Letters and Papers: November 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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November 1539

11 Nov.
Cleop. E. v.
B. M.
496. CRANMER, SAMPSON and Others to [CROMWELL].
Having received his lordship's letters for the examination of Geoffrey Loveday, Will. Stephens, John Brown, Henry Turney and Will. Pelham, of Calais, with two books of instructions, have gathered certain articles out of the books against each apart, and examined them thereon by their corporal oaths. Have considered all the evidence. No effectual process can be made unless the witnesses be sent for. So far as the depositions go, there is nothing material against Brown. Three witnesses depose against Loveday that he was one of those assembled with Adam Damplippe and determined the setting forth of his erroneous opinions. But their testimony seems very suspicious; for we are credibly informed that he was not at Calais during Damplippe's preaching, but attending on Sir Fras. Brian, then ambassador with the French king. Two other witnesses depose against him, but it does not appear that they can prove any heresy. The three suspicious witnesses testify the same thing against Turney, viz., that he was a maintainer of Damplip, and a setter forth of his erroneous doctrine. As to Will. Stephens, there seems just matter for further examination, when we have the witnesses before us. As to Ric. Pelham, find sufficient matter to abjure him if the words deposed against him were spoken since the King's pardon: but this does not appear by the deposition. Remit the final determination to his lordship. Lambeth, 11 Nov. Signed: T. Cantuarien—Rich. Cicestr. —Nicholaus Heyth—Thomas Thyrleby—Richard Gwent—John Cockys.
Pp. 2.
11 Nov.
R. O.
497. JOHN BOWLLES, Mayor of Dover, to CROMWELL.
I have this day received from John à Boroughe, of Calais, a letter with the tenor of your Lordship's letter to him for sending up one Henryke, a mariner; whom I send in ward by this bearer, with 5s. in his purse for his charges to London. Dover, 11 Nov.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal.
11 Nov.
R. O.
There is great contention and unquietness at Balie College for lack of a good head. The free election which Cromwell gave them in favour of Dr. Cotes (fn. 1) is reversed by an untrue suggestion made of him by Cromwell, which he is ready to disprove. Otherwise he is fit for the room. His judgment in Scripture is well amended, and not "addicte" to man's doctrine nor schoolmen's phantasies, but only to God's Word. He takes much pains here in reading and preaching. Doubts not, if Cromwell favours him, he will make him a hearty favourer of God's truth, and by him many more, as he is a common reader. Magdalen College, Oxford, 11 Nov. Signed.
P 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
11 Nov.
R. O.
Thanks for his goodness, of which he has heard from his servant Clotton. Explains the reports about the non-payment of wages at Guysnes, (fn. 2) due last April, and the unfurnishing of a number of the soldiers. His predecessors, the Lord Admiral and Lord Vauxe, have always been allowed 20 soldiers of the garrison to attend on them in England, while he has but 15 who are ready to return when wanted. For the residue, unless any have been discharged since his leaving, the number is full. As to the discharge of the April and October wages, is sure none have cause to complain.
Never intended to wrong Barker. The matter will be tried at the next assizes in Northamptonshire. It is true he gave Sandys 60l. for his fine, but Sandys refused 160l., for the favour he then bore him, trusting he would have proved as honest a man as his father. The Vyne, 11 Nov. 31 Hen. VIII.
Has received Cromwell's letter in favour of Foule Barker, and has accordingly taken the half year's rent of Steane and Hynton, which otherwise he would not have done for fear of prejudicing his case. With Cromwell's leave, will proceed, that the truth may be discussed. Never intended him any wrong. Signed.
Pp. 2. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
11 Nov.
R. O.
Thanks for his favour. Gives praise to God for the alliance with the most illustrious, beautiful, and noble lady Anna de Clefves, who has a great gift from God, both of sense and wit. It would be difficult to describe her good manners and grace, and how Gueldres, Cleves, and all the country of the Duke, rejoice at the alliance. The bearer, his secret servant, Thomas de Champs, will tell the news; Cromwell will find him a discreet and loyal servant. Sends by him, to the King, an image imitated to the life; sends Cromwell three images of silver and three of lead, by which he will perceive that sent to the King is well imitated. Grave, 11 November 1539.
French. Hol., pp. 2. Add.: Prevesel. Endd.
11 Nov.
R. O.
"For the Passion of God, if it be possible yet, assay as far as you may to convey this bishopric from me." If I might avoid it without displeasure I would never meddle therein, and there are enough meet for it that will not refuse it. Duisseldorpe, 11 Nov. 1539. Signed: "Yours to his little power, Nicholas Wotton. Add whatsoever you will more to it, so you add not bishop."
Hol., p. 1. Add. Endd.: Mr. Wotton to my lord.
12 Nov.
R. O.
Articles to prove the unlawful hunting committed by George Fotemane, servant to the lord Privy Seal, and William _, sometime servant to Master Mordante, in Campes Park belonging to lady Anne, countess of Oxenford, 12 November 31 Hen. VIII.
On the 5th Nov. Fotemane, coming from Thaxted, apparelled with a black jerkin of leather after the new fashion, a pair of hose cut lined with green sarcenent and a night cap of black velvet, with a fardel trussed in a black cloak, met one Thomas Brette, of Hempstede, butcher, and after some conversation desired Brett to carry the same fardel to his house in Hempstede, saying next morning he would not fail to come to his house. Brett accordingly did so, and Foteman came next morning and in presence of Brett opened the fardel wherein was a deer, skin and all, lacking the paunch. Foteman then brake up the deer and gave Brett two sides, a shoulder, the chine and the skin, borrowed a sheet of Brett and sent both the haunches and the shoulder by him to Lynton. Brett met by the way one Elman, labourer, dwelling in Hempstede, who asked him whither he carried the same venison and where he had it. Brett said a good fellow had brought it him and had "teyntyd" it by the way. Elman said it was sore bitten by dogs. Foteman told Brett that he had a dog which was fleshed that had broken into a park and killed a deer, "being in the company with the said Foteman Richard Harte, of Thaxted, and one of Richard Hammond's sons, of Hempstede," who ran away and would not tarry the carrying of the same deer.
ii. William Wyllows, of Bartlowe, says the said 12th day, between nine and 10 a.m., he saw Foteman and another with him, the one in a black cloak, a kercher on his head, a night cap of velvet aloft on the same, and the other in a coat of the new colour, with two brace of greyhounds, going through Bartlowe towards Campes by Langley Wood.
iii. Sampson Taylor of Cyte Campes, says he saw the same two persons, who passed by the house of widow Freman near the park pale of Campes.
iv. Robert Lambard, of Ampstede Green, says he met with the said two persons between two and three that day coming out of Laneham's Grove adjoining the pale of Campes Park, carrying between them on a staff a thing covered with a black cloak and a coat, in their jerkins of leather, and three greyhounds with them (described); "the fourth was taken in the park upon a deer."
On the 13th Randall, the collier, and John Flacke, of Rodwinter, carried coals to Master Paris's, where the said Foteman came to them and asked if they dwelt in Campes. He said No, but within a mile of it. Foteman said he was told by a friend, whom he would not name, there was a greyhound of my lord Privy Seal's taken up in Campes Park. On the 14th Foteman came to Campes and claimed the dog of the servants of the Countess, informing them that he had been hunting the hare on the 12th at Stapleford, with the vicar of Stapleford, when the said greyhound was stolen from him. One of the servants of the Countess went to Stapleford to enquire the truth and found that it was untrue. On the 15th Foteman was at one Wykeham's, in Walden, where he said that he had a greyhound in keeping of my lord Privy Seal's which broke from him into Campes Park and killed a deer, which would turn him to much displeasure. Richard Harte says that Foteman would have hired one Wm. Nelle to fetch the deer, but he would not. On which he hired Thomas Brett, of Hempstede, at the house of the same Richard, and took a black cloak of the same Richard, telling Brett "Be not afraid for it is not the first deer I have killed by a hundred." They afterwards brought the deer to the said Harte's house, but Harte would not let them enter, and Foteman lay all next night at Wm. Tebold's, with two of Hammond's sons of Debden, Richard and John, and next morning sent Richard Harte his cloak back again with the skin of the deer.
Pp. 3. Endd.
Foxe, V., 162.
Wilkins, III.,
Oath proposed to Bonner, with his subscription (fn. 3) subjoined as electus et confirmatus Londinensis episcopus, not to admit the authority of the bishop of Rome and to take the King as supreme head of the church of England.
The oath in English, the subscription in Latin.
12 Nov.
Burnett, IV.,
Commission to Edmund bishop of London, authorising him to exercise his episcopal functions. 12 Nov. 1539, 31 Hen. VIII.
12 Nov.
Harl. MS.,
2103 f. 50.
B. M.
Rental of the possessions of the monastery of St. Werburgh, in the town and suburbs of Chester, made 28 Sept. 30 Hen. VIII., by Otwell Worseley, bailiff.
Rental of the manors of Salghton, Huntington, &c., made 12 Nov. 31 Hen. VIII.
Modern copy. pp. 3.
12 Nov.
Reform., III.
* * * "Anglus ducit Juliacensem puellam. Franciscus (fn. 4) rediit, cujus epistolam ad te mitto, quam exhibebis Osiandro." * * * 12 Nov. 1539.
13 Nov. (fn. 5)
Add. 33,514,
f. 27.
B. M.
Ribier, I. 486.
In accordance with Francis's letter from Compiègne of the 2nd inst., he and the Imperial ambassador informed the King about the Emperor's journey to Flanders through France; at which this people were greatly astonished, never having seen a French and an Imperial ambassador going to Court together by common arrangement. Most astonished of all were the ministers of this King, who could not restrain their indignation at the unexpected news and complained of both of us in our presence, viz., of the Imperial ambassador for telling them the news with too much appearance of joy, and of me for having asked a passport for a man to send to Scotland with letters from Francis to the same effect. They went so far as to ask me if the king of Scotland could be at this meeting in time, as if they understood he was to be there, adding that they were informed that it was merely with a view to making war on their poor King who aimed at nothing but peace and friendship. Thought this very strange language, especially from Cromwell, who has the principal rule, as showing the extreme jealousy and fear they have fallen into; which in truth is so great that nothing is said now except about defending themselves, everybody believing, in spite of all denials on my part, that the conclusion of treaties between Francis and the Emperor is only with a view of attacking them. The King, indeed, who shows himself either more assured of your friendship or more prudent in covering his suspicions, has acted graciously, and having sent for the ambassadors and heard from each of them the same tale, said he was very pleased that the principal differences of Christendom are likely to be soon settled, and charged the ambassadors to bear witness of it in their letters. An Englishman has been chosen to compliment Francis and to reside there with the Emperor. He is a personage of wit and reputation in this Court named Huoit (Wyatt), who was formerly in Spain. He will soon be with Francis, for he is to start today.
This King is gone to Hampton Court, where he will await news of the coming of the lady he is to marry. He will then go to Canterbury, where the marriage will be consummated, some say, before Christmas, but it depends on news from Cleves. Sent an express with the letters into Scotland under safe conduct. London, 13 Nov. 1539. Signed.
French, pp. 2. Add. Endd.
* A modern transcript is in R. O. from an imperfect copy in MS. Colbert 469.
13 Nov.
R. O.
Receipt by Robt. bp. of Carlisle from Thos. Hall, general receiver of attainted lands in Lincolnshire, of 6l. 9s. as rent of Wyldmore, Hornecastell, Woodhall, and Thymelby, Linc., late belonging to Kyrkested abbey, 13 Nov. 31 Hen. VIII. Sealed and signed with the mark of Robt. Baldyng, of Hornecastle, the Bp.'s deputy.
P. 1. Mutilated.
13 Nov.
R. O.
510. LORD LISLE to TYLL, Keeper of the Earl of Arundel's Park of Porselyn.
Sir Ric. Greynfeld, marshal of Calais, has written to my Lord your master of the decay of his lands here, and says that if my Lord and he can agree, my Lord finding him timber, he will rebuild the houses and maintain them, so that they can lodge my Lord whenever he comes to these parts, and that he will pay the watches and bear all other charges. I have written to my Lord likewise, and when I know my Lord's pleasure will do for him as for my own brother. Calais, 13 Nov. Signed.
P.S.—Commend me to my lord, and ask him to send me his "dere hayes" if he has any.
P. 1. Add.
R. O. 511. RICHARD TYLL, of Postlyng, to LORD LISLE.
Promised his Lordship at Canterbury to be at Calais, but finds he cannot be there before Christmas; "wherefore I have sent you a teg" and desire to be excused till I be in healthier case. As to my Lord's lands there, I beg your advice and help until I have spoken to my Lord, as I will do after St. Andrew.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: my lord Deputy of Calais.
13 Nov.
R. O.
Is informed by his maitre d'hotel that the Deputy wishes him to send him his cook to make some pastry. Is happy to gratify him. Boulogne, 13 Nov. Signed.
Fr., p. 1. Add.
13 Nov.
R. O.
Desires to know whether he is to wait on my lady's Grace of Cleve at her coming through these parts. Andwerp, 13 Nov.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
13 Nov.
R. O.
Albeit he has nothing to signify, because Mr. Sentleger will declare by mouth the occurrents of these parts, duty forces him to write these few words. Andwerp, 13 Nov.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Priv Seal. Endd.
13 Nov.
Sadoleti Epp.
No. 343.
Laments the death of Cardinal Simonetus. Has as yet nothing to write about himself, except that he has been now twenty days with the bishop of Verona. Salutes Sadolet's nephews. Verona, id. Nov. 1539.
14 Nov.
Pat. 31 Hen.
VIII., p. 4,
m. 15.
Rymer XIV.
Burnet, IV.,
Commission to Cromwell, in order to avoid diversity of translations of the Bible, to see that no man print any English Bible during the next five years except persons deputed by himself. Westminster, 14 Nov.
14 Nov.
R. O.
St. P. I., 589.
C.'s Letters,
Bartelett and Edw. Whitecherche have shown me their accounts for the printing of the great Bibles. Has appointed them to be sold at 13s. 4d. each. They could only sell them at 10s., Cromwell's price, if they had a monopoly. Begs him to tender their request, and they will print the price at the end of the Bibles. Wishes the preface, which he sent for Cromwell's approval, delivered to Whitechurch to print. Lambeth, 14 Nov. Signed.
Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
14 Nov.
R. O.
I have received your letter of the 8th, by which I am sorry to see you have taken offence against me unjustly. I never more laboured for you than I do now. You are displeased because I wrote to you for such money as I had defrayed. You sent me word also, by Worley, that I had taunted you by my letters, I think without any cause. I know not what to write, as you have almost made me weary of my life. I have written to you by Mr. Speccott. Your counsel has penned the book for the Friars, but we cannot go through with the same until the Commissioners have made a rental in sterling money and set their seals to it, and the same to be sent to my lord Privy Seal, to show the tenth "which must needs be reserved." As soon as the time of the Queen's coming shall be certainly known, I will learn from my lord Privy Seal the King's pleasure for your coming over. I cannot yet get the acquittance for the coining irons. The master of the Ordnance says he will bring the bows ever. Loveday and his company give daily attendance on my lord Privy Seal. What shall become of them I cannot learn. London, 14 Nov.
My Lady's frontlet shall be made with speed.
Hol., pp. 2. Add.
14 Nov.
R. O.
Rymer, XIV.,
Surrender (by Dorothy Barley, abbess, and the convent) of the monastery and all its possessions in cos. Essex, Midd., Kent, Suss., Surr., Beds, Bucks, Herts, Camb., Suff., Norf., and Linc., the city of London, and elsewhere in England. 14 Nov. 31 Hen. VIII. No signatures. [See Deputy Keeper's Eighth Report, App. II. 8.]
Seal mutilated.
Enrolled [Close Roll, p. 3, No. 43] as acknowledged, same day, before Wm. Petre, LL.D., King's commissioner.
[14 Nov.]
R. O..
Extract from the book of pensions granted by the commissioners for the alteration of St. Swithin's, Winchester, showing that the following pensions were granted:—John Carpenter, 100s.; Thos. Lambe, 60s.; Roger Pratt, 53s. 4d.; Roland Kympeston, 40s. Signed: "Examinatur per nos, Robertum Sowthwell: Edwardum Carne: Johannem London: John Kyngysmyll: Rychard Poulet: Will'm Berners."
P. 1.
R. O. 2. Similar extract, showing that Walt. Morice, steward there, had 13l. 6s. 8d. assigned to him. Signed by all the above except Carne.
P. 1.
R. O. 3. Similar extract, certifying the following:[Wm. Kyngsmyll, D.D., 200l.] (fn. 7); John Mean alias Rynge, 8l.; Walt. Froste alias Broke, chaunter, 10l.; John Estgate alias Goble, and John Morton, 6l. 13s. 4d. each; John Woodesone and John Heycroft, 6l. each. Signed by Southwell, Carne, and Berners.
P. 1.
14 Nov.
Close Roll.,
p. 4, No. 25.
Rym. XIV.,
Surrender (by Wm. Edys, abbot, and the convent) of the monastery and all its possessions in cos. Staff., Derb., and elsewhere in England, Wales, and the marches thereof. 14 Nov. 31 Hen. VIII.
Acknowledged, same day, before Thos. Leigh, one of the clerks of Chancery.
R. O. 2. Pensions assigned by the commissioners upon the dissolution of Burton upon Trent monastery, 14 Nov. 31 Hen. VIII.
John Pole, priest, 6l. 13s. 4d.; Robt. Robynson, Robt. Heithcott and Wm. Fyssher, priests, and John Goodcole, deacon, 6l. each; Wm. Symon, priest, 5l.; Humph. Cotton, novice, 40s. Signed by Walter Hendle, Thomas Legh, Ric. Belassys and Ric. Watkyns.
P. 1.
14 Nov.
R. O.
Has received his letters dated London 19 Oct. Apologises for not having first consulted with him privately about the motion, made by one of the brethren, to change their habits if it might better stand with the King's pleasure.
Hopes he will see this, the King's bedehouse, able to continue hospitalities with such possessions as it is endowed by the King and his progenitors. Send up their prior and Dr. Eldemere to show Cromwell their minds in that behalf. Send also a lease of their place at Lincoln for his servant Mr. Philpot, and a token for Cromwell. York, 14 Nov. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
15 Nov.
R. O.
Pensions assigned by the King to the late abbess and religious of St. Mary's in Winchester, upon the surrender, taken before Robt. Southwell and other Commissioners, 15 Nov. 31 Hen. VIII., viz.:—
Eliz. Shelley, abbess, 26l. 13s. 4d.; Agnes Masham, prioress, 100s.; Agnes Bachecroff, subprioress, 4l.; Marg. Shelley, 4l.; Marg. Leight, sexton, and Faith Welbeke, 56s. 8d. each; Edborowe Strafford, Eliz. Wonnerche, Marg. Sellwood, Christian Cuffe, Maud Aldreche, Thomasin Middellton, Anne Monday, Jane Waycte, Joan Freye, Margery Percher, Christeley Gainsford, Jane Gainsford, Joan Eyers, Mary Martyn, Jane Morton, Dorothy Ringwood, and Joan Rydford, 53s. 4d. each. Signed: Robert Sowthwell: John London: Will'm Berners: John Kyngysmyll.
Pp. 2.
[15 Nov.]
Harl. MS.
282, f. 77.
B. M.
Nott's Wyatt,
Instructions to Sir Thomas Wyatt, whom the King, at this time, sends beyond sea.
Taking with him the writings prepared for his despatch, he shall address himself to where he hears the Emperor and French king shall meet, and there, joining house and company with my lord elect of London, resident ambassador with the French king, and Mr. Tate, ambassador with the Emperor, "if he shall be also there present, as it is thought he shall not be so soon come," he shall show them these instructions and consult with them. First, they shall learn how things stand between the Emperor and French king, what each intends to do after this interview, and by what means they have been brought together. As the ambassadors of France and the Emperor here resident have jointly, in their masters' names, intimated the said interview to the King, rejoicing that these two great princes be so conjoined in amity to the tranquility of all Christendom, to the intent that the King may similarly show his congratulations, the said Wyatt and Tate (or Wyatt alone if Tate be not arrived) shall procure audience of the Emperor as soon as possible, and, after commendations, declare that, the meeting between him and the French king being signified by their ambassadors here, and he intending to revoke his ambassador now attendant upon the Emperor, and to send Wyatt in his place, has thought it well, by the same, to signify how much he rejoices at their concord, which is so acceptable to God and so necessary to men; for discord cannot but produce innumerable inconveniences and even ruin, victory not being in the multitude or potency, but in the hand of God. In doing this, Wyatt and Tate shall, by their countenances, express their joy, and Tate shall then take his leave and return home.
The like discourse the foresaid elect of London and Wyatt shall declare to the French king, noting his answer and gesture. If the said elect chance to be out of the way when Wyatt arrives where the French king is, Wyatt shall "supply the parts of both." Signed at the head.
Pp. 4. Headed: Instructions given, &c.
15 Nov.
R. O.
I am encouraged by your continual kindness to write to you in my present necessity; and whereas you promised me, a twelvemonth ago, the keeping of a gelding, I request you to take one of mine into your stable, which I left at Calais on 12 October last with a hackney man called Sharppe, expecting that soon after my coming home I should have required it in the parts beyond sea. Being delayed longer than I thought, I beg you will take it out of a stranger's hand and use it as your own. Has written to Towchede to pay Sharppe his expenses. London, 15 Nov. 1539. Signed.
P. 1. Add. Sealed. Endd.: Dr. Heresbac, one of the duke's Council of Cleve.
15 Nov.
R. O.
526. ROBERT FERRAR, Prior of St. Oswald's, to CROMWELL.
Hears that the priory of St. Oswald's, to which he was preferred by Cromwell's mediation, shall be suppressed. Certities him, by the bearer, of the special debts and other goods appertaining to the house and the full extent of the lands. Desires his favour for himself, his brethren and servants, and especially to the bearer. Sends a poor token. The priory of St. Oswald, 15 Nov. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord of the Privy Seal. Endd.


  • 1. George Cotes, S.T.P.
  • 2. See No. 397.
  • 3. The Latin subscription was presumably in Bonner's hand, and in that case the document was complete; but it may have been only a form drawn up for him to sign.
  • 4. Burgratus.
  • 5. An abstract of this letter given by Kaulek (p. 143), from imperfect copies in the Bibliotheque Nationale, is dated erroneously 14 Nov.
  • 6. Surrendered 14 Nov., 1539.
  • 7. Cancelled with the note "nihil hic, quia decanus electus in ecclesia Winton."