Henry VIII: December 1523, 1-10

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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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December 1523

1 Dec.
Vit. B. v. 228. B. M.
Writes rarely, for fear of troubling the King, and because he write all the news to Wolsey. As the Pope is despatching Melchior Langus to Henry, sends this letter to congratulate him on the result of the election It had been determined among those who favored De Medici to propose Wolsey if they failed in obtaining his election, but they knew it would be most difficult to elect an absentee. It is the general opinion that De Medic will restore and increase the dignity of the Church. Rome, 1 Dec. 1523 Signed.
Lat., pp. 2.
1 Dec.
R. O.
On the creation of the Pope, and before he left the conclave, wrote hurriedly to Wolsey. Had intended to have written a more detailed account of the conclave at his leisure, but thought better to pass it over, as Wolsey can learn all the details from Giacomo, to whom Campeggio's secretary writes more fully. Melchior Langus goes to England. Hopes to find it Clement VII. a more clement sky, and a pontiff more clement to them both Rome, 1 Dec. 1523. Signed.
P. 1. Add.
1 Dec. 3589. For the MONASTERY OF ST. MARY AND ST. ETHELFLED ROMSEY, Winch. dioc.
Congé d'élire on the death of Dame Anne Westbroke, late abbess Westm., 1 Dec.
Pat. 15 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 15.
2 Dec.
Calig. E. II. 137. B. M.
* * * at nine o'clock a Spaniard arrived with letters for the King, which he is not to deliver into other hands. Being asked how he had been [able to] pass through France, he said he came from a legate now with the French king. Has caused Whetill and Wallop to muster the 1,000 horsemen retained by my lord Admiral's command in the frontier of Flanders. They found them in number 700 horse and above, as Will. Lilegrave writes. Their pay under the Emperor was, [every] man-of-arms with three horses 14 stivers, which is 20s. a month less than they were paid by the King, and every archer six stivers 8d. a day, which is .. [s.] 2d. less. Has written to Mons. Bewres [to get] authority to make further payment. Unless they are continued in the King's service they declare they will not stay. The men of Calais would rather that Wallop and the 1,000 horse remained at St. Omer's. Has told Lilegrave that if the town can pay them, he will meanwhile write to know the King's pleasure. Once more requests his recall. Calais, 2 Dec. Signed.
Mutilated, pp. 3. "To my [lord Card]inal's grace, legate and chancellor of England."
2 Dec.
Vesp. C. II. 200. B. M.
3591. SAMPSON to [WOLSEY].
Has endeavored to recover Wolsey's arrears. His pension for Palence will be well answered. The abp. of Toledo is ready to pay it, but requires a notification of the bull. Toledo, 2 Dec.
Hol., pp. 3. Add.: "To my lord Legate's grace."
2 Dec.
Vit. B. v. 229. B. M. St. P. VI. 195.
On the 19th ult. certified Wolsey of the election of his singular friend cardinal De Medicis. There were in the conclave 35 cardinals; afterwards came three French cardinals, and the cardinal Ivrea, making the full number 39, divided into two factions. On one side was De Medici, with 17 more; on the other, Colonna, with two or three whom he had won over, who supported the French for various reasons, many from hatred to De Medici, who was almost in despair of succeeding, but stood firm, hoping to wear out his opponents, and knowing that no election could pass without him. Seeing he could not prevail, Colonna proposed cardinal Jacobatius, one of his party, "saying unto the said French faction that if they, being 21 or 22 in number, would give him their voices, he did put no doubt but he would get out of the cardinal De Medici's band as many as would suffice to make up the number requisite, i.e. 26." The French dared not consent, because Jacobatius was Imperial, and divers cardinals of the Ursini faction would never, "to die for it," consent to Colonna, or any of his friends. Colonna, thinking he was assured of the French party, went to De Medici, and demanded of him "whether he intended to tarry ever still in that prison, or no." De Medici answered he would never yield to the French faction. Colonna proposed to him Jacobatius, saying he was an Imperialist, and wanted only four voices. De Medici asked leisure to deliberate, and finding upon inquiry that the party of Jacobatius must fail for want of two or three voices demanded on the next meeting with Colonna, "percase he should give unto Jacobatius four voices of his band, which he required, what he would give for him again percase the election of the cardinal Jacobatius should not take effect." Colonna, making himself sure of his purpose, promised De Medici as many voices in return. When the French heard that Colonna had been with De Medici, fearing to be deceived, on the scrutiny Jacobatius had but 18 voices, and 4 from De Medici; on which Colonna, being disgusted, remonstrated, and they excused themselves that Jacobatius was not for their master's purpose. "Bien," answered Colonna, "je vous en ferai un bon Pape pour le Roi votre maitre;" and immediately went over to De Medici, and thus made up the requisite number, aliis minus cogitantibus.
The conclusion was made up for De Medici on the 17th, "four hours within night," notwithstanding the opposition of the French and Soderino. One difficulty only remained;—how they should be released from the oath they had taken never to assent to De Medici's election. At last they all went into a chapel together, and, after long debate, relaxarunt sibi invicem jurata. Attempts were made by Wolsey's friends for his preferment, sed parum feliciter; they would not hear of it, and even abused those who said anything about it. Rome, 2 Dec. Signed.
2 Dec.
Vit. B. v. 225. B. M.
Have congratulated the Pope on his election. After his enthronization, asked him to declare his mind upon the league concluded by Adrian, and urged him to confirm it, especially as he was a chief promoter of it, and the weal of Christendom depended thereupon. He answered that he had ordered one of his chamberlains to ride in post to the King, and he would write to him and Wolsey in his own hand, and would send for them again at a convenient time, to give them a resolute answer.
The number of noble men visiting him, which is greater than has ever been seen, has prevented him from doing so before yesterday. Spoke to him about entering the league, and the continuation of the war, or a peace on equal conditions. He said, that in return for the King's kindness to him when Cardinal, he will give him all the aid he would be bound to furnish if he entered the league, but deferred the publication of his mind, for this reason, that he thinks if the Emperor carry on the war all the winter, he will have no money to continue it in the spring, which would encourage Francis, especially if Bourbon's affair take no effect. The Duke is now at Mantua, on his way to the Emperor. His Holiness thinks it better that Francis should demand some [truce], in accordance with their honors, which he will be the better able to procure by his mediation, before he has openly declared himself against Francis. We showed him that if he declared now that both Henry and the Emperor have armies in France, the French king would be in much more fear; and besides, they would have the aid of the Pope's spiritual arms, which Henry cannot now demand, as he has not yet accepted the league. The Pope said he would do as much for them by secret means as if he had accepted it; that the allies did not need spiritual armour against invaders, as they were not invaded; that it was necessary for him to do something at the commencement of his pontificate, to show that he rather intended universal peace than war, and that his delay in publishing the league was to satisfy men's minds, and further the cause of the King and Emperor.
He wishes to know Henry's mind towards war or peace after the winter. Told him both Powers intended to invade France in the beginning of the summer; to which he answered, that when that was determined upon, the winter war was not spoken of, and that if the Emperor continued the war during the winter he would spend the 600,000 ducats which he had collected for the summer, and be destitute. He wishes for Henry's advice, which he intends to follow.
Spoke to him about the confirmation of the legateship, cum ampliatione facultatum, and hope to send good tidings shortly. He is sending Melchior, one of his chamberlains, in whom he has the greatest trust, as he is known both to the King and Wolsey. Hear from Milan that part of ... army has passed the Ticino, and part remains on this side, and the Francis has procured 6,000 Swiss for his army in Italy, and 6,000 to defend Burgundy. The French cardinals say that the army will remain in Italy during the winter, that they have sufficient money, that they will fortify certain convenient places, and defend Novara and Alexandria. 2 Dec. Signed.
Pp. 5, mutilated. Add.: To my lord Legate's grace. Endd.
2 Dec.
Vit. B. v. 234. B. M.
3594. CLERK to [WOLSEY].
The letters of his colleagues will inform him of the common affairs. While coming from Trent, left Master Winter sick of a fever in the mountains; his steward was to convey him to Padua. The physicians say he cannot stay in this country another summer. Has sent word to them to go to Louvain, and be ready to return by next March; when, if he has not orders to return himself, he will send his steward to conduct them. Sends letters he has received from them. The universities are so disquieted by the wars, that he thinks they would profit as much, and perhaps more, in other places. Hannibal is not disposed to come home this winter. Knows Wolsey wants him to exercise his office, and tells him this that he may write the more precisely.
Intends to be consecrated next week. "I pray God send me grace to behave myself henceforth accordingly in this high and holy order whereunto most unworthily I have been called only by your grace." Adrian dispensed with him for the deferring of it, and he thanks Wolsey for allowing him to enjoy the fruits of his benefices till Michaelmas last. The Pope is so called upon for peace, and is so expected to promote it, that he cannot openly show himself against France for a season. He studies to win and allure those of the French faction, and all to a good intent, as all suppose. There is as much craft and policy in (fn. 1) him as in any man. He will do all Wolsey wants for his private affairs. Has had an answer from the dean of the chapel (Sampson) in Spain about the pension, and will make further process. Wolsey's first instructions about it arrived last August, when Adrian was sick, and he never had audience after, and during the vacancy all expeditions have ceased, so that the delay is not owing to him. Wrote to Toneys to know whether he wished to have any other assurance than the Pope's bull; and whether the assignation of the new pension should be at their charges to whom the old pension should be released, and at whose profit the exchange is [made]. Thinks that as Wolsey does not profit by the exchange, it should not be at his expense. The Emperor's ambassador says he has no commission for any charges. The expense will be considerable, for the annate must be paid as well as the expedition of the bulls. The annate amounts to 2,250 ducats, which is divided among the officers, in sums of four or five ducats. Does not think this will be released, but the Pope's share, 200 or 300 ducats, probably will be. Has been obliged to borrow 500 ducats of John Cavalcart, for couriers, &c. Rome, 2 Dec. Signed.
Pp. 4. The leaves of this letter are misplaced.
2 Dec.
R. O.
Has received his letter and credence by Gouzolles. Considering how many false words she has had before, will thank him when his deeds and words are one. Reminds him how he desired her to send Master John Cantle to my lord of Surrey for peace. Has done the best she could, expecting to have had Albany's good will. Since then, Albany and the Lords have forbidden her to remain with the King her son. Thinks that hereafter he will acknowledge the true part she has kept. Prays God to keep her son from evil, when those are put about him who endanger his life; for one of them, lord Fleming, has not governed himself well in time past. Albany desires her not to believe those who say evil of him; now she judges him by his deeds. At Cantle's departure, was in as good will to do Albany pleasure as possible, as she has bid Gouzolles inform him. 2 Dec.
Copy, pp. 2.
2 Dec.
R. O. St. P. IV. 63.
Has this morning received letters sent by the queen of Scots to Master Cantley, who left two days ago. Sends them to Wolsey, who will perceive by them and Sir John Bulmer's letter, that Margaret is put from continual abiding with her son. Some of the persons appointed to attend the King are those Albany trusts most of all. Thinks Albany will soon leave for France, and take the young King with him, or destroy him. Cannot forward the copy of his letter sent to the queen of Scots by Cantley, as his clerk has sent it on with his carriages; it was in accordance with Wolsey's last letter. Leaves tomorrow for London. Encloses another letter from Sir John Bulmer, and another from the captain of Berwick. "I think your grace shall have much to do to read the duke of Albany's letter written with his own hand, sent to the queen of Scots." Newcastle, 2 Dec. Signed.
Add.: My lord Legate. Endd.
2 Dec.
Add. MS. 24,965. f. 121. B. M. Hearne's Otterb. 584.
On Sunday last received a letter from the Cardinal, with 2,000l. from Sir Henry Wyatt; and on Tuesday last a letter from the Lord Treasurer, commanding him to forward the money to Dacre, to Newcastle. Dacre's lease for the tithe of Brownefeld is not sufficient in law. Will do what he can to oblige him, but the monastery is sorely indebted. Written at our monastery, 2 Dec. Signed.
Add. MS. 24,965. f. 126. B. M. 3598. The TYNEDALE MEN.
"A direction taken for the order of Tyndale by my lord Lieutenant." The inhabitants to be at Hexham on Dec. 3, and to be sworn on a book before Sir Chr. Dacre to perform the following articles: 1. To deliver Gawen Shafto to his liberty with all his goods, without condition or surety. 2. To be of good bearing to all the King's subjects till the Feast of the Purification 1525. 3. To banish Wille Ridley, Percy Grene, Wille a Charleton of Shutlington, and John a Charleton his brother, with their wives and children, or to deliver them to the warden, lieutenant or sheriff. 4. To assist the King's officers to execute justice in Tyndale. 5. To appear before lord Dacre, Sir W. Bulmer and Sir W. Evers, at Morpeth, on Wednesday, 9 inst., to find sufficient sureties or enter pledges, and to be ordered as they appoint. Signed: T. Surrey.
P. 1. On the dorse: "The oath of the inhabitants of Tindale, whereof the hensmen is s[worn] afore the lord Dacre, Sir Wm. Bulmer and Sir Wm. Ewre, [and] all the remnant to be sworn on Sunday 13 Dec. before Sir Rauf Fenwik;" viz., to be true to the King and his heirs; to show everything that they may know to his prejudice; and to assist the bailiff and all the King's officers in administering his laws.
Add. MS. 24,965. f. 124. B. M. 2. On a detached slip of paper, in Surrey's hand: "Edward Horsley, Christofer Horsley, Thos. Fenwike, Edy Fenwike, John Eryngton." Signed: T. Surrey.
3 Dec.
Add. MS. 24,965. f. 115. B. M.
3599. MAGNUS to DACRE.
Sends a copy of his book, containing payments of wages for the last month. All the men are paid up to Dec. 1, and the gunners are paid up to different days. Could not bring them all to an even day, as Sir W. Bulmer had paid them more than Magnus supposed. Dacre will see by the book how much is due to the posts. Could not pay them to the present time, for want of money. Has been obliged to borrow 100 mks. today. All the posts shall be discharged, except those who were in wages at our first coming. Asks him to pay the posts he laid in Lancashire and other parts. On coming to Wolsey, will remind him to send Dacre more money, but he had better speak of it in his first letters.
Prays God to send him good health, that he may put this cumbrous country in good order. Has showed Dacre his opinion about administering justice to malefactors; "which done, I am well assured there is not any one man that, better or worse, can or wol lay anything to your charge, and therefore of your great wisdom I doubt not but ye will consider what is to be done in that behalf." Newcastle, 3 Dec.
Has written to his procurators at Kendal to do as Dacre wishes about Dr. Saunderson, warden of the Grey Friars of Carli[sle].
P. 1. Hol. Add.
3 Dec.
R. O.
Begs credence for Hesdin, whom my Lady is sending to declare the reasons for breaking up the army. Malines, 3 Dec. 1523. Signed and sealed.
Fr., p. 1. Add.
4 Dec.
R. O. St. P. VI. 201.
Since his last, sent by Chatel, various alterations have taken place, greatly to the King's discontent. He had heard that Suffolk and Beuren had determined to fortify Bray, and so have marched straight to Paris; on knowledge of which he sent money and men to Calais, and wrote to the lady Margaret, desiring that the Burgundians should be paid, as they stole away for lack of wages. Suddenly new letters have come from Suffolk and Beuren, that Bray could not be made tenable; stating also that they had received no money or reinforcements. On this the King wrote again, trusting that they would have changed their intention, but in vain. Since then, lady Margaret has written that she can make no provision for the Burgundians, and desires the King would furnish the same. Lately letters have come from the Duke and De Beuren, stating they had taken some of the strongest towns in France, and promising, if they had continuance of the Burgundians, to follow up their successes. The King has been advertised that the Burgundians under Count Felix had gone home, and that Bourbon was resolved to go by Genoa to the Emperor; so the King's army was compelled to retire to Valenciennes; but he has written to say, that, if he can have the Burgundians, he will continue the war through the winter. The want of them has been a great hindrance to affairs.
All these things they shall declare to the Emperor, in case the lady Margaret should say in her justification that there was and should have been no lack in entertaining the Burgundians, if the King's army had not retired to Valenciennes. Sends letters in confirmation of these assertions. The King has sent to Bourbon to pass by this realm, but it appears by letters of Sir John Russell that the Duke is already on his journey to Genca. Then follows a passage in cipher, complaining of Bourbon's repairing to Spain, the appearance of a good understanding existing between the Duke and the French King, the great offers made to the Duke by the latter, the negotiations of the archbishop of Barri, and of the duke of Savoy, the chances of the Emperor making peace with France; into all which things they are to make diligent search and enquiry.
Gives an account of the proceedings of Albany, and his unsuccessful attempt on Wark Castle against Sir Wm. Lysle. Hearing of the approach of Surrey, Albany retired to Eccles, and afterwards shamefully fled until he reached Edinburgh. Sends copies of the King's letters to Bourbon, to whom they are to make the King and Wolsey's compliments on his arrival, excusing the untoward events of the war. The King has appointed Sir Richard Jerningham vice-chamberlain. Westminster, 4 Dec. Signed.
Vesp. C. II. 218. B. M. 2. Modern copy.
4 Dec.
R. O.
Does not forget the King's kindness when he made him a knight at Windsor. Offers to serve the King with 100 horse. Nuremberg, 4 Dec. 1523.
Hol., Lat., p. 1. Add.
4 Dec.
Add. MS. 24,965. f. 123. B. M.
Received on the 2nd inst., by the lieutenant of Cockermouth, his letter dated Lekynfeild, 24 Nov., asking the loan of 100l. till next Lady Day, and complaining of Sir Christopher in some cause against the Earl. Cannot lend him the money, owing to his great expenses in the King's service, his late loan to Magnus, his appointment as warden of the East and Middle Marches, and the payment he will have to make to the garrisons. Asks what Sir Christopher has done. They have both been ready to do anything to please him in Cumberland or Northumberland. When he knows what it is, his brother shall order himself according to the Earl's pleasure. Naward Castle, 4 Dec. 15 Hen. VIII.
P. 1. Headed: Copie, &c.
4 Dec.
Add. MS. 21,965. f. 135. B. M.
Last St. Andrew's day his father told him he wished him and his wife not to live in his house after Candlemas, and that he would prefer him to live at the court. Wishes to speak to Dacre on the subject before he leaves his father's house. Desires credence for his servant Ric. Willeyn, the bearer. Hannesworth, 4 Dec. Signed.
P. 1. Add.
5 Dec.
Add. MS. 24,965. f. 116. B. M.
3605. MAGNUS to DACRE.
The servants of the abbot of St. Mary's have come, by Surrey's order, to pay to Dacre 2,000l. lately sent by the King. Tells him of it that they may be the sooner despatched, as they expect to stay here at the King's cost, as they have done before. Wrote to him on Friday at Morpeth, and sent the book of the wages. Has fulfilled his desire about the doctor of Carlisle. Asks him to pay the post of this town, who has taken great pains, and is yet owing some of his wages. Will leave on Monday next. Newcastle, 5 Dec.
Hol., p. 1. Add.
5 Dec.
Add. MS. 24,965. f. 123b. B. M.
3606. DACRE to JOHN HERING, Provost of the Church of St. Oswald, Kirkoswald.
Nominates Thomas Moyses one of his five perpetual chaplains in the said college. "Ad Arma," 5 Dec. 1523, 15 Hen. VIII.
Lat., p. 1. Headed: "Copie of a presentacion."
5 Dec.
R. O.
Has advertised him by his other letters of the King's affairs. This is to thank him for the pains he has taken in Wolsey's matters, and the pensions assigned on the bishoprics of Pacence and Palantyne. Is to tell Lallemande that, though Wolsey has assigned him a pension of only 200 ducats, this is not all he is to receive. Westminster, 5 Dec. Signed.
Pp. 2. Add.
5 Dec.
R. O.
This afternoon near Wentbrig received Wolsey's letter of the 2nd, stating that the King wished him to remain at Newcastle. Sent back immediately all his servants, carriages and sumpters, with orders to unship all his stuff. Had told Cantley, when he left, that he had got leave to come to the King. Fears that if he now returns without having spoken to the King, and they communicate with Albany, he will think Surrey was purposely stopped on his journey, that he might be allowed to confer with Albany, in consequence of the return of the King's army from France. Is anxious also to see the King on various matters of importance, not for his own sake. The King's purpose will not be delayed five days by his coming, for he will be with Wolsey on Tuesday, either at London, Hampton Court or Windsor. Expects to find him at Windsor, as the term is over, and it is long since the King and Wolsey have been together. Tuxford, 5 Dec.
Hol., pp. 2. Add.: My lord Legate. Endd.
6 Dec.
Burnet, III. no. 9.
After many altercations the Cardinals resolved to elect De Medici or Wolsey. When this came to the knowledge of the Italian nobles, they made sundry great exclamations at the conclave window, affirming that the affairs of Italy would be in great danger if an absent person were chosen; on which the Cardinals, though principally bent upon Wolsey, elected De Medici on the 19th. "Of which good and fortunate news, Sir, your highness hath much cause to thank Almighty God, forasmuch as not only he is a perfect and faithful friend to the same, but that also much the rather by your means he hath attained to this dignity. And for my part, as I take God to record, I am more joyous thereof than if it had fortuned upon my person, knowing his excellent qualities most meet for the same, and how great and sure a friend your grace and the Emperor be like to have of him, and I so good a father." The French have left Milan, and passed the Ticino. Westm., 6 Dec.
6 Dec.
Vit. B. V. 227*. B. M.
Has already sent ambassadors to him, who he expects have arrived and obtained their request. Hopes that the present Pope, who has borne the sign of their order for several years, and has shown them great favor, will assist in their restoration. He has sent a nuncio to the Emperor to ask him to give them the island of Malta, and other matters necessary for their convent, and has also sent a brief in their commendation to all Christian princes. Rome, 6 Dec. 1523. Signed.
Lat., p. 1. Add. Endd.
6 Dec.
R. O.
Has received his letters from his ambassadors. Thanks him for conferring on him the honor of the Garter. Heard with the greatest pleasure their private instructions. Nuremberg, 6 Dec. 1523. Signed.
Lat., p. 1. Add. Endd.
6 Dec.
R. O.
In behalf of Hermann Tuleman, chaplain to Henry lord de Morlex. Nuremberg, 6 Dec. 1523. Signed.
Lat., p. 1. Add.
7 Dec.
R. O. St. P. I. 148.
On the return of Sir Thomas More and Sir Wm. Fitzwilliam from the King, devised instructions to be sent by the latter, as the King desired. Since then letters have come from Suffolk, by which the King will see that the French have recovered Bohain and Beaurevoir, and that the lady Margaret wishes that Suffolk should be sent to the frontiers of Hainault to oppose the enemy. Knowing what celerity was required, Wolsey devised new instructions to be declared by Fitzwilliam to Suffolk, with a declaration to be given by the Duke to Sandys and Fitzwilliam of the King's pleasure to the lady Margaret. Sends copies. Sends also a copy of a clause written by Pace, describing the retreat of the French, which is also confirmed by letters to the ambassador of the duke of Milan. Westminster, 7 Dec. Signed.
7 Dec.
Titus, B. I. 333. B. M.
Begs him to credit his ambassadors, and to take order that he may have frequent news from England. Valladolid, 7 Dec. Signed and countersigned.
P. 1. Add.: "A mons. le cardinal d'York, legat," &c.
7 Dec.
Add. M.S. 24,965. f. 117. B. M.
3615. MAGNUS to DACRE.
Intended last night to go southward, but word came that he must stay here for a season. Surrey has gone to the King by post from York, and will return in all haste. The ship that should have taken his stuff is stopped, and the stuff is being taken out again to garnish his lodging at the Freres. Hopes to hear from him soon. Has sent his horses to Yorkshire today, as fodder is so expensive. Sends the bearer, Robson, the post of this town, to bargain with the abbot of Blancheland for a stack of hay, and asks Dacre to desire the Abbot to sell it him. Newcastle, 7 Dec.
Hol., p. 1. Add.
8 Dec.
Add. M.S. 24,965. f. 118. B. M.
3616. MAGNUS to DACRE.
Has received his letter dated Hexham, Our Lady's Conception, stating that he had written to the abbot of Blancheland about the hay. Cannot come to him at Morpeth as he wishes, as Surrey wrote to him to remain till he heard again, and because he has sent away his horses. Could not give him any advice, except to administer justice. Is sorry that he has to remain, because the Cardinal has called him to account for what he has spent, which amounts to nearly 100,000 marks. Newcastle, 8 Dec.
Hol., p. 1. Add.
8 Dec.
Add. MS. 24,965. f. 120b. B. M.
Has received his letter dated 2nd inst. Has sent his servants for the 2,000l., and they will indent for it. If he had not sent it, would have caused his chaplain, Sir Ric. Willoughby, to receive it. Asks him to favor Sir Christopher about the tithe of Bromefeld, as he is but a younger brother, and has no living but his farmholds. "For your grissom of the same," Dacre will "be content to be in your comon," and will do anything he pleases for him or his monastery, as when he obtained longer days from the King for the payment of the sums due to him. Willoughby will pay him the rent due for the said tithe, and next year's rent shall be paid when due. Morpeth, 8 Dec. 15 Hen. VIII.
P. 1. Headed: Copie, &c.
8 Dec.
Add. MS. 24,965. f. 122. B. M.
3618. WM. SMYTH to DACRE.
Paid the 2,000l. this afternoon to his servant, who will allow us nothing for our costs without Dacre's order. Surrey wrote to my lord that Dacre would make the same allowance as his lordship has made all this war time. Our party consists of seven men and eight horses, came on Wednesday, and will not be at home till Friday. "The placard sent to my Lord from my lord Cardinal's grace is to have no charge in carriage of this gold further than his monastery." Sends a letter from his master about the tithe of Bromefeld. There is no more of the King's treasure in the monastery. Newcastle, this Tuesday.
Hol., p. 1. Add.
8 Dec.
Vit. B. XX. 271. B. M.
Received the insignia of the Garter last month from Henry lord Morley, [Dr. Edward Lee,] archdeacon of Colchester, William Hussey and Sir Thomas Wriothesley, Garter. Understands that he is by the rules of the Order to send a proxy within a statutory time to carry his style and title to a chapter of the Order to be held at Windsor. Sends accordingly George de Alo ... baron of Couryns, who will present the aforesaid ornaments, and perform all such ceremonies as are incumbent on knights of the Order on such occasions. A reservation is made of certain articles, which, by consent of the English ambassadors, were not sworn to by Ferdinand at Nuremberg. "In oppido nostro Brisaco."
Lat., pp. 2, mutilated. Endd.: Double de ce qui a este envoye d'Angleterre.
Ashmol., no. 1110. f. 53. 2. Certificate from Ferdinand archduke of Austria of having received the order of the Garter; with an account of the manner of investment. Neurembergh, 8 Dec. 1523.
Partly in Latin, partly in French.
9 Dec.
Vit. B. XX. B. M.
3620. _ to [HENRY VIII.]
Serenissime ac invietissime ... princeps Ferdinandus Hispa[niæ] ... et Celsitudinis vestræ nepos obsequentissimus cu ... una cum serenissima regina Anna consorte ... et princeps in præsentiarum est hic No[rymbergæ, Ro]mani Imperii electores expectans, ex quibus ... Saxonum nullus advenit; sperantur tamen p ... turi et serenissima regina Anna est in Stocc ... usque finitam diætam præstolabitur: Serenissimo prin[cipi Norim]bergam intranti Celsitudinis vestræ oratores obvii fuere. [quos] qua decet reverentia excepit, multumque ex sui al[loquii] jucunditatis et verbis et vultu præ se tulit; quoniam [Celsitudinem] vestram non ut avunculum sed tanquam patre[m et] dominum colit et observat, patrisque et domini loco .. est habiturum, et similiter serenissimam Reginam matris [et] dominæ loco.
Tertio instantis princeps, convocatis Celsitudinis [vestræ] oratoribus, solemnem missam cum Te Deum laudamus [magna] lætitia et animi exultatione decantari fecit, ob el[ectionem] novi summi pontificis Clementis Septimi ... lint, ut (sicut speramus hac electione Celsitudinis [vestræ et] serenissimorum nostrorum principum res ad vota succedant ... etiam Celsitudini vestræ aliquid significare de maligna [Lute]rana secta quæ multum in Germania convalu[it] ... ut amplius Salve Regina non decantetur ne 1 ... [pres]biteri præterea publice moniales in uxores d[ucant] ... ni qualibet ex causa antiquo Romano more ... admittant: publice profitentur honorem sanct ... multi die Veneris carnes comedunt ... præcepto esse ut abstineamus a carnibus ... icationes pro nihilo habent. Imagin[es sanctorum] ... fregerunt et combusserunt ... (a line lost) ... istam hæresim extirpare sed ... p ... per membra enim divisum est ne ... Heri serenissimus princeps religiose devote et ... ter Celsitudinis vestræ ordinem cidem, per oratores suos [ei] missum suscepit, et co libentius quia per viros facun[dos] modestos et omnibus virtutibus ornatus (sic) traditus est eidem [qui] suis claris moribus multum principem sibi deditum reddidere. Mei, humillimi Celsitudinis vestræ mancipii et capellani, memor esso dignetur; fui enim serenissimæ Reginæ Celsitudinis vestræ consortis in Hispaniis et in Anglia eleemosinarius, et quidquid in me contulerit Celsitudo vestra conferet in deditissimum sui humillimum capellanum, qui incessanter pro Celsitudinis vestræ et serenissimæ Reginæ salute Deum optimum maximum exorat."
Nuremberg, 9 Dec. 1523.
Lat., pp. 2, mutilated.
Vit. B. XX. 288. B. M.
3621. _ to [WOLSEY].
"Post ... veniunt ad tuam Celsitudinem aliæ literæ ... cum libro etiam ad eandem a me misso, q ... quia non videbatur consilium incognito nuntio ... quia dominus Morleius monuerat quam primum ab Ar[chiduce fuerit] responsum vel progrediendi vel hic subsiste[ndi] ... missurum se e suis aliquem, cui tuto possemus ... re. Atqui jam tandem post 18m diem ... accepimus, cujus minutum, simul cum nostrarum literarum ... ad Archiducem, ad tuam Celsitudinem impræsentia ..." Is afraid to report news, they are so contradictory. The story he lately wrote about the election of the Pope ("[de] electo pontifice") is a fable. "Ferunt ducem Burbonium G ... [exer]citui Cæsareo in Burgundia se conjunxiss[e] ... illi adfuisse in deditione duorum oppidorum." The Turks and Tartars have invaded Poland, and slain some [thousands]. "Norreio de duce Ferrariensi nihil ... Archiducis huc ingressum, ad nonum hinc ... estamus."
Lat., mutilated, p. 1.
9 Dec.
Galba, B. VIII. 97. B. M.
The count de Ponthievre, a relation and great friend of Bourbon, is going to England to speak to the King on his affairs, which he has partly communicated to Margaret. Requests Wolsey to assist him with his advice, as he is very willing to serve the Emperor. Malines, 9 Dec. '23. Signed.
P. 1. Fr. Add.
9 Dec.
Add. MS. 24,965. f. 131. B. M.
3623. SURREY to DACRE.
His former orders to send his servants back to Newcastle are reversed. Is now commanded to send for them and his stuff. Is going today with the Cardinal to Hampton Court to deliberate about those parts. Will inform Dacre of the resolution taken. Cardinal de Medicis is Pope. The French army in Italy is going back. Suffolk is at Calais, coming home with the army "with small thanks." London, 9 Dec.
Hol., p. 1. Add.
10 Dec.
Add. MS. 24,965. f.124b. B.M.
3624. DACRE to [UGHTRED], Captain of Berwick.
Has received his letter with news of Albany's pursuivant, who came with writings and a credence for the Treasurer. Commends him for giving him a safeconduct to come to Berwick, and for procuring a copy of Albany's demands. Will send it up by post immediately. Expects Surrey back at Newcastle in eight or ten days. Thinks the pursuivant had better remain till Dacre hears from him, as his matter is so good. Trusts it will all take effect, except the comprehension of alliance, though there are good words spoken for that purpose. Does not yet know how the King and council will take it. Sends a safeconduct for the pursuivant. Leaves it to the captain whether he shall stay at Berwick or come to Morpeth, but thinks he had better come, lest he learn "the privities of the said town." Will have a post laid to Berwick, if Surrey does not come in ten days. Morpeth, 10 Dec. 15 Hen. VIII.
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