Henry VIII: February 1515, 11-18

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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

11 Feb.
R. O.
Certain Spaniards in his absence have complained against him to the Council for that Thomas Griffith, a captain of his, had taken during the war a cargo of woad, which the Duke alleges belonged to De Bastila, customer of Bordeaux. Also restitution is required from him, by certain Bretons, of goods taken by a captain of his at the same time, Thomas Croslay, now committed to the Fleet; and Martin Dupine, another servant, is attached for the same in Cornwall. Begs these causes may be respited till he comes home. Paris, 11 Feb. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: To my Lord of York.
Feb. Calig. D. VI. 186. B. M. 145. CHA[RLES DUKE OF SUFFOLK] to WOLSEY.
Received on the 11th February his letter dated the 1st, with copies of certain news Wolsey had from ...ey (Tournay ?), especially a copy of a letter from Mons. the [Van]dom to Mons. the Schewares (Mons. de Chievres). "My lord, [for] the ordering of that matter I took Master Dyene [and] my cousin Wyngfyeld, and soo wye there has in that matter, as you schall parssayf by a lettar [sign]ed wyet hous thre, wyche lyettar you schall rysayef [w]yet thes lyettar." His affairs go on as well as possible in these parts, and he trusts at home also, with Wolsey's help. The King and Queen here are both ready to write with their own hands to the King, his master, in whatever form he thinks best, but he awaits Wolsey's advice how they should write most to the honor of his master. Dated ...,... Feb.
P.S.—"My lord, I have received a letter [from Mr.] Wyngfyeld and me Chansseller, wherein [he advertises] me what pain you take daily for my cause [and how] good lord you are to me, for the which and h[all the] goodness that I find in you I heartily thank [you, as] he that shall never fail you during my life." Begs to hear from him from time to time. "As for the French King I cannot wyche hem [in better mind] towar the King's grace dyn I her hem spyked (than I hear him speak it) ... and as for you and me I trow that nexte the Ky[ng] howar masstar wy had newar scheth a frynd; wyche you shall parsayef her aftar."
Hol., pp. 2, mutilated.
12 Feb.
Calig. D. VI. 185. B. M.
This day the French King sent for him by Mons. the Bousse to see him at the tilt, where he saw him run, and five with him, against the Duke of [Lor]rayn, and five with him, "for a banket;" and [I] insure your grace there was good running. The King himself ran clearly best; for in six courses he broke five staves. Soon after he had done he went to dinner. After dinner Suffolk had an interview with him, for particulars of which he refers the King to a letter written by him and his fellows to my Lord of York. With regard to the meeting, Francis said that if Henry would appoint the time he should be ready. Paris, 12 Feb.
P.S.—"Sir, I by scheth (beseech) your grace that I [might hear from your] grace som tyme, for et schold by to [my great] coum fort (comfort). Sir, I by sche (beseech) your grace that I [may be] most youmbylle rycummanded un to the [Queen's?] grace and to hall me nold (all mine old) fyellowes, bowth [men] and women; and tyll them that I thynke no [little] an kyngnes in thym hall that I newar hard f[rom] non of thym senes I dy partted from y[ou]; bout I thynke the faute has byn in the wy ... (weather ?) and not in thym. Sir, I by sche your grace [that] I be not forgootton amongest your ar..; for daw (though) me bodde by (be) her me hart es wyet yo[u] and you wat whyer."
Hol., pp. 2, mutilated.
12 Feb.
Calig. E. II. (45.) B. M.
Mountjoy arrived on Monday 5 Feb., having made his best diligence, "with my poor wife and my carriage with me"; also the marshal and the treasurer. Delivered the King's letters to the provost of the city and to the chief of the chapter, who promised him obedience. Took the oath on Wednesday, as did the marshal and treasurer; and devised with the late Lieutenant, marshal and treasurer how to carry out the order signed by the King touching the garrison and induce them to serve the month before the payment. This caused much discontent. Next morning a number of soldiers assembled in the market place, and the porters, on coming to the Lieutenant's lodging for the keys, declared no gates should be opened that day unless they were paid at the old rate; that as ten days of the month were passed, they must have a month and a half's wages. Sir Sampson Norton, the marshal, would have been killed had he not taken refuge in the Lieutenant's house and been conveyed secretly out of the town. Were obliged to pay them their demand, as they threatened to spoil the town "and wold other abide all or depart [all], with many unfitting words and crying, All! All! All!" Mountjoy has desired the late Lieutenant to stay till the 12th, and also Sir Richard Jernyngham, in Norton the marshal's absence. Beg that another marshal be sent in his place and that the Lieutenant's commission be enlarged that he may authorize the treasurer to lay out such sums as he thinks fit. Desire credence for the bearer, Lancaster. Tournay, 12 Feb.
Signed: W. Mountjoy, Edward P[onynges], Edward [Benstede?] Antone U ..., Ro. Dymok, [k.], Ric. Whettehi[II].
Pp. 3, mutilated. Add.
Calig. E. II. (39.) B. M. 148. TOURNAY.
"Instructions given by the Lord Mountjoy, Lieutenant of the King's city of Tournay, and by his Council there, to Lancastre Herald, to show and declare to the King's highness or his Council concerning the surety and safe keeping of the same his city."
(1.) How the church of Tournay and the provost have accepted the King's letter. (2 and 3.) The causes of the rumor were the fear of losing a month's wages by change of the treasurers, and dissatisfaction with Sir Sampson Norton, (4.) whom they have secretly conveyed away, as his life was in danger from the rioters. Propose that some one else shall be marshal. (5.) The town cannot be kept with a less number than before. Have drawn a new ordinary of horse and foot, under which Mountjoy [will not] undertake the charge of the town. (6.) Request that he may have the same privilege as Ponynges had to make payment of certain sums without the warrant of Bensted the treasurer, when needful for the surety of the town. (7.) Necessary to have money punctually, or the people of the town will be dissatisfied. (8.) To have licence to admit always one of 6d. by the day in any vacancies in the guard. (9.) To explain certain arrangements made with regard to constables and vintners. (10.) Will do the best to obtain the money to be paid by the [town] to the King, although they grudge it much on account of what they paid at the King's entry. (11.) Will do the same for levying of the King's for his victuals. (12.) The present provost and Council are satisfied with the two minutes touching the commissioners the court sovereign. (13.) Has devised with Ponynges the places for the citadels. The town is unwilling to contribute to the expences. (14.) To show the King the new ordinary book. (15.) The Bastard Emmeres cannot serve the King at less expence than is there set down. (16.) Cannot spare the horsemen, as they are indispensable for scouring the country, and keeping it clear of thieves. (17.) The commissioners for the court [sovereign] cannot be less, as some must be sent to Lovain. (18.) "That Sir Anthony Fertnone ... him with no less than 20l. by year." (19.) To show what arrangement he has made for the "inher ... houses." (20.) The inhabitants have plenty of harness. Wishes to know whether he shall insist upon their selling it or delivering it into the common house. (21.) To remember the suit to be made at this present parliament for the whole garrison. (22.) To obtain a letter from the King to the guard, enforcing obedience to the Lieutenant.
Signed: W. Mountjoy, Eduarde Benstede, Sr., Ric. Whettehill, Rychard Jarnegan.
Pp. 7, mutilated. Endd.: Instructions.
12 Feb.
R. O.
Goes this day from Tournay to the Lady Margaret, to present her the King's letters for recovering the obligations of 6,000l. Could not leave sooner, as Mountjoy wished him to wait till the garrison, which was much disordered, were better established. Lancaster will tell him more. Intends to return to England to proceed on his pilgrimage to Rome. Tournay, 12 Feb. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: To my Lord of York. Endd.
Calig. D. VI. 309. B. M.
Expresses his regret at the departure of Lord Ponynges and hopes he may return prosperously. The King has sent hither as his Lieutenant "Dominus de Mongs" (Mountjoy), at whose coming the writer rejoices, as he was acquainted with him in Eng- land and recommended to his service by Ponynges. Thanks Wolsey for the great favor that Ponynges has assured him his grace entertains for him. Ponynges has spoken to Wolsey already of an office held by an unfit person, who was not an English subject, scilt., the receivership of 6,000 francs to be paid to the King from Tournay, and for which he has no patent. Tournay, "x..Februarii 1514."
P.S.—Forbears to write concerning the bishopric, as Wolsey will hear from his vicar. The deceivers have been discovered.
Add.: Tresreverend pere en [Dieu], mon treschier et [tres] honoré Sieur, Mons [l'Ar]chevesque d'York, &c.
Hol., Lat., p. 1, mutilated.
12 Feb.
R. O.
Is fully reconciled to Richard Pace. Begs that Pace may have recompence for a prebend, which he claims as his own right. He has acted prudently in the administration of the goods of the late Cardinal and will give a faithful account of them. Rome, 12 Feb. 1515. Signed.
Lat., p. 1. Add.: Rmo., &c., Tho. Archiep. Eboracen.
12 Feb. 152. For SIR WM. PEREPOUNT.
Inspeximus of charters of Edw. II. and other kings, granting free warren in lands in Notts, Yorkshire, Linc. and Leic. to Rob. Perepount and Th. [Bo]yvill; also of patent of Hen. VI. confirming patents of Edw. III. to Rob. Tiffour and Matilda his wife, and patent of Ric. I. to Turpin, the King's arbalister. Westm., 12 Feb.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 29.
12 Feb.
S. B.
Writ of error to Sir John Fyneux, Chief Justice of the King's Bench, in the case between William Huse and Grymaldi, for appeal to the high court of Parliament. Del. Westm., 12 Feb. 6 Hen. VIII.
Countersigned: Joh'es Ernele.
12 Feb. 154. For GEO. ARDESON, merchant of Genoa.
Licence to import 400 casks of Toulouse woad. Westm., 12 Feb.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 22; and Fr. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 15.
Western Circuit.—Th. Elyott and Th. Fitzburgh (Fitzhugh ?) with Ric. Elyott and Lewis Pollard. Westm., 12 Feb.
Norfolk Circuit.—Wm. Mordaunt with Sir John Fyneux and Sir Rob. Rede. Westm., 12 Feb.
Northern Circuit.—Th. Strey with Brian Palmes and John Erneley. Westm., 12 Feb.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 22d.
12 Feb. 156. GAOL DELIVERY.
Oxford Circuit.—Rob. Brudenell, sen., John Neuport and Rob. Brudenell, jun. Westm., 12 Feb.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 28d.
13 Feb.
Calig. D. VI. 212. B. M.
On Monday, the 12th, received his letters, dated "in your house at London, the 1st day of February," with the copy of such news as had come from Flanders enclosed in the same. Had sent for Master Dean and Master Wynkefeld, and communicated the contents to them. They proposed that a copy of Mons. Vandome's letter should be shown to Francis, with a pretext that it was sent by a friend of Suffolk's out of Flanders. By so doing, many suspicions which might arise, in "the King my master's mind" would be avoided, whereof he would be sorry, considering the good report he had hitherto sent to the French King. This morning, Francis had sent the Grand Master to the writer, to see the King run at tilt. "Where at my departing before I showed him that I had some news that I would [desire] to show his highness, and he willed me to return [to him] immediately after dinner, and so I did. And then, a[ccording] to our said devise, I broke unto him and showed [him] the said copy of Mons. de Vandome's letter." The King denied that he had any authority for the statements made in the letter; and said he could not refuse hearing the [ambassadors] of Flanders, but he would "conclude with no prince till he had concluded with the [King my] master. And as touching their fair offers and prom[ises for] time to come with excuses for them[selves] in time past, and their desire of amity, he had ba ... answered, as he said that if the Prince of Castile [would] continue his true subject and loving kinsman he shu[Id find] him his right sovereign lord and kinsman." The other matters that they had in charge, he said, should take good effect; "they would have long ... of time; but as for the matters betwixt our mas[ter and him, they] were so determined and concluded that they might [be despatched] within two days. He was only waiting for the return of Mons. de Gyes (Guiche), and in all these matters' he would make Suffolk judge between Henry and him. In the course of conversation Suffolk said he desired nothing so much in this world as to see the two Kings meet. He answered that no one was so desirous of that matter as he, and begged Suffolk to devise the time and place for it. "And he said that albeit there would be at the first meeting some difficulty, because that both he and our master would be loth to lose anything appertaining to their honor, yet there might be a place indifferent devised that might be to the contentation of them both. After which meeting, he said, should be no more such difficulty; for if the King our master came into his realm, he would put himself and his realm into his hands and make him ruler." Paris, 13 Feb. Signed.
Pp. 3, mutilated. Add.: To my Lord Archbishop of York.
13 Feb.
Howard's Let. 278.
His tenants of Hexham refuse to pay their rents. Sir Christopher Dacre has committed some of the principals to Wynne Tower, Hexham; upon which a mob assembled, and demanded their deliverance. Sir Christopher Dacre within seven days took the ringleaders and committed some to Hexham and some to Carlisle. Lord Dacre has burnt the houses of others who refused submission. They are both resolved that Wolsey shall have the money due to him. Will communicate more when he comes to London. Kirkoswald, 13 Feb.
Add.: To the Rev. F. in Christ, my Lord Archbishop of York.
13 Feb.
R. O.
Wrote his last by Richmond. Writes with this to the King. Expects his affairs will prosper. With regard to Wolsey's plate, it is now "waxed underly derrer than it was to before." The French King proposed to give the King and Suffolk some wines. Wolsey shall not be forgotten. Begs that Wolsey will not forget the conduit at Calais: has heard that the Master Mason has returned out of England without any conclusion taken for the same. It will be a very meritorious deed. Clarencieux has returned from Rouen, having provided wine for Wolsey. Paris, 13 Feb. 1514. Signed.
Pp. 2. Add.: [To the m]ost reverend, &c. my Lord the Abp. of York.
13 Feb.
Galba, B. III. 289. B. M.
Wrote last on the 6th. The Prince deferred his entry on account of the bad weather. The Archduchess has received letters from the ambassadors in France, stating the King's wish to be at peace with her. When Francis departed from Paris he left the Lady of Nevers and divers Frenchmen to serve the Queen, who, hearing the arrival of the English ambassadors, put them away and recalled her English servants, at which the King was much displeased. He has sent for the Duke of Savoy. The Duke of Lorraine has married the Duke of Bourbon's sister. Spinelly recommended the example of the French Queen to the Archduchess. Letters have come from France, dated St. Denis, the 9th. Calling on the Chancellor about Nicholas Seymour, he was told that Nassaw and Sympy had written that a peace was in progress with their country. Johan Le has not yet declared himself. Encloses a letter from Sir Robert Wingfield. The Emperor is expected at Worms; he threatens Chievres, but nothing will come of it. Lord Chievres, to strengthen himself, desires to form an alliance of marriage betwixt Berghes' son and his own niece. Berghes says that if the Prince will consent to an alliance with the daughter of France, she shall be delivered into their hands; but it may easily be broken, as there is no provision for the restitution of Burgundy. Count Felix has been sent to the Emperor. The Master of the Post complains of the heavy charges to which the King is put by Spinelly's frequent letters. Thinks they cannot be bought too dear. Lord Fynes is at Ghent. Antwerp, 13 Feb. 1514. Signed.
Pp. 5, mutilated.
Galba, B. III. 231. B. M. 2. Address of a letter in Spinelly's hand, "To the King's Grace;" pencilled, 13 Feb. [1515], Antwerp. Spinelly.
Sussex.—Edw. Lord Hastings, Th. Fenys Lord Dacre, Sir John Devenyssh, Sir Edw. Oxenbrygge, John Erneley, Wm. Pounde, Ric. Devenyssh, Robt. Hall, John Levett, Th. Theccher and John Roote, for the district from Bulverhithe Brigge to Kyngesfeld Brigge, and thence to the stone bridge [of] Croweherstmyll and Rowndwyssh. Westm., 13 Feb.
Pat. 6 Hen, VIII. p. 1, m. 32d.
14 Feb. 162. For RIC. GOLDYNG.
To be Chief Baron of the Exchequer of Ireland, with an annual fee of forty marks out of the customs of Drogheda. Westm., 14 Feb.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 27.
15 Feb.
Calig. D. VI. 244. B. M. Green's Royal and Illust. Ladies, I. 190.
Last Tuesday night the French King visited her and asked if she had made any promise of marriage, assuring her that if she would be plain with him he would promote it, whether it were in his realm or out of it. She then confessed to him the good mind she bore to Suffolk, and begged he would write to Henry in his behalf, as he has since done. Answered the French King thus in order to be relieved of the annoyance of his suit, which was not to her honor, and which he has now given up.
Begs him to consider that if he do not favor her wishes Francis may renew his suit. Paris, 15 Feb.
15 Feb. 164. For JOHN GAGE, alias GAUGE.
Pardon and release as late escheator of Surrey and Sussex. Westm., 15 Feb.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 20.
16 Feb.
R. O.
Sends over Lancaster herald to the King, with an account of the state of the town. It is somewhat late as it was necessary for Ponynges and the Council to sign the document before their departure. Was busy making out instructions needful to be sent, as he is compelled to exceed the ordinary [allowance] and pay at the beginning instead of the end of the month. The city cannot be kept without ready money. There are many strangers, much weapon, many cankered stomachs, some stark traitors in it: the soldiers rude, and not to be trusted,—poor, and cannot put up with slack payment,—require a new marshal, and his predecessor displaced. Has continued Tempest, the old undermarshal, in his place and appointed Hansard one of the captains. "Your chancellor is ridden to Master Ponynges." Begs he will stand his good lord in his matter with my Lord of Essex and his father-in-law, Harry Keble. Tournay, 16 Feb. Signed.
Pp. 3. Add.: To, &c. my Lord of York. Endorsed by Darby.
16 Feb.
R. O.
Has written five letters since 6 Jan. Has received no answer. Desires to know his pleasure by the bearer. Has recovered six harness for Sir William A'Parr, Sir William Kyngstoun, Sir Geoffrey Gaites, Sir Rouland, Sir Ralph Eldyrkar and Richard Cornwayll. Knows where two or three good tilt horses may be had. "And it be not for that feat for the tilt they be but roylles for any other feat." The Lord Lieutenant writes to the King of the state of the town by Lancaster herald. Is commanded by the Lord Lieutenant and Mr. Ponynges to remain at Tournay till a new marshal is sent. Tournay, 16 Feb.
Hol., p. 1. Add.
16 Feb.
Vit. B. XVIII. 76. B. M.
[Wrote last] on the ... inst. from this town. "It is said that the Pope is content[ed with the] new league made between the Emperor, [the King of] Arragon, the Duke of Milan and the [Switzers], but that he would gladly keep Parma and Ples[aunce] ... The Switzers greatly desire to have restored ...; and to pacify them the Emperor is con[tented] with the city of Bargamo to the said Duke [and] to retain still the aforesaid cities so that he ... Julyan may have a great thing together, the aforesaid cities with Reege and Modon joined." The twelve cantons of Switzers have sent ambassadors to the Duke of Milan, offering [all the help] in their power for the "reintegrating" of his duchy. If my Lady of Devonshire, the King's aunt, or the Lady Saly[sbury], have marriageable daughters, thinks that the said Duke [of Milan ?] would rather be joined with the King's blood than with any other. Longs for leave to re[turn]. [Insbrook, 16] Feb.
Hol., p. 1. Add.
16 Feb.
Vit. B. II. 126** B. M.
The Italians are delighted to hear of the death of Lewis XII., but apprehensive of the warlike disposition of Francis I. Maximilian Duke of Milan, with his unpopularity and weakness, has transferred his dominions to the Suevi. Secret plots are going on at Bologna. Expects to hear of great disturbances. Bologna, xiv. kal. Mart. 1515.
Hol.; Lat., p. 1, mutilated. Add.: Ro Ebor. Archpo, benefactori suo præcipuo.
16 Feb. 169. For JOHN UNDERHILL, clk.
Custody of the hospital of St. Mary, Osprynge, Kent, vice Rob. Wodrove, clk., deceased. Westm., 16 Feb.
ii. Writ in pursuance to John Hethe, chaplain, and Laurence Maners. Same date.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 24.
Hants.—W. Abp. of Canterbury, R. Bp. of Winchester, T. Bp. of Bangor, Th. Earl of Arundel, Wm. Blount Lord Mountjoy, Wm. Lord Maltravers, John Tochet Lord Audeley, Th. West Lord De la Warr, Ric. Elyott, Lewis Pollarde, Sir Wm. Uvedale, Sir And. Windesore, Sir Wm. Sandys, Sir Nich. Wadham, Sir John Lysley, Guy Palmes, John Newport, Wm. Pallet, jun., Wm. Froste, Wm. Berkeley, John Dawtrey, Ralph Pexsall, Wm. Pounde and Th. More. Westm., 16 Feb.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 3d.
17 Feb.
R. O.
Came to Tournay on Monday the 5th Feb., along with Lord Mountjoy and Mr. Bensted. Consulted with the Council how to diminish the garrison by the dismissal of the most unruly; which being understood, every man was afraid to lose his place. On Tuesday a great mob came before the Council demanding money. Went with the undermarshal to the market place. Was hotly pressed for money. Desired the Council to take order and prevent the danger. As the Council attended Lord Mountjoy to his lodging, they were met by the rioters, who swore no gate should be opened till their wages were paid. The morning when they saw the writer they cried out all at once "Money! Money! Money! I answered them and said, Masters, ye shall have money; it is a telling for you; your captains may go and receive it." Shortly after, they cried out, "Down with Sir Sampson!" who was compelled to avoid the house. To satisfy them the Lieutenant suffered a trumpeter to blow to cause him to avoid the town, to his great dishonesty. The Deputy has refused to let him remain. Lyle, 17 Feb. Signed.
Pp. 3. Add.: To my Lord of York. Endorsed: A letter of Sir Sampson Norton, dated 17th day of February, with other letters from Tournay.
18 Feb.
R. O.
At the request of the Abp. of York [Wolsey], the King promised, when at Guildford, to give the prebend of St. Stephen's, then held by [William Atwater,] Dean of the Chapel, now Bp. of Lincoln, to Dr. Denton her almoner. The Archbishop has supplanted him and put in one of his own chaplains [Sampson]. Desires he will cause Wolsey to make his chaplain resign on the promise of the next advowson in St. Stephen's or Windsor. Wishes her almoner to have the house there, as he has done her much service. Paris, 18 Feb. Signed.
P. 1. Add.
18 Feb.
Calig. D. VI. 255. B. M. Green's Royal and Illust. Ladies, I. 193.
In favor of her almoner, Denton, for whom, at her last being at Guildford, Wolsey asked the King for the next presentation to the prebend in St. Stephen's, then held by [Wm. Atwater,] Dean of the Chapel Royal, now Bishop of Lincoln, which, notwithstanding Wolsey's promise, she understands is given to his chaplain. Prays Wolsey to induce his chaplain to resign and she will not cease until she has got him other preferment of double the value; "and besides that I shall help that he may have the next prebend in St. Stephen's." "From Paris the 18th da[y of February.]" Signed: By your lowvyng f[riend], Marie Quene o[f France].
Add.: To the most Reverend Father in God the Archbishop of York.
Pp. 2, mutilated.
18 Feb.
R. O.
174. WEST to WOLSEY.
They write by this to the King. Wolsey will also receive a private letter from my lords touching his matter of Tournay. Boysye, the Grand Master, assures him it is the King's pleasure Wolsey should have it. The King is very busy at present about the solemnity of his entry and Tournay. Wishes to have a letter apart from Wolsey how he likes their order and demeanor there. Paris, Sunday morning, 18 Feb. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: To, &c., my Lord Abp. of York. Endd.
18 Feb.
Calig. D. VI. 214. B. M.
On Sunday the 18th Feb. the King sent for Suffolk to sup with him, when he talked of Tournay, minding to demand honorable restitution of it and offering to give a good sum in recompence for the costs sustained by the King of England in winning it. He urged Suffolk to devise how it might be done, who communicated the proposal to the rest of the embassy. They have received letters from England for the French King, the Queen and divers others, but without any copies, which, however, they delivered. The King was pleased at the great thanks sent him from the King of England for the favor done to his sister and the entertainment of his ambassadors, and repeated his desire of peace and his resolution to send over Le Guyes. Suffolk at this reminded him of his wish to recover Tournay: on which he repeated his desire to repossess it as anciently pertaining to the crown of France. He assured Suffolk that it was not profitable to the King of England, but stood him in great charge, and, peace being firmly established, it sh[ould do] him little pleasure or service.
In reply they suggested that the King should first renew the last amity and obligation for the payment of money, and that in the meantime they would write for instructions. "My lords, we took this way because we thought it not honorable for the King our master to restore Tournay by any article comprised in the treaty of peace; for under whatsoever condition it were restored, the bruit should be made in France that the King our master was fain to deliver Tournay to have peace;" and they think it best that the restoration, if the King consent to it, should be by a separate treaty, to be kept secret till their meeting, when it should appear a voluntary act. They recommend, however, that everything be fully concluded before the meeting take place, to prevent differences at the last; and desire early to be informed of the King's pleasure, as the French King is so urgent that he "wole daily call upon my Lord of Suff[olk to know] what answer he may have from the [King's grace]." Mons. de le Guyes arrived here on Sun[day, and] made a very good report to the King here, [expressing] great thanks at his return to the King's highness, [which] shall be shortly." Signed.
Pp. 4, mutilated.