Henry VIII: February 1515, 1-5

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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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February 1515

1 Feb.
Adv. MS. 295.
87. [PANITER] to _. (fn. 1)
Has been unable, through press of business, to answer either of his letters about the affairs which he is carrying on in Paniter's name. Supposes he knows about the suit concerning the chancellorship of Dunkeld, the prœventio of the archdeaconry of Murray and the uncertainty about the parish church of Kynnell. It would be of more consequence if he had better hope of the preceptory of St. John's. William, the last who held it, died without nominating any assistant or successor. An old knight named George has, however, succeeded by right of seniority (antianitatis), alleging that the reversion was granted to him by the Lieutenant of Rhodes five years ago. He is believed to have obtained it from the Master of the English Order.
Copy, Lat., p. 1.
Adv. MS. 323. 88. [PANITER] to _.
It is a long time since he received his last letters of 6 Dec. Urges many reasons why the title claimed by George to the preceptory [of Torphichen] by the pretended resignation of William is not valid, but that it really fell vacant by William's death. Had sent a courier from London on 20 Dec., who was to arrive in ten days with the process disproving the resignation, and showing, among other things, that the said George had written to Fabricius [de Caretto], "se vacuum possessione præceptoriæ, et propterea pati transactionem præceptoris Willielmi cum præbendario de Arnaldstone super jure decimarum, tunc pendulo coram Antonio de Monte auditore Cameræ."
Copy, Lat., pp. 3.
Adv. MS. 296. 89. [PANITER] to CARDINAL _.
Received 1 Feb. his letters dated Bologna, 4 Dec. The difficulty he mentions in the case of the preceptory of St. John of Rhodes is the latest: "quam narras in causa, &c... difficultatem est nu (fn. 2) .. (nuperrima quæ) omnium hic suscitabitur. Privilegia ordinis intelligo maxima; verum præceptorias Sanctissimus conferat cum privilegiorum latissima derogatione. Cur non de sua provisione cum simili quatenus oporteat derogatione judicet? Et profecto ridiculum est istic provideri si de provisione non judicetur." Why should a papal provision be justified at Rhodes which would not be listened to at Rome? Will neither be deterred nor bribed from the service of his most reverend grace (paternitatis). The King's letters are of no avail. Seeks nothing for himself but justice, which he begs his correspondent to promote.
Copy, Lat., p. 1.
R. MS. 13 B. II. 231. B. M. Ep. Reg. Sc. I. 194. 90. HENRY VIII. to LEO X.
In behalf of Patrick Paniter, the Scotch King's secretary, whose services Henry makes familiar use of and who is most zealous in the Pope's service in the present disturbances. Requests the Pope not to confirm the decree obtained by his adversary in the rota relative to the preceptory at Torfichen, which had been granted to him by the Pope. Paniter is recommended by Henry's sister, the Queen of Scots. London.
1 Feb.
R. O.
(Imperfect at beginning) "... in these parts, whereof I hope or long ye shall have some experience." That the matter may come to good effect, the King is writing to the Pope to keep him in the same gracious mind towards Wolsey's promotion. Sends the letter in Master Andreas' pocket with these. Has instructed Andreas to write to him divers secret things of great importance to be showed to the Pope. Has seen, to his great joy and comfort, the bulls declaring Worcester's innocence in the case of poisoning. Has published and declared them to the King and all his Council, who are much gratified. Those who bore illwill to Worcester are marvellously abashed; "howbeit for my part, nunquam hœsitavi." From my place beside Westminster, 1 Feb.
Draft in Wolsey's hand, p. 1.
1 Feb.
Gius. Desp. I. 42.
Giving directions how they shall act on reaching England. They are to keep the King on good terms with Francis I.; condole with him on the death of his brother-in-law, and thank him that in his league with Lewis XII. Venice was named one of the confederates. They are then to visit the Queen and the principal lords. Pasqualigo is to return to France. Ducal Palace, 1 Feb. 1514.
1 Feb.
S. B.
Grant, in tail male, of the manor and appurtenances of Walshame, alias Walsame-in-the-Willoes, Suff., forfeited by Edmund de la Pole, Earl of Suffolk. Del. Westm., 1 Feb. 6 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 32.
1 Feb.
S. B.
Grant to him and his heirs, for the support of his title, of all the possessions forfeited by Edmund de la Pole Earl of Suffolk and John Earl of Lincoln, with reversion of the possessions now held by Queen Katharine and Margaret Countess of Suffolk for life. This grant not to extend to the manors of Ewelme, Oxon., and Wardelham, Hants, &c. Del. Westm., 1 Feb. 6 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 27.
1 Feb. 95. HENRY VIII.
Inspeximus and innotescimus of the following documents:—
i. An indenture, dated Eve of All Saints, 9 Ric.II., between Sir Baldwin Frevile and Sir Th. Botiler, kinsmen and heirs of Lord Peter Mounteforte, relative to the division between them of the manors of Asshstede, Whitchirche and Wellelesborne, Warw.; Asshstede, Surrey; Suthorp [and?] Loutham, Notts, &c.
ii. A deed of release and quitclaim, 1 Sept. 13 Hen. VII., from Sir Edw. Ralegh, Nich. Broun and John Smyth to Edw. Belknapp of the manors of Darset, Whitchirch, Wellesborne, Gryffe and Kyngeswode, Warw., lately recovered from Sir John Norbury.
iii. A deed of release and quitclaim, 13 Feb. 13 Hen. VII., from Sir John Norbury to Edw. Belknapp of Wolston, Warw., of the manors of Dorset and Whitchurch, of all Norbury's possessions in Graston, Warw., and of the manors of Shirlench and Wich, Worc., with special warranty against the Abbot of St. Peter's, Westminster.
Westm., 1 Feb. 6 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 25.
1 Feb.
S. B.
Wardship of Richard, s. and h. of Francis Southwell, and kinsman and h. of the said Sir Robert. Del. Westm., 1 Feb. 6 Hen. VIII.
1 Feb. 97. For JOHN BEAUPLE, clk.
Grant of the free chapels of St. Thomas the Martyr, Barnestaple, and of St. Katharine the Virgin, Fremyngton, vice John Hurle-french, deceased. Westm., 1 Feb.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 25.
1 Feb.
P. S.
To have the toll of Radnour, Marches of Wales, vice Sir Stephen Bulle, deceased. Greenwich, 24 Jan. 6 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 1 Feb.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 22.
Midland Circuit.—Humph. Conyngesby, Guy Palmes, John Jenour and John Felgate. Westm., 1 Feb.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 28d.
2 Feb.
Vit. B. II. 120. B. M.
100. PACE to [WOLSEY].
The officials of the Roman court have examined him touching certain schedules fastened to the feet of that lying priest Renaldus. They were fastened there with Pace's consent, without any decree from the auditor of the Chamber. Readily acknowledges this, if it detract at all from the honor of the Bp. of Worcester, whose innocence he will be glad to have cleared. Rome, 2 Feb.
Hol., Lat., pp. 2, mutilated.
2 Feb.
R. O.
Credence for Sebastian Justiniani and Pietro Pasqualigo. Ducal Palace, 2 Feb., Indict. 3, 1514.
Lat., p. 1. Add.
2 Feb.
Nero, B. VII. 8. B. M.
102. SAME to WOLSEY.
To the like effect. Same date.
Lat., p. 1. Add.: Thomæ Archiepiscopo Ebor.
2 Feb.
S. B.
103. For LAURENCE DELLA GATTA, Rougecrosse.
Annuity of 10l. for his office. Del. Westm., 2 Feb. 6 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 32.
2 Feb. 104. For PAUL WITHIPOLL of London, merchant tailor.
Exemption from serving on juries, &c. Westm., 2 Feb.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 29.
3 Feb.
Calig. D. VI. 206. B. M.
On Saturday, 27 Jan., came to [senlis]. Sent to the King coming from Raynes (Rheims), where he was sacred on St. Paul's Day, to learn his pleasure for an audience. The King sent word he was right glad of their coming, would come where they were on Thursday, Candlemas Even, or they might come straight to him. At Bonyvet's advice, as there was no convenient town for audience or competent lodging, they agreed to stay. Thursday, Candlemas Eve, the King sent for them by the Duke of Longuevile, to meet him a mile out of the town and accompany him at his entry. He received them heartily, asking the health of the King and the Queen's grace, and conversed with them as lovingly and as familiarly as ever he did, expressing his pleasure for the renewal of the peace between the two countries, and also touching the Queen's grace your s[ister's] affairs. When he came nigh to the town the Graund Escuier presented him a new jenet, th[e which the] King was wont to ride upon; "and at the gate [there was] a pageant; and there the burgesses of the town re[ceived him]. And from thence riding under a [canopy they went to the great] church, where there was a s[ervice to be held; and] there he lighted, offered and heard m[ass sung; and] from thence rode straight to the palace. [Upon his a]lighting he appointed to give us audience on Friday, Lady Day, at afternoon."
That day, about 2 o'clock, came the Duke of Longuevile, the Bishop of _, Mons. Bonyvet, and accompanied them to the palace, "where in a great chamber the King [sat] in a chair, and on his right hand many great noble personages of the temporalty, and upon his left h[and] the Chancellor and a great number of cardinals, archbishops and bishops, with a marvelous great assembly of other noblemen, standing behind him round about." They expressed their King's regret for the death of the late King, his joy at Francis' accession and his trust that the conduct of Francis would be agreeable to the promises made when he was Duke of Angoulesme. "Whereunto he answered that as touching the King's death, though y[e were] sorry therefore, ye had good reason; forsomuch as [he had] married the Queen your sister, of which ma[rriage he] said he was a great cause, trusting that [it should have long] endured." He thanked the King for his compliments. On their showing that Henry understood by his last letters that he would send an ambassador for the renewing of the peace, he answered that he had sent for Mons. de Gyes more than eight days past, who should receive immediate instructions for that purpose. They thanked him, in the King's name, for the singular comfort he had given to the Queen (Mary) "in this her great heaviness, reciting how lovingly he had written to your grace, by his last letters, that he would neither do her wrong nor suffer her to take wrong of any other person, but be to her as a loving son should be to his mother, praying him of continuance. Whereunto he answered that he might do no less with his honor, seeing that she was your si[ster], a noble princess and married to his predecessor. And h[ow] lovingly he had behaved him to her, he said, he trusted that she should make report herself to [you], and that that he did he did with good heart and n[ot grudgingly], and much the rather for your grace's sake." On their request to have licence to condole with the Queen, he answered he was well contented.
They represented to him that by letters received out of England from the Privy Council, dated Westminster, 16 Jan., they had learned that certain ships had put to sea out of Depe and Hounflete, intending to take prizes; and one French ship had taken in the Downs two Portuguese and a Spaniard, which would compel the King of England to make reprisals. He answered that he would take steps to put this matter right and prevent his subjects giving offence. "And as touching the Duke of Alb[any] mentioned in the said letters, he was not nor [will be] upon the sea, but is presently in the court [and not] minded to go to the sea, as far as we [know; and we] shall lay the best espial for that matter that [may be]."
The Duke of Bourbon, Grand Constable, Mons. Boysy, Great Master, Mons. de Lotrek, Mons. Bonyvet and other great nobles about the King, are anxious to preserve the amity between the two nations; also "the Duke of Lorrayn came to us and full lovingly asked of your grace's prosperity, saying that there was an old amity betwixt the houses of England and Lorrayn, and specially betwixt the King your grace's father and his father." They wish to know what they shall do if the Duke make any further motion in that behalf, "considering that Richard de la Pole is at Meesse in Lorrayn and become a burgess there." They had delivered the King's letters to the Countess of Angoulesme, "which hath a great stroke in all matters with the King her son," and also the Duchess of Bourbon. They think it expedient that a loving letter should be sent by the King of England "to the Queen that now is, and another to the Duchess of Alanson, the King's sister, by the next post." On Saturday, the 3rd inst., the Count of Nasso and other the Prince of Castile's ambassadors came to Compiegne. They will probably have their audience on Sunday Having received their congé on Saturday, they left one to ascertain how the Spanish ambassadors were received. Saunt Leez (Senlis) 3 Feb. Signed.
Mutilated, pp. 6.
3 Feb.
Calig. D. VI. 174. B. M.
Writes to inform him of a secret matter, referring him for other things to two letters sent to the King, the one from himself and the other from his fellows. The day the French King gave them audience, he sent for Suffolk to see him in his bedchamber, and told him he had heard that he was come to marry the Queen, his master's sister. Suffolk hoped his grace would not reckon so great folly in him to come into a strange realm, and marry a Queen of the realm, without knowledge or authority of the French King or the King his master, assuring him that he "had none such [t]hyng, nor it was never intended on the King my master's behalf nor on mine." Francis replied it was not so: for to be plain with him, the Queen herself had told him; and he had promised his faith and truth that he would help her to obtain [her wishes] ... Perceiving that Suffolk was abashed, he reassured him; "for you shall say that you have found a kind pr[ince and] a loving." "And because you shall not think no [less], here I give you in your hand my faith and truth, by the word of a King, that I should never fail h ... you, but to help and advance this matter between me and you with as good a will as I would for mine own." Suffolk could do no less than thank his grace for the great goodness he intended to show to himself and the Queen, and said he was like to get into trouble, if it should be known to the King his master. "Let me alone for that," said Francis. "I and the Queen shall so instance your master, that I trust he will be content. And because[I] would gladly put your heart at rest, I would, [as] I come to Paris, speak with the Queen; and s[he an]d I both will write letters to the King your master, with our own hands, in the best manner that can be devised." Begs Wolsey to send him his best advice at once. ["And if you shall think good to advertise the King of this letter, do." (fn. 3) ]
Is grateful that he should be the doer of this act whose opposition he most feared, "to instance the King my master in the same; [where]by his grace shall be marvelously dysschared [as] well against his counsel as all the other nobles of this realm." His cousin Wingfield has reminded him of Wolsey's affairs, which he will attend to. He and Wolsey will be in good favor with Francis, and as well intreated by him as ever any two in England. Senlis, ten leagues from Paris, 3 Feb.
Hol., pp. 3, mutilated. Add.: To my Lord of York.
3 Feb.
Vit. B. XVIII. 75. B. M.
"The 29th day [of last month I wrote] letters unto your high[ness from this town of such news] as was then occurrent, and ... And where in the same I touched of [a league] made between the Emperor, the King of [Arragon], the Duke of Milan and the Switzers, I have [heard] further that the said league is as well [to attack] as to defend without exception; and place [is left for] the Pope, the Florentines and the Genoese [to be admitted] into the same for the defence of Italy an[d the Church?]: howbeit the Switzers say that in any wise ... that the Pope shall restore Parma and Pl[esaunce?] to the Duke of Milan, and by as far as c[an] ... yet the Switzers are verily determined to [go in] to France, with such aid of the Emperor, the Ky[ng of] Arragon and the Duke of Milan as is con[tained] in their articles; the Switzers shall have a y[early pension] of the King of Arragon and likewise of the [Emperor]:" but Wingfield's illness has been so troublesome that it prevented him from knowing perfectly; for this is the twenty-sixth day he has kept [his bed]. Is so weak and thin and [also] without money, that God knows when he shall be able to journey. "And every day we harkyn f[or the Emperor's] departing hence, who, as I hear say, hath re[ceived letters] from my Lady his daughter, shewing [that the King of England] hath sent a great embassade to the [French King for] the recovering of the Qw[een his sister]. I am advertised ... and words there shall be ... Queen your sister shall [be] ... [re]ceyvyd and joined again with his nephew ... [the] saying is that a marriage is destined never [to take place,] considering the great appearances that be now [wrou]ght in the world, it is right meet that all things [be r]ypely looked upon and wrought by good deliberation. [Every d]ey I look to hear from your grace, but it tarrieth so long that to me it is a pain almost importable, as God knows." Insbrook, 3 Feb. 1514.
Hol., pp. 2.
3 Feb.
Vit. B. II. 121. B. M.
Has received the King's letter requesting a plenary indulgence for the restoration of the castle of Norham. Is willing to oblige the King and the Bp. of Durham. Though this is a matter of considerable difficulty and not usual, at his intercession the Pope has consented and ordered the bulls to be expedited, which will be sent by the Bp. of Worcester. Rome, 3 Feb. 1515. Signed.
Lat., p. 1, mutilated. Add.
3 Feb.
Vit. B. II. 121.* B.M.
Received his last letter on the 9 Jan. for an indulgence for the restoration of Norham. The Pope consents to the addition of those clauses desired by the King, as he will see by the bull transmitted and the letters to the Bp. of Durham. Has written the news in cipher to the Bps. of York and Winchester. Rome, 3 Feb. 1515.
Lat., p. 1, mutilated. Add.
3 Feb.
Vit. B. II. 122. B. M.
Acknowledges how much he is obliged to Wolsey, and refers him to Andreas Ammonius. It was owing more to Wolsey's wish that he was so active in procuring the indulgences for the Bp. of Durham. Has written in cipher to Ammonius. Rome, 3 Feb. 1515. Signed and sealed.
Lat., pp. 2, mutilated.
3 Feb.
P. S.
Pardon and release as of Drogheda, alias of Preston Laundy, alias of Oldbridge, in co. Meath. Greenwich, 26 Jan. 6 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 3 Feb.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 26.
3 Feb. 112. GAOL DELIVERY.
Bedford.—Commission to Simon West, mayor, Sir John Seynt John, Sir Edm. Lucy, John Mordaunt, Wm. Gascoigne and Walter Luke. Westm., 3 Feb.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 21d.
Has received his letter written with his own hand, dated Paris, (fn. 4) the 3rd. Is glad to hear of the good mind of the French King towards his marriage with the French Queen, and his proposal to write to Henry in its favor. The King is glad to hear of Suffolk's discreet behavior, when the French King "first secretly brake with you of the said marriage," and desires that he will procure the said letters, as constant practices are made to prevent the match. Wolsey thinks that he shall bring it to a successful conclusion, and Suffolk will know that he has in him a firm friend. The King sends letters of thanks to Francis and his Queen: he will he glad to receive ambassadors and continue their amity. The Lady Suffolk is dead. The King has granted her lands to Suffolk, and given him the lordship of Claxton, formerly the Lord Admiral's. The King desires to say, in answer to Suffolk's wish for a harness, that "it is impossible to make a perfect headpiece for you, unless that the manner of making of your sight were assuredly known." Begs Suffolk will have Wolsey's affairs recommended, that he may have an end of the same.
Draft in Tuke's hand, corrected by Wolsey, pp. 2 (broad sheet).
4 Feb.
Le Glay, Négoc. entre la France et l'Autriche, II. 41.
The embassy has arrived at Compiègne. Detailed account of their reception. The English embassy arrived eight days before the King. In their public audience, they delivered a speech in Latin, consoling the King for the death of his predecessor, and enumerating the virtues which a King should possess, to which they persuaded him to adhere. In conclusion they proposed friendship. About the private audience there are different reports. Some say they asked for the return of the Queen Dowager and the fulfilment of the treaty for the money. Others say that if they made this demand, the King would refer to her whether she would go or stay; and if she stay, a marriage is spoken of with Margaret's brother-in-law (Charles Duke of Savoy). These devices are, however, uncertain. Thinks they will endeavor to keep her in the French Court. The King is much like the late Duke of Savoy. His mother seems much younger than she did four years ago. Has also seen the Bastard of Savoy, who is in great credit, and has the company of gens d'armes which were the King's when Dauphin. Has been told that Suffolk and the other English ambassadors, in their private audience, said that the house of Savoy ought not to be trusted, and that they did not keep their promises. They accuse Nassau of receiving 70,000 angels from Henry without doing any service. He and Saint Py, when speaking to the King, said in general terms that they heard of accusations against them, and if any one wished to accuse them they were ready to answer it. The English ambassadors are now at Paris with the Queen Dowager. An embassy from Arragon is on the way. Compiègne, Sunday, 4 Feb.
Cellarer's account, commencing:—"Liber generalis omnium receptionum, tam in civitate, quam in patria, et omnium solutionum monasterii Sanctæ Trinitatis, Londinii, per me, Dominum Johannem Bradwell, priorem dicti monasterii, a festo Sancti Michaelis Archangeli, anno regni Regis Henrici octavi quinto, usque ad idem festum anno sexto.—Hayns, selerarius."
1. Receipts in the city of London by Hugh Bartlett, 7th Oct. 5 Hen. VIII. to 22 Dec. 6 Hen. VIII.
2. Receipts in patria from different tenants and others.
3. Reparations in the city; sc., carpenters, smiths, blacksmith's work, tiles, sand, carriage, and wages of laborers; chiefly to Dowgate and Katharine Cry Church. Laborer's wages, 5d. a day; a carpenter and his servant, 1s. For the garden, onion, parsley, thime, cole, nep, borrige and hyssop seed, vines, leeks, beet and other herbs. Wages—gardeners, 4d. a day; weeding, ditto. Preparations at Woodalaks. Wages to the subprior and others. Wine for the convent; on All Hallows' Day, 10d.; Advent Sunday (a gallon of Rhenish), 10d.; Conception of Our Lady, 8d.; Christmas Day, 6d.; a pair of shoes, 8d.; another, 9d. Pewter platters and dishes; a pair of hose, 17d.; two shirts, 2s. 4d. For the Christmas quarter: a gallon of Rhenish, 1s.; a gallon of Malmsey, 8d.; a gallon of Rhenish, 12d.; 2 lbs. of comfits, 16d; money, 15d. These four given at Kenyngton's dirge. Wine on Easter Even, 8d.; the Annunciation of Our Lady, 8d.; Easter Day, 10d.; Ascension Day, 10d.; Whitsunday, 10d. Summoner (?) of the convent, 4s. 2d. a week. Almonry, including coats for the children of the chapel; e.g., 3 pair of hose, 14d.; a pair of shoes, 6d.; soling ditto, 2d. Expenses of bread, wine and service at Michaelmas, including sweet wine, red wine, claret, Rhenish, Malmsey, bastard, ale, and wheat, chiefly for the entertainment of strangers, e.g., the recorder, Mr. More, Mr. Draper, &c. The same for Christmas, the Annunciation and St. John Baptist's Day. Payments for rent to the Prioress of Holywell, the Bishop of London, the Master of St. Katharine's, the Abbot of Westminster and others. Payments of an ancient debt. Expenses for the church, including mending of books, singing bread, wax, mats for the choir, frankincense, white bread, gerdylls, ink, paper, &c. For St. Katharine Cry Church; sc., houselling bread, bastard, and Malmsey, bread, oil, singing wine, pricking of a mass, 12d.; seven vellum skins for the great book, 2s. 8d.; mending St. Lawrence's relic, 1s.; Mr. Beell, for preaching the first Sunday of Lent, 3s. 4d.; covering a pontifical, 3s. At the Resurrection, 9 dozen of points for the "harneschttes" men, 8d.; the minstrels, 3s. 4d.; the waits, 3s. 4d.; to the keepers of Barkyng procession, for the hire of their pageant against Easter, 6s. 8d.; hire of harness for the Resurrection and for Trinity Sunday, 20s. A quart of ink, 4d.; inkhorns, 2d.; 2 penknives, 1s.; parchment skin for the brevitor, 2½d. Holy cream and wine on Maundy Thursday, 14d. Fees to counsel; i. e., Godson; Mores, of the Common Pleas; Green, common serjeant; Draper; Brooke, the recorder; Lovell; Martyn; Haws, attorney in the King's Bench; Copwood, of the Exchequer; Pecock, serjeant; Pygot, and Pollard. Expences for tithes of Berden, Herts; and for the Charterhouse. Wages to servants in Michaelmas term; i. e., steward, rent gatherer, cook, master of the children, laundress, carpenter, butler, bellringer, gardener, &c. The same for Christmas, the Annunciation, St. John Baptist's Day.
Expenses for the prior's lodgings:—2 pair of shoes for my lord, 20d.; pair of hose for ditto, 6d.; 6 "bocheskins" for my Lord's sleeves, 5s. 6d.; a yard of white kersey for the same, 2s. 4d.; a dozen of points, 1d.; 2 burthen of rushes, 3d.; 2 "penars" and inkhorn, 4d.; pair of spurs, 10d.; 2½oz. black fringe for my Lord's ridinghood, 2s. 11d.; 5 ells of holland, for shirts for my Lord, 4s. 2d.;½ lb. of pyscards, 5d.; mending a pair of cork shoes, 1d.; "byrchyne" hounds, 5d.; grey hounds, 3d.; 6 silk points, 1½d.; pair of hose, 4s.; an ell of sarcenet for covering my Lord's hat, 5s.; "binding of your black hat and the velvet," 1s.; for medlars for my Lord on Mary Mawdelen's Day; 3 black silk buttons, 22d.; &c. Spices for Ipocras, i.e., 1 lb. cinnamon bruised, 3s. 4d.;½ lb. ginger, 12d.; 1 oz. cloves, 5d.; aniseed,½d. For spice bread, 1½ oz. of cloves and mace, 8d.;½ lb. pepper, 8d.; 1 oz. saffron, 11d.; 2 lb. sugar, 10d.; butter, 8d.; eggs, 4d.; strawberries for Trinity Sunday, 3s. 4d. Wafers on Whitsunday and Trinity Sunday, 2s. and 2s. 8d. Purchases for my Lord's lodging:—a load of savyn, 3s.; smelts, 1d.; "cundetes" water on St. John's even, 3s. 3d.; fustian for my Lord's sleeves, 9d.; a quart of aqua vitœ, 4d.; for making two pair of doublet foresleeves for my Lord, 5d.; 2 rochetts for ditto, 2s. 8d.; mending his girdle, 4d.; tawny for servant's livery, 4l.; apothecary for pills for "laske," 14d.; medicine for my Lord, 20d.; hats, when my Lord rode to his courts, 8s.; for making his kirtle, 12d.; ditto his ridinghood, 8d.; fishing net, 7s.; 2 doz. hoods, tawny for grooms' livery, 50s.;½ yd. velvet for my Lord's sleeves, 5s. 8d.; 2 yds. white fustian for the same, 16d.; mending my Lord's silver rings of his "bage," 1s.; pair of carving knives, 5s.
Expences for the mill:—the miller and his wife.
Expences by way of rewards at dirges and christenings, and for presents, to various persons; sc., commissary, the Queen and the King's footmen, the mayor and the sheriff's yeomen, the King's waits, the Lord of Misrule of the King's house, and my Lord of Essex' minstrels, for a boar, a swan, a hen, venison, pears, &c.; waits on Trinity Sunday; to Dr. Taylor's servant, for bringing the Acts of Parliament. For mowing St. Katharine Cry churchyard, 5d. Corrodies to Lady Bradbury and William Glazeare. To the porter 18d. a week.
Expences of the stable:—2 bushel of oats, 7d.; 2½ yds. of broad black for a saddle cloth for my Lord at 2s. 8d. the yard; varnishing his stirrups, 4 silk points, and rewards for the saddler, 4d.; a quarter of grains for the oxen, 11d. (sometimes 12d.); a bit, 16d.; a panel with a girth, 16d.; a horse collar with a trace, 2s. 4d.; shoeing a horse, 1d.; 2 loads of hay, 20s.; a shovel, 4d.; hire of 6 acres pasture, 21s. 8d.; pasture for 2 kine, 10s.; 1 bushel of barley for the swans, 7d.; chaff and oats, 20d.; 2 grey ambling horses, 6l. 3s. 4d.; horse bread, 4d. (sometimes, 2d.); a horseshoe, 2d.; 1 load of straw, 4s.; 3 ells "hedlake" to amend horse collar, 6d.
"Lands lying in the country, appertaining to the late monastery of Christchurch, London." (This leaf is in a later hand.)
ii. "Liber Coquinæ."—Victuals bought by William Heryff, steward of the convent, from Michaelmas 5 to Michaelmas 6 Hen. VIII., John Bradwell being the prior.
Saturday, 7th October, for the steward: salt fish, 8d.; stock fish, 2d.; haddocks, 9d.; whitings, 6d.; butter, 1d. Sunday:—beef, in store'; 2 geese, 12d.; mutton, 14d.; pigeons, 8d.; eggs,½d.; butter, 1d. Monday:—beef, in store; pork, 5d.; mutton, 15d. Tuesday:—beef, in store; pork, 4d.; mutton, 14d.; a cony 2d. Wednesday:—beef, in store; veal, 6d.; mutton 14d.; haddocks 4d.; salt fish, 2d.; eggs, 1d.; shrimps, 1d. Thursday:—beef, in store; mutton, 19½d.; 3 rabbits, 6d. Friday:—saltfish, 9d.; herring[s], 9d.; haddocks, 14d.; butter, 1d.; whitings, 6d.; shrimps, 1d.; flounders, 2d.; oysters, 2d. Also:—mustard, 2d.; vinegar, 2d.; onions, 1½d.; malmsey, 2d.; oatmeal, 1½d.
"Eadem septimana pro conventu."—Saturday:—salt fish, 7d.; haddocks, 10d.; stock fish, 1d.; mussels, 4d.; butter, 2d.; bread,½d. Sunday:—beef, in store; 2 geese, 12d.; mutton, 10d.; chicken, 2d. Monday:—beef, in store; pork, 8d., mutton, 10d.; a cony, 2d. Tuesday:—beef, in store; mutton, 18d. Wednesday:—salt fish, 8d.; stock fish, 6d.; butter, 4d.; flounders, 1d.; shrimps, 4d.; haddocks, 10d.; honey, 1½d. Thursday:—beef, in store; mutton, 8½d.; rabbits, 11d. Friday:—salt fish, 7d.; haddocks, 12d.; herring[s], 7d.; eels, 1d. Also:—mustard, 2d.; vinegar, 2d.; onions, 1½d.; salt, 1½d. (So on for every day in the year.)
In the provision for the convent, Saturday, Wednesday, and Friday were always fish days, sometimes with the addition of butter, eggs, or cheese; except when a feast day fell on Wednesday. The fish, besides that already mentioned, consisted of salmon, fresh cod, gudgeons, mackerell, soles, lampreys, red herrings, mullets, oysters, crabs, roaches, thornbacks, plaice, congers, sprats, gurnards, tenches, smelts, pikes and brills. The meat was beef, mutton, lamb, pork, pigs, and veal, fresh and in store, venison, rabbits, geese, pullets, teals, quails, cranes, capons, pigeons, larks and woodcocks. Other provisions:—milk, cream, curds, butter, cheese, eggs, small raisins, oatmeal, peason, honey, onions, parsley roots, parsnips, pies, "saucelgys," almonds, figs, vinegar, mustard, salt, bay salt, white salt, pepper, "stroke" on Shrove Sunday, cloves and maces, currants, prunes, dates, ginger, cinnamon and saffron "syvet." The provision for the convent is less plentiful and varied than that for the steward. In Advent nothing but fish was allowed in the convent; sometimes with a little mutton—never more than two pennyworth; sometimes milk. From the 4th of August 1514 to the end of the account, "Dominus Grevys" is mentioned as being steward.
On Trinity Sunday, 17th June 1514, Mr. Westby, Mr. Deny, and Mr. Blagge, of the Exchequer, Doctor Taylore, Mr. Corbett, Mr. Blondell, Mr. Eylmer, Mr. Chamley, Mr. Oliver Turner, Mr. Thuryston, Mr. Ellis, draper, Mr. Long, proctor, and Mr. Exmew, were entertained. The first course consisted of:—"brues to pottage," chickens and bacon, green geese, roast capon, pike, pheasant, custard. "The secound course":—"joly to pottage," pigeons, rabbits, "heronzew," "breame," "quinces bak," tart. "The first course for convent":—"brues to pottage," chickens and bacon, green geese, capon, custard. "The second course for the same:"—"joly to pottage," pigeons, rabbits, "quinces bake."
On Thursday, 19th July 1514, the Bishop of London was entertained at breakfast by the steward.
Pp. 201.
Specimen of the manner in which the account was kept:—
Saturday, 2do die Junii, pro Domino. Heryff, senescallo. Eadem septimana pro Conventu. Herff, senescallo.
Item, saltfish in store; plaice, 10d.; whitings, 10d.; soles, 6d.; butter, 4d.; eggs, 1d. 2s. 7d. Item, saltfish, 9d.; plaice, 10d.; whitings, 10d. 2s. 5d.
S. S.
Nil Nil. Nil Nil.
M. M.
Item, beef in store; mutton, 21d. 21d. Item, beef in store; mutton, 21d. 21d.
T. T.
Item, beef in store; mutton, 23d.; chickens in store, malmsey, 2d. 2s. 1½d. Item, beef in store; mutton, 23d. 23d.
W. W.
Item, beef in store; veal, 12d.; plaice, 3d.; whitings, 6d.; mackerell, 5d.; butter, 1½d. 2 3½ Item, saltfish in store; plaice, 9d.; stockfish, 6d.; butter, 4½d.; mackerell, 12d. 2s. 7½d.
T. T.
Item, beef in store; veal, 2s.; a goose in store; 2 chickens in store 2s. Item, beef in store; veal, 12d.; mutton, 13d. 2s. 1d.
F. F.
Item, saltfish in store; mackerell, 6d.; plaice, 8d.; a brill, 6d.; soles, 4d.; butter, 2d. 2s. 2d. Item, saltfish in store; mackerell, 6d.; plaice, 10d. 16d.
Somma, 12s. 11d. Somma, 12s. 1½d.
Item, mustard, 1½d.; 3 geese, 12d. 13½d. Item, mustard, 1½d.; for pekyng of the mortar, 2d. d.
Somma paginæ, 14s. 0½d. Somma paginæ, 12s. 5d.
5 Feb.
S. B.
Warrant to issue writs for assembling a parliament at Westminster on 21 Jan. next.
Endd.: "Parliamentum futurum incipiet vto Febr. ao vjto."
Parl. Roll, 6 Hen. VIII. R. O. 119. PARLIAMENT.
Held at Westminster, Monday, 5 Feb. 6 Hen. VIII. The Archbishop preached the sermon, taking for his text, "Leges intelligite, erudimini qui judicatis terram." He dwelt upon the respect paid by the ancients to the common weal, whose greatest glory and solace it was to see the state flourishing. Sed nostra respublica languet; for men now study their own interests only. To restore a state to its pristine sanity a wise king is the only physician. He then enlarged upon the qualities which constituted a good king, especially insisting on his impartiality in administering justice; and exhorted his hearers to seek and ensue justice for many reasons, especially as it is said in the Gospel, "Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness (justitiam)," and attend to the reformation of what is amiss. The Commons were to meet next day and elect their Speaker.
Receivers of petitions from home.—The Abps. of Canterbury and York, and the Duke of Norfolk.
Receivers of petitions from Gascony, &c.—Sirs John Yonge, John Veysy, Roger Lupton, John Tailer.
Triers of petitions from home.—The Abps. of Canterbury and York, the Duke of Norfolk, the Marquis of Dorset, the Bps. of London and Winchester, the Earls of Suffolk, Shrewsbury and Worcester, Sir John Fyneux, Humph. Conyngesby, Rob. Brudenell, and the Abbots of Westminster and Bury St. Edmund's.
Triers of petition from Gascony, &c.—The Bps. of Durham, Norwich and Llandaff, the Earl of Derby, the Lord of St. John of Jerusalem, Lord Abergavenny, Sir Rob. Rede, Sir Wm. Hoddy, and the Abbots of Abingdon and Reading.
Tuesday, 6 Feb., the Commons appeared by Sir Rob. Sheffield, and on the eighth presented their Speaker, Sir Thos. Nevile.
1. Ratification of the King's grant to the Duke of Norfolk [c.19].
2. Ratification of the King's grant to the Duke of Suffolk [c.20].
3. Restitution of Sir Edw. Belknap [c. 21].
4. Restitution of John White, clk. [c. 22].
5. Assurance of the title of the King's manor of Hanworth [c. 23].
6. Act concerning the King's general surveyors [c. 24].
7. Schedule annexed.
8. The resumption [c. 25]. (fn. 5)
9. The subsidy [c. 26].
10. Act against costly apparel [c. 1].
11. For the bringing in of bowstaves [c. 11].
12. For laborers' wages, &c. [c. 3].
13. That Norfolk wool be not carried out of this realm. [c. 12].
14. Act avoiding second letters patent granted by the King [c. 15].
15. For maintenance of archers [c. 2].
16. Concerning undersheriffs in Bristol [c. 18].
17. Concerning felons and murderers [c. 6].
18. Touching outlawries [c. 4].
19. Concerning watermen on the Thames [c. 7].
20. Against deceits in woollen cloths [c. 9].
21. Concerning cloths called "white stretes" [c. 8].
22. Against shooting with crossbows [c. 13].
23. For tonnage and poundage [c. 14].
24. Against pulling down of towns [c. 5].
25. Concerning the river in Canterbury [c. 17].
26. Commissions for sewers [c. 10].
27. Of burgesses departing from parliament [c. 16].
Prorogued till the 12th Nov. following.
5 Feb. 120. For SIR HEN. WYAT.
Inspeximus and exemplification of:—
i. Patent 11 June 1 Hen. VIII. appointing Thomas Duke of Norfolk, George Earl of Shrewsbury, Sir John Fyneux and Sir Tho. Inglefeld commissioners to cite before them all persons claiming the privilege of performing particular services near the persons of the King and Queen at their coronation, which was to take place on Sunday, the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, and to decide their claims.
ii. The return of the said commissioners, showing that proclamation had been made on Tuesday, 12 June 1 Hen. VIII., for such claimants to appear before 18 June, whereupon was received:—1. The petition of Sir Hen. Wyat, as tenant of the manor of Ashele alias Uphall, Norf., to be admitted to perform the office of Grand Serjeanty of the Table Linen (officium magnœ sergaunciœ de Naperia), consisting in the arrangement of all the table linen at the banquet, and the appropriation of the same to his own use after it: showing that Hen. Hastynges, formerly seized of the said manor, held it of Henry III. by the said service, which he performed at the coronation of Queen Eleanor; and that at the coronation of Richard II., Ann, late wife of John Hastynges Earl of Pembroke, held the manor, and her deputy Sir Th. Blount was admitted to perform the same service—a right appertaining to the manor. 2. The petition of Richard Earl of Kent, as tenant of the said manor, claiming the same privilege. In opposition to which Wyat produced an indenture, dated 1 Nov. 22 Hen. VII., by which the Earl sold the manor to Wyat. 3. The petition of Rob. le Straunge, claiming the same privilege on the ground that the said Earl of Kent (whose father had performed the service at the coronation of Henry VII.), by an indenture dated 18 Nov. 22 Hen. VII. sold the manor of Asshele to the said Robert.
The case was decided in Wyat's favor.
Westm., 5 Feb.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 23.
5 Feb.
S. B.
121. For THOMAS SKELTON, clk.
Presentation to the church of Achurch, Linc. dioc., void by resignation. Del. Westm., 5 Feb. 6 Hen. VIII.
5 Feb.
P. S.
122. For SIR RIC. HAYS, clk.
To have the pension which the Abbot elect of Whiteby is bound to give to a clerk of the King's nomination till he be promoted to a competent benefice. Greenwich, 13 Jan. 6 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 5 Feb.
5 Feb.
S. B.
Annuity of 10l., for services to Mary Queen of the French and to Katharine Queen of England, out of the customs of Plymouth and Fowey. Del. Westm., 5 Feb. 6 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 31.


  • 1. "Vir amicissime."
  • 2. So, with a blank in MS. Apparently a word which the transcriber was unable to read.
  • 3. Supplied from Master's Collections, Jesus College, Oxford.
  • 4. An error of Wolsey's. The date was Senlis.
  • 5. To this is annexed a proviso that this Act shall not be prejudicial to George Earl of Shrewsbury, signed by the King and endorsed: Proviso for my Lord Steward." (Clause 11.)