Henry VIII: August 1516, 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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August 1516

11 Aug.
Giust. Desp. I. 270.
Saw the Cardinal, who urged him to write to the Seignory on the affair of Verona. Told Wolsey he received his information merely from outlaws and malcontents. Then proceeded to give him an outline of the history of Venice, in which Sebastian had taken part the last five and twenty years. London, 11 Aug. 1516.
12 Aug.
R. O.
2265. WM. PAWNE to WOLSEY.
Wolsey will learn how the works are going on at Tournay from his nephew Geo. Luskin (Lovekin), the bearer. The two commissions, one in Latin the other French, delivered to John le Sellier and himself, for providing the necessary things to expedite the said works, expire on 7 Sept. next. Requests, if they are to continue in charge of the works, fresh commissions, or else a sufficient discharge. Hopes they may be informed of the King's pleasure and his own. Considering his services to Henry VII. and VIII. for thirty-two years, trusts Wolsey will not, in his absence, believe false surmises, "which I suppose to be made by him that I have brought up." Tournay, 12 Aug.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: My Lord Cardinal. Endd.
12 Aug.
Er. Ep. App. 495.
Would not let Erasmus return without a letter. Erasmus does not consider that it will be necessary for the writer to go to Flanders. London, 12 Aug.
12 Aug.
S. B.
2267. For TH. LYNOM, commissioner in the Marches of Wales.
Grant of the messuage called Cathwayte in Sutton upon Derwent, York, which he held of Ric. III., and which was lately held by John Aclom. Del. Westm., 12 Aug. 8 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 8 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 8.
13 Aug.
Er. Ep. II. 9.
His return to England is very acceptable to all his friends in Cambridge. They are busy there in the study of Greek. His edition of the New Testament is much applauded. There is here a young man named Edmund Pole, (Ed. Polus arduus, morum perquam candidorum,) who is most anxious for the acquaintance of Erasmus. Cambridge, id. Aug.
13 Aug.
Galba, B. IV. 140. B. M.
Filynger, who arrived on the 11th, and Casius, delivered them the Emperor's letters of credence. The former stated that his master had sent him to enquire why the league between himself, England and Castile was not concluded, and what were the impediments. Tunstal answered that Henry had been moved by the Emperor to join the league, and had despatched his ambassadors to solicit the King Catholic, who had sent to his resident in England certain articles suggested by the Emperor, which said resident had refused, raising certain difficulties, to remove which the writers had been sent to Brussels; that the Council there had refused compliance, but for what cause Tunstal could not say; the Emperor might get a copy of the articles from the Council; and Casius, who was present, could fully inform him. Casius said he was ill and not present. Felynger then told them them that [the Swiss] had resolved not to declare themselves until all the cantons were agreed; further, that one of his special charges was to promote the King's voyage into Spain. Casius said troops and provisions were ready and all prepared against Chievres' return. As the summer is near past, and the matters of Noyon prolonged, Tunstal does not think the voyage will be this year. Thinks that Henry should know what is doing there before he proceeds with the league. Fylinger has no commission to treat with the French as he pretended. Cannot learn what is doing at Noyon. They say that the Audiencer is not admitted there, but only Chievres and the Chancellor. The French raise great difficulties. The nobles of Spain, who were there, left on the 9th for Friesland, to rescue a town from the peasants of Gueldres, who number 15,000. Wrote last on 31 July, desiring instructions against Chievres' return. Brussels, 13 August. Signed.
Pp. 5, mutilated.
13 Aug.
Galba, B. IV. 138. B. M.
Thinks it right to advise him of other matters than those in the letter to the King. Since Chievres' departure affairs have been as dead as if the Prince were absent. The Lord Berghes is appointed to wait upon the King. Casius, Procurator and Solicitor General, Andreas de Burgho and Don Petro de Urea, are there for the Emperor, the last in most authority. Count Mansfeltt arrived a month since "with the prou ... sis, which were received with honorable personages;" and now Felynger, who is trusted more than all by the Emperor; "and yet he hath a pe[nsion ye]arly of the governors here, out of the King's coffers, whereby men do think he will somewhat, as he may, lean to these men's purposes, and thereto incline his master." Verona will be lost for lack of victuals unless the King Catholic take more fast part with the Emperor. The soldiers have plundered the town for lack of payment. If it be lost, all the passages of Italy will be in the hands of the French. Does not think it will make any difference to England, or see why the King should bind himself to maintain other men's causes. He might gain what he wants by his own purse, and the league already concluded. The Emperor can give no substantial aid, as he cannot defend his own. Begs to be informed what they are to do "at the [return] of these men from Noyon." Has prepared for Wolsey "a clock such as Richmond [described to] your grace. It is all ready, save the case, and that it [may stay] a season by the maker to see as it goeth, that if any [lack] be it may be amended. As soon as it is trimmed I shall h[ave] it conveyed to your grace." 13 Aug.
Hol., pp. 3, mutilated. Add.: Cardinal of York.
R. O.
Fragment of the treaty of Noyon.
Fr., in the hand of Spinelly's clerk, pp. 16.
Calig. D. VI. 115. B. M.
Extract of some articles in a treaty of alliance (fn. 1) between the Kings of France and Arragon renewing the treay made at Paris, 24 March 1514–15.
At the bottom: "Collation faicte par moy Secretaire du Roy." (Signature lost.)
Pp. 3, mutilated.
14 Aug.
R. O.
Has been with Keby at Newcastle, and put the order of council into execution. Certain persons are committed to prison, as Keby will report. Has sent commissioners into Scotland for raising the Queen's conjunct feoffment, and receiving her jewels. There is a great breach between the Lords and Albany, who has committed Lennox to prison. Will not assist them till he sees the Duke's demeanor. Newcastle, 14 Aug. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: My Lord Cardinal's [grace] Chancellor of England.
14 Aug.
Calig. D. VI. 295. B. M.
2274. SAMPSON to [WOLSEY].
Has not hitherto certified him of the King's buildings here, because the foundations are not yet entirely brought up. It will be impossible to close the citadel this year as the King desires, but provision may be made this winter for doing it next year; for if they could have procured lime and stone enough for 500 or 600 masons, in good time, it might have been of some strength. The work is marvellous weighty, and will have no equal for strength if it be finished as begun. The Lord Lieutenant is very diligent. If the town is as poor as it pretends to be, it is from bad governance. It has twice professed its inability to aid the King's highness. If the town is to raise any contributions, it will not be by its own accord, [especially as they expect to come under the dominion of France again?]. Hopes building the citadel will give quietness to the bishopric. Thinks the Abbot of St. [Martin's] may be taken and brought to Tournay for a small sum, if the King's pleasure be advertised to the Lord Lieutenant in that behalf; and if those two dignities be united in his grace, he will have 1,000l or 1,200l. a year. There is a rumor that the French are on the borders intending to come hither. Recommends the bearer, a poor man named Hamys. Tournay, 14 Aug. 1516.
Hol., pp. 2, mutilated.
14 Aug.
Galba, B. IV. 144. B. M.
Wrote on the 10th. Next day Fellinger arrived at Mechlin, with Baptista de Taxis, who went on to Antwerp. This morning visited the ambassador of Arragon, who says Fellinger has no commission from the Emperor to make peace with France, but only to hear the offers of Chievres and the Chancellor, and that the Emperor will be compelled to do whatever they agree to. Last night John Hannart was sent to Noyon by Lord Montayny, Fellinger, and Casius, for what object Spinelly cannot tell. The ambassador thinks the King will keep on good terms with the King Catholic, and that when the latter arrives in Spain many things will be reformed to the satisfaction of England. He con- siders that the Emperor ought to be kept at enmity with France, at least till Charles arrive in Spain. Fellinger is sure to be at the bidding of Chievres and the Chancellor. He had a pension of 1,000 fl. when the King came of age. Till Tuesday it was believed that nothing had been concluded at Noyon, yet it is thought that the ambassadors will not leave without a conclusion, and that they will do their best to be discharged of the 15,000 ducats a month ... Verona has been in great danger by a mutiny of the soldiers for lack of payment. The houses of the Governor and Mark Antony Colonna were robbed. Gomez de Guytron, captain of Biscay, has arrived in Zealand with six ships of war, and 1,200 men for Friesland. The Frisians, if they decline fighting, may retire into the town of Grownyng. It is believed the [King will not] go [this] year into Spain. The reason why Spinelly did not give a copy of his account to Giles Ringot was that he did not wish him to see that he had been sending to Mettz about Ric. De la Pole. After deducting the money received of Fowler, the 20 marks he had from Sir Edw. Ponynges, and 40 from Knight, there is due to him 132l. Has borrowed the sum from his uncle, Philip Galterotti. Brussels, 14 Aug. 1516.
Hol., pp. 4, mutilated. Add.: To my Lord Cardinal's grace. Endd.
14 Aug.
R. O.
2276. ENNIUS BP. OF VEROLI and JACOPO GAMBARO, the Apostolic nuncios, to HENRY VIII.
Have written to the King of the news, that he might not be kept in suspense. The Pope has great faith in him, and will share with him the common lot. Has communicated all things to Pace, who has omitted nothing that could retain the Swiss in their devotion to the King. To do this, and prevent the bribery of the French, it is necessary the expedition be no longer delayed. If they return to their homes in the winter, the enterprise cannot go forward. Have prevailed with the Emperor that the Duke of Bari, in whose restoration to Milan the King takes much interest, shall be sent as generalissimo to the Swiss. He will be in great favor with them on account of an alliance made with them by his brother. The house of Sforza is potent in Italy. Refers him to Pace's letters. Zurich, 14 Aug. 1516. Signed.
Lat., pp. 2, in Veroli's hand. Add.
14 Aug.
R. O.
2277. PACE to BURBANK.
Has received his letters dated 17 July, informing him that Sir Rob. Wingfield had ill-used him. He does not care, as the King and the Cardinal have sufficiently answered Wingfield. He may say what he pleases: Pace will attend only to his duties, and write the truth. Would be glad to come home, but it is necessary for the King to have good intelligence with the Swiss, for to whomever the Swiss incline he is like in time to be lord of all. Has written to my Lord of Bradenestoke, as Burbank desired. Sends the letter unsealed. Burbank will learn the rest from Wolsey's letters. "The Emperor writeth against the Lord Galiace and me falsissima for such respects as be comprised in his letters and mine at this time." Zurich, 14 Aug.
P.S.—The person Burbank warned him of could have showed nothing to the Emperor's ambassador to trouble Pace as he has been troubled, "for I did write no such thing unto him."
Hol., part cipher, pp. 2, Add.: R.D. Gulielmo Burbanco, protonotario Apostolico Rmi D. Card. Ebor.
14 Aug.
P. S.
Licence to Rob. Nortriche and Wm. Fleyter, constables, and the inhabitants of Walton on Thames, Surrey, to hold a fair on Wednesday in Easter week and the day preceding, and another on 4 Oct. and the day preceding. Farnham, 28 July 8 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 14 Aug.
15 Aug.
Galba, B. IV. 143. B. M.
Wrote this morning by the post. News came this afternoon that Chievres and the Chancellor left Noyon yesterday, are to be at Cambray tonight, and at Brussels on Monday. Little is said of what they have done, except that they have concluded a peace, it is believed not on very favorable terms. Sends a letter directed to Wolsey, which he has received from Fellinger. Sends this by a courier to the treasurer of Calais, as the post cannot go again today. Brussels, "upon our Lady Even."
P.S.—This letter was written last night, and kept till this morning, our Lady Day in August. The Chancellor of the Bp. of Cambray has come hither with news that his master is deceased, and that the Prince of Chimaye has letters from Lady Chievres notifying the return of her husband. Has paid the courier with his own money.
Hol., pp. 2, mutilated.
15 Aug.
P. S.
2280. For TH. ROCHE, merchant tailor of London.
Protection. Farnham Castle, 26 July 8 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 15 Aug.
Pat. 8 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 8.
16 Aug.
P. S.
2281. For JOHN BAY, haberdasher of London.
Protection; going in the retinue of Sir Ric. Wyngfeld, Deputy of Calais. Guildford, 22 July 8 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 16 Aug.
Fr. 8 Hen. VIII. m.1.
Er. Ep. App. 429. 2282. FISHER (BP. OF ROCHESTER) to ERASMUS.
Has just read Rod. Agricola's Logic; was exceedingly pleased with it. Begs he will pay Fisher a visit when he is starting for Basle. Mallyng.
17 Aug.
Er. Ep. VIII. 26.
Rochester (Fisher) had prevailed upon him to spend ten days with him;—has regretted it more than ten times. Had hoped to wheedle Urswick out of a new horse by sending him a New Testament, as the old one died of drink in Flanders. But whilst he is away hunting, Erasmus' hunting has come to naught. Will not leave before the end of the week. When he left, wrote to More, and left him a copy of the "epistola ad Leonem," but badly written. Rochester, 16 kl. Sept.
Will be greatly obliged if Ammonius will speedily do that service for him, and relieve him of his anxiety.
17 Aug.
Giust. Desp. I. 276.
Hearing that Wolsey was going to stay with the King till Michaelmas, went and paid his respects. Wolsey told him he was not going to leave London, on account of these negociations, and asked Sebastian's opinion about a truce till the spring, and a reconciliation with the Emperor, on condition of expelling the French out of Italy. To avoid an answer, Sebastian said he would write to his state, and adroitly evaded Wolsey's questions. Thinks England will not do any more this winter, and is inclined to a truce. London, 17 Aug. 1516.
18 Aug.
R. O
2285. BETON to WOLSEY.
Received by Clarencieux in Edinburgh his cordial letter dated Westm., 21 July, showing his constant mind to peace. Hopes he will so continue, as Beton will do for his part, especially for the sake of his master, now of tender age. My lord Governor has taken every step to promote it. Dundee, 18 Aug. Signed: Jacobus Glasg. Archiepiscopus, Regni Scotiæ Cancellarius.
P. 1. Add.: Domino Cardinali Eboracensi. Endd.
18 Aug.
Vit. B. XIX. 228. B. M.
2286. [MAXIMILIAN] to [HESDIN], his ambassador in England.
Read his letters joyfully. Next morning started for Constance to induce the Swiss to enter the Duchy of Milan, seeing that all the French and Venetian forces are round Verona, and a clear and safe road is open into the Duchy. Will consult with Pace, and dissemble with Galeazzo, as Hedin will learn within two days by letters which he will order Wingfield to write to [Henry]. Has given Wingfield letters written in his own hand, which when Hedin sees he shall demand similar ones from Henry. As soon as Maximilian hears that the King of England has written similar letters, and [placed them] in the hands of Margaret of Savoy, he will go down to Haghenau "etiam si deber[et] Verona perdi." Henry will come to C[alais], so that they may meet, "et de summ ... acre Trinitatem in terris malas zizanias medio tollendo." He is not to omit to thank Wolsey, who he knows will preserve the friendship between him and Henry, out of regard for whom he will make use of Pace (suo Paceo). Will answer Wolsey's letters by the first post. Pace should have power to disburse the 40,000 fl. in case the Swiss are willing to move. The Emperor will add out of his own funds 20,000 fl. for the first month; but Henry must take upon himself 60,000 fl. more for one month, because the Tyrolese and Imperial army will have to go in great force to mantua to the Viceroy of Naples, and bring the cavalry safely to Verona. His intention of descending to the Low Countries must be kept secret from all but the King, Wolsey, and Margaret. "Datum in Nazaret," 16 Aug.
P.S.—When Henry is at Calais he will go to Tournay, "[n]os ad Luxembourgum et depost conveniemus ... R. Angliæ in Namurco." Dated in Laun ... 18 Aug.
Tomorrow the Emperor will reply to all the a[rticles] sent by the Cardinal and Titionus.
Thus written in the Emperor's hand: Recode moy cordiale [ment] au Roy et au Cardinal; and signed by R ...
Pp. 3, mutilated. Headed: Extractus a ziffra. Add.: Mons. Lemaistre [Hesdin] ambass. a la Mtic Lempereur en Angleterre.
18 Aug.
P. S.
2287. For ROB. CROKYSTON, messenger of the Chamber.
To be a messenger of the Exchequer at Westminster, with 4½d. a day, vice. Edw. Wright, deceased. Monastery of Beaulieu, 11 Aug. 8 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 18 Aug.
Pat. 8 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 7.
20 Aug.
R. O.
Sends his servant Th. Hancoks to know his pleasure, as he understands there is to be a change at Tournay and Calais. Can do the King better service at Calais, where his little property is, where he was born; and the King's subjects there will beglad of him, "for lightly one countryman desireth most another, if they be kind people." Can save nothing at Tournay. Has written by Wm. Lilegrave. Desires Wolsey will summon befo him Ric. Gibson, and command him to pay the money he owes the writer for four years' rent of a house at Calais, where the King's tents have been for that time. If he is commanded to depart, begs Wolsey will let him have a letter for the governor to leave twenty of his retinue in wages in the citadel, "else I shall not well not how to shake my hands of them."
Added in his own hand: It is not for the King's honor that there is so little money at Tournay. The victualiers will not let the soldiers have victuals on credit. They are afraid of the discharging that will be betwixt this and Allhallowtide. Fears some disorders may arise upon it. Tournay, 20 Aug. Signed.
Pp. 2. Add.: To my Lord Cardinal's grace.


  • 1. Is this the treaty of Noyon? See Dumont's Corps Diplomatique, vol. iv. pt. i. page 224.