Henry VIII: May 1540, 1-10

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Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 15, 1540. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1896.

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May 1540, 1–10

1 May. 617. The Tournament.
Harl. MS.
69, f. 18.
B. M.
“The jousting, tourney, and fighting at barriers, holden at the Palace of Westminster,” 32 Hen. VIII., begun 1 May, being Saturday.
Jousting, Saturday, challengers were Sir John Dudley, Sir Thos. Seymer, Sir Ric. Cornwall (sic), Sir Thos. Poyninges, Sir Geo. Carewe, and Sir Ant. Kingston, who kept open house at Durham Place from the last of April until Friday, 7 May, to which the King, Queen, and nobles divers times resorted to suppers and banquets. Names of the defenders at the tilt, viz., the earl of Surrey, lord Wm. Haward, and 44 others, who each ran eight courses with the challengers.
Tourney, Monday:—Names of the defenders, viz., the earl of Surrey and 25 others.
Barriers, Wednesday:—Names of defenders, viz., lord Clynton and 25 others.
Later copy, pp. 2.
1 May. 618. Sir George Lawson to Cromwell.
R. O. The King's works make good progress towards completion, viz., those in hand last year about the castle. Wishes his servant, John Burton, dispatched as he wrote before. Mr. Captain writes of the news from Scotland. Is informed by John Heron, of Chipchace, that the outlaws “resetted” in Scotland have come again into England, and he hopes to have good speed against them. Has advised him to be vigilant, and do some act to make amends for the past waste of the King's money, “which he hath received upon small deserts.” Berwick, 1 May. Signed.
1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
1 May. 619. [Sir] John Lowther, Edw. Aglionby, Thos. Dalston, and Lancelot Salkeld to Henry VIII.
R. O. Master Hew Sewell, M.A., brought “one book called a legend” unto us, as justices of peace in Cumberland, which, he said, was daily “occupied” in the church of the late monastery of Carlisle, and in which, contrary to the Acts of Parliament, the service of Thomas Becket and the usurped name “papa” of the bp. of Rome were unrased. At Mr. Sewell's advice we examined the sub-chanter and another brother of the late monastery, whose depositions, and the book, we send herewith.
Sir Launcelot Salkeld, now guardian of the said monastery, did this day require the book of Edward Aglionby, by John Thomsone, of Carlisle, and offered sureties for it; but we thought the matter too high for us to proceed in. Carlisle, 1 May. Signatures copied.
Corrected draft, pp.
2. Headed: Copy of a letter to the King's Highness.
1 May. 620. Ormond to Cromwell.
R. O.
St. P., iii.,
Being come hither by command of the Deputy and Council to consult for the stay of the tumults already arisen, he received Cromwell's letters of 19 March, by Mr. Dean of Dublin, at 9 a.m. on Sunday last, with advice for his conduct during the Deputy's absence. At 7 p.m., received the King's letters by Cromwell's servant, Richard Hugh, the bearer, informing him of the repair thither of the Deputy, Chancellor, and Mr. Treasurer, and requiring his repair likewise. Being unprovided, and uncertain of any conclusion with Desmond, OBrene, or the late OMore's sons, he will leave to-morrow, stay the Tooles on his way, and parley with Desmond and OBrene on Wednesday next; then prepare for the sea. If the Chancellor and Mr. Treasurer, who only tarry to elect Brereton as justice, are there first, they can declare the state of the land and stirrings of OConnor, the Tooles, OMore's sons, the Kavenaghes, and ONeill, who have not “been beaten down, nor yet reconciled,” as the King's common letters to the Council here at this time purport. Cannot learn that any of the Council wrote so to the King, as the Chancellor and Mr. Treasurer may show, to whom he has shown the King's letters sent for his repair, “which shalbe nevertheless kept secret and close enough.” Dublin, 1 May. Signed.
Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
1 May. 621. Pate to Henry VIII.
R. O.
St. P., viii.
On Tuesday next the Emperor leaves for Antwerp, where he will build another castle, and for support of the same will take into his hands the revenues of the city, 100,000 ducats, which were originally given for the repair of the town, but have been by the rulers converted to their own uses; besides, he will hear the answer of his subjects there to the late demand for taxes and subsidies. It would seem he begins to show that courage which has hitherto in him been covered; I marvel the more as “I see no just cause of the same, but that it should be rather of purpose enforced, if rumours of evident tokens taken be true.” Pelou returned the day Pate last wrote, but his news is not yet known, save what is conjectured by Francis' ambassador packing homewards, which is, as one of the Emperor's Privy Chamber said, an ill sign. “Here is a secret bruit that the Constable of France should be in indurance.” Yesterday the Emperor, having the great hall of his Court hung with black, sat there with his Council to hear the burgesses of the town. They were condemned of treason in 15 out of 30 articles, required to surrender 60 houses belonging to the crafts, with goods of delinquents, &c. In the afternoon the Captain of the Guard brought out of the town a great number of boxes, full, as was thought, of their privileges. It is thought the lands of the different crafts will be confiscated; but many trust that the Emperor will not so punish the just for the unjust, for the best that has hitherto suffered was but a carpenter. Gaunt, 1 May.
Hol., p. 1. Add. Endd.
1 May. 622. Pate to Cromwell.
R. O.
St. P. viii.,
Yesterday returned Robert Donyngton from Louvain, where he has by policy got the party (fn. 1) sought after into the officers' hands, “laying in a caution for his charges” of 40 crs., borrowed of Mr. Stokes and by me at once repaid to him, who could otherwise not have spared them, as he was about leaving for Paris. This transgressor was minded to commune with the messenger, as his bill written afterwards testifies, but feigned himself sick upon a surfeit of the good cheer they made together the night before; whereupon he had him arrested by the mayor, having first ascertained that his name was not registered as a scholar of the University. Laid to his charge the robbery of a church, which seemed, to the scholars, worthy of the gallows, who we had feared would attempt his delivery. On knowledge hereof I thought best to speak with Grandveale incontinent and sent a servant to ask audience. Was told he was too busy, but would see me next morning. I will try from him to get the Emperor's letters for his delivery.
The “legate (fn. 2) a podice, ut id pace tua et reverentia dicam,” is about to depart re infecta. Here has been of late also a brother “of the bp. of Rochester named Fissher,” poor and simple as well in spirit as body, who resorts much to the lewd friars and sometimes hovers about the Court. As yet none of mine can “eye” him. There is a report of war between us and France proclaimed in Paris, but I think those who report it would it were so. Brussels has made marvellous preparations to receive the Emperor and Court; men marvel he has stayed so long from thence where he is accustomed to lie most. “Monsieur Chapuis seemed to me not a little to rejoice of your alate honorable preferment, judging you right worthy the same.” The Emperor has, for deceitful weaving, prohibited a certain cloth made here, and has given liberty to buy and sell any cloth here, where hitherto none could be bought or sold but what was made in the town. Gawnte, 1 May. Signed.
1. Add.: Privy Seal and earl of Essex. Endd.
1 May. 623. Pate to the Earl of Sussex.
R. O. This messenger (fn. 3) has done his part like an honest wise man. He has found the transgressor (fn. 1) and got him put in the mayor's hand of Louvain, putting in a caution of 40 crs. borrowed for his charges and repaid by Pate. Had audience of Grandvelle when the messenger returned to Ghaunt, who promised him the Emperor's letters to the mayor for the man's safeguard till the Earl's further pleasure was known. Thought it best to despatch the messenger at once, who can inform Sussex of everything, and of Mr. Wotton's advice and Pate's. Gaunt, 1 May.
Begs commendations to Mr. Gaige, who, he understands, is left alone with Sussex. Signed.
1. Add: My lord of Sussex at Calais. Endd.
624. Pate's Letters.
R. O. Extracts in a modern hand from Nos. 583, 622, and 623.
Pp. 4.
1 May. 625. Francis I. to Marillac.
R. O.
Kaulek, 180.
Evreux, 1 May:—Has received his letter of the 24th ult., and seen that to the Constable. The amity with the Emperor could not be more certain. Marillac must endeavour to learn who are the Frenchmen who have written the contrary. The Emperor will shortly hold a diet in Germany for the pacification of religion. If the journey of the Cardinal and Constable is deferred, it is for causes which cannot diminish the amity.
French. Two modern transcripts, each pp. 2.
1 May. 626. Montmorency to Marillac.
R. O.
Kaulek, 180.
Evreux, 1 May:—Wrote on St. George's day. The talk there of coolness between the Princes is only prompted by jealousy. The King and Emperor are more than ever determined to run together and make the peace between them and their houses immortal. The merchants of Rouen and Dieppe who have ventured to give the information Marillac mentions, deserve exemplary punishment. The agreement between the duke of Cleves and the Emperor, by means of the marriage with the duchess of Milan, reported to Marillac by the Emperor's ambassador, has not been heard of here and is not to be credited. Trusts to hear more from him of the prince of Salerno. Will pay Colin Carron. Received yesterday a letter from Flanders announcing that the negotiations between the duke of Cleves and the Emperor go well, but are not finished. The prince of Salerno goes only to see England as other Italians have done.
French. Two modern transcripts, each pp. 3.
2 May. 627. — to Cromwell.
Cal. D. x.,
400 b.
B. M.
Cover of a letter, addressed: “To the right honorable and my singular good lord, the lord Privy Seal.”
Endd.: “… of the [se]cond of May.”
2 May. 628. John Tavernor to Cromwell.
R. O. Whereas at my suit your Lordship wrote to the president of the Council in the North to do justice to my near kinsman, Charles Yerburgh, “a man both aged, impotent and blind,” in a matter between him and Arthur Keey, for the title of the manor of Sleightwayte, Yorksh., it now appears my kinsman has the right and Key only a wrongful possession prolonged by a lease for life made by one John Tyas, ancestor of the suppliant, to one John Merkynfeyld. Tyas died eight years after the lease was made and Merkynfeyld “sur-lived the same Tyas an hundred years, which was time out of memory.” Also Key and his ancestors were servants to the late lord Darcy. As my kinsman has not power to contend long, I beg your Lordship to move the Lord President for speedy justice, and my kinsman will beg you to take an annuity of 10l. a year out of the said manor. Boston, 2 May.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal, London.
2 May. 629. John Poyntz to Sir Wm. Kyngston. (fn. 4)
R. O.
Encloses a little broken bill, given him on Friday last by certain men of the parish of Wotton-under-Edge, touching words spoken by John Plommer. He denies saying, “there shall be a new world or midsummer day;” but he said he hoped there should be a new order or midsummer day; meaning that the King at his Parliament would make some order of punishment for those who neither fast nor pray.
Sends another bill given him to-day by the mayor and others of Wotton. They say great troubles are lately risen in the town by reason of divers opinions. As Master Antony, Sir William's son, is steward there, he may send some discreet men to order these matters without further business, as the bearer, Thos. Byshop, can show. Alderlay, 2 May. Signed.
1. Add.: Controller of the King's Household. Endd.
3 May. 630. Sir John Weddryngton to Cromwell.
R. O. In reply to Cromwell's letter of 8 April last, asking how many able horsemen are in his rule of the Middle March and how many could be spared for service elsewhere. Consulted with friends here and finds the number is 486—a small number to what has been in times past. The number has been thus reduced by the robberies of the men of Ryddisdall and Tyndall and Lyddisdalle in Scotland. The more men taken from Tyndall and Ryddisdall the better for the Middle March. Perceives that his cousin, John Heron, has advertised Cromwell of the horsemen of Tyndale and Ryddisdale. Wydderyngton, 3 May. Signed.
1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Sealed. Endd.
4 May. 631. The King's Treasure.
R. O. Warrant to Edward North, treasurer of the Augmentations, to retain in his hands 30l. of the King's treasure, in consideration of his having built within his house a treasure house, and bought divers new and strong iron chests for keeping it. St. Bartholomew's, London, 4 May 32 Henry VIII. Signed: Rychard Ryche—Walter Hendle—N. Bacon.
4 May. 632. John Thomson to Sir Thos. Wharton.
Calig. B. iii.
B. M.
Has sent by the bearer “the talys (tallies?) for Sir John Lamplewghe (fn. 5) yere.” The justice aire continues still in Drumfries, and will do to Whitsunday. The ships prepared for sea by the King of Scots are still at Leith. Many guns are brought to them from the castle of Edinburgh, but there is no certainty when they will pass, or whither. After the Queen is delivered, it is said, the King will go himself, or else send them to sea. She has taken her chamber, and reckons unto Trinity Sunday. On Sunday last, sent Edward Story to lord Maxwell, to Drumfries. Will send the news as soon as he returns. The Borders are quiet. Carlisle, 4 May. Signed.
P.S.—Desires his commendation to Master Curwen.
P. 1. Add. Endd.
4 May. 633. Edward Aglionby and Thomas Dalston to Sir Thomas Wharton.
R. O. On Saturday last, 1 May, the bearer, Mr. Sewell, presented a book called “a legend” to Sir John Lother, Launcelot Salkeld, and us, who were present at our request to advise us. It contained in several places the Bishop of Rome's usurped names as you will see by the copy of a letter inclosed, “the which, together with the said book and the depositions of two of the bredere of the late monastery of Karlell,” (fn. 6) —. The effect of the depositions was that Lancelot Robynson, one of the deponents, would have rased out the service of Thomas Bekket, but Sir Will. Florence, chief chanter of the monastery, took the book from him, gave it to a clerk of the choir and bade him keep it secret, for he would correct it. Before we rose in the morning, 2 May, we were told that the said Florence was gone the night before. We called Thos. Wentforth, constable of the King's castle here, and together went to the guardian, who said he knew of his going, for he had sent him to Sir Christopher Dacre for money, and that he would be back by 12 o'clock that Sunday, “or else he to be hanged.” At night, finding he had not come, we went to inquire of his tarrying; and the guardian said that, after being at Sir Chr. Dacre's for ad[vice] and money, he went to the parson of Melmerby for a letter [to] Dr. Bellesys in his favor. “And, as we persave, th[is?] day the said Florence is towards London.” As we have no answer from the Council at York, we send Sewell to inform you of the matter, so that you may inform my lord Vicegerent. After the King's letter to you and other justices, from Cobham in July last, we dare not conceal it. Sewell says that Sir John Austane, a brother of the monastery, said when the book was taken, “Tush, it is but for a book; it will be despatched well enough for money.” He is “the gardans on (one) hand and steward of the hows.” Karlell, 4 May. Signed.
2. Add.: Sir Tho[mas Wha]rton, knight, Deputy [Warden]e of the West Marches of [Eng]land for enempst Scotland.
4 May. 634. Edw. Aglionby to Sir Thomas Wharton.
Calig. B. iii.
B. M.
Has news this day out of Scotland. On Saturday se'nnight warning was given to certain Scotch lords to attend the King in person, as it was openly “brotyt,” into the Isles, but as the writer is credibly informed, either to France or Flanders. The lords are Huntley, with 30 of his household, and 500 from the North of Scotland, Arran with 24 of his household and 500 of the West, the Cardinal of Scotland with 500 of Fife and Angus, and his household servants. Maxwell is not appointed, although he is proclaimed Admiral of Scotland; the master of Kylmawrys is Vice-Admiral, but has no warning as yet. All these men, 1,500 out of 12 shires, are to meet at Edinburgh, 14 May, and the King will take as many as he pleases. They are all ready on 48 hours' warning. Twelve ships in all are prepared, one each for the cardinal and the two earls, three more for victuals, and six for the King and his train. When he last wrote there was no word of the King's going, but now it is openly spread abroad. All the ships are well ordnanced. Would have written to my lord Vicegerent, but trusts Wharton will inform him. Yesterday a servant of Sir Jas. Hamilton's was here with Master Semp[el]. He is still here “for making of a way for his kinsfolk and servants as well as for himself.” Has seen a servant of the laird of Newark. Edw. Story is not yet arrived from Scotland. Carlisle, 4 May.
Hol., pp. 2. Add.: Sir Th[omas Wh]arton, knight, Deputy Warden of the West Marches. Endd.
4 May. 635. Justice and Council of Ireland to Henry VIII.
R. O.
St. P. iii.
Have received his letters of 25 March, and perceive he is informed the land is in good stay and no danger of invasion, and has therefore licensed the Deputy to repair to him. Do not perceive any such stay, as the Chancellor and Vice-Treasurer now repairing to him can show, who have done good service. Moreover they perceive he is informed of division and contention in the Council, which they protest never existed. The truth is some of them were plain in advising the Deputy, who has perhaps conceived some grudge against them. Dublin, 4 May. Signed: Wyllyam Brereton—James Ormd & Oss.—George Dublin.—Edwarde Miden.—Jenico vicunt of G.—Sr Patryk Barnewall of Trymleteston—Gerald Aylmer, justice—Thomas Lutrell, justice —Robert Cowley—Sir John Whyt, knyght.
4 May. 636. The Same to Cromwell.
R. O. To the same effect. Received the King's letters by the Dean of St. Patrick's on St. George's even. Dublin, 4 May. Signed.
1. Add.: lord Privy Seal. Endd.
4 May. 637. James V. to Paul III.
Royal MS.
18 B. vi., 90b.
B. M.
Has received the Pope's letters, exhorting him to confer the monastery of Drysbourg on the blind theologian. (fn. 7) Has already determined to give it to Thos. Erskyn, as he is a man fitted to govern a house exposed to attack from the English. Desires his Holiness not to infringe his privileges nor to prefer learning to the profit and honour of the kingdom. Writes more fully to the card, of Carpi. Edinburgh, 4 May 1540.
Lat., p. 1. Copy.
4 May. 638. James V. to Ghinucci.
Ib. f. 91.
B. M.
To the same effect as the letter to the Pope of the same date. Edinburgh, 4 May 1540.
Lat., p. 1. Copy.
4 May. 639. James V. to the Card. of Carpi.
Ib. f. 91b.
B. M.
To the same effect. Edinburgh, 4 May 1540.
Lat., p. 1. Copy.
4 May. 640. James V. to Paul III.
Ib. f., 89b.
B. M.
The cardinal of St. Andrews has appointed William Gibsoun as his suffragan. Requests the Pope to confirm his possession of the deanery of Restalrig, the rectory of Invararite, and the vicarage of Gervok, with an annual pension of 200 li. Scotch, which the Cardinal intends to bestow on him. Holyrood, 4 May 1540.
Lat., p. 1. Copy.
4 May. 641. James V. to Ghinucci.
Ib. f., 90.
B. M.
To the same effect. Holyrood, 4 May 1540.
Lat., p. 1. Copy.
5 May. 642. Gostwick's Accounts.
R. O. “A declaration of the receipt of the Tenth of this present year” up to 5 May 32 Hen. VIII., and of all payments by John Gostwick from the feast of All Saints last.
Amounts received from each diocese (Rochester, Hereford, and St. Asaph's being left blank), total 12,985l. 6s. Whereof:—
Paid upon warrant:—To the justices and serjeants, 637l. 12s. 8d; the henxmen, 266l. 13s. 4d.; Ibgrave, 391l. 9s. 4d.; Cornelis, for spangles, 403l. 6s. 8d.
Paid without warrant:—Robt. Fowler, vice-treasurer of Calais, 800l.; Wm. Gonson, to be employed upon the King's ships and for transporting the Queen, 1,600l.; John Mill, for the King's works, 1,500l.; Wm. Oxenbridge, for works at Winchelsey, 400l.; Ric. Keys, for works at Folkston, 400l.; Ant. Aucher, for works at Dover, 1,520l.; Benedict and John, for the King's tomb, 142l. 11s. 10d.; copper bought for the same tomb, — (blank); Edm. Peckham, in prest, 2,000l.; Wm. Pagett, for wages of gentlemen and women attending the Queen at Easter, 194l. 10s.; two ambassadors (fn. 8) of the duke of Saxon, in reward, 200l.; three ambassadors (fn. 8) of the duke of Cleve, in reward, 300l.; Lodowik Bambach, sent from the Lantzgrave van Hesse, 50l.; Sir Mighell Marcator, in reward, 40l.; Joachim Gundelfringer, in like reward, 40l.; John Baptist, doctor, in like reward, 20l.; innholders of London and Greenwich, for diets of gentlemen who came with the Queen, 428l. 12s. 8d.; Mons. de Burgh, gentleman of the French king, in reward, 40l.; Mons. de Servyers, ditto, 26l. 13s. 4d.; duke Philip, count Palatine, in reward at his departure, 1,333l. 6s. 8d.; Sir John Wallop's servant called Torr 7l.; George Hennaige and John Halley, servants to the bp. of London, for bringing letters, 7l.; Sir Ralph Sadler, towards diets, sent to Scotland, 200l.; Dr. Wotton, diets, sent to the duke of Cleve, 133l. 6s. 8d.; Sir Thos. Wriothesley, annuity for a year and a quarter, due at Lady Day, 50l.; my lady Mary, for stuff out of the Great Wardrobe, 34l. 10s.; Wm. Cholmeley, Ric. Thomeow, and John Bury, 16l. 13s. 4d.; Lady Kyldare, in prest, 100l.; Robt. Acton, ditto, 643l. 19s. 10d.; Th. Addington, ditto, 200l.; Coper's wife, the silkwoman, 80l.; Wm. Lokk, in prest, 200l.; Lettes Woursop, silkwoman, in prest, 177l. 10s.
Large paper, pp
Cott. Appx.
xxviii. 128b.
B. M.
2. Account of money paid by John Gostwyk, treasurer of First Fruits and Tenths, by way of prest, and otherwise since 7 Nov. last.
To Robt. Fowler, vice-treasurer of Calais, for wages there, 800l.; Wm. Gonson, at divers time, for rigging, &c., of ships, 1,600l.; the same, “for transporting the Queen's Grace from Calais to Dover,” 300l.; John Myll, in prest, for the fortresses in the Isle of Wight, 2,500l.; Wm. Oxenbregge, for the fortress at Winchelsey, 1,100l.; Ric. Keys, for the fortress at Folkestone, 1,400l.; Robt. Lorde, for the King's works at Hampton Court, 191l.; Ant. Aucher, for the pier at Dover, 1,820l.; “Benedict and other, for workmanship upon the King's tomb,” 77l. 5s. 3d.; Edm. Pekham, for “certain provisions to be made,” 2,000l.; Sir Hans Dultzuk and Franciscus Burgartus, ambassador of the duke of Saxony, “in reward at their departure,” 200l.; the earl of Oversteyne, the great master Hogeston, and the vice-chancellor Olisleger, ambassador of the duke of Cleves, at their departure, 300l.; Ludowik Bambach, that came from the Launtzgrave van Hesse, 50l.; Sir Michael Marcator “in reward,” 40l.; Joachim Gundelfringer, gentleman, in like reward, 40l.; Johannes Baptista, an Italian doctor, “in reward,” 20l.; 13 trumpeters that came over with the Queen, reward, 86l. 13s. 4d.; certain innholders of Greenwich and London, for diets and lodging of gentlemen that came with the Queen, 387l. 6s. 7d.; Sir John Gressham, “for charges of ambassadors lodged in his house,” 56l. 4s. 4d.; Wm. Paget, for wages of certain strangers, the Queen's servants, 194l. 10s.; Mons. de Brough, “a gentleman of France, sent hither in post,” 40l.; Mons. de Servyers, a gentleman of France, at his departure, 26l. 13s. 4d.; duke Philip, count Palatine, at his departure, 2,000 mks.; Sir Ralph Sadler, diets, “sent to Scotland,” 200l.; Sir Thomas Wriothesley, knight, for his stipend, due at the Annunciation, 50l.; Wm. Cholmeley, Tomyowe, and Bury, for their stipend at Christmas, 16l. 13s. 4d.; the clerks of the Privy Seal, for wax and parchment then, “8l; two servants (fn. 9) of the bp. of London, for conveyance of letters by post, 7l.; one Tors, late servant unto Sir John Walop, in reward, 7l.; Sir Ric. Gressham,” for a chain of fine gold, which was given to a gentleman that came from the duke of Bavyer, 100l. 13s. 9d.; the lady [Ki]ldare, in ready money, [100l.]; the lady Skevington, “an obligation wherein Sir William Skevington was bounden for the payment of” 100l. Total, 15,794l. 18s. 9d.
6 May. 643. John Bowle, Mayor of Dover, to Cromwell.
R. O. I have fulfilled your lordship's commandment for the entertainment and speedy passage of those signors and gentlemen of the king of the Romans, who embarked for Calais at 10 a.m. this 6 May, not remaining here above two hours. I have sent a letter in your lordship's name to the earl of Sussex for their honest entertainment there. I beg you to have me in “remembrance, as you know.” Dover, 6 May.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
6 May. 644. N. Alexander to his Cousin, Mrs. Jean.
R. O. Expected to have seen her again, but was sent for by my lord Privy Seal and despatched with the King's letters to his master. (fn. 10) Was disappointed not to be able to give her his advice in her business. Intends to be in England at Midsummer. His sister in Paul's Churchyard will forward letters to him. Gallyon, in Normandy, 6 May.
Hol., pp. 2. Add.
645. John Jylbart to [Cromwell].
R. O. On 6 May last there was in Kent an assembly of priests at Upscherche, a small parish of five or six households. Their chief guide was the vicar of Bredgat. Mr. Cowllpepor, of Ayllsfforht, has written to the Master of the Rolls about a scholar of Oxford now in Maidstone gaol, who had the Chancellor's seal to go a begging, and who has a fellow “lodged at one Adames in Southwark beyond St. George's; his name is Rossell.” “My lord, if the injunctions executed be deprivation and sequestration in examination of ‘in quyranse,’ Mr. Cowllper saith there will be no order, for the priests observeth little or none of the King's injunctions.”
Hol., p. I. Very curious spelling. Add. at head: “Vyiseyrant of Yengland and Eyerelle of Essexse,” counsellor to Henry VIII., head of his Church of England.
646. The Knights of St. John.
Cott. Appx.
xxviii, f. 52.
Paper headed “An abridgment touching the money, plate, stuff, store, and payments at St. John's.”
B. M. Plate, gilt, 959½ oz., parcel gilt, 1,903½ oz.; (item lost by mutilation); paid for servants' wages, their rewards, charges about the funeral, (fn. 11) and other, 281l. 14s.; remainder in ready money, 588l. 6s. 8d.; besides ornaments of the church remaining in the vestry, stuff delivered to the King, stuff remaining in St. John's charged to Sir Henry Knevett, stuff to be sold, wine (somewhat mutilated), 3 carts and 4 cart horses.
P. 1. Endd.: Touching St. John's.
647. For Sir Wm. Weston, prior of St. John of Jerusalem in England. (fn. 12)
R. O. Mortmain licence to acquire possessions to the annual value of 200l. to be held in frank-almoigne.
Copy. Large paper, pp. 3. Endd.
7 May. 648. Jo. Uvedale to Cromwell.
R. O. Rejoices at the great increase of honour to which the King has called Cromwell. When lately in London, moved Cromwell to be a mean to the King that all bishops should be enjoined to set up in their cathedral and collegiate churches “two or three bibles in English as seemly and as ornately as they can deck them, with seats and forms for men of all ages to read and study on them.” This would be the godliest monument they could leave in their churches. Sends by Thos. Barton the bearer the poorest token that ever was sent to an earl, to show what strange fishes and fowls are in these North Parts. “It is the skin of an hedgehog or of a urchene of the sea filled with down of a fowl called in these parts St. Cuthbert's fowl.” Thanks for my stallion, who shall have thirteen mares with him this summer. York, 7 May.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
7 May. 649. Sir Wm. Brereton to Cromwell.
R. O.
St. P. iii. 201.
Has received Cromwell's letters, and perceives that Lord Leonard is to repair to the King and the writer to supply his room as justice. Sees no assurance of peace, as the Chancellor and Vice-Treasurer can declare. Yesterday OConnor burned certain towns and now the Toolys and Kevanes are burning in the marches of Dublin. The late Deputy has licensed 100 of the army to pass over sea; but there is more need of them here. Will parley with ONeill 10 May. The late Deputy, among other directions, advised Brereton to trust none of the Council here. Thinks this “was his device as a mean to cast me away.” He has left this land in great danger. Dublin, 7 May. Signed.
Lord Privy Seal.
8 May. 650. Richard Farmer.
R. O. Extract from the record of the attainder of Richard Fermour, of London, in the King's Bench at Westminster, 8 May 32 Henry VIII., enrolled in Easter term, Rot. 12, among Placita Regis, Northampton. He was indicted for breaches of the Statute of Provisors, committed 6 July 30 Henry VIII., at Eston, and, 1 Sept. 31 Hen. VIII., at Grafton. Signed per Thomam Whyte.
P. 1. Endd.: “The tyme that Ric. Fermour was attainted.”
R. O. 2. Inventory of the goods of Ric. Fermar at his house in London taken by Sir John Gresham, John Goostwyke, and Ric. Polard, 8 May 32 Henry VIII.
Furniture in the different chambers and the chapel with valuations of most of the articles. The armour in the armoury is delivered to Mr. Long by the King's command; writings, &c., in the counting house to Mr. Gostewyke; the ready money, 3l. 6s. 11d. is left with Thomas Farmer, one of the sons of the said Richard to whom the said Richard owes 17l. There is no plate, for his wife, children, and servants, say his plate and best stuff is at his house called Eston, Northt. Total, 31l. 15s. 1d.
Made and praised by Robt. Marshall, girdler, Thos. Wats, merchant tailor, common praisers of this city of London, with John Moore, grocer, writer hereof. Total, 31l. 15s. 1d., whereof received by Wm. Gaynesford, 29 Jan. 34 Hen. VIII. 16l., and 22 June 35 Hen. VIII. 4l., and 28 Jan. 35 Hen. VIII. 2l.
10. Endd.: Gostwykes obligations. 26 blank leaves.
Cott. App.
xxviii. 154.
3. Inventory of the goods and chattels, late Richard Fermer's, in the manor of Estone and other places, viz.:
B. M. The hall (tapestry, three tables with forms and trestles mortised in the ground and a hawk's perch); the parlour (tables, six cushions of tapestry with arms in the midst, and iron and firefork in the chimney; on the ceiling two tables, one of the picture of Lucresse, the other of Marymaudeleine); the great chamber over the parlour (tapestry and wainscot); a little chamber adjoining, ceiled with wainscot (counterpoint of fine tapestry, feather bed, &c.); the chamber over the buttery; Master Fermer's own chamber; the closet adjoining (curtains, quilts, altar cloths, &c., and raiment of Mrs. Fermer's); the chamber within Master Fermer's chamber; the nursery; the great chamber at the hall end; the gallery and the gallery chamber; the wardrobe; Master Lovett's chamber; the chamber within Master Lovet's chamber; Mr. Vyne's chamber (three pieces of stained cloths with the picture of the Holy Ghost, and certain bedding); John Fermer's chamber; the chamber within it; the chamber where Mrs. Fermer's gentlewomen lieth in; the arras-maker's chamber; the officer's chamber; the porter's lodge; the chamber within it; the third chamber in the inner court; the second chamber in the inner court; the closet with the chimney; the chamber where Mr. Vyne's man lieth; the chamber next to that; the chamber over the stable; the joiners' chamber; the chamber over the limehouse; the chamber over the kitchen; the chamber over the carters' stable; the little house at the great parlour end; the plate; the buttery in the upper end of the hall; the buttery at the hall end; the cellar; the kitchen; the brewhouse; the bakehouse; the fish house (six couple of ling and six couple of habberden); the house in the garden (a drag and a flue to take fish, a styllytorye); another outhouse; horses and geldings (five ambling and trotting horses; the rest of the horses at London with Mrs. Fermer's mares and colts); three ambling and trotting mares and three colts of three year old, late gelded; beasts and oxen (three oxen, six kyne, 20 sheep, new-shorn, and seven hogs of all sorts); the park (33 deer).
ii. At St. Andrew's in Northampton. The hall; the vicar's chamber; beds in all the chambers; the buttery; the kitchen; the brewhouse; the bakehouse; the cheesehouse; corn threshed and unthreshed; corn growing in the field; horses and geldings; mares; sheep; oxen; kyne and steers; implements of husbandry; hogs.
Pp. 33.
8 May. 651. Marillac to Francis I.
R. O.
Kaulek 180.
(Almost the
whole text.)
London, 8 May:—Has received the despatches from Neubourg and Evreux. On receipt of the first went to this King to impart the news, and was received very graciously. He did not mention the bruit of the alteration of amity between Francis and the Emperor except to wish these delays (longueurs) abridged. He said he heard, on good authority, that Francis had been offered anew the county of Flanders in exchange for Milan; but he thought it still longer, more doubtful and more difficult than the first proposal, to make the Emperor quit the country where he was born, and through which he intends to maintain and increase his authority over Germany, and to make Francis condescend to the conditions which would be put forward. This he spoke in form of conversation without pretending any interest in it except wishing Francis success. His first ministers said the like in more ample words.
The prince of Salerno who was to come hither has not left the Emperor's court, and Wyat, who has just come from thence, thinks he has changed his mind. The English confess that the duke of Cleves has not yet settled with the Emperor, but that the thing may be taken as certain.
The affairs proposed in this Parliament are not yet settled, especially the contention of the bishops upon religion. These days have been executed three persons of very low condition, two Flemings and an Englishman, for speaking irreverently of the Holy Sacrament, and refusing to revoke their errors either before or after condemnation, before which they were admitted to penance (l'on les aroit admis à penitence); but they were burnt in their obstinacy. This King also in Parliament demands four-tenths on the spiritualty, and a similar impost upon each of his subjects according to their ability. This may raise 1,500,000 crs.; but it is not yet decided, although it is expected the King will get most part of his demand.
French. Modern transcript, pp. 3.
8 May. 652. Marillac to Montmorency.
Kaulek 181. [London], 8 May:—Refers to letter to Francis for proposals held by this King and his ministers. They seemed to proceed as if each had a rôle to recite in succession. First Cromwell spoke of his master's singular affection for Francis, which he exaggerated as much as he could; adding that in the past he and some others had been more Imperialist than French, but having discovered the design of the Emperor (who only desires to hold people with fine words, and meanwhile do his own business, aspiring evidently to make himself monarch of Christendom) it has made them recognise their error and open their eyes to extinguish this fire, which would burn all the world. Then next day this King spoke as detailed in the letter to Francis. Then, after him, Norfolk confirmed Cromwell's sayings, asking Marillac to test whether he was not now as French as formerly he had been Burgundian. Suffolk and the Admiral also held the same language, as if to impress it upon the writer, adding that they were being practised with to make a closer league with the Emperor, but were now as unwilling to listen as formerly they had been inclined to the devotion of the said Emperor.
Had afterwards returned to his lodging, when the Emperor's ambassador came to say that the English complained much to him that the Emperor, his master, had not solemnised the feast of St. George, and worn the order of England as Francis had done. This was rather contrary to what the English had said about being practised with by the Emperor; seeing that in such a little matter he would scarcely have given them cause to complain.
In all the conversations nothing was said of the fortification of Ardres; although it is known they are scarcely satisfied with it, and have, two days ago, sent 300 pioneers towards Dover and Calais to assist, as they say, those who are fortifying the Downs at Dover.
French extract.
8 May. 653. Sir Edw. North to Mr. Lentall.
R. O. Requiring him to send, written on parchment, the particulars of a tenement in Swadall, Yorks., which belonged to Bridlington monastery. My house nigh London, 8 May. Signed.
1. Add.: one of the auditors of Augmentations.
8 May. 654. Alen and Brabazon to Cromwell.
R. O.
St. P. iii.,
On the late Deputy's departure (whom the Council could not persuade to tarry longer for the stay of the country) the Council elected Brereton as justice, and received his oath on Sunday last; and the writers prepared to sail with the first wind, to have been there with Mr. Hough, the bearer, Cromwell's servant. Cannot now do so without leaving the country in great peril. OChonor's sons, as soon as they perceived the late Deputy was passed the sea, on Tuesday last, invaded Kildare, but burnt nothing; however, on Ascension Day they burnt divers towns. The Tholes and Cavenaghes next morning burnt towns in the marches of Dublin, and had done more had not OBirne given warning of their coming. The same day and this day one of the last OMore's sons has with OChonor's sons invaded Kildare. ONeyle under pretence to parley with the lord Justice comes with a great company to Dundalk on Tuesday. The lord Justice has gone thither, and now we hear that OChonor, MacMorgho, and the Tholes intend a simultaneous invasion. The fault of these broils here ascribed to the late Deputy. Desire money for the footmen and 100 fresh horsemen, even though half the 100 gunners and 100 archers “should be abated for them.” Will be there by Trinity Sunday. Dublin, 8 May. Signed.
Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
8 May. 655. Barth. Baynam to Cromwell.
R. O. Wishes Cromwell to write again to the mayor and aldermen of Calais for justice in his matter. Has obtained possession, more by the honest persuasion of Master Clerke, the town clerk, than by Cromwell's former letters; but delays are interposed in the other matter. Calais, 8 May.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: my lord Privy Seal, the earl of Essex. Sealed. Endd.
8 May. 656. Aguilar to Covos.
Add. MS.
f. 82.
Madame and Ottavio. The bp. of Gaeta dead. The armada. Rome, 8 May, 1540.
B. M. ii. Same to Charles V.
Complaint about a letter (copy enclosed) of Lope Hurtado which has fallen into his hands. Rome, 8 May, 1540.
Spanish. Modern copy from Simancas, pp. 8.
9 May. 657. Order of the Garter.
Order of the
ii. 417.
Notice of the annual feast of the Order of the Garter at Windsor, 9 May, 32 Hen. VIII. At the subsequent chapter it was agreed to consult the Sovereign whether the names of traitors should continue written down with the rest, or be blotted out as they deserved; for though they ought to have their names abolished, yet the books would look ugly. The King chose a middle course, ordering that opposite such names should be written in the margin “Vah! Proditor.”
Shortly after arose a doubt whether the old funeral rites for deceased knights should be altered. On this point it was ordained, 24 May, (fn. 13) by the Sovereign and knights companions that the following sums should be paid:— by the Sovereign, 8l. 6s. 8d.; by a foreign king, 6l. 13s. 4d.; by a prince of Wales, 5l. 16s. 8d.; by a duke, 5l.; a marquis, 3l. 15s.; an earl, 50s.; a viscount, 41s. 8d.; a baron, 33s. 4d., and a knight bachelor, 16s. 8d.; and that the registrar of the Order, and the dean of Windsor, after giving immediate notice of the death of any knight companion, shall receive the same and distribute it to pious uses, such as repair of highways or relief of the real poor. The registrar and dean to account at least once a year for all such sums received and disbursed. Penalties provided in cases of default.
Add. MS.
6,113, f. 60d.
B. M.
2. Styles of noblemen at St. George's feast ao 32° i.e. of
Wm. Fitzwilliam, earl of Southampton, the King's lieutenant at the feast, Thos. lord Audeley of Walden, Sir Ant. Browne, grand esquire.
French, ½ p.
9 May. 658. Henry VIII. to Cromwell.
Titus B. i.
B. M.
S. P. i. 628.
Desiring his presence immediately on weighty business concerning the honor and surety of the King's person and the tranquillity of his subjects. Westminster, 9 May. Signed with a stamp.
the earl of Essex.
9 May. 659. William Dormor to Cromwell
R. O. Thanks for a letter in his favour to the Deputy and Council here for the serjeantship of Kildare county. Begs another letter, as the Council do not regard that which he has written. Dublin, 9 May.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal.
9 May. 660. [Council of Spain] to Idiaquez.
Add. MS.
28,592, f. 86.
B. M.
The matter of Lope Hurtado. Madrid, 9 May 1540. Spanish. Modern copy from Simancas, pp. 2.
10 May. 661. Rys Gruffith to Cromwell.
R. O. As soon as Sir Richard Bulkeley, Chamberlain of North Wales, had read Cromwell's letter, Gruffith got his writs to the escheators, and was found heir to his brother Edward, deceased, Sir Richard, for Cromwell's sake, showing an old “tayle” for him, whereas he had none to show for himself. The truth is that, when Griffith was in Ireland on the King's service, John Puleston, constable of Caernarvon, father of his sister-in-law, and one Edmund Lloyd ap Robert, her uncle, came to his house with an armed company, broke open his chests, and took away such of his evidences as they pleased, leaving the rest sparpled about on the floors. And again of late, while he was with Cromwell, his sister-in-law, Jane Gruff, widow, by the maintenance of her aforesaid father and uncle, has come and robbed the house of everything, household stuff and heirlooms, with great pots of brass fast set in wood, that had descended from heir to heir through 200 winters and more, and has left him nothing but the bare walls. Desires the King's command to Sir Ric. Bulkeley to call the said Jane Gruff, her father, and uncle, before him, and see the writer restored to his evidences and goods. Wishes Cromwell to command Mr. Vaughan to keep the indenture between Gruffith and the other party, also the obligation in which he stands bound for 3,000 marks, for they will seal neither the indenture nor the obligation, in spite of their promise. “The Penrryn, at my poor house,” 10 May. Signed.
1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal and Earl of Essex.


  • 1. Gregory Botolph.
  • 2. Card. Farnese.
  • 3. Robert Donyngton.
  • 4. This document has already been calendared (too early) in Vol. X., No. 790.
  • 5. Sir John Lampleugh was sheriff of Cumberland for the year 1537–8.
  • 6. This sentence is left unfinished by the writer.
  • 7. Robert Wanchop.
  • 8. For their names see § 2.
  • 9. See their names in § 1.
  • 10. Sir John Wallop?
  • 11. Sir William Weston died on the 7th May, according to Wriothesley and Stowe, and the lands of the Order were taken into the King's hands ahout the same time by Act of Parliament.
  • 12. Of course this belongs to some earlier year, but the date cannot be fixed.
  • 13. See No. 560 (2), where this order is said to have been made at Westminster on the 23rd April.