Henry VIII: January 1540, 11-20

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January 1540, 11–20

11 Jan. 47. William Lygon to Cromwell.
R. O. Since my departure from you, I have learned that the Barton of Gloucester is committed, as not necessary for the house, (fn. 1) by the commissioners there, to Mr. Price. As Mr. Price is your servant as well as I, I shall wade no further therein, but thank you for your goodness. Tewkesbury, 11 Jan.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
11 Jan. 48. James V. to Sir Thomas Wharton.
R. O. “Forsamekle” (for as much) as you write to our cousin lord Maxwell, Warden of our West Marches, that Andrew Bell, our rebel, is with you, and that you allege causes why you should not deliver him at the requisition of our said warden; we pray you “effectuislie” to deliver him and not give us occasion to advertise our “dearest uncle” of your default. Linlithgow, 11 Jan. 27 James V. Signed.
1. Add.: Warden of the West Marches. Sealed.
12 Jan. 49. Monks of Tewkesbury.
R. O. Pensions assigned to the late abbot and religious of Tewkesbury 12 Jan., 31 Hen. VIII., viz.:—
John Wakeman, abbot, who is also to have the house of Forthampton, with the demesnes, and the tithes of the tenants of Forthampton and Swynle at 8l. 13s. 1d. rent, 266l. 13s. 4d.; John Baily, prior, B.D., 16l.; John Bromesgreve, prior of Derehurst, B.D., and Robt. Circester, prior of St. James' at Bristol, B.D., 13l. 6s. 8d. each; Wm. Dydcotte, prior of Cranborne, and Robt. Cheltenham, B.D., 10l. each; Edm. Stanle, hosteler, Thos. Sturton, fermerer, Thos. Wynchecombe, Thos. Lemyngton, Roger Compton, elemosyner, Thos. Twynnyng, sub-prior, Thos. Teynton, John Morton, John Tewkesburye, chaunter, Thos. Leckhampton, Wm. Streynesham, Robt. Aston, John Asheton, master of Our Lady chapel, John Gales, Edw. Stanwey, Thos. Bristowe, steward of the household, John Derehurst, John Hartelond, Roger Preston, John Evesham, sub-chaunter, Thos. Thorneburye, Hen. Worceter, abbot's chaplain, Ric. Cheltenham, Giles Marlowe, Ric. Goderton, and Thos. Craneborne, 6l. 13s. 4d. each; John Cheltenham, sexton, 1l. 13s. 4d.; Ric. Compton and Ph. Cardiffe alias Wyett, tercius prior, 8l. each; Thos. Newporte, sub-sexton, 7l.; John Welneforde, Alex. Belye and Ric. Wymeborne, 6l. each. Signed: Robert Sowthwell: Edward Carne: Ri. Gwent: John London: John ap Rice.
Pp. 2.
50. Robert Sowthwell to Cromwell.
R. O. We have finished our commission in Hants, Wilts, and Gloucestershire, and are now entering Worcestershire. The bearer (fn. 2) can inform your lordship of the state of the monasteries suppressed. He has done his duty, and now is like to be expelled from the house of Gaunts in which we put him (as we wrote), which may be to his dishonesty (the house standing among his friends). I beg your favour to him. Signed.
1. Add.: lord Privy Seal. Endd.
12 Jan. 51. Monks of Great Malvern.
R. O. Pensions assigned, by the commissioners for taking surrenders in Worcestershire, to the late prior and monks of Much Malvern, 12 Jan., 31 Hen. VIII., viz.:—
Ric. Whytborne, prior, 66l. 13s. 4d.; Roger Frome, sub-prior, 13l. 6s. 8d.; Ric. Succley, sexton, 8l.; Ric. Webley, Wm. Umbersley, Maculyn Malverne, and Wm. Bennett, 6l. 13s. 4d. each; Ric. Pole, Thos. Powyck, and Reynold Werstane, 6l. each; Hugh Lychefyld, 6l. 6s. 8d. each; Chr. Aldewyn alias More, scholar in Oxford, 10l. Signed: per nos Robertum Sowthwell, Ri. Gwent, Johannem London, John Scudamore, Robt. Burgoyn, John ap Rice.
P. 1.
12 Jan. 52. The Commissioners for dissolving Abbeys in the North to Cromwell.
Tanner MS.
343 f. 34.
On Friday, the 9th inst., repaired to Carlisle. Were met by the warden (fn. 3) and other gentlemen two miles out of the town, with a goodly sight of horsemen and spears. Were also entertained very worshipfully by the mayor and aldermen. The Borders in those parts are in very good order. Have entertained the prior as commanded, as he will doubtless report. Have fully executed their commission in all the other monasteries in Yorkshire, Westmoreland, Cumberland, and the bpric. of Durham, except only the monastery of Shappe; whither they mean to repair on Tuesday next, and from thence to Westchester, then Shrewsbury, and then Wenlock, the last house in their commission; and then straight to London, where they expect to be by the beginning of Lent. Carlisle, 12 Jan. Signed: Walter Hendle: Ric. Layton: Thomas Legh, Ll. D.: Richard Watkyns.
From a modern copy in R. O. made for the Editor, pp. 2. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.: The Commissioners in the North parties, the xijth of Januarie, about the dissolvinge of Abbayes, &c.
12. Jan. 53. Adrien Revel to Lord Lisle.
R. O. Compliments to lady Lisle. The bearer is going to you to prosecute for an offence done in some Irish harbour (fn. 4) to a ship of Dieppe, laden with Spanish wine and a quantity of gold and silver, by a ship or hulk of Flanders of which you have the clerk (escripvain) in prison. I beg you to do the bearer justice, as the goods taken belong to some of the most respectable men of Dieppe. As to my affair of Calais, I left my schedule in the hands of your secretary, Pitre, to be paid out of the moneys due to me, but have had no news of it since. Dieppe, 12 Jan., 1539.
Hol., Fr., p. 1. Add.
12 Jan. 54. Adrien Revel to Petre [Beckwith], Lord Lisle's Secretary.
R. O. I have written you two or three times about my affair touching Calais, but have had no answer. If you have received any money I beg you to deliver it to the bearer, otherwise to send the schedule from Calais. Commend me to my lord Deputy and my lady, to Master Spingnell and others. Dieppe, 12 Jan. 1539.
Hol. Fr., p. 1. Add.
12 Jan. 55. Lope Hurtado de Mendoza to Charles V.
Add. MS.
28,592 f. 9.
B. M.
Troubles of Madame (Duchess of Florence) and suggestions for her relief. (fn. 5) Rome, 12 Jan., 1540.
Spanish. Modern copy from Simancas, pp. 7. See Spanish Calendar, VI., i., No. 99.
13 Jan. 56. Marillac to Lord Lisle.
R. O. I am informed by Jehan du Moustier, the bearer, master of a ship called Le Saulveur, of Dieppe, which was plundered in Ireland, at the port of Kinsale, by the crew of a hulk of Hamburg, that the clerk (escripvain) of the said hulk has been put in prison at Calais, and that you have promised he shall not be liberated until the bearer has returned from London, where he has been entreating the King and Council for justice. We understand the hulk belongs to the Easterlings, who have promised redress, so that it only remains to ascertain the truth about the loss, which can easily be proved by the said clerk. I beg therefore that he may not be liberated until the facts of the case have been proved, except upon good sureties. Your King takes the matter very much to heart, and I cannot help saying the case seems to me a strange one. London, 13 Jan.
Hol., Fr., p. 1. Add.: a Cales.
13 Jan. 57. John Heron to the President of the Council in the North.
R. O. On Sunday last, 11th inst., “I was in Tendill accompanyd wt my nown frendes and soght the Billyng and ye Fawll Stan. John Robson was away and cold nott be ffound, and so I gaitt James Robson, brother son to the said John; Colde Lyell gatt warre stratly away in his shurtt.” The said James is the sharpest man of them; I have him in the “geawill at Newcastill, trusting to God he, schall have mor company nott long unto, for I wold be lothe to have hym sett alon.” I see nothing in the inhabitants of Tendill but good, except the outlaws, who, I fear, will steal away into Scotland. Asks for bows, arrows, and gunpowder. Mr. Tempest and Mr. Bowis know that when I have done my “ffeitt” I can scarcely pass Tendill without danger unless I have bows and handguns. “As for the monschyn (moonshine?) or the derk I paisse nott whether I have yff God send wedir.” That my lord Privy Seal writes I must raise no fire troubles me, for some houses in Tendill cannot be won without fire. The inhabitants of Northumberland praise God, the King, your lordship, and others of the Council that stealing and reiving is dead, and they live at rest. Please despatch my cousin, John Heron, whom I can ill spare. This Monday night I received wages of Sir George Lawson, and shall go about to get in my harvest. Newcastle, 13 Jan.
Hol., pp. 2. Add.: To my lord Presydent. Endd.: John Heron of Chip[chase].
13 Jan. 58. De Morainville to Mary of Guise.
Balcarres MS.,
iv. 66.
Adv. Lib.,
Since his return from Scotland, several messengers have gone to her from her father, but every time her father wrote he sent him to Normandy and other places on the affairs of her and her son, (fn. 6) which he has so much at heart that she need not be anxious. Was lately at Elbeuf to get young boars (jeunes sangliers) for her as she desired, but was sent for by Monseigneur on account of the coming of the Emperor and some matters relating to her son, especially touching the succession of the prince of Orange, who requires the aid of the Emperor “pour ce qui en peult estre assiz es pais de son obeissance.” Cannot report in detail the reception and pastimes given which the King gives daily to the Emperor; but the bearer, the Sieur de Brosseton, can give an account of them. Her brother, d'Aubmalle, has carried the prize amongst all the combatants both with lance and sword. The Emperor is more familiar with her father than with any other prince at this Court. He wants to have him continually with him, and they go shooting together in the woods, often coming back late with a very small company. The King, who has no less regard for him than the Emperor, means to conduct him (the latter?) to St. Quentin, where they take leave of each other, arranging to make a final conclusion in their affairs (fn. 7); for all the while the Emperor has been in France the King would never speak of anything but pastimes. Velierscosterez, 13 Jan. 1539.
Her father proposes to make a voyage to Scotland to see her, and the writer thinks he has chosen him as his guide. Assures her it cannot be so soon as he would like. Signed: De Moraiville.
Fr., pp. 2. Add.: A. la Royne. Endd.: Moraynville.
14 Jan. 59. Parliament.
Journals of
the House of
Lords, i. 127.
Notice of the meeting of Parliament on 14 Jan. 31 Hen. VIII. and its prorogation to 12 April following.
14 Jan. 60. Southwark, St. Thomas' Hospital.
R. O. Surrender of the house and all its possessions in cos. Surr., Suss., Kent, Midd., Essex, Camb., the city of London, and elsewhere in England, 14 Jan. 31 Hen. VIII. Signed by Thos. Thirleby, master, and two others. [See Deputy Keeper's Eighth Report, App. II., 41.]
Seal gone. Docketed (in Petrels hand) as recognised before Wm. Petre, of the King's Council, the same day.
14 Jan. 61. Export of Corn.
R. O. William Fymer, of Pheversam, mercer, examined 14 Jan., says (1) that, 25 May last 31 Henry VIII., Wm. Castlocke, brewer, and Wm. Belke, jun., barber, of Pheversam, did load two hoys of Flushing with grain, bought of John Goldfinch, of Feversham. This was restrained for the King by Thos. Clynton, Stephen Clynton, Peter Lawrence, John Daunell, Wm. Borne, John Gremson, Walter Webbe, and John Emerye; and Castelocke and Belke were bound to deliver it at Dover. Four days after Castlocke and Belke came to the customer's wife pretending to have unladen the grain; and so recovered their bonds. Then, at the next tide, they provided John Tylney, Henry Newman, John Bucke, and others with bows, bills, and other weapons to defend them till their hoys might pass over; and so sailed into Zealand. (2.) Thomas Oldefelde, parish clerk of Feversham, and the said Belke, 20 June, conveyed grain in a ship of John Browne's, of Whitstable, to Zealand. (3–5.) John Bringborne, 21 June and 18 August, and John Umffrey, 24 June, conveyed grain to Zealand in their own ships. (6.) William Bringborne, 24 August, bought 25 “deker” of leather at Bartholomew fair in London, and shipped it “here at London” in a ship of Robert of Beryes, of Feversham, and bound himself in 40l. to bring it to Feversham, and not convey it beyond sea. Nevertheless he conveyed it into a ship of Dieppe at East Swale and showed the customer of Feversham 6 “deker” of country leather in his storehouse; and so got a certificate to discharge his bond. (7.) Walter Webbe, Robt. Cole, bailiff of Feversham, and Stephen Motte, 7 Oct., shipped grain in 2 hoys, of Flushing, belonging to Adrian and Chr. Forster: witnesses, John Goldefynche, who sold them part of the grain, and John Hampton, jurat of Feversham, who passed into Zealand in one of the hoys. (8.) William Belke, about 20 Nov., shipped wheat in a ship of Antwerp lying at the Fletes mouth beside Feversham, but was driven to Quenborowe Haven, where John Robinson, the mayor, seized the wheat for the King, and certified it in the Exchequer. Belke thereupon repaired to the Exchequer and got John Castell and John Goldfinch, jurate of Feversham, bound for the grain to be delivered here. On 4 Dec., Goldfinch discharged half the wheat and brought it to Feversham, where he put part in his own garners and the rest into a ship of John Bringborne's to go over sea; the other half Belke took over, about 15 Dec., notwithstanding the said bonds. (9.) John Brinckborne, John Ambros, and William Brinckborne, 13 Nov., conveyed grain into Zealand in the Mawdeleyn, of Feversham, Ambros going over with it. (10.) Stephen Motte and Robt. Cole, 9 Dec., conveyed grain to Zealand in Adrian Forster's hoy: witness, John Goughe who passed over in the hoy. (11.) The same day the Gallyon, of Calais, was freighted with wheat, for the delivery of which at Rye John Goodale stands bound before the customer of Feversham. The said wheat is notwithstanding conveyed into Zealand and there sold: witness, John Grough. Signed with mark.
John Hudiball and Thomas Smith, of Feversham, confirm the foregoing. The former signs with a mark, the latter, “be me thomas smyth.”
Pp. 4. Endd.
14 Jan. 62. Shap Abbey.
Close Roll,
p. 4, No. 10.
Rym. xiv.,
Surrender (by Ric. Baggott, abbot, and the convent) of the monastery and all its possessions in cos. Westmld. and Cumb., and elsewhere in England, Wales, and the marches thereof. 14 Jan. 31 Hen. VIII.
Acknowledged, same day, before Ric. Layton, one of the clerks of Chancery.
R. O. 2. Pensions assigned on the dissolution of Shappe monastery, 13 Jan. 31 Hen. VIII.
Ric. Baggott, abbot, 40l.; Robt. Layland, sub-prior, Thos. Typpyng, Martin Makareth, John Dawson, John Bell, John Adison, Ant. Johnson; Ralph Watson, Edm. Carter, Ric. Mell, Hugh Watson, John Rudde, Geo. Elerson, and Edw. Michel, priests, from 6l. to 4l. each. Signed by Hendle, Legh, Belassys, and Watkyns, commissioners.
15 Jan. 63. Thos. Prior of Christchurch, Canterbury, to Cromwell.
R. O. Sends by John Antony 20l. in gold for a new year's gift for the King. Though he sends it later than he would have done, asks Cromwell to have it delivered so that it may be acceptable to the King. Desires by his favour to keep the poor lodging he now has, whatever alteration it may be the King's pleasure to set among them. Is old, and by nature cannot live long. His poor chamber is near the church and other offices. Canterbury, Thursday, 15 Jan. Signed.
1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
15 Jan. 64. Richard Bryges to Cromwell.
R. O. This present Thursday, 15 January, was brought to me Sir John Styele, clk., who was before examined by Sir Will. Essex and Will. Hyde. Before me, John Warneford and Thos. Myrthe, he is accused by Wm. Warner, of Wantyng, Berks, tailor, and Edm. Townsend, chandler, of saying: “Our Holy Father the Pope, God save his Grace, all things that he did in his time was well done.” On being reproved, he said all who would trouble him for this saying were friends of the Devil. The following persons witness against him, Sir Stephen Knyght, clk., Edm. Cope, of Wantyng, tailor, Wm. Styleman, shoemaker, and John Cope, barber, of the same town. I have committed the said priest to Oxford Castle.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
15 Jan. 65. [Sir] Richard Sapcottes to Cromwell.
R. O. There is a corner of a wood within three miles of my house, called Shortwood, of “fyghty” acres, lying well to serve the country. Please get me the sale of the said wood. I keep a poor house, and have much need of wood, and would give the King 4l. an acre. I have served the King 28 years and, in the beginning of his wars, was with him beyond sea, “and so unto the latter end.” I never had anything of his Grace. Ayelton, 15 January.
Hol., but not in his own hand, p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
66. [Sir] Richard Sapcote to Cromwell.
R. O. “I have been troubled with the ague this 10 or 12 days, so that I could not follow my suit unto your Lordship as I would.” Begs favour and furtherance now. As desired, advertises Cromwell that there are in the sale of wood which his Lordship helped him to 200 oaks. Wishes to get the King's warrant for these; the time will be shortly of felling them. Signed.
1 Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
67. [Sir] Richard Sapcote to Cromwell.
R. O. Begs help to get his warrant signed of the King for the “said” oaks; now is the time of felling them. Signed.
1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal.
15 Jan. 68. Vaughan to Cromwell.
R. O.
S.P. viii.,
Yesterday, Chapuys visited me and asked, among other things, if my lady Mary were married to the duke or countie of Bavar. Said he had heard nothing of it, owing to his departure. Chapuys told him the duke of Cleves was mustering men, but denied that the Emperor meant to attack him, though he had “prested” 5,000 men to attack the Gantois. Chapuys also said a league was made between the Emperor, the Venetians, and the Pope. While talking, received letters from Wyat from Valenciennes, including one for Cromwell which he inadvertently opened but has not read. On the 19th, the Emperor is expected at Valenciennes, where he will stay six or seven days, and come four days after to Brussels. Has much ado to keep his house for Mr. Wyat, so many want it. Thinks Chapuys wanted to know what he would say to the matter of my lady Mary and the duke of Cleves. Brussels, 15 Jan.
Has received Cromwell's letter signifying the King's marriage, and is glad Cromwell found his judgment true of the Queen.
Hol. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.: Mr. Wotton.
16 Jan. 69. Westminster Abbey.
R. O. Surrender of the monastery and all its possessions in cos. Midd., Herts, Essex, Camb., Linc, Norf., Suff., Berks, Oxon, Bucks, Beds, Kent, Suss., Surr., Soms., Dors., Hants, Wilts, and Glouc., and the city of London, and elsewhere in England and Wales and the marches thereof. 16 Jan. 31 Hen. VIII. Signed by Wm. Boston, abbot, Denis Dalyons, prior, Humph. Charite, D., Ric. Gorton, D., and 21 others. [See Deputy Keeper's Rep. VIII., App. ii., p. 48.]
Seal half broken. Docketed as recognised, same day, before Wm. Petre, one of the King's Council: (signed) Wm. Petre.
R. O. 2. A list of monks of Westminster monastery “appointed pensions to depart the house immediately,” 21 Jan. 31 Hen. VIII., viz.:—
Wm. Elles, 8l.; Geo. Springwell, 6l.; John Foster, 8l.; Wm. Melton, 10l.; Wm Veryte, Wm. Pacyens, and Wm. Estney, 56s. 8d. each; [John Lathberye, 6l. 13s. 4d.]. (fn. 8) A second column of figures (perhaps sums given by way of immediate reward) appoints 53s. 4d. a-piece to the first four of the above, and 40s. a-piece to the other three. Signed: Rychard Ryche: Tho. Pope; Wyllyam Petre; Thomas Myldemaye.
P. 1.
70. William Benson, (fn. 9) Abbot quondam of Westminster, to [Cromwell].
R. O.
Ellis, 3 Ser., iii.,
Thanks for your kind message to me this Saturday by Mr. Dr. Peter. Please devise how I may be delivered from the governance of this house, and avoid the King's indignation. Through disease, I shall here have “a very short, painful bodily life,” and also put my soul in danger. “As for my pension, I pass not how little soever it be, so I may have the King's Highness my gracious lord.” Signed.
1. Endd.
16 Jan. 71. John lord Audeley to Cromwell.
R. O. If it be not by mean of your Lordship, I shall be undone, notwithstanding the King's goodness in granting me the lease of the house of Atheney, with all the demesnes and parsonages, and also 20l. annuity for life. I perceive that inventions will be found to hinder me as much as possible, for my adversaries were loth I should show my good heart to the King and you. If you do not send some trusty servant with your token to Mr. Chancellor of the Augmentations, I shall be worse off than ever. Milchet, 16 Jan. Signed.
1. Add.: Privy Seal. Endd.
16 Jan. 72. Katherine Blount to Cromwell.
R. O. In behalf of the bearer Philip Pen, bailly of Forton, an honest man in good repute with everybody except Thos. Skremshere, secondary of the King's Bench, who bears him malice about a bargain made for wheat. Describes how, on St. Stephen's Day last, John Skremshere, son and heir of Thomas, attacked the said Philip with a sword, and would have slain him if one Ric. Osborne had not parried the blow and kept him off. Philip is no breeder of quarrels, but keeps 13 or 14 persons in his house. I beg your favour to my son-in-law Ric. Lacon, who is wrongfully vexed by one Sir Ric. Brerton. Knyghtlay, 16 Jan. Signed.
1., broad sheet. Add: Privy Seal. Endd.
16 Jan. 73. Thomas Legh, Ll.D., to Cromwell.
R. O. Since our coming forth from London, your Lordship has had so great matters on hand that “uneath” you might attend to any but the King's affairs. Now, however, I am bold to remind you of my suit for Saint Oswald's, which it pleased the King I should have in recompense for Croxton. I beg you to further this my suit, and also to be favourable unto Sir John Lowther, kt., to have the preferment of Shappe. Kendall, 16 January. Signed.
1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
16 Jan. 74. Council of Ireland to Henry VIII.
R. O. St. P. iii.,
Commend the Deputy's services since his discomfiture of ONeill and ODonell, and beg the King to thank him. As he has lived long without a wife and is desirous to marry, they beg the King will prefer him to some profitable marriage. Dublin, 16 Jan. 31 Hen. VIII. Signed: John Alen, yor Maties Chanceler—James of Ormond and Oss.—George Dublin.—Edwarde Miden.—Will'm Brabazon—Wyllyam Brereton—John Travers—Edwarde Gruffythe—Gerald Aylmer, justice—Thomas Lutrell, justice—Robert Cowley, Mr of the Rolles.
16 Jan. 75. The Same to Cromwell.
R. O. To the same effect. Dublin, 16 Jan. 31 Hen. VIII. Signed.
1. Add. Endd.
17 Jan. 76. Marillac to Francis I.
R. O.
Kaulek, 152.
[London,] 17 Jan.:—Since he wrote on the 5th of the arrival of the new Queen at Greenwich, there has come a personage calling himself ambassador of the Landgrave of Hesse, who, with this duke of Bavaria, the chancellor of Saxony and some lords of Cleves who came with the “said” lady, has been summoned to Cromwell's house, where, with the principal councillors of this King, they have divers times discussed their secret affairs. Finally, upon a report that the Emperor was bringing down from Italy into France certain Italians and Spaniards of his garrison there, and because the Landgrave's ambassador brought news that the Lutherans on the one side, and the bishops and church party of Germany on the other were in arms against each other, the German lords decided to leave at once, under pretext that the safe conduct they have from the Emperor would expire in a few days and they might be shut in here if war broke out, for they think the Emperor and their ecclesiastical adversaries are working to no other end than to attack them, which is very likely if the above news are true.
[The ship of Dieppe pillaged and sacked at the port of Quiensalle by those of the hulk of Hambourgh, whose secretary was prisoner at Calais]. (fn. 10)
Memorandum at the end:—Letters to the Constable of like substance and about provision of my ordinary.
French. Modern transcript, pp. 2.
17 Jan. 77. Robert Bp. of Llandaff and Sir M. Constable to Cromwell.
R. O. According to your commandment, we have examined William Horslaye, the King's servant, and William Grymston, servant to Mr. Gostwyke, and send their confessions signed with their own hands. If we can learn further of “his” sayings at Skawsby Leyse, we will advertise you thereof. York, 17 Jan. Signed.
1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
17 Jan. 78. Card. Sadolet to Card. Pole.
Poli Epp., iii.
Pole's letters written at Verona 13 November only reached him in January. Is sad for the death of Card. Simoneta. Is glad Pole met Contarini and Bembo on entering Rome. Is grieved that he cannot get a further respite than that which Pole procured for the debtors of the cruel Jews. Has letters from Bembo. His studies are interrupted by pains in the teeth and gums. Both the Pauls (fn. 11) miss him much. Salutes Contarini and Bembo, Ludovicus and Priolus. Has read with pleasure the letters of the lady of Piscaria (fn. 12) to Pole. Carpentras, 16 kal. Feb. 1540.
18 Jan. 79. Henry VIII. to Wm. duke of Juliers.
Vit. C. xvi.,
B. M.
Thanks him for the kindness expressed in his letters of Dec. 30. Has spoken to his ambassadors about his negotiations with the Emperor and concealed nothing. Will act sincerely in matters concerning their friendship and the marriage. Greenwich, 18 Jan. 1539. Not signed.
Lat. P.
1. Add.
80. Suite of Anne of Cleves.
Cott. Appx.
xxviii., 104.
B. M.
Rewards given to the orators of Sax. and Cleves and to others which came with the Queen's grace to England.
Details of four or five gilt cups, &c., given to each, with the value in each case (in this abstract, shillings and pence are, for brevity, omitted):—Ambassadors of Saxony: Hanse Doltzicke, knight, 120l.; Sir Francisco Burgartus, 99l. Ambassadors from the duke of Cleves: the earl of Overstene, 102l.; the Great Master Hogestaine, 100l.; the vice-chancellor Olisleger, 99l. Lady Keteler, 100l.; lady Pallant, 66l.; the elder Pallant of Bredbent, councillor, 66l.; the younger Palant, knight, 66l.; Buren, drossart of Lewed, 66l.; Haupeler, drossart of Myller, 44l.; Harman Quayde, Reyner de Ulatten, Viermonlet, Knipping, John Reck, Droyf, Frankerberge, Wessell de Lowe Lanchien, Adolf de Wyllick, and Rabaoth de Pletemberge, gentlemen, 39l. or 40l. each. Secretary John van Essen, 39l.; surgeon Mr. John, 19l.; Quayde de Inne, gentleman, 20l.; messenger Guilliam, 9l. Total value given, 1,405l. 16s. 5d.
8. Endd. as above.
18 Jan. 81. Worcester Cathedral.
R. O. Pensions assigned by Rob. Southwell and other commissioners “to divers superfluous persons late religious” in the monastery of Worcester, “now despatched out of the same” 18 Jan. 31 Hen. VIII.
Thos. Sudbury and Wm. Lemster, 6l. 13s. 4d. each; Ric. Calamon, John Berowe, Ric. Cleve, Wm. Wiche, Thos. Sturbridge, John Crowle, Roger Batnall, John Cropthorne and John Newneham, 6l. each. Signed: Robt. Sowthwell—Ri. Gwent—John London—John ap Rice—John Scudamore—Robt. Burgoyn—Thomas Acton.
P. 1.
18 Jan. 82. Deputy and Council of Ireland to Henry VIII.
R. O.
St. P. iii., 175.
The detestable traitors, young Gerald, ONele, ODonyll, the pretended earl of Desmond, OBrene, OConnor, OMolmoy and their confederates persist in their attempts to establish the Pope's primacy and the Greraldines; urging the other Irish and Mac William to join them and exciting the Emperor, French king, and other foreign princes to take their part. If the King intends, as he wrote, to send a main army, they think it their duty to advise what is necessary.
The land is as large as England, too large to be altogether inhabited anew, and the total extirpation of the Irish would be very difficult, considering the lack of inhabiters and the hardships these Irishmen can endure. Those therefore who have not heinously offended might be pardoned. Think 6,000 men, with 1,000 men of war of this country and the army here already, would suffice; 1,700 to be horsemen and the rest artificers. Estimate of the distribution of these in ODonyll's country, Knokfergus, Galway, and Mc William's country, Limerick, Cork, Rosse, Wexford, and Wicklow adjoining Ormond's country. Stores, plan of reform, &c. Ships of war to keep Scots from coming over. Dublin, 18 Jan. 31 Henry VIII. Signed by Gray, Alen, Ormond, Abp. of Dublin, Bp. of Meath, Rawson, Brereton, Gruffithe, Travers, Robt. Cowley, master of the Rolls, Brabazon, Aylmer, Luttrell, and Justice Houth.
18 Jan. 83. Council of Ireland to Cromwell.
R. O.
St. P. iii., 174.
Hear Cromwell is displeased with the Chancellor of Ireland, upon some information that he causes dissension in the Council. There neither was nor is dissension in the Council; but the Deputy bore displeasure to all the Council, and to the Chancellor, partly of displeasure conceived since George Palett's being here, and partly because the Chancellor, by his office, is more plain with him than others. Trust that Cromwell, knowing the Deputy's nature, will not condemn those he accuses unheard. Commend the Chancellor, and beg that if the Deputy or any other has proposed matter against him, Cromwell will send it to them to examine. Dublin, 18 Jan. 31 Ken. VIII. Signed: James of Ormond and Oss.—George Dublin.—Gerald Aylmer, justice—Will'm Brabazon—Robert Cowley, Mr. of the Rolles.
Add. Endd.
18 Jan. 84. Card. of Toledo to Charles V.
Add MS.
28,592, f. 13.
B. M.
Provisions for the armada against the Turk. Madrid, 18 Jan. 1540.
Spanish. Modern copy from Simancas, pp. 10. See Spanish Calendar VI. i., No. 100.
19 Jan. 85. [Council in the North] to John Heron of Chipchace.
R. O. We have perused your letters to my lord President, by your kinsman John Heron of Bokinfelde, of your journey into Tyndale with your own friends on the Sunday night next before your entry into the King's wages, and how ye found not John Robsone, of the Fawstone, at home, but took there James Robson, his cousin, one of the most active rebels, and put him in gaol at the Newcastle, and how Cowldye Lyell Robsone escaped you in his shirt and how you fear the rebels will take refuge in Scotland. We praise your device in making your journey before your entry into your garrison, as it was like to have been more sudden. Enclosed is the King's letter to the sheriff of Northumberland to see to the sure keeping of the prisoners in the gaol at the Newcastle until they may be “justified.” If any Tynedale rebels are received in Scotland, find out where they remain and advertise the deputy wardens (who may demand their delivery according to the treaty of peace) and us. Where you say you are troubled in mind by a clause in a letter from my lord Privy Seal to you commanding you to “raise no fire”; we think the meaning is that you should not at once burn their houses, as in wars between strange realms, but only resort to fire when it is the only means of getting the rebels out of their houses. We will write to my lord Privy Seal that we have so advised you. Enclose a bill from Sir George Lawson to the mayor of Newcastle to furnish you with 20 bows, 20 sheaff of arrows, and half a bushel of gunpowder, as you desire. Exhort him to diligence against the rebels, according to the trust imposed on him by the King and Council. York, 19 Jan.
Copy, pp. 3. Headed: Copy of our answer to John Heron of Chipches.
20 Jan. 86. Sir Roger Touneshend to Cromwell.
R. O.
Ellis 3 Ser.,
iii., 162.
Finding that a woman of Wellys, beside Walsingham, had imagined a miracle wrought by the image of Our Lady at Walsingham since it was brought to London; set her in the stocks at Walsingham on the market day with a paper about her head, “a reporter of false tales,” and then sent her round the town in a cart, the young people and boys casting snowballs at her. “This was her penance, for I knew no law otherwise to punish her but by discretion.” The said image is not well out of some of their heads. Sends the examination by Robt. Touneshend. 20 Jan. Signed.
1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
20 Jan. 87. St. Werburgh's, Chester.
Close Roll.
p. 4, No. 24.
Rym. xiv.,
Surrender (by Thos. Clerke, abbot, &c.), of the monastery and all its possessions in cos. Chester, the city of Chester, Lanc., Derb., Worc, and Staff., and elsewhere in England, Wales, and the marches thereof. 20 Jan. 31 Hen. VIII.
Acknowledged, same day, before Thos. Leigh, one of the clerks of Chancery.
R. O. 2. Pensions assigned at the dissolution of Chester monastery, to the brethren departing, 20 Jan. 31 Hen. VIII.
Robt. Wyngham, prior of the cell of Holbroughe, John Taylor, John Standeley, subprior, Hugh. Mathewe, and John Mayer, 6l. each; Ric. Whitehed, 7l.; Ric. Robertson, 5l. 6s. 8d.; Randall Fynchett and John Gostilowe, 5l. each; Thos. Rutter, novice, 53s. 4d., and Ric. Downe, novice, 40s. Signed by Hendle, Legh, Belassys, and Watkyns, commissioners.
20 Jan. 88. Sir Thos. Wharton to James V.
R. O. Received on the 19th James' letters, dated Linlithgow palace on the 11th. Wrote to Maxwell the sayings of Andrew Bell, and offered to deliver him if certain English rebels were also delivered. Bell has escaped out of Carlisle Castle, against the writer's will, who has received letters from his King for his (Bell's) delivery. Will make every effort for his apprehension. Whartton, 20 Jan.
Copy. Pp. 2. Headed: “The copy of the answer to the King of Scottes letters from Sir Thomas Wharton anempst Andrew Bell.”
20 Jan. 89. Enno Count of Friesland.
Titus B. i.,
B. M.
Promise by Enno Count of East Friesland to accept as a gift and not as a right two contributions of a hundredth (centesimi nummi) granted by the estates of his province, for the purpose of indemnifying his brother John, who, in pursuance of their father's will that there should be only one ruler of the province, has renounced his title of count. Aurica, (fn. 13) 20 Jan. 1539.
Lat., Pp. 2. Endd.: “Copia Comitis Ennonis reversalium de duabus contributionibus centesimi nummi.” In another hand: Per publicum notarium.
Ib. 120. 2. Promise by Count Enno to exact no similar contributions in future against the will of his subjects; and to govern justly. Averum, (fn. 13) 20 Jan. 1539.
Copy. Lat., p. 1. With corrections.


  • 1. The abbey of St. Peter's, Gloucester, which was surrendered 2 Jan., 1540, and made a cathedral in 1541.
  • 2. Dr. Carne. See Vol. XIV. Part ii., No. 690.
  • 3. Sir Thomas Wharton.
  • 4. Kinsale. See No. 56.
  • 5. Transcripts from Simancas of several other letters occur in this MS. volume, besides those included in the Spanish Calendar, relating to the Duchess and to other Italian news.
  • 6. The duke of Longueville.
  • 7. “Madame, le Roy quil (qu. qui?) na en moindre affection mondit Seigneur que ledit Sieur Empereur a delibere de le conduire jusques a Sainct Quentin, et de la se deppartir densemble, prenans conclusion de mettre fin en leurs affaires.”
  • 8. Cancelled.
  • 9. Better known by the name of Boston.
  • 10. This memorandum is not in the transcript, but appears in Kaulek.
  • 11. One of these was the writer's nephew, Paul Sadolet.
  • 12. Vittoria Colonna, marchioneas of Pescara.
  • 13. Aurich, the old capital of East Friesland.