Letters and Papers: November 1539, 1-5

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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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November 1539

1 Nov.
R. O.
Enclose examination of Edmond Troman, whom they send to Cromwell. This morning Sir John Seyntclere sent for the chaplain and him and John Laurence and exhorted them to declare what words they had heard the abbot speak of the King, and also if they knew of any money, plate, or jewels embezzled by the abbot. Trowman, calling Sir John apart, showed him everything as in his examination. He did not then know of the abbot's confession. He was yesterday to give attendance at Cromwell's place until he became "it" (ill?) at ease. Allhallow day. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.: Mr. Polsted and Mr. Comptroller.
R. O. 2. Examination of Edmond Troman, at Brendwood, 1 Nov., 31 Hen. VIII., before Sir John Seyntclere, and others.
Has been in the abbot of Colchester's service ever since he was made abbot. About 12 months past, the abbot delivered to him two standing cups gilt, with covers, and other plate, in a coffer now in his house, the key whereof he has delivered to Sir John Seyntcler and others. There is also 40l. in money in the said coffer in two bags sealed. Eight or nine days past the abbot, in coming to London, delivered to him a trussing coffer, saying it contained spoons and other trifles. The abbot never said to what purpose he delivered the money and plate in the coffer; but said he would he had the 40l. in pence to distribute to poor people. One Edward ap Griffith was "accounsaill" (of counsel) in all these things. The abbot did not tell him why he delivered the trussing coffer. The abbot, six or seven days before he came up last to London, delivered to examinat six printed books and three albes for a priest, which remain with his wife.
When examined before the lord Privy Seal, was so troubled that he only remembered the money which he had in London. "Isterday" he was at the lord Privy Seal's with the chaplain and John Laurence; but, feeling unwell, he had to retire, or else he would have told all this.
Has a box of covenants between the abbot and Mr. Harrys, which the latter delivered to him about Easter was twelve month.
Signed: John Seyncler—John Ryther—Herry Polsted.
Pp. 3.
1 Nov.
R. O.
The deposition of Edmund Trowman, servant to the abbot of Colchester, taken 1 Nov. 31 Hen. VIII.
Examined whether he has heard the said abbot say "All things that the King's Highness and his Council did was all naught." Has heard the abbot say, [at] Colchester, divers times within the last year, that the King could not lawfully suppress any house of religion above the yearly value of 300 mks.; that he himself would never surrender his house to the King and would die sooner than forsake his living, and he wished every other abbot was of his mind. Never heard the abbot say anything against the King in the advancement of the bp. of Rome. Never heard the abbot say the bp. of Rome was immediate successor to St. Peter. Examined whether he heard the abbot say "God will take vengeance for the dissolving and suppressing of houses of religion"; has heard the abbot say, at Colchester, within this half year, "Well, God will take vengeance at length for the putting down of these houses of religion," and as a butcher suffers his cattle to be fat before he kills them "so doth God suffer the people to grow in sin and unhappiness of this world and then He will pay them home." Examined whether he heard the abbot say that two or three of the Council had brought the King into such a covetous mind that if the Thames flowed gold and silver it would not quench his thirst; has heard such words, but cannot remember of whom they were spoken. Examined whether he heard the abbot say "The King and his Council may well lament the death of the bishop of Rochester, Sir Thomas More, and the monks of the Charterhouse" and that "they died like holy martyrs": heard the abbot say, at Colchester, soon after their death, that they died like good men and it was a pity they died, for they were learned and wise men. Examined whether he has heard the abbot say "Well, thys world wyll boyll no water at lengythe" (In margin, "The world will amend"): it was a common saying of the abbot. Examined whether he ever heard the abbot speak of the late rebellion in the North; heard him say the Northern men "were good men, mokyll in the mothe, great cracars and nothing worthe in their deades." Examined whether he heard the abbot say "I would to Christ that the rebels in the North country had the bishop of Canterbury, the lord Chancellor, and the lord Privy Seal amongst them and then I trust we should have a merry world again": heard him say so at Colchester at the time of the Insurrection. Signed.
Large paper, pp. 2.
1 Nov.
R. O.
440. THOMAS HUNT, Parson of Great Chart.
Receipt by Thos. Hunt, parson of Great Chart, Kent, from Wm. Goldwell, of 10l. as half year's farm of his parsonage and two pieces of lands called Cattes Hedys. 1 Nov 31 Hen. VIII. Signed and sealed.
P. 1.
1 Nov.
R. O.
441. JOHN NORMAN and WILLIAM PRATTE, late bailiffs of the Town of Cambridge, to MR. DARNALL.
After long suit, have got his warrant sealed, and send it enclosed. Cambridge, 1 Nov.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: "one of the clerks of the clerks of the Exchequer." Endd.: "Termino Hill. Ao xxxjo. Md feo de Mo Straungweys nuper vic. com. Ebor., xxs."
1 Nov.
Cart. Harl.
47A. 52.
B. M.
Indenture, made 1 Nov. 31 Hen. VIII., between Charles duke of Suffolk and Thos. bp. of Ipswich, who has been elected warden and master of the college of Mettyngham, Suff., of which the Duke is patron by right of the duchess Katharine his wife, and instituted by Wm. bp. of Norwich; covenanting that whereas the Bp. holds for life by the King's letters patent the manor of Monkskyrby, Warw., his title therein shall be void if the College shall be dissolved or he be dispossessed of it, and the Duke shall then take the revenues. Signed and sealed by the Bishop, the seal bearing the initials "T.M."
1 Nov.
R. O.
"Brother James," all your friends here are in good health, except your brother Petir, who is still sick. He is going to see a doctor in O'Brene's country, and that hasty. In this [las]t ruffling time of O'Neyl and O'Downyl, "Drommyn was all bourn," and my lord your brother, my brother Barnewall and I, advised Sir Oliver Pluncket to fetch timber in Termonfeghen for the building thereof. You had no other hurt in these wars, except that rents will be slowly paid by reason of the great charges and the lying out of the farmers in camp, without which we had been all wholly destroyed, "for all Ireland [w]as concluded [to jo]yne together ag[ain]st us, and had none aid of any Irishman, except that, after the discomfiture of O'N[eyl]e and O'Downyll, O'Raly aided us right well." Peace is taken between us and O'Neil without band or pledge, which cannot hold, but we were as glad or gladder than he to have it. Part of the army is come. I trust when all are come, though we cannot be even with O'Neyl, we shall do him as much harm as may be. The pretended earl of Desmond, O'Brene, and all the Irishmen of the south, except McGilpatrike, are bound against the earl of Ormond and us. The young earl of Desmond can get no strength yet. O'Conor has played the false knave. The abbots of St. Mary Abbey and Grasdiew are resigned, and the latter committed to my brother Barnewall. The bearer, Sir John Dougan, can tell the other news. Commendation to your wife, your brother Thomas, Treuers (?), Bath, Burnell, and all other our countrymen. Lutreleston, 1 Nov.
Hol., p. 1. Mutilated. Add.: To his brother Jas. Barnewall, at the Inns of Court in London.
1 Nov.
Reform, III.,
Translated in
Foxe, v., 350.
The Roman Emperors Adrian, Verus, and Marcus listened to the apologiœ of the Christians, and thereupon mitigated their cruel ediets against them. Asks Henry therefore, after the edict (fn. 1) issued against the pious doctrine which the writer's party profess, to read and consider this their complaint, especially as it is written for the welfare of the Church at large. For if these heathen princes admitted the defence of the Christians, how much more ought a Christian king, versed in the study of sacred letters, to listen to the complaints and admonitions of pious men? Has the more hope because no doubt the bishops (and not he) were the authors of the articles, and obtained his suffrage by sophistries, just as the satraps induced king Darius, a wise and just king, to cast Daniel to the lions. It is never unworthy of a good prince to mitigate unjust severity upon second thoughts. Gives examples in ancient times. Therefore, although the edict is made in England threatening punishments which are alien to the custom and canons of the true Church, they may yet deprecate this asperity. Is moved to this, not so much by the danger of those who think with him, as by grief that the King should be the minister of such impiety. Grieves too that the doctrine of Christ is expelled, vicious writers established, and lusts confirmed. Hears that Latimer, Shaxton, Cromer, (fn. 2) and others of excellent learning and piety, are in custody. Wishes them strength worthy of Christians; but would not have the King stain himself with the blood of such men, the lights of his Church, to the triumph of the Roman Antichrist. Many good men in Germany hoped that Henry's authority would have induced the other kings to lay aside their unworthy cruelty, and correct abuses; but that hope has now received a severe blow, the rage of the other kings is confirmed, the boldness of the impious increases, and the old errors are established.
No doubt the bishops contend that they are protecting the truth, and, although they know they are fighting against the divine law and Apostolic Church, astute men can find fine interpretations to excuse errors. This sophistry, not only in England, is the wonder of wisdom, but at Rome the cardinals Contarini, Sadolet, and Pole are giving a fresh dye to abuses. In Germany, too, this sophistry depraves the minds of many noble men; and, although Henry neither lacks learning nor judgment, yet the wise are often led astray by specious persuasions, and often falsehood is more specious than truth, especially in religious controversies, when the Devil transforms himself into an angel of light. Points out this sophistry in the wording of the articles of the decree as to the necessity of confession and private masses, and against marriage of priests; concluding, "O! wicked bishops! O! impudence of Winchester, who, with these colours, thinks to deceive the eyes of Christ and the judgment of all pious men in the whole world!"
Details abuses which were in the Church, and which the bishops have now astutely confirmed; for, by the articles of celibacy and confession, they confirm all human traditions, and by retaining private masses, they fortify the authority of the Popes. Refutes, at some length, the articles about private masses and celibacy.
Ends with an earnest appeal to the King to amend the decree of the bishops. 1 Nov. 1539.
Cleop. E. v.
B. M.
Part of a treatise headed "de Utraque specie," defending the custom of communion in one kind only, in reply to a [German] writer on the opposite side. The author does not understand his opponent's fear lest he should diminish Christian liberty. Neither can he see how the points which he pressed so strongly in his letter, as his [countryman's?] ambassadors also did when they were in England (vestri cum apud nos essent oratores), viz., de utraque specie, de missa, et celibatu, must either be retained or rejected in conjunction with the Bp. of Rome's authority.
Lat., pp. 32. The heading, "De Utraque Specie," and some notes and corrections are in Tunstall's hand. A pencil note, in a 17th-century hand, above Tunstall's heading says: "Part of an apology by an English divine to the German Protestants, for communion in one kind and private mass. After 1538."
Begins: "Atque hæc quidem de iis quæ indifferentia, ut vultis, sive adiaphora sunt, in quibus tu, cum optimum statum, id quod postremis tuis libris orbi editis tacite significasti, et cupias et optes, subvereri tamen videris," &c.
Ends: "Non ergo muta est missa secundum Paulum.
2 Nov.
C.'s Letters,
Has written to his register, Antony Hussey, to take to Cromwell examinations, inquisitions, &c., concerning Calais. Croydon, 2 Nov.
Add.: Lord Privy Seal.
2 Nov.
R. O.
447. JOHN STARKY, late (fn. 3) Mayor of Canterbury, to DR. BELHOWSE.
Remember the petition to the King by the town of Canterbury which, by assignment of my lord Privy Seal, your master, I delivered to you. Please ascertain me when I shall come up. For your favour you shall have recompense. Canterbury, 2 Nov.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: with my lord Privy Seal. Endd.
2 Nov.
Vesp. F. XIII.
B. M.
Thanks for his kindness and that of my lady his wife. Desires speedy passage for the bearer, or, if he be delayed, that his packet may be at once forwarded to my lord Privy Seal. It is here taken for undoubted that the Emperor goes by France into Flanders. Doubts not [Lisle] will hear of it and be vigilant without warning. "I pray you let not the knowledge hereof come by me." Compiègne, 2 Nov., 10 p.m.
Hol., p. 1.
2 Nov.
R. O.
Kaulek, 142.
The Emperor has intimated that tomorrow he leaves Burgue (Burgos) to come "a demye diligence" through France to visit Francis and proceed to the Low Countries. This is a great honour and pleasure to Francis and worthy of the amity between them. Would like Henry, their common friend, to know of it and Marillac shall therefore go in company with the Emperor's ambassador to intimate it. The said ambassador is similarly instructed by the sieurs de Praet and de St. Vincent, Imperial ambassadors here. Is in good health and leaves on Tuesday next for Fontainebleau and as far as Blois and Amboise, there to receive the Emperor with the best cheer he can devise. Compiègne, 2 Nov. 1539.
French. Two modern transcripts, each p. 1.
2 Nov.
Add. MS.
f. 257.
B. M.
Describe the pleasure expressed by the King and Constable upon hearing the Emperor's determination to pass through France. Explained the going of Don Luys d'Avila to Prince Doria and the Pope, showing the copy of his instructions, and the marquis del Guasto's going to Venice. The King decided to do the same and send the Sieur de Gyez to Rome and the marshal de Hannebault, lieutenant in Piedmont, to Venice. As to England, it will be sufficient that the King and Constable write to their ambassador there resident to intimate this journey, and the means, causes, and reasons of it, jointly with the Imperial ambassador. The Constable has promised to do so at once, and the writers will do the same.
League against the Turk. Compiegne, 2 Nov. 1539.
Spanish, pp. 9. Modern copy from Simancas.
See Spanish Calendar VI. I. No. 92.
3 Nov.
of the
House of
I. 126.
Notice of the meeting of Parliament on 3 Nov. 31 Hen. VIII., and its prorogation to 14 Jan. following.
3 Nov.
R. O.
452. LONGLAND, Bp. of Lincoln, to DR. BELLYSYS.
On behalf of his chaplain who is concerned in a case committed to Bellysys by "my lord." Has other writings for him, which he will bring or send before leaving London. Monday, 3 Nov. Signed.
P. 1. Add. Endd.
3 Nov.
R. O.
Has received his letter for the preferment of his servant, Ant. Aucher. They have given him a new patent for the office of auditor of which he already had the reversion, with a pension of 20l. a year, for which they ask allowance. He shall also have the office of supervisor of the manors with 5 mks. Sends the patent by Cromwell's servant, Mr. Hardres. Trusts only in him and will make no further suit to any other. Canterbury, Monday, 3 Nov. Signed.
Sends 10l., Cromwell's half-year's fee due at All Saints last.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
3 Nov.
R. O.
Answer of Thos. Nuthake, of Colchester, physician and mercer, to certain interrogatories ministered to him, 3 Nov. 31 Hen. VIII.
1. Never knew Thomas _ (blank), abbot of Colchester, before his election; [2] But being used to repair to the Abbey, became acquainted with him the same year he was elected. 3. Has heard the abbot say that the cause why the King forsook the bp. of Rome was that he might be divorced from the Lady Dowager and wed Queen Anne. (fn. 4) 4. The first time he heard the abbot speak of the said matters was 5 or 6 years ago. 5. The last time was three years ago come Christmas. 6. At which time he spoke as mentioned in the 3rd article; and further, that the bp. of Rome is only supreme head of the Church by the laws of God, next under Christ.* 7. No one else was present that last time. 8. The occasion of that was that they were alone in the abbot's dining chamber, "the servants being at latter dinner," when the abbot chanced to speak of Queen Anne's death and hoped the other—meaning Queen Jane—would not come to the same pass. He said also Queen Anne was the cause of the King's renouncing the bp. of Rome. At that time there was no further communication than that rehearsed in the 3rd and 6th articles. 9. At the time the supremacy was treated in Parliament, he said he could prove the bp. of Rome supreme head (fn. 5) of the Church and that those who made the King so were heretics.* He asked vengeance on the abp. of Canterbury, the Chancellor, &c., saying "Ecce, Domine, lapides sanctuarii tui jacent in plateis, meaning that God should take vengeance of such as destroyed abbeys." 10. On hearing the death of Rochester and More the abbot said: "Alas, what wretched tyrants and bloodsuckers* be these that have put to death and murdered these blessed clerks and best learned men that were in this realm. They died martyrs and saints, in my conscience, for holding with our holy Father the Pope, for the right of all Holy Church." Examinate said: "My lord, I pray you speak no more of that." 11. Upon the insurrection in the North the abbot told deponent he had news in writing that the Northern men were up and would not suffer abbeys to be put down and holydays taken away or the new laws* then in hand. Told him to beware what he said, and he answered: "Hold thy peace, fool, for my nay say shall be as good as thy yea say"; and said the King, because he could not get what he wanted at Rome, had usurped the Pope's dignity; also that those who held with the new acts* against the bp. of Rome were accursed. 12. After the commotion, when the commissioners were suppressing Louth and other abbeys whose heads were offenders, he said to ext. in an orchard "where the hawthorne groweth," that "these tyrants and bloodsuckers" thrust out the good religious fathers* against all right, but he himself was sure, for he had 1,200 mks. in his purse. Does not remember which of the abbot's chaplains it was who was then present. He said also the Lord Chancellor, Privy Seal, and two or three of the bps. went about to make all England heretics or else set the realm by the ears. He wished they were at Rome or with the rebels in the North. Each page signed at the foot.
Pp. 8. The outer sheet and the two inner sheets found apart. Endd.
3 Nov.
R. O.
Lady Edgecombe has received Cromwell's letters, and will repair to his Lordship with speed. Desires favour to her, for her good husband's sake, who in his lifetime always bore a good heart to Cromwell. Excestour, 3 Nov. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Crumwell and Lord Privy Seal. Endd.: Lord Russell.
3 Nov.
R. O.
I send you, by Peronne, a parrot (papegnuau). I wish it was much finer, for your sake. It does not speak yet, but is young, and can be taught, as you have one which speaks already. Tournehen, 3 Nov.
Hol., Fr., p. 1. Add.
4 Nov.
R. O.
457. The WARDROBE.
"Apparel taken out of the Tower, Novembris, ye 4 day, anno R. 31, by Mr. Gates," viz., 17 items of frocks, coats, gowns, &c.
Pp. 2. Endd.: Robes.
4 Nov.
R. O.
Examination of Robert Rouse, mercer, of Colchester, 4 Nov. 31 Hen. VIII., upon certain interrogatories.
1. Has known the abbot since his election, about six years last Midsummer. On that occasion sent him a dish of "baces" and a pottle of wine, and dined with him. 2. Left his company about two years ago at Allhallowtide because he reasoned against the King's supremacy and the Acts of Parliament for extinguishing the authority of the bp. of Rome. He spoke also against pulling down houses of religion, saying that the King and his Council were driven into such inordinate covetousness that if all the water in "Tymesse" were flowing gold and silver, it were not able to slake their covetousness, "and said, a vengeance on all such councillors"! 3. He inveighed also against the tyranny of executing the monks of Syon, (fn. 6) the bp. of Rochester, and Sir Thos. More. 4. The last time he heard the abbot speak of such matters was immediately after the insurrection in the North. While walking in a gallery between the hall and garden before supper, the abbot told him of the insurrection, of which he had not hitherto heard, saying, "The Northern lads be up, and they begin to take piper in the nebe and say plainly that they will have no mo abbeys suppressed in their country." He said also that they were as true subjects as the King had, and desired nothing but that they might have the archbp. of Canterbury, the lord Chancellor, and lord Privy Seal delivered to them, and he would to God they had them, for then we should have a merry world, for they were three archheretics. This was a fortnight or three weeks before the feast of All Saints "was ij (sic) years." Each answer Signed.
Pp. 4. Endd.
Examination of Thomas Bech alias Marciall.
"1. What he hath spoken at any time concerning the King's supremacy, and 2, concerning the bp. of Rome's usurped authority. 3. Item, that all the water in Thames would not slake the King's Majesty's covetousness. 4. That God would take vengeance for suppressing of houses of religion. 5. What he hath spoken touching Sir Thomas More's death and bishop of Roffensis, and the monks of Sion* with other. 6. What he hath spoken of the Northern men in the time of the commotion."
As to 1 and 2, thinks, from the words of St. Jerome, that the bp. of Rome's supremacy originated in human law, and that the King has good right to be supreme head, being elected by free consent of his whole realm. Denies 3; said only that covetousness like dropsy is insatiable, without referring to the King. As to 4, said if the suppression was the will of God it was well done, if not God would punish it at length. As to his own house, if the visitors had come to suppress it, would have given it up rather than incurred the King's displeasure, "but I thought somewhat to stand in it, for that I would my pension should be the more." 5. Said that the bp. of Rochester and Sir T. More were great learned men and with the grace of God they might have contrition for their offences. 6. Said the Northern men would speak much with their tongue, but with the grace of God they would be vanquished as the Cornish men were, or else we should be spoiled in our houses. Signed.
Pp. 2. The answers in the Abbot's own hand.
4 Nov.
R. O.
I cannot thank you and my lady sufficiently for your frequent presents of dainties. I am very anxious to hear what speed you had when here about your debts to the King. I had hoped that at the last return home of Mr. Wriothesley your Lordship would have set the matter forth at his hands. I beg you to think what blame I shall incur if I let the matter sleep. London, 4 Nov. 1539.
Hol., p. 1. Add.
4 Nov.
R. O.
Wrote by Nich. Eyer. My lord Privy Seal has detained Mr. Speccott, promising daily his despatch. I am sorry you do not like my reckoning. Will amend it if Lisle will point out its mistakes. If he cannot have the money he has defrayed for Lisle, will lose his credit, and though he has defrayed the money, will permit Lisle to qualify it at his pleasure. London, 4 Nov.
Hol., p. 1. Add.
4 Nov.
R. O.
Rymer, XIV.
Surrender of the monastery and all its possessions in cos. Suff., Norf., Essex, Herts., Midd., Camb., Ntht., and Linc., the city of London, and elsewhere in England. 4 Nov. 31 Hen. VIII. Signed by John the abbot, Thos. the prior, and 42 others, among them Edw. Wetherden, S.T.B. [See Deputy Keeper's Eighth Report, App. II. 13.]
Seal mutilated.
Enrolled (Close Roll, p. 3, No. 50) as acknowledged, same day, before Wm. Peter, King's commissioner.
R. O. 2. Pensions assigned, 4 Nov. 31 Hen. VIII., to the abbot and monks of St. Edmund's Bury, by Sir Ric. Riche, chancellor of Augmentations, Sir Ant. Wyngfelde, Ric. Sowthwell, Wm. Petre, LL.D., and other commissioners for the dissolution.
John Melforde alias Reve, abbot,_(blank), Thos. Ryngstede alias Denysse, S.T.D., prior, 30l., Edm. Rowgham alias Maltnard, sexton, 20l., Wm. Thaxstede al. Gardener, 10l. Thos. Gnatsall a. Eldrede, 13l. 6s. 8d., Thos. Stoneham a. Cooke, 10l., Simon Berdewell a. Saffere, sub-prior, 13l. 6s. 8d., Ralph Norwiche a. Glanfelde, 8l., Thos. Denston a. Stoke, chamberer, 13l. 6s. 8d.; John Westgate a. Bower, John Cleydon a. Helperbye, Edm. Bury a. Fennyng, Robt. Hildercley a. Fenne, John Wolspett a. Buknam, Thos. Sudbury a. Halle, 6l. 13s. 4d. each; Edm. Wetherden a. Halley, 10l., John Cambryge a. Langham and John Osmond, 6l. 13s. 4d. each; Gregory Illy a. Moptide, 8l., Wm. Elmyswell a. Bockhill, 6l. 13s. 4d., Robt. Hegsett a. Potkyn, 8l., Humph. Attilborowe a. Yonger and John Bury a. Howys, 6l. 13s. 4d. each; John Lauenham a. Hunt, 8l., Thos. Myldenhall a. Cole, Oliver Mylford a. Marche, Thos. Disse a. Fenne, John Bradfelde a. Wryght, Thos. Gyppiswiche a. Dawes, Ailot Halstede a. Holte, John Fowldon a. Page, 6l. 13s. 8d. each; Robt. Honyngton a. Howes, 8l.; John Hadley a. Kyng, Robt. Nedeham a. Bronyon, John Hicklyngham a. Rede, John Wolspett a. Starre, John Barton a. Harryson, Thos. Hegsett a. Rowght, Thos. Harlowe a. Byrde, John Lopphom a. Saunderson, Roger Maldon, Peter Donwyche a. Kylborne, Ranulph Werketon a. Marshall, John Walsyngham a. Bekham, 6l. 13s. 4d. each. Signed by Ryche, Wyngfelde and John ap Rice.
Pp. 2.
Harl. MS.
B. M.
3. Register of the conventual leases of the abbey of St. Edmund of Bury, Suffolk, from 9 to 31 Hen. VIII.
Pp. 281.
Order for the payment of a debt of 8l. 12s., in the book exhibited by the late prior of Bury St. Edmunds, to John Futtour, grazier, for cattle delivered by him to the use of the late monastery. Examined by Thomas Mildmay, auditor. Order signed by Ric. Riche.
ii. Instruction to Mr. Southwell to deduct the sum from the debt of Ric. Tyrrell, farmer, of Pakenham.
P. 1. Endd.: Mr. Tyrrell.
4 Nov.
R. O.
The bearer will explain what is done in my lord's (fn. 7) matter of Skotney. When he declared to his fellows my lord's letters by Mr. Richard Crumwell they, especially the lawyers, were concluded with Thos. Struggle, the present farmer, for a renewal of his lease. The writer insisted that my lord should have it, but could not prevail till my lord sent for him to Grafton by a pursuivant, as if for some high offence, and it was devised to reform our statute. The fellows, however, hate him for it, believing he was the cause, and try to alienate his friends. Afterwards, when my lord wrote by Mr. Darell, the captain of the lawyers offered the College 200l. for a fine for the farm, and many of the fellows "were so set agog" that they would not agree to my lord's request under 100l.; on which he shrank back and granted with his flock—not to do my lord pleasure, but to move him against me. And in truth my lord in his next letters seemed to take me for no honest man, though I brought the matter to pass only by the help of Mr. Culpeper and Mr. Mason, for the captains of the law did not expect the common sort could have been "compassed and brought to frame" as they were. Has gained nothing for his pains but the displeasure of my lord and ill will of his company. All Souls' College, Oxford, 4 Nov.
Hol., pp. 2. Add.
4 Nov.
R. O.
Thanks him for his kindness to him and his children, which he cannot requite. Sends a small present. Stanford, 4 Nov. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
4 Nov.
R. O.
Broke his leg by the fall of his horse in coming home from a muster. Has sent over all his retinue except a very few, with whom he has taken ship this day. Begs Cromwell to be good lord to his servants, left in charge of the office that Cromwell provided for him. On shipboard, 4 Nov. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Privy Seal. Endd.
4 Nov.
R. O.
467. JAMES CONYERS, Serjeant at Arms, to MR. EVERETT.
Begs he will deliver the writer's fee, which was due at Michaelmas last, to bearer, Wm. Haulle, his friend. Whitby, 4 Nov. 31 Henry VIII.
Hol., p. 1. Add.
4 Nov.
R. O.
Kaulek, 143.
Sends a packet to be forwarded to the king of Scots with the news which was sent to Marillac yesterday. It need not be hidden from the king of England, but may be told him privately. The King is so well that he leaves to-day for Paris and Fontainebleau, while the writer makes the best journeys he can to meet the Emperor. Compiègne, 4 Nov.
French. Modern transcript, p. 1.
5 Nov.
R. O.
Kaulek, 142.
[London], 5 Nov.:—This King congratulates Francis on his recovery. He expects his spouse in 20 days, and proposes going to Canterbury to meet her. His Admiral and a great company of lords leave "au premier jour" for Calais, whither she is to be brought by 400 horsemen of the duke of Cleves, her brother, according to a safe conduct received these days past from the Emperor. From Calais she shall cross to Dover, where the remainder of the lords of the Council will meet her and conduct her to Canterbury to the King, who, having there consummated the marriage, will bring her to London, to be crowned in February, as every one says, and as the preparations indicate. Bourran has just arrived with Francis' letter from Compiegne of 29 Oct., and will report his interview with this King, so that Marillac need not write more.
French. Modern transcript, pp. 2.


  • 1. The Act of the Six Articles.
  • 2. The editors of Melancthon's letters commonly give the name Cramerum, but Bretschneider, following the London edition, makes it Cranmerum, which is certainly wrong. Foxe's translation makes it Cromer, meaning Crome, who is no doubt the person intended.
  • 3. John Starky was elected mayor of Canterbury in 1538 and was succeeded by Thomas Bele in 1539. Hasted's Canterbury, II. 606.
  • 4. Noted in the margin.
  • 5. Noted in margin.
  • 6. Meaning, no doubt, of Sion and the Charterhouse, as there was only one monk of Sion executed.
  • 7. Cromwell.