Letters and Papers: June 1539, 26-30

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June 1539

26 June.
R. O.
Encloses a letter from the bp. of Winchester for my lord Chamberlain which requires speedy answer. Parliament will close on Friday next, when I will inform you what statutes are passed. The clerk of the Parliament's servant has asked for his and his master's fee. My lord Admiral has promised to let me know his mind for Porchester when Parliament is over. Mr. Windsor has come and I will speak to him about the wheat. We shall make an end with Mr. Acton for your annuity. My lord Privy Seal makes no haste for Paynswick. "I doubt lest at length the matter will be conveyed to Mr. Comptroller." These bearers (fn. 1) can relate how they sped and how the others were used; "surely the other be highly friended." London, 26 June.
Hears nothing of Mr. Pollard's quails.
Hol., p. 1. Add.
26 June.
R. O.
Master Wever, whose continued suit for a pasture necessary to the monastery for keeping up hospitality he has declared in times past, has of late "purchased" the King's letters for it. Begs Cromwell, by whose goodness he was preferred to be abbot, to take in good part "this our stay." Cannot understand Dr. Leighe's order to send for the prior and brethren of Penwortham, Lanc., to come home to Evesham, and appoint other secular priests in their places. Suits have been made to him for a servant of my lord Chancellor to have that cell in farm. Does not know what to do. Evesham, 26 June. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal and Vicar General. Endd.
26 June.
R. O.
Could not make a final peace between the abbot of Pershore and the inhabitants, according to Cromwell's letter addressed to him, John Russell, Wm. Goore, and John Dyngley, as the date of the commission was expired; but at the sessions at Wiche they persuaded the inhabitants to abide by their award if the abbot would do the same. Sent Rauf Sheldon and Wm. Sparry to the abbot, who consented likewise, but the next day the inhabitants refused to adhere to their promise and be bound. Can therefore proceed no further. The inhabitants have since delivered writs to arrest the prior and seven of the abbot's servants. Hampton Lovet, 26 June.
Hol., pp. 2. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
26 June.
R. O.
1163. RICHARD [WHITING], Abbot of Glastonbury, to LORD LISLE.
Has received, with heaviness of mind, Lisle's letters dated Calais, 18 June, finding that he is his heavy lord undeserved, and is angry for the extreme usage of Lisle's servant Stephen Pike and his friends. The truth is that "my mew at Glastonbury being closed with high and strong walls, locked, and closely railed over," has been sundry times, broken into by Richard Gybbs, servant to the said Pyke, and cygnets and poultry stolen from it; for which Gybbs was by the justices committed to gaol and bailed for the next session; at which time Pyke was not in your service; and the said Gybbs has forfeited his bail. By the loss of five cygnets I was not able to give the executors at the funeral of Sir John FitzJames, kt., chief justice, any cygnets; which grieved me more than 20 times their value. Has never hindered Pike in the King's affairs, nor spoken any words in Lisle's dishonor. Glastonbury, 26 June. Signed.
Pp. 2. Add.
26 June.
1164. [LISLE to CRANMER.]
I have received your letters touching the attestation sent to you along with previous letters, with which your Grace expresses yourself so ill satisfied that you dare not me Idle in the matter till you be duly certified of the process according to the statute. As to the suspicion of the testimony. I assure you that I and the Council see nothing against the said witnesses, and think you have been misinformed by busy bodies. The matter has been handled as hath been here always accustomed, for here is no inquest used to be impanelled in any such case; as the laws of England are not here used. and the said statute does not extend to this town. I and the Mayor therefore request you to send authority to some discreet persons to act as the laws of the Church require. Calais, 26 June.
Draft, p. 1.
27 June.
I hear nothing of Mr. Pollerd's quails. I can find no one in this city that will undertake to scour the carpet. Mr. Harrys wants a warrant for a buck at his return into Devonshire. I send a letter from Mrs. Anne, who little doth prosper from her sickness. The bearer and I have been with the King's borderer about your sleeves, who requires 20s. for his labor. I will send them by the first messenger. London, 27 June.
Hol., p. 1. Add.
27 June.
Understanding that Sir John Butler, the commissary, the parish priest of Our Lady's church in Calais, Rauff Hare and a barber, (fn. 3) are to be examined by their Lordships, send them copies of certain depositions which have already been sent to the lord Privy Seal, with this letter for their information.
These people have not only been the means of great disorder in the town but have caused danger to Englishmen going to exterior parts. Their naughty and abominable fashions, and the controversies thereupon, have done much to move sedition here and caused foreigners to conceive very evil opinions of us. Lately at a church in Picardy, the priest refused to enter into the mass, because an Englishman was there, and the people plucked him out by the ears. The people of Marguison refused to bury an English child who died there, but sent it hither as if it had been a dead calf.
The naughty disposition of the Commissary is manifested from his supporting so many naughty preachers, as Adam Damplipe, who was the first setter forth of opinions against the Sacrament, and the said parish priest (of St. Mary's) who has extremely declared against the ceremonies of the Church so that most of the people have clearly withdrawn their hearts and devotions from hearing mass, matins or evensong. There are about 1,700 persons in St. Mary's parish and there were not above 10 or 12 at evensong on Trinity Sunday. The Commissary, against the wills of the parish, has taken away the best altar cloth, and at his benefice of St. Peter's has pulled down five or six altars with the chapels. He has procured the parson of Mark and others to do the like and the common people report that the mass and other old ceremonies shall take no longer effect.
There were two runaway Observant friars from Hesdin, one of whom he caused to change his habit and preach in the marches in French, who was a very naughty and evil disposed person "and within short time had a whore and thereupon ran his way with her." He has never punished anyone for speaking against mass, &c., or eating flesh in Lent, but rather comforted them thereunto.
Doubt not their lordships will provide that this town "shall not any [more be em] pesched" with the being here of any of the said four persons. Calais, 27 June 1539.
Hear that Malpas and Sandes have been before them, and suggest the examination of Thos. Boes, a man-at-arms of this town and burgess of the Parliament who can testify to Hare's words against the Sacrament, &c., in the ward house on the Market on Good Friday last, in presence of the under-marshal, and also against Thos. Broke a burgess of Parliament for the mayor and his brethren, now in London, who is said to have declared openly in the Parliament House his naughty opinions against the Sacrament. Robt. Tobe (?), now in London, can also testify.
Signatures (copied) of Lisle, Sandes, Wallop, Sir Thos. Palmer, Robt. Fowler, Wm. Simpson, and John Rokewode (naming the office held by each).
Copy, pp. 2. Endd.
27 June.
Titus B. VII.
Has sent Peter de Baba, chamberlain of the King of Hungary, to the King of England and desires Cromwell to show him favour. Paris, 27 June 1539. Signed: Jo. Statilius E. Transsil., Smi D.Jo. Regis Hungarie orator.
Lat., p. 1. Add. Endd.
27 June.
Poli Epp., II.
By four letters, one of the 19th and three of the 21st continued to the 22nd, he wrote of his two first interviews with the Emperor. On the 22nd, the Comendador Mayor and Granvelle came to discuss with him the points referred by the Emperor to them, namely (1) England, (2) the Council and Germany, (3) Camerino, and (4) my sister. (fn. 4)
As to the first, spoke as he had done to the Emperor. Granvelle replied, pointing out that the aim and object of the Lutherans and of the king of England was the same, not to dispute about the doctors of the Church or upon any article of the Faith, but to usurp the possessions of the Church and shake off the yoke of the Holy See, and to live in their own way, and for the same cause the king of England has separated from the obedience of the Holy See; so that, their end being the same, they would never abandon one another if molested; which is evident by the continual intelligence which passes between England and the Lutherans, and by the fact that lately 14,000 Germans were assembled on the sea side to cross to the defence of England. The question then was which to attack first, (and he confessed that the Emperor ought to attend to the reduction of both); but the King of England having money and the Lutherans men, if the King were first molested, besides defending himself strongly, he could, with his money and the Lutherans' men, light such a fire in Italy as would be difficult to repair. The Emperor's opinion was, therefore, to settle the affairs of Germany before breaking with England.
Farnese answered that as this was the opinion of so wise a prince he could only refer it to the Pope; but that in the deferring of the matter of England a great hurt would be done to the Holy See, because, the censures and bulls against that King being already issued by the advice of both Emperor and French king, if now they should not be executed, the authority of that Holy See would fall into disrepute and every one would know that more respect was paid to the king of England, impious and wicked as he is, than to the See Apostolic. At the least it should be made to appear that the matter was still seriously intended (la pratica mantenersi viva) and that if the bulls are not executed so soon, it is only to mature their execution, and therefore the two ambassadors should at once be sent to the King, &c. They confessed that the practice ought to be kept alive and meanwhile the affairs of Germany settled, but they still thought the going of Card. Pole to France necessary before the ambassadors were sent; saying, that Pole being at Avignon could do it at once, and thus the ambassadors could go at once. Farnese then answered that if the French king was content with Pole's going, he would go at once, without regard for his life, important as it was, but if the King were not content, and said (as was reported) that Pole's going was unnecessary, a way must be found to satisfy both princes and to avoid greater indignity to the Holy See. Had much discussion upon that, they not wishing to pass further against England at present than to send an ambassador with that of the French king to protest, &c. Could find no good method but this, that after Farnese has returned to Rome the Pope should write to Pole that, having heard from Farnese, about the expedition of England, a point touching the mind of the Emperor which His Majesty would not communicate to others before (this is to say, what he will do after the ambassadors have gone to protest, &c., and the King has refused to obey), his Holiness thinks Pole may go into France to conclude the same with the French king who, seeing that the Emperor had communicated to the Pope more than he would have communicated to others, would perhaps not like to appear to trust his Holiness less than the Emperor did. Pole would thus have a legitimate cause of going into France, and upon his going the Emperor will send his ambassador with that of the French king to the king of England. This would keep the practice alive ; otherwise it will be broken off.
As to Germany, they allowed that the Pope and Emperor must give it all their attention, for if governed well there was hope, but if badly, they would lose the whole of that province. They said England was turned away from obedience to the Holy See by the example of the Lutherans, for other-wise she would not have dared; and that the Catholic prelates of Germany were more desirous of freedom than zealous for religion. The chief points were (1) whether the Emperor, having six months in which to accept the decision (il concluso) of the diet of Frankfort, ought to accept it or not, and when, and how; (2) whether the diet at Nuremberg should be allowed to be celebrated, and if so how; and (3) the provision of money or credit in Germany in case of future need. They deferred further considerations till they knew what the bp. of Lunden would say who had been at the diet, and was now here. Seeing that their account of the future diet of Nuremberg differed from that of Card. Brindisi's secretary, especially in the quality and number of the persons who are to dispute, Farnese asked for a copy of the instrument made in the recess of the diet of Frankfort and the Emperor's (and bp. of Lunden's) opinion thereon in writing. Will forward these at once, as the Diet is to commence in the middle of September. Leaves on the 28th. Toledo, 25 June 1539.
Continued to the 27th :—Conversation with the bp. of Lunden, who has given him the enclosed information to be kept secret. Lunden begs the Pope to give all attention to Germany; for, that province reduced, the Englishman, and every other heretic, will come with the halter round his neck to ask pardon, but if lost "actum est de Religione Christiana." Lunden is a man of 50 or 55, of good presence, and he speaks very prudently. Has not yet received the copy of the recess of Frankfort. Will bring it along with the Emperor's opinion.
Journals of the
House of
Lords, I. 103–
Account of the attendance of the peers, and of business done day by day, from the commencement of Parliament on 28 April to its prorogation by the King in person, 28 June 31 Hen. VIII. Prorogued to 3 Nov.
Certain lands assigned by Parliament towards the payment of the garrison of Berwick, and given by the King to Margaret, late countess of Sarum, now attainted of high treason.
Salusburyes lands in Cottingham, being one fourth of the lordship of Cottingham, 133l. 6s. 8d. Aldburgh, Catteryke and Hangwest Frendlez in Richmondshire, 72l. Lordship of Chesterfield, 30l.
The yearly payment assigned by Parliament out of the customs of Hull and Newcastle should amount to 515l., but for many years has been "far under" that sum, namely, on an average, 260l. less; so that the receiver of lands assigned to Berwick is yearly in a "surplesage" (i.e, deficit) of 200l. and more. Marton priory should be annexed to the lordship of Sheriffhutton and Jarvaulx abbey and Coverham to the lordship of Middleham to make up these deficiencies.
Pp. 2. Endd.: Wages appointed for the soldiers of Berwick.
A list of the Acts of Parliament 31 Henry VIII., headed, "The copy of the Acts in the Parliament."
1. Joint tenants and tenants in common. 2. Beggars and vagabonds. 3. Placing of high officers of State. 4. Cromwell and the abbot of Waltham. (fn. 5) 5. Lord Taylboys and Margaret his wife. 6. Assurance of Felsted to Sir Ric. Riche; 7. of Estwell to Sir Chr. Halles; 8. of lands to lady Rochford. 9. Attainder of Harry late marquis of Exeter, Harry late lord Montague, Thos late lord Darcy, &c. 10. "Manor" of Hampton Court to be called "honour" of Hampton Court. 11. Religious houses. 12. Assurance of Chester Place to Edw. earl of Hertford. 13. Robt. earl of Sussex. 14. Henry Noryce. 15. Lands in Kent in tenure of gavelkind. 16. Fishing in moats and ponds. 17. John Williams. 18. For creation of bishoprics. 19. Exeter haven. 20. Diversity of opinions touching the Faith. 21. Sir Ric. Long and Sir T. Seymour 22. Earl of Southampton and the bp. of Bath. 23. Allotment of towns in the "new countries" of Wales. 24. Lord Russell and the bps, of Rochester and Carlisle. 25. The Six Clerks of Chancery. 26. Mr. Wyat and Mr. Culpeper. 27. Breakers of the King's Proclamation. 28. Religious persons enabled to purchase land, &c. 29. Stealing the King's hawks, deer, or conies.
The Acts are described at more length than in their titles in the Statute Book.
Pp. 4. Endd.
28 June.
Received his letter of the 26th, to-day by Young, but hears nothing of Mr. Pollard's quails, though Davy has come here from Calais with a boat of Ph. Crayer's. Does not know what is to be done with the Calais prisoners, but hears that little is laid to the Commissary's charge. Knows nothing of the depositions sent by Lisle to my lord Privy Seal. Thinks a copy should be sent to the bps., for it is to be doubted whether they know of them. Will take an opportunity to communicate Lisle's pleasure to Sir Anthony Browne. As soon as Parliament is prorogued, will be in hand with my lord Admiral to conclude for Porchester, and will send the statutes. Inquired of Wenlock, who has been frequently with Ralph Hare, but he will divulge nothing. Will put Sir Anthony Browne to be in hand with Mr. Marshal at his coming. As for your lordship's 50l. due Midsummer last, if you send the acquittance (copy enclosed) I will receive it. Thinks he deserves no displeasure for what he has written to my lady of William Sendye. Fears Lisle will be disappointed of the 400l. he expected from my lord Privy Seal, for Mr. Polstede now gives no comfort therein. On his return into Hampshire, Mr. Wyndsor will do what he can to provide wheat. London, 28 June.
Sends an abridgment of the late Acts. Does not know whether the King will stay any of them. There is one for hunting and killing deer in the King's parks; also touching warrens and stealing of hawks' eggs, to be felony on the King's grounds and not elsewhere. Parliament is prorogued till Crastino Animarum. The King is going to Portsmouth, and I am told that four of his ships will go to the Cape.
Hol., pp. 2. Add. Endd.
28 June.
Kaulek, 105.
Has received his letters of the 9th and 20th. He shall give the King of England a letter which Francis writes to Chateaubriand, lieutenant-general and governor of Brittany, to deliver the sails. News from the Levant is that the armada of Barbarossa, all the month of May last, was expected to issue out of the strait of Gallipoli for the enterprise of Castelnuovo, and that those of Castelnuovo, who are 4,000 Spaniards, are diligently fortifying themselves. Hears from Genoa that the infidel corsairs of Algiers and elsewhere make incursions upon the coast of Gibralar; and from Rome that the Pope has sent Cardinal Farnese to the Emperor to condole on the death of the Empress. Bois de Vincennes, 28 June.
French. Two modern transcripts, pp. 2 each.
28 June.
Kaulek, 106.
Has received the despatches of the 9th and 20th. Has noted what he wrote in cipher in the first, about the Germans, who have returned, (fn. 6) and the permission given in Flanders. Refers to the letter to Chateaubriand about the sails. Is glad Marillac wrote of the joyous combat of the two galleys and thought the conclusion as good as the invention. The King makes Marillac a gift of 500 crs., which shall be furnished by the general of Normandy. Bois de Vincennes, 28 June.
P.S. My cousin Brissac who went to condole with the Emperor has returned with the best possible news of the amity.
French. Two modern transcripts, pp. 2 each.
28 June.
Balcarres MS.
IV. 31.
Adv. Lib.
According to what I lately wrote, we have settled the process you had with the card. of Chatillon, who delivers here at Paris 4,500 livres Tournois, from which 1,200 cr. are deducted to meet the rent of 100 cr., the rest being assigned to the viscomte Testu. We afterwards arranged with the abp. of Bourdeaulx, who has twice written to your father because he sees he cannot fly further. But whatever appointment the Sieur de Bourdeaulx make with us, he will pay 9,000 or 10,000 livres ready money, otherwise he shall have no appointment. Cannot obtain at present the half dozen Spanish horses for the King, for which she wrote by the Seigneur de Morenville. Expects to leave Paris on Monday or Tuesday for Toulouse, where he will embark for Spain. Hopes to get 2 or 3 good ones for the King in France, and give orders for others. The Emperor has prohibited the exportation of horses from Spain. Paris, 28 June, 1539. Signed.
Fr., pp. 2. Add. Endd.
29 June.
Receipt by Henry Polsted for his master, lord Crumwell, from Thos. Hall, general receiver of the attainted lands in Lincolnshire, of 8l., for an annuity granted by lord Hussey out of his lands in Sleaford and Boston. 29 June, 31 Hen. VIII.
Hol. Endd. : Anno xxx.
29 June.
I thank you for your manifold goodness and for your kind letters by the bearer. For your lordship's sake only, my lord Abbot of Glastonbury has forgiven him and his servant (fn. 7) their trespasses against him. To-day I examined my lord of Glastonbury, who denies that he ever spoke the words you wrote to me, and begs you will be good lord to him. I think you have been wrongfully informed of him. St. Peter's day. Signed.
Commend me to my lady your bedfellow.
P. 1. Add. : Deputy of Calais.
29 June.
Thanks her for her kindness and her late letters, and for the retaining of the bearer in lord Lisle's service and hers. Asks her to tell lord Lisle not to credit any evil tale against the abbot of Glastonbury. Has examined him to the utterest, and can find no fault in him or in any man towards lord Lisle. If he had, would be willing to fight with him or any man in that quarrel on lord Lisle's behalf. St. Peter's day. Signed.
P. 1. Add.
29 June.
Add. MS.
28,591, f. 173.
Venice and Castilnovo. Encloses letter of news from Venice Affairs of Germany, &c. Rome, 29 June, 1539.
Spanish. Modern copy from Simancas, pp. 7. See Spanish Calendar VI. I., No. 70.
Ib. f. 171.
2. News from Venice of 26 June, 1539.
Letters arrived, 25 June, from Griti, at Constantinople, 14 and 15 May, about his negociations for peace, and the arming there of 130 galleys against the kingdom (of Naples) as Castilnovo seems too strong. The Venetians seem assured of peace.
Italian. Endd. in Spanish, as enclosed in Aguilar's letter of the 29th. Modern copy from Simancas, pp. 3. See Spanish Calendar VI., I., No. 69.
30 June.
Has received his letter of 22 May, by Mr. Pike, concerning slanderous words spoken against his Lordship. After consultation with Pike, considered the words to be of small effect and agreed to wait for Hussey's coming, and act as seemed best. Heard nothing since then till now the abbot of Glastonbury writes that Lord Lisle has accused him of saying the words. Does not suppose this to be the case, as the man is safe, circumspect, and of good estimation, but as Popley is going into those parts, he will do what Lord Lisle thinks best for the trial thereof, if he will send the words and the name of the reporter. Thinks it best to let such ill tongues pass, "as my Lord doth theirs that hath misreported him." The Court, 30 June.
Hol., p. 1. Add. : The King's deputy at Calais.
30 June.
Has received his letter by Mr. Skryven's servant. Your Lordship writes that the clerk of the Parliament's fee is but 6s. 8d., but he demanded 23s. 4d., and his clerk, for registering your proxy and writing the copy sent to you, 3s. 4d.; the gentleman usher, 7s. 6d. Has not seen the Commissary or parish priest (fn. 8) since they came. Is assured neither of them love him, especially the Commissary: "and he is not deceived, for if they were both hanged I pass not a qa" (a farthing). Whoever told you I know of their discharge belied me, and I grieve your Lordship should write that I fable with you, for I never used it. "There is no man that ever heard me brag of the Commissary nor the parish priest, for of all men I love least to do with them." Begs Lisle not to give credit till he hear both parties. Has this day communed with my lord Admiral, who says when the King comes to Guildford he will have Ralph Rigsby and Jas. Hawkesworthe there and make an end off hand. Perceives, however, he would fain rest upon a sum of money, which I told him you would never agree to name. He wished you would be there at the King's coming. I told him he might move the King to that effect; when he said he knew it would not be this year. as the King would first see the world more steady. Will see my lord Privy Seal tomorrow about Paynswick and know his last pleasure, for "they be nothing so hasty as they were." Hopes to get him at more leisure than he was during Parliament time. Sir Anthony Browne has gone eight days ago, to get his house ready against the King's coming. If you wish to write to the King I will deliver the letter to his own hand; but it would be well to take care what you write, and to write briefly, else his Grace will not take the pain to read it; and if my lord Privy Seal be then with him it will certainly be sent to him. These other letters (fn. 9) have been made these four days, but remain for lack of passage. All the Acts in the Bill are not past the Lords. When the Statutes are out you shall have one of the first. Begs his Lordship not to conceive any ingratitude towards him upon false surmises, "for it will kill my heart." London, 30 June.
The term shall be "rejornyd" on Friday next, 4 July. The King is not to be in Kent this summer. The statute of hunting is passed. Met today Mr. Marshal riding to Court.
Hol., pp. 2. No address, having probably been enclosed in the next.
30 June.
Sent the letters by Jas. Robertz's wife. My lord of Winchester's servant has been with me for an answer to his master's letters to my lord Chamberlain, which I sent you. The bp. of Chichester has shown the last letter you wrote to "them" to the King, as I am told by Sir Ralph Spark, his steward. As he stays here 14 days, whatever you write to him he will gladly promote. The King removes this night "unto Bedyngton, late the master of the Horse place," then to Hampton Court, thence, on the 8 July, towards Portsmouth, and so continues his progress. London, 30 June.
Leake and Edw. Russell leave for Calais tomorrow.
Hol., p. 1. Add.
30 June.
St. P. III.
A journey against the Tooles agreed upon for 29 May last; but, the day before, the Tooles appointed a parley with the Council at Bally More in Kildare. Went thither, although sore grieved with gout, but they brake promise. Went then, 29 May, to Powerscourt and from thence through their country, doing as much hurt as possible, to their stronghold called Glandaloure, where they bickered with our men and some were slain on both sides. Provided for defence and returned to Maynooth Castle. Begs favour for his licence to repair to the King. Complains of the way part of the Council handle him. Has a horse and trusts shortly to have some hawks for Cromwell. Maynuth, 30 June. Signed.
Add. : Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
30 June
Send the examinations of two persons about certain sayings here. Have taken them secretly to prevent rumour. Calais, 30 June. Signed.
P. 1. Endd. Add. : Lord Privy Seal.
30 June.
Harl. MS.
1244, f. 300.
Declaration of Francis I. in behalf of Card. Beton, abp. of St. Andrews and bp. of Mirepoix, as to the effect of a grant made to him by Francis in Nov. 1537, enabling him not only to hold benefices in France, but also to acquire goods moveable and immoveable, to which his heirs may succeed after his death. As this has been understood to be subject to the usual proviso that his heirs be regnicolles, which they cannot be as they are natives of Scotland, the King now declares that his heirs or assigns may succeed without letters of naturalisation. Paris, 30 June 1539. Signed by Francis and Montmorenci.
ii. Order to the gens des comptes in reference to the above. Villiers Cotterez, 16 Aug. 1539.
iii. Order by the gens des comptes giving effect to the King's letters, 21 Aug. 1539.
Modern copy, pp. 10. French.
Add. MS.
30,666, f. 284.
2. Another modern copy.
Pp. 7.
30 June.
Add. MS.
28,591, f. 180.
Has had no letter since he wrote on the 28th how Lorenzo Gritti sent word from Constantinople that Barbarossa had left Constantinople with 70 galleys to attack Castelnovo. Has since heard that this armada goes at the instance of the French king, and that Rincon and Cautelmo have rather tried to hinder than promote the general truce. The Venetians stand by the Emperor, but have ordered their proveditor, if he can, to keep aloof both from the Turks and Doria. Gritti writes, however, that the Venetians should make themselves as strong as they can; for the Turks are arming 25 galleys which will give them 85 altogether in the Adriatic, and are sending into Dalmatia 2,000 foot and other forces to other places. Venice, 30 June 1539.
P.S. Letters arrived from Ragusa that Barbarossa left Constantinople for Castelnovo on the 2nd inst. The Beglarbey of Greece was in Sophia with seven "Sant Jaques" awaiting the coming of as many more to proceed against Castelnovo. Venetian negociations with the Turk.
Spanish. Modern copy from Simancas, pp. 5. See Spanish Calendar, VI. I. No. 72.
Proposes, with Cromwell's leave, to ride to his diocese in the end of this summer, and as the ways grow deep and tedious towards winter, wishes a licence to absent himself from the next session of Parliament, else his sojourn will be short and his return very painful. Begs also a licence to remove his see to Wrixham, "the book whereof, I left with master Richard Pollarde, to deliver unto your lordship, immediately after dissolution of the last session of Parliament." Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Privy Seal.
Draft charter to the town of Cambridge for the continuance of Sturbridge fair. Granting in the first place, pardon and release (after preliminary review of legal proceedings commenced by John Baker, attorney-general, on Wednesday post Crast. Purif. B. Marie 30 Hen. VIII. and ended Wednesday in Crast. S. Joh. Bapt. 31 Hen. VIII.) to the mayor, bailiffs, and burgesses of Cambridge, of all offences in the conducting of Sturbridge Fair. Then, in consideration of a fine of 1,000 mks., licence to have an annual fair between the feasts of St. Bartholomew and St. Michael, to be held on land late of the monastery of Barnwell and Sempringham, commonly called the White Canons of Cambridge, and of the chapel of St. Mary Magdalen, Sturbridge; with all rights, &c. (detailed), over the fair, to which there is great resort of people from all parts of the King's dominions, and from abroad; nothing to prejudice the University of Cambridge.
Later copy, pp. 7. Latin. With two marginal notes in another hand, viz., "By this clause we should be barred from having any place to set up a booth for the Chancellor's commissary or other officers of the University": and "By this clause if a townsman" have only one son, and he a scholar sworn to the University, the said son cannot inherit his father's booths, except he become a burgess contrary to his former oath; and the like if he have one daughter married to a scholar.
Add. MS.
5845, p. 398.
2. Another copy, still more modern. Headed: "Copia charte D'ni Regis Hen. viij. pro feriis Sturbrig, que nondum signatur neque conceditur ville Cantebr'.
Instructions to commissioners, "touching the houses to be altered and dissolved."
[That the King send commissioners for that purpose into any part of the realm to act as hereafter ensueth.] (fn. 10)
First, each set of commissioners shall take a book of all the houses to be altered or dissolved within the limits of their commission, that they may know how to proceed : viz. :—All monasteries not appointed in the said book to be converted into bishoprics, cathedral or collegiate churches, they shall out of hand dissolve, taking the free surrender of each under their convent seal, if they will thereto consent; in which case the commissioners shall appoint them pensions for life, rewards for the change of their apparel and shares of the household stuff according to the possessions of the houses and qualities of the persons. [And if they find any of the said heads and convents so obstinate as not to submit to the King, the commissioners shall take possession of their houses and lands by force of the last Act for the alteration of ecclesiastical tenures at the King's pleasure and shall cause the brethren or sisters to change their habits, aiding them with the money necessary, but in no wise assigning them any pensions or stuff. And if any will not yield thereunto, they shall commit them to ward for future punishment.]* All jewels, plate and principal ornaments of houses not appointed to be translated they shall reserve for His Highness, and likewise all suitable household stuff; making inventories of the contents of each house and conferring them with the old inventories to see how things have been administered. [They shall pay all petty debts to poor men that shall be duly proved.] (fn. 11) The sites and demesnes of such houses they shall deliver to the persons appointed, or else to some substantial person to the King's use.
As many heads of such houses, notwithstanding their oath to present to the King's commissioners true inventories of their goods, have left out, embezzled and stolen jewels and things of value; the commissioners shall examine the heads and convents of such houses, as to things so concealed or unlawfully alienated, and charge the servants and neighbours to divulge what they know. At the dispatch of such houses the commissioners shall give to the honest servants their half year's wage, with a convenient reward. The commissioners shall take special regard to the sure keeping of the evidences and convent seals, and enquire into all leases made within a year before the beginning of [the last session] (fn. 12) of this Parliament.
ii. "Now touching houses to be altered."
On coming to such houses the commissioners shall call the head and brethren together, "with the honest of the town adjoining," and declare the King's determination to alter that house, with many other, from an unchristian to a virtuous and honest life, explaining the nature of the alteration and how all shall be provided for, either in the new establishment if thereto qualified, or by pension for life, and advising them to surrender their house. Which surrender made, they shall take possession of the convent seal and keys and make inventories of the house and church. They shall then cause all to change their habit and take note, in writing, of the qualities and life of each; and such as they think unmeet to continue they shall immediately dispatch, with rewards for their support for the next half year, and convenient pensions. In like manner shall they dispatch with half year's wages all servants unnecessary for the company that shall continue. And, as such a weighty matter requires mature deliberation, the commissioners shall entrust the house to the late abbot or prior, if a suitable person, by the name of Guardian, to receive rents, pay wages, &c.; assigning him a sufficient pension, for which he shall account to the King, and leaving with him, by indenture, all jewels, plate, &c., unless they shall find rich jewels, ornaments and plate more than sufficient for the church and company, in which case they shall bring away the surplus. And till these establishments be performed, the commissioners shall charge the company to behave as before, every young man knowing his ancient and superior, and all obeying the guardian, and not haunting much the towns or keeping evil rule. They shall charge the guardian, by a day, to provide books "after Sarum use," and surplices for the choir; and then to keep daily service in the church with our Lady's mass as used in the college of Windsor, going to matins at 6 a.m. They shall retain such "reasonable number of" singing men, conductors and children as now. The commissioners shall also enquire of all manors and lordships belonging to such monasteries, how they lie with regard to any of the King's houses, so that if their revenues exceed the charge of the new establishment "those things may be reserved which shall lie most for his Grace's commandment ('commodity' in § 2.)"
Draft with corrections in Wriothesley's hand, pp. 18.
R.O. 2. Another copy without the corrections.
Pp. 15.
i. ["Instructions to be executed by the King's commissioners in all such houses as hereafter followeth, which shall be translated into bishoprics or colleges."
First, to repair to the places named in their commissions and in presence of the most honest men and officers of the town or parish publish the King's "godly intent and purpose of the alteration of the same houses." They shall take a sufficient surrender of each house under convent seal. They shall take inventories of plate, jewels and goods, and leave the same in custody of the governors, "except such principal jewels, plate, ornaments, or other things as shall be thought mete for the King's majesty."] They shall with all speed survey all possessions. [They shall cause the governors and religious to change their habits immediately. They shall certify (if the revenues of the house exceed "the proportion appointed for the erection thereof") what lands lie most convenient for the King; and even if the revenues do not exceed, they shall certify if there be any stately manors or other possessions lying commodiously for the King.] They shall examine what leases or woodsales have been made within one year next before 28 April last, and what annuities or other grants have been made within that term. [They shall certify which of the religious persons are meet to remain, with their ages, qualities, degrees and learnings, and appoint pensions to such as shall be dismissed. They shall appoint pensions to those who remain in case the King's further pleasure shall be to have them depart, the pensions to be void if they receive the stipends appointed upon the foundation. They shall dismiss unnecessary servants with wages and reasonable rewards.] They shall sell as much of the moveables, not being plate or jewels, as shall serve to dismiss such religious and servants as shall be dismissed, and provide change of apparel and sustentation for those that remain. They shall certify what debts each house owes. [They shall appoint the governor of each house warden for the time being with orders to provide books after the use of Sarum, provide surplices, see daily service sung after the rate of the college of Windsor, &c. (fn. 13) ]
ii. Instructions for the "commissioners named in the King's commission hereunto annexed, concerning the taking of surrenders of the monasteries and religious houses "hereafter named" and ordering of the houses and possessions.
[To repair to such houses and declare the King's pleasure to the governors and convents, take full surrenders of the same under convent seal and break or safely keep the said seals. They shall cause governors, convents and officers to declare on oath the state of their houses, and what leases, &c., have been granted to any person since 28 April 30 Hen. VIII.] They shall make inventories of lead, bells, and superfluous buildings, and of plate, jewels and moveables, but pluck down nothing unless commanded by the King or the chancellor of Augmentations. They shall survey the lands and possessions, and enquire what debts are owing to or by each house. [They shall put the evidences in safe custody, appoint pensions, and despatch religious and servants with rewards.] They shall make and direct letters for the capacities of the said governors and religious in the form heretofore used. [They shall make sale of all grain and goods, except lead, bells, plate, jewels and principal ornaments.] They shall pay all servants' wages, and all debts due to any persons for necessaries, provided they be duly proved and do not exceed 6l. 13s. 4d. [They shall deliver houses and possessions to the keeping of such as the King shall appoint. They shall return certificate of all the premises upon parchment, together with their commission, by the day limited therein.]
Draft, pp. 8, with numerous corrections in the first article. The articles enclosed in square brackets above, have all been struck through with the pen, and the rest have the word "Md." (i.e. memorandum) opposite them in the margin.
Understanding the King's intention to change the monasteries of his kingdom for the true preaching of the word of God, the education of youth, and the relief of the poor and impotent, they suggest that their monastery, which is of the King's foundation, is the most meet house in the country, for its pleasant situation in the town of Evesham, which is a great thoroughfare into Wales, especially as it is a house of goodly lodging and buildings well repaired, to be reserved for any such purposes. It is situated within the principality of Wales near the King's Council of the Marches, and can lodge all such noble men as require to resort to the said Council. It is near Warwickshire, "wherein there is no monastery standing," and being exempt from the Bishop's jurisdiction is immediately subject to the King. It is out of debt, except only about 800l. due for part of the first fruits to the King. The town is well inhabited, and is likewise well repaired at the only costs of the said monastery; in which town be few inns and not able to lodge all the noblemen who repair thither.
Large paper, p. 1. Endd.: The request of the abbot of Evesham to have the same to be a college.
1192. GRANTS in JUNE 1539.
1. Jocosus _ (blank), beer brewer, born subject of the king of France. Denization. Westm., 1 June. Pat. 31 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 34.
2. Leonard Smyth, tailor, native of Luke (Liege) in the Emperor's dominions. Denization. Westm., 2 June. Pat. 31 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 34.
3. Th. Rolffe. To be auditor of the possessions late of Rob. Hobbs, the abbot, and the convent of the late monastery of Woborne, Beds., Sir Hen. Poole, late lord Montacute, Sir Edw. Nevell, Sir Nich. Carewe, Gertrude Conrtney, late marchioness of Exeter, Sir Adrian Fortescue, Sir Th. Dyngley, Guy Keyme, Hugh Holland, Jas. Griffith Appowell, Hugh Vaughaunne, George (sic) Joy and Mich. Throgmerton, attainted of high treason, in England and Wales; with fees of 20l. a year: in as full manner as the auditors of "Warwiks landes" and "Spencers lands," or Richmond lands enjoy their offices. Del. Westm., 3 June 31 Hen. VIII.—S.B. Pat. p. 7, m. 22.
Endd. as at the suit of Sir John Daunce and Mr. Polard.
4. Throdicus alias Dericke de Lioke, born subject of the Emperor. Denization. Westm., 4 June. Pat. 31 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 34.
5. Rog. Lee. Lease of (1) a grange called Pulloxhill graunge, with a close called Monks close, meadow called Cramford meade, and a water-mill thereto belonging; and all other lands, &c., in Harbyngton, Beds., which were formerly leased to John Frankelyn and lately to Ric. Jakeman; and (2) a grange called Harnegraunge, Beds.; and a warren called Hare Waren with a pasture called Hare lease, and all other appurtenances of the said grange and warren lately leased to one Wm. Marshall :—All which premises belonged to the monastery of Woborne, Beds., and are in the King's hands by the attainder of Rob. Hobbes, the late abbot; with reservations; for 21 years; at rents of (1) 18l., and (2) 6l. 13s. 4d. Del. Westm., 5 June 31 Hen. VIII. S.B.—Pat. p. 1, m. 26.
6. Francis Barlowe, born a subject of the Emperor. Denization. Westm., 5 June. Pat. 31 Hen. VIII. p. 6, m. 36.
7. Th. Tame. Lease of a water-mill near Chedworth, Glouc., called Gottristmyll, parcel of "Warrewiks lands" and "Spencers lands"; term 21 years; rent 35s. and 20d. of new increase: On surrender by the said Thomas of patent, 11 June 13. Hen. VIII., granting a similar lease to Th. Midwynter, of Northleche, Glouc., who released his interest therein to the said Th. Tame. Del. Westm., 7 June 31 Hen. VIII. S.B.—Pat. p. 1, m. 29.
8. John de Veer, earl of Oxford, great chamberlain of England. Grant, in tail male, of the great messuage or tenement in the parish of St. Swithin, near London Stone in Candelwyk Strete, in the city of London, with a great and a little garden adjoining, with free ingress and egress by two large gates, of which one extends towards Candelwyk Strete near the parish church of St. Swithin towards the south and the other lower down towards the north; and all the land between the said gates; with all cottages, curtilages, &c., adjoining the said messuage, in as full manner as Sir Ric. Wyngfeld, late chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster, sometime held and the said Earl now holds the same:—which messuage, &c., belongs to the suppressed priory of Tortyngton, Sussex: also the advowson of the rectory [and] vicarage of the parish church of St. Swithin near London Stone aforesaid:—in as full manner as Th. Maye, the late prior, held the same. Del. Westm, 8 June 31 Hen. VIII. S.B.—Pat. p. 3, m. 8.
9. Denizations:—
Diricke Sturys, native of Luke in the Emperor's dominions. Westm., 8 June. Pat. 31 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 34.
Frederick Colman, hatmaker, native of Luke in the Emperor's dominions. Westm., 8 June. Pat. 31 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 34.
Jocosus Jacobe, beer brewer, native of the Emperor's dominions. Westm., 8 June. Pat. 31 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 34.
10. Inspeximus and innotescimus of the following documents, viz.:—
i. A charter (formerly sealed) of Pet. Corbet, dominus de Kawes, granting to Richard, son of Robert de Hope, for his homage and service and in exchange for the land of Hope, the vill of Pulton, and 4 half virgates of land in the vill of Minsterlee, viz., those which Th. Balista, Wm. Wronou, Ric. Fitz Herbert (filius Herberti) and John de Beele held in the same vill; to hold to the said Peter, his heirs and assigns, and to whomsoever he will alienate the same, except religious men and Jews, by the yearly rent of 4 greyhounds' collars at thè feast of St. Nicholas. The grantee to have hay-bote, and fuel, &c., out of the forest of Hoxstone and to be free of toll at the mill of Munsterlee and Stevenesroe for his own table; he and his tenants both of Mathelhurste and of Pulton and of Munsterlee to be free to keep their swine in the said forest of Hoxstone, with other privileges; also the pasture and vesture of wood of a certain place called "Le Calnecastelhull," until the said Peter or his heirs shall desire to build thereon. Also release of service of one knight's fee and of suit of the hundred of Chirebure. Witnesses, lord Roger de Knovile, (fn. 14) sheriff of Salop and Staffordshire, and six others named.
ii. An indenture, written in French between lord Ralph, baron Stafford, of the one part, and lord Edm. de Cornwaille and Elizabeth, his wife, and Robert, son and heir of lord Rob. de Harleye, of the other, witnessing that the said Edmund, Elizabeth, and Robert, grant, for themselves and the heirs of Elizabeth, that the said baron and his heirs have and hold for ever the castle and manor of Caus, the manor of Munsterleye, the manor of Nethergorthore, the moiety of the manor of Worthyn with the park and the moiety of 3 mills; also, the chace "del Hey," that is to say, from the highway between Worthyn and Hampton going direct as far as Tykkelyeswode, and thence to Brademershe and thence to Blakelake and thence beyond Wastythesrudyng to Monkesbroke, and thence by the path beyond Whytemershe to the lordship of la Pole (Pool) as appears "par certeignes bondes merches":—the nearer part towards the castle of Caus to remain with the said baron and his heirs. Also the chace of Breythyn within limits similarly set forth, the part towards "le Crugyen" remaining with the baron and his heirs. Also the woods, &c., of the forest of Caus within limits likewise defined, and various knight's fees. In exchange for which the said baron grants to the aforesaid Edmund, Eliz. and Robert, and their heirs, the manors of Zokelton (Yockleton), Stretton, Wentmore, Schelve, Overgorthore, Baughaltre, and the moiety of the manor of Worthyn, with the moiety of three mills. Also the chace "del Hey" within certain limits specified, viz. the "partie plus foreigne du chastell de Caus." Caus castle, Thursday after Michaelmas 23 Edw. III.
Westm., 9 June. Pat. 31 Hen. VIII. p. 3, m. 9.
11. Ant. Knyvett, a gentleman of the Privy Chamber, and Sir Edm. Knyvet. Grant in survivorship of the office of receiver of the lordship of Denbigh, N. Wales, vice Edm. Knevet, dec.
Vacated, on surrender 10 Nov. 1 Edw.IV., in order that another patent might be granted to Robert Ap Hugh and Rob. Griffith. Del. Westm., 10 June 31 Hen. VIII.—S.B. Pat. p. 4, m. 29.
12. Ranulph Massey, clk. Presentation to the parish church of Rye (Ria), Chichester dioc., vice Ralph Snede, resigned, the presentation being in the King's hands by the suppression of the late monastery of Stanlegh, Suss. (sic. for Wilts). Westm., 9 June 31 Hen. VIII. Del. 10 June.—P.S. Pat. p. 1, m 37.
13. Jas. Smyth. Licence to alienate a messuage or grange called Cootes grange in the parish and fields of South Elkyngton and Coots, Linc.; and 12 acres of land in Garnethorpfen called Cotsdale; with the reversion of a messuage or grange and certain acres of land, &c., now in the tenure of Rob. Beche for a term of years, by lease of Thomas, late prior of Ormesby, Line., in the parishes of South Elkyngton, Coots, Welton and Kelstone, Linc.; and a yearly rent of 62 quarters of barley, reserved in said lease to the late prior, with tithes, &c.: to Th. Hatelyffe and his heirs for ever. Westm., 11 June. Pat. 31 Hen. VIII., p. 6, m. 20.
14. Walt. Cokkys, clk., King's chaplain. Presentation to the parish church of Kentysbeare, alias Kentys Beatæ Mariæ, Exeter dioc., void by death and at the King's disposal, hac vice, by grant of John Bonvile, John Golde and Wm. Leche. Del. Westm., 12 June 31 Hen. VIII.—S.B. Pat. p. 4, m. 29.
15. Sir Ric. Houghtone. Lease of the manor of Wheleton, Lanc., and all lands, &c., in Wheleton, Hanworth and Wythynhyll, Lanc., which belonged to the late monastery of Whalley, Lanc., and are in the King's hands by the attainder of John, the late abbot; term, 21 years; rent, 8l. 12s. 5d. Del. Westm., 13 June 31 Hen. VIII.—S.B. Pat. p. 5, m. 36.
16. Commission of the Peace.
Lincoln, Lindsey.—Th. lord Audeley of Walden, C., Th. duke of Norfolk, Chas. duke of Suffolk, Th. lord Cromwell, Privy Seal, Th. earl of Rutland, Wm. earl of Southampton, J. bp. of Lincoln, Edw. lord Clynton, Th. lord Bourgh, Sir Walt. Luke, Sir Humph Broun, King's serjeant-at-law, Sir Th. Burgh, Sir Rob. Dymmoke, Sir Rob. Tyrwhytt, Sir Wm. Askue, Sir Wm. Skypwith, Sir Th. Hennege, Sir And. Byllesby, Sir Wm. Sandon, Sir Th. Myssenden, Sir John Copledyke, Sir Edw. Madyson, Wm. Willoughby, Edw. Dymmoke, John Caundyshe, Anth. Myssenden, John Hennege, Wm. Monson, Edw. Forsett, Th. Kyme, John Ecton, Vincent Grantham, Wm. Nawnton, Nich. Gyrlyngton, Wm. Dalyson, Th. Portyngton, Th. Lyttelbury, Ric. Bolles, John Tourney, Ric. Gooderike, Rob. Topclyff, Fras. Askue, Geo. Seyntpole, Rob. Dyghton, Rob. Brokesbye. 13 June. Pat. 31 Hen. VIII., p. 2, m. 3d.
17. Jas. Moore, S.T.B. Presentation to the parish church of Burton super Montem, Worc. dioc., void by death and at the King's disposal by reason of the attainder of Adrian Fortescu, late knight. Westm., 12 June 31 Hen. VIII. Del. 14 June.—P.S. Pat. 31 Hen. VIII. p.4, m. 31.
18. Edm. Harman. See GRANTS in JUNE 1537 (Vol. XII. Pt. ii. No. 191 (18).
19. Edm. Garset, clk. Presentation to the parish church of Saresden, Oxon, in the King's hands by the attainder of Hen. Moxson. Del. Westm. 15 June 31 Hen. VIII.—S.B. Endd.: at the suit of the bp. of Lincoln. Pat. p. 4, m. 31.
20. Rob. Acton, esquire of the Royal Body. To be steward of the manors or lordships of Bromesgrove, Kyngesnorton, Odyngley, Clifton and Droytwiche, Wore., and all lands, &c., in said co., which came to the King's hands by the death of Jane, late Queen Consort of England and France, and steward of the lordship of Fekenham, and master of the deer of the forest [and] parks of Fekenham, vice Sir Nicholas Carewe, deceased. Westm., 14 June 31 Hen. VIII. Del. 16 June.—P.S. Pat. p. 4, m. 30.
21. Giles Pole, son and heir of Leonard Pole, deceased. Livery of lands, viz, of all the possessions of the said Leonard, and of all the said Giles' interest in the possessions in England whereof Katharine, widow of the said Leonard, is seized by way of jointure or dower. Del. Westm., 16 June 31 Hen. VIII.—S.B. Pat. p. 3, m. 14.
22. Commissions of the Peace.
Northamptonshire.—Th. lord Audeley of Walden. C., Th. duke of Norfolk, Chas. duke of Suffolk, Th. lord Crumwell, Privy Seal, Wm. earl of Southampton, J. bp. of Lincoln, John lord Zouche, John lord Mordaunte, Sir John lord Russell, Sir Ric. Grey, Sir Edw. Mountague, Sir Walt. Luke, Humph. Broun, King's serjeant-at-law, Sir Wm. Gasgoign, Sir Wm. Newenham, Sir Th. Gryffyn, Sir Th. Tresham, Sir Rob. Kyrkeham, Edm. Knyghtley, serjeant-at-law, John Wellesbourn, Ric. Humfrey, Th. Andrewes, Th. Brokesbye, Edw. Gryffyn, Th. Brudenell, John Hasylwood, jun., Edw. Warner, John Lane, Th. Lovett, Th. Cave, Wm. Saunders, John Barnard, Rob. Chauntrell, Fras. Morgan. Westm., 16 June. Pat. 31 Hen. VIII., p. 2, m. 3d.
23. Warwickshire.—Th. lord Audeley of Walden, C., Th. duke of Norfolk, Chas. duke of Suffolk, Th. lord Crumwell, Privy Seal, Hen. marquis of Dorset, Wm. earl of Southampton, Walt. lord Ferrers, Sir Walt. Luke, Sir Humph. Broun, King's serjeant-at-law, Sir John Willoughby, Sir Wm. Feldyng, Rog. Wygston, John Smyth, Ric. Catesbie, Reginald Dygby, Wm. Legh, John Grevile, Fulk Grevile, Th. Ardern, Edw. Conwey, Wm. Wyllyngton, Th. Trye, Th. Shukborough, Ric. Arther, Ric. Newporte, Th. Holte, And. Flammocke, Humph. Dymmoke, John Waldyff, Baldwin Porter and Wm. Symondes. Westm., 16 June. Pat. 31 Hen. VIII., p. 2, m. 4d.
24. Ric. Harryson. Lease of divers messuages, cottages, and lands in the lordship of Settryngton, York, parcel of the lands late of Sir Fras. Bigod, attainted, (specifies the lands, among them a messuage with a garden and 2½ acres of land late of Sir John Bulmer) which premises are now in the occupation of the said Richard; with reservations; term 21 years; at divers stated rents. Del. Westm., 18 June 31 Hen. VIII.—S.B. Pat. p. 4, m. 31.
25. Commissions of the Peace.
Kent: T. abp. of Canterbury, Th. lord Audeley of Walden, C., Th. duke of Norfolk, Chas. duke of Suffolk, Th. lord Crumwell, Privy Seal, Wm. earl of Southampton, J. bp. of Rochester, Sir Geo. Broke of Cobham, Sir Chr. Hales, M.R. Sir John Spelman, John Baker, Attorney-General, Sir Th. Nevell, Sir Th. Willoughby, Sir Th. Cheyne, Sir John Dudley Sir Alex. Culpeper, Sir Edw. Wotton, Sir Anth. Seyntleger, Sir Wm. Crowmer, Sir Wm Fynche, John Hales, Sir Edw. Boveton, Anth. Kynvett, John Guldeford, Reginald Skotte, Th. Hatclyff, Jas. Hatclyff, Jas. Walsyngham, Robt. Southwell, Wm. Rooper, Wm. Waller, Edw. Thwaits, Th. Moyle, Walt. Hendley, Martin Bowes, Edw. Monyn, Th. Darell, of Skotney, Th. Harlakenden, Th. Hardys, Anth. Sandes Th. Roydon, Wm. Goldewell, John Culpeper, Jas. Hales, Th. Wylford, Th. Robertes, John Norton, of Upchurch, Th. Grene, Wm. Sydley, Wm. Boyse, Hen. Cryppe, John Boyse, Fras. Sydney, Th. Wombwell, Th. Culpeper, sen., Th. Culpeper, jun., Geo. Harper, John Bere, and Humph. Style. Westm., 18 June. Pat. 31 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 4d.
26. Yorkshire: Th. lord Audeley of Walden, C., Sir Chr. Jenney, John Hynde, King's serjeant-at-law, Sir Ric. Page, Sir Marmaduke Constable, sen., Sir Ralph Ellerker, jun., Sir Wm. Constable, Sir John Constable, of Balsham, Th. Fayrefax, serjeant-at-law, Geoff. Lee, Rob. Bowes, Wm. Babthorp, Rob. Chaloner, Ric. Deane, clk., Martin Hillyard, Marmaduke Constable, of Carfosse, Ric. Smetheley, Edw. Rosse, Th. Wentworth, Anth. Langdale, Hen. Newarke, Ric. Greyke, Anth. Homound, Rob. Greyke, Th. Ellerker, Wm. Gyrlyngton, Ric. Dalby, John Wryght, Th. Barton, and Rob. Hogeson. Westm., 18 June, Pat. 31 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 5d.
27. Commission of sewers to Th. Fynes lord Dacres, Sir Anth. Brown, Sir Wm. Fynche, Sir John Gage, Robt. Oxenbrige of Bre[de], John Parker, Th. Devenyshe, Giles Fynes, Ric. Sackvyle, Ric. Parkhurst, clk., Wm. Cheyny, Th. Wyldgose, and Leonard Maraunt; for the district by the sea coast and marsh ground from Batysford, Assheburnhamsmyll and Godyngeshaven, and from the bridge of Pevense to Newsluse of Wallershaven, from Newsluse by the sea to the point of Godyngeshaven, thence to Romestrete, thence to Bellamsgutt, thence to Densexgutt, thence to Bykelidbridge, and thence to Swynsham bridge, Sussex. Westm., 18 June. Pat. 31 Hen. VIII. p. 4, m. 47d.
28. Commission of sewers (names in sections as if for three commissions, no counties named) to Th. Fynes lord Dacres, Sir Ant. Brown, Sir John Gage, Sir Wm. Fynche, Ric. Sackvile, Robt. Oxenbrige, Th. Asshbournham, Th. Darell, Wm. Wybourn, Wm. Chayne, John Thecher, Jas. Burton, John Parker, Ric. Sharp, Wm. Hall.
Chr. Hales, M.R., John Hales, one of the Barons of the Exchequer, "Water" Henley, Th. Moyle, John Guldeford, Th. Harlakenden, Reignold Scott, Rob. Oxonbridge, Th, Hardes, John Boys, Wm. Goldewell, Rob. Burbarne, Rog. Horne, Wm. Tuck, Wm. Culpeper, Rob. Brent, John Honylwood, Pet. Hayman, Jas. Blechenden and John Barowe.
Sir Chr. Jenney, Sir Edm. Bedyngfeld, John Hynde, King's serjeant-at-law, Wm. Conyngesby. Rog. Woodhouse, Rob. Holdyche, Th. Meggs, John Gooderike, Hen. Bedyngfeld, John Fyncham, Th. Derham, Humph Carvile, Th. Gybon, Geoff. Colvile, Hen. Mymmes, clk., Osbert Mountford and Ric. Rede. Pat. 31 Hen. VIII. p. 4, m. 48d.
29. Th. Gyttons. Licence to alienate the manor of Cardons, a tenement called Balards, a tenement called Drapers in the parish of Clyff, Kent; a tenement in the parish of Higham and in the parish of Clyff, Kent; a tenement or farm called Sowthwood in the said parish of Clyff; a messuage and six acres of land; 2 marshes and 5 acres of land, a marsh called Northehope, and a messuage and garden in Clyff; and all lands, &c., in Clyff and Hygham late in the tenure of Th. Drynkewater; a tenement and 15 acres of land in Clyff and Hygham in the tenure of Ric. Hayes, and the newlybuilt houses and 15 acres of arable land in Clyff, Hygham and Frynsbery, Kent, in the tenure of Joan Swynam, widow; to Oliver Leder and his heirs for ever. 19 June. Pat. 31 Hen. VIII. p. 6, m. 20.
30. Henry Strode, of Waltham St. Lawrence, Berks, husbandman. Pardon for having in self defence mortally wounded Wm. Adams at Waltham St Lawrence, who died at Shotesbroke, Berks. Westm., 20 June. Pat. 31 Hen. VIII. p. 4, m. 30.
31. Sir Th. Seymour. Licence to alienate the manor, grange, or chief messuage called Wyston Graunge, and lands in Wyston, Suff., to Rob. Cowper. Westm., 20 June. Pat. 31 Hen. VIII. p. 3, m. 10.
32. Yorkshire, West Riding. Commission of the Peace to Th. lord Audeley of Walden, C., Th. duke of Norfolk, Chas. duke of Suffolk, Th. lord Crumwell, Privy Seal, C. bp. of Durham, Ralph earl of Westmoreland, Th. earl of Rutland, Hen. earl of Cumberland, Wm. earl of Southampton, R. bp. of Llandaff, Wm. lord Dacre of Gillesland, John lord Scrope of Bolton, John lord Latymer, Sir Ric. Lyster, Sir Ch. Jenney, John Jenney, King's serjeant-at-law, Th. Magnus, clk., Sir Marmaduke Constable, sen., Sir Wm. Evres, Sir Th. Tempest, Sir Wm. Gascoign, sen., Sir Th. Wentworth, Sir Ralph Ellerker, jun., Sir Wm. Myddelton, Sir Geo. Darcy, Sir Rob, Nevell, Sir Wm, Malyverey, Sir Geo. Lawson, Sir Wm. Copley, Sir Hen. Everyngham, Sir Chr. Danby, Sir Marmaduke Tunstall, Sir John Dawney, Sir Th. Tempest of Braswell, Sir Wm. Malory, Sir John Wentworth, Sir John Nevell, Th. Fayrefax, serjeant-at-law, John Uvedale, Wm Babthorpe, John Norton, Ric. Redmayn, Rob. Bowes, Rob. Chaloner, Ric, Bellasys, John Anne, Gervase Clyfton, John Poleyn, Th. Wentworth of Wentworth, Wm. Hungate, sen., Fras. Frobyser, Rog. Malett, of Normanton, Th. Grice, John Lambert, Th. Grene, John Pekke, Th. Sayvell, of Ekkersley, Chas. Jakson, Anth. Awmond, Th. Ryther, Ralph Poleyn, of Skotton, John Wakefeld, Hugh Wyrall, Wm. Tankerd, and Th. Waterton. Westm., 20 June. Pat. 31 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 6d.
33. Th. Lawe, of Olney, Bucks. Grant of the manor of Horstowe, Linc., and all other lands, &c., in Horstowe, in the King's hands by the attainder of George Huddeswell, dec. Hampthill, 11 Aug. 29 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 21 June 31 Hen. VIII.—P.S. Pat p. 4, m. 34.
34. Gerard Smyth, born subject of the Emperor in the duchy of Cleves. Denization. Westm., 22 June. Pat. 31 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 34.
35. John Penne, a gentleman of the King's Privy Chamber. To be bailiff of the lordships or manors of (1) Saham alias Saham Tony and (2) Necton (3) wood-ward or keeper of the woods in Necton, Norf., and (4) parker or keeper of the park of Saham or Saham Tony; with fees 2d. a day, 40s. a year, 13s. 4d. a year, and 2d. a day, respectively.
Also lease for 21 years, of the agistment, herbage, and pannage at 60s. rent. Del. Westm., 23 June 31 Hen. VIII.—S.B. Pat. p. 4, m. 31.
36. Richard Smyth. Denization. Westm., 23 June. Pat. 31 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 34.
37. Wm. Hewarde, a groom of the Chamber. Licence to export 40 weighs, of 6 quarters each weigh, of beans and malt, to Ireland for consumption in that country. Westm., 16 June 31 Hen. VIII. Del. 24 June.—P.S. Pat. p. 4, m. 29.
38. Gloucestershire. Commission of the Peace to Th. lord Audeley of Walden, C., Th. duke of Norfolk, Chas. duke of Suffolk, Th. lord Crumwell, Privy Seal, Wm. earl of Southampton, R. bp. of Coventry and Lichfield, Walt. lord Ferrers, J. abbot of Cirencester, Sir Wm. Sulyerd, Sir J. Porte, Edm. Mervyn, King's serjeant-at-law, Sir Wm. Kyngston, Sir Edw. Crofte, Sir Edw. Wadham, Sir John Bridges, Sir Chr. Bayneham, Sir Anth. Hungerford, Sir Nich. Poynes, Sir Edm. Tame, Rog. Wygston, John Pakyngton, John Vernon, John Russell, Anth. Kynston, John Barlowe, clk., Ric. Lygyn, Th. Whytyngdon, Rouland Morton, Nich. Wykes, John Arnold, Arth. Porter, John Gyse, John Huntley, Geo. Bayncham, Ric. Rede, Rob. Whitney, John Poynes, Leonard Poole, Dav. Broke, Rob. Wye, Th. Holte, Ric. Hassall, Wm. Stumpe, Th. Matson, Ric. Cotton, Jas. Clyfford, Th. Lane, Ric. Brayne, Anth. Straunge, and Th. Havard. Westm., 24 June. Pat. 31 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 5.
39. Ant. Kyngston, esquire of the Royal Body. Annuity of 50 marks. Westm., 24 June 31 Hen. VIII. Del. 25 June.—P.S. Pat. p. 4, m. 35.
40. Sir Geo. Conyers. Annuity of 4l. issuing from a fourth part of 11 messuages, 21 oxgangs of land in Southbourne, Yorks., late of Th. Witham, deceased, during the minority of John Witham, s. and h. of the said Thomas; with the wardship and marriage of the said John. Del. Westm., 26 June 31 Hen. VIII.—S.B. Pat. p. 4, m. 33.
41. John Wilbore, clk., the master or warden, and the brethren of the hospital of St. Mary de Strodes, called Newarke, Kent. Mortmain licence, at the request of Edw. Northe, of London (and payment of 100l.), to alienate the site, circuit, and precinct of the said hospital; the manor of Hawkyns, Kent, and all other possessions of the hospital in Aylysforde, Hallyng, Strode, Mallyng and Snodland, Kent, and elsewhere in England, to the prior and convent of the cathedral church of St. Andrew, Rochester. Del. Westm., 26 June 31 Hen. VIII.—S.B. Pat. p. 6, m. 13.
42. Commission of the Peace.
Bucks.—Th. lord Audeley of Walden, C., Th. duke of Norfolk, Chas. duke of Suffolk, Th. lord Crumwell, Privy Seal, J. bp. of Lincoln, Wm. lord Grey of Wilton, And. lord Wyndesore, John lord Mordaunt, Sir John lord Russell, Sir Edw. Mountague, Sir John Baldewyn, Sir John Daunce, Sir Fran. Bryan, Sir Wm. Wyndesore, Sir Wm. Gascoign, Sir Edw. Donne, Sir Walt. Stonor, Sir Edm. Pekham, Th. Grenewaye, Paul Darell, Anth. Lee, Ralph Verney, Th. Longvile, John Croke, Geo. Bolstrod, John Babam, Rob. Drury, Geo. Gyfford, Thos. Gyfford, Hen. Bradshawe and Wm. Davies. Westm., 28 June. Pat. 31 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 6d.
43. John Kellom, a yeoman of the Guard. Lease of the lordships or manors of Sandeforde Oleston or Sandeford Osleston, in the lordship of Oswestry, parcel of the lordships of Bromfeld and Yale; at 63s. 4d. rent; term 21 years from the expiration of a 10 years' lease granted to John Trevour, a yeoman of the Guard, by patent 12 March 20 Hen. VIII. at 66s. 8d. rent and 6s. 8d. increase. Del. Westm. 29 June 31 Hen. VIII.—S.B. Pat. p. 4, m. 31.
44. Rich. Palmer, a gentleman usher of the King's chamber. To be keeper of Wygemore park, marches of Wales, vice Walt. Walshe, dec.; with 4d. a day. Del. Westm., 30 June 31 Hen. VIII.—S.B. Pat. p. 4, m. 32.
45. Sir John Spelman, one of the justices of the King's Bench. Licence to alienate 1 messuage and ½ virgate of land in Marham, Norf., to John Spelman, s. &. h. apparent of the said John and Marg. Blenerhasset, whom the said John is going to marry; to hold to the said John and Margaret for the term of the life of the said Margaret, with remainder to the said John Spelman the son, and the heirs of his body; with contingent remainder to the right heirs of the said John Spelman the father, and their heirs for ever. Westm., 30 June. Pat. 31 Hen. VIII., p. 4, m. 32.
46. Alexander Selome, clk., born a subject of the king of Scots. Denization. Westm., 30 June. Pat. 31 Hen. VIII. p. 6, m. 36.
Vit. C. XVI. 264.
Instructions for Dr. Peter.
To proceed with all speed to Cleves, where he shall deliver to Dr. Wotton the letters he has for him, show him this instruction, and learn from him the state of the matters committed to his charge. Then, after consultation, they shall together [obtain] access, [first] to the Duchess and after to the Duke, or at the same time if they shall be in the same house and it shall seem expedient, and ("using all their wisdom and d[exterity] to kindle them to the desire of this matter, specia[lly in] their conferences with the Duchess, labouring therein [as much] as they may to allure and get her to be earnest in th[e deter]mination and speedy conclusion of the same"), after delivering the King's letters and commendations to the Duchess and the Duke, her son, they shall say to either that the King (not only esteeming the honour of the house of Cleves "and sp[ecially] of the Duchess, and the Duke now being of the s[ame head]," but also conceiving from Wotton's advertisements "upon the last discourses between him and the Ch[ancellor Olisleger th]at the said Duchess and Duke do bear [very hear]tie and entire love and affection towards the [King's] Majesty and would be glad to make demonstration of their [goo]d wills and inclinations by some conjunction and knot of marriage") thanks them for their gentle disposition, which shall prove well employed. And whereas in the said discourses with the Chancellor, Wotton learnt that certain promises and pacts had passed between the late duke of Cleves and the duke of Lorraine for the marriage of the lady Anne, the eldest unmarried daughter of the said late Duke, to the son of the duke of Lorraine, but of such sort that the parties might choose at their liberties on paying the penalties for breach of covenant in the said pacts expressed, albeit the King thinks that if he should marry one of those daughters the eldest should be the most suitable, yet, to clear up doubt and to accelerate the matter, he has addressed thither his councillor, Dr. Peter, jointly with Wotton to solicit the sight and perusal of such pacts and writings; after which he may send others of his Council for the conclusion, as the gravity of the matter shall require. They shall therefore require them, especially the mother, to "open the bottom of their stomachs" touching the matter, and, if they are inclined to the alliance, show the said writings. They shall tell the Duchess that the King has heard of her virtue and wisdom, and other things to her praise, as shall seem to the purpose. If the reply is that the lady Anne is promised past retraction but that the younger daughter is free, they shall answer that the King conceived from the Chancellor's words "that the m[arriage of] the lady Anne was not so far past but that [the King] might have had his election of both the daughters [to have] chosen her, that for her age had been most meet f[or him]," and therefore before writing the said reply to the King they would like to see the said [pacts] to learn "whether anything hath bee[n] ... sithens the time of the making thereof that mig[ht be] any further impediment." They shall press them on this; but if they persist in the overture of the youngest daughter, Wotton and Peter shall, as of themselves, say merrily that they think all should be one to the King, but as his Grace preferred the eldest they must refer again to him. They shall then desire to see both ladies, since one of them is to be their Queen, and "with all diligence thereupon signify their judgments"; and if the pictures be not already sent by Ric. Berde they shall send them "if they may be possible gotten," with their opinion of them as likenesses. If any difficulty is made about the dote they shall say as was contained in the letters sent to Mr. Wotton by Thos. Palmer, viz., neither to discharge them wholly nor put them in fear of the payment of more than they can bear, but with general words to tell them how the King prefers virtue and friendship to money. Signed by Cromwell.
Pp. 5. Mutilated. Endd.: A memorial for Mr. Dr. Peter when he should have been sent to Cleves.


  • 1. Witnesses against the Commissary and the others.
  • 2. Philip Hawford or Ballard, afterwards dean of Worcester.
  • 3. The Barber of Mark.
  • 4. Vittoria Farnese.
  • 5. This Act is not enrolled on the Parliament Roll of the year.
  • 6. The German ambassadors.
  • 7. Stephen Pike and Ric. Gybbs. See No. 1163.
  • 8. William Smith.
  • 9. Viz., of the 26th, 27th and 28th, Nos. 1160, 1165, and 1172.
  • 10. These passages enclosed within brackets and marked with an asterisk are crossed out in the MS
  • 11. These passages enclosed within brackets and marked with an asterisk are crossed out in the MS.
  • 12. These words inserted as a correction.
  • 13. As in No. 1189.
  • 14. Bogo de Knovile is given as the name of the sheriff of cos. Salop and Staffordshire in the years 3–6 Edw. I. (Report XXXI. of Dep. Keeper of Pub. Records, App. 335, 342.)