Henry VIII: March 1532, 1-10

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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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March 1532, 1-10

1 March.
R. O.
841. The Duchess Of Buckingham.
Inquisition taken at Newport, in the commote of Wentloke, on the death of Eleanor Stafford, widow of Edward Stafford late duke of Buckingham, who died 13 Feb. 22 Hen. VIII., her manors coming to the King by her husband's attainder. Dated 1 March 23 Hen. VIII.
Copy, large paper, pp. 10.
1 March.
R. O.
842. Felixstowe.
Receipt, dated 1 March 23 Hen. VIII., by Thos. Cromwell, to the King's use, from the duke of Norfolk, by the hands of Robt. Holdyche, his treasurer, of 40l., being two years' annuity due by the Duke from the lands of the late priory of Felyxstowe, and other lands in Falkham, of which sum 13l. 6s. 8d. is allowed to the Duke.
Draft, in Cromwell's hand, written on both sides of a scrap of paper.
1 March.
Galba, B. X. 34 b. B. M.
843. Stephen Vaughan to Cromwell.
Two days ago I wrote of the search and enquiry which the Emperor hath made a ... Holland as Brabant and Flanders, amongst the people, [to kn]ow what griefs they find against the English merchants, and the liberties granted to them here. I hear many have been found, which will be laid sore to the charge of the King's commissioners. The King should therefore depute wise men of great learning, for the importance of the matter requires it. Hacket is a discreet gentleman, [bu]t is no man profoundly to reason a matter of great weight, ne more is thother, except Dr. Knyght.
They complain that bills and obligations made here and elsewhere in Flemish and other money are not playnable in England, which I think reasonable. They complain of our false packing of wools, and false making of cloths and other things.
I hear that Agrippa has written a book in favor of the King's great matter, which has not yet come forth. I do not greatly believe it. Within eight or ten days I will depart homewards. Andwerpe, 1 March 1531.
The Brabanders fear lest this treaty of the intercourse will cause their common weal to decay.
Hol., p. 1. Add.

R. O. St. P. IV. 603.
844. Scotland.
Instructions to Carlisle herald, whom the King sends to the king of Scots.
He is to repair to the Scotch court, and, after delivery of the King's letters, say that Henry, having received James's letters of 11 Jan., and considering his good will therein expressed to the maintenance of peace, has not only liberated James's subjects with their ship and goods, but has sent him (Carlisle) specially for these two purposes : first, to desire James to appoint new Commissioners to meet on the Borders for redress of attemptates; and, secondly, to refer the dispute touching Canaby to other Commissioners to be appointed on both sides. He is also to request James for the deliverance of the ship and goods of John Horwell to Sir Tho. Clifford.
Endd. Signed at the head.
2 March.
Lansd. MS., 255, f. 355. B. M. St. P. IV. 600.
845. [Henry VIII. to James V.]
Has received his letters of the 12th Jan., desiring a safe-conduct for his two ambassadors going into France, which the King sends herewith; and also his former letters of the 11th Jan., complaining of injuries done to his subjects by the earl of Northumberland, warden of the East and Middle Marches, and desiring to know whether they have been done by the King's consent. Has always caused due inquiry to be made into James's complaints, and justice to be done, as James must be well aware; nevertheless, open-day forays are made into England by some of James's subjects, even by some of his wardens. Has always been willing, however, to impute the want of redress to the negligence of James's officers according to his letters. In the same spirit the King has now called the said warden before him, and examined him as to the treatment of the Scots. Finds the ship at Tynemouth was arrested for payment of customs according to the laws of the realm. The Scotchmen at Warkworth were arrested by the sheriff of Northumberland, not by the warden, and because they had no safe-conduct. The King has, however, ordered them and their goods to be delivered at Tynemouth. Sends Carlisle instructed with the King's further mind touching redress.
Desires that the ship and goods of John Horwell, a merchant of Newport, Isle of Wight, which James professed he would always be ready to deliver, be delivered to Sir Thos. Clifford, capt. of Berwick. Westm., 2 March 23 Hen. VIII.
Fair copy, not signed or addressed.
Shrews. MSS. I. f. 18. Coll. of Arms. 2. Another copy.
3 March.
Add. MS. 28,584, f. 229. B. M.
846. Dr. Ortiz to the Empress.
Wrote by the last post that after the Pope had seen the minute I gave him, he ordered his secretary to make a shorter one, and show it to the cardinal of Ancona. When I brought it back I do not know what had happened, but the Pope considered it a severe measure to send the King a brief of excommunication without first admonishing him, and therefore determined to send a brief admonishing him to treat the Queen as his true and lawful wife, and leave the society of that Anna, until sentence had been pronounced. This brief and a copy have been sent to the Emperor, so that, if he think fit, he may order it to be sent on to the Nuncio in England for presentation to the King. If he does not obey it the Emperor will order the brief of excommunication to be sent.
The English ambassador (Benet) has returned with no articles or despatch, except that he still persists that the King is not bound to appear or send a mandate, as the Rota had already determined.
The excusator has produced certain conclusions, which I would send with the copy of the brief, but the Ambassador tells me that this post will only take a couple of letters.
The queen of England has written to the Pope to complain of the delay, and has ordered me to do the same, which I have often done. Rome, 3 March 1532.
Sp., pp. 3. Modern copy.
4 March.
R. O.
847. Henry Lokwod to Cromwell.
Without your help we are utterly undone. Since my administration of Christ's College I never moved suit for any other help, either for this exchange of lands with the King, (fn. 1) nor for such debts as I have had, but trusted only in you. I should be sorry to apply to any other if I could bring the college into better frame, which I hope to do within two or three years. We are at a final end with our exchange; therefore help us, and we shall look to your pains. Christ's College, 4 March.
Have me in remembrance in convenient time, and you will not find me ungrateful.
Hol., p. 1. Add. : Of the King's Council.
4 March.
R. O.
848. Ric. Strete to Dr. Lee.
I wonder I have not heard from you what you have done with Mr. Cromwell for the escape of Rob. Bukley and John Walchman, who broke prison in Eccleshall, Sept. twelvemonth. The matter must be speedily followed, lest the executors make some way with the King for it, or cause some of their friends to ask it. The Walchman was clerk attainted. I hear from the bailey of Tervyn in Cheshire that the escheator has sat upon an office on the death of the late Bishop, intending to gather all the rents there. He shall have none till I know Mr. Cromwell's pleasure. If the Chamberlain account, it will be only after the old rent, to the King's loss. I have warned the tenants to make no payments except to me. Send me my commission. Mr. Cromwell will accept these letters for his information. Write to me his mind. Lichfield, 4 March.
Hol., pp. 2. Add. : In Paternoster Row, London. To the right worshipful Mr. Doctor Lee, chaplain to the King's grace, and in his absence to Mr. Thomas Cromewell, one of the King's most honorable Council.
4 March.
R. O.
849. Roger, Abbot Of Furness, to Cromwell.
Thanks him for his loving letters. Was elected by the last Convocation at York to receive the second part of the King's subsidy granted by Act of Parliament within the diocese of Richmond. Has many times since sent to Master Seyton, now farmer of the church of Aldyngham in Furness, to pay his assessment, which he has heretofore refused unless the Abbot will take much less than he is charged with. Caused him to be cited to York. Seyton has since railed against him, and said he would complain of him to Cromwell and other of his friends. Begs Cromwell to command him to pay the subsidy, and to make any complaints in writing, that the Abbot may answer them. Furness, 4 March. Signed.
P. 1. Add. : To, &c., Master Cromewell, one of the King's most hon. Council.
6 March.
Vienna Archives.
850. Chapuys to Charles V.
Received yesterday the Emperor's letter of the 18th ult. The Queen is pleased to hear of the arrangements made to defeat the sinister practices of Dr. Bonart. Has already written amply about the Vayvode's man.
Having no information nor instruction about the descent of the Turk, has not started any conversation about it; and his replies have been forced from him by the continual proposals made to him, and also to justify the Emperor, as the King had said several times at supper that it would be a very ill deed, and not at all Catholic, if the Emperor and king of the Romans endangered Christendom by their covetousness for the kingdom of Hungary. In order to correct this erroneous idea of covetousness, mentioned the duke of Milan and the Venetians. La Pommeraye can take no advantage of what Chapuys said to him about the Swiss, without concealing the truth, as Chapuys said four times that he was suspicious on account of the damages done by them to Geneva, and their desire to infect it with Lutheranism.
The Parliament is discussing the abolition of the authority of archbishops over bishops, and the transference thereof to the King. The earl of Wiltshire is one of the principal supporters of the proposal, and has ventured to say that he would maintain with his body and goods that no pope nor prelate had power to exercise jurisdiction or make any law or constitution. No surprise need be felt at this, for he and his daughter are considered as true apostles of the new sect.
The duke of Norfolk went four days ago to Dover to consider about making a harbour there, and to prevent the town being damaged by the sea. Does not know whether anything has been done about the fortifications, but he had with him some of the persons who surveyed the fortresses on the Scotch borders. Supposes it will be a pretext for getting money. The Duke will return to day with the bishop of Winchester, who has not been altogether satisfied in France. One of the King's council said that if the Bishop continued speaking as he had done about France, the Queen's affairs would go on very well. The King was only waiting for his return to send Maystre Valopt (Wallop), captain of Calais castle, as ambassador to France. Does not know whether he goes there to reside, or on a special mission. London, 6 March '32.
Fr. From a modern copy.
6 March.
Vit. B. XIII. 156. B. M. Pocock, II. 217.
851. The Divorce.
Proceedings in the Consistory at Rome.
Objections and answers by the advocates of the King and Queen before the Pope in Consistory, 6 March, touching the admission of the excusator.
Lat., mutilated.
6 March.
R. O.
852. The Divorce.
Articles by the King's excusator against the King's being compelled to appear at Rome; and three conclusions drawn from them by the Consistory in the King's favor, on the 6th of this month, with arguments in justification.
Lat., pp. 10. Endd. : Allegata pro parte excusatoris, vjto Martii.
7 March.
R. O.
853. Abbey Of St. Alban's.
Lease by Robert abbot of St. Alban's to Richard Raynshawe, yeoman of the Guard, of the manor of Pratis or Pray, Herts, with messuages and lands adjoining. Dated 7 March 23 Hen. VIII.
Draft, large paper, pp. 2.
7 March.
Calig B. II. 3. B. M. St. P. IV. 600.
854. Norfolk to Carlisle Herald. (fn. 2)
Sends letters from the King to the king of Scots, on delivering which he is to ask licence to declare his charge. He is to desire James on the King's behalf, as Henry has already done several times before, to show himself more gracious to Angus, and to say that the King has appointed that Northumberland and Lord Dacres, his wardens, shall, on their repair to the North, after the breaking up of this Parliament, send to the king of Scots to appoint a day for Commissioners to meet on both sides. After this he is to take leave of James and return. Worcester Place, 7 March. Signed.
Harl. MS. 6069, f. 97. B. M. 2. "A memorial credencial given by the King's highness to his trusty and wellbeloved servant Carlisle, herald-at-arms, now by his Highness sent to his good brother and nephew the king of Scots, of certain things to be showed to the same King as followeth."
The King writes his mind and determination to the king of Scots plainly and frankly, and trusts he will conform himself to reason, justice, and confirmation of good amity. He has given this memorial to Carlisle, that in case the king of Scots should show himself glad and desirous "to thacceptivis made in the Kinges highnes lettres now sente," and to proceed to the whole redress according to their purport, then Carlisle shall agree on the King's behalf that his Commissioners for redress shall meet within 40 days from Carlisle's leaving,—the king of Scots doing the like. If the other Commissioners to examine the title pretended in Cannabye are named to Carlisle, the King will appoint others to meet them in 50 days.
If Carlisle do not perceive conformity in the king of Scots, he shall not declare this, and return with all speed with his answer.
Copy, p. 1.
Add. 11,320, f. 59. B. M. 3. Another copy.
Pp. 2.
8 March.
Royal MS. 18, B. VI. 17 b. B. M.
855. James V.
Commission to John duke of Albany to conclude the marriage between James V. and Magdalen, daughter of Francis I. Striveling Castle, 8 March, 1531, 19 Jas. V.
Lat., copy, p. 1.
Ib., f. 189. 2. Another copy.
8 March.
R. O.
856. Ecclesiastical.
Citation by the curate of Flyntham of Master William Hussey and Anne his wife to appear before the official at York, in answer to Adam Langley. York, 8 March 1531.
P. 1, Lat.
10 March.
R. O.
857. Lord Berners to Cromwell.
On the 9th March I received your letter dated London, 27 Feb., stating that you have shown the King my demand for my interest in the lease of Pete Caleys; that the King supposed I would make no such price of so small a thing as 10 acres; and that you esteem the house but little, alleging that I could never spend 100l. on it. I cannot tell how many acres there are, though I should think over 20, but I consider the cost I have laid out on it. When I first took it, it was a marsh ground and lay all open. The drainage has cost more than 100l. and the ground is 2ft. higher than it was, for it was overflowed at every tide. The garden is raised more than three feet, and the paling of the ground and about the house has cost me 50l. though the timber was my own. I also built anew the outer gatehouse, stable, and barn, at a cost of 50l. at least; and other repairs and expences, the summer before I came away, cost me over 100l. The upper house and ground I bought of Antony Lee for 50l., and I doubt not the King will give me 400l. ready money. No other man living should have it for that price. If I would have let out my years I might have had for them 10l. a year clear. When I come to London I have no other house to put my head in. Calais, 10 March.
Hol., pp. 2. Add. : To my right wellbeloved Thos. Cromwell.

R. O.
858. For John Bourghchier, Lord Berners.
Bill, not signed, for a grant to him, his heirs and assigns, of the manors of Sende, Wilts, Haughton alias Halton, Doxsey and Offeley, Staff.; with the issues of the same from 20 March 15 Hen. VIII. (fn. 3)
On parchment.
R. O. Bill, not signed, for a grant to him, his heirs and assigns, of the manors of Okeham, Essyngham, Chepstede and Waldyngham, Surrey; messuages and lands called Porteley, Upwode, Halyngbury, and Gaters, in Caterham; rent in Caterham; rent from the manor of Tytsey, Surrey; rent from land and tenements called Derylonde, in Etenbrige, in the parish of Westerham, Kent; the manors of Stratton-Audeley, Oxon, Knoke, Wilts, and Uppeclatford, Hants;—with the issues of the same from 20 Sept. 6 Hen. VIII.
On parchment.

Latimer's Remains, 474. From Foxe.
859. Latimer to the Archbishop Of Canterbury.
I cannot come to you by reason of a sickness of long standing. The pain of my head prevents me from expostulating with you for detaining me so long from my cure. I had liberty to present myself to you, but not to depart and extricate myself. I was summoned to appear before the bp. of London, and yet the whole process was carried on before you, and my examination seemed to be endless. I am considered untractable for refusing compliance with what I deem to be unjust; yet I never preached anything contrary to the truth or the Fathers. I own it is lawful to make use of images, to go on pilgrimage, to pray to saints, to be mindful of purgatory. But these things are voluntary, and are to be moderated by God's commands of necessary obligation, on which I hitherto stand fixed. I dare not subscribe the bare propositions you require of me, not wishing to countenance superstition.


  • 1. See Grants in Jan. 1532, No. 4, and Stat. 23 Hen. VIII. c. 22.
  • 2. Another abstract of this document (in which the date was accidentally omitted) was printed by mistake in Vol. IV. No. 6071, the date being supposed to be November, 1529.
  • 3. See vol. III. No. 1288 (7).