Letters and Papers: July 1539, 6-10

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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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July 1539

6 July.
R. O.
Has received his letter and the acquittance for Mr. Pope. Will try to get the 50l. from him. He will not have wine or the like, but ready money. You had better write to him, and grant him some fee, and do some favor to the clerk for good money. Sends a letter from John Ravon, and one that Mr. Webb delivered, for the discharge of Butt's sureties. Anthony Ager says he sent you a fat ox worth 4 marks. London, 6 July.
Hears nothing of Mr. Pollard's quails.
Hol. p. 1. Add.
6 July.
R. O.
Yesterday, 5 July, as I came to Westminster Bridge with my lord Chancellor, Ralph Hare was sent to Lambeth to be examined. I would have been there, but for business with my lord Chancellor. I have since spoken with Mr. Hall, the spear, and Laylond, (fn. 1) parson of Peplyng, who were at the examination. The bp. of Canterbury spoke very earnestly against Hare, desiring him to relinquish his opinions. He said he would "rest to the King's proclamation and pardon," and desired him to be his good lord. The Bp. said he would, if he would declare the truth, and if not he should be punished, the least punishment being to lose his room. Hare knelt down and said if he lost his room he were worse than a dog and utterly cast away. To-day-one George, a priest, bore a faggot at Paul's Cross for saying that "Christ nor any creature had any merit by his Passion," and that "exorcising of holy water or holy bread were execrable and detestable." After the sermon he delivered the faggot and cast it to the Sumner which he should have carried to where he received it, but he refused to do so. The bishops of Worcester and Salisbury have surrendered their bishoprics. The late bp. of Worcester, now Latimer, had gone to Gravesend, but was brought back. Last night, Cromer, parson of Aldermary, was before my lord Chancellor and Privy Seal and some say he has resigned. God send them all as they deserve. Giles Heron then was sent to the Tower, it is said, for treason. When I know more I will certify your lordship at my return, as I hope to be at Calais on Saturday next. I have sent you a copy of the King's gests, "which in the days do partly vary." This afternoon my lord Privy Seal rides to the King to Hampton Court. To-morrow my lord Chancellor leaves London for Colchester with the Chancellor of Augmentations. Thos. Brok is not in very good case and Sir Ric. Greynfeld was not very proud of his welcome to my lord Privy Seal. He has ridden to Hampton Court to get licence till Michaelmas. My lords Delaware and Maltravers promise you venison. By Act of Parliament venison is as dear as a purse with money. London, 6 July.
ii. The Gests. (Giving the distance in miles from place to place, and the number of days to be spent at each.) July 7 to Oatland, 12th Okyng, 18th Guildford, 23rd Farnham, 27th Petworth, 30th Cowdrey.
Aug. 1st Stansted, 3rd Bishop's Waltham, 6th Wade, 9th Thuxton, 12th Wollfall, 17th Doonington, 18th Wyllford, 19th Compton, 20th Langle, 23rd Woodstock and Buckingham, 29th Grafton.
Sept. 3rd Ampthill, 7th Dunstable, 12th Mysselden, 13th Windsor.
Hol. pp. 3. Add.: Viscount Lisle at Calais.
6 July.
R. O.
Thanks for her letter of June 30. Disclaims any need on her part to thank him, and thanks her on his own behalf and his wife's for kindness shown by lord and lady Lisle. Has given her recommendation to the duke of Suffolk, with whom he supped on Thursday week. He caused Halle to try lady Lisle's wine, and praised it as it deserved, but not as much as he dispraised Halle's cousin Lovedaye's wine. He keeps one piece for his own drinking, and the other two he has sent to his wife, to whom Halle will give lady Lisle's commendation when he goes to Lincolnshire. Begs to be recommended to lord Lisle and others, "so that my little shrewd wife be not forgotten, for though she be so short a mistress and so divers of conditions that few or none gentlewomén in Calais be glad of her company, as I hear say hath been plainly told her to her face sith my departing, yet must I, poor man, keep her with all her shrewd conditions whatsoever they be as you do know." Wishes his business were done and he were in Calais again and with his wife, "for all her said shrewd shortness" that he must be contented to take patience with. The bishops of Worcester and Salisbury have resigned their bishoprics. "They be not of the wisest sort methinks, for few nowadays will leave and give over such promotions for keeping of opinion." London, 6 July, 1539.
Hol. p. 1. Add.
6 July.
Add. 11,041
f. 31.
B. M.
Thanks him for his pains about the survey of Cayneham and certain friars' houses; also for offering to survey the friars' houses in Hereford and to send his son, Mr. William Scudamore, to survey the friars at Woodhouse and Bridgenorth. As he has only been used to certify by whole shires begs that his son and the writer's servant, Palmer, may survey all friars' houses "within your and my circuit" noting which be meetest for a tenant, but to make no sale, leaving tenants to occupy "quousque, &c."; to take the names, order, &c., of the friars. You write that we should sell no housing; but Mr. Giffard and I have sold in some friars' houses all the buildings, otherwise the King would have had nothing from them, "they were so spoiled and torn by such as sold the goods that in manner they were down." They must also survey the woods belonging to the said friars' houses; and Mr. Bradshawe requests that you will survey the demesnes of Wigmore which he is to have in farm. My servant, Palmer, shall wait upon you; be good to him for my lord President's sake. I send you a buck killed by good Mr. Giffard, "and I begged it; I would it were a stage (stag)." Recommend me to your wife and to Mr. Monyngton and Mr. Dansey, your sons-in-law, with their good wives. Thellesford, 6 July.
The King will take his journey this year into Sussex and by the coast to Woodstock and Grafton, and so return.
Hol. pp. 2. Add.: one of the King's receivers.
6 July.
R. O.
Rymer, xiv.
Surrender (by Ralphe Farfax, prior, &c.) of the house and all its possessions in cos. Linc., Ntht., and Derb., and elsewhere in England, Wales, and the marches thereof. 6 July 153— (blank) 31 Hen. VIII. Signed by Ralph Fayerfax, prior, John Farnam, subprior, and eight others. [See Deputy Keeper's Eighth Report, App. II. 26.]
Seal broken.
Enrolled [Close Roll, p. 2, No. 15] as acknowledged, same day, before John London, clk., King's commissioner.
6 July.
R. O.
Yesterday I sent Davy Sely to your Lordship and Mr. Wallop to ask you to hold Griffith Appenrithe excused from going into England considering his process at Boulogne, being at the point of condemnation. This you granted, but I understand you have given him new commands, which will inflict great loss upon him. I beg you to consider his case. Guisnes, 6 July.
I believe he will do better service at Boulogne than in England, considering the French king's coming down to those parts, for he is a wise man and could find out many things.
P.S.—I have just received your letter, showing that the aldermen grudge to go to England because Appenrithe does not go with them, or even to give 20s. or 4 nobles towards the charges of those appointed to go, as Thomas Screvin has done. I have mentioned this to Appenrithe, who says he is quite willing to go to England if he had not such important business, but sends herewith 4 nobles towards the charges of those who go. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: To the right hon. the Lord Lisle, deputy of Calais, Sir John Wallop, Sir Thomas Palmer, knights, and to Mr. Robert Fowler, vice-treasurer there.
6 July.
Reform., III.
* * * In England the pious doctrine is again oppressed and our adversaries triumph. Some suspect this is because of the deliberations for the marriage of the Emperor Charles with the king of England's daughter. I hear that many are put in great danger, whom may God preserve! 6 July 1539.
Lat. Add.: At Nuremberg.
See GRANTS in JULY, Nos. 29, 60, 65.
See GRANTS in JULY, No. 30.
7 July.
R. O.
Sends four rolls of proclamations of the Acts last past; one concerning the Sacraments, another concerning vagabonds, a third concerning fishing, a fourth concerning hawks and hunting in the King's ground. Thinks my lord Chancellor will send copies, as the King's printer has delivered him 1,500 books of the statutes. Sir Adrian Fortescue and Dingley will suffer to-morrow. As the quondam bp. of Worcester was going away, he was taken at Gravesend. What his intent was God knows. London, 7 July.
Hol., p. 1. Add.
7 July.
R. O.
Is glad to hear of Lisle's prosperity. Since he left Calais the news is that the bishops of Salisbury and Worcester have resigned their bprics, "for the bysshop of Worssyther whas syne (seen) with the bysshop of Canturbury in a prest gowne, and a sarsynyd typyd a bowthe hys necke, and never a man after hym, and as the sayinge ys that the bysshop Lattomer fledde and ys taken at Rochester and browthe tyll the Tower. Whetther thys [is] true I cannot certyffye your Lordeshyp of the truthe tyll I com to London." Dover, 7 July.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: My lord Lysle, at Calais.
7 July.
R. O.
Kaulek, 109.
Brissac, gentleman of the Chamber, whom he sent to condole with the Emperor on the death of the Empress, has returned with best assurances for the amity, and Francis sees every day the Emperor's desire to make it perpetual, which gives him good hope for the best. At the instance of the Emperor, the Pope and the Signory of Venice, Francis has sent a despatch by César Cantelme, gentleman of his household, to the Sieur Rincon, his ambassador with the Turk, to persuade the said Turk to make a truce with Christendom and to reconcile the Signory of Venice with him for some time. Rincon has so well conducted the thing that, according to last letters, they are already negociating this affair, and Francis hopes that the truce will shortly be concluded. The Pope, Emperor, and Signory will be marvellously glad of it; for, besides the freeing them from expense and the tranquillity of Christendom, it will give time to put order in many things which concern the universal welfare of Christendom.
Leaves in six or seven days to visit the fortifications he is making in Picardy and to provide for his gendarmerie, of whom he will shortly make general musters and payment throughout the Kingdom. Will then go to Normandy to do the like and visit the coast and the ships. Hopes soon to have his forces on land and sea in a state which could not be improved. He may tell the king of England as much of this as he thinks fit. Paris, 7 July 1539.
French. Two modern transcripts, pp. 4 (headed, 1 July) and pp. 5.
7 July.
R. O.
Kaulek, 110.
Sends this bearer express to learn from Marillac all about the following:—Has heard that the king of England put forward at this Parliament that Francis would not pay him the pension accustomed, which was for the good of the peace, and asked if they would aid him to get it paid. Most of them replied they would aid him very willingly to compel payment of it, and boasted they knew the way into France, threatening a descent of certain Germans whom they would aid to make war here. If Marillac knows their repairs of havens and equipment of ships are a preparation for some "alarme" upon France he must send word at once, for they (the English) would gain much by striking the first blow. Has also heard they have made sports and follies on land as they did on the river, which Marillac must write of. Does not repeat what is in Francis' letter, of which Marillac will make use to dispel the suspicion which that King and his servants will no doubt take at the despatch of this courier. The Pope always continues to solicit the King to make war on England, but he will not consent. Knows they are very ill-pleased that they are not paid their pensions. Marillac must write all he hears said about it and all needful news; the office of a good ambassador is to write often and diligently what he hears, especially what is important. On this side nothing shall be omitted to guard against attack. The King makes more diligence than for 10 years past in fortifying his places, especially on the frontiers of Picardy and Normandy, and equipping his ships. Communicate the King's letter to the Emperor's ambassador there, and entertain him according to the amity that is between their Majesties. Paris, 7 July.
French. Two modern transcripts, pp. 2 (headed, 1 July) and pp. 3.
8 July.
Add. MS.
f. 14.
B. M.
Has granted to Ric. Pollard's servant, John Perpoynte, the baillywick and collection of the rents of Alferton, Letton, and Newton, belonging to the late house of Wygmore, Heref.. They are to put him in possession. London, 8 July 31 Hen. VIII. Signed.
P. 1. Add.
8 July.
R. O.
To-day received his letter of the 5th. Will let him know when Mr. Broke delivers the gelding. Will not complain of ingratitude. Lisle shall have his heart and service without dissimulation, as he has always had. The quails have come for Mr. Pollerd. Several Calais men have come over. Wishes they had come when the bishops were together, for the bp. of Norwich would have been in earnest in these causes. Sent the proclamations yesterday. This day the vicar of Wandsworth (fn. 3) suffered at St. Thomas a Watering, with another priest and two friars, who were hung, drawn, and quartered. God have mercy on them, if it be His pleasure! London, 8 July.
Hol., p. 1. Add. Endd.: 1539.
8 July.
R. O.
I received your letter this morning by Harry Vernam, and will present the quails tomorrow to Mr. Richard Pollerde. I am very glad you have received the 20l. I have delivered to Mr. Rolles your letter and those sent to John Davy and Mr. Harrys, who departed two days ago. Mr. Cosworthe is at the Court, but I will deliver your letter to him at his return. I will deliver the carpet to Harry Vernam, but I think he will scarce find one to "order" it in London. I have received the 20s. for mending your sleeves, and would have sent them before if I could have found a messenger. I send them by Wattys, Mr. Highefylde's servant. London, 8 July.
P.S. I have waited for Wattys two days, but he promises to depart next tide at furthest. Mr. Pollerd has received the quails.
Hol., p. 1. Add.
8 July.
R. O.
According to your command, I spoke to my lord of Hertford, who gave me little comfort, and said he came not to put any man out of wages. I then showed your letter to Mr. Kingston, who said that he wondered, as Lisle was in commission with Hertford, he should have put the writer out and then sent him to Kingston. "And ever, when I spake to the King, he was most against me, in so much the King said 'I have more ado with you Calais men than with all my realm after. Therefore get you home, and if you have done no fault, I think no man will be so hardy to put out none of our servants.'" Barnabe heard the King speak these words and command me, if I were not put in wages again, that the Council should send me to his Grace again with my faults. Desires to know Lisle's wishes in the matter. Is sorry he has spent all his money and cannot come over. 8 July.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: My lord Lysley.
8 July.
R. O.
Rymer, XIV.,
Surrender of the house and all its possessions in cos. Linc., York, and Ntht., and elsewhere in England, Wales, and the Marches thereof. 8 July 1539, 31 Hen. VIII Signed by Joan Tompson, prioress, and seven others. [See Deputy Keeper's Eighth Report, App. II. 24.]
Seal much injured.
Enrolled [Close Roll, p. 2, No. 20] as acknowledged, same day, before John London, clk., King's commissioner.
8 July.
R. O.
Kaulek, 111.
Hearing that the English ambassador is sending an express despatch thither, writes to say he has received Marillac's letter of the 5th. Rochepot's affair will end well if Cromwell's promises take effect and if the English show the same justice as the French use to them. These days past an Englishman came to complain of some depredation, and prompt satisfaction was made him out of the King's money, so that he had no need of long suit and expense. Knows not whether they have been good enough to report this or have concealed it; but Marillac must make them understand it. Francis going to visit Picardy and the frontiers. Hopes to hear certain news from him by the courier lately despatched. Hears the English are surprised that their ambassador was not informed of the despatch of D'Ampont. Had spoken so often of the matter to the said ambassador that he thought it unnecessary. The said courier carries news which he will communicate to the king of England; at least the latter will not complain again of Marillac's having so little to tell him. Has told the general of Normandy to send the 500 crs. Paris, 8 July 1539.
French. Two modern transcripts, pp. 2 each.
8 July.
Poli Epp.,
II. 164.
Wrote on the 4th in reply to Pole's letter received that day; and this is in reply to that of the 14th ult. asking an opinion about coming hither. Not to trust his own judgment, he consulted the Constable, and received formal answer that the King, being ready to execute the matter the Nuncio knew of whenever the Emperor would do so, thought it unadvisable otherwise that Pole should come hither, both to avoid suspicions, and not to give occasion to "the other" (Henry) to prepare himself. When Pole hears from Card. Farnese he will be able to advertise the writer of the Emperor's disposition. Still thinks those here will not fail if the Emperor is well disposed. Paris, 8 July 1539.
The cardinal of St. Andrew's wished to leave, but the Constable asked him to wait for a reply from Rome, Spain, and England.
9 July.
R. O.
Received his letter of the 6th, with that to my lord Privy Seal who is now at Court. Intends to be there on Friday. Edw. Russell shall have at Soberton whatever is meet for him. Will ask Mr. Wryothesley for a nag. Mr. Broke says if I come to him on Sunday I shall have the gelding. Most of the witnesses have been before my lord of Canterbury, the bp. of Chichester and Dr. Gwent; where also were Hare, the Commissary and the other, (fn. 4) and Thos. Broke. My lord of Canterbury asked why Mr. Loveday and Pelham had not come, as they had somewhat to answer. This Mr. Long desired me to let you know. Tomorrow the witnesses shall be examined. I doubt not my lord of Chichester will be vehement in these causes, but am sorry that my lord of Norwich has gone home, for he would have done much good. At their first coming this day to my lord of Canterbury, a naughty priest saluted them, saying "See what a beggarly sort of knaves here are come!" Mr Long took him at his word and told the bp. of Chichester of it, so that he is likely to be punished, not without a cause. I have given Mr. Pollard the 10 doz. quails. London, 9 July.
Hol., p. 1. Sealed. Add.
9 July.
R. O.
Account of a conversation at Cranebroke, on 9 July, between Henry Golborne and Robt. Skarborowe, who said that if the King knew every man's thought, it would make his heart quake.
Skarborowe confesses to this; also that he thought that they that love not the word of God be not the King's friends.
Signed with a cross, and also by John Baker, the attorney general, Thomas Wylford, and Thomas Robertes, justices.
P. 1. Endd.
9 July.
R O.
1240. K. ARUNDELL (fn. 5) to CROMWELL.
My Lord, my brother (fn. 6) has certified me that if I would remit to my lord Marquis 500 marks of my duty, your Lordship would set an order therein. This is a great deal to remit, being all I have to trust to; and, considering my long suit, it would be almost my undoing; for I think I shall have nothing more of my lord my father or any of my kin. I hope, as lady Mawtravers (fn. 7) has her full bargain, that your Lordship will not insist on it. Downeley, 9 July. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Privy Seal. Endd.
9 July.
R. O.
I beg your indulgence for your old servant, John a Borough, who is now here and cannot depart on account of certain affairs committed to him by the King until his Grace's pleasure be further known. Portsmouth, 9 July, 31 Hen. VIII. Signed.
P. 1. Add.
9 July.
R. O.
XIV. 665.
Surrender (by Joan Tompson, prioress, and the convent) of the house and all its possessions in cos. Linc., York, and Ntht., and elsewhere in England, Wales, and the marches thereof. 9 July 1539, 31 Hen. VIII. No signatures. [See Deputy Keeper's Eighth Report, App. II., 35.]
Seal flattened.
Enrolled [Cl. Roll, p. 3, No. 35] as acknowledged, same day, before John London, clk., King's commissioner.
9 July.
R. O.
It was yesterday agreed that you should to-day call before you Mr. Porter and Harry Palmer and dismiss them; but as Mr. Porter is a councillor and Harry Palmer is the greater offender, we submit that the former should be set at liberty and the latter remain prisoner till Saturday next. If Palmer be dismissed before you receive this, be pleased to call him again before you, and command him not to leave the town till Saturday next. I thank you for the trouble you took with me here yesterday. Commend us to my lady "and to Mr. Porter, your prisoner." Guisnes, 9 July 31 Hen. VIII. Signed.
P. 1. Add.
R. O. Bill of receipt by Sir Adrian Fortescu, for rents of his manors of Stonor and Watcombe, Oxon, 1 April 11 Hen. VIII.
Hol., p. 1.
R. O. 2. Three similar receipts 26 April, 26 May, and 26 Oct., 12 Hen. VIII.
R. O. 3. Account book of Fortescu's lands endorsed 12 Hen. VIII.
Narrow paper, pp. 8. Faded.
R. O. 4. Account kept by Sir Adrian Fortescu of receipts of money, travelling and personal expenses in Trinity term, 24 Hen. VIII.
Pp. 5.
R. O. 5. List of tenants of Sir Adrian Fortescue with the length of their terms from Mich. 29 Hen. VIII. in the manors of Watcombe, Sotewell, and Condycote.
P. 1. Endd.
Glad to hear of her welfare. Has sent her a sugar loaf weighing 8lb. 9oz. Gave Ellen Day 12d. to buy her silk, and encloses the rest of her angel, viz. 22d.
P.S. "Ellen Day hath not paid for your shoes, for the shoemaker demandeth for them 10d., and she saith he shall be hanged first."
P. 1. Add.: To my good lady Fortescu, at Bryghtwell parsonage. [Year uncertain].
10 July.
R. O.
St. P. III. 136.
The pretended earl of Desmond has combined with O'Donell and O'Neill to bring in young Gerald and exclude the King from Ireland. The bp. of Rome is author of this, and the king of Scots an abettor, for messengers daily pass from them to Scotland and from thence to Rome. Bp. O Donell has gone to Scotland and is going to Rome. It is suspicious that the king of Scots has twice this year had with him Alexander Carragh, whose father, grandfather, and great grandfather, were slain by the said King's ancestors, and he himself exiled from the Isles. The archbishopric of Thome (Tuam) and other promotions which the King has given under "their" rules are usurped by nominees of the bp. of Rome whom "they" maintain. Fears that if they have outward aid they will also find assistance within the Pale, among Geraldines and papists, by enticement of "Friars Obstinates and other religious persons." James of Desmond, who began this, is at open war with Ormond and Butler and is allied with Sir Thos. Butler, Thos. Thobyn of the Compsinagh, and others dwelling under Ormond's rule in Tipperary. Without assistance Ormond cannot resist them. Advises a naval force to be sent, to land in O'Donell's country, and young Desmond now in the Court to go to Lord Butler's aid with 300 men. No security as long as young Gerald is abroad. If the King were at war with the Scots 1,000 men by sea on this side would do them more hurt than 5,000 there. The 300 soldiers here do no more service than 200 might do, and the 50 in Wexford do more harm than good. Their wages are so small that they pillage the country, and many have neither horse nor harness. Suggests increase of wages, or extra pay in war time, or a new organization (described). The Deputy and Treasurer should not be consulted herein, for they are not indifferent, seeking commodities for themselves and their retinues.
Encloses confessions of two persons, one of whom is in captivity.
In his own hand:—Begs Cromwell's assistance, or he cannot continue in his room as he has begun. Is as meet to have an abbey in farm as some others that have two or three. Dublin, 10 July. Signed.
In Thos. Alen's hand. Add.: Lord Cromwell lord Privy Seal.
R. O.
St. P. III. 139.
2. Confession of Connor More O'Chonnour, messenger to young Gerald, before the lord Chancellor, Treasurer of the Wars, and Sir John White, in Dublin Castle, 17 April 30 Hen. VIII.
Was formerly servant to the Lord Deputy, but joined young Gerald two years ago. Is now sent, by advice of ONeill and ODonell, to ask the Tholes what aid they would give young Gerald in a rising. The Tholes said they, with James of Desmond, the Birnes and Cavanaghes, will aid with all their power; and have written to ONeill and ODonell by their servant Melaghlyn Roo OKelly, who was with the Lord Deputy awhile. The Tholes to have Powerscourt and Fasagh Roo if successful. ONeill would not suffer young Gerald to come to the Deputy and Treasurer when last in the North. Arte Oge Othole's present of a saffron shirt, &c., to young Gerald. Confederacy of ONeill, ODonell, and James of Desmond. Bishop ODonell and the Abbot OSheill went to Scotland last mid-lent. The outbreak to be at Midsummer next. The Great Mac Kare and OSologhon will come to ODonell by sea. Ray mond Keting says Wm. Keting will join ODonell. James FitzGerald, of Hosberteston, said to him "I must help the King; but if ye be stronger than we, we must go with you." Was in Kildare from Easter Day till the Wednesday following, spending the money Therelagh Othole gave him. The dean of Dirrey, who was taken coming from Scotland and released by the Deputy from Dublin Castle, is gone from ODonell to Macdonell, captain of the Isles, for aid. ONeill will proclaim himself king of Ireland if he may come to the hill of Taraghe. They call all Englishmen heretics and the King the worst. They report that the Pope, Emperor, and King of France will invade England and the king of Scots, Ulster. Young Gerald trusts only his uncle the Deputy, and has great faith in Gerald MacGerald.
II. More confessed, 1 July.
Went to Rowland Ewstace, of Mallacasse, for a saffron shirt his wife made for young Gerald, but she would not deliver it until Leverus sent her a privy token for it. John Rowth, of Ballynefragh, by the moor of Allon, promised means to win the castle of Lye. When Prior Walshe and Martin Pelles went from the Deputy to ONeill and ODonell, John Rowth went with them and had secret conference with Leverus and that rabble of traitors, and promised to communicate with them through his kinsman James OBirryn, a scholar, and to deliver the castle of Lye in spite of James FitzGerald, of Hosberton, the constable. Last Lent the lady of Slane gave him 20s. for young Gerald, and both she and Roland Ewstace charged him not to tell young Gerald who sent him anything.
In Thos. Alen's hand.
R. O.
St. P.III. 140.
3. "Confession of Thos. Lynche, of Galway, merchant, late being in ODoneles country with a ship of wines."
"Valiant and honourable lords," I saw James of Desmond's servant with ODonell, Eleanor, and young Gerald. The servant came to make a confederation with ODonell and ONell which was concluded. Saw a priest and another man who brought letters from this quarter to Eleanor and young Gerald. The man never left his chamber in the castle, and his name is William. The priest is from Clonowres alias Brymyiames country, vicar of Ardarde or Arriarde or some such name. Was told they were the bp. of Kildare's servants. Messengers frequenting Eleanor, young Gerald, James Delahide, and master Lurouxe, among them Tirlaugh Othole's. The king of Scots afraid to send men. Daily preaching against the King and his true subjects. Plan of compaign, ONeill to attack the Pale, ODonell to come through Connaught, and Desmond to be troubling the earl of Ossory. Their continual espial upon the Deputy's movements and the worthlessness of the Deputy's men.
Advises an attack by sea upon ODonell's country. A ship of Bristol is now there at Asserowe and will stay two months getting salmon: her master, John Kate, could show when the time suited, for he is well beloved of the said Eleanor and understands Irish.
10 July.
R. O.
1246. [LORD LISLE] to the BP. OF NORWICH.
On behalf of Sir Gregory Buttolff, who has been his chaplain a long while without any preferment. He is a man of good learning and honest behaviour, and wishes to reside near his native place. Asks the Bishop to be a mean to Mr. Godsalff to grant him his interest in the benefice of Leystof. Calais, 10 July 1539.
P. 1. Add. See No. 1201.
10 July.
Calig., E. I.,
II., 113.
B. M.
Thanks the King and Cromwell for accepting his services "as though the same were done in all perfection," while he knows his only merit is his sincerity. Is writing to the King. Could not set forth the effect of his Grace's letters touching the ambassador of Hungary, who, as the letters he has already written and the credence sent by that ambassador's Hungarian servant (fn. 8) will have led Cromwell to expect, had departed. Lest the King, however, be too liberal to the Hungarian, sends some secret information given him by the Venetian ambassador, which was confirmed by the ambassador of Ferrara, who tells him that the money disbursed by the French king—no exceeding great sum—was a debt incurred by his support of the king John against Ferdinand. King John had nearly forfeited his claim by making peace with Ferdinand against the will of Francis; "but the thing hath been so long forborne, so oft sent for, and now demanded by this ambassador of Hungary, bringing six camels, and promising to continue confederate and great ally with the French king, that somewhat is obtained, but not so much as was spoken at the first and confirmed by the ambassador himself."
Young Mr. Hennage, after his arrival at Calais, made great diligence in his journey to deliver the King's letters and your lordship's to me; which he did, 4 July. He came from Calais in a day and a night. Paris, 10 July.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: my lord Privy Seal.
10 July.
R. O.
I received your letter by Mr. Hennege, but had not then received the letter with 3 cr. mentioned therein. I immediately went to William Le Gras, who said he had received the box with your letters three weeks ago by Jaques de Four his son, and gave me them with the money. There are no English Bibles to be had here, for those that are begun are not perfect and they will let no man see what is done. Send me word how otherwise to bestow your money. Paris, 10 July 1539.
Hol., p. 1. Addressed in English and French.


  • 1. John Leland, the antiquary.
  • 2. This letter was wrongly noticed in the year 1538 in Vol. XIII. Pt. I., No. 1331.
  • 3. John Griffith, chaplain to the marquis of Exeter. Wriothesley's chronicle notes this execution almost in the same words as this letter, but Stow has it, "Griffith Clearke, vicar of Wandsworth, with his chaplain and his servant, and friar Waire, were all four hanged," &c. Stow's authority, doubtless, spoke of "Griffith, clerk." In the Valor Ecclesiasticus, II. 66, his name is given as John Gruffe.
  • 4. William Smith.
  • 5. Katharine Fitz-Alan, second daughter of William earl of Arundel, whose marriage with Henry marquis of Dorset had been arranged many years before. See Vol. VII. Nos. 153, 1657, and Vol. XIII., Pt. II., No. 83.
  • 6. Henry lord Maltravers, eldest son of the earl of Arundel.
  • 7. Katharine, sister of Henry, marquis of Dorset.
  • 8. Meaning Peter de Baba. See No. 1167.