Henry VIII: Miscellaneous, 1531

Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 5, 1531-1532. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1880.

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'Henry VIII: Miscellaneous, 1531', Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 5, 1531-1532, (London, 1880), pp. 288-302. British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/letters-papers-hen8/vol5/pp288-302 [accessed 17 June 2024].

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Miscellaneous, 1531

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628. Anne Boleyn.
"The cause of the vexation of Roger Dycker, prisoner in the Marshalsea."
About the Feast of St. John the Baptist 23 Hen. VIII., Roger Dycker, Harry Bothemer, and Thos. Hetton went out to welcome home Sir Roger Page, vicar of Kyrk Holland, Derbyshire, who told them that the King was about to marry another wife, and that one Mr. Cromwell penned certain matters in the Parliament house, which no man gainsaid. He said Dycker knew the gentlewoman, and that her father's name was Sir Thos. Bullan. Dycker then said that her name was Mrs. Anne Bullan, and he was sure it was but tales, "for so noble a lady, so high born, and so gracious, he would not forsake and marry another." This accusation was brought against him because Sir Antony Babyngton was displeased with him. He is 69 years of age, and has been "sore bryssyd" in the King's wars, and they do all this to undo him utterly.
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Latimer's Remains, 468, From Fox.
629. Latimer to [Robert] Sherwood.
I am not so churlish as to take amiss a Christian admonition, nor so insensible as to be always pleased at being insulted by you over your cups. But I check myself, lest, while I aim at curing your distemper, I stir up your bad humor; for you are a man who, without goading, are more wrathful than is seemly. Besides I am too much engaged in daily preaching conveniently to answer you, and your charges are too flagrantly untrue to deserve confutation. Proceeds to defend from Sherwood's criticism his statements that all bishops, &c. who do not enter by the door are thieves and robbers,that all Christians have the power of the keys. Affirms that he borrowed nothing from Luther and Melancthon, &c. May God give you a better mind, or keep you from my sermons.

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630. Dr. John London to Cromwell.
The subwarden of my college (fn. 1) has ascertained me that a scholar named Man shows him that Grene, late scholar with me in the said college, had the book my lord of London demanded of me, entitled Nicholaus Sophista de Defensione Legis qu prohibet fratri ducere uxorem fratris. It contains other treatises in Greek. I am informed of the same by Sir Talbott, formerly fellow of the college, who now teaches a school at Borned Wodde, who had this book when resident. This week past, whilst in London, I asked Grene for it, and he denied that he took it away from the college; but he said he had a book of Sir Talbot's, which he conjectured had come out of the college or some other library, because it had a chain annexed to it; and I therefore conjecture that he had the other also. Please grant me your letters to him, either to deliver the book to the bearer, or to appear personally before you, and declare how he parted with it. I beg you to accept the token enclosed.
Hol., p. 1. Add. : Of the King's Council. Endd. by Wriothesley : "The Bishop of London" (struck out).

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631. Thomas Burley, Vicar of Brailes and Oxhill.
"... wrongs and trobulacions done by Sir Thomas Burleye, vicar of ... nd since his being vicar there, which passeth not five or six ... parischons have been more vexed and troubled by him than they were [many y]eres before."
In the time of the lord Cardinal, the vicar obtained from him an instrument to have peculiar jurisdiction in his parish of Braylles. On Relick Sunday 22 Hen. VIII., Will. Harberd, a young man of little substance, married a widow of Braylles having some property, and within three days died intestate. The vicar then cited her to his court, and received of her 14d. for a letter of administration, which he delivered to two other persons. He next sent two persons to her house to take an inventory of her goods, who put her in such fear that she fell in a swoon, and was in danger of her life. After this the vicar summoned her and one Will. Symonds, her father-in-law, to appear in his court on Monday before St. Simon and Jude's Day; and, because they would not agree to the letter of administration committed to the two other persons, pronounced them accursed next day in Brayles church. On All Hallows Day he sent a rigorous person to turn her out of church, who threw her out of the door, and hurt her arm, so that it was not whole forty days after. By these vexations she has sustained damages to the sum of 5l. and above.
The vicar also cited Will. Symonds to appear in the Arches Court, on the charge that he had called him "false harlot," and compelled him to spend 4 marks in his defence. In Easter term following, an award was made in the matter between them by Master Roger Wygston and Master Will. Daunse, by which the vicar was to withdraw his suit; but he continued, and compelled Symonds to sue out a commission to examine witnesses to prove his answer true. Another award was made on Tuesday after the Feast of St. James Apostle last, by Dr. Hewes; but the vicar again refused to stand by it.
ii. "Wrongs done to old William Symondes, father to the said William above written, and to other;" viz., selling tithe lambs several times over to old Symondes and others, and refusing restitution; defrauding and vexatiously suing Will. Plomer (plumber), of Braylles, whom he had engaged to repair the chancel of Oxhyll, where he is parson, with 614 lb. lead, at 6s. per cwt., and extortionate dealing with Ric. Guddiston of Braylles about a horse which he had purchased of him. Because Guddiston refused to take it back after he had used it, the vicar cited him to his court, and forced him to pay him 9s. He also cited Wm. Cowper and John Tandye, a butcher of Braylles, for selling a sheep on Sunday, although it was only delivered that day, the bargain having been made before. The vicar is also reputed to have got his servant with child; but he has cited the woman, and those who ventured to accuse him, to appear in the Bishop's court at Worcester, and has vaunted that they shall curse the time they ever knew him; so that they are greatly afraid of him, as matters in that court have hung long undiscussed, and they are not able to follow the law.
iii. The complaint of Sir John Hands, Sir Ric. Bayntton, Sir John Walys, and Sir Giles Coxe. Hands, who was curate of Braylles, complains that Burley keeps from him 33s. 4d., and suddenly put him out of his service. Baynton was guild priest of Braylles, and Burley persuaded the master of the guild to take 16s. off his wages. Sir John Wales, a curate, was put out of his service without warning. Sir Giles Cockis and Sir Thos. Woteleye, who were curates of Oxshill, complain of wages detained.
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632. John Blount to Cromwell.
Thanks him for his pains. Roger Holburro does not regard the capias served upon him, and has indicted thirty of the writer's servants in Sir Will. Compton's time. Seven of them are at exigend. Sends the names, desiring Cromwell to find a remedy. Can have no favor in consequence of Compton's servants. Desires that Holburro may be looked upon as an example to others. Sends him a token, and will provide him a gelding against summer.
Hol., p. 1. Add. : The right worshipful Mr. Cromwell.

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633. William Bodon to Cromwell. (fn. 2)
Desires him to cause one of the clerks to write in Cromwell's name to Thomas Cannar, subdean, and Mr. Leyton, to be good masters to him, because of his absence for six weeks. His checks and board wages amount to 30s. and more, which is the chief living of his wife and children, unless Mr. Dean is extreme. If Cromwell has any service in Oxford will perform it. Proposes to ride on Sunday morning, and will be ready tomorrow night to know his mastership's pleasure.
Hol., p. 1. Add. : Mr. Cromwell.

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634. Martin Bowes to [Cromwell]. (fn. 3)
Their suit with my lord Mongoy has been very chargeable. Have done true service in their offices. If they may have "it" as others had in times past, will be glad; if the contrary, begs the King will appoint whom he pleaseth, and that Mongoy may recoup the sums he has received of them. If his mastership will solicit the King for them in this matter, will give him a chain of fine gold worth 30l. Will be glad to have some decision as the good time draws near.
Hol., p. 1. Endd.

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635. Robert Browne to Cromwell.
Desires to hear of his daily welfare. Sends a dish of wild fowl, 2 couple of teal, 4 redshanks, 12 snipes, 4 plovers, and a curlew. The bearer is "Mastres Hawle servant."
Hol., p. 1. Add. : To the right worshipful Mr. Crumwell.

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636. William Claye to Cromwell.
Has remained in prison these three years, and knows nothing of his dismission. Will be utterly cast away, unless God will illuminate some of the King's council that he may have indifferent justice. Hearing of Cromwell's regard for the oppressed, requests he will speak to the Lord Privy Seal (fn. 4) that he may obtain his liberty. None other suffered greater wrongs. The Lord Privy Seal has all the papers requisite for declaration of the truth.
P. 1. Add. at the head : Of the King's Council.

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637. Sir Thos. Crakynthorpe, "aunkyre" of Feversham, to Cromwell.
Is glad to hear of his welfare, and that of his household. The mayor of Feversham, the bearer of this letter, is in great hindrance and undoing from the malice of others. Begs that Cromwell will assist him, and hear what he has to say. From Feversom.
Hol., p. 1. Add. : To my right honorable master, Thomas Cromwell. Endd.

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638. The Same to Cromwell.
Has sent him tokens at various times, both money and capons. Sends him now by his poor sister a couple of capons, which he had better kill at once, as they will lose their fatness. Begs he will write to the abbot of St. Austin's, Canterbury, for reparations to be done in the "ancrage" of Feversham, and to give the writer yearly a load or two of wood. Recommends the suit of this poor woman, who has had a cause in the Arches at Westminster Hall this four years.
Hol., p. 1. Add. : To the right worshipful Mr. Cromwell.

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639. James Dygges to Cromwell.
Received his command in the King's name and for his use to pay 40l. at Candlemas. Has done his best, but cannot raise above 10l., and must live in a mean estate. Has to dispend yearly 100l., of which Ric. Keyes, who has married his daughter-in-law, has 20l. yearly during her life. Has to maintain his son at Oxford, and his grandchildren at school. Keeps in his house 30 persons. Never had any business or gain, and has scant what is necessary for his household. Begs Cromwell will consider the exemptions formerly granted him by the King.
Hol., p. 1. Add. : Right worshipful.

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640. Margaret Fitzwilliam to Sir Thomas Wentworth.
As to the profits of the manor of Emley, I am content that what is unreceived shall remain in the tenants' hands until eight days after Candlemas, and nothing more shall be received till then by me or my cousin Sotehyll. I thank you for the trouble you have taken in this matter. Cheynees, 30 Nov. (fn. 5)
Hol., p. 1. Add. : Right worshipful cousin. Endd.

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641. John Godsalve to Cromwell.
When your servant came to Norwich, my father was not at home. I take my journey to London on Tuesday next with my wife and my sister. Norwich, this Saturday.
Hol., p. 1. Add. : Right worshipful. Sealed.

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642. Henry Herford to the Duke of Norfolk.
Desiring speedy release from imprisonment that he may be able to pay the debt due to the King.
Hol., p. 1. Add.

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643. Chr. Jenney to Cromwell.
Begs he will cause his cousin Coo to bring with him his patents of the King's offices and the indenture of his annuity of 10l. betwixt him and my lord of Rocheford. Would like his meeting with Cromwell to be at 9 o'clock, and then they will have time to settle the matter before dinner.
Hol., p. 1. Add. : Worshipful.

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644. Reynold Lytylprow to Cromwell.
I and my wife commend ourselves to you, thanking you for your great cheer. I beg your kindness to me in my absence in the Parliament House, where I intend to be the first day of term, and that you will be friendly to John Paryche, the bearer, and Wm. Woodowse, who comes with him.
Hol., p. 1. Add. : Right worshipful.

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645. Reynold Lytylprow to Cromwell.
Begs his favor for the bearer, Wm. Bally. He is utterly undone, being poor and ill.
Hol., p. 1. Add. : Right worshipful.

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646. Sir John Seymour to Cromwell.
As everybody has furnished you with venison, I send you a winter tegge of my killing. I trust you will remember me against my enemy, Essex, (fn. 6) who works me all the ill in his little power.
Hol., p. 1. Add. : Master Cromwell.

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647. Margaret Vaughan to Cromwell.
Asks him to hear Mrs. Sukley, widow and executrix of the late Ric. Fletcher, concerning the matter at variance between her husband and Robert Fermer. London, Saturday. Signed.
P. 1. Add. : To, &c., Mr. Cromwell, Esq.

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648. Roger Walker to .
Begs his mastership's favor in his great necessity, although "a poor man unacquainted," who has not yet deserved any goodness, except "by the acquaintance of my cousin, your daughter." My wife tells me you must have all my names written to you by which men have called me. My right name is Roger Walker, after my father; "otherwise Roger Sopemaker, Roger Chawndler, by my syence; otherwise Roger Stefyns, Roger Freman, after my master."
Hol., p. 1.

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649. Sir Thomas Woddale, Priest, to Henry VIII.
Having under confession Osebron (Osborn), servant to Sir John Larrans (Laurence), vicar of Raenam (Rainham), (fn. 7) he stated that his master would have hired him, by the counsel of Sir Thos. Duke, (fn. 8) vicar of Hornchurch, to "dyeskyes" (disguise) Osborn like a "beker" (beggar), and to have the liver of beast "laped abowt ys lekes" (his legs) in linen cloths, "bot in then peysys" (thin pieces), "and to beke hale dae" (beg all day), and at a privy time of the night to come where the king's Grace lieth, and with wildfire balls to throw all about his place, and destroy the King and his Council. And the vicar of Hornchurch, having great riches and substance, setting the vicar of Rainham to spare no cost, because he would not be known himself, the two hired John Brewer to go to Ireland, bearing letters privily under the boss of his buckler, which he did. On his coming home again they denied him his 3l., on which he said that the best man in England should know it; and then they said he should have [it]. Then the vicar of Rainham called John Madoke, in whom he put great trust, to go fetch his horse, and take John Brewer with him, "and to kylk" (kill?) the said John Brewer; "and so he dyed." This is a perilous company, unfavorable to the King. Let them be straitly examined.
Hol., pp. 2. Begins : "Ryet honoraboll Kyeng Hare the VIII."

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650. Sir Jas. Worsley to Cromwell.
A boat has been taken in Essex with some pirates, and I made secret search that if any such persons landed in the island they should be brought to me. One of them, who was formerly servant of the abbot of Quarr, whom I send to you with his confession, did so land. He supposes that the pirates are on the coast of England, between Chichester and Dover, and that they are in want of victuals. A master of a balynger was taken in the company of one of these pirates. He denies that he belongs to them, but he had a piece of "powldavy" of theirs, by his own confession. The balynger, he says, belongs to Swyft, and he himself is of Calais. Thos. Mongey, of Portsmouth, is to be suspected, by a confession he made to Ric. Morvyll, of this Isle. Signed.
P. 1. Add. : Of the Council.

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651. Sir James Worseley to Cromwell.
I have sent my son to you, whom you have been pleased to take into your service.
Hol. (apparently in the son's hand), p. 1. Add. : Right honorable.

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652. to [Cromwell?].
Please it your mastership, now in my extreme need, to help me with this 10l. upon this turquoise in gage, which cost in ready money 8l. If you were poor I would not lose your favor or break my day for 10l., did I not fear the cruelty of Gibson. I am now at point of preferment, by the labor of the Spaniards, to enter into service with the Queen at 7d. a day. I have no better resource. My fall was so low, that, without help of friends, I cannot rise. If I absent myself I am utterly cast away, therefore help me in time. You shall be paid at Midsummer as sure as the mayor of London.
Hol., p. 1.

Harl. MS.
370, f. 65. B. M.
653. Duke Of Suffolk.
Account of the aid granted to the duke of Suffolk for the marriage of his eldest daughter, at 20s. for a knight's fee, 23 Hen. VIII. The persons contributing are, Wm. Orfford, for a tenement in Linsted Magna; John Smithe, of Cratefeld; Dame Margery Baxter, in Huntynffeld; Robt. Kisspe, of Huntingfeld; Robt. Wibell, of Alderhagge; Thos. Smith, of Huntingfeld; Robt. Ede; Edmund Cotwayn; Smyth, of Lykelow; Robt. Smythe, of Huntyngfeld; and Simon West. [Total, 1l. 11s. 6d.]
Reliefs due to the Duke, received by John Cursun, feodary, from the Annunciation 8 Hen. VIII. to Mich. 23 Hen. VIII.
From John Heycer, master of Brundishe chantry; Walter son and heir of Sir Jas. Hobart, for the manor of Gislingham, called Russhis, and other land; and the abbot of Leyston. [Total, 12l. 18s. 4d.]
Copy, pp. 4.

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654. Duke Of Norfolk's Servant.
Petition of Thomas Hert, of London, draper, to the duke of Norfolk, complaining of John Bond, one of the Duke's servants, who lives with Lewis van Bonbylow, a woman of Bruges, who had pawned some apparel of the petitioner, for detention of which Bond has caused him to be imprisoned.
Large paper, p. 1.

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655. Henry Clyff.
Petition to Cromwell, councillor to our sovereign lord the King, of Harry Clyff and Julian his wife, who are reduced to great poverty, to have some living allowed them. Petitioner's wife was laundress to the lord Cardinal 13 years and more, and by means of Mr. Parker, then steward, was put to the loss of 14 marks. He himself was porter at St. James's, and when the master was put out, the King allowed him to remain, till he was expelled without warning by [William?] Moren, keeper of the said place. They have great charge of children, and petitioner is aged and deaf, and visited with palsy.
P. 1.

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656. The See Of York.
Memoranda touching some possessions [of the archbishopric of York]; viz., the archbishop's capital mansion house in Southwell, Notts, and the manor there. His lordships of Beverley, Skydbye, and Bishopburton, Yorksh. Borough of Beverley. The hamlets of Sowthewell, Edingley, Westegayt, Esthorpe, Westhorpe, Fernyfelde, Upton, Halom, All Halume, and Heselforde, Notts; and Estom and Beningworth, Linc. In Beverley, Skidby, Bishopsburton, Thorne Wodmanse, Tykton, Wele, Storke, Sandholme, Snoreholme, Syte, and Waghne, Yorksh. The patronage of Southewell College, and all the prebends and chantries. The patronage of the hospital of St. Mary Magdalen in Southwell.
A little below are a memorandum in the same hand, that Southwell, Beverley, Skireby, and Bisshop Burton are sold to the King by Edward archbishop; and jottings about lands in Marton, Sutton in Galtres, Molsby, &c., Yorkshire.
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657. Fines.
"Fines made with divers persons by the King's commandment." The prior of St. Bartholomew's, West Smithfield, for his offences against the statutes of provisions and prmunire, paid into the King's coffers, by Sir Wm. Fitzwilliam, treasurer of the Household, 100l. The bishop of Bangor, otherwise called the abbot of Beaulieu, for similar offences, 333l. 6s. 8d. Chas. bishop of Hereford, for an untrue certificate of non bigamy touching Brymycham, 666l. 13s. 4d. The bishop of Bath, for the escape of seven prisoners, 700l. John archbishop of Dublin, for offences against the statutes of provisions and prmunire, 1,466l. 13s. 4d. The abbot of Fournes, for his admission and confirmation, 200l. Edw. archbishop of York, for the restitution of his temporalities, 200l. John ap Owen, late prisoner in the Tower, "who sometime was towards Rice Gryffith," 26l. 13s. 4d. Sir Thos. Seymour, late mayor of the Staple at Westminster, for his offences, 2,000l. Total, 5,693l. 6s. 8d., whereof is already paid 2,493l. 6s. 8d.
Added in Cromwell's hand :The executors of the bishop of Chester, 100l. The bishop of Lincoln, for the escape of prisoners, 666l. 13s. 4d. Peter Ligham, sometime dean of the Arches, for offences against the statutes of provisors and prmunire, 133l. 6s. 8d. Ric. Sowthwell, for his pardon for murder, 1,000l. James Gryffyth ap. Howell, for his pardon. 526l. 13s. 4d. The abbot of St. James, Northampton, for the restitution of the temporalities, 33l. 6s. 8d. The abbot of the Holme in the North, for his election, 100l. John Pakkyngton, for his misdemeanour in his office, 266l. 13s. 4d. Stephen bishop of Winchester, for the restitution of his temporalities, 366l. 13s. 4d.
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658. Wanstead.
Draft indenture, dated 23 Hen. VIII., by which Giles Heron, of Shakelwell, Midd., sells to Chr. Hales, attorney general, Baldwin Mallet, the King's solicitor, and Thos. Crumwell, councillor to the King, his great messuage called Alderbroke, in the parish of Wansted, Essex, to the use of the King.
Large paper, pp. 6, with corrections by Cromwell. Endd. : Item, a copy of the indenture made by Gyles Heron to my master the King's attorney, and other, to the King's use, of the manor of Alderbroke.

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659. Walweyn's Accounts.
1. Duchess of Buckingham.
Extract from the computus of Jas. Whitney, receiver of the lordship of Newport in the marches of Wales, 23 Hen. VIII.
Due to John Audeley, administrator of the goods of Eleanor late duchess of Buckingham, for lands granted to her by the King, 29l. 13s. 2d. Signed by Wm. Walweyn, auditor.
Lat., p. 1.

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2. Extract from the computus of Llewellyn ap Morgan ap David Game, receiver for the King at Brecon, 23 Hen. VIII.
Arrears of persons in the offices of Thomas ap Howell ap Morgan, late sheriff of Brecon, and of Howell ap John, late bailiff itinerant, from 21 May 13 Hen. VIII. to Mich. 20 Hen. VIII., in the time of Hugh Mervyn and Llewellyn ap Morgan, receivers, 790l. 3s. 1d. Fines, tallages, &c., total 2,569l. 16s. 8d. Arrears from Harehunt, Cantrecelly, Penkelly, and Alexanderston, 303l. 18s. 9d. 2 q. Signed by Wm. Walweyn. auditor.
Lat., paper roll. Endd.

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660. Wool.
"The weight of wool in London in serplers."
20 Hen. VIII.4 sacks 9 nails of wool, in 2 serplers. 4 sacks 12 nails, in 2 serplers.
22 Hen. VIII.9 sacks 9 nails, in 4 serplers. 4 pockets of wool shipped by a stapler, at the weight whereby they pay their custom, contains, at 30 nails a pocket, 30 tods, or 2 sacks 16 nails. Each pocket contains 47 nails of clear wool, besides the allowance for the canvas, amounting in the 4 pockets to 47 tods. The merchant therefore saves 17 tods, worth 52s. 1d.
P. 1. Endd.

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661. Staple Of Calais.
A bundle of receipts for moneys charged upon the staple of Calais, viz., fees of the judges of England, and wages of the garrison of Calais; and indentures relating to the shipping of wool at various ports in England. The dates range from 21 to 23 Hen. VIII.
In all, 33 documents.

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662. Order Of The Golden Fleece.
Book containing the statutes of the Order, as founded by Philip duke of Burgundy, at his marriage, at Bruges, 10 Jan. 1429, in 60 chapters, dated Lille, 27 Nov. 1431; additions and alterations made by duke Philip in May 1456, by duke Charles in 1473, by Philip of Castile, in Jan. 1500, and by Charles of Castile in 1516 and Dec. 1531; the statutes of duke Philip the founder, concerning the chancellor, treasurer, "greffier," and king-at-arms; and concerning the ceremonies and feasts of the order.
Fr., pp. 90. With a marginal note by lord Burghley.

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663. Cromwell's Memoranda.
Mr. Recorder, Mr. Parke, Mr. Buttre, Mr. Croke, Mr. Leder, the Six Clerks, John Eston, Dr. Alleyne, Mr. Addyngton, Mr. Moncaster, Mr. Smyth of the Exchequer, Mr. Amadas, Mr. Palmer, Mr. Judde.
Aleyne, Mr. Attorney, Mr. Broke, and Mr. Amadas, "served." Mr. Gybson, Mr. Digbye, Mr. Garrard Hews.
Cromwell's hand, p. 1. These names are written in two columns.

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664. Abstract Of Henry Johnson's Book.
Total of metal delivered to the gunfounders, 3,950 cwt. 3 q. 12 lb. They ask for waste 12 lb. in every cwt., which at 22s. the cwt. is 422l.; for the breaking of the metal, 14s. a thousand, but they ought not to have so much. Metal delivered to Peter Bawde, 1,241 cwt. 39 q. 6 lb.; received of him, no waste nor breaking allowed, 529 cwt. 2 q. 18 lb. The remainder is in his hands, and he owes the King 368l. 3s. 4d. received of Hen. Johnson. Due to him, for making 42 pieces of ordnance, at 10s. a cwt., and for the third part of 36 pieces made by him, Robt. Owen, and his brother, 332l. 14s. 8d.
Account of Robt. Owen and his brother.Metal received by them, 1,300 cwt. 1 q. 4 lb. Received from them, 838 cwt. 3 q. 12 lb. Money owed by them, delivered them by Johnson, 254l. 19s. 9d. Due to them for making 63 pieces of ordnance, and their share of 36 pieces, 351l.
Metal delivered to Rafe Francis and his two sons, 1,410 cwt. 3 q. 1 lb. Received of them 1,260 cwt. 2 q. 20 lb. Money owed by them to the King, 383l. 12s. 6d. Due to them for workmanship, 630l. 6s. 10d.
Total due to the above founders, 342l. 15s. 7d.
The waste demanded, 12 lb. in a cwt., is excessive. Johnson delivered to the Owens 429 cwt. 24 lb., and received in return 4 falcons, 9 sacres, 4 demiculverins, 3 culverins, and a cannon weighing 277 cwt. 3 q. 3 lb. He found besides a great cannon, weighing 43 cwt., which they said was theirs, but afterwards confessed was made out of the waste. 2 or 3 lb. a cwt. would be quite sufficient.
Memorandum.To view all the metal at Hownesdiche, Salisbury Place, and at Calais. To see the remains of timber, iron, &c. in Johnson's keeping, what pieces have been made of the King's iron at Calais, what pieces have been made by Uxley and Cornelis, the amount of the metal delivered to them and Skevington, and what they have received again.
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665. Thomas Lord Darcy.
20 Hen. VIII.Farm of the herbage of Rowyndhay, with new increase of 13s. 4d., paid yearly to Thos. abp. of York, 6l. 13s. 4d. Farm of the pannage of pigs there, 2s. Fee of Walter Cune, keeper of Rowyndhey park, 70s. 10d.; and as paler of the same park, 32s. 3d.
23 Hen. VIII.Farm of Rothwellhey, with new increase of 6l. 13s. 4d.; to Thos. Lord Darcy, 13l. 6s. 8d. Fee of Laurence Peper, Hen. Boland, and John Pekeryng, keepers of Rothwelhey park, 6l. 12s.; and of John Tallor, paler, 32s. 3d.
Thus the King derives a clear revenue from these two parks of 6l. 15s. 2d., subject to payment of repairs of the keepers' lodges. Lord Darcy offers the King 13l. 3s. 8d. to have these two parks clear to him and his heirs for ever.
In Darcy's hand, p. 1.

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666. Ri. Benger to Dr. Bellous.
I thank you for your great goodness. I beg to know by my brother what is done touching my supplication, "whom I left in the porter's hand to deliver to you."
P.S.I beg to have all my bills that my Lord's servant brought up with me, as divers reckonings depend on them.
Hol., p. 1. Add. : "To the right worshipful Mr. Doctor Bellous."

Add. MS. 12,479. B. M.
667. Thomas Benolte.
"The booke of the Vysytacion of Thomas Benolt, alias Clarencieux, of the xxiijth yere of king Henry the viijth."
The counties to which the entries refer are the following : Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, and Somersetshire.
Pp. 128.
Add. MS.
14,315. B. M.
2. Visitation of Devonshire, Cornwall, and part of Somerset; taken by Benolt, 22 Hen. VIII.

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668. Thomas Perpoynt, of London, Draper.
His complaint to the King's commissioners. (fn. 9) In Jan. 13 Hen. VIII. he shipped 20 bags of pepper at Guernsey for Southampton, in a ship called The Christopher of Garnesay, from which certain men of Saint Malo's, in Britanny, took 18 of the bags. The captain of the town refused restitution, and put his servant in prison. Perpoynt complained to the King and the late Lord Cardinal, who commanded him to apply to the French ambassador, Mons. Spolyard, who promised that they of St. Malo's should make restitution or be hanged for it, and made out letters to the captain, which Perpoynt forwarded with certificate under the seal of the Lord Admiral of England and the bishop of London. But all he got from them was a notarial instrument acknowledging that they had the pepper in their custody. This the Ambassador asked him to let him see, and he left it with him; but when he came to ask for it again, the Ambassador said his dogs had eaten it. On Perpoynt complaining again to the Cardinal, the Ambassador promised that he should have another like instrument from St. Malo's, but as he saw war about to break out between England and France he put off the time. After the war, when the Grand Master and the bishop of Bayonne came over as ambassadors, Sir Fras. Gyren, captain of St. Malo's, came under the Grand Master. Perpoynt applied both to him and to the Grand Master for restitution. The captain denied that he ever meddled withal; but the Grand Master promised upon his honor, before Sir Fras. Bryan, Master Byrche, and others, that if he could prove that his lieutenant Sir Fras. Gyren had meddled with it he should have full restitution. The Grand Master then gave him letters to the governor of the law and the merchants of St. Malo's; on which the captain promised him that if he would go to St. Malo's himself he would see him restored without legal process. Perpoynt gave credit to his words, invited him and the gentlemen he brought with him to his house, and gave him a horse worth 20 nobles to have his favor; but upon his going to St. Malo's by appointment, the captain absented himself, pretending business. He then presented the Grand Master's letters, and began legal proceedings, and it appeared by "anketes" (enquestes) that the captain was partner of his goods, and the admiral of France also. With these "anketes," sealed up by the "allowe" or chief justice of St. Malo's, Perpoynt returned to the court of France, expecting that the Grand Master would have made him restitution according to his promise made in England; but the Grand Master only gave him fair words and sent him back to Brittany with the French king's letters to the Lord Lavall, who sent for the captain into Anjou at Perpoynt's expence. When he arrived the captain declared the "anketes" were not true, and said he would go to St. Malo's and take the thieves and pay Perpoynt out of their goods. He accordingly went, and "by his means conveyed the said malefactors and their goods, and set upon them afterwards himself, and so condemned them, and brought me the condemnation to the Lord Lavall to the town of Vyttrye, and so made me an answer that whensoever they should be taken they should be hanged." Finding himself thus mocked, Perpoynt returned to the Court, and within two days the thieves came to Vyttrye, offering to make him an answer, and were discharged by the Lord Laval, as there was no one to lay anything to their charge. Seeing there was no remedy in Britanny, Perpoynt was counselled "to show them at the Pear de Maber (Pierre de Marbre) at Paris," but they pleaded their privilege, and would not appear. Perpoynt then obtained royal letters from Francis to summon them before his Privy Council, and after many delays they were compelled to appear; but he was only sent again into Britanny to make more evident proofs, when the matter was fully proved already. So it appeared their only object was to delay and weary him out without recovering either his principal, which was worth 140l., or his costs, which were above 1,000 marks.
Pp. 2, broad sheet. Endd.

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669. Thos. Perpoynt.
Bill in Chancery (Sir Thos. More, chancellor) of Oliver Snake, executor of John de Barde, merchant of Toulouse, against Thos. Perpoynt, draper, London, who abstracted from the cellar of Andrew Morys 50,000 [lb.?] of rosin, the property of De Barde, which at that time, during the war between Henry VIII. and Francis I., was worth over 500l., and sold it to his own use. Perpoynt has since refused compensation, claiming it as a reprisal in time of war, notwithstanding the treaty for the restitution of such goods, and being a man of great wealth and influence no remedy can be obtained against him by common law.
Pp. 2. Endd.

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670. Cromwell's Remembrances.
To remind Mr. Hennage to conclude no bargain before the money is paid to Mr. Perpoynt. Enquiry to be made how the covenant between Sir Raffe Elerkare and John Andrew stands; whether John Ardren has kept his payment with Sir Wm. Cunstable according to the award. That John Ardren shall be bound to cause Constable and Elercare to release. Mr. Broke says that no bargain can be made with Ardren till Perpoynt is paid.
On the back are memoranda of the acreage and rents of Kylnewik, Owlesthorpe, Towthorp, and Fymour.
In Cromwell's hand, pp. 2. Endd. : A bill concerning Mr. Hennage.

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671. [Cromwell to Sir Ralph Ellercar.]
Thanks him for the good cheer made to his servant, who says that [Ellercar] advised Cromwell to consider the bargain he is about to make with John Ardren for the manor of Belthrop.
Asks for information on the subject.
Hol., draft, p. 1. On the dorse is the commencement of a letter from the King touching provision to be made against an intended invasion by the duke of Albany after he had left Scotland and gone to France to seek aid of the French king.

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672. Edward late Lord Dudley.
"Charges paid by me, Richard Gerves, for the purchase of the manors of Northefeilde and Welley of Edward lord Dudley, late deceased," viz. :
Costs for searches and copies of the attainder and restitution of Sir Will. Barcleis; of the bill put to the King by John Sutton lord Dudley for purchase of the same manors after the attainder, and various other documents specified; for dinners given at the King's Head in Fleet Street. To Sir John Dudley, son of lord Dudley, to avouch his father in the recovery, 133l. 6s. 8d. Gifts to lady Dudley, Mrs. Dorothy, her daughter, Mr. Thomas and Mr. Jeffrey, her sons; to my lady Syscely, wife of the present lord Dudley, to Edw. Sutton, her son, and to John Coombze, steward to lord Dudley; and a number of other items, among which is one of 26s. 8d. for costs "for the search and writing of a livery sued by Mr. Barcley, being at the age of 28 years."
ii. "Costs of suit for the same manors against Mr. Barcley, John and Robert Packyngton," for retaining as counsel Master Crumwell, Mr. Attorney, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Densell, Mr. Wynefeild, Mr. White, Mr. Chidley, Mr. Wyndcot, and Mr. Leder, in drawing up a bill to put up to my lord Chancellor, &c.
iii. Costs in the defence of the earl of Wiltshire's title, including payments for search of the assize of Jas. [Ormond] and Thos. earl of Ormond in the Common Pleas, for searching for the titles of lord Buttitorte and others in the Petty Bag Office, and to Garter King of Heralds for the conveyance of divers arms and pedigrees.
Total costs of purchase and suit, 1,334l. 18s. 8d.
Pp. 6. Endd.

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673. Westminster.
Grant by John Islippe, abbot of St. Peter's, Westminster, to Sir Rob. Norwyche, chief justice of the King's Bench, and others, including Thos. Crumwell, the King's councillor, to the King's use, of the messuage called Pety Cales, &c. as set forth in the King's grant in exchange. (See Grants in December 1531, No. 23.)
Large paper, pp. 6. Imperfect.

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674. Henry Moeller, Henry Zymmerman, and Peter Fyfelerenn, Hanse Merchants, to [the Duke Of Norfolk?]
He will perceive what loss they have sustained by the death of Thos. Wullis, from the under-mentioned debts which he left. On hearing of his death, they detained, according to the law of London, the cloths belonging to him, taxed (taxatos) in the Lord Mayor's court. His wife put herself under the protection of the bishop of London according to custom. In their ignorance do not know why she is confined (occlusa) in the said court. Ambrose Wullis has, without warning given, taken all the said cloths. Apply accordingly to him, as to a safe harbour, trusting that Ambrose will obey a mandate in their favor. The debts are as follows : to Zymmerman 60l., to Fyfelerenn 20l., and to Moeller 26l.
Pp. 2, Lat. Endd.

Harl. MS.
7,033, f. 218 b. B. M.
675. Reynold Haspyse, D.D.
His will, 1531.
Copy, pp. 6.

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676. Martin Skryne, of Dundalk.
Fiat for a patent, granted by assent of Sir Will. Skeffyngton as deputy, and the duke of Richmond as lieutenant of Ireland, appointing Martin Skryne, of Dundalke, merchant, customer of Carlyngford, in as full manner as Thos. Bathe held the office. Signed by Skeffington.

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677. Subsidy.
Fragment of a draft of an Act of Subsidy.
P. 1, mutilated.

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678. "Wages Of Men Extraordinary."
12 men at 8d. day, for a year 146l. One man at 6d. a day, 9l. 2s. 6d. George Griffith, till he is admitted to a Spear's room, 54l. 3s. 4d. Total, 209l. 5s. 10d.
P. 1. Endd. : L'res from Antony Bonvice.

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679. Cromwell's Memoranda.
Grant by John earl of Oxford to Thomas Cromwell, confirming a grant lately made to him by Eliz. now countess dowager of Oxford, of the offices of keeper of the park of Gretbentley, and bailiff of the lordship of Great Bentley, Essex, and making it valid to Cromwell and his son Gregory in survivorship.Note : The names of Cromwell and his son Gregory are struck out by Cromwell himself, and those of John Sayntclere, and John his son and heir apparent, are substituted in Cromwell's hand.
Draft, Lat., p. 1, large paper.

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680. A Divorce Case.
Application of a gentlewoman for a divorce enabling her to marry again. When 18 years of age she was "insured" to a young man of the same age, but was sent away by her friends. He went to Cambridge and became a priest. She, on hearing of this, married, but he wrote her letters, telling her she did wrong, and was guilty of adultery, considering the promise between them, and advised her, for the discharge of their consciences, to enter a religious house. She accordingly obtained a divorce, but only from bed and board, which she thought would have enabled both parties to marry again; but being told that if she sued another divorce, she would have to marry the priest, who would then be put from his priesthood, "she thought she would never marry no priest," and let the matter stand. But now that the priest, who became a monk at the Charterhouse at Syon, is dead, she and her husband both wish for a divorce enabling them to remarry.
P. 1. Endd. : "Boucher."

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681. Defence Of Berwick.
"The names of such persons as be appointed to go to Berwick in the time of necessity when they be called upon of the regaly of Hexham, belonging [to] my lord Archbishop his grace of York;" viz., in the town of Hexham 19 names; John Heron to find two men for Halyden; in Est Alwende 24 names, and in West Alwend 20; in the forest of Newlands 13; in the Wall 9; in Acom, 9; the prior of Hexham's servants 13 (including 5 men of Gilbert Erington for Erington).
Total inaccurately given as "120 persons, whereof the captain to have put back 20 after his discretion, and 100 to have remained."
Pp. 2.

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682. North Wales.
"Articles concerning North Wales."
1. The King has already directed his commission to John Pakington, justice of N. Wales, Sir Ric. Bulkeley, and others, to assess the persons indebted to the King for breach of the peace to such amounts as they thought fit. As many of them were and are poor creatures, and they and their sureties lay in castles unable to pay, the Commissioners have assessed them to the sum of 300 marks and above.
2. The King has granted by Act of Parliament (fn. 10) to all his subjects a general pardon for felonies under the sum of 20s. and of many other offences; yet many of the inhabitants of N. Wales be indicted and outlawed, and have eloigned themselves into strange countries, and others have agreed with the parties that no evidence be brought for the King. It is proposed, therefore, that the justice of N. Wales shall be empowered to assess fines upon such persons as he shall think worthy of pardon for felonies above 40s.
P. 1. Endd.

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683. Rice Ap Griffith.
Instructions by the King to (fn. 11) to be put in execution with all celerity.
(1) They are to unite together, and repair into the county of Pembroke, S. Wales, and all such places in Wales and England where any lands or offices of Rice ap Griffith, late attainted of treason, lie, and there call before them the officers and tenants; (2) whom they shall cause to be sworn to deliver up all rentals, accounts, &c. (3) They shall take possession of the lands for the King; (4) make inventories of the plate and furniture; and (5) appoint an auditor sworn to take a true view of the yearly value of the possessions and audit the accounts of the officers. (6) They shall inquire if any one have embezzled or carried away plate, &c.; (7) and make search for charters relating to the lands. (8) They shall inquire in whose custody the seal of the Chancery of Pembroke is, and put the records in safe keeping. (9) They shall take account of the horses and cattle which belonged to him; and (10) cause "offices" to be found of the lands before the escheators.
Draft, pp. 7. Partly in Cromwell's hand.

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684. [Anthony Vivald to the Archbishop Of Canterbury.]
Has been asked by John de Salvo to inform his Grace what he knows about a blue woollen cloth, which is under attachment by one of the Archbishop's officers, for his use. At the death of Benedict Grymbaldys, merchant of Jeane, this and other cloths of Salvo's, which had been in Benedict's custody, had been given by him to Wm. Claye, of London, sherman, and to a certain miller to be "thikkyd." Salvo came to London to claim them from Jeffrey Grymbaldys, Benedict's brother and executor, but he refused to give them up unless Salvo could prove them to be his. Was chosen arbitrator in the matter with Pantaleo Spynula, and decided in Salvo's favor, when Grymbaldys relinquished his right.
Corrected draft, pp. 2.
ii. [John De Salvo to the Archbishop of Canterbury.]
Was with him lately at "your manor of Lambhith," petitioning him about a woollen cloth. Has been to Mr. Broke, as the Archbishop desired, and showed him the person who delivered the cloth to the miller to be "thikked." He is ready to certify the truth when called on. Begs, therefore, that the cloth may be delivered. Anthony Vivald will certify what he knows of the matter. Would have been with the Archbishop before, but he has been ill. Desires credence for the bearer.
Draft, in the same hand as the preceding, p. 1. Endd. : "The coppy of a tachement made upon a clothe."

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685. Cromwell.
Grant by Thomas Wentworth lord Wentworth (fn. 12) to Thomas Crumwel of an annuity of 5l. out of the manor of Netylstede, Suff.
Draft in Cromwell's hand, pp. 2.


  • 1. New College, Oxford, of which Dr. London was warden.
  • 2. The date of this document is quite uncertain, and may be earlier than we have placed it.
  • 3. See vol. IV. Nos. 6648-9.
  • 4. The earl of Wiltshire.
  • 5. The date of this letter is quite uncertain.
  • 6. Probably Sir William Essex.
  • 7. Newcourt mentions a John Lawrence, vicar of Rainham from 1575 to 1597, but none in the time of Henry VIII. There was, however, a John Cambrege from 1514 to 1541.
  • 8. Thos. Duke, of New College, Oxford, was proctor of the university in 1529. The living of Hornchurch belonged to New College.
  • 9. Appointed to investigate disputes between merchants of England and France (?)
  • 10. Stat. 21 Hen. VIII. c. 1.
  • 11. A blank for two or three names.
  • 12. Created 2 Dec. 1529.