Letters and Papers: March 1539, 11-15

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Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 14 Part 1, January-July 1539. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1894.

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March 1539

See GRANTS in MARCH, No. 29.
11 March.
R. O.
Asks him to be a mediator to the King for her and her children, that she may enjoy Bletchingley and Wallyngton, which he gave her. Has but 20l. more of her husband's lands. If he had not offended the King and his laws, would have had the third of his lands, but she cannot claim that because he is attainted. Hopes the King will reward her and her children with some part of it. Asks him also to request the King to give her the lands in Sussex, which are worth 130l. a year. All together will amount to a little above 300 marks, under which she cannot honestly live. Apologises for troubling him. Wallyngton, 11 March. Signed.
Pp. 2. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.: Anno xxx: The Lady Carew.
11 March.
R. O.
Took on Sunday night one John Rede of Ewelme as a seditious tale-teller. He reported that the King had discharged all his workmen at Hampton Court, his parks and other places, saying these words :—"His Grace hath begun one other new work which shall be named None Suche, and that his Grace hath caused all his ships to be new rigged up, and will have open wars, and that there come one cart laden with harness through the town of Ewelme to London ward this last week." Committed him to Wallingford Castle. Swyncombe, 11 March.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
11 March.
R. O.
XIV. 630.
Surrender of the monastery and all its possessions in co. Dors. and elsewhere in England, Wales and the marches thereof. 11 March 30 Hen. VIII. Signed "per me, Joh'm Bradley, Episcopum Schafftoniensium," [abbot], and 12 others. [See Deputy Keeper's Eighth Report, App. II. 31].
Fragment of Seal.
Enrolled [Close Roll, p. 3, No. 2] as acknowledged, same day, before John Tregonwell, King's commissioner.
R. O. 2. Pensions assigned to the late abbot and convent of Mylton, Dors., 21 March 30 Hen. VIII., viz. :—.
John Stephens alias Bradley, bishop of Shaftesbury, 133l. 6s. 8d.; Hen. Rudell, prior, 13l. 6s. 8d.; John White, subprior 8l.; Thos. Garlond, almoner, Pascall Trygell, Ric. Nette, John ap Thomas, Nich. Goodson, John Hibberd, John Temmes, Nich. Edmonde, Wm. Fosse and Robt. Petour, 6l. 13s. 4d. each. Signed: Jo. Tregonwell: Wylliam Petre: John Smyth.
P. 1.
See GRANTS in MARCH, No. 31.
12 March. 502. SIR ANT. BROWN, MASTER of the HORSE.
See GRANTS in MARCH, No. 32.
12 March. 503. EUSTACE CHAPUYS.
See GRANTS in MARCH, No. 33.
12 March.
Galba B.X. 35,
B. M.
S. P. I. 595.
Has received a long letter from Wriothesley in Flanders, dated the 9th, about an audience with the Queen, who entreated him repeatedly, for the sake of the amity, to tarry till she had answer by a post from England, urging that the Emperor's ambassador remained there in spite of her orders and she was not angry; so that he at last complied. Reports the news in Wriothesley's letter. Mr. Sydney has been with him. Cromwell has assured him of favor and desired him to resort to the King. Thinks the King should intimate to him whether he should wait on His Highness this voyage in Kent or no. The bearer, Cromwell's nephew, will explain further. London, 12 March. Signed.
12 March.
R. O.
I have received your letter by Mr. Surveyor's lad, and as yet I have had no opportunity to deliver my lord Privy Seal's letter. As to your coming to Dover I cannot think that your request will succeed, or that my lord Privy Seal will take it in good part. Had I been privy to the contents of your letter to my lord Privy Seal I would peradventure have stayed its delivery. My lord is to remain here until the King's return, so I cannot say what he will think of your coming over, he not being there. If you will write to the King for licence to come over, his Grace will he at Dover on Saturday at furthest. Meanwhile I will learn my lord's mind. If you write or send to me before my coming to Dover, let it be to Justes' house, whither I will resort for it. If the matter be well taken I will proceed in my suit for you to come over to Dover or Sandwich. If you write to the King, the fewer lines the better, "for I have heard say that his Grace loveth not to read long letters." If I see it not convenient to proceed in my suit I will come over. What answer Mr. Pope will make I know not. As for the 400l., there is no remedy here until the term. When the assurance is made my lord will defray the money, which will not be before three weeks after Easter. As for the Friars my lord saith that shall be deferred till Mr. Polsted's coming, which is yet uncertain. What has been done therein you shall know at my coming. It is good to trust in God for he never forsaketh his chosen. I have provided 20 bows to come over with Tobyes boat. Please give this bearer your passport into Flanders. Mr. Kingston is comptroller and my lord Warden treasurer and Sir Wm. Par lord Par, Sir Ant. Wingfield captain of the Guard and vice-chamberlain. Make my excuse to my lady that I have no leisure to write to her. London, 12 March.
Hol., pp. 2. Add. Deputy of Calais.
12 March
R. O.
Rymer, XIV.
Surrender of the monastery and all its possessions in cos. Dors., Soms., Wilts, Devon, and elsewhere in England and Wales and the marches thereof. 12 March 30 Hen. VIII. Signed by Roger Roddon, abbot, Thos Bradford, prior, and 8 others. [See Deputy Keeper's Eighth Report, App. II. 6.]
Faded. Seal gone.
Enrolled [Close Roll, p. 5, No. 29] as acknowledged, same day, before Wm. Peter, King's commissioner.
R. O. 2. Pensions appointed to the late abbot and convent of Abborttysbury, Dors., 12 March 30 Hen. VIII., viz. :—.
Roger Rodden, abbot, 80l.; Thos. Bradforde, prior, 9l.; Thos. Tolpudle, 7l.; Wm. Grey, John Blandforde, John Vynsant, Hen. Lyme, Wm. Bonor, Wm. Styby, 6l. to 5l. each.; Thos. Holnest, 40s. Signed: William Petre: John Smyth.
P. 1.
R. O. 3. Another copy of § 2. Signed by Sir Ric. Ryche.
P. 1.
12 March.
R. O.
Were this day, 12 March, informed that one Wm. Hole, of Horsham, smith, said a commission had come down for the King to have 15d. for every wedding, christening, and burial, and the lord of the franchise as much. Hole denies it, and says that a man (fn. 2) of Okewood, whom he does not know, spoke the words. Have sent up Hole. Signed.
P. 1. Add. Endd.: Ao Xxxo.
12 March.
R. O.
Reminds him of his suit for certain lands in these parts late the duchess (sic) of Salisbury's. Chepstow, 12 March.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
12 March.
R. O.
"Right noble Lord," the keepers of the Carrik Okennyll, which you left in Donough OBrean's custody, daily rob men resorting to our market, and have lately preyed the marchers of the Bowrken county from which we have our chief victuals. Donough OBrean will make us no remedy. He took 100 cattle from us three years ago, for which he was to pay us last May, but has not. Limerick, 28 Feb.
P. 1. Headed: Copy.
II. Sir Thomas Butler to [the Council of Ireland.]
"Right worshipful masters," I have received your letter declaring that you have moved my lord of Ormond, my father, and the lord Treasurer, my brother-in-law, for reducing of the parts of Waterford and Tipperary where I am. Begs them to write to Ormond and the lord Treasurer not to make him responsible for unlawful customs, which his father used, and others before him, when he was under age. My manor of Caghir, 12 March.
P. 1. Headed: Copy.
12 March.
R. O.
Could not deliver Bonner's letters to the King at Fontainebleau, as he was ready to depart, and the Constable talking with him. Tried to see him at Moret, but found him ridden on with the Dolphin to Montreau, where he gave him the letters and had an answer (enclosed) from the Recepvoir of Sens, his secretary. Received Bonner's other letters (fn. 3) by the bearer, Ric. Letchemer, and declared to the Constable (speech reported in French) that though it was said here that the King had arrested French ships, the fact was that he had not only arrested French ships but those of other nations, in consequence of a similar arrest at Flanders on the first day of Lent; but the French would be well treated and suffer no loss. The Constable at first answered that if the French king thought his ships had been arrested he would cause the English ships to be treated the same; afterward he said he would not believe it. He said also that the King had sent an ambassador to England.
Much of the train is gone to Paris, so it is thought the King will keep Easter there or at Fontainebleau. The king of Naverra is gone to Paris touching a process between him and Madame Vandosme for the county of Drouse. The King is somewhat indisposed. If he goes on tomorrow he will to Braye upon Seigne, five leagues, and then to Provin, three leagues, where he will hunt. He will enter Sens either Sunday or Sunday week. The "furrours" go thither this day. Will, with the lacquey and the merchant man, go thither and take a lodging for Bonner. Advises him to come, so as to be near the Court in case they "take to heart" the arrest of their ships. The King will be within four leagues of it till he make his entry, "and then to Chastillon." Yesterday the cardinal of Lorraine, asked him gently where Bonner was. Told him, at Melun. Montreau, Wednesday.
Hol., pp. 3. Add.: The bp. of Hereford, at Melun. Endd.: Ao xxx. Endd. by Bonner: Dd. to me at Melune, 12 March, by Ric. Lechemer, my servant.
13 March.
R. O.
My good lord and master (fn. 4) is dead. He made the end of a good Christian man. Hever, 13 March.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Cromwell lord Privy Seal. Endd.: Ao xxx.
13 March.
R. O.
The vicar of Pesemerche has been accused of seditious sayings, some of which he has confessed, as appears by articles signed by him, and to some he stands in trial. Keep him in durance until they know Cromwell's pleasure by the bearers. 13 March. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.: Ao xxx.
13 March.
R. O.
Last night, the 12th March, I received your letter dated the same day at London, desiring from me the reversion of the office of the rape of Hastings by my letters patent under the seal of my arms in like form as the earl of Wiltshire had it. Last year I made new covenants with the countess of Salisbury and the lord Montague to leave all my inheritance to my son Hastings and the heirs of his body, who should pay debts by yearly instalments, and I have given bonds of 5,000l. to this effect, besides a recognizance of 5,000 marks wherein I was bound to them before the marriage of my son; but as the bonds stand to the King's use, if, you will get me discharged of them I shall be glad to accomplish your desire; for I shall never forget the good counsel you gave me between Mortlake and Wandsworth as you rode towards London before Christmas. I would have followed your advice ere this but that my house has been visited with sickness, as Dr. Gwyne and Dr. Wotton can inform you, else I had been in Leicestershire executing the King's commission. (fn. 5) I was so sick myself with a pain in my side and chest that I did not expect to have lived six hours. Stoke, 13 March. Signed.
Pp. 2. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.: Anno xxx.
13 March.
R. O.
Desires his remembrance to his father, his brother John, and sisters. "Madame, scaches que de puis qui je ne vous a veu jay receu Benet et auscy mon seur mon maistre a re ceu la prebend." Monseur Maistre Turbi recommends himself humbly and was sorry he did not see you whilst you were at London. Has no news except that the King has left to go to Dover. My master goes tomorrow to Winchester. Nicklis Ear has told me that you wished to send me "de besognes"—what it is I do not know. If you wish to send me any send it to Winchester. Written 13 March.
Hol., Fr., p. 1. Add.: A ma treshorte (sic) dame et mere, Madame la Vicontesse de Lisle, a Calais.
13 March.
R. O.
Rymer, XIV.
Surrender of the monastery and all its possessions in co. Dors., and elsewhere in England, Wales, and the Marches thereof. 13 March 30 Hen. VIII. Signed by Marg. Russell, abbess, Marg. Dalalyne, subprioress, and 18 others, all in one handwriting. [See Deputy Keeper's Eighth Report, App. II. 43].
Seal injured.
Enrolled [Close Roll, p. 3, No. 5] as acknowledged before John Smyth, King's commissioner.
R. O. 2. Names of the late abbess and convent of Tarrante, Dors., with their pensions assigned, 13 March, 30 Hen. VIII., viz. :—.
Marg. Russell, abbess, 40l.; Marg. Lyne, prioress, 6l. 13s. 4d.; Anne Cheverell, subprioress, 100s.; 17 other names, as in the surrender, (fn. 6) from 4l. to 66s. 8d. each. Signed: Jo. Tregonwell: William Petre: John Smyth.
Pp. 2.
14 March
Tit. B. I. 263.
B. M.
S.P. I. 596.
Has perused the letters directed to him from "your Grace's orators the Bishop of Rome (sic) and Mr. Wriothesley," and has written to the bp. of Hereford the three points contained in Mr. Sadler's letters, to save the King the trouble. Had written before to Wriothesley to hasten his return and be at Calais when Chappuys arrived there. Had also instructed the Deputy, if Chappuys arrived first, to detain him courteously till he was sure of Wriothesley's safe arrival, and if necessary to tell him plainly, as he had a general restraint before, he must keep him till further instructions Chappuys, however, is still here, and would have borrowed a litter of Cromwell as he cannot ride. He has asked Cromwell for the King's letters "of his departure to the Queen and to the Emperor;" which Cromwell has had written in such "maigre sort," as the case seemed to require. He is anxious for another interview with the King before leaving.
Lady Kingston has been with me and others of the Council. She is quite submissive and thanks your Highness with tears in her eyes, asking pardon if she has displeased you. With like thanks Mr. Benton (Baynton) and my lady his wife have accepted the charge appointed to them by your Grace anxious to fulfil your command in all points. Order is taken for my lord Prince's assayes till your Grace provide otherwise.
This day when my lord Chancellor, Sussex, and the bp. of Durham, were with me, I received letters from the President and Council of the North, dated 9th March, about a French ship laden with Scotch goods driven to South Shields, which being searched by the earl of Westmoreland, a nest of traitors was found in the bottom, viz. :—Rob. More, priest of Chichester, lately escaped from Hexams prison, two Irishmen, a monk (fn. 7) and a friar, who had seditious letters to the bp. of Rome and the traitor Pole, one of them from that young rebel Fitzgerald (fn. 8) to the Cardinal; also letters from Rurik, bp. of Derensis, (fn. 9) under his hand and seal to the bp. of Rome declaring the calamities of the Papists in Ireland with sundry lies against your officers; also a letter of credence to Pole, etc. These disclose many things, but they lack almost the English and Latin tongue, and I have put men versed in Irish and Latin to examine them and report. There were other letters from Scotchmen to merchants of Dieppe for bulls to be obtained for Scotchmen, which have been redelivered and the French ship suffered to depart. One thing notable was that the abbot of Melrose wrote to a friend at Rome that no indults or expeditions there should take effect in Scotland without leave of their prince. I hope God will extend his brightness upon them.
Has despatched Michel as commanded, but he would be glad to speak once more with the King. Finds the King told him that the young duke of Cleves was dead, and he answered that the duke of Sax would be heir, having married the eldest daughter; that by general assent of the countries the duke of Sax would enjoy all and that the dukedoms of Cleves, Julik, Berghes, and Gheldres have promised to stick together. Cannot say if this be true, for about Wednesday the Imperial ambassador in taking leave of Cromwell, said those duchies would come to the Emperor on the Duke's death. Despatched Ric. Herman yesterday towards Julik, who has promised to bring word shortly. Has sent for Sir John Cornewallys who will be here on Sunday.
On Thursday received letters from Harvel at Venice one of them to the King. Begs Henry to consider his zeal. He will do better service with more experience.
The Irish monk was going to Pole. He was with him in France and Cambray. Means to be busy with the commissions about which my lord Admiral has already gone, and Suffolk has gone to Lincolnshire. London, 14 March. Signed.
Add. Endd, by Sadler.
R. O.
Edward VI.,
I. xxvii.
Instructions to Sir Will. Sydney, chamberlain of the household to Edward prince of Wales, duke of Cornwall, earl palatine of Chester, &c., and to Sir John Cornewalles, "steward to his Grace;" as to the ordering of the prince's privy chamber, cradle, &c., assays of bread and meat, his raiment, and the control of persons resorting to him, the avoidance of infection, and the economic management of the household.
Draft, pp. 5. With corrections and additions in Cromwell's hand.
Vitell. C. I.
B. M.
2. Modern copy of the preceding.
Pp. 5.
Table setting forth the names of the councillors appointed to different princes of Wales from the time of Edward I. to "the lady Mary" daughter of Henry VIII.
In a modern hand, p. 1. Large sheet.
II. "The names of the eldest sons of the Kings of England which were intituled Princes of Wales," from prince Edward eldest son of Henry III. to Edward eldest son of Henry VIII.
Large paper, p. 1, in the same hand as the preceding. Endd.
14 March.
R. O.
Rymer, XIV.
Surrender of the monastery and all its possessions in co. Dors. and and elsewhere in England, Wales, and the Marches. 14 March 30 Hen. VIII. Signed by John Norman, abbot, John Andrew, prior, and six others.
Faded. Seal nearly gone.
Enrolled [Close Roll, p. 3, No. 1] as acknowledged, same day, before John Tregonwell, King's commissioner.
R. O. 2. Pension list of Byndon abbey, assigned 12 (sic) March 30 Hen. VIII., viz.:—.
John Norman, abbot, 50l.; John Andrewes (who had a corrody of 10l. yearly), 8l.; Steph. Farsey to serve the cure of Byndon with 6l. 13s. 4d. without tithes and oblations, and if he be impotent then to have 106s. 8d.; John Làwrence, subprior, 7l.; Steph. Heywood, 100s.; Ric. Grysome, 4l.; Ric. Herte and Wm. Shepperd, 40s. each. Signed: Thomas Crumwell: Jo. Tregonw[ell]: John Sm[yth]: Rychard Ryche.
P. 1.
14 March.
Cleop. E. IV.
B. M.
Riding hitherward, before reaching Guildford I went to Sir Ric. Weston, who was in bed very sick, to see if he would stand to be knight of the shire. That he would nowise do, saying he rather looked to die than any other thing; but he would do his best to further my brother and Sir Matth. Browne; as other my friends there do and trust they shall be chosen. At Guildford I called the mayors and others and said the King had summoned his Parliament, and they must send their burgesses which would be a great charge to the town; but if they followed my advice it would cost title or nothing, for I would provide able men to supply the room. They thanked me and said their townsman Daniel Modge desired to have the one room, but for the other they would defer to my pleasure. This Daniel is a kinsman of Harny Polstede, your lordship's servant, an honest man who will do his part in what the King intendeth. As to the other, please learn if the King will name any of his chamber or other. If his Grace refer it to me I will name one of my servants, either Fitzwilliam or John Burne my clerk.
For the knights of Sussex, on arriving here I sent for Sir Wm. Goring to his house; but he is still in London, and no doubt your lordship has spoken to him of the matter long ere this. I shall do my best for his preferment and Sir John Gage's. Already I have spoken with Sir John Dawtry, my deputy at Petworth, and other friends, who promise to do their parts. With the help of lord Matrevesse, who is in London, no doubt Mr. Gage and Mr. Goring shall be chosen. Petworth and Godalmyne make no burgesses. Farnham does, but it is my lord of Winchester's town, and my lord Chamberlain is his steward there; so I forbear to meddle. For Portsmouth I intend John Chadreton to be one, and for his fellow and for the burgess of Midhurst I will furnish honest men. For Southampton, according to the King's mind. Mr. Kingesmel shall be joined with Mr. Wriothesley.
There is one come home who was at Roane five weeks and was at New Haven last Monday. He says he saw no war preparations; howbeit there was a report that 30,000 men should be sent into Scotland under Mons. du Gwies to be shipped at Brest. Will send a boat to Brest to reconnoitre, and will go on Monday next to Portsmouth, and thence to the Isle of Wight and Hampton Water, to order things; which Mr. Spert, whom he met, says are well forward.
Because my wife since her coming hither has not seen my lady of Sarum, nor I, since my first coming, repaired to her, she takes it grievously; inasmuch that a gentleman of mine, who does nothing but attend on her, told me she besought me to speak with her. I went this afternoon and showed her I and my wife could not find it in our hearts to see her when "that arrant whoreson traitor, her son the Cardinal, went abouts from prince to prince" to work trouble to the King and realm. She replied with a wonderful sorrowful countenance that though he were an ill man to behave so to the King who had been so good to him, yet was he no whoreson, for she was both a good woman and true. She wished he were in Héaven or that she could bring him to the King's presence, and she hoped the King would not impute his heinous offence to her. I had no further talk with her, nor will while I am here. I beg you to rid me of her company, for she is both chargeable and troubleth my mind. I send a few Shelsay cockles. Cowdrey, Thursday, 14 March. Signed.
Pp. 4.
14 March.
III. 468.
Negociations with the Imperial ambassador (fn. 10) for a truce. His futile proposals. The Emperor says nothing of a synod and does not expect one which if the Ambassador speak truly, enrages the shifty Pope. Our men are preparing a reply.
At first there were dreadful things said about the Turk, but now they are silent, and it is said the French king has made a truce. In Belgium are great preparations. They not óbscurely threaten the King of Britain; but many suspect other things. * * * 14 March, 1539.
Otho. C. IX.
B. M.
Extracts of Italian letters.
* * *"he il Signor Turco fa... armata per andar non si poteva anchora...usciria fuora, benche alle p...sera presto. Dicens che quando li...Turchesebe erano alla Prevesa, si trovorno con l'armata Chris[tiana i] Turchi havevano deliberato, se andavano a dosso di fuggir in terr[a]...romper le gallee sue, et lassarle h...che a Modon si facea gran quantita...per la loro armata ventura, et...Lepanto, et altri lochi della Mor[ea]...come universalmente nelli luoghi d...Todorino e stato de Turchi, tutti so[no male] contenti di questa guerra, et che desid[erano la] pace, ma che Venetiani non vogliono..."
ii. "Riporto di uno patron d'un na[ve] regimento di Candia di primo di...
"Che a Constantinopoli si attendeva con dilig[entia] preparar armata et tuttavia si li nel arsenal da 70 corpi di g[allee]...altre 30 si preparavano a Galipoli * * * diceva il Signor Turco...una discrettione di gran n...Turchia, come nell' Anatolia...metterli a tempo novo sopra l'armata."
iii. From a letter from the said government (regimento) of Candia, 3 Feb.
That they hear by letter from Scios (? di sio) of 20 Jan., that the Turk is preparing 300 galleys to be sent to the gulf of Venice and the Tyrrhenian sea to prevent the junction of the Christian fleets.
iv. From letters of the government of Cataro, 6 March.
It is reported by way of Ragusa that Barbarossa had offered the Turk to come into the gulf (fn. 11) to prevent the Imperial or any other fleet entering it. That the Turkish fleet would issue out all through April (usciria per tutto April). "Che il Signor non haveva voluto dar tratta de for * * * * con l'armata li dara...che fino alli sopra ditti essercito terrestre.
v. "Riporto di uno Antonio...stato nelle parti di Turchia...gionto a Venetia alli 14 Ma[rzo].
"Interrogato costui quello che si diceva...veduto delle preparation dl esser[cito et] armata che sii per uscir questo anno...esser partito da Andrinopoli a 28...dove ha lassato il Signor Turco, et e...[Barba]rossa, qual si diceva che de li a poch...ritornaria a Constantinopoli, et che il Signor...sua Pasqua, che sera stata al prin[cipio della] presente luna, doveva etiam partirsi...dove dovevano insieme deliberar...espedition del anno presente, et che...universale che metteriano fuori gro...armata, havendo esso Signor fatto [effica]cissmi commandamenti che tutti li Tu[rchi] della Grecia dovesseno montar s...che saria un numero quasi infinito, et che la veniria signanter a dan * * * * *... dicevano da essa esserli se...[pre]cipue per la presa di Castel essercito terrestre fino al suo...non era seguito alcun movimento, ma...ben usciti per tutto il paese commanda[menti] efficacissimi che tutti doveseno star prepar[ati] per cavalcar ove li sera poi ordinato. Dimandato quello si diceva del Sofi, dic[eva] haver inteso per certo che haveva suggio[gato] uno paese grandissimo del Sirvan, al S...del quale haveva fatto tagliar la testa, et che lhaveva etiam sottoposti altri quafro. paesi grandissimi et importanti, al govern[o] de quali haveva mandato uno de sui fra[telli]. Dice etiam costui che essendosi alcune volte r[itro]vato con Janusbey, dragoman del Signor, co[n] il qual tien amicitia et parentella, esso Janusbey li haveva detto chel si muravegli[a] grandemente che la Signoria non cercasse di riconciliarsi col suo Signor, il qual e molto adirato con quella, et li ha pessimo animo contra, et dice chel ne ha causa, perche la Signoria ha sempre demonstrato far poco conto del suo Signor della * *
Pp. 4. Mutilated.
15 March.
R. O.
Rymer, XIV.
Surrender (by Thos. Corton, abbot, and the couvent) of the monastery and all its possessions in co. Dors., and elsewhere in England, Wales, and the marches thereof, 15 March 30 Hen. VIII. Signed by Ric. Fortune, prior, and 15 others, two of whom are described as students, and by the abbot last. [See Deputy Keeper's Eighth Report, App. II. 15.],
Rubbed. Seal almost gone.
Enrolled [Close Roll, p. 5, No. 42] as acknowledged, same day, before John Tregonwell, King's commissioner.
R. O. 2. Pensions appointed to the late abbot, and convent of Cerne, 10 (sic) March 30 Hen. VIII., viz.:—.
Thos. Norman, abbot, 100l.; Ric. Forte, prior, 10l.; Roger Greneway, 7l.; Roger Goolde, 8l.; Wm. Geffreyes, Hen. Smyth, sub-prior, Thos. Salter, Steph. Wykes, Ric. Ide, John Furbur, John Mere, Simon Berwyke, John Croker, and Wm. Dyer, 6l. 13s. 4d. to 5l. 6s. 8d. each; Thos. Smyth, John Harrys, and John Johnson, 40s. each. Signed: Thomas Crumwell: Jo. Tregonwell: William Petre: John Smyth.
P. 1.
R. O. 3. Another copy of § 2. Signed by Sir Ric. Ryche.
Pp. 2.
15 March.
R. O.
Rymer, XIV.
Surrender of the house and all its possessions in cos., Soms., Wilts, Dors., Gloue., and elsewhere in England, Wales, and the marches thereof, 15 March 30 Hen. VIII. Signed by John Mychel, prior, and 13 others. [See Deputy Keeper's Eighth Report, App. II. 50].
Seal good.
Enrolled [Close Roll, p. 5, No. 28] as acknowledged, same day, before Wm. Peter, King's commissioner.
R. O. 2. Pensions appointed to the late prior and convent of Witham Charter-house, Soms., 15 March, 30 Hen. VIII., viz.:—.
John Mychell, prior, 33l. 6s. 8d.; John Wele, John Dove, John Smythe, Thos. Segeforde, John Clyffe, John Lawson, John Mychelson, John Mylett, Alnett Hales, 6l. 13s. 4d. each; Nich. Lychefylde, impotent, Ric. Woodnett, and Thrustone Hyckemans, proctor, 8l. each; Hugh Bytt, and John Swansco, 40s. each. Signed: Thomas Crumwell: Jo. Tregonwell: William Petre: John Smyth.
P. 1.
15 March.
R. O.
Have received his letters directing them to view the books and other goods of Dr. Lusshe (fn. 12), vicar of Aillesbury, in the vicarage there, and have taken an inventory of the same. They were also to certify him of books of "importinacy." Find only one such, called Egisippus and Clifus, both bound in one volume. In Clifus, besides other passages, there is a sermon of Thomas Becket and a sermon upon St. Peter's day at Midsummer, in aid of the bp. of Rome's authority. Send in the book a letter of Thomas Tyffynge, priest of the Queen's College, Oxford, who provided the book for Dr. Lusshe two years past. Send also three sermons in the vicar's own hand, in which he prays for the bp. of Rome by the name of Pope, speaks against the translation of the Scripture and despises serving men and craftsmen for looking at the New Testament in English. Have not time to look into the others, they are so evil written, but have taken them home to read. Have an inventory of his goods, which are of very small value. Ayllesbury, 15 March. Signed.
Pp. 2. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
15 March.
R. O.
Hears from his chaplain of Cromwell's displeasure about his examination of Robt. Watson, of Norwich. Asks him not to believe his adversaries without his answer. Preached at Norwich on the first Sunday in Lent on St. Paul's words "Hortamur vos ne in vacuum gratiam Dei recipiatis," noting these things, the office of a pastor, the grace of God necessary to the flock, and the free will of man which, helped by grace of God, may and ought to consent to the stirring thereof. Next day Watson arrogantly came to reason with him about it, affirming that there was no such free will in man, though the bp. had declared it to be of no strength but only when holpen and freed by the grace of God. From this circumstance the bishop's estimation and credence concerning the sincere preaching of God's truth was like to decay. Assigned a day at Ladham to answer his temerarious opinion, and his accomplices reported that he dare not examine him at Norwich, and that many of Watson's adherents would come with him. Sent him word therefore that he would examine him at Norwich, and, expecting a great number to be present, send to Lord Fitsewater, dwelling in Norwich, Sir John Heydon, and Sir Wm. Paston, who were present at the sermon, Sir John Shelton, Mr. Holdich, and the mayor of Norwich, with 3 or 4 learned men to be present, that if any ill-fashions should be showed, they, being justices of the peace, should reform them according to law. Intended to have had a right small number before whom the truth might have been declared, and he to have recognised with gentleness his blindness and error. St. Benettes, 15 March. Signed.
Pp. 2. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
15 March
R. O.
I thank you for the barrel of herring [du barri de heuren] and the two salmons that you write you have sent me. They have not yet been despatched from Boulogne [to] Abbeville. You do me so many kindnesses I know not how to deserve them. There is a lady who has asked me to send her some sprats (des espros); "je vois porter (?) devers vous." I beg to hear from you often. My grandson, d'Agincourt, had lost his fever when the lacquey of Memorensi returned. He has since taken it for 3 or 4 days, and I should like to make him use what you have sent me. He is so sly (fin) that he will drink nothing but what he has a fancy to. I have made you commendations to Mons. and Madame de Riou. Guichart, 15 March.
Memorensi thanks you for the crese you have sent him. I desire again to be commended to your daughter Mary.
Hol., Fr., p. 1. Add.
15 March.
Balcarres MS.
Adv. Lib.,
II. 14.
Wrote 15 days ago from Clerevaux. Since then there is little change "fors j'avons retrouve le menaige, ou je vous puis asurer avous trouve nostre petit filz ausy jolly et en bon point quenfant peut estre." You would be pleased to see the change that has taken place in him; he is so big and strong "quyl na robe quy luy joinde a trois dois pres, et le vysage tant rout et beau quen bonne foy lon ne se peut souller de le voir. Monsieur vostre pere en est tant fou quyl ne le voit pas a demy." He has the sweetest chatter possible; "et sy nest pleus nouvelles de collere, au moins que bien peu. Il a cuyde prendre son encle puis huit jours dung caterre quy pour ung jour luy tonba (?) deus fois, ayont la bouche toute torce. Il est dyficylle sellon lavys de checum qui puit guyeres diner (?); sa belle fille vyst encore." I hear that Madame de Nemours (fn. 13) "se voullet faire relever pour revenyr a partage." Everyone thinks it would be for the profit of our son. The Marquis speaks of it also, but can hardly give back (raporter) what has been delivered to him as the greater part has been sold. Your father expects to leave within 5 or 6 days for the Court. Thinks he will not stay long as he must be in May at Dijon, where the estates are to be held. Never saw him in better health. Your brothers and sisters are also well. Louyse had been quit of her fever for 15 days, but she has taken it again. It is not serious, however, and I think she will get rid of it in spring. Since she last wrote has found a mason (ung masson) who engages to go to Scotland and take with him another as good as himself. They will be here in Easter week ready to leave. I ought also to have by that time some miners and an armourer (armurier) to send with them. Hopes meanwhile for the return of Meranville (?) and to know if you are assured "de vostre groyse." Hopes that Easter will bring all good news. 15 March.
Forgot to say that your two grandmothers (fn. 14) are well, also Mons. and Madame de Lorraine.
Hol., Fr., pp. 2. Add. Endd.: Madame de Guise.


  • 1. Daughter of Thos. Bryan, who was vice-chamberlain to Katherine of Arragon. See Vol. II. Nos. 850, 2161. She was buried beside her husband in St. Botolph's, Aldersgate.
  • 2. Robt. Wright.
  • 3. Note by Bonner, stating that he sent these letters because Archdeacon Carew told him of the report at Paris of the arrest of the French ships, and that the captain of Dieppe had gone to the Court about it.
  • 4. Thos. earl of Wiltshire.
  • 5. For the musters.
  • 6. The only material difference being that Eliz. Strowed is here Eliz. Strownede.
  • 7. Ruoric O'Spellan. See No. 455.
  • 8. Gerald, son of the ninth Earl of Kildare. See Vol. XIII., Pt. II., No. 999.
  • 9. See Vol. XII., Part II., No. 1164.
  • 10. The abp. of Lunden, ambassador to the diet of Frankfort.
  • 11. The Gulf of Cattaro.
  • 12. John Lusshe. See Valor Eccl. IV. 249.
  • 13. Charlotte widow of Philip of Savoy duke of Nemours (who died in 1533) was only sister of Lewis duke of Longueville, whose son Francis duke of Longueville is the child spoken of here, and of his younger brother Francis, marquis of Rothelin.
  • 14. Philippine de Gueldres, duchess dowager of Lorraine (See Vol. XIII. II. 132 Notes) and Mary of Luxembourg, countess of Vendome.