Henry VIII: July 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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July 1515

16 July.
Giust. Desp. I. 115.
Visited Wolsey; stated Francis was sorry there was any doubt of his good will; that he was about to send one of his gentlemen to express it. Wolsey was much pleased; said if that King valued the friendship of England, the confederation would not be violated; but if he maltreated the English, "I tell you, Sir Ambassadors, that we have ships here in readiness, and in eight days could place 60,000 men on the soil of France." They replied that councillors deserved great praise who preserved friendship amongst sovereigns. He told us he knew that the Swiss were much divided—that Genoa had apparently declared for France. Have heard, by letters from Paris of the 3rd, of the great preparations of Francis,—that a conference was to be had with the Swiss ambassadors to conclude an agreement negotiated by the Pope, who seems to favor France. Did not communicate the news;—left it for the French ambassador on his arrival. London, 16 July 1515.
16 July. 717. JOHN PHELIPPES of Rattrewe, Devon.
Revocation of protection granted him 6 Feb. 4 Hen. VIII., as long as he should continue in the suite of Edm. Hayward. Westm., 16 July.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 4.
16 July.
S. B.
718. For MARY REDYNG, gentlewoman.
Annuity of 50l. for services to Queen Elizabeth, the King's mother, and Mary late Queen of the French. Del. Otford, 16 July 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m.3.
Herefordshire.—G. Bp. of Coventry and Lichfield, R. Bp. of Hereford, Edw. Duke of Buckingham, Walter Devereux Lord Ferrers, Rob. Brudenell, John Neuporte, Chas. Bothe, clk., Sir Gilb. Talbot, Sir Wm. Uvedale, Sir Griffin Rice, Sir Th. Cornewale, Sir John Lyngen, Sir Hen. Sharnebourn, Jas. Barkervilde, Th. Delaber, Th. Poyntz, Peter Neuton, Geo. Bromeley, Th. Lynom, Wm. Rudhale, David Guilliam Morgan, Roger Bodnam, Ralph Hakelett, John Braynton, Roland Mourton, Wm. Clerk, Th. Monyngton and John Dansey. Otford, 17 July.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 2d.
17 July. 720. For EDMUND now PRIOR and the CONVENT of ST. MARY, LANTHONY.
Inspeximus and confirmation of patent 10 July [7] Hen. VIII., which see. Knoll, 17 July.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 27.
17 July. 721. For JOHN SHIRLEY and others.
Release to John Shirley, cofferer of the Household, Thos. Byrkys and John Miklowe, clk., comptroller of the same, and Elizabeth widow and executrix of Brian Bothe, late serjeant of the accatry or purchaser of the larger provisions of the Household, of 4,885l. 8s. 11½d. received of the King as a loan through Sir John Daunce; of 261l. 17s. through Rob. Fouler, teller of the Exchequer, for victualling the armament abroad; of 7,060 quarters of malt received by them from John Ricrofte, and 371 quarters 4 bushels of malt from the said John, as the increase on the measure; and of 44l. 11s. arising from part of the provisions sold for use of the King. Knoll, 17 July.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 8.
17 July. 722. For EDW. WELDON of London.
Release of all sums received from John Shurley, cofferer of the Household or others, for the expences of the King and Queen's Households while the King was abroad previous to 12 Nov. 5 Hen. VIII. Knoll, 17 July.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 6.
R. T. 137.
At a conference held at Bruges by Wm. de Croy, Lord of Chierves, Chamberlain, John le Sauvaige, Lord of Escaubeke, Chancellor, and Michael de Croy, Lord of Sempy, commissioners for Spain, and Cuthbert Tunstal, Wm. Kurght (Knight) and Sir Thos. Spinelly, to consider the grievances of the merchants relative to the infraction of the treaty of 1506, it was agreed that the dispute about its validity should be postponed for five years: that merchants and subjects of both countries should have free access and trade in all the dominions of the two Kings, according to the treaty of 24 Feb. 1495; that English merchants at Antwerp should not pay Seenschen thol, Hounde thol, or any toll except that mentioned in the privileges, and at Bruges and Middleburgh should only pay Seenschen thol. Foreign merchants coming to England should pay customs, &c. according to the treaty of 1495. No money to be exacted for tolls or customs due before the conclusion of this treaty. No decision in courts of law relative to tolls, &c. to be paid by the merchants of either countrys to be executed. No statutes restricting the commerce with any town, or limiting the prices of any goods, to be made by the merchants of either country. Within a year from this date, a diet shall be held to hear complaints. Both Princes to ratify and seal the treaty in three months.
Galba, B. III. 248. B. M.
Commends what they have done with the commissioners of the Prince of Castile, as stated in their letters of the 9th inst. from Bruges, and condemns the untowardly answers of the commissioners, who will listen to nothing urged in justification of the intercourse of 1506. Will have the whole matter laid before the Prince and his Council, and if they persist he will then take another course. Tunstal is to leave the rest at Bruges, and taking with him letters of credence require an audience of the Prince to that effect. He shall state to the Prince that Henry desires amicable order may be taken in this matter, considering the King's friendship, and that some of the Prince's Council be deputed to hear the King's reasons. This done, they shall lay the whole negotiation before the Council, and, if they persist, state that whatever evil consequences may ensue they must bear the blame of it, and that the King, in whatever he shall attempt to enforce justice, will inform the Pope, the Emperor, the French, the King of Arragon, and all others, of his righteous demand. If a delay be required till the Prince come to the age of 21 years, are to condescend to it. If that be not offered Sir Edw. Ponynges is to go to the Archduchess, and desire her as of herself to urge the said surceance. All failing, a formal protestation is to be drawn up of the King's wrongs, and a copy sent to Sir Rob. Wingfield for the Emperor, and time demanded to give proper warning to the English merchants. That done, Tunstal is to return to his colleagues, and all shall leave the Princess.
Corrected by Ruthal. Pp. 17, mutilated.
18 July.
Vit. B. XVIII. 160. B. M.
Wrote last ... On the 14th "the Emperor [went on a visit] to the three Kings of Hungary, Poland and Ba[vier, with the] Duke of Brunswick, Abp. of Breme ... and the Marquis Casymyrus and the Bishop ... doctors and others to the number of 12 ambassadors." On the 16th the Emperor, with 1,000 horses in harness, passed four Dutch miles towards the said King ... covered with black velvet and scarlet quarterly, and ... the Cardinal of Gource rode upon his right hand [and Wingfield] on his left, the other Princes following. On the 17th the Emperor heard mass and dined ... in his litter before 8 o'clock and then went to a place "upon a fair plain," three Dw[tch miles] off, appointed for the meeting and the ceremony, which Wingfield will describe in his next dispatch. Was 13 hours travelling on horseback. Arrived about nine. It was eleven before the Emperor came to his lodging. Today received orders from the Emperor "to re[torne ... for in the entry of the same with him and the said ... ordained the Pope's ambassador and tha ... that day about 7 of the clock at n[oon ... ] the said Kings, and the King ... through this city of th" ... (Here some lines are lost) ... The weather had been fair, but [now] there is continual rain. The King of Hungary and the King of Bohemia, with his sister, are lodged with the Emperor in the palace. The King of Poland has a fair lodging in the city. With regard to the 2,000 horses in harness provided by the Emperor, and mentioned by Wingfield in a former letter, 1,000 have been obliged to be sent into the counties of Steremarke and Karynthe to join with the nobles against the peasants. "A great part of that business is now appeased, howbeit not without some harm, for of the peasants are slain upon a 1,500." The garrison of Marran in Friole has lately overthrown 200 "stradotts" of the Venetians, and taken a great prey of cattle and other things. His next letters be longer. Vienna in Awstrik, 18 July 1515.
Hol., pp. 2, mutilated. Endd.
Worcestershire.—Same as 14 July, with omission of Sir John Ardern, addition of Sir Th. Cornewall, and substitution of John for Nicholas Foliet. Sir Edw. Sutton of Sutton is here called Sutton of Dudley. Knoll, 18 July.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 2d.
S. Wales and the Marches, Salop, Heref., Glouc., Worc., Chesh., and Flint.—G. Bp. of Coventry and Lichfield, Walter Devereux Lord Ferrers, Chas. Bothe, clk., Sir Wm. Uvedale, Sir Griffin Rice, Sir Th. Cornewall, Peter Neuton, Geo. Bromeley and Th. Lynom. Knoll, 18 July.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 12d.
18 July. 727. For JOHN LORD LUMLEY.
Livery of lands as son and heir of Ric. Lord Lumley and kinsman and heir of Geo. Lord Lumley, father of Thomas, father of the said Richard. Otford, 18 July.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 4.
18 July. 728. For TH. SOUNDE, yeoman of the Guard.
Annuity of 5 marks out of the lordship of Denbigh, Marches of Wales. Otford, 18 July.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 4.
19 July.
S. B.
729. For WM. TURVILE.
Licence to impark 600 acres in Newhall and Thurlaston, Leie., although the land is in the bounds of Leicester forest, parcel of the duchy of Lancaster. Del. Otford, 19 July 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 5.
20 July.
Sends him a letter by Haniball, the bearer, touching the unruly dealings of the canons of St. Augustine's, Bristol. Mr. Hannibal might summon them before him, but is afraid. One Lloyd of the King's chapel is chief author of this mischief. Recommends that Haniball should retain the letters of congé d'èlire, which will bring up some of the canons to court, when Wolsey can order them after his wisdom, or else a commission be sent to order the election, putting out the "three young fools" which sue for voices in it though they be not in sacris. This is a perilous matter. Begs he will see to it. Esher, 20 July.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: To my Lord of York.
20 July.
To be receiver of all the possessions of Wm. late Viscount Beaumont in the King's hands in cos. Linc., York, Notts, Leic., Northt. and Hunts, of which Alex. Quadryng and Th. Louth were lately receivers. Del. Otford, 20 July 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 5.
21 July.
Galba, B. III. 260. B.M.
Wrote last on 9 July. The commissioners have desired respite in order to send the replication to the Prince's Council. When they were to have met them a letter was sent directing the commissioners to meet the Prince at Mechlin, and requesting Tunstal and the rest to stay;—the latter hoped they should have a more equitable answer than the last;—have no great hopes. Have written to the King's ambassador. Bruges, 21 July.
Signed: C. Tunstal, Thomas More, John Clyfford.
Pp. 2, mutilated.
21 July.
Has written to the King of occurrences. Spinelly can tell him more. He is a diligent man at all times and in little favor at Bruges. Dr. Sampson is gone to Tournay for three or four days, as the Prince's commissioners are gone to Mechlin to learn the Prince's "mind in our business." They do not give the English commissioners any hope of a change for the better. Their money is all spent. Bruges, 21 July.
Hol., p.1. Add.: To my Lord of York.
21 July.
Vesp. C. I. 92. B.M.
A letter of introduction on the King of Arragon sending over to England, for the service of the King, Dr. Descoriaça, a physician. Burgos, 21 July 1515. Signed.
Lat., p. 1.
21 July. 735. For JOHN LITLETON, clk.
Presentation to the church of Grafton Fleford, Worc. dioc., vice Ric. Gay, deceased. Otford, 21 July.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 5.
21 July. 736. For WM. FITZWILLIAM.
To be keeper, in reversion, of Bagshote park, Windsor forest, an office which Hen. Uvedale holds by patent 20 June 19 Hen. VII.; with fees out of the rent of a messuage called "Le Crowne" in Bagshote and other property in Bag- shote and Wynsham, Surrey. Otford, 21 July.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 7.
22 July.
Vit. B. II. 157. B.M. Rym. XIII. 514.
737. HENRY VIII. to LEO X.
Requesting for Richard Nevyl, Knight of Rhodes, brother (germanus) of George Lord of Bergevenny, the King's relative, who had lately finished his military education at Rhodes, the reversion of the first vacant dignity of the Order of St. John. Had already written, but without effect, to three of the Grand Masters on the same purport. The Bp. of Worcester will explain the King's wishes. Greenwich, 22 July 1515.
22 July.
Lansdowne, 1236, f. 2. B. M. Strype's Mem. I. App. 3.
Instructing them to demand redress in the case of a vessel named The Crist, laden with wools for Italy by John Alen, Hugh Clopton, and Ric. Fermor, which, having been driven by stress of weather on the coast of Zealand near Armewe, was arrested on pretext of certain tolls contrary to the treaties, until released upon surety; in consequence of which delay she afterwards fell into the hands of the Moors. Greenwich, 22 July. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: To our trusty and wellbeloved councillors and knight for our body, Sir Edward Ponynges, comptroller of our Household, and Master William Knight, our ambassadors with our cousin the Prince of Castile.
22 July.
S. B.
To be keeper of the park of Nethwod, Heref., with 4d. a day, in same manner as Wm. Thomas, on surrender of patent 27 Jan. 4 Hen. VIII. Del. Otford, 22 July 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 5.
23 July.
[Calig. E. I. II.?] I. 134. B.M.
Has received his letter by Cidenay (Sidney), the bearer of this, who will report their conversation. Will always preserve their amity. Lyons, 23 July. Signed.
Fr., p. 1, mutilated. Add.
23 July.
[Calig. E. I. II.?] I. 185. B.M.
Is gratified at the news received through the Sieur de Sidenay, the bearer. As his Council have already given an answer to the propositions made to the Grand Master by Wolsey and Suffolk declared by Sidney, will not detain him by a long letter. Lyons, 23 July. Signed.
Fr., p. 1, mutilated. Add.: A Mons. d'Yort.
23 July.
Has written to the King. Has delivered to the Dean and Chapter the King's letter, who accepted it kindly, but demanded a credence. He and the Master of the Rolls made the best answer they could, but have no credence. Has communed with Ponyngs touching Ric. de la Pole. Knows of a gentleman who will take that matter in hand. Tournay, 23 July. Signed.
Pp. 2. Add.: The Abp. of York.
23 July.
S. B.
743. For JOHN PHILLIP, groom of the Stable.
To have the toll of the town of Rayadour in Mellenneth, with "lez demayns," Marches of Wales, not exceding five marks a year, as held by Edw. Ap David Ap Meredith. Del. Otford, 23 July 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 5.
23 July.
P. S.
744. For FRAS. ALWYN, mercer of London.
Protection; going in the retinue of Sir Ric. Wyngfeld, Deputy of Calais. Greenwich, 16 July 7 Hen. VIII. Del. Otford, 23 July.
Fr. 7 Hen. VIII. m. 6.
24 July.
Complies with his request, conveyed through don Luyz Carroz, to send to England (para vuestro fisico), Dr. Herman Lopez Dazcoriaça the bearer, who attended the Marquis Dorset when he was ill in Spain. De Aranda de Duero, 24 July 1515. Signed.
Spanish, p. 1. Add. and endd.
24 July.
Vit. B. XVIII. 161. B. M.
[Wrote last] on the 18th from Vienna. Every day since the King of Poland hath ridden in the forenoon, and sometimes in the afternoon, "and kep ... both Cardinals and divers archbishops and bis[hops] ... alway present, and at some times the ambassadors [of] ... and Spain, and specially in the first con[vention which] was holden the 20th day, for in the 19th was so [much] rain that the King of Poole rode not to the con[vention] ... supper, to the dances, where the lady of Bohemia gave three crauselyns or chaplets of flowers and upon every of them a bague, one to the King of Hungary and one to the K[ing of Poole] and one to the young King of Boheme, and it was past 10 of the clock or the King of Poole returned ... "
"In the council that was holden the forsaid 20th day [of] [July] the Emperor by his own mouth purpose[ed] ... coutinually by the space of an hour and more the ..., as I have been informed by some that were presen[t] ... shall follow; first he showed that though so was he h[ad given] thanks to the Kings present by his ambassador [for their] long attendance, upon his coming into these p[arts], also for the divers and honorable e[mbassadors] they had sent unto him in the meanwhile, y[et he thought] right meet to make them thanks effte aga[in by his own] mouth, not only for the premises, but most [of all for] the great love and favour he perceived them ... by the great honor that they had now d[one him, by coming] so familiarly and fidently in to his dominio[ns] ... fidente kindness he would ... glad of these ... (Here a line lost.) ... their ambassadors amongst other things ... unto him, for a peace, amity and league universal [to be made am]ongst all Christian princes, to the intent an expedition [should be] made against the Infidels; he certified them that [in his] young days hitherto there was no earthly thing that [he] had desired more, for he felt well such inclination to the same[in] his nature, that he had never a drop of blood in his body but [it] was ready to flow out in that quarrel."—The Cardinal of Strygon, he said, could bear witness to his mind in that behalf, having been sent in embassy to the Emperor, his father, and himself 35 years ago. He had received him in that very chamber, and all the world knew what had thwarted his desire for the expedition, there having been during that period only three years of peace with four Kings of France. It was vain to attempt it till the "cawtellis, malicis, and abylites" of France were razed out by force. For on "a Sunday they would swear and conclude peace with any prince, upon the Monday next [they] would not fail to seek and search the bottom of their wits [to fin]d by what mean the same might be broken." ...
On the 21st the King of Poole rode to court. The Emperor gave the King of Hungary a bumbard which was carried to the water by 30 horses, and to the King of Poole two coursers all covered with steel to the fetlocks and [round] the belly, save in the spurring place, and to the young King of Bohemia another courser barded in cloth of gold, ridden by a page of the said King's bigness with gilt armor.—On the 22nd the King of Poole and the Cardinals rode ... about 8 in the morning, and kept a council two hours touching the marriages. Was summoned to court on the 23rd, but "it was almost 9 ... took his horse for that morning in the prese ... and also the daughter of Hungary being p[resent] ... he caused the conclusion taken." ... (A line lost) ... one of his two nephews, Charles or Ferdinand, should marry his wine ... following that this matrimony that should be now ... betwixt him and her to be firm and stable," to which the lady had agreed. The notaries are charged to make [instru]ments upon the same. The Emperor gave her a rich crown, and set it upon her head, saying, "I give this crown unto you in token that here before these witnesses I promise to do my best to make you Queen of Castile, and if that fail to make you Queen of Naples; and furthermore if that I shall fortune to fail of both those, I promise you by word of Emperor that, and God send me life, I shall not fail to make you Queen of Romans and Lady of Awstryk, which may be valued to a royaume."
About 9 the two young ladies in one chair, marvellously well accompanied with ladies and gentlewomen in rich apparel, passed before to the church; the ambassador of Spain rode on their right, and the Marquis Casymyrus of Brandenbroke on their left. In the church they sat "upon a siege of a good heeythe, and a desk before them covered with cloth of gold," in the chancel. Soon after them the Emperor set forward, with a rich sword borne before him, preceded by the Popes two ambassadors, viz., to the Emperor and to the King of Hungary, Wingfield and the Archduke's ambassador, all four in front. After him came the King of Hungary in his litter; the young King of Bohemia, his son, riding on the left. Near the church door the Emperor met the King of Poland at a cross street, and rode on the [ri]ght hand of his brother's litter. Gives an account of the arrangements in church.
After mass a doctor [made] an oration. "And in the meanwhile the Emperor w[ent to the place] where his father's sepulture is, and there put [on his] vestments and a rich crown on his head; and so [advancing] to a low scaffold which was raised and joined in ... he was away; and upon the same sat in a rich [chair. The] Marshal of the Empire bare his sword, and the Earl [of] ... bare the sheath, which was marvellously rich of stone ... and the King of Boheme's chancellor bare the se ... [in the] King's name; and the Duke William of Bavier bare" ... The daughter of Hungary being then conveyed to the stage by the Spanish ambassador and the Marquis of Brandenburg, the Cardinal of Strygon rehearsed the protestation and spoke the matrimonial words, desiring notaries to make instruments thereof, and affianced her to the young King of Bohemia. On returning to their place they were fianced by the Cardinal. There were then "made above one hundred knights stryky[n by the] Kings, which was a strange sight to see four Ky[nges] ... to another with drawn swords." The [same] order was observed in returning to the court. At the fight the ladies, the Emperor, and the three Kings occupied places by themselves. The jousts lasted till torchlight. They returned to the palace, and the festivities were kept up till after midnight. The King of Poland passed Wingfield's lodging on his way home at 1 a.m.—Hopes the King will have patience if he is not particular enough in his information.—The Swiss have taken possession of all the mountain passes and divers holds in the French dominions. The Pope's brother is on his way towards them with 1,500 spears and 700 light horse. Vienna, 24 July 1515.
Hol., pp. 6, mutilated. Add.
Kent.—Same as 8 July, with addition of Sir John Wilsher and omission of John Petit. Otford, 24 ...
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 2d.
24 July.
748. For JOHN WILKYNSON, rector of North Todenham.
Presentation to Cressyngham Parva, Norwich dioc., vice James Sonkey, who exchanges for North Todenham. Del. Otford, 24 July 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 7.
25 July. 749. For SIR JOHN DAUNCE.
Release as one of the collectors of the small custom of London; as receiver general of all possessions in the King's hands by the minority of heirs or voidance of benefices, &c.; teller of the Exchequer; superintendent of works at a wharf at the Tower of London; receiver of the wine captured at sea in the late war; and as paymaster [general]. Otford, 25 July.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 7.
25 July. 750. For SIR JOHN DAUNCE.
To be Chief Butler of England, with annuity of 50 marks out of the prises of wine, &c. Otford, 25 July. Vacated.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 7.
25 July.
751. For ANTH. LEIGH clerk of the Kitchen.
Release as clerk of the expences, &c. of the expedition against Lewis XII., of 2,982l. 8s., received through Sir John Daunce, for provisions, &c., and of 100l. received through Daunce for purchasing oats, &c. for the King's horses at Calais. Del. Otford, 25 July 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 6.
25 July.
Grant, in survivorship, of the office of clerk or baron of the Exchequer in the county palatine of Chester, lately held by Wm. Tatton and Th. Ferrour. Del. Otford, 25 July 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 6.
25 July.
To be gunner in the Tower of London, with 6d. a day. Del. Otford, 25 July 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 7.
26 July. 754. GAOL DELIVERY.
Grantham Gaol.—Commission to Rob. Brudenell, sen., John Smalley, alderman of the soke or town of Grantham, Ric. Clerk, Edm. Busshe, Th. Quadryng, Fras. Hall, John Metcalf, Hen. Dobylday, Wm. Hudson and Th. Aman. Otford, 26 July.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 8d.
27 July.
Vit. B. II. 158. B.M. Rym. XIII. 515.
Bull of absolution on his promotion to the bishopric of Ely. Rome, 6 kl. Aug. 1515.
27 July.
756. For SIR JOHN ARUNDELL, Knight of the Body.
To be receiver general of the duchy of Cornwall. Del. Maidstone, 27 July 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 6.
28 July.
On the 27th received a letter directed to him and Poynings, and a copy of one to the Commissioners at Bruges. Sent them to Poynings at Tournay, who is to be present at the overture of Dr. Tunstal. Encloses a letter for the King, received this day from Sir Robert Wingfield. The Prince, now at Brussels, is continually hunting; goes shortly to Louvain, thence to Namur. Brussels, 28 July.
Hol., p. 1. Add.
28 July. 758. For TH. COMBES and TH. ROBERTIS.
To be auditors, during good conduct, of all the lands of Wm. late Marquis Berkeley. Maidstone, 28 July.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 6.
29 July. 759. For WM. IDELL, chaplain.
Presentation to the church of Busshop Hillis, York dioc., vice John Gybson, clk., deceased. Charing, 29 July.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 6.
29 July.
760. For ROB. BATYS.
To be master carpenter in the Tower of London, with 8d. a day for services in the wars. Del. Charing, 29 July 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen.VIII. p. 2, m. 6.
30 July.
761. LEO X. to HENRY VIII.
Had already written to the King, in praise of the Bp. of Worcester, and his advancement to some richer diocese, adding some words in his own hand to his former letter. Thanks the King for offering to promote the Bishop. As he hears two sees have been vacant since the King's promise, and neither been bestowed on Worcester, fears there must have been some weighty reason in delaying its fulfilment, for which he is very sorry, considering the great labor and zeal of the Bishop, whose whole anxiety has ever been to serve the King and his father. Hopes the King will consider the necessity the Bishop is under of supporting his dignity, and advance him to the first rich diocese which falls vacant. Rome, 30 July 1515, 3 pont.
Lat. Vellum. Add.
30 July.
762. LEO X. to WOLSEY.
Copy of his brief to the King, for the first rich diocese to be given to the Bishop of Worcester. As Wolsey's authority is of such vast weight, urges him to second the request. Rome, 30 July 1515, 3 pont.
Lat. Vellum. Add.
Vit. B. II. 152*. B.M.
The King is well pleased with his services, and intends to reward him. "The King's grace marvelleth that the Pope delayeth so long the sending of the red hat to me, seeing how tenderly, instantly, and often his Grace hath written to his holiness for the same." There has always been an English cardinal. The King calls daily upon Wolsey for it, and is more desirous about it than Wolsey himself. Does not distrust the Pope's promise; but the sooner he fulfils it the more he will please the King. If the King forsake the Pope, he will be in greater "danger on this day two year than ever was Pope J[ulius]."
Draft in Wolsey's hand, p. 1, mutilated.
30 July.
Vit. B. XVIII. 165. B.M.
Wrote last on the .. of this month. On "the 26th day of ... [the Emperor] the three Kings and the two Queens [with the] two Cardinals and many Princes both [spiritual and] temporal, rode to a place in the city, one of the ... fairest that I have seen, which was barriered, r ... and stages made and richly apparelled, up to which stages when [the Emperor] with all the foresaid were comen and placed the Dw[ke] ... of Bavier, the Emperor's nephew, and in his comp[any the Duke] of Mekkylbourde with 14 other noblemen came i[nto the said] place, armed at all pieces in hosting harness ... in his hand and twain tourneying swords [with] their horses barded all in one suit of satin qw[ilted] red, white, green, and yellow, and all their co[mpany in the] same suit. First they came before the stage whe[re the Emperor] stood with the said Kings, and made obeisance, a[nd then] before the Queens and the ladies, and after with theey[r trumpeters] and taboryns before them, they rode about [the lists] and after rested in order at the one end of the [same] and delivered their spears to their varlets and [so other] twain Marquises of Brandenburg, that is to say ... and George, and in their company also 14 n[oble men] armed at all pieces like the other, saving their... coats were of divers sorts, so that th[e twayne] marquises were richly dressed, and also divers of [the others]. When they had presented themselves and a C ... as the other had done they remained in a ... [at the] end of the place, and then the foresaid ... company came before them ... (Here one line is lost) ... [t]he place and returned thither as they ... [fol]owingly the twain marquises ... dyd in like wise."
Opposite to the Emperor's stage was another stage, upon which the judges sat; on which hung 32 scutchcons of the arms of those in the tourney. The two Dukes before named riding up to it caused a herald to touch the two Marquises arms, and returning again to their place, prepared to run, "howbeit before they ran [t]hat one of them remained in his place and that other rode [t]o the other end of his company, so that all their company was in rank betwixt them both, and on that other side the twain marquises did in like wise, so that both parte charged and ran together, and after the course returned to the tourney incontinent, where, after 20 strokes were finished, they were departed by certain sticklers that were ordained to that purpose, and every returned to his place. Then, after that, those on the Duke's part rode one by one to touch the arms, and were so answered both of juste and tournay as is before said, till every of them had done his act; which done they rencountered with spears all at once, and after tourneyed all at once, which lasted a long season, for the sticklers could not find the mean to depart them of a great while; and after they were departed and withdrawn to their places the twain Dukes came with their company before the Emperor's stage and made obeisance, and after rode about the [p]lace and departed, and followingly the Marquises did in [like]wise, after whose departing 2,000 lanceknights ... de of Corteyn taboryns ran suddenly out of ... midst of the said place upon an hot ... the said taboryns ... explykye them ... was done shortly, and after ... unlapped it again in many dyv[ers] ... [this] pastime lasted a long season, and in ... of the said place in the same order under ...
The Emperor came to that place about 3 after [and it was] almost 8 of the clock or he departed thence, and ... the said Kings, Queens, Cardinals and other P[rinces with] the Emperor, and after the dances were celebrate [in the] court of the palace which was prepared for the sa[me it] was almost twain in the morning, and the Empe[ror] ... himself and also the King of Poole which passed [by my] lodging toward his about two in the morning. Every day sythe the King of Poole hath ridden to the palace in the forenoon, and sometimes in the after, and tarried there three or four hours." This day the Emperor, armed, but wearing on his head a hat with many rich jewels, and about his neck "a rich device of gold stones and pearls," with the young King of Bohemia and 1,000 horse armed, rode on a horse covered with rich cloth of gold, to Newstate, a town eight Dutch miles off. It is not certain whether the Kings of Hungary and Poole with the two [Queens] leave tomorrow for the same place or not. On the 25th an ambassador came to the Emperor from the French King, but Wingfield knows nothing about him. "Also I hear say that yesterday wa... confederation made betwixt... (One line is here lost) ... shortly into Italy, him ... shall pass with certain horsemen and ... the Switzers." Has no more news. Vienna, 30 July 1515.
Hol., pp. 4, much mutilated. Add. and endd.
30 July. 765. For JOHN TUKKER.
To be bailiff of Powder, Cornw., Charing, 30 July.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 6.
31 July.
Vit. B. XVIII. 167.B. M.
Wrote last on the 30th, which was the wrong date, and should have been... Hopes the King will not only pardon the error, which was owing to the pressure of work caused by the great convention, but as the convention is past he may have leave to return, so that he may refresh his person and wit, largely impoverished by labor and travel, and set his affairs in order, to be the better able to serve the King in any office he may give him hereafter. Has been in office five years, more like an exile than an ambassador, and spent little lack of 300l. On the 30th the Emperor rode to Newstate, a town eight Dutch miles from Vienna. This day the three Kings, "for the young King of Bohemia returned hither again the same night that he rode out of this city with the Emperor," the two Queens and the Cardinal of Strygon, went to Newstate, which it is thought they will leave tomorrow. After taking leave of the Kings the Emperor will to Insbroke with diligence to pass from thence into Italy, for which purpose he has retained the Duke William of Bavier his nephew and the Marquis Casymyrus of Brandenbourge with their companies armed. Until Wingfield arrives at Insbroke, above 300 English miles, he will not be able to write or receive letters.
Describes the persons of the Kings; viz. "First I think the King of Hungary is sixty [years old] and is always borne in a chair for he is ..., nevertheless by his colour he seemeth to be of s[anguine]... The King of Poole, his brother, is not past vj. o[r ... ], amongst big men he is of mean stature ... byrs and severe of cheer for right seldom he lawg[hs]. The young King of Boheme, son to the King of H[ungary is] but 10 year of age; howbeit of stature and bygg[ness he] might well be 12, and is brown of nature. The young Queen his sister is but 12 years; ne[vertheless] of growing she seemeth to be 14, and of beauty [is the] fairest that I have seen, and hath the fairest hair. The Queen of Boheme is now 10 year old little of stature in comparison of the other, but quick of spirit [and] ... complexioned." In the feasts the Emperor showed great liberality, and made "marvellous great gifts" to the value of 200,000 florins of gold, in addition to maintaining the Kings and "such as waited upon them ... and 15 days continually kept his cellar o]pen to all] that lust to drink at the bar." Vienna, the l[ast day of July.]
Hol., pp. 3, mutilated. Add.
Galba, B. III. 334. B.M.
Has received letters from the Emperor for the continuation of their amity, and a sure method with him and the King of Arragon for taking the Prince out of the hands of his Council, who have usurped their authority; and as the Emperor's ambassador has not hitherto shown himself earnest in this matter, they are to declare the same to the Emperor, and advertise the King of the result. The King has sent his ambassadors for confirmation of the treaty of amity and of intercourse between him and the prince. They are, moreover, to declare to the Emperor that he has notified the Prince's Council that if any inconvenience arise in consequence of their denial of justice they must take the consequence, but the King desires they should make no breach in the amity between himself and the Emperor.
Has received three letters from them of the 23rd and 27th of June, and the 5th of this present month, stating the resolution of the Council not to continue the league. He remonstrates on this ingratitude, to which they have been brought over by the fair words and sweet promises of France. The commissioners are to demand sharply, and by all the reasons they can urge, the confirmation of the amity; if they continue their refusal Dr. Tunstal is herewith sent to show what order the commissioners shall pursue.
Drafts in Ruthal's hand, pp. 3, mutilated.
Galba, B. III. 332. B.M
769. [SAMPSON] to [WOLSEY.]
... but as ... the vigil of St. John I had [proc]ess t[aken thi]s day against me. Has been excommunicated at Bruges, and cited to appear at Reynys "with divers other processes ag[ainst m]e" which is very slanderous to the King and Wolsey. Differs from Wolsey, who had suggested that he should excommunicate the Abp. of Reyns if the Archbishop excommunicated him. Wolsey must remember that his briefs are without effect in all Flanders by reason of the residence of the elect; moreover the cause non agitur in obscuro but in the face of wise men, and he would not have it said that Wolsey sent a commissary "without learning or discretion and so beastily blinded that he knew neither learning nor reason." There are no other means suitable to avoid the inconvenience except by an inhibition, but in Tournay if he constrain them de facto a divinis they will laugh at him as they never come there. Whereas Sampson will have to purchase from the Pope absolution from the Archbishop's sentence. Receives much comfort in his proceedings from Spinelly, who is content to suffer in Wolsey's service "both sharp and sour." He desires to visit England. Wishes Wolsey may find the Frenchmen more faithful than people expect. Has just heard from my Lord Lieutenant that execution has been made in Tournay. There is no remedy except the French King's command to the elect to revoke all the process. The inhibition must be had from Rome. Suggests to him three courses.
Hol., pp. 4, mutilated.
Er. Ep. VI. 38.
Is not to be terrified by the occasional deaths that happen. Change of abode can only change the danger, not escape it. Should avoid a crowd, and live temperately. The winter is not far off, which generally proves a remedy for these evils. Consoles him for the loss of his money. Fifteen years ago, when he was preparing to leave England for France, lost 20l. at Dover;—all he had. Was not cast down, and in a few days after brought out his Proverbia. Offers his assistance. Was at first greatly vexed at John's departure (fn. 1); now has grown callous and does not wish his return, for what is the use of bestowing kindness on the ungrateful? Will tell him more when he sees him. Wonders he has not heard from Lupset. London, 1515.
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13 B.II. 247. B.M.Ep. Reg. Sc. I. 20.
771. JAMES V. to LEO X.
Robt. Forman, Dean of Glasgow, being appointed to the vacant bishopric of Aberdeen by Leo, without the King's commendation, has, though unwillingly, resigned. Desires that he will not grant bishoprics to those to whom they are useless, and also that Forman be not forced to pay the annates, as he has not received any money from the see.
13 B.II. 248. B.M.
States the contents of his letter to the Pope concerning Robt. Forman, prothonotary apostolic, and asks his influence and favor.
Adv.MS. 422. 773. JAMES V. to the POPE [LEO X.]
Has already written to ask that no prelacies be filled up contrary to the privilege granted to his ancestors, and received a favorable reply. The see of Aberdeen is now vacant, and he will mention the person to whom he desires it to be given within the appointed time, eight months.
Adv. MS. 421. 774. JAMES V. to [LEO X.]
Recommends Alex. Gordon, precentor of Murray, a relation of the Earl of Huntley, for the vacant see of Aberdeen. Dundee.
Similar letter to the Cardinal the Protector of Scotland.
Adv. MS. 424. 775. JAMES V. to the POPE.
Recommends Thomas Car for the abbacy of the Benedictine monastery of Kelso, in the diocese of St. Andrew, vacant by the translation of Andrew Bp. of Caithness, who holds it in commendam, to the see of Aberdeen.
Adv. MS. 439. 776. JAMES V. to LEO X.
Wrote lately how the Abp. of St. Andrew's [Forman], in his capacity of legate à latere, had been most beneficial in composing the dissensions of the different sees, and had stripped himself and his friends of the see of Murray and Aberdeen (fn. 2), and the monasteries of Dryburgh and Kilwynnyng, reserving only the archicpiscopal table (mensa) of St. Andrew's and the monastery of Dunfermline, and not even these entire, for the peace of the kingdom; "quo istius sedis auctoritas pro sua magnitudine in provisionibus maxime consistorialium dignitatum locum obtineret." He has frequently established peace between the kings of Britain, frequently crossed the seas when the war raged between Julius II. and Lewis XII., and was appointed mediator on both sides. For these services Julius promised to make him a Cardinal, and the French King gave him the see of Bourges. Lastly, the present Pope sent him to Scotland as legate. Hopes Leo will confirm the legateship, and perform the promise of Julius by making Forman a Cardinal. Desires credence for Thomas Nudry. Edinburgh.
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13 B. II. 257. B.M.Ep. Reg. Sc. I. 233. Adv. MS. 434.
777. JAMES V. to LEO X. and the CARDINALS.
The Duke of Albany arrived in Scotland 18 May. The prelates, peers, and commons have sworn allegiance to him as governor and protector. Desires that the privileges granted to Scotch Kings may be continued. Has heard that the King of England has asserted his intention to become Governor of Scotland, and has given presentations to Scotch bishoprics, which he has no right to do.
Adv. MS. 420. 778. [ALBANY] to LEO X.
Recommends the following persons for preferment, viz.:—Andrew Steuart, who holds the canonry and prebend of Craggy, in Dunkeld, and the rectory of Blair, of the patronage of the Earl of Athole, to the see of Caithness; Gawin Douglas who holds the provostship of St. Giles, Edinburgh, of royal patronage, and the canonry and prebend of Hauch, in Dunbar, of the patronage of the Earl of Bothwell to the Benedictine Abbey of Abbirbrothok; and James Hepburn, who holds the rectories of Partoun, Glasgow and Dalry, Galloway, also of lay patronage, to the abbey of Dunfermling of the Order of St. Margaret. Edinburgh.
Copy, Lat., p. 1.


  • 1. i.e. John Baptista.
  • 2. He is not mentioned as Bp. of Aberdeen in any of the lists.