.
28,590, f. 204.
Has received his Letters of 16 and 17 July, and rejoices to hear of the good disposition of the Duchess his daughter, the arrival of the abp. of Santiago, and the delivery of the castle of Liorna, &c.
Spanish, pp. 2. Headed: Minute to Lope Hurtado from Valladolid, 14 Aug. 1538. Modern copy from Simancas. [See Spanish Calendar, VI. i. 1.]
15 Aug. 96. Friars of Chester.
R.O. Certificate of the surrender of all the houses of friars in Chester to Ric. bp. of Dover, visitor under the lord Privy Seal, "without any counsel or constraining but very poverty," in presence of Phoke a Dutton, mayor, Robt. Aldersey, Henry Gee, Roffe Rogerson, Raffe Goodeman, and Wm. Bestwyke, aldermen, and Thos. Marten, late sheriff. The visitor received the houses, made inventories, and delivered them, with the houses, to the mayor's hands, 15 Aug. 30 Hen. VIII. Signed by Dutton, Rogerson, Marten, Gee, and Goodman.
P. 1.
R.O. 2. Surrender of the prior and convent of the Black Friars in Westchester "without any coaction or counsel but for very poverty." 15 Aug. 30 Hen. VIII. Signed by Hugh Brecknock, prior; John Sargent, subprior ; John Byrd, Robt. Romesay. and David Greffhet.
P. 1.
R.O. 3. Surrender of the Grey Friars in Westchester, 15 Aug. 30 Hen. VIII. Signed by Wm. Wall, John Wynne, Ralph Norres, and four others.
P. 1. Endd.
R.O. 4. Surrender of the White Friars in Westchester, 15 Aug. 30 Hen. VIII. Signed by John Hurleton, prior ; Robt. Drake, sub-prior; Ric. Bastwell and seven others.
P. 1.
15 Aug. 97. Cranmer to Cromwell.
C.'s Letters,
Has sent for Robt. Antony, late cellarer of Christchurch, and will examine him concerning his progress Romeward.
Adam Damplip, of Calais, denies that he taught or said that the body and blood of Christ was not presently in the Sacrament of the Altar. He says the controversy between him and the prior was because he confuted the opinion of transubstantiation, "and therein I think he taught but the truth." Two friars, however, came to testify against him that he had denied the presence of the body and blood in the Sacrament, and he straightway fled. Thinks it rather from suspecting the rigour of the law than the defence of his own cause. Has appointed two of his chaplains to go to Calais and preach, but it is thought they will do little good if the prior (fn. n7) returns home. No one has hindered the Word of God so much as he, or maintained superstition more. Sends two letters about his subtlety and craft. Prays that he may not come to Calais any more to tarry, but either that the house be suppressed, or an honest and learned man appointed in his room. As he is here now, asks for Cromwell's authority to forbid him to return. In his last letters asked Cromwell to make Mr. Hutton an abbot or a prior. His presence with the King might work something towards his suit. Desires Cromwell therefore to allow him to come home. Lambeth, 15 Aug. Signed.
Pp. 2. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
15 Aug. 98. Lord Chancellor Audeley to Cromwell.
R. O. Has received his letter of the 12th, asking for the names of the commissioners for the collection of the subsidy. The commissioners are at London, and not with him, but he will send thither for the names. It would have been done before this, but Bertlett has not furnished the schedules of the act of subsidy to be annexed to the commissions. Colne Priory, Our Lady Day Assumption.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Sealed. Endd.
15 Aug. 99. Walter Cowley to Wriothesley.
R. O. A friend of his is sued in the county of Wexford and the plaintiff is so maintained that he is not like to have justice. Begs him to procure my Lord's (fn. n8) letters to the Master of the Rolls, Mr. Treasurer, and the Chief Justice to decide the case. Desires Mr. Cusake's and his own despatch. London, 15 Aug.
Credence for bearer for despatching other poor suitors.
Hol., p. 1. Add. Endd.
15 Aug. 100. William Abbot of Burton-on-Trent, to Cromwell.
R. O. On the 12th August I received the King's letters and yours in favour of Mr. Robert Everest, one of the sewers of the Chamber, for the tithe of the parsonage of Allstrye, Warw. That tithe is so necessary for our house that we cannot do without it, and was appropriated under the broad seal of England because we had not corn sufficient for hospitality. You write that Sir Thos. Gresseley, deceased lately, and had the same tithe. But it is 34 years since, (fn. n9) and he had it only because the abbot was in debt to him. Burton-on-Trent, 15 August.
Hol., p. 1, broad sheet. Add.: Lord Cromwell. Endd.
15 Aug. 101. Relics.
R. O. Receipt by Sir Wm. Goryng, knt., from Wm. Humfre, one of the churchwardens of Wysborowe Green, before Sir Rolonde, curate, and divers others, 15 Aug. 30 Hen. VIII., of the following feigned and superstitious relics: — A crucifix, the foot silver, the middle a crystal containing a little quantity of Our Lady's milk, with two other bones. Relics of the tomb and vestments of St. Thomas of Canterbury; of the hair shirt and bones of St. James; of the cloak in which St. Thomas the Martyr was martyred, and his blood; of the Holy Sepulchre; of SS. Sebastian and Sy[l]vester; of St. Peter's beard and hair; of St. Giles; of the Mount of Olives; of the stones with which Stephen was stoned; of the rochet of St. Edmund, archbishop of Canterbury. St. James' comb. A chymer of St. Thomas of Canterbury. Sage men of the parish say that these "have been used and offered unto time out of mind."
P. 1. Endd.
15 Aug. 102. James V. to Paul III.
Recommends David bp. of Mirepoix (Beton) to be promoted to the Cardinalate. George Hay, the bearer, will explain further. Linlithgow, 15 Aug. 1538.
Ib. 2. A letter of James on the same subject to Card. Farnese. Same date.
15 Aug. 103. Sir Clement West to Henry VIII.
[C. ix., 132.
B. M.
"Most hygh and myghty prynce and . . . . . . . . . . . . . off thys prezsumyd soch as then wer yn . . . . . . . . . . . . . grace be a ragozsey who hath a schyp lody[n] . . . . . . . . London, who ys name ys Maryn de Goosso . . . . . . . . . . . . . . your Hyghnes off Barba rows ys act yn Candy . . . . . . . . a bowght.
"At that passage wrot the Armad schuld be wyth . . , . . . . . . CCCC. seylles and lyke xxxm1. sowger be sydes ma[ryners wher]off be assemblyd yn the port of Myssyn CCL. seylles . . . . . . And syns the concluzsyon takyn yn Aguas Mortes be . . . . French kyng, has cum non nuys off sarteyn, except . . . . . ys whan the prynce Dory comys they wyll set fort[h] . . . and they schall do. For thys yer ys nothing to be [done but] yff yt be yn Barbary, for to recovyr holdes that . . . . . . . from the kyng of Tonys, whych ys subget to th . . . . . . . Mor ovyr her ys murmur that the concluzsion a tw . . . . ys to make thyr streynth ageynst your Mage[sty] . . . . off the Schyrch, to the whych Venyssyans wyll . . . . . . . nowthyr Jenys, whych ys most seyd ys caws . . . . . . . . . . the armad goth not forward.
"Also yt ys spokyn Venys sekes to retorn pes . . . . . . . . . . thus contenually her ys murmur off every sort . . . . . . . . won thyng ther ys syre off nature fforssyd. . . . . . . . . . . . the to nacyons, Spayn and Frawance, berys y[our Grace] no ffavyr, nowthyr part off Italy ffor the [bishop of] Rom, and wyll not he schall be so namyd her [for any] wordes off manassys that may be.
"And seys your Mageste be strenth hath mad . . . . martyrys and holdes rude opynyons and p . . . . . . . . . . . so long yt hath byn yn uce y . . . . . . . . . . . . specyally to a tru worme, so myche . . . . . . . . Mageste be sydes dute off naturall subg . . . [do] no les but to sertyffy. As I am boundyn to God in Trynyte, so am I bouudyn to be tru [to my] Kyng yn every degre, and so trust I to be savyd . . . . ure off ony that barys the brod cros, lest rent . . . and rather to soffyr ony lenger her your hygh . . . . . had to lyve a very pore lyff then thus to contenu. For, Syre, your hygh grace be good and gracyus l[ord] off the porest wormys and tru subgetes that be long . . to yowr hygh Mageste, the whych to contenue all w[e] prey to the etern Trynyte. Yn hast at Malta ye xv [day of] August M1VcXXXVIII.
"To your Hygh Mageste,
"Umble slave, as God wyll,
"Clement West."


  • n1. The nunnery of St. Giles' in the Wood, Flamstead, Herts.
  • n2. The nunnery of St. Giles' in the Wood, Flamstead, Herts.
  • n3. From this point to the end of the paragraph is in cipher in the original.
  • n4. These names apparently represent symbols which have been interpreted by Kaulek merely by internal evidence, and are queried by him.
  • n5. Katharine Fitzalan. See a letter of hers signed "K. Arundell," dated 8 July apparently in the year 1539, which will be noticed under date.
  • n6. See his letter to Cromwell of the 22nd August.
  • n7. John Dove, prior of the White Friars at Calais. See Part I., No. 1386.
  • n8. Cromwell's.
  • n9. Sir Thos. Gresley died on the 26th Jan. 19 Hen. VII.. i.e., 1504 (Inquis. p. m. 20 IIen. VII., No. 132). This letter must therefore be of the year 1538.