Henry VIII: August 1517, 12-20

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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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August 1517

12 Aug.
Bond for the repayment, in the name of Charles King of Spain, of 100,000 fl. to Henry VIII. From the town De Sanctocuparchio de Ilice. 12 Aug. 1517. Signed and sealed.
13 Aug. 3576. For EDW. CARN, clk.
Presentation to the church of Meither, Llandaff, dioc., vice Alex. Giles, deceased. Westm., 13 Aug.
Pat. 9 Hen. VIII. p.2, m.3.
14 Aug.
Yesternight his servant returned from Rouen, where he left the King of France and the Duke of Bourbon going next day to the Boulonnais to the christening of Bourbon's child. His servant returned by Honfleur, Harfleur and Dieppe, but saw no naval preparations. Calais, 14 Aug. Signed.
P.1. Add.: The Cardinal of York, Ch[an]cellor of England.
14 Aug.
Vit. B. xx. 63.
3578. [PACE] to [WOLSEY.]
His servant [whom he sent] to Wolsey, is returned ... hastily "considering mine ex[treme need of] I money, and hath brought unto me ... one 100l.: wherefore I do give u[nto you my] most humble and lowly thanks." Thanks Wolsey for his great kindness. Was glad to hear by his servant that by Wolsey's labo[r] "this great league is brought to perfection to th[e] King's highness's great honor, and also surety of all his realme. As touching my return into Switzerland for the same and with the same, I have declared unto your grace mine opinion of them by my said [ser]vant, nitheless considering that [the] said league is ... *** ... ament do my dutie and diligentl[y] ... obtain, we shall put sum ... all fere; if not your grace hath [brought the] King's matters to such passe that [his high]ness needeth not to esteem other ... or other in ony hurt doing but [as] for them surely they do intend nothing to the King's grace but good." It may happen they shall need the King more than he them. Whichever way events turn, by Wolsey's wisdom the King will be safe. When he goes, begs that he may not want money. The charges here are great, but there intolerable and most likely they will, according to their custom, prolong the business unnecessarily. "My Lord, besides the promotions [th]at your grace hath obtained for me [from the] King's highness, whereof as yet I couth never nothing ... little at home, and my pe[nsion is] right evil paid, and all [the money] thereof expende." If Wolsey has been otherwise informed of his promotion, some one has been meddling, and knows nothing of his necessity.
Since his last, the Emperor has written to the Swiss in favor of the Pope: yet when one of the Pope's ambassadors had raised 2,000 or 3,000 men in the Emperor's territory, the Emperor called them all in, saying he would employ them himself against the Duke of Wurtemberg. The Emperor tries "to pluck some money from the P[ope; and for t] his cause he doeth one day [speak for him], and another against him, and ... time his holiness may be ... [dec]evidde. I think that the King's grace bi ... s means might only by wurdi hel[p the] Pope in desiringe the French King to move the [said D]uke of Urbino to desist from his enterprise, and he from the sustaining of him, [i] ƒ he so do." Perhaps Henry's letters to the Duke might help the Pope; who would be much bound to Wolsey if this should come to pass by his means. "And this is an interprise godli and convenient for your grace's person beinge nowe, by the providence of God, one of the most hyghe posts of the Churche." Constance, 14 Aug.
Hol.; part cipher, deciphered; pp.4, mutilated.
14 Aug.
3579. For TH. MAGNUS, clk.
Grant of the deanery of the collegiate church of St. Mary Magdalene, Brigenorth castle. Del. Westm., 14 Aug. 9 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 9 Hen. VIII. p.2, m. 3.
14 Aug.
3580. For DIONYSIUS MEMO, clerk.
Presentation to the church of Henbury, Cov. and Lich. dioc. Hanworth, 12 Aug. 9 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 14 Aug.
Pat. 9 Hen. VIII. p.1, m.3.
15 Aug.
Giust. Desp. II. 117.
3581. SEB. GIUSTINIAN to the DOGE.
The Catholic King, who is waiting for fair wind, expects it from these shores. Yesterday 15,000l. was sent him for his voyage. Upon sending his secretary to Cardinal Wolsey, the latter made bitter complaints against the Signory, and especially against the writer. "Your master, he said, has had the daring to give letters, and to canvass against me, at the request of a rebel against his holiness. Nor can I but complain of the Signory for taking such a delinquent under her protection. Continuing a long while in this state of mental excitement, he again burst forth to the secretary thus: 'I charge your ambassador and you not to write anything out of this kingdom without my consent, under pain of the indignation of the King, and of the heaviest penalties:' which expressions, and all those above mentioned, he repeated several times, becoming more and more exasperated. While thus irritated, he held a cane in his hand, and kept gnawing it with his teeth." The secretary made the best apology, and stated that his master had only acted according to the commands of the Signory, and endeavored to obtain an appointment for him. Wolsey would only reply: Probatio amoris est exhibitio operis. Was extremely anxious when he heard it. Called upon Wolsey early in the morning: found him in bed, and waited three hours: was refused admission on the plea of Wolsey's indisposition. Aware that this was only an excuse, went to the Bp. of Durham, who is well acquainted with Wolsey's proceedings, and excused himself. Hopes by his means to obtain an interview tomorrow. London, 15 Aug. 1517.
16 Aug.
3582. The BP. OF HELNA to WOLSEY.
Apologises for not having been able to visit him in consequence of a headache. Sends by his secretary his usual seal, that the business of his master's secretary may be expedited without delay. London, 16 Aug. 1517.
Hol., Lat., p.1. Add.
16 Aug.
Adv. MS. 35.
Safeconduct for Gawin Bp.of Dunkeld, Robert Bp. of Ross, and Patrick [Paniter], commendatory of Cambuskenneth, ambassadors of James V. Westm., 16 Aug. 9 Hen. VIII.
Copy, Lat., pp. 2.
17 Aug.
Giust. Desp. II. 120.
3584. SEB. GIUSTINIAN to the DOGE.
Visited the Bishop of Durham, who told him that Wolsey was extremely incensed, and refused to hear any exculpation, and that it would be better to avoid him for a day or two. Sebastian thought this would only irritate him the more, and called upon him early this morning. Was admitted, and begged to be heard. Detailed to Wolsey the whole of Hadrian's conduct and arrival at Venice. He exculpated Sebastian, and turned his anger against the Signory. Sebastian made the best apology he could, and said that, rather than offend him, the Signory would incur the ill will of the whole College of Cardinals. "Whilst delivering this defence, I could not express to your highness the rabid and insolent language used by him, both against your sublimity and myself; repeating, as he did several times, that he held me not in the slightest account, nor yet the Venetians, who were wont to favor ribalds and rebels and to persecute the good; that God and the potentates of the world would avenge such deeds; and that your highness was always for the rebels of the Church, and opposed to the Pontiffs past and present; and that for this you had done penance, and were accustomed to proceed with deceit and mendacity; and that the city of Venice would be a seat for conspirators against the Pontiff: on which account he meant to be the State's bitter enemy and mine, though at the same time, by reason of my other good qualities, he regretted my being the minister of such iniquities; and that your Signory would also find that his majesty took the thing very much amiss; saying, Go on, and write to the State to proceed in favoring rebels against me, for she will see what victory she will gain."
Sebastian told him that he had received letters of the 22 July from Venice, stating that the Pope was much mollified towards Hadrian, and thanked the Signory for its conduct in that respect. Wolsey declared he did'nt believe the letter; because six days ago he had received a brief from the Pope stating that if the Venetians wrote anything in favor of Hadrian, Wolsey was not to believe them. Made no answer to his bitter and insolent language: but, as to his insinuation that Venice had been adverse to the Church, Sebastian said it had done more for the Church than any other potentate. At the conclusion of the colloquy Wolsey said that if Venice persevered in favoring this rebel poisoner, who is said also to have poisoned Pope Alexander, the King and himself would be most hostile to them. Advises a soothing letter to be sent. Is quite willing to do his duty stoutly, and is not terrified at the punishment of others. Would feel no scruple in retaliating the insolent language to which he has been subjected. London, 17 Aug. 1517.
17 Aug.
Galba, B.v. 299. B.M.
Had been informed by certain mariners, who quarrelled with the master of a galliot carrying alum from Italy, and driven by a storm into Myddleburgh, that the Master had recovered from The Anna Galante, an English vessel, shipwrecked at Mougie in Spain, two brass sacres. Has caused the galliot to be arrested. The master demands salvage dues, but consents at last to accept 22 crowns and make restitution. Has sent the guns, measuring 9½ ft. from the touchhole, by The Christopher David; and 100 fathoms of cable by The Michael of Dover. Richmond brings 4 banners of tuke. Spent 6 crowns in legal expenses. All things are ready for the King's departure. The Gueldrois have left Aspere, followed by Nassau. Middilborowe, 17 Aug. Signed.
Pp. 3, mutilated. Add.
17 Aug.
Galba, B. v. 306.B.M.
Wrote last on the 6th. Is advertised by Chievres that Albany is appointed to return to Scotland, and is making preparations in Brittany. Gives an account of the proceedings of Gueldres. The Knights of the Toison and others are appointed to be of the Council in the King's absence, but all the real authority will rest with Montany. The Cardinal of Spain writes that the Estates of the realm are to meet the King at ... atyng. The King's horses are on board, and if the wind do not change he will start on Friday. Rockendorf is made Governor of Friesland, and Felynger is gone back to the Emperor to see to some mortgages belonging to the house of Austria. Middleburg, 17 Aug. (fn. 1) 1517.
Hol., pp. 3, mutilated. Add.
17 Aug.
Galba, B. v. 301.B.M.
Wrote on the 6th. Supposes he has heard of the Cardinal of Arragon. Cardinal Hadrian is at Venice. Chievres told him that Felynger and Bannisius had been urgent in the Emperor's name to intercede for him, but that the King refused, "saying his grace is mynted to gyve yov busshoprykes, and not to take it awey frome him." Cardinals St. George and Sauly have been restored; and as the Pope deprives and restores lightly he will probably do the same with Hadrian. The Duke of Urbino prospers against the Pope, who will be compelled to make an arrangement. It is said the Cardinal of Sena has been privately put to death. The King will receive Master Sandys among his "eschansons." His pay will be 40d. sterling a day. A Spaniard named Augustin came this day with a letter from the Queen, and had his office confirmed: also the physician living with the Queen has obtained his desire. The King Catholic will put Lord Montayni in trust in Chievres' absence. He is to see Wolsey's pension paid. Wishes to know how he shall act towards Sir John Stile, and to have credence to the Cardinal of Spain (Ximenes). Fra Nicholas thanks Wolsey for the letters. Has borrowed of Philip Galterotti 100l., which he desires may be repaid by Heron to John Cavalcanti. They are surprised they have heard nothing of the secretary, but suppose that the sickness is the cause. Middleburgh, 17 Aug.* 1517.
Hol., pp. 4, mutilated. Add.
17 Aug.
Galba, B. VI. 71. B.M.
Has by another letter sent the news. The Emperor has desired the Catholico to send him twelve tall men for his guard. The Lord Marquis told Spinelly he would write to Wolsey to be good lord to the Lord Leonard, his kinsman, "saying the myserycordy shulde be used to warde ever man, and specyally to the yowng wytt." Wishes some answer from Wolsey touching the affairs of the bishopric. Edwart Twatz, servant to Mr. Treasurer, has been here and received his pension. Will send Eccynghen in two days to know whether he shall follow the Emperor. De la Roche is friendly to Wolsey. The audiencer Haneton told Spinelly the Emperor owed the French King 100,000 ducats for the money of Naples. Brussels, 17 Aug. (fn. 2)
Hol., p. 1, mutilated. Add.: My Lord Cardinal's grace.
7 Aug.
Vit. B. xx. 65. B.M.
3589. [SION] to WOLSEY.
"Cum ex Augusta Vindelica proficiscerer ad mandata quæ ca ... deberem istuc destinare proprium nuntium; substiti tum pra ... prius arbitratus sum cuncta litteris et proponere et declarare; qu[a propter] ... propriis literis ad r.d.v. exaratis feci, indies summa affectio ... et expectans responsa, et literas ejusdem mihi admodum continue ..." Meanwhile came hither to settle his affairs, [especially] touching his bishopric of Sion, which, but for his coming, were done for. Has written often and urgently to Rome. Is forced, nevertheless, without regard for his dignity as a Cardinal, or his exemption as an ecclesiastic, to enter the secular court, since no justice is found in Anchises. When Sion refused the jurisdiction of the three cantons, they referred the matter to a general diet, to which Sion assented, that the Swiss lords might use their mediation for the restitution of what was taken from him; "secluso illo nequissimo viro Georgio Suprasaxo," with whom he will discuss this business at Rome. Order has been given that any other matter against him shall be discussed by one of the four Bishops of Constance, Basle, Chur, or Veroli, who shall be selected by the Holy See. If either party do not agree to the orders, the Swiss have promised assistance to the other. Is going down to his territory to settle his private business, thence to the diet at Zurich, and after to the Emperor, to accompany him to the diet at Mentz. Waits for Wolsey's letters. Matters were all the more difficult for him, as he found the judges and chief men inclined to the French and corrupted by money. The commonality is true and strongly [affected] to him. Confluxerunt et quamplurimi amici cernentes quod vulgus s[ic] novarum rerum cupidus, adinclinatur *** .. tent inconfuso cernere et si aliquid tem[ptarent pro] culdubio obtinebitur. Vultures optimi (Thuricences) et porci (Bernenses) jam [a] ... malo (Rege Gallorum) declinant. De rebus pontificis in dieta Lucernensi su ... conclusum est, quod si nihil (Pontifex) servabit contenta in fœdere ... ta illud dabunt pontifici pedites, sed non parvam manum ut et Avidis (Helvetiis) in lon[g]inquo euntibus et Pontifici consultum sit."
Has heard the Pope is sending hither by Pucci (Puceum) a brief. No word is said (in it) of Ennius Bp. of Veroli (bonus). He is to be immediately recalled, or so utterly neglected as to be of no influence here. This is because he has always opposed the French for the King (potest) and the Emperor (idem). From this it may be conjectured that the Pope has sold himself to the French King, and is sending to him Staphilœus with a carte blanche. If Veroli be removed, and a partizan of the French substituted, matters will go to ruin, never to be set right again. Begs Wolsey to write to Anchises that he be not removed, as Veroli cannot go to Rome on account of his enemies. Recommends himself to the favorable consideration of the King and Wolsey, specially because he recently rejected favorable offers from the French at Lucerne. Would rather live in poverty than falsify his faith ... Schuitz, 17 Aug. 1517. Signature destroyed.
P.S.—Begs Wolsey to commend Veroli to the K. Cath. (nescit) that the Pope take care he is not removed from the Swiss.
Pp. 3, mutilated, part cipher deciphered. Add.: Rmo, &c. Th., &c. Car. Eboracen., &c. Endd.
17 Aug.
Vit. B. xx. 67.B.M.
3590. SION to PACE.
"Devenimus ad Lucernam et vere a popularibus omnibus opt[ime] susceptus, qui quidem non modici numero decreverant ... a primoribus publico edicto sub specie neutralitatis sunt pro ... Gallum res deferreretur, cui forsan significatum extiterat, non ausus... accedere. Affuimus et peroportune quoniam forsan periclitassent neg[otia] ... jam ad hoc suggestionibus et perfida adversantium directa" ... Told the three cantons he would not stand to their judgment on account of the danger of excommunication. They carried the matter before an universal diet. (Continues about his own arrangements as in the preceding letter).
The Emperor's ambassadors were present at the diet; and, touching the affairs of the Duke of Vittemberg, [the Swiss lords] decided [to send messengers] to the Emperor, who were to try their utmost to settle matters, "et ... agi." If this were not possible they would decline lending infantry to either [party], and would afford no aid against the Emperor. [When] the ambassadors, in the Emperor's name, asked why the Swiss lords had refused the Pope [infantry], they replied, if the Pope would fulfil his part of the treaty, they would, in accordance with it, grant him infantry, but not a small band, because they would be going to a distance, and it would be more effectual for the Pope. Hears from the secretary of Ennius that the Bishop is to be shortly recalled for his fidelity to England. Begs Pace to recommend the cause of the Bishop to the King and Wolsey, so that they may immediately write to Rome, and if he cannot be maintained "dignentur eum ita habere commendatum omni destitutum auxilio." Thinks it would be a very ungrateful act if he were not supported. Schuitz, 17 Aug. 1517. Signed.
P.S.—Mentions the offer made him by the French, and his refusal. Begs Pace to communicate his determination to adhere to the King, provided only he has enough for his necessities, and to take care that his poverty is not forgotten. Begs him to forward his letters.
Pp. 3, mutilated. Add.: Ricardo Paceo, Angliæ et Franciæ R. apud Helvetios oratori.
Vit. B. XIX. 377.S.B.
3591. [SION] to _
Lorenzo de Medici, nephew of the Pope, "... detexit animum contra Gallos, &c. hortando ulteriu[s] ... sumptum iri, quod si ita perseveret animus nec irrepat ... negotia." A secret league has been made between the Pope, the Florentines and the Catholic prince. "Hinc est quod ... prodiit quod Wick ita protestatus est et locus relictus Helvetiis ..." The league pleased the Emperor very much, but how the Swiss [will take] it [he does not know], for they are angered "quasi in eorum vituperium et despectum per [capitaneum] guardiæ sublevatos esse suos pedites potius in damnum quam bonum s ... apud Baden multis verbis crudelibus, in faciem D. Verulani ... se cum Pontificis consilio et favore Sedunensis percussisse fœdera, eidem ... honorem impendisse, multa infinitaque beneficia et obsequia s.d.n. ... habuisse multa promissa et sub eorum velamine pericula et d ... autem præmissorum effectu aliquo implevisse, immo promissorum p ... negata et retractata fuisse. Quomodo ergo Elvetii cum s.d. et Florent[inis fœdere] impleto novum inibunt et posterum melius quam primum impleri sp[erant] ... ab Hyspanis et Vicerege et Catholico pariter neglectos ac delusos c. ... neque pedites s.d.n. ministrabunt, nisi persolutis pensioni[bus] ... datis ordinariis peditibus, quorum robore de Ruere dejiceretur, ... res et Pontifex, servareturque Neapolitanum regnum, laborandum foret ... malum suum periculumque sentire cœpit et fœdus iniit prædictum, quod etiam ... ad illud quorum secreta contributione Elvetii pedites haberentur ... tutamen sed et ad expulsionem Galli, de qua sine de Ruere concor ... innuere, qui non nisi de consensu suorum principalium Galli, ... subibit, a quibus solutus nisi ab istis tribus regibus asservari (?) a ... cautum fore.
Modus vero ad fœdus tam antedictum quam vel Angl ... fœderum mater et firmamentum est conducendi Elvetios foret ... peditibus, ut prælibavi, non solus Catholicus instaret pro fœdere ... habendo magnum quoddam in publicis et privatis pensionibus sul ... quo contra Gallus majora oblaturus foret, conjiciens sibi imm ... simul et semel Catholicus, Anglus et Cæsar, qui jam antiquum' et perp[etuum] ... fœdus. Sed ne appareat aliqua diversitas ad instar salis Cæs ... nomen præstabit. Alii vero duo reges, compositis oblationibus insimul quantum singula, si divisim foedera petant, præstabunt ... Gallica practica nequeat assistere vel pecunia, prælib ... sumantur ad stipendia, quibus contra Gallum applica ... videntes suorum arma jam contra Gallum applicat ... imminens successu temporum a Gallo præcavea ... a Gallis perciperent, 'compensent, er ... et qui domi et qui exterius ... nisi sic procedatur, in incertum et in vanum cum eis laborabitur ... quia Elvetii duorum annorum pensiones petunt et habere prætendunt ... gravaretur, posset tentare bonis mediis et nuntiis et amicis ac ... noscentibus excusando, quod sublevatio peditum de proximo facta ... [s]it de mente s.d.n. Item quod Elvetii pro comperto habere possunt suam ... [d]iutinis et propterea pecunia extenuatum: fore, necdum attigisse ... propter simul et semel ambas pensiones vix exsolvere queat ... autem anni pensionem et statim numerare, residuum infra aliquot [men]ses persolvere velit. Et quia pecunia apud Elvetios multum valet, verisim[ile c]reditur, ubi sciverint unius anni adesse pensiones ut neque illas [transm]ittant, de residuo bene sperantes, pedites pro voto præstabunt, subeundoque ... re optato promptiores erunt. Hoc Cæsaris capiti impinximus."
Lat., in the hand of Sion's clerk; pp. 2, mutilated.
17 Aug.
Wrote to Wolsey on leaving Augsburg the orders he had received from the Emperor. Would have kept his messenger on account of badness of the roads. Urges Ammonius to press for an answer, or at least to write whether his proposals have been well received. Tells Ammonius, in confidence, that the French King, knowing he is to be at Lucerne in a few days, has sent one of his nobles to win him over. Will never be guilty of such a breach of faith, "sed deficiente pecunia arces deduntur." Hopes Ammonius with his usual skill will relieve his indigence. Schwitz, 17 Aug. 1517. Signed.
Lat., p. 1. Add. The words in italics are in cipher.
3593. MATT. BECCHARIA to [CARD. _]
At the two diets at Zurich, the last of which was held on the 11th May, has managed that the King of France shall be dissappointed in obtaining the foot and forming a league with the cantons. Zurich, Uri, Switz, Basil and Schaffhausen would not admit the French secretary, on which the Gallicising cantons sent to France stating that he should send an embassy to them: whereon [Anchises] prevailed that, by virtue of their union, they should not allow Lucerne, Unterwalden, Glaris and Zug to agree with the French. Money, however, must come from England, or it will be useless. The French are very lavish, especially as the English ambassadors, who have been expected, do not come. Has heard that the French secretary boasted that he had had a favorable decision from the Swiss, and the Pope was favorable. Thinks it is not so. The Papal nuncio there favors England as far as he can. The French boast they have forces enough in Switzerland to acquire Navarre, Tournay and Naples. They offered the writer a bribe of 3,000 scudi because of his influence with the Swiss. There is French money at Geneva (Gebennis) for payment of the Swiss. Many have taken it, and been sent into Picardy. Has shown the Emperor the danger, who has brought over the King Catholic to his opinion to defeat French intrigues.
Has seen the letters of the imperial ambassador, stating the great affection his master has for England. Hopes the latter will show some in return, and repair previous neglect. Much depends on their cordial understanding. Offers his person and his forces to the service of England, and is annoyed that England does not reciprocate. The French boast that the Danes and the Scots will shortly attack England. Hopes Wolsey will secure a reconciliation. The Emperor has been well supported by his subjects, who have supplied him with 400,000 Rh. fl. Begs that an ambassador may be sent to the imperial court, to oppose the French ambassador, who has used all his power to break the peace with the Venetians.
Added in the same hand: "Super isto capitulo Cæsaris ego Matthæus Beccharia rogo d. v. reverendissimam ut dignetur scribere reverendissimo Cardinali Sedunensi vel mihi significet quid super hoc scripturus sim." Peter of Navarre has gone to Naples with the French galleys (galeris), and made an unsuccessful attack upon Gaeta. The French King has sent thither 500 lances, pretending they were for the service of the Pope. Thinks it was only done for Peter's assistance. Begs he will ask Wolsey to remember his pension, and some bishopric for him in England. The Gallicising Swiss say that the French King will be at Milan in August next.
Lat., pp. 4.
17 Aug.
Vat. Trans. XXXVII. 52. B. M.
3594. ALBANY to LEO X.
Has nominated Thomas Car, a monk of good family, and a native of the place, to the abbey of Kelso (Calco), void by the death of Andrew Bp. of Caithness its commendatory, as it is at a great distance, and exposed to the incursions of enemies; with the usual reservations. Rouen, 17 Aug. 1517. Signed.
Ib. 57. 3595. JAMES V. to LEO X.
To the same effect. Rouen, 17 Aug. 1517. Signed by Albany.
17 Aug.
Vat. Tran. XXXVII. 54. B. M.
3596. ALBANY to LEO X.
Enumerates the privileges of the Kings of Scotland in nominating to vacant prelacies; and requests the admission of Thomas Car to the abbey abovesaid, without waiting for the express consent of the former Bishop of Murray now Abp. of St. Andrew's. Rouen, 17 Aug. 1517. Signed.
Ib. 55. 3597. JAMES V. to LEO X.
To the same effect. Rouen, 17 Aug. 1517. Signed by Albany.
R.O. 3598. _ to _.
"Illustris et spectabilis Domine." Is obliged, though reluctantly, to recant, and to fall short in doing his duty. The four beavers, of which he has written, have gnawed their fastenings and escaped. Two of them, with great trouble, were at last recaptured, and he sends them, apologizing for the unexpected mishap. "Datum ut in literis."
Lat., p. 1. Qu. in Ammonius' hand?
18 Aug.
Galba, B. V. 307*. B. M.
Received this day a letter from Barnard Stekkyr, factor for the Fukkers in Antwerp, with two for Wolsey. As it is now a twelve-month since the matters contained in these letters were broached, and he has written continually, he can say no more. Infamy will hang over the King and Wolsey if the merchant be not satisfied. Wenham Hall, 18 Aug. 1517.
P.S.—Begs credence for his servant Robert Baron.
Hol., p. 1, mutilated. Add.
18 Aug.
Recommending to his notice Marye Nyvelle, a poor but noble lady, born at Remerswale in Zealand, who requires his advice and assistance. Middelbourg, 18 Aug. 1517.
Fr., p. 1. Add.
18 Aug. 3601. For JOHN PALMER, collector of customs, Yarmouth.
Licence to exercise the office of bailiff of Yarmouth. Westm., 18 Aug.
Pat. 9 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 19.
R.O. 3602. PETER [VANNES] to [WOLSEY].
Yesterday about 9 o'clock his only cousin (unicus consobrinus), Andrew, died of the sweating sickness after an illness of twenty hours. He was very cheerful at his death, recommended to the writer his mother, begging him to adopt her as his own. Recommends himself to Wolsey, and begs some living vacant by his cousin's death. Signed: PetrusD. And Ammonii germanus.
Hol., Lat., pp. 2.
19 Aug.
Er. Ep. App. 161.
His news will give pain to Erasmus. Their friend Ammonius, who died of the sweating sickness, was buried this day. They had agreed to go into the country together, and the Prior of Merton had sent them horses for the purpose, when Ammonius was carried off, to the grief of every one. Knows nothing of Erasmus' affair. Three days before he died he dined with Sixtinus in high spirits, and made use of the writer's services for some business he had on hand, inviting him to come the next day. But before Sixtinus could get out of bed and dress himself news came of his death. "Tam sunt fragiles, caducæ ac fluxæ res humanæ." London, 19 Aug. 1517.
19 Aug.
Galba, B. V. 303 (fn. 3). * B. M.
Wrote last on the 17th*, enclosing a copy by Robert Baron, his servant. Has received a letter from Cardinal Sion, with other papers, which he encloses. Thinks that Wolsey will have known their contents by papers already sent. Has a bad leg and cannot stir. Wenham Hall, 19 Aug. 1517.
Hol., p. 1, mutilated. Add.
19 Aug.
Wrote his last yesterday, advertising him that he had borrowed of Philip Galterotte "oon underth pownd st." giving him an obligation for its repayment by Mr. Herren to John Cavalcant. Is now disappointed; and as he cannot leave without it, begs Tuke's assistance to obtain a bill from Cavalcant. Thinks Wolsey will be in a good mind towards him by reason of the letters received from Charles and Chievres. Has shipped all his stuff in the Lord Steward's ship. Has plate, hangings and all things necessary for an ambassador, remembering the saying that has been spoken of Sir John Stile, "and that those that do not keep themselves honorably been nothing extymed." Must have the money. Hopes to get for Wolsey a good bishopric in Spain, as Chievres is so well disposed to him. The King is ready to leave with the first fair wind: if it be before Tuke's answer come, Spinelly will have to start four days after, letting his furniture go forward. The wind is N.W. and very rainy. The Count Palatine has changed his purpose of going into Spain, and will go to Almain. He is to marry the daughter of the Great Captain Gonsalvo Ferrandes. It is said, however, that the Cardinal of Toledo has made the same match for Count Porsayn, Chievres' nephew. Sends a packet for the Bp. [Helna]. Middelburg, 19 Aug. 1517.
P.S.—Was a day behind in the date of his letters yesterday. Wishes to know whether Wolsey would like a fair mule or some tapestry.
Hol., pp. 3. Add.: Master [Bria]n Tuke, Master of the King's posts.
19 Aug.
Galba, B. V. 303b. B. M.
Hears from John de la Souche that there is some difficulty made in paying the moiety of the loan in nobles or angels; and it has been agreed upon to deliver the money at Calais in gold crowns, at the rate of 39s. 9d. "de deux gros de Flandres le sole piece." As he can take them up in Spain in angels better than any other money, begs that Wolsey will give orders that the moiety of the loan, amounting to 20,000 nobles, be paid to Souch in the said specie. Middleborowe, 19 Aug. Signed.
P.S. in his own hand, urging the above request.
Fr., p. 1, mutilated. Add.: Mons le Cardinal d'York.
19 Aug.
Otho, C. IX. 34. B. M.
Selim has prevented all news coming from Syria and Egypt. Merchants from Crete are detained. He has destroyed the Mamelukes,—is furnishing his fleet at Alexandria and the mouths of the Nile, and at Byzantium and Gallipoli. They have heard nothing of the Sophi. He is still in the city of Taurus, Mesopotamia. The Turk has appointed Chersepolus, his sister's husband, to the command of an army to watch the foot of the mountain Amanus, and oppose the Sophi. Chersepolus is since dead. Requests the King's aid. Begs that Thomas Docray may come to Rhodes. Rhodes, 19 Aug. 1517. Signed.
Lat., pp. 2, mutilated.
20 Aug.
Wrote yesterday with a packet for the Bp. of Helna, &c., and of a bill refused him by Galterotte on account of the sickness. Is in great favor there, and in a condition to do Wolsey effectual service. The wind is S.W. All things are aboard ready for a fair wind, which is expected about the opposition of this new moon. Begs he will see his patent sealed. Chievres told him the French had resolved to send Albany to Scotland, and he will take his passage by Brittany. In Chievres' absence the Lord Montayny will write to the Bp. of Helna. The Prince Palatine has left in disgrace because he presumed to write a letter to the Lady Eleanora, the King's sister, without the knowledge of the King, desiring her to marry him. The letter got abroad, and, though it was very honest, Chievres prevailed to have him punished for his presumption. The Prince is still there. News has come from Rome. The Lord of Nassau has killed divers Almains in the service of the Duke of Gueldres lying in the villages. Is to advertise Wolsey of the news, except touching the Lady Eleanora. Begs he will send him the man he spoke of. Middelburg, 20 Aug. 1517.
Hol., pp. 3. Add.


  • 1. Really 18 Aug. See his letter of 19th Aug.
  • 2. Really 18 Aug. See his letter of 19th Aug.
  • 3. Mistake for 18th.