Henry VIII: July 1541, 11-20

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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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July 1541, 11–20

11 July. 988. The Privy Council.
P.C.P., vii.
Meeting at Ampthill, 11 July. Present: Privy Seal, Gt. Admiral, Durham, Treasurer, Comptroller, Mr. of Horse, Vice-Chamb., Wriothesley, Sadler. Business:—Thos. Seyntlowe, serjeant-at-arms, complained that Edm. Speckott withheld from him the west park of Tyddesley, Devon, although he had the King's lease of it under the Great Seal, and had enjoyed it seven years in the time of the marquis of Exeter, attainted. Ordered that a Privy Seal be sent to Speckott to deliver possession, or else come before the Council at the feast of All Saints next. Nic. Broune, who exhibited to the King, at St. Albans, a book against the Six Articles, affirmed stiffly that himself was author of it and defended it.
11 July. 989. Melancthon to Brentius.
Reform., iv.
Course taken by some of the leaders in the Diet about the Book of Ratisbon. [Ratisbon], 11 July.
Schnepffius, Dr. Balthazar, and Alex. Alesius, who are present, send salutations. Cruciger has gone home.
12 July. 990. Sir Wm. Eure to Henry VIII.
Add. MS.
f. 177.
B. M.
No. 73.
Received his letters of 12 June, and, accordingly, viewed the ground along the East Marches, which the Scots have pastured in since the field of Floddon; but not so much of late because certain English towns are “replenished,” as West Newton, Hethpole, Kilham, Pawston, Myndrame, Presfene, and Carham. Still, there are going on English ground a great number of sheep and neat beside Cheviot. Had the arable ground measured by acres, as appears in a schedule, enclosed together with his letters to the king of Scots and his Warden for redress. Encloses likewise the king of Scots' answer, (fn. 1) but has none, as yet, from the Warden, who has hitherto promised fair and done little. Sends articles of occurrants in Scotland. Berwick, 12 July. Signed.
1. Add. Endd.
Ib. 2. View taken 27 June 33 Henry VIII. by Brian Laiton, captain of Norham, John Carr, captain of Warke, Harry Collingwodd, constable of Etyll, and Gilb. Swynno, of Cornell, of land sown within English ground by Scots, in all 88 acres, “besides the pasture.”
P. 1.
Ib. 3. “Copy of the letter sent from Sir Wm. Eure unto the king of Scots.”
Englishmen of Elterburne and other places (nine named) complain that the Scots daily eat the pasture of England with 10,000 sheep, besides beasts and horses, belonging to Hawden and other places (seven named), and have this year ploughed over 100 acres of English ground. Asks for redress, which he has in vain demanded of the wardens of the Middle Marches, both the laird of Sesforthe and the lord of Farnihirste, now warden. Berwick, 30 June.
P. 1.
Ib. 4. Copy of Sir Wm. Eure's letter to the laird of Farnyhirste, warden of the Middle Marches of Scotland.
Contrary to the peace, the Scots occupy over 100 acres of arable lands in the fields to the east of Elterburne and other places (four named), besides pasturing 10,000 sheep and other cattle in Allisden and other places (seven named). Demanded reformation of this last year without effect, which has emboldened the Scots borderers to sow 60 acres more this year than before. Requires answer by bearer. Berwick, 30 June.
P. 1.
Ib. 5. “Articles of th'affairs occurrant in Scotland.”
My espials say, the Scots are in great fear because of your Majesty's coming to York. The Spiritualty, great lords, Borderers, and the Out Isles desire war; but the King and his Privy Council, as the Treasurer and Controller, peace. Two ships are in Leith waiting wind to pass with the Cardinal into France; the Cardinal going in the Mary Willybie. A learned man of the Council, Mr. Thos. Ballendyn, comes to England and will be at Caldstreme on the 11th July inst. A ship has come from France with morispykes, hagbusshes, hand-guns, and white harness (enumerated). At last Parliament the Spirituality granted the Prince, then living, 10,000 crs., and the King sent to Rome to have it confirmed; but the Spirituality “did prevent the same at Rome afore or ever the king of Scots had sent for the said confirmation.” Signed: Will'm Eure.
P. 1.
12 July. 991. Don Diego de Mendoza to Charles V.
Add. 28,393,
f. 19.
B. M.
His explanations to the Signory about Rincon and Cesare Fragoso. They are glad it took place outside their territory. The French ambassador here fainted on hearing of it. The Signory told him they did not believe the arrest to have been by the Emperor's command. Egypt. Portuguese fleet at Suez. Mission to France, &c. Venice, 12 July 1541.
Spanish, pp. 5. See Spanish Calendar, vi. i. No. 171.
13 July. 992. The Privy Council.
P.C.P., vii.
Note that at Ampthill, 12 July, the Council did not sit.
Meeting at Ampthill, 13 July. Present: Gt. Chamb., Gt. Admiral, Durham, Treasurer, Comptroller, Mr. of Horse, Wriothesley, Sadler. Business:—A letter to Morgan, the King's goldsmith, to deliver 100 mks. worth of plate “of the best and slightest fashion” to Mr. Morisyn, for the King's reward to Stanislaus of Astorogh, a gentleman of Pole, who came to see the King and realm. Letter sent to Deputy, Treasurer, and Comptroller of Calais, that if Duvelyn bulwark was defensible, as appeared by Rogiers's report and by letters from thence, they should defer work until next year and send all the workmen to Guisnes. Ric. Taylor, parson of Feltwell, Norf., accused of favouring the bp. of Rome, was brought up by Hopkyns, the pursuivant, and acquitted.
13 July. 993. James V. to Henry VIII.
Royal MS.
18 B. vi.,
B. M.
By other letters sent with his servant, Martin Balkesky, desired licence for him to buy certain bows “for our game and pleasure,” and also 1,000 qrs. each of wheat and barley, and 100 dickers of leather. Since his coming into England, he has been troubled by Hen. Brandelen and others, of Newcastle, and is in plea with them before the Council of York. Prays him to licence Balkesky to buy the said bows, &c., and also cause the bows he had bought, and which were taken from him in London, to be restored and justice to him expedited in the Council of York. Edinburgh, 13 July 28 James V.
Copy, p. 1.
13 July. 994. James V. to Paul III.
Royal MS.,
18 B. vi.
B. M.
Credence for the cardinal of St. Andrew's, whom he is sending to the French king for certain great affairs, and who will write to his Holiness. Edinburgh, 3 id. Julii 1541.
Lat. Copy, p. 1.
13 July. 995. James V. to Cardinal Ghinucci.
Ib., f. 121.
B. M.
To the same effect. Edinburgh, 3 id. Julii 1541.
Lat. Copy, p. 1.
13 July 996. James V. to Cardinal Carpi.
B. M.
To the same effect. Edinburgh, 3 id. Julii 1541.
Lat. Copy, p. 1.
13 July. 997. James V. to the Duke of Arschot.
Royal MS.,
18 B. vi.
B. M.
Thanks for his prompt expedition of the bearer's licence for a few munitions. Sends him now to obtain some pikes and a few other munitions, as in the schedule he will present. Edinburgh, 13 July.
French. Copy, p. 1. Subscribed: A mon cousin Mons. Dascot.
13 July. 998. James V. to Mons. de Beures.
Royal MS.,
18 B. vi.
B. M.
Has, by bearer, a gentleman of his stable, received De Beures' letters; and, although he has licensed his subjects to frequent the places they found most profitable, will try and arrange matters to his satisfaction, when the man arrives whom he is reported to be sending with reasonable offers. Thanks for his assistance to bearer in obtaining licence for a few munitions. Begs favour in obtaining licence for some pikes and other munitions, for which he now writes to the duke of Arschot (Dascot). Edinburgh, 13 July.
French. Copy, p. 1. Subscribed: A mon cousin Mons de Beures.
14 July. 999. James V. to the Duke of Guise.
Royal MS.,
18 B. vi.
B. M.
Was glad of the good news in his letters from Chastellerault, and of the good health of the King. Credence for the cardinal of St. Andrew's, who is now going thither. Edinburgh, 14 July.
French. Copy, p. 1. Subscribed: A mon bon pere, Monsr de Guise.
14 July. 1000. James V. to the Princess of Chimay.
B. M.
Has received her letters written at Burselles the 17th May. It is a great pleasure to hear often of her. Edinburgh, 14 July.
French. Copy, p. 1. Subscribed: A ma seur Madame de Simoy.
14 July. 1001. James V. to the Princess of Orange.
B. M.
Has received her letter written at Bourselles, 20 May. Wherever she is, will be glad to do her what pleasure he can. Edinburgh, 14 July.
French. Copy, p. 1. Subscribed: A ma cousine Madame la Princesse Doranges.
15 July. 1002. The Privy Council.
P.C.P., vii.
Note that at Ampthill, 14 July, the Council did not sit.
Meeting at Grafton, 15 July. Present: Privy Seal, Gt. Chamb., Gt. Admiral, Durham, Treasurer, Comptroller, Mr. of Horse, Vice-Chamb., Wriothesley. Business:—Recognisance (cited) by Ric. Ylshaw not to molest Thos. Olney, harbinger, in his possession of the farm of Haversham lordship, Bucks, until the case is tried before the Council; also a letter to Wm. Lucye, of Chorlecote, Warw., to permit Oldnay to enjoy the farm. Mr. Chancellor of Augmentations and Mr. Pollard sent for to join the Court at Pipewell, or Coliweston at furthest.
15 July. 1003. Sir Cuthbert Radclyf to James V.
Add. MS.,
32,646 f. 209.
B. M.
No 80 (1).
Whereas the King his master has admitted him deputy warden of his Middle Marches, has been always ready to proceed with justice without delay; but when, lately, he sent to the Scottish officers at Jedworth bills against Scots of Liddesdale and others, no answer is made to the bills of Liddisdale, and the Scottish officers have deferred and “shot” many meetings, notwithstanding their promises and the strait commandment given to the warden and lord Maxwell, keeper of Liddisdale, by James's Council who were lately at Jedworth. The English complain that he gets them no redress, seeing the heinous attemptates lately done by the Liddisdale men, “as robberies, murders, spoilings, and breaking of Hawghton castle, scaling it with ladders, riding in great numbers.” Asks him to give strait commandment for redress. Alnwick castle, 15 July. Signed.
Copy, pp.
2, with address copied: To the King's Grace of Scotland.
16 July. 1004. The Privy Council.
P.C.P., vii.
Meeting at Grafton, 16 July. Present: Privy Seal, Gt. Chamb., Gt. Admiral, Durham, Treasurer, Comptroller, Mr. of Horse, Vice-Chamb., Wriothesley. Business:—Examination (detailed) of an accusation by John White, parish priest of Woodhurst, Hunts, against Anne, wife of George Windsor of Woodhurst (implicating Robt. Pryce, of Washyngley, Hunts, J.P.), which was proved to be malicious, and White committed to the Porter's ward.
16 July. 1005. Chapuys to Charles V.
Calendar, VI.
i., No. 173.
Received this morning two letters of the Emperor of the 11th inst. (sic) (fn. 2) which were forwarded to him with great diligence from this Court. The decipher will be most useful to show and avoid danger; also the recommendations touching the Queen. Will do his best to keep up the negociations for closer friendship and try and obtain from the French ambassador's man a copy of the cipher used by his master and some original letters which may show the doings of the French. No money shall be spared to bribe him, even if Chapuys has to sell his own self. The man lately sent a message that the last despatch received from Francis was unimportant. One of Francis' councillors had written that whatever came of the German diet would be useful, for, if the Emperor concluded matters in favour of Germany, the Pope would be entirely French, and if no resolution were come to Francis would have more friends in Germany than ever. The ambassador also had letters from Francis stating that the king of the Romans had lost nearly 4,000 men at the storming of Buda, the capture of which was hopeless now as the Turks were advancing to its relief. The same news was given by the ambassador with a most pitiful countenance to a man whom I sent to him on the pretext of inquiring how he was, as he had hurt himself by a fall from his horse the day before yesterday. The ambassador's man also states that on receipt of this intelligence, his master called on the Chancellor for the sole purpose of communicating it, and of talking of some other mysterious affair which has caused this King during the last fortnight to despatch several couriers in great haste to France.
Nothing important since he wrote last. The King lately called the Irish parliament together to notify that he means to erect his lordship there into a kingdom; and pending the publication of his new title, the business of the Chancery and the Exchequer here has been suspended for some days that letters bearing the title may be issued presently in divers places. The King has also sent to Italy for three shipwrights expert at making galleys, but Chapuys thinks he will not set them to work as he has begun to make ships with oars of which he himself is the architect. London, 16 July 1541.
Original at Vienna, mainly in cipher.
16 July. 1006. Chapuys to the Queen of Hungary.
Calendar, VI.
i., No. 174.
Has received her letter of the 9th January (sic) (fn. 3) with the account of what passed between her deputies and the King's commissioners about the edict of navigation. Should the King or any of his Council speak to him about it, will answer according to his instructions and meanwhile do his best to induce them to make a fresh treaty of commerce. Thanks for her commanding the deputies to follow the advice he once gave about the conduct of the negociation. Begs for arrears of his pay. London. 16 July 1541.
Original at Vienna, partly in cipher.
16 July. 1007. Card. Pole to Card. Contarini.
Poli Epp., iii.,
Replies to his letter dated Ratisbon, 20 June, asking Pole's opinion of his reply upon Justification. Congratulates him upon that reply and regrets that he was not in Rome when the matter was treated in Consistory (both because he was the cardinal best acquainted with Contarini's views and because some said that he left to avoid disputes about the matter with certain great men), but as it was settled in two discussions he did not think it necessary to return thither. Commends himself to the prayers of Contarini and the master of the Sacred Palace. Capranica, 16 July 1541.
17 July. 1008. The Privy Council.
P.C.P., vi.
Meeting at Grafton, 17 July. Present: Privy Seal, Gt. Chamb., Gt. Admiral, Durham, Comptroller, Mr. of Horse, Vice-Chamb., Wriothesley. No business recorded.
17 July. 1009. Carlisle.
Add. MS.
5,754, f. 84.
B. M.
Indenture of receipt, 17 July 33 Hen. VIII., by Robert bp. of Carlisle from Robert bp. of Llandaff, president of the Council in the North, of 1,000l. to be employed about the King's works within the city and castle of Carlisle.
P. 1, indented.
18 July. 1010. Chapuys to the King's Council.
St. P., viii.
Sends by his man, the bearer, letters from the king of the Romans to the King in his credence. Is grieved that his indisposition prevents his going there to salute the King and enjoy their conversation and pastime of the fields; for to demonstrate the importance of his charge to a Prince of such wisdom would be to teach Minerva, as the saying is, and to persuade him to protect the Faith (of which he worthily styles himself defender) is unnecessary. Prays them to present the letters and obtain the brief despatch of his man, as the affair requires haste. Popeler, 18 July 1541. Signed.
French, p.
1. Add. Endd.: Th'Emperor's ambassador to the lords of the Privy Council.
18 July. 1011. Marillac to Francis I.
R. O.
Kaulek, 320.
(Almost the
whole text.)
Reckoned that this King, who left London on the 30th June, would be, by this time, about Lincoln; but the rains have since been so great and incessant, and the weather so unseasonably cold and stormy, that, besides damage to the crops and increase of contagious diseases, the roads leading to the North, which is all marshy country, have been flooded and the carts and baggage could not proceed without great difficulty, so that the said King is as yet only a short journey from this town. Owing to some indisposition of the Queen and the weather not being yet settled, some say the journey is in terms of being broken, and that if it goes forward it will be on account of the great preparations made by the dukes of Suffolk and Norfolk, who have gone before; at all events they will not go far before the end of this month, and the Court will not be at Lincoln till the 10th or 12th of next month. As Norfolk will not be there until then, Marillac cannot do as instructed in Francis's previous letters unless he should find those here fully resolved to proceed, when he might prick on in front, on pretext of providing for his men, in order to be with Norfolk two or three days before the King, so that if he has something on his stomach he may have leisure to discharge himself of it, and Marillac may send an express to Francis if necessary.
Knowing that those here were still in some doubt about this journey, and that the law term (terme des jugemens) still lasted, and also that there were bruits which he wished to verify before leaving, Marillac has remained here, except that he has sometimes waited on the King, who has held only common talk not worth writing. Of the prisoners in the Tower, there have since his last, been condemned to death as traitors two knights of Rhodes, of whom one, (fn. 4) who was son of this King's vice-admiral, is executed. The other (fn. 5) is reserved in order to know his name and confront him with some accomplices. The deputy of Calais, lord Lisle, has not been led to judgment, and it is said he will remain prisoner for life in the Tower, where he is a little more at large than he was. Some lords of this Court have heard their master say the said Deputy offended more through simplicity and ignorance than malice. Likewise the son (fn. 6) of the late Marquis is more at large than he was, and has a preceptor to teach him lessons; a thing which is not done towards the little nephew (fn. 7) of Cardinal Pole, who is poorly and strictly kept and not desired to know anything.
The bruit that the Emperor was sending certain lords here to negociate has not proved true. His ambassador is here and does not frequent the Court nor show any sign of having business there. Likewise the marriage of this King's daughter with the Emperor is no longer spoken of, and enquiry shows little foundation for it. Some lords of Poland, (fn. 8) who have been in the French Court, are come hither to see the country and for other business. One of them told Marillac that when they had seen some of this King's houses they would immediately return to their own country.
Those of this King's Council who remain here in his absence, viz., the abp. of Canterbury, the Chancellor, and the lord of Herfor, lately (dernierement) asked Marillac to dine with them; and afterwards, in the Council chamber, the Abp. made him a great harangue in Latin, in which, after speaking of the amity between the two Kings, he said his King heard that the French purposed to innovate something upon the bridge of the Cauchoire, the dispute about which was not yet settled, and affectionately prayed Francis to suffer no difficulty to be made there until the controversy remitted to their two Majesties was decided. Replied in the same language in similar terms, assuring them that Francis would do nothing unworthy of such a king and so great a friend, remitting it to him to make more particular answer about the bridge if lord William mentioned it. The Archbishop and the rest appeared very satisfied, fearing Marillac might say something about the dispute indicating that Francis resented the wrong they did him in breaking the bridge, especially now that their King is absent and accupied with other things. Perhaps this gracious dealing was to gain time to finish the fortification of Guisnes.
As nothing more remains to be learnt here, intends leaving immediately after this despatch, to keep near this King and be able to follow him whether he goes to the North or returns hither.
French. Two modern transcripts, each pp. 6. Headed: London, 18 July 1541.
19 July. 1012. The Privy Council.
P.C.P., vii.
Note that on 18 July the Council did not sit.
Meeting at Grafton, 19 July. Present: Privy Seal, Gt. Chamb., Gt. Admiral, Durham, Treasurer, Comptroller, Mr. of Horse, Vice-Chamb., Wriothesley. Business:—Whereas John Howburne, servant to Sir Wm. Evers, seized as forfeit a horse worth 20 nobles, which Adam Karkettill, servant of the queen dowager of Scotland, was taking into Scotland, a letter was written, at the contemplation of the said Queen's letters, to Evers to suffer the horse to pass.
19 July. 1013. Henry VIII. to Carne and Vaughan.
R. O. Perceives, by their sundry letters, that the Queen and her Commissioners remain in “wilful defence of their doings without ground or foundation to maintain the same.” They are now to declare to the Queen the receipt of these letters, and say the King regrets that, in spite of the good words she continually utters, the unfriendly doings there might induce him to devise for his traffic to their detriment, but that he desires to use all honest offices to maintain their long-continued amity. He therefore desires her once again not to press him, upon a thing not maintainable by the treaties, to foredo what he has justly done. He thinks it reasonable that they should devise for the wealth of their subjects; but to do it by violating amities or unreasonably pressing their friends is neither honourable nor reasonable, and is likely to make men little esteem their friendship. They shall then desire her answer to the following points:—1. Where they allege that our statute contains an innovation, will she cause her Council to declare what it is? If they cannot they must, in reason, abolish their edict. 2. Where they make a great matter of our proclamation for the immunity of custom, you shall say that by our statute shipping in an English bottom is to pay English custom, and shipping in a strange bottom the custom used at the making of the leagues and treaties; so that they are not restrained from any liberty, but have a further immunity offered them. They cannot claim a further privilege because we have granted a further privilege to others; and, though the merchants of the Hanze had their privilege by charter long before, those of the Low Parts would have had no grievance had it been a new grant. 3. We marvel at their saying the Emperor “will stand to none intercourse already made,” considering that, upon an overture lately made to the Emperor for a renovation of amity, Mons. de Grandevele answered that the Emperor reputed all his leagues and treaties with us to stand firm. We think this saying proceeds rather from some who do not thoroughly weigh the advantage of a good neighbour than either from the Emperor or the Queen; but if the Emperor is thus suddenly minded to refuse the treaties of intercourse we shall, upon a determinate answer, provide for ourself. 4. Where the Regent said it should not be for the Emperor's honour and hers to abolish their edict and than sue to the King; they are bound in honour to abolish that which is against the treaties, and we think it no more dishonour to them to sue to us than for us to sue to them, and that such a saying is scant friendly. 5. Where we caused a few things to be provided, such as any merchant may buy and carry away without licence, and yet we sued to her for a licence, the things are unjustly detained. You shall desire her not to compare our things with matters of merchants, and so show the world that they esteem not our amity; for, in that case, we will so provide that “they shall shortly see that in their doings they had neither that consideration of us that reason would have required, ne that regard to their own pacts that appertained.” But that we think the Emperor otherwise inclined, we would not have borne all this, and we desire, as we have frankly declared our stomach, that she will put the things bought for us at liberty forthwith.
Carne and Vaughan are to press her to answer the articles severally and not in general, and are plainly to declare this whole discourse to her Commissioners.
Draft, pp. 16. Endd.: “Minute to Sir Edward Kerne and Mr. Vaughan, xixo Julii 1541.”
19 July. 1014. James V. to Cardinal Ghinucci.
Royal MS.,
18 B. vi., 123.
B. M.
Writes at this time to his Holiness and him about certain monasteries, among them Dundrenen, to be given in commendam to Adam, now commendatory of Coldingham (which is to be taken from him). His meaning is that the said Adam may still exact the debts of Coldingham priory due to him while he was commendatory. Edinburgh, 19 July 1541.
Lat. Copy, p. 1.
20 July. 1015. The Privy Council.
P.C.P., vii.
Meeting at Grafton, 20 July. Present: Privy Seal, Gt. Chamb., Gt. Admiral, Durham, Treasurer, Comptroller, Mr. of Horse, Vice-Chamb., Wriothesley. Business:—Nic. Wentworth of Lyvingstone, Ntht., complained that “Sir William Poyner, of the same town, yeoman,” accused him of being “a procurer of perjury and a great embracer and maintainer of brablyng matters and suits,” and that Wm. and Hen. Rosymer and their wives and Joan Rosymer had called him traitor. Poyner was adjudged to be set on the pillory at Northampton, Stanforde, Oxford, and Aylesbury, on four market days, and the Rosymers, who seem to have spoken only “in a fume and a drunkenship,” begged Wentworth's forgiveness, who promised to release his suits against them. Hen. Forescott and Wm. Hudson, two of the witnesses in this matter, were found “naughty, untrue, and troublous fellows” and committed to the Marshal's ward.
20 July 1016. Calais.
R. O. Commission by the Court of Augmentations to Hen. lord Matravers, deputy of Calais, Sir Edw. [Wott]on, [treasurer there], Sir Edw. Ringeley, controller, Ant Cave and Ric. Conye, constables of the Staple of Calais, John Ayssheton, auditor, and Geoff. Chamber, receiver of the King's purchased lands, Thos. Fowler, gentleman, and Thos. Screven, merchant of the Staple of Calais; to try out the “effect of certain instructions and articles hereunto annexed.” Westm., 20 July 33 Hen. VIII. Signed by Sir Ric. Ryche and Nic. Bacon.
Draft, with corrections in Riche's hand, pp.
20 July. 1017. Anthoinette de Bourbon [Duchess of Guise] to the Queen of Scotland.
Balcarres MS.
ii. 4.
Adv. Lib.
Is glad of the bearer's coming hither on his return to Scotland, for she wished to write and send a packet to Dyespe to learn her news. Has heard nothing since those brought by La Touche about her accouchement. Wishes to know how she has got over it, and how the King and the little Prince are. All well here. Your father returned eight days ago about some buildings and fortifications the King has ordered to be made on this frontier. I was glad he had this charge to hasten his return. Our petit fils is well and growing big. He is beginning to understand and almost knows his paternoster. He is a pretty and good child. I have not let him come here to Andelat (“en ce lieu dendela”), because measles are prevalent there, and I was afraid he might catch them in the country, where they could not be so well treated as at Jainville; besides, we ought only to stay two or three days. Your brother Regné has been very ill, but is beginning to be well. We expect the cardinal of Lorraine on the 3rd Aug., and we are all to be at Pont-à-Mousson on the 8th, “ou se doit faire le premyer recuil de nostre nouvelle dame (fn. 9) pour dela la mener a Nency.” Your eldest brother goes with the Cardinal. “Lon doit faire grose chere a sete bien venue, et force tournois; les noces furet y eut dymenche huit jours.” If anything is done there worth writing you shall be informed. I want much to see if the Marquis will be a good husband. The country is much pleased to get such a noble princess. Believes she knows of the death of Mons. de la Mest. He was a good man who helped much in the affairs of our petit fils. His baillage of Longueville was held in survivorship by him and his son, so there will be no change, &c. 20 July.
Hol. Fr., pp. 2. Add.


  • 1. See No. 957.
  • 2. There is evidently an error here, and it would be natural to read “ultimo” instead of “instant.” But on the 25th July Chapuys writes that on the 16th he acknowledged letters from the Emperor written not on the 11th but on the last day of June.
  • 3. Apparently 5 July should have been the date. See No. 969.
  • 4. Sir David Gonson, son of Wm. Gonson.
  • 5. Sir William Tyrrell. See No. 973, and Index to Vol. XV.
  • 6. Edward Courteney, who was restored in blood and created earl of Devon in 1553.
  • 7. Henry Pole, son of lord Montague.
  • 8. See No. 954.
  • 9. The duchess of Milan, who had just been married to the marquis of Pont à Mousson.