Henry VIII: Miscellaneous, 1533

Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 6, 1533. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1882.

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Miscellaneous, 1533

Harl. MS. 6989, f. 33. B. M.
1. Sir Thos. Elyott to Cromwell. (fn. 1)
I send a little treatise which I lately made in eschewing idleness, for the comfort of myself and others of equal debility. If you have leisure, I doubt not your good wit will find more fruit than you would have looked for in anything passed from my foolish head ; but, as the old Greek proverb is, it is sometimes good to hear the poor gardener. In this work I have done nothing but bring to men's remembrance what natural reason hath taught them, without desire of reward or glory ; for, according to your wise and friendly answer to me, I cannot compel men to esteem me as I would that they should, that is (as I say) benevolent unto my country and faithful unto him that will trust me ; for nothing else good is there in me. Yet my endeavour shall be to set forth the little knowledge I have. The matter in this book is of such importance that it requires a quiet lesson (i.e., reading), a pregnant judgment, and a stable remembrance ; to help which, I have purposely used repetitions, so that the matter seems longer, but, being read diligently and well concoct, it will not seem tedious to those who are apt to receive good counsel. I pray you take it in good part, and defend your friend in his true meaning against those whose minds have such a fever continual, that every good counsel is in their taste unsavoury and bitter. If it shall please you to recommend one of these books to the King when you shall find opportunity, I conform me to your pleasure, since this is the last English book which I purpose ever to make, unless the desire of some special friend compel me. Notwithstanding, if I may in this poverty be suffered to live in quietness, I trust to be so occupied as neither God nor honest man shall have cause to blame me for consuming my time. Signed.
P. 1. Add. : Mr. Cromwell, treasurer of the King's jewels.

R. O. St. P. I. 388.
2. Sir Thomas Audeley to Cromwell. (fn. 2)
Has been sore troubled with the stone. Is sorry he has had no leisure to speak with him on the matter proposed by the King. Is in debt since he came to the office, for purchase of house, plate, &c., and is sore troubled, but dares not ask the King for anything. Would like to have that poor house lately belonging to Christchurch, with land and pastures, a little from London ; and if the King would pay him 100l., due to him from the Parliament, and lend him 600l. on good security, he would then trust to bear the charges at his Grace's commandment. Further details of the state of his property. Intends on the 12th to wait upon the King. Begs his advice at his coming from Court. Signed : Thomas Audeley, k., custos sigilli.
Hol. Add. : Mr. Cromwell, Esq. Written on the flyleaf of a letter addressed to himself as "my lord Brodeseale," which address is struck out.

R. O.
3. W. Thynne to Cromwell.
As I am informed you will find an office of the lands of Christchurch to the King's use, I beg that my indenture of the parsonage of Lesones and Erith, dated 2 Feb. 22 Hen. VIII., at the rent of 6l. 13s. 4d., shall be found in the said office. Eltham, this Thursday.
Hol., p. 1. Add. : Of the Council.

R. O.
4. W. Thynne to Cromwell.
When you make your book of the whole value of the lands of Christchurch, I beg you to value the parsonage of Erith and Lesones at 10l. I shall not be the gainer, as I have to pay yearly for alms corn 60s. Saturday. The breach is inned.
Hol., p. 1. Add. : Right worshipful.


  • 1. This letter was probably written in the early part of the year 1533 ; but it cannot be referred to any precise date.
  • 2. This letter must have been written before the 12th Jan. 1533 ; it may belong to the latter part of the preceding year.