Henry VIII: April 1533, 21-25

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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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April 1533, 21-25

21 April.
R. O. Letters, 239.
360. Cranmer to Cromwell.
Begs him to remember his old suit for the advowson of Barnake belonging to Mr. Benet, for the use of the writer's friend (qu. Newman ?). (fn. 1) The incumbent is very sick. Lambeth, 21 April. Signed.
Add. : Of the Council.
21 April.
Cleop. E. VI. 251. B. M. Burnet, VI. 52.
361. Magnus to Cromwell.
Dr. Lee showed me yesterday the King's pleasure and your advertisements for my going North to the convocation at York. I have been not a little sick with a rheum in my head, and a catarrh fallen into my stomach, but hoping soon to be better have sent for my horses into Nottinghamshire. Years ago I was always ready when commanded, but now my old body is clogged with infirmity, but by help and counsel of Mr. Bartlet I will do my best. I am glad Dr. Lee is to be at York this season, for I had very little help at last convocation when the great sum was granted to the King, to be paid in five years, and he was recognised as supremum caput. The prelates and clergy there will give no credence to Acts passed here, unless they be fully authenticated, or the King's letters addressed to them. Maribourne, Monday, 21 April.
Hol. Add. : Right worshipful. Endd.
[21 April.]
R. O.
362. Sir Wm. Shelley And Others to Lord Chancellor Audeley. (fn. 2)
At the Chichester sessions today a bill was exhibited, which we send you with the examination of the parties, who said they never intended to make further suit, if they could have no redress by us. The fellow that told the tidings of the insurrection at Stawnton said that he only reported common tidings, and meant no hurt. Because of this bill we have sent him to you. With this they were satisfied. The man who brought the tidings went his way, and we shall make search for him. Monday after Low Sunday.
Signed : Wyllyam Shelley—John Dawtrey—John Palmere—Wyllyam Goryng—Wyllyam Ernele—John Gounter—Ryc. Sakevyle—John Shelley.
P. 1. Add.
21 April.
S. B.
363. For Silvester Darius, Nuncio to the Pope, and James Lambe, Secretary to the Duke of Albany.
Passport to leave the kingdom with 20 horses, servants, baggage, &c. Greenwich, 20 April 24 Hen. VIII. Del. Hoggeston, 21 April.
21 April.
Harl. MS. 2,057, f. 121. B. M.
364. Chester.
Inquisition taken at Chester, Monday before St. George's Day, 24 Hen. VIII., before Wm. Sneyde, mayor, Robt. Brerewode and Thos. Barrow, sheriffs, by virtue of a writ directed to them, stating that merchants enter iron and wine at the Castle, but small merchandise at the Exchequer, before the sheriffs.
Copy, pp. 2.
21 April.
Add. MS. 28,585, f. 236. B. M.
365. Count Of Cifuentes to Charles V.
Received his letter of April 8, at Vulsena. Entered Rome on Thursday 17th. Had an audience of the Pope on Saturday. He told me he had heard that the English ambassadors and other persons on the King's behalf had urged him to revoke the brief sent for the separation of the King and "La Anna ;" which he would not do, out of respect to the Emperor, though there are errors in the brief which would justify it. He has remitted it to the cardinals De Monte and Campeggio, the auditors Capisucha and Simoneta, and the Datary. Said I was not a lawyer, but I did not think the Pope ought to hear any one on the King's part, as they showed no power ; they only wish to protract the case, and give the King an opportunity of marrying, which he has promised the Lady to do before St. John's Day. His Holiness said he believed this, as he had the same news from France, and that the reason was the Lady's pregnancy. He said also, if the marriage took place, the remedy of the case remained. Replied that he should do justice at once, as the Queen thought so much of it ; that although the King spoke those words he would not do it if the Pope decided the case, but the delay they see here gives them occasion to say such words, and may lead them to do it in deed. He replied that he would do justice, and order it to be done, and asked what the Emperor would do if this marriage took place. Said your Majesty would act as became a powerful and wise prince. He finished the conversation by saying he would do justice. Rome, 21 April 1533.
Sp., pp. 6. Modern copy.

R. O.
366. Sir Thomas Audeley to Cromwell.
Is asked by my lord of Norfolk to write to Cromwell for the opinions of doctors and learned men in the King's great case. He has written to my lord of Canterbury, but my lord of Wiltshire reports that he hath them not. If not with you, they must be at York Place or with Dr. Lee. If at York Place, the King says you may go thither ; if not, send for Dr. Lee, or, if he be not in town, search his chambers, for the King wishes them sent with speed to my lord of Winchester. "Written this morning." Signed : Thomas Audeley, k., Chancelor.
Hol., p. 1. Add. : To his loving friend, Mr. Cromwell, Esq.
22 April.
R. O.
367. Rowland Lee to Cromwell.
I cannot have the depositions of the witnesses this night, nor the "copy of the breve sub transumpto." Therefore I have left my servant Lewis to attend you for it. The brief will not be "transumyd" for three days. I have, therefore, desired Watkyns to send me the copy sub signo notarii, as he does with the depositions till I may receive the other sub transumpto by Magnus or Layton. Unless you send for Watkyns it will not be shortly, as he is much occupied with the King's business, in consequence of my great loads. I am towards Waltham, and so to my own house. Vigilia Georgii.
Hol., p. 1. Add. : To my most entire friend, Mr. Thomas Crumwele. Endd.

R. O.
368. Rowland Lee to Cromwell.
I send you the conclusion in the great cause, "delated and set forth by another sort." As you like it, set it forth to the King's highness, "in whose matter I shall not be found oblivious."
Hol., p. 1. Add. : To my loving friend, Mr. Thomas Crumwell. Endd.
22 April.
Otho, C. IX. (170.) B. M.
369. Sir Clement West to [Henry VIII.]
This is to inform you [by] letters duplicates how the Great Master took [my office from] me, and gave it to Boydell, who departed th ... of this month, and the 11th day, and goo ... the lords requested the Master to let [me out of] prison, but he refused with an oath. [They told him] he had no reason nor charity so to keep [me with]out ordinance of the Council. On the 16th it was ordained by the Master and ... to make a lieutenant trycoplyer, as they did Sir ... Belyngam, and to make no turcuplyar till wo[rd came from] your Highness. Notwithstanding, the second day after he caused to be admitted Sir John Rawson, receiver, "which had to voy ... and at the Council he sate part and judge a ... schapytyr, and so continued in his malice g ... that came after me many years, how be it he ... the brod cros till he be here for fear of your Gr[ace's] displeasure. Also, he threat all those that gaff ... them in prison, and hath said to divers tha ... know that I have send the mase to your [Highness] ... will take mine habit from me and my com[mandry] then let his King give it to him again ... I sent to your Highness for remedy, he ... will as he doth all other things y ... owght counsel. And so it proves ;" for on the 17th ult. 300 of the cross rebelled agai[nst hi]m and slew seven men, and divers of the prior of Ro ... s servants, because they asked justy[ce on t]hem that had slain and hurt divers of the cross, and he prolonged them. "Now h[e h]ath question with Spaniards about making a lieuten[ant a]nd head of their nation, to the which he must con[sent, or] a ventyr all, they be a great number."
Begs the King to deliver the religion from this thraldom. Suffers only for bearing the mace and "f[or] ... tyng off mine habit in the chapter, seyng (saying) I wy[ll no]t serve you, and ye will not suffer me to joy my[n offy]s and bear the arms of my prince as other has done [be]fore me." In this prison of Malta, 1533, April 22.
Hol., mutilated, pp. 2.

Otho, C. IX. (169.) B. M.
370. Sir Cle[ment West] to Cromwell.
"Lord Master" has taken my office from me, and given it to [Boydell], without cause of defect in me, except for the office, and the mace [borne] afore me, which he will not suffer.
He accused me of disobedience for bearing it, but I reminded him that I took leave of my Prince to enter the religion, and that the mace was the arms of a good King, who had done much for the religion, by sending good artillery, and giving a licence for exporting cloth and other commodities, which was obtained at my suit by favor of the duke of Norfolk. When he again refused to allow me to bear it, I said, Take your habit and lei ... and said, woe the hour ye should so entreat me that the religion [should be] hurt by it. On this he put me into this prison, and [here I have] been since the 12th inst.
It was never seen that the broad cross was taken from [a knight] till now, and without cause. I beg you to show it to the King that he may cause the Pope to restore me, "and [the Great] Master will not."
Hol., mutilated, p. 1. Add. : Master Cromwell, one of the King's most honorable Council.
22 April.
R. O. St. P. VII. 451.
371. [Hackett to Norfolk.]
Wrote last on the 26th ult. Has heard nothing from him since he left Calais. On conversing with the queen of Hungary as she was going out hunting, in replying to her question that I had no news from England, she gave me a look, and said she had received bad news, and told me of the King's marriage. He said, if they would take it in good part, without too much regard for relationship, they would find it reasonable. She replied that God knew that she desired that everything should go well, but she could not say how the Emperor and the King her brother would take the affair. Answered, that as they were wise and prudent Princes he could not doubt that they would take it in good part. As to that, said she, Mons. l'Ambassadeur, I can say nothing. She told me that the Emperor left Genoa on the 8th inst., and after waiting for the duchess of Savoy, (fn. 3) left in her company for Spain, and will arrive probably at Barcelona on the 13th or 14th. She has heard from Ferdinand king of the Romans that the Turk had made peace with him. News of the marquis of Arscot, de Berghes and others. The Adventurers have been "brandscattyng" the Emperor's subjects in Utrecht and the frontiers of Holland. I am told, when the Queen read the letters she received out of England, the tears came in her eyes for sadness ; but she showed no such countenance to me.
Will be glad to receive instructions. Brussels, 22 April 1533.
In the hand of Hackett's clerk. Headed by Hackett : A copie of my lord of Norfolkes lettres.
22 April.
R. O.
372. John Hackett to Cromwell.
Wrote last on the 26th ult., and directed it to Mr. Secretary of Calais, like former letters, which he trusts have been received. Has received none from Cromwell since the King left Calais. Encloses copy of a letter he has written to my lord of Norfolk by his servant, the bearer, John Roo. Hopes for instructions how to answer objections of the Queen here and her Council when they speak to him of the King's matters, "which they can not rewoke, for they thynk here in deyd that I dyssymyll with them, othyr not say what that I know not owt of Ingland, but that the Quene hyrself told me here with hyr own mowth ;" to which he made answer uninstructed, as shown in the duke of Norfolk's letter. I am told by a secret friend that this Queen has letters out of England, stating that the Queen, her "tant," is treated rudely ; but the Queen herself told me nothing of this, and I answered I had no doubt it was a slander, and that she was treated like a King's daughter.
My advance money for this half year is at an end, though it does not expire till the 1st June next. I enclose a "remembrance" of my old arrears. If I remain I will cherish the people here, as I am wont to do, or better. So far as I can see, the King's subjects are allowed to come to the Low Countries as freely as ever. Brussels, 22 April 1533, "R. 24."
I beg you to quicken Tuke, who for a long time has not been very hasty in payment. I believe you have long known that the duke of Orbyn is captain general of the league of Italy.
Hol., pp. 3. Add. : Sir Thomas Cromwell, knight, one of the King's Council, and master of his Jewel-house. Endd.
R. O. 2. Particulars of a claim by Hacket to 250l. of his old arrears, which he commits to the King's pleasure, viz., that in 19 Hen. VIII. he had advertised Wolsey of his charges when he had been more than a twelvemonth at the Lady Margaret's Court, and how it was impossible to keep his post with honor on 100l. a year ; that Wolsey said if he did no worse than he had done the King would consider his charges ; that a few days after, the Cardinal, being at Calais, 20 July 19 Hen. VIII., delivered him the King's patent for another 100l. a year ; and that, as will appear by Wyatt's and Tuke's reckonings, from Easter 18 to Mich. 21 Hen. VIII., 2½ years, he received only at the rate of 100l. a year, as before.
P. 1.
22 April.
R. O.
373. Randall Wodnutt, Priest, to Mr. Strete, Archdeacon of Salop, and Residentiary of Lichfield.
Complains of Ralph Donne, of the Flaxyerdes, who has commanded Ric. Wittor to deliver him the rentals of Terryn, which he refused ; whereupon he discharged him, and put in the office Rauff, son of John Doneham, clerk there. Details other complaints. Copnall, 22 April.
Hol., p. 1. Add.
23 April.
R. O.
374. Sir Edw. Guldeford to Cromwell.
I thank you for the pain that you have taken in the matter between me and Will. Corse. He has not given over the suit as he promised, and proclamations have been made by the sheriff against me to my great rebuke. If I could go further than this 20l. a year I would be glad to do so. Alen Ryse paid him 10l. last term, and 10l. more this. If he had not had it, I gave orders that he should. When I was last in London you had gone to Oxford. Hallden, St. George's Day. Signed.
P. 1. Add. : Right worshipful. Sealed.
23 April.
R. O.
375. [Northumberland to Henry VIII.]
On Sunday night last, the 20th April, 100 persons of the garrison made a rode into Scotland, embushing themselves closely all the night. On Monday morning they burnt Blakeburn in the Marsh, and took away 100 nolt and 100 sheep with 8 nags. That same Monday night, the 21st, another company of only 60 persons rode to the Meyrburn, but were intercepted on their return by John Hume of Coldingham, who had assembled the country with some gunners on Tuesday morning. They sent warning, however, to Northumberland at Berwick, who caused the alarm to be rung, and sent out the rest of the garrison with Sir Thos. Clyfford, his deputy. The 60 persons, however, had to encounter 200 Scots, and overthrew them, and took about 40 prisoners, bringing away 100 head of nolte and 6 nags. On sight of the residue of the garrison, the Scots fled, and the garrison pursued and took 300 sheep, before rescued by the Scots, and 20 more prisoners. Begs the King to remember what he has written about the weakness of divers places and the scarcity of spears. Berwick Castle, 23 April.
Corrected draft, pp. 2.
23 April.
R. O. St. P. IV. 640.
376. Sir George Lawson to Cromwell.
The captain of Berwick is writing to the King of the good exploits done by the garrison on Sunday night, and of the adventure of 60 soldiers riding out of Berwick on Monday, who, after taking much cattle at Myreburn, were attacked in coming home by John Home at Coldingham Abbey. A message was sent to Berwick, where the alarm bell was rung, and succours sent with Thos. Clifford. In the end the Scotch fled to Coldingham, leaving 60 prisoners, 100 cattle, and above 300 sheep. The chief gunner of Coldingham was slain, and two other gunners taken. This encounter is much praised. Begs him to remember the letters he sent by Ralph Browne. Desires to know the King's pleasure about the repair of the walls of Berwick town and castle. Has written before about the payment of the garrisons, which ends on 30th April. Ships of war must be remembered, considering the loss of the King's corn. The Scotch ships are still roving between Skate Rode and Humber. Berwick, St. George's Day.
Hol. Add.
23 April.
R. O.
377. Sir Thomas Clyfford to Cromwell.
Thanks him for setting forward his business with the King. Has written to the King about the affairs of the Borders, and reminded him of the necessity of repairing this town and castle, and furnishing the garrison with spears. Encloses a copy of the letter. The King sent down persons, who devised certain repairs in consequence of a "plate" sent by Clyfford ; but this is now clearly out of memory, and, considering the time of year passing, he could do no less than remind the King thereof, and desire Cromwell to do the same. Berwick, 23 April. Signed.
P. 1. Add.
23 April.
R. O.
378. Robert Abbot Of Waltham to Cromwell.
Whereas it has pleased you to promise me to help my cellarer of St. Bartholomew's to some promotion : I am informed that the abbot of St. Osith in Essex is dead. The bishop of London is founder, and if you will take pains for my cellarer I shall heartily thank you, and you shall be largely recompensed. I trust you will speed it before the bishop of London leaves the realm. Waltham, Thursday, 23 April. (fn. 4)
Hol., p. 1. Add. : Of the Council. Endd.
23 April.
Anstis' Order of the Garter, II. 392.
379. The Order Of The Garter.
A chapter of the Order of the Garter was held at Greenwich on St. George's Day, 25 Hen. VIII., the King and divers nobles being present. It was decided to celebrate the feast on May 18, at Windsor ; the earl of Essex to preside, assisted by lords Lisle, Darcy, and Ferrers, and Sir Wm. Fitz-William. Commission was given to them for installing the counts of Beaumounte and Newblaunce by proxy. The day after the feast, while mass for the dead was being celebrated, the hatchments of Sir Hen. Goulford were offered up.
24 April.
R. O.
380. Rowland Lee to Cromwell.
I beg your favor for Mr. Strett, and that you will accomplish your goodness for the archdeaconry of Derby. I have written for him to my Lord Chancellor. Dated at the head 24 April.
Hol., p. 1. Add. : To my most entirely beloved friend Mr. Thomas Crumewell.
24 April.
R. O.
381. Rowland Lee to Cromwell.
This day I set forward on my journey. I am always bold in remembrance of your lovers and mine. My lady Oxford, who comes to court on Sunday, intends to be merry with you on Monday or Tuesday at supper, and thank you for your goodness. She is a woman of high wit, and loves her friends. Ashden, 24 April.
Hol., p. 1. Add. : To my most entirely beloved friend Mr. Thomas Cromwell. Endd.
24 April.
Camusat, 124 b.
382. Montmorency to the Bailly of Troyes.
The King writes about a personage whom the Pope has sent with certain articles, of which a copy is sent to the king of England. In reply to the duke of Norfolk's question, advises him to take with him to the interview 12 or 15 gentlemen with such a train and number of horse as he thinks fit. No determination has yet been come to concerning time, day, nor place. The Scotch ambassador has spoken to the King, and has been heard by the Council. Thinks it will be easy to reconcile the Kings of England and Scotland. The best way would be to have an abstinence of war for a year, and meanwhile arrange a good peace. The Emperor stopped at the isle of St. Honorat near Nice, where Madame de Savoye was obliged to land, as she could not endure the sea, being enceinte. The King has granted her a safe-conduct to travel through France. Fontainebleau, 24 April.
25 April.
R. O.
383. [Cromwell to Henry Lord Scrope.]
The King thankfully accepts his letters, received from Mr. Chasye, and is marvellously well contented that his Lordship will let him have his manor of Pyssow in exchange. His Grace has commanded search to be made for lands to recompense him. As to the "Rede Howsys" and other things mentioned by the bearer, will try to certify him of the King's pleasure by the next [messenger]. London, 25 April.
Hol., draft, p. 1.
25 April.
R. O.
384. William Popley to Cromwell.
In last Passion week two horses were stolen in Ciscetor (Cirencester), belonging to Thos. Matson and Hugh Lewes. They were retaken at Chepstow ; on which John Coryer fled to the Abbey church. Hereupon Mr. Pole and I, calling on our neighbour, Daubeney, resolved to examine him. I send you the copy of his confessions, on which Will. Walsheman, Reynold Clerke, and others, were taken. We have advertised you of a fellow that coins groats. Ciscetor, 25 April. Signed.
P. 1. Add. : Right worshipful.
25 April.
R. O.
385. Thomas Myller to Cromwell.
I desire you, in behalf of me and my children, to certify the Council of the truth of my adventure of grain beyond sea. I have sent you a true copy of the customs book from the 20 Hen. VIII. to the present day. Let me know if I may tarry at home this term or not, as I am bound to be at London the Friday in Whitsun week, at the beginning of Parliament. Lynn, 25 April 25 Hen. VIII. Signed.
Pp. 1. Add.
25 April.
R. O.
386. John Mille to Cromwell.
The bearer (fn. 5) shall be abbot of Quarre, in the Isle of Wight, and is desirous of your favor, minding to give you 40s. fee yearly, as I mentioned to you when I was last with you, and you were pleased to be content. Although he is little of personage, he is both wise and virtuous. Hampton, 25 April.
Hol., p. 1. Add. : Of the King's Council.
ii. Cromwell's memoranda on the back of the preceding. "First, touching the letters that my lord of Canterbury doth subscribe." 2. The opinion of Dr. Cox touching the assistance of my lord of Canterbury. 3. "The judgment that the great personage might be brought in to be voted in bona fide parentum." 4. That Sir Will. Thomas might be sent for newly to depose. 5. That all persons who have deposed and are now alive be newly examined. 6. That Robert Leighton be also examined. 7. To take with me the jewels of Genyns the jeweller, and his letter. 8. For the establishing of a council in the Marches of Wales. 9. Of the coming home of Rob. Fowler. 10. To speak with Robert Fowler for my lord Berners' money. 11. For the congé d'élire for Burton.


  • 1. See No. 137, and a letter of Cranmer to Cromwell of 20 Oct. following.
  • 2. The year of this letter is uncertain.
  • 3. Beatrix, daughter of Emmanuel king of Portugal.
  • 4. The date seems to be an error. John Vyntoner, abbot of Chich or St. Osith's, died, according to Dugdale, on the 19th April 1533, and was succeeded by John Colchester, alias Witherick, on the 26th. But the 23rd April was a Wednesday, not Thursday, in 1533, and the letter was probably written on the 24th.
  • 5. Probably William Ripon, whose name occurs as abbot about this time.