Henry VIII: January 1515, 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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January 1515

21 Jan.
Calig. B. I. 27. B. M.
43. GAWIN [DOUGLAS], Postulate of Arbroath, to DACRE.
The Queen has written in answer to the letters received from England by Sir James Inglys. The Postulate has written to Master Adam a letter to be shown to the King. Would be glad to obey him, their allegiance excepted. He shall have their services above all men in England. The Bp. of Dunkeld lately died. The Queen has written to the Pope requesting the bishopric for the Postulate. Begs his interest. Perth, 21 Jan.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: To my Lord Dacres.
21 Jan.
Calig. B. II. 356. B. M. Pinkerton's App. II. 464.
Has received his writing and credence from Sir James. The Queen would be glad to follow the King's advice. "It is not to us possible that ye devise; for albeit my Lord and I, with other friends, might come to the parts when we pleased, it should not be possible to carry the King nor his brother thither," though perhaps the Queen might be conveyed thither in disguise. They are in no such danger that they need leave the country. Wrote lately that the King might end all debate, for his writing would be as well obeyed by most of the lords here as in London. If, therefore, he come with his army, let him declare to the people his determination to have justice and secure obedience to the King his nephew. He will be sure of many adherents.
The people of this realm are so oppressed they would be glad to live under the Great Turk. Williamson says the King has written twice to Rome against Glasgow. Wishes rather he had written against the Bishop of Murray, which he must do, as he will learn from the Queen's letters. Begs Williamson to solicit his promotion to Dunkeld, as he has given the money as directed. "I sall do mekyll bot I sall spek with yow in Lundon or Pasch." Has many devices he would fain send to the King, which he will not write. Will do his best to follow Williamson's instructions, but cannot believe "how it may be less than the King would come himself into this realm, and then might he do what him liked; for he would find little nor na resistance and be the Sovereign." Their worst enemies "wald gyf mekyll of ther wakeand (fn. 1) to haf hys fauors." If the King of France be dead, it is ill for both these realms. A French ship arrived on the 15th without any such news. If they had money, could keep up the struggle till summer, when the King might send what army he chose. Hears from France that the Duke will not come till next month, unless this death of the King of France change his purpose. Trusts the King has provided, at all events, that the Dauphin shall keep the peace as well as Lewis. Wishes a reconciliation might be made till they were all revenged on France; "for God knawis what they haf doun to us." Trusts this promotion obtained by you deceitful Bp. of Murray will bring both him and the Duke into disrepute. Begs him to show this letter to Lord Dacre and the contents of it to the King. Perth, 21 Jan.
Hol., pp. 2. Addressed at f. 369 b: To his traist frend, Master Adam Wyllyamson.
Calig. B. II. 357. B. M. ii. SAME to SAME. (Enclosed.)
Trusts he has heard more by Sir James since his last from Perth, 31 Dec. The Bp. of Dunkelden died this Monday, 15 Jan. "[y]on evil-minded Bp. of Murray" troubles their promotions, and lays claim to St. Andrew's, Dunfermline, Arbroath, "legacy and other faculties." The Queen's grace and himself think he ought to be promoted to the vacant see, the third in the realm. She has accordingly written to the Pope in his behalf. Adam is to solicit Henry to do the same. Begs at a word he will speed the letters to Flanders as directed. The Earl of Huntley was here with the Queen and will bring over the lords. By his advice she holds a parliament at Perth, the 12 March. Hopes he will not let the Bp. of Murray nor "[y]on Duke" steal hither, as his chaplain John Sawquhy has lately done and published the bulls of St. Andrew's at Edinburgh, Tuesday 16 Jan. He should make it a special point to get the King to write to the King of France about it, that his and his sister's authority be not impaired, and induce him to get the Bishop rendered to him by policy or otherwise, as the welfare of the three realms demands. He has been the cause of much harm and will be of more if "he be not snybbyt." Perth, 18 Jan. Signed.
P.S.—The Queen thinks he is slothful remaining so long in England without doing anything at Rome or in France against "[y]on wykkit Byschop of Murray, and byddis [y]ow mend yat falt" and ask the King to let no letters pass and repass his realm to Scotland without her special leave, as they have done to Albany. Begs to have his safeconduct. If any writings touching him or the Queen come out of Flanders through her realm, "na fors that the King" see their contents.
Hol., pp. 2.
21 Jan.
Calig. E. I. 77. B. M.
45. DE BERGHES, Abbé de Saint [Bertin] to SUFFOLK.
Claims fulfilment of the King's promises for the reparation of the injuries done to his church when the King went to Arques. The damage amounts to more than 4,000 crowns. Begs him to write in his favor to the King and the Archbp. of York. St. Bertin, 21 Jan. Signed.
Fr., p. 1, mutilated. Add.: Mons. ... Suffolck.
21 Jan.
S. B.
46. For SIR EDWARD BENSTEDE of Hertyngfordbury, Herts, Treasurer of War in the suite of Thomas Duke of Norfolk, and late Treasurer to Mary Queen of the French.
Release of 2,127l. 2s. 8d., received as a loan of the King, viz., 1,700l. of William Lichefeld, clk., and 427l. 2s. 8d. of Edmund, Abbot of St. Mary's, York, for payment of wages and other expences of the said Duke (when Earl of Surrey) and his suite; also of 1,740l. received as a loan of the King from Sir John Daunce, for the provision of certain ornaments, robes, &c. for the said Queen. Del. Westm., 21 Jan. 6 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 27.
22 Jan.
Calig. B. III. 273. B.M. Green's Letters of Royal and Illust. Ladies, I. 209.
Has received Henry's instructions from Lord Dacre by Sir James English, this 21st Jan. Considering Henry's love, would be more ready to follow his counsel than to be the greatest lady in the world. But neither she, her husband, nor his uncle (Gawin Douglas) can see how it is to be executed. She is so surrounded by spies that she can disclose her counsel to none. "But God send I were such a woman that might go with my bairn in myn arm, I trow I should not be long fra you." Trusts she could defend herself, if she had money, till Henry's assistance come. Fears that poverty may cause her to consent to some of their minds, which she will never do while she has a groat to spend, without Henry's counsel. Has written about the death of the Bp. of Dunkeld. Desires the benefice for her husband's uncle, the Apostolate. The Bp. of Murray has purchased all the other benefices in the country. Has written to the Pope in the Apostolate's behalf. Desires credence for Adam Williamson. Perth, 22 Jan.
P. 1. Add.
22 Jan.
Calig. B. I. 28. B. M.
Has received her brother's instructions. Would be glad to perform them, but they are impossible. Parliament is summoned at Perth on 12 March. Must obey the lords, as she has no means of defending herself. Sends her commendations to Magnus. Perth, 22 Jan. Signed. Countersigned: English, secretary.
P. 1. Add.
22 Jan.
R. O.
"We hafe ressavit your cunsell with ye instructions fra our familiar clerk Sir Jamys Inglish, and considerit ye sammyn, quhilk was ryt pleasant to ws." He may well consider the inopportunity that was when he was there; since then, far more. What he proposes cannot be done "without grete knawlege to sundry folkes." There is no one she can trust but her husband and his uncle, "quhilk ar ryt glad yarto." Is to give credence. Perth, 22 Jan. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: To our trusty clerk, &c.
22 Jan.
Calig. B.I. 22. B. M.
Delivered his instructions to the Queen at Perth, 21 Jan. Could make "na hastier expedition, the watteris war sa grete." The Queen, Angus and Arbroath are delighted with them. Showed them how well he had been treated by Dacres and Magnus. The common voice was that he (English) "was gane to Ingland and had stowin away the Kinge; and that the Quene and my Lord of Angus war departit out of Sant Jhonston be watter into Ingland. Ze knaw ye wse of yis cuntre. Every man spekis quhat he will without blame. Yer is na sclander punyst: ye man hath ma words na ye mastir, and will not be content except he ken his masteris cunsell. Yer is na order amang ws: nane of Goddis preceptis ar kepit except ye first, and that full ill." It is impossible to bring the matter of which they spoke to effect, on account of the disorders of the country and the inundation.
On Thursday, 11 Jan., the Lord Hamilton set an ambush of 600 men to slay Angus coming from Glasgow from the Earl of Lennox. He only escaped by notice from one of Hamilton's scouts, who was made a prisoner. Hamilton then sent for the Lords Chamberlain, Cassilis and Sempill to Lanrik to besiege Angus in the castle of Cowthelee. Lennox has taken Dumbarton. The Master of Kilmawris with his help has reentered Kil[w]ynnyn and put out the Lord Mungumery. "Every man taks up abbacyis that may .. est: thay tary not quhilk benefices be vacand: thai tak tham or thai fall, for thai tyne the vertew if thai twiche ground." The lords will league against the Bp. of Murray: "the Duke will be the werr ressavit if he tak his [par]t." Is going to Stirling to take the lead. Huntley and Marshal have joined the Queen's part. Parliament meets on the 12th March. The Queen is sad: she lacks money. The Bp. of Dunkeld is dead. The Earl of Athole's brother has entered by force. The Queen has written to the Pope to give it to the Apostolate. Cambuskenneth is taken by Sir Rynzane Coton, but L. Erskin and the Secretary have put him out again. Your sister and her sons are well.—Concludes with some family matters of no importance.—Desires remembrance to Magnus and Dacres. Perth, xx[ii] day of January.
P. 1. Add. Endd.: Divers letters to Mr. Adam Williamson.
22 Jan.
Calig. B. I. 26. B. M.
Delivered his credence in Sant Johnstoun, 21 Jan. The Queen, Angus and the Apostolate thought it would be impossible to execute. An outcry is made of his taking the King into England. The Queen has sent English to Stirling. (In substance the same as the preceding.) Perth, 22 Jan. Signed.
P. 1. Add.
22 Jan.
P. S.
Wardship of John, s. and h. of John, s. of Th., brother of John Berdfeld of Shenfeld, in Gynge Margaret, Essex. Eltham, 18 Oct. 6 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 22 Jan.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 28.
23 Jan.
S. B. Rym. XIII. 473.
53. For GAWIN DOWGLAS, Postulate of Arbrough.
Safeconduct for one year, accompanied by 30 persons. Westm. 23 Jan. 6 Hen. VIII.
The same. Angus to be accompanied by 300 persons or more, Maxwell by 20.
Sc. 6 Hen. VIII. m. 15.
23 Jan.
R. O.
Account by John Ricroft, serjeant of the Larder, for wheat, malt, &c. for the King's army intended for France, 6 Hen. VIII., from 27 Feb. 5 Hen. VIII. to 23 Jan. ensuing.
Money received: for arrears, 451l. 10s. 7¼d.; for provisions, 3,300l.—Paid, for malt, 2,260l. 8s. 5½d.; and for 416 qrs. more, 126l. 10s. 8d. Loss in sale of ditto, 196l. 6s. 10½d.; and in the sale of 140 qrs. of wheat, 11l. 14s. 4d., at 7s. 4d. per qr., carriage included. Loss in 100 qrs. of oats, 56s. 8d., at 3s. per qr., carriage included. Wages: for himself, 2s. a day; clerk, 1s.; servants, 8d. Sum of all payments, 2,695l. 18s. 6d.
Pp. 3, large paper.
23 Jan.
S. B.
55. For JOHN SEYNTCLERE of St. Osith's alias of Chicheridell, Essex.
Pardon and release as late sheriff of Essex and Herts; and release of recognizance for 40l. made by him, John Sakvile of Barfold and Richard Clerke of Bentley, Essex, 22 Nov. 5 Hen. VIII.: with proviso that the pardon shall not extend to any sums payable by sheriffs of Essex and Herts to the King as Duke of Lancaster, to Henry Earl of Essex, to the infirm men of St. Alban's or to the Prior of the Carthusian House of the Salutation of St. Mary, near London. Del. Westm., 23 Jan. 6 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 20.
23 Jan.
S. B.
56. For JOHN HONE, tallowchandler of London.
Exemption from serving on juries, &c., on account of bodily infirmity. Del. Westm., 23 Jan. 6 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 32.
24 Jan.
S. B.
Grant, in tail of the said Sir William, in consideration of their marriage, of the manors of Elcombe and Uscote, Wilts, and Pole Place, Berks, an annual rent of 8l. out of the manor of Denford, Wilts, and all possessions in the above places which belonged to Francis or William late Viscounts Lovel. Del. Westm., 24 Jan. 6 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 32.
25 Jan.
P. S.
58. For JOHN DUNCKON of London, draper, late steward of the household of Lincolne's Inne.
Protection: going in the retinue of Sir Richard Wyngfeld, Deputy of Calais. Eltham, 12 Jan. 6 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 25 Jan.
Fr. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 14.
25 Jan.
P. S.
59. For JULIAN SERRESTORY, merchant of Florence.
Protection: going in the retinue of Sir Richard Wyngfeld. Deputy of Calais. Eltham, 18 Jan. 6 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 25 Jan.
Fr. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 18.
26 Jan.
R. O.
Wrote last on the 14th from Insbrooke. Has suffered much from sickness. Is recovered from the fever, but brought very low. Hopes he may visit his natural country, from which he has been absent so long. The Cardinal has left: the Bp. of Brescia leaves tomorrow: the Emperor in three or four days. The Venetians refused peace with the Emperor except he restore all he has taken. They have had a great overthrow by means of an ambush at Marrane in Fryoll. News is come of the death of Lewis and the desire of his successor for a universal peace and an expedition against the Turks. Insbrook, 26 Jan. 1514.
Hol., pp. 2. Endd.
26 Jan. 61. For JOHN CLERK of Wombewell, York, smith.
Pardon for killing Laurence Marchall in Selfdefence. Westm., 26 Jan.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 31.
26 Jan.
Calig. B. II. 292. B. M.
Headed: "Copy of our letter to the Queen of Scots."—Has received her letter dated Perth, 22 Jan., expressing her pleasure at Henry's good will and that she will consent to the instructions given to her secretary, Sir James Einglisshe. Thinks it will be desirable that she should do so, as the King cannot send an army royal to her aid, especially if Albany arrive suddenly in Scotland, now that the King of France is dead; and if he do not, she is in danger of being deprived of her son by her adversaries. If she will trust Dacre he will convey her safely into England, either from the castle of Douglas or from any other place within ten miles this side Stirling. If she delay till the days are long and the nights short the attempt will be dangerous. The lords of Scotland will not be so true to her as her brother. Kirkoswald, 27 Jan.
Copy by Dacre's clerk, pp. 3. Add.: To the Queen of Scots.
27 Jan.
Calig. B. I. 15. B. M.
On the 25th received letters from the Queen of Scots, which they transmit, that the King may perceive her answer to the overtures made through her secretary, Sir James Einglisshe. They opened two addressed to the King. Have written to induce her to accept the King's offers, perceiving by her letters, and those of Gowan Douglas, "Appostelate of Arbrooth," and Einglisshe, that they are already inclined to them. Enclose copy of the letter. "The Apostelate is quick in calling for his own advancement," but makes answer with fair words far from the point. If they find by the Queen's answer that she agrees to their offer, they will follow it up as they can. If they learn anything to the contrary, they will cease writing to her; and, if the Council think fit, Magnus and Williamson will return southwards. As the King's ships of war under William Sabyn are ordered to the Firth, they have "assigned an honest, sad and secret person, called Thomas Beverlay, to lie at Holy Eland," to convey instructions to him. The ships have not been heard of for three weeks passed, when Sabyn was at Hull for victuals, and Magnus sent him the King's commands by William Pawne. As the Queen makes no request for the sending of them to the Firth, desire to know whether they shall be countermanded, allowed to go or ordered to keep the North Sea. Ships have gone that way lately into Scotland and brought news of the promotion of the Bp. of Murray to St. Andrew's. Another ship, bound for Scotland, brought a letter from the Lord Fleming in France, whereby it appears that the French Council had determined to deliver the Scotch ships. Transmit a packet of letters from Margaret, which she desired to be sent into Flanders for the Apostelate's promotion. Enclose copies of letters sent by Adam Williamson into Scotland "these two several seasons."—Since writing, have received a letter from Beverlay (enclosed), announcing that Sabyn is upon the coast of Scotland, "and furthwith woll to the Fyrth." Kirkoswald, 27 Jan.
Pp. 3. Add.: "U[nto th]e lordes of the K[inges mooste honorable C[oun]seill."
Calig. B. I. 23. B. M. 2. T. BEVERLEY to DACRE.
Gives an account of his departure from Holyheland towards Tynemouth to inquire for the King's ships. Found Sabyan at Dunstanburgh, to whom he delivered his credence. Has arranged to lie at Bamborough. Bamborough, 24 Jan., "this Wednesday, in the morning."
P. 1. Add.: To my Lord of Dacres.
27 Jan.
R. O.
Dacre has sent to Hexham two "sad men" to see to the payment of Wolsey's rents. On Monday last, as some of the tenants were going to market at Hexham, they were robbed by Ralph Fenwick and Tynedale men. Lord Dacre has sent his brother, Sir Christopher, with 30 men, to make reprisals. Will hear the news by their other letters, which they have desired Brian Tuke to deliver into Wolsey's hands only. Mr. Adam trusts they will succeed; and Lord Dacre does all that he can to advance "this great cause." Kirkoswald, 27 Jan. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: My lord's grace [the A]rchbp. of York.
27 Jan.
Calig. B. III. 152. B. M.
Advising her to follow [the King's counsel]. If she do so, her son will be the greatest Scotchman that ever was. Has seen a letter in Lord Fleming's hand out of France and has written to Sir James at this time, who can inform her of the substance. She is to see that letter and one that he has written to the Postulate of Arbroath. If she follow his advice she cannot but prosper. She may trust his sincerity, as he has been in great danger and lost his goods in her service. 27 Jan.
Hol., p. 1. Headed in his own hand: "This is the copy of the Queen's letter delivered this day into Scotland."
Calig. B. II. 303. B. M.
66. ADAM WILLIAMSONE to [GAWIN DOUGLAS], Postulate of Arbroath.
Has received a letter from the Queen and one from his lordship, with a mass of letters directed to Master John Berry, in Flanders, the 26 Jan., written in St. Johnston on the 22nd. Is right sorry the Queen cannot follow the advice of Henry to resort to the Marches of England with her children and her husband. She has no sure friends in Scotland except Angus and his familiar servants. If the Queen and her husband come to England all the lords of Scotland will be fain to promise her obedience: otherwise they must choose some other land to dwell in. Knows well the King means his sister to be obeyed in Scotland till his nephew come to age, according to their father's will.
"For God's sake, my lord, do after the King's counsel and ye cannot do amiss. I insure you your own countrymen will do with him against you, I trow more than I did when Sir James was here: tak gud tent to my words." Knows well they labor against him. If he do not anticipate them he is undone: if he do, he may have what promotion in Scotland he pleases and Murray will be a slave as he began. Douglas's reproaches that Williamson has not spoken against Murray are unjust. He has put him in such disfavor that if he came to England he could neither help his friends nor hurt his foes. The Queen has placed herself and her children in the Postulate's hands. If he follow Henry's counsel, his "blood is made for ever:" if he do not, she may curse the time "that ever she melled with your blood." If the Queen come to England, her sons by great possibility will be the greatest Scotchmen that ever were. Knows more than he will write. The course proposed will be for the perpetual weal of both realms. Otherwise there will be no justice in Scotland: it will be a land of robbery and come to final destruction. "Here is wisdom, strength, honor, riches to defend her: in Scotland, poverty, deceit and unsure friends, not able to resist." The King of England is more "beloved and dread" by his subjects than any of his predecessors have been. If the Queen, Angus and the Postulate agree, Dacre will take upon him to conduct them safe to Carlisle in the manner he has written. He may be trusted.
Has forwarded letters to John Berry in Flanders by post to the King, and the Postulate's letter to Williamson, for the better expedition. Doubts not the King's letter for his promotion will be at Rome before the mass. The King of France is dead beyond doubt. A monk has arrived here who was in France on New Year's Day when he died. The Postulate is wrong in writing he need not flee the land. He does not fly, but comes for the King's surety. Great kings have done the like before. "Blame not me youtht, I speke playn, for I haff byn in ye grettest daunger yat eny man mytht be in and schaped with his lyff. I haffe lossit my goodds yat I shuld haff leyff upon in my age for ye Quenys sayk and yourrs." If the Queen do not well, his days will be short in this world. Has seen a letter sent by Lord Fleming from France into Scotland since Sir James left him. He can inform the Postulate of its contents.
Hol., pp. 4. Headed: "Yis ys the copy of the second letter written to my Lord Postulate of Arbroath. Deliver this day to Scotland."
28 Jan.
Vat. Trans. XXXVIII. Add. 15,387, f. 28. B. M.
In behalf of Gawin Douglas, for whose promotion to the archbishopric of ST. Andrew's Henry's sister, the Queen of Scots, has written to his holiness. He is noble both by birth and learning. Understands for certain that the Bp. of Murray will not be admitted to that see. Greenwich, 28 Jan. 1514.
Copy, Lat., pp. 6.
28 Jan.
R. O.
Received by John Heron from Sir John Daunce, for the conveyance of the French Queen and the Duke of Suffolk, and ordnance, from 30 Sept. to 17 Dec. 6 Hen. VIII., 1470l.
Paid by him from 1 Oct. to 15 Nov. for 18 hoys retained at London, at 3s. 8d. a ton a month, 252l. 15s. From 9 Sept. to 10 Nov. for 22 hoys, retained at Sandwich, and by Cookson. waterbailly, at Calais, at the same rate, 396l. 3s. 9d.; for 6 hoys retained at Calais, same rate, 25l. 7s. 6d. 28 Oct. Wages, &c. for a month of The Foey of Dover, Thos. Lymynton, master, 10l. The Henry of Dover, Wm. Marten, master, for conveying Lord Monteagle, 19l. 10s. The George of Dover, John Pecke, master, 11l. 2s. The Myhell Bayly of Dover, Ric. Cantt, master, for bringing over the Duke of Norfolk, 10l. 10s. The George Kocke of Dover, Nich. Cocke, master, 8l. 10s. The Christopher Stellman, Rob. Stellman, master, for conveying Sir Hen. Weyett to England, 28l. 10s. The Barbara of Dover, James Foche, master, 8l. 10s. The Clement of Dover, Andrew Jonson, master, 7l. The John of Dover, Thos. Fenyas, master, 7l. The Margytt of Dover, Thos. Barber, master, 5l. 10s. The Anne of Dover, Wm. Fenyas, master, 5l. 10s. The Marlyon of Dover, John Maye, master, 5l. 10s. Expences of presting mariners, 11s. 4d. 2 ships and a hoy for conveying Sir Hen. Gylford and others, 10l. The Pettyr of Hyd, John Bocland, master, 8l. 10s. The Pettyr of Sandwich, Wm. Tayler, master, 5l. 10s. The George of Sandwich, Cornelius Owter, master, 5l. 10s. The Clement of Hastings, Thos. Joeysse, master, 7l. 15s. The Thomas of Winchelsea, Rob. Beckett, master, 6l. The Swalow of Winchelsea, Ric. Hod, master, 3l. 5s. The Myhell of Hyd, John Barber, master, 8l. 10s. The Julian of Rye, Ric. Horocke, master, 40s. The George of Rye, John Swan, master, 46s. 8d. The Christopher of Rye, Ric. Berd, master, 4l. The Barbara of Rye, John Flecher, master, 3l. The Pettyr of Grymysby, Peter Bell, master, 4l. 10s. The John of Salfflett, W. Rondes, master, 4l. 10s. The Nycolas of Boston, John Hardyngc, master, 4l. 10s. The Clement of Calais, John Hogson, master, for stuff of my Lord of Norfolk and my Lord Admiral carried into the Thames, 40s. To Rob. Beckett, master of The Thomas of Winchelsea, 26s. 8d. To Ric. Hod, master of The Swallowe, 40s. To Christopher Coo, captain of the Lysard, for 2 months, 59l. 10s. 8d. To the clerk of the French Queen's stable for horses' food, and other expences at Sandwich, 6l. 13s. 4d. To Sir Wistan Browne, conduct money for the men saved in the lybycke called The Great Elizabeth, 20l. To Wm. Boneythen, purser of The Henry Grace Dewe, 7l. To Sir John Scott and porters of Dover for shipping and unshipping horses, 5l. 6s. 8d. To porters for unshipping horses of the French Queen, the Duke of Norfolk, the Lord Admiral, and others, 5l. 6s. 8d. For the shipping of my Lord of Durham's horse, 25s. Costs of John Heron, 3 servants and horses at Sandwich and Dover, 6s. 8d. a day, 30 Sept. to 25 Nov. For 15 hoys, wages for conveying ordnance, &c., for a month, 159l. 15s. 4d. For 10 hoys, hired by the voyage at Calais, 24l. 3s. 9d. For 22 hoys, for the conveyance to England of the Duke of Suffolk, Marquis of Dorset, Lord Chamberlain, Prior of St. John's, the French ambassadors, and Dr. West, 244l. To Ric. Crypys for unshipping 232 horses of the Duke of Suffolk and others, at their home coming from the French Queen, at 2d. a horse, 1l. 18s. 8d. 28 Jan. 6 Hen. VIII.
The tonnage of each vessel is given.
ii. Account of Nicholas Lucas for hay, oats, &c. delivered at Canterbury, in the Bishop's palace, at the going of the French Queen, and elsewhere. Price of hay, 11s. 1d. a load: oats, 3s. a quarter.
Pp. 26.
29 Jan.
Vit. B. XVIII. 74. B. M.
"Pleaseth [it your grace. On the ...] day of this present [month I wrote] unto your highness from th[is town, sending such] news as were then occurrent. [And where by the] same I advertised your grace that [the Bp. of] Bryxe should have set forward in c ... the Emperor to your grace, now it is con[cluded that] the said Bishop shall remain and ce ... of the Low Country to pass to your grace ... charge he should have had so that ... mean less delay shall be made for it ... distance betwixt London and this town ... [at] this time of the year, for all the world h[as been in a] manner besieged with frost and snow. And also where [in a] former letter I advertised [your g]race that the Cardinal of Gource should ... in co ... in embassade from the Emperor (?) ... Bishop of Trent to the Duke of Milan, t ... said legations do also remain, for it sem[eth] ... he departing ... d of the French King ... many devised frames to change form; and this day I have been advised by a secret [messenger, that] for certain a league is concluded betwixt th[e Emperor], the King of Arragon, the Duke of Milan [and the] Switzers, notwithstanding the league made [between] the Pope, the Florentines, the Genoese and ... and so it seemeth that France shall ... away into Italy, as was tho[ught] ... what in peril of war ... limits ..."
Hol., p. 1, badly mutilated and the writing faded. Dated before the fire: 29 Jan. 1514. Insbrook. Wingfield.
29 Jan.
Galba, B.III. 278. B. M.
Wrote last on the 22nd. The Prince and the Archduchess were at Lavora and yesterday entered the town with fires and lights. Leave Saturday next for Mechlin; go thence to Antwerp, where there will be great jousts; then to Gaunte. Brabant has granted the Prince 450,000 florins, to be paid in three years. The Prince has confirmed Burgundy to the Archduchess, with 20,000 florins pension. The Lords Berghis, Degmont, Dissilstayne, Bevers, Admiral and Sevenberge have combined with Lords Ligne, De Emereye, and Brabanson, to counteract Chievres. This resolution has been secretly made; and, because the dispatch of the ambassadors was not communicated to the Archduchess and them, they rejected all negotiation with France except with the consent of the Emperor and the King of Arragon. They said that, as the Prince was one of the peers of France, he could do no less than send an embassy to the coronation of the new King, and deprecate any divisions between this house and the Duke of Gueldres and Robert de la Marche. There is no appearance at this time of an alliance with the daughter of France. Since his last, found the King's friends "in little h[ope of the] same betwixt the French Queen and this Prince ... so much heard of it. That, stantibus terminis, for my p[art I am] of like opinion, whereof I advertise your grace to the ente[nt that] for any such trust your highness should not defer to do ... and profit as the opportunity requireth. But a[s to ..] marry her grace unto the Emperor, I find no man that [has] any doubt therein."
Is of opinion that the King of Arragon will not consent to the alliance betwixt French the Queen and the Prince, for fear of losing Spain. Hears that the Emperor will send an ambassador to England for the purpose of a new league betwixt him, England and Arragon. The Italian league will be concluded. An alliance of marriage is fixed between the Pope's nephew and a kinswoman of the King of Arragon. The Chancellor has promised to expedite Copeland's business. Don Diego will be dispatched to England within eight days. The Duke of Gueldres has assembled troops on the frontiers. The ambassador of Arragon is now satisfied with the Archduchess. Henry's friends think the garrison at Tournay should not have been diminished till England was assured of the French King. Lord Berghez is at Barowe, but will be at Antwerp at the Prince's entry: he sent nobody to the Lieutenant of Tournay on hearing that he had come to these parts. News came from Philip Dale that the French King had been sacred at Rens and should come to Saint Quyntymez: he has sent rather a cool letter to the Prince. The Emperor has commissioned the Fukkers, merchants of Augsburg, to receive the 100,000 florins of gold he is to have for exempting the Prince from his tutelage. Hears that he has written a snarp letter to Chievres upon his presumption, and that a French ambassador has visited the imperial court to announce the death of the late King and urge a universal peace. The Archduchess tells him she must follow implicitly Chievres' opinions; and, on Spinelly's saying that if ambassadors had been sent by her into France to conclude a treaty with the new King it was contrary to their treaty with England, she said that if such a treaty were made with the French to their profit, it would be doing no more than England had done. She refused to let Spinelly write to this effect. She says the French will not allow the French Queen to leave, but marry her to the Duke of Savoy or the Duke of Loraine; "and that she knew no prince in Christendom that would gladly have her except one, which, were it not for his Council, peradventure would condescend thereto: which I suppose should be the Prince." Brussels, 29 Jan. 1514. Signed.
Pp. 6, mutilated.
29 Jan.
Vit. B. IV. 80. B. M.
"Ex literis D. Wigorniensis viges[imo nono die (fn. 3) ] Januarii ex Florentia in gifris ad me [datis]."
By his last, of the 19th, stated how earnestly he had pressed the Pope to signalize his gratitude to the King of England, free Italy and extend his own authority: but his holiness doubted how he could commence a war of which he might not see the end. He could not advocate peace one day and abandon it the next. All Europe knew of his alliance with France; and he could not without perfidy declare himself his enemy. He never could expect greater authority than he possessed at present, as the Swiss were perfectly quiet and had sworn that the French should never possess Milan. He had the Emperor for his friend and the King of Arragon. He would, therefore, only show himself an advocate for universal concord. Worcester told him that some Frenchman had been breathing in his ear; that he wished for peace as much as the Pope did; and that his holiness was much mistaken if he thought the French would remain quiet: they were bent on getting Naples, and, that had, it was all up with the Pope.
Shortly after urged the Pope to give him a mandate for the alliance with the Emperor, the Kings of France, England and Arragon, and the Swiss. He replied that he should offend his subjects by so doing, who would tear him in pieces before England could send him aid; that he did not see how any truce could take place, for, as he had heard from the Bp. of Veruli, the Swiss on whom England relied were very much disunited and eight of the cantons favored the French; that the Emperor was a better talker than doer, and if England assisted him with money he doubted how long she could do it;—that the King of Arragon was too well known to require a character; that, moreover, Worcester had not told him that the King intended to invade France, nor yet on what condition the Prince of Castile had joined the alliance; and that he would always favor England, but objected to this treaty and begged the King would listen to peace. Worcester told him he had not expected such an answer; that it was not a fit return for the services England had rendered him: but the Pope refused to hear further. In the night was visited by Cardinal S. Maria in Porticu, who begged of him to smoothe matters as much as possible between the King and the Pope, but said that he would have no other answer. Thinks the Pope might be induced to join, if he were certain of the terms on which England stood with the Swiss and the Prince of Castile. The Pope will leave for Rome on the 18th Feb., and when there will deprive the Duke of Urbino. He is waiting for the bull of his majesty's title. The Pope will attend to the Queen of Scots' affairs.
Lat., in the hand of Ammonius, pp. 6, mutilated.
29 Jan.
S. B.
72. For JOHN SHARP of St. Margaret's, near Rochester.
Pardon and release, as late escheator of Kent and Midd.; with directions to Sir John Cutte and William Cope, executors of Sir Reginald Bray, to release the said John Sharp and Thomas Shemyng of Rochester of a recognizance of 40l. made by them and John Dobbes, deceased, to Bray and others on behalf of Henry VII. Del. Westm., 29 Jan. 6 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 31.
29 Jan. 73. For EDM. SHAA.
Livery of lands as s. and h. of Sir John Shaa, alderman of London, who at his death held in chief of King Henry VII. Westm., 29 Jan.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 30.
Derbyshire.—Geo. Earl of Shrewsbury, Th. Earl of Derby, Wm. Blount Lord Mountjoy, Humph. Conyngesby, Guy Palmes, Sir Hen. Vernon, Sir Ralph Sherley, Sir Hen. Sacheverell, Sir John Gyfford, Th. Babyngton, John Porte, Roger Mynours, John Agard, Godfrey Fulgeham, Wm. Grysley, Humph. Bradbourn, John Fitzherbert, Th. Coken and Wm. Bothe. Westm., 29 Jan.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 3d.
30 Jan.
R. O.
"Feats done by the soldiers of Berwick to the annoyance of the Scots, at the commandment of the Deputy and of the Council there sithen the 1st day of Nov. last," to Tuesday 30 Jan. last.
8 Nov. 60 Scots riding into Berwick were chased to Ayton Bridge, 4 slain, 6 taken. Raid to Reston and Audencrawe, which were burnt; 5 persons and cattle taken. Houses burnt at Sprouston, Aymouth, Paxston, &c.—19 Dec. Whikwood destroyed, 80 head of cattle, 10 horses and 10 persons taken.—Friday, 29 Dec. Ayton and all the corn burnt.—Tuesday, 30 Jan. Prendergast burnt, and the White Reige. Sum of the cattle taken, besides sheep and prisoners, 900.
P. 1.
30 Jan.
Otho, C. IX. 19. B. M.
76. Extract of a Letter of the STANDARD BEARER (BAYLI) and AMBASSADOR of CONSTANTINOPLE, 30 Jan. 1515.
Wrote last on the 1st (... mo instantis) that the Sophi had arrived from Olic ... He is daily increasing his army and, on the melting of the snow, will advance to the borders of ... He has given orders that 6,000 "spachi" should be despatched and 1,000 more be in readiness. Great levy of provision is being made [by the Turk] in Asia Minor, although news has been brought from the provinces of great scarcity in those parts. He has commanded his Greek troops to be in readiness. Lately the Lord of Wallachia (?) (dominus Valachus) sent a messenger to treat of peace for three years. The King of Hungary waits the opinion of his nobles. The Turk is resolved to possess himself of the territory of Aliduli. He has imposed a tribute on all the inhabitants of Greece, without distinction, and on Asia Minor, already sufficiently burdened. Expects to levy from Greece 1,000,000 ducats. Is busily employed in building a navy. Order has been given to the provinces of Pontus to collect vessels of 200 tons for Constantinople in March. It is expected that, under the pretext of attacking the Sophi, he will attack Rhodes, which is not well defended.
P. S.—He is resolved to send 2,000 janissaries and other troops, as if he considered the power of the Sophi greater than is expected. A messenger has come from the Wallach that the Emperor has entered on an engagement with the Kings of Spain, Hungary and Poland to oppose the Turk. It is supposed if the Turk cross to Asia Minor the Sinambassa will command in Greece.
P. S.—Some Wallachians have lately come from the territories of the Sophi. An edict has been sent to the Belurbei of Greece and Turkey to be in readiness with the Sanjaks of Asia Minor. Gives an account of ships building in various ports. Inquiries are making as to the situation and strength of Italy, Sicily and Naples. The Sultan has commanded his vessels to be built on the same model as the Venetians. Certain Sicilians, enemies to the Mahometans, are expected to arrive, and to look out for men to manage the galleys in the Latin fashion (arte Latinorum). The Turks are in great dread of the Venetian vessels "quas biit.. das vocant."
Lat., pp. 4, badly mutilated.
30 Jan.
S. B.
Annuity of 20 marks, for services at the battle of Brankston. Del. Westm., 30 Jan. 6 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 20.
31 Jan.
Galba, B. III. 281. B. M.
Wrote last on the 29th. Learns from the Chancellor there is no doubt that ambassadors have been sent into France to negotiate a treaty. He says others have so long made a profit of them that they will now look to their own profit and live in peace with all. The Emperor has written to say they have taken too much upon themselves in sending ambassadors and deposing the President of the Privy Council: but they do not regard him. The influence of Arragon is kept up by a wise ambassador or they would have gone further. The Archduchess lets them do as they please. The Bp. of Bryxsen is to be sent as ambassador from the Emperor to England. Don Diego's departure is not yet fixed. Philip Dale writes that the French King had left Rens for Lange and goes thence to Compiegne. Brussels, 31 Jan. 1514. Signed.
Pp. 2, mutilated.
31 Jan. 79. For WM. ENDERBY of Otermouth, Devon.
Pardon for killing John Culverkocke of Bryxham, Devon, mariner, in selfdefence, in a place called "le Wyche." Westm., 31 Jan.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 32.
Calig. D. VI. 179. B. M. 80. SUFFOLK to [HENRY VIII.]
Has received his letter and [been] in hand to the French King touching the answer ... a letter written with his own hand. Thanks his grace for his letter. Understands [it is said] "that and I had don me dywar (my devoir) ar wold do me dewar, the Quyen schold optayn hall her stouf and jowyelles. As tocheyng that and yf I have not don the byest ther[in] and wyell doo the byst ther in, newar by [g]ood lord to me; and that I rypourt me to me fyllowes." If he had not done his best it were pity [that he] lived: "for I find you so good lord to me that there is none thing that grieves me but that she and I have no more to content your grace. But, Sir, as she has written to you of her own hand, she is content to give you all that her grace shall have by the right of her wosbound (husband); and, if it come not so much as your grace thought, she is content to give your grace what sum you shall be content to axe, to be paid on her jointure, and all that she has in this world.
"Alas, Sir, as I understand it should be thought that I should incline too much to the French King's mind. Sir, if ever I inclined to him in thought or deed otherwise than might stand with your honor and profit according to my truth, [let] me die for it; and if ever I meddled in any matter in word or deed with him other than here ... es, never be good lord to me. (1.) At first meeting with him, the French King broke to him the matter between the Queen and him, to which he answered as he has [written] before. (fn. 4) (2.) Second, touching Tournay, he first desired the French King to call his fellows and afterwards excused himself from entering upon it, as he had no commission to do so. He, however, by advice of his fellows, communicated the French King's desire to the King. And because the French King would make Suffolk judge in the matter that Henry might think he would do nothing without instructions, if it were his grace's mind to depart with it, "Sir, now I will say that never passed my mouth but once to your grace. There is but few of y[our] Council but has been in hand with me and [think] it best you should depart with it, so you might depart with it honorably. Yet, Sir, I insure your grace, that I have not put the French King in none hope of it; in so much [that I have] caused him to leave it out of his instructions given to his ambassadors, to the inte[nt that] he should not do manner (?) any thing that should [not] be to your contentation ("countasseun"), but to refer it [to your] pleasure whether that you would be content [with the] instructions given to me or my fel[lows] ... shall send to his ambassadors or ..."
(fn. 5) The reason why he would have been satisfied with the French King's proposition was that he thought it more for the King's honor and profit to be judged by his own subject, as his grace might know that to die for it he would not have done otherwise than according to his pleasure; and he fears not but that he has handled himself truly according to his allegiance, whatever his enemies may say. (3.) As to the privy amity, "there was never ... gyng nor man nor woman that ever spoke to him of it, but it was only my own mind, because I saw the ambassadors soo bysse (busy ?) to have the marriage and amity with France that I could ... her cold (?) by non better way than to make ... amity to make them know that they have gone out of the way, and that they should be fain to ... to you. Sir, the was men pour apynneun (this was my poor opinion), which I trust your grace taking as I ... was none harm." ... (fn. 6) Begs the King not to let his enemies [have an advantage over him], as he never went about to hurt any man in his life; "and your grace [knoweth] best nor I never sought other remedy [against] mine enemies but your grace, nor never [will]: for it is your grace that has made me of [nothing] and holden me up hitherto; and if your [pleasure] be so for to do, I care not for all the world." ...
"Sir, one thing I insure your grace, that it shall never be said that ever I did offend [your] grace in word, deed or thought, but for this [matter] touching the Queen, your sister, the which I ca[n no] lynggar nor wolnot hide fro your grace. Sir, so it is that when I came to Paris the Queen was in hand with me the first day I [came], and said she must be short with me and [open] to me her pleasure and mind; and so she b[egan] and show how good lady [she] was to me, and if I would be ordered by her she would never have none but me. ... She showed me she had wyerelle (verily?) und[erstood] as well by Friar Langglay and Friar Fr ... dar that and yewar sche cam in Ynggyll[and she sho]uld newar have me; and ther for sche ... wr that and I wold not marre her (fn. 7) ... have me nor never come to [England] When I heard her say so I showed ... plied that but to prove me with, and she ... would not you knew well that my coming ... it was showed her ... and I axsed her wat [it] was; and she said that the best in France had [said] unto her that, and she went into England, she should go into Flanders. To the which she said that she had rather to be torn in pieces than ever she should come there, and with that wept. Sir, I never saw woman so weep; and when I saw [that] I showed unto her grace that there was none such thing [upon] my faith, with the best words J could: but in none ways I could make her to believe it. And when I saw that, I showed her grace that, and her grace would be content to write unto your grace and to obtain your good will, I would be content; or else I durst not, because I had made unto your grace such a promise. Whereunto, in conclusion, she said, 'If the King my brother is content and the French King both, the tone by his letters and the todar by his words, that I should have [y]ou, I will have the time after my desire, or else I may well think that the words of ... in these parts and of them in England [be] true and that is that you are come to tyes me home (?) [to the in]tent that I may be married into Fland[ers], which I will never, to die for it; and so [I posse]ssed the French King ar you cam (?); and th[at if] you will not be content to follow [my] end, look never after this d[ay to have] the proffer again.' And, Sir, I ... (fn. 8) in that case and I thought ... but rather to put me ... than to lyes all, and so I gra ... an too; and so she and I was ma[rried] ... and but ten persons, of the which [neither Sir Richard] Wyngfyld nor Master Dyne (Dean) was not [present] on my faith; for she would that I should [not take] them on council, for she said and I did [so] ... she thought they would give mo couns[el] to the contrary; and therefore they know not of it, nor that the writing of this letter, on my faith and truth." Has written word by word, as near as he can, how everything was, and begs the King to forgive him and defend him against his enemies, who will think to put him out of favor.
(fn. 9) "Sir, I beseech your grace to [be good lord to] my servant this bearer, for [he shall advertise] your grace of matters secret; [to whom I be]seech your grace to give credence [as to my]self.
(fn. 10) "... matters between the French [King and your] grace, if ever you find that ever I ... him, or meddled with him otherwise [than I] have written unto your grace, let me ... it that I have showed him what a man you [are], both in condition and everything, the [wh]ich I (sic) delights marvelously to hear and I le[ver] to tell it to him, saying that and he have you .. comes and see you, that he shall find that I am none liar. And therefore, Sir, and it may please God and you, I pray God I may see you two once meet, and then I trust that I shall be found a true gentleman, both of my report of your grace and also of the report that I have written to your grace of him." Begs to have "some word of comfort" from the King: "for I promes your grace that I was newarday holl [sith]esnes I parted from your grace. And, Sir, at the writing of this I was not very well; and [with]out I may hear good tidings from your grace, I pray God that I never live to thyn ... Paris ..."
Hol., mutilated; and the order of the leaves much confused.
Calig. D. VI. 251. B. M. Green's Letters of Royal and Illust. Ladies, I. 185. 81. MARY QUEEN OF FRANCE to HENRY VIII.
Thanks him for his [loving] and kind letters, which have been the greatest comfort to her in this world. Is very anxious to see him and "would very fain have the time [soone]r to come, as I trust it shall, or else I would be very [sor]ry, for I think every day a ... gaude (?) till I may see yow. Sir, where your grace sends me word that I will not give no credence ... for no suit nor for no [othe]r words that shall be geve[n me;] Sir, I promise your grace [tha]t I newer may de thyn... mes nar no nother fo ... m nar me wer wel ... that I knoke yowr [mind,] for no body alyfe for [this] ys al the comforte t[hat I have] yn thys worlde ... t yowr grace w ... stele, for I have no thy[ng in the] world that I do care for [so much] as to have the good and [gracious] mynd that yowr gr[ace] hade ever towarde me, [which] I besewch yowr grace for [to] contenwe, for thyr y[s all] my trust that I ha[ve] in this world.
Sir, [as] for the letter that your grace did send me by [Master] Clynton, where as you send me that I should provide myself t[o make] me ready for to come to your [grace,] Sere, and yt tewre (were) to mor[row] I wold be ready; and as for [my Lord] of Sowffolke and Sir Recharde [and] Docter Weste, thyr be to or [three t]hat cam from the Ky[ng] my sone, for to have ... to hym be the wa[y he?] cam hetherwarde ... de thym commyn[g hith]erwarde that thy ... as I trowst shal c ... a day or to and thyn [to] knoke yowr mynd [the]r, and wan I dow I wel do [the]r after. Sere, I beseche yowr [gra]ce for to be good to Masr Jhon yowr sowrgeone, for [m]y sake, and that yow wel [no]t be mest contentyd with hym [for] hys long tarryng here [with] me, for I bare hym an [ha]nd that yowr grace wer contented that he shold be here with me a wyl; and so I pray yowr grace to gefwe hym lefe for to tarry here awyle with me, for by case I am very ele dessyde of the tothe acke and the mother with all, that som tym I [wit] nat wat for to do, bwt a[nd I] myt se yow I wer ha[ppy. No] mor to yow at thy[s time], bwt I pray Good [send] yowr grace good [health]. By yowr lowyn[g sister,] Marie.
Hol., pp. 4, mutilated. Add.: To the Kynges grace my brother thys be delyvered.
Calig. D. VI. 165. B. M. 82. SUFFOLK to HENRY VIII.
On Monday the French King [told me that] Monser dy Lagyesse was arre [here ?], and that he would [with] diligence despatch him to your grace with commission ... and confirm the peace between the King and his predecessor. On his part he would make no demands and hoped Henry would make none; nevertheless, he wished to recover Tournay in such manner as might stand with Henry's honor and would be content to make Suffolk judge between the King and him. This wish he desired Suffolk to communicate to the King, who professes himself ready to serve the King in this or otherwise, as he should receive instructions, "trusting that if he be the man he [is in] semblance" he will make it more to the King's profit than any other. Yesternight the King sent for him and Wyngfyld, and before [supper took] him aside "and showed him what reports [Lagyesse] had made unto him on your grace['s part, which were] very honorable and good, for I ne[ver was more] glad of none thing, for he was ... rejoiced marvelously how good [an ally and] how good a brother he trusted to have [in your grace]. At the same supper was my Lord Nassoo and [Sempe]. And after supper the Queen and the little La[dy Renée] her sister, with the King's mother, came into the chamber; and so the King showed unto the Lord [Nassoo] and Sempe the said Lady Renée and talked with [her]. As I stood and looked on, the King's mother came and took me aside, and said unto me that I might well think that the ambassadors of Flanders was in communication with the King her son both for to tr[eat of] amity for marriage;" and to put him out of doubt she said it was so, but that Suffolk might write to the King of a surety the King her son would not conclude with them [nor with] none else without his consent. "Sir, [it is] she that rules all, and so may she well, [for I] never saw woman like to her, both for ... and honor." She is as determined [to assist] Henry and his affairs as if she were his subject. "Mons. de Laguyesse shall depart h[ence] ... the farthest towards your grace." As touching [the Queen's ?] affairs, trusts they will go well ... the moveables of the late K[ing] ... Begs that the Queen may come home as shortly as may be: "for her grace nor I shall never be merry to wynne by ... your grace; and therefore I beseech your grace she and I may be in your remembrance." Yesterday at the tilting many had been hurt, and one to day in the throat like to die, and Mons. de Bourbon the Great Constable sore hurt in the left arm for lack of good harness. "Sir, where your grace wrote unto me that I should do the best I could to get me some harness here, that will not by, but the harness that Master ... promised shall be ready." Trusts the King will let him come home in time enough to have some made against the time.
The Queen begs to be excused for not [writing] to the King herself when she was sick of the "modar."
Hol., mutilated, pp. 4. Add.: [To the] King's [gra]ce.
Sir Edward Poynings, Captain of Tournay, has returned to England and requested leave to go on a pilgrimage to Rome. Finds no one so fit to command in his place as Sir Robert Wingfield, ambassador with his majesty, both for his knowledge of French and his friendship with the Lady Margaret and the Prince of Castile. Not signed.
Lat., in the hand of Ammonius, p. 1.
Cott. App. XLVIII. 30. B. M. 84. HENRY VIII. to _.
"There also be certain other privy things, as well concerning the Emperor's promises made unto the King's highness in divers familiar conference at the interview, as also overtures [of] ... and love, confidence, and trust on his behalf made to other princes, wherein the King might meritoriously tax the said Emperor [of] his truth and sincere proceeding and dealing; yet lest the King's majesty might by rehearsal be m[oved] to be incircumspect, void of knowledge, reason, good counsel and princely behavior, and for "thexching (qu. the eschewing?) of the ill pisesil... (?) and the sequels which might arise thereby to other princes, hath ... his noble heart and courage more inclined to the [said] princes' honors than to scolding, contryng of untrue tales, babbling an[d other] sophistical inventions, hath in this his answer omitted ... and ... to continue, except his grace be by the ... of the other party provoked and compelled to the contrary. Howbeit ..."
Corrected draft in Wolsey's hand, p. 1, mutilated.
Galba, B. III. 282. B. M. 85. SPINELLY to HENRY VIII.
Wrote last on the xx .. of this present month. Encloses two letters out of Almayn from Sir Robert Wingfield. The Archduchess tells him that the business there is in good forwardness; that the Emperor is not willing to "suffer the excessive presumption and orgule of the Lord Chievres: whereto I answered, I would so he should do it effectually with less threats." He commands her to follow the advice of Berghes; and will soon be there. The Pope has entered the league with the Emperor, Arragon and the Swiss; and as Piacenza, Parma, Reggio, and Modena have been granted to Juliano, the Pope's brother, the Pope will withdraw from France. The marriage between the Pope's [nephew] and the daughter of the Duke of Cordon, kinswoman to the King of [Arragon], will have the same effect; Bergamo and Crema will be given in recompence to the Duke of Milan. Hears the Cyprists have revolted from the Venetians and murdered all they could find. Thinks Candia and Corfu will do the like.—The Lord Johanle has received orders from the French King that if he cannot recover Busshy without paying ransom he is to take his leave; and, as they would not revoke the composition, he has left. Busshy is at large on his parole. Berghes will do no more in the matter except to recover his money: he thinks this design proceeds from Chievres.
Hears that Francis will not allow the French Queen to leave the realm. He is not so hot on the alliance with the Prince; "nevertheless your grace may be sure ... Nassaw to attain his marriage and those being here ... the Prince for to join and come to their intent with [the] Frenchmen shall do their best therein." The Lord Berghes urges a good understanding between England, Arragon and the Emperor, as he showed Sir Edward Ponynges; the Frenchmen will desire the alliance of the Emperor and Arragon, rather than of England, "whatsoever promises the Frenchman have made to your ..."
Fragment, pp. 4, mutilated.
Adv. MS. 97. 86. [PANITER] to [ALBANY?] (fn. 11)
Thanks him for the confidence he reposes in him, as shown by his letters. "Dum nos in am[i]cis habens tuarum rerum summam m. (mihi?) præcipue committis, facis profecto ut vel susceptam de nobis opinionem fallemus vel tuis in negotiis curam non infimam geramus. Quæ retulisse præclarum virum Johannem Stuart de nostra ad regem pro te jusjurando (sic) gratia scribis proxima vero crediderim." The messenger will show what his success has been, who heard the King frequently speak of the Duke. Hopes the Duke will show himself worthy of his family. Edinburgh, "pridie kalendas _."
Copy, Lat., p. 1.


  • 1. So Pinkerton. I read "walzeand."
  • 2. Inserted by mistake in the preceding volume in the year 1514.
  • 3. Supplied from modern marginal note before the fire.
  • 4. f. 179b.
  • 5. f. 180.
  • 6. f. 180b.
  • 7. f. 182.
  • 8. f. 181b.
  • 9. f. 182b.
  • 10. f. 181.
  • 11. "Dux illustre."