Henry VIII: June 1515, 1-15

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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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June 1515

1 June.
R. O.
545. LEO. X. to HEN. VIII.
Had summoned a meeting of theologians and astronomers to advise with regard to the observation of Easter, the vernal equinox and the lunar cycle. The last month after the ninth session of the Council, letters were despatched to England requesting the King to send the most scientific men in his dominions to deliberate on this question, to investigate the opinions which had been advanced by the late Cardinals Aliaco and Cusa on this matter, and to submit the result to the Lateran Council for ratification. The expectation of this induced the Pope to defer the former tenth session, destined to be held on 1 December, till the end of May next following. As some have either come already or have sent their opinions in writing, but the greater part are still expected, has resolved to wait for the result till the eleventh session, to be held in the following month of December. Begs the King will not fail to assist in this important work, and that as divers opinions still exist with regard to the lunar cycle, his majesty will obtain for him the best opinion as to the methods to be followed for securing its due observation. "Et quia in descriptione cycli lunaris, possent esse diversæ sententiæ, hortamur Majestatem tuam, ut novi cycli lunaris a prima die Januarii inchoati descriptionem nobis pro suo quisque captu instituent, (fn. 1) sive anno integro permanente sive prout nonnullis visum est, semel aliquot diebus ab uno vel pluribus annis subtractis, ut equinoctio et cyclo rite ac recte moderatis, in Pascali observatione secundum regulas patrum et sanctam ecclesiæ intentionem nullus succedere possit defectus." Rome, 1 June 1515, 3 pont.
Lat. Vellum. Add. Much decayed and defective.
1 June.
R. O.
546. LEO. X. to HEN. VIII.
Requesting him to set at liberty Polydore Castelli, Dean of Wells, sub-collector in England. Rome, 1 June 1515.
Lat. Vellum. Add.
1 June.
R. O.
547. LEO. X. to WOLSEY.
Has written to the King requesting him to discharge Polydore Vergil, the sub-collector, from prison, and restore him to favor. Requests Wolsey to support the application. Rome, 1 June 1515, 3 pont.
Lat. Vellum. Add.
1 June.
Vit. B. II. 144. B. M.
548. The MAGISTRATES OF GENOA (Octavianus dux et Consilium Antianorum) to HENRY VIII.
In compliance with his letter touching the restitution of a cargo of wool taken by their fleet and recovered from the Moors, they have appointed a doctor to inquire into it. Have heard this day that a townsman of theirs, Paul Justiniani, sailing from England, had taken a vessel belonging to the King's Irish subjects, though they do not credit it. They have sent a swift messenger into England commanding Paul to make restitution. Genoa, 1 June 1515.
Lat., p. 1. Add.
To be captain of Berwick during pleasure, with the nomination of marshal, porter, master of the ordnance, comptroller, and the fees enjoyed by Th. Lord Darcy or Wm. Tyler. Otford, 1 June.
Scot. 7 Hen. VIII. m. 16.
1 June. 550. For the MONASTERY of St. Peter and St. Paul, IPSWICH.
Congé d'élire on the death of Th. Goodwyn, prior. Otford, 1 June.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 10.
2 June.
Galba, B. III. 309. B. M.
Received last night a packet from Wyngfield. My Lady Margaret expects the return of Marynix from the Emperor, with his resolution touching the re[covery of certain] lands out of the Frenchmen's hands. The French have sent money to the Duke of Gueldres. Nassaw is now with the Prince, and was about to buy certain jewels for the ... which he has left. It appears that the covenants made by him and others in France are not very clear. From the communications which he and Dr. Tunstal have had with the Prince's Commissioners it is certain they will not be bound to observe the intercourse. 2 June 1515. Signed.
Pp. 2, mutilated. Add. and endd.
2 June.
S. B.
552. For ROB. BLAGGE, Baron of the Exchequer.
Annuity, during pleasure, of 80 marks out of the tonnage and poundage of London. Del. Westm., 2 June 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 3, m. 2.
3 June.
Galba, B. III. 322. B. M.
"Yesterday the last day of ... of a meeting we had with the Prince's [Commissioners. To-day] in like manner we were together." The Provost of Cassel said this second intercourse was of [no] effect, that the customs on wools from England were intolerable and had reduced many of the Prince's subjects to poverty. Have deferred their answer on account of the absence of one of the Prince's Commissioners, who is expected on Sunday or Monday. The Provost of Cassell said they had more than fourscore complaints to make on their side. Sampson replied that when they knew those of England they would be astonished that they had been borne so long; and thus they separated until Monday or Tuesday the 4th or 5th. "So that they said expressly they had perfect knowledge this second intercourse never to be accepted by the Prince or his Council; whereunto we answered, that if by reason it were to be approved, the Prince would be content to accept the reasonable and convenient concluded grant by his father." News has arrived "that the du[ke] ... strength of ships towards Friesland ... of that country and moreover the Provos[t said it was] evidently known that the French King hath ... to him that hath possession of the countries ... which were not so shortly to be thought truth ... Duke of Gueldres one of the French King's memb. ... parties with all the power that he may is for his part ... possession of Friesland, which thing if it be true [is the be]ginning of the faithful amity of France towar[ds] ... parties."
Trusts Wolsey will shortly obtain his bishopric. Does not think the French King will cause the Elect to resign. Wrote lately of a process made by the Italians against the Elect on the ground of an exemption granted to them by the Pope. As the Elect will not allow it they will call him to Rome personally.—Spinelly and he have learned from the person that has charge of the process that it will begin in 15 or 16 days if the Elect do not submit. "The Pope is enemy to the French Kyn[g] ... es be his countrymen and many his kinsmen t ... entendeth this process." Thinks if the King wrote to the Pope that the Elect of Tournay rebels against the authority of the Church, they would get him deposed, which, however profitable for the time, would be a bad precedent for other bishops.—Bruges, 1 June 1515.
P.S.—Has kept the letter open, not having a messenger. Last night learned that all the Prince's Commissioners have come, so that to-morrow they can commence communication. Bruges, 3 June.
Hol., pp. 3, mutilated. Add. and endd.
3 June.
R. T.144. R. O.
Grant to Christ., James, and Anth. Ruevet (? Knyvet), of the lands and goods of John de Malines and John d'Estaples, at Tournay. Greenwich, 3 June 1515.
3 June.
S. B.
To be feodary of all royal possessions in Norfolk and Suffolk; to take into the King's hands all heirs under age in the said counties, and to deliver them to Sir Thomas Lovell, treasurer of the household, and keeper of such heirs, and to seize their possessions after the inquisitions post mortem are taken. Dated at Knoll, 3 June 7 Hen. VIII.
Similar appointments of Sir Anthony Ughtroid, for Northumb., Cumb., and Westmor., and Richard Bunny, jun., for the city of York and town of Kyngeston-on-Hull.
Signed: Thomas Lovell.
4 June. 556. For ROB. BROGRAVE and KATHARINE his wife.
Grant in survivorship, of custody and wardship of Joan, widow of James Twychet Lord Audeley, who is a lunatic. Otford, 4 June.
Vacated on surrender 9 Feb. 8 Hen. VIII., to be passed in different form.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 10.
4 June. 557. For SIR RESUS AP THOMAS, son and heir of Thomas, son and heir of Griffin Nicholas.
Confirmation and quit-claim, and to his heirs male, of the castle and lordship of Trayne March and the third part of the vill of St. Clair, Carmarthen, in Wales, with all appurtenances, mortgaged to John Bishop of St. David's and the said Griffin, their heirs and assigns, for 1,000 marks, payable by the church of All Saints, Hereford, on the 1st May A.D. 1454, by Richard late Duke of York, by his charter dated 6 May 27 Hen. VI. Otford, 4 June.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 11.
5 June.
R. O.
Has been anxious above all things to satisfy the King in regard to the collectorship, especially as the Pope wishes it. Begs Wolsey's intercession with the King for himself and his servant Polydore. Rome, 5 June 1515. Signed.
Lat., p. 1. Add.
6 June.
Cal. B. I. 297. B. M.
Has lately sent him two letters, stating, especially in the latter, that he had hoped to depart during Mav. Owing to Albany's arrival and the matter of the benefices, finds he cannot leave before next Parliament, which meets on 10 July; but as he had previously written to Rome and Flanders not to send anything for him to Scotland, desires a credence for the bearer, a Frenchman, who has been three years with him, and who has also letters from the Queen and the Duke of Albany to the King of England. Begs he will send him to Berwick, and transmit a safeconduct for himself and three servants, as he proposes to return that way. Edinburgh, 6 June.
Signed: Baltasar Smi D. N. in Scotia orator.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Rmo, &c. Tomæ Archiepiscopo Eboracensi.
R. MS. 13 B. II. 243. B. M. Adv. MS. 435. Ep. Reg. Sc. I. 211. 560. ALBANY to LEO X.
Having lately been called to the government of Scotland, found on his arrival dissensions concerning the prelacies. Trusts that his holiness will observe the privilege granted to former kings of nominating successors to prelacies within eight months from the time they become vacant. The Church is by no means the least part of this kingdom, as Balthasar Stuart his kinsman will explain. Has detained him till now for the sake of his advice. Thanks Leo for sending him and desires credence for him.
R. MS. 13 B. II. 244. B. M. Ep. Reg. Sc. I. 212. 561. ALBANY to CARDINAL [ST. MARK].
Informs him of the contents of the letters he has written to the Pope, as above, and desires his influence and favor.
6 June.
S. B.
562. To JOHN YONG, Master of the Rolls.
To cancel six recognizances for 300l., made to Hen. VII. by James, late Bishop of Ely, then James Stanley, of Manchester, clk., and Sir Edward Stanley, of Hornby (Lanc.), 12 Feb. 21 Hen. VII. Greenwich, 6 June 7 Hen. VIII.
7 June.
Vit. B. XVIII. 154. B. M.
Wrote last from [Augsb]ourge on the ... wherein he advertised his majesty that [the Emperor] ordered him to leave that place, which he did the next day and arrived at Insbrook; the ambassadors have been ordered to await the coming of the Emperor at Vienna. "Also as touching the King of Poole's coming by post ... wynde proceding of Dutch wyn but the said King is ... abide the Emperor's coming," the Emperor hath [directed] some ships, as they are called here though they are only boats, to [convey] himself, company and baggage, "by this river," to Vienna upon Sunday or Monday next coming, "and after that he hath met with these Kings by as fa ... he will into Fryole himself and hath prepared an a[rray for that] purpose, howbeit he must have some business to do in ... of Carynthe and Carnyole for now the communes of th[e...] been gathered together against the Church and the ... will not be well remedied but by the Emperor's prese[nce...] last year, and he had not been present in those parts ... percid their malicious vessell which is now abrooc..." This day the Emperor caused Wingfield to hear service with him in a closet attached to the church, whilst the other ambassadors were in the choir, and after service asked him to dinner. After dinner he inquired whether Wingfield had received any news from Henry since their last audience...(Here some lines are lost) ... "he can perceive by such news as he hath out ... Loys Marraton is returned from thence, and also out ... [the Fre]nsche King cannot be content to live in peace enjoying ... of Christendom that is of greatest authority and most rich ... so be that ye, the King of Arragon, and he be every to other as ... and necessity judicith which way soever the French shall ... ade or turn their brayde they shall not pass for or they shall be ... ayd or plucked by the tail." Louis Marraton also advertised the Emperor that the King of Arragon had prepared above 3,000 spears, 8,000 light horse, and more than 24,000 foot. The Emperor hopes that the Pope will join the league concluded between him, the King of Arragon, the Duke of Milan and the Swiss, for the defence of Italy against the French. Louis Marraton recommendeth himself humbly to Henry as his chaplain and bedeman, and assured Wingfield "that all things betwixt the Emperor and the King of Arragon were never in so good train, though it is marvel to wit what informations the King of Arragon hath had, by the French, that the Emperor should have been the brewer of all with France against him and on [t]hat other part the said Master Loys hath shewed him what infor[m]ations the Emperor hath had out of France." Marraton informed Wingfield that the King of Arragon was greatly rejoiced to be certified of the truth and also of such ... lementis as he had received from England. Insbrok, 7 June.
Hol., pp. 2, mutilated.
7 June.
Galba, B. III. 311. B. M.
Wrote last on the 2nd. Sends letters from Wingfield. The Pope, the Emperor and the King of Arragon do [not] pull together; in the business of Genoa the Pope favors the French. "The Emperor's going towards Italy is a great likelihood of such alteration." Does not know the cause. The letters of Dr. Tunstal and the other Commissioners will inform him of their proceedings about the intercourse. The Provost of Cassel showed him last night a letter of the Audiencer, dated Dordryk, 2 June, by which it appears that Dissilstyne and his fleet did not dare cross to Friesland because the navy of the Duke of Gueldres and the Earl of Offerend was twice as strong as theirs, and that the places there which they had received from the Duke of Savoy were in danger from want of victuals. The Pope, influenced by the Cardinal St. Severin and the French ambassadors, has refused the dispensation demanded by Nassaw for his marriage. Wherefore it is conjectured that the Prince's affairs with France have but a small ground, as appears by the Duke of Gueldres' demeanor. The Provost supposes that the French do not set much by that treaty, seeing the contradiction of the Emperor and King of Arragon, and the young age of the prince and daughter of France, thinking they have profited by the presence of his ambassadors and by putting diffidence between the Emperor, Arragon [and the] Swiss. Finally, he said, the Frenchmen would do no good to this house, and that the daughter of Orange will not be allowed to leave France, and that Nassaw will marry Lord Fynes' daughter. All things considered, Henry's affairs are in better train than appearance has hitherto showed. Bruges, 7 June 1515. Signed.
Pp. 3, mutilated. Add. and endd.
8 June.
R. O.
Thanks the King for his kindness to the Venetian ambassadors. Is delighted to hear from them of the King's piety and rare endowments, mental and bodily. The Ducal Palace, 8 June 1515.
Lat. Vellum. Add.
8 June.
Galba, B. III. 324. B. M.
Wrote to him ... This day, the 5th of June, and yesterday also, had ... Yesterday the Prince's Commissioners made answer that they considered the treaty of 1506 void, and wondered that England could think otherwise; in reply to which, to-day, Mr. Tunstal justified its validity by four or five strong reasons; to which the Provost of Cassell, after communicating apart with his fellow, made most feeble answers, apparently only that he might say something. In conclusion, they asked the English Commissioners to state their case in writing, that they might refer it to the Prince's Council, which was agreed to. On the 8th will "assemble with [them, and] give them the course of the matter in writing."
In the matter of the bishoprick will not fear to do anything to vex the Elect. Had not Wolsey joined him in the King's commission, could not have come into these parts, as spiritual process has been sued against him with pecuniary penalties. The spiritual jurisdiction in Tournesey is more charge than profit, the cathedral being there. Hopes Wolsey will soon have quiet possession "for discharging many men's consciences" to know which Bishop to obey. Cannot acquiesce in Wolsey's opinion in his last letter, that the Archbishop of Reynys has no jurisdiction in Tournay. Though the temporal sword takes away temporal power it has no strength in spiritual jurisdiction. The Archbishop is no convenient judge, but the process made by him is valid unless it be appealed from. Fears, for his own part, more the spiritual sword than the temporal, as they are not formidable who only have power over the body. Wrote lately "of a ... entendeth against the Elect." Sir Thomas Spinelly is very diligent in obtaining information. The ambassadors from France have come to receive the Prince's homage, "and thither is the Elect as one of the French ..." The Prince has prepared a fleet for Friesland to take possession of the country, but it is said the Gueldrians are so strong that they dare not sail. The French King has given large aid to the Duke of Gueldres. Before closing met with the Prince's Commissioners, and delivered the English grievances. "And the 12th day they have [promi]sid in like manner to answer in writing." Bruges, 8 June 1515.
Hol., pp. 4, mutilated.
8 June.
S. B.
567. For HEN. NORREYS.
To be keeper of the park of Foly John, granted to William Norreys, 3 Oct. 2 Hen. VIII., formerly held by Sir William Norreys, deceased, his father. Del. Otford, 8 June 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 11.
9 June.
Galba, B. III. 241. B. M.
Wrote last from Antwerp, 29 May. Received his of the 23 May, and another from [the Council, of] the 30th. On the 29th journeyed to Barow, were received by Mountaney, Casius and the provost of Besançon. Paid their respects next day to the Prince. Begged to make an oration, and deliver their charges. The Chancellor of Burgundy replied. This done, audience was given them in a secret chamber. Dined this day with De Berges, and visited my Lady, whom they found very joyful at the continuance of the King's favor to the house of Burgundy. The Prince continued his journey to Dort on 1 June, "willing us to remain at Barow by the space of three days, because waggons, boats, and lodgings would be scarce; which was the more acceptable unto us because [the Lord Berges] remained at Barow, and then we had singular good leiser and commodity to commune with him such of [our cha]rge[s, as your grace did] comma[nd us for to do and] found him very perseveraunt, constant [and well mi]nded toward your grace and all your affa[irs as] evir he was, which did put us in good hope also th[at] we should [find] the Lady Margaret of like disposition and mind toward your grace. The fourth day of this month we did come to Dordryght, and [found] the Prince of Castile departed the same day toward Rotredam. [We were] minded to follow immediately. Nevertheless we were counselled by the Prince of Castile to tarry that night for like considerations as [we have] written. The 6th day of the same the Prince of Castile and we did come to Delfe, where his grace tarried till the 8th of the [said] month; and in the mean season, after the receipt of your grace's le[tters] we have communed with the Chancellor of Burgundy and solicited h[im] for a longer surceans of the matter of the intercourse; which answered that he would commune with the Prince of Castile and his Council, [and] do his best for the obtaining of the same. The 7th day we were with my Lady Margaret, which showed unto us that Marnyx was returned from the Emperor, and saith that he is very well minded towards the new amity and alliances between your gr[ace] and the Prince of Castile, and to the redressing of all other things, and for the same consideration he sendeth hither one of his Council, the provost of Louvain, whom she looketh for daily, and she doubteth not but all matters might have ready redress if the Emp. and the K. of Arragon were reconciled; for she saith that after the K. of Arragon had understanding that the Emp. renounced his governance, and committed the same unto such personages as now ruleth, he took so great displeasure that he hath ever sithence been very slack a[nd] cold in all such matters as he was wont to advance, as well in the parts of Italy as elsewhere, by reason whereof the Emperor hath been greatly abashed. We find the Archduchess as toward and benevolent as ever she was, and as ready to do your grace pleasure as she hath been in time past, if her power and ... were according, which it is thought might be s ... attained if the Emperor, your grace and the King of Arragon had entered ... togider, and she trusteth that by the next post the Emperor s[hall] receive right good answer from the King of Arragon." D[elf], 9 June. Signed.
Pp. 3, mutilated. In Knight's hand, principally cipher. Add.
Galba, B. III. 195. B. M. Decipher of the above by Tuke, also mutilated.
9 June. 569. For JOAN, widow of SIR RIC. GULDEFORD.
Annuity of 40l. for services to Hen. VII. and Queen Elizabeth, Mary Queen of the French, and Margaret Queen of Scots, out of the earldom of Richmond. Otford, 9 June.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 12.
10 June.
P. S.
570. For JOHN NORTON, grocer of London.
Protection, going in the retinue of Sir Richard Wingfeld, Deputy of Calais. Greenwich, 10 June 7 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 10 June.
11 June.
R. O.
571. LEO. X. to WOLSEY.
Understands by the letters of John de Cavalcanti that the King has commanded recompense to be made for the loss of the alum, of which the Pope had written. Thanks Wolsey for his aid in the matter. Has written again to the King to urge the speedy fulfilment of the order, and begs Wolsey's interference. Rome, 11 June 1515, 3 pont.
Lat. Vellum. Add.
11 June.
S. B.
Warrant for the cancelling of all recognizances, &c. entered into by Lord Darcy, on being made Capt. of Berwick, which office he enters upon on 6 August next. Greenwhich, 11 June 7 Hen. VIII.
11 June.
S. B.
573. For WM., son and heir of JOHN INGYLBY.
Livery of lands. Del. Croydon, 11 June 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p.1, m. 11.
12 June.
Vit. B. II. 145. B. M.
Has written to the bishops of York and Winchester. Though the Pope is desirous to serve him, he has been compelled to make some modifications in the affair of the collectorship. The Bishop of Murray has left France before the recal of his legatine authority could be notified to the Papal Nuncio in France. He will, however, have it intimated personally to the bishop, or at least have it fixed on the church doors by Gawin elect of Dunkeld. By the writer's assistance he had been advanced to that bishopric, though Henry and Margaret had desired for him the archbishopric of St. Andrew's. Sends a copy of the briefs. Rome, 12 June 1515. Signed.
Lat., pp. 2, mutilated.
12 June.
S. B.
575. For ROB. LOWARD alias LORDE, goldsmith of London, servant of Sir John Daunce.
Licence to import 2,000 tuns of Gascon wine, and 4,000 tons of Tolouse woad. Del. Westm., 12 June 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 29.
13 June.
Galba, B. III. 313. B. M.
Wrote his last on the ... inst. Has received a letter from Master Andreas, "willing me in your Grace's name a ... [arr]ival here of the Pope's orator being in the French ... address him unto the Bp. of Moray for the deliverance of certain [letters]." The Bishop left ten days ago for Scotland. Writes to the King. If the Duke of Gueldres has left the business of Friesland, the indignation lately conceived against the French will be forgotten. Bruges, 13 June 1515. Signed.
P. 1, mutilated. Add.: Tho. Ebor. Endd.
13 June.
Galba, B. III. 314. B. M.
The French ambassadors which ... the Bp. of Paris. The Lord de la Palys and the Lord [Johan] Lee arrived at Antwerp on the 9th, and left on the 11th for Holland, having in their company about ... hundred horse. The Provost of Cassel says they will receive the Prince's homage for Flanders and Artois. The Pope is pursuing such a policy as will plunge all Italy into bloodshed. The Duke of Gueldres has agreed with this Prince touching Friesland. Letters have come that the French have great power in Italy; that the Swiss were already ... towns of the Duke of Savoy; that the Pope's brother had joined with the Maguifico Lorenzo and advanced to Milan. Troops have been sent by the Florentines to Genoa in favor of the Duke Fregoso. Bruges, 13 June 1515. Signed.
Pp. 2, mutilated.
13 June. 578. For TH. ROWSE, jun.
Livery of lands as s. and h. of Wm., kinsman and heir of Th. Rowse, sen.; of the manor of Boughton, and all other possessions in co. Hunts, which Margaret Nutbene, late called Margaret Barnaby, deceased, held for life of the inheritance of the said Th. Rowse, jun. And also as to the manor of South, and other possessions in the said county, which Wm. Grace and Rosamond his wife now hold in right of and for life of the said Rosamond of the inheritance of the said Th. Rowse, jun., licence is hereby granted him to enter thereon upon the death of the said Rosamond. Westm., 13 June.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 20.
13 June.
S. B.
To be auditors, during good conduct, of the accounts of receivers, &c. of the earldom of March vice Edward Sharp. Del. Westm., 13 June 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 13.
13 June.
S. B.
580. For HUMPH. PERYAUNT alias PURION alias PERYN.
Pardon, as of Dixwell or of Hoddesdon, Herts. Del. Westm., 13 June 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 12.
14 June.
Galba, B. III. 326. B. M.
Wrote in his last that they should meet the Prince's Commissioners ... "which done we took res[pite until the ne]xt day, which was yesterday, to consider their [answer, whi]ch answer we found so uncertain" and away from the purpose that Sampson demanded a more direct one, which they have promised to-morrow. They still insist that the Prince will never assent to the treaty of 1506, and if he did the lords would not. Thinks, from a private conversation he had with the Provost of Cassel and from other things, that they mean to make Englishmen resort only to Bruges. When the Prince was here that town was very urgent for certain advantages and obtained leave to make certain great fosses, "whereby they may cause a river and a great water to come to Escluse, to the great furtherance of merchants for conveyance of their merchandise."—On the Provost of Cassel complaining that the heaviness of the tolls drove away the merchants, Sampson said that though Bruges might suffer, other parts flourished, as Antwerp, "which is now one of the flowers of the world." The Provost answered that was not by English merchants. Sampson said they were the greatest cause, and drew many other merchants thither, as they would probably find out if Englishmen resorted elsewhere. The Provost replied, "Bruges is now in great poverty for want of merchants resorting, and great pity it is to see the decaying of such an excellent town. Your merchants be vexed with tolls passing into Brabant. Cause them only to resort to this town; they shall be out of trouble, and none other tolls demanded of them but one small thing coming to this town. And that they may come the more commodiously, the town of Bruges with their Importown expenses be making of a straight river and a water for to come to Escluse and to Bruges. And rather than the Englishmen should have remission of these tolls, which is the cause of passing their country and leaving them, they would rage and be ready to an insurrection." "... should be the more faithful ... ctor the Boroughmaster of Bruges is o[ne of the] ... the Provost of Cassel another, whose bro[ther is a c]hiffe burgess of Bruges," so that he has an interest in bringing English merchants there.—Hopes Wolsey will soon have quietness in his bishoprick. It will be no small pleasure for the King to have the whole of Flanders under the spiritual jurisdiction of an Englishman. The French ambassadors have gone to Holland to the Prince: the chief of them is La Palice, another temporal Lord, and the Bp. of Paris. The Elect of Tournay is joined with them. The Prince will have quiet possession of Friesland by a dissembled truce made with him by Gueldres at the instigation of France. The French may carry their point by the flatteries of their ambassador. Bruges, 14 June 1515.
Hol., pp. 3, mutilated. Endd.
14 June.
S. B.
582. For CHAS. EARL OF WORCESTER, Chamberlain.
To be chancellor and chief forester of Glamorgan and Morgan, with appointment of officers, and like appointment in Ruthin, Montgomery, Kerykedeowen, Elvell castle, Payn, Dynas, and Ewas Lacy; steward of Dynas alias Wallshetalgarth, Wales, and steward and master of the hunt of Woking, Surrey. Del. Westm., 14 June 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 14.
14 June.
S. B.
Licence to import 200 tuns of Gascon wine. Del. Westm., 14 June 7 Hen. VIII.
Fr. 7 Hen. VIII. m. 3.
15 June.
R. O.
After being released from three years imprisonment in Auvergne, wrote to him three times and at great length of his extreme necessity. Is in debt to the country of Auvergne 200l. str., lent him by gentlemen, to whom he promised not to leave France till he paid them. Can only do so by the King's aid. His long illness and imprisonment have arisen in consequence of his devotion to the King's service. Hopes Wolsey will intercede that he may be released from this purgatory, and may visit Jerusalem. In the state in which he is, cannot serve the King more or less than he did his angelic (fn. 2) (?) Father. That King, as will appear by the enclosed, owed him about 87l. str.
Sends no news, because Wolsey will learn everything from Queen Mary's almoner, who has taken possession of her dowry. He is a most worthy and discreet prelate, and knows the great wrong that Spinelly suffers. Begs to have a dozen cramp-rings, as he is much asked for them by gentlemen of wealth. Paris, 15 June.
Signed: Anthonius Spinulla.
A la bonne grace de Mons. Larchevesque [D'Yo]rct. Endd.Pp. 3; 2 leaves found separate.
ii. A note of what Anthony Spinelly demands of the King: 1st, to be paid 86l. stg. due by the late King, as appears by the enclosed particulars, and by the late King's letters. 2nd, to have a loan of 3,000l. or 4,000l. on securities given by two merchant strangers and two English merchants in London, to be repaid on demand, neither more nor less, as in the late King's time. 3rd, to have by patent the custom and subsidy of 200 large cloths in compensation of his losses during the three years he was imprisoned by the late King Lewis; who said that (Spinelly ?) was the cause of the war. 4th, if his demands are acceded to, Spinelly is ready to serve the King, with five horses on this side the sea, at Paris, or in the court (ou encourt).
Fr., pp. 2.
15 June.
Giust. Desp. I. 97.
Wrote last on the 29th. Received their letters on the 10th, dated April 20th. The King is thirty miles off hunting. Enters into some details on the duties upon Malmesy:—the matter appertains to Wolsey, who for some reason is not inclined to Venice. There is news of the advance of Francis towards Italy. Badoer wants money, as he has been informed, the Lord of St. John's and the Knights of Rhodes mean to be repaid the money they lent him before he leaves the kingdom. London, 15 June 1515.
15 June.
S. B.
586. For SIR WYNGFELDE, knight of the Body, late Marshal or Deputy of Calais, and late Commissioner in Flanders and Burgundy.
Pardon, and release of 4,366l. 0s. 5d. and half a farthing of Flanders money, equal in English to 3,053l. 17s. 7d., received of Sir Edw. Ponynges for the King; also 290l. received of Sir John Dauncye; 3,487l. 10s. received of Sir Gilbert Talbot, late deputy; 133l. 6s. 8d. received of John Heron, treasurer of the Chamber, spent in the King's affairs, and for pay of men-at-arms called "lez Almayns and Bourgonyons." Del. Westm., 15 June 7 Hen. VIII.


  • 1. Doubtful.
  • 2. "L'angelicque feu roy son pere." The enclosure also has, "le feu roy angelicque."