Henry VIII: December 1534, 6-10

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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'Henry VIII: December 1534, 6-10', in Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 7, 1534, (London, 1883) pp. 565-569. British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/letters-papers-hen8/vol7/pp565-569 [accessed 25 April 2024]


December 1534, 6–10

6 Dec. 1508. Bryon to Cromwell.
[Cal. E.I.II.?] f. 111. B. M. Has received the letters of Cromwell to himself, and those from the King to Francis, which he will present when he can. Expects to embark tomorrow before day, being very desirous to see the King, from his desire to “rompre et destourner be[aucoup] de menees qui sont nouvellement survenues,” as he has heard by express courier and from another man since his leaving London. Requests him to assure the King of his desire to do him service as if for his own sovereign, knowing that the interests of both are the same. Dover, 6 Dec. Signed.
Fr., p. 1. Mutilated. Add.: Secretaire. Endd.: The admiral of Fra[nce]. 6 Dec.
6 Dec. 1509. Thomas Prior of Christchurch, Canterbury, to Cromwell.
R. O. I have received your letters by John Antony, by whom I perceive that the King accepts such poor cheer as I made to the admiral of France at his late coming to Canterbury. At their return hither again I made them the best cheer I could, and sent them to Dover capons, partridges and wild fowl. I thank you for the money you have appointed to me of the abbot of St. Austin's towards my charges. I hear from Antony that you are content that our servants shall take partridges at all times convenient, so that I may have store for noblemen and others when they come to visit me. Canterbury, Sunday, 8 Dec. Signed.
Begs credence for Antony.
Pp. 2. Add.: Secretary. Sealed. Endd.
6 Dec. 1510. Sir John Markham to Cromwell.
R. O. There was of late some variance between Aleyn Hey and his wife, on which occasion she went from him, as she had done before, and he being angry railed upon her, saying she was a tratrix and had railed against the Queen, uttering many unseemly words. She also wrote a letter to such of her kinsmen as relieved her to send her home, or else he would lay to her charge the things above said. The expressions in his letters were so rude and evil that I cannot make up my mind to write them. I have summoned the justices adjoining to examine the matter, whether they were his wife's words or feigned; but the matter is doubtful, and we are rather of the latter opinion. 6 Dec. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Secretary. Endd.
6 Dec. 1511. Sir Thos. Palmer to Cromwell.
R. O. My lord and the other commissioners have done their diligence about the Marsh. On my faith, if it had touched myself as it has done Sir Robt. Wingfield, I would not complain, for I think the town and marches of Calais stronger by 10,000 men. The garrison begs you to advance our payments before this holy time. I have caused hunters to hunt for a wild bear for you, but as yet without success. I beg your friendship concerning Sanding-field. It is for the King to bestow at pleasure all the lands adjoining to it, and I trust I could keep it to his satisfaction. Divers men of war who have been under me offer to serve the King where he will command them, but I have answered that I know of no war that the King has or intends to have. Offers Cromwell a little mule. Calais, 6 Dec.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Mr. Secretary. Endd.
6 Dec. 1512. Sir William Penizon to Lord Lisle.
R. O. “Master Wallape hath sende yu thys present packet, prayng me to dyrecke hym to your lordshype, wyche I do with thys presente berer, who ys wont to carry hys letters her yn tymes paste.” Begs to be informed of the receipt of it. and also “of the same that I did send you by master Powles gentlemen.” Sends also another packet for Mr. Russell, and begs Lisle to see it conveyed to his hands. Will be glad if he can do Lisle a service in this quarter. The French king is to be here on Tuesday. Here is burning of heretics every day. Begs to be commended to my lady and master Marshal. Paris, 6 Dec. Signed.
P. 1. Add. Endd.: Mr. Penyson, the 6th in December 1534.
7 Dec. 1513. Thomas Lord Lawarr to Cromwell.
R. O. I thank you for procuring my excuse for absence from this parliament. You wrote to the abbot of Bruton for John Downer of Mundham, in Sussex, who had suggested that the abbot would put him out of his copyhold for felling “scrubbyd okys” necessary for his hedges. The truth is Downer has felled five oaks and three ashtrees without leave of the abbot, and spent the money on himself. The homage has presented it as a forfeiture, whereby the abbot has a right to warn him out of his copyhold, as it is forfeited and in his hands by the law. As Downer denies these acts, I as the abbot's steward, viewed the stems and spake with the homage, who confess that it is a forfeiture. The abbot is willing at your desire that Downer should still have the copyhold for life, but would rather give him 10l., and have him leave it Michaelmas next, for he is a troublesome man and a bad neighbour. For the sake of the abbot and his house I hope you will rid him out of his lordship, and you shall have 20 nobles to buy you a horse, and he the 10l. At my poor house, 7 Dec. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Secretary. Endd.
7 Dec. 1514. The Chapter of Sarum to Cromwell.
R. O. We received your letters for confirmation of Mr. Ric. Watkyns in the office of registrar of the bishop of Sarum and scribe of the consistory. Though the registrarship has never heretofore passed by patent, we would have gratified you; only that there are many expressions in the letters patent touching the right and title of other persons, which we cannot confirm without further knowledge of your pleasure. Further, the bishopric is now void, and we cannot confirm any grant made by the late bishop without the King's consent. Sarum, 7 Dec.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Master of the Rolls and Secretary. Endd.
ii. The King has granted the registrarship to John ap Rice. 2. The office of scribe was granted 30 years ago to Will. Harward for life. 3. The office of scribe and registrar cannot conveniently be held by the same person. 4. By old custom the archdeacon's registrars are scribes in inquisitions de jure patronatus. 5. The custody of the bishop's records appertains not to the registrar. They are preserved in the cathedral.
P. 1.
7 Dec. 1515. S. Vaughan to Cromwell.
R. O. This day I received all Hacket's writings, except such as did not concern the King or his subjects, and related to certain tolls in Zealand, which my lord of Palermo desired to have of me. As his papers are many, I wot not what to do but commit them to the fire. I have many letters of Hesdyng's, who died since I came here, which I keep, and intend to burn. My lord of Palermo and I took an inventory of Hacket's goods. I send you a list of his plate, noting those parcels which were given to the King's subjects, the gift of my lords Norfolk, Wiltshire and yours excepted, which I will bring with me. The napery was much worn, and, with his linen, is worth between 30l. and 40l., and his raiment 60l. or more. His debts amount to 130l. Flemish, besides 98l. 14s. 5d. Fl. claimed by Bernardo de' Pigli, servant to Frescobald. But my lord of Palermo and I intend to disprove the claim. I am in Hacket's lodging in Brussels, the house of an advocate, and am at the cost of a noble a day. My lord of Palermo agrees that if I take anything away I must put in surety to discharge him against de' Pigli, who has attached the goods, and against all others. Hacket has resided here about 30 years, and owes rather to those, they say, among whom he lived than to strangers.
Of all the King's subjects none are more unhappy than those who are sent out of the realm on foreign business, as they are apt to be forgotten. My lord of Palermo, though the Emperor's chief councillor here, has not half the business, nor the tenth part, that you have, and yet it is hard to get justice. You will do well to see that justice is administered in every town and city. Half your years be spent. Look, therefore, upwards, and weary not yourself so much in the world, as if there were none other. Help the common causes of the realm, “for th' other be more hurtful than you are sometimes brought in hand, and be but trifles.” Never have men greater need of a friend than when they are in authority. Their hearts are sore cumbered with affection, and their eyes blinded. Let me know how you will have the plate conveyed. The other property I will sell to pay the legacies here. Brussels, 7 Dec. 1534.
Hol., pp. 5. Add.: Secretary.
R. O. 2. List of Hacket's plate, weighing 137 marks, 9 est.=196 oz. 9 ester. (a mark is 8 oz., an ounce is 20 sterlings), exclusive of certain articles given to “men of this country.”
In Vaughan's hand, p. 1.
7 Dec. R. O. 1516. John Paynter, Mayor of Dover, and Thos. Vaghan, to Cromwell.
Today the French ambassador, who took his passage “rathe” in the morning, returned about 2 p.m. Received him and brought him to his lodging. Not knowing how soon wind and weather will serve for his passage, as the ships are driven to the Downs, ask how they shall use themselves to him, and how his expenses shall be borne. Dover, 7 Dec. 1534.
P. 1. Add. Endd.
8 Dec. R. O. 1517. John Abbot of St. Augustine's [Canterbury] to Cromwell.
Thanks him for his kindness to their house at divers times, especially now, as being no further charged with the admiral of France nor with his train, but only to deliver 10l. to the prior of Christchurch, which he has done, as John Antony the bearer can inform him. The marsh of Plumsted has so impoverished him of money and jewels that he cannot recompense Cromwell's goodness except by prayer. St. Austin's, die Conceptionis Beatœ Virginis Mariœ.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Secretary.
8 Dec. 1518. Wm. [Angell], Abbot of Sawtry, to Cromwell.
R. O. Thank you for your goodness to my poor house. I send you a brawn. I was informed by one of my servants that dane Wm. Fladbury, cellarer of Warden Abbey, reported that you were displeased with me. Let me know the cause. Sawtry, 8 Dec.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Master of the Rolls. Endd.
8 Dec. 1519. Charles V. to his Ambassador in France.
Granvelle Papers, II. 243. * * * *
You have answered very prudently to what the English ambassador said to you about Ireland, and we wish you to continue inquiring about the relations between France and England and the mission of the Admiral and the probability of his return, who, as our ambassador in England reports, was expected with great show of making him a good reception.
* * * *
Madrid, 8 December 1534.
10 Dec. 1520. Thomas Prior of Christchurch, Canterbury, to Cromwell.
R. O. Ellis, 3 Ser. II, 288. Had intended to send him a present of wild fowl against Christmas, but in consequence of the inthronisation of my lord of Canterbury last week, our swans and partridges were consumed. We have only fruits among the rest one which is called with us in Kent a pome riall, an apple good to drink wine with. Sends 20 by John Antony the bearer. Canterbury, Thursday, 10 Dec. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Councillor.
10 Dec. 1521. [John Smith] to Lord Lisle.
R. O. I have sent you the view of our last accounts of your lands briefly declared. Your statute of Sir Edw. Seymour is now discharged, and I suppose has been sent to you by Sir Antony Windsor. You will perceive the great charges that arise for the receiving of your money of Sir Edw. Seymour this year. But for Sir Edward you need not be at the charge of 10 groats for what will cost Sir Antony 10 nobles.
I think he would be very glad if you appointed one in London to receive it and send it to Calais, for he has now left your money with my brother and me to convey to your lordship, but he had taken the profit of the portage before. We have had much difficulty in getting a sure conveyance by exchange or otherwise. As for your reckonings of Robt. Acton and Holte, the former says that he serves much staff to you at Calais, and that way his rent runs for your manor of Rybbyfford. Kybworth is yet paid by your warrant to Holt the draper and other men. Stidolf asks 10l. a year where he now has but 100s.; but without your warrant he shall have no more. I trust hereafter you shall have much more of your revenue to Calais than you have had. London, 10 Dec.
I shall not fail to despatch with speed your business with the lord Chancellor. The bearer has received your money that Sir Antony Windsor left with my brother.
Hol., pp. 2. Add.
[Dec.] 1522. Sir Thos. Palmer to Cromwell.
R. O. On Wednesday (fn. 1) at 2 p.m. my lord Admiral arrived in this road at Calais. Thinks he had a short passage. The same night the lord Deputy had him to his house, gave him his own chamber and entertained him to the best of his power. He kept his chamber that night. The Deputy made a supper for all the noblemen with him, at which Palmer and other of the Council were present. They all reported the greatest honor of the King, the Queen, the Council and all the King's servants and subjects, saying it was not possible for any king to make better cheer than they had, and if both the French king and Emperor had been there it would not have been possible to have shown them more favor. The next day, Thursday, the Deputy gave a good dinner to the Admiral and all his gentlemen. Thinks they are as good English as they are French, if they are true men. After dinner the lord Deputy provided horses and mules to bring him to Boulogne, as his horses were there before. The Marshal with all the spears brought him to Marguison, and so would the Deputy and Palmer if they had not lent him their horses and mules. Hopes he will be master of Sandyngfeld before he dies.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Mr. Secretary. Endd.
On the back is the following list of names in Cromwell's hand:
Robt. Dormer, Mr. Butten, Mr. Grenfeld, Mr. Hynde, Mr. Russell, the Master of the Horse.
Mr. Secretary, Mr. Treasurer, Mr. Comptroller, Mr. Kyngeston, Mr. Carew, Mr. Bryan, Mr. Dawnse, Mr. Palmer, Mr. Strangwisshe, Mr. Thos. Denys, Robt. Acton, Sir John Russell of Worcester, Sir John Dudeley, Sir Edw. Baynton, Thos. Warde, John Bounde, Sir Thos. Russhe, Thos. Alvard, Reynold Lytyllprow, Wm. Symondes, Sir Thos. Wharton, Sir Marmaduke Constable, Sir Thos. Tempest, Wm. Webbe, Mr. Coffyn, Mr. Lee, Mr. SayntJohn, Thos. Derbye, Flecher of Rye, Ingeram of Sandwich, Godale, Wm. Pachet, Sir John Gage, Sir John Byrom, Sir Ant. Babington, Thos. Vachell, Sir Ric. Shurley, Thos. Shyrleye, John Skydmore, Sir Chr. Dacre, Robt. Wrothe, John Evedalle, Jasper Fyllowle, Thos. Vowell, Sir Wm. Essex, Sir Ant. Babington.


  • 1. 9th December.