Henry VIII: June 1534, 11-15

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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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June 1534, 11–15

11 June. 821. H. Duke of Richmond to Cromwell.
R. O. As the monastery of Bynden in d. of Salisbury is now void, and adjoins certain lands of mine in the Isle of Purbeck, and the convent intends to take care of my deer, I beg you will grant them liberty to elect their own abbot, as the King has licensed you to take order in such cases. Canford, 11 June. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Secretary. Endd.
11 June. 822. Henry Earl of Essex to Lord Lisle.
R. O. This Thursday, St. Barnabas' day, your servant and victualler came to me and showed me of his coming to you, which was very sudden. I send a couple of venison pasties, and desire credence for your said servant. Stansted, 11 June. Signed.
P. 1. Add. Endd.
11 June. 823. Sir Edw. Ryngeley to Lord Lisle.
R. O. The King and Queen are in good health. I came to the Court on Tuesday last about 3 o'clock. I was not there half an hour before his Grace sent for me into a garden which he has just made. He asked me heartily how you did, and whether the town was free from sickness and clean kept, of which I assured him. It would be well for you to speak to master Mayor for the mending of the two gutters from the market to Our Lady Church. If he lack paviours I can send them from London. The King is well conttented that his works go so well forward. I told him in the Treasurer's presence how much more is done in thickness than appears in the book, both in the two towers and the walls. The King is well contented with the pains you have taken about them and the sandhills, and is pleased with the conduct of his retinue, as I think they will see when he comes thither. I advise you to let the drags and ploughs go still upon the sandhills till you can shoot level over them from the mount at Becham Tower. I have not asked the King for wood or anything else, because the letters you promised to send have not come. I wish they were, for I trust to be shortly at Calais. As to my own business, the market was done before I came. We have a new lord Warden of “the Porche,” lord Rochford. (fn. 1) Sir John Dudley is master of the armery, Sir Antony Browne standard-bearer, and master Harper has the “awnage,” that is the sealing of the cloth in Kent. Today the King comes to York Place to supper and dines there tomorrow, and to Waltham to bed, and on Saturday to Hunsdon, where he will remain all next week. He will not be at Hampton Court till Saturday week. I have given all your recommendations to your friends except to master Kingston and master Norrys. The former is at Wanstead, and the latter came to the Court late on Tuesday night. A great sum of money has been stolen from him, so that he is not pleasantly disposed to be spoken with. I have no other news, but I hope to know more before I come out of Essex. Recommendations to the Mayor, lord Edmund, master Wynkefeld, Mr. Porter, Mr. Treasurer, Mr. Undermarshal and Mr. Ruckwode. Hampton Court, 11 June. Signed.
I pray you be contented with my meaning, for my inditing is but reasonable.
Pp. 2. Add.: Deputy of Calais. Endd.
11 June. 824. Sir Edw. Ryngeley to Lady Lisle.
R. O. Has given her recommendations to the Queen, who asked heartily how she did and how she liked Calais. Can hear nothing of any false reports about her. Every man speaks of her good and honor, and almost every gentleman and gentlewoman in the Court ask how she does. Has not spoken with Mr. Kingston. He is at Wanstede with my lady, who is sick there. Will try and find out from him and others who they are that report about her ladyship. Will return shortly. Hampton Court, 11 June. Signed.
P. 1. Add.
12 June. 825. Sir Thomas Arundell to Cromwell.
See Vol. VI., Nos. 628, 629, which belong to this year.
12 June. 826. Sir Henry Everyngham to Cromwell.
R. O. Desires letters to the prior of Pontefret for a renewal of his lease of the tithe of Knottingley. The prior has promised it to him several times, but has made a grant to another man. Is sued for conspiracy by one Will. Langholme, who was indicted for stealing 20l. from his house, and whom he forbore to prosecute, as he was told Cromwell had written to the judge in his favor. Desires Cromwell's interposition. Knottingley, 12 June. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Secretary. Endd.: Willm. Coke.
12 June. 827. John Hughes to Cromwell.
R. O. I desire you to remember the bill to be signed for the foundation of the chantries in the church of St. Davys. It was the King's express pleasure that the bill should be preferred to him by you. London, 12 June. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Secretary. Endd.
12 June. 828. John Gryffythe and Nic. Wyddon, priest, to the King and Council.
R. O. Whereas letters were sent to the Privy Council of late touching certain words spoken against you by Chas. Plommer, canon of the college of Windsor, reported by Miles Wyllen, a canon there, to John Gryffythe and Nic. Wyddon, one of the vicars, 27 May last, 26 Hen. VIII.; on hearing the same, Gryffythe said to Miles, “Why have you kept this matter secret so long?” On which Miles replied that he had declared it to Dr. Tate, also a canon, and desired his counsel. Tate said, “Plowman is but a railing person, and this is but a trifling matter. Never speak further of it.” On the 28 May, after the bill of Plommer's saying was sent you. Milies said to Gryffythe, “I trust ye will not set forward the matter which ye spake to me of, 27 May.” Gryffythe replied, “If I should not set it forward I would I were hanged.” Miles said,k “If ye so do, ye have undone me.” “Choose you, I care not,” said Gryffythe; “the matter toucheth my master so near that I will set it forward.” Windsor, 12 June.
Hol., p. 1. Add. at the head. Endd.
12 June. 829. Sir Will. Musgrave to Cromwell.
R. O. I received your letter, and, according to your directions, the day and time of every indictment shall be perfectly known, “so that as concerning my book there shall be nothing therein reprovable unto me.” This service to the King will, however, be chargeable to me, and you and I shall specially bear the blame in this matter touching the lord Dacre and Sir Christopher his uncle. Therefore stand stiffly upon it, that I may have your aid; for divers of this country, and specially those that are bound for the lord Dacre's goods to the King, will in nowise trust that he shall have any overthrow. As soon as they shall see him go down they will cry Crucifige! for the country has been so overlaid with him that they thought here was no other king. Notwithstanding, I am confident everything shall be so substantially set forth on my behalf that what I have alleged cannot be denied. The commissioners have not yet come to Carlisle, but they are in this country, and shall commence on Monday next the 15 June, when my witnesses will be ready. The king of Scots has come to the Borders to hunt in Esdellmure with the lord Maxwell, it is thought with the intention of destroying certain outlaws and rebels. Be good to my mother-in-law in this my absence, for she has been good to me in setting me forth for the King's service. Penreth, 12 June. Signed.
Pp. 2. Add.: Secretary.
12 June. 830. Robt. Reynold to Cromwell.
R. O. Thanks him for his goodness. Begs for a licence to import 100 tuns of Gascon wine, partly to furnish his room and do the King service, as he is now at a great afterdeal, having lost horseflesh worth over 40l. st., as he showed Mr. Norrys when last in England. Calais, 12 June 1534. Signed.
P. 1. Add.
13 June. 831. H. Duke of Richmond to Cromwell.
R. O. Since I came into this country I and Sir Giles Strangwais have viewed a breach in my town of Poole called Northavyn Point. It will receive great prejudice from the sea, unless some remedy be shortly provided. Give credence to Will. Byttilcome, M.P. for the said town. Canford, 13 June. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Secretary. Endd.
13 June. 832. Will Abbot of York to Cromwell.
R. O. I have sent you the hawks of St. Bee's, two falcons, and one tersell. They were like to flee before your falconer came, and as none could take them “braunchers,” I caused them to be taken as high flying as could be. Next year they shall be taken as you please. I would not for 100l. that they escaped. I beg your favor to my monastery. Hornsay, 13 June. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Secretary. Endd.
[13 June.] 833. Sir Roger Cholmley to Cromwell.
R. O. I have received a billet by your servant touching the fine of knighthood; in which I beseech you to be my good master. My lands being free do not exceed the yearly value of 50l., and you may take 20l. according to your first “asseysement.” I was at Waltham Abbey to wait on you, but you had left with the King before my coming. My lord Chancellor has sent you a ring of his own to befriend me. I am sorry you should be my heavy master, as I never knowingly did anything to displease you. Waltham Holy Cross, Saturday. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Secretary. Endd.
13 June. 834. Edward Lord Stourton to Cromwell.
R. O. Last night the prior of Taunton (fn. 2) deceased, of which the bishop of Winchester is founder. I beg your favor for a canon of the house of Bruton called Ric. Hart, that by your interposition he may be preferred to the priory, and I will give you 200 mks. sterling immediately after he is in possession, or as much more as any one else will offer and 20l. besides. If you will make Mr. Norris favorable, I will give him 40l. Much effort is being made for it, but my trust is in you. Bonham, 13 June.
P.S.—I have been at the Charterhouse in the county aforesaid to take the oaths of the prior and monks, but the prior has gone a pilgrimage these 14 days, and seven of his monks will not take any oath till he returns and swears first. Let me know what I am to do if they continue in their refusal. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Master Cromwell.
13 June. 835. Ric. . . . . . wiche, of Leyftew[ich], to the King's Commissioners.
R. O. The wives of the writer and others have been accustomed time out of mind to kneel “in the heighe . . . . . the north side, in the church of D[avenham?],” Cheshire, till Saturday 13 June, when Ric., Wm., Laurence and Geo. Vernon, John Sclater, John Rodelhirst, Rauffe Cheny and Ric. Wright, by the procurement of Dr. Bekynshaw, entered the church with weapons and cut up the said seat and carried it away. Asks that the King's letters may be sent to the doctor and others not to meddle further.
Hol., p. 1. Defaced and partly illegible.
13 June. 836. [Lord Lisle] to the Seneschal of Boulonnais.
R. O. I have received your letter by the bearer, in which you say that I do not reply to the point in dispute, and that you think that taking your meadows and heritage would be found a small occasion to begin strife, where there is now such good friendship, and that the King my master does not intend it.
Long before my coming hither the King had given to his gentlemen of this town the meadows “de la concesse,” not for a beginning of strife, but being assured that neither the French King nor his subjects would suspect any evil therefrom, or prevent the removal of the hay. For this reason, before proceeding further, I advertised the bailly and officers of Ardre. I am not aware that there is any dispute. As I have been informed since my coming hither, the “concesse” is within the pale, and is mentioned in the agreement made at Bretigny. The King can therefore dispose of it as of his own inheritance. In accordance with your desire, I will inform my master, and till I hear his pleasure everything shall be stopped. I have not come hither to begin strife or make any alterations, but will use all my power to maintain the peace and friendship between the two kings, and to live with you as a good neighbor and friend. Calais, 13 June.
Fr., copy, pp. 2. Endd.
13 June. 837. F. B. Covert, Warden of Canterbury, to Lady Lisle.
R. O. I received by the bearer your kind letter of the 25 May, by which I perceive that the old proverb is not true—out of sight out of mind. Prays a blessing upon her and her spouse. In answer to her inquiries how he has done with the King and my lord of Canterbury, trusts that he has made an end quietly and to the honor of God. Fears she has heard some report of him which is not true. Sometimes men take passage at Dover in a hard wind and yet arrive at Calais with a fore wind. Water and wind bringeth men to Calais, so it is inaffection and light tongues bringeth men to care. Cannot tell whether he can come to Calais this summer, for as yet he has not preached since he came from Calais, though he is not forbidden. We will be ready to come if it be any comfort to her ladyship, my lord, the council or the town. I send your clock again; “and where ye thought that he went too fast, the fault was in a little pin which was turned aside, as the bringer shall show you. Surely I was fain to bend him stiffer, after that I found that fault in that small pin, to make him to go faster.” Canterbury, 13 June.
I commend the bringer to you as his foundress.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: At Calais.
14 June. 838. Sir George Throkmarton to Cromwell.
R. O. At my last departing from you I broke unto you concerning the manor of Tottynho which I had bought in Buckinghamshire. I had rather you had it than any other man, as I am driven to put it away, for I owe 800l. for a lordship that I lately bought of lord Bray in my own country, for which I must put away 60l. a year. Master Baldwin can instruct you of the title, who induced me to buy it. I have but 18l. lands in hand. The rest is in reversion on the death of a gentlewoman now married to Ashfeld, a servant of master Norris's, so that I think for some office during his life you may obtain immediate possession. I beg you to remember my lord of Norfolk concerning the fee simple of Soylill. The price is 900l., for which I will be found to you. Westm., 14 June. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Secretary. Endd.
14 June. 839. Sir Thos. Palmer to Lady Lisle.
R. O. Begs her to take no displeasure on account of his long absence, and to intercede for him with lord Lisle. It has been very painful and costly for him here. Where he expected aid, consolation and comfort, found unnaturalness, ingratitude and unkindness, even when he was more likely to die than live, as two doctors of physic can witness, whose coming has brought low and bare both body and purse. Is now well recovered of his body, and the other lies at the mercy of his friends. London, 14 June.
Hol., but not in his own hand, p. 1. Add.
June. 840. Sir Walter Stonor to Cromwell.
R. O. I inform you that on Sunday last 14 June, John Dawson of Watlyngton, and other his neighbors whose names are comprised in a bill which I send, came to me. The. words reported and what I have done will appear by the bill. They remain in ward till I hear your pleasure.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Mr. Secretary. Endd.
R. O. Ellis. 3 Ser. II. 332. 2. Affidavit touching the above, dated 14 June 26 Hen. VIII., to this effect:—That Joan Hammulden wife of Water Hammulden said, in the presence of John Dawson, Wm. Goode, constable, and others, that she was sent for to one Burgyn's wife of Watlington, when she was with child, about Whitsuntide twelvemonth, and the said Burgyn's wife said to her that for her honesty and her cunning she might be midwife unto the queen of England, if it were queen Katharine; and if it were queen Anne, she was too good to be her midwife, for she was a whore and a harlot of her living.
ii. The said Burgyn's wife, upon her examination, denies the words, but says that one Collins' wife had said, about Midsummer last 25 Hen. VIII., that it was never merry in England since there was three queens in it, and then the said Joan said there would be fewer shortly; which the said Joan denies.
P. 1. Add. Endd.
15 June. 841. Bishop Roland Lee and Thos. Bedyll to Cromwell.
Cleop. E. IV. 40. B. M. Wright's Suppression of the Monasteries, 41. On Saturday last, about 6 o'clock, we received your letters by the provincial of the Augustine Friars, (fn. 3) and accordingly we forthwith proceeded to Richmond. We came thither between 10 and 11 o'clock that night, and next morning moved the warden and one of the seniors named Sebastian, and after the whole convent, to confirm the articles, delivered by the provincial, with their convent seal. To that they were untoward, so we moved them to put the matter in the arbitrament of their seniors or “discrettes,” four in number, who should meet us at Greenwich this morning. And so they did. When we came to Greenwich we moved the convent there to do the same, but could nowise obtain it; they would answer every man for himself. We required a final answer of each, and found them of one mind of dissent from the said articles, especially this, Quod episcopus Romanus nihilo majoris auctoritatis habendus sit quam ceteri quivis episcopi in sua quisque diocesi. They said this was against the rules of St. Francis, and showed us the rule enjoining ministers to seek, a domino papa, a cardinal of the Roman church to be their patron. To this we made three answers: that St. Francis dwelt in Italy under the obedience of the bishop of Rome, as [English] monks are under the archbishop of Canterbury, and these words were not meant for friars of England; that we considered the aforementioned chapter of St. Francis' rule to have been forged by some ambitious friar; and that they were the King's subjects, and by the law of God owed him entire obedience. But all this reason could not sink into their obstinate heads. Albeit we declared that the two archbishops, the bishops of London, Winchester, Durham and Bath, and all other prelates and famous clerks, had subscribed to the conclusion against the Roman pontiff's jurisdiction. They concluded, notwithstanding, to live and die in the observance of St. Francis' religion. Myles end, 15 June. Signed.
Pp. 3. Add.: Master Secretary.
15 June. 842. Anthony Hamond and John Donyngton to Cromwell.
R. O. As Thomas Barton promised you in our names an advowson, we send enclosed the advowson of the parsonage of Babworthe—the best we have. It was granted pro secunda vice, but since then one voidance has been filled. York, 15 June. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Mr. Crumwell, secretary to the King's highness. Endd.
[15 June.] 843. Thos. Halley alias Carleyll.
R. O. Patent creating him Norrey king-at-arms, with 20l. a year.
Draft. At the end is a memorandum of the appointment of Thos. Benolt to the offices of Norrey and Clarencieux by patents of the 20 Nov. and 30 Jan. 2 Hen. VIII.
See Grants in June, No. 10.
15 June. 844. Isabell (fn. 4) Stayning to Lady Lisle.
R. O. Thanks lady Lisle for her kind remembrance of her and her husband. Mr. Smyth thanked Mr. Norres for her husband, at lady Lisle's commandment. Is certain that Norres never spoke to Cromwell since she sent. When last with him, he told her he marvelled greatly what Cromwell meant, as the King had told him twice within three days to deliver the money to rid her husband out of prison, and that Cromwell regarded his speaking very little. Asks her or lord Lisle to write to Cromwell, or to Norres or some other great man to speak to Cromwell for them, and to send the letter by the next messenger. Was never so weary of suit. Lying in prison and rewards to people to speak to Cromwell, with expenses in durance since Christmas, have cost more than 100l. Within eight weeks Cromwell has appointed sundry days for them to be rid out of prison, but the time is not yet come; “wherefore I pray God send him at liberty, for words are but wind with him.” 15 June.
Hol., p. 1. Add.
845. Henry VIII. to Sir Thos. Audeley, Chancellor.
R. O. In behalf of Walter Stenynges, a prisoner for debt in the city of London, who desires permission to visit his tenants in the country under surety, to make provision for payment of his creditors.
P. 1. Add.
15 June. 846. Albert Duke [of Prussia] to Henry VIII.
R. T. 149. R. O. Transmitting letters from his brother William marquis of Brandenburgh, coadjutor of Riga and postulate bishop of Osiliensis in Livonia, for whom he bespeaks Henry's favor. Has written to William Paget, late ambassador here, of the irruption into the Cimbric Chersonesus and the war made upon his kinsman the duke of Holstein. Hopes Henry will give him aid. “E Regio Monte” (Konigsberg), 15 June 1534.
Lat., p. 1. Modern copy from archives of Königsberg.
ii. The Same to Paget.
Hopes he has returned safe home. His brother the marquis William has written to him that he had sent ambassadors from Livonia to Lubeck, desiring that city not to allow any soldiers to be inrolled who belong to the Teutonic Order or the other states of Livonia; to which they have replied by openly confessing that the Grand Master of the Order has for some years sanctioned such intercourse. From this it may be judged that Lubeck is a close ally of Livonia. The Lubeckers also boast everywhere of having secret aid from the King against the duke of Holstein. Cannot believe that Henry would give aid in such a cause against such a Christian prince. Dated as above.
Lat., pp. 2. Modern copy from archives of Königsberg.


  • 1. His patent was not passed till the 23 June. See Grants in June, No. 16.
  • 2. Will. Yorke. See Vol. VI. 417 (16).
  • 3. Dr. George Browne.
  • 4. Isabel or Elizabeth; she signs both ways.