Henry VIII: May 1543, 6-10

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Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 18 Part 1, January-July 1543. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1901.

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May 1543, 6-10

6 May. 506. Sale of Crown Lands.
See Grants in May, No. 29.
6 May.
Dasent's A. P. C., 127.
507. The Privy Council.
Note that at Westm., 5 May, "the Booke of Relligion (fn. 1) was read in the Council chamber before the nobility of the realm."
Meeting at Westm., 6 April (sic). Present: Chancellor, Norfolk, Winchester, Westminster, Cheyney, Wriothesley, Paget, Riche, Baker, Dacres. Business :—Warrant stamped to Thos. Palmer, treasurer of Guisnes, to pay Barnardine, master gunner, and thirty other gunners appointed there by the King, wages from 29 April last.
6 May.
Lamb. MS. 603, p. 43. St. P., III., 407.
508. Fishery of the Bann, Ireland.
Indenture tripartite, 6 May, 35 Hen. VIII., between Sir Ant. Sentleger, lord Deputy, Rory McCuyllen, captain of Rowte, and Manus O'Cahan, captain of Oroghtecane; relative to the fishery of the Banne. Lat. Copy, p. 1.
6 May.
R. O. St. P., v. 284.
509. Arran to Henry VIII.
Thanks for the overture made by his ambassador for the marriage of the lady Elizabeth with the writer's son. Has instructed the earl of Glencarne and Sir George Douglas to perfect the contract, and begs credence for them, assuring him that, unless he had known it was Henry's pleasure, he would not have been so bold as to pursue this marriage. Edinburgh, 6 May. Signed: James Governor. Hol., pp. 2. Endd. Add.
R. O. St. P., v. 285. 2. "Article given to our trusty cousins and counsellors, W. earl of Glencarne and Sir George Douglas, to treat privily with the King's Majesty and his Council.
Upon the overture made by the King's Ambassador, they are humbly to desire the King to accomplish the contract of marriage betwixt the lady Elizabeth and James lord Hammyltoun, son and heir apparent to us, James earl of Arrane, governor and second person of Scotland; not doubting but the King shall provide for "the said lady and hir parte" according to the estate of such a princess. Signed: James G.
P. 1.
6 May.
Add. MS. 32,650, f. 261. B.M. Sadler State Papers, I. 187.
510. Sadler to the Council.
Yesterday, received theirs of 1 May, the assembly here being already dissolved, and Glencairn and Douglas despatched with the answer written in Sadler's last letters, with which they depart to-morrow, intending to be with the King within ten or twelve days. It was impossible to do more than has been done for the King's satisfaction; and, the Governor being so well minded, there is great appearance that, if the King embrace what is now obtained, he will shortly be able to work what he will in this realm. Meanwhile nothing can be done, as the nobility are gone home, and the Governor himself gone to his house of Hamilton with Angus, Cassils and Marishal. Somervail went home saying he would follow the Governor "if there were any cause." Maxwell is either at Carlisle or Lochmaben. Cannot therefore confer with them upon the Council's letters, but conferred yesterday with Glencairn and Douglas, who had come to take leave and were at dinner with him when the letters arrived. The Governor, who would fain have had the peace as the King requires, says "that if there be such a league betwixt his Majesty and the French king, if he might have the copy of the same to be showed here he doubteth not but, thereby, all the nobility of this realm would the rather be induced to condescend to the making of a like league with the King's Majesty." Thinks Douglas has further commission touching the marriage betwixt the King's daughter and the Governor's son than Glencairn knows of. The Governor, at his departure on Friday last, said he was resolved to command Lennox in the Queen's name to deliver Donbrytten castle; and also would have Lennox subscribe the act for his estabishment as Governor and second person, or else, if he refuse (as it is thought he will), either get him into his hands or chase him out of the realm, and wishes that the King's ships might meet him on the sea. The Governor said also that he would send Brunstoun into France for the purpose of which the writer has lately advertised Suffolk.
Perceives it is the King's pleasure that he should repair to St. Andrews to speak with the Cardinal, but defers doing so for these reasons, viz., that the Cardinal and bishops have now called a convocation of the clergy at St. Andrews which will endure these seven or eight days, wherein they will no doubt devise to empeach an agreement between the realms, that the Governor is as far out with the Cardinal as ever and might conceive suspicion of Sadler's repair to St. Andrews without his licence (who is not now here to grant it) and that the country is not very free for Englishmen to travel in, specially now when "there is like to grow some garboil" betwixt the Governor and Lennox. Begs shortly to know the King's pleasure in this. Edinburgh, 6 May.
Pp.. 4. Add. Sealed. Endd.: ao xxxvo.
*** The above is noted (with a list of corrigenda for the text printed in Sadler State Papers) in Hamilton Papers, No. 371.
7 May.
R. O. [Spanish Calendar, VI. II., No. 136.]
511. The Queen of Hungary to Chapuys.
Sends herewith for his instruction, the letters and power which she has received from the Emperor. Has deferred sending Toison d'Or to him because Grantvelle has written that he will consider what Toison d'Or ought to do. Meanwhile Chapuys may require the King of England's ratification and oath, and answer her preceding letters. Grantvelle, on leaving Nuremberg, at the request of the Estates of the Empire and suit of the deputies of Cleves, accorded a truce with Cleves until the Emperor's coming to Germany and for two months after, copy herewith. The King is to be advertised of it; and if Cleves sends his ratification, she will also notify him of it. He will see that the truce is to the Emperor's reputation. The duke of Holsten, who long ago consented to a communication for the appeasing of the differences between these countries and him, but would not send deputies into the Emperor's country, has finally consented to send them to Campen, in the Count de Buren's government, and she has sent hers thither. Chapuys shall be advertised of what they do, in order that he may let the King know it.
The French army in Arthois has overthrown some churches and little forts and finally taken Lillers but abandoned it because it is not fortifiable. Does not yet know what way they will take.
French, pp. 2. Modern transcript of a Vienna MS. headed; A Chapuys, du vije de May, 1543.
7 May.
R. O. St. P., IX. 368.
512. Seymour and Wotton to Henry VIII.
Yesterday, the captain of Gravelyne, Mons. de Vendevile, met and welcomed them with a company of horsemen. Upon receiving the King's letters "concerning the piece of silver that was taken from Gundelfinger," he answered that he had written to the Queen, and looked hourly for answer, but would deliver it again to Hierome Browne, who was come for that matter. He described how Vendosme, after revictualling Terwyn, surprised 700 Burgundian footmen in a little deserted unfortified town of Artois called Lylers; who yielded it on condition to depart as they came, with ensigns displayed. The captain also said that the Dolfine and French king would join the army and invade Flanders; for the Frenchmen made so much of the victory of the Clevois at Syttart that the French king had changed his purpose of sending an army over the Mountains.
Came the same day to Dunkirk, where the captain and gunners of the town and the captain of the garrison entertained them. At supper, the gentleman appointed by De Reux to conduct them to Court showed them a letter reporting that the French had withdrawn from the frontiers of Artois and reckoned upon peace before Midsummer.
This day, between Dunkirk and Newport, an Englishman that came from Venice, through Germany and Gulyke, showed them that the Clevois had destroyed the duchy of Lymbourg and entered the duchy of Luxemburg with 15,000 footmen and 4,000 horsemen. This day, at Newport, were met by Jehan de Lamney, sieur de Zoeteland, with a letter of welcome from the Queen. Trust to be at the Court on Friday or Saturday morning. Newport, 7 May 1543. Signed: T. Seymour; Nicholas Wotton.
Pp. 3. Add. Endd.
8 May.
Dasent's A. P. C., 127.
513. The Privy Council.
Meeting at Westm., 7 May. Present: Chancellor, Norfolk, Winchester, Westminster, Cheyney, Wriothesley, Paget, Riche, Baker, Dacres. Business :—[Letter written to Suffolk declaring the King's appointment of the treasurership of Berwick to Sir Wm. Malory.] (fn. 2)
Meeting at Westm., 8 May. Present, as above. Business :—Commission stamped to John Barlow, clk., Hen. Wirriott, esq., Roger Barlow, John Sutton and John Rastall to enquire who had embezzled gold out of a Spanish ship, taken by Frenchmen and driven by weather into Milford Haven, and to despatch the Frenchmen, except three or four of the best, who should remain for ransom "in case we should grow to war." Warrant to Tuke to repay Roger Barlow 11l. 6s. 8d. disbursed about the affair of the said ship.
8 May.
Sadler State Papers, I. 194.
514. Sadler to Suffolk, Parr and Durham.
This morning, received theirs of 5 May and perceives Bothwell's refusal to meet at the places accustomed, and appointment of places "where no true man will come to demand redress," and also the attemptates by the Armstrongs of Liddisdale and in the East Marches. As he wrote, the Governor at departing to Hamilton, gave strait charge to Bothwell and the other wardens to keep the days of truce; and if they will needs be doing they should be paid "truly again with siklike." Angus came hither yesterday, and told Sadler, this morning, that the Governor and he had been at Linlithgow and taken order for the sure keeping of the young Queen (whom the Dowager would fain have removed to Stirling); and now they will prepare to "go upon" Lennox, if he refuse to deliver Dumbarton castle and subscribe the act for the establishment of the Governor, and Angus is here to assemble friends, intending on Wednesday night to join the Governor at Hamilton. Reminded him that, if they got the castle, it should be put in sure hands for Glencairn, and he himself should take charge of it meanwhile. Told him how Bothwell uses himself on the Borders, and of the attemptates; and he promised to declare it to the Governor, saying there would be no good rule in Liddisdale until Bothwell was shut up and an honest man appointed to his charge.
Told Angus the cause of the stay of his cart horses; who prayed Sadler to write that he had the King's licence in that behalf, as his brother, Sir George, shall declare, and is the King's servant or he "would not have been so bold as to have sent for horses." Their lordships may use discretion, "considering my lord of Angus is not every man." Finally he prayed that money might de sent to Berwick, to Mr. Shelley, for his wages and his brother's, lest sending so far as Darlington should arouse suspicion; and that his wages might be doubled for a little time, as he is at charge to maintain a force against Lennox. Begs instruction how to answer this. "It is but 100l. more, which you have authority to help by your Grace's discretion."
Headed: To my lords of Suffolk, Parr and Durham, 8th May 1543.
9 May.
Dasent's A. P. C., 128.
515. The Privy Council.
Meeting at Westm., 9 May. Present: Canterbury, Audeley, Russell, Hertford, Winchester, Westminster, St. John, Gage, Cheyney, Browne, Wingfield, Wriothesley, Paget. Business:—Letters sent to two yeomen of the Guard dwelling about Walden to send certain Egyptians over sea; and to Suffolk to fell and send birch and other wood to Berwick. Warrant to Tuke to pay Thos. Treffrye 20l. by way of reward. Dr. Peter and Dr. Tregonwell appointed to examine Reede, late curate of Honney Lane, and Cobbes.
9 May.
R. O.
516. Wallop to the Council.
A man he sent to the French camp returned to-day, saying the camp is separated, and 9 ensigns of lanceknights, 3 of Frenchmen, 200 men of arms and 800 Italian light horse repair towards Lucenbarge to aid Mons. de Guyse on that border, and so let the Clevoiez the better do their exploits, while the rest of the camp retire into garrison. Also that Count Guillam, who should have come to serve the French King, is returned to the Emperor with a great sum of money he had received from the French king. Has like news from another source; and also that the noblemen in the camp went to Court in post and there was signification of a peace; but the man from the camp heard no bruit of this. Guysnes, 9 May. Signed.
P. 1. Add. Endd.: Ao xxxvo.
9 May.
Corpus Reform., V. 105.
517. Melancthon to Joachim Camerarius.
* * * Commendations to Ziglerus, Bornerus, Rheticus and Scotus. (fn. 3) Bonn, 9 May.
10 May.
Dasent's A. P. C., 129.
518. The Privy Council.
Meeting at Westm., 10 May. Present: Canterbury, Audeley, Russell, Hertford, Lisle, Winchester, Westminster, St. John, Cheyney, Gage, Browne, Wingfield, Wriothesley, Paget. Business:—Warrant to Tuke to pay Sir Arthur Darcy 20l. as reward. Letter written to Matth. Bradbury and Jas. Fletcher, coroners of Cambridge, to appear.
10 May.
R. O. St. P., IX. 370.
519. Mont to Henry VIII.
The Diet of Nurnberg is finished, after four months' treating; but the conclusion is not unanimous, for all the counts, the Imperial towns and the Protestants have protested against this recess, of which the authors are King Ferdinand, the Emperor's commissaries, the dukes of Bavaria and the bishops (except Cologne and Treves who have not subscribed to all). Nothing is likely to come of it. Many think the Emperor avoids these contentions, who if here might effect as much as he did at Ratisbon. Sends the chapters of the recess. A truce (copy herewith) is made, by the States, between the Emperor, Queen Mary and the duke of Cleves. Count Wm. a Furstenberg is raising men to avenge himself on the duke of Guise for seizing, on Easter Day, the abbey of Gosa near Metz, which the French King had given him and where he suffered the Gospel to be preached and Communion in two kinds given. The Landgrave and duke of Wirtemberg, with the cities of Strasburg and Francfort, send commissioners to Metz the day after Pentecost to arbitrate between Guise and Furstenberg. Met Furstenberg in Spires a few days ago, who desired to be commended to Henry. Spires, 10 May 1543.
Lat., pp. 2. Add. Sealed. Endd.
R. O. 2. [The decrees of the Diet of Nuremberg.]
First, 20,000 foot and 4,000 horse are decreed for the defence of Hungary against the Turk, paid for six months. The King of the Romans will conscribe and command the soldiers, and the States have fixed these terms for their pay, viz., for the first two months 15 May, at Frankfort or Nuremberg or Ratisbon; and the 2nd payment to be on 15 July and the third on 15 Sept. Meanwhile the States will await the Emperor's coming into Germany, with the hope that the Diet then to be indicted will consult both for the war against the Turks and for the composing of all the other troubles of the Empire. To preserve peace, all states, orders and persons are enjoined upon their oath to the Empire not to raise war upon any pretext whatsoever, in accordance with the decree of the Diet of Spires. The visitation and reformation of the Imperial Chamber shall, without further delay, begin on the 3rd of July. For this the Emperor will choose commissioners, and the States have named the Electors of Saxony and Mayence, who were their delegates at Spires. The Bp. of Wurzburg (Herbipolensis) will be there in person, Margrave George of Brandenburg will send a visitor, and the abbot Campidunensis, Martin Count of Oetingen, and the city of Augsburg will each designate a fit man for reforming things. Meanwhile all process is suspended, except against such as fail in their contributions for the Turkish expedition; and the Emperor or the King of the Romans will appoint judges for urgent cases. And, since the allies of the Brunswick war, have, in the past and present Diets, offered to stand to justice against the duke of Brunswick, praying that the cause may be deferred until the Emperor's coming, it has seemed good to us, the King of the Romans and the Imperial Commissioners, to command Duke Henry to suffer patiently that his cause is thus suspended in the Chamber, and to await the Emperor's coming. It is also decreed that when the Brunswick case is treated the right and interest of the bishop (fn. 4) (praesul) and chapter of Hildesheim, of Duke George of Brunswick and of the provost of Cologne, which are annexed thereto, shall be decided.
Lat. Copy in Chr. Mont's hand, pp. 3. Endd,. Copia recessus Nurnbergensis.
10 May.
R. O.
520. Gerard Veltwyk to Queen Mary Of Hungary.
Arrived at Gennes on 7 May. A brigantine has arrived at Ville Franche with news that the Emperor was embarked at Rozas, "et quil a embarquie mille chevaulx dedens 40 naves et 50 corsupins, mais le temps a cours sy meschant que l'on ne peust trouver pis. Toutesfois la bonnaze a commence dresser le soir." Sends this in haste with his despatch to the Marquis (fn. 5). Expect the Emperor in 5 days. Genne, 9 May. French.
ii. Agustino De Fabiano to Francesco De Taxis master of the Emperor's posts in Flanders, at Brussels.
A man has come from Monacho reporting that a brigantine at Villa Franca, which left Cano di Creo in Spain, on the 5th, brings word that the Emperor was embarked at Rozes on the 4th, and was going first to Perpignan; so that he may be expected daily. Genova, 10 May 1543. Italian.
Copies in Wotton's hand, pp. 2. Endd.


  • 1. The book entitled "A necessary Doctrine and Erudition for any Christian Man," which was printed by Berthelet on the 29 May.
  • 2. Cancelled.
  • 3. Alesius.
  • 4. Valentin von Teutleben.
  • 5. Of Guasto.