Henry VIII: December 1516, 21-25

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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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December 1516

21 Dec.
Galba, B. III. 270. B. M.
Writes to the King. Mentioned in his last a difficulty which had arisen touching the merchants of Zealand in the exaction of dues. Has spoken to the Chancellor on the subject, with whom he had some discussion. They had given express commands to the "tollar" to follow the intercourse. Wishes Wolsey to speak with the English merchants on the subject. Brussels, 21 Dec.
Hol., pp. 3, mutilated. Add.: Cardinal of York.
21 D ec.
Vit. B. III. 98. B. M. Rym. XIII. 572.
Has heard from the Bp. of Worcester of Henry's good will towards himself. Thanks him, and refers him to the letters of the Bp. of Worcester. (fn. 1) Rome, 21 Dec. [1516.] Signed and sealed.
Lat., p. 1, mutilated. Add. in a modern hand.
21 Dec.
Vit. B. III. 97* B. M.
2690. The SAME to WOLSEY.
A letter of thanks. Rome, 21 Dec. 1516. Signed and sealed.
Lat., p. 1, mutilated. Add. in a modern hand.
21 Dec.
P. S.
2691. For WM. BROWNE of London, alias of Lyscombe, Bucks.
Protection; going in the retinue of Sir Ric. Wyngfeld, Deputy of Calais. Richmond, 20 Dec. 8 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 21 Dec.
Fr. 8 Hen. VIII. m. 3.
22 Dec.
Vit. B. III. 99. B. M. Rym. XIII. 573.
2692. LEO X. to WOLSEY.
Desires he will call before him John Abbot of St. Werburg in the diocese of Coventry, and Humph. Bonner. The former had been excommunicated for refusing to exhibit certain documents in a suit heard before John Anthony Trivulzio, auditor apostolic, in which Geoff. Blythe Bp. of Lichfield and Coventry was the promoter, taxing the said Abbot of unlawfully usurping the mitre and pontifical staff, &c.; the latter with preaching a sermon in ridicule of the Holy See, and declaring that he had absolved the Abbot. Rome, 22 Dec. 1516.
22 Dec.
R. O.
2693. TOURNAY.
Indenture of sums received from Sir Ric. Jernyngham, treasurer of Tournay, by Wm. Pawne, master of the works, for building the citadel there; from 1 May to 22 Dec. 8 Hen. VIII. Total, 1,600l.
On a skin of parchment.
22 Dec.
S. B.
2694. For SIR EDW. BELKNAPP, the King's councillor.
Release, as treasurer of war in the suite of Chas. Duke of Suffolk in the expedition against Britanny, and as a master of the ordnance against France, of 5,263l. 11s. received through John Dawtrey, customer of Southampton, 57l. 14s. 4d. through Sir John Daunce, and of 240l. for payment of 300 pioneers to be sent to Calais, through John Millet, a clerk of the signet. Del. Westm., 22 Dec. 8 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 8 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 2.
22 Dec.
Calig. E. II. 189. B. M.
2695. JOHN LE SEELIER to PONYNGES, Controller of the Household.
[Ponynges is] aware how the soi-disant Bp. of Tournay has conducted himself on having his title recognized by the Pope's brief. This comes of not striking whilst the iron was hot. Guillart, the soi-disant Bishop, "filz d'un president de par[lement ?]," by virtue of his brief refuses to acknowledge (?) the temporalities of the bishopric as a royal fief; which temporalities the King of England enjoys by his conquest three years ago. Guillart has never done service for them. His desire to bring his right before the ecclesiastical judges at Bruges is contrary to the dignity of the King's crown. To his own knowledge, Louis P ..., and after him Charles de Haultboys, obtained the said bishopric in the times of Charles VIII. and Lewis XII., against others who laid claim to it, not being subjects of the King of France. It would not be fit to allow the episcopal court to be erected in a foreign jurisdiction. Advises that the King should take the matter into his own hands, and demand [the surrender of it by Guillard]. He will obtain this, as he is now at peace with France, by promising Guillard a recompence. The bishopric was never reckoned worth more than 4,000 ducats. If he be not offered an English bishopric now, the French will never deliver him up. There is a regular system of nepotism among the French hierarchy. When a Bishop feels himself ill, he has his resignation ready, which he never produces if he recovers; and when old he manages to get as a coadjutor a friend or relative, which is the case with Guillard. Tournay, 22 Dec.
P. S.—Must outwit the subtle politicians, who will practise for the transmutation of the see to Ghent. You know the ducats are much loved at Rome.
Hol., Fr., pp. 4, obscure and mutilated. Add.
22 Dec.
S. B.
2696. For GEO. DUCKWORTH, groom for the King's mouth in the Cellar.
Reversion of a house at the corner of Bowe Lane, in the parish of St. Michael Pater Noster, at Dowgate, London, and lands in Cussyn Lane, in the parish of All Hallows the Great, London, now held by Th. Woodrof, yeoman of the Queen's chamber, to whom and John Greys, deceased, the premises were granted by patent 19 Feb. 2 Hen. VIII., having been forfeited by Sir Ric. Charleton. Del. Westm., 22 Dec. 8 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 8 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 4.
22 Dec.
S. B.
2697. For SIR HUGH CONWAY, Treasurer of Calais.
Pardon of all offences committed against the statute of 3 Edw. IV. Del. Westm., 22 Dec. 8 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 8 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 2.
23 Dec.
Vit, B. III. 100. B. M.
Has made Wolsey's commendations to the Pope and the Duke of Urbino. Before Worcester had received the King and Wolsey's letters with the heads of the new league, Francis Chieregato had sent a copy of them to the Pope, not very honorable to England. Chieregato sends news of all that transpires; as the Pope gave orders to John Bell. He does all the bad offices he can. The Pope says he cannot comply with the wish of the Bp. of Saguntum. The matter depends upon the King Catholic, who was the main cause of the Card. S. Crucis being restored to the said bishopric; and though he now writes otherwise, his ministers urge him strongly in that Bishop's favor. Has sent three Cardinals' capotes (capitia) to Wolsey. Has now ready two very fine hats, which he will send at the first opportunity. Is in great want of money. Will be happy to accept whatever Wolsey pleases to bestow. Rome, 23 Dec. 1516. Signed.
Lat., pp. 2, mutilated. Add. in a modern hand.
24 Dec.
Vit. B. III. 99*. B. M.
The movements of the Pope. At Epiphany tide he will visit his patrimonial domains; in Feb ...; after Easter, Florence, passing through Urbino; thence he will proceed to Loretto; and in November he will return to Rome. The Emperor is going to Flanders to visit his nephew. It is said he has made peace with the French, and proposes to restore Verona to the Venetians. Rome, 24 Dec. 1516.
Hol., Lat., p. 1, mutilated. Add.
25 Dec.
Galba, B. VI. 90. B. M.
2700. [WOLSEY] to TUNSTAL.
The King has received his letter dated Brussels the 6th inst. Mentioning what Chievres and the Chancellor told him on the King their master's behalf, that by their mediation a peace was made between the Emperor and France, with better conditions (as it was said) than the Emperor's instructions required, and that my Lady yielded to Chievres. The King thinks all this untrue, and got up to make him mistrust the Emperor and my Lady, and to counteract the practices devised between him and the Emperor against Chievres and the Chancellor. Tunstal must use all efforts to discover the truth; for it may be that the Emperor doth play on both hands, using the nature of a participle, which taketh partem a nomine et partem a verbo. If either the Emperor or my Lady have any honor they will never fall in with France without the King's consent, having bound themselves by letters under their own hands; and by letters of as late a date as Tunstal's, from Sion, the Emperor and the Lady Margaret, the King is assured that the Emperor will keep his promises; that he is going to the Low Countries to break the amity between Arragon and France, and to remove Chievres and the Chancellor from office; though meanwhile, to prevent their suspicions, he pretends to be inclined to peace. The King has ordered the 10,000fl. which the Emperor asked for his descent into those parts to be sent to Tunstal by Sir Rob. Fowler. If he can be sure that the Emperor has not made peace with France, he is to deliver it to my Lady for him, binding her by her honor not to dissemble; otherwise the money is not to be delivered. The King and Wolsey have both spoken plainly to Hedyn, who doubtless is writing to my Lady. As to the ratification of the new amity, doubts not Tunstal will "substantially and continually call upon the same without diminishing [or] subtraction of any words." He must not make Spinelly privy to his secret matters, as he is thought to have intelligence with Chievres, and to have spread the report that the Emperor had concluded the peace.
Draft, with a correction in Wolsey's own hand, pp. 5, mutilated.
Galba, B. IV. 3. B. M. 2. Another copy, pp. 3.
B. I. 206. B. M. Ellis, 1 S. I. 130.
Would have spoken with him, but he left before she could see him. Begs he will show his good mind to her, as he has always done, "specially now, for now is the time." Desires some money against New Year's Day, as she must give rewards and other things both for the King her brother's honour and her own. Wishes to have it by tomorrow night at furthest.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Onto my lord Kardanall.


  • 1. Ore, in Rymer, is a misprint for oratore.