Henry VIII: January 1515, 11-20

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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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January 1515

11 Jan.
Vit. B. III. 109. B. M.
The Pope has received a more correct account of the battle of the Turk against Ishmael Sophi and has sent a message round to different Christian princes exhorting them to concord. He has also sent an ambassador to England for that purpose. They have consented to relinquish half of the annates of the see of Lincoln, as Wolsey's proctors had informed him at Viterbo in October last that the see had been twice vacant in one year. Rome, 11 Jan. 1515. Signed.
Lat., p. 1, mutilated. Add.: Th. Archiep. Ebor., regio consiliario.
12 Jan.
Vesp. F. XIII. 144b. B. M. Ellis, 2 S. I. 224.
Begs that the letter he sends by Pers Yonge, Master of the Magdalen of London, dwelling at Reclef, be read in his presence and credence given to the said Pers in his behalf. Has committed no offence against the King, but the murmur on account of his going into Scotland compels him to vindicate himself. Dongall, 12 Jan. 1514.
Hol., p. 1.
13 Jan.
Calig. E. III. 108. B. M.
There arrived ten or twelve days ago, at Hable de Grace, some Scotch vessels, which, on hearing of the approach of English ships, supplied themselves with munitions and 80 French soldiers, sailed out of harbor with French pilots, carrying a white cross in the French fashion, and took six of our ships. A French vessel of Fecquam, then, in contravention of the treaty. in sight of many men of Hable, boarded the Scotch vessel and delivered to it 25 or 30 Frenchmen to equip the English vessels just taken. The officers of the town prevented some English merchants from attempting the rescue of their countrymen, by depriving them of munitions and sails. Desires his correspondent to speak to the King for redress and that the Scotch vessel, which has arrived in Normandy, may be arrested. Regrets these occurrences the more because there is not only peace between the Kings our masters, but you and I have already set on foot a project for the benefit of both countries. "Escript a ... de pilles," 13 Jan.
Fr., pp. 2, badly mutilated.
13 Jan.
Otho, C. IX. 18. B. M.
Has letters from Damascus that the Sultan had been mediating for a peace between [the Sophi] and the Turk. The latter is greatly incensed against Alydula. Selim is very insolent: he has put many of his bashaws to death who would have dissuaded the last expedition. He is very unpopular. If the Christians of Europe will now make an effort, the Christian subjects of the Turk will throw off the yoke. Rhodes, 13 Jan. 1515.
Lat., pp. 2, badly mutilated.
14 Jan.
Galba, B. III. 227. B. M.
Condoling on the death of Lewis XII., of which he has just been notified, and congratulating Francis on his accession. Sends the Duke of Suffolk, Dr. Nicholas West and Sir Richard Wingfield for that purpose. Eltham, 14 Jan. 1514. Only countersigned Meautis.
Fr., p. 1, mutilated.
14 Jan.
R. O.
Condoling on the death of Lewis XII. Despatches to the French court the Duke of Suffolk, Dr. Nicholas West and Sir Richard Wingfield. Eltham, 14 Jan. 1514.
Fr., p. 1. Add. Endorsed by Wriothesley: "Sir Thomas More's letters."
14 Jan.
R. O.
Wrote last from Insbrook on the 12th. Was very sick. King Lewis of France being dead, advises that if the Queen of France be with child, she be kept from danger. If she be a maid, "as I think verily she is," to obtain possession of her person. Insbrook, 14 Jan. 1514.
Hol. p. 1. Add.
15 Jan.
Calig. B. VI. 114. B. M.
Since 2 Nov., when he presented the Queen's letter to the King of England, has been in communication with the King and his Council. They clearly understand her perils and are taking means to avert them. Since Christmas, the King has sent Williamsone and a wise clerk to Lord Dacre, charging him, as he is of kin to Angus, to help the Queen to the uttermost. Dacre has proposed that the Queen and her relatives take refuge in the Marches, and that Angus be furnished with means to subdue the rebels. England cannot undertake it, as it will appear to aim at the crown of Scotland. Englishmen will help her cause; for if the King die without issue, his nephew of Scotland will succeed. Sir James will inform him further. If the Queen follow her brother's advice Scotland will prosper and France will not deceive them, "wich ves ye detht of ye King and off ye lordds. The Frensmen now moks and scowrnys Scotts men for ther labour." "And wher ye writ to me to haff a salff condyt it needis not; for ye or eny of youris may come and be velcome to the Kynggis grace off Ynglond as to the castell of Dowglas." He shall, however, have one shortly. Begs him to give credence to his writings as he comes of a true stock and is loyal to the Queen his mistress. 15 Jan. Signed.
P.S.—Lord Dacre has delivered to Sir James three letters "to false Panter the Secretary." He will see how Murray has got hold of all the best benefices in Scotland. He is to be proclaimed a traitor and then Douglas can get what benefices he likes.
As he was writing this copy a post reached Dacre of the death of the French King. The Duke is at sea. He must make haste if he would save his friends.
Copy in Williamsone's own hand. Pp. 3. Headed: "This is the fryst letter yat I send in Scotland with Sir James Yngles, secretary to the Quene." Endd.: Mr. Adam Williamson.
Adv. MS. 423.
28. JAMES V. to the POPE.
Has written several times about the vacant prelacies, but in vain. Recommends Gawin Douglas for the vacant see of Dunkeld and hopes his holiness will comply with the request. The Cardinal Protector of Scotland, to whom similar letters are sent, will explain more fully.
Lat., p. 1.
15 Jan.
Calig. D. VI. 283. B. M.
At Wolsey's command had sent [to a gentleman] of my Lady's council the collation of one of Wolsey's [benefices] in Tournay church for Lodowyk Marraton, but has heard within these two days that the Archduke entered on his [government] on New Year's Day. Hears that on his entry the Prince peremptorily forbad one of his councillors to resort any more to his court, "expressly saying, but for him or gyff he had been true to him he had not ... his wife. And he that told this tale was Mr. Marschall's servant; moreover showing that it should be such one as was lately [sent] ambassador into England. Wherefore I conjecture it should be the President of the Council: for the Suffreyn of Flawndyrs, which was last in England, is thought a very true Burgonyon to have such a reproach and no man more sorry for the change than he."
The Bishop and his father have now by the French King's death all their desire: for, as Sampson has already written, they were anxious to defer "thys chonge;" and he had been expressly told that, if the French King were to die before Wolsey's business was accomplished, they trusted he should have little of his mind. Had written from Paris about the Bishop of Paris and the Treasurer of France (Robertet), to whom the French King had committed the matter. "But if peace shall fortune (which I beseech Almighty God to grant us), I doubt not their trust shall fail them." Had found a greater difficulty in dealing sharply with the officers there, because Wolsey had failed to send him "the new provision be the title of York." It will redound more to Wolsey's honor if he have a plain provision re[newed by] proclamation. It will be to his advantage to have somebody expert in these processes, not only in Tournay but in Rome. This bishopric has been in litigation 20 years. It had no peace, except five or six years in the time of the last Bishop. Is afraid at present, without sufficient authority, to meddle indistinctly with the spiritualties. Causes jurisdiction to be exercised in Tournay. Has not yet called John Villain to account. "For t ... things to be referred to my Lord Ponynges' words, as John [Villain] excuseth himself."
Mr. Marschall has promised the writer a house confiscated in Tournay for his lodging. The King's Lieutenant lodges in Wolsey's palace, which the writer thinks should be assigned to Wolsey's officers. Advises him to devote the confiscated house to that purpose, as it may be furnished for little money. "The gentyll canons of Tournay" will not lodge him, some for malice and some for fear lest the Bishop should return. They are so emboldened by the King's confirmation of their privileges and so French in heart that they are sure to rebel when they see their advantage in it. Has spent all the money he brought out of England and borrowed of his friends, the best of whom, Sir Robert Southwell, he has lost.—Begs he may have money. [Tournay,] 15 Jan. 1514.
Pp. 4, mutilated. Add.: To the most Reverend Father in [God], and his especial good Lord of York.
16 Jan.
Vit. B. II. 117. B. M.
His many letters to Polydore and his friends have interrupted his correspondence. On Epiphany the Pope showed the cardinals the letters of the King of Poland, announcing his victory over the Muscovites. A solemn mass will be sung at St. Peter's on the 25th. Sends a copy of the Polish letters.—Various commotions are expected to arise from the death of Lewis XII.—Julian de Medicis, appointed captain on the 10th, starts for Savoy to his wife, the Duke's sister—The Emperor has put off his interview with Poland, and has sent Cardinal Gurk. He is expected at the diet at [Augs]burg, where Prince Charles will be, who is now out of his tutelage.—The Pope is bent on a crusade. Rome, 16 Jan. 1515. Signed.
Lat., pp. 2, mutilated.
17 Jan.
Calig. B. II. 364. B. M.
In behalf of Gawin Douglas, nominated to the see of Dunkeld on the death of George [Brown]. Perth, 17 Jan.
ii. SAME to SAME.
Letters commendatory for the same. Perth, 17 Jan.
Copies, one double page. Endd.: "Letters from Scotland; and letters of Master Magnus and Mr. Williamson."
17 Jan.
Galba, B. III. 276. B. M.
* * * [First leaf lost.] "howbeit, I am sure if he might remedy it, he ... but for to be obstinate with this much harm." The ambassador of Arragon is greatly displeased with the business and dissatisfied with my Lady. Spinelly thinks he is mistaken in supposing he can gain his way by means of the Emperor, as the people here will do as they please. The said Bastard of Vandon has reported the death of the Duchess of Bourbon, and that the old Duchess keeps company with the French Queen her sister. They say she never will be allowed to leave France. They hope the Duchess of Britanny is with child.
A gentleman of the Lady Vandon has written to the Lord of Potellys that the new King has been very liberal, made Bourbon Constable of France, Boissi Great Master, and La Palice Marshal. The Count of Vandon is to be created Duke. The going of the French [into Italy] for this year is prorogued. Has heard nothing of the league between the Pope, the Emperor, and Arragon. The Lord Berghes tells him that, if any communication have taken place between France and England against Arragon, Arragon will now hear of it. Thinks the King should improve his communications with the latter, and that Sir Edward Ponynges should be sent to the Prince and the intercourse between the two countries confirmed. The estates here will never join France in an offensive alliance till the King is of a more mature age. They refused him 500 spears. Has returned to Brussels for certain affairs of Sir Edward Guldeford in the King's service. Nassau is come from Loveyn and will be ready to start in six days. The King's friends would be glad to hear that his sister was out of France. The Prince has ordered Busshy (Boissi) to be set at large. Mechlin is to be security for his ransom. Begs, if he is to continue there, he may have money, or return to England. Owes more than 80l. The Prince returns to Brussels in two or three days. Brussels, 17 Jan. Signed.
Pp. 4, mutilated.
17 Jan.
S. B.
33. For ROGER MEYNOURS alias MYNORS of Wyndleyhill, Derby, alias of the Household.
Pardon and release as late sheriff of Notts and Derby. Del. Westm., 17 Jan. 6 Hen. VIII.
17 Jan.
P. S.
Licence to export and import merchandise: the duties not to exceed 1,000 marks. Eltham, 15 Jan. 6 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 17 Jan.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 28. Fr. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 16.
18 Jan.
R. O.
Since his last letters, which go with this, hears that the President of Flanders and the Greffier of the Toison attend the Lords of Nassau and St. Py in the embassy to France.—Writes all matters of importance in cipher, the key of which he will send by the Deputy of Calais. Brussels, 18 Jan. 1514. Signed.
P. 1. Add. and Endd.
18 Jan.
P. S.
36. For JOHN GRENEWEY of London, merchant.
Grant, for 40 years, of the farm of the customs of cloth in Devon and Cornwall, at the annual rent of 23l. 16s. and 4s. increase. Greenwich, 29 Dec. 6 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 18 Jan.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 29.
18 Jan.
P. S.
37. For ALAN FYNDELASON of London, brewer, native of Scotland.
Denization. Greenwich, 28 Dec. 6 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 18 Jan.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 30.
18 Jan.
P. S.
38. For ROBERT HERVY of Stradbroke, Suff.
Pardon. Eltham, 16 Jan. 6 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 18 Jan. Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 22.
19 Jan.
P. S.
Warrant to the Mayor and Common Council of London, and to the Barons of the Exchequer, to allow them to exercise their crafts in the suburbs and other privileged places adjoining, notwithstanding act of Rich. III. Eltham, 14 Jan. 6 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 19 Jan.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 27.
20 Jan.
Calig. B. I. 24. B. M.
40. S. FRAYSER (?) to the ARCHBISHOP OF ST. ANDREW'S and Commendatory of Murray.
Wrote lately of the death of the Bishop of Aberdeen, and that the Prior of St. Andrew's "ves chossyng litil of Santandros, and pretends yerto." The Bishop of Dunkeld died on 14 Jan. My Lord Chamberlain, considering that the Archbishop has a reservation of Dunkeld, thinks he should not allow it to be disposed of till his return home. "Yar is divers at man (that must) be pless; and wt vis of frendis yer benefices myt and man comples divers partis and content frendis; Master Jhon sallbe (?) comen 10 Jan. to Coldingham, and yer ws ryt hartly and tenderly tret be nyt, bien ye bull put to execution in Edinburgh, 16 and 17 January, in ye Hey Kerk and Abbay Kerk. Fail not to vrit to Rome for yer benefices, and at yer be na disposicion mad on Dunkeld to ze haf other spoken with my L. Chaumerlain, or haf his determit mynd in ye samynn; for he is ye best and trestest I fond," &c. "At ye Nowkerk(?) yis 20 of Januar."
P.S. The Prior will not obey.—The writer thinks my Lord Chamberlain would like Holyrood-house for his brother of Jegworth. Begs the Archbishop to do what he can.—"Haste dois mekell in special quhar yhe ar."
Add.: Rmo. domino meo Archiepiscopo Sancti Andreæ, Primati et Legato nato et de latere in Scotia, ac Episcopo Moraviensi, monasterii de Dubrit' et Pettviym commendatorio, in Francia.
* The handwriting of this letter is extremely illegible.
20 Jan.
S. B. Rym. XIII. 472.
41. For WILLIAM BLOUNT LORD MOUNTJOY, the King's Councillor and First Chamberlain to Queen Katharine.
To be Governor of Tournay; with power to grant safeconducts. Westm., 20 Jan. 6 Hen. VIII.
Fr. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 6 and 19.
20 Jan.
S. B.
42. For HUGH WILLEY and WILLIAM COOKE, grooms of the Chamber.
Annuity of 40 marks, in survivorship, out of the issues of Hereford. Del. Westm., 20 Jan. 6 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 27.