Letters and Papers: October 1539, 11-15

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Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 14 Part 2, August-December 1539. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1895.

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October 1539

11 Oct.
R. O.
I have received your letter intimating that the Queen [of Hungary] will send a gentleman to conduct the ambassador of the dukes of Saxony and Cleves through the Emperor's countries.
I have no news yet from her Majesty. The count Palatine told me by word of mouth that when he returned to Court, he would call upon the Queen to send the said gentleman, but he is not yet come. I will inform you when he arrives. Gravelines Castle, 11 Oct., 1539.
I have sent for madame de Tour, who is at St. Omer, in order that she and we may fulfil our promise to visit you next week. Signed.
Fr., p. 1. Add.
12 Oct.
R. O.
Received his letters and fulfilled their contents yesterday. Sent John Pryntare to London with Harry Pepwell. "Bonare and Tabbe, of Powlles churchyard, stationers, to order him at your pleasure." Never heard of the little book of detestable heresies till the stationers showed it me. Has borrowed the book that the learned persons about him may answer it. Search shall be made for other copies. 12 Oct.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
12 Oct.
R. O.
316. THIBAULT ROUAULT [Sieur de Riou] to LADY LISLE.
I have returned from Court where I have been given a goshawk (autour) which I send you. If my lord Deputy or you would like another I will endeavour to procure one. I should be glad if you could get me a couple of greyhounds; for during these wars I have lost all mine. Pont de Remy, 12 Oct. Signed.
If lord Lisle sees the present, my wife and I send compliments to him.
Fr., p. 1. Add.:
12 Oct.
R. O.
317. JENNE DE SAVEUSES [Madame de Riou] to LADY LISLE.
Mons. de Ryou, on his return from Court, has obtained a goshawk, which I send you. I send my news by the bearer, as I am at present troubled with much business and am very often ill. I beg you will excuse me if I do not write more frequently. I beg for news of Mademoiselle Anne. Pont de Remy, 12 Oct. Signed.
Fr., p. 1. Add.
12 Oct.
R. O.
Thanks him for all his goodness. Thanks also Thos. Sherle, who writes frequently "how good my good lord is unto him, and you also." Desires him to procure a licence for a friend of the Portuguese ambassador here to carry out of Ireland certain hawks according to his writing sent herewith. Has written to my lord Privy Seal about it. Desires commendations to Mr. Thos. Solyman and Drs. Belisses, Petre and Cave, and also to Mr. Richard and others in my lord's house, as Mr. Tomyowe, the steward. Compiegne, 12 Oct.
By the words "douze haultours," the ambassador means 12 goshawks. Begs him also to help Nic. Norry alias Calais, (fn. 1) who has done Bonner much pleasure, to the wages of his office, and to further his other suits.
Hol., p. 1. Endd.: The elect of London.
12 Oct.
R. O.
Has received his letters of 26 Sept. and 4 Oct., about the king of England's marriage to the sister of the duke of Cleves, "et l'occasion de la (sic) du Comte Palatin." Bearer, who has been here some days, will tell the news. Compiegne, 12 Oct.
French. Modern transcript, p. 1.
13 Oct. 320.BISHOPRIC of LONDON.
See GRANTS in OCTOBER, No. 10.
See GRANTS in OCTOBER, No. 11.
13 Oct.
R. O.
I have received your letters enclosing a bill by the inhabitants of Romysley, Salop, willing me to call the said inhabitants and their parson of Alveley and take order therein. The said benefice is out of my jurisdiction and under the lord Chancellor of England, wherein I would be loth to meddle without commission. The parson of Alvely is chaplain to Sir Richard Long, and follows the Court, so that I cannot call him. Montgomery, 13 Oct. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Crumwell, lord Privy Seal. Endd.
[13 Oct.]
R. O.
I thank your Lordship for moving my lord Privy Seal "in my matter of Mr. Butler's dealing with me." I now learn that all his land is in recovery to the King's use till a certain sum of money be paid, so that neither I, "his said son," nor my daughter can have any jointure thereof. Mr. Butler's son is a kinsman of yours by the Lees of Bradley; wherefore he causes me to write to you the more boldly for your favour to him and me. Please write in his favour to my lord Privy Seal to find means that the King's money may be paid. At my marriage with Mr. Butler he and four knights were bound to Sir John Duddeley and my brother Sir George Greysley to fulfil certain obligations specified in a pair of indentures which I kept in a coffer in my chamber; which coffer was broken and the obligation taken forth by his command, so that without your letter to the lord Privy Seal my daughter is undone, for he has had all her marriage money bequeathed to her by her father. Please date your letter seven days hereafter "whereas your Lordship do think to be at that time," for my daughter is so great bellied that I must make small jorneys. Colton, St. Edward's Day (fn. 2) last past. Signed.
Pp. 2. Endd.
13 Oct.
Harl. MS.
B. M.
List of persons admitted to Sanctuary at Beverley from the time of Edward IV. to 13 Oct. 31 Hen. VIII., with two pages of entries giving later dates down to 1556.
On parchment, pp. 70.
13 Oct.
R. O.
On behalf of the bearers, who, on Saturday last, were discharged from their rooms and wages by the lord Deputy, for what cause is not known. If they are not men of honesty, they do not only beguile us, but also the most part of the town, and no men are better furnished in their rooms to serve the King. Calais, 13 Oct. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
I have dismissed Geoffrey Loveday and John Browne, men-at-arms here, William Stevyns, vintner, Pellham, constable, and Henry Tourney, soldier at 8d. a day; but, according to your letter sent by Lark, I have retained the said rooms in my hand till I know the King's pleasure. The said persons have this day departed into England, and intend to make suit for their rooms to the King and my lord Privy Seal. I beg you, therefore, to do what seems discreet in avoiding them from this town, for you know they are very unmeet men, and if they return, it will not only sound much against your honour and mine, but give courage to others to vilipend us and the Council. I think, if the King do not see what is laid to their charge, they will return, but I care the less, because I trust I shall not remain here long.
Draft, p. 1. Endd.: To lord Sandys, lord Chamberlain.
13 Oct.
Briefe, v. 209.
Castelnovo won by the Turk. The Pope and Emperor have had an embassy with the Turks for peace and been refused. Next summer the Turk will very likely get Sicily, Naples, and Rome itself. Yet our Emperor, King, and Princes say it is because they are too tolerant of us! France is in bad relations with the Emperor; England stands by itself, takes away the Pope's name and property, but strengthens his doctrine and abominations. In short, the Devil everywhere shows himself the ruler of this world. * * * We have had extraordinary wind and rain for six weeks past, and many people drowned. One must think this portends something, and certainly no good. Monday after St. Dionysius, 1539.
14 Oct.
R. O.
Kaulek 135.
Nothing material has occurred since he wrote on the 3rd; but this King has announced to him his marriage with Anne of Cleves, concluded with the ambassadors of the duke of Cleves, who left eight days ago to conduct the lady to Calais by land; for the Admiral's voyage is stopped, to avoid danger and trouble to the ladies, the Count Palatine having undertaken to procure a safe conduct to the duke of Cleves for the conductors of this new queen of England, who is expected in a month. The King also said that the Count Palatine came only for aid against him (fn. 3) who detains prisoner the king of Denmark, his father-in-law, showing the piteous condition of the said King, and his own poverty to be such that he could not without other aid release him (par laquelle il ne le pouvait sortir de captivitésans aultre moyen que le sien); to which request this King could not listen because of his leagues with German powers who are allied to him who usurps Denmark. The Count departed two days before the aforesaid ambassadors, the more disappointed (as Marillac is informed) because, before speaking to the King, he had heard of the conclusion of the marriage afore-mentioned, and, like a person of spirit, would not after that propose the duchess of Milan, as he would willingly have done. This agrees with the letters of some of the principal merchants of Flanders, of credit in the household of the queen of Hungary, who have written to other merchants who are French subjects, in secret words, that if the Count Palatine was successful with the king of England (meaning as to the marriage of the said Duchess), French subjects there could be warned to retire in the month of March, for the war would be in France on two sides, i.e., from the Emperor and from England; but if not, they might be sure the Emperor would be compelled to surrender what Francis demands. Does not write to the King (Francis), having nothing important to say. Asks that his cousin may be sent back soon. London, 14 Oct. 1539.
French. Two modern transcripts, pp. 3 and pp. 4. Docketed: Envoyépar ung courier de Boulogne.
14 Oct.
R. O.
Received, 13 Oct., Cromwell's letters dated Grafton 4 Sept., concerning the dispute between Anthony Cope and him. Will write at once to his attorney to surcease all actions anempst Cope. Is sorry Cope has complained, seeing the wrong he does the Bishop's tenants by inclosing their land. Of that and other wrongs Cromwell will hear this term. When at Banbury last Lent he appointed to meet Cope in Easter term and settle the matter privately; but Cope never came, and when the Bp. wrote he had no answer. Northampton, 14 Oct., "where I was to have given the oaths unto the commissioners of that shire," according to the King's precept by a potestatem dedimus. There are not more than four of them at present in the shire. My chancellor shall attend for the performance of the precept at their coming home. Signed.
Pp. 2. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
14 Oct.
Royal MS.
18 B. VI., 66b.
B. M.
330. [JAMES V. to HENRY VIII.]
Has received his letters dated Windsor, 29 Sept., commending James' zeal in the administration of justice, and reminding him of an overture heretofore made to him by Rothissay that Henry should join with him in the correction of offenders and appoint commissioners to meet with his upon the Borders. Henry writes also that he has charged his officers to apprehend all Scotch rebels taking refuge in England and desires James to do the like. Will carefully consider how to carry out Henry's wishes, and has meanwhile given corresponding orders to his wardens about rebels. Falkland, 14 Oct., 27 James V.
Copy, pp. 2.
14 Oct.
R. O.
I thank you for your letter received this morning. I have communicated it to Madam de Touar, who sends compliments to you and my lady, as my wife also does. Your excuses are reasonable, as the King must be served first. Madame de Touar and I are quite willing to wait 9 or 10 days more, and will visit you whenever you please to notify us. I request your leave to buy in Calais 100 qrs. of English malt for brewing. Gravelines Castle, 14 Oct. 1539. Signed.
Fr., p. 1. Add.
14 Oct.
R. O.
332. ANNE ROUAUD (Madame de Bours) to LADY LISLE.
I was very glad of the bearer's passing this way, who says that Mons. de Ryou, my good brother, sends him with a goshawk (autour) to my lord. I have long wished to get one for you. I beg you to send me your news. Some time since, certain gentlemen passed here who said you had made them good cheer, and that you wished to see me. I am equally anxious to see you. Montmorency expected to have gone thither when the musters were made at Boulogne, but was prevented by a good company of gentlemen coming hither. I thank you for the greyhound you sent me by Mons. de Warennes. I have made a present [of it ?] to Mons. d'Agincourt who was very glad. I am anxious to know if my lord has returned from England. Montmorency thanks you for his greyhound. Gaissart, 14 Oct. Signed.
I beg to be commended to your daughters, especially to la mienne.
Fr., p. 1. Add.
14 Oct.
R. O.
Kaulek 135.
Cannot add to what the King writes, who is pleased with Marillac's ample report of occurrences. The amity with the Emperor could not be better. M. de Lavaur is gone to be resident ambassador with the Emperor in place of the late M. de Tarbe, and M. le Mareschal d'Annebault takes the place of the late M. de Montejan (fn. 4) : a loss of two personages at one time which is not a little regrettable. Promises friendship and money, but Marillac must be moderate in his expenses, for he is there to serve the King, not to gratify people. Compiègne, 14 Oct.
French. Three modern transcripts. each pp. 2.
Came to Bolyn sore sick and would I were again in Calais. I am half in despair of my life. Should be of better cheer if I had some Englishman with me. I have much money of other men's,—some of yours,—and cannot tell what shall become of me. If you write to my lord my master, beg him to send hither some honest man to take account of this money. Commendations to Lady Wallop. At Bollen, a-bed.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Sir Joan Wa[llop], lieutenant of the Castle in Calais. Endd.: Mr. Bekinsall to Sir John Wallopp: and by the same hand in another place: Mr. Bekynsall to my L. P. S.
14 Oct.
Briefe, V. 210.
* * * As to the King of England, I fear your hope is groundless. We heard the English themselves, while they were here, complain of their King and admire our liberty. He had an ambassador in those days with our Prince, but he neither brought anything nor took back anything that gave the slightest hope. The Lord direct his heart with all other Kings to his glory !
* * *
St. Calixtus' day, 16 April 1539. (fn. 5)
R. O. 336. HORSES.
"The book of all my lord's (fn. 6) horses, geldings, mares, and mules," made 15 Oct. 31 Hen. VIII., by Ric. Belson.
A list of nearly 100 horses, with names written opposite; among which names are Welshe, Tregunwell, Mr. R. Crumwell, Ringley, Barantyne, Wylliams, Candysshe, Sturton, Pawlet, London, Carnyby, Bryan, Wharton, Horsley, Sowthwell, Duglas, Anguysshe, &c.
Pp. 6. Mutilated.
15 Oct.
R. O.
Has delivered to my lord Privy Seal the two brass falcons with the charger, rammer and molde, and set them in the court at the Friars Augustines within my lord's house right against the gate, so that, when he came from the Court and descended from his mule, he viewed them and said they were very pretty, commanding them to be stowed under his great chamber. I send my lady's bonnet and Mrs. Honor's cap. The liveries shall be sent in Philip Crayer's ship by Davy on the 17th. There is one for gentlemen, three for yeomen, and one for grooms. I have been with the master of the Mint for your acquittance for the coining irons. The Easterlings say that for your sake they will take some honest end with Duckyngton. Would be glad the affair with my lord Privy Seal was finished. Will send the ling, "haberdeyn" and stockfish, but the great store is not yet come to this city. I would gladly hear how you have "done with your commission for the Friars there." London, 15 Oct.
Hol., p. 1. Sealed. Add.
15 Oct.
R. O.
Enclose a letter from my lady Butler against her husband, (fn. 7) whose unthriftiness will never cease. I beg your favour for her, the "rarer" at my desire. 15 Oct., from Montgomery.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.: Bishop of Chester.


  • 1. Apparently Nicholas Fairlewe, or Fellow, who was still Calais pursuivant when he was killed at the loss of Calais in 1558. He seems to have been the successor of Martin Maroffe, who was made Rougedragon on the 4 March, 1539. Noble does not mention him as Norroy, but William Fellows, or Felowe, who was certainly so appointed in July 1536. See Vol. XI., No. 202 (46).
  • 2. Translation of St. Edward, King and Confessor, 13 Oct.
  • 3. King Christian III. of Denmark.
  • 4. As governor of Piedmont.
  • 5. The Editor tells us that the date 16 April is in another hand. It is clearly wrong, as the Editor himself discovered. The 16 April was the day of St. Callistus not St. Calixtus, and internal evidence shows that the latter is the true date, as there is an allusion in the earlier part of the letter to six weeks of unusually stormy weather, which is also mentioned in Luther's letter to Duke Albert of Prussia the day before (No. 327).
  • 6. "Crumwell's" interlined in a later hand.
  • 7. No. 323.