Henry VIII: February 1543, 1-10

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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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February 1543, 1-10

1 Feb.
R. O.
101. St. Laurence Pountney.
Receipt by Edm. bp. of London, from Mr. Wm. Latymer, master of the college of St. Laurence Puntneye, of 7l. 19s. 9½d., for a certain annual rent or pension due to the King, by Act of Parliament, last Christmas. 1 Feb. 34 Hen. VIII. Signed by Robt. Smith, the Bp.'s sub-collector.
Small printed form with space left for name of payee and amount, p. 1.
1 Feb.
R. O. St. p., V. 249.
102. Lisle to Suffolk.
Sir George Douglas arrived between 3 and 4 p.m. to-day, with the answer to the King's letters sent in by the prisoners, and intends to be with Suffolk to-morrow. The Cardinal's taking, he says, was like to have caused some business, and has delayed the answer (which appears to be "at large," referring all to ambassadors, which they trust the King will receive). He says the King will, little by little, obtain all his desire. He said that the duke of Guise would be suffered to land with only 24 men. Lisle answered that if so, Guise would soon be as strong a party in Scotland as he and his brother, who, against the fair words and rewards of the Frenchmen, would have ado to keep their friends together, even though Guise landed with only six persons, and all those offended with this business about the Cardinal (for no priest will say mass since his taking, nor christen nor bury) would join with Guise. Douglas thereupon concluded to send a servant to the Governor and his brother, to stop Guise's landing; and with him, Suffolk's servant John Barrons, left at 8 p.m.
Encloses copy of a letter he sent the Governor by Henry Raye, whom he sent to mark their doings because this answer was so long a coming. Berwick, 1 Feb. Signed.
Pp. 2. Add. : the King's lieutenant in the North. Endd. : ao 1542, with a copy of a letter of his sent to the governor of Scotland, ultimo Januar.'
2 Feb.
Dasent's A. P. C., 80.
103. The Privy Council.
Meeting at Westm., 2 Feb. Present : Norfolk, Privy Seal, Gt. Chamb., Winchester, Westminster, Cheyney, Gage, Browne, Wingfield, Wriothesley, Riche. Business :—Recognisance of John Graylie to appear at next goal delivery held at Southwark for the county of Sussex.
2 Feb.
R. O. St. P., V. 250.
104. Lisle to Suffolk.
Suffolk will enquire of Sir George Douglas by whose advice the Parliament now proclaimed at Edinburgh was summoned and why he did not advertise the King? He says it was done only to restore his brother and him and condemn the Cardinal. When Lisle told him he should have first sent word to know what the King "would have had preferred in the same," he answered that they had so much a [do] otherwise that they forgot; howbeit he would move Suffolk in that matter. It begins 12 March. Douglas has written again this morning to his brother to defend Guyse's landing, and to send, in all haste, to take St. Andrews castle, "and also that [he] sh[uld speke] to the Governor" to proclaim at Edinburgh and St. Andrews and all the North parts that all shall resist the Frenchmen's landing, also that his brother should get the Cardinal sent to Temptallen. Asked him whether his brother and he would deliver the Cardinal to the King if required. He "studied a little," and said that, if they did so, they would be "mistrusted to be of England's partie," but they would keep him safe. In answer to other questions he said that as to the strongholds, they had as yet only got Temtallen, but on his return they hoped to get a servant into Edinburgh Castle, and he himself thought to get Dunbar; the Cardinal was now Chancellor, having caused the Governor to take the seal from the bp. of G[las]c[ow] and deliver it to him; it was now intended to make Glencarne chancellor, if the King would agree, but as long as he was prisoner he could not have the office; his brother and he durst not yet practice with their friends "as touching the King's Majesty's purpose." Lisle asked why he wrote that he thought the lords were angry with him. He said it was because he made them not privy to his purpose, "nor wyll do, for he saithe he ys out of . . . . . . . . . . . . . . to be of the weker partie as yet thoroughe his broder and hym and their freinds they arr the stronger the m[ost] parte of those men wolde swarve from them." He said Maxwell and Flemyng were wily men to deal with, and he seemed to fancy most Glencarne and Casselles.
An espial has just brought word that the Marye Willoughbye and the Salamon are come home with 19 sail of English prizes, and dare not come to Lath[e] for fear of Angus, but will go to St. Andrews. The Lyon of Scotland and four other ships of war are yet out. The lord Bowgkleughe has sent Angus word that "he was once at the chasing of him out of Scotland, and that he trusteth to be at the same again." The appearance of dissension is great.
This day or to-morrow Mr. Shelley will finish his books and send them to you. This morning, at 6 o'clock, I received your letters. Berwick, 2 Feb. Signed.
Pp. 3. Mutilated. Add. : lieutenant in the North.
2 Feb.
R. O. St. P., V. 252.
105. Wharton to Suffolk and Others.
After I had made my letters at this time, as your lordships shall perceive, my servant Edward Storye arrived from Edinburgh with two letters (enclosed) from divers of the lords prisoners and from Dumlanryke. Storye shows the order of the Cardinal's taking much as I have written. He heard the Governor's proclamation at the Cross that it was for treason "and not for any taking away of any service of the Church." In Scotland the prisoners are called English lords. Dumlanryke sent a message that they would agree to the King's keeping of their young Queen and leave their bond with France, but they would have Scotland to be a realm with its own laws : and that George Dowgles went to Suffolk for an abstinence and a safe conduct for ambassadors. On Sunday, 4th inst., Angus will marry Maxwell's daughter. When Storye left Edinburgh, on Wednesday, there was every appearance that the lords would fight. No mass is done in Edinburgh churches since the Cardinal's taking, save on the day after (when the proclamation was made) in the Governor's presence. Argyle went home on Tuesday last. Huntley, Murray and Bothwell offered to be sureties for the Cardinal's liberty. It was thought that Argyle would take Stirling castle, and that Huntley, Murrey and Argyle would prepare men.
Has just received their Lordships' letters dated Newcastle, 1st inst., to get intelligence in Scotland and advertise the King with diligence. Thinks it strange that he has had no letters but these two since the prisoners' departing, unless Suffolk has had many; for espials say that all matters with this realm pass through Angus and George Douglas. That way is quickest for sending letters, for there are no posts this way nearer than Borowbrige. Carlisle, 2 Feb. Signed.
Pp. 3. Add. : To the right honorable my lord of Southfolke his grace, my lord of Duresme, my lord Parr and Sir Rauff Sadler, knight, of the King his Maties most honorable Privy Council at Newcastle. Endd. : ao xxxiiijo.
2 Feb.
R. O. St. P., IX. 285.
106. Paget to Henry VIII.
At last the French king is arrived at Paris, yesterday, where, and at St. Germayns, Midon (fn. 1) and Boy Vincenne, he will sojourn a month to take order for the war towards Flanders, and obtain more aid of this and other towns from which he has had great subsidy twice this year already. As the burden shall fall on the minute people, the request is not for money but men, of whom this town is at a point to furnish 6,000 for a twelvemonth, every household being taxed after the rate paid for scavage of the streets. Has everywhere heard much murmuring : but necessity requires it, for at the beginning of the war last year the French king had not 200,000 cr. in store. "And yet we set upon our matters very stoutly as they come in our heads, and afterward we do consult whether they be best to be done or no"; as these four or five months we have determined to set upon Arthois and Flanders, through Luxembourg and Liege, but now make courtesy whether to begin or defend. On Monday last was great consultation on this at Estampes, for 12,000 Spaniards have passed to Italy to come to Flanders with 5,000 Italian haquebutiers and a great band of lansknechtes; like as we also have 40,000 Suysses and lansknechtes coming down (indeed there are bands ready but Paget has not learnt the number). For defence we are very strong and have furnished all our holds towards your Majesty, especially Arde, which might hare been hurt but now is stronger than you are aware of, so that we keep you as prisoner in your isle. We know you have lately braved against the Scots and said you would be enemy to all who would help them, but the Scots have taken 40 of your ships, as the French king lately said at table, with great commendation of their valiantness. Prays God send both him and them what they deserve, for, were it not for the majesty of a king, he could write that these men are neither sincere, constant nor kind longer than makes for their own profit, which they regard without respect of honor. Sees them repine at Henry's prosperity, triumphantly magnify any adverse chance, and commend and covertly aid his enemies. Wrote lately by Thadee that Mr. Knevet's servant, Giles Granado, a Frenchman, said that ships and munition were prepared in Normandy for Scotland, which Paget thinks those here will not deny as Henry may perceive from the French king's answer to Paget and by the copy of his letters (fn. 2) which Paget lately sent by Francisco, and the saying of some of his Council. Thought right to boult out the matter further (that they might not aveugle him with fair words, as they did the Emperor's ambassador last year, when this King was before Yvoy and Perpignan ere the ambassador would believe it and almost ere the Emperor knew it) and has found much of Granado's report true; for, besides money and munition sent to the Scots in the Scottish king's lifetime, in the beginning of this war, there was sent hence lately, and now is detained by frost on the way to Rowen, 35,000 pieces of munition, as pikes, halberts, hackbuts, barrels of gunpowder, &c. More artillery shall be added at Rowen, and the ships that carry it shall be manned with both Scots and Frenchmen, so that if they take English ships it is the Scots that take them, and if they themselves are taken they are Frenchmen and must be restored. They say they have found another trade to Scotland, viz., to ship in Brittany and go about by Wales. Hears no more of shipping lansknechts. Whereas Granado said there was an ambassador at Dieppe for Scotland, and Paget wrote that Bordery was despatched for that purpose, he was indeed despatched to take ship at St. Malo's, but was revoked, and returned to Court last Saturday; and in his place shall go personages of more estimation. It is bruited that Mons. de Guise goes over, as Henry will perceive by a letter to Paget's clerk from Bryan, the merchant who was with him at Court, and by a writing dedicate to the lord Deputy of Calais; but Paget knows that the president of Turin, called M. Cheman, a man of much experience and now admitted of the Privy Council, goes forthwith to Scotland to assist the Council there, and with him goes Mons. de Lorges, an esteemed captain. Also either the earl of Lenox, a Scottishman, or the captain of the Guard is appointed to go. Has learnt the cause of Bordery's going; for, on Saturday, when Bordery returned to Court, he sent the King's servant Hammes and his clerk thither, where (Hammes feigning himself to be a Collonoys and Paget's clerk a servant of Mons. d'Orleans) they, with the help of the bp. of Ades secretary, insinuated themselves into acquaintance with Bordery's secretary, who told them his master was at St. Malo's with Mons. de Chasteaubryant, apparelled as a merchant, and the ship ready to go about by Wales, and also read them his master's process made for his journey and the French king's instructions, which they afterwards wrote, from memory, and Paget sends it herewith. Will try to find if there is anything more in the President's going, but Paget and his men here are like owls. Grieves to have been so long here and done so little, but it is against their nature to love sincerely and against their custom to deal truly. Begs Henry to pardon him ij he seems to judge rashly, for he cannot but be moved when he sees "their unkind, ungentle and indiscreet handling of you, and knowing, as all the world knoweth, what humanity your Majesty hath shewed unto them."
The Admiral will be here shortly. Mons. de Guise arrived from Jenvile yesterday, a little before the King, with 200 horse. The Dolphin is looked for daily. Other parts are prepared for defence, as Bayone, Narbone, Turin and Troyes, yet, except one band of men of arms left in Provence, all our gendarmerie and the nobles, bande and arriere bande, and all our adventurers are already in Picardy, and, on the 15th inst., if their determination hold (as few of theirs do), shall muster at Amiens. Thinks the King's ministers of Calais and Guisnes know of it and give good eye to their evil neighbours Arde and Boulloyn, "for all is fish that cometh to these men's nets; and great things they crack they will do, and yet money have they none, but from hand to mouth, and men have they few, but for money, which by policy and in time with a little money might have been taken from them." They have great store of artillery, and coal and sulphur enough, but little saltpetre. They intended to send to the country of Mores for gun metal, which the King of that country offered to give at five kyntals for a kyntal of tin, or not above 40d. a kyntal; and the navigation thither is not dangerous, between the isle of Canare and Madre, 120 leagues beyond Cales by Andolozia, and 6 leagues from Caput Egue which the King of Portugal lately lost. Jehan Pacquelone, whom the master mariner of Dieppe lately retained in Henry's service will know, was to have gone, but is stayed at Paris where 300 [men] are working upon artillery. Bordery goes with a present to the Grand Seigneur, with whom he has been before. The King has said at table that the Clevoys have discomfited a great band of Brabansoys and taken 5,000 of them.
Yesterday, as he concluded these letters, the bearer, Nicholas, arrived with two letters from the Council, one containing a demand to be made to the French King, and the other setting forth the demeanour of the French ambassador there, with command to declare and engrieve it to his master. Sent immediately to the Cardinal of Tournon for audience this day, and was answered that the ambassador of Portugal had been promised audience, but if he attended until the ambassador of Portugal was finished the King would hear him. Chose rather to be heard to-morrow so as not to prejudice Henry's dignity in comparison of the King of Portugal. Until now this King has always given open audience and heard ambassadors according to the degree of their masters. Having these letters ready, decided to return Nicholas with them, and report his proceedings in the other matters in a day or two. Paris, 2 Feb., 9 (fn. 3) a.m. Signed.
Pp. 16, partly in cipher. Add. Endd. : ao xxxiiijo.
Caius College MS. 597, p. 240. 2. Letter-book copy of the preceding in the hand of Paget's clerk, with the cipher portions deciphered.
Pp. 8.
R. O. 3. Contemporary decipher of the cipher portion of §1, the commencement being in Wriothesley's hand.
Pp. 19.
3 Feb.
Dasent's A.P.C., 80.
107. The Privy Council.
Meeting at Westm., 3 Feb. Present : Norfolk, Privy Seal, Gt. Chamb., Winchester, Westminster, Cheyney, Gage, Browne, Wingfield, Wriothesley, Riche. Business :—Letter written to the mayor and aldermen of Bristol to send up Austen Larcke, prisoner there, with such as he could declare justly to be ringleaders of a certain company which made a tumult for his imprisoment. Dr Chessham, long prisoner in the Marshalsea for lewd words which he could not well deny, released.
3 Feb.
R. O. St. P., V. 247.
108. Suffolk and Others to the Council.
Received the Council's letters of 28 Jan., with copies of Arren's letter to the King and the King's answer, and also the Council's letter to Angus, Casselles and Glencarne and the other prisoners, which is sent to Lisle at Berwick to be forwarded to Edinburgh. Suppose that the King's answer to Arren is being carried by the Scottish herald, who is not yet arrived here. This day came hither George Douglas for causes which they now signify to the King. Have seen the Council's letters of 27 Jan. to Lisle and Brian, with the copy of the instruction sent by George Ryveley, of which Brian retains the original. Yesterday, Brian, with the six Newcastle ships (named, with their captains, in a schedule herewith), left Tynmouth haven at noon, the wind being at W.S.W., for Holy Ilond, for their ordnance; but, as they were leaving, news came from Lisle and from Bamburghe that 21 great ships were seen off Holy Iland, "which kepte in the bellowe of the sees and plyed northwardes." Supposing that this was the duke of Guyse with a great power, and knowing that Brian's ships were slenderly furnished, sent him word of them and advised him to draw towards Humber to the rest of his company, to accomplish the feat which Ryveley would declare to him; and, yesterday, at his departure he wrote a letter (enclosed) to Suffolk showing what he intended. To-day came a letter (enclosed) from Lisle showing that the 21 sail are the Mary Willoughby and Salamander with 19 English prizes; and, forthwith, came word that Brian had met Basing and his company, being 8 sail, and they had together sailed northwards. Wrote then to Brian at Holy Ilond the news of the Mary Willoughby and Salamander and of the Lyon and the four other Scottish war ships yet abroad, so that he might put himself in order to follow the instructions which he will receive by Ryveley. Newcastle, 3 Feb. Signed by Suffolk, Durham, Parr and Sadler.
P.S. (fn. 4) in Sadler's hand—"We have received the letters for the musters and also c. li. for Mr. [Sh]elley with the note of his charge wh[ich s]halbe conveyed to him where he is at [Bar]wik with the next desp[atch th]ither. And the rest we shall put [in ord]er touching th[e] direction and [sett]ing forth of the said letters for the musters as soon as we may conveniently."
Pp. 3. Slightly injured by damp. Endd. : ao xxxiiijo.
3 Feb.
Add. MS. 32,649, f. 108. B. M. Hamilton Papers, No. 291.
109. Suffolk to Arran.
Has received his letters dated Halyrudhouse, 30 Jan., and heard the credence of George Dowglas, containing in effect his desire of safe conduct for Douglas, Hamylton, Lyrmouth and Balnavis and for an abstinence. Although he doubts not but that Arran considers the weighty matters mentioned in his letters as opened by the noblemen who lately returned from hence so beneficial to Scotland as to need no delay (the accomplishment whereof will secure the weal of both realms and great benefit to Arran) he has advertised his sovereign of Arran's desire.
Copy, p. 1. Headed : "The copy of my lord of Suffolkes letter to the earl of Arrayne, dat. iijo Februar. ao r.r.34, at Newcastell."
3 Feb.
Add. MS. 32, 649, f. 111. B. M. Hamilton Papers, No. 292 (1).
110. Arran to Lisle.
On the 1st inst. received his writing from Berwick, 31 Jan., in answer to Arran's. As he wrote, desires much to have unity between the King and the Queen, his sovereign, and their realms; and will do his utmost to procure it. Will be "very plain" to the King and his ministers, for he knows that there is no prince living of greater wisdom and experience, and therefore expects him to be kind to his proniece "and to ws that has the cure and gyding of hir and hir realm under God." Halyrudehous beside Edinburgh, 3 Feb. Signed : James G.
P. 1. Add. Endd. : ao xxxiiijo.
4 Feb.
Dasent's A. P. C., 81.
111. The Privy Council.
Meeting at Westm., 4 Feb. Present : Norfolk, Privy Seal, Gt. Chamb., St. John, Winchester, Westminster, Cheyney, Gage, Browne, Wingfield, Wriothesley, Baker, Dacres. Business :—Upon information by Wm. Fylding, who furnished 30 men with horse and harness for the late wars in Scotland, that the men (with the consent of their captain, John Asshebye), at the breaking up of the camp, retired home without restoring anything to him, Asshebye was written to see the horses and harness delivered again to Fylding.
4 Feb.
R. O.
112. H. Lord Maltravers to the Council.
Upon their last letters, addressed a messenger into France, who has brought the intelligence contained in the enclosed bill. Learns by another espial that, thinking the King has good espial about New Havon and Deape, the duke of Guyes will not embark thereabouts but at Brest; and so to pass between Wales and Ireland, as the duke of Albany did. Can only learn that the Duke will be accompanied by the best ships in France and intends to keep his departure secret.
On the 12th inst., shall come to Arde 300 footmen and 100 light horse. Eight yards of the rampart before the St. Omer's gate of Arde is fallen down. On Monday the Captain there ordered all inhabitants to provide victual for two months. They have 200 pieces of wine and 1000 qr. of wheat. Thinks the surest knowledge of Mons. de Guyes' departing may come from the French Court; for it will be sudden. Calais, 4 Feb. 1542.
Hol., pp. 2. Add. Endd. : ao xxxiiijo.
4 Feb.
R. O. St. P. IX., 291.
113. Paget to Henry VIII.
Yesterday afternoon, repeated to the French King what passed between the Commissioners and his ambassador, as prescribed in the Council's instructions; showing that this treaty was broken off by the fau[lt] of his minister and that, because the arrearages had been long forborne, he was instructed to demand that order should be taken for their payment, as the Ambassador had asked why they were not demanded here. Paused here, and the King asked if that was all he had to say. Replied no, but when this was answered, he had "somewhat else more to say." The King told him to say on and he would answer all together. Declared then the matter of the ships arrested at New Haven and coming from Bordeaulx, and at Poldavy Bay, with the arrest of their ships and the Ambassador's demeanour in the matter, concluding that he should do well to send another in his place. The King answered that, in the treaty, his Ambassador did as instructed, for how could they treat of arrearages until they knew the amount, which would depend upon the dote? His request for 800,000 was thought too great, and Henry's offer of 300,000 too little, and therefore the Ambassador was to ask 500,000, and offer the dowry he did, which (considering the doubtfulness of the debt of the arrearages) was "indifferently proceeded." As to what Henry said was due for arrearages, he would do as he was bound; and as for the ships, if the Scots took them, he could not meddle, and the Scots were as welcome in Flanders as here, but if his own subjects did amiss, as four labourers at New Haven had done, they should be punished. Perhaps the Ambassador was misliked because he would not conform to Mons. de Winchestre's opinion, but he had good cause to complain of the arrest of 15 or 16 of his subjects' ships in England, and he heard that his good brother was preparing to open war against him this year, having (as reported from Strasburg) a band of lanceknights ready, although he did not believe it. He wished Paget to write that his preparations for defence were against the Emperor, to meet whom he had 100,000 footmen and 20,000 horse, of whom 40,000 were Swiss and lanceknights; adding, if my good brother "will demand nothing of me I will demand nothing of him (for demand was his term), and write unto him that I pray him to be my friend." Paget replied that although the amount of the arrearages depended on the dote they might have treated the "term" and "caution" of payment of it, and that it was iniquum to offer no more dowry than Queen Mary had and ask almost thrice as much dote. "Nay, Mary! (quoth he) the payment is diverse, for the debt is in question." Asked leave to speak of that point, since he made the debt conditional and the conditions not fulfilled. "No, Mary! were they not, (quoth he, and brake my tale), and that Monsr. de Winchestre knoweth, who was a minister in it when I was in Languedoc"; and spoke with great indignation against Winchester and then of the treaties, which he alleged so ignorantly that it seemed as if he had never heard of them before. Paget begged to remind him how matters passed, for he knew his master was never bound to anything he had not performed, and would be richer now if all others had done the like, and began to declare the treaty at Moore. O! said Francis, "that treaty was foreclosed." Asked how, since it was the first article of the perpetual peace? He then said he would not dispute of treaties, but speak first with his Council as Henry had done; he and Henry were friends and should be bound by the treaties; and, as to his asking more dote and giving no greater dowry, he would increase the living of the husband, but (Paget protesting) that was a matter to be considered and he would send another ambassador shortly with his whole mind. He begged to be commended to Henry, whom he wished to remain his friend, and as for the Emperor he would show the world that the King of France could defend himself. He was about to go when Paget stayed him with the matter of the ships, on which he (Francis) said that he, if any man, had cause to complain, for if the French ships were arrested on suspicion of piracy he might arrest the English on the same plea. Paget asked if he had or would arrest them, and he said no, but he had forbidden his own subjects to come in English ports. "'O, Sir (quoth I) do not so.' 'By my faith, but I will (quoth he) you shall take no mo of them'." In this last business in Flanders there were 100 Englishmen taken and as many slain among the Burgundians and those he took were always sent home. Paget said they were not there by the King's will, and Francis replied that no more was it by his will that his subjects had done as they were accused of doing, but if any could be proved to have been taken within his havens or by his officers they should be restored.
Had taken leave, and was going down stairs, when he met English merchants who complained that their ships and goods here and at Rouen were arrested, and also their "comptours" and writings sealed up (upon the order enclosed, which has since come from Rouen). Went back to the King and, after reverence, reminded him that he said our ships were not arrested but it seemed they were. "I cannot tell, quoth he, roundly, what matter is between the merchants : you may speak with my Council in it. And even so wound himself quickly from me and went his way." Departed amazed at his strange dealing.
The French merchants who have goods in the ships arrested in England have been all yesterday and this morning with the Council here, and last night asked Paget to intercede for their goods, saying that if the mariners were evil doers it was no reason to arrest their goods or, as the Council added, to arrest so many ships for the fault of one, which (they say) is sunk soon after escaping. They said the goods were worth 100,000 crs. and the persons arrested numbered 400. Said this was not the way to have them discharged; and declared the case, doing his best to "elevate" their Ambassador's credit; but in vain. "Your ships remain here still and be like to do."
Describes how one Dudley, son of the late lord Dudley, who was in 6d. a day at Calais, came hither intending to go to Rome to join Pole, and how he has obtained a blank warrant for his extradition and will either send him or bring him upon his return, which, he is told here, shall be shortly. Begs the King to confirm that report, so that the French ambassador there may be said to have written at least something true, for he is author of it. Has written (copy herewith) to the lord Deputy touching the arrest of ships here. The lanceknights are still in Brittany and no word of their shipping or De Guyse's going. The president of Turin takes ship at Dieppe with Mons. d'Aubigny's nephew, captain of the Scottish guard, and his brother the earl of Lenox, thinking to have the foremost oar in the boat, for he says the earl of Arrem is illegitimate. Their contention may work for your affairs. With them go 60 or 80 Scots who are at Dieppe waiting for the President. Paris, 4 Feb., 3 a.m. Signed.
Pp. 11. Add.
Caius College M. S. 597, p. 248. 2. Letter-book copy of the preceding, in the hand of Paget's clerk.
Pp. 8.
4 Feb.
R. O. St. P. IX., 315.
114. English Merchants in France.
Order by Francis I., at the request of certain merchants of Paris and Rouen whose ships are unlawfully arrested in England, to arrest all English merchants within his realm, and put their ships and goods in surety, until the said French merchants are satisfied and their goods restored. Paris, 4 Feb., 1542, 29 Francis I. Signed by the King, the Sire Dennebault, marshal of France, and Bayard.
French. Notarial copy (made 7 Feb.), pp. 2. Endd. : Copy of the reprisals sent from my 1. deputy of Calais.
5 Feb.
Dasent's A.P.C., 81.
115. The Privy Council.
Meeting at Westm., 5 Feb. Present Norfolk, Privy Seal, Great Chamb., St. John, Winchester, Westminster, Cheyney, Gage, Browne, Wingfield, Wriothesley, Baker, Dacres. Business :—The Council having committed Wm. Bulmer of Yorkshire to the Fleet and ordered the President of the North to send the receipts of his hands to the clerk of the Council, John Dropholme and Ric. Goldethorpe this day delivered to John Mason, clerk of the Council, 34l.
5 Feb. 116. Suffolk and Others to the Council.
The letter dated 5 Feb. printed in St. P. v., p. 252, is of the 25th Feb. See No. 207.
5 Feb.
Add. MS. 32, 649, f. 113. B. M. Hamilton Papers, No. 292 (2).
117. Lisle to Sir George Douglas.
Received his letters this Monday at 5 p.m., with a letter from his brother and a safe conduct from the Governor for a servant to pass and repass to him. Begs Douglas to thank the Governor and his brother for this. Perceives that his brother thinks that Mons. de Guise is not coming. Nothing is more certain than that six great ships are ready for him, and that he tarries only for the Almaynes. If they examine John a Barton (as doubtless they will) he can partly declare this. Therefore let the Governor be ready for him. Has an inkling that the Governor has put the prizes brought into Lithe under arrest, with the wines in them. Asks the certainty of this. Alnwick Castle, Monday, 5 Feb., 8 p.m.
Copy, p. 1. Endd. : Copie of my lord Warden's letter to Sir George Douglas, vjo (sic) Febr. ao xxxiiijo.
5 Feb.
Add. MS. 33,649, f. 117. B. M. Hamilton Papers, No. 293 (1).
118. Arran to Lisle.
This 4th day of February received his writing dated Berwik on the 2nd. As to his advice to make a "good party" with the King and send a trusty person to declare his mind in all matters; has, upon the King's letters by the noblemen who were prisoners, sent a writing to the duke of Suffolk, by George Douglas, desiring safe conduct for certain persons whom he intends to send to treat all things contained in the King's letters. Thanks for his advertisement touching the duke of Gweys. Edinburgh, 5 Feb. 1542. Signed.
P. 1. Add. Endd.
5 Feb.
R. O.
119. H. Lord Maltravers to Henry VIII.
Encloses a letter, received a little before the shutting of the gate, out of France, from John Orwell, mariner. Calais, 5 Feb.
Hol., p. 1. Add. Sealed. Endd. : ao xxxiiijo.
5 Feb.
R. O. St. P. IX., 298.
120. Wallop to the Council.
On Friday next shall be general muster in Picardy, and 2,000 or 3,000 men taken into wages to furnish castles and peels on the borders. The nobles (120 horsemen) of Normandy who lay in garrison at Arde now return and 300 called "feadors" come in their place. Both Frenchmen and Burgundians fortify their frontiers. At St. Omez, last week, was published, by sound of trumpet, open war against France and Cleves. The bruit runs of a great personage to be sent from France to Scotland. Guisnes, 5 Feb. Signed.
P. 1. Add. Endd. : ao xxxiiijo.
6 Feb. 121. Bishopric Of Coventry And Lichfield.
See Grants in February, No. 14.
6 Feb.
Dasent's A. P. C., 82.
122. The Privy Council.
Meeting at Westm., 6 Feb. Present : Norfolk, Privy Seal, Gt. Chamb., Winchester, Westminster, St. John, Cheyney, Gage, Browne, Wingfield, Riche. Business :—Letters written for stay of French ships in all ports of England.
6 Feb.
R. O.
123. Suffolk and Others to the Council.
According to the King's instructions to Suffolk, Mr. Shelley has made a book (herewith) showing what remains of the victuals provided for the army which invaded Scotland, what proportion of victuals will serve the garrisons, being 2,000 men, for one month, and what will serve a main army of 24,000 for a month, the state of bakehouses and brewhouses at Barwycke and Holy Eland, and what ordnance and artillery remains at Barwycke, Warke and Alnewyke. Expert men should be sent to join with Shelley in furnishing a main army, if the King determine upon it, for the burden is too great "for Mr. Shelley, M[r. Law]son to . . . . . wt oute helpe of summe men of good experience in . . . . . . es. I [the du]ke of Suff., before my commyng from the Courte [made a] booke [contain]ing a certayne devise for the victualling [of an armye] of xxiiijm [m]en, and what carriages should [be necessary for the fur]nyture of the [s]ame, whiche booke I delyv[ered unto] my [lord of Win]chestre. Praying [y]or lordshipps, if ye thinke it soo good, to com[pare] the same wt Mr. [Sh]elley's booke; and, by the next dispeche hither, it maye lyke you to send me a copie of myne owne booke." Enclose letters to Suffolk from "Mr. Stanhop and Mason," showing the provision of grain they have made (whereof none is yet arrived in the North) and what Mr. Stanhop can make further. Beg them to instruct Stanhop therein and touching the victualling of the ships.
Enclose letters from Lisle of his intelligence by espials. As they wrote in last letters, Mr. Bryan, upon coming to the seas, met Basyng with the King's ships from Humber, except Cotton and his prize, which is said to be in Thamys. The same night a great storm scattered them all; so that the Elizabeth, with Mr. Brian aboard, the Minion and the Prymerose lost the rest and are yet not heard of : John Wyngfeld and Mr. Wolstrop with their ships of this town, and Fowberie with his ship and lord Lysle's bark that has lain so long at Humber, are come into Tynmouth haven with great leaks, which shall this day be mended, and to-morrow, if wind serves, they will to the seas again. The rest of the navy are upon the coast; and all together will be 11 sail besides Lisle's bark, viz. : 5 of the King's ships from Humber and 6 of the town of Newcastle. George Ryveley is with Basing in the Minion, having come aboard on [We] nnysdaye last, as the master of Fowberies ship says.
Have "indorsed and directed" the letters for the musters in the counties "within the commission of me the saide duke of [Suff.] . . . . . . . . . . in the counties of Chesshier . . . . . [S]taff. an[d] Shropshier to the nombre of iiijc at the leaste, which yt maye lyke you to send unto us wt diligence to thintent we maye send them fourthe, as tomorrowe we shall sende fourthe all the rest accordinglye." Newcastle, 6 Feb.
P.S.—Enclose letters received from Wharton. Signed by Suffolk, Durham, Parr and Sadler.
Pp. 2. Mutilated and faded. Add. Endd. : ao xxxiiijo.
6 Feb.
Add. MS. 32,649. f. 109. B. M. Hamilton Papers, No. 292.
124. Lisle to Suffolk.
There is like to be great ruffling in Scotland. Arguile, Murrey, and Huntley draw one way, and threaten to have the Cardinal at liberty again or make a worse reckoning. They intend to come strong to this Parliament to give Anguishe and his brother "a liste." Glencarne, Casselles, Flemyng and Maxwell keep still about the Governor, with Anguishe and his brother. Bothewell is gone from them. The bishops, as Lisle wrote in his last, are all gone to their houses. All their sort, with Arguile, Murrey, Huntley and their friends, disdain that [Anguishe] and these lords who have been in England should bear the swing about the Governor. Bothewell sojourns at Haddenton nunnery, and neither party make much account of him, but no man is so offended at the taking of the Cardinal as he. Has this morning answer from Arran to his letter by Raie, from Berwick, 31 Jan., and letters from Anguishe to himself and Sir George Douglas; all enclosed together with copy of a letter he has written to Sir George. It appears that Arren and Anguishe scantly credit the coming of Mons. de Guise and that Sandy Lyddall, Sir George's servant, wrote the news to them from Berwick. Suspects that Lyddall lies there for such news.
Mr. Shelley and he found that the King's provisions at Berwick had been wasted, and over 100 tuns of beer lost, as Shelley would report. Sir George Lawson lies very sore sick and not like to escape. Alnwik Castle, 6 Feb. Signed.
P.S.—A servant who was at the sea coast, to-day, about 2 p.m., heard a great peal of ordnance upon the seas which lasted half an hour. Thinks that Mr. Brian must have met with some of the Scottish ships; for only three ships of war have come home, bringing eight English ships laden with wine. The three ships are the Mary Willoughbye, the Lyon and a merchant ship trimmed for the war. The Salamon, the Unicorne and three armed merchant ships are still abroad. John a Barton said in the Governor's chamber that they took only 11 ships and sold three of them in France; and received "small countenance" of the Governor and the lords. Trusts to learn to-morrow whether the Governor has made stay of the wines, as Lisle wrote.
The Governor intends to appoint a greater company to attend the Queen and Princess.
Pp. 3. Add.
6 Feb.
R. O. St. P. IX., 298.
125. Paget to Henry VIII.
To do his best for the discharge of the English ships arrested in France and show that he is not "disdainfull" to speak in it, has spoken with the Cardinal of Tournon. Describes, verbatim, a long and angry altercation he has had with Tournon in presence of the Council. The Cardinal said Francis did not know of the arrest when he said the ships were not arrested, and that their Ambassador had done his best, and asked why Artigo and the Farronyere were detained these three months. Paget swore that Artigo was a strong thief, and that Francis had said as much both of him and De Vale, that the English ships spoiled at New Haven were here pretended to have been spoiled by four Frenchmen instead of four score, that he himself was commanded to detain the ships now stayed at Bordeaux after the French ships were arrested in England, or they would have been gone, &c. The Cardinal insisted that their ships should first be restored, and complained that the bp. of Winchester, their mortal enemy, was engaged in all negociations with them. Paget said that was their Ambassador's report, but he was "somewhat glorious, and by all likelihood ever cocking with my lord of Winchester in matters of learning," wherein there was no comparison between them; his master was too wise a prince to be governed by his ministers. Tournon repeated the complaint that their men were imprisoned in England without trial and Paget retorted about the delays of justice in France, and they parted; the Cardinal, however, bringing Paget out into the Court, to the marvel of everyone, for since his interview with the King all talk of war, and the heralds believe that there is a herald come to proclaim it, and have questioned Hamnes, the bearer.
Has the miserable fool George Dudley still in keeping, and sends herewith a discourse of the thing and his confession. He begged for mercy with more tears than Paget ever saw distil from any creature's eyes. His ungracious purpose seems partly due to despair of succour, for at Calais he was driven to work with a mattock and shovel, and if there be no greater malice in him than appears, he might be pardoned. Does not send him because these matters require great diligence, but will bring him. Paris, 6 Feb., 4 a.m. Signed.
Pp. 9. Add. Endd. : ao xxxiiijo.
Caius College MS. 597. p. 256. 2. Letter-book copy of the preceding, in the hand of Paget's clerk.
Pp. 8.
7 Feb.
Dasent's A. P. C., 82.
126. The Privy Council.
Meeting at Westm., 7 Feb. Present : Norfolk, Privy Seal, Gt. Chamb., Winchester, Westminster, St. John, Cheyney, Gage, Browne, Wingfield, Riche. Business :—Letters written to the lord Deputy of Calais to deliver certain Burgundians by him detained.
7 Feb.
R. O. St. P. V., 255.
127. Suffolk and Others to the Council.
Letters are even now arrived from Lisle to Suffolk, which they enclose as showing what can be learnt by espials. Wrote in their last how Bryan and the navy were scattered by tempest. Yesternight, George Ryveley was here and declared that all were together again, some in Tynmouth haven mending their ships, and the rest riding before Tynmouth. Ryveley said that the King instructed him that, if the Scottish ships were passed in to the Frythe, Bryan should follow them; but, now that they are in Lygh haven near Edinburgh, he thinks it useless to follow. Bryan with his masters and mariners will shortly send the Council their opinions. Newcastle, 7 Feb. Signed by Suffolk, Durham, Parr and Sadler.
In Sadler's hand, p. 1. Slightly mutilated. Add. Endd. : ao xxxiiijo.
7 Feb.
R. O. St. P. V., 256.
128. The Same to The Same.
Since despatching their last letters, have even now received other letters (enclosed) from Lisle and from Wharton, among them being a letter from Arren to Lisle showing that he is still in expectation of an abstinence and the King's safe-conduct for ambassadors. Enclose also a letter to Suffolk from Shelley showing the scarcity of grain in these parts. Newcastle, 7 Feb., 7 p.m. Signed by Suffolk, Parr and Sadler.
In Sadler's hand, p. 1. Add. Endd. : ao xxxiiijo.
7 Feb.
Add. MS. 32,649, f. 114. B. M. Hamilton Papers, No. 293.
129. Lisle to Suffolk.
The messenger he sent with secret letters to Arren, this morning, brought the answer enclosed; and says that Arren, Anguishe, Casselles, Glencarne, Murton and Marshall, with the lords Flemyng, Maxwell, Forbus, Lammes (qu. Glamis?), Grey, Seton, Yester, and others, are a strong party.
A safe-conduct for Ambassadors and an abstinence would do no harm, for if they minded a division among themselves the abstinence would bring them the sooner to it. Alnwik, 7 Feb. Signed.
P.S.—Has received his letters showing that Mr. Bryan, with the rest of the ships, is before Tynemouth and that Mr. Bryan will be to-day at Holy Island. Has sent to Edw. Shelley to send beer and biscuit, and the fish which Lisle bought in Berwick, to Holy Island for the King's ships. Has a tun of wine in his ship at Tynemouth. Begs Suffolk to take his choice of it. Signed.
In his own hand.—The Scottish mariners taken by Cottune say that the Unicorn and Salomon went not forth this year, but lie in the Frithe, at the Brent Island. Marvels at this report.
Pp. 2. Add. Endd. : vijo Febr. ao xxxiiijo.
8 Feb.
Dasent's A. P. C., 82.
130. The Privy Council.
Meeting at Westm., 8 Feb. Present : Norfolk, Privy Seal, Gt. Chamb., Winchester, Westminster, St. John, Cheyney, Gage, Browne, Wingfield, Riche. Business :—Chr. Hall, of Yorkshire, charged with misbehaviour towards certain poor men there and to account for a portion of Bulmer's lands, gave recognisance (quoted) to attend until dismissed.
9 Feb.
Titus B.I. 559. B. M. Foxe, V. 463. Wilkins, III. 867.
131. White Meats.
Proclamation (in the same words as that calendared in Vol. XVII. No. 85) permitting the eating of white meats in Lent in consideration of the scarcity of fish.
Later copy, pp. 2, from the print by Thomas Berthelet. Headed as made, 9 Feb., 34 Hen. VIII.
9 Feb.
Add. MS. 32,469, f. 119. B. M. Hamilton Papers, No. 294.
132. Henry VIII. to Arran.
By his sundry letters to the Warden of Henry's Marches, and by those of 30 Jan. to the duke of Suffolk, lieutentant general in the North, which have been received since the despatch of Rothesay herald, Henry perceives his desire for an abstinence from war, during which he may send ambassadors to declare his "zeal and affection towards us, and to the good of peace." Trusts he will indeed frame the ambassade so that Henry may with honor extend his favour to him; and sends "an abstinence for the land for three months" and safe-conduct for the persons named in his letter to Suffolk; and promises that, if sinister counsel on that side does not prevail, he shall see that Henry tenders the advance of his "pronepte" and the good and quiet of the people of Scotland.
Draft corrected by Wriothesley, pp. 5. Endd. : Mynute to th'earl of Arren, ixo Febr. ao xxxiiijo.
R. O. 2. Grant by Henry VIII. (at the instant suit of the earl of Arren, governor of Scotland, for an abstinence for four months, in the war which grew by occasion of the King's late nephew) of an abstinence and surcease of war by land from the — (fn. 5) (blank) day of this month to the 1st of June (fn. 6) next; on condition that Arren, within twelve days after receipt hereof, send to the King's lieutenant on the Borders a like promise, with the addition that, in this time of abstinence, Scotland shall treat no alliance with any other prince or favor such as are not the King's friends or do anything prejudicial to him.
Draft, pp. 2. Endd. : "Minute of th'abstinence for three months by land."
R. O. 3. Earlier and fuller draft of § 2 with some corrections by Wriothesley.
In Gardiner's hand, pp. 4.

R. O.
133. The Council to Sir Fras. Bryan and Ric. Broke.
The King is even now advertised that the goods of his subjects in Paris, Roan and elsewhere under the French King are sealed up and the seals of the merchants of England there taken from them. Marvelling why they should be thus evil entreated, the King has commanded us to signify that if "you meet with any French ships and find in them any Scots you shall order the same according to your former instructions," and, in gentle sort, detain the ships, declaring how the King's subjects are daily spoiled by them, and inform the King with diligence.
Draft, pp. 2. Endd. : "Minute to Sir Francis Bryan and Rich. Broke for stay of French ships."
9 Feb.
St. P. IX., 305.
134. Henry VIII. to Paget.
Has received his letters of the 2nd, 4th, and 6th, describing conferences with the French king and Cardinal of Tournon. As the French ground this arrest of English ships and goods in France upon the staying of the French ships at the Wight, Paget shall repair to the French king's Council, (fn. 7) and declare how Henry marvels at this unkind proceeding, as both contrary to the amity and void of all pretence of reason. The French ships gave occasion for their stay (by the open taking of an English ship in an English port, conveying away him that did the attemptate and resisting Henry's officers), but the English ships in France gave none. Paget shall, therefore, desire them indelayedly to deliver the ships and goods arrested (to detain which is contrary to and in rupture of the league) or else the King will take order for the safeguard of his subjects and requital of their injuries. Had liever they declared themselves open enemies than thus deceive him. [And where Paget has heretofore sued for his return, sends letters herewith (copy enclosed) to the French King for that purpose which he shall deliver and then take leave and return]. (fn. 8) By next post will send letters to the French king for Paget's return.
Draft, corrected by Wriothesley, pp. 6. Endd. : Minute to Mr. Paget, ixo Feb. ao xxxiiijo.
Calig. E. IV. 109. B. M. 2. Original letter of which the foregoing is the draft. Dated . . . . . 9 Feb
Much mutilated, pp. 3.
9 Feb.
R. O.
135. Robert Henneage to Robert Downes.
Upon the authority given to him, as master of woods under the Court of General Surveyors, by warrant (under seal of the office of "justice of inoyre and forests," dated 27 Dec., 35 (sic) Hen. VIII., by Charles duke of Suffolk, Great Master of the Household, President of the Council, warden and chief justice in oyre of forests on this side Trent) commissions Downes to survey and sell woods in co. Southampton, reporting proceedings at Midsummer and paying all money received at Michaelmas next. London, 9 Feb., 34 (sic) Hen. VIII. Signed.
P. 1. Subscribed. "To Rob't Downes, gent."
9 Feb.
R. O.
136. Oudart Du Bies to Henry VIII.
Has received his letter dated Westmester, 6 Feb., requesting the release of certain ships and waggons laden with wool arrested here. Explains that "l'occasion de cest arrest a este [parcequ'il estoit cer]tainement sceu qu'on avoit faict la semblable en vostre [royaume à] aucuns navires des nostres, dont sur l'heure desdits advertissement et arrest je feez le Roy mon maistre certain"; and until he receives his King's reply he begs to be pardoned in detaining the ships. Boulogne, 9 Feb. 1542. Signed.
French, p. 1. Add. Sealed. Endd : ao xxxiiijo.
10 Feb.
Dasent's A. P. C., 83.
137. The Privy Council.
Meeting at Westm., 9 Feb. Present : Norfolk, Privy Seal, Gt. Chamb., Winchester, Westminster, St John, Cheyney, Gage, Browne, Wingfield, Riche. No business recorded.
Meeting at Westm., 10 Feb. Present : the above, and also Wriothesley, Baker and Dacres. Letters sent to Whippell and other inhabitants of Stortford, Essex, to appear on Tuesday next.
10 Feb.
Harl. MS. 2131, f. 26 b. B. M.
138. The War With Scotland.
Letters missive in the same form as No. 53, addressed to George Boothe, esq. Westm., 10 Feb. 34 Hen. VIII.
Modern copy, pp. 2.
10 Feb.
R. O.
139. Henry VIII. to Suffolk.
We have received your letters of 29 Jan., with those of Lisle and the three letters to him from Arren and the two from Sir George Douglas; also your letters of the 3rd inst. with the letters sent to you by Arren and all the other writings therewith.
1. We well accept your order taken with Sir George for payment of the money his brother and he received for the 200 men they had in wages; willing you to continue it and to help them further if need be, for, "thinking they will show themselves to be true and just men towards us," we will have special regard to them until we see what shall finally ensue.
2. Concerning Arren's suit for an abstinence and safe-conduct; considering that, since the King of Scots' decease, we, in respect of the tender age of our pronepte, have done no displeasure to the Scots, and yet have kept all our garrison there idle, and that, if we refuse their suit so often repeated, we could not sit still with honor, and, between this and July (before which we could do them no great displeasure), much treasure would be consumed which might stand us in stead hereafter; also that to deny or be over slack in granting their petition might make those who have the stroke there relent to France, and so "make our purpose more hard and difficile to be compassed than needeth,"—we condescend to their suit; and send the abstinence and safe-conduct herewith, for you to put in the dates and forward to Arren, together with the letters to him and to Angus and Sir George Douglas touching that purpose (copies enclosed).
It shall be well "that you, our cousin of Suff., do also write a gentle letter" to Arren, offering, for the good will which you perceive that we bear him, to prefer any of his suits, and reminding him what a party he will have against him by France and by the clergy, who will undoubtedly essay to undermine him by fair speech, by rewards and by setting up Linoux, whom they allege to be next heir after our pronepte. And advise him to provide against this, as he has been advised by the lord Warden of the Marches.
When you receive the abstinence for their part, you must then cause it to be proclaimed upon the Borders.
Draft corrected by Wriothesley, pp. 11. Endd. : Mynute to the duke of Suff., xo Feb. ao xxxiiijo.
10 Feb.
Add. MS. 32,649. f. 123. B. M. Hamilton Papers, No. 295.
140. The Privy Council to Angus and Sir George Douglas.
The King has seen all Sir George's letters to the lord Warden and heard his conferences both with the lord Warden and my lord of Suffolk, and takes them in good part. Suffolk is ordered to pay them wages for 200 men, and aid them if necessary; and the King doubts not but that Sir George's coming in the ambassade desired by Arren will be to good purpose, and, for it, has granted a safe-conduct with an abstinence for three months by land.
That they may instruct Arren how the Frenchmen proceed, they are to understand that Guise is not yet setting forward, but the president of Thurin, Mons. Cheman, one of the French king's privy council, is ready to depart to be director of the Council of Scotland until Guise's coming; and with him goes Captain Lorges to serve in case of a ruffle. With him also comes the earl of Linoux, who they say is rightful inheritor of that realm after the Princess, for the Frenchmen call Arren illegitimate; and Linoux is to marry the Dowager of Scotland, to secure his right, as they call it. They take good store of munitions, nominally sent by the French king for defence of the country but really to be used for their own purposes. It is doubtful whether they go by the West seas or the North seas, so that Arren must lay for them both in the Frithe and by Dumbritayn. Suggest that Glencarne might serve well in the West if Dumbritayn were got into his hands; and suppose that if Arren were to make Glencarne chancellor the King would not make his condition as prisoner a hindrance to it. Arren and they must look to themselves in this matter and provide against Murrey, Argile and Huntley. If Bothwell be so peevish as Sir George declared to Suffolk, Arren should remove him from his strength and put the Borders in Maxwell's hands, having a special eye to the lord of Buclough and the Carres and other dependents of the Cardinal. Whereas Sir George told Suffolk that Arren would doubtless be content to come to the King; he shall be welcome if he come, but assured men must be left to govern in his absence.
The King, tendering the youth of his pronepte, upon learning the death of his nephew, ordered all his captains by sea and land to cease hostilities; and his ships, except one or two which were abroad, were drawn into Humber. Meanwhile ships of war of Scotland have taken 20 or 24 English ships, part of them laden with the King's own wines. They should speak earnestly to Arren that these prizes may be restored; for this abuse of the King's clemency might breed hurt, which is to be eschewed by sending them forthwith to some of the King's ports there and notifying Suffolk of it; which done, the King will take order for matters of the sea.
The above discourse will show how the King favours and tenders both Arren and them.
Draft, pp. 17. Endd. : Mynute to therle of Anguishe and Syr George Douglas, xo Febr., ao xxxiiijo.
10 Feb.
Add. MS. 32,649, f. 135. B. M. Hamilton Papers, No. 296 (1).
141. Lisle to Suffolk.
Describes how Brian Layton, captain of Norham, has sent hither a Scot who reports a bruit in the Marse that Arguill and Huntley have taken Arren, beyond the Frithe, on Thursday last. It is true that Arren went over the Frithe last week, but this cannot be true or Lisle's men (he has three lying in Edinburgh) and Anguishe and his brother would have notified it.
Received to-night Suffolk's letter showing that certain small Scots ships of war keep the coast between Scarborough and Humber, and has sent to Mr. Brian to send two or three ships towards the Foreland to conduct the King's provisions from Grimsby and Hull. Where Suffolk writes that two victuallers have already passed towards Holy Island; four balingers arrived there yesterday with grain, one of them a topman from the deputy of Hull, and one on Wednesday; so that five have come this week, besides the crayer Suffolk writes of. Has sent two of the balingers to Berwick and appointed a man to make the sales at the prices Suffolk wrote.
Last night 80 Scots horsemen fired a house at Kyllowe in Norhamshire, but the countrymen killed one of them and took another and won three of their horses. Either they are set on by some who desire war, or they wish to make their hand before the abstinence. Their meaning will be guessed when it is known whose tenants they are. Will be even with some of them ere five nights are ended.
The spoils he wrote of upon the Tyne and in Hexhamshire are due to Tyndale and Ryddisdale men bringing in the Scots, and cannot be holpen unless the gentlemen of those parts help each other, "but there is such envy, hatred, disdain and malice amongst them that one of them would see another's throat cut rather than they will rise to go to their doors to save their neighbour's goods." Most harm has been done thereabouts, especially upon the Carnabies land, as Lisle showed at Suffolk's first coming to Newcastle. This riding through Tyndale could not be if the keeper did his part, as he maintains that he does. Alnwik Castle, 10 Feb. Signed.
Pp. 3. Add. Endd. : ao xxxiiijo; also, below the address : Delivered at Alnwik, 10 Feb. at midnight.
10 Feb.
R. O.
142. H. Lord Maltravers to the Council.
Upon receipt of theirs of the 7th, released the Burgundian men of war whom he detained and sent bearer, Calis pursuivant, with the King's letters to Mons. de Byes, who has sent again to the King the letters herewith and made such answer to the bearer as himself will declare. Begs that Calis may have allowance towards his charges, as his predecessors had in times of such business, for "the man passeth few days unoccupied in the King's Majesty's affairs." Calles, 10 Feb.
Hol., pp. 2. Add. Endd. : ao xxxiiijo.


  • 1. "Modone" in §§ 2 and 3.
  • 2. The words in cypher are "of such hys lettrs," which are rendered in § 3 "of suche l'res."
  • 3. Not in § 2.
  • 4. Not printed in the State Papers.
  • 5. The figures 10, 20 and 15 are suggested in § 3, but all cancelled.
  • 6. June, July, August, all suggested in § 3.
  • 7. The first wording of this draft directs him to repair to the French king, but it is altered throughout.
  • 8. Cancelled.