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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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7 Jan.
R. O.
Not long after I received the bishopric of St. Asaph, the late marquis of Exeter made suit to me by two gentlemen, named Jasper Horsey and Chr. More, for the advowson of the vicarage of Gresford in my diocese, and I granted by my seal bearing date 12 July 1536, the next vacation to the said marquis and the said gentlemen, so that they should present no other person than one Robert ap Jankin. The late incumbent is now dead, and the said two gentlemen have presented the said Robert, but I will not admit him till I know what interest the King has by the death of the said marquis. Bermondsey, 7 Jan. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Privy Seal. Endd.
12 Jan.
R. O.
Sir Oswald Wolsthrop met lord Dersy at Staunford when he came last towards London, and there they both lodged at one Canon's house, the sign of St. George, and supped together, "wherefore it is possible enough that he should counsel him to stay, for and he came to London he should lose his head." George Lassels, now in London, can show your Lordship of this, and I beg you to favour his suit for the late lord Dersy's lands in Stirtun (?). The said George showed me at supper on "Sunday, morrow afore the Epiphany," that a priest, late a friar in Bristol, informed him that "harness would yet be occupied afore Whitsunday, next," for he knew more than the King's Council; for at the last meeting of the Imperater, the French king and the bishop of Rome, they made the king of Scots Defensor Fidei, and the Imperrowr was raising an army to invade the Great Turk, by which he meant the King. I asked if he had informed your Lordship, and he said he left his brother John Lassels, my fellow your servant, to inform Mr. Richard. Rampton, 12 Jan.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Cromwell, lord Privy Seal.
Harl. MS
3,970, ff. 1–48
B. M.
Register of leases made by the cathedral church of Bath at various dates from 17 to 30 Hen. VIII.
Parchment book of 48 folios, of which a few are blank.
[27 Jan.]
R. O.
An early survey (temp. Hen. VI., or earlier) giving the tenure and extent of the holdings of free tenants and villains under the following headings, viz.. Henton. Ganeheld, Lytelton, Sembleton, and Stepulasshton. (fn. 1)
Fragment, p. 12.
3 Feb.
Irish Pat. Roll
30–31 Hen.
VIII., p. 2,
m. 1.
Commission to Geo. abp. of Dublin, John Allen, chancellor, and Wm. Brabazon, vice-treasurer, appointing them to act as Cromwell's deputy in the office of vice-gerent. 3 Feb. 30 Hen. VIII.
See Morrin's Calendar, p. 55.
R. O.
On receipt of the copy of the King's letters (fn. 2) to them after the assizes, as two of the justices of peace in the shire of Oxford, we wrote to my (Stonore's) cousin Barantyne to summon the other justices to meet at his house in 3 days. On that day Sir John Brome came, many of the rest being out of the shire, as Sir John Clerke, Mr. Schryve (Sheriff), and Mr. Cope. Barantyne and Brome took one district, Stonore and Carter the other. The latter examined three of every parish, but could not find that any had offended, but that divers curates had not the Bible in their churches, nor their sermons according to the injunctions. A bill, enclosed, was exhibited to them against John Asschbe, gentleman, by Robert Kentmer (?) of Henley for evil demeanour on Candlemas day. Asschbe is of great age and sickly; however, they have put him in ward till they know Cromwell's pleasure.
In Stonore's hand (who seems to have signed for Carter as well as himself).
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.: Thomas Carter.
R. O.
Considering his Lordship's zeal for the King's interests and the advancement of God's glory, desires to notify to him certain things which he has seen, heard, and noted contrary to the King's godly purposes. 1. Conceives that there is about the Borders a sort of petty gentlemen, who have no right to that name by ancestry, lands, or the like, who oppress the poor by extortion, robbery, forgery, false promises, and arrests, "much more grievously in the Earl's (fn. 4) time, to whom they were adjoined by reason of kin, friends, allyantys, partakers, concealers, and such other"; but now since the King has the rule of the country they are so divided among themselves that one dare not utter his craft, for fear of another. Sir Robert Ellerker said to me "that if other gentlemen about him would be as wakkar of their part as he of his, it should be none ease for the Scots riders to reive in Bamburghshire."
Roger Swynburne told me if he did not believe in another world, he would be as kind towards thieves as to others; and his tenants were spoiled because he was not. Jamy Mylburne sometime servant to Edmund Bradford, bailey of Bamburgh, told me his master said to him these words: "Touching the parsonage of Bamborough and me, that house hath been free for theyffe and reavar earr euer he came theare, and soo shalbe."
The curate of Bamborough told me that a gentleman, once my servant, had asked of a poor man there what he would give to be assured that year from the Scots reavers. He also knew a poor man who, following the tread of an ox that had been taken from him, found him lying on a petty gentleman's floor and durst not say a word for fear of his life. A poor man at Faladon beside Alnwick told me that having refused an unreasonable request to a gentleman, he answered "I shall alyghten thee of that thing which thou bearest thee bold of"; and within 4 hours after, 16 head of nowt were taken from him. Since Christmas last a poor man in Fleytham complained to me that Roland Bradford, bailey of Tughalle, had forcibly taken his cow. I advised him to complain to the Council, then at Newcastle; and the said Roland, hearing thereof, sent the cow home again.
As to the day of truce, poor men say it is full of collusion. When the bill is laid to a gentleman's shepherd, who forswears it, he will get others for his purgation. And when the bill is shifted to the master, if he also forswear it, taking the whole peril on his own soul, his purgation will do so too, knowing or at least doubting all to be false. If the gentleman will not swear, the servant conveys himself away, and the bill is shifted to the buyer of the goods. Thus the doer and accomplice go free, and the third pays the bill. The keepers of the King's peace and of the Spiritual Courts as they name them, have been, hitherto, very negligent. As to the setting forth of God's word and the King's supremacy, I hear of no preacher between Newcastle and Berwick, and very few in all Westmoreland, Cumberland, Durhamshire, and the west of Yorkshire.
Hol., pp. 2. Large paper.
3 March.
R. O.
Immediately on the death of Wm. Boughton, esq., lady Baryngton, his wife, sent a servant to convey away plate and stuff from his manor house within 2 miles of Wygston's house. She has left her daughter of 18 years of age, a priest, a young woman, and 3 men to keep the house, to convey more stuff, and embezzle the evidence from the heir. Boughton is indebted to the King for the first subsidy and otherwise in great sums. Has, therefore, together with Mr. Feldyng, another justice, taken an inventory, and put everything in safe custody. Thinks lady Baryngton will make speedy suit for a letter ad colligendum or else an administration, which should be stayed, for the man died in great debt, and the woman is "near to herself" and will "aloyne" all she can for her own profit, having been a great hinderer and decayer of the man for the advancement of her children. Wolston, 3 March.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
[11 March.
R. O.
Wood's Royal
Ill. Ladies, III.
My lord Prince is in good health and merry. Would to God the King and your Lordship had seen him last night. The minstrels played, and his Grace danced and played so wantonly that he could not stand still, as Mr. Chamberlain and my lady his wife can show you. I thank you for your kindness to my poor daughter Carow, who sends me word the King means her to have lands in Sussex to the value of 120l., but there is no house on it she can lie in, and I beg she may keep Blecheyngle, which His Grace gave her without asking. It would comfort her poor children to have these two to her and her heirs male. Your Lordship knows what case I am in, and she has not been used to strait living, and it would grieve me in my old days to lose her. I would fain write to his Grace, but will not without your advice. From Hunsdon.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
22 March.
R. O.
I have received your letter for the apprehension of John Fygurs. He does not belong to me but to my son Fitz Warine. He is a rioter, daily haunting unlawful games, and I think my said son has already got him taken and sent up to you. Stoway, 22 March. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
24 March.
R. O.
Is so busy following the Queen he cannot write more than this? Will make amends next time. W. will see by his letters to the King "what a blind and suspicious progress the Queen is going." Brussels, 24 (or 23 ?) March.
Hol., p. 1. Add. Endd.
[March ?]
Calig. E. I.,
B. M.
12. BONNER. (fn. 5)
Abstract of the provisions of various treaties between England and France, viz., (1) of the substance of the alliance made by Wiltshire and Foxe, (fn. 6) with the amount of mutual aid to be given by either party; (2) of the treaty of London, A.D. 1518, with the conditions of mutual assistance; (3) of the treaty of friendship, A.D. 1515; and (4) of the treaty of perpetual peace made at Amiens, 18 [Aug.] 1527.
Lat., Pp. 3. Mutilated. In Bonner's hand. Add.: To my very singular good lord, my lord Privy Seal. Headed: "[C]onsideratio brevior tractatuum," and endd. with the same words.
[March ?]
Cott. Appx.
B. M.
"A devise for fottemen and haquebuters." (fn. 7)
Proposal for raising a force of 400 haquebuters and 100 pikemen. There must be a captain, provost and banner bearer, with power to choose the other officers. The usual wages are, for a haquebuter, 5 golden philips = 25 stufers of Brabant, for a month of 28 days, and to the pikemen in armour, 6 philips. It must be seen whether the soldiers will count 30 days to the month. The day of giving them their oath they shall receive half their wages to buy armour. They must take an oath to serve the King against any one by land or sea as long as he shall please. Their pacts with the King must be given to the provost, who shall punish them for not keeping the same. The King's pact with them shall also be delivered to them, under his seal. Bernard de Mela and Wolf a Bamberg shall have letters from the King to hire the men, and must choose soldiers well mannered, expert, faithful, and whole.
In Wriothesley's hand, Pp. 2. Endd. as above.
[March ?]
Royal MS.
7. C. XVI.
B. M.
"Here foloweth the accompt of the harnys that I have boughte for the Kynges grace."
At Cologne, bought of Thos. Mar, by John Palme, complete harness for 1,200 men, at 2 florins apiece, 15 "batz" for each florin. Total, with packing and carriage to London, 454. l. st.
Harness for 2,700 men and 175 pr. of bracelets, bought at Antwerp from Francis Meer and Gerard Sterik, 9s. Fl. to 16s. a piece. Total expense, 630l. 2s. st.
Has 22 lasts of powder at London ready to deliver.
Pp. 4.
R. O. 15. MUSTERS.
"The division of all the King's commissioners in the county of Oxon to the several hundreds of all the shire," viz.:—Bolingdon, Thame, and Dorchester hundreds and Ewelme half hundred: Sir John Daunce, Sir Wm. Barantyne, Sir John Brome, Sir John Clerke, John Williams, John Denton. Henley, Bynfylde, Langtree, Lewknor, Pirton: Sir Walter Stoner, Thos. Carter, John Pollard. Wutton: Sir Simon Harcourte, Sir Edw. Chamberleyn. Powghley: Wm. Fermour, John Denton. Banbury, Bloxam: Ant. Cope, Ant. Bustarde. Bampton, Chadlington: John Moore, Thos. Bridges, Edm. Horne, Thos. Weynman.
ii. Certificate of Wm. Fermour and John Denton, commissioners to view and put in readiness the King's subjects in Poughleye hundred, Oxon, able to serve the King in his wars, with their armour, &c.
[Giving, under townships, first the description of the "townsman," e.g. "Their townsman a billman furnished with horse and harness," then the names of those who furnish horses and harness, and finally the numbers (not names) of archers and billmen lacking harness.]
Contents: Byssetur Market End 6 names (and 31 more are able but lack harness), Byssetur King's End (John Staveley, gent.) 1 (7), Blechyngton and Charleton hamlets (Wm. Boorne) 5 (10), Over Hayforde 2 (8), Neyther Hayforde 2 (4), Shelliswell, Newnton and Hethe hamlets 1 (1), Hardwike Audley 1 (1), Fynmer 2 (1), Lyllyngston Lovell (Nich. Wentworth, Esq.) 1 (8), Somerton 0 (4), Frittwell and Hampton Poyle hamlets 1 (5), Myddleton 0 (10), Chesterton and Bygnell hamlets 1 (5), Fryngforde 0 (9), Cottisforde (Thos. Pygotte, John Arden) 2 (3), Weston 0 (6), Fencotte and Moorecotte hamlets 0 (5), Odyngton, Noke and Hampton Gaye hamlets 0 (8), Bucknell 1 (6), Godyngton 1 (4), Islippe 1 (11), Stratton Audeleye 6 (9), Ardeley, Stoke and Baynton hamlets (Edw. Loove) 3 (3), Lawnton 1 (7), Sulthurne 0 (6), Kyrtlyngton (Ant. Arderne) 1 (13).
Wm. Fermour with 10 men furnished, "which be certified to my lord Admiral by the King's commandment."
Pp. 7.
2 April.
Hatfield MS.
Sends M. de Bies' answer to the letter which, by Hertford's advice, Lisle wrote to him, together with a letter from Captain Dependale to De Bies, touching the dam or passage they of Arde have made into the King's pale. Calais, 2 April.
P. 1.
5 April.
R. O.
Where your lordship of late wrote to the president and fellows of Magdalen College, Oxford, by your servant Vener, to have their parsonage of Horsebath in farm: I have the same in farm by virtue of the King's letters, and "right so" your former letters. I beg your favour that I may enjoy the farm, and desire your lordship to excuse my boldness in writing, for I am constrained to ride in business of Dr. Layton's, archdeacon of Bucks. Oxford, 5 April.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal.
7 April.
Pat. Roll
30–31 Hen.
VIII., p. 2,
m. 1.
Commission to John Alen, chancellor, Geo., abp. of Dublin, Wm. Brabazon, vice-treasurer, Robt. Cowley, Master of the Rolls, and Thos. Cusake, to take surrenders of (or to suppress) all religious houses in Ireland. London, 7 April 30 Hen. VIII.
See Morrin's Calendar, p. 55, where (and at page 134) will also be found notes of the enrolment of the surrenders of Irish houses, and grants of pensions.
22 April.
R. O.
Thanks for past favour. Has received his letter, of Adam, the King's messenger. Can furnish 200 horsemen and 200 foot within his rule, and 100 spears shall come with him for Cromwell's service wherever he will and leave sufficient to defend the country. 22 April, in Bowcastell.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
R. O.
Now that he has declared the King's pleasure, is bold to trouble him with a matter of his own. Fears that the old saying "mora trahit periculum" will be verified in his long suit touching Robertsbridge. Sir Wm. Sydney labours to have it in exchange from the King. Mr. Chancellor of the Augmentations, Mr. Sowthwell, and he all speak of it as nearly at a conclusion. This will somewhat touch his poor honesty, as it is bruited in the country that the King has given it to him, for he took possession of it when it was suppressed, and has hitherto kept it. Unless Cromwell helps him, will not be able to continue the charges he sustains, nor to serve the King. Has strained himself so far that he can no more.
Hol., p. 1. Endd.: April.
[April ?]
R. O.
Another copy of Part I., No. 875, apparently complete, the conclusion being as follows:—
"and that he nor no othe[r man] of the said crafts inhabiting within the said cities, towns corporate, and market [towns], shall not from henceforth take no farm of lands and tenements over and above the farm of all such houses and gardens as shall be to his said craft, mystery, and occupation, convenient, over and above the sum of 3l. 6s. 8d. by year." Item, that pedlars going with packs on their backs shall not henceforth go about or keep fairs, but exercise their crafts within cities, towns corporate, and market towns.
Large paper, p. 1. Mutilated. Endd.
Harl. MS.,
283, f. 64.
B. M.
2. Modern copy, apparently derived from the document in Part I, No. 875. Pp. 2.
[April ?]
Royal MS.,
7 C. XVI. 143.
B. M.
The bearer is one of those whom I sent into Flanders and along the coast. He can certify you of all occurrents, and is a wise man and your true subject. The matters in those parts are nothing as they have been reported. London, Wednesday. Signed.
P. 1. Add. Endd.: My lord P. S. to the K's. Matie.
6 May.
R. O.
Have received his Lordship's letters of 28 April for the enlargement of the stipend of Ric. Gilmen, singing man, out of the revenues of Our Lady's Guild. Remind Cromwell of their suits heretofore for the decrease of the singing men and of their wages, as they are unable to keep up the number. Gilmen's wages are already above other men's, for he has 8l. 13s. 4d., and others only 6l. Boston, 6 May. Signed: "By your daily orators the alderman and cobrethren of Our Lady's Guild there."
P. 1. Add.: Privy Seal. Endd.
R. O. 24. RIC. GYLLMYN, of Boston, to MASTER TURNOR.
I thank you for your kindness to me when I was last in London. I have delivered my lord's letter to my masters in Boston, and am like to be undone, for they answer plainly that I shall neither have my wages mended nor have assurance of my living; they seek to put me clean out of all, and have, I hear, sent a letter of complaint to my lord. You promised me a sharper letter for them if this would not serve. Their land is 300l. a year and their charges somewhat over 200l.; so there is enough to help me and many more. "I pray you show Master Vavysor that I have spoken with Dr. Porret, and he hath paid the money to one Dr. Brynkley, (fn. 8) of the same religion, (fn. 9) and have a fair quittance to show, which I did see, and he saith that the bishop of Dover hath seen it, and is well contented, and Doctor Vavisar can tell well I now (enough) saith he."
Hol., p. 1. Add.: "Secretary to my lord Privy Seal."
20 May.
Irish Pat.
30–31 Hen.
VIII. p. 2,
m. 1.
Commission to John Alen, chancellor, Wm. Brabazon, vice treasurer, and Robert Cowley, master of the Rolls, to survey and let lands of dissolved monasteries, reserving plate and ornaments, and to assign pensions. Westm., 20 May 31 Hen. VIII.
See Morrin's Calendar, p. 54.
31 May.
Harl. MS.,
6,807, f. 2.
B. M.
Payments made by Ric. Cotton, Esq., comptroller of the Prince grace household from 1 Oct. 30 Hen. VIII. to 31 May "eodem anno." (sic). Divided under the headings pistrinum, buttilleria, garderoba, coquina, emptoria, pulleria, scuttilleria, salseria, aula et camera, and stabil. Total, 3,733l. 19s. 4¼ d. A half year's wages of household, 461l. 19s. 3d. Total of all, 4,195l. 18s. 7¼ d.
P. 1.
"First, that if I should go to Rome I should find there friends enough, and that there were already a great company of English there.
"Item, concerning the muster, he said that he hath seen lately at Rome seven times so many, much better apparelled. Howbeit when he was inquired how he liked them, he answered quum aiunt, aio, quum negant, nego." He promised to bring me to Rome for less than 30 ducats, praising Rome far above London, Antwerp, or Paris. He said I should be more welcome for the sake of my uncle, the late bp. of Rochester. When we next met I told him there were one or two gentlemen or noblemen who would gladly go to Rome with me. He answered that hedges had ears, and if we came to Antwerp he would show us how to be conveyed thither with little charge. When I said I had lands which would be in jeopardy if it were known I were in Rome, he advised me to sell them and buy certain offices in the bank there, assuring me that for every 600 ducats I should have yearly 200 under the Pope.
P. 1. Endd.: "Touching a certain man that would go to Rome."
Cleop. E. v.,
B. M.
Burnet, IV.,
Arguments addressed to the King in favour of the doctrine of auricular confession as of divine origin. With some criticisms in the margin in the King's own hand.
Lat., Pp. 7.
Cleop. E. v.,
B. M.
Burnet, IV.,
"Since methought, my lord of Durham, that both the bishops of York, Winchester, and your reasons and texts were so fully answered this other day in our house as, to my seeming and supposal, the most of the house was satisfied, I marvelled not a little why eftsoons you have sent me this now your writing, being in a manner few other texts or reasons than there were declared both by the bishop of Canterbury and me to make smally or nothing to your intended purpose." Supposes Tunstall did it to prove the King's "simple judgment" which is wont to call in the aid "of other learned men, and so by mine ignorant answer seem to win the field." Thinks, however, since Tunstall has provoked him to it, he can reply to his arguments. Answers to the effect indicated by the marginal notes on No. 28.
Hol., pp. 3.
Titus B. I.
B. M.
2. Contemporary copy of the preceding.
Pp. 5.
15 June
R. O.
Has not been able to attend on Cromwell in consequence of a fervent tertain. Reminds him of his long suit. London, 15 June. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal.
23 June.
R. O.
Has lately received from his auditor and other servants in England notice that Dame Dionyse Sandys has complained that she was like to go a begging, for he and his late brother had consumed above 7,000l. of her goods, and that Cromwell has ordered his tenants to pay her rents and deliver her certain cattle which she demands. Reminds him of the answer which he sent by Mr. Pollard when she first complained, and also the declaration he made when he took his journey hither. The truth is, that though she can bind him by no law to make her a jointure, from lapse of time, yet he agreed to give her 80l. a year during her life, as Sir Ric. and John Gressam and her son-in-law, Anthony Elyott, can testify. For this sum, she holds a manor of his worth 40l. a year, and he agreed to pay her 40l. a year in ready money, beginning at Michaelmas, but when the time of sealing came she would not appear; and then he came hither according to the King's orders.
As to the consuming of her substance by him and his brother, none of it came to his hands, except 100l. that he borrowed of his brother, for which he had 180l. Does not wish him to stay her complaining to the King, for he can answer her.
Cromwell promised him that no complaint should take furtherance against him till his return, or else that he should be first advertised thereof, but he has heard nothing of this except through his tenants. Thanks God and the King that he can maintain competently the honour whereto it has pleased the King to call him, without exclamation of wrong-doing by extortion, oppression, or otherwise. Is well assured that there shall no man truly complain of him, but that he will be always ready to answer. Guysnes Castle, 23 June. Signed.
Pp. 2. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
15 July.
Royal MS.
7 C. XVI. (98)
B. M.
"Names of the waters which were stilled this year from the beginning of May until the 15th day of July, in the xxxjth year of the reign of our Sovereign lord King Henry the viijth."
A list in two columns beginning "Damask water, red roses, damask roses," containing the names of 54 waters, and another list in a third column headed "Old waters of the last year's remain," containing 24 kinds.
P. 1. Endd.
[18 July ?]
R. O.
33. JULIAN NERINI. (fn. 10)
"In causa Domini Nerini":—Since the adversaries try to pervert the mind of the judge by saying Dominus Julianus could not honestly have raised the money he brought to England, the said D. Julianus replies:—
After a preamble addressed to the judge and his assessors explains that D. Julianus had an honourable patrimony, has been 23 years engaged in extensive commerce in France, and had no wife or family. What marvel, then, living modestly and being no gambler, he should acquire such a sum? Descending to particulars, D. Julianus says he remitted "de anno 1538" from Thoulouse to the Panciatichi at Lyons 4,661l. 6d. (of Tours money)." Details other transactions involving the names of the Panciatichi, John de Sole and Peter Faldanda of Thoulouse, Arnald Pitit de Monte Albano, Ceretanus ("ipsemet Ceretanus"), Paul Barutello de Villa Franca, Ant. Barundello, John Sonaglo de Albi, the lord "de Sancto Oram," Raymund Girardus, Pet. del Brel, the lord de Bottavilla, Pet. Lopes, and the heirs of John Catellani. Letters are extant from the Panciatichi to the treasurer of the illustrious Charles de Lotoringia, stating that the money D. Julianus carried to England was his own; also letters from Ceretanus to the Panciatichi stating that 4,000 crs. that D. Julianus was taking from Thoulouse to Lyons belonged to the same "Dominus Nerinus"; so it is probable he could have taken as much and more money to England without fraud.
Latin, pp. 4.
2 Aug.
R. O.
34. [CALAIS.] (fn. 11)
A small scrap of paper containing the following words:—"ijdo Augustii (sic).—Item, iij men and j woman, Bruges, at Sterr. Item, j man of Fynes, at Wolsacke, Item, j man of Cassyll, at Cony, ... (blank) at Angle ... (blank) at Hownde.
v infra, xx extra. Melody sergt viijvo die extra Porter. Rt iijxx xj."
11 Aug
R. O.
Reminds Cromwell that he said divers times he would make him spend 100l. a year, and that the King, when he called him from the Arches to do him service, said that he would provide for him and his posterity. Hopes the King has not suspected his fidelity or diligence. Has been a long suitor, but nothing has fallen to his lot. Cromwell had never a better nor juster occasion to move the King for his preferment than now. St. Giles, (fn. 12) 11 Aug.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal.
18 Aug.?] (fn. 13)
R. O.
A list of "trunckis" and "pottes" of wildfire and materials for making it, headed: "Delivered by me, Antony the Naples, unto Mr. George, (fn. 14) master of the King's Ordnance, these parcels following." Among the items is "all the okam that I brought out of England with me."
Large paper, p. 1.
22 Aug.
R. O.
Thanks him on behalf of Mr. Ward for his and my lord's favour. Mr. Ward's suit is to be at liberty upon sureties for 200l. Would have been with him at Grafton, as commanded, but is very ill of a cotidian fever, and Ward is also feeble. No suits are made against the said Edmund Ward in any of the King's courts. Greenwich, 22 Aug.
Hol., p. 1. Add. Endd.
[24 Sept.]
Nero, B. III.
B. M.
Memorial with respect to the captivity of Christiern II. of Denmark. As it is notorious that the duke of Holstein and his father wickedly incited the subjects of Denmark against their King, and the Duke, though a vassal to king Christiern, made war upon him and chased him and chased him and his wife and children from their country, and at last took him prisoner, and has kept him so now for seven years, the Count Palatine, since he has married the said King's daughter, has sought every means for his deliverance, and has now come to the King for advice and assistance to the poor prisoner. The King is much inclined to give it, but wishes first to know by what means the Count Palatine thinks it may be done, seeing that the duke of Holstein has got himself crowned king, is in possession, and has friends, &c. The Count replies as follows:—
He and his friends have made diligent inquiry of the grounds the duke of Holstein has for hoping to continue, viz.:—
1. As he sees no one opposes him by force cr by law, he persuades everyone that he is in the right, and gains friends, most of whom, as lovers of justice, would persuade the Duke to treat if they found poor king Christiern was not totally abandoned.
2. The Count Palatine has several good friends, neighbours of Denmark, and within the kingdom, who would willingly give assistance against the Duke.
3. The Count knows, by those of the kingdom who are oppressed with exactions, and also by those who have been driven out of it by force, that there could not be a better time than the present.
4. It can be proved that the kingdom of Denmark is not elective, and if it were, the Estates bound themselves that king Christiern and his heirs should remain in peaceful possession thereof for ever.
5. Letters can be shown, signed and sealed by the duke of Holstein's father and all the Estates of the country, that the Duke, for a great sum of money paid to him by king John of Denmark, swore never to attempt anything against the kingdoms of Denmark and Norway, but to leave Christiern and his heirs male and female in peaceful possession.
The King will, therefore, consider how much it will be for his honor and the good of his realm not to let poor king Christiern remain abandoned, as the Count Palatine will willingly show him by word of mouth.
Fr., pp. 3.
Add. 28,592,
f. 261.
B. M.
39. CHARLES V. and BARBAROSSA. (fn. 15)
Articles of peace proposed by Barbarossa to the Emperor, in which he offers to go to his Majesty's service with 550 or 560 galleys and send his son to Spain to be with his Majesty, and to aid the Emperor if he make war against the Turk, etc. That he will allow freedom of access to all to the island of Tabarca and Macalhariz (?), and will make a tower in the island of Tabarca "para hazer en ella la contratacion." (fn. 16) That he will aid the Emperor if he desire to make war on the Venetians, or against France if that King attack him.
Spanish, pp. 2. Modern copy from Simancas.
13 Oct.
Irish Pat.
Roll, 29–30,
Hen. VIII.,
m. 5 d.
Thos. Wyndeham and Edw. Dudley are to be grand captains under Mr. Brereton and John Huberdine, and Wm. Blechinden under Mr. Griffith. Mr. Brereton and Mr. Griffith to be allowed their chaplains and minstrels. Every man to have a month's wages before taking ship, payable out of the 2,000l. delivered to Mr. Brabazon. All expedition is to be used in the transport of the army. London, 13 Oct.
22 Oct.
R. O.
This August last I have been very sore sick, (fn. 17) but am now well. Recommend me to my brother John and his wife, and my brother Kebull and his wife, "and to my brother Harry, and George, with all my brethren and sister." Malta, 22 Oct.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: To my right worshipful lady and mother my lady Tyrelle.
R. O.
To purchase of the King certain lands of the late monastery of Fountains, Yorks., worth 300l. a year; certain other lands late of the duke of Suffolk and bp. of Norwich, in Norfolk, 200l.: total, 500l.; which, after 20 years' purchase, amounts to 10,000l., "whereof to be defalked that 'your lordship' knoweth of 1,000l., and to pay in hand 4,000l., and the residue to pay yearly 1,000 marks until the said sum be paid."
In the hand of a clerk of Sir Ric. Gresham, p. 1.
[Nov. ?]
R. O.
43. LIST of NAMES. (fn. 18)
Hen. earl of Essex; Sir Chr. Jenny, Sir Humfrey Wyngfield, Sir Thos. Darcye, Sir Gyles Capell, Sir John Raynsforth, Sir John Seyntclere, Sir Wm. Pyrton, "vel tribus eorum quorum, &c."
"Jur' ad inquirendum":—Thos. Arblaster, Wm. Draper, John Causton, Stephen Gardyner, John Broke,_Hubbert, John Stephyn, Robt. Upcher, Thos. Motham, Geffrey Carter, Thos. Flyngaunt, Wm. Thurston, Thos. Cokk, John Leche, Augustyn Beryff, John Johnes, Robt. Brown, aldermen of Colchester, Geo. Sayer."
"Ad triandum":—John Wentworth, Thos. Teye de Layer de Haye, Robt. Foster, John Danyell, Wm. Boneham, John Crystemas, John Barnes, Wm. Clovyle, esqs. Thos. Secylden, Wm. Kempe, Thos. Rampton, John Neve, John Forde, John Abell, Wm. Rochester, John Moone, Chr. Roydon, Robt. Furmage, Thos. Brokeman, gent.
John Lucas,_Pylborowe, John Blake, learned men.
Pp. 2. Endd.
Statement of lands and woods let by the abbot of Peterborough so as to defraud the King.
Pp. 2. Endd.
[1 Dec. ?]
R. O.
I have nothing to inform your Lordship of the King's business at Colchester other than Mr. Brown and Mr. Sheriff can declare at large. "My lord of Essex kept a very honourable board there for gentlemen," and Mr. Capell did the King good service. The prisoner (fn. 19) after judgement asked the King's, your Lordship's, and the Lord Chancellor's forgiveness, "knowledged himself, in substance, to be guilty" and showed himself penitent, "saving he stood somewhat in his own conceit that the suppression of abbeys should not stand with the law of God," and so "I thought him an evil man." Concerning what I wrote in my former letters, I trust in your favour that my unkind neighbours may not have cause to rejoice. Mr. Hyde, the bearer, under-sheriff of Essex, can inform your Lordship of our doings at Colchester as well as Mr. Brown. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
[Dec. ?]
R. O.
46. HENRY VIII. to _. (fn. 20)
We command you, on receipt of this, with all celerity "to prepare yourself, and all other things meet and convenient, to bring unto us our entirely beloved daughters the ladies Mary and Elizabeth in such honourable sort as you can: And that ye appoint to attend upon our daughter_"
P. 1. Begins: Trusty and well beloved.
"The articles of the charge to be given in a leet."
"First ye shall enquire whether all the officers that should present for the royalty of this lordship be here this day, and if any make default ye shall present their names, &c.
"Item, of halt treason and in some cases of petit treason, sc.":—Item, if any do devise hurt to the King or counterfeit his broad seal, sign manual, or stamp. Item, if any minish or clip the King's coin without licence. Item, if any do kill or poison his master or sovereign. Item, if any do keep erroneous opinions against the Sacrament. Item, of priests' wives or that they who have avowed chastity may marry, masses and auricular confession unnecessary, &c. And 14 other items.
P. 1.
"A goodly saying."
A song of seven four-lined verses each ending with "Then put in priests' wives your trust and confidence."
Pp. 2. Mutilated. Begins: "When wrens wear woodknives cranes for to kill. And sparrows build churches upon a green hill."
Add. MS.
10, 110, f. 244.
B. M.
49. JOHN COKE, of Berwick.
Petition of John Cowke, of Berwick, to Sir Wm. Eure, captain of Berwick, to have some small living in compensation for his losses, amounting to 400 mks., sustained through the capture of his ship, the George Wyndesore, by the French, on her return from Synson Mart, 20 August, 14 Hen. VIII., and through his charges as a victualler, with woollen cloths, in the King's army under the duke of Suffolk; which losses compelled him, to maintain his wife and children, to seek service in this town of Berwick, and in Scotland under the duke of Norfolk, (fn. 21) in the retinue of Thos. Gowere, as appears "in this little book following both of the acts done in France and Scotland."
P. 1.
Memorandum of a certain pasture called Hangar, belonging to the late priory of Clerkenwell, now occupied by _ Barker, of Bosoms Inn; yearly value, 10l.
Endd.: A remembrance.
Allegations made before John Butler, LL.D., commissary of the abp. of Canterbury, at Calais, by Christopher Senows, against John Swete, of Calais, whom the plaintiff accuses of having forged a will in the name of his brother, John Senows, priest, deceased.
Large paper, p. 1.
My lord Chamberlain sends his commendations, and thanks you in my behalf, and as you have granted me my chamber with its contents I have sent my servant to Calais to collect my things. I shall be glad if you will let me have the pension of 5l. in writing which you have granted me, and the hangings of green and red say about the high altar for my chamber. The rents owed me by Mr. Porter "I put wholely to your lordship." My lady has a bill of them. Mr. Ry[n]geley has a vestment and a chalice I left with him. If you will give me the vestment "it shall be a memory as long as I live. My servant will deliver you the keys of all things in the house. Left four feather beds in "ostry" when I went into England last year. Found none of them at my return. Edmund Gatts stole two and sold them to the parson of Offchyrche. Mr. Porter's servant has the rest.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Lisle, general captain of the town and marches of Calais.
R. O. 53. SIR ROBERT LEE, deceased.
Estimate of the advantages gained by Sir Robt. Lee, deceased, by his marriage with Letyce, late wife to Robt. Knolles.
Household stuff, 120l. Jewels given by Knolles to his wife, 120l. Wool of 1,000 sheep, two years' growing, 100l. Corn, 100l. Cattle, 220l. Plate, 200 mks. The apparel of Robt. Knolles, 100 mks. Dame Letice Lee's apparel, 100 mks. Lands, worth 100 mks. yearly, for 15 years, 1,000l. Ready money, 154l. Increase of 400l. for 15 years, 600l. Increase of 200l. for eight years, 160l.
On the back in another hand:_Lady Lee must have by Sir Robt. Lee's will, if she release her dower, 100 mks.; all the jewels she usually wears; 1,000 sheep at Ratherfelde, and all the corn and cattle there: half the household stuff at Ratherfelde and Quarynden; 20 score sheep from Burston; half the plate belonging to Sir Robt.
Pp. 2. Endd.
Vesp. F. XIII.
B. M.
I had thought to have desired you to thank Mr. Cofferer for his liberality to me. He did not offer me 10 oaks, according to your letter, but 30, which I refused, not as monks do abbacies, but in good faith. I am assured that your lease for the provost's house shall be as you would have it, although neither I nor any other should speak in it. If I had gone to Cambridge, I might have done for you no needful service, but only exhibited unto you an argument of my necessary good will. I have hearkened for Mr. Provost's journey to Cambridge and hear of it first from one of Mr. Cofferer's servants. Drayton, Saturday.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: To the right worshipful and my most special good friend, Mr. Thomas Wriothesley, esquire.
R. O.
Edw. VI.,
I. xxxiv.
Where you promised, if I could find anything wherein ye might do me good, I should not fail of it: I beg your favour to get me a lease of the monastery of Missindyne, Bucks, at the value by the surveyors assessed. Hunnesdon, this present Sunday. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.: Ao XXXo. (fn. 22)
R. O. 56. WILTON, in Cleveland.
Reparations, &c., at Wilton in Cleveland in 31 Hen. 8, for which Jas. Hall, bailiff, asks allowance.
Among them are expenses at York at Lady Day, in Lent, and at Lammas, and returning from Holme in Spaldingmore. Total, 57s. 1d.
Pp. 1. Endd. in another hand: 89l. 14s. 8d.


  • 1. See Part I., No. 191 (38).
  • 2. See Vol. XIII., Part II., No. 1,171.
  • 3. See Part. I., No. 334. The handwriting here is the same as in Vol. XIII., Part II., No. 953.
  • 4. The Earl of Northumberland, deceased in 1537.
  • 5. The date of this paper is uncertain, but it may have been drawn up in March 1539 in consequence of Cromwell's letter in Part I., No. 409.
  • 6. See Vol. V. No. 1,117.
  • 7. See Part I., Nos. 489, 490.
  • 8. Peter Bringley. See XIII., II., 1211.
  • 9. The Order of Grey Friars, to which Dr. Will. Vavasour belonged.
  • 10. See Part I., No. 1279.
  • 11. Similar to the document in Part I., No. 1340.
  • 12. St. Giles Flamsted, Herts.
  • 13. See Part II., No. 61.
  • 14. George Browne, Master of the Ordnance at Calais.
  • 15. Apparently this document is early in October 1539. See Spanish Calendar, Vol. VI. Pt. I., p. 211.
  • 16. Apostyled in the margin: La torre, no la consiente; todo lo demas, si."
  • 17. See Part II., No. 374.
  • 18. Probably for the trial of the abbot of Colchester.
  • 19. The abbot of Colchester.
  • 20. The date of this letter is uncertain, but it may have been in December 1539, when the Princesses Mary and Elizabeth were staying at Hertford, and the former certainly did come up. This letter is unfinished, and it does not follow that any similar letter was issued.
  • 21. See Vol. IV. No. 5850.
  • 22. This endorsement seems to be wrong, as the monastery of Missenden could not have been dissolved till the autumn of 1539, which would be "anno 31."