Henry VIII: July 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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July 1534, 11–15

12 July. 970. Rob. Barnes To Henry VIII.
Nero, B. III. 112. B. M. Tarries here according to his instructions until he knows how to proceed with the king of Denmark. (fn. 1) Needs not instruct the King what a strength it will be to him to have so strong a prince to his hand. His “onhange” and friends are great, besides his princely behaviour, which is worthy of all praise. If he has peace for four or five years he must be rich. He is sister's son of the markegrave of Brandenburg. The duke of Spruce has married one of his sisters. He has another one married, as fair a young virgin and as modest as Barnes has ever seen. He is also of alliance to the duke of Luneburgh and the elector of Saxony. He is in fadere evangelico. He is lord of one part of the sea and Henry of the other. The Holenders and Brabanders can have no sailing for corn, pitch or tar but by his licence. The house of Burgundy has not such another master “in ther nee[k],” except the king of England. If the two kings are allied, they may hunt them at their pleasure, which will impress a great dread in the hearts of Henry's adversaries. He has also the city of Hamburgh at his commandment, being “dominus fundi,” which lies for the King as handsomely as no other foreign town, either to send out or else to receive in. The house of Burgundy imagines night and day how to devour all realms, and this man is content with what God sends him. He is not likely to break off from the King, for it is impossible for him to be reconciled with the house of Burgundy unless he gives up the kingdom, which he will never do. There is no prince living whose amity he would so gladly have as Henry's. It is also much to be esteemed that God set him in the kingdom above all his desire and expectation. He is already an enemy to the King's adversaries. Is sure he can bring him to it, if Henry requires tolerable conditions. Henry may cast him off when he will and lose nothing by him, but he cannot have him at his pleasure another time as now. If Henry confederates with those who have no need of him, or small need, or only need for a time, they will cast him off for a vantage, but this man cannot do so, for the King can order matters so that he always needs him. He would never forget the King's kindness, as he was the first who made amity with him and did for him in his need. His friends counterpoise the great potentates of the world at this day, and with the King's power added to them, who could withstand them, to do anything in general council or otherwise? Hamburgh, 12 July.
Hol., pp. 3. Add. Endd.
12 July. 971. William Wise, Mayor of Waterford, To Cromwell.
The letter printed under this date in the State Papers, II. 198, has been catalogued in the year 1533 for reasons which will be seen in a footnote attached to the entry.
12 July. 972. Sir Ralph Dodmer to Lord Lisle.
R. O. Has received his letter of the 27 June. Thanks him for the care he has taken in the matter of Rawlyns. Begs him to bring the debtor before him and ascertain what assurance there is that he will pay the writer his debt in 12 months. London, 12 July.
Hol., p. 1. Add. Endd.: 1534.
13 July. 973. Cromwell to the Earl of Shrewsbury.
Ellis, 2 Ser. II. 135. I have received your letters by the bailly of Chesterfield, and the bill concerning the hermit. On being examined by me he could not tell whether he spake the traitorous words or not. I have had an indictment drawn, which I send, and return the hermit to be tried before the justices of assize for an example to others and punished according to law. I thank you for your zeal in apprehending such detestable felons, and shall not fail to report it to the King. Cheleshith, 13 July.
Add.: The earl of Shrewsbury, lord Stuarde.
14 July. 974. Alan Hawte To Cromwell.
R. O. Haslewod, and Chalenor, who had applied to you to hold Haslewod's place jointly, and were refused, as you favored me, have now petitioned the King in their behalf, and presented their petition to Mr. Henry Norris, who has obtained the signature for the same, as Haslewod reports. London, 14 July 1534.
Hol., p. 1. Add.
14 July. 975. Thomas Robertes to Cromwell.
R. O. According to your letter delivered by Ant. Auchar, I have summoned Thos. Wylford, Walter Hendley and others, and made a book of divers articles “which are by sundry persons in these parts used,” trusting you will provide a remedy. Cranebrooke, 14 July.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Secretary.
15 July. 976. Chester.
Harl. MS., 2,150, f. 43 b. B. M. “The customs following be reserved and taken within the city of Chester most commonly, amongst other customs herein not named, by the officers underwritten, according to the grants of the said city and used time out of mind to be taken; set up and made in a table by Henry Gee, draper, mayor, of the said city, 15 July 26 Hen. VIII,”
pp. 3. Copy.
15 July. 977. John Husee, the Younger, to Lord Lisle.
R. O. Presented Mr. Cromwell with the baked crane and the sturgeon. He promised to take some pain in your affairs that afternoon, and so he did, as you will learn by Wyndsor and Smeth's letters. I fear your lordship will lose possession. He has promised hourly to despatch me with an answer to your letter touching the new works. Received Lisle's letter by my lord Rocheford's servant, but he delivered not the money. Mr. Plommer is in the Tower. Trusts to go to Soberton on Friday or Saturday. Sends him a purse. Will bring the caps. Mr. Harry brings two pair of boots. He has two or three ships laden with stocks, wheels, &c., but no artillery. You will not believe the importunate suit that Mr. Cromwell daily has, which continually increases. No certainty of the King's going to Calais. John of the Buttery is to be bailed for Swyfte. Knight is in the country. Friars and other religious men are daily sent to the Fleet and the Marshalsea,—why, I am ignorant, but I think for their own demerits. “My lord Delaware sent a buck to Harolds at Sabs Kaye, which she would not receive ne bake, and so it was conveyed back again.” Received the warrant from Barnard. Will get the harness for the great horse Acton has promised. I will also bring the patent of Clarington if you will write to Bryan for it. I can obtain for you 100 marks or 100l. Granefilld will have protections, and will write two or three for you, but he will not part with his money. Desires his letters may be sent to the Red Lion in Southwark, for his father is seldom within. London, 15 July.
Hol., pp. 3. Add. Endd.: 1534.
15 July. 978. John Husee, the Younger, to [Lady Lisle].
R. O. Received of Mr. Lye at his departure, 10l. Has bought 12 yds. of satin at 8s. 6d. per yd. Has not yet delivered it to Mr. Skot, because the quails are not come. Can find no cloth of silver that he likes at the price. Can have it from 18s. to 28s. the yd., but not suitable for her honor. Sends the “mustre” of three pieces; the plain, 40s. 10d. the yd.; the violet, with knots of silver, 46s. 8d.; the branched, 40s. I like the plain best, and I saw Mr. Waring today buy 12 yds. of it at 43s. 4d. per yd. Begs her to send her answer to the Red Lion in Southwark. Sends her a “mustre” of the satin, and by Nicholas of the Hall, 2 oz. of ribbon and 2,000 pins; also the frontlet, which I fear you will not like at the price, “for of a truth it is dear, of 11 nobles.” You will learn the order taken in Mr. Seymeur's matter by Smeth and Wyndsor. I fear me the possession will be lost. At my return out of Hampshire I shall have Smeth's reckoning of what has been laid out. I have received 4l., and at my return to Calais I will show you a draft patent of Clarington that shall raise you 100 marks, perhaps 100l. Mr. Rolle will take such order that you shall sustain no loss in the viewing of your manors. London, 15 July.
Hel., pp. 2.
15 July. 979. Leonard Smyth To Lady Lisle.
R. O. Received today two letters by Hussey. Is sorry the money was not with her sooner, but he was otherwise promised by Mr. Fowler's near friends in England. Hoped to have sent more, thinking that the wood would have amounted to more money. Has paid Hussey 4l., according to her letter. Will send the rest of lord Lisle's money by the staplers shortly. Asks her pardon for thinking the price of a velvet gown less than it is. If he had bought as many as she has worn he would know the price. Mr. Hyde will know that he was deceived therein. Has delivered to the keeper of the bishop's place her letters to the bp. of Exeter and Kyne his servant. Paid Kyno 33s. 4d. before he would deliver the cloth. Divers days have been appointed for the hearing of my lord's matter with Mr. Seymour by the lord Chancellor and Mr. Secretary, but nothing has been done in consequence of the great matter touching lord Dacre, and other matters. Mr. Wyndesore and the Council were always ready, which shows that my lord will be ready to take an end according to his promise, and that no default can be found by “lachiousness” of his counsel. The counsel are now all away from London and the date of the obligations well nigh expired. Will speak to Mr. Cromwell about appointing a new day for new bonds between this and St. Andrew's time before Christmas. As she is in possession, there is no great haste to have the matter heard, but “lachiousness” must be avoided, lest the arbitrators think worse of the matter. Her audit is appointed to be kept there this year. Mr. Hussey will bring Smyth's bills of reckoning, of which he showed her part when last with her. 13 July.
Writes to lord Lisle to say that the arbitrators have suddenly called in counsel to appear in the matter between him and Seymour. The counsel were all out of London, but by chance Mr. Wyndsore was in town. It is well-nigh impossible to cause those who are much occupied and highly learned to attend from time to time on the lord Chancellor, Mr. Secretary or such other great men to be ready at their calling. Does not think Mr. Secretary is very ready to hear them. He says they are better to mar a good and true matter than to make it with such quikes in the law. If she heard him she would think he spoke in plain and just fashion. Mr. Wyndesore says he will love him the better while he liveth. London, 15 July.
Hol., pp. 3. Add.
15 July. 980. Chapuys to Charles V.
Vienna Archives. Six days ago lord Rochford set out for France in great haste. I do not know the reason, unless the King thinks that Francis wishes to be excused from the interview, in consequence of what he has said about the papal authority, or to ask him to send to Scotland to counteract your majesty's envoy, as they are informed, and perhaps complain to the said king of France of the man you have sent to Ireland, so as to incite the said king to some enterprise.
The ambassadors of Lubeck and Hamburg have not been in Court since St. John's day, and have had no opportunity of communicating with the Council, unless it was yesterday, when they dined with the archbishop of Canterbury, and met the Chancellor, Cromwell, two bishops created by the new pope (fn. 2) and Dr. Foxe. After dinner they were a long time together, and I am told the chief subject of their conversation was about certain articles of the Lutheran sect, both relating to the Pope and other things, on which those here wished to consult the doctor of Lubeck and to consider the best means of enforcing them among the people. This is very probable, because the above-named persons are the most perfect Lutherans in the world. I will inquire about it all I can.
Two days ago the earl of Wiltshire and the Comptroller went again to summon the Princess to renounce her title, in which case the King would treat her better than she could wish, but if she refused it would be quite the contrary. She replied so wisely that they returned quite confounded. I had given her notice the day before of their visit, writing to her what seemed advisable to confirm her in her good purpose and keep her in hope, as I do almost every day. I don't know if hereafter [I shall have] such an opportunity, as they have threatened to shut her up in her chamber.
Yesterday, when Cromwell was at the house of the archbishop of Canterbury, I wrote to him a note (billiet)that since he would give me no answer about the leave to visit the Queen, which I had continually solicited since Whitsuntide, I was determined to leave and go to her tomorrow, where I should find the porters, “que men escrerciront du si ou non”; and because the said porters knew what they had to do, and as I did not wish to work underhand, I had informed him. Having received my note he communicated with the others, and reported to my messenger the charge that I had given him, and afterwards said that he had not been able till then to persuade the King to grant me the said licence, but considering the determination expressed in my letter, he thought he would consent; and he would forthwith despatch a man to the King with my letter, and I should have an answer this evening. Of late a number of hackbutmen and gunners have been assembled to send with the deputy governor of Ireland, but it appears they are in no hurry, and I do not see that they are taking any other measures, though it is necessary they should do so secretly on many accounts. London, 16 July 1534.
Fr., pp. 2. From a modern copy.
16 July. 981. Edward Leyghton, Priest, to [Cromwell].
R. O. Grievous complaints have been made to your mastership upon me for a sermon in the pulpit at St. Paul's on Sunday week. I request to come to my answer at your pleasure, and if I have said anything other than a priest of the word of God ought to say, I am willing to recant and suffer punishment. I beg you will continue your goodness towards me. 16 July.
Hol., p. 1.


  • 1. Christiern III.
  • 2. i.e., the archbishop of Canterbury. The two bishops must have been Salcot of Bangor and Goodrich of Ely.