Henry VIII: December 1534, 21-25

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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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December 1534, 21–25

21 Dec. 1560. The Archbishop of York.
See Grants in December, No. 28.
21 Dec. 1561. Sir Ralph Eure to Cromwell.
R. O. Has received a letter from his grandfather Ralph Eure touching the interest claimed by the King in the gift of the hospital of Our Lady of Bowthame, near York, otherwise called the Horsefair. Cromwell has written to the archbishop of York to make no presentments till the King's pleasure be known. His grandfather desires Cromwell to have all the evidence in his custody examined, and if it be found the King should have the gift, he will forbear his claim; but the register books at York show that he and his ancestors have always given it. Hopes Cromwell will write to the Archbishop and set his grandfather in quietness. Would have been with him himself, but his lodging has been visited with sickness, of which he does not yet know the character. Wayer, 21 Dec. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Mr. Thomas Cromwell, head secretary unto the King's most honorable Grace.
21 Dec. 1562. Ghinucci to Cromwell.
R. O. To avoid troubling you, I have written to Peter Vannes the points that occur to me at present. I only beg that effect may be given to the liberality which the King showed me at your intercession. Rome, 21 Dec. 1534. Signed.
Lat., p. 1. Add. Endd.
22 Dec. 1563. John [Fisher] Bishop of Rochester to [Cromwell].
Cleop. E. VI. 172. B. M. Arch. XXV. 93. Does not wish to displease the King. When last before him and the other commissioners he swore to the part concerning the succession for the reason he then gave, but refused to swear to some other parts, because his conscience would not allow him to do so. “I beseech you to be good master unto me in my necessity, for I have neither shirt nor sheet nor yet other clothes that are necessary for me to wear, but that be ragged and rent too shamefully. Notwithstanding, I might easily suffer that if they would keep my body warm. But my diet also God knows how slender it is at many times. And now in mine age my stomach may not away but with a few kind of meats, which if I want I decay forthwith, and fall into coughs and diseases of my body, and cannot keep myself in health.” His brother provides for him out of his own purse, to his great hindrance. Beseeches him to pity him, and move the King to take him into favor and release him from this cold and painful imprisonment. Desires to have a priest within the Tower to hear his confession “against this holy time;” and some books to stir his devotion more effectually. Wishes him a merry Christmas. At the Tower, 22 Dec. Signed.
22 Dec. 1564. The Navy.
Otho, E. IX. 54. B. M. Receipts by Wm. Gonson of London from Thos. Crumwell, master and treasurer of the King's jewels, in some cases by the hands of Wm. Bodye, for apparelling and rigging of the King's ships, viz.:—200l. for . . . . , 1 Oct. 25 Hen.VIII. 200l. for new making the King's ships and victualling the . . . . and the Marye Guyllford, sent by the King to Bourdeaux, 3 Nov. 25 Hen.VIII. 200l., 20 Nov. 25 Hen.VIII. 200l., 15 Dec. 25 Hen.VIII. 200l., 10 Jan. 25 Hen.VIII. 300l., for [ma]king guns also, . . . March 25 Hen.VIII. 300l., 31 March 25 Hen.VIII. 300l., 21 May 26 Hen.VIII. . . . . hundred pounds, . . . June 26 Hen. VIII. 200l., 4 July 26 Hen. VIII. 200l., 15 July 26 Hen. VIII. 200l., 8 Aug. 26 Hen. VIII. 200l., 14 Aug. 26 Hen. VIII. 300l., 28 Aug. 26 Hen. VIII. 300l., 19 [Se]pt. 26 Hen. VIII. 200l., 9 Oct. 26 Hen. VIII. 45l. for transporting the ambassador now coming from France between Calais and England, 31 Oct. 26 Hen. VIII. A hundred and fifty and . . . . [pounds], 2 Nov. 26 Hen. VIII. 200l. also for transporting the great [master] of France, 7 Dec. 26 Hen.VIII. 200l., 22 Dec. 26 Hen.VIII.
Pp. 7. Mutilated. Each receipt signed and many sealed by Gonson.
23 Dec. 1565. The Council of Calais to Cromwell.
R. O. According to the King's commission, the most part of the marsh is brought under water. It has cost no small labor and policy. We have lately informed the King and Council what direction we have taken with the inhabitants to repair the rivers, dykes and banks at their own cost; and that it may please his Highness to give them the marsh in common, as in times past, and to the inhabitants of his low countries the toll of Mark and Oye sluice, now possessed by Myddelton, man-at-arms of this town, who should be recompensed. We have not yet heard the King's pleasure, and can make them no determinate answer, although we have circumspectly practised with them. We desire an answer with all speed; for two of the King's sluices are stopped up, the one standing at Newenham bridge, which conveys the water from Guisnes, and the other behind the castle, which conveys it from Mark by the great river called the Hollet. Both these sluices are so decayed that next summer they cannot well be mended, and the water is likely to overflow all the east country. We therefore send the bearer express for an answer. And where Sir Robert Wingfeld has so grievously complained of the damage done to his houses built within the marsh, we have sent to view the same all the King's head officers of artificers here, whose report we enclose. Calais, 23 Dec., 1534. Signed: Arthur Lysle, k. — Edmund Howard—Edw. Ryngeley—Thomas Palmer—Robert Fouler—John Rowkewood—William Pryseley—Thomas Fouler—John Massyngberd.
Pp. 2. Add. Endd.
23 Dec. 1566. John Lord Hussey to Henry VIII.
R. O. Explains the circumstances under which he gave four bills obligatory which have come into the hands of the King's councillors from the executors of Sir Wm. Compton. The King in the first year of his reign appointed the late bishop of Ely, Docwra late lord of St. John's, and himself his ambassadors to Rome, when he, being unprovided of money for the journey, desired of the King a loan of 400 marks, which the King was content to have lent, but he had no leisure to await its receipt, and repairing to his house in Lincolnshire, caused the said four bills to be drawn and left with Sir W. Compton, to be delivered as his deeds upon the receipt of the money. Shortly afterwards the journey was countermanded, so that Hussey never had the money from the King, and had no cause to borrow. Nevertheless the bills remained with Sir W. Compton, of whom he often desired them back, but could get no answer, except that he should receive no hurt thereby. 23 Dec. 26 Hen.VIII. Signed.
Pp. 2. Add.
24 Dec. 1567. Stephen Vaughan to Cromwell.
Galba, B. x. 52. B. M. I am now [in] a peck of troubles, and in suit up to the cars. Bernardo de Pigly, waiting till I had despatched all my things, made a new arrest on Hacquet's goods; in answer to which I obtained a sentence from the Privy Council that I should put in surety to abide their judgment when the King's pleasure was known, as his Highness is the owner of the goods, as I had no power to allow the debt and had evidences impugning it. I have put Robert Stokfyshe surety, and Rauf Allen is bound to save him harmless. I am now returning to Bruxe[lles], and if there are no more arrests, will send what I have towards Calle[s].
By a sudden chance I have discovered a very secret practice. About three months ago the Emperor sent from Spain to Ireland a gentleman named Antony, lately tutor to the king of Denmark's son. He arrived in secret at Galowey (Galway), with one servant, who feigned to be his companion, and whom he allowed to practise what was committed to him. At Galoway two friars conducted him to Garard Kyldare, who joyfully received him; but I cannot find out the substance of their communication. After staying with Kyldare a few days he went to Scotland, and communed of other matters with the King. Thence he returned here about 18 days ago, and is now gone to Spain. What the Emperor means now, may you easily conject.
The Emperor is making much ordnance here as if it should be sent to Spain, but the truth threateneth the contrary. My lord of Bure entertains Janys Griffith ap Powell and his wife, and has given them a house in Bure. The knave sent his wife to the queen of Hungary with an interpreter to show her griefs. The Queen gave her 100 guylden.
Robert Frelove is coming into these parts, and laboreth to be clerk to the merchants. It were good you examined him in the matter whi[ch] you let slip. You know what I mean. Consider what I wrote before of Ireland. The princes of Germany keep a diet on Saint Lucy's Day, at a town on the Ryne called Covelyns. The intent I cannot learn.
After dinner I will go to Brussels, and send away my carriage, lest I be put to more trouble. Antwerp, Christmas Eve, 1534.
Yesterday I received your letter of an old date. It hath been well kept.
Your Parliament house doth wonders for the clergy, whereof I also won[der]. Do not give as much credence to the accompanying letter concerning Ireland as to this, but burn it as soon as you receive it.
Hol., pp. 3. Add. Endd.
1568. Sir John Hackett.
R. O. Account by Stephen Vaughan, clerk to the King, of money received from the archbishop of Palermo, one of Hacket's executors, from the sale of the goods of the deceased; of the legacies and debts paid in Base Dowchelande; of the sale of other goods by Vaughan; of Vaughan's expenses, and the costs of an arrest made upon the goods by Bernardo de Pigly, for a pretended debt of 98l. 14s. 5d. Fl. Receipts, 13l. 15s. Fl. Expenses in Flemish money, 40l. 2s. 6d., and in sterling money, 26l. 0s. 4d. Received from Garter herald-at-arms, in part payment of a debt to Hacket, 3l. St. Due to Vaughan, 42l. 15s. 8d. st.
Pp. 5. Endd.
25 Dec. 1569. The Corporation of Bishop's Lynn to Cromwell.
R. O. We are informed by your letters delivered unto us by Ric. Bradford, gauger, that the King has granted him the office of gauging and searching fish in this town. The office belongs to the mayor and others, as appears by the statute. If the King then, has granted this office to the said Richard, as we think he has not, it is not effectual in law. If you are desirous, however, that he should have the appointment from the mayor, at your request we are content, so long as it be no prejudice to our liberties. To have us in better remembrance according to our letters late sent to Mr. Miller, we give you yearly 100 of great ling. Lenn Bishop, 25 Dec. 1534.
Hol., pp. 2. Add. Endd.