Henry VIII: May 1519, 1-15

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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'Henry VIII: May 1519, 1-15', in Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 3, 1519-1523, (London, 1867) pp. 72-77. British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/letters-papers-hen8/vol3/pp72-77 [accessed 14 April 2024]


May 1519

1 May.
R. O.
Is commanded by a writ of subpœna, at the suit of Helier de Carteret, to appear personally before the King and council in tres septimanas Paschæ. Cannot conveniently do so, as Carteret has obtained a writ ordering the bailiff and lieutenant, without whom no justice can be administered, to appear in Chancery at the same time, and he as captain must remain till they return. Asks leave to wait till Michaelmas term. If he come before, must return after Midsummer, and it would be injurious, as he is an old man, "to come up so far of every term." Mounte Orguyll Castle, Jersey, 1 May. Signed.
Pp. 2. Add.: To my lord Legate's good grace. Endd.
3 May.
R. O.
Grant by Wm. abbot of the Augustine monastery of St. Mary and St. Thomas, at Lesnes, Rochester dioc., to John bp. of Rochester, John Metcalf, doctor of theology, John Rooper, Wm. Draper and Th. Draper, of 6l. 13s. 4d. per annum, to be paid quarterly during the life of Henry Blackmore late abbot. 3 May 11 Hen. VIII.
Lat., copy.
3 May. 209. For SIR WILL. FITZWILLIAM and MABEL his wife.
Grant, in survivorship, of the manors of Weston near Baldok, Herts, Hoton Panell, York, Edyngworth, Somerset, Bedon, Berks, and Rounghton, Norf., with appurtenances, and remainder for life to their eldest son, at the annual rent of 7l. 5s. 4d.; on surrender of patent 13 March (sic, for May) 7 Hen. VIII., granting them an annuity of 100l. Hampton Court, 3 May.
Pat. 11 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 2.
5 May.
Calig. D. VII. 112. B. M.
Wrote his last on the 29th April. A gentleman called Le Barroys has brought despatches this day "that pleased nother the King nor my Lady." After long consultation with him they resolved to send off immediately M. de Souliers to the Swiss; who departed on Sunday last. He told Boleyn "that the King here is nothing so eager nor so desirous upon the empire as he was herebefore, and said he had charge by his instructions so to show the Swisses." The bastard of Savoy and others of the council will be satisfied "if some small duke of Almaine" be chosen, provided the election fall not on the king of France or Spain. They blame the King's mother for her eagerness in this matter as tending to make the Swiss and others their enemies, and thus incur the danger of losing Milan. She has no confidence in the bishop of Mayence. She says "how ... for the empire than ever he did, and how my Lady ... extremely for the King Catholic and more than she hath ... as my Lady here sayth." M. D ... [is] still in Almayn, making all the labor that he can for the King his master. She considers all Christian princes are bound to help her son, if he happen to obtain "as many or more voices" than any other at the election. There is no likelihood of war, and the King is not going to Lorraine. An ambassador has arrived from the duke of Savoy to settle the differences between him and the bastard of Savoy, who has done him ill services with the King, inducing him to withdraw from the Duke a pension of 40,000 francs. The duke of Savoy had been [robbed ?] by his subjects in Geneva. The King thinks he leans too much to the Swiss. Poissy, 5 May. Signed.
Add. Pp. 3.
6 May.
Giust. Desp. II. 266.
The King has written to the king of France to desist from hostilities, and to seek the empire by other means, according to the new peace. The two Spanish ambassadors have departed. Neither the King nor any great personage of this realm wishes the French king to obtain the imperial crown. Campeggio has said that the Swiss have written to Francis desiring him to desist from the attempt, and that one of the Electors whom Francis boasts of having at his beck has no intention of complying with his wishes. There are no indications of the conference, touching which a reply, but not definitive, has arrived from France. For some days past the cardinal of York has been indisposed, and he is much reduced by dysentery. Has this day received the state's missives of 11 April, with news from Hungary, which Giustinian will communicate to Wolsey and Campeggio. Lambeth, 6 May 1519.
6 May.
Calig. D. VII. 114. B. M.
Wrote yesterday of the suits of the English merchants. There have only been two since Easter, sc. Nicholas Wetherys, factor for William For[man ?] on London Bridge, and John Gybbe, of Dertmouth. The former has been allowed 4,827 francs, 3s. 8d. Tournois. Boleyn had much ado with the Chancellor, the bastard of Savoy, the generals of Normandy and Languedoc, and others, to get the payment allowed. The Chancellor took out of a casket the treaty of October last, made in England, with the seals of my lords of Norfolk, Durham, Ely, and my lord Chamberlain, and said that unless a new treaty were made they were not bound to restitution. He has also spoken to the Chancellor for John Gybbys, who brought a certificate from Wolsey of the losses he incurred by De la Fontaine. The Chancellor objects to the formality of the proceedings. Gives an account of the method in which the merchants must pursue their suits against the said Fontaine. There is great delay in the business. Tomorrow Richmond with the King's letters rides post to Bayonne to adjourn the said William. Poissy, 6 May. Signed.
Mutilated, pp. 3. Add.
7 May.
Galba, B. v. 377. B. M.
The maître d'hôtel Bouton has returned from England, and declared his business, of which she has advertised the Catholico, who resolves to be faithful to the King. The league of Swabia, of which he is the chief, has totally conquered the duchy of Wurtemburgh. The Duke has disappeared; his children are taken, and in the hands of duke William of Bavaria, the captain general of the army. The Swiss have confirmed their alliance with the houses of Austria and Burgundy, and will assist the king Catholic in his election as king of the Romans. Malines, 7 May XVcX[ix]. Signed.
Fr., p. 1, mutilated. Add.
8 May.
P. S.
Wardship and m. of George, s. and h. of Thomas, s. of Henry Kebill, alderman of London. Richmond, 30 April 11 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 8 May.
Pat. 11 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 9.
11 May.
Spalatin's Historische Nachlass. Ed. Neudecker, 108.
Has spared nothing to show his good will towards him. Thinks that such a king of the Romans should be chosen who will be for the good of Christendom. Begs credence for Richard Pace his secretary, who will explain to him the King's mind touching the election. Greenwich, 11 May 1519.
11 May.
Bucholtz, Geschichte Ferd. des Ersten, III. 673.
A great responsibility has fallen upon them by the death of Maximilian. They will have to elect an emperor favorable to universal peace, and competent to protect Christendom. Germany has always been a bulwark against those who were covetous of power. Hopes, therefore, they will proceed unanimously and with a view to the public weal. Offers to aid them in maintaining their rights with all the resources of his kingdom. They will learn his mind further from Ric. Pace. Greenwich, 11 May 1519.
11 May.
Giust. Desp. II. 267.
Inquired of Campeggio how the king of England would act if these sovereigns came to blows. He answered that according to the fresh peace "all are to retain their actual possessions, even if obtained by conquest, and, should the original possessor attempt their recovery by force, the occupant is at liberty to demand aid from the confederates." Yesterday, as these lords were unusually occupied, and Wolsey had gone twice to Greenwich in three days, denying audience to Campeggio on two occasions, and receiving no one, Giustinian went to the French ambassador, and acquainted him with this King's intention. The announcement proved very agreeable to him. Will keep on the watch to learn the cause of these frequent cabinet councils.
Whilst writing has received three missives from the state, one being a patent ratifying the confederacy, the others indicating the mode of executing the ratification, and enjoining him to await his successor till 2nd June. It is left to his option whether he ought to communicate with Wolsey or not. "Now the fact is, as I have informed the signory at least a hundred times, that it is necessary to address oneself to him about every thing; and, were it a question of neglecting his majesty or his right reverend lordship, the least injurious course would be to pass over the former. I shall therefore impart it to both, but first of all to the Cardinal, lest he resent the precedence conceded to his majesty." The Doge doubts the erasure in the clauses of the paragraph referring the disputes between Venice and the Emperor to the Pope and the kings of France and England. Repeats that the paragraph was inserted twice, but that he had it cancelled each time. Lambeth, 11 May 1519.
12 May.
R. O.
218. PACE to WOLSEY.
Wishes to know how he shall order himself with the count of Nassau, now resident in Almayne for the King Catholic; that is, whether he shall disclose to him as much as Pace does to my Lady; for if she tell Nassau, as is likely, of the overtures which Pace is making to her, and Pace has not said as much to the count himself, he will suspect him as double. On the other hand, if Pace makes like overtures to him, he may perhaps so publish it for the advancement of his master's cause that it may set jealousy between England and France. Will hear from Wolsey in time, as he left a servant in Flanders for the letters which Wolsey promised to send him last night. London, 12 May.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: To my lord Legate's grace.
12 May.
S. B.
For William Bonde, late clerk of the poultry, surveyor and payer of expenses for the construction of "le Henri Grace de Dieu," and the three other "galeys" at Woolwich and Erith. Release of 8,745l. 7s. 6d. received from Sir John Daunce and John Heron, treasurer of the chamber, spent in wages for the workmen, and purchase of materials for the said ships. Also release of 300l. received by him from Sir John Daunce, and of the 8l. 5s. arising from the sale of hides and tallow expended by him on repair of decks and overlops. Del. Westm., 12 May 11 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 11 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 21.
12 May. 220. For SIR ARTHUR PLANTAGENET and ELIZABETH his wife.
Livery of lands, the said Eliz. being daughter of Edward Grey viscount Lisle, father of John Grey viscount Lisle, father of Elizabeth countess of Devon and viscountess Lisle, viz., of all possessions in England, Wales, and Calais lately belonging to the said countess and viscounts, and of which Thomas duke of Norfolk, Thomas earl of Surrey, John Bourghchier lord Berners, Thomas Fynes lord Dacre, Sir Richard Wentworth, Oliver Pole, clerk, and Henry Chauncy, were seised to their use. Westm., 12 May.
Pat. 11 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 6.
12 May.
S. B.
Release, as widow and executrix of Wm. Hatteclyff, clerk of the accounts of the household, alias of Leuesham, Kent, alias of London, victualler of the King's forces, of 24,630l. 5s. 1d. received by him for victualling the King's forces sent into Guyposte (Guipuzcoa), or upon the sea in the S., N., and W. of England; and for expenses of certain Scotch pirates taken by Thomas earl of Surrey; also release of 1,039l. 4s. 9 ½d. arising from hides, tallow, &c. sold for the King's use. Del. Westm., 12 May 11 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 11 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 11.
14 May.
R. O.
222. PACE to WOLSEY.
Arrived today at Calais, and though he had been very sick at sea, lying there by the space of 10 hours, is now "very whole by the reason of the same sickness," and endeavours to remain so, as it is not now time to be sick. Supposes Wolsey remembers proposing to get Pace a commission, declaring him the King's orator with sufficient authority. Has not obtained it, as he forgot to remind Wolsey of it. Has no excuse, except that two days before his departure all his wits were in Almayne. It will be in time if sent by the post. It is necessary to have it, as such commissions are looked for more in Almayne than elsewhere. Found at Dover a French post, who said that the hostages had despatched him to fetch the money. Believes he was sent to inform the French king of Pace's departure, and put suspicious bruits in his ears. Caused him to be detained at Dover until he had crossed by secret means, not meddling with him himself, to avoid suspicion. Meanwhile has written to Sir Thos. Boleyn, that, if he hear of any sinister report of his journey, he shall say that Pace is only sent to be present at the coming imperial election, and if he does not hear anything Boleyn is to keep quiet. Did this for the safety of his own person, for if the French king should by evil information suspect his journey, he might intercept him, and perhaps destroy him. Intends to depart tomorrow. Wishes to hear from Wolsey from time to time. Calais, 14 May.
Hol., pp. 3. Add.: My lord Legate's grace.
14 May.
R. O.
Has received his last letter by York the herald, which states that Sir Thos. Lovell is intending to give up the treasurership of the household on St. George's Feast, 29th inst.; and that, notwithstanding his promises to Boleyn, the King thinks "that without greatly discouraging Sir Edw. Ponynges, he can do no less for the laudable service which the said Sir Edw. hath done than to advance him for a season." Wolsey, however, informs him, on the King's behalf, that before long he will create Sir Edward a baron, and will then undoubtedly make Boleyn treasurer. He intends to appoint to the controllership one with whom Boleyn will agree when treasurer, and has desired him to let Wolsey know his mind by letter. Four years ago, when he first sued to the King in this matter, said that he wished to serve the King in the court all his life, if on Lovell's leaving the office of treasurer he would appoint him to that place or to the controllership, and that if he would grant him that he would never sue for any higher place. The King then faithfully promised that when Lovell should quit his office Ponynges should be treasurer and Boleyn controller; and at Boleyn's last departing from him, he bade him undoubtedly trust thereto. Perceives now that the King will appoint some one else to the controllership, and wishes him to live in hope of the treasurership. Requests Wolsey to assist him in obtaining the fulfilment of the King's promise. Asks him to consider what a discouragement it would be to him and his friends, to whom he has disclosed his hopes, to be thus disappointed. If the fruit of his service is the prolonging of the King's promise, and if his absence is to be accounted a hindrance because he may not occupy the office without being there, he had better have stayed at home. Supposes Wolsey has perceived some fault in him, and therefore will promote a worthier man. If he will favor him this time, will take care that neither the King nor he repent themselves of it. Poissy, 14 May. Signed.
Pp. 3. Add.: To, &c. my lord Legat, Card. and Chaunceler of England. Endd.: 14 May.
14 May.
Calig. D. VIII. 116. B. M.
Although the King their master has, by Bouton his maistre d'hotel, advertised his highness of the charge given to them for the meeting at Montpelier, and that no subject would be touched upon that was not included in the treaty, they have thought it right before their return to give a full statement to Madame l'Archiduchesse, that he may receive the information without delay. No conclusion has been come to, in consequence of the death of M. de Boisy. Pesenatz, 14 May 1519.
Fr., p. 1, mutilated. Add
Ib. f. 117. 225. ii. The SAME to WOLSEY.
To the same effect. Pesenaz, 14 May 1518 (sic).
Fr., p. 1, mutilated. Add.: "Mons. le cardinal d'Yorck."
15 May.
Er. Ep. VI. 12.
The morals and prosperity of nations depend upon their rulers. Henry, more fortunate than the Pope, has brought about universal peace, though no King was better prepared for war. Praises the vigor of his rule, which had repressed robbers; "a quibus nihil hactenus tutum erat in Anglia;"—his efforts for advancing learning among the clergy, of which the King himself is no mean example;—his fidelity to his marriage vows;—the order observed in his household. Speaks of a disputation the King had with some eminent theologian, in which he had defended mental and extempore prayer:—"a laicis non exigendam precationem præler eam quæ mentis cogitatione Deum alloquitur;." Antwerp, idibus Maii 1519.
Er. Ep. VI. 27. 227. ERASMUS to WM. MOUNTJOY.
Envies England its numerous scholars;—not a recent acquisition, as its ancient universities show. Dearly loves Fox for the magnificent college he has founded; and still more the heroic courage of Wolsey, to whom Oxford is so much indebted for its improvements in study, learning, and discipline. Cambridge had long since risen to eminence under the fostering care of Fisher. Much of this is due to the King. Peace universally prevails; as Erasmus would fain hope, to prevail for ever. Can scarcely help envying Mountjoy the enjoyment of so many blessings, and yet that he should have no part in them who once shared with Mountjoy his good and evil fortunes. Erasmus is only prevented from rushing into controversy by the Homeric goddess, who plucks him by the hair as he is clapping his hand to his sword. Antwerp 1519.
15 May.
Er. Ep. VI. 26.
Is aware of the friendship Guildford entertains towards him either from reading his works or the report of Colet. Laments the persecution to which learning is exposed, and the luxury and dissipation of the times. Praises the court of Henry VIII., and regrets that he cannot live in it in consequence of his feeble health. No King is more dexterous in war, wiser in his laws, more penetrating in his councils, more circumspect in the choice of his officers, more successful in forming alliances, than the King of England. Sends compliments to my lady his mother, with whom Erasmus had conversed on one or two occasions. Antwerp, id. Maii 1519.
15 May.
S. B.
229. For SIR JOHN PECCHE, knight of the Body.
To be deputy of Calais, during pleasure, with 100l. a year out of the lordships of Mark and Oye, and 100l. a year for "spyall money," appointment of officers and forty-one soldiers, and power to grant safeconducts; vice Sir Ric. Wyngfeld. Del. Westm., 15 May 11 Hen. VIII.
15 May.
S. B.
230. For SIR EDWARD GULDEFORD, knight of the Body.
To be marshal of Calais for life, vice Sir William Meryng. Del. Westm., 15 May 11 Hen. VIII.
15 May.
S. B.
231. For SIR RIC. WYNGFELD, knight of the Body.
Annuity of 200l. for life. Del. Westm., 15 May 11 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 11 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 9.