Henry VIII: June 1534, 1-5

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June 1534, 1–5

1 June. 762. H. Duke of Richmond to Cromwell.
R. O. In behalf of Thos. Delaryver, gentleman usher of his chamber, who has been wrongfully accused by Roger Lassels, Ralph Every, Robert Bowes and John Barton of killing a stag within a close of the abbot of Byland, Lassels, who is the abbot's steward, indicted him against the mind of the abbot. Canford, 1 June. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Master Cromwell, secretary to the King's highness. Endd.
1 June. 763. Thomas Prior of Christchurch, Canterbury, to Cromwell.
R. O. Can only recompense his kindness by prayers. Has received his letter by Antony, being glad that Cromwell has taken him into his service. He shall not only have, as Cromwell desires, his former wages, which were 26s. 8d. a year, but 40s. Desires Cromwell to let Antony know that when he is at Canterbury upon holidays, “he, among other of the chief servants of this house, give attendance to my table, which I trust shall not be unseemly for him to do.” Has delivered unto Antony, as Cromwell desired, such goods as Dr. Bocking had the use of in this house, “albeit I consider it to be a strange example in this house to affirm our religious brethren to have goods in singular propriety.” For such charges as Antony has sustained for Dr. Bocking, trusts he will be no loser. Sends him the advowson of the deanery of Mallyng, as he desires. Sends him as a small token “a pax to stond upon your altar where ye do your mass.” Canterbury, Monday, 1 June. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Secretary. Endd.
1 June. 764. Will. Lelegrave to Cromwell.
R. O. As you have been pleased to write to lord Edmund Howard, Rob. Fowler, vice-treasurer, and to me that I should appoint a substitute in my office by the King's command, I have appointed Rob. Pole. But your letters “can take no place here” with the said lord Edmund and Rob. Fowler; and people in Calais wonder how Thos. Fowler and Rob. Shatforthe, who is but my clerk, can be so bold by their maintenance to occupy my room without the King's commandment. Without your interference they will keep it on account of my sickness. Calais, 1 June. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Secretary. Endd.
1 June. 765. F. B. Covert, Warden of Canterbury, to Lady Lisle.
R. O. The bearer has been with me out of friendship to know how I have sped in the business that was committed to him, that he may certify your ladyship at his return. I have made a quiet end with my lord of Canterbury, and had very good words from him. My accuser is dead.
I commend the bearer for his faithful service to you in my business. Commend me to my lord. Canterbury, 1 June.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: At Calais.
1 June. 766. Antony Cave to Lady Lisle.
R. O. You sent me word by Mr. Rob. Baynam that Sir Fras. Bryan had written to my lord Deputy that some wines of his had been stopped. I sent no such word to Mr. Bryan, and had no cause, for I never desired licence of my lord for any wines of his. In truth I could find none in Calais to be sold that was meet for him, and I wrote to him accordingly, adding that if any came from France, I would provide them, though I feared it would be difficult to obtain a licence, as I was told Thos. Fowler could not get leave to send wines to my lord Chamberlain in England. I did not write to Mr. Brian, but only to my wife to send word to Mr. Brian's servants. Antwerp, 1 June.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: At Calais.
June. 767. James V. to the Pope's Secretary.
Royal MS. 18 B. VI. 35. “Domino Sixto Sanctissimi se[cretario].”
Thanks him for his services, of which he has heard from his servant John . . . . . Stirling, . . . . . June 1534.
Lat. Copy, p. 1. Mutilated.
1 June. 768. James V. to the Cardinal of Ravenna.
Royal MS. 18 B. VI. 35. B. M. Requests him to cause silence to be imposed upon David Bonar, who has commenced a suit impugning the collation of the vicarage of Pambryde, Brechin dioc., to Alex. Kymmermouth, by the King, in pursuance of the faculty granted to him by the Pope. Stirling, kal. Jun. 153[4].
Lat. Copy, p. 1. Mutilated.
1 June. 769. The Royal Supremacy.
R. O. Rym. XIV. 492. Burnet, VI. 77. Attestation by the archbishop of York of the conclusion arrived at by the convocation of York, 5 May 1534, that the bishop of Rome has no authority in England. Cawood, 1 June 1534.
Clep. E. VI. 207. B. M. 2. Modern copy, with the following addition (fn. 1) :—
ii. Consimilis facta per episcopos et decanos. Roland Lee, bishop of Coventry and Lichfield. Bishops of St. David's and Bath and Wells. Dean of Bath and Wells, and 15 others. Preceptor and chapter of St. David's, with seven others. Preceptor of Llandaff, with four others. Dean and chapter of St. Paul's, with 78 others. Dean and chapter of St. Asaph, with three others. Dean and chapter of Lincoln, with 70 others. John bishop of Lincoln and chancellor of Oxford, under the seal of the university.
Abbots. Of St James, Walden, with 18 monks. St. Awsitha, with 20. St. John's, Colchester, with 15. St. Augustine's, Bristol, with 18. St. Mary, Cirencester, with 18. St. Mary and St. Eadburgha, Pershore, with 24. St. Mary and St. Kenelm, with 23. St. Mary's, Tewkesbury, with 37. St. Peter's, Gloucester, with 36. Oswey (Oseney ?), with 20. St. Mary and St. John, Wolley, with 20. Welle, near Grymesbie, with 10. St. Peter and St. Paul, Bruna, with nine. St. Mary de Pratis, Leicester, with 25. Peterborough, with 41. St. Peter and St. Paul and St. Oswald, Bardeney, with 17. St. Mary, Eynesham, with 16. St. Mary's Thorneton, with 24. St. Mary's, Missenden, with 13. St. James', Northampton, with nine. Oswell Weston, with 11. Croyland with 32. St. Mary, Humberston, with five. Dorchester, with seven. Domus Dei, Dover, with five. St. Saviour's, Feversham, with 13. St. Bennet's, Halme, with 25. Wymondham, with 10. St. Mary's, Bruton, with 17. St. Mary's Glastonbury, with 51. St. Mary's, Keynesham, with 15. St. Peter and St. Paul, Mochelney, with 10. St. Saviour's, Aldney (Athelney), with 12. St. Nectane, Hartland, with 5.
2 June. 770. Convocation of York.
Wilkins, III. 782. Attestation by Lee archbishop of York, as in the preceding, but dated Cawood, 2 June 1534.
Prorogation of the Convocation to 4 Feb. by writ dated 26 Jan., with which the Archbishop certified his compliance to the King by letter, dated Thorpe, 8 March 1534, fourth year of consecration (i.e., 1534–5).
2 June. 771. Robert Abbot of Waltham to Cromwell.
R. O. I received your letters desiring me to deliver to Thos. Pykrynge the counterpane of Nasynge farm, with other bonds, until you and I shall be agreed upon the covenants. He told me on inquiry that he had not delivered you his convent seal as yet, but would do so within 12 days. As every man is mortal, I told him I would send the indenture and obligations when he repaired to you; with which he was satisfied. I now send them by my servant John Archer. The lease shall be engrossed and sealed at your pleasure. Waltham, 2 June.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Secretary.
2 June. 772. George Cotton to Cromwell.
R. O. In my lord's (fn. 2) voyage towards Canford, before he came to Salisbury he was lovingly received by the worshipful men of the county, and the mayor and aldermen of the city, who sent him costly presents. At my lord's manor of Canford, 2 June. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Secretary. Endd.
2 June. 773. Leonard Smyth to Lord Lisle.
R. O. I have your letter with the box by your steward, who has not yet spoken to Mr. Cromwell, because the latter has been continually at Court till this day, when he comes home. Your “brewes” (?) are come to London, so that your steward will deliver them to him with your letter. I will follow your instructions, and trust Mr. Steward will take some money to you. Mr. Densel, Mr. Marven and Mr. Wyndesore shall have knowledge of your pleasure with diligence. I intend on Friday next to ride to Payneswike “by Mr. Aylmere,” and in four or five days to be in London again, by which time Mr. Wyndesore and your counsel will have come to the term. Mr. Rukwode desired me to write his letter to you for the King's coming to Calais, when I hope you will ask and have of him what you now sue for by others. London, 2 June.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord deputy of Calais.
2 June. 774. Rob. Baynam to Lady Lisle.
R. O. I have told master Cave of the letter written by master Bryan to my lord your husband complaining that, as my lord had given orders that no wine should pass out of Calais into England, some wine bought by Mr. Cave for him could not be forwarded. My lord is displeased, and wonders who so informed Mr. Bryan, as no one came to his lordship to ask for any licence to have wine out for him. Mr. Cave denies to me that he ever wrote to master Bryan of any such matter, and has written to Bryan himself requesting him to vindicate him to my lord. Antwerp, 2 June 1534.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: At Calais.
3 June. 775. Henry VIII. to Henry Earl of Hogen and Vroickhus.
Vit. B. XXI. 100. B. M. Thanks him for the offer of military assistance contained in his letter of 4 non. Maii, sent by Hendric his servant. Has no need for it at present, but will make use of his offer when occasion serves. Hampton Court, 3 June 1534. Signed.
Lat., p. 1., mutilated. Add.
3 June. 776. Cranmer to Cromwell.
R. O. Letters, 294. On Tuesday next I intend to visit Rochester, and will do my endeavors if there is anything you wish to be inquired of. I thank you for your goodness to my secretary James Barnarde touching the person that has lately robbed his father. If they once look you in the face, they shall not be able to conceal anything from you. Croydon, 3 June. Signed.
3 June. 777. The Bishop of Aberdeen and Adam Otterburn to Cromwell.
R. O. St. P. IV. 670. Wrote yesterday from Coldstream. Have today commoned at more length with the Borderers of the East March. Great slaughters have indeed been committed on them, for which the captain of Berwick's deputies can make no reparation. At Huntington spoke with the Captain, who was not disposed to have meetings. Hope, nevertheless, that commissioners will be appointed on both sides. At the Merse, in our passage to Edinburgh, 3 June. Signed.
3 June. 778. Sir Will. Gascoigne to Cromwell.
R. O. According to your letter I have caused the sheriff to send up to London the prisoners of whom I spoke. The sheriff has sent his undersheriff with them at his own cost. Cardyngton, 3 June. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Secretary. Endd.
3 June. 779. Reynold Lytylprow to Cromwell.
R. O. A priest in Norwich named William Ystbelles, parson of St. Augustine's, has spoken certain words in the pulpit, and others secretly, which were reported by one of his parish, the eve of Corpus Christi, before the mayor of the city and his brethren, where the party was solemnly sworn and depositions taken. Yesterday another was examined for the same matter. Will send the depositions by Midsummer. The priest is committed to prison till I hear your further pleasure. Norwich, 3 June.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Mr. Secretary. Endd.
3 June. 780. John Rokewood to Lord Lisle.
R. O. This day I took leave of the King, who bade me make his commendations to you and my lady, and say that if any dangerous sickness arose in Calais, you should cause those infected to be turned out of the town, and that you should have the streets kept as clean as may be, as he intends to be there shortly to meet with the French king, but he does not wish it to be reported yet; also to have the town well victualled. I have business that will detain me here four or five days. London, 3 Jupe. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Deputy of Calais. Endd. Sealed.
3 June. 781. Welsh Marches.
R. O. Articles for the better preservation of order on the Welsh Marches. (fn. 3)
In consequence of complainte made in the Parliament late holden at Westminster of horrible outrages committed in the cos. of Gloucester, Hereford and Salop and the marches of Wales, the King,with the assent of the lords Marchers at Shrewsbury, on the 3d June made the following ordinances:—
Officers of good disposition to be placed as stewards and constables in the castles in Gloucester, Hereford, Salop and the Marches, according to the Statute.
All disclaimers and letters of march to be laid aside.
All officers of the Marches, especially stewards, to exercise their office in person at two courts annually, on pain of mlosing their office, and at the next court to proclaim these articles, and bind all suspicious persons to appear at three days' warning.
The constables in Wales and the Marches to be resident, or else provide a proper and sufficient deputy, on pain of forfeiture of their fee.
Everyone harboring or receiving a person who has refused to appear after proclamation made concerning him, to forfeit his goods and his body at the lord's will.
No officer to give a safeconduct, except the lord or chief stewards.
If any misgoverned person change his place of abode, and the steward or lieutenant of his former country demand his return of the steward or lieutenant of the country to which he has removed, he must return him under forfeiture of 100 marks.
No openly known thief to be allowed bail or mainprise, but to be taken to the castle for execution, and in default of execution there, to the castle of Wigmore.
There is to be “no distressing between country and country,” but every aggrieved person to sue for legal redress. Every one doing the contrary to be deemed in all things as a felon.
That no thief or maintainer of thieves be allowed to hold any office, that no livery be used, and all idle men or vagabonds be compelled to work.
Every chief officer to find surety in England to execute his commission to the best of his power.
Pp. 2.
4 June. 782. La Guiche.
See Grants in June, No. 1.
783. [La Guiche to Montmorency?].
R. O. According to what I told you at parting, I have reopened before this king the proposals for an interview between the King and him, which he had made to me before my departure “par dela,” telling him that I had spoken about them to you and that you approved of them, and that you had said, if at my return I found him of the same opinion, you would do your best to promote it with the King, as it would awe the illwillers of both princes. At my return I found the King still of the same disposition, and he said that if he had known the King had come so near him last year, he would have greatly wished that some meeting had been arranged between them, and desired me to inform you that if you think the King as much inclined to speak with him as he is, you would, after proposing it to him, inform the duke of Norfolk by your letter or let the King do so by his, intimating his intention to him, as the said King has done by my letter to you. And, for a commencement, you may say that I have written to you how the King had spoken to me about the indissoluble amity and affection he bears to Francis, and among other things that he wished to see him face to face as if he were his own brother; and if Francis think it expedient to command me his pleasure, you may say I feel quite assured the said King on his part will be very glad. If he should go on to discuss time and place, you may show him the opinion of the said King. First as to time, the sooner the better, and rather this summer or at the beginning of autumn than later, because I know that the said King has appointed his Parliament at the Feast of All Saints, and he would certainly be glad to have the meeting finished in time convenient. As to the place, his opinion is that it should be held within the Marches of the two kings, and no place would be more convenient than Arde, where they met before, were it not that it has been burnt, but perhaps something might be done to put it in suitable condition; otherwise Boulogne, Calais or Marquize might do. Francis should consider that the said King must cross the sea for the purpose, and that it would be a long way to Boulogne, so that illwillers might find means to molest one or other of the kings on the route. It would be enough for each king to bring an ordinary train. The occasion of the interview ought to be declared to be for mutual defence against the Turk, the common enemy of our faith, and for the weal of Christendom, notwithstanding that their intention may also be to consider how to subdue enemies who wish to arrogate to themselves the monarchy of Christendom; other particulars may be easily arranged as they have been at the former interviews. Further, the King has desired me to thank you very cordially for the good offices you have done him in advancing his affairs.
Fr., copy, pp. 3. Endd.
784. Henry VIII. and Francis I.
R. O. St. P. VII. 559. “Certain articles to be proposed on the King's behalf by Mons. le Guys.” (fn. 4)
1. As to the interview proposed between the two kings the King considers that it would be very advantageous to both, and he desires it especially for the affection which he bears to his good brother above all others. Nevertheless, regard for the state of his own kingdom and the love he bears his Queen and her daughter the Princess, and his anxiety to protect their honor against the illwill of the Emperor, prevent his leaving the kingdom without taking measures for their security, for if the King leave the kingdom he would leave behind him another daughter, and her mother also, who with their friends might intrigue against them. Moreover, the King is informed that the Emperor has determined to send great succours to his brother don Fernando, against the duke of Wurtemberg, from Bohemia, Italy and Germany, and also 3,000 Spaniards, who on pretence of going into Flanders, with perhaps even a greater number (for one must reckon on the worst), might make a sudden invasion in the King's absence. To prevent this, the King thinks it necessary that Francis should agree to put a number of vessels to guard the Channel, as many as he thinks suitable to the honor of both kings, which would be not merely to the honor of Francis, but would also be a blow on the horns of those who would interrupt the interview. Further, as the King will cross the sea to his own personal discomfort, which is a trouble to him hard to endure, and which he would not do for any other prince, especially at such a time, it would be advisable that Francis, considering the perfect confidence he has in the King's friendship, should be content that the interview take place at Calais to save time, and to avoid long discourses by which it would be otherwise delayed. If so, it had best be held about the 20th Aug. next, and considering that the power of both kings is well known by all the world, it should be desirable that expense should be avoided in the trains of the two kings, and that Francis should come to Calais with — horsemen; but if Francis do not consent that it be at Calais only, but both at Calais and Boulogne, like the last, the King thinks, in case of a sudden invasion in his absence, of which, even though it were a small matter, great things would be reported, that Francis should bind himself to revenge any such injury, and the two kings would be bound to invade the Emperor wherever they could injure him most. Even if such an enterprise be not attempted, the fact that the sea is protected by ships and the frontiers of Flanders fortified will cause all men to think that the friendship between the two kings is such as cannot be dissolved, and that then the interview should take place on 20 Aug. or soon after, each king having in his company not more than 300 horse.
If the bishop of Rome should hereafter fulminate or send execution of censures against the King in any of the dominions of his good brother, he trusts Francis will promise to show his displeasure, and that he will give strict commandment throughout his realm that no such censures nor anything else be published to the King's dishonor.
As to the contribution of 50,000 cr., which Francis desires upon the last payment of May, to be employed in Germany, in the interruption of don Fernando's election as king of the Romans, and in support of the duke of Wurtemberg for the recovery of his duchy, the King consents to it, on sufficient bonds being made, as in the case of the last contribution for other 50,000 cr. to the duke of Bavaria.
R. O. 2. A paper in French, virtually a translation of the preceding, headed:—“La response faicto et propoz tenus depar le Roy sur les poinctz a luy proposez par Mons. de la Guyche pour en faire raport et recit a son trescher et mieulx ayme frere et perpetuel allye le Roy Tres Chrestien.”
It contains an additional article (fn. 5) setting forth that as Francis had desired both by La Pommeray and Morette and by the said La Guiche, that the King would not press him at the interview to make such laws in France as he has made in his own kingdom touching annates, appeals and dispensations from Rome, the King consents, as it is not consistent with friendship to press him to make laws against his wish. In like wise the King requests that he will not urge him to revoke any law made by him or his Parliament, being assured however, that if meanwhile the bishop of Rome do anything to his prejudice, Francis will take it in good part if the King complains of his injustice.
Draft, corrected by Cromwell. Endd.
R. O. 3. Modern copy of § 2.
785. Henry VIII. to Francis I.
R. O. St. P. VII. 562. Whereas the French king, in his answer to the memorial delivered to him by the seigneur de la Guysshe on the King's behalf, has declared his readiness to meet the King to arrange for the safety of the sea and to defend the King if the Emperor invades the King's countries during the interview, the King thanks him most heartily, and specially that he will not suffer any despatches, fulminations or censures from the Court of Rome, and is finally resolved to pass over to Calais according to the said articles. He thinks, however, that the interview may be deferred till — Sept. next, and wishes to know the French king's intentions, and the number of ships which he intends to set forward, wherein he supposes he will use no less diligence and dexterity than in seeing the musters of his gendarmes to be made and his ordnance well settled upon the frontiers.
Draft, with an endorsement by lord Burleigh pasted on.
[4 June.] 786. Katharine of Aragon.
Otho, C.x. 206. B. M. Nicolas's Proceedings of the Privy Council, VII. 344. The declaration of answer from the King and his Council to the princess Dowager concerning certain messages and reque[sts] made to the King's highness, as on her behalf, by Sir Edm[und] Bedyngfeld, knt., steward of her house, and William Tyrr[ell], gent. usher.
On Corpus Christi day we spoke with the princess Dowa[ger], Sir Edw. Chamberleyn being present, showing her “w[hen] we had our message from her to the King as by mouth [declared], that after our declaration to the King's highness and his Privy [Council] we were commanded, to put it in writing, and so we did, de[siring] her Grace to hear the tenor and process of it.” To this she agreed, and Sir Edmund Bedyng[feld told her] that the King and his Council were much surprised at her declaration that she [was not] carnally known by prince Arthur, and could not believe she would persist in it, as it could not be esteemed material in law, besides the depositions and presumptions to the contrary. “To the w[hich she answered], I do greatly marvel that any wise, noble or learned men (having a conscience) will take upon them to judge or determine any such act to be done betwixt prince Arthur and me; and Almighty God knoweth (to whom nothing can be hid) they say untruly on me.” She protested before God that she [was brought] a true maid unto the King, and that neither for love of the King nor of her daughter, nor for honor or riches, would she damn her soul, adding: “And furthermore [whereas yo]w do declare prince Arthur to have sufficiency of age [I w]ill briefly declare unto you his age. He was 15 years [twenty-seven]e weeks and odd days when he died, for the cummyng [of the] King his father into this realm and his marriage [with qu]ene Elizabeth, and so then his birth and his de[ath wil]l profe my saying to be true. Also there were dy[vers] . . . . . women about me at that time that hath [showe]d the truth of their conscience in this matter . . . . . [of] them were Spaniards and the residue of th[em English]; and if any of them be living I doubt not [they wi]ll verify my saying.”
Further, Sir Edmund Bedingfeld told her “where she stikked for . . . . . and fervently in the sentence given at Rome,” all learned men considered it of no effect, and her own council affirmed the same, because it was delivered after the King's appeal to a General Council. Moreover, the bishop of [Rome] has no authority here in this r[ealm] to define the succession of princes. She replied that she would not discuss the laws of the realm, but would stand to the Pope's sentence, for in the beginning of this matter [the King was] content she should have a council of bishops, doctors and proctors of this realm.
Sir Edmund Bedyngfeld also said that where she desired to have her confessor, two chaplains, physician, potecary, two men, and those women that be now about her, as many as it shall please the King to appoint, and that they should take no oath except to the King, and to her and no other woman; “as in this request and desire your Grace must open more plainly your mind; for if it be your desire to have the persons above named to serve you and name you as [Queen], that in nowise can be agreed unto, for it should be prejud[icial] to the King's honor, dignity and laws; but to have [them] sworn unto the King as their prince and sovereign, and to [you] as dowager of prince Arthur and his loving sister, he migh[t] peraventure be the more facylye induced thereto.” She replied that her confessor, physician and potecary were her countrymen, who had continued with her many years and had taken much pains with her, as she was often diseased. But if they took any further oath than they has done to her she would never trust them again.
Badly mutilated, pp. 5.
787. Katharine of Arragon.
R. O. Gentleman's Mag., XLII. p. 573. Articles of information to Mr. Secretary concerning the princess Dowager's household, to the intent the King's pleasure may be known.
What houses the King will appoint for her removal towards winter, that due provision of hay, wood, coals, &c. may be made.
The King has been at excessive charges for carriage for provisions at houses heretofore appointed, where no profitable provision for carriage could be had. To remember venison for the whole grece time this summer, that it may please the King to grant a stipend for one priest for the household for ministering divine service, and also for visitation of persons in time of sickness and otherwise, as all her chaplains, except her confessor, are departed.
To ask Mr. Secretary to move the King for a warrant for two bucks from the chace of Rysing, in Norfolk, for Sir E. Bedyngfeld.
R. 1.
[4 June.] 788. Christopher Hales to Cromwell.
R. O. Sir. Edw. Guldeford is deceased. As to the matter you wrote to my cousin, baron Hales, and me concerning Mr. Dudley and his wife, I cannot inform you, for he never sent for any of us since he lay sick. My cousin has ridden towards him, but will come too late to do any good. God send the King good men of honor to put into Ports, and also at Ledys, for which Mr. Seyntleger is fit. He lives within two miles of it. I beg to be appointed custos rotulorum of Kent, as the King formerly designed. The people of this country are well contented with the oath. Canterbury, night of Corpus Christi day.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Secretary.
[4 June.] 789. John Gage to [Norfolk].
R. O. I visited my brother Sir Edward Guildford at Leeds on Trinity Sunday. Found him sick, and, having some doubt of his recovery, urged him to make his will. He said he would send for Mr. Burnehale (Mr. Baron Hale ?) and put everything in order. He told me his mind in everything that day, which I showed immediately to my cousins Sir Edward Wotton and John Crowmer and to my nephew John Guildford. This Corpus Christi day, at four in the morning, received a letter from John Guildford that Sir Edward was on the point of death, and had made no further will. Hastened immediately to Leeds, and within four miles of the castle met several of Sir Edward's servants, who said their master was dead, and that John Guildford had ridden down to Halden. Unless the King and your Grace take some [other] direction, an indifferent person might as well have the custody of the house of Halden, putting aside both Sir John Dudley and John Guildford. Sir Edward's burial is postponed till the King's pleasure be known. Informed lord La Ware of what was impending, and advised him to come to Leeds, to be a stay between Sir John Dudley and John Guildford. Intends to remain here with Sir Edward Wotton till he hears from your Grace. Bocton Malherbe, Corpus Christi day. Signed.
Hol., pp. 2.
4 June. 790. Thos. Cromwell to Henry Sapcottes.
R. O. Desires him to make ready to come up to him with all convenient celerity, as he is executor of Edward Watson, deceased, who was in danger to the King. From my house at Canbery, 4 June. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: At Lincoln.
4 June. 791. John Abbot of Peterborough to Cromwell.
R. O. There is a matter in variance between Fras. Merynge and Rob. Markeham in the Star Chamber, touching a farm of mine; and whereas Merynge suggests that I made a lease of it to his father Thomas, and took a ring of 8l. for a fine, this is not true. When I was first made abbot his father gave me a small ring of no value, which serjeant Mountagu will show you; and no further communication passed between us. My friends must have thought light of me if I parted with a farm worth 100 marks for a ring worth 20s. The said Thomas, finding before his death that his interest in my farm would cease, asked me for a prolongation of the lease, which I refused. I am advertised by my neighbor, Sir John Russell, how good master you are to me in my suit for my obligations and acquittances for such sums of money as I have paid to my lord Cardinal for such debts as my predecessor owed him. I send you a token by the bearer. Peterborough, 4 June. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Secretary. Endd.
4 June. 792. Dan Stephen Brystow to John Lyans.
R. O. I have received your letter in which I perceive your mind. I hear he has a letter of nomination; sometimes that he has not. My lord Bishop is our special good lord, and says that Mr. Serjeant shall not have his mind in this thing, and he will be here himself in 14 days, and that as our master will resign to a young man not able to rule the house, he shall resign to one at the Bishop's pleasure against his will. We wrote to him: Make haste in this matter. If Mr. Norys will send down his kinsman with you, you shall both be contented; and for your own part, you shall not lack 40s. nor four marks if you bring the surety with you. I have made such friends that I cannot lack 300l. at two days' warning; but I dare not be so bold with them except I was in good surety of it; for I should bring myself and my friends into danger. Bring the King's broad seal with you, and you shall have 4l. reward. I received your letter on the 3rd June. Dated 4 June.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: To my well-beloved brother John Lyans, dwelling in London and the Fleet Street.
4 June. 793. Richard Catesby.
R. O. Receipt by Wm. Whorwod, gent., from Ric. Catisbye, esq., of 10s. for half a year's fee, by the hands of Ph. Wateley. 4 June 26 Hen. VIII.
4 June. 794. Leonard Smyth to Lady Lisle.
R. O. I have sent you your cloth from Keyne, who demanded for it no less than 33s. 4d.; but if you like it not you shall have the money back. Berry your servant had a coat cloth of fine green for Mr. John Bassatt of Mr. Holte, as you commanded. I hope to bring or send you 100 marks in 10 or 12 days. London, 4 June.
Hol., p. 1. Add.
4 June. 795. Geo. Lord Rochford to Lord Lisle.
R. O. I have delivered your present to the Queen, who is very glad of them, for they were the first her Grace had this year. I understand by your servant that the horse which was Hyghfeld's was sold. I beg you to get him back from the purchaser, if the price be reasonable, for me. Hampton Court, 4 June. Signed.
P. 1. Add. Endd.: 4 June 1534.
5 June. 796. Reynold Lytylprow to Cromwell.
R. O. I send you a letter dated 3rd inst., in which I wrote of a priest in prison for certain words. I desire to know your pleasure. He has a chamber with many movables worth 40l. in an outpart of the city, the key of which is in the hands of the mayor. If it had not been so, the sheriffs of the city would have been busy therein. I wish to know whether an inventory shall be taken and the goods safely kept, for I shall not come up with the depositions till Midsummer, except at your pleasure. Norwich, 5 June.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Mr. Secretary. Endd.
5 June. 797. Sir Will. Kingston and Sir John Wallop to Lord Lisle.
R. O. We regret to hear that you have not only refused to admit Thos. Barnabe, in whose favor the King wrote to you for a room of 8d. a day, but have molested and imprisoned him. As your friends we warn you not to create further displeasure. What there is already you will see by the King's letters now sent. London, 5 June. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Deputy of Calais.
5 June. 798. Charles Duke of Suffolk to Lord Lisle.
R. O. Begs his favor in behalf of the bearer Ric. Dryland, who has served the King in parts beyond sea in Suffolk's company, for a spear's place. London, 5 June. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Deputy, &c.
799. James V. to [Henry VIII.]
R. O. S.P. IV. 672. We have received by our bishop and treasurer (fn. 6) your loving letters written with your own hand, and also your credence. We shall persevere in kindness according to our other letters sent by the bishop. Our writings ought to give satisfaction to all but our enemies. As you are now to have a meeting with France we will write no further till your return.
5 June. 800. Ric. Caundyshe to the Duke of Suffolk.
R. O. Has remained at Norton according to the Duke's letter with John Van Andwerp and Hans De Fromont, who are applying themselves with diligence to find the mine. Here is the greatest diversity of earth and stones, for the stones in the gravel in most places appear to be very gold. Many assays have been made to prove it, but nothing found as yet, and it is believed the glitter “is but the scum of the metal which groweth beneath in the ground.” They have now begun to dig pits to get at the principal vein. The people are as glad as ever he saw to further the matter, for in old evidences the place is called Golden Norton, which proves that gold may be found there. Sees no great forwardness as yet, but prays God they may find some. Begs that his interests in the matter between himself and the duke of Norfolk may not be prejudiced by his absence from London. Norton, 5 June.
Hol., p. 1. Add. Endd.


  • 1. This is only a modern inventory of a number of similar deeds signed and sealed at various dates by the bishops, abbots and monasteries, &c., all which will be found noted elsewhere, either at the end of the months in which they were executed, or, in some cases, under the precise dates of the documents themselves.
  • 2. The Duke of Richmond.
  • 3. The year to which this document belongs is uncertain; but it is probably before the Statute 26 Hen. VIII. c. 6.
  • 4. Corrected by Lord Burleigh to “Guych.”
  • 5. Printed in State Papers, VII. 562 note.
  • 6. The bishop of Aberdeen.