Henry VIII: June 1541, 1-10

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Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 16, 1540-1541. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1898.

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June 1541, 1–10

1 June. 879. The Privy Council.
P.C.P., vii.
Meeting at Westminster, 1 June. Present: Chancellor, Norfolk, Privy Seal, Gt. Chamb., Hertford, Gt. Admiral, Durham, Treasurer, Wriothesley, Sadler, Chanc. of Augm., Chanc. of Tenths. Business:—Lord Nevell sent by the King to the earl of Westmoreland, his father, who lay sick of the gout, both to comfort him and to supply his place if the Scots should make a sudden ruffle; and this was certified to the Earl by letter under Stamp. Letter under Stamp to the Deputy of Calais to reward a labourer at Guisnes, who revealed a mutiny of his fellows, with the next room of 6d. a day in the Retinue. Order taken, at Mr. Knevet's suit, that lady Garnishe's title to the house for which the Comptroller and he contend should be tried before the Council here; and this was signified by letter to the Comptroller requiring him to execute his office according to the ordinances. Order (detailed) for payment of Wallop for the captainship and retinue of Calais castle up to 6 April last, and saving of as much as possible of the lieutenantship and retinue of Guisnes, providing that the poor men who served under lord Sandes were paid; also for pay of extraordinary gunners at Calais and Mr. Surveyor's bill for the works at Calais and Rysbank; also for Mr. Surveyor's licence to provide 60 horses for carriage at Guisnes. This order was certified, by two several letters, to the Treasurer and Comptroller; and the Treasurer was also commanded to allow Torre the house the King gave him, and to release a priest, late chaplain to lord William Hawarde, imprisoned for light and foolish words, and advertise the Deputy thereof at his return. Order (detailed) taken that Ant. Rous should pay the extraordinary gunners and smiths at Guisnes and the Northern horsemen.
1 June. 880. Kerseys.
Harl. MS.
442 f. 173.
B. M.
Proclamation suspending the acts concerning kerseys until Christmas next. Westm., 1 June 33 Hen. VIII.
Later copy, pp. 2.
1 June. 881. William Davenport.
Harl. MS.
2,067, f. 71.
B. M.
Will of William Davenporte of Bromhall. 1 June 1541.
Modern copy, pp. 2.
1 June. 882. Francis I. to his Ambassador in England.
Spanish Calendar, VI. i., No. 165. See No. 885 (2).
2 June. 883. Yorkshire Rebels.
R. O. Bill, made 2 June 33 Hen. VIII., witnessing delivery by the Council in the North to Tristram Teshe, surveyor of attainted lands in Yorkshire, of a tablet of gold with a St. Anthony's cross thereupon of base gold, another cross of like gold, 5 gold rialles, 8s. in groats and one halfpenny, goods of Wm. Leigh, late of Midleton, Yorks., attainted, which he delivered in an old sealed purse to the wife of one Ridiall; who showed it to Ric. Leigh, son of the said Wm., and Ric. and Gilbert Leigh, sons of the said Wm., thereupon delivered it to Teshe. Not signed.
R. O. 2. Indenture of receipt by Uvedale from Ric. and Gilb. Legh of the above-mentioned tablet, &c., 1 June 33 Hen. VIII. Signed.
R. O. 3. Inventory indented, made 4 May 33 Hen. VIII., between Sir Robt. Nevell, sheriff of Yorkshire, and Tristram Teshe and Fras. Southwell, of the goods late of Wm. Leighe, of Midleton Hall, Yorks., at his manors of Midleton Hall, Rothewell Hall, Rodes Hall, and elsewhere; besides certain plate delivered to Sir Robert by Sir Ralph Ellercar and Wm. Babthrope, upon an inventory by them taken, and a silver bowl, &c., delivered by Annys Leighe, wife to the said William Leighe.
Giving particulars and values of household stuff, apparel, &c., in the various chambers and outhouses, and of farm stock. Signed by Teshe and Southwell.
ii. Statement attached to the preceding of the amount and value of grain in the garner at Mydleton Hall, followed by a note of the receipt, 12 May 33 Hen. VIII., from John Uvedale, secretary to the Council in the North, in money, “of the goods of Leighe aforesaid,” 69l.
R. O. 4. Inventory of plate “late William Leighes, of Mydleton,” Yorks., attainted, viz., a bason and ewer, parcel gilt, and 13 other items. Signed: Tristramus Teshe.
ii. “Playte laite Thomas Tattersall of highe treasone attayntede,” viz., a salt with a cover parcel gilt, broken, and four other items. Signed: Tristramus Tesshe.
P. 1.
R. O. 5. Another copy of § 4. Not signed.
R. O. 6. Another copy of § 4. Not signed.
ii. On the back, a blank form for the value of the demesnes of the “late dissolved monastery” of Whitby and the manors of Fylinges and Hacnes, belonging to the same monastery. And some scribblings, including a translation of the lines—
“Otia si tollas periere Cupidinis arcus Contempteque jacent et sine luce facis,” viz.,—“Yf ye fly idelnesse Cupyde hathe no might, His bowe lyethe broken, his candell hath no lyght.”
Pp. 2.
R. O. 7. Indenture of receipt 28 April 33 Hen. VIII. by Robt. Southwell, from Tristram Teshe, of almost all the items of plate in the preceding. Signed.
R. O. 8. Another receipt by Robt. Southwell for the same (classified as parcel gilt and white). 16 May 33 Hen. VIII.
P. 1.
R. O. 9. Rents of the late Wm. Leigh, of Myddylton, attainted, due at Whitsuntide 33 Hen. VIII.
Giving names of nine places and 37 tenants, with the amounts they owe. Total, 23l. 12s. 10d., which, as appears in a note by Tristram Teshe, was fully paid upon 6 Aug. 33 Hen. VIII.
Latin. Long strip, pp. 2.
R. O. 10. Another copy of the preceding, without the final note. Bound confusedly with a similar list for Martinmas 33 Hen. VIII.
Lat. Long strip, pp. 14 (four blank). Endd.: Reddit. Leigh, recept. Watson.
R. O. 11. List of “stuff” (household stuff, armour, &c.) sent from Myddylton, Rothewell, and the Rodes, to Temple Newson.
Pp. 2.
R. O. 12. Bills of receipt of payments from Teshe to Gilbert and Wm. Legh, in the years 1542 and 1543. With two leases and a survey of earlier date, referring to lands of Wm. Legh, of Middleton.
Seven papers of one page each.
R. O. 13. Draft lease, for term of her life, by Eliz., widow of Thos. Leghe, dec., to Wm. Legh, of certain lands in Middilton, Yorks., for 13l. 6s. 8d. 16 April 15 Hen. [VIII.].
Lat. Large paper, pp. 2.
R. O. 14. Grant of an annuity of 3l. 13s. 4d. on security of his lands in Wombwell, Yorks., by Wm. Legh, of Middyllton, to Eliz., widow of his brother, Thos. Legh; payable at a certain spot in Wakefield church. Wakefeld, 16 April 15 Hen. VIII. Signed: Willm. Legh.
Hol. (or copy?), p. 1.
R. O. 15. Inventory of Sir Wm. Bromhede's goods in his chamber, appraised by four persons named, viz.:—In the widow in money, 14d.; and 10 other items of bedding, &c. Total value, 23s. P. 1. Endd.: The inventory of Sir William Bumheades goods.
2 June. 884. Francis I. to Marillac.
R. O.
Kaulek, 310.
Has received his letter of the 22nd, showing the continued friendly language held by the King of England and his gracious speech to efface the bruit in France that he was preparing to hurt Francis, which the latter never believed, as he knew, by experience, the firmness of Henry's amity, to which (Marillac may give assurance) his own will always be reciprocal. Other news contained in the said letters needs no reply, except to thank him for his diligence. Has delivered to his cousin the 1,000 crs. he is accustomed to give Marillac annually in addition to his salary. Countersigned: Bochetel.
French. Modern transcript, pp. 2. Headed: 2 June 1641.
2 June. 885. Francis I. to Marillac.
R. O.
Kaulek, 311.
(The whole
Although he has no doubt that Marillac spoke with the duke of Norfolk as dexterously as was possible, yet, according to their nature, which is the most suspicious in the world, and Norfolk's words, it appears the King and he have some suspicion that it came from Francis, an opinion which must by all means be effaced. If Norfolk seeks him again upon this matter, Marillac must beg him earnestly not to open it as coming from him, a disclosure which would ruin him and make him powerless to do service in the matter; adding that it was prompted by the friendly language held to him and the desire to signalise his embassy by some great service to the common amity, knowing the affection of Francis and the little trust to be put in the Emperor, who has no project but to aggrandise himself and aspire to that monarchy so odious and prejudicial to all Christendom. Marillac shall then continue in the most gracious manner possible to assure him that Francis has no greater desire than to live in perpetual amity with England. If Norfolk should enter further upon the means which might be found to make this amity still closer, Marillac might reply that he has no great acquaintance with the things which have been treated heretofore, and specially with what was put forward at the last meeting at Calais, where he and the Admiral were, although he has heard that there was there some question of marriages, which are the surest bonds to strengthen such an amity. He may add as a suggestion, that the King of England has a daughter, her who is held legitimate, and Francis a son, M. d'Orleans, to whom he gives Milan — one of the greatest matches in Christendom, by means of which great things could be accomplished both for France and England; for thereby the King of England could relinquish the pensions (fn. 1) of which they speak, with advantage, as by this means they would have to furnish the less money. Which things he (Norfolk) might think over; for Marillac would not for anything that Francis knew he had said the least word in the world about them. And he must conduct the affair with such dexterity that it may not be thought to proceed from Francis. Countersigned: Bochetel.
French. Modern transcript, pp. 3, copied as part of the preceding with heading “Aultres lettres dudit sieur dudit jour.”
2. Contemporary copy ot the preceding.
Spanish Calendar VI. i., No. 165 (where it is dated 1 June).
3 June. 886. The Privy Council.
P.C.P., vii.
Note that on 2 June the Council did not sit.
Meeting at Westminster, 3 June. Present: Privy Seal, Mr. of Horse, Vice-Chamb., Wriothesley. Business:—Letter written to the Lieutenant of the Tower, to deliver the body of Sir John Nevill to Edw. Goldsborough, serjeant-at-arms, and Thos. Tempest, to be conveyed to the President of the Council in the North.
[3 June. (fn. 2) ] 887. Henry VIII. to the Deputy of Calais.
R. O. Is informed by the Lord Privy Seal and Lord Admiral that a naughty seditious person, (fn. 3) one of the workmen at Guisnes, has stirred a mutiny among the workmen there, which attemptate was revealed, and proved face to face, by A.B., one the workmen there. That the said mutineer may be punished to the fearful example of others, a commission of oyer and determiner has been sent to Sir John Wallop, lieutenant of the castle of Guisnes, Ric. Lee, surveyor, and Ant. Rous, treasurer of the works there. On the other hand, to encourage honest men to reveal attempts to stir commotion, banding, or mutiny, the said — (blank) is to be rewarded with some advancement suitable to his degree, and the King desires the Deputy to confer upon him the next room of 6d. a day which shall fall void in Calais, notwithstanding any former promise made to any other person.
Corrected draft, pp. 3. Endd.: The minute of a letter to the Deputy of Calais.
3 June. 888. Sir William Clopton.
Harl. MS.,
299, ff. 174 to
B. M.
The answer of John Cleydon, Parson of Yeldeham, to the bill of complaint of Sir William Clopton, knt., and Thomasyne his wife, and other evidence and pleadings relating to the claim of Sir Wm. Clopton and his wife to lands in Suffolk, made upon the disputed distraint of certain cows at Thelnetham 17 May 30 Hen. VIII. Including a copy of the will of Chr. lord Willoughby, dated 2 Nov. II Hen. VII. On the back of one of the papers (f. 182b) is a draft grant of land by Wm. Bernys, of Alpheton, Suff., 3 June 33 Hen. VIII.
3 June. 889. Wallop to Henry VIII.
R. O. Wrote, on the 29th ult., to the Lord Privy Seal, touching the footmen that were seen in Picardy, marching in battle, threescore in rank and of great length, that I would send an espial to ascertain. At the same time, sent espials into Arde and elsewhere. One of these learnt, at Our Lady de Cluse beyond Leekes, that there were 15,000 men beside Amiens; that Mons. de Vendôme was yet very sick, and carried from Muttrell to Abbeville in a closed cart, and that the Emperor was agreed with the French King, and treats for the marriage of the duke of Orleans with his daughter. Sent immediately for the Surveyor and Treasurer, and took steps (described) to defend the castle in case the French came against it; but this morning came his espial from Le Toyle, five leagues from Amiens, and says there is no assembly in that country beyond the furnishing the frontier garrisons of Normandy and Picardy. He heard from men who came by Paris from the Court that 5,000 Sowches lie about Paris; that there is no new agreement between the Emperor and French king, and no marriage spoken of save that of the duke of Cleves with lady Margaret, the King's daughter. The Emperor has discharged all his men-of-war there, to come down to serve Henry here, and appearances are that he will make war with the French king. Du Bies is gone to Dorlance, Vendôme returned to Court, and Foxall, Du Bies' lieutenant in the Boulognois, gone to Court to serve his quarter under the Dolphin.
To learn the state of affairs between the Emperor and French king, sent the bailiff of Guisnes and a company with greyhounds to desire a course of the captain of Turneham, who made them good cheer, and said the governor of Arras had been with him that morning, and was gone to Brussels, and that the Grand Master would be that night at Dunkirk, next day at Gravelines, and then at St. Thomaz, and that, within 15 days, would be a triumph at Brussels, for the marriage of the duchess of Milan with the duke of Lorraine's son. The king of the Romans had utterly defeated the Turk by Buda, so the Emperor has disbanded his army, and agreed with the duke of Saxe. The said captain had already sent the same news to Wallop, and shows himself desirous to serve Henry, and weekly sends tumbrils and pioneers to assist in the works here, which go well forward. The subjects must be permitted to sell part of their cattle, or there will not be grass enough for the tumbril horses.
Describes the state of the works. Guysnes, 3 June. Signed.
5. Add. Endd.: 1541.
3 June. 890. Lord William Howard to Henry VIII.
R. O.
St. P., viii.
At the receipt of your Grace's letters I was very sick and unable to ride, but within four or five days I rode to the King, and by chance found the kinsman (fn. 4) of the French ambassador resident with your Highness ready to depart to England, and desired him to carry a letter to his master (i.e., the ambassador) to deliver to your Highness. He promised, but went without it, so, instead of sending that letter I repaired to the King again at Chattellerowe. Found the King gone to a little house 14 miles off, for he never lies three nights in one place; but the Queen and Court were at Chattellerowe. He will return on Tuesday in Whitsun week, and the morrow after shall be the marriage of the queen of Navarre's daughter and the duke of Cleves, and next day the jousts. As I cannot speak to him till after these, I send the above mentioned letter.
When I perceived at the receipt of your last letters that Norfolk, whom my brother put to me for secretary, was run away with your money, I at once sent my servant with advertisement of the same. Afterwards, reading your letters, I found that I should receive therewith a copy of the treaty of king John, which came not. I understand nothing of the “platte.”
None know where the King will go after Schattellerowe. Some say to Molyns. The ambassador of Mantua says the Emperor will into Italy this summer find the King's movements will depend on the Emperor's. The Admiral is in Court and much favoured. Sends the articles agreed between the Emperor and the princes of Almain. Shattellerowe, 3 June.
Pp. 2. Add. Endd.: 1541.
3 June. 891. Irish Bishoprics.
Vatican MS. Note that in Consistory, 3 June 1541, the Pope absolved brother Bernard bp. of Ferns “a vinculo, &c.,” and transferred him to the church of Elfin, void by the resignation of Dom. Gabriel, whom he, similarly, transferred to the church of Ferns.
Lat. From a modern transcript in R.O.
4 June. 892. The Privy Council.
P.C.P., vii.
Meeting at Westm., 4 June. Present: ViceChamb., Wriothesley. Business:—Letter written to Jas. Bascarvile and John ap Philips to have certain bells, seized for a forfeit in Milford Haven, kept in Pembroke Castle.
4 June. 893. Lord Cobham's son.
Harl. MS.
6,986, f. 12.
B. M.
Safeconduct for Wm. Broke, eldest son of lord Cobbam, to pass into the parts beyond sea, “for his further increase of virtue and learning,” with two servants, three horses, 20l. in money, bag and baggage. Westm., 4 June, 33 Hen. VIII. Signed at the head.
Parchment. Sealed. Endd.:
A passport for my lord Cobham's son.
2. Remembrances for Mr. William. (fn. 5)
Harl. MS.
283 f. 133.
B. M.
1. To say his prayers in the morning. 2. To hear mass devoutly. 3. To apply his learning diligently, viz., the civil law, rhetoric, and Greek. 4. To obey his tutor. 5. To keep himself chaste, remembering his promise of marriage. (fn. 6) 6. To send letters to my lord in England as often as possible. 7. At vacant times to play on the lute and other instruments. 8. To mark the best fashions and manners in the country. 9. To take heed that he does not speak too thick.
“I uyl performe aull thes thyngs bi the grace of God. By me your sonne, Wylliam Broke.”
P. 1.
5 June. 894. [Wriothesley to Maltravers].
R. O. “After my right hearty commendations to your lordship,” according to my last letters, the King now returns the bearer, Mr. Lee, his surveyor, there, whose declarations in behalf of your Lordship the King takes in good part. As to the stay of the matter of Cowbridge and Sandingfield, he can report the King's pleasure. Although, not long after your arrival there, I perceived your lordship had been evil informed of the bearer, I beg you to favour him, as he is meet to serve the King and was sometime my servant. London, 5 June.
Corrected draft, pp. 2. With one correction in Wriothesley's hand.
9 June. 895. Lord William Howard to Henry VIII.
Calig. E., iv.
B. M.
* * * * … dinner we … [cha]mber finding him at di[nner]… he was up he called the Chaunc[ellor and talked with] him a long time till there was brought … new ambassador from the bishop of R[ome].” Though he was attired like a bishop, the ambassador of Ferrara told me he was only a notary and in great estimation with his master. The cardinals of Lorraine, Tournon, Bellay, and Farrar conducted him to the King, who received him very gently and talked with him a long space, and then went with him into his privy chamber. “I ent[ered with] him, and there he spake awhile with certain of his [lords]; and then as he was entering into his gardero[be I] desired the cardinal of Lorraine to show his G[race] that I would very fain speak with him. [And be] said that I should speak with his Council; so that in [no] wise he would speak with me. Then I went to th[e] Constable, saying to him that I found it strange that the King would not speak with me, desiring him to show the King that he knew well the matter * * * * … that the k … [Coun]saill should hear it and … n. Then the great chamber was … the Council sat down calling me to them … said how the King had commanded them to [hear] the answer that your Highness had sent to me concerning the writing that the King had sent to your Majesty” as touching the Cowbridge and Cowswade. So I showed them you had thoroughly perused it and had sent me such answer as I was sure would prove to them that it was of small effect; and that I was sorry the King had not taken the pain to hear it. Then I said that, whatever had been, the treaty of king John makes a manifest description that the Cowswade is within the English ground. They said they “could show me that the treaty of king John * * * * … was delivered acc[ording to the re]corde of the said treaty; and fur[ther I desi]red them to show me in writing how [the] alteration was made since the treaty. They [said] they had it not there.” Then I delivered them the writing they sent to your Majesty, desiring that it might be read. They caused Busteate, the Secretary, to read it, and to every article I read your Highness' answer.” When it came to the article of the Cowbridge they said you had done wrong to break the bridge, but I said it was yours, and that till lately there was no bridge, but a boat, for which your subjects took the toll. This they denied, saying their King took the toll, but I said the toll their King took was for the turnpike beyond the bridge. * * * * “… they said that they … [un]derstand th'alteration of the [treaty of king] John, and how your Highness hath no rig[ht at all] to the bridge nor to any part of that your Majesty [doth] demand. Then I said to them that it would be hard to do, and that this matter was of too small a weight to drive your Highness to this extreme trial, and that I knew well your Majesty would take it unkindly, and what would ensue thereof I could not say.” Asks for a copy of the treaty, for he received none with the King's last letters, and that someone who is “expert in the platte” may be sent to him. On the 9th inst. a great number of horsemen shall encounter in the fields, issuing out of the woods to seek their adventures as the knights of the Round Table did. On the 12th “the marriage shall be made [between] the duke of Cleves and the princess of N[avarre], and that day or the next day there s[hall be] a justis both by daylight and by torch [light].” Shatteller[hault], 9 June. Signed.
5. Much injured by fire.
9 June. 896. Alesius to Pontanus.
Reform., iv.
Reasons for fearing that his Prince (fn. 7) and Margrave George will be severed from the Protestants by the arts of Mayence and of the Emperor. His Prince, knowing that he maintains Melancthon's opinions, does not consult him in those matters. For himself, will for no man's sake depart from the pure doctrine, or profess any article against the school of Wittenberg. “Ædibus Christiani Goldschmidt” [at Ratisbon], 9 June.
10 June. 897. Chapuys to the Queen of Hungary.
VI., i. No.
If the affair is mentioned, will follow her instructions in her letter of the 28th ult. Expects to be summoned before the King two days hence. Is vexed at not having received the copy of her answer to the King, referred to in his despatch of 26 May. The news since that date is that on the 27th three of the chief conspirators in the North—an abbot and two gentlemen (fn. 8) —were hung and quartered. About the same time took place the lamentable execution of the countess of Salisbury at the Tower in presence of the Lord Mayor and about 150 persons. When informed of her sentence she found it very strange, not knowing her crime; but she walked to the space in front of the Tower, where there was no scaffold but only a small block. She there commended her soul to God, and desired those present to pray for the King, Queen, Prince, and Princess. The ordinary executioner being absent, a blundering “garçonneau” was chosen, who hacked her head and shoulders to pieces. A most virtuous lady nearly 90 (fn. 9) years of age. When her death was resolved on her nephew (grandson), the son of lord Montague, who had been allowed occasionally to go about within the Tower, was more strictly guarded. It is to be supposed he will soon follow his father and grandmother. London, 10 June 1541.
Original at Vienna.
10 June. 898. Baron Jeorjus ab Heideck to Henry VIII.
R. O.
St. P., viii.
Has had no occasion to write until today, when he heard that the king of the Romans had been repulsed from the walls of Buda with the loss of 800 men. Two chosen captains of the Turk have encamped at Simachum, and 60,000 Turks have crossed the Save. The castle of Prague was burnt on the 2nd inst.; not without suspicion of treachery. The Emperor has this day asked the deputies for the settlement of religious controversy how the articles still in debate may be settled in order to prepare to resist the Turk. The envoy of Hungary and the ambassadors of Upper Pannonia have asked aid against the Turk. Ratisbon, 10 June anno '41. Signed.
Latin, p.
1. Add. Endd.


  • 1. The transcript has “délaisser une partie des pensions” but Kaulek reads it “délaisser, pour partie de ce mariaige, les pensions,” which seems more likely.
  • 2. See Wallop's letter of the 22nd.
  • 3. Morres Appowell.
  • 4. Monsieur des Formes.
  • 5. Son of George lord Cobham.
  • 6. William Broke, afterwards lord Cobham, married Dorothy, daughter of Geo. lord Abergavenny.
  • 7. The Elector of Brandenburg.
  • 8. According to Hall, Wriothesley and Stow, the three men executed in London were Lee, a gentleman, Tattersall, a clothier, and Thorne or Thornton, a yeoman; but it appears by No. 875 (2, 11), that the quondam abbot of Croxton was implicated in the conspiracy. It is curious that Marillac, writing a few days later, also says that three men were executed and that two of them were priests. See No. 903.
  • 9. Nearly 70 would have been more accurate.