Henry VIII: January 1519

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Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 3, 1519-1523. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1867.

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January 1519

Add. MS.
19398, 644.
B. M.
"Myne awne good Cardinall, I recommande me unto yow as hartely as hart can thynke. So it is that by cause wryttyng to me is somewhat tedius and paynefull, therfor the most part off thes bysynesses I have commyttyd to our trusty counseler thys berrer, to be declaryd to yow by mowthe, to whyche we wollde yow shulde gyff credens. Nevertheles to thys that folowith I thowght nott best to make hym pryve, nor nonother but yow and I, whyche is that I wolde yow shuld make good watche on the duke off Suffolke, on the duke of Bukyngam, on my lord off Northe Omberland, on my lord off Darby, on my lord off Wylshere and on others whyche yow thynke suspecte, to see what they do with thes nwes. No more to yow at thys tyme, but sapienti pauca. Wryttyne with the hand off your lovyng master. Henry R."
Hol. Add.: To my lord Cardinal. (fn. 1)
Vesp. C. XII.
B. M.
Is desirous to confirm the league concluded between the Emperor his father and the King. The King shall never find him unfriendly, but always a loving brother, nephew and kinsman.
Fr. Endd.: The minute of a letter in French to be sent by the king of Arragon to the King's grace.
Vit. B. IV. 1.
B. M.
Knows him by reputation, and cannot help congratulating him on the great service he has rendered Christendom by effecting the alliance between his King and the writer's master. Saragossa,— (fn. 2) Jan. 15[19]. (fn. 3) Signature burnt off.
Lat., p. 1, mutilated. D. Tho. Card. Ebor.
4 Jan.
R. MS. 13 B. II.
B. M.
Ep. Reg. Sc. I.
Adv. MS. 44.
The English are continually breaking the truce and the comprehension made with Scotland in the treaty with France, by incursions and receiving Scotch rebels. They endeavor to weaken the friendship between Scotland and France, and to hinder Albany's return to Scotland. Ask the Pope to intercede on their behalf with England, and to advise the French king to assist them and send Albany to Scotland. Desire credence for Thos. Hay and James Cotts. Edinburgh, (fn. 4) 4 Jan. 1518.
5 Jan.
Calig. E. I. 52.
B. M.
The King and council are delighted at the French king's determination to adhere fully to his promise touching the "[reta]kynge" of Mortaigne at his own cost. Greenwich, 5 Jan.
Hol., mutilated, p. 1. Add.: To my lord Legate's grace.
5 Jan.
R. O.
Thanks Wolsey for promising to take Worcester's interests under his protection. Rome, 5 Jan. 1519. Signed and sealed.
Lat., p. 1. Add.
5 Jan.
R. O.
Archæol. XVI.
Form of indenture, 5 Jan. 1518, between A.B. and C.D., on behalf of the King, and Peter Torrysany of Florence, graver, now resident in the precinct of St. Peter's, Westminster, for the making of a tomb of white marble and black touchstone for Henry VIII. and Queen Katharine, one-fourth larger than that which he has already made for Henry VII., in pursuance of his indenture with the late King's executors, dated 26 Oct. 1512. This tomb is not to cost more than 2,000l., and to be completed in four years, under the direction of Wolsey. A model to be sent in _ (fn. 5) months. On notifying the completion of the work, Torregiano will be informed where it is to be placed, and shall there set it up. On fulfilling the contract he shall receive back the following obligations, viz., two of John Fraunceis and Reyner de Bard amounting to 600l., three of John Cavalcanti and other merchants of Florence for 400l., and another of the same for 1,000l.
Pp. 4, large paper.
5 Jan.
S. B.
8. For ALICE DAVY, Gentlewoman to Queen Katharine and Nurse to Margaret Queen of Scots.
Annuity of 10l. out of the petty customs of Portsmouth, in consideration of her services. Del. Westm., 5 Jan. 10 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 10 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 10.
7 Jan.
Calig. D. VII.
B. M.
Had received on the 7th Wolsey's letter, dated Westminster, the 4th, to himself alone. Will do his best to induce the French council to condescend to the King of England's desires. Is surprised that he has not heard of the receipt of his letters last sent, wherein he detailed how he "had commoned with the French king touching your affairs, and such communication as your grace had with me in your gallery." Had sent the letters of exchange for the Cardinal's pension to be paid, of which he begs an acknowledgment by next post. Requests money. Requires it for his journey to Bleyes, which will take 14 days coming and going, and afterwards home. Wishes to know whether Mr. Peachy's name is overlooked in the list of those who are appointed to accompany him. He was included by Wolsey in the first batch with [Master] Boullayn, Master Weston, and Master Fitz[william]. Paris, 7 Jan. Signature burnt off.
Pp. 3, mutilated. [To] my singular [g]ood lord my lord Cardinal's grace, &c.
7 Jan.
R. O.
Will leave today for the seaside. Have taken leave of the King, the Queen of Arragon and others. Declared to the former the causes of their coming: 1. To congratulate him on his arrival in Spain: 2. To promote amity between Spain and England, "wherein I persuaded and declared the fast friendship of my master, brother and uncle to the said King, never to fail:" 3. To magnify Henry's entry into the universal peace. The cardinal of Tortosa, Chievres, the chancellor, the governor of Brest, the bishop of Burgos, Don Fountseca his brother, the commendador major of Castile, the treasurer of Castile, the bishop of Badajoz, Don John Manwell, and the treasurer of Aragon, were present. The King sent his special commendations to Henry and Wolsey, with great sincerity, as the writer thinks. The council also were unanimous in desiring the continuance of amity.
Has letters from the Queen of Arragon, with good words to the King and Queen of England. Took leave of all the nobles of Castile to whom they had letters from Henry, viz., the dukes of Alva, Veger, and Nawger, and the count of Benovent. Have been very well received. The nobles are all eloquent orators, besides having "much wisdom and great experience." The King has given to the writer a thousand ducats, 600 to lord Berners, and to Windsor herald 100. Saragoça, 7 Jan. Signed.
Pp. 4. To my lord Cardinal's grace.
10 Jan.
Vesp. C. I.
B. M.
Wrote last to him on the 27th ult.; also to the King and my lord Cardinal. My lords ambassadors departed on the 8th for St. Sebastian, meaning either to embark there, or, if the weather proved unfavorable, to go by land. They took their leave in presence of all the councillors of the King deceased, when "many good words were on both sides declared for the observance of perfect amity," the King desiring Henry to be his good uncle, &c. They then went to the "queens" of Arragon, to the cardinal of Tortosa, and all other great lords of Castile, who all bear a good mind to the crown of England. My lord Archbishop had for his reward 500 double ducats, lord Berners 300, and Windsor 50. They were conducted a mile out of the town by the dean of Besanson, and by Spinelly a day's journey and a half. On his return Chievres showed him that the French King "persisteth to know what the Catholico will do touching Navarre before any communications be kept;" to which Charles and his council will return no other answer than they have done. The meeting with the Great Master of France is therefore still far off; and, to prepare for the worst, 600 spears have been sent into Navarre. The steward Bouton is to go into Almain to send 6,000 Swiss or Almains to Naples from Trieste, and here preparations are made to embark 10,000 foot. Great hopes, however, are entertained of peace in consequence of the Catholic King's inclusion in the treaty.
Chievres informs him that the Great Master of France has been dangerously ill. The French try to evade giving hostages to which they are bound by the treaty. Chievres also says the queen of Arragon has given up to the Catholic King her right to Navarre by the inheritance of the duke of Namours her brother deceased, in whose behalf Lewis [XII.] was about to have made war against the late king of Navarre, as the marshal Dorisoles, (fn. 6) the French ambassador in England at that time, showed Henry VIII.; "whereof I have a good remembrance myself, having the King our said master at that time sent to me for to be showed unto the Lady Margaret the copies of the letters and actions as Dorisoles delivered unto his highness for answer in the matter." The Pope still hesitates to send the crown to the Emperor, saying it is "a new thing and not consueto;" much to the displeasure of the council. The French king strongly urges the Pope and college against it, but the Catholico trusts his Holiness will keep his promise. Don Loys Carroz will be recalled, not being subtle enough for the affairs of Rome. Chievres also said that if the French king would not leave apart the business of Navarre they would make no treaty with him for Naples, but marry the Catholic King as soon as they might.
Desires Tuke to show Wolsey the contents of this letter, having no time to write to the King or his grace. "The court remove toward Barsalona, and four months of my diet is passed, and words I have none of money." Saragossa, 10 Jan. 1518.
Hol., pp. 7. Part in cipher, deciphered by Tuke. Add.: [To my] worshipful master, [Master] Tuke, &c.
12 Jan.
R. O.
Thanks him for his cordial letter, and his goodwill reported by Messire Guyot. Is glad that Henry has acceded to his desire to have one of his sons in Henry's service, he himself growing old and incapable. Berghes, 12 Jan. Signed.
Fr., p. 1. Add.
12 Jan.
Calig. D. VII.
B. M.
Articles agreed to by the king of France for sending as hostages into England, besides the lord de Grimault, the lord de Thoune et Charente, already there, the lord de Normanville, eldest son of De Hugueville and of his chamber, Montmorency, Montpezat, Mouy and Morette. Agrees to take upon himself the expense of recovering Mortaigne and expelling De Ligne. Assents to the prorogation of the term for the delivery of Tournay till the question of these hostages is settled. "Åctum Parisiis, 12 Jan. 1518." Signed: Francoys. Countersigned by the English commissioners.
Mutilated, pp. 3.
Calig. D. VII.
ii. Copy of the above, in an English hand, without signatures.
Pp. 3.
Titus, B. 1.
301 b.
B. M.
The King is not satisfied with the arrangements proposed by the king of France, and says that "these four were not of his (Francis's) chamber afore now, but only one; and also that they were not the personages that the French king did favor greatly." Advises Wolsey to come [to court] to be present at the debating of the matter; if he cannot, to send his mind by Master Secretary [Pace]. The King is satisfied with Wolsey's advice "for the demand of the great master [of Flanders] for the artillery and other things at Tournay." Greenwich, Sunday.
Hol., pp. 3. Add.: Un to me lord Cardynall and Lyggate es grace.
Calig. E. II.
B. M.
15. [WOLSEY to WEST and others.]
They are to require hostages of more value. Rumors have been spread to their disadvantage. The King's honor is concerned to see that the promise made be faithfully kept. At this point they are to pause, and say they have no further instructions for the present. If they shall find that, through fear of his subjects, the French King cannot send better hostages, they are to say that if it were left to them they could be content to leave the matter to the King's arbitrament. They shall urge the expediency of the King writing to their master, and make such reasonable offers as they feel assured he will accept.
Draft in Ruthal's hand, mutilated, pp. 3.
Hears he is going to give up Tournay to the French. Henry knows his condition, and that he will always be a good Englishman and Burgundian. Does not know how he can keep the office he has given him, for he would rather die than take anything from the French. Asks him to think of him, for the King knows what he wants better than he knows how to ask. Signed.
Fr., p. 1. Add.: Au Roy.
12 Jan.
S. B.
17. For GERALD EARL OF KILDARE, Deputy in Ireland.
Commission to appoint a deputy, he being summoned to the King's presence on the affairs of Ireland. Del. Hampton Court, 12 Jan. 10 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 10 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 27.
13 Jan.
R. O.
Rym. XIII.
Commission to Gaspar de Colligny, lord of Châtillon, to receive Tournay from the commissioners of Henry VIII., and deliver them the sum agreed upon for its restoration. Paris, 13 Jan. 1518.
Lat., parchment.
13 Jan.
R. O.
They have read many of the abbot of Westminster's bulls; have conferred them with his book, made a summary of all things noticeable touching the foundation, sanctuary and exemption. They have granted the abbot till Saturday to produce the other charters, and on the Monday after "my lord Legate's brother and I shall wait upon your grace." Westm., 13 Jan.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: To my lord Legate's grace.
13 Jan.
Giust. Desp.
II. 248.
Congratulated the King on the new treaty. Found him starting on one of his pleasure excursions. He was gratified to hear that a Turkish ambassador was expected to ask peace of Lewis of Hungary, as it proved that Selim was not meditating hostilities against Christendom. Dined with Campeggio, who showed him letters from the legates in France and Spain. If the Turk invade Italy, Francis offers 3,000 spears, 6,000 light horse and 40,000 infantry. The Catholic's offers are more limited: 2,000 spears, 1,300 light horse and 15,000 infantry. As he had not received any other news, Giustinian did not ask about the marriage of Charles with the daughter of Portugal. On the return of Wolsey, who is expected in a week, hopes to learn what is resolved upon. The galleys are yet in Flanders, but are expected at Hampton daily. Lambeth, 13 Jan. 1519.
13 Jan.
Galba, B. IV.
B. M.
In behalf of Jo. Hewster, governor of the English merchants here, who has been falsely accused of authorizing the thollenaires of the King, the writer's master, to take "honds toll" of English subjects. Berghes, 13 Jan.
Fr., p. 1, mutilated. Add.: Mons. le Cardinal archevesque et legat d'Angleterre.
14 Jan.
R. O.
Understands by his letters, received through the bishop of Ely, his goodwill towards the amity between the two kings. Begs credence for the bishop. Paris, 14 Jan. Signed.
Fr., p. 1. Add.: A mons. le Legat Card. d'Yort, &c.
14 Jan.
Calig. D. VII.
B. M.
23. E. OF WORCESTER and others to HENRY VIII.
After a stormy debate they have concluded the business of the hostages. Francis will send them, and undertake the recovery of Mortaigne, requiring only that Mons. de Ligny shall be summoned by England to surrender it. Send a copy of the articles inclosed which have been subscribed by the King. Have written at greater length to the Cardinal. The gentlemen in the train have behaved well. Send herewith a letter from Francis wherein he desires the King of England to be content with the hostages. He has shown singular love towards England. Master Peachye will give him further information. "Wrytt in hast, the 14th day of January, at Paris."
Mutilated, pp. 3. Add.: To the King's grace.
Calig. E. II.
B. M.
Strype's Mem.
I. p. i. 32.
24. WOLSEY to WEST and others.
[Understands by their letter of 28 Dec.] the towardness of the French King, declared by the answer given to the lord Ligny; his willingness to make restitution for damages done by sea, and to take on himself the recovering of Mortaign. The King has sent him thanks. He commends their dexterity, and hopes this alliance will promote the peace of Christendom. They are to procure the best hostages they can, and stop the dishonorable bruits circulated touching their insufficiency; more important even than Tournay. Is satisfied with the arrangements they have made for the interview. As for the pay of the garrison of Tournay ...
Draft in Ruthal's hand, mutilated, pp. 2.
14 Jan.
Vit. B. XX.
B. M.
... the 30th Dec. "where them[peror when he had] knowledge of mine arrival did send unto [me] Hanz Reignart, his chief secretary, as w[ell to learn the cause] of my coming as to know also the continue ... his grace being then diseased, supposed [he could not] endure any long audience. And ensuing th ... I discovered that that was committed unto me by th[e King's] highness, whereof declaration made and the mu ... taken" he determined to give Knight an audience [on the] 1st inst., where he declared his charges in [fuller] form than he had done to Reygnart. The Emperor caused answer to be made in a mu[ch] loving form, "adding in his own person much ... honorable and good maniere," and appointed him a day for more ample communication upon the p[remises]. Since that time his illness has increased so greatly that no opportunity has yet occurred for the meeting. On the 8th [inst.] the Emperor sent his chief secretary [to] Knight, "and eftsonys did give thanks unto the King's [grace for his ...]ll and loving demeanor both towards him and the [Prince his ne]phew, reserving unto them as weale honorable ... the confederation to be taken for principal contrahents ... ceypving the same in such form as may be most vailiable [for] the weal and assurance of the King his nephew's [do]mynyons," saying that the Emperor would ratify it. He praised the King's purpose of making an expedition against the Infidels, and his preliminary preparations for concord between all Christian princes, saying he would advertize the King of what he thought most expedient for the purpose. Since this, however, the Emperor has been "so vanquished with sickness, which was first a catarre, and sythyns a flux and fever continual," that all despair of his life. Has received, since his arrival, the copy of the treaty signed by the King "... as I shall show cause why at ... also your grace's letters with commandment ... Lady Margaret and the council ... sinister report made unto them ... Elnensis late orator in England for the ... which if it shall please your grace that I do a ... upon knowledge I shall follow your pleasure and con[venience]. W[els] in Awstrigue," 14 Jan.
Hol., pp. 3, mutilated. Add.: To the most reverend [&c. my]: lord Cardinal [of York], Legate of England, &c.
17 Jan.
R. O.
In behalf of the bearer, his cousin german, sent with others to England by Francis I. Paris, 17 Jan. Signed.
Fr., p. 1. Add.: Mons. le Card. Dyort.
19 Jan.
Giust. Desp.
II. 250.
The King and the legates are absent, amusing themselves. Is indisposed; but on their return, on the 24th, will acquaint them with the Doge's letters of the 11th and 27th ult. The English ambassadors are on their return from France, and will surrender Tournay. Hostages are to be given by Francis. The King is said to have remitted 25,000 ducats to Augsburg for the Emperor; cannot vouch for this. The King Catholic has remitted 200,000 ducats to the Emperor and the electors. Believes it is for Charles's election to be King of the Romans. Lambeth, 19 Jan. 1519.
19 Jan.
S. B.
Warrant for a congé d' élire to the prior on the death of John Thorne, abbot. Greenwich, 17 Jan. 10 Hen. VIII. Del. ... 19 Jan. 10 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 10 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 12.
20 Jan.
R. T. 137.
Letters patent surrendering to Francis I. all his claims upon the inhabitants of Tournay for 23,000 francs of gold, the residue of the 50,000 gold crowns which they promised to pay when the town came into Henry's hands; Francis having engaged to pay the debt. London, 20 Jan. 1518, 10 Hen. VIII.
Lat. The original is signed by Henry, and sealed with the great seal.
20 Jan.
Adv. MS. 55.
R. MS.
13 B. II. 280.
B. M.
Ep. Reg. Sc. I.
30. ALBANY to LEO X.
As the Pope desires to promote friendship among Christian princes with a view to joint action against the Infidels, requests him to take under his protection the young King of Scots. Is ready to confer with the Pope's legate in France, the Cardinal S. Maria in Porticu, on any further arrangements. Paris, 20 Jan. 1518.
Copy, Lat., pp. 2.
R. MS.
13 B. II. 279.
B. M.
Ep. Reg. Sc.I.
31. ALBANY to LEO X.
Desires the necessary bulls for James archbishop of Glasgow, chancellor, to have the abbacy of St. Thomas, Aberbrothock, which James, natural son of the late King, who held it in commendam by the resignation of the archbishop of St. Andrew's, proposes to resign. Paris.
Copy, Lat.
R. MS.
13 B. II. 281.
B. M.
32. ALBANY to LEO X.
Recommends David bishop of Lismore for the abbacy of Dryburgh, of the Premonstratene order, St. Andrew's dioc., void by death of James the last perpetual commendatary. Paris.
Copy, Lat., p. 1.
R. MS.
13 B. II. 286.
B. M.
Ep. Reg. Sc. I.
33. ALBANY to LEO X.
Thanks him for having appointed Alex. Stewart, his brother, to the Augustine monastery of Scone. The schedule of commendam and bulls are, however, detained by the Cardinal St. Eusebius, on the pretext that Alexander has not complied with his demands respecting the priory of Whithorn. The situation of that priory, however, requires a prior powerful enough to resist the incursions of robbers, and it is necessary that he should be acceptable to the King and council. (fn. 7) The safety of the kingdom will not allow him to yield, and the Estates have warned him not to suffer any insult to be offered to the kingdom under his government. Alexander would willingly give up the priory if the council would allow it, and will do so if the bulls for Scone are sent. Desires credence for Thos. Hay, his secretary. Trusts that his holiness will consider all these reasons, and comply with the request. Paris.
Copy, Lat., pp. 2.
R. MS.
13 B. II. 287.
B. M.
Adv. MS. 441.
Ep. Reg. SC. I.
34. ALBANY to LEO X.
In behalf of Paniter in the case of the hospital of St. Mary's Montrose, formerly a lazarhouse (leprosaria domus).
R. MS.
13 B. II. 288.
B. M.
Ep. Reg. Sc. I.
Paniter's instructions to his agent [as to the provisions to be inserted in the bull]:—
1. Thorough change and suppression of the old foundation, by consent of the patron and possessor, seeing there is no settled foundation at present. 2. The original burdens and masses (suffragia) to be kept as in the possessor's mandate. 3. Transference of the ruined church of the Friars Preachers to the new convent. 4. Approbation of the alienation of the lands made by the present possessor, with insertion of a clause for payment of pensions to the friars. 5. Reservation of tithes. 6. Renewal and enlargement of the indulgences formerly granted to the place in favor of the friars alone. 7. Endowment of a perpetual vicarage by the present holder, the vicar to hold the lands of the hospital for the souls of the said possessor's maternal uncle and brother, &c.
Lat. Headed: "Procuratori informatio d'ni Paniter."
20 Jan.
Vesp. C. I. 207.
B. M.
Wrote his last on the 10th. The estates of Arragon closed their sittings yesternight, granting the King a benevolence of 200,000 ducats, to be paid in even portions in three years, deducting from the second payment amounts due for debts contracted by his predecessor with gentlemen of the realm for service in war and other causes, to 50,000 ducats. They have consented to the reformation concerning justice, civil and criminal, made by the King; contrary to the mind of the nobles, who complain that their prerogatives are invaded. Tomorrow the court removes to Barcelona. "The French ambassador and the Venetian been appointed to go thegythere and I with the Pope's nuncio." The constable of Castile, the duke de Linfantasygho and the marquis de Vyllena will accompany the King to Catalonia, to be present at a chapter of the Toison, "which shalbe gyven unto theim trye, and also the duc of Alba, Beggery (Vedegeira) and Fonseca; and in Arragon to the count Darranda and Rybagors; in Catalonya to the duc de Cardona and to the viceroy of Naples; in Valencia to the duke of Sogorbia and Candya. In the realm of Naples is spoken of divers," but no conclusion taken.
Another object of this meeting was to obtain their advice, if the French king persisted in his declaration touching Navarre, and that if any breach happened it might not be laid upon the council of Flanders. The Catholico has declined holding any communication with France until Navarre be restored. Chievres showed him a letter from their ambassador in France, dated the 7th, in which it was stated that the King and the lady of Angoulesme desired him to advertise his master that they would send the great master with the bishop of Paris and Robertet to Montpelier, desiring Chievres to meet them at the latter end of the month. This is looked upon as a good sign of peace; but, considering the language hitherto held by Francis, his affection for John d'Albret, the authority of his grandfather and the lord Dorvall, it is thought that he will not readily consent. For the performance of the treaty Latroullyera was sent by the Catholico into France on the 15th. The bayly of Hennego and Doctor Yughelett are on their way to England. On his arrival at Barcelona Chievres told him that if he is to meet the great master of France, the commander major of Castile and Dr. Kerveyal, the two principal counsellors of the Catholic Kings will be of the party. Spinelly augurs from this that no harm will ensue. Chievres has also assured him that the King shall be advertised of his charge when he goes into France.
Armstorf is gone to the Emperor with bills of exchange to the value of 250,000 ducats, payable the 1st April next. The merchants have promised that Fockerrys, Osteterys, or Velzers, shall answer the same in February next, that the electors may be sure of their money, and make no difficulty about coming to Frankfort. The King is also bound to make good to the electors a pension of 70,000 florins of gold during their lives. The town of Antwerp is to answer for the same. The Elector of Brandenburgh voids his pension for an equivalent bishopric. The elector his brother has the promise of the King's younger sister for his son, with 100,000 florins of gold, and a certain [sum] in raiments and stuffs. Their influence brought over the remnant, "and therefore consequently deserved larger remuneration." The French king's solicitation in this matter has cost him a large sum of money, and served only to increase the bargain to the King Catholic. He cannot be king of the Romans until he is crowned Emperor. This point is in the arbitrament of the Pope. The King would be glad to be crowned in Almayn, eschewing many inconveniences of going to Rome, manu armata, to induce the Pope's compliance. The King gives his brother's bastard-son a lordship in the realm of Naples of 10,000 ducats per annum, and the Cardinal de Medicis some good bishopric. He wishes, however, that the King of England would write to the Pope in his favor. Besides a pension of 1,500 ducats on the archbishopric of Palermo the King has given the Pope's legate the bishopric of Gayeta, where he was born. The Queen of Portugal is not best content with the country. This will diminish the amity, "for the King her brother is nothing pleased with the reckoning." Lady Chievres, with Lady Fyenes her niece, and the other unmarried, shall come to Barcelona. Before their departure the alliance with Lord Berghe's son will be completed. The King of Portugal has sent to the Catholico two Morisco horses, with harness of gold, pearls and stones. The gift is estimated above 10,000 ducats.
Desires to know if the King of Portugal has been advertised from England to send his ratification of the treaty. Lord Fyenes goes with Chievres into France. Saragossa, 20 Jan. 1518. Signed.
P.S.—The estates of Naples have granted 120,000 ducats this year towards the marriage of the Queen of Portugal; those of Arragon 10,000. The court will not remove till Saturday next, by reason of the feast of St. Sebastian. Don Loys Karroz will be recalled from Rome, as he is not subtle enough for that mission. The counts of Porsain and Egmont, with other knights of Castile, will go with Chievres into France.
Hol., partly cipher, deciphered by Tuke, pp. 9. Add.: [To the] King's most noble grace.
22 Jan.
R. O.
This day arrived the gentlemen of France as hostages, MM. Morette, Montmorency, Moy, Mompessat, and asked if he had received any notice of their coming from my Lord Chamberlain. Stated he had received word by Mr. Carew, but not of the day when they would arrive. They desired that the Chamberlain should be informed immediately, as he is waiting at Peronne. Calais, 22 Jan. Signed.
P. 1. Add.
23 Jan.
Galb. B. V. 26.
B. M.
Is in great trouble and anguish. Has always been afflicted much during her life, having lost her two husbands, and now it has pleased God to take to His mercy her father, the Emperor, who died at the city of Veltz on the 3rd of this month, after receiving the sacraments. Mechlin, 23 Jan. 1518. Signed.
Fr., pp. 2, mutilated.
23 Jan.
Galba, B. V.
338 b.
B. M.
Begs he will advertise to the King the news of the Emperor's death which she has just received. Has communicated it to Wolsey, knowing that he will condole with her, and use his influence for the King Catholic and Don Fernando. Mechlin, 23 Jan. 1518.
P.S.—Recommends Guyot the bearer.
In her own hand: Begs he will show in reality the love he has for her nephew. Signed.
Fr., p. 1, mutilated. Add.
23 Jan.
Galb. B. VI. 8*.
B. M.
Sends the bearer, Captain Guyot, with a message to Wolsey. The Emperor died on the 12th at Wels in Austria. Malines, 23 Jan. Signed.
Fr., mutilated, p. 1. Mons. le Cardinal d'Angleterre.
Calig. D. VII.
B. M.
41. [WOLSEY] to [WEST and others.]
The King will restore Mortaigne, now in the hands of De Ligny. Has written to the Archduchess of Flanders for leave to De Ligny to repair to England for peaceable deliverance of the castle. Encloses letters from the King to De Ligny; one of credence for the bearer of it, the other containing sharp menaces in case De Ligny refuse compliance. He is to say that the King is surprised De Ligny will neither repair to his preseenc, nor accredit any person to him; that he has sent lately "certain letters containing such obscure clauses and unparfite sentences, that hard it would be to find any substantial resolution of his intent and mind therein." Had hoped that as De Ligny held the castle by Henry's gift, he would not throw any obstacles in the way of the treaty on which the King is resolved. If he hesitates he is to put him in mind of his own letters, "sealed with the seal of [his] arms," wherein he is bound to restore the castle whenever the King requires. Is to urge the said lord to condescend to some reasonable way, and not brave the indignation of two great countries. If he then holds out, is to deliver the sharp letter and defiance.
In Ruthal's hand, mutilated, pp. 2.
23 Jan.
S. B.
Licence to depart from England on a pilgrimage to the court of Rome, "to visite the lymyctes of blessed Peter and Paule." Greenwich, 23 Jan. 10 Hen. VIII.
25 Jan.
R. O.
43. [EDWARD STANLEY LORD] MONTEAGLE to DR. VESEY, Dean of the King's Chapel.
The King wrote to Sir Roger Bellingham and me that we should call before us Jeofrey Mydylton and Davy Best, the bearer, to settle the matters mentioned in a bill of complaint inclosed in the King's letter. Business of the King's prevented me from going into that country at the time, but I sent the King's writing to Bellingham, advising him to summon them. As Jeofrey would not abide our order, we have bound him in 100l. to appear before you and the Council on the day after the Purification of Our Lady. Manchester, 25 Jan. Signed.
P. 1. Add.
26 Jan.
Galba, B. V.
B. M.
Has received his letters requesting him to deliver up the governor of the English merchants a prisoner in his town of Berghes, named Nicholas Terry. Must decline to do so, by reason of a privilege which he has, expressly providing that no prisoner shall be delivered who is willing to come to trial. Will proceed against the prisoner according to the accusations Wolsey has to send. Begs that he will see Nich. Statham satisfied in a debt owed him by Lambert Cavillaro, to whom the King had granted letters of respite. Malines, 26 Jan.
Fr., p. 1, mutilated. Mons. le Cardinal d'Angleterre Archevesque de Yorck.
26 Jan.
R. O.
Certificate of Alex. Culpeper, one of the late commissioners to make such seizures, certified into the Exchequer, 26 Jan. 10 Hen. VIII.
Goods and chattels of Matthews, mercer of Cranbrook, born in Scotland, seized by Culpeper 19 Dec. 5 Hen. VIII.; appraised by Thos. Slyf, Willm. Brabon, and Thos. Maplesdon, the same day:—
4 mattrasses, appraised at 4s. 4d. A table and a form, 12d. A chest, 16d. 11 pieces of pewter, "of one and other appraised at 2s. 8d." A doublet, 16d A pair of hose, 12d. A cap, 4d. 2 short gowns, 11s. A gown and a kirtle of his wife, 8s. A brass pot of 2 gallons, 20d. A brass pot of 1 gallon, 12d. A brass pot of a pottle, 6d. An old kettle of 6 gallons, 10d. 3 old small kettles, 12d. A pan of 4 gallons, 14d. An old pewter platter, 3d. 2 pewter dishes, 4d. 5 old pewter saucers, 5d. An old chafing dish of latten, 4d. A little frying pan, 5d. An old skillet pan, 4d. An old pewer pot, 4d. A little pewter salt, 1d. 3 small candlesticks of latten, 6d. Total, 40s. 4d.
Goods and chattels of Wm. Thomson alias Cokmasse of Newenden, born in Scotland, seized by Culpeper 1 Oct. 5 Hen. VIII., appraised by Gilbert Ongle, constable of the said town, Rob. Pott, Rich. Lowes, John Sanden and Rich. Syre:—
2 bedsteads, 8d. A feather bed and 2 mattrasses, 6s. 8d. A coverlet and 2 blankets, 3s. An undercloth and a coverlet, 4d. 2 hangings over the beds, 8d. 3 chests, 12d. 2 hampers, 4d. 2 sails, 8d. 7 sheets, 4s. 5 towels, 8d. A fringe and 4 tablecloths, 12d. 3 painted cloths with papers and borders, 6d. A salet and a pair of splints, 12d. 20 pieces of pewter plates, dishes and saucers, 5s. 2 brass pans, 12d. 3 brass pots, 12d. 3 kettles, 12d. 2 frying pans, 4d. 1 chafing dish, 8d. 5 pewter pots, 12d. A cupboard at 20d. 2 "skomars" and 4 candlesticks at 8d. A cruet and a spit, 8d. An andiron, 4d. Total, 33s. 10d.
Goods and chattels of James Scottysheman, of Cranbrook, born in Scotland, seized by Culpeper 11 April 6 Hen. VIII., and appraised by John Hame, Rob. Andrew and Richard Deuce:—
12 nets, 6s. A jacket, 3s. A chest of a bushel, 12d. Total, 10s.
A roll of parchment.
26 Jan. 46. For JOHN FITZ JAMYS.
To be Attorney General in all courts of record in England. Westm., 26 Jan.
Pat. 10 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 10.
27 Jan. 47. For JOHN ERNELE.
To be Chief Justice of the Common Pleas. Westm., 27 Jan.
Pat. 10 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 10.
28 Jan.
R. O.
Leicestershire is in great disorder. Two tame harts, with bells about their necks, belonging to his brother Leonard, have been killed in the night, and their heads set upon stakes, at the suggestion of Sir John Villers. On the quest being made "the said Sir John Villers, who was wont to ride with eight or nine horses at the most, came to town with 26 or 30 well weaponed, and himself a sword and buckler by his side, who never used to ride with one before, and set him down upon the bench, the said sword and buckler by his side, facing and braving the quest with his adherents, so that justice could take no place," as Roger Wigston can inform Wolsey. "At my poor lodge of Bradgate," 28 Jan. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: "My lord Card." Endd.
28 Jan.
R. O.
Master Adam Aphowell, sheriff of Gloucester, is very severe with the tenants of the farm at Langford concerning Studdeley's annuity there. They, however, will not pay, as they are advised not to do so by the King's steward, until they have a discharge from Master Ridell and Master Norwich, "acconcelers" with the lords. Desires him not to press them till he has such a discharge for them. Gloucester, 28 Jan.
Hol., p. 1. Add.
Galba, B. VI.
B. M.
Wrote last on the 21st, acknowledging Wolsey's of the 4th, the contents of which, "upon the King's credence," he had declared to the Catholico, who received them very cordially, as will be perceived by his own letters to the King and Wolsey, and by his instructions to his ambassador Dr. Jowglet. In accordance with Henry's opinion Charles has again asked the Pope to favor his election, and to appoint the cardinal of Sion, to whom 2,000 florins of gold were sent. To secure the Pope he has given the bastard son of his brother a lordship in the realm of Naples, worth 600,000 ducats per annum; and for the fidelity of the house of Brandenburgh, power to contract a marriage between the lady Katharine his sister and the elector Joachim's elder son. A marriage has also been contracted between the marquis, resident at the court of Brussels, and the queen of Arragon, who has 8,000 florins of gold per annum of inheritable land in France, and 40,000 ducats from Castile and Sicily. She is worth 120,000 ducats. Lord Mounteyny will go into Almain in default of the lady Margaret. The King has written to Berghes again for his mission to England. The Archduchess wished to send count Horn. The queen of Arragon's dower amounts to 47,000 ducats per annum. The great master of France will take his road to Montpelier the first Monday in Lent, at which time the exequies of the Emperor shall be made.
Hol., cipher, with decipher by Tuke in margin, mutilated, pp. 4.
28 Jan.
51. For HENRY NORREYS, squire of the Body.
To be bailiff and woodward of the lordship of Ewelme, Oxon., and keeper of the park in the said lordship, vice Thomas Broke, serjeant-at-arms, with 7d. a day. Greenwich, 8 Dec. 10 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 28 Jan.
29 Jan.
Calig. D. VIII.
B. M.
"Mons. le Chamberlan vous a donne ..." whether he (de Ligné) is willing or not to surrender Mortaigne into his hands. Has had only two letters from the King; the second in terms more severe than he thinks he has deserved. Considering the menaces that had been offered, and his unwillingness to interrupt the amity between the two powers, although Mortaigne belonged to his son, he had delivered it into the hands of his sovereign and of Madame. He has not done anything to demolish the fortification; for if so he would have been at a double expense, in pulling down the old and building the new. His castle of Faukemberge remains as before. Leaves it to their discretion to determine what compensation should be made for his loss and his rents. Mortaigne, 29 Jan. 1518.
Fr., p. 1. Add.: A Mons. le Gouverneur de Tournay et Tournesis.
31 Jan.
Faust. C. VII.
B. M.
Many thanks and compliments for his liberality to them last year when at Woodstock. Oxford, 2 kal. Feb.
R. O.
54. MONEY due to the KING.
Names of the persons comprised in an indenture between the Legate and John Myclo on the King's part, and Anthony Cavalary, merchant of Luke, on the other, with the sums due by them to the King which Cavalary should have received of them by the indenture.
Obligations of Peter Corce and others for 1.000l., 100l. payable annually from 15..; Anth. Bavaryn and Laurence Fasqualigo 90l., payable in 1520; Anth. and Stephen Vivaldi, Barth. de Aurea, Geo. Ardison, and Walter Champy, 651l. 19s. 2d., payable at Midsummer 1522; Philip Friscobald 338l. 6s. 8d., payable August 1521: Barth. Salviati, John Calvacanti and Peter Corsi 1,000l., 100l. payable annually from Jan. 1519; Salviati and Fras. and Ph. Sbarra 149l. 17s. 8d., payable 31 July 1521; Misot and Bernard de Bardi 282l. 11s. 5d., payable 18 March 1523; Corsi 42l. 13s. 4d., payable 24 Feb. 1513; John Capon, Peter and Fras. de Bardi, and Andrew and John Calvacanti, 500l., payable Mich. 1524; Stephen Fesaunt, Laurence Bonora and Mark Moriano 90l. 8s., payable 1 March 1519; Nic. Dodo and Ant. Bavaryn 98l. 19s. 7d. 1 March 1519; Jerome Molyne, Matthew Barnard and others, 355l. 19s. 7d., payable by instalments from All Saints 1521; Nic. Dodo and Ant. Bonvisi 500l., payable 3 July 1521; Anthony and Peter Guydott 692l. 15s. 7d., payable 3 July 1524; Nich. Degra and Maurice de Marinis 48l. 9s. 4d., payable 3 July 1521, &c. Total 12,388l. 13s. 1d.
Hugh Clopton and others 1,000l., 200l. payable annually from 1 Aug. 1520; Henry Patmer 1,000l. at Candlemas 1521; Sir John Peche and others 600l., and John Halle and others 600l., payable in 6 years from Christmas 1519; John Broune and others 600l., 1 Aug. 1520; Wm. Semper 100l., 1 Dec. 1520; John Tynnyng 150l., and Wm. Hannyng 150l., at Midsummer 1521.
Pp. 6, mutilated.
3. Recognizance cancelled. Thos. Clifford, of Skipton in Craven, York., Sir Roger Belyngeham of Burnelsede, in Kendall, and Sir John Lowther of Lowther, Westmor. Greenwich, 3 Jan. 10 Hen. VIII.—S. B.
4. William Shylston, of Thursselton, Wrey, Berefferris and Wetherdon, Devon. Pardon. Eltham, 18 Dec. 10 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 4 Jan.—P.S. Pat. p. 2, m. 32.
5. William Holden, yeoman of the Guard. To be keeper of "le Newe Parc" near Leskerd, Cornw., parcel of the duchy, with 3d. a day, as Thomas Clemens held the office 2 Edw. IV.; with the herbage and pannage, at the annual rent of 20s. payable to the provost of the lordship of Leskerd. Eltham, 14 Dec. 10 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 5 Jan.—P.S. Pat. p. 2, m. 13.
10. Christopher Rochester, page of the Chamber. To be the King's otter hunter with 3½d. a day for himself, 4½d. for the King's six dogs, 1½d. for a boy, and 9d. for 12 dogs, vice Sir Edward Bensted, deceased. Greenwich, 5 Jan. 10 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm. 10 Jan.—P.S.
10. Roger Goodmond, of Tunbridge, Kent, groom alias grocer. Pardon. Westm., 10 Jan—Pat. 10 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 13.
10. William Langton. To be chamberlain of Berwick-on-Tweed, with a retinue of 12 soldiers. Greenwich, 2 Jan. 10 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm. 10 Jan.—P.S. Pat. p. 2, m. 15.
18. Thomas Alen, of the royal Household. Protection; going in the retinue of Sir Ric. Wingfield, lieutenant of Calais. Del. Hampton Court, 18 Jan. 10 Hen. VIII.—S. B. Fr. m. 1.
19. John Clapham. Lease of a close called Bulffortoftis, and the villages of Estlillyng and Westlyllyng in the lordship of Sherefhoton, York., for 21 years, at the respective annual rents of 66s. 8d., 20l. and 10l. Del. Westm., 19 Jan. 10 Hen. VIII.—S.B. Pat. p. 2, m. 14.
19. Ric. Balke. Lease of the site of the manor of Yaresthorp in the lordship of Sherefhoton, York., for 21 years, at the annual rent of 20l. 13s. 4d. Del. Westm., 19 Jan. 10 Hen. VIII.—S.B. Pat. p. 2, m. 14.
19. John Evangelist, late of Aragusa, merchant. Protection; going in the retinue of Sir Ric. Wingfield, Deputy of Calais. Greenwich, 30 Nov. 10 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 19 Jan.—P.S. Fr., m. 1.
22. John Piero, of Brescia. Licence to import 400 tuns of Toulouse woad or Gascon wine. Greenwich, 8 Dec. 10 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 22 Jan.—P.S. Fr., m. 5.
24. John Sutton, of the "Pecherhouse" in the King's household. Pardon. Greenwich, 5 Dec. 10 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 24 Jan.—P.S.
25. Ric. Boyvid alias Bofild, of London, merchant tailor. Protection; going in the retinue of Sir Ric. Wingfield, Deputy of Calais. Del. Westm., 25 Jan.10 Hen. VIII.—S.B. Fr., m. 5.
25. Edward Skelton, of Dunstable, maltman. Protection; going in the retinue of Sir Ric. Wingfield, Deputy of Calais. Eltham, 17 Dec. 10 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 25 Jan.—P.S.
25. Sir William Tyler. Grant of the manor of, and certain lands in Grafton Fleford, Worc., lately held by Joan Lady Howeth, deceased (11 Aug. 1518), wife of John Frye, and a daughter of Eleanor late Duchess of Somerset. Eltham, 18 Oct. 10 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 25 Jan.—P.S.
27. Thos. Gyfforde and Dorothy his wife, John Vernon and Ellen his wife, and Anne Mountgomery, ds. and hs. of Sir John Mountgomery. Livery of lands of the said Sir John and his wife Elizabeth, and of James Mountgomery his brother. Greenwich, 9 Dec. 10 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 27 Jan.—P.S. Pat. p. 1, m. 17.
28. Adam Penyngton. Wardship of John s. and h. of Humph. Bate, who held of the honor of Richmond. Del. Westm., 28 Jan. 10 Hen. VIII.—S.B. Pat. p. 2, m. 14.
28. William Ellenger, of Mellessam, Suff., servant to the Duke of Suffolk. Protection; going in the retinue of Sir Ric. Wingfield. Greenwich, 28 Jan. 10 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 28 Jan.—P. S. Fr., m. 5.
28. Rob. Browne, page of the Chamber. To be steward, receiver, surveyor, feodary, bailiff and parker of the honor of Wormegey, in cos. Norf. and Suff. Greenwich, 24 Jan. 10 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 28 Jan.—P.S. Pat. p. 2, m. 15.
29. John Byron, squire of the Body. To be chief steward of the lordship of Stokebardolf, Notts, vice Sir Rob. Sheffield, deceased. Eltham, 16 Dec. 10 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 29 Jan.—P.S. Pat. p. 2, m. 31.


  • 1. The date of this document is uncertain. The news to which the King refers may allude to the overtures made by France in the last volume, or to a proposition for a closer alliance with Charles in this and the following years. As Suffolk and the other nobles here mentioned were attached to France, it is difficult to see what displeasure they could feel if the former supposition be correct; and though Suffolk had fallen into some disgrace in 1518, as appears by Pace's letters, Buckingham by the same authority appears to have been then in favor. The reader will do well to refer to a letter noticed in the last volume, under date 27 Feb. 1518, No. 3973, referring to a letter sent by the Pope through the Bishop of Worcester, and giving obscure hints of some disaffection among the nobles. Two documents have since turned up upon the same subject, which will be noticed hereafter.
  • 2. Blank in orig.
  • 3. Supplied from modern heading.
  • 4. In R. MS. and Ep. Reg., note ad fin.: "Non ex Edinburgo sed Parisiis a gubernatore et sec. Paniter emissæ," &c.
  • 5. Blank in MS.
  • 6. Tuke writes "Darisols."
  • 7. In marg. of R. MS.:—Urbinate cum duce videlicet affinitas.