Henry VIII: May 1517, 21-31

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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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May 1517

21 May.
Galba, B. VI. 40. B. M.
Has made his recommendations to Madame and the Prince. Thanks him for the horse. De Berghes thanks the King for his two hackneys. Dissilstein, De Vasenair, De Hoghstrat, and the Count Horne, send their compliments. Sends an harquebus (abalettre) and four javelins. They are not made here, but are got from Italy. When they come he will either send or bring them. Brussels, 21 May.
Hol., Fr., p. 1. Add.
22 May.
R. O.
Return thanks for the good will expressed by the King. 22 May.
Fr., p. 1. Add.: A nostre tresgrant et tresreverend pere en Dieu, Mons. le Cardinal dYorq, Prymat dAngleterre.
22 May.
Galba, B. v. 238. B. M.
Went to take leave of the King of Castile on the 16th. Left next day for Antwerp, where the Emperor had appointed: but he sent word next day that they should return to Malines where he was. Told him they had by his ordinance after their last communication repaired to Brussels, and received the King of Castile's confirmation, and his Council was well inclined, and they hoped it would further the amity of the three kingdoms; that they had received a letter from England in answer to his query conveyed by Cardinal Sion; but as the King of England did not know all the circumstances of the case he could not, as the Emperor desired, advise him to go into Spain to quiet the rebellion there, in the event of the Prince of Castile being prevented from so doing. Then Worcester and Wingfield communicated to him apart the secrets conveyed in their letterS. Next day, in the presence of Sion and others, they were told that the Emperor, at his descent into those parts, requested Henry to send him some ambassador who might treat in conjunction with Wingfield, but he was well content with what had been done, and glad to see the amity between England and Castile before his departure to the diet next month. Cardinal Sion then told them apart that the Emperor wished they would write to England for the 10,000 florins, and he would send there one with his mind, touching other and secret matters; that if they were then to take their leave they were not to touch of this in their answer. They replied that their master thanked the Emperor for his good offices, and hoped they would continue.
Then the Emperor said to them apart that he would go to the diet, and leave other matters to them till his return, which he thought would be before August. Desires them to write for the 10,000 florins to pay his expenses. As they declined attending him into Almayn he said that he would stay eight days, when they might send their answer. They requested him to command one of his secretaries to write his mind touching the articles and the money, and then there would be no mistake. He promised that he and Sion would put it in writing. Desire further instructions. Mechlin, 22 May. Signed.
P.S.—Waited for the Emperor's memorial; but heard it was not ready.
Pp. 7, mutilated.
22 May.
Galba, B. v. 237. B. M.
Since their arrival at Mechlin the Provost of Cassel tells them he is to be ready with Mons. Daussy to go to England and receive the King's oath. The latter, who is father to Lord Fiennes, is in great favor with the King of Castile, and has married Chievres' niece. Chievres has sent word that Daussy will have private instructions to convey to the King. Advises he should be favorably received. Mechlin, 22 May. Signed.
Pp. 2, mutilated.
22 May.
Galba, B. V. 234. B.M.
On the 18th received his letters dated Richmond, 7 May, in answer to theirs from Antwerp, 18 April. Were ordered that day by the Emperor to go to Antwerp, but his majesty was not there. Sent him word they had received an answer from England touching his paper, desiring to know where they should deliver it. Came by his appointment to Mechlin, and found the Emperor in riding array, when he was addressed by the Master of the Rolls, as they have written in another letter. Then the Chamberlain and Wingfield, being alone, delivered their message, at which he much rejoiced, holding them still unopened, and desiring to hear the rest of their charge. Worcester told him how much the King was pleased with his letter, and would send shortly a secret personage to treat with him about it; that he had resolved to call together some of his most secret Council to discuss the matters contained in it; that as to the advance of 10,000 florins he desired from the King of England, an answer had been delayed for the present, until the whole matter was determined, and the Emperor had sent his negotiator: "which words, when I, your Chamberlain, had finished, his majesty forthwith, somewhat with a moved cheer, said that in nowise his meaning was to send any person till he had heard word not only of the 10,000 florins, but also how your grace was minded to admit the overtures which he had caused me, Sir Robert Wingfield, to write;" that he had intended to have sent Cardinal Sion to meet the King, and that the mistake had caused him great perplexity, as, in trust of the 10,000 florins, he had determined to remain in those parts till he met with the King, but now he must go to the diet and obtain money, he wist not where. They were both moved with pity, and Sir Robert Wingfield assured him that the matter was exactly managed as in the paper. He replied that, however the matter was, it was no use disputing; he must provide the best remedy he could. Malines, 22 May. Signed.
Pp. 5, mutilated. Add. and endd.
22 May.
R. O.
Begs his favor for his servant Rice Maunxell, the bearer, whom he has licensed to return to England in the matter of his servants, from Wales, who had been convented before Wolsey, and liberated on bail. Will levy a fine upon them when he returns home. Malines, 22 May. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: My Lord Cardinal.
22 May.
P. S.
3273. For GEO. LAWSON.
To be treasurer of Berwick upon Tweed, in same manner as Sir Ric. Cholmeley or Lord Thomas Darcy. Richmond, 19 May 9 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 22 May.
Pat. 9 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 2.
22 May.
P. S.
3274. For HEN. FORFET, of Stoke, Leic., alias of Worsted, Norf.
Pardon. Richmond, 20 May 9 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 22 May.
23 May.
Giust. Desp. II. 83.
3275. SEB. GIUSTINIAN to the DOGE.
Has been assured that the league has been joined by the Catholic King. Cardinal Hadrian is to be the King's commissioner with the Pope, but without recalling the Bp. De Giglis. Details his conversation with Wolsey, who stated that the truce between England and Scotland was confirmed; that the Queen had returned, and there was no difference between England and France that required an appeal to arms. He offered to admit France and Venice into the league. Visited the Bp. of Durham, under pretence of congratulating him upon the league. "He replied immediately, Domine Orator, there was no question of anything in this league which would molest you. On the contrary, we all sought and desired your quiet and tranquillity; and I tell you we are very content and satisfied at your having Verona, as all dissension and cause of war between you and the Emperor are thus removed, which suits us: and this he repeated twice." London, 23 May 1517.
23 May.
Vit. B. XX. 54. B. M.
3276. [PACE] to _
"I was yesterday advertis[ed] ... from Surrike that xij ... lately depart suddenly out of ... and went to the Duke of Urb[ino] ... betraying the Pope, the legate ... departed in all haste to the c[ity of Pe]sare (well fortified) for his sav[etie], fearing some greater treason. An[d] ... left without the said city a[ll the] Spaniards, lanceknights and Swiss that [would] take the Pope's wages, which were [assaul]tidde" unexpectedly by the late Duke of Urbino's army, and there hath been many a broken head betwixt them. "The Pope's army has got the worst of it, so that this business is now come to that p[oint] that I did mention in a letter of [mine] unto your grace written three months [ago], that the French King would, by craftily sustaining of the Duke of Urbino against the Pope, put his holiness in an extre[me jeopardy], and then [to] make him take his * * * lately written unto the ... at his own cost and charge ... vewe to the Duchy, and to[tally destr]ue the late Duke, under thi[s condi]cione that his holiness shall [deliver] unto the Duke of Ferrara (fn. 1) the ci[ties of] Modena and Regio, and create at his [devi]ce certain cardinals, and make no [conf]ederaction with no man except him. Ea conditio est ecclesiae damnotissima. Reliquæ [vero vi]les et vituperosæ personæ papæ." This desire on the part of the French King to have so many cardinals created is to be especially noted. He surely intends to make a Frenchman Pope. "The departing of the said [captain]es out of the Pope's field, with the [o]dre damage afore rehearsed, was spoken of in France long afore the things followed." It is clear from this that this treason was fabricated there * * * "Cardinal. And it is supposy[d] ... manner by his means the said [men at] arms shall agree with the F[renchmen] being also in the Pope's field ... that it shall nothing appart[ain to] the Pope's honor, profit or sue[rty] that I do see the Pope's matters b[e in as] evil a case as can be thought, w[hereto] his holiness is brought by his unr[easo]nable fear, and also by the infidelity [of] divers persons about him corrupted by the said French King, whereof I have been advertised by my Lord the Bp. of Verulane."
The French King has sent a [draft] of a peace concluded at Cambrai, on 11 April, between the Emperor, himself and the King of Casti[le]. Among its chapters is one [in which] the Emperor binds hi[mself] * * * about from canton to canton ... that it may be known and published [tho]rowe out the whole country ... the said French King hath sent into ... one Vicecomte and a treasurer un ... [f]or to make answer unto certain [demand]is of the Swiss in matters of old ... And indeed they do give secret [instructi]ons to divers and many for to obtain ... ayde in stopping the people," if an attempt should be made to drive him out of the duchy of Milan, which he fears as much as ever. His tur[n]ing a few head in Switzerland "I do but [little] esteem." The matter rests with the people, and they favor England, and detest those who are bribed, "so that [if] it come to raising of men we shall overcome hym." * * * the Pope's Orator hath informed me that the French King hath [procured of the] Venetians to help the [Duke of Urbyne with money beca[use] he will not be namyd to h[ave] done it himself." Constance, 23 May 1517.
Hol., pp. 5, much mutilated.
23 May.
Vit. B. III. 148. B. M.
On Thursday, the 19th, the two Cardinals de Saul[i and Sienna] were brought to the Castle of St. Angelo, and accused by the Pope, in presence of the other cardinals, of attempting to poison him by means of a [surgeon], (fn. 2) who was taken at Florence. Three cardinals, viz., Surrentino, Ancona and De ... sio (one of each order) were appointed to examine them. The Cardinals replied that they were willing to do execution upon them with their own hands. The Pope commanded them to honorable confinement, and that the Bp. of Saluzzo should superinted. Rome, 23 May 1517.
P. S. in his own hand.—Francis Maria, the Duke of Urbino, has attacked Perugia, and committed many injuries. As he cannot obtain the city, which is well kept by the Pope, he has attacked Urbino. The Pope is put to great expence in defending the lands of the Church.
Added in his Secretary's hand: "I have tied up with these the news which came about the Turks after my last on the 13th."
Lat., mutilated, pp. 2. Add. at ƒ. 159*b.
Vit. B. III. (143.) B. M.
Today, after writing his letters, a messenger arrived, stating that the Turk was slain in the city of Cairo, and his army defeated. They are all delighted.
Hol., Lat., mutilated, p. 1.
24 May.
Shrewsb. MSS. A 51. Coll. of Arms. Lodge, I. 25.
Sends by his servant, the bearer, the copy of the King's letter, wherein he desires his wife to attend the Queen of Scots from York to Newborough. Asks him to beg the King to excuse her, as "she is not in case to ride." She would gladly have done it if she could. Will attend himself on the Queen. Intends to meet her without York and wait on her to Newborough, for eschewing of further charge, seeing he is not appointed to bring her unto York. Would be glad of Shrewsbury's advice on that matter. Does not send the letter itself, as he sent it to London a week ago, and has had no answer. Would like to be excused. Thinks he need not be put to this business, if they consider the expences they have put him to of late. Leckingfield, 24 May.
24 May.
Calig. E. II. 93. B. M.
Mons. de Crekye, Dean of Tournay, who is now at Thirwy[n in Picardy], sends word the French King intends to be at Amiens, thence to Boulogne. He is making great preparations. Has received 3,000l. from Leonard Fryskoball. De Ligne tells him the King Catholic has written "to[uching the heirs] of Sir William Towres, late owner of the castle of Mor[taigne, to] render the castle unto the said heirs." Thinks it desirable Henry should have it. Encloses a copy of a process served by Gregorie Gentill, merchant of Geyne, against De Ligne. Has paid the laborers out of the 6,000l. received last at Calais, from Robert Fowler. Has to pay the garrison. Proposes to send his clerk to Fowler at Calais to arrange for their pay. Hears that Ponynges and Sands are coming to Calais to make a visitation there. Would be glad if they might come for the same purpose to Tournay to determine disputes, and establish the garrison. Tournay, 24 May. Signed.
Lat., pp. 4, mutilated.
24 May.
Vit. B. III. 145. B.M.
Interposing, at the suggestion of Ammonius, in behalf of John Galeazzo Boschetto, secretary of Cardinal Agen, who has incurred the displeasure of the Pope for a supposed offence of which he is innocent. Richmond, 24 May 1517.
Lat., p. 1, mutilated. Add.
24 May.
S. B.
3281. To CUTHBERT TUNSTAL, Master of the Rolls.
To cancel a recognizance of 120l., made by Humph. Stafford of Codered, Herts, Sir Wm. Kyngston of Elms, Glouc., and Sir Th. Boleyn of Hever, Kent. 7 (?) March 5 Hen. VIII. 24 May 9 Hen. VIII.
25 May.
Galba, B. V. 245. B. M.
Bond to repay at Antwerp, at Whitsuntide 1518, the sum of 10,000 fl., lent him by the King of England. Lyere, 25 May 1517, 32 Max.
ii. Order to Villinger for repayment of the same.
iii. Acknowledgment of receipt from James Fugker on the part of the King of England, of 6,000 g. fl. to be repaid as above. Lyere,25 May 1517.
iv. Order to Villinger as above.
25 May.
Galba, B. V. 242. B. M.
Wrote from Brussels of the going of the Lord Daussy and the Provost of Cassel to England, since the court arrived at Ghent. Daussy will start in eight days, and with him the Bailly of Bruges, Mons. Donnesley, or some other. Fennys is glad of his son's going. Today or tomorrow a proposition will be made to the Estates to continue the great aid for three years. The Lady Eleanor and the Lady Chievres will go with the King into Spain. Neither the Emperor nor the Lady Margaret will have any rule after he has left. Recommends that the Audiencer should be rewarded. The Duke of Gueldres, notwithstanding the treaty of Cambray, has besieged one of the little towns in Friesland, taken from him by D'Issilstein. The French ambassador declared that his master was much discontented at the same. A post is come from Rome of the 14th, that 2,0000 Gascons went over to the Pope's enemies, and next night assaulted his holiness's field, and killed 1,500 Almains and Swiss; the remnant fled to Pesaro;—it was thought to have been done by consent of the French: also that the Duc of Urbino, now in possession, went after the victory to Perugia and Sena to expel the Pope's friends and restore the opposite party. 400 spears had arrived from Naples to the Pope's aid. It is thought the Pope will give up Modena and Reggio, and arrange with the French. Fra Nicholas is urgent for 6,000 Swiss to be sent to Naples. (fn. 3) Orders have been sent to the Viceroy of Naples. The Emperor leaves for Almain in six days. Chievres and the Chancellor say he shall have no rule in the country. His yearly pension of 50,000 g. fl. from Flanders, and 20,000 ducats from Spain, will be continued; but if he attempt to return to these countries, he will find the way barred. Ghent, 25 May 1517.
Hol., pp. 6, mutilated. Add. at ƒ. 245*.
25 May.
P. S.
3284. For JOHN VEISY, Dean of the Chapel Royal, SIR JOHN GIFFORD and CHRIST. MIDDELTON.
Next presentation to a prebend in the collegiate church of Tamworth, Cov. and Lich. dioc. Richmond, 6 May 9 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 25 May.
Pat. 9 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m.2.
25 May.
P. S.
To be bailiff of the lordship and keeper of the parks of Henley in Ardern, Warw., vice Edw. Brereton, deceased. Richmond, 17 May 9 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 25 May.
In the margin.—Memorandum that on 26 Nov. 24 Hen. VIII. an order was made to the officers of the Court of Chancery by John Taylor, Master of the Rolls, that this patent be not cancelled, unless the said John Dyngley appear personally before the Master of the Rolls for that purpose.
Pat. 9 Hen, VIII. p. 1, m. 9.
25 May.
P. S.
3286. For JOHN DOWEL of Exeter and Halberton, Devon, butcher.
Protection; going in the retinue of Sir Ric. Wyngfeld, Deputy of Calais. Richmond, 19 May 9 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 25 May.
26 May.
Giust. Desp. II. 88.
3287. SEB. GIUSTINIAN to the DOGE.
Has heard from "his faithful friend" that the King is writing to the Pope and sending him 50,000 ducats. Communicated to Wolsey the Turkish news. London, 26 May 1517.
26 May.
R. O.
In favor of Christopher Stockhaus, the bearer. Herentail, 26 May 1517, 32 Max. Signed.
Lat., p. 1. Add.
26 May.
Vit. B. III. 149. B.M. Rym. XIII. 589.
Have received his letter of 12 April, on [the matter of] Chios, and the complaints of the English merchants trading there. They have imposed this restriction (onus) for the good of Christendom, and not for their private interests. As they are compelled to pay an annual tribute to the Turks, and buy off the malice of their enemies, they have incurred a debt of 120,000 ducats, which they have no means of paying off, except by a revenue of this kind. [Genoa], 26 May 1517. Signed.
Lat., pp. 2, mutilated.
26 May.
S. B.
Lease, for 21 years, of the lordship of Staunford, Berks, parcel of "Warwick's lands," at an annual rent of 68l. 10s. 3d., and 10s. of increase. Del. Westm., 26 May 9 Hen. VIII. Partly defaced.
Pat. 9 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 3.
S. B. 2. Duplicate of the above, undated. Signed by Belknapp, Westby and Blagge. Defaced.
27 May.
R. O.
Of the injuries done by Ralph Bruarton, of co. Flint, to Davy ap Moris, the bearer, one of the garrison of Tournay, in with-holding from him certain lands of his deceased father, Griffith ap Moris Tona. Citadel of Tournay, 27 May. Signed: Sir Rychard Jarnegan—Sir Ric. Whettehylle—Sir John Tremayle— William Bartholomu—Thomas Hert.
P. 1. Add.: To my Lord Cardinal's grace. Endd.
27 May.
Galba. B. IX. 57* b. B.M.
In behalf of Captain Guyot, who has always been Henry's good servant, and is going to England on business of his own. Is sure he requires no recommendation from her. Ghent, 27 May 1517. Signed
P.S. in her own hand.—Henry knows the gentleman. His services will recommend him.
Fr., p. 1. Add.
Calig. B. I. 202.
B. M. Ellis, 1 S. I. 130.
Would fain have spoken with him, but he was gone before she could come to him. Begs he will show his good mind to her, specially at this time. Wants money to give rewards and other needful things, by tomorrow at furthest.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: To my Lord Cardinal.
28 May.
R. O.
Is desired by the Queen of Scots to send some men to the King and Wolsey, with certain writings. Has accordingly sent a steward of his own, whom she has commanded, on receiving the King's answer, to return with all diligence, and, if possible, to be with her at Durham on Sunday se'n night. She has kept her journey hitherto according to the King's arrangements, though often diseased, especially three or four days after leaving the King. Now, however, she is well. The lords and gentlemen of the shires have done their duty towards her. The day after bringing her out of this, intends to repair to his poor house at Sheffield, where he will await any commands from Wolsey. Was told, on leaving London, by Sir Henry Sherborne, that he had obtained a bill, signed by the King, for the custody of Sir Richard Boson, a lunatic, which had been granted to Shrewsbury. Begs Wolsey to interfere, as his only object in seeking it was the good of Boson's children, and in consideration of his services beyond sea in Shrewsbury's company. Doncaster, 28 May. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: To my Lord Cardinal's grace.
28 May.
Giust. Desp. II. 89.
3295. SEB. GIUSTINIAN to the DOGE.
Yesterday arrived from the Emperor, Christopher, brother of Cardinal Gurk. Hears that he has come on behalf of the Emperor, to ask Henry for money to pay his expences back to Germany, as it is his intention to return in a fortnight. Gurk has gone to the diet at Worms. The Emperor, by the wish of all Germany, is resolved to go to Rome this year to be crowned. London, 28 May 1517.
28 May.
Galba, B. V. 246. B. M.
Yesterday Sion sent for them, and delivered them a credence from the Emperor, and stated that, as the Emperor could not draw up the memorial in consequence of his occupations, he had sent a bill, which they enclose. In this the Emperor proposed a general league with himself, England, Castile and France. Though nothing was said of money, they were commanded by the Emperor to ask for a loan of 10,000 florins for one year, by way of loan, to be repaid Whitsun twelvemonth. The bill is to be left in the hands of his servant Denyse Brown, till the money arrive. The Emperor also wishes them to provide 2,000 florins, which he had ordained "should be bestowed in this town now at his departure." Sion also strongly recommended Sygler for his services to England. They promised to write, but declined to make the chevesaunce of 2,000 florins, as they had no authority, and they could not borrow it in their own name, as money was so much decried there. At Sygler's departure, Sion entered into a long detail of his poverty and troubles, and the generosity of England, and that the money given him had been half lent to the Emperor and remained unpaid; "desiring us to move your grace not to think that he is in any fault that such affairs as he treated with your grace went no better forward: with which words speaking, the tears appeared in his eyes, saying, that he could impute it to none but Galeas Viscount, which peradventure had knowledge of such things as he treated with your grace in England of the empire, and other matters, whereof, as he thought, he had given knowledge to the French King." He intends to follow the Emperor closely, by reason of the craft of the French; and promised to send the King a Spanish genet. As their business is concluded, will repair to Tournay till they hear from the King. Antwerp, 28 May. Signed.
P.S.—The genet has arrived.
Pp. 5, mutilated. Add.
28 May. 3297. IMPARKING OF LAND.
Oxon., Berks, Warw., Leic., Beds, Bucks and North.—Commission to John Veysy, Dean of the Chapel Royal, Sir And. Wyndesore, and Roger Wegeston, late of Leicester, to make inquisition stating what towns and hamlets, houses and buildings, have been destroyed since Mich. 4 Hen. VII.; what and how much land then in culture has since been converted into pasture; the number of parks since inclosed, and the land added to parks then existing, &c.
Similar commissions to the following persons in various counties:
Notts and Derby, Staff., Salop, Chesh, and Lanc.—G. Bp. of Coventry and Lichfield, Edw. Sutton Lord Dudley, Sir Th. Leighton, Sir Th. A. Cornwayle and John Gifford.
Norf.—Th. Abbot of St. Benedict's, Sir Rob. Clere and Wm. Elys.
Suff.—The Abbot of Bury St. Edmund's, Sir Ric. Wentworth, Sir Anth. Wyngfeld and Humph. Wyngfield.
Cornw. And Devon.—H. Bp. of Exeter, Sir Peter Egecombe, Sir Th. Denys, Sir Wm. Trevanyon, Roger Graynfeld, John Gilberd and Ric. Coffyn.
Heref., Worc. and Glouc.—C. Bp. of Hereford, Sir Maurice Barklay, Sir Rob. Poyntz, Sir Alex. Baynham, Sir Wm. Uvedale, Th. Poyntz and Th. Matson.
Comb., Hunts and Herts.—N. Bp. of Ely, Sir Rob. Drury, Sir Giles Alyngton, Sir Rob. Cotton, Fras. Hasilden and John A. Wode.
Linc. and Rutl.—The Dean of Lincoln, Sir Wm. Tirwhit, the Dean of Tattershall and Sir Rob. Dymmok.
Kent.—Sir John Fyneux, Sir Rob. Rede, Sir Wm. Scotte and John Rooper.
Wilts.—R. Bp. of Winchester, Sir Edw. Darrell, Sir John Seymour, Sir Edw. Hungerford, John Skyllyng, Anth. Stileman, Th. Bulstrode and John Bonham.
Middx.—John Abbot of Westminster, Sir Th. Lovell, Sir Th. Nevell, and John Heron.
Essex.—The Bp. of Norwich, Rob. Ratclyff Lord Fitzwalter, Sir John Raynesford and Wm. Mordaunt.
Yorkshire.—Wm. Conyers Lord Hornby, Th. Dalby, clk., Hugh Asshton, clk., Sir John Norton and Wm. Elleson.
Surrey and Sussex.—The Bp. of Chichester, Th. West Lord Delawarr, Th. Fenys Lord Dacre, Sir Edm. Haward, Sir Matthew Broun, John Erneley and John Scotte.
Somers.—R. Bp. of Winchester, John Bourchier Lord Fitzwarren, Sir Hugh Lutterell, Sir John Speke, John Broke, serjeant at law, John Fitzjames, Baldwin Malet and John Portman.
Dors.—R. Bp. of Winchester, Rob. Willoughby Lord Broke, Wm. Lord Stourton, Sir Th. Trenchard, John Rogers, Wm. Wadham, Rob. Turges and Rob. Cheverell.
Hants.—R. Bp. of Winchester, John Tuchet Lord Audeley, Sir Wm. Sandys, Sir John Lysle, Sir Wm. Gyfford, John Neuport, serjeant at law, Wm. Paulet, Wm. Froste and Th. More. Westm., 28 May.
Pat. 9 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 6d.
28 May.
S. B.
3298. To CUTHBERT TUNSTAL, Master of the Rolls.
To cancel a recognizance of 1,000 marks made by Edw. Sutton Lord of Duddeley, Staff., Sir Th. Butler of Beansey, Lanc., and Sir John Aston (?) of Heywood, Staff., 4 Dec. 20 Hen. VII., to pay 50l. a year to the Crown, as long as he held the custody of the lordships of Keireign, Materde (?), Mathe, Lunr', Vill Llandibo, Mehen (?), [U]ghcoid (?), Moghaunt [Dy]nas (?), Llanvilling, Mouthey Meghen, Eston (?) ..., Garthgelynyn, Pol..., Tey ... s, Stad..arghell manor, and of other manors granted to him by patent 30 Dec. 11 Hen. VII. Greenwich, 28 May 9 Hen. VIII.
28 May.
S. B.
3299. To CUTHBERT [TUNSTAL], Master of the Rolls.
To cancel four recognizances of 80l. each, made by Jas. Yarford and Th. Baldry of London, mercers, and Wm. Baban of London, grocer, 5 [Jan.?] 22 (?) Hen. VII. Greenwich, 28 May 9 Hen. VIII.
29 May.
Galba, B. V. 248. B. M.
Wrote last, on the 25th, of the coming of the Bailly of Bruges with the Lord Daussy. The King has since appointed the great Bailly of Henego knight of the Toisson. Is told that Henry will be desired to be protector of Flanders. The Duke of Gueldres still besieges Hocn', and lost in an assault 400 men. France is not popular here. By letters from Madrid of the 19th the King is advertized of the recovery of the Cardinal of Toledo. The assembly there have deferred their meeting till the King comes. Count Dorogne, called Don Pedro Gyrona, has raised 4,000 men in Andalusia to attack the Duke de Medina Sidonia. The provision made here has stopped the insurrection. "And as the Dean of Louvain, Bp. of Tortosa, writte, the doubt and fear hath reprimed and altered the minds of the lords of Spain from many perilous conjects, saying the King hath had a great grace of God therein." The Emperor has left Haryscot (Arschot) for Cologne, and been followed by Sion. He is greatly discontented with his treatment in Flanders. The Archduchess is in very little repute. The governors here are very favorable to England. Ghent, 29 May 1517.
Hol., pp. 4, mutilated.
29 May.
Vit. B. XIX. 86. B. M.
3301. [SION] to [WOLSEY].
"Reverendissime in Christo pater et domine, D ... longum scripsi quæ usque modo videbantur ... iterum contingere non arbitrer. Scribunt ad Majestatem re[giam] ... series capitulorum super conventione Regum Christianissimi et C[atholici] ... jamdiu prætensis (fn. 4) absolvendisque ea forma et ... contexuit." A great change has taken place from the former conditions, which, he considers, arises from the finger of God, and will lead to momentous consequences. A person intimately acquainted with the secrets of the Emperor, and not unpleasing to Wolsey, will soon visit England, and convey a fuller revelation of these things. Regrets much the present state of Christendom and of the Church in particular. Italy and Germany are exposed to danger; Spain is in dissension; the Catholic King is a boy; his brother Ferdinand is apparently at variance with him against his own will; the Emperor is old and wants energy, and his life is uncertain. The Frenchman thirsts for opportunity of aggrandizement. There is no safeguard against these dangers except in England. If these things be rightly managed the mouth of the whirlpool will be stopped up, and its jaws suffocated. Excuses the length of his desultory epistle. "[An]twerbiæ, antepenultima Maij 1517."
Hol., badly written, and so much mutilated that the sense is very doubtful; pp. 2.
R. O. 3302. [SION] to [WOLSEY].
P.S.— James Fuccar has written to him, complaining that the 6,000 Rh. fl. of Sir Robert [Wingfield] have not yet been repaid him. He is a very wealthy man, and is good for 200,000l. if occasion required. He must not, therefore, be neglected. Date, as in his letter.
Lat., p. 1.
29 May.
Galba, B. V. 247*. B. M.V
3303. SION to TUNSTAL and others.
Has received two letters from the Emperor, pressing for the 6,000 florins. As the King will not give them, would be glad to borrow them for a year. Mechlin, 29 May 1517.
Lat., p. 1, mutilated. Add.
29 May.
S. B.
Grant of 100l. a year, which ... was to pay for the custody of the possessions of John Grey Lord Powes, deceased, during the minority of John Grey, his son and heir, according to patent 30 Dec. 11 Hen. VII.: to be received during the minority of Edward, son and heir of the said John Grey the son, from 30 Dec. 11 Hen. VII. Also, custody of the said possessions [from the death] of the said John Grey, jun., with the wardship of the said Edward. Del. Westm., 29 May 9 Hen. VIII.
29 May.
P. S.
To examine into and punish all adulterations in the manufacture of waxen images, torches and candles, contrary to the statute. Greenwich, 25 Jan. 8 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 29 May.
Pat. 9 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 4.
29 May.
P. S.
Licence to import 265 tuns of Gascon wine and Toulouse woad. Greenwich, 26 May 9 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 29 May.
Fr. 9 Hen. VIII. m.2.
30 May.
Vesp. C. I. 161. B. M.
News from Rome, by letter from the Cardinal de Medici, dated 20 May, to Friar Nyclas, the Pope's secretary.
(1.) Francisco Maria de la Rovere, since the victory against the Pope's army, went to Perosa with all his host, but was repulsed with great loss. (2) All the Pope's horsemen from La Marka went to Toscana against Rovere. (3.) 400 Neapolitan spears were not paid by the Viceroy, contrary to the King Catholic's promise, and the Pope was obliged to pay them, to his great discontent. (4.) The Cardinals of Sauly and Sena conspired to poison the Pope by means of a surgeon of his. The plot was discovered, and they are imprisoned in the castle of Saint Angelo. They will be tried by the Cardinals of Surrent, St. Eusebio and Farnese. (5.)The French King offered the Pope to restore him the peaceable possession of the "ole duchy of Urbin, dummodo his holiness wol consent unto many prejudicyables and deshonnorables conditions;" to which he will be compelled if the King Catholic do not help him shortly. (6.) The Pope is informed that the Turks have sent out about 200 sail, but it is not known whither. Considering how little Christian princes set by his admonitions, he will be compelled, if they land in Italy, to abandon the residence of St. Peter, "with such saint reliques as he might assemble," and flee to some safe place. The above news was declared by Friar Nyclas, in the Pope's name, to the King and his Council. This morning, 30 May.
In Spinelly's hand, pp. 2.
30 May.
Calig. B. VI. 26. B. M.
Marvels greatly at "my lord your cousing's wnkindnes and zoures in speciall, quham I have bene samekill behaldyne to." Desires to speak with him. The bearer will bring word, "quhamto plesit zou to give credence." "At Kynmond, ye penult day of May." Signed.
P. 1. Add.: To ane ryt honorabill man, Schir Cristofor Dacre, Knyt, &c.
Galba, B. III. 227b.
B. M.
3309. [HENRY VIII.] to [TUNSTAL and others].
* * "thereupon make certificate unto us by your writing at [all] convenient diligence, signifying unto you that for [divers] considerations it is thought to us and our Council right ex[pedient] and necessary that ye should make your abode there till such [time] as a perfect resolution were taken in the premises and all ... betwixt us and the said King, specially in this his voyage towa[rds] Spain, wherein many incidents may chance not yet kn[own], requiring good industry and discreet policy of wise orators."
30 May.
R. O.
Wrote last on the 25th. Encloses a memorial from Fra Nicolas, the Pope's servant. The Friar tells him the Pope's surgeon has been taken, and the steward of the Cardinal of _ (blank), and great witness has been found of treason against the Pope. This afternoon a Council will be held upon the wars of Italy and the expedition against the Turks.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: To my Lord Cardinal's grace.
30 May.
P. S.
3311. For TH. WEST and ELIZABETH his wife.
Licence to impark 300 acres in the lordship of Halfnaked, Sussex, as granted to Hugh, eldest son of Lord St. John, and his heirs. Greenwich, 23 May 9 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 30 May.
Pat. 9 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 15.
30 May.
P. S.
Annuity of 5l. out of the lordship of Denbigh. Greenwich, 28 May 9 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 30 May.
31 May.
R. O.
Yesterday, 30 May, a fire broke out in the citadel, which destroyed twenty small thatched cottages, but was got under by the exertions of the soldiers. The citadel has escaped a great danger. Houses should be built for ordnance, powder and victuals, instead of their being, as now, in forty or fifty different small houses, "there be so many bowtefewes in this country." Some have been taken and executed. Tournay, 31 May.
Signed: Sir Richard Jarnegan—Sir Ric. Whettehyll—Sir John Tremayle—William Bartholomew—Ric. Hansard—Thomas Hert.
Pp. 2. Add. and endd.
Calig. E. I. 118.
B. M.
3314. _ to _.
"...letter envoyee..a Mons ... en Bretaigne et sont ja fait six ou sept b ... riviere de Loyre jusques a Nantes." Thinks he will not be absent more than a month or three weeks, for there are no provisions for ... Britanny. The said Lord purposes to go to H ... St. Quentin in Picardy; will at all events go to Brittany to hasten the departure of Albany, who has ready several large galleys. They are making vessels at Tocque, beyond Bouille and at Caudebec. Orders have been given to proceed diligently to work at Chiet de Caux near Harfleur. The troops are commanded to be in garrison in Ar[tois by] August. The mutinies of the Bretons draw the King into Britanny. He has cashiered the band of De Rieux and the Bastard. They are afraid of insurrection in Brittany, and of the English that run there (?) (qui roent et vague ... vers ledict Bretagne.) If there were any person of authority to put himself forward, the King would lose his whole kingdom, although this is the most loyal people in the world. He is preparing a great navy to defeat the English, but may possibly fail, as all his best captains and even the mercenaries are beyond [the mountains].
The Duke of Urbino and the Romans have left. They have ... the daughter of the Count of Boulogne, who is not a very suitable match for that beggar D'Urbino. They have brought six chapeaux, but found no one in France ready to purchase at the price they demanded; "et pource, les rapportent au gr[and] chapellier. C'est bonne pasture pour jouer aux escoilliers de ... " The King has printed the benediction ... The Sire de la Marche is much praised. He has been badly treated ... has sent to the King his order of knighthood. Possibly he may have acted like Scipio Tarquinius when he surrendered to Gabinien. We think [ourselves] very clever "quil ne nous chant que nous faisons," but one of these days "on jouera ung malvais tour, si on peult." The King has taken strict measures against those who wish to prevent the publication of the Concordat; has ordered Finnes to apprehend those who have circulated defamatory libels, "et qui ont conseillee ladite appellacion par corps ... ancuns sen sont fouez, comme Mons. Dixhommes Bouchart ... plus grans de parlement; mais le dit Dixhommez a faict est venu ycy parler au Roy." The rest have been thrown into prison, [as] the Procureur of the University of Paris, le Scribe, &c. Those of the Parliament and University have been summoned before the King, but have deferred going, fearing to be mocked.
The King, [mistrusting] the English and the Emperor, has remitted his demands on Rouen and on the lords of Paris (?) Some of the people have refused to contribute to the said enterprize. The King has offered to remove half the talliages, but it is too. late. He will never gain the affections of his people. The Duke of Lorraine has retired in discontent because they have appointed the Duke of Urbino to stand godfather with him. Louis Dast and his company are cashiered. Every man cries up England, and says that the King of England is the wisest and handsomest King in the world. The King has sent to the King Catholic to know if he intends to harbor the Sieur de la Marche, who is the King's ally. Does not fear La Marche, but is afraid of the King Catholic and the English. Has received ten crowns this month of May; "et voy bien que sil me venoit quelque fortu[ne] je pourroye mourir pour deux escuz." Clery, Whitsunday.
Fr., pp. 3, mutilated.
31 May.
Galba, B. V. 255. B. M.
Denyse Brown has called to say, that he is appointed to receive the 10,000 florins, and has the Emperor's bond for its repayment. He stated that as the Fukkers had laid out 6,000 florins in the King's affairs and not been repaid, the Emperor wished the King would advance him that sum in order to content them. They stated they had never heard anything of these 6,000 florins from the Emperor or Sion, but they would write upon this and the other matters. As the Emperor has passed Maestrich, intend to leave for Tournay. Send copies of the writings from Denyse Brown. Spinelly will send the news from this court. Antwerp, 31 May. Signed.
Pp. 2, mutilated.
31 May.
R. O.
3316. SION to WOLSEY.
In commendation of Captain Jerome Peachy (Pecchius), a man of great military skill, going to England. Ticionius, who is well acquainted with him, can speak more fully of his qualifications. Mechlin, prid. Kal. Jun. 1517. Signed.
Lat., p. 1. Add.
31 May.
Vit. B. xx. 287. B. M.
"Monsieur le Chancellier ... Je vous env[oye] ... de Mess. Jaques de Banissis ... Ficggereulle, par lesquelles entend ... sest faicte denvoyer 24,000 ... porter au camp lesquelz nont peu pas ... " Arrived at Isbruck this morning. Met with a good reception from "messieurs du gouvernement" at half a league from [the town]. Found them well disposed to serve the Emperor [and] Monsieur. A post came to day from their ambassador with the Swiss, named Le ... Sturselle, showing that the cantons of Uri, Schwitz and Untervalden are not so well inclined to France as formerly, and that if they are not for the Emperor they will be neuter. The Grand Master of [France], La Palice and Lautrech, attempted to pass by the Grisons into Switzerland: "mais v[u] ... nomme Dieteghe Ghesallis les en a bien gar ... aller passer le lac Major de Lugarne," and they have not been able to get within a day's journey of Lucerne. "Quant a Monsr. de Lartrech, je nen sca[is rien,] car jay nouvelles d'Itaille quil est a Bress[e] ... contre ce que messieurs les Venetiens ont dit ... de l'Emperor quilz ne laisseroient ent[rer les] Francoys en leur villes fermees ... [que scavex toutes nouvelles ... veuil laisser de vous escripre [tout ce que] vient a ma congnoissance." Isbrouck, 31 May. Signed.
(In Lannoy's hand).—[Je vous] envoie aussy une lettre [que] ma escript le Lieut. (?) de Naple.
Pp. 2, badly mutilated. Endd.
31 May.
R. O.
After his last letter to Wolsey, sent the news to Andreas Ammonius. Is now writing to the same news of great moment, which he begs Wolsey to communicate to the King. Rome, 31 May 1517. Signed.
Lat., p. 1. Add.
31 May.
Vit. B. III. 150. B.M.
In behalf of their uncle (patruus), the Cardinal of St. George, made prisoner by order of the Pope on Friday last, for not giving up certain words uttered in his presence by the Cardinal of Sienna. Cannot believe that the Cardinal of St. George, who is an old man, and lived in the more difficult times of Popes Alexander and Julius, would have acted so, except upon the consideration that this was a young and angry Cardinal, and his words were not to be much regarded. Rome, 31 May 1517.
Lat., pp. 2, mutilated. Add. and endd. at ƒ. 442 b.
Ib. f. 151. ii. Another copy of the same.Mutilated.
Ib. f. 152.
Rym. XIII. 589.
iii. A third letter of the same to the same effect. Rome, 5 June 1517.
Lat., pp. 2, mutilated. Add. at ƒ. 155 b.
Strype's Mem. f.
pt. ii. App. No. 5.
Received his letter dated Westminster, 22nd April, on the 28th of that month, stating the King's and Wolsey's pleasure that, like other garrisons, the garrison of Tournay should be paid half-yearly, and not at every three months, as formerly; and that, for the convenience of the soldiers and victuallers, 1,000 marks should be advanced to the garrison, to be deducted at the half year's payment. Declared this to the captains, men-at-arms. vintners and constables, who have assembled their companies and made certificates (enclosed). From these certificates, which are founded on truth, Wolsey will perceive their poverty. Think it impossible "to be brought to so long a day" without great inconvenience: for while writing, certain victuallers came and complained to the Deputy of their victuals being taken away by force. The parties so doing excuse themselves by saying they had no money and could obtain no trust, "and without meat and drink they could not live." Fear the consequences if they have not money right shortly.
* Strype says this letter is in the Cottonian Collection, Caligula: but it has not been found there.
May. Calig. E. II. 146.
Protesting against the proposal in Wolsey's letters to the Council and garrison, dated Westminster, 22nd April, for paying them half-yearly like other garrisons, instead of quarterly. Their case is peculiar. They must be always ready to stand a siege. English victuallers are discouraged; several have run away, leaving large debts. Are not exempt, like other garrisons, from the maletot; but pay on every tun of wine 40s., on every barrel of beer 12d., *c. The King's money will not pass as elsewhere; a penny is worth but ... gro. Flemish; 6d. is not worth 6 gro[schen of Flan]ders money.
Signed: Robart Layghton—Harry Byrde—Gerard Osborn—Clement Freyr—Hew Benett—Gruffyth Rede—Roger Gruffith—Rychard Hayborn—John Allen—John Turner.
P. 1, broad sheet, mutilated.
Strype's Mem. I. pt.
ii. App. No. 4.
3322. The YEOMEN OF THE GUARD, Constables of Tournay, to the SAME.
Letter similar to the preceding.
Signed: John Prince—Wm. Bentall—Ric. Forster—Rob. Mitchel—John Erdeley—Th. Gray—Th. Stribithil—Wm. Harford—Ric. Dobell—Evan Bodmer—John Brodger—Th. Walett—Ric. Stone—Rob. Axe.
* Strype says this letter is in the Cottonian Catalogue, Caligula: but it has not been found there
Calig. E. II. 61 b. B. M.
3323. MEMORIAL by J. RUSSELL and other gentlemen to [WOLSEY] and the COUNCIL.
Protesting against the proposal contained in the King's letter of the 22nd [April], that they should receive payment by the half [year], as is the custom in other garrisons. They insist upon the difference of Tournay from other garrisons, the dearness of provisions, the disadvantage of credit, the smallness of their profits. Requests the Cardinal to be favorable to them.
Signed: J. Russell—Robertt Seymore—Phylypp Denys—J. Anlaby—Richard Basford—Lewys Musgrave—Edm. Wysseman—Roger Bekell—Nycholas Sampson—Rychard Wyddyrs—John Dymok—Wylliam Symson—John Pasfor (?)—Thomas Harvy—Richard Gownt.
Pp. 5, mutilated.
R. O.
3324. TOURNAY.
Six papers of memoranda of payments and receipts by John Beer, for gunpowder and other "provisions for ordnance" in the months of April and May.
Add. MS. 21,382. f. 54. B. M.
3325. [WOLSEY] to [WORCESTER and others.]
"Also it is to be thought that the Archduchess hath not always be plain to the King in these matters, but that she hath kept them from his knowledge. For in the Emperor's letter it is thus written: 'Selon que par cydevant le vous avons escript;' whereby it appeareth that she knew these matters before the receipt of the Emperor's letter, and never did put the King in knowledge of them before this time; and also Sir Robert Wingfield, by the Emperor's commandment as he said, wrote unto the King that the Emperor had written this matter to her, and that by her we should know it."
In Tuke's hand.
ii. French translation of the above. Just below.
Vit. B. XX. 48*. B.M.
3326. [PACE] to WOLSEY.
"* * * whiche fere is evident . . . make strong the castills . . . die, and especially that in the . . . en sum doith say here that he . . . [n]othynge, but only to help the [city] of Turnaye. If this be true, he perauv[enture will] seke craftyly to make your grace [fri]ende, whyche to obteygne I knowe [we]ll he would be glad to exspende . . . chys better than that is. It is no[thing l]ikely that he wull at thys tyme [attack] the King's grace, he and his realme being [wholly] exhausted of money . . . lately had true and certain knowledge that the Emperor's treasurer, namidde Villin[ger], hath had of the King for his further[ing] the peax latly concluded betwi[xt th]e said Emperor and the King 12,000 fl. est . . . illo cavendum tanquam pecuniæ magis quam . . . oso." . . . xvij.
Hol., partly in cipher, deciphered; much mutilated, p. 1. Add.: "D. Thom. [Eb]oracen' Dño."
Vit. B. XIX. 380.
B. M.
3327. [SION] to [WOLSEY.]
" . . . præsertim postquam ad istas partes appl[icassem] . . . ut servitutis et fidei meæ erga Regiam m[ajestatem] solverem, utque tam fœderum quam reliquorum po . . . stabiliri ac impleri legitime contingat, ne[c meis curis et] laboribus peperci, nec desinam sollicitare, quousque . . . cogitavi autem horum sollicitudine scriptionis meæ . . . de proximo cum scriptis simul facta offerre. Quo[ad] . . . dom. Regis oratores omnia Regiæ majti et p. v. r. continu . . . existimavi, vel quod valde sufficere vel meo furfure coram . . . non inficere, qui revera ut sanguine ita omnium virtutum g[enere præditi] existunt, nec quippiam negligunt vel intentatum quod ex . . . aliquando tamen judicavi non ob eorundam deficientiam, sed ob n[ostram] debitam observantiam, quippiam occurrentiarum eidem insinuare [ne] . . . titudine defecisse aut a devotione in se Regiamque m[ajestatem] refriguisse censear, quibus per judicem vivorum et mor[tuorum] quam ipsi mihi inservire, et pro moderamine optionis meæ . . . omnia provenire ac promovere, usque ad animam, velim. Non ero longus circa resolutionem fœderis ratificationis cum . . . oratorem ad longum scriptis insinuent; nihil etenim ja(?) . . . comparatum æqualificatumque restat, et in diem Jovis proximam quod et omnipotens sicuti per eundem servari jurabit . . . et gratuitis suis donis fovere dignetur.
Spero equidem ill. D. Camerarium primarium quæ . . . et accepit, Regiæ mati scripsisset, cui quod omnia tam per me nomine S . . . majestate stabilita, promissa, oblata vel transacta, sive pro . . . inmediate, vel per alios verbo vel scripto mediate us . . . et singula quaeque ex eis implere et concludere velit . . . promisit et obtulit, nec circa ea vel circa conventionem . . . difficultatem aut dilationem ponit; sed firma opinione [et] paterna in majestatem Regiam dilectione perseverat, nec un[quam] . . . malæ cujuscunque impressionis in eo vestigium, quamvis gr . . . regentes, præsertim Chivres, suæ majti in dolo suggesserit . . . majestatis secreta penetrare, et firmissimo scrutinio didi . . . omnifariam secrete cum Gallis. In Regis Catholici et . . . haberet intelligentiam irrepserat hoc taliter . . . suæ Cæs. majtis ut aliquandiu in seipsam suspe . . . hæc a secretissimis tacitissime scrutatus sum, et a . . . curavi; eousque etenim deventum est ut jure . . . medio suæ mtiillustr . . . [im]plere non solum nititur, sed soliciti . . . etc. Et quamvis non parum jocunditatis mihi de hoc . . . [Re]giæ mti omnia proveniant, valde tamen lætatus sum Cæsarem . . . ec revelasse promisisseque, ne quandoque me leviter egisse . . . et ipso confinxisse crederer, &c.
. . . [in] præsentiarum dominis oratoribus proposuit postulationem xm ff. Ren . . . ego per omnia interveni, prout domini oratores scribere poterunt, ac . . . e quoque eis causas et urgentias rerum allegatarum annotari . . . lerunt, quibus eos in scriptis de verbo ad verbum, uti in exemplo præsentibus [in]cluso continetur, dedi; et quia in eis per multas causas et rationes . . . Regamtas in hiis xm ff. Cæsari moram gerat nec se contineat . . . de eis faciat largitionem et procurationem, diffuse disserui. In talibus . . . dilatabo calamum; solum precibus intimis p. v. r. deprecari [non] desinam, quin ita Regiæ majti suggerat, apud illamque efficiat, [ut] sine mora Cæsaris precibus annuat, ac subito transmittat. Erunt . . . o omnibus et priscis temporibus et in futurum numerandis meliores . . . simul et semel patris et filii obsequiis inservitur, et circa maxima . . . orum residuorum erit certissima, et liquido docebitur Catholicus Rex . . . regiam ultro obsequiis suis et profectioni suæ in Hispanias præstitisse . . . omnes sui agentes.
. . . oque modo refellentur omnia blandimenta quae de novo Galli afferunt [ut] aut profectionem hanc impediant, aut per Franciam sive Italiam et [Germ]aniam finaliter conducant; offerunt etenim Regi Catholico xijc lanceas . . . as obsides et omnium finitimorum castrorum sive fortalitiorum . . . aperturam et dationem pro securitate; obtulerunt quoque regii oratores [quod] si Cath. Rex per Angliam destinare et trajicere velit, regnum et [in]colas, thesauros, naves et armamenta, sed neque in ulla re . . . mtem majore gaudio honoreque affici posse, quam tanti hospitis . . . judicarunt quam tute et quam facile eo itinere in Hispanias [trajice]re queat, et quod Regia maj. ejus personae viz. Cath. Regis . . . ius tutandis servandisque omnia sit positura talia passim et . . . sive mti Cæsareæ ejusque inquilinis ac confidentius offerre et . . . ere solliciti fuimus, et ego non minus reliquis, ut Cæsaris animum valde . . . rimus inclinaverimusque, ut speremus aliquid in hoc efficere unde . . . [in solut]ione pecuniarum præmissarum nullam fieri difficultatem deprecor . . . quoque quia comperit per omnia, se per illos regentes fraudari . . . lla præparamenta profectionis, uti in cedula introclusa continetur. Credo etiam du . . . ab eis requiri fecit . . . suum propriis manibus contextas literas . . . pollicita in se et patrem Caesarem au . . . Maii, quod nisi fecerit ne tot regna periclitari . . . sua maj. Caesarea personaliter se in Hispa[nias] . . . ut isto calcari filium urgeret; (et si filius re . . . petebat Cæsar a dominis regiis oratoribus quid eis i . . . qui ut prudentissimi sunt sapientissime responderunt gratia[s agentes] de tanta dignatione, verum quod negotium et propositum hoc . . .
Sed hæc ad Regiam majtem quæ illa cum suis desuper consu . . . facturam non dubitarent, non aliter quam de majtis [suæ] . . . rescribent persona vel regno etc. et quodcunque consilium Regia majtas dat . . . essent illico relaturi cum oblationibus additis ut praemisi . . . fuit optime contentus, et sollicitissime etiam haberi hoc consil[ium] . . . dixit et instetit (quod p. v. r. acceleratissime re . . . præmissis procuret. Ego ex hoc magnum judicium facio Cæ[sarem] . . . et forte quod filius per Angliam proficiscatur inclinare et . . . lasse &c. Mihi quoque videretur non absonum ut Regia maj . . . literas scriberet, exhortando et requirendo quatenus D. reg . . . ire, cui omnia exhibere et toto posse juvamina . . . isto vel alio convenienti modo, prout melius p. v. r. vi[debitur]. Cogitavietiam p. r. r. certiorem reddere quia Cæsar cum . . . in Liera per longum temporis spatium solus et insolis . . . eique ad longum enarrasse quæ mala acceperit, et . . . expertus sit in persona, in filio, in filia, in tractati . . . et qualia a primævo in domum Burgundiæ semper cogitaver . . . personam, paterna regna et Romanum imperium feretur . . . attriverit et extenuaverit cum non modico corporis [damno]; et præterea quod Rex Filippus seductus fuit et inde . . . utrasque Cæsaream et Catholicam majestates prodiderint, quodque illi . . . credere debeat. Item et varia detrimenta eidem d . . . ut usque ad novem capitula manu Cæsaris scripta . . . ac gubernium istarum provinciarum et circa eligend' . . . et quibus ibidem fidendum vel non fidendum foret . . . Quidam Regem Catholicum legavit quia amicitiam . . . præ, cæteris amplecti et servare vellet. Et . . . obsequeretur tam bellicis quam aliis mod[is] . . . re fecit et promittere * * * [sub] sigillo confessionis revelare . . . percuntare sigilli; unde Cathus Rex . . . [h]orum monitorum totus in lacrymas resolvebatur, ut diu . . . nequivisset, adeo et edoctus sit de perfidia istorum . . . orum et Cæsar suos quoque aliquos eorum consortes nominavit . . . or Renner, &c. Ambo isti duo Cancellarius et Zievres ac monta . . . it in Hispanias, hic Cæsar pro voto instituet gubernatores . . . ipse gubernator et superintendens et Dom. Margareta . . . gubernii; unde pro voto Regiæ majestatis omnia hic erunt. In Hispan . . . quoque disponitur ut ventilentur huc quoque reversi nec imperabunt . . . acceptabuntur.
[Ca]tholicus Rex et Cæsar didicerunt et aliis viis eorum trufas: nam nuper [cum] quidam nobilis Hispanus, in ix. diebus ex Hispania maxima afferens [ad] Regiam maj. commissa, deferre et accedere prohibitus foret, Zievres . . . dem audivit ad Cancellarium quoque ire eique omnia exponere jussit; [et] ambo sub vitæ periculo eidem interdixerunt, ne Regi vel ulli hom[ini neg]otia suæ commissionis exponeret; tandem remorsu conscientiæ et rerum istarum gravitate pensata motus, cum istos abisse et commoditatem R. Maj. [allo]quendi haberet, eidem omnia narravit. Inter quæ erant quod nisi cito [in Hi]spanias iret, cum Hispania tripartita foret, una et major [par]s D. Ferdinandum, licet talia non quærentem, in Regem præficere volet, [altera] staret pro majestate Catholica, tertia esset mixta; sed primam facile . . . [se]cunda, quibus duabus nec tertia pars convenientius resistere posset: cui Rex . . . e resolute respondit et prudenter, arguens illum quod ad se et non ad[ministros] accessisse debuisset. Cepit et nuper dom. de Zievres attentius urge . . . s ejus omnia ad profectionem pertinentia parata faceret; cumque lente respon . . . nam cum Rege in camera erat quidam juvenis nobilis colloquens . . . Rex acrius diceret oportere esse infra xv. dies omnia parata . . . audivit Zievres dicens juvenes aliquos fatuos suam majestatem . . . inducere; et Rex denuo inquit quia usque ad quævis pericula . . . necessaria esset paratus, ne regnum et honorem suum amitteret; et [juveni]s alius inquit: O talis de me loquimini! ego etsi juvenis [essem fa]tuus, si talia Regi meo persuadeam fideliter et probissime . . . de quo viam quidem (?) si aliter consulerem, proditor in eum essem . . . [Q]uisquis ejus profectionem impedit aut differt non est sibi . . . suo honori incrementisque favet hæc ita successere . . . tavi ut p. v. r. Regiæ maj. rectius et audentius . . . et cum eadem resolvere super eis valeat."
Hol., pp. 4, mutilated.
Calig. B. VI. 162.
B. M.
3328. DACRE to [WOLSEY?]
"I besech your grace to take no desplesur with thys longe boke, for me thynk itt lyes so nye me I beyng the Kynges officer. Or thys debatable grounde shulde be loste in my default I had lever sytt in the towr vij. yeres, beying suure of my lyfe, landes and goodes."
Hol., p. 1. Endd., f. 171: Matters concerning the takings of the yuds (?) takings on the debatable grunds by the Lord Maxwhell.
Calig. B. VI. 449.
"Thir ar ye anseris that we commissionars of Scotland gevis to ye commissionaris of Ingland for ye part of Scotland, anentis ane bil gevin in be ye Lord Daker of ye gudis tane upon ye debatabil land."
They offer to appoint a "syse," of what persons the English will, within the wardenry of the West March of Scotland, to meet at Lowmaban staw, at three days warning.
Signed: Sir Alex. Gordon, ane of ye commissionars, with my hand—Jhon of Carruderis of the Hoym end, ane of the commissionars, with my hand.
P. 1.


  • 1. Deciphered "Barri" in the original.
  • 2. "Chi[rurgum]," MS.
  • 3. A line apparently lost here.
  • 4. protensis, MS.