Henry VIII: November 1538 1-5

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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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November 1538 1-5

1 Nov. 737. Bardney Abbey.
R. O.
Rymer xiv.
Surrender of the monastery and all its psssessions in cos. Linc., York, Leic., and Ntht., and elsewhere in England, Wales, and the marches thereof. 1 Nov. 30 Hen. VIII. Signed by Wm. Marton, abbot, John Tomson, prior, and 12 others. [See Deputy Keeper's Eighth Report, App. II. 8.]
Seal injured.
Enrolled [Cl. Roll, p. 1, no. 36] as acknowledged same day before Thos. Legh, LL.D.
1 Nov. 738. John Husee to Lord Lisle.
R. O. I have received your sundry letters. As to the Friars, my lord Privy Seal says that, whoever sues for it, you shall have it. Mr. Pollerd and others showed you at Canterbury what was to be done concerning the plate; it is a marvel you allow him who has it to keep it. My lord Privy Seal keeps the piece of wine you sent him for his own drinking. The boars' heads are not yet come. It had been a goodly present for the King; for my lord Privy Seal sets no great store by them. Trusts tomorrow to deliver the protection. I will remind Mr. Smith of the Exchequer of the 100l., and the assurance to you of your life rent; and will send his answer. Will also speak with the collectors of subsidy. Will do my best to take an easy end with my lord Marquis. My Lady's coming over cannot be excused, so Mr. Pollerd says. Some honest place shall be found for her here for the time; the Nette will be too far off. Will pay for the bows when Sir Chr. Moris delivers them. Will be in hand with my lord Admiral according to your letter. I wrote my poor advice for Painswick; for my lord Privy Seal told me he had your promise, and I know he will see you recompensed. I will search for the recognisance. Debanck's obligation is in the chest that came from Soberton. Will send a saddle. London, 1 Nov.
When I ride to meet my Lady I will show how your affairs stand
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Deputy of Calais.
1 Nov. 739. [Sir] Thomas Wentworth, Captain of Carlisle, to Cromwell.
R. O. One John Humfrey of Scailby, on the Borders three miles from Carlisle, has bruited that the Commons were up in the South, for which the writer has committed him to Carlisle Castle. Begs to know Cromwell's pleasure concerning Humfrey; and also for answer to his late letter for the repair of the Castle of Carlisie. Castle of Karleill, 1 Nov. Signed.
P. 1 Add.: Lord Privy Seal.
1 Nov. 740. Wriothesley to Cromwell.
R. O. As my fellows (fn. n1) have thought it convenient for their discharge to write at this time of my condition "I thought it my part also to signify my judgment and feeling touching th . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . that my last tra * * * * that I came for. My heart is good enough, though my body be now in mean state, and rather [tha]n the body should not at this time serve the King I would wish and desire of God that it might be buried in Brussels. This unhappy sickness is to me a great pain and marvellous displeasure many ways. It letteth my study about my chief business. It taketh away all the commodity which I should take by my journey. It wasteth some money, it feeblisheth the body and many ways else troubleth the mind." If he cannot attend all the conferences hopes so to arm his fellows that they shall be strong enough to proceed. It is now said the Queen will not be here yet these four days, and I begin to think that she will not enter treaty with us "till she hear out of Spain for as . . . . . . . d immediat[ly] uppon . . . first . . . . . . . she dis * * * (nearly two lines lost) st his men remaining here . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . must w[ri]te all that . . . . . . . . . . . . . trus[ting] that your Lordship will take all in good part. It is true that the French king gave the Queen such a diamond as we wrote of, and that he gave to every lady and gentlewoman besides a gift less or more." The entire value of his gifts was 50,000 or 60,000 crowns. To the noblemen he gave nothing "except some one or two of them took secretly to be friends which . . . . . . . of the . . . . . . seme to suspect meaning as . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . by Mons. de Molemboys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . this . . . . . rs proceeded . . . . . . . . mouth of one of them called Mons. Brederowe, who by all lightly wood is no good Fr[ench]man; and with this I learned that importune labour hath been made on the French part at the late interview for a marriage between the duke of Orleans and the duchess of Milan, so as Milan indeed might be married with them, for the Frenchmen be still in dotage with Milan, and I see not that the other can satisfy them by any mean without their own undoing. I call it undoing to lose that they be like to lose in process by it." The country here was in much the same case ere this interview that the English people were in when the King went to Boulogne, that is, in the greatest fear and mistrust that could be. I am much better now than I was yesternight when I began this letter, and yet both days be in manner of like sort called good days. Brussels, Allhallowen day.
Hol., pp. 2. Mutilated and illegible in parts. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
1 Nov.602. 741. Melancthon to Vitus Theodorus.
Reform, III
* * * Our English ambassadors have returned. They bring good hope of amending the churches. Superstitious pilgrimages there are abolished. The monument of Thomas of Canterbury there has been destroyed; and the image of Mary by the Sea (fn. n2) and several others overthrown. * * * Kal. Nov.
2 Nov. 742. Cromwell, Captain of the Isle of Wight.
See Grants in November, No. 2.
[2 Nov.] 743. Sir Geoffrey Pole.
R. O. Original record of the second examination of Sir Geoffrey Pole. [For abstract, see No. 804.]. At the end, in Pole's own hand: "Sir, I beseech your noble Grace to pardon my wretchedness that I have not done my bounden duty unto your Grace heretofore as I have ought to have done, but Sir, grace coming to me to consider your nobleness always to me, and now especially in my extreme necessity, as I perceive by my lord Admiral and Mr. Controller, your goodness shall not be lost on me, but surely as I found your Grace always faithful unto me, so I refuse all creature living to be faithful to you. Your humble slave, Geffrey Pole."
Pp. 2. Faded and mutilated.
2 Nov. 744. The Parson of Holforde to [Cromwell].
Cleop. E. iv.
B. M.
As it pleases your Lordship to know how I did my message to the abbot of Athelney, I went to him from my Lord my master, the lord Audley, and found him in the church coming from mass at 10 a.m. Delivered my Lord's letters and commendations. The abbot replied he was glad to hear of my Lord's health, and if I would go with him to his chamber he would show me his mind. By the way he asked if lord Audley were of the "new sett or after the olde sorte." Replied he was of the best sort, subject to the King, and a good Englishman. Well, said the abbot, Do ye think he doth not judge there will be another world shortly? I said, Yes, when we be out of this; but in this I think there was never so gracious prince as the King, for "he loveth virtue and will punish vice." The abbot shook his head and asked if there were any news of "this great council beyond the sea." I said the King would provide for that, and he said "If I wist what would come of these matters I would soon be at a point with my Lord." He then went to his chamber to write to my Lord, and called me and asked if my Lord would have him resign his house to his lordship. I said, No; bat perhaps there was good cause why he should resign it to the King. He said, then the house should be destroyed and the country undone as it is about Mytchyne (Muchelney); but I said, to re-assure him, that my Lord would dwell here and would petition the King that some of the Order here should remain, and that he himself should have 100 mks. and some prebend of the bishop of Sarum, and "weer a grey ammys," and all his brethren be provided for. He said if he had been willing to take as little as 100 mks. he might have been "stede" ere this, but he would fast three days on bread and water sooner; if he knew what would come of it he would be soon at a point. With that be sat down and ate bread and butter, and made me eat too, and afterwards wrote to my Lord.
I went then and dined with the steward, my old acquaintance, and most of the brethren, who al] said they would be glad to surrender to the King at my Lord's desire, and if he would come thither they would be advised by him. Holford, 2 Nov.
"My Lord, I dare take it on my life and death that Dan Harre Poynys cannot devise such a letter as is sent to your Lordship."
Hol, pp. 2.
2 Nov. 745. Calais.
R. O. Copy of an indenture of lease made 2 Nov 1538 by lady Elizabeth Whetehill of Calais, widow, to John Guerardson, husbandman, of the parish of Coln in the marches of Calais, of her "house place" and 80 acres of meadow in Coln, abutting on the Coln river on the east, the West Common on the south, land of the said lady lately occupied by Peter Bawdel on the west, and a sewer called the Nyewar on the north; for 20 years at 5l. a year; lease renewable for ever on payment of " a breakfast of a capon and a stoup of wine" for each renewal.
Pp. 2.
3 Nov. 746. Wm. Abbot of York to Cromwell.
R. O. Has received his letters in favour of Sir George Lawson to be farmer of the cell called St. Martin's beside Richmond. Reminds Cromwell of his former letters for the same cell in favour of Sir Roger Chamlay, recorder of London, to which they attended. Overton, 3 Nov.
Hol.,p.1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
3 Nov. 747. Stephen Vaughan to Cromwell.
R. O. Was driven yesterday to come to Antwerp to store himself for awhile with money. Came by stealth with only two attendants, but two gentlemen of Spain, captains of towns on the frontier, and familiar with Don Diego, hearing of his arrival, stole upon him at the hour of supper, to express their goodwill to the King. At supper they told him Don Diego had left in post for Spain on Tuesday, and was shortly looked for again. Gathers from his departure and the Queen's staying away from Brussels, that she is not so provided he thought. Antwerp, 3 Nov.
Hol.,p.1. Mutilated. Add.:Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
4 Nov. 748. Castillo to Francis I.
Add. MS.
33,514, f. 3.
B. M.
Ribier, 1. 245.
Received on Wednesday, 30th ult., Francis' letter from La Fere sur Oise, 23rd ult., the substance of which he communicated to this King only yesterday, having been put off till after the feasts. Did not forget to recount the fashion of negociating used by M. de Bron, in his so sudden departure, and that others heretofore sent had not less strangely conducted themselves. Said upon this all that seemed due to Francis' person and grandeur. At the same time presented Francis' letters, saying that although they would not wait for them, yet Francis would not be so discourteous as not to write when he had been written to. Found him so irritated at the want of respect shown to the said Bron, that he said plainly Bron had done nothing but what he had charged him to do, and that it was too bad to make little account of a king like him; and he recounted the particular incivilities done to Bron and the bad lodging. Assured him that if it was so, it was without Francis' knowledge; but all excuses were useless. He knows (he says) well that they make no great account of him, but that, pardieu ! he shall one day be sought after. Answered, Had Francis done anything against the treaties? And was he not ready to listen if anything remained to be adjusted? And was Henry going to mix up private matters with matters of State?
He replied, If anything remained to be adjusted ! Francis wished everything to come from him, but it should come from both. Francis would only make an accustomed amity; but he wished to be preferred, and he would also prefer, as would be seen in less than 20 days. Was he going to marry himself and his children without that? Assuredly not: if he and the King had joined they should have been the stronger, and so will he and the Emperor be when they are united. Had he not been so piqued, would have answered "And so also will Francis and the Emperor be, remaining together."——Further conversation in which the King complained of non-payment of his pensions. I assure you he is much pained in all his talk. He awaits the return of a gentleman (fn. n3) he sent to the Emperor about his marriages, in which he does not forget this preference of amity and the duchy of Milan, seeking only to make a quarrel between Francis and the Emperor, as he tried to do in France. Has discussed it with the Emperor's ambassador. If he has another reply than he expects he will look quite desperate. He said they had tried to take the duchess of Milan from him and give her to M. de Vendosme; which, if it could be done, would finish the picture. In spite of his brags at the commencement, he ended by saying that if he thought Francis had nothing to do with Bron's bad treatment he would be less displeased, and asked if Castillon had power to renew and adjust their former alliances. Replied he had, and that if he would deal frankly instead of going round about the pot, things could be readjusted. Thinks, however, his last language is only while awaiting the Emperor's reply.
On entering his chamber found the King had before him a map of the very place where the Armada of the Levant was, and already knew something of what had happened. To judge by his visage he was not displeased. Told the Imperial ambassador he (Castillon) had touched on the matter to show the King that the loss was not so great, and that it only remained for the Emperor to avenge it. Nothing can be done till the return of the reply from Spain. Chelsey by London, 4 Nov. 1538.
4 Nov. 749. [Dr.] Richard Thornden, "Warden of the Manors," (fn. n4) to Cromwell.
R. O. According to your pleasure, known to me by your servant, Mr. Ropere, his cause is known among our convent. Can do him no pleasure without the assent of our prior, who will not show the convent your letter, saying he will answer you at leisure.
Remember my suit to know the King's pleasure when we shall change "our ymparell"; I must shortly deliver to the convent other sayes for frocks and cowls and cloth for gowns. Since your being at Canterbury many things fall to ruin. Canterbury, 4 Nov.
Hol.t p. 1. Add.: Lord Crumwell, Privy Seal. Endd.
4 Nov. 750. Parliament of Scotland.
Acts of the
P. of Sc. II.
Holden at Edinburgh, 4 Nov. 1538, by lords Commissioners, viz., Jas. abbot of Newbotle, Walter lord of St. John's, &c. Prorogued to 3 Feb.
4 Nov. 751. Anthoinette de Bourbon [Duchess of Guise] to the Queen of Scotland.
Balcarres, MS.
II. 21. Adv.
Lib. Edin.
I did like a good wife, on Tuesday, going to Uytry (fn. n5) to meet your father, who sent for me. He was accompanied by the Cardinal and his sister returning from the interview with the queen of Hungary. We all met on Wednesday here at Bar, where we found my brother-in-law (fn. n6) a little degouste. He is to leave on Monday to see the good old lady their mother, who is very well, and I return to Joinville to look after mes malades and prepare a lodging for the Cardinal, who returns thither. Your brother d'Aubmalle came yesterday to see his sister, who is better than she was, "et en sent pleus ses acses que quatre ou sinc heures." Your brother Louys has also the tertian fever, and is very ill. "Pour bonne bouche vous dire (dira) que nostre filz se porte tant bien et est tant en bon point et jolly quy nest posible de pleus." I wish you could see him. Will write soon at length by a messenger she is going to send. Bar, 4 Nov.
Hol., Fr., p. 1. Add.
5 Nov. 752. Castillon to Card, du Bellay,
Dupuy, 33,
f. 70.
Bib. Nat.,
We are in the worst possible favour with these gentlemen here. They are so provoked at the ill-treatment of Mons. de Bron, both as to entertainment and as to lodging, that there is no hope at present of a firm amity with them. The King has sent a gentleman to the Emperor for an alliance with him, and negotiates as badly as possible, both for putting the duchy of Milan in the hands of Don Loys of Portugal, for the marriage of lady Mary, and for a preference of amity between the Emperor and this King against all others. They expect a speedy answer. Late last night he put the marquis of Exeter and the lord Montague in the Tower of London. They belong to the most noble of this kingdom. I know not what will come of it. I do what I can to be sent back, and pray you to help me when you see opportunity. Chelsea by London, 5 Nov. 1538.
Hol., French, p. 1. From a modern copy made by the Rev. Joseph Stevenson for his own use.
5 Nov. 753. Castillon to Montmorency.
Add. MS.
33514, f. 5.
B. M.
Ribier I. 247.
Is sorry to have to write tant de facheries. After his packet was closed the Sieur de Bron and one of the brothers (fn. n7) of the late queen of England, who went with Bron to France, came to see him. Bron complained (no doubt by this King's advice) that Francis wrote to his master remitting the reply to his whole charge to him, whereas Francis had never said a word to him touching what his master should reply to the Emperor about Milan, in the marriage treaty of Dom Louis of Portugal and Madame Marie of England; and Bron begged that Francis would discharge him to his master, for he was charged with making untrue reports and all sorts of misdemeanours. He so complained of his bad treatment in France that evidently he has forgotten nothing of it in this Court. He complains that MM. de Guise, Rochepot, and Montpezat, whom he often met, avoided him, and wonders the more at M. de Guise, seeing the alliance his master sought with him. He said, too, that when with the queen of Hungary the day he took his leave of the King, she said the Emperor was still ready to do what he sent to tell this King by Hoyet (fn. n8) (Wyatt), his ambassador, when the company was at Nice. The Emperor's ambassador has, however, sworn that there never was any question of Milan. Upon this reply from Spain all will be known.
"En escrivant ceste lettre ce matin, este adverty que le Roy d'Angleterre fit mettre hier au soir en la Tour de Londres Monsieur le marquis d'Excestre comte Dangler (sic), qui est apres les enfans du Roy le plus proche de ceste couronne, et milort de Montagu, Comte, ou fils de la Comtesse, de Salsebery, fille du feu due de Lanquestre (sic). Il y a bien long temps que ce Roy m'avoit diet qu'il vouloit exterminer ceste maison de Montagu, qui est encore de la Rose Blanche, et de la maison de Polle dont est le Cardinal. Je ne scay encore qu'on veult faire dudit Marquis; par le premier je vous en advertiray. Il semble qu'il cherche toutes les occasions qu'on peult penser pour se ruyner et destruyre. Je croy que peu de seigneurs sont asseures en ce pays; je ne croy pas qu'il n'en advienne quelque miquemaque. Je vous advertiray en diligence de ce que j'en entendray."
Chelsey near London, 5 Nov. 1538.
French, pp. 2. The last paragraph in cipher.
754. The Marquis of Exeter.
R. O. Inventory of goods in my lord marquis of Exeter's place in London, taken by command of the King's Council.
A large quantity of apparel, plate, furniture in the following chambers and repositories:—
In the low seled parlour and little chamber; the low wardrobe; in various standards there; in the chapel and chapel chamber with the closet; my Lord's bedchamber; the chamber next the bedchamber; the chamber over the gate; the great chamber; the hall; "hangings of the gallery with both the ends"; in a little chamber next the higher wardrobe; in the inner wardrobe (insignia of the Garter and "5 peyr of swett glovys"); in a great cap-case; in a little casket;"in a trussyng cofer"; in the inner wardrobe ("two rolls of parchment, the one of the statute of the Garter, [the] other of the arms of the knights of the Garter, and two books of the statute of the Garter," and many other articles, including "one little gilt sword sent to my lord Edward.") (fn. n9) Plate, in a standard there. Other articles in the wardrobe of the beds; in a great chamber; in the next chamber (an old ship coffer full of old writings). In the third chamber a similar coffer of old writings. In an old chamber; in the chambers for saddles, for bows, arrows, and tents, and for harness; in the kitchen.
Mutilated, pp. 15, including title page.
R. O. 2. "Offices of the late marquis of Exeter":— Wiltshire.—The park of Mere.
Dorset:—The park of Blakdune, the chace of Cramburn, the parks of Marchewode and Cryclade.
Soms:—The forest of Roche.
Devon:—The forest of Exmore; the stewardship of the stemery (stannary) of Devon and Cornwall.
Cornw:—The constableship of the castle of Restormell and the park thereof.
ii. "Inheritance and purchase":—
Devon and Cornw:—Castle and park of Dartyngtun, park of Colcomb, the two parks of Tyvertune, the great park of Ockentune, park of Chymley, park that he bought of Sir John Dudley, park that he had of lord Dawbeney, and a park in Cornwall.
P. 1. Endd. as above.
R. O. 3. Inventories, viz.:—
i. Of the jewels and apparel of the marchioness of Exeter, taken at Horsley, Surr., by Ric. Po[llard], Edmund Pekham, Philip Parris, and John Danaster, the [15?] (fn. n10) Not 30 Hen. VHL, viz., my Lady's jewels in her own [custo]die (43 items); my Lady's apparel (14 items—among them, 7 gowns and a "night gown" of black velvet).
ii. Of the marquis of Exeter's plate, taken at Horsley 15 Nov. 30 Hen. VIII. by the same commissioners : viz., plate left in the cellar, buttery, pantry, ewry, and office of clerk of the kitchen. 84 items, elaborately described.
iii. Of the household and other articles in the porter's lodge, Robt. Daw's chamber, my young lord's chamber, the chamber next to it, the school-house, the chapel, the gentlewomen's chamber, my lady's chamber, the chamber next to it, the chapel chamber, the closet, my lady's closet and the chamber next to it, the great dining chamber, the -waiting chamber, Merry's chamber, the ushers' chamber, the great chamber at the stair head, the chamber within the great chamber, the chamber over the parlour, the chamber where Geo. Dawbeney lieth, Mr. Fynez' chamber, Robt. Bound's chamber, Mr. West's chamber, Perry's chamber, the chamber under Mr. Controller, the chamber next unto the cellar, Mr. Nevell's chamber, the Friar's chamber, Chayny's chamber, Harryson's chamber, the baker's chamber, Thos. Smythe's chamber, the lads of the kitchen's chamber, Mr. Stokwith's chamber, Mr. Stepbyn's servant's chamber, Chr. Cole's chamber, the ewry, the chamber over it, Bedlem chamber, the chamber at the hall end, Mr. Withal's chamber, the dining parlour, Mr. Stephyn's chamber, the chamber next it, the stable chamber, the gentlemen ushers' chamber, the laundry, the hall pace next the cellar, the joined parlour.
Instruments, a double pair of virginals, one great pair of regalls and 2 small pair, and 9 viols. My Lord's apparel, napery, household provision, kitchen stuff, and wardrobe. Hawks of the tower.
iv. Of the goods of the marquis of Exeter at Coombe beside Kingston, with such horses as he had standing in his stable there, 5 Nov. 30 Hen. VIII. Viz:—articles in my Lord's chamber, 6 items; horses, 12, each particularly described.
Pp. 26. Mutilated and injured by damp.
755. The Marquis of Exeter's Servants.
R. O. "The names of all the servants which [were] late the lord marques of Exeter, with their wages and fees, their ages and qualities as ensueth." (The wages each received from the Marquis and their other means are minutely given and added together, and the total appended to each entry):—
Gentlemen:—Jasper Horssey, comptroller and keeper of Dartyngton Park; Ant. Hervey, s . . ,keeper of Chymley Park, bailiff of Tappishame and keeper of the King's park of Mere (some of his wages shared by Serjeant Rowte); Wm. Dawbeney, aged 48, unmarried, keeper of Chiddenhamholte and of the small game of Blaydon, which is the King's, has annuity of 10l from lord Daubeney; Thos. Gooddolphyn, aged 30, unmarried,"meet and diligent in serving about a noble man with honest and decent qualities," keeper of Restornyll, which is the King's; George Dawbeney, unmarried, aged 47, one of the foresters of Dartmoor, "a well serving gentleman with honest conditions, and also a tall man of stature;" Ric. Buller, aged 30, unmarried, mean stature, honest and understands somewhat the Latin tongue, his friends give him yearly 66s. 8d.; Wm. Seyntelowe, s. and h. to Sir John Seyntelowe, aged 20, married to one of Sir Edw. Baynton's daughters, has of his father 10l.; Wm. Perpoynte, aged 20, unmarried, goodly stature, can play well upon sundry instruments, is the lady Marquis kinsman and at her finding; Charles Tyrrell, brother of John Tyrrell of Essex, aged 18, unmarried, at the lady Marquis' finding; Robt. Taylor, schoolmaster to the young lord Marquis, aged 40, brought up at Oxford, wages 6l. 13s.; Wm. Turke, secretary to the Marquis, aged 48, married and dwelling beside Dorking, Surr., has five children; Geo. Stokys, aged 49, married and dwelling besides Uxbridge, Midd.; Markys Sleder, aged 30, married, good personage and honest qualities, has of his own lands 40l. a year; Thos. Strode, aged 30, unmarried, tall, honest conditions; John Lighe, aged 24, unmarried, a poor (?) man of good conditions, s. and h. of Mr. Lieghe, the King's gentleman usher; Thos. Sparrowe, receiver, aged 56, married, discreet, of good substance, bailiff of Exilond and collector of certain lands in Exeter; John Alford, understeward, aged 52, married, meet and discreet for his office, steward of Kellylonds; Roger Kempsey, auditor, aged 50, married, good honest conditions and serviceable; Thos. Sayntelowe, aged 43, married and dwelling beside West Horseley, Surr., tall personage, shoots well, "with all other honest conditions meet for a gentleman," keeper of Iddesleigh Park and the West Park, has of his own lands during the life of his wife 30l. a year.
Gentlewomen.—Constance Bownetayne, aged 50, not married; Marg. Brewne, aged 56, unmarried, poor woman not having many friends; Joan Grasgon, Spaniard, aged 30, not married, good needlewoman and honest; Joan Cotton, 23, not married; Anne Browne, 22, not married, good with the needle, and can play well upon the virginals and late.
Yeomen and grooms, &c, 103 other servants similarly described. Among the yeomen and grooms of the chamber are Roger Elys, a tall personage who shoots well in a handgun, is bailiff of Canyngdon hundred, (fn. n11) and also bailiff of Wyndeyatts, keeper of the "castle in decay called Stokegursey" and one of the tin bailiffs of Tavistock by reason of the Stannary. Wm. Boothe, who "can sing properly in three-man songs." Two of the four falconers can keep "hawks of the tower" well. The 14 yeomen waiters include Wm. Purye, keeper of Bedewell and receiver of the late priory of Brymore, Hants., who has lands during his wife's life worth 20l. a year; John Frye, can play well at all weapons, bailiff of Cornewode and Teverton; Hugh Browne, aged 33, "can play somewhat on divers instruments and his knowledge is to teach men to do things in music which he himself cannot express nor utter, and yet he can perfectly teach it, wherefore he was master of the musicians;" Thos. Wright, 38, can play well with a harp, sing, juggle and "other proper conceits and make pastetymes;" Thos. Harrys, 30, "luteth and singeth well and playeth cunningly upon the viols and divers other instruments; "several of these are described as good wrestlers. Twenty-six servants are described as keepers of parks, &c, in divers places, with fees paid by the general receiver, but no wages. The last servant named is Wm. Tremayle, the fool. Those who are described as of tall stature are noted in the margin.
Pp. 20. Slightly mutilated.
R. O. 2. List of "tall and good serving-men," late servants to the lord Marquis [taken from the preceding list].
Gentlemen:—George Da[wbeney], Wm. Perpoynt, Markes Slader, [Thomas Strode] and Th[os. Sayntelowe].
Yeomen :—22 (named). Each man is briefly described as "a tall young man and can sute (shoot?) and wrestle," and the like.
Pp. 3. Mutilated and stained.
5 Nov. 756. Thos., Prior of Christchurch, Canterbury, to Cromwell.
R. O. Received on Sunday last his letters by his servant Chr. Rooper, asking that Rooper might have the keepership of Westwell Park. The present keeper, Bryan Talbot, has had the room for seven or eight years by the King's letter. Dares not put him out, except by the King's pleasure. Promised long since the reversion of the office to the Master of the Rolls. Otherwise would do his pleasure. Canterbury, Tuesday, 5 Nov. Signed.
P.1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
5 Nov. 757. Dr. John London to Cromwell.
R. O.
III. 138.
When I received the surrender of the Friars at Warwick, the bearer had felled certain trees in a grove behind the place, having bought them and others from the prior. I inhibited him until he should have declared his bargain before your Lordship. At Warwick he and the other honest inhabitants helped me to save every thing, but the poor people everywhere are so greedy upon these houses, when suppressed, that by night and by day, both from town and country, they do resort as long as any door, window, iron, glass, or loose lead remains. I keep watch as long as I tarry. My servant will be with you this week with such plate as I have yet received; it is of good value and from sundry places brought to Oxford. And now I shall accomplish the rest of the King's pleasure and yours. Oxon, 5 Novembris.
The King has a kitchen building at Warwick Castle. There is a roof of 60 feet long at the Friars which would serve there, and the tile is good.
Hol.,p. 1. Add.: Privy Seal.
5 Nov. 758. Katharine Bulkeley, Abbess of Godstow, to [Cromwell].
Cleop. E. IV.
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As Cromwell was the means of her promotion, does not mean to surrender her house except at the King's command or his. Hopes she has never offended; but Dr. London, who opposed her promotion and has ever since borne her great malice, has come down upon her with a great rout, saying be has authority to suppress the house. When she allowed him to execute his commission, but declined to surrender to his hand, he tried to inveigle her sisters one by one and treat them in an unexampled fashion; and here he remains to her great cost. Denies his charge that she is a spoiler and waster: has rather increased the goods. Godistow, 5 Nov.
Hol., pp. 2.
5 Nov. 759. Pipwell Abbey.
R.O.Rymer,xiv. 626, Surrender of the monastery and all its possessions in cos. Ntht., Warw., Beds., Leic, Linc, Rutl., Suff., and elswhere in England, Wales, and the marches thereof. 5 Nov. 30 Hen. VIII. Signed by Thos. Gyllam, abbot, and 13 others. [See Deputy Keeper's Eighth Report, App. n. 37.]
Fragment of Seal.
Enrolled [Cl. Roll.p. 1, No. 48] as acknowledged before Thos Legh, LL.D.
5 Nov. 760. Vice-Chancellor and University of Cambridge to Cromwell.
R. O. Their complaint is now an old one about the decreasing number of scolastici and students, although those that remain are believed to make greater progress in a short time and to have greater facilities for learning; which is partly due to the happiness of the times diminishing the labour of study, partly to the perversity of men discouraging access to the universities. Their colleges are not numerous enough to contain a number worthy of a University nor rich enough to support all that they can contain.
Beg Cromwell, therefore, as their chancellor, to move the King that they may have the houses and sites of the Friars for the erection of a new college. The advantage of this—the church of the Franciscans is especially necessary to them—their pro-chancellor whom they have sent to the King and Cromwell will explain. Cambridge, 5 Nov.
Latin, pp. 2. Add.: Lord Privy Seal and our Chancellor. Endd.
5 Nov. 761. Sir George Lawson to Cromwell.
R. O. Thanks for your kindness to me and my son, your servant. Where your Lordship wrote to the abbot of St. Mary's in his favour for the farm of the cell of St. Martyn's,—wherein the abbot has made a slender answer,—I beg your favour for your said servant, as I think the abbot dissembles. I wrote to Mr. Gostwyk and my son Peter to move your Lordship that I might have the site of the Friar Augustines in York. It is of small extent, with no ground but a little kitchen garden adjoining the walls of my house. York, 5 Nov.
Hol., p. 1. Sealed. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
5 Nov. 762. Robert Bowis to Cromwell.
R. O. Requests Cromwell's influence in favour of the bearer George Bowys, his nephew, the head of his house, who is anxious to devote his youth to the King's service. If his manners be too Northern and rude for the King's service, would like Cromwell to take him for a time into his own. Sends with him an ambling gelding for Cromwell. York, 5 Nov.
Hol., pp. 3. Add.: Lord Privy Seal.
5 Nov. 763. Lord Lisle to Cromwell.
R. O. When I was with you at Canterbury, it was your pleasure to move me for Paynswike, in which I agreed to do what I might at your request. Since then I have found that my wife has her jointure therein by indenture, of which I send you a copy. I should be very loth to put her from her living, as I have not whereof to make her a like jointure. I have sent her to you, and beg you to be good lord to me, to her, and to my son, (fn. n12) in her suit against the earl of Bridgewater. If some reasonable order is taken, I doubt not that she will be content to conform herself according to your pleasure. Great suit has been made to her for the lands, and like value offered her, by as good assurance as might be devised, and the chamber of London to be bound for the same, with great rewards, all which she has refused. Calais, 5 Nov. Touching Wykes. a servant of mine who comes over with my wife will show you how it is, trusting you will not drive me further for payment, for, as you know, I am not rich. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Privy Seal.


  • n1. Vaughan and Carne.
  • n2. Walsingham
  • n3. Philip Hoby.
  • n4. i.e., the manors of the cathedral priory of Christchurch, Canterbury. See Vol. IX., Nos. 686, 828.
  • n5. Vitry le Francois in Champagne.
  • n6. Anthony duke of Lorraine
  • n7. Sir Thomas Seymour.
  • n8. Misprinted "Boyet" by Ribier.
  • n9. Edward Courteny, earl of Devon, the Marquis's grandfather, who died in 1509.
  • n10. Day lost here by mutilation of the MS.; probably the same day as inventory ii. was taken. But as inventory iv., taken at Kingston, is dated 5 Nov., the day after the Marquis's arrest, the document is placed under that date.,
  • n11. Cannington hundred, co. Somerset.
  • n12. John Basset.