Henry VIII: May 1518, 16-31

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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 1518

16 May.
Matthew Beccaria will inform him of the news. Zurich, xvii. kal. Jun. 1518.Signed.
Lat., p. 1. Add.
16 May.
4169. SION to WOLSEY.
In the usual cipher (ex consuctudine secretiarum notarum) writes the news to Matthew de Beccaria. Zurich, xvii. kal. Junii 1518.Signed.
Lat., p. 1. Add.
17 May.
Vit. B. III. 219. B. M. Rym. XIII. 606.
4170. LEO X. to WOLSEY.
For the purpose of confirming the five years' peace among Christian princes, and uniting them in an expedition against the Turks, has sent Laurence [Campegio] Cardinal S. Thomas in Parione to England. Considering Wolsey's influence with the King, creates him legate along with him. Rome, 16 kal. Jun. 1518.
Copy, Lat., mutilated. Add.
18 May.
Vesp. C. I. 152. B. M.
The Spanish ambassadors arrived here this day. Sends his servant to give attendance on Wolsey, and learn his pleasure. The Provost of Cassel will not make any public oration, and will deliver his credentials in French, so as to be in the very words his master charged him to show to Henry. His master is resolved to adhere to the alliance with England. Thinks that he brings no new charge. The Bishop showed him that his master was entering Arragon, and the Bishop of Armagh is to meet him at Saragossa. Don Ferdinando has taken leave of his brother, and is going into Flanders. Oxford, 18 May.
Hol., pp. 3. Add.: Cardinal, &c.
18 May.
Le Glay, Négoc. entre la France et l'Autriche, II. 125.
Has already made the first steps to obtain for him the kingdom of the Romans. Is going to the diet. Must spend a great deal of money, as the French are doing so. Promises will not be sufficient. The promise made to Marquis Joachim of Brandenburg, of giving Katharine of Austria in marriage to his son, must be fulfilled. Eleanor should not be given to the King of Portugal, but to his son or the Duke of Bavaria. Advises an embassy to the Swiss. Has given orders for concluding the treaty for five years with the Pope, excluding the Venetians; but in order to forward the expedition against the Turks has consented with the King of France to make a truce with them for five years, if it can be done honorably. Will send deputies to the Swiss to act with those from England, and will send also Charles's and the English ambassadors when they arrive. Will write also to the King of Denmark to undertake nothing against England, and to submit his complaints to the Emperor and Charles. Insbruck, 18 May 1518.
18 May.
Er. Ep. XI. 1.
Has not revisited England, on account of his work and his ill health. After complimenting him on what he has done for England, compares him to Ptolemy Philadelphus for his patronage of learning and collection of books. Is slandered and attacked for his connection with Reuchlin and Luther. Went with the former to Frankfort, but has no connection with him except the friendship of a fellow countryman, "civilis amicitia." Luther is quite unknown to him. Books on Pontifical remission, confession and penance first came out, the publishing of which he dissuaded, as the friends of Luther can bear witness. Gave no opinion of the subsequent swarm of books. Knows none of the learned Germans by sight, except Eobanus, Hutten and Beatus. Would think their freedom unbearable, did he not know how they have been provoked. Hutten's Nemo, which all know is ridiculous, the Febris and the speech of Peter Mosellanus, were ascribed to him. Advises them all to moderate their freedom of speech, and abstain from references to the heads of the Church. Some people even said that the Bishop of Rochester's book against Faber, and More's Utopia, were his. Would not have written on these subjects, had not a certain English "negociator" asserted that all these calumnies were true. Wolsey will always find him faithful to Rome and Leo X. Sends a New Testament. Antwerp, 15 cal. Jun. 1518.
18 May.
4174. REWARDS.
Memoranda of rewards given; viz., 1st May, to the Bp. of Paris' chaplain, 10l.—3rd May, to Robert Portcullis, pursuivant, for bringing letters to Tournay, 40s.—18th May, to a French pursuivant that brought letters from the Bp. of Paris' 4 marks.
18 May.
P. S.
4175. For RIC. CLAXTON of St. Edmund's Bury, Suff., mercer.
Protection; going in the retinue of Sir Ric. Wingfeld, Deputy of Calais. Woodstock, 6 May 10 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 18 May 10 Hen. VIII.
Fr. 10 Hen. VIII. m. 1.
19 May.
Met a courier on arriving at Lyons, and takes the opportunity of his going to England to state the time of his departure, &c. Will stay here two days, and leave after the feast of Easter. (fn. 1) His secretary will proceed tomorrow. Lyons, 19 May 1518.Signed.
Lat., p. 1. Add.
19 May.
Vit. B. III. 215**. B. M.
In favor of his friend the bearer, Dominus Hadrianus. Amboise, 19 May 1518.Signed.
Lat., p. 1, mutilated. Add.
20 May.
Vesp. C. I. 154. B. M.
Wrote last on the 11th May, after Sir John Stile's departure to Bilbao, who is carrying news to England from the ambassadors. The King has been triumphantly received in Saragossa in the name of the whole of Arragon. The estates have assembled for a benevolence to the King, which will probably be not less than 300,000 ducats, which, with the hot weather, will detain the court there three months. The alliance of the Lady Eleanora with the King of Portugal waits only the Pope's dispensation, which Spinelly thinks will not be "difficile," considering the great authority money has in this world. The match is not popular in Spain or Portugal. Lady Margaret will not consent to La Nuca going to the Emperor. Chievres and the Chancellor propose sending him to Rome, revoking Don Louis Carroz. They also propose to send Lord Berghes into Almayn, although "he is not the best beloved of them," to secure the election, fearing "the excessive diligence" of the French, allowing him full powers. It is desired here that the King of England as well as the King of Portugal should send an ambassador into Almayn, as their interests depend on the event. It is thus hoped that the Catholico's cause will be encouraged, and less favor shown to the French. News is come from Lord Monteigny out of Flanders that the Marquis of Brandenburgh and the Duke of Lunenburgh had passed through Brussels to France,—an evidence that Francis has succeeded in his practique for the marriage of Lady Renna. This secures for him two voices in the election, as also the Duke of Bavaria's, from hatred to the house of Austria. Saxony is undecided owing to his discontent with the Emperor. The Abps. of Treves and Cologne are small noblemen, awed by the power of their great neighbor the Elector of Mayence. Such is the danger; nevertheless the Almayns love not the French; the electors and princes fear the greatness of Francis, lest he should bring them into more subjection; and the going of the empire into France, "lest it should continue there longer than they reckon."
If the Marquis of Brandenburg prosecutes the marriage as proposed by France, the King's youngest sister will be offered to the nephew and heir of the Elector of Saxony, and to the County Palatine, the second daughter of Portingale. This last was Spinelly's own device. These two marriages will secure two electors temporal, and successive, one of the spiritual, and so the King's desire will be obtained, as, should the electors be divided, the King of Hungary will be called in as King of Beame (Bohemia). If objection be made to the Catholico for his absence, his brother Don Ferdinand will be proposed. Desires his news respecting Berghes to be kept secret, as Chievres intended to extort a promise from him not to practise with the Emperor respecting Flanders. Don Fernando is not yet departed. The great ship of Denmark is burned at Passage. When the King landed in Spain, Francis sent to desire a league with him, offensive and defensive, and that the King of Portugal should marry his daughter unto Don Fernando. He has also been extremely urgent for his meeting with the Catholico, deferring for that purpose his going into Brittany. Mons. de la Shaw is appointed to go into France and excuse the meeting. The Emperor is about to prorogue the truce with the Venetians for five years, by the hands of the French, that they may help him to get the 2,000 ducats. He is the best friend Francis has, giving him hope of making him King of the Romans. The ambassador of Navarre will shortly depart. The French, according to the Chancellor, give out that they received a great injury from the King Catholic, who labored to win the Swiss, and be elected King of the Romans. There can be no peace between the two. Next 20th of July Spinelly will have left England for one year. Has received only 100l.; cannot serve his grace under 20s. a day. Begs he may have money to pay his debts. Saragossa, 20 May 1518.
P.S.—Yesterday the King received letters from the Provost of Cassel of his arrival in England, and of the good cheer made him by the Lord Cardinal.
Hol., partly cipher, deciphered by Tuke; pp. 8.
20 May.
Vit. B. III. 212. B. M.
"Post ultimas meas ad domi[natio]nem vestram reverendissimam, ab eade[m lite]ras accepi, quœ die vigesima prima prœt[eriti] mensis datœ fuerant, quibus non prius respon[sum] dedi, quo de rebus hic occurrentibus copio[sius] scribere possem; et priusquam aliud dica[m, Do]minationi v. r., signific[abo, qua]liter Smus D. n. singu [laris]simam accepit voluptatem, ex eo quod i[ntel]lexit Regiam majestatem et D. v. r. se omnino resolu[tas] omniconatu et auctoritate Helvetios re[cupera]re velle, quia hoc fieri toto corde cu[pit, rog]gatque ne ullo pacto in hac re deficia[tis] .., et quia Datio v. r. ... bit fore ut brevissime super hac re dec ... tur ad eosque apti oratores ad omnibus r[ebus] satisfaciendum mittantur; posteaque l[ite]rœ istinc allatœ sunt die vigesima non[a prœte]riti mensis datœ, et ab ea literœ non ... nt nec etiam ulla mentio facta est qu ... illos missum fuerit ejus Sanctitas pr ... et optimus quisque qui de rebus pub-[licis] ... me sentit universaleque bonum cu ... irantur; quia Galli nullis aliis rebus omni [c]onatu ingenio et malis artibus operam dant, [n]isi ut dictos Helvetios ad se trahant; quum optime cognoscant, quod ni his temporibus illos habebunt, in eo sunt, ut legem ab omnibus principibus accipiant, non vero eam dent aliis, sicuti semper facere cogitant.
Pariter etiam ejus Sanctitas summo cum desiderio expectat, quod arctior atque strictior sequatur conjunctio inter Reg. maj. et ser. Catholicum Regem; tantum enim ad rem facere eidem videtur, ut nec melius quicquam, nec magis necessarium excogitari possit; denique Datio v. r. certo sciat, quod ejus Sanctitas Gallorum magnitudinem nullo pacto videre vellet, sed intra terminos se continerent; et de hac re Datio v. r. nullo sit in dubio, licet Galli credo propter eorum insolentiam semper e contrario cogitent; et procul dubio si devotos sibi haberent Helvetios cornua quantum posse[n]t erigerent; igitur huic rei omni studio [in]vigilandum, impensœ minime parcendum, aut [in]timiditatem Regis Catholici respicien[dum es]t; sed ex quo hœc tempora currunt pro se et aliis habendum est ingenium discu ... [la]bor atque impensa. Dnem v. r. certam reddo quod sanctiss[imus] D. n. mihi secretissime declar[avit] se per suum nuncium cum dictis Helve[tiis] optima prœstare officia,—cum illis vide[li]cet capitaneis, quibus fides haberi pot[est], quique a Gallis corrupti non fuerunt,—qu[i il]lis vivis rationibus persuadeat, ne cu[mil]lis ullo pacto fœdus ineant; quœ offi[cia] multum profuerunt, aliter Galli in no[vissi]ma dieta bene antea processerant cu[m dic]tis Helvetiis ad id quod toto corde cup[iu]nt; id est, ut cum eis strictum fædus [ini]rent, omnibusque viis, modis et artibu[s, qui]bus possunt aut sciunt, quærunt dicti[s Hel]vetiis persuadere, se magnam cum Rege Ca[tho]lico intelligentiam habere, et cum [eo] brevi conventum facturos esse; quod qu ... [ta]lem propter nuper contractam affinita[tem] cum sanctissimo D.n. habent i [ntel]ligentiam, ut pro eorum arbitrio ei[us San]ctitatis rebus uti possint; et hæc [quoque] faciunt, ut dictis Helvetiis omnes sp[es dent], et ad omnem secum arctam concordiam [cogant et] impellant; quia reipsa, quantum dici po[ss]it, animus eorum malus est, si possint, I[t]a[l]iæ dominio potiantur; quod eis facile accideret, si regnum Neapolitanum oppugnarent; et ut facile comprehendi potest nulli alii rei student; sed ni Helvctios haberent, illud non occuparent; ut Smus D. n. nunquam certe sua bona voluntate hoc pateretur, nisi vi, et quum videret Helvetios non retentos fuisse, sed cum Gallis fœdus iniisse, quod ejus Sanctitas nec ullo pacto Datio v. r. ambigat, pro pejori nuncio acciperet quam unquam accepisset; quia, si Galli dicto regno potirentur, sibi pejus esset, quam si illorum cappellanus esset; et iccirco nunc rursus præteritis sex diebus pecunias quas pro pensione solvit ad eos misit; ita monet rogatque ut faciat R. mtas nec ullo pacto tepiditatem Regis Catholici respiciat, sed semper unum oratorem bonæ auctoritatis apud dictos Helvetios teneat, quia [r]es est maximi momenti.
Dixit etia[m] mihi [e]jus Sanctitas quod non attendatur illud [quod s]cribit reverendissimo Cardinali Sedunensi, quia hujusmodi brevia negare [non pote]st; quia ejus vera intentio est quam ... rius dico."
Knows nothing further about the deprivation of Cardinal Hadrian. Spares no labor or expense, and continually speaks ill of him to the Pope, saying that he breaks faith with the King. The Pope says he will not depart from his promise. Nothing more is necessary but to pronounce the decree of deprivation, which he promised to do in the first consistory. Will not, however, believe this till he sees it, knowing his fear of displeasing the cardinals, especially as some of them told him, that as he had pardoned the Cardinal Hadrian, he could not deprive him further if he came to Rome. But Wolsey should by no means allow the legate to pass the sea, or at least reach Canterbury, until Worcester write that the deprivation has taken place, and Wolsey have represented the great dishonor to the King if the Pope should break his promises.
Everything he could desire has been obtained for the legateship in [the last] consistory; and neither the King of France could obtain as much for Cardinal de Busi, nor the Emperor for Cardinal Gurk. (fn. 2) Campeggio is to be received with accustomed pomp, at London or elsewhere, if the King so decrec. Within two or three days after, he is to visit the King, and pronounce a general oration; and a day or two after, present the apostolic letters to Wolsey, by which he is joined with Campeggio in the legation. Thenceforth they are to act in common; nor is Campeggio to do or [say anything] without Wolsey, who shall be mentioned first in the commission, as the senior Cardinal. On the same or the following day they are to present the letters to the King with due pomp. One cross is to be carried before them viz., Wolsey's, as he is first named in the letters; and so it was established in the consistory, "præ omnibus aliis legatis." Advises him not to allow the legate to come to Calais or Canterbury till he receives word of Hadrian's deprivation. As to the expedition of Bath and Wells, cannot manage it as Wolsey writes by Sylvester, his vice-collector. Ready money is needed, as he will hear from Sylvester and Peter Vannes.
Letters have recently come from Spain that the Arragonese have sworn fealty to the King; and that Chievres gives out that he will in no wise lean to the French. Henry's ambassadors say they have been well received, which pleases the Pope greatly. The Emperor states, in his last letters, that he will be a party to the truce between the Pope and other Christian powers, with the exception of Venice, [his dispute with whom] he wishes to put in the arbitration of the French King. It would please the Pope very much if the King would ratify the said truce jointly with the King Catholic; and, "si fiet mentio," it would not prejudice the King. ... tamen universo orbi se ad omnia præstanda pro hac provi[sione] contra Tuream suscipienda, sicuti pluribus litteris scripsit, [in quibus separa]tam et promptam esse ostenderet et declararet."
There is no news of the Turks. It is thought in Syria ... "illos admodum molestos atque infensos habere." This is not yet to be feared. All think no time so opportune as the present for a war against the Turk. As to the tenth, the Pope accepts, through the Vice-collector, what Wolsey and the Abp. of Canterbury have done, and is in great expectation of the fulfilment of his promises; but Worcester told him, that unless he himself kept his promises, no one else would. Rome, 20 May 15 ... Signature lost.
Lat., mostly cipher; pp. 9, mutilated. Add. at ƒ. 211* b.
R.O. 2. Decipher of part of the above by Vannes.
Pp. 3.
21 May.
Galba, B. VI. 159. B. M.
Understands from the Bishop of Helna, the ambassador of the King Catholic, the good will that Wolsey bears him. Is very grateful, as he has not done Wolsey such service as he would wish to do. Wolsey will learn from Helna of the King Catholic's honorable and peaceful reception in his kingdom of Arragon. Malines, 21 May.Signed.
Fr., p. 1. Add.: Mons. le Cardinal d'York.
22 May.
Giust. Desp. II. 188.
4181. SEB. GIUSTINIAN to the DOGE.
The galleys have arrived. Thinks the King will go to see them. At the date of his last letter had no reason to doubt the good will of the Christian King, considering the union between Spain and England, and the desire of France for the crusade. Has been cautious in his language about Francis. Lambeth, 22 May 1518.
22 May.
In behalf of the bearer, the chamberlain of Francis Sforza, Duke of Bari, going to England to solicit the King's liberality towards his master; to whom the Emperor, at the suggestion of and in con- junction with the Pope, has consented to allow a pension of 1,200 ducats, in order to prevent the machinations of the French, who were desirous of carrying him into France; the said pension not being sufficient. Innspruck, 22 May 1518.Signed.
Lat. p. 1. Add. Endd.: Literæ Maximiliani Cæsaris et Caroli imperatoris moderni.
23 May.
"A breviat declaration of seven several accounts taken by the late Thomas Hobson and other auditors at sundry times, of the executors of Margaret Countess of Richmond and Derby," sc. of her plate, jewels, wardrobe of beds and of robes, from St. John Baptist's Day, 1 Hen. VIII. to 23 May 10 Hen. VIII.
The executors are charged in the first account with plate and great jewels to the value of 4,213l. 4s. 3½d. Small jewels, valued at 250l. 0s. 3¼d. Chapel stuff, 1,193l. 18s. 2d. Wardrobe of beds, 982l. 14s. 1½d.; of robes, 126l. 19s. 7d. Silks and drapery, 158l. 3s. 4¾d. Wines left in the cellar, 28l. 3s. 4d. "Kitchen stuff," 16l. 9s. 7¼d. Stuff in the store house, standards, and chests, spices, palfreys, and chariots, "small trash," with glasses, &c. Ready money, 3,595l. 8s. 9½d. Obligations, 783l. 6s. 8d. Money prested to sundry persons, 242l. 0s. 2¾d. Bequest to the Bp. of Exeter, paid by Master Ashton, her general receiver, 66l. 13s. 4d. Balance of the accounts of William Bedell, treasurer of her household, Rob. Fremyngham, treasurer of her chamber, and of Rob. Shorton, late master of St. John's Coll., Camb. Money due by Katharine Countess of Devon, and received by the master of St. Thomas of Acres.—Sum total of charge, 17,664l. 2s. 0¾d.
Bequests and legacies: To the King, 490l. 5s.; the Queen, 202l. 10s.; the Queen of Scots, 25l. 2s. 6d.; the Princess of Castile (Mary), 82l. 8s. 4d.; and minor bequests to others (see Vol. I. No. 236).—Payments made by command of the executors. 1. By Philip Morgan, doctor of physic, for expences of my Lord of Rochester and others, "for board wages of divers gentlewomen, for rewards given to divers persons in money, distributed at Hatfield at the month's mind and for the bulls of Christ's College in Cambridge," 91l. 14s. 10½d. 2. By Sir Th. Mawdesley, for expences, inter alia, to Harry Parker, Esq., for such money as my Lady's grace received at the christening of his children. 3. By Dr. Metcalf: to the Abbot of Westminster, for a composition made at her burial; for expenses of messengers, and payments to Master Scott, for the building of Christ's College; for the bulls of St. John's College; for the purchase of land; for the finding of offices (inquisitions post mortem) for exhibition of certain poor men and women at Hatfield, &c. 4. To—Mundy, of London, goldsmith, for mending cups of gold. 5. Expence of scutcheons, &c. 6. By Nicolas Saunder, one of the clerks of the kitchen, for expenses of the household "from the first day that the said Princess sickened unto the month's mind," 551l. 14s. 2d. 7. Probate of testament, paid to my Lord of Canterbury, 80l. 7s. To my Lord Cardinal and to John Heron, to appropriate the Hospital of Ospryng to St. John's Coll., Cam., and to John Underhill, late master of the Hospital, for repairs. To Master John Shorton and Mr. Allen Percy, late master of St. John's Coll., for building and purchasing lands. 8. To Jas. Mores, Master Scott and others, for the building of Christ's Coll. 9. Debts to Wm. Long. 10. To my Lord Cham- berlain, Sir Th. Lovell, Sir Harry Marney, Masters Compton, Broke, Pigott, Roper, Wode, Hales, Batmanson, Dr. Kidwelley, and others, for their counsel and labor concerning my Lady's testament. 11. To the Bp. of Rochester and others, for matters relating to the same. To Garter King-at-arms, for scutcheons. To Dr. Metcalf, master of St. John's, money received from Katharine Countess of Devonshire, 122l. 18s. 8½d. Total of allowance and payments, 10,627l. 14s. 9½d. "And so remaineth in the hands of divers persons, as in the said accounts it doth appear, whose names and sums hereafter be written," 7,036l. 7s. 3¾d. "(Mem. that afterward that the said executors of the said Princess had made and yielded their accounts, the said reverend father in God, Bp. of Rochester, and Master Hugh Ashton, two of the said executors, gave full power and authority unto the Master and Fellows of St. John's College in Cambridge to receive and levy to the use of their college, and to the further performance of the last will of the said Princess, after the mind and intent of the said executors, all such sums of money of the remainder aforesaid as they can get; by the virtue whereof the said master, Dr. Metcalf, now master of the said College, received the said sum of 122l. 18s. 8½d. of the said reverend father, as before is expressed, and also hath received certain sums of money of divers persons underwritten to the use of the said College.)"
Sums in the hands of Katharine Countess of Devon, Bp. of Winchester, Lord Herbert, Lord Herbert, Lord Burgavenny, Bp. of Durham, Sir John Seynt John, Dr. Chamber, Hugh Asshton, Master Froknoll, Master Perker, Rob. Fremingham, Sir Th. Lovell, the Bp. of Exeter (for certain plate, 10l. 10s. 5½d., and for the story of Honeyball sold to him, 17l. 11s. 8d.); Wm. Elmar; Wm. Love (for a sparver of white linen, a pair of blankets and an Irish happyng, sold to him, 9s. 8d.); Henry Hornby; Edw. Waxer; Master Danet; the Treasurer (for a chair covered with crimson velvet, 30s., and 38¾ yds of sultwith, 6s. 5½d.); Nicolas Saunder (for 43 yds. of sultwith and one candlestick place, 7s. 5d.); Sir Th. Mawdesley (for a white happing, 16d.); Master Peksale (for a pair of blankets and 2 Norfolk coverings, 5s. 4d.); Lawrence Canwyke (for a pair of blankets, 16d.); Rob. Edlyn (for a bed and a bolster, 4s.); Master Beaconsale (for a feather bed with a bolster, 6s. 8d.); Ric. Stukeley and Margaret his wife; the Dean of St. Paul's (for 11 ells of fine linen, 25s. 8d.); the Bp. of Exeter (for a feather bed of down not appraised); Bp. of Winchester (two feather beds of down not appraised); Rob. Fyvepounde (for cushion of tapestry, 20d.); the gardener (for two happings and a Norfolk covering, 2s. 8d.); the executors of Mistress Massey (for stuff sold to her); Dr. Gabriel (for a sparver of satin brigs, 50s.); John Moundy (for 15¼ oz. of beryl and jasper, valued at 30s. an oz., but the price finally reduced to 18l. 7s. 6d.); Sir Th. Mawdesley; Master Hugh Ashton; persons named in the account of Wm. Bedyll, treasurer of her household, Rob. and John le Straunge, John Wode Cambridgeshire, John Seynt John, my Lady Jane. Expences of the Bp. of Rochester since 18 Jan. 6 Hen. VIII. for himself and his servants riding to his place at Lambeth Marsh and to Cambridge on matters relating to the testament, and the building of St. John's Coll., and the statutes of that and Christ's College, Camb., 122l. 7s. 6d.
Roll, 8 skins.
23 May.
4184. For TH. DOCWRA, Prior of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem in England, and CHRISTOPHER CONWEY.
Release as executors of Sir Hugh Conwey of Hillesdon, Bucks, late treasurer of Calais. Del. Woodstock, 23 May 10 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 10 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 1.
24 May.
"Mine own good father, in my heartiest manner I commend me unto you. And I am sorry that I do trouble you so much as I do at this time. Furthermore, I pray you that your baylies may have word to bring up all such men with them as I have given prest unto, and that they be with me at London upon Wednesday next coming, without any fail. Thus our Lord have you in his tuition. Written at London, the 24th day of May. Your loving son, W. Mountjoy."Signed.
P. 1. Add.
24 May.
Mone, Anzeiger, 1836, p. 13.
Has heard Jehan de Courteville's charge, and how French practices in the election must be frustrated. Although he writes that no expence must be spared, Courteville says that he is charged to disburse nothing unless the empire is first secured, which is quite contrary to his letters, and does not seem the best way to attain it. Asks him to write to Courteville. Has sent deputies to the Swiss, to treat with them in conjunction with him and the King of England. Advises him to make as firm alliance with England as possible, as that is a great assurance for the houses of all three. Innsbruck, 24 May '18.
25 May.
R. T. 143.
Received his letters of credence from his ambassador, the Provost of Cassel and Harlebek. Was glad to hear of his good health and prosperity. Has had many consulations with the ambassador on his charge; of which Charles will know the result at his return. Commends the Provost. Desires to know whether he can do anything for Charles. Woodstock, 25 May 1518.Signed.
Fr. Add.
25 May.
Vesp. C. I. 160. B. M.
Wrote last the 20th inst. Forgot to say that the Pope had desired the King's goodwill to marry the daughter of Messer Jacobo Salviati, his niece, to the son of Don Hieronymo Vyk, born at Valencia, who has long been ambassador for Castile at Rome, which the King has granted. The King of Portugal has applied to Rome for a dispensation to marry the Lady Eleanor, who will go thither as soon as it arrives. La Shaw went to the French King to excuse his master for not being at the meeting desired by him. News came yesterday from Don Fernando, who had all his ships at Saint Ander, and was waiting for wind. The King will doubtless hear of his ambassadors from John Style. Hears Chievres has married his niece to the Prince of Besingnan, who is here now, and taken for principal lord of the realm of Naples. The Chancellor had letters dated Malines the 12th, by which Gueldres appears to contemplate some new disturbance. If the French do not beguile the Emperor, his truce with the Venetians is this day prorogued for five years. How much money he is to have is unknown, but he will go to Flanders and take Don Fernando with him to Germany, against the wish of Chievres. The King has commissioned Don Luis Carroz to be his ambassador in the interim. The Chancellor expects John de la Nuca will be appointed. The captain of Oram has lost 300 men. Saragossa, 25 May 1518.
Hol., part cipher, deciphered by Tuke, pp. 2. Add.
25 May.
Wrote last on the 20th. Sent the news to the King. Begs he may be provided with money. Cannot stay there under 20s. a day. Saragossa, 25 May 1518.
Hol., p. 1. Add.
25 May.
Vit. B. III. 216*. B. M.
A letter of compliments. Rome, 25 May 1518. Signed.
Lat., p. 1. Add.
26 May.
Licence to export 140 woollen broad cloths, notwithstanding certain statutes. Abingdon, 3 April 9 Hen. VIII. Del. Woodstock, 26 May.
Fr. 10 Hen. VIII. m. 2.
26 May.
Licence to import 350 tuns of Toulouse woad or Vascon wine. Woodstock, 4 May 10 Hen. VIII. Del. Woodstock, 26 May.
Fr. 10 Hen. VIII. m. 2.
28 May.
Vit. B. III. 217. B. M.
Wolsey has been joined with him in the legateship, of which he brings the bulls. Ex Palizia, 28 May 1518. Signature burnt off.
Lat., p. 1, mutilated.
28 May.
The Pope, at a consistory held on 17 May, appointed Wolsey legate de latere and a colleague to the writer. Has sent a messenger to congratulate him. Will present the bulls for the legateship at his arrival in England. Has sent forward from Lyons his secretary Florianus Montinus, and, to expedite what is fitting for his arrival at Calais, begs that Wolsey will give the necessary commands. Encloses letters to the King. La Palice, 28 May 1518.Signed.
Lat., pp. 2. Add.: Rmo D. meo Colendiss. Cardinali Eboracensi.
28 May.
R. O.
In behalf of the Bp. of St. Dominique, Katharine's former preceptor, for whom Margaret has procured the said bishoprics. Thinks it reasonable that Katharine, whom he has served longer, should do something more for him. Malines, 28 May 1518. Signed.
Fr., p. 1. Add.
His service in teaching the Queen is known to all the world. She is now angry with him, who has been always devoted to her. Does not require the same reward which Margaret daughter of Maximilian, to whom he owes his bishopric, conferred upon him for five months' instruction. Only requests that for the whole time of his youth spent in her service (sub imperio ejus) he may obtain some consideration. Prays that she may be blessed with offspring and a happy life. Desires to know what he shall do with the papal briefs.
Hol., Lat., pp. 2. Add.: D. Cardinali, &c.
28 May.
S. B.
4197. To THOMAS BP. OF DURHAM, keeper of the Privy Seal.
For a congé d'élire to the Prior and Convent of the Monastery of Derley, Cov. and Lich. dioc., vacant by the death of John Assheby. Woodstock, 26 May 10 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 10 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 2. Woodstock, 28 May.
ii. Petition of the Prior and Convent of St. Mary's, Derley, for the above, on the death of John Aschbye, 18th May last; the bearer being Richard Scheffeylde, canon. 20 May 1518.
28 May.
S. B.
4198. For RIC. RAWLYNS, the King's almoner.
Prebend in the chapel of St. Stephen's, Westminster, vice Hen. Wilcokkis. Del. Woodstock, 28 May 10 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 10 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 1.
28 May.
S. B.
4199. For TH. HENNAGE.
Wardship of Thomas, son and heir of Rygge. Signed: Thomas Lovell, Rychard Weyston. Del. Woodstock, 28 May 10 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 10 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 2.
28 May.
P. S.
4200. For HEN. SMYTH of Stone, Staff., sherman, alias clothmaker.
Protection; going in the retinue of Sir Ric. Wingfeld, Deputy of Calais. Woodstock, 6 May 10 Hen. VIII. Del. Woodstock, 28 May.
Fr. 10 Hen. VIII. m. 1.
31 May.
Strype's Mem. I. pt. II. App. VII.
4201. SIR RICHARD JERNEGAN, Lieutenant of Tournay, to WOLSEY.
One Henry (fn. 3) Crossene, who has come straight from the French court, arrived at Tournay this day. He says the Kings of France and Denmark, the Duke of Albany and Richard de la Pole, have concluded on certain enterprises, to carry out which Mons. de Pursel, chief counsellor of Rouen, and David Cokron, King of heralds, have left for Scotland, to go thence to Denmark. (This "David, herold of Denmark," as he was going to France lately, was taken by Jernegan, who wrote to Wolsey about him, but has received no answer.) De la Pole is to take ship in Denmark with the Duke of Ulske, the King of Denmark's uncle, and a certain number of lanceknights, to land in England: Albany is to sail from Brittany to Scotland, "there to make business against the King;" Mons. de Bourbon and the Duke of Vendôme are to besiege Tournay. All this is to be done within two or three months. Crossene learnt this news from "Mr. Robert Cokborne, a Scot, and Bp. of Ruse (Ross)," who desires a passport to England, that he may inform Wolsey more at length what is determined. If granted, the passport should be sent to Jernegan or to the Master of the Fellowship, Mr. Hewester: it will be conveyed by Crossene. Kokborn obtained his information from the herald: "for they are both Scots; and the herald thought that Mr. R. K. was good French, as he hath been before:" but something has made him discontented with the French King. De la Pole has left the French King for Mence in Lorain: he will go thence to Denmark. Has sent spies to Mence. Sends a letter from one Polle, master of a ship, of Hansardame in Holland, to a priest, Sir William, who is with De la Pole. Polle formerly served Perkyn Warbeke, "from Edmund de la Pole and now Richard de la Pole. If this enterprise should be put in execution, is sorry that Wolsey and the Privy Council "hath not given credence to our oft writings, for the advancement of such works as should have been great and most necessary for the surety of this the King's citadel." If their advice had been followed, the "older part" of the castle would have been out of danger. To defend it in its present condition would be attended with great loss of men. The lack of money causes much uneasiness. Tournay, 31 May. Signed.
Add.: To my Lord Cardinal's grace.
Strype says this letter is in the Cottonian collection, Caligula; but it has not been found there.
31 May.
S. B.
4202. For GILES BRENTE, son and heir apparent of John Brente, of Cosyngton, Somers, and for ELIZABETH his wife.
Livery of lands; the said Elizabeth being daughter and heir of John Gilbert; granddaughter and heir of John Gilbert, father of the said John; granddaughter and heir of Elizabeth Vowell, daughter of John Fitzjames, formerly Gilbert's wife; great granddaughter and heir of Wm. Gilbert; and sister and heir of Agnes Gilbert. Del. Woodstock, 31 May 10 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 10 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 3.


  • 1. "Transacto primo Paschatis die," by mistake.
  • 2. "Vannes, in his decipher, says of the last clause: "Hæc erant in gifris."
  • 3. Called William in some places.