Letters and Papers: June 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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June 1539

11 June.
R. O.
This week we had business with the King's labourers here, saying they would have 6d. a day, but after I had spoken with them I caused them to return to work, as Robert Lord, who was present at Deal, can inform your Lordship. I have sent the 9 first beginners, 5 to Canterbury Castle, and 4 to Sandwych Gaol. If this business had not been, I had been at Calais; but I purpose to go tomorrow, see my room furnished and return shortly. The Downs, 11 June. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
12 June.
R. O.
Writ to the justices of gaol delivery of Fyssherton Anger, Wilts, to send up the process against Wm. Carter, of Sherston Magna, labourer, who has been unjustly, it is said, condemned for murder. Westm., 12 June 31 Hen. VIII.
ii. Reply of Sir Ric. Lyster and Sir Thos. Wylloughby, the justices, referring to:—
iii. The record of the trial, held at New Sarum, Friday in the first week of Lent, 30 Henry VIII., of John and William Carter of Great Sherston for the murder of Robt. Bayly alias Champflour, 3 July 30 Hen. VIII.
Copy. Latin. Large paper, pp. 2.
12 June.
Calig. B. III.
B. M.
Since his late letters, has applied all his diligence to obtain news from Scotland. Could obtain none worth writing. Hears that although the Scots muster more frequently than they did, being commanded to be ready on brief warning, and that James has got his guns ready in Dunbar, Edinburgh, and elsewhere, and has two ships ready furnished at Leith, yet he shows himself much displeased with anyone who would stir war with England. He is now at Fawklande, but intends next week to remove to Edinburgh and sit at the examination of Sir Adam Otterborn and John Chesholm. As to redress on the Borders finds the officers of Scotland very conformable. Sir Reynold Carnaby reports that though he has disbursed over 50l. for redress towards Scotland for the inhabitants of Tynedale they hate him so that he cannot trust them, and he can obtain no help. Berwick Castle, 12 June. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
12 June.
R. O.
1106. ANNE ROUAUD (Madame de Bours) to LADY LISLE.
As I always feared, I am still unable to make the journey to Boulogne. My brother Mons de Riou is going to the entry of Mons. de Therouenne (fn. 1) and Montmorency with him. I also expect Mons. de la Rochepot. I cannot tell how much I am disappointed, for no lady can have greater desire to see you and Mademoiselle Marie Basset. I thank you for the pair of greyhounds you have sent me by Noel. I had to give the male to a friend who came to see me. Montmorency will keep the female. I should like to get some lanners. If you wish for goshawks. I will try and get some for you. Gaissart, 12 June.
I desire to be commended to your daughters, especially to Mademoiselle Basset. Signed.
Fr., p. 1. Add.
12 June.
R. O.
Not having heard from his correspondent, fears he is displeased with him. Hopes he will come to him the Sunday before St. John's day at Erre (Aire) where we petits archiers propose to go and play. If not, will keep him company at St. Omer. Pray send me news about the marriage of our lord the Emperor with your King's daughter, which is rumoured in our country. St. Omer, 12 June 1529. (fn. 2)
Hol., Fr., p. 1. Add.: [A m]on amy Pieeres [B]eccwit, secretaire [de] Monsieur, Mons. le Debitis de Callais.
13 June.
R. O.
The act concerning the Sacrament is passed and I think will shortly be proclaimed. The sum of it is that, those who deny that the very body of God is there in flesh and blood realiter et essentialiter, will suffer as traitors and heretics. Priests and religious persons are forbidden to marry on pain of death. Those already married must separate from their wives, and never again be taken in their company on pain of death. Vows of religious women are to be observed, and transgressors to be adjudged as felons. The other articles which I sent you will be as before, and the transgressors be adjudged as felons Yesterday, the 12th inst., Thos. Broke, burgess for "that town" spoke in the Parliament House about the Sacrament so that most of the House were weary of his oration. Mr. Comptroller of the King's house and others taunted him so that I think he will have little mind to reason the matter again there. I am sorry to hear the infamy that is spread of him. Do not forget the quails for Mr. Pollerd. London, 13 June. Signature cut off.
P. 1. Add.: Deputy of Calais.
13 June.
R. O.
Have received Cromwell's letter of the 10th inst., and sent to him the four persons, whose names are Mathew Lowden, Will Spycer, Elys Ukfelde, and Thomas Benett. As for John Shefys coming; he is now at Cromwell's place of Halden with Mr. Polsted, and they have bound him, in 100 marks to appear before his Lordship on or before the 16th inst. Send depositions upon certain interrogatories "which have been opened to the honesty of the parish of Cranebroke, now being at home." There be more of the inferior sort whom they intend to examine. Cranebrooke, 13th day of this present month. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: "Sir Thomas Crumwell, knyght, Lord Crumwell, and Lord Privy Seal." Endd.: "13th of June."
13 June.
Poli Epp., II.
Enjoyed his letters of 3 June, and so did Sadolet, to whom he showed them, who is grateful for Contarini's services with the Pope and Card. Chieti. As to Pole's going to France, which the Emperor seems to urge, notes that the Pope leaves the matter to Pole's own judgment, and does not insist upon his starting before he has further advertisement from Card. Farnese, but that Contarini thinks he should go at once without waiting for letters from Card. Farnese. Contarini, of course, had no doubt Pole would be welcome to the French king at any time, but the letters of the nuncio in France show the contrary. Sent an extract from those letters referring to this matter, which Contarini would receive soon after he wrote, because the nuncio in Spain was also urgent for his going. Contarini will see the importance of first ascertaining the French king's mind. The only way to do is to get the Emperor to express his mind more clearly, so that Pole may announce it, namely:—(1) That the Emperor is content that persons be sent, in the name of both, to the Englishman, to protest, &c.; (2) that, on the Englishman not obeying, he is content, together with the French king, to execute what pertains to the obedience of Catholic princes, &c. If this is expressed by the Emperor in letters to the Pope, to be sent to Pole together with a command to set out, things will be done much more to the honour of the Holy See. Does not see that less can be required of the Emperor who has already verbally promised it; or that words, to be afterwards confirmed by the Imperial ambassador with the French king, are sufficient; for the abbot of St. Saviour, carried just such a message, but the Nuncio afterwards perceived, by what the Constable said, that Pole's coming would be unwelcome unless he brought something certain about the Emperor's mind. The Abbot did all that could be done, and the King always replied that if the Emperor would take the matter up he would not be found wanting. What more could Pole hope to get from him until the Emperor declare himself more fully? But the Emperor's ambassador in France ought to be well informed; for when Pole left the [Imperial] court, meaning to go direct to Francis, it was expressly promised that he should find the Imperial ambassador in France fully instructed; but when the Abbot, whom he sent instead, spoke to the ambassador, the latter had received no letters about it. Writes his whole mind, as he has done before to Card. Farnese and to Contarini, in order that the latter may declare it to the Pope. Carpentras, 13 June 1539.
14 June.
Royal MS.
14 B. XXXIV.
B. M.
Headed: "Anno R.R. Hen. viij. Xxxjmo."
"A wewe (sic) of the Kinges charges appoune his Grace's fortifications, as well at Gravesend and thereabouts as in other charges committed by his Highness at London unto his servant Lyonell Martenne, begun the 6th day of March last and ended the 14th day of June."
The King's blockhouses at Gravesend and thereabouts; five different payments, and a sum of 45l. in prest to the surveyor and Lionel Martenne, at divers times, for the expedition of the King's causes. Total, 2,156l. 10s. 3d., of which Sir Thos. Hennage holds two receipts for 1,933l. 13s. 2d. "Et sic in surplec', 222l. 16s. 1d." (sic).
The workmen think that 3,000l. more will finish "all manner causes there ready begun. Also the King's pleasure is to be known for causes committed by him to Lionel Martenne, upon which about 70l. is already spent, his estimate being "by his book here afore showed" a great sum of money.
A paper roll of one sheet written on one side only.
14 June.
Balcarres MS.
II. 84.
Adv. Lib.
Was glad to hear her news. Must tell her the fortune which it has pleased God to send him. Madame (fn. 3) died on the morrow of Pentecost. Praises God for the good end she has made. Commendations to the King, &c. Nancy, 14 June. Signed: vostre byen humble et bon oncle: Anth'e.
Hol, Fr., p. 1. Endd.: Monsieur le Duc de Lorraine.
14 June.
Vatican MS.
* * * I am no less sorry that that good Cechlœus otherwise well learned and very fervent for the Church,—that even he solicits "this thing," more out of simplicity than otherwise. He has also made another error, because, having told me before that for writing bitterly against the heretics, especially the king of England, he feared lest duke Henry (fn. 4) should deliver him into the hands of that impious tyrant, and therefore had betaken himself to a safe place, now he writes that, at the persuasion of some persons, he means to return into the lands of the said duke Henry under safe-conduct; whence he will either never escape or will become one of their sect. The first is more likely because he is very fixed in the good way, and in writing to me anticipates for himself the end of those martyrs of England. * * * Vienna, 14 June 1539.
Italian, p. 1. From a modern extract in R. O. headed: Del Nunzio Aleandro Girolamo." Begins: "Reveren. Monsor come fratello hon."
15 June.
R. O.
1114. THOMAS KEY, Parson of Coldaston, to CROMWELL.
Has received Cromwell's letters of the 14th inst., commanding him, in the King's name, to resort to his Lordship and the King's Council. Is impotent and "can neither ride nor go" without jeopardy of his life. Begs, "for the love of God and pity of age" that Cromwell will send the King's commission to any worshipful men of these parts for the said causes; if not, he will come in a cart at all risks. Coldaston, 15 June. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
15 June.
R. O.
I have received your letter touching the complaint of Rob. Bayarde that I owe him money and have long deferred payment. I can prove that I paid him years ago. Newnham, 15 June. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
15 June.
R. O.
Perceives by Cromwell's letter received from the bearer Swallowe, the messenger, the King's pleasure about his late letter. Will accomplish the same with all the speed that may be. Calais, 15 June 1539. Signed.
P. 1. Add. Endd.
15 June.
Corpus Reform., III.
* * * Antonius Anglicus, (fn. 5) if he is still there, (fn. 6) you shall reverently salute in the names of Luther, Jonas, and myself, and say that we long for his letters and wonder at the silence of the eloquent man. In those regions which obeyed duke George of Saxony the churches are amended, and I trust the pious concord of the churches there shall profit the rest of Germany. In Bavaria also, in Amberg under the Palatine, the churches are piously amended. This you shall tell Antonius. I wonder we have no letters from Franciscus. (fn. 7) If Hieronymus has written anything let us know. 15 June.
15 June.
Egerton 367.
f. 45.
B. M.
1118. FRAI JUAN DE SALINAS to the LICENCIADO PEDRO GIRON, of the Emperor's Council.
Giving an account of the Empress's funeral. Toledo, 15 June 1539. Spanish. Modern copy, pp. 7.


  • 1. The new Bishop of Therouenne, Francis de Créqui, son of John sieur de Canaples who made his entry into that cathedral on 15 June 1539. See Gallia Christiana, X. 1571.
  • 2. "Mil. vo. xxix.," erroneously for "Mil vo xxxix."
  • 3. Renée de Bourbon, the writer's wife.
  • 4. Henry duke of Saxony.
  • 5. Dr Barnes.
  • 6. Either in Denmark or at Hamburg, probably the latter as Delius was a Hamburg man. See Nos 955, 1273.
  • 7. Burgratus.