Henry VIII: May 1534, 1-5

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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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May 1534, 1–5

1 May. 592. Cranmer to —.
Harl. MS. 6,148, f. 43 h. B. M.
Cranmer's Works, ii. 289.
At the late parliament there was a bill promoted concerning exactions of tithes at Romney Marsh, in which it was pretended that the inhabitants pay not only tithes for all things that renew, but also 3d. for every acre, contrary to law, reason, and conscience. Restrained the said bill at that [time], promising to see a reformation in the same. Desires him, as partly knowing the circumstances, to search out the truth farther, and make Cranmer ready against the time that he has the examination thereof. 1 May.
From Cranmer's Letter Book.
1 May. 593. Cromwell to the Prior and Convent of Wenlock.
R. O. Desires them to grant a lease of the ferme of Okinbold to Thos. Lowleye, servant to Mr. Norreys for 40 years, at the rent which his father paid. Stepney, 1 May. Signed.
P. 1. Add.
1 May. 594. John Earl of Oxford to Cromwell.
R. O. I thank you for your friendship in the matter of my inheritance, which my lord Chancellor writes that he has opened to you. I have sued to the King this two years' day for the offices of my inheritance, viz., the great chamberlainship, the forest of Waltham and the castle of Colchester, and have comfortable words of his Grace, but am as yet at no point. I have also sued to the Queen's grace that now is, who has put me in much comfort. Pray do your best for me. Erlys Colne, 1 May. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Of the King's Council.
1 May. 595. The Prior of King's Langley to Cromwell.
R. O. In riding on my visitation towards Norwich, I was shown certain articles which should be (i.e., were) preached in Norwich on Easter Monday before the mayor and corporation much to their offence, by Edmund Harcocke the prior of our religion there. I send them up to you. Hearing more, on my coming to Norwich, of the grudge, I sequestered the friar, commanding him to write his sermon, of which I send you a copy. I then spake to the mayor and aldermen, who said they were weary of hearing him, and when he came out of the pulpit the mayor asked him what moved him to meddle with such matters. He said he was hindered by them. Seeing so great a people, the mayor would make no business, but required him to come to him afterwards to commune with him. He also sent a messenger, but had answer that he was not at home. I have sequestered him, and have him still in custody for that matter and others till I learn your pleasure. I remain at Norwich. 1 May. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Secretary. Endd.
1 May. 596. Henry Norrys to Lord Lisle.
R. O. I thank you for the horse you sent me. The King gave John Cleget the room of an archer on horseback in Calais, when there was no such room vacant, and he was preferred to the room of a sewer. If any room of archer fall vacant, pray remember him. Greenwich, 1 May. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Deputy of Calais. Endd.
[1 May.] 597. Nicholas Caron to Lord Lisle.
R. O. I have received these tonight by a servant of Mons. de la Guisse, who is gone to England. I send them by my servant, who is going to Mons. de Morette, the King's ambassador. Boulogne, Friday night. Signed: Nicollas Caron poste pour le Roy a Boullogne.
Hol., Fr., p. 1. Add. Endd.: Coline Carant, the 3rd of May.
1 May. 598. Chester.
Harl. MS. 2,054, f. 87. B. M. Charter granted to the Company of Painters, Glaziers, Embroiderers and Stationers of Chester, by Henry Gee, mayor. Chester, feast of Sts. Philip and Jacob (sic), 1 May 26 Hen.VIII., 1534.
Copy of later date, pp. 2. With a still more modern copy at f. 88, containing at the end the exemplification by Charles II. and a drawing of his Great Seal.
Harl. MS. 2,057, f. 122b. B. M. 2. An order taken by the King's commissioners between the recorder of Chester and the mayor and commonalty there. H. Gee, mayor; Wm. Aldersey, Wm. Whitleg, sheriffs.
2 May. 599. Augustine de Augustinis to Cromwell.
R. O. Since the King has mitigated the rigor of his confinement at Cromwell's intercession, ventures to appeal still further to his compassion to procure his complete liberation. Is oppressed by poverty and weary of life but for the solace of sacred literature, but what he feels most is his inability to do the King service. Begs Cromwell also to mitigate the displeasure of the duke of Norfolk towards him. Has been punished almost to death, but what advantage would the Duke gain by his death? It would become him rather to pardon his fault, if the declaration of his opinion be a fault, when he was moved to it not by hatred but by zeal for the common weal. But if he decline to grant this pardon to myself (for I well know his determined character), perhaps he will do it to the King or to you. Tower of London, 2 May 1534.
Lat., pp. 2. Add.
2 May. 600. Anthony Coope to Cromwell.
R. O. Yesterday complaints were made to me of James Billingford, priest, beneficed in Suffolk, who has visited most part of the abbeys and priories in Warwickshire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire, to extort money, sometimes calling himself the Queen's chaplain, at other times kinsman and chaplain to my lord of Norfolk. Within these three days he came to a poor priory within a mile of my house, of my lord of Norfolk's foundation, saying he was my lord's sister's son, and demanded of the prior 5l. and his best gelding, or he would have him deposed before Whit Sunday. As he gave him only a noble he reviled him, and sent him a threatening letter, enclosed. He has done this in many places, taking large money and horse of divers, to the dishonor of the Queen and of my lord of Norfolk. He lay hid there two or three days, altering his name. I have put him in the bishop of Lincoln's castle in Banbury, and his servant in the stocks, till I hear from you. The letters enclosed were found in his servant's shoes which he was wearing, half torn. The priest is a crafty witted fellow. Begs he will speak to my lord of Norfolk, to whom Cope has written, as the prior of Chacombe desired. Hardwyke beside Banbury, 2 May.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: To the right honorable and his singular good master, Mr. Cromwell.
[2 May.] 601. Ralph Sadleyre.
R. O. Draft patent granting him in reversion the office of prothonotary of the Court of Chancery, on the death or resignation of master Wm. Throgmerton, LL.D., with a salary of 50 marks annually from the Hanaper, to be paid at Easter and Michaelmas.
Lat., p. 1.
2 May. 602. Papal Supremacy.
Wilkins, III. 771. Determination of the university of Cambridge against the papal supremacy. Cambridge, 2 May 1534.
603. Papal Jurisdiction.
R. O. Dialogue between Raphael and an Englishman (fn. 1) in justification of Henry VIII.'s refusal to submit his cause to the judgment of the bishop of Rome. It appears to have been written during the life of Clement VII.
Imperfect at both ends, pp. 60.
*** The first leaf of the text is numbered f. 61 in a contemporary foliation, which is discontinued at f. 75.
3 May. 604. Rob. Bp. of Chichester to Cromwell.
R. O. In compliance with your letter received by the bearer, your chaplain, I have despatched a chaplain of mine with a commission to my lord of Winchester. I beg you to be content with my grant for the prebend of Hethfelde, which I shall ask the dean and chapter to confirm. Aldyngborne, 3 May. Signed.
I will stay the institution of Bury till I send you the nomination of Hethfelde, according to my first promise by Mr. Deryll of Gray's Inn.
P. 1. Add.: Secretary. Endd.
3 May. 605. Thomas Abbot of Ford to Cromwell.
R. O. Begs his favor in the cause of which John Wadham, Cromwell's servant, will inform him. Forde Abbey, 3 May. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Secretary. Endd.
4 May. 606. Tickhill.
Harl. MS. 364, f. 20. B.M. Warrant to Sir Henry Wyat, steward of the honor of Tykhill, in the duchy of Lancaster, to proclaim that a weekly market is to be held at Tykhill, which of late years has been discontinued. Westm., 4 May 26 Hen. VIII.
Lat. Copy, p. 1.
4 May. 607. William Symons to Cromwell.
R. O. On coming here according to your commandment, I delivered your letter to the mayor, who immediately examined the offenders suspected of deceiving the King in the weight of the merchants' wools. The greatest default was found in four or five porters, who admitted that they had helped the said merchant secretly, and are committed to ward. The customers have ridden early this morning to Winchester about the King's business. I hear that the captain of the galleys is determined not to receive one pocket of wool more than is already laden. There is an absolute rule given to him and all other captains, and a certain time called a mode for lading wools and bastards. This mode ended on the 29th ult. If they leave, this will be no little loss to the merchants and to the King. Please write a letter to the captain for his discharge in this matter, and to receive all such wools as is to be charged in the said galleys. Hampton, 4 May.
Hol., pp 2. Add.: Of the Privy Council.
4 May. 608. Leonard Smyth to Lady Lisle.
R. O. Excuses himself for having lately written a letter to lord Lisle which caused him much unquietness, as he perceives from lady Lisle's letter and by her steward. Never set pen to paper with worse will, but thought it best to advertise lord Lisle in time, lest some other displeasure might ensue. Her steward will show her more at large. London, 4 May.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: At Calais.
4 May. 609. John Rugge, Priest, to Lady Lisle.
R. O. Thanks her for her kind letters received by John Bery, promising to do what she can for him if he will send her word when any benefice belonging to lord Lisle or herself in these parts falls vacant. Does not know where they are, and shall be ignorant when they fall. Asks her to remember him when any living comes to her hands. Thanks her for saying she will be as good to him as master Bassett was. Never had more need of help and succour. St. Thomas the Martyr, beside Exeter, 4 May.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: In Calais.
5 May. 610. Gardiner to Cromwell.
Otho. C. x. 171. B.M. Pocock's Records, II. 536. Having received on Wednesday last commission to take the oaths on the King's succession, assembled on Monday following, which was yesterday, at Winchester, my lord Chamberlain and others, my lord Audeley, and the abbots, priors, wardens of the Friars, &c., all of whom took the oath very obediently, presenting bills in the names of their parishioners who are above the age of 14. If he desires speed in this matter, wishes others to be put in the commission, for those now named are not more than 12. Taking the oaths requires a long time, especially if those of women are to be included. Winchester, 5 May.
Hol., mutilated.
5 May. 611. John Thornys and David Owen to the Council in the Marches of Wales.
R. O. On the 5th May last, Geoffrey Gruffithe, a servant of Sir Ric. Buckley, chamberlain of North Wales, came through the town of Salop, and in his lodging reported strange news and lamentable. Examined him and found a letter in his custody, herein enclosed, containing the same news. As we have lately “conceived” an oath to the King and queen Anne and their heirs, we have staid the said person and wait to know your pleasure. Salop, 5 May.
Signed by the above as bailiffs of Shrewsbury.
Hol., p. 1. Add. Endd.
5 May. 612. Fitzwilliam to Lord Lisle.
R. O. Thanks him for his antique pictures. Has informed the King of the substantial setting forth of the fortifications at Calais, and of the order taken by Lisle about casting down the sandhills at the east end of the town. Thanks him and my lady for the great cheer they made him at his late being with them. Westm. 5 May. Signed.
P. 1, Sealed. Add. Endd.
5 May. 613. John Atkynson to Lady Lisle.
R. O. Made a good journey and delivered her presents, which are highly accepted. The Queen appointed six of her dottrels for her supper, six for Monday's dinner, and six for supper. My lord of Rocheforthe presented them himself, telling her they were killed at Dover at 12 o'clock. Hans has delivered your bird and your images. Must go to Court after doing his business, to receive the commands of my lord Rocheforthe and Mr. Treasurer. It would be folly to labor to the King for the livery, except by the agreement of Boys. Have arranged to make a draught after my lord's agreement, the bond to be made at Calais and shown to Mr. Cromwell. Calais, 5 May.
P. S—“Mr. Goodman hath served you well. He hath noder send you money nor answer when to be paid, but that he hath it not.”
Hol., p. 1. Add.
5 May. 614. John Husee to Lord Lisle.
R. O. Wrote by Martin Calle. Mr. Cromwell is well pacified, and your friend now to all appearance. Mr. Steward (fn. 2) writes of Boyes's matter. This day Cromwell will be at Greenwich, where I trust to have a final answer of Mr. Norres touching the plate. As the King desired you should have it, I trust Mr. Cromwell will condescend to it. The harness seems to have been long ready, but cannot be sent, as Norres says, till the King has seen it. “The suits of the Court are very prolixious.” The reversion of Myller's place is granted by the King to Palmer, but Mr. Cromwell says Bartlet shall have it. Long has got an annuity of 20l. more. The under-marshal has a bill for a spear's place. Every man procures something, and the King is not content there should be so many of them here. The Scotch ambassador will be despatched today, “and it is thought the King's grace will over.” My lord of Kildare is not likely to recover. Two of the monks of the Charter House were brought yesterday to the Tower. Will be at Calais by Saturday. London, 5 May.
Hol., p. 1. Sealed. Add. Endd.
5 May. 615. John Kyng to Lady Lisle.
R. O. I thank you for the great comfortation which I had with you, and desire to be remembered to my lord. The man that deceived me of my goods is in prison in Exeter. Master Cromwell has promised that he shall be examined what he has done with them. He has so much to do with the King's matters that I must tarry a season, but if there is anything I can do for my lord in Calais, I will leave my business here. London, 5 May.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: In Calais.


  • 1. See Vol. VI., p. 135, where a similar dialogue is mentioned, but apparently of an earlier date; for the expression “bishop of Rome” is not likely to have been used before 1534.
  • 2. Atkinson was evidently Lisle's steward. See Vol. VI. No. 581.