Henry VIII: May 1515, 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 1515

16 May.
Calig. D. VI. 340. B.M.
Thanks him for his manifold letters and his diligent advertisements; "and albeyt ye have ly[til or nothyn]g profyttyd in any matters there yet, I do perceive tha[t you have] omitted nothing that to you have appertained [for the] avancement of the same, which I repute and take [as thank]fully as though ye had brought all things to good [proce]ss; and that I thus take it ye shall shortly know by [w]ayes of promotion which I have determined to give you; and as much or more I esteme and accompt such servy[se, as] ye do to me there, as though ye were daily in my presence, and the same shall redound more to your profits, which ye may assuredly trust." For answer to his letters, Wolsey perceives their effect "resteth in such business and trouble as the e[lect doth p]ut you to." Though the French King has not performed his promise that the said elect should cease from further meddling, Sampson need not "doubt for the process made from R[heims, which is] not to be regarded nowther against me, nor you, nor any of mine officers, seeing that whereas the bishopric of Tournay is clearly exempt from the Fr[ench King's rule], more the same is thereby exempt from the bi[shop's, who] is the French King's elect. And if any [attempt to issue pro]cess against you, spare not to take him if ye [may, and send hi]m to prison. And if the said Bishop of R[eims issue a process, or the elect, by the vertue [of your commission] make as fast process against them reg ... vyr the same be made against you for ... in no sted; as for appellations ye [need not trouble yourself] for I repute him for no judge."* * *
As for any composition to be taken with the elect, Wolsey will allow of none, "for ayther I wole have all or no part ... as the Kyng shall inyoy Tourney, dowt ye nat b[ut he] shall nevyr atteyne hys purpose. And yf the French [Kyng take his] parte extremely, wyche I knowe wel he wyll nat, [he] wyll nat lese me for 20 such bishops, nor [20 such] as his father ys. Viriliter age, et tandem omnia vi[ncas. Habes] sententiam nostram, et ita vale. From my place besides W[estminster] the 16th day of May."
Draft in Wolsey's hand, very much mutilated, pp. 2.
16 May.
470. For ELIZ. SAXBY, widow.
Annuity of 20l., for services to the King's parents, to 'Mary Queen of the French, and Katharine the Queen Consort. Del. Westm., 16 May 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 3, m.2.
17 May.
"The retinue of the Lord Bargavenny, with the names of gentlemen and number of men as hereafter followeth, mustered at Canterbury, the 16th and 17th days of May 6 Hen. VIII., before Sir Will. Sandys, Sir John Reynsford, Sir Will. Scott, Sir John Daunce, knts., and John Colman, gent., the King's commissioners."
Under Mr. Pyrton, 6 men; Mr. Selenger, 13 men; Rich. Shurley, sheriff of Sussex, 55; Mr. Ferres, 170; John Gaynesford, captain, Nic. Gaynesford, petty captain, and Hen. Bradereke, chaplain, 102; Sir John Scott, knt., Sir John Yong, chaplain, 83; Tho. Roydon, 91; My Lord Burgavenny, John Brent, captain, John Fisher, petty captain, 102; Will. Kempe, gent., 51; Sir John Fogge, Sir John Asshewell, chaplain, 51; my Lord Dawbeney, Sir Oliver Shawe, 11; my Lord Burgavenny, 125; Sir John Norton, Tho. Geddyng, Sir And. Hunter, 123; Total, 984, whereof himself chief captain and lieutenant of the King's army; lieutenant under him, 1; captains, 8; petty captains, 9; footmen, 959;—Lord Dawbeney, 1; gentlemen, 4. List of the names given.
Signed by Sir John Raynsford, Will. Scotte, and John Colman.
Men's names written in full. Pp. 12.
18 May.
Rym. XIII. 510.
Grant to Nic. West, elect of Ely, of the temporalities of the bishopric payable to the King from the Prior and Convent of Ely, since the death of the late Bishop James Stanley, at the rate of 2,000l. per annum. Westm., 18 May.
Privy seal not found.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 12.
18 May.
Galba, B. III.307. B.M.
Sends a packet from Wingfield, dated the 11th. Dr. Dunstable (fn. 1) and Mr. More have arrived in this town. The Bp. of Moray has come to Bruges secretly intending to cross for Scotland; he has asked if the safeconduct has come, intending to pass by England, to the great dislike of the French. He thinks with his legatine authority and by his friends ... The Duke of Albany has been delayed for want of money and has left St. Malo. By letters of the 8th from Scotland he had not arrived there. The Lord of Nassaw is in Brussells and favors the French. His wife will have the ... of Brittany, because the Princess of Orange's mother was sister to the Duke of Brittany. The alliance between Berghis' son and Chevres' niece will go forward. The French are taking up Almayn foot. Duke George has sold his right to Friesland to Prince Charles for ... guilders. Has received a packet of the 11th from Sir Robt. Wingfield, with a letter from the King. Bruges, [18] May 1515.
Pp. 3, mutilated. Add. and endd.
18 May.
Wrote his last on the 13th. Will learn the news by the King's letter. Dr. Dunstable and Mr. More have told him he is comprised in their commission. Sampson is not yet arrived. The Bp. of Tournay and his adherents speak against Wolsey's administration. Bruges, 18 May 1515. Signed.
P. 1. Add. Endd.
18 May.
475. To JOHN YONG, Master of the Rolls.
To cancel two recognizances of 120l. made by Sir William Smyth of Elford, Staff., John Hudelston late of Aldenham, Herts., and William Hammersey, of Stone, Staff., to King Hen. VII., 22 Jan. 23 Hen. VII. Greenwich, 18 May 7 Hen. VIII.
18 May.
476. For CHAS. DE LA HAY.
Denization, being a native of Brittany. Del. Westm., 18 May 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 15.
19 May.
Er. Ep. VIII. 39.
Sees the preface to his absurdities is not agreeable to Montjoy. Sends another, and begs Erasmus will correct it. Is glad to find that a new edition of the Adagia has appeared, but prefers the Aldine for the beauty of the type. Does not know what Italian bookseller Erasmus means. Has given his compliments to the Bishop of Durham, who was glad to hear of him, and wishes to know when Erasmus will return. The messenger was so careless that the letters did not reach Ammonius before 17 kal. Jun. (16 May), although dated 5 kal. May (27 April). Nothing new in England, except that the King grows in excellence every day; but this is no news to Erasmus. He is besieged with questions when will Erasmus return. More and his charming wife are well; "Morus noster melitissimus cum sua facillima conjuge quæ nunquam tui meminit, quin tibi bene precetur, et liberis ac universa familia pulcherrime valet." Linacre has a living; "sacerdotio auctus est." Leucophæus sends compliments. London, 14 kal. Junii 1515.
19 May.
Arrived at Calais on the 18th. After expediting their business will proceed to the Archduke. Calais, 19 May. Signed.
P.1. Add. Endd.: A letter of the King's ambassadors that are gone to Flanders.
20 May.
Vit. B. XVIII. 152. B.M.
Wrote last from [Augsburg] on the [15th] wherein Wingfield notified that Maximilian left that day for ... but his return was uncertain. He returned, however, the next day, "and the ... Duke of Russye hath now in the absence of the King [of Poland given] a great overthrow to the said King of Poll's army ... the said King should be returned to his country with di ... [If this] be true, it is thought that the Emperor's journey toward the ... for this time of which (and it may so prove) for my part ... sorry though I have spent already to that purpose more ... ease."
War is likely to break out between the Elector of Saxony and this Landgravine now here [for the sake] of her son heir to the Land-grave of Hassyn. Though a fair lady it seemeth she lacketh no heart. The Duke of Wirtembourg who married one of the ..., while hunting ... a young gentleman in his service, who appeared to be in high favour, and hanged him on a tree; as he had good friends in Franconia the nobles there are preparing to avenge his death. "It is said great nowm[bers] ... to France, to serve the French King ... charged to return, and the peril if ... such commandments been also sent out ... [ob]ey not the Emperor's commandment, that they [be bani]shed for ever, and that the Emperor giveth liberty to [those] that have any of their subjects and tenants in France [to take] all their lands and goods, and to put their wives and children ... out of their houses;" and if ever those that break the said commandments return, it shall be lawful for any man to make slaves of them or kill them.
If the French intend to cross the mountains, it is said the Swiss are prepared "to give them the looking on;"—if they intend anything against Arragon they will doubtless "find as hot as they bring."— Tidings come every day from the Venetians, (the way being open "[by] reason of a certain toll that is taken in the Emperor's countries" on Venetian merchandise, which brings the Emperor more than 30,000 fl. a year,) that they are endeavouring to provide money for a new levy of 5,000 or 6,000 foot for 3 months; but the men they have are very ill paid. They are in such need "that they have made overture to such merchants of Almain as ben resident there to ... them the fowntagew, the rent of which was wont [to be wo]rth to them 100 ducats every day." If so, "they have found their master," and their hope [to] consume the Emperor has lighted on themselves. Augsburg, 20 May.
Hol., pp. 3, much mutilated. Add.
20 May.
Cal. D. VI. 288. B.M.
Received on 19 May his Grace's letters dated London, 16th day of the same. Thanks him for the expressions contained in them and the promise of promotion. Is pleased with the honor of being named in the King's commission with Mr. Tunstall and "young Moore." "And though I received your Grace's letters the 19th day after supper, yet with God's grace Monday, the 21st day, I shall be at Bruges, as nigh possible as I may, fulfilling your Grace's pleasure and commandment." Will be very plain with him regarding the bishopric of Tournay, of which he is more competent to speak from his experience and impartiality than other men. He is resolved in this cause, with Wolsey's leave, to use sharply the spiritual sword, and when that is inexpedient desire aid of the temporal. The lord lieutenant is very willing to assist him, and all the captains of the town, especially Sir Richard Wingfield and Sir Richard Jerningham. Richard Hansard, the under marshal, brought in one night 3 farmers "[an] English mile from Tournay, but they failed of 2 or 3 o[thers] which were of the fattest. But I trust the dread of [them] shall cause others to bow." A gentler course is required in Flanders, because (1) he is inhibited by the sentence of the Prince's council, of which he sent Wolsey a copy from Gaunt, from meddling in Flanders; (2) it would provoke the commons in that country, who grudge an Englishman's advancement, and so create danger; (3) there is a question about Wolsey's authority in Flanders, which would jeopardise execution of any jurisdiction. In Tournay, on the contrary, on the refusal of homage and obedience he has a good colour of exercising jurisdiction and receiving the temporalities for his Grace.
Begs that he may have a more clear title for enforcing his spiritual authority. Advises that a pension should be given to the Bishop elect, as he would be more inclined to the renunciation, and it will then be thought that Wolsey desires the bishopric, more for the King's honor than his own profit. And if he would grant the Bishop a pension of 300 or 400 marks per annum till the French King provided for him, "there is no fail your Grace's ... pay the pension one year; for if the French [King ful]filled not his promise yet should your Grace b[e exempted] fro the pension." Tournay, 20 May 1515.
Hol., pp. 4, mutilated.
20 May. 481. For TH. BROMFELD alias PENGRE, of Micham alias of Lambhith, Surrey.
Pardon for having killed Wm. Decons. Westm., 20 May.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m.26.
21 May.
Vit. B. II. 141. B.M.
Stated in his last that the French had returned to this side the Alps. The Viceroy has agreed with his master, Messire Andreas [de Burgo], to attack the French with all his power. The Spaniards will join the Swiss with a large force. Since then De Burgo has visited Milan, "pour les bons ducquesques et demie mutinee" for the French. The Duke, with the Spaniards, is marching to Alexandria, which has rebelled, and has sacked Volguere. The Swiss have arrived at Tourtonnel (?), a fine body of men, promising, if he wants soldiers, their women and children shall come from Switzerland to maintain him in his duchy. The Spaniards are zealous in his service, and the Sieur don Berterand is not the least of them. On Thursday last Andreas sent one of his gentlemen with a letter he had received from Arragon, stating that the French had broken the treaty and entered into Catalonia, and ordering the Viceroy to pass his forces into France by Prouvence or Daulphinay; who will advance and not wait for the papal reinforcements at Placenza. News has came from the Viceroy of the arrival of some of the papal forces at Placenza and the march of others towards Cremona to resist the Venetians. He has sent to the Swiss for reinforcements by way of Bergamo against the Venetians. The Emperor has sent an ambassador to Switzerland to raise troops to march into Burgundy. Two captains have been imprisoned at Zurich for taking bribes from the French, and were to have been executed on the 18th. The French forces have recrossed the Alps with their artillery, viz., Theodore Trivultio, the Sieur Sacremore Visconte, Daubigny, Robert De la Marche, De la Trimoille; some objecting to do so unless the Viceroy withdrew to Naples. They are waiting for the Emperor to declare himself. She would induce the English to take part against the French, who are weakened on all sides. Number of the forces under the Duke. Milan, 20 May.
Hol., Fr., pp. 4, mutilated.
21 May. 483. For TH. WALLE alias LANCASTRE.
To be king of arms for the North, with 20l. a year. Westm., 21 May.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 3, m. 31.
21 May.
Livery of lands as daughter and heir of John Enderby, kinswoman and their of Alianor, late wife of Sir Edmund Lucy, deceased. Del. Westm., 21 May 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 19.
21 May.
485. For ROB. LATON alias LAWTON.
Livery of lands as s. and h. of William, deceased. Del. Westm., 21 May 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 18.
21 May.
486. For WM. PYKERYNG.
Livery of lands as s. and h. of Thomas Pykeryng. Del. Westm., 21 May 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m.1.
21 May.
487. For RIC. STANHOP.
Livery of lands as s. and h. of Sir Edward Stanhop. Del. Westm., 21 May 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m.1.
21 May.
To be searcher, in reversion, of Calais, with 12d. a day, as William Davy now occupies the office. Del. Westm., 21 May 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m.8.
21 May.
489. For ROB. GARNEYS, soldier of Calais.
Grant of the fines of strangers, called "le bille money," in the said town, vice Richard Chalner, deceased. Del. Westm., 21 May 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 10.
21 May.
Annuity of 30l., with a donation of 15l. Del. Westm., 21 May 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m.10.
22 May.
491. HENRY VIII. to LEO X.
In favor of Andreas Ammonius, Latin secretary, whose appointment to the collectorship Cardinal Hadrian endeavours to invalidate, notwithstanding the King's two letters. He ought to have complied, and the more as on another occasion he granted it readily to Peter Gryphus Bp. of Forli. Seeing that Hadrian is instigated to these proceedings by Polydore Vergil, who has been thrown into prison for attempting to weaken the alliance now existing between Henry and the Pope, begs he will confirm Ammonius in the appointment without further dispute. Greenwich, 22 May 1515.
Lat., on vellum, in the hand of Ammonius. Add.
22 May.
492. LEO X. to HENRY VIII.
Recommending Franciscus de Castilione, a Genoese, the bearer of a golden rose to Charles Prince of Spain, who desires to visit England. Rome, 22 May 1515, 3 pont.
Vit. B. II. 134. B.M. 493. [BP. OF WORCHESTER to_]
As the Bp. of Tricarico, on account of his departure from France, could not explain to him the briefs super legatione, had requested of the Pope other briefs intimating to Moray his revocation. The Pope swore he would not do this for any other Prince, for 100,000 ducats. Thinks no one in Scotland more fit for this business than Gawin, the elect of Dunkeld, who has been accordingly appointed. The Swiss attempted to expel the Doge of Genoa, accusing him of favoring the French against the Duke of Milan, which was utterly false. It was only done to get money. The Duke of Milan has become thoroughly hated for his submission to the Swiss. Does not satisfy men's opinions concerning him,—has none of his father's animus, and will be expelled by his own subjects if not by the French. The Pope is glad to hear of the good understanding between England, Arragon and the Emperor, as it will oppress the French. Is persuaded they will not cross into Italy this year unless he is friendly. The Pope earnestly entreats the King to enter the Italian league, and Fox and Wolsey to help. Wishes to know what progress has been made in Castile; is very angry with the French for allowing Albany to cross into Scotland. Has just heard from the Pope, the French ambassador has been with him, urging him to declare himself friendly to France for the recovery of Milan. In the course of conversation the Pope taxed the French King with writing insolent letters, saying that he felt the truth of Pope Julius' assertion of the ingratitude of the French, and had he opposed them the King of Arragon would never have made a truce with them; that the King of England was a young man of great power and would easily conquer France. The French ambassadors entreated the Pope not to be angry and laid all the fault upon the Secretary. The Pope consented, and urged them to join in a crusade. They are pushed on, however, by the Milanese and the Venetian exiles. The Hungarians have been defeated by the Turks, whom they rashly attacked.
Lat., pp. 4. Endd.: ... in cifris translat' per d. Andream (Ammonius).
22 May.
R.O. Rym. XIII. 510.
Before his arrival in Scotland, the comprehension in the treaty between France and England had been received by the King and his kingdom: (por Monseigneur le Roy notre bon frere, cousin et allye). As Protector, signifies his approbation. Glasgow, 22 May 1515. Signed and sealed.
22 May.
North., Camb., and Linc.—Rob. Brudenell, justice of the King's Bench, Sir Edw. Belknap, Barth. Westbey, and Rob. Blagge, general purveyors of the King's revenues, Sir Lewis Orell, Wm. Fitz-William, Hen. Horneby, warden of Tatishale, Ric. Clement, John Robinson, Geoff. Paynell, Francis Browne, John Litilbury, John Turnour, Geo. Quarles, Hugh Edwards, Rob. Pulbertofte, Miles Worseley, Ric. Colvyle, John Fyncheam, Wm. Evererd and Thos. Wythe, for the district between the Water of Northampton from Peterborough Bridge to Guyherne, the Water of Weland from Staunford Bridge to Spaldyng and Guyherne, the water called Borne Eye from Kate Bridge to St. Saviour's at Brygdyke Ende, and from the said limits to the sea coast. Knoll, 22 May.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 8d.
23 May.
Wardship of Thomas, son and heir of Sir Tho. Wortley. Del. Knoll, 23 May 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m.8.
23 May. 497. For TH. BRENCE of Ludford.
Licence to alienate lands in Thorgamby to Rob. Stevenson jun., Nich. Panton clk., Th. Wryght, Th. Chapman, John Stevynson jun., and Ric. Baly. Westm., 23 May.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 8.
24 May.
Galba, B.III. 232. B. M.
The [23rd they] arrived at Bruges and this day ... such monies as we received at Calais ... yngham and certain of the Treasurer's clerks Wete ... which be come hither for the same purpose; and sith we came hither Master Dr. Tunstall and his company commissioned for the intercourse hath resorted unto us, and showed us [in this] manner, that certain persons had been sent commissioners to this, town "to treat upon the difference of the intercourse." It is supposed they intend to delay the time until the amity is established. As soon as the surceance be expired, as it will be on St. John's day, they will immediately execute sentence on the English goods.' In the instructions given to Tunstal and his fellow commissioners it is provided that they should inform the writers of the state of their negociations with the Prince's commissioners; but at the time when Sir Edw. Ponynges was last with their Lordships in Council it was [agreed that the] article should be adjoined to our inst[ructions] ... Think proper to notify to the Council accordingly. Are not joined with the commissioners for the intercourse, and have no instructions to further them. Move about to avoid suspicion, as they have no other powers except to express the King's pleasure to have the amity renewed. Think that the intercourse and amity should be communicated jointly, otherwise the merchants will suffer much. Bruges, 24 May. Signed.
Pp. 3, much mutilated, in Knight's hand. Add. and endd.
24 May.
R. O.
Wrote lately from Tournay. Nothing done in the king's matters yet. Yesterday had a communication with two of the Prince's Council. On the 23rd Poynings arrived;—was met by the writer and Tunstal. Letters have been sent to the Council, desiring that Poynings and his companion may have power to meddle in this matter, of which there is no mention in their instructions; and also be consulted in concluding the amity. Advise Wolsey to offer the Elect compensation to have quiet possession of the bishopric. Bruges, 24 May 1515.
Hol., pp. 2. Add.: My Lord of York. Endd.
24 May.
To be constable of Chester castle, and keeper of the outer gate, with custody and use of all buildings, *c., except the King's exchequer and exchequer chamber, and a fee farm rent of 24l. 13s. 4d. by which the burgesses of Ludlowe hold their borough, &c.
Del. Knoll, 24 May 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 9.
24 May.
501. FOR SIR MAURICE BARKELEY, knight of the Body.
Wardship of John, s. and h. of Richard Barkeley. Del. Knoll, 24 May 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 9.
24 May.
To be feodary of the honor of Richmond, Linc. and Notts., and bailiff of the manors of Wikes and Frampton, Linc. Del. Knoll, 24 May 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 12.
24 May. 503. For JOHN ALYNSON, clk.
Writ to John Constable, elk., the Dean and Chapter of Lincoln. to admit the said John to the chantry founded for the souls of the Duchess of Lancaster and Countess of Westmoreland in "le Irons" near the steps of the high altar. Knoll, 24 May.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 9.
Cornwall.—H. Bp. of Exeter, Rob. Willoughby, Lord Broke, Sir Hen. Marney, Ric. Eliott, Lewis Pollard, John Arundell of la Hern, Sir Peter Egecombe, Sir William Trevanyon, Wm. Carewe, Rog. Greynfeld, John Carmynowe, Peter Bevyle, John Skewes, Rob. Tredenek, Roger Arundell, John Arundell of Talvern, John Chamond, Rob. Vivian, Jas. Heresy, Ric. Penros, Wm. Loure, Hen. Trecarell, Wm. Carnsewe and John Kelegrewe. Otford, 24 May.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 2d.
25 May.
R. O.
Wrote last on the 20th from Augsburg. On Monday the Emperor left. Expects directions from him daily. The Papal and Spanish ambassador departed this day for Insbroke. Great preparations are made for Hungary. To secure the Duke of Genoa, the Duke of Milan has sent thither 8,000 Swiss. The Venetians are proud, poor, and obstinate, and are worse enemies to themselves than the Emperor. The Provost of Cologne, Hans Reynner's brother, is appointed with my Lady and my Lord Berghes to negotiate the peace with England. Augsburg, 25 May 1515.
Hol., p. 1. Add. Endd.
25 May.
Calig. D.VI. 269. B.M.
Demand restitution to be made to two merchants of the city of Lantriguer in Britanny, named Yuon de Begaignon (?) and Oliver Le Bleiz, whose ship "La Marie de Lantriguer," (Yuon Hamon master,) freighted by them on the 20th Sept. when there was peace between England and France, was attacked and robbed in the harbour of Falmouth by an English ship of war, of which John Brigandin was captain, and Yuon Morgant master. The complaint of the merchants has been referred to certain judges who have made due inquiry. Other actes et enseignements transmitted herewith. Nantes, 25 May 1515.
Add.: A tres-puissant et tres-excellent Roy d'Augleterre.
Fr., mutilated, pp. 2.
25 May.
Vit. B., I. 143. B.M.
The Duke is still at Alexandria waiting for the Viceroy; would have attacked the French, but for a large force of Venetians who were before Verona expecting to take it, when it was suddenly reinforced. They have broken up their camp and are threatening to lay siege to Cremona. To make provision against them the Viceroy has returned to Placenza. The Pope has sent money to the Swiss. The artillery is planted before Alexandria. The assault will be given to morrow. The Swiss are impatient for the attack. The Viceroy has had 13 chains of gold made for a present to the Swiss captains, and has sent to Florence for silks for them. News is come of a disturbance in Genoa, in which the Guelfs have been defeated and their principal men slain. The Genoese say they will take care the French do not come into Italy again. They have good hopes of the Duke being victorious. Milan, 25 May.
Hol., Fr., mutilated, pp. 2. Add.: [A] ma tres—redoubtee et souveraume dame, Madame.
25 May.
508. For SIR WM. TYLER.
Three annuities; one of 20 marks, out of the issues of Devon, another of 20l. out of the issues of Kent, and the third of 100s. which the Abbot of Fulger in France lately held from the church of Westkyngton in the archdeaconry of Wilts and the deanery of Malmesbury, Salisb. dioc. Del. Westm., 25 May 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 9.
25 May.
509. For SIR WM. TYLER.
To be master of the swans in the Thames vice Geo. Assheby, clerk of the signet, deceased. Del. Westm., 25 May 7 Hen VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 9.
25 May. 510. For SIR HEN. SHARNEBURNE.
To be Marshal of the King's Bench vice Sir Th. Brandon, deceased.Knoll, 25 May.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 10.
25 May. 511. For SIR HEN. SHARNEBURNE als. SHORBORN of Sharneburne, Norf.
Pardon and release of all matters before 10 Jan. 6 Hen. VIII. Knoll, 25 May.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 10.
26 May.
Calig. D. VI. 290. B. M.
Wrote in his last letters of the beginning partly made in the King's matters, now at a stand still "for lack of the commission that he sent be the Prince." If speed be not used John Seillier of Tournay, and the Doctor of Bruges and others active in Wolsey's service, "are not unlike to have great displeasure." No other way is possible except to obtain a resignation (from the bishop elect) by the French King's hand, giving him a pension, of which Wolsey will have no long charge. Whatever the charge he must obtain bulls in commendam, and by that means he will hold the bishopric in quiet. This is the best and most godly way. He cannot admit Wolsey's argument that the [Archbishop] of Rheims as metropolitan has no metropolitan jurisdiction in Tournay without Wolsey's pleasure. Men are astonished to see Sampson so stout, considering that he is prohibited by the Prince's Council from using jurisdiction in Flanders, whither he dares not come, as there is sentence against him pronounced at Rheims in the Spiritual Court. He has charged ... and Coterell in the King's name to do no service to the elect pretense of Tournay; "which hath sore abated their villain courage." Is greatly annoyed, but hopes by Wolsey's goodness to continue this little countenance; for if he should abate it his enemies would triumph and rejoice. If he falls into danger it will not be little. He could be satisfied to pass his life in the Arches or other places, but is anxious to do his grace honorable service. His grace has in those parts a faithful servant, Sir Thomas Spinelly. Bruges, 26 M[ay] 1515.
Endd.: Doctor Sampson's letter dated xxvj. Maij. Hol., mutilated, pp. 4.
26 May. 513. For MALMESBURY ABBEY.
Writ for restitution of the temporalities on election of Richard Camme. Knoll, 26 May.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 8.
26 May.
514. For TH. LORD DACRE of Greystoke.
Commission to execute the office of warden of the East, West, and Middle Marches of Scotland. Del. Knoll, 26 May 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 8d.
26 May.
S. B.
515. For OLIVER MORELL, cross-bow maker, and EDM. KNYGHTLEY.
Licence, in survivorship, to shoot with the cross-bow, notwithstanding the act. Richmond, 14 April 6 Hen. VIII. Del. Knoll, 26 May 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 4.
26 May.
S. B.
To be auditors of Warwykeslandes, Salysburylandes and Spencerslandes, in those counties whereof John Clerk and Edward Sharp were auditors, by grant of Henry VII. Del. Otford, 26 May, 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 8.
26 May.
S. B.
517. For HUGH WILLY.
To have the toll of Prestende, Beelth and Elvell, Marches of Wales, and the occupation and profits of 29 "fattes," called "le saltfattes," with the coppice called Owoode in Droitwiche, Worc.; also an annuity and donation, each of 40 marks, out of the fec farm of the city of Hereford. Del. Knoll, 26 May 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 9.
Derbyshire.—Geo. Earl of Shrewsbury, Th. Earl of Derby, Wm. Blount Lord Mountjoy, Hump. Conyngesby, Guy Palmes, Sir Hen. Vernon, Sir Ralph Shorley, Sir Hen. Sacheverell, Sir John Gyfford, Th. Babyngton, John Porte, Roger Meynours, John Agard, Geoff. Fulgeham, Roger Eyer, Wm. Grysley, Humph. Bradbourne, John Fitzherbert, Th. Coken and Wm. Bothe. Westm., 26 May.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 5d.
28 May.
Galba, B. III. 240*. B. M.
... "this present month and for because ... the same day unto Bruges and it was un[known whether he] would remain or after one day there abide here ... " Sent a servant with letters to the Chancellor of Burgoyne, whose answer they enclose. Sir John Carre, the bearer, will inform him more fully. Beg the Herald at arms may be commanded to attend upon them, and be there immediately. Antwerp, 28 May. Signed.
Pp. 1, mutilated. Add.
28 May.
Galba, B.III. 172. B. M.
[At the] .. of this present month Dr. Tunstal and the other commissioner with himself have not yet had a decision from the Prince's Council respecting the sums of money, "by virtue of a certain old axiom," to be [demanded] of your subjects. Sir Edw. Ponynges and Dr. Knight have been at Antwerp. The Prince is at Barowe. A courier from Genoa has brought letters of the 12th, stating they will have no Frenchmen there. Jakys Tryoulcyo is at Lyons with many spears. The Receiver of Flanders, who is in great favor with the Prince, was lately raising money for the business of Friesland, as the Provost of Cassel showed Spinelly. Begs leave to come to England for 15 days. The French King, on hearing that the Pope would join the Emperor, the King of Arragon, and others against him, has offered to resign to the Pope's brother the kingdom of Naples. Bruges, 28 day of ... Signed.
Pp. 3, mutilated. Add.
28 May.
R. O.
Sends a letter from Sampson. Thinks the French promises delusive touching Tournay. If Wolsey have the spiritual authority, he will be more sure of the temporal; first, as receiving it from the French King, secondly, because Guillard has forged certain bulls and is in danger of deprivation. Bruges, 28 May 1515. Signed.
P.1. Add.: My Lord the Abp. of York. Endd.
28 May.
Calig. E. I. II. ? I. 186. B. M.
Has written to the King of England of the great expences he is at in Italy, requesting his forbearance of the 50,000 francs, which he owes, till next term. Begs Suffolk to back his request. Lyons, 28 May. Signed.
Fr., mutilated, p. 1. Add.: A mon cousin le Duc de Suffort.
28 May. 523. WARDS and MARRIAGES.
Cumberland.—Commission to Sir Hen. Clifford, Sir Anth. Ughtroyd, Sir Roger Belyngham, Hugh Hutton, Geoff. Lancastre and Adam Penyngton, to make inquisitions concerning concealed wards and marriages belonging to the Crown. Knoll, 28 May.
Salop.—The same to Sir Wm. Uvedale, Sir Thos. Blount, Peter Newton and Geo. Bromley. Knoll, 28 May.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 8d.
28 May. 524. For JOHN PENNYNGTON of Molkaster, Cumb.
Exemption from serving on juries, &c. Knoll, 28 May.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 10.
28 May. 525. For TH. FORDE of Coventry, grocer.
Protection; going in the suite of Sir Ric. Wingfield, Deputy of Calais. Knoll, 28 May.
Fr. 7 Hen. VIII. m. 6.
29 May.
R. O.
Arrived at Antwerp on the 26th. Transmit a copy of the Chancellor's letter in answer to their inquiries when the Prince could give them audience. Expect it will be soon, and request answer to their letter from Bruges of the 24th. Antwerp, 29 May. Signed.
P. 1. Add.
29 May. 527. For WM. BRISWOOD and ANTH. NELE.
To be clerk of the works at Calais, in survivorship, with 8d. a day, the pay of as many men as Th. Deacon lately enjoyed out of, the issues of the town, or of the 19,022l. 4s. 8d. annually allotted by parliament for payment of the King's retinue there. Knoll, 29 May.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 22.
30 May.
Calig. D. VI. 292. B. M.
The commission came yesterday. Fears that all his letters have not reached his grace, as there is no notice of his pleasure respecting a prebend now void in Tournay, of which he had twice made mention. Affairs were never more promising for the bishopric, as the Pope, the Emperor, the King of Arragon, the Swiss, the Milanese, the Florentines and the Genoese hath made a faithful league against the French King, "not only to keep him from Italy, but to invade him with 30,000 foot and 3,000 horse." Wolsey has therefore to urge the resignation of the Bishop elect of Tournay, and offer him a pension; saying that though he might eject him by violence, he is content to aid him to an honorable living. This will save all opprobrium which might arise if the Bishop were at once driven to poverty by this ejection. Had already written "of a ... the Florentines intended to make against the Elect. They trust to danger him with deposition fro his benefice." Bruges, 30 May 1515.
Hol., pp. 2, mutilated.
30 May.
Addit, 14, 840. B. M.
Thanks her for the reception she has given to his daughter Anne, whom he had intended to leave permanently with her, but the Queen is desirous of her presence. Sends, therefore, Sir Edward Guildford and William Wodale to conduct her to England. Greenwich, 30 May 1515. Signed.
Fr., p. 1. Add.
30 May. 530. For SIR WM. SKEVYNGTON.
To be master of the ordance with 2s. a day, 6d. a day for a clerk, and 6d. a day for a valet. Knoll, 30 May.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 10.
31 May.
R. O.
Wrote his last from this city on the 25th instant. Has received order from the Emperor to depart to—morrow towards Insbrook. The Emperor has gone into Bavaria, to visit a place of Our Lady, where Cardinal Gource will meet him. Some say the King of Poole cometh in his company. It is expected that the Emperor will go to Hungary; both Kings will abide his coming. As far as his knowledge goes, the higher people are, the less they keep their appointments. Thinks the Emperor has some great object in hand on account of his great preparations. The Turks have defeated Count John de Cele, a Hungarian, married to the King of Poole's sister, who declined to be at the meeting of the Kings. 15,000 Switzers are prepared to enter France. What they have done at Genys is not known. Augsburg, 31 May 1515. Signed.
Pp. 2. Add.
31 May.
R. O.
Receipt for 12,000l. in crowns at 4s. 2d. a crown, for the pay of the garrison, received by Lord Mountjoy, lord lieutenant of Tournay, of Sir Edw. Benstede, treasurer. Dated 31 May, 7 Hen. VIII.
Signed by Mountjoy and Benstede. P. 1. Endd.
31 May.
Wilk. Conc. III. 658.
Prorogation of convocation, which had met 22 June 1514, to the 13 Nov. following.
Calig. E. III. 99. B. M.
"... B ... more abbyll to handy[II] ... I have caused the King to ... ambassadors now at a diet to t ... day of this present month of May ... [su]che variance as be betwixt the Prin[ces ... a] dventages ye shall have assocyat with ... [y]ong More and the governor of the said [merchants] ... by whom ye shall be advertised, as well of y ... se of your and their instructions, they be departed [thitherwa] rds and will not fail to be there the said 20th ...; where also fail ye not to meet with them. And to [the intent ye] shall be [the] better furnished as well in your apparel [as in] other [ex] penses as accordeth the King's ambassador to ... [I] have [de] lyvered to Mr. Tunstall threescore pounds ... [to] be by [him] delivered to you for your diets of 60 da[ys, after the] rate [of] 20s. the day, if ye be lenger there than the ... ys ye [sha]ll have more money sent to you after the [same rate], with the [which] I doubt not but ye shall be able to ly[ve] ... And [ye] being the King's ambassadors your ad[versary shal] be the [worse] ordered to attempt anything against you, [and y]e shall be the more able to advance my causes and as y[e shall] have [word] of the Prince's favour, so ye may write to Mr. [P]onynges which [is se]nt to the said Prince from the King in ambassade; who I doubt [not] wole do as much as he can possibly. And I for my part [shall] labour to the French King for the calling o[f t]he elect home, and causing him to surcease. In the mean[time] handle the matter boldly, and fulminate the censures according [to the] brief, not fearing for any excommunication of any man."
Draft in Wolsey's hand, p. 1, much mutilated.
Vit. B. XVIII. 146* B. M.
Wrote last from this place on the 26th inst ... [Em]peror doth return to this city; and within five or six days hopes to have some certain news from Hungary—when he will go from thence, if necessity shall so require, by water to Vienna, which is not far from the confines of Hungary.—Certain Princes of the empire are already here, and more are expected to accompany the Emperor on his journey, if it take place—which Wingfield hopes not, as now he is far from provision and friends, and then he will be even further.
Francis, it is said, has sent a great army, in which there are 4,000 Almayns, by sea to Genys, with the consent of Fregose the Duke there and the Pope.—The Swiss have sent 8,000 men to Genys, and 8,000 to the passages in the mountains between Italy and France; so that in a few days something may be looked for, if "the French keep their own way and the Emperor on his side sleepeth not." Maximilian has sent Master Loys Marraton in post to the King of Arragon; he is expected back in 15 days, "and upon such answer as he shall bring it is thought that some new thing shall be put in execution to the displeasure of some that have right largely deserved to be so paid for their good serv[ices]." Augsbourge, the ... day of May 1515. Signed.
Hol., p. 1, burnt at the edges.
Galba, B.III. 234. B. M.
"... Brugeys, an Englishman, ... Dr. Sampson, and others at the Starre saying [that the K]ing should not keep seven year nor one year nor [six] months the city of Tournay in his hands." Next day [it was] demanded by the Lord Malyngham whether the King had any communications for the delivery of it to the French. Spinelly said the King would keep it. He was asked the same by the Graffer of Bruges, who is in great favor with the Lord Fynes, who said the house of Burgundy were the best merchants for England. he was asked the same at Antwerp, where it was rumored the Lord Chamberlain had orders to deliver it to the French or to the townsman, as the charge of it was so great, and the King had no surety of it. The Prince and his subjects would regret to see it again in the hands of the French, though the Council would oppose it. As Dunkirk and Gravelyng belong to Lord Vandom, an exchange might be made with him, "and so the said city shall return unto the Frenchmen without their incommodity, and the King's grace, being the said two towns by the sea side, with commodity of his subjects and small costs, might keep it."—Does not think that the inhabitants would leave their ancient master.—Lord Berghes thinks the French are resolved to recover it, as their reputation is involved, and because it would be a perpetual bridle for Flanders, and so long as the English keep it, it will be a remembrance and occasion for them to make new enterprises against France. They are liberal in their promises. Signed: By me, Thomas Spinelly.
Pp. 3, mutilated.
Galba, B.III. 236. B. M.
"... them in all your highness ... and secondly that it hath pleased ... commission with me Dr. Tunstall and others ... [wh]ich matter I shall also employ myself to the ... of such communication as we have had thereupon and res ... the Prince's deputies till this day."—Encloses a letter from Sir Rob. Wingfield. The Emperor has despatched the Provost of Lovain, Hans Reigner's brother, to meet the English ambassadors at Bruges. The league has been concluded between the Pope and the Princes of Italy. Genoa is out of danger from the French. Sends a letter he has received from Berghes's secretary in Zeland touching the Bp. of Moray. Dissilsteyne has been sent into F[riesland] to take possession to towns in the Duke of Saxe's hands. Bruges, the ... of May 1515. Signed.
Pp. 2, mutilated.
Galba, B.III. 237. B. M.
538. SPINELLY to_
"[A me]mory of such matters as Sir Edw. [Ponynges and Dr. K]night shewed unto me, Thomas Spinelly, upon their letters of credence."—1st, they had advertised the King of the but ineffectual promises of the Prince's Council, as the ambassador of Arragon had prognosticated. 2nd, that the Prince's council will not confirm the old amity, but have a new one with fresh clauses—on which the chancellor will consult on arriving at Mechlin, declaring the one of 1506 was unfavorable to them. Tunstal and the other commissioners had advertised the King's ambassadors of the proposal for a surceance till the Prince is of full age. 3rd, Ponynges and Knight are [afraid] the Prince's Council will delay, to see how the business of the French succeeds, and act accordingly. Ponynges desired Spinelly to inform the King that the Pope had no intelligence from the Emperor, and some persuasion should be used to prevent his joining the French. 4th, the King's council do all they can to deprive the King of Arragon of the governance of Castile. 5th, the ambassador of Arragon was half discouraged by Sir Edward's departure. 6th, people about the Prince attempt to bring him up in the French interest. 7th, Lord Berghes interferes but little. 8th, Dissilsteyne will lose the government of Holland. 9th, the French King is doing what he can to gain the Emperor. Lord Berghes continues firm to England, and recommends a good intelligence with Arragon. Signed: "By me, Thomas Spinelly."
Pp. 3, mutilated.
Galba, B. v. 5. B. M. 539. HENRY VIII. to [PONYNGES and TUNSTAL.]
As the Council of the King of Castile pretend that the article last sent, relative to a free intercourse between the two countries, is too general, and that they cannot conclude the treaty until they are more fully instructed, they are informed—(1.) that the King intends to deal plainly and substantially with his allies; and in case the French King refuse to pay the duties he has agreed to pay, and the yearly dowry of the Queen Dowager, then the King of Castile shall allow the King of England to pass through his country, and provide victuals, as specified in an article devised. If they refuse this article the King will consider they set no value on his friendship. (2.) That notwithstanding their dissuasion against concluding such a league with the King of Castile, as burdensome to England, because he is more likely to require aid of England than England of him, considering the ambition of France, and their desire to dissever the two Kings, the King thinks it desirable to conclude this amity, provided that aid be not required except the King of Castile is invaded by France, which will force all the confederates to attack it. They are to expedite the league without delay, and urge the Prince's Council not to provoke the King's indignation; and they shall state that though the King is not included in the league lately passed between France and the King Catholic, he is invited to join it, and as he is treated by them he will act. A discussion has been had with the Provost of Cassel touching a new league to be formed between the Pope, the Emperor, the Kings of England and Castile, with the comprehension of the Swiss; which is very agreeable to justice, as the Provost will explain at his return. Sends a copy of the treaty in order that the King of Castile may be included therein.
Draft, corrected by Ruthal, pp. 9, mutilated.
Galba, B. III. 219–225. B. M. 540. Answers of the ENGLISH COMMISSIONERS to the COMMISSIONERS of PRINCE CHARLES.
1st, to the objection that all treaties are revoked by the death of the contracting parties, vel contraventione per Anglicos facta, they answer that the treaty in question remains in force, as appears by the seventh article; and has never been revoked. 2ndly, to the objection, that by the seventh article of the treaty of intercourse "56 (fn. 2) anni" the treaty is merely temporary, they answer, that the argument does not apply, and distinguish the meanings of the word temporal. 3rdly, they deny that by the second article of the treaty of 1495, the Prince can impose new duties, and refer to the first article of the treaty of 1506. 4thly, they say that the fifth and seventh articles provide as much for future as for past remission of duties, quoting the passage, and answering other objections of the Prince's commissioners,—that the treaty was personal, not successive. 5thly, they deny that the treaty has been broken by the English, or satisfaction refused when demanded. 6thly, they say the English merchants are better treated in Spain and Portugal than in the Low Countries; and that the Prince cannot with justice exact those duties which he has expressed his determination to levy.
Lat., pp. 11, mutilated; ff. 224, 223, misplaced. In a later hand.
R. O.
Hans Nagel and Claus Backer are not now with Richard de la Puell. He wrote to them to stay where they are, as he intends to leave Lorraine, and will let them know when. There is one Master de Kesthuma, called Afere Rason, who fled from England, and says the Cardinal took of his goods 14,000l. He is often closeted with Backer. One out of Denmark has told him that his master has ready many ships to send to Scotland. Albany is already gone thither. "Vestra Majestas habet bene ad considerandum talia." De la Pole knows all that goes on in England. Signed in a musical notation.
P.S. Sends the King a piece of music for five voices, six small books, "ubi multa bona intra sunt, cum nigro Alexandro Auri fabri, etc. ... Ego dimisi unum manicordium cum pedale in Grimtwitz, et misi vestram majestatem dredecim cromhornes. Pro talia non sum recompensatus, sed spero."
Lat., pp. 2. Add.: Tot de Konings gracie—Ou Roy. Endd.
As he could not visit the court yesterday, and is now ready to start, begs he will give the bearer the King's letters to the Pope, and the instructions which the writer is to receive touching the King's business at Rome. Signed.
Add.: D. Thomæ Dunolmensi episcopo, secretario, &c.
Lat., p. 1.
Calig. B. VIII. 298. B. M. 543. BALTHAZAR [STUART to HENRY VIII.]
Begs a reply to the letters which he exhibited to his majesty on the part of the Queen of Scotland. She desires some safe methods may be devised for correspondence with her brother; also for reply to Albany in reference to peace and the preservation of the comprehension. The Duke's promises were fair; in the parliament to be held shortly the dignity of the Queen was to be the first topic of discussion. Begs he may have letters to the King of France, expressive of satisfaction with his conduct, and to Charles Duke of Savoy to the same purport, whose subject he is. Signed.
Lat., draft, in Balthasar's own hand, p. 1. Endd. Headed: Pro expeditione Balthasaris oratoris redeuntis a Scotis.
R. O.
Receipts and issues of John Hasylwood, John Jenyns, and Henry Everard, customers for Easter term 6 & 7 Hen. VIII.; with an account of sums remaining in the hands of Sir John Daunce, Rob. Fowler and John Myllett.
Pp. 2.


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