Henry VIII: December 1538 21-25

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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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December 1538 21-25

21 Dec. 1112. John Husee to Lord Lisle.
R. O. This day your annuity is past the signet and privy seal, and is directed to the chancellor of Augmentations. It was the King's pleasure that the said 200/. a year should be paid by the treasurer of the Augmentations, and therefore we must have the great seal of the Augmentations and not the broad seal of England. I trust to have the patent out before Christmas. If not, we must tarry till after these holy days, because the chancellor of the Augmentations is going into the country. I pray God send me little to do in that Court! Meanwhile send your acquittance to Mr. Thomas Pope, esquire, treasurer of the Augmentations, for discharge of the 50l. due at Christmas, and I trust to get the money and pay the draper. Send this with the first, and further write him some gentle letter. Touching the Freres, I trust my Lord (fn. n13) will remember it this holydays. My lord Dalawar is discharged out of the Tower. London, 21 Dec.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Deputy of Calais.
21 Dec. 1113. [The Duke of Lorraine] to the Queen of Scotland.
Balcarres MS.
ii. 86.
Adv. Lib.
Was very glad to have news of her by this gentleman of hers, who will tell her those of these parts. Wishes for some Scotch hackneys. Nancy, 21 Dec. Signed: Vostre humble oncle, Anth'e.
Hol, Fr.,p. 1. Add. Endd.: M. le Due de Lorraine.
21 Dec. 1114. Cardinal Ghinucci to [James V.].
Royal MS.
18 53.
B. M.
Before receiving James's letters, had used his influence with the Pope for the promotion of the bp. of Mirepoix to the Cardinalate. This the Pope was willing to do on account of James' deserts, and all others equally consented. Rome. 21 Dec. 1538.
Copy. Lat., p. 1.
21 Dec. 1115. Cardinal Symonetta to [James V.].
Royal MS.
18 B. vi. 53.
B. M.
Complied with the request in James' letters, that he should assist in procuring the Cardinalate for the bp. of Mirepoix. The promotion was notified on 20 Dec. Eome, 21 Dec. 1538.
Copy. Lat., p. 1.
21 Dec. 1116. Silvester Darius to [James V.].
Royal MS.
18 53 b.
B. M.
Informs him of the promotion of David Beton, bp. of Mirepoix and coadjutor of St. Andrews, to the Cardinalate. Every one is pleased at his promotion. Ghinucci and Darius did what they could in his favour. Rome, 21 Dec. 1538.
Copy. Lat. p. 1.
22 Dee. 1117. Lord De la Warr.
Close Roll
30 Hen. VIII.
p. 2, m. 19d.
Recognisance given by Sir Thomas West, lord La Ware, by which he and Thomas duke of Norfolk, Charles duke of Suffolk, Rob. earl of Sussex, Sir John Dudley, Sir Owen West, Sir Will. Gowrynge, Geo. Blunt, and John Guldyfford stand severally bound to the King in 3,000l. for his personal appearance before the King and Council when called on, within a year of date. Westm., 22 Dec.
Cancelled by warrant to Sir Chr. Hales, M.R.
22 Dec. 1118. The Duke of Suffolk and William Whorwood.
Close Roll
30 Hen. VIII.,
p. 2, No. 30.
Grant by Charles duke of Suffolk to Will. Whorwod, solicitor-general, and Margaret his wife, of the manor of Brome, Staff., with all his lands there and in Kydermyster, Wore, which he has of the King's gift: to hold to the said William and Margaret and the heirs of the body of the said William; with remainder in default of issue to Will. Whorwod, one of the sons of John Whorwod, elder brother of the aforesaid William, and the heirs male of his body; with remainder in default of issue to the heirs of the body of John Whorwood, deceased, father of the said William. Tenure by fealty and a rent of 7s. a year to the Duke and his heirs. John Yarde and Roger Fowke to be the Duke's attorneys. 22 Dec, 30 Hen. VIII.
Acknowledged by the Duke in Chancery the same day.
22 Dec. 1119. The Duke of Suffolk and Edmund Pekham.
Close Roll
30 Hen. VIII.,
p. 2, No. 36.
Grant by Charles duke of Suffolk to Edmund Pekham and Anne his wife in fee simple (in fulfilment of a bargain and sale by indenture (fn. n1) 21 Dec. 30 Hen. VIII.) of the manor or lordship of Stewcley alias Stewkeley, and the farm or grange called Slewcley graunge belonging to the late monastery of Woburn; and also of the farm of Swynford in Comnor, Berks, belonging to the late monastery of Abingdon, with the ferry in Comnor and houses thereto belonging, and the fishery of the water; which premises he had by grant from the King. Constitutes Rob. Tatton and Ric. Smyth, yeoman, his attorneys. Dated 22 Dec, 30 Hen. VIII.
Acknowledged by the Duke in Chancery the same day.
Ib. No. 37. 2. Acquittance given by the Duke to Pekham for 540/. 5s., being the purchase money of the above. 21 Dec, 30 Hen. VIII.
Acknowledged by the Duke in Chancery, 22 Dec.
22 Dec. 1120. Castillon to Montmorency.
Add. MS.
33,514, f. 7.
B. M.
Ribier i.333.
The king of England is now as gentle and gracious as formerly he was haughty and proud. Yesterday he sent for me and I remained alone in a gallery with him three good hours. He commenced to wheedle me, saying his inclination to the King his brother is so great that, as he has recently told me by his Council, he would be very sorry to attempt anything to his disadvantage, and therefore he gives up the marriage of Dom Louys of Portugal with his daughter Mary, and will no more of it, whatever condition the Emperor may offer. This he said in order that if the Emperor does not deliver Milan to the King, as he is quite certain the Emperor will not, the cause may not be imputed to him (Henry). He prays me, however, not to write this last article, as he does not wish to put suspicion between the King and the Emperor; but as he has always been accustomed to converse familiarly (de deviser privément) with me, he wishes to assure me that he (the Emperor) will never deliver it, and, as he has always thought me his friend and a man of understanding, he wishes to declare to me where he means to marry his said daughter, viz., to some prince of Italy. He gave two reasons for this; one, because most of them are never friends of the bishops of Rome, and if one of them were assisted by him, M. le Pape would not do altogether as he liked; the other, that if he had a good alliance in Italy it might assist Francis in his right to Milan. "Reguardes. s'il vous plaist s'il a bien des minimes en la teste." The first step would be to send his Order to some one; but he does not yet know to whom, for he must first understand that he is a good enemy to the Pope. The son of the duke of Ferrara is very young; the son of the duke of Urbino is one of the most honest princes in Italy; he knows not the age of the duke of Mantua's son. I think he knows still less "ce qu'il doit faire ne devenir." He wishes to remain the King's friend, not for the profit, but for the inclination and the great familiarity (privauté) between them. He repeated two or three times "que ce nestoit point pour le profict. Si j'eusse eu charge de parler, j'eusse voluntiers respondu 'Je ne scay que vous entendes de profit; si, nous vendes vous vostre amytie bien chier.' Et eusse bien pour se (sic) de moy mesme scavoir s'il ne vouldroyt point quicter sa pension, car a mon advis qui la vouldra avoir par gracieusete il en est maintenant saison. Toutes foys vous congnoysses le personnage, qui vouldrayt encontinent entrer en grandes conditions et mettre chascun en souspecon sans qu'on en tire jamais resolution. Mais je me suis teu de cela jusques à ce que le Roy ou vous m'ayez instruict." It would be too long to report at length some other talk, extravagant and ill-founded enough, which showed pretty clearly that he has not found on the part of the Emperor the fine things he formerly told me of.
The gentleman (fn. n2) whom he sent to the Emperor about the marriages has returned "assez mal satisfait." He, however says the practice of his marriage with the duchess of Milan still continues, and the Emperor has charged the queen of Hungry to conclude it. A gentleman is to come from the Emperor with ample power for this; but I know he would willingly return to marry Mademoiselle de Guise. If you think the King and Emperor should have the pastime of seeing him thus "virolin virolant," I can easily get it up, provided a little good cheer is made to his ambassador, and that M. le Cardinal or M. de Guise caress him a little. Tell me how to act, in jest or in earnest, for he considers the King ought to be grateful to him for his good will, which he declares so affectionately. I speak of it sometimes to the Emperor's ambassador as he does to me, not altogether without laughter. See how the king of England says honestly to me, Pardon me if I have not been the King's friend in his affairs as I ought to be, and if I see things going otherwise than I expected.
"Il n'est rien survenu de nouveau depuis mes dernières lettres sinon que le Roy ne scait a qui se prendre qu'il ne pas tousjours bien scet entretenir l'amytyè du Roy. Il a chassé Briant hors de la Chambre, qui entroyt a ses affaires, pour les folles qu'il escripvoyt apres avoir perdu son argent quand vous estes assembles en Provence, et n'est pas bien content de Bron, qui ne faict qu'aygrir les choses a son dernier voyage. Je n'escriz point an Roy de peur de l'ennuyer, pour ce que,le Roy son frere m'a dict qu'il avoit esté mal disposé. Il faict a ce Noel cent gentilz hommes ordinaires de sa maison qui entretiendront chacun troys chevaulx, et leur baille, à ce que j'entendz, à chacun deux cens escuz de gaiges, et bouche a court. Il y en aura tousjours cinquaute residentz."
Begs for a speedy answer whether he is to be recalled or not. London, 22 Dec. 1538.
French, with parts in cipher,partly deciphered in Ribier. Some passages not printed in Ribier are here given in extenso. Add.: Monseigneur de Montmorency, Connestable, Grand Maistre, et premier baron de France.
22 Dec. 1121. William Basynge, Prior of Winchester, to Cromwell,
R. O. By Basynge's servant, the bearer, Cromwell shall receive 50l. Praying Cromwell to accept the same till Hilary term next, when he will send his duty and payment to the King and 50l. more to Cromwell. Winchester, 22 Dec. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Crumwell, lord Privy Seal. Endd.
22 Dec. 1122. John Smythe to Francis Cave.
Cleop. iv.
B. M.
of the
Received his letter on Wednesday last, and as to the priory of Lawnd, has caused two honest persons to review the demesnes, which, along with Whatboro (Whadborough) Field were wont to keep this time of year 2,000 sheep, though there are now scant 500, of which he supposes the one half of them be not the prior's. And whereas the prior used to keep on his commons in Loddyngton Field 500 sheep, there is at this day not one. Neither is there at Frisby, where he used to have a flock. All fat "beys," except a very few for the house, are sold, and much of the stuff conveyed away before the prior's last going to London. Cannot find, however, that he has made away with any cattle since his coming home, except certain milch kye and one bull, which he caused to be conveyed the night he carne from London to Loddington. The prior told him he had made away the plate a good while ago, in hope to redeem his house, except the jewels and plate of the church, which still remain. He had given away several of his horses to his servants. No leases have been made out of the demesnes except tithes, but some of certain closes and mills at Loddington were granted conditionally before the prior's going to London. Knows the prior has been in hand with his brethren since his coming home, to have a lease sealed of all his purchased land in Alstyd, &c. Withcoke, 22 Dec.
Added on back: Sir, because the prior is my neighbour and has ever been kind to me, I pray you be good to him and his canons.
Hol. p. 1. Add.: Dr. Cave in Pater Noster Roo, nygh Poolles in London. Endd.
1123. The Prior of Launde.
R. O. Goods of the prior of Launde, which he desires to have by the King's favour of the King and of my lord Privy Seal.
Twenty-two items. Among them is a pair of organs, certain stone with which he had intended to build a chapel for the late King and Queen and the present King and himself, the tombstone he had bought for himself, certain cattle and pasture for them in Watborough fields, and that he may live with his kinsman and kinswoman in the parsonage of Frisbie, and have the rent thereof and of the water mill there in part payment of his pension of 14/. 6s. 8d.
ii. Names of those who desire my Lord's favour for the assignment of their pensions :—
John Lancastre, prior; William Stokfaston, subprior, alias Beyrege; John Lodyngton, cellarer, alias Atkyns; Thos. Metburne, sexton, alias Bowman; "Wm. Alderwas. chaunter, alias Bayly; Wm. Houghton, subcellarer, alias Worthe; Wm. Leyceter, petitioner, alias Bartou; Hugh Halsted, subcliaunter, alias Hely; Thos. Bowrow, fraterer, alias Palmer; Robt. Lyddyngton alias Barret; Rayf Wolston alias Coke; Thos. Frisbie alias Sotherey; Thos. Hughet, late canon at Kirkby Bellers.
A paper roll of two sheets, one sheet written on both sides.
22 Dec. 1124. Wriothesley to Cromwell.
R. O. Is waxing strong upon his fever. Is told by physicians "that nothing doth more conduce to the expulsing of him than mirth and a discharging of the mind of cures and thoughts." Therefore leaves all studies as much as he can, [consistently] with the duty of his office. The news that he hears from England have so lightened his "swollen stomach" that he accounts them the chief medicines he has received. How joyful tidings must it be to all Englishmen to know that such great traitors (fn. n3) have been punished, and their attempts frustrated, and that the King "woll out of hand thorough with his spears and many other good purposes." Prays that this is as true as the other. If the spears shall indeed forward, asks him to remember the two Palmers here. He of Calais would be glad to leave his room for one of those places, and he that is Cromwell's servant is as pretty a fellow for such purpose as can be. Is much beholden to both of them.
These folks remain in sleep ever since the despatch of the last letters by Fraunces, saving that the Duke (fn. n4) sends oft to know how I do, and within these two days has sent me two puncheons of wine. Great suit is made by some of Hutton's creditors to have his goods cried in open market, and his wife put under arrest to make further satisfaction, but he has spoken to the Queen and Council about it, so that he thinks they will not grant it. Has offered that the goods shall be sold, if they will let them be praised in a house by commissioners, some to be English, and allow his wife to depart with her garments. Thinks they will grant this, as he was ambassador here, and because some of the creditors are Englishmen, who will be half undone by this bargain. Knowing that they lent him much in consequence of his office, has promised to be suitor for some licence to help them. Brussels, 22 Dec.
Hol., pp. 3. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
22 Dec. 1125. France and Portugal.
R. O. Mandate of Francis I. to the president of the parliament of Rouen and others to forbid French subjects sailing to Bresy (Brazil) or Malaguete (Malacca), in consequence of a remonstrance of the Portuguese ambassador. St. Germain en Lay, 22 Dec. 153S, 24 Fras. I.
Copy. Fr.,pp.2. Endd. by Cecil.
[22 Dec.] (fn. n5) 1126. Charles V. and Francis I.
Add. MS.,
f. 344.
Reply given (by the Emperor) to Brissac who came from the French king, upon the proposed marriages of his master's children with those of the Emperor. Addressed to Tarbes and Brissac.
Spanish. Headed: Francia. Modern copy from Simancas, pp. 6.
23 Dec. 1127. Henry VIII. to Wriothesley, Vaughan, and Carne.
R. O.
St. P. viii.,
After long waiting to hear of their proceedings received their letters of Brussels, 16th inst., by the courier Francisco on the 20th. Approves of their remonstrances to the Queen Dowager touching the coldness shown on her side. Wonders her Council so much object to her giving the bill signed by her. Does not doubt their honour, but princes must be circumspect. "Would be quite discouraged from treating further, but is loth, having gone so far, to leave off without any result. Commissioned Sir Thos. Wyatt and Philip Hoby, whom he dispatched thither for that purpose, to declare his goodwill to the Emperor, and Wriothesley and his colleagues are aware of their instructions. Hoby returned about the 17th inst. bearing the Emperor's answer, in which he acknowledged the King's goodwill, but said he could not determine at this time to give Milan to the Infant of Portugal, as it was not desirable to put the Frenchmen in despair of it. The Emperor wishes, therefore, to proceed upon the other marriage, unless Henry could, devise some other conditions for the lady Mary. He wishes the Regent to proceed touching that of the duchess of Milan, and says she has sufficient commission for the assurance of the dowry. The King despatched the courier Nicholas to Wyatt on the 28th ult. with letters on these matters, but, as Hoby was far on his way home, has not yet received an answer. He was to declare to the Emperor that since he was so unwilling to give Milan to Don Ludovic, Henry would not press him, but was ready to treat for the marriage with the duchess of Milan, provided her dowry was sufficiently secured either on towns in the Low Countries or by surety of bankers. Expect his answer shortly, and that he will send more particular instructions to the Queen Regent. These points they must keep secret.
Meanwhile they must seek an audience with the Regent, and tell her that in consequence of the cold answer they received at first both from her and her deputies, as if they had known nothing of the offer made of Milan and the points conceded by Chapuys and Don Diego, the King had been forced to send Philip Hoby to the Emperor; who said that she was fully instructed of his whole mind; only, as for Milan, he could not dispose of it at present, but she was at liberty to proceed touching the alliance with the Duchess. That the King has since informed the Emperor that he does not mean to press him about Milan, but would be glad to have his advice how to bestow his daughter; but that they are commissioned to treat and conclude upon the marriage with the Duchess. They shall, therefore, urge her to be frank, and, if she be not disposed to use speed in the matter, tell her that as the Emperor affirms he has sent her full power to treat, we shall have cause to think that she is not well inclined to the amity. For the King is daily urged by his nobles to use short expedition in the determination of his marriage so as to secure the succession. If she say she is not disposed to use other frankness, they are to ask leave to return; but if she express her willingness to conclude, they are to urge speed and protest before a notary that as her power contains no authority of substitution, and she refuses the writing desired, the ambassadors, although they have the King's commission, intend that the King shall be no further bound than the others to observe their conclusions. With that protestation they shall proceed according to previous instructions without disclosing the King's expectation to have knowledge from thence. If in the end they will agree to no conclusion, then under colour of taking leave of their principal gentlemen, as De Beures and Berghes, they shall lament as of themselves the coldness they have met with, declaring the King had omitted no good office, and desiring them to bear witness that he was not to blame, so that it will not be strange if the King provide for himself otherwise. Also, on taking leave of the Duchess, they shall declare how earnestly the King desired to honour her by marriage if he had found reasonable conditions, but they lament to have been thwarted in such an object. Westm., 23 Dec. 30 Henry VIII.
Fair copy. Add. at the head.
R. O. 2. Modern copy of the preceding.
23 Dec. 1128. Dr. John London and Dr. Edw. Baskervtle to Sir Ric. Riche.
R. O.
Dugd. Mon.
v., p. 214.
I and Dr. Baskerfylde have taken the surrender of the abbess and convent of Delapray beside Northampton, where, though she had obtained the King's charter to continue, she most willingly surrendered. She is very sickly and aged and has been abbess over 30 years. Her house was so well ordered, notwithstanding the cost of obtaining the King's charter, that the goods and chattels sufficed to defray the debts. Assigned her a pension of 40l. and beg favour for her; "for surely she can not long enjoy this pension." Northampton, 23 Dec. Signed.
In London's hand, p. 1. Add.: Mr. Chancellor of Augmentations.
R. O. 2. Pensions assigned to the abbess and sisters of Delapray beside Northampton, i.e. to Clemens Stocke, abbess, Eliz. Welshe, prioress, Marg. Stokk Emma Smyzth, Gracia Smyzth, Eliz. Nyztam, Eliz. Haywarde, Marg. Doydy and Dorothy Barnard. Signed by Drs. London and Baskervyle.
P . 1.
23 Dec.
Letters, 168.
1129. Sir Thos. Wharton to Cromwell.
On Wednesday, 11 Dec, Sir Ralf Ellercar, Robt. Powis, Robt. Challonner, Sir Thos. Curven, and Wharton were present at a gaol delivery at Carlisle. Nine persons suffered. The subprior of Carlisle and a man (fn. n6) of Skailkie (Scaleby) for high treason, upon words spoken, that the commons should rise in the South Country; a man (fn. n7) of Gillesland for counterfeiting coin, and the others for felony. Has also caused eight persons to be apprehended for felony, in which Lord Dacre assisted. Hears that Lord Maxwell came to the Scotch court on the 8th, the King being at Arbroathe with the abbot, between whom and Maxwell there is great displeasure.
Hears also that the king of Scots will be at Chelso on the East March on Jan. 15, and have a "justice in Heyre" at Gedworthe, for complaints against men of Tweedell, and then at the Armytage in Liddisdaill.
There is a ballad lately made in Scotland deriding Englishmen for living in the true Christian faith, which they take to be the contrary. Can send him a copy. Is told the bishops are the setters forth thereof. The West Marches are in due obedience and good order. Cokermouth Castle, 23 Dec. 1540 (fn. n8) (sic).
Add.: Lord Privy Seal.
23 Dec.
Royal MS.
18 B. vi., 52.
B. M.
1130. Alex. Cardinal Farnese to [James V.].
Received the King's letters desiring him to use his influence with the Pope for the promotion of the bp. of Mirepoix (Mirapicensem) to the Cardinalate two days before he was promoted, and did what he could for him. Desires credence for Latinus Juvenalis. Rome, 10 Kal. Jan. 153 8.
Lat. Copy, p. 1.
24 Dec. 1131. Romney Marsh.
See Grants in December, No. 31.
24 Dec. 1132. J. Barlo to Cromwell.
R. O. The privy seal that your Lordship commanded me to send to James Leche is served upon him by my servant, who had a long search for him in South Wales, when he was in Shropshire. My brother, the bp. of St. David's, begs your support against the canons there, who resist his attempts to reform them, and refuse to take him for the head of the chapter in the dean's room, notwithstanding their own acts at his installation, when they first gave him the bishop's stall in the choir, and then the dean's. They will not show their foundation, but say it was lost before their time. They say no bishop claimed such things before; which is true for their time, for "no bishop dwelt so long among them as my brother hath, and intendeth to do." They threaten to spend to their shirts in the quarrel, and my brother has no spare money. King's Langley. 24 December.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Privy Seal.
24 Dec. 1133. Latimer to Cromwell.
R. O.
L.'s Remains,
p. 412.
His receipts since being bishop amount to 4,000l. and upwards. His firstfruits, reparations, and solutions of his debts to 1,700l. There remains in ready money at his last audit ending on Christmas even's even, 180l., of which 105l. is payable for his tenths this year, 20l. goes to his New Year's Gift, so that he has left to keep Christmas and to come up 60l. All the rest is spent in household provisions for half a year and more, if he do not leave his diocese. Is more inclined to feed many grossly and necessarily than a few deliciously and voluptuously. Has not spent 20s. in plate and hangings. As to plate, his New Year's Gift does his need, with glass and byrrall, and he delights more to feed hungry bellies than clothe dead walls. Asks him to take this signification of his condition as a New Year's Gift. Another year it shall be better. Is within 40l. out of debt, and will be quite when the half year's rent is due. Asks what day "my brother suffragan," prior of Worcester, (fn. n9) is to preach before the King this Lent. Sub Natalem Christi, Hartl.
Hol., pp.3. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
24 Dec. 1134. Sir Thomas Arundell to Cromwell.
R. O. I being by chance at my lord Chief Justice's house, one Thomas Rostall, serving-man, came to Shaftesbury and asked for me. Being informed that I was with my Lord, he asked the mayor to convey him to me, saying that he had matter to communicate that concerned treason. The mayor brought him to my Lord's house, where he informed us that while drinking in an ale-house at Sherborne in Dorset he heard certain persons say that the marquis of Exeter was in the Tower and likely to suffer death. Some then remarked it was well, if he were a traitor. To which Thomas Holman, tailor, of Sherborne, answered that Devonshire men and Cornish men would not suffer that. By my Lord's advice I took this Rostall with me to Sherborne and found the charge against Holman true by three witnesses and his own acknowledgment. Informed my lord Chief Justice who advised me to send him to Dorchester gaol till your pleasure be known. Shafton, Christmas Eve. Signed.
P . 1. Add.: Privy Seal. Sealed. Endd.
24 Dec. 1135. Cardinal Carpi to [James V.].
Royal MS.
18 B. vi., 52.
B. M.
Wrote on 10 Kal. Jan., the day that the Pope promoted the cardinal of Scotland (Beton). The Pope is now sending one of his servants (fn. n10) with instructions to James. Rome, 24 Dec. 1538.
Lat. copy, p. 1.
24 Dec. 1136. [Paul III]
Barberini MS.
lviij. 45, f. 87.
Heals of the instruction for Scotland [given] to Signor Latino Juvenale, 24 Dec. 1538
First, to visit the King and Queen, and announce the promotion of the new cardinal of Mirepoix at the King's request, and then to present the biretta and hat to the new Cardinal. Then to speak with due warmth of the public cause of England, for which principally you are sent, showing how his Holiness is grieved to see the total ruin of such a kingdom, and how indignant he feels at the impiety [of that King]; showing his efforts with the Christian princes for the recovery of that realm, and the good inspiration the princes have not only to publish the bull which you carry, but to prohibit all commerce and intelligence. To make instance for the publication of the said bull in Scotland. Also, if occasion offers, to speak "della decima et de libri d'Anglia."
ii. Instructions for France for the same, 1538.
To visit the King, the queen of Navarre, the princes, the card, of Lorraine, the Constable, and other lords, and give them the Pope's blessing, tolling the Con-table how readily the Pope has satisfied him in the promotion of the card, of Challens. To thank the King for the instance he has made to the Pope, both through the Nuncio and by M. de Grignan, about the affairs of England, not to suffer further the impiety and wickedness of that King; and to add that with the better hope of reducing that realm to the Church, his Holiness has made the bull which he now sends to be published. To say that the Emperor shows good intention of not only permitting the publication in his dominions and prohibiting commerce, but of ceasing all intelligence with the said King, who has become proud only because he sees how much he is esteemed.
To do his commission to the abp. of Milan.
That the Bible corruptly translated into English may either not be published or be burnt. To recommend the card, of England. To recommend the blind Scot to the new Cardinal.
Italian, pp. 3. From a modern extract in R . O ., headed as above.
*** Another modern copy of § i. of the above, with some extracts from § ii., taken from Urbin MS. 865 in the Vatican, is in R.O.
24 Dec. 1137. Sieur de Grignan, French Ambassador at Rome, to Montmorency.
Ribier i. 335. Hears that the marriage of duke Cosmo with the daughter of the viceroy of Naples is settled; which will break the Pope's design of giving him his niece. (fn. n11) Untrustworthy character of the card, of Carpy, who, it is said, is to be protector of Scotland, and to obtain for Nich. Raince the post of Scottish ambassador at Rome. Carpi never gives him any information, as cards. Trani, Campeggio, Rodolfi, Sanseverin and Ghinucci do. Ghinucci may be of great service, as he is on the high road to be Pope one day. being a man of wisdom and experience, and having no kinsmen of consequence (parens destofe),— a matter to which they attach much importance. Rome, 24 Dec. 1538.
25 Dec. 1138. John Bernard to Lord [Lisle].
R. O. When I received money from you for my master at your last being in England, you promised to be good lord to me, and commanded me to send a kinsman of mine, for whom I sued to be in your service, to Calais. Asks for a protection for a friend of his. My cousin Gowgh Will show you the whole matter. Greenwich, 25 Dec
Hol., p. 1. Add.: To my Lord. Endd.
25 Dec. 1139. Wriothesley to Cromwell.
R. O. Having obtained an expedition for the praising of the late Mr. Hutton's goods, and for the distribution of them among his creditors, with a safeconduct for his widow to return to England, has required the bearer, Mr. Palmer, to convey her to England, or at least to Calais, if she cannot travel so far, being sick. Asks Cromwell to favour Palmer if he waits upon him, as he is determined to do, if Wriothesley chance to be any longer "mortised" here. Will miss him greatly, both for lack of his company, as for his help in entertaining strangers, speaking well the French tongue, and in going on sundry messages. Brussels, 25 Dec.
Hol.,p. 1. Add. Sealed.
25 Dec. 1140. Thos. Knight to Cromwell.
R. O. Whereas Cromwell commanded him to attend Mr. Wriothesley in this journey; makes profuse apologies for not having written. Did not like to trouble Cromwell with his unimportant letters, in the midst of Cromwell's cares against such "rank traitors (fn. n12) as of late appearing in their likeness have taken their reward," who, as the grass from the ground, had all their nourishment from the King, from whom their glory proceeded, "even as to the small star's light proceedeth from the sun alone." Mr. Wriothesley, whom God has marvellously preserved in this peril, speaks hourly of Cromwell's zeal for the common weal of the country. Brussels, 25 Dec.
Hol., pp. 6. Add.: Lord Privy Seal.


  • n1. This indenture is also enrolled No. 35 on roll.
  • n2. Philip Hoby.
  • n3. Exeter, Montague, and the others.
  • n4. Arschot.
  • n5. See Spanish Calendar, VI. i. 100.
  • n6. John Humfrey.
  • n7. Nicholas Watche.
  • n8. The Editor's heading to the letter gives the date as 23 Dec. 1545.
  • n9. Henry Holbeach, appointed bp. of Bristol, suffragan to Latimer 22 March 1538. See Part I. No 646 (2)
  • n10. Latino Juvenale.
  • n11. His granddaughter, Vittoria Farnese, daughter of Pier Luigi.
  • n12. Exeter, Montague, and the others.
  • n13. Cromwell.