Henry VIII: March 1534, 16-20

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Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 7, 1534. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1883.

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March 1534, 16–20

16 March. 331. Cranmer to Lord Lisle. (fn. 1)
R. O. Cranmer, II., 320. In behalf of Eliz. Beston of Calais, injured by Will. Berdiseley. He should move his commissary there to do his duty. Lambeth, 16 March. Signed.
Add. Endd.
16 March. 332. Henry Earl of Essex to Cromwell.
R. O. I have received your kind letter of the 11th March by Rob. Stannesby, son of Ric. Stannesby, late my bailiff of Byldeston. “And for his manifold misdemeanours and waste done upon my copyhold lands, and constraining my tenants to pay tolls,” (fn. 2) contrary to the liberties which my ancestors have enjoyed from the days of Henry I. He also claims my stream as his freehold, and if I gave up anything to him it would be my ancestral freehold, which I think my lord Chancellor did not well remember. No man had less excuse for it than he, for he made the covenant between my lady Parre and me, and is himself one of the feoffees; and I am bound to leave the manor of Bildeston to my daughter and Anne and Wm. Parre in as ample manner as it was left me. Stanusted, 16 March. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Of the King's Council. Endd.
16 March. 333. William Paget to Cromwell.
R. O. Has deferred writing either to the King or to Cromwell for lack of assured carriage of letters, for the passage through Pomerland is so dangerous that men only travel in great companies well appointed. Had himself to hire men-at-arms for an escort; and by sea men cannot sail till the peace treated between the Hollanders and the Lubecks be concluded. Writes of his proceedings to the King. Gryffenberg, 16 March.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Treasurer of the King's jewels. Endd.
16 March. 334. Calais.
R. O. Mem. That it may please your mastership to write a letter to lord Lisle in favor of G. Griffith, who costs the King 50l. a year till he is admitted into a spear's room. To write a letter dated 16 March to Robt. Fowler, vice-treasurer, to know the King's yearly charge by the wages of men extraordinary, how long he has been charged therewith, and how much it. amounts to since he first gave them.
P. 1.
16 March. 335. Sir Brian Tuke to Lord Lisle.
R. O. I thank you for the piece of very good French wine you sent me. I desire your favor for the bearer, Mr. Baker, who was gentleman usher to my lady Mary the King's daughter, till he can obtain a room there. I have written of him before, and have promised 8d. a day out of my own purse till he obtains it. His wife was my lady of Salisbury's woman, and has taken great pains with my poor daughters for a year or two. London, the morrow of Midlent Sunday, 1533.
Hol., p. 1. Add. End.
17 March. 336. Lord Berners' Goods.
R. O. An inventory of Lord Berners' goods, 17 March 25 Hen. VIII., and praised by the sworn praisers:—
In the house of lord Lisle, lord deputy:—A field bed with green and yellow Staves and iron rods, 15s. 2d. gr. = 9s. 4d. 8t. A tester with 5 curtains of yellow, red and green sarcenet, 60s. gr. = 36s. 11d. st. A trussing bed with iron rods. A tester of cloth of gold and crimson damask, with 5 curtains of yellow and red sarcenet. A red and yellow sarcenet quilt. A great bedstead “of a state,” nil. A tester, a celler, a coverlet of silk embroidered with. Lord Barners' arms. Another trussing bed. 7 pieces of coarse arras of the 7 deadly sins and the 7 “carnall vertues.” A curtain of red and green say. A great glass in the great chamber, 4s. 8d. st. 4 “pictours” of baken earth, 7s. 8d. st. In the Chapel: A table with 2 leaves of Our Lady painted, 9s. 4d. st. Another of St. George, 4s. 8d. st. 2 white sarcenet altar cloths guarded with red velvet, 7s. 6d., and two of blue sarcenet embroidered with “Bowcer knottes,” 9s. 10 d. st. 2 white “bustian” altar cloths with red crosses for Lent. 15d. Vestments of blue velvet, white camlet guarded with red velvet, white fustian and dornex. 3 corporacis, 16d. An old mass book, broken, nil. A holy water stock, 16 d. In the scullery:—Pans, mortars, a chaldron, frying pans, &c. 2 “cobbernes” or racks. In the pantry:—Table cloths, towels and napkins. 2 cases of carving knives. 3s. 1d. st. A quantity of ling, haberdine and white herring. 90 rasiers of oats, 73s. 10 d. st. 2 tun Gascon wine, 6l. 3s. 1d. st. A puncheon of French wine, 20s. st. 2 hogsheads of verjuice, 12s. 4d. 1 tierce 1½ hhd. of vinegar, 11s. 1d. st. Feather beds and other bedding. 7 chairs, one belonging to my lord of Richmond, 12s. 11 stools. 4s.d. An old coffer banded with iron, 4s. 11d. A plain chest nailed up with certain books, 18½ d. st. An old cave or trussing coffer, nil. In the Armoury:—65 saliats and sculls, 20s. st. 4 head pieces, 2s. st. 94 pair of splints, 28s. 11d. st. 94 Alemain rivets, 38s. 7d. st. 3 pair of vambraces, 2s. 3 beavers and buffes, 2s. st. An old pair of brigandines, nil. 2 complete harness for men of arms, 23s. 4d. 3 chaffrons for a horse, nil. 3 pair of gauntlet, 2¾d. 5 broken halberds, 7½d. A garbarace and a pollron, 12¼ d. 18 sheaf of arrows, 11s. 1d. 60 standards, 6s. 2d. A standard for a man of arms, 20d. 5 pair of gussets and a small pair to set upon a doublet, 12¼ d. A coat of fence, with plate, covered with green velvet, 9s 4d. Total, 94l. 10s. 10½d. st.
In the custody of Fras. Hall:—An old fur of gray gennetts, 6d. 7s. st. Parliament robes with. fur and all, 60s. A taffeta gown guarded with old velvet, 23s. 4d. A black cloth gown guarded with velvet and lined with black satin. 55s.d. Jackets of black and tawny damask, and tynsaye, furred with black coney, doublets of tawny and black satin, C pair of black hose, 28s., all in an old chest of Sipers. 18l. 11s.d. st.
Plate in the custody of Mr. Treasurer:—Gilt pots, goblets, standing cups with the portcullis, strawberry, rose and lord Berners' arms. A gilt salt with scutcheons hanging on it, A chalice, Spoons. A chain of angle gold, with a cross of like gold and 5 small pearls. A pair of silver flagons. 2 silver candlestrieks. A basin and ever. i.e, 263l. 7s.d Total, 376l. 9sd.
Goods unpraised in the custody of Francis Hastings:—A tawny velvet gown furred with black budge. A black velvet riding coat. A black satin gown furred with martrons. 6 pair of Almain rivets with splints. The bed complete where Mr. John Slynge of St. Omer's lay. Sheets, &c. A new garnish of pewter vessel. 1 doz. “tynmen” trenchers. A carpet with Bourchier's knots and water bowges.
In the custody of Jas. Bourchier:—A gilt stanging goblet with cover. A gilt standing cup with a cover. A salt of antique werks. 2 silver candlesticks with 4 snuffers and a pricket. A chafing dish. 2 silver pots and 6 plates. A black velvet gown furred with sables, with all the aglets and buttons of gold. A jacket of cloth of gold and damask work. 10 pair of Almain rivets with splints and sallets. A trussing bed and bedding. A tester and celler of cloth of gold and crimson velvet, embroidered with gold drops, with red and yellow sarcenet curtains and a counterpoint. Sheets, feather beds, &c. A great foot carpet. A garnish of new pewter vessel. 8 pieces of verdure with borders of my lord's arms sewed on them. A diaper table cloth, napkins and towel.
In the custody of Humfrey Bourchier:—A bason and ewer of silver, 10 spoons and 4 cr. of the sun to make up the value of 20l. A gown of tawny damask furred with jenetts. A black velvet coat. A bed with sheets. &... 6 Almain rivets, with sallets, splints, &c.
Pp. 16. Endd.
17 March. 337. Chapuys to Charles V.
Vienna Archives. I have just received your letters of 27 ult., since which time you must have received many of mine confirming what the French king said to your Ambassador about affairs here, and the presumptive cause of the journey of the bishop of Paris to Rome. I have written from time to time to the count of Cifuentes urging him to insist on the decision of the principal point to the Queen's cause, and desiring him to send some one to the French king to speak of the enormities done here, and to ask him to assist in their remedy; and also to make known the practises in the university of Paris for obtaining its seal which would ruin the foundation of these people. If your majesty approves of this you can order the Count do it.
The Queen will not drink new wine on account of her health, and these who have charge of her expenses will not provide old wine. So she has been obliged to send here for some. It is probable that the person who came for it will be turned out of her house. The King does not wish her to eat or drink except what he provides. Yesterday she sent for some almonds, which had been refused one evening at her collation. These people are trying to give her an artificial dropsy. The Princess is similarly treated. Yesterday the duke of Norfolk went to her, and besides the ordinary threats took away her principal ornaments (accoustremens), saying that she was not princess and her pomp and pride must be abated. Besides this, one of the principal officers of the Bastard (Elizabeth) has been removed because he showed some affection to the Princess and did her some service.
The King not content with having sent the bishop of Paris to Rome, has asked the French ambassador here to go also. He is only waiting for the arrival of Morette, which will be in a few days.
I have been told that the Scotch ambassador considers the death of the only son of the duke of Suffolk a piece of good fortune for his master; as though son of the younger sister, his being a native would have made him a formidable competitor for the Scotch king. I am glad that he has such an idea, for it will incline him to what I have proposed to him for the preservation of the Princess.
Certain Englishmen have taken two French ships laden with wine and other goods. I will not speak of the daily sermons here and before the King, as they are abominable. The Germans never abused the Pope as the preachers here do. None are allowed to preach except the new sect. London, 17 March 153[4].
Fr., pp. 3. From a modern copy.
17 March. 338. Henry VIII. to the Abbot of Crowland.
R. O. We desire you to grant a lease under your convent seal to Robert Smyth, one of the messengers of our Chamber, of the farm of Detforth, Line, for the term of 60 years, at the rent you have hitherto received. Westm., 17 March. Not signed.
P. 1. Add. signed.
18 March. 339. English Pensions to French Statesmen.
R. T. 137. Letters patent, given by Francis I. at the request of the king of England, authorising the cardinal of Sens, legate and chancellor of France, the sieur de Montmorency, grand-master and marshal, and the sieur de Bryon, admiral of France, to receive, under the form of gifts, certain pensions granted to them by the king of England when Francis was last at Boulogne. Paris, 18 March 1533, 20 Francis I. Signed. Countersigned: Breton.
18 March. 340. James V. to Henry VIII.
R. O. St. P. IV. 665. Since our last despatch by our Treasurer, (fn. 3) the Marches have been invaded by Englishmen. One part of these outrages our Treasurer can report; but the greatest of all attemptates in the whole war was committed on the 6th March in Teviotdale by certain of the surnames of Doddis. Charltonis and Mylburnis under the “cure” of Sir Ralph Fenwick. Desires redress, seeing that James has taken away all occasion of rupture in compliance with Henry's last letter by Rothesay herald. Falkland, 18 March. Signed.
[18 March?] 341. James Bettes to Cromwell.
R. O. By the crafty means of the vicar of Southstoneham and his supposed kinsman Robert Thomas, neither I nor my neighbour Weldon can come to any perfect conclusion touching Dr. Capon's chantry here. The said Robert has complained to the King and obtained a letter to the Chief Baron to examine his title to the chantry, which is worth nothing. If I were chanter, as Mr. Capon is, I would make the crafty vicar know me as his parron. He subverts Scripture. quia discipulus est super magistrum. Sends the answer made to Dr. Incent, chancellor, and Mr. Coke, registrar, touching the premises. Hampton, St. Edward's day. (fn. 4)
Hel., p. 1. Add.: Mr. Thomas Crumwell.
18 March. 342. Vergerius to Carnesecca.
Monuments Vaticann, 152. Danger of war being raised by France in Italy. The Pope and Francis hope to profit by the expected troubles in Germany, which Francis has been fomenting, that the Emperor may be fully occupied either with them or with giving execution to the sentence against England. Thinks this very mistaken policy in his Holiness, for the war in Germany would not last seven months, and besides, at the least nod, the Germans would be down upon the Pope and overthrow the Church. The Emperor might even be provoked to give Francis Milan to get his aid in chastising the Church. Care will be taken, moreover, not to involve matters for execution against England. You yourself write that his Holiness wishes to be certified of the execution before proceeding to the sentence; and so long as this distrust lasts, they will not promise execution, having good ground to say it is demanded for other objects. Prague, 18 March 1534.
19 March. 343. Roland Lee, Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield.
See Grants in March, No. 22.
19 March. 344. Abbey of Tewkesbury.
See Grants in March, No. 23.
19 March. 345. Henry VIII. to Francis Mendiz Beneviste, George Lupo Byxorde, James Rodericho Pynto and their Company.
R. O. Offering them assistance in their calamities, and protection to themselves and their goods if they will come to England. Westm., 19 March 1533.
Draft., pp. 4.
19 March. 346. Thomas Evance to Cromwell.
R. O. It has pleased the King at my suit to give me the registrarship of the diocese of Worcester, which I occupy myself and in my absence by deputy. When I was last with you at Whitsuntide I besought you to be good unto me whenever vacations fell of abbeys and other religious houses in this diocese, in order that I might act as notary in their elections. The abbey of Tewkesbury is now vacant, and I would have come to town for that purpose had I not been ill of an ague from Michaelmas to Candlemas. Worcester, 19 March. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Of the King's Council.
19 March. 347. Agnes Duchess of Norfolk.
Vesp. F. XIII. 147. B. M. Her acknowledgment of the receipt of 13l. 6s. 8d. from Henry Fyzewater by Gregorye Howes his servant, in discharge of a bond. 19 March 26 Hen. VIII. Signed: “A. Norfolk.”
P. 1.
19 March. 348. [Lord Lisle to Henry VIII.]
R. O. My friend Sir T. Palmer, lieutenant of Newnham Bridge, has shown me that your Grace being moved touching the Maigne broke, now called Mr. Wingfield's marsh, marvelled what I meant, because it was not already unditched and put down. I never had any such order, nor do I yet know what your commissioners determined in it at your Grace's last being [here]. [Since my coming hither I have written many letters concerning it, and have had no answer hitherto.] (fn. 5) When I know your pleasure, I will accomplish it accordingly. Calais, 17 March.
Draft, p. 1. Endd.: The copy of the King's letter touching the marsh, sent by Sir Thos. Palmer.
R. O. 2. Fair copy of the preceding, dated Calais, 19 March. Signed.
P. 1. Add. Endd.: 18 March.
20 March. 349. John Graynfeld to Lord Lisle.
R. O. Has delivered his letter to Mr. Cromwell, who said he would do the best he could in the matter between you and Mr. Seymer. I urged him against delay or doing anything prejudicial to the leases granted by you to the tenants. Sir Edw. Seymer was present, and the two fell into communication. Cromwell was very glad that you were at an end with Boyes for the Lieutenant's livery. “As touching the matter I was in Calais for, the King would right gladly the party should have it, so that he might be at no charges for it; but I pray you strike out this with a pen as soon as you have read it, that no man see it.” I have moved a friend of mine about the Queen in Haward's matter. After this day the bishop of Rome shall have no manner of authority within the realm of England, and he needs be at no charge for keeping his collector here. The princess Duchess' (princess Dowager's) jointure is resumed and given by Parliament to the Queen that now is. All leases and offices of the same are made void, except such as shall prove in the Chancery that they have paid money for them. London, 20 March.
I beg you to remember my master's wine and the “heches.”
Hol., p. 1. Add.: My lord Deputy. Endd.


  • 1. This letter is attributed to the year 1536 in Cranmer's works; but by the formal signature and by he endorsement I take it to be of the year 1534.
  • 2. The sentence is incomplete in the original.
  • 3. The bishop of Aberdeen.
  • 4. Either 5 Jan. (St. Edward the Confessor's day), or 18 March (St. Edward King and Martyr).
  • 5. This sentence is omitted in the fair copy.