Letters and Papers: July 1539, 16-20

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

16 July.
Aarsberetninger IV.
1273. CHRISTIAN III., to DR. BARNES. (fn. 1)
His servant Ant. Furerer has brought letters from the King of England of which he encloses a copy. Showed in his last answer and commission that he intended to communicate with the duke of Saxony and landgrave of Hesse before giving a fuller answer; and, immediately after they (the ambassadors, Barnes and St. Leger) left, sent his secretary, Caspar Fuchsius, to these princes. He has not returned, nor is the cause of his delay known. Upon his return will write to Barnes at Hamburg, or, if his business has taken him elsewhere, will send an answer into England to the King. Ex arce nostra Calundeburgo, 16 July 1539.
Latin. The original is docketed: "Schreiben dem Engellischen doctor ghein Hamburgk gethan vf Thoniges furierers einbringen."
See GRANTS in JULY, No. 39.
17 July.
Vesp. F. XIII.
B. M.
Ellis, 1 S. II.
Has this day 16 July (fn. 2) received his lordship's letter, dated at Oking the 9th, communicating the contents of the King's letters from Master Wottun and the bp. of Hereford. Is as glad of the resolution of the duke of Cleves' mother as of anything since the birth of the Prince. The King could not marry anywhere with less prejudice to his succession. Is glad to hear that the French King begins to be gentle. Thinks the amity of Aqua Mortis will not long endure, and Cromwell is likely to prove a prophet. Doubts not his lordship remembers Shen and will accomplish it when opportunity offers. Intends to see the King and Cromwell within a week. Wollfall, 17 July.
Hol., p. 1. Original address copied in modern hand: To my very good lord Privy Seal.
17 July.
R. O.
1276. ROBT. KYNGE, (fn. 3) late abbot of Walden, to CROMWELL.
Desires only to be set out of danger of the King's laws, either as a layman or in (after some fashion) the state that he is in now, and so released from the fear he has long been in. Tynby, 17 July.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: lord Privy Seal. Sealed. Endd.
17 July.
Poli Epp.,
II. 162.
Three days ago wrote him a long and careful letter. Can with difficulty explain himself in this matter, and would rather have leisure to pray to God than to serve Him among the people of the world. Yesterday had a letter from the Nuncio in France of the 8th, saying that the French King would be very pleased with Pole's coming, if he came "ben resoluto"; but that otherwise it would only make the King of England suspicious and do no good. If, therefore, the Pope decides upon his going, the King of France must be brought to favour him in all respects, especially as regards his personal safety (per tutti li rispetti, e massime per la sicurtà della vita mia). Money also would be necessary, for in travelling there are great expenses and he has not a "quattrino." His present company is too small for such a country.
Are all well, and at the Friars, who are very worthy people. Often sees Sadolet. Describes how Messer Alvise studies philosophy and history and practises agriculture. Messer Alvise, the Abbot, (fn. 4) and the rest kiss their hands to him. Salutations to the good Padre Maestro, (fn. 5) M. Galeazzo and M. Danesio. (fn. 6) Carpentras, 16 July 1539.
Encloses copy of the letter from France. Has received his of the 2nd, and with it the letter from Ireland, by which Contarini may have seen how the good gentleman who wrote to Pole was preparing to raise war in Ireland. The cause of this is the rumour these princes raise that they intend to make the enterprise; and if "we" do nothing the subjects will only be the more oppressed by that tyranny. Advises him to send his book to Pighius. As to his own (fn. 7) which Il Ramberti (fn. 8) wishes to have, many have made the same request, but he will not send it until he has added to it a few sheets that he is writing here. (fn. 9) 17 July.
17 July.
III. 743.
* * * Philippus (Melancthon) has written to me that a decree [is] made in England for the retention of the old abuses; it is a capital [crime] to refuse to dissolve matrimony contracted in violation of vows. Alesius has escaped and is now at Wittenberg. Antonius Barnes is at Hamburg and dare not return to the realm, although he is the King's ambassador. Many good men are in danger. * * * Leipsic, die quinta post Margarithae, 1539.
Lat. Add.: Pastor of Gotha.
18 July.
R. O.
1279. JULIAN NERINY (fn. 10) (?) to DR. BELLOUS.
Expected him according to his promise to come and tell him where he should make his "proves." Complains that he has, in the name of my lord, forbidden merchants who hold money of his to pay him. Thinks his goods should not be restrained "by the favour of my lord ambassador," considering that he owes nothing except upon a surmised thing never like to be proved, and he is a prisoner under sureties. Begs him to petition "my lord your master" for redress. London, Friday, 18 July 1539.
Has only 2,400 cr. of which he owes John Chappony, 800 cr. Signed.
Pp. 2. Add.
18 July.
R. O.
Certificate that he has taken the surrenders and assigned the pensions following: and will shortly bring in the surrenders and his own accounts.
Priories in Lincolnshire:—
Kyme:—Ralph Farfaxe, prior (in consideration that he redeemed his house, and left it out of debt and is an honest priest), 30l.; John Farman, John Wake, John Brice, John Favell, John Baxter, Ric. Browne and Oliver Elwarde, aged men, 5l. 6s. 8d. each; Robt. Ellyngton and Robt. Lunde, young men, 5l. each.
Haynynges:—Jane Stanforde, prioress, 6l. 13s. 4d.; Marg. Tyndall and Joan Duffelde, aged women, 33s. 4d. each; Joan Amcettes, Jane Amcettes, Isabel Lyndley, Eliz. Reder, Eliz. Burghe, Joan Clayton, Marg. Nelson, Marg. Mershall, and Agnes Nuttynge, young women, 30s. each.
Fosse:—Agnes Marr, prioress, 33s. 4d.; Alice Curstone, Kath. Amyas. Grace Wise Agnes Wilkyn, Jane Bilbye, Joan Osgorbye, and Cecily Stuarde, 16s. 8d. each.
Irfurthe:—Joan Tompson, prioress, 5l. Marg. Hatcliffe, 40s., Joan Dokett, Joan Oldman, Cicely Torner, Alice Chapman, Kath. Morelde, and Elyn Dawber, 26s. 8d.
Nuncotton:—Joan Tompson, prioress, 6l., Alice Colman and Alice Passmire, 40s. each; Eleanor Heliarde and Eliz. Skypwithe, 33s. 4d. each; Alice Fedell, Joan Bruane, Dorothy Bucke, Alice Robynson, Marg. Tanson, Marg. Hostybye, Isabel Eursbye, Marg. Dynwell, and Marg. Jacklynge, 30s. each.
All these pensions to be paid at Michaelmas and Lady Day by equal portions; and as the King shall receive Michaelmas' rent and the parties be at the cost of coming to London to sue for assurance of their pensions, I assigned the first payment to be at Michaelmas. Lincoln, 18 July. Signed.
Pp. 3. Add.: Chancellor of Augmentations.
18 July.
R. O.
XIV. 660.
Surrender of the house and all its possessions in cos. Notts, Linc. and Derb., and elsewhere in England, Wales, and the marches thereof, 18 July 1539, 31 Hen. VIII. Signed by Thos. Woodcokk, prior, and 7 others. [See Deputy Keeper's Eighth Report, App. II. 9.]
Seal injured.
Enrolled [Close Roll, p. 2, No. 19] as acknowledged, same day, before John London, clk., King's commissioner.
18 July.
Acts of the
P. of Se., II.
Held at Edinburgh, 18 July 1539, by lords commissioners, viz. Jas. earl of Moray, Jas. earl of Arran, Geo. earl of Rothes, Gilbert, earl of Cassillis, Walter lord of St. John's, Rob. lord Maxwell, Alex. abbot of Cambuskenneth, and others named.
Summons of treason against James Colvil, of Est Wemys, kt., for assisting Archd. Douglas, then of Kilspindy. He submits to the King.
18 July.
Poli Epp.,
II. 165.
He and Sadolet have written, on behalf of the poor men of this country who are much vexed by the Jews, to Card. Farnese to move his Holiness that the demands these Jews shall make at Rome against these poor men may not be heard; because this year the grain gathered will be scarcely enough for seed. Asks his favour in this. Carpentras, 18 July 1539.
Has just received a letter from the Emperor in reply to his condolence upon the death of the Empress. In it the Emperor mentions only that "our" business is deferred until he has spoken with Card. Farnese.
18 July.
Poli Epp.,
II. 166.
Has seen his letter to Sadolet touching the lawsuit (lis) his nephew has with Barth. Stella, asking Sadolet to move Pole to let the case be referred to the judge as the adversary declines to pay even the sum that Pole awarded as arbitrator. Is willing to do so if the adversary also be released from the conditions under which he accepted arbitration. Refers to details of which the bp. of Acqui (Aquensis) (fn. 12) and Dom. Durantes, (fn. 13) bp. of Alghero (Algerensis) are witnesses. Regrets that Ennius suspects him of partiality. Carpentras, 18 July 1539.
Poli Fpp.,
II. 174.
Replies briefly to his letter on the above lawsuit, in which the card. of Veroli wished him to pronounce judgment. Hopes the Cardinal will still abide by his promises. Carpentras, 18 July 1539.
19 July.
Close Roll,
31 Hen. VIII.
p. 3, No. 28.
Grant to the Crown by Thomas, the prior, and the convent of Christchurch, Canterbury, of the manor of Merstham, Surr., with all appurtenances in Merstham and Charlewood, Surr. Chapter house of Christchurch, 19 July 31 Hen. VIII.
With mem. of acknowledgment, 20 July 31 Hen. VIII., in their chapter house before Chr. Hales, master of the Rolls.
19 July.
R. O.
Yesternight, your servant, my wife's brother, brought me your letter in his favour for the clerkship of the peace in Kent, of which office you write that you know not why I have discharged him. The truth is, he, being in Greys Inn many years, used generally to ride with me when I went homewards and seemed "more desirous to be thence than there." Seeing this, I counselled him to apply himself there to learning, gave him 10 marks a year to his exhibition, and made him that occupied the clerkship to bear the charge thereof while your said servant bore the name; nevertheless, he continued to be idle. I paid him regularly until the end of the Parliament of Anno 27, (fn. 15) when a statute was made about the enrolment of sales of land, in which the clerk of the peace in every shire was compelled to take knowledge of every deed enrolled. I was then obliged to discharge him, but paid him for one year after. Hakynton beside Canterbury, St. Margaret's Eve. Signed: Christofer Hales, k
Hol., pp. 2. Add.: lord Cromwell, Keeper of the Privy Seal. Endd.
19 July.
R. O.
1288. THOMAS JEFFRYS, Mayor of Bristol, to CROMWELL.
Begs Cromwell for a restraint of the lading of corn for Ireland and parts beyond the sen, as the price rises daily and the town is in danger of scarcity. Wheat has already risen 4d. a bushel, and malt 2d. Bristol, 19 July. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: lord Privy Seal.
At the bottom of the letter is written in another hand: "Ye shall receive restraints for such things as are contained here."
19 July.
R. O.
It pleased your lordship to obtain the preferment of the farm of the site and demesnes of Wigmore, to this bearer my friend and "alliance," (fn. 16) who is now minded to purchase them and have the parsonage of Lentwarden in farm. Forasmuch as my niece, his son's wife, has brought into the world a fair boy, for whose preferment the purchase shall take effect, I beg your help to get it of the chancellor of the Augmentations or by the King's grant. No news: the county of Chester, we, at our late being there, have set in good stay. Momgomrey, 19 July. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Crumwell lord Privy Seal.
20 July.
R. O.
1290. RICHARD [SAMPSON], Bp. of Chichester, to LORD LISLE.
Will not repeat what be said in his last letter to the Council there. Hopes he offended none by speaking plainly. Lisle will learn by a common letter from my lord of Canterbury and others the conclusion of his matters here. Finds fault with Lisle's last letter to the Abp. that he did not use the accustomed style of "grace" &c. This has been taken notice of. Broke is in the Fleet till after All Hallow's tide. "The Commissary before Easter at the first shall not come to you. I trust my lord will provide some honest man to be there." Lisle will learn by their common letter what is to be done with Hare, Jacob, (fn. 17) and the curate (fn. 18) now sent to you. "Of the rest of your great doctors there ye have such a bridle that I trust both ye shall be in quietness and they shall reform themselves." Has written more to Mr. Wallop. London, 20 July.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: At Calais.
20 July.
R. O.
Yesterday Ralph Hare had his penance enjoined him, to bear a faggot at Calais; the Fleming to bear another at Marke. The parish priest is to preach in the Market Place, and renounce all his false doctrines, and is also to make another sermon at Marke. The Commissary is enjoined not to come to Calais till after Easter without the King's special licence; "so that if [any]thing can be laid to him to make answer he must abide the trial spite of his teeth, I trust there will be matter enough found for him to bring him to be in number with his fellows, or else by my faith I would be right sorry." Mr. Broke and his man are commanded to the Fleet to be tried between this and Christmas. Mr. Prior, the bearer, can inform Lisle further. Has received of Mr. Pope the 50l. this day. Paid his fee 13s. 4d. and 3s. 4d. to his man, Ric. Huchenson, to have good money. There is no remedy for this if you would have good money and avoid delays. Would like to pay the draper out of it. His liveries are ready. Is going to Court to hear my lord Admiral's conclusion touching Porchester and Bere. Will then visit my lord Privy Seal and remind him of your licence. London, 20 July.
Hol., p. 1. Add.
20 July.
Add. MS.
28,591, f. 194,
B. M.
* * *
Disappointment of the Pope that the Emperor will not decide to forbid commerce to the King of England, when the French King has offered in this to do all the Emperor does, and the King of England continues in his misdeeds and cruelties, and has now sentenced to death the mother of Card. Pole. The Pope's saying that the Christian princes are in such a case bound to obey the bidding of the Apostolic See: and that any one of them might excuse himself to the said King by saying he is bound to obey that bidding if the said King perseveres in his perfidy and disobedience; and that this matter of the commerce was not an enterprise nor a taking up of arms. Replied, as before, that the Emperor wanted no good will to the remedy, but that the forbidding of commerce was like a commencement of war and an occasion for the Lutherans and the said King to unite more openly, to the detriment of Christendom, which was at present in such danger from the Turk, and the coming of Barbarossa with such a powerful army; also, that if commerce were forbidden in Flanders it would continue with the heretics of Germany, and with Gueldres. Suspected however that the Pope's discontent was due to private reasons and not to the matter of England, and though his Holiness said the Cardinal (Farnese) wrote nothing of marriages, the duke of Castro says the said Cardinal wrote that he had proposed that of France and had been put off.
Camarino and affairs of the duchess of Florence. The Emperor coming to Italy on his way to Germany. Venice, &c. Rome, 20 July, 1539.
Spanish. Modern copy from Simancas, pp. 14.


  • 1. "Doctori Authonio Barnes (sic), serenissimi regis Angliæ oratori."
  • 2. Misread by Ellis "the xijth of Juli."
  • 3. Otherwise called Robert Baryngton, by which name he signed himself when he acknowledged the Supremacy in 1534. See Vol. VII., No. 1,024 (2).
  • 4. Of San Saluto, doubtless.
  • 5. Thomas Badia, Master of the Sacred Palace.
  • 6. Pierre Danès, the French Hellenist.
  • 7. His book de Unitate Ecclesiastica.
  • 8. Benedetto Ramberti, who wrote "Libri tre delle cose de Turchi," printed by the Aldine house at Venice in 1539. See Vol. XII., Pt. I., No. 82.
  • 9. Probably the address to the Emperor (No. 200), which in that case has been placed a few months too early.
  • 10. Doubtless the Florentine mentioned in Marillac's letters, Nos. 660 and 807.
  • 11. Ennius Filonardi, bp. of Veroli, created Cardinal in 1538.
  • 12. Petrus Vorstius, bp. of Acqui.
  • 13. Durante de Duranti, afterwards Cardinal.
  • 14. The commencement and end of this document, with the memorandum, are printed in Rymer XIV., p. 658, but not the substance of the grant.
  • 15. Stat. 27 Hen. VIII., c. 16.
  • 16. John Bradshaw, see Vol. XIII. Part II. Nos. 868 and 1008.
  • 17. The Barber of Marke.
  • 18. Wm. Smith, curate of Our Lady church in Calais.