Henry VIII: April 1515, 16-30

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Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 2, 1515-1518. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1864.

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April 1515

16 April.
R. O.
Have received his letter dated Richmond, 22 March, desiring them to punish those of the garrison who made the late attempt on Sir Sampson Norton. The author of the disturbance is one Davy Appowell of the guard, who spread a rumor that he should lose a month's wages. The numbers are too great to be punished. Those out of wages propose to serve Richard de la Pole. Intend to punish and get rid of them, reserving 100 to keep watch and ward. Require money for the 6 May. All things will be in hazard without it. Tournay, 16 April. Signed: W. Mountjoy, Edward Benstede, k., Ric. Whettehill, Rychard Jarnegan, Ryc. Hansart.
Pp. 2. Add. and endd.
16 April.
R. O.
The Council have replied to the King's letter. After next payment on the 6 May, they will not have enough, and then all will be in danger. Has written twice already, and of the court sovereign and the citadel now building. Have had some dispute with certain simple persons out of wages who intended to go to Ric. de la Pole. Desires a marshal may be sent. Provisions are very dear. Begs Wolsey will remember the matter betwixt him and Essex. Tournay, 16 April.
Hol., pp. 2. Add.: My Lord Abp. of York.
16 April.
Calig. D. VI. 228. B. M.
Acknowledgment of the receipt of the great diamond called "le Mirouer de Napples," with a large pearl attached, and 20 diamonds "enchassez et mis en euvre en une bordeuer d'or," to serve as a headdress, 8 large pearls as buttons for the sleeves, 8 others for a carcanet, a large emerald, a large ruby and 2 large diamonds set in 4 chatons d'or, the one "en faç'on de doz d'asne," and the other "à faces;" all which belonged to her late lord and husband Lewis XII. "Et pour tesmoing de ce nou[s] avons signé la presente recongnoissance de nostre main. A Paris, le xvje [j]our d'avril l'an mil cinq cens et [quinze ...] myn apres Pasques."
Signed by Suffolk, West and Sir Ric. Wingfield. The Queen's own signature was probably under Suffolk's, but is now lost.
Fr., mutilated. Endd. on f. 229: " ... cien that th[e French] Queen hath received a goodly great diamond called the Mirror of Naples, with certain other jewels."
16 April.
S. B.
328. To the ABP. OF CANTERBURY, Chancellor.
To direct letters to the mayor and sheriffs of London to make proclamation according to a bill enclosed. Richmond, 10 April 6 Hen. VIII.
ii. Form for proclamation of the treaty of peace with Francis I. Signed by the King.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 30d. Enrolled 16 April.
2. Similar writs to the sheriffs of Bristol, Southampton, Devon., Cumb., and the Constable of Dover Castle.
Pat. ib.
16 April.
S. B.
329. For TH. BROKE, serjeant-at-arms.
To be bailiff and keeper of the wood in the lordship of Ewelme, Oxon., and keeper of the park. Del. Knoll, 16 April 6 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 30.
16 April.
S. B.
330. For TH. BROKE, serjeant-at-arms.
To be receiver and surveyor, during pleasure, of Ewelme, in same manner as he held the same by grant of Hen. VIII. Del. Knoll, 16 April 6 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 30.
17 April.
R. O.
Yesterday the Queen left Paris and came to Lessardes, seven leagues distant. Her affairs go but "stranelle" (strangely ?), as Wolsey will see by a letter addressed by Suffolk and Wingfield to the King. Thinks the way now devised will be better than the former, as they could not have compelled Francis to "gyef soo moche wyet howth he lyst." News had come somehow to the English ambassadors that the jewel had reached the Kings' hands before any proffer of a gift was made; "arelles (or else) et tys soo moche exstemed amongest them that he wold radur a gyfwon the same gyfte dyn to a lyfte et." Is willing to pay the price of the gold plate proffered by the French King should Henry not recover it. Was not a little troubled in writing the letter that he had not heard from Wolsey since the coming of Sir "Wyelleam Sedynay" (Sidney). One in his case is glad of tidings. Will receive a letter from him to the King beseeching forgiveness and pardon. "At Lysardes," 17 April.
Hol., pp. 2. Add.: To me Lord of Yourke. Endd.
18 April.
S. B. Rym. XIII. 491.
Commission to Nicholas West, Elect of Ely, to receive the oath of Francis I. for observation of the treaty concluded at London, 5 April last. Westm., 18 April 6 Hen. VIII.
Fr. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 17.
18 April.
S. B. Rym. XIII. 492
Commission to Nich. West, Elect of Ely, to receive the obligation of Francis I. for the payment of one million g. e. according to his acknowledgment in the treaty of London of 5 April last. Westm., 18 April 6 Hen. VIII.
Fr. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 8.
18 April.
P. S.
334. For TH ..., groom of the Cellar.
Corrody in the monastery of Suthwike, vice Edward Johns, deceased. Westm., 24 M[arch ...]. Del. Croydon, 18 April.
19 April.
Galba, B. III. 170. B. M.
Sends a letter from Sir Rob. Wingfield. Chievres and his friends take every occasion to augment their intelligence with France. The Emperor has resolved to be in Belgium shortly and take the Prince with him into Germany. If he and the King of Arragon do not take proper means, they will be totally excluded from the Prince. Hears that the French Queen [went] upon Monday last towards Calais; that Mons. de Vandon shall come with others; that the Duke of Albany shall certainly go into Scotland. Berghis is not yet returned, and unless the fashion change is likely to be absent. The Duke of Saxe has sold Friesland to the Prince of Castile. Busshy is still at Bruges. The Prince has consented to pay half of his ransom, consequently Berghis will not get it except at the pleasure of Chievres. The Queen of Arragon's chaplain sent into France "to sue the law for the succession of the Duke of Nemours;" left five days ago. Hears that the Bp. of Moray staid in Paris one night, then set out for the Duke, who had gone home to take leave of his wife. Whatever the King do with the beggared Scotch, the Duke will labor to undo, notwithstanding the promises of the French. Unfavorable tales are still circulated, wonderfully displeasing to Englishmen resident in Tournay. The Prince entered this town in triumph yesternight. On Sunday next will be great jousts, where the Lord Fenys' son and Montmorency will be the challengers. They are glad to hear of the coming of the merchant adventurers, and will suspend all differences till Midsummer next. Bruges, 19th.
Pp. 4, mutilated. Add.
19 April.
Strype's Mem. I. 19.
Is glad to hear from Tonys that the tapestry with the figure of St. George, sent by him as a present, has been acceptable. Tournay, 19 April.
19 April. 337. For GERARD DANET, squire of the Body.
To be bailiff of the lordship of Yelvertofte, Northt., vice Geo. Asshby, clerk of the Signet, deceased, to whom it was granted by Henry VII. Knoll, 19 April.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 31.
20 April.
Er. Ep. VI. 36.
Is in much trouble. The plague breaks out and is likely to rage everywhere. Some evil genius haunts him; a very small beast but more venomous than a viper. Is to request Watson to write. How is his Pegasus? Begs remembrance to commissary Grey, their mutual friend. (fn. 1) London, 1515.
20 April.
Vit. B. II. 136. B. M. Rym. XIII. 493.
339. HENRY VIII. to the GENOESE.
Desires that the new tax lately imposed by them on English subjects may be removed. Richmond, 20 April 1515.
20 April.
Otho, C. IX. 21. B. M.
340. HENRY VIII. to JOHN BAPTISTA JUSTINIANI, English Consul at Chios.
Complains that he had not resisted the imposition of a new tax laid on the English merchants there. Castle of Richmond, 20 April 1515.
In the hand of Andreas Ammonius, and signed by him; p. 1. Add.
20 April.
R. O.
Has received letters from his father from the Mint, expressive of Wolsey's kindness towards his family. The expedition of the King against the faithless Scots is very agreeable to the Italians, as they had joined with the French in the expedition against Italy. Bologna, xii. kal. Maias 1515.
Hol., Lat., p. 1. Add.: T. Eboracensi Archiepiscopo.
20 April.
P. S.
342. For the MONASTERY of Jesus of Bethlehem, SHENE.
To have a coroner of their own choosing in their monastery and in the river Thames (as far as mid stream), running through their lands in Shene. Richmond, 15 April 6 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 20 April 6 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 32.
21 April.
Calig. D. VI. 230. B. M.
On Monday, 16 April, the Queen left Paris, accompanied by the French King almost to St. Denis; "and Monsr and many other great personages keep her grace company to Bolayn. The same day the peace was proclaimed and fires made at night; and the morrow was kept holiday, the forenoon, for the honor of the same, as I doubt not that my Lord of Suffolk and Master Deputy have at large ascertained your highness." The King still refuses to give up the moveables unless she pay the debt, although, since her departure, West has shown the Council that Henry's Council consider her entitled to them by law, and that "if they wole not deliver them now your grace wole demand them at such time and in such manner as shall turn them to more displeasure, and they more glad to pay them." The French King has done nothing about the present which he promised by the Grand Master and Bonnyvet to the Queen, "but only given her at her departing 4 baagues of no great value." On his remonstrance they answered that the King was sore displeased at the loss of the diamond called "the Mirror of Naples;" that he would do no more. West thinks this a mere excuse. They are full of dissimulation "with many fair words and few good deeds."
On Tuesday the C[ount of Nassau] was robbed of his money and plate, on Wednesday or Thursday married to the [Princess] of Orange. Friday the 20th, was informed by his old spy that the French King had letters from the Duke of Albany, who is yet at St. Malo's, afraid to depart because so many Englishmen are along the coast. The same told him that Francis would cross the mountains this year, as he had 600 spears beyond Lyons. On Wednesday eight captains of lanceknights were despatched; but the bruit is, they are employed in Burgundy against the Swiss. The same Friday about 10 o'clock "the said [spy] came again to me and showed me that he had be[en] to the Duke of Bourbon's lodging, to whom the Admiral of France had written for certain archers to keep as for ... that he hath the rule of, from stealing of the deer. [And] the said Duke answered the messenger openly, saying, 'Commend me to my Lord Admiral and tell him [that] our matters be marvelously changed within these [few days;] for the Duke of Savoy, which had power and [authority] to treat with the Swisses, is returned and [has] done nothing; wherefore every man of arms and ... within France, upon payn of their lives, must ... persons, and I myself also within these five days [must go] towards Burgonye with diligence, for the Swisses come down thither with a marvelous great power.'" The captains run hither and thither, not knowing what to do first. The French ambassador had come to Paris on Friday before noon, but West had heard nothing of his commission for confirming the peace, for which he is right sorry, as the King leaves Paris on Tuesday. Paris, 21 April. Signed.
Pp. 3, mutilated. Add.: To the King's Grace. Endd.: Three letters of Master West's, dated at Paris the 21st, 22nd and 25th day of April. Old No. 38.
21 April.
Galba, B. III. 303. B. M.
Wrote last on the x .. of April. Unicorn arrived from France and was sent by Albany into Scotland to say he would take ship at St. Malo. The Bp. of Murray is returned to Paris. It is not yet known what he will do. A Scotch priest, named John Barry, has received a letter from a kinsman of his with the Duke, stating that he will go shortly into Scotland and be assisted by France. He says the Bp. of Murray wishes to live in peace and will be glad to assist England;—that what he did with the late King of France was against his will. If he can obtain a safeconduct he will secretly commune with such persons as the King may appoint. The jousts are deferred till Sunday se'nnight to wait for the French ambassadors, &c., the Bp. of Paris, the Lord ... and a Burgundian born. The ambassador of Arragon is still active. Bruges, 21 April. Signed.
Pp. 3, mutilated. Add.
21 April.
Giust. Desp. I. 62.
Wrote on the 12th. Reached Rochester, where they found the consul Hieronimo da Molin, who escorted them to Deptford. On the 18th were met by a doctor of the Parliament (John Tayler ?) and 50 horsemen, who brought them to London. The King is at Richmond preparing for the Feast of St. George, where they are to have their audience. It is reported that Queen Mary has left Paris and is married to the Duke of Suffolk. Badoer wants money. London, 21 April 1515.
21 April.
S. B.
346. For JOHN WALKER, clk.
Presentation to the church of Wodborgh, Salisb. dioc., vice Richard Benes, resigned. Del. Knoll, 21 April 6 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 30.
21 April.
S. B.
Grant of a stannary work, i.e. one dole in each of the following places, viz., Lourchecomb, Helebrigge, Olde Whittondon, Lytill or Hyer Wytton Downe, and Herlys Parke; also two doles and a half in Lower Whittondon, Devon, forfeited by attainder of Robert Storygge, alias Storugge, alias Strouge. Del. Knoll, 21 April 6 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 30.
21 April.
S. B.
To have a fourth part of the increase of one shilling on the duty on kerseys which Henry VII. appointed, on discovering that three kerseys were fraudulently counted as one and valued at forty instead of sixty shillings, by which the King lost 12d. on the poundage of each piece. Del. Knoll, 21 April 6 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 31.
21 April.
S. B.
To be steward, receiver, surveyor and feodary of the honor of Wormegey, in cos. Norfolk and Suffolk, and bailiff and park keeper of Wormegey. Del. Knoll, 21 April 6 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 31.
21 April.
S. B.
350. For SIR JOHN SHARP and HUGH EDWARDES, sewer of the Chamber.
To be keepers, in survivorship, of the castle and bailiffs of the manor of Maxsey, Northt., keepers of Bourne park and castle, Linc., and keepers of the swans in cos. Northt. and Linc., lately belonging to Margaret Countess of Richmond and Derby. Del. Knoll, 21 April 6 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 30.
21 April.
S. B.
To be auditors, in survivorship, of the duchy of Cornwall. Knoll, 21 April 6 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 31.
P. S. b. 352. For RIC. CORTENY, captain.
Protection for Th. Crosse, of London, grocer, retained as victualler of The Foye. Corteny is commanded by the King's "plagard" to retain thirty mariners and three gunners to serve in the said ship.
2. Similar for Wm. Beane of London, grocer, and John Gylberd of Newport, J. Wright, shoemaker.
P. S. b. 353. For TH. GONSON, captain and owner of the bark Mary Gonson.
Protection for Wm. Haxwade of London, fishmonger, retained as purser in the said bark; Gonson being commanded by the King's letter "plagard" of 7 Dec. 5 Hen. VIII. to retain thirty mariners and four gunners to serve in the said bark.
S. B. 354. For TH. CRESSY of London, grocer.
Licence to ask alms in England for paying his ransom of 250 cr., having been taken prisoner whilst conveying stores to the King's army in France and sold to one Barnard of Bullayne for 20l.
S. B. 355. For TH. LORD DARCY and SIR GEO. DARCY, his son and heir apparent.
To be warden and chief justice, justice in eyre and master of the hunt, in survivorship, of all forests, &c. beyond Trent; and steward, constable and doorward of the castle and lordship of Bamborough, Northumb.; with power to appoint officers on surrender of two patents of 18 June 1 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 11.
S. B. 356. For SIR JOHN GIFFORD of Chelynton and ELIZABETH his wife, widow of Sir John Mountgomery.
Pardon for marrying without the King's licence.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 24.
Recital of patent 27 May 14 Hen. VIII., granting to Th. Greneway, yeoman of the Chamber, premises in London previously granted to Ralph Newnham. Vacated.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 14.
S. B. 358. For JOHN HASILBY, servant of Queen Katharine.
Licence to export 60 serpler and 6,000 fleeces of wool of Norfolk, not being staple ware.
Fr. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 9.
359. GUILD OF MERCERS, London.
Mortmain licence to Ric. Bp. of Norwich, Ric. Broke, serjeant-at-law, Rob. Blagge, baron of the Exchequer, Th. Assheby, And. Edmond, John Leche, clk., and Jas. Bodeley, to alienate certain lands in the parishes of St. Mary of Maribourne, in Westminster, in St. Giles and St. Martin's-in-the-fields, of the annual value of 12l., in part of satisfaction of 20l. for carrying out the intentions of Joan, widow of Th. Bradbury, late mayor of London, for the foundation of a chantry (as specified in Vol. I. No. 3767.) Westm., 24 ...
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 13.
S. B. 360. For SIMON MOUNTFORT of Colshull, Warw., late servant of Katharine the Queen.
S. B. 361. To the LORD CHANCELLOR.
To rectify an error in the patent of pardon granted to Ric. son and heir of Wm. Sonford, Dorothy Petyt cousin and heir of John Petyt, Matthew Moreton, Mich. Selmor, Th. son and heir of Walter Brookton, William son and heir of John Gatagur and John Pakyngton, collectors of aids, &c. in cos. Salop and Stafford for the late King.
R. O. 362. For HANS WOLF, foreigner.
To be one of the King's gunpowder makers in the Tower of London and elsewhere. He is to go from shire to shire to find a place where there is stuff to make saltpetre of; and "where he and his laborers shall labor, dig, or break in any ground," he is to make compensation to its owners. "At our manor of _, the _ day of _, the 6th year of our reign."
Draft, pp. 2.
Cornwall.—. Bp. of Exeter, Hen. Earl of Wiltshire, Rob. Willoughby Lord Broke, Sir Hen. Marney, Ric. Eliott, Lewis Pollard, Edw. Willoughby, Sir John Arundell de la Hern, Sir Peter Egecombe, Sir Wm. Trevanyon, Roger Graynfeld, Peter Bevyle, John Skewis, Rob. Tredenek, John Arundell de Talvern, Ric. Vyvyan, John Chamond, Wm. Godalghan, Rob. Vyvyan, Ric. Penros, Wm. Lowre, Hen. Trecarell and Wm. Carnesewe. Knoll, ...
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 9d.
For Ralph Thekknesse of Balterley, Staff., Rob. Hardy of Bergham, Suff., receiver for Sir Ph. Bothe, John Sysson of Hesyll, Kingston-on-Hull, Ric. Stane, of Maryland, Essex, and Hugh Warde of Kyrkeby Kendall, Westmor. (Various dates.)
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 2.
22 April.
Vit. B. II. 133. B. M. Rym. XIII. 493.
365. LEO X. to HENRY VIII.
Is sorry to find from the King's letters that he is displeased at the appointment of the Archbishop of St. Andrew's as nuncio and legate apostolic. Had never intended to offend the King, who is the best friend the Pope has; and therefore had arranged that the Archbishop should satisfy the King in all things, as the Bp. of Worcester will inform him. Rome, 22 April 1515.
22 April.
R. O.
366. LEO X. to WOLSEY.
Acknowledges his services to the Holy See. Regrets that Wolsey should think that the Pope is backward to serve him. Delay is requisite, which he believes will not be lost. Rome, 22 April 1515, 3 pont.
Vellum. Add.
22 April.
Vesp. F. XIII. 80. B.M.
All the Council, except my Lord of York, are determined to have Suffolk put to death or imprisoned. This is hard; for none of them ever were in trouble but he was glad to help them to the best of his power, and now in this little trouble they are ready to destroy him. "But God forgive them, whatsoever comes of me, for I am determined; for your grace is he that is my sovereign lord and master and he that has brought me up of nought, and I am your subject and servant and he that has offended your grace in breaking my promise that I made your grace touching the Queen your sister." Will undergo what punishment Henry pleases. Knows the King is of such nature that it will not lie in their powers to destroy him through malice. Mottryll (Montreuil), 22 April. Begs credence for his cousin Seddnay (Sidney), the bearer.
Hol., p. 1.
22 April.
R. T. 137.
Order of the Council General to pay her 20,000 cr., her travelling expences at the time of her marriage to be paid in two years. 22 April, "après Pasques," 1515.
22 April.
R. O.
369. WEST to WOLSEY.
Yesterday, 21 April, sent by a merchant of the staple, because he was short of money, a letter to the King, stating what he had done in the Queen's matters since her departure. Spoke with the King after dinner, as he leaves tomorrow or Tuesday, about performance of things to be done concerning the treaty of peace. The King marvelled that West's commission had not yet come, for in 10 or 12 days hence he would be at Mylone, 10 leagues hence, or West should see him at Orleans. "Written at Paris, with a heavy heart and mind, the 22d day of April." Signed.
P.S. in his own hand.—Clarenseus remains here, by Suffolk's order, to West's no little comfort. Begs Wolsey "to be a good lord to him, for he is your true servant and lover, et eodem mecum laborat morbo."
P. 1. Add.: My Lord Archbishop of York.
R. O. 370. WEST to SUFFOLK.
This day news came of the King of Arragon's death. (fn. 2) The King of Navarre leaves for his country. Sends the Queen's seal by Martin du Pyne, Suffolk's servant. The King left yesterday. Has heard nothing out of England, to his great sorrow. Will be glad to hear of his prosperity. Begs to be remembered to Master Deputy.Signed.
P. 1. Add.
24 April.
Nero, B. VII. 9. B. M.
A diffuse panegyric of Henry VIII. Excuses himself for not having printed before the oration which he had delivered in the presence of the King on his first arrival.
Lat., pp. 7. Noted by Tayler.
ii. Oration delivered on the occasion referred to, viii. kl. Maii 1515.
Lat., pp. 11. Noted by Tayler.
iii. Tayler's reply. Touching, among other matters, on the death of Lewis XII, and his King's desire that the Venetians should be included in the league for the defence of Christendom. "Dicta fuit die Sti. Georgii, 1515, in præsentia Regis et multorum procerum a Johanne Tayler (fn. 3) "
Lat., pp. 4.
24 April.
R. O.
To pay to the Duke of Norfolk 20 marks for an annuity bought by him of _ Frampton out of the lordship of Acton Burnell, and 40l. for the title of Acton Reynolde; to Sir Rob. Shefelde, 100l.; to John Stile for his charges in Spain, 120l.; to Sir Rob. Wyngfelde for his diets, 200l.; to Sir Th. Spinelly, 50l. of reward over and above 50l. for his yearly pension due at Easter last; to two friars of Ireland in alms, 6l. 13s. 4d. Richmond, 24 April 7 Hen. VIII.
24 April.
S. B.
373. To JOHN YONG, Master of the Rolls.
To cancel a recognizance made by Humph. Stafford with Sir Rob. Constable and Fras. Hastinges, his sureties. Richmond, 24 April 7 Hen. VIII.
25 April.
Vit. B. II. 138. B. M.
Has written to Ammonius in cipher. The Pope is very much grieved at the last letters he has received from the King: he thought that the authority he had given to Fox was sufficient for the recal of the legatine authority of the Abp. of St. Andrew's, although he considered that the Archbishop should have an audience with the King, as he had sworn to obey the King always. The Pope has sent a brief to his nuncio in France, to intimate the recal of the Archbishop. However much the Pope desires it, he is sorry that he cannot promote Wolsey's wishes until a certain number of cardinals have been created (quousque ad certum præfinitum cardinalium numerum deventum fuerit); and he is strongly urged by the King of the Romans and of France insisting on the creation of their own cardinals. Has seen more than ten letters to that effect. Although he acknowledges the services of the King of England, Wolsey's promotion cannot take place for the present without the greatest scandal. The Pope is not deceiving him as Wolsey thinks. Begs he will urge the King to send milder letters. He is sorry to find that the ambassadors who were to be sent to proffer obedience have been stopped three times. Has sold the cloths he received from Ric. Pace and received that sum which Campucci his cousin or Ammonius will tell him. They were worthless, and of a very bad colour. Rome, 25 April 1515. Signed.
Lat., pp. 3, mutilated. Add.: Tho. Archiep. Eboracensi.
25 April. 375. For ELIZ. wife of JOHN AUDELEY.
Annuity of 10l. Westm., 25 April.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 7.
25 April. 376. For ROB. DAWKYN, JOHN BALLE, ROB. MEYCOCK, JOHN CARTER, WM. GRUNDE and WM. MORLEY, of Hertyshorne, Derby.
Reversal of outlawry, sued for trespass in the King's Bench. Westm., 25 April.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1,m. 1.
26 April.
Vit. B. XVIII. 146. B. M.
"Pleaseth your grace to und[erstand that on the ... of this] month I wrote my last letters to your [highness ... ] I have not been partner of anything ... of nor yet am better purveyed for the Emperor ... but taketh his disports in hawking and honty[ng ... city, and as yet it is not perfectly known whether ... again at this time or not, for it is the opinion ... to Vienna, and there or in some other place nigh ... of Poole and Bohemia to meet with him, for it seemeth [that the Cardinal] of Gource hath not taken any perfect conclusion in ... shall appear unto your highness by a letter which was[s sent me from] Vienna, and the same I have enclosed in this: howbeit [I understand] that the said Cardinal should be made legate a later[e ...] the Pope's ambassador that is here hath so such kn[owledge ...] esteemeth well that the Pope hath given him some part ... in those countries that appertain to the Emperor's her ..."
If the Emperor should go to Vienna, Wingfield has no means to appear before him as Henry's ambassador, as, in anticipation of having leave to return home, he abstained from getting anything more than was absolutely necessary, and has no money to do so. Hopes that he may soon be recalled. Augsbourg, 26 A[pril].
Hol., p. 1, much mutilated.
26 April.
Calig. E. I. 87. B. M.
Thanks him for the company of the herald who conducted him hither. Begs Wolsey to have compassion on seven prisoners at Newcastle: one a Frenchman of the diocese of Chartres, trading as the agent of a Scottish woman; the second a Scotch nobleman, in the service of the French Admiral; the third a Scot, with a wife and family at Dieppe; the rest young men. Bar[wicke], 26 April. Signed.
Lat., p. 1, mutilated. Add.: Excelso, &c., Archiepiscopo Eboracensi.
26 April.
Giust. Desp. I. 72.
379. NIC. SAGUDINO, Secretary to Seb. Giustinian, to one of the FOSCARI.
Wrote on the 21st. Were conducted to the King's palace at Richmond, on St. George's day. Found the King in a stately hall, standing near a gilt chair, arrayed in the robes of the Garter, surrounded by eight other knights. Sebastian made an oration in Latin; was answered by a doctor of the Parliament (John Tayler). That done, the King went to high mass, then to dinner. The Venetian ambassadors had for their companions at dinner with the King the Abp. of York and the Bp. of Durham. London, 26 April 1515.
26 April. 380. For JOHN GILMYN and JOHN WILLIAMS, yeomen of the Guard.
To be keeper, in survivorship, of Bristol castle, and Castle Close without the moat; with profits of the moats: on surrender of patent 28 Feb. 24 Hen. VII. granting the office to the said John Gylmyn alone. Also to be doorward of the said castle, with 2d. a day, and 3d. a day and ½d. a night for two watchmen, payable out of the fee farm of the town. Westm., 26 April. Vacated ... June 16 [Hen. VIII.]
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 3, m. 1.
27 April.
S. B. Rym. XIII. 495.
Commission to Sir Richard Wyngfeld, Deputy, Sir Hugh Conwey, treasurer, and John Bunoult, secretary, of Calais, Robert Fouler and Anthony Nele, to receive the undermentioned sum on the 1st May. Westm., 27 April 7 Hen. VIII.
Rym. ib. ii. Acknowledgment of the receipt at Calais of 50,000 francs, equal to 26,315 crowns, on the 1st of this present month of May, in part of payment of 1,000,000 crowns of gold due to Hen. VIII. from the King of France. Westm., 5 May 7 Hen. VIII.
Fr. 7 Hen. VIII. m. 30.
27 April. 382. For RIC. FERMOUR of London, merchant of the Staple of Calais.
Pardon and release of all obligations before 6 October 6 Hen. VIII., except those by which he and others are bound in 1,200l. and other sums to Sir Th. Lovell and John Heron. Westm., 27 April.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 21.
27 April. 383. For RIC. FERMOUR, merchant of the Staple of Calais.
Licence to export 600 sacks of wool. Westm. 27 April.
Fr. 7 Hen. VIII. m. 4.
27 April.
S. B.
384. For JOHN ROKES, groom of the Chamber.
Licence to import 400 tuns of Gascon wine and Toulouse woad. Westm., 27 April 7 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 27 April.
Fr. 7 Hen. VIII. m. 1.
27 April. 385. For MAURICE CLUNE, yeoman of the Crown.
To be clerk of the courts of Radnour and Melenyth, Marches of Wales, with 6l. 13s. 4d. a year, and keeper of the forest of Knoclas vice Edw. Ap David, deceased. Westm., 27 April.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 26.
27 April. 386. For JOHN BRISTOWE of Lye, alias Liegh, Surrey, husbandman.
Pardon. Westm., 27 April.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 21.
28 April.
Er. Ep. VI. 37.
Is glad to hear the good news of his horse. Has finished Cato. Wants a transcriber. Englishmen are so indolent they cannot be roused to exertion, not even by the sight of gold. Would be glad to see him, though the plague, to use Grey's expression, scintillates in London (locis aliquot scintillat). However, if he come, he come, he must do so speedily, as Erasmus leaves within 40 days. Has written to Grey. London, 4 kl. Maias.
The reptile, of which he spoke in his last, came from Liguria. "If you wish to know his name also, he is in manners [not] much unlike to John Baptista," with whom, in his simplicity, Erasmus was once minded to have taken up his abode. "Sed gustato veneno resilii." Now at a distance he vents his venom on Erasmus. He is, however, hated by his own family.
28 April.
R. O.
Received this day from his brother Loys a letter stating that the King had signed for his annuity. Needs not repeat what he has so frequently written, but hopes Wolsey will bear him in remembrance for his recal. Augsburg, 28 April 1515.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: My Lord Thomas Archbishop of York. Endd.
28 April.
R. O.
To pay to Sir John Baker 100l. for his costs, going in embassy to Denmark. Greenwich, 28 April 7 Hen. VIII.
28 April. 390. For RIC. MOORNS, chaplain.
Presentation to the church of Erlescrowme, Worc., void by death. Del. Westm., 28 April.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 7.
28 April.
S. B.
Grant of all lands and tenements in Chadell Hanger, Devon, lately belonging to John Tolle, attainted temp. Hen. VII. Del. Westm., 28 April 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 20.
28 April. 392. For WM. CRENT alias ROCHE of Andorne, Guysnes.
Pardon. Westm., 28 April.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 18.
29 April.
Er. Ep. II. 1.
393. ERASMUS to LEO X.
Compliments Leo, whom he had slightly known at Rome. Speaks of his studies under Politian. Compares the peaceful reign of Leo with that of the warlike Julius II. At the instigation of the new Pope, Henry VIII. had consented to lay down his arms. Informs him of his intention to edit St. Jerome in conformity with the urgent requests of many prelates and scholars, but of Warham in particular. His reluctance to comply had been overcome by John Peter Caraffa, Bishop of Chieti, the papal nuncio in England. Praises the Bishop and his acquirements. The work is now printing at Basle by Frobenius. Proposes to dedicate it to Leo. London, 3 kl. Maias 1515.
29 April. 394. For WM. WOODFORD, yeoman usher of the Chamber.
To be bailiff of Alford, Linc., with the profits of the toll, and keeper of Welwode Wood, with herbage and pannage, vice John Woodford his brother. Westm., 29 April.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 21.
30 April.
Giust. Desp. I. 83.
395. PET. PASQUALIGO to _.
Left Paris on the 30th. Saw among other sights the tomb of Lewis XII. and the regalia of Francis I., both of which he describes:—of their reaching Boulogne and entertainment by the Governor, De la Fayette. Landed at Dover on Wednesday. Thursday were at Canterbury, where they saw the shrine of St. Thomas with its gold and jewels. On Saturday reached Rochester. Monday, the 16th, at Deptford, were met by Sir John Hussey (Ose) and Dr. Taylor of the Parliament. On the 18th entered London on horseback, with a great show, and went on St. George's Day to Richmond. Describes the barge and their reception, the appearance of the King in his robes, their procession to church, where mass was sung by the Bishop of Durham, their entertainment at dinner. "The King is the handsomest potentate I ever set eyes on; above the usual height, with an extremely fine calf to his leg, his complexion very fair and bright, with auburn hair combed straight and short, in the French fashion, and a round face so very beautiful that it would become a pretty woman, his throat being rather long and thick. He was born 28th of June 1491, so he will enter his twenty-fifth year the month after next. He speaks French, English and Latin, and a little Italian; plays well on the lute and harpsichord, sings from book at sight, draws the bow with greater strength than any man in England and jousts marvelously." The King is now at Baynard's Castle and is going to Greenwich. Have seen the Tower, where, besides the lions and leopards, were shown the King's bronze artillery, mounted on 400 carriages, very fine; also bows, arrows and pikes for 40,000 infantry. They say they have a like store at Calais and a place near Scotland. (fn. 4) Mary of France has reached Calais and is expected daily. London, 30 April 1515.
30 April.
R. O.
Thanks him for his comfortable letter touching the regality of Hexham, to which he will attend. Sends to him his chaplain, the Master of Greystok. Kirkoswald, 30 April.
P. 1. Add.: My Lord Abp.'s Grace of York.
30 April. 397. For WM. COUPER, M.A.
To be dean of the collegiate church of St. Mary Magdalene, in Brigenorth castle, on surrender by Thomas Larke of patent 26 Feb. 23 Hen. VIII., granting him the said prebend vice John Argentyne, deceased. Westm., 30 April.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 7.
Galba, B. III. 142. B. M.
In accordance with the treaty of the 24th March last, notifies to him that he has instructed his ambassadors, on their going to the most Christian King, to comprehend Henry as one of his allies, as Henry would have comprised him in treating with the late most Christian King. Signed and sealed.
Fr., p. 1, mutilated. Add. Endd.: "Another letter of the Prince of Castile."
Vit. B. II. 155. B. M. 399. A PAPER OF INTELLIGENCE.
The French King will cross the mountains with a potent army. The Swiss will fight. The King of Spain has sent an army into Navarre and to the Swiss; the Archduke into Franche Comté to aid the French. The Bp. of Ross goes into England and into Scotland for peace between the two kingdoms, on the part of the King of France, in order that England may not trouble them, being the only power they are afraid of. The people of Tournay complain that they are treated like dogs and will revenge themselves by some trick if not well watched. He is going across the mountains to see the sport. Begs the 15 crowns due to him in July and a horse. Francis has sent for 8,000 lanzknechts against Spain. The Duke of Suffolk did not dare leave the King of England's house, as he would have been killed by the people for marrying Queen Mary. The little Duchess of Longueville is married; the Princess of Orange about to be to the Count of Navarre. They are attempting to break the alliance of the Archduke with England. Richard de la Pole is at Metz in Lorraine. Francis has sent him 6,000 livres d'estat. He is in his glory. Take care of those of Tournay. Begs his money may be put in his letters by the bearer and that they be not sent hereafter to Calais, it is such a gossipping place. Begs the bearer may be despatched, as Francis will start soon for Lyons. Will wait for him at Paris. Will follow the war, as the fortune of France depends upon it. The Duke of Bourbon is assembling troops at Moulyns. Is not to be communicative to the bearer, but treat him hospitably. The King of France is not quite sure of England, as he has taken no troops from Picardy and Normandy.
Fr., pp. 2, mutilated. Add.: My Lord the Abp. of York.
Conveying the King's approval of her conduct in behalf of her infant son.


  • 1. See vol. I. No. 5731, 5733. This, probably, refers to his quarrel with John Baptista Boerius, whose two sons were under the care of Erasmus.
  • 2. A false rumor. He died Feb. 1516.
  • 3. In Tayler's own hand.
  • 4. Berwick or Newcastle.