Henry VIII: December 1535, 26-31

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Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 9, August-December 1535. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1886.

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December 1535, 26-31

26 Dec.
R. O.
1020. Voyage to Iceland.
Interrogatories of Wm. Fulcher and Wm. Thedam against Wm. Stanton, concerning a bargain by which Stanton let his ship, the "Christopher," to Fulcher and Thedam, for a voyage to Iceland, but afterwards refused to deliver it to them.
P. 1. Endorsed with fiat for a commission to Robt. Smythe, Wm. Suclyng, Robt. Bemond, and Thomas Holbourne, to take evidence in the above case. Signed by William Sulyard.
ii. Depositions taken at Sowtholte, Suff., before the above commissioners. 26 Dec. 27 Hen. VIII. Ten witnesses, natives of Southolt, and engaged in the Iceland fishery, give evidence in the matter. Signed by the Commissioners.
Pp. 4, sewed together.
[26 Dec. (fn. 1) ]
Vit. B. xiv. 161.
B. M.
1021. [Ro. Ruardinte (fn. 2) ] to Cromwell.
"My lord, most ............................... as zit the Emperor is not cumit to ..................... I am glaid, for with Goddis grace our erandes .............. cummyng and Barbaroussa is cumit in Sardinia besyd Co[rsica] ....... ane litill hyill (isle) thair, and the Emperor beis in Romme pri ........ word is gret, the Gret Master of Franche is put of the Cour[t].
The dwik of Albanie gois a gret armye to Melan and th ......... in Leonis neir the bordour of Franche. All capitan[s] ............ throw all Franche to the sammyne. This zwill (Yule) ewynne ....... of Surre and the thesaurar of Melan, wes schurgit thro[w] .......... geir chetit tharselffis bannest the romme. As said is thar ......... in Allmaine borne away with the ewill spretis into the ............ a distroit kyrkes and sanctis. This is bot fantasie and su[perstition].
Thair wes ane freyr prechit in Scotland zour prior (fn. 3) z to heir hymme. The towne at saw hyme pass to the kyrk .......... suld haf prechit, thair wes never sic ane auditour[y] ........... as gedderit, as writ and word come heyr. I beleif h ........... gret audiens. The stop and impediment ze knaw no ........... meyd quhow Kyng and Prince ma onderstand sacretlie ........... without suspicioune or lait or stop or knawlege of the sa ........... zow, and with Godes grace I sall do diligens to be hastel[y] ......... gud tythandes. I pray zour lordchip help this powir merch[ant] ....... quhilk is ane gud personne and laubours with lawtie to wyn his ....... [when your] 1. seis tyme and thinkes expedient ramembyr the kynges nob ......... quho sall not forzet his Grace and zow, quhom to gydd[er God] haf in his gratius favowres and protection, p ................ haist be zour lordship's oratour and servande at uta * * *."
Mutilated. Add: To my lord Secretar and Master of the Rollis in Englond.
26 Dec.
R. O.
1022. Sir Hen. Knevet to Lord Lisle.
Robert Reynoldes, spear of Calais, desires to set up a brewhouse within the Marches, which he cannot do without the King's licence. He is a very honest man, and I beg you will write me letters desiring me to labour to the King in his behalf. 26 Dec. Signed.
P. 1. Add.. Lord Lisle, the King's deputy of Calais, and to my Lady his wife.
R. O. 1023. Brewing at Calais.
Petition of Jas. Wadyngborne, of Calais, to Cromwell, chief secretary. His brewhouse at the Cawsey in the marches of Calais was destroyed in the last wars, and he then bought a house in the town standing over against the King's Exchequer. At the King's last being at Calais, he bought this house and others "in the said quadrant," to the petitioner's great loss. Bought a new house in the Middleway near the town for more than 200l., and daily brews for the town, paying excise and other charges as if he were within. Will be compelled to cease brewing in consequence of a late Act concerning the woods in the Marches, unless Cromwell obtain for him the King's license to brew as heretofore.
P. 1.
27 Dec.
R. O.
1024. Sir Gregory Casale to Cromwell.
Since writing on the 20th has had letters from his brother Francesco, saying that he did not send the bull to Cromwell because there were five different drafts of it, and the from was not decided. Not only is commerce with the English forbidden, but indulgence granted to those who invade the country. The bishop of Paris thinks the Pope cannot expedite the bull without proposing it in Consistory, on account of the clause de consilio fratrum, but other cardinals are of the opposite opinion. The Pope is very anxious for its expedition. The Bishop will do what he can to delay it till Casale's arrival. Wonders Gurone has not arrived. Bologna, 27 Dec. 1535. Signed.
Ital., pp, 2, mutilated. Add. Endd.
R. O. 2. Modern copy of the above.
28 Dec.
R. O.
1025. Nicholas Thorne to Cromwell.
After I was with your mastership I covenanted with Ric. Boley, a shipwright dwelling near Dartmouth, for new making the Saviour.
He is appointed to be here the middle of "Fevrell" next, and bring with him 20 carpenters. Please direct your letters to the abbot of Keynsham, the bishop and prior of Bath, Sir Ric. Bromfield, master of St. John in Reclyf pyt in Bristow, to deliver me such timber growing in their lordships for building their ship, 30 or 40 pieces each of them. There are divers woods in Wales and the forest of Dean near the water-side, belonging to the King, and certain religious houses, very necessary for your business. Bristow, 28 Dec. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Mr. Secretary. Endd.
28 Dec.
R. O.
1026. John Dunston, Sub-prior of Christchurch, Canterbury, to Lord Lisle.
Has written his Lordship two letters, requesting payment of 4l. 13s. 4d. for fourscore great oaks in the parish of Shadocksherst, belonging to the hospital of St. Jacob's, which were taken by one Rokewod (fn. 4) by a commission of the King to supply Calais with timber. Is now put in good hope to obtain the money by a soldier sent by Lord Lisle from Calais. Christchurch, Canterbury, St. Thomas' Even. Signed: John Dunston, sub-prior of Cristes Churche in Canterbery, and supervisor off the hospitall off Seynt Jacobs.
Hol., p. 1. Add. Endd.: A letter from the supprior of Cristchurche in Canterbury touching Mr. Rokwood's brother.
28 Dec.
R. O.
1027. [Aylmer and Alen] to Thomas Agard.
You must be aware that hitherto we and Mr. Treasurer have joined in one conformity to serve the King according to Mr. Secretary's pleasure. Both you and Mr. Treasurer have had our good hearts for Mr. Secretary's sake, nor did we breathe a word of displeasure towards Mr. Treasurer but for your cause and by your conveyance; for we knew nothing of your secret working toward both parties till we left Dublin; whereat we can but marvel, as we were always glad to report you well to Mr. Secretary. And if in discharge of our consciences to the King we had said anything to Mr. Secretary you had no right to make yourself privy thereto. "Remember what ye said to my lord Leonard in the garden at St. Sepulchre's." As to your statement that either of us would have put Mr. Treasurer from his office, and advised you to labour for it, even if it were true it was not half honest in you to disclose it; but we will prove it false, and come to Mr. Secretary for the declaration of our honesty. Pottell Rath, 28 Dec.
P. 1. Endd.: A letter directed unto Thomas Agard.
28 Dec.
Nero, B. vii. 104.
B. M.
1028. Bernardin Sandro to Starkey.
Received your letters on St. Thomas's Day, Nov. 6. and Nov. 28, and am glad to hear of your health in this pestilential season. I thank you for the offers contained in your last.
Apologises for having wished to sell him Basil, instead of giving it him. Was compelled by need. M. Edmondo is returned and wrote to England by the last post. II Signore (Pole) is still in M. Donato's house, and in good health. Priuli has not yet gone to Rome. Three French ambassadors are expected, to the Pope, the Emperor, and Venice. The Emperor is at Naples, and will hold a General Council of the kingdom for 15 days at the beginning of the year. Thence he will go to Rome and to Milan, when he will appoint a vice-duke, probably the duke of Mantua, whose brother, Signor Ferrante, has been made viceroy of Sicily.
The Milanese wrote to ask the Emperor for a governor; to which he replied that they must keep their present governor till he visit them in person. Antony da Leva governs the land, and count Maximilian Stampa the castle. The people dislike Leva, who formerly treated them badly. It is said that the Emperor has remitted many of the taxes imposed by the late Duke. Things are peaceful at Venice. The Turks have been again defeated by the Persians, losing 40,000 men and all their artillery. After sacking Minorca, of which Campeggio's son was bishop, Barbarossa has gone to Constantinople, where he was received with great joy, as the people feared the Emperor's army. Jonys is with us, and is soon going to his own country. Recommendations to Walkar and other friends. Venice, 28 Dec. 1535.
We have the Hortensio of M. Sadoletto sent by Pietro Bembo to II Signore It will soon be printed.
Ital., p. 1. Hol. Add.
28 Dec.
Nero, B. vi. 134.
B. M.
1029. E. Harvel to Starkey.
Since his arrival, wrote on the 4th. Has since received his of the 6th and 28th Nov. Thanks him for his continual writing. Considering Mr. Secretary's good favor, is ashamed to write, having deferred it so long. Will not, therefore, write to him before coming to England this summer, and asks Starkey to make excuses for him. Is busy, after his long absence, in redressing his writing and other business. Is glad to hear of Starkey's good state, and hopes shortly to hear of his preferment. Thinks Pole will shortly recompense his slackness in writing to the King, by a fair work which will be æternum monumentum et ingenii et virtutis suæ. He keeps it secret to himself, for he wishes the King to be the first reader. Thinks Starkey does not cease to do something memorable; trusts the time will bring forth many fair flowers in both their gardens.
Heard lately that on the 13th Oct. the Persians entered the Turk's camp at night, and slew all his "backeward," 45,000 men, and took the artillery, baggage, and the spoil he had taken in Persia. Of the Turk's person there is no certainty. Barbarossa has arrived in Constantinople with 27 sail. The Emperor was received most triumphantly in Naples, and will hold a general Parliament on the 5th of next month. The realm has concluded to give him 1,000,000 ducats. By all January he will be in Rome. All the princes of Italy are gone to Court, except the duke of Mantua, who, by the Emperor's command, remains in his town. "Thes ..................... ware and new confederacion by the French [kin]g, but they .......... move for as much as I can perceive, although they be me ...... desirous to have a weaker neighbour in Milan than is the Emperor, sed ad bellum gerendum desunt nervi, id est pecunia."
This State is, beyond opinion, poor of money, and the city decays continually for lack of "doinges" by these Turk's wars. Desires to be remembered to Mr. Secretary, Mr. Russel, and his other friends. Venice, 24 Dec. 1535.
The fame is very constant that the General Council will take effect shortly, and for this cause Petrus Paulus Vergerius was sent to Ferdinand and the princes of Almain. He is now here on his way to Rome. The Emperor prepares a great navy, men think, for Africa. The Turk is thought to be in danger of losing Syria, for the Sofi is very puissant and victorious, and hath great factions in those parts. "Continued till the 28 said."
Hol., mutilated, pp. 2. Add.: In London.
[28 Dec.]
Vit. B. xxi. 113.
B. M.
1030. R[obert] B[arnes] to [Cromwell].
"Gote in Turingia, in festo Pue[rorum ?]" (fn. 5)
My Lord (fn. 6) hath been with all the confederators, and brought to pass what my Sovereign Lord desireth, except that he has not spoken of the King's ....... for there was neither time nor place convenient.
He is now going to treat of those matters at Wyttenbergh, where I trust we shall make a good end. The Elector would gladly that his learned men and w[e] should agree. He is not against us, but for fear of the Emperor he had rather that his learned men should handle the matter than he, as it pertains to learning. "Marten est multo æquior causæ quam antea, Jonas non repugnat, Phylippus videtur nobiscum esse, solus Pomeranus mordicus resistit, sed non despero de felici successu." With the Confederates my Lord has used himself wisely, and driven things to the utmost both for the King's pleasure and honor. I advise you to manage that nothing be required of them which is too hard for them to grant, for then all our labour will be lost. As far as I perceived, the King never desired more than that they should agree concerning the Council and the Pope, which they have granted to the utmost. "There is nothing that I can see to be ..... out of ....... but that they ask too much money, the * * * told your H.M. (fn. 7) that they would do, but this I ..... re that it may be brought to pass that they shall do something for their money." You did the King high service when you sent my Lord, for he uses himself like a wise man, and spares no money. It pleases these men much to see him so wise and liberal, and they are proud that it pleased the King to send them so honorable as ambassador. No one in England could have done better service than he.
I am in great love with him for having used himself so honorably, though we do not agree in omnibus articulis religionis, but I trust at length there will be no great difference, for he is gentle, and may abide all manner of honest communication, so that I doubt not to draw him at last to me, through God's grace. I have received 20l. of my Lord, but want more. I have five horses here at my charge, to the King's honor. I dare say that my Lord spends 15l. or 16l. every week above his diet, beside rewards. * * *
Hol., pp. 2, mutilated. Begins: Right honorable Sir.
29 Dec.
R. O.
1031. Sir Richard Bulkeley to Cromwell.
I received yours of the 5th inst., desiring I should send your letter to lord Leonard Grey in Ireland, for redelivery of certain goods belonging to the Katharine, of Bristow. The pirates, Thomas Carter and others, are not in the writer's but in serjeant Puleston's custody, constable of Carnarvon castle, except Carter and Jacson, whom he sends. Jacson is in Beaumaris castle, very sick. Five of them have escaped out of Puleston's custody. If Cromwell examines the pirates he will discover what goods have been sold by them. Never had the worth of a groat of the King's subjects, as his predecessors were wont to have, for defraying the costs of the King's service. Begs he will have pity, especially as his father is alive. Intends to see him shortly. Beaumaris, 29 Dec.
Hol., p. 1, large sheet. Add.: Secretary. Endd.
29 Dec.
R. O.
1032. John Husee to Lord Lisle.
Sent Skell's pardon by Jas. Hawksworth. Sent also in what case I stood for lack of money, which is required for the ulrons, the grocer, and chandler. Hopes the grocer will take the spices back again. I have much ado for my check, though I offered Mr. Richard (Cromwell) a tun of wine to get it for me, which is half my wages. I am quite behindhand by this journey. Edw. Lovell has delivered your horse to Mr. Dudley, and signed the bill for Lawles which Donyngcourt has. Leonard Smythe is not at home, so Lovell can do nothing. Mr. Nores likes the falcon, but has not yet spoken with the King. John Gough, who is ill, has delivered the King's New Year's gift for you to Swyfte, for he has gotten his check, and intends to be cut of the stone shortly. The bishop of Norwich is dead. London, 29 Dec.
Hol., p. 1. Sealed. Add.
29 Dec.
R. O.
1033. John Husee to Lady Lisle.
I have sent Mrs. Skerne the sleeves, for which she thanks you. I have received of Edw. Lovell, a "bolt" of cambric, which I shall present as instructed, hoping to bring your kirtle with me. I have much ado with my check, but hope shortly to be rid, being right sorry for the news you wrote me, especially about John Harper, God pardon his soul. London, 29 Dec.
Hol., p. 1. Add.
ii. Lady Lisle to John Husee.
I have received by Shuyfft your letter of the 29th Dec. I am sorry ye wrote to my Lord as ye did. My Lord thought ye should never have lost a penny by us. He was at first discontented with you. I have written to Mr. Geo. Royllys about the pulling down of our weir at Humberley, in Devonshire. He knows well the wrongs my Lord has sustained. My Lord is advised to sue out a commission against the doers thereof, and is determined to place upon it Mr. Geo. Rolles and Mr. Densell, who may appoint such as they think meet on my Lord's behalf. You shall bring their names with you as soon as you can. I will tell you of other business to be done at your coming. Remember my kirtle. Calais, 8 Jan.
If you may obtain your check, follow it rather than that it should be lost.
Draft, p. 1, written on a blank space in Husee's letter.
29 Dec.
Nero, B. vi. 160.
B. M.
1034. G. Lily to Starkey.
Has received two letters from him about the same time, and almost on the same subject. Since writting last, has been ill with fever, and his studies were interrupted. Has been reading the seven tragedies of Sophocles, five of Euripides, three comedies of Aristophanes, and other writings on moral discipline from Xenophon and Plutarch, without the aid of any teacher. Attends meanwhile to the teaching of Egnatius and Faustus in Greek. Profits also by Morison's acquaintance, who is one of our flock. Their patron has the same household and associates as when Starkey was here, except the French ambassador, who is returning to France. Priolus is very friendly with our master, and is now at Padua. Has sent on Starkey's letters to him, but has received none in return. Venice, 4 kal. Jan.
Hol., Lat., pp. 2. Add.: Londini. Endd.: Letters in Latten, written to divers private persons.
29 Dec.
Vienna Archives.
1035. Charles V. to [Chapuys].
Received, on the 24th inst., his letters of 21 Nov. The ill will of the king of England to the Queen and Princess is cruel and horrible. It is impossible to believe that he would be so unnatural as to put them to death, considering his ties to them, their descent, their virtues and long sufferings. He probably intends by threats to make them swear to and approve his statutes. There are two reasons against their taking the oath:—One, that it would alienate and discourage the good people of England, and be a means for the King and his concubine gaining the good will of all. The other is, that the King would perhaps take it as a further reason for revenging himself on them for having so long refused, and would assume that their taking the oath was an acknowledgment of the fault of disobedience, and therefore deserving the same punishment. He would suppose that the oath was taken by the Emperor's advice. Chapuys must do what he can to avoid their taking the oath without letting them run an irremediable risk. Hopes to do something for them at the approaching interview with the Pope, from his Holiness's desire to chastise the King for his daily insults to him and the Holy See. Will wait also to see whether the enterprise for which his man was sent can be carried out. He must, however, advise them to take the oath rather than lose their lives, protesting that they do it from fear. It cannot then prejudice their rights. Protestation to this effect shall be made by their proctor at Rome. Chapuys must assure them that the Emperor will take care of their interests when at Rome. Naples, 29 Dec. 1535.
Fr., from a modern copy, pp. 2.
30 Dec.
Vienna Archives.
1036. Chapuys to Charles V.
On Monday last, the third day of Christmas, the King sent to ask me to come and visit him some day during these holidays, except the first day of the year, and that I should do him great pleasure. And it being arranged between me and the gentleman who came to call me that this day would be the most convenient, the King on Tuesday following sent to ask me to put it off till Sunday next. Yesterday, Wednesday, I received letters from the Queen's physician, stating that she had relapsed, and was worse than she was a mouth before, and that for the Queen's satisfaction and all her company I must obtain leave to go and visit her. I sent immediately to Court to solicit the said leave, and Cromwell said there would be no difficulty about it, but it was necessary that the King should first speak with me on matters of great importance, and I must not fail to come to Greenwich at 1 p.m., whither the King would come from Heltam. Although Cromwell made this reply several times to my messenger, and begged him particularly to report it to me, yet he this morning sent me his secretary to know my determination about it, that he might give notice to the King to be at Greenwich; Cromwell thus declaring the great desire the King and he had that I should not fail to be there. At the hour appointed I found on the bridge at Greenwich the sieur de Chennay waiting for me, to conduct me to the lists, where the King was waiting for me. He received me most courteously, embraced me still more cordially by the neck, and detained me some time in conversation before all the company on matters which I cannot recount at present, except that, among other things, he said that, hearing from Cromwell how I wished to visit the patient, he had anticipated the day appointed to me, as the matter of which he wished to speak to me was of such importance. It was that, trusting in the cordial expressions Likkerke and I had so long used to his ministers, he had always refused to let them listen to the French, who continually importuned him with great offers; but seeing no great hope for his own part, as your Majesty appeared to be dissembling matters for the time, "et apres donner la figue a tout le monde," and, on the other hand, as the French had redoubled their intrigues since the death of the duke of Milan, and made him such wonderful offers, he should be compelled to listen to them if he had not speedy and assured answer from your Majesty. Yet he doubted, considering the urgency of their suit, whether he could await the answer; nor was he so foolish as not to be on his guard against dissimulations which might be to his great disadvantage, shutting him out from the friendship both of your Majesty and France; but now was the season for him to see to his own interests (quil feit ses affaires), the French being enemies to your Majesty, who were only awaiting an opportunity of declaring themselves so, as the offers they made him were better assured than any made to him hitherto, for they promised him towns and territory; and as he was a plain-spoken prince and man of honor he wished to communicate them to me, both for his own honor and that I might provide a remedy by informing you with all diligence, telling me there could be no doubt of what he had informed me, and that he was not one of those who stirred up jealousies in order to make his own profit, stating one thing instead of another,—for he was an Englishman, and not a Frenchman or a Spaniard, to use such guile.
On beginning to reply, saying that I hoped to satisfy him fully touching the delay of your Majesty's answer, he wished me to come up with him to his room, from which he shut out everybody, and there I said to him that if there were no other reason, the great business your Majesty had during your expedition to Barbary was sufficient excuse for not having been able to answer him; for neither in this matter nor in any other, however important, had you made answer during that time (which he would not admit, saying he knew the contrary), and further that your Majesty had more cause to complain of the delay and dissimulation he had used in this matter than he, and that it was for him to make answer on the overtures which had been made to him on your behalf, but till now I had not been able to get from him or Cromwell any explicit reply; for every time Cromwell and I had spoken of it, he had been unable to reply to my representations, and said he would take time to consider about them; and at last, after much importunity, when I gave him to understand that his communications with me seemed only intended to put off time and create jealousy in the French, he said he had written to Wallop to make the said reply to your Majesty's ambassador, and, notwithstanding that that looked very much like a subterfuge to create further delay, I had not ceased to speak to Cromwell about it from time to time, who confined himself to general terms; and that I did not believe, whatever he said, that the king of France and he, being such virtuous princes, would treat anything against your Majesty to the ruin of Christendom, especially he who had no cause for it whatever, your Majesty having always been his friend, as he would, besides greatly offending God by breaking his oaths and promises, do great injury to himself and his kingdom, making war upon your Majesty without hope of any advantage; for he knew well that those who promised him the territory of others would like it better for themselves, as well as Guienne and Normandy; moreover he knew well what Cromwell had often told me, that the a French to obtain Milan would renounce (remerceroit qu. renonceroit ?) the friendship of all princes, even father and mother, and, as Cromwell said, even God himself. On this he suddenly said that he did not think your Majesty so ill advised as to grant Milan to the French, for it would be your complete destruction. I said that, even if the French conquered it, they would do all that your Majesty wished, and there would be no such danger of destruction, as had been seen previously, even when things were not so favorable everywhere for your Majesty as they are now, and when those of the French were much more prosperous. He answered that it would be a very different thing if they deceived themselves with the French (quil y auroit trop grosse difference sil se fallioit avec les François), and that the affairs of your Majesty were not so prosperous as it was pretended, for it was no great thing to have given chase to a pirate, especially with the aid of the Moorish king, who, with his men, had effected everything in the encounter with Barbarossa, as his ambassador had written to him. And on my remarking that it must be considered that Barbarossa was captain general of the most powerful prince in the world, and king of two kingdoms, and declaring further the little help the Moorish king got from his subjects, he was sorry for having begun upon the subject; and as to allying himself to the French, [I said], the nations were such as it was impossible to bring together, and in case of war it would be inestimable injury if his subjects could not trade in Flanders; in which case he said they would find means enough to export their goods.
I asked the King, apropos of some other things, what occasion he had to treat of war against your Majesty. He said, to secure himself and not allow you to grow so powerful, and that the French reproached him, saying his dissimulation was the reason why the Emperor was so haughty; moreover, that you had shown him the greatest ingratitude, procuring so many things against him at the desire of a woman, which had involved him in many troubles; and that your Majesty had by threats and force obtained a sentence against him, as the Pope himself had confessed. I replied that your Majesty, as a set-off to much prosperity, had this misfortune (en recompence de pluseurs bonsheurs avoit cesluy mauvais), that he complained of your Majesty because you recommended the righteous cause of the Queen alike for his own honor and for that of the Queen herself. Whereupon he replied to me as he had done before, that your Majesty had not acted so for the queen of Denmark your sister. To which I made the same reply as formerly, showing him what your Majesty had done for her daughters your nieces. And to all the rest I replied very particularly and, I think, pertinently, taking particular care not to be contentious or irritate him, considering the French intrigues, which I believe are hot, although the King tells me "que les Francois ne monstrent estre trop effrayez;" and the King only makes me such great cheer before the world to arouse the jealousy of the French ambassador, who was in Court yesterday by his desire.
After much conversation I asked the King what he wished your Majesty to do. He said finally he wished you would not only cease to favor these good ladies, but also get the sentence given in the Queen's favor revoked. I said there was no good reason for this, and even if your Majesty would do so it was not in your power; and since I had no express commission to discuss such matters, I could only inform your Majesty, and assure you that you would do all you could according to honor and conscience. The King, in the course of conversation, admitted that he believed the Pope solicited you to do all you could against him, and also that it was a ridiculous story that your Majesty had offered the king of France to conquer this realm for him. At last he said that he believed the Queen, whom he only called Madame, would not live long (ne la feroit ycy longuement), and that if she died you would have no cause to trouble yourself about the affairs of this kingdom, and might refrain from stirring in this matter (et se pourra tenir par le bec des poursuites faictes en ce negoce). I said the death of the Queen could do no possible good, and that in any event the sentence was necessary.
After I had taken leave of the King he recalled me by the duke of Suffolk to tell me news had just come that the Queen was in extremis, and that I should hardly find her alive; moreover, that this would take away all the difficulties between your Majesty and him. I think the danger cannot be so great, because the physician did not represent the case to me as so urgent; nevertheless I took horse at once. I asked leave that the Princess might see the Queen her mother,—which he at first refused, and on my making some remonstrance he said he would take advice on the subject. The Princess had advised me to make this request. London, 30 Dec. 1535.
Fr., from a modern copy, pp. 6.
Add. MS. 25,114, f. 117.
B. M.
1037. Philip Grenacre, Apothecary, to Montesse.
The Queen is very ill, as the doctor will have written. She gets worse every hour. These two days and nights she has been able to take nothing, either to eat or to drink, that would remain in her stomach, and she has not slept more than an hour and a half for the pain in her stomach. Begs him to tell the ambassador to come as quickly as possible, for she has lost all her strength.
Hol., Fr., p. 1. Add.: Seigneur Montesse maistre dostell de Mons. lambaxadeur de l'Empereur. Endd.: Copies.
30 Dec.
Add. MS. 25,114, f. 183.
B. M.
1038. Henry VIII. to Gardiner and Wallop.
Has received their letters of the 15th. Is glad that, in consequence of their politic handling, the French court, notwithstanding their seeming niceness and daintiness, pretending to be in no necessity, and throw it upon England, have acknowledged their danger, should they make war alone or agree with the Emperor, who is like to be monarch of Christendom. When it is too late they acknowledge it, but not with such frankness as becomes his friends. The King will deal with them in a plain, frank, and friendly fashion, "as a prince of such honor, wisdom, and experience as will attempt nothing headily without convenient consultation, consideration, and debatement of every part of our enterprise- before." They shall remonstrate with the French for their conduct to all men, and the King especially, as giving occasion to their friends to stay their friendship or forsake them. It is strange how they dissemble and counterfeit, and when they might have had the King in their utmost danger they have preferred to waste their time and deceive their friends. Two years since, Norfolk and his colleagues were sent to Montpellier to negociate for the interests of the two crowns; immediately after Winchester to Marseilles for performance of their promises. After the Admiral had been in England, Norfolk was again sent to Calais; then, at their own procurement, Winchester and Wallop were sent to conclude upon the overtures made by the mouth of the bailly of Troyes. All which they have passed over, saying they have no need of war unless for Henry's sake, who neither needs nor desires it; giving it out to the world that England was in such extremity it could not preserve itself without war, nor enter it without their aid. They had an excellent opportunity when the Emperor was in Africa; now he has peaceable possession of Italy and Germany united, and yet France dissembles. Still the King will not allow these things to interfere with his friendship, but will assist Francis if he will let him see "the bottom of his stomach." Chargeable as the war is, the King considers it less than his honor, but requires them frankly to explain their purposes. They shall say, if it be required that the bishop of Rome be reckoned among their friends, that the King cannot believe, as this Bishop is in so much danger, and likely to be compelled to acknowledge himself the Emperor's vassal, he will be of any importance.
2. Henry cannot be expected to join with one who has excommunicated him, and attempted all the mischief that he, his 'postles and beauperes, could devise; or else the Pope must dissemble as long as theirs was the better part, and when the contrary appeared, "start straight after the fashion of his predecessors, turning his tippet, and, doing his worst against us, alleging some forged lie for his excuse to the Emperor; which, if he should do, as we in that case look for none other at his hands, he should not a whit degenerate from the holiness of that See, which, with devices, inventions, fables, lies, and serving of the time, hath deceived all men." Can in no wise join with one who has so cankardly studied to procure displeasure against the King, and expressed against Henry, who is their assured friend, so vehemently, "his wretched and cankered malice, as now at the last he hath gone so near them in two points contained in his sentence devised to be given against us that they say they cannot suffer ne endure them; the one for the gift of the land in prædam, the other for the excommunication of them that have to do with us." The King will not have them to be means to change these points, or put them out of the sentence otherwise than they will of themselves. If the Emperor, the bishop of Rome, and all their adherents were to combine against England, the King is so prepared as he need not fear their malice, provided he do not waste himself in foreign enterprises. In case they will come to any conclusion, they shall say that, seeing it was supposed that 2,000,000 would suffice for this enterprise, the King is content to advance a fourth part, which is more than anybody else would do, especially as he takes nothing by the war. They should, however, in making these propositions, rather "seem to shout at a high prick when ye speak of it." If they refuse to leave the bishop of Rome as being their friend, the ambassadors shall urge that this is contrary to his old fashion, However, they shall say, as of themselves, that when Francis was in captivity the King stood upon no such respects. If they still stick to this point, the ambassadors shall say that they will report and wait instructions from England. Eltham, the penult day of December. Signed.
Pp. 15. Add. and endd. in Wriothesley's hand.
30 Dec.
Add. MS. 25,114, f. 114.
B. M.
1039. Cromwell to Gardiner.
The King so highly approves of his service, "that ye shall assuredly, what end soever your business there shall take, return to his Highness as heartily welcome and in as great reputation as you could yourself desire." Is glad of it. The Dowager is in great danger, as he will perceive by a letter sent from the Emperor's ambassador. Has taken order for his money with Peter Lark. The Rolls, 30 Dec. Signed.
P. 1., in Wriothesley's hand. Add.: My lord of Winchester, &c.
Ibid., f. 116. 2. Latin translation of the above in a modern hand.
P. 1.
30 Dec.
R. O.
1040. Lady Mary Wyllughby to Cromwell.
When I sent my servant to you he brought me word that you were in such importunate business that you could not despatch me or any other body. But now I must put you to pain, for I heard that my mistress is very sore sick again. I pray you remember me, for you promised to labor with the King to get me licence to go to her before God send for her, as there is no other likelihood. Unless the King will let me have a letter to show the officers of my mistress's house, my licence will be of no effect. No one can help me so well as yourself. Barbican, 30 Dec. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Secretary. Endd.
30 Dec.
R. O.
1041. William Abbot of Westminster to Cromwell.
Pardon me and your servant Geo. Carleton, whom I have detained two days in consequence of "the disease of Goddes Sonde." I beg you will license him to come again to me till I see how God will work with me. I will send for some of your ale, which did me great pleasure, I right heartily thank you. Hendon, 30 Dec. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Secretary.
[30 Dec.]
R. O.
1042. Rob. Hogen to Ric. Southwell.
The Wednesday before St. Thomas's Day before Christmas, Sir Thos. Rusch and I were at Master Jeny's, when Jeny offered certain sureties to Sir Thos. and Humfrey Wingfield for the payment of 1,000l. for Smith's land, which Sir Thos. refused; for the land that Smith bought of Jeny is "vooyd" to be 40l. a year freehold. Gives further particulars of these proceedings. If Master Secretary might have it for 400l. then the bargain would be somewhat reasonable, for Smith paid 800l. for the purchase.
Advises him not to give more. He had better send some of his servants to view it.
Master Sturgese has advertised you of the timber felled in the woods of my lord of Norwich before his death. Thursday in Christmas week.
Hol., p. 1. Add.
30 Dec.
Royal MS. 18 B. vi. 48.
B. M.
1043. James V. to [Henry VIII.]
Is glad to hear of Henry's good mind in furthering his marriage, and thanks him for his advice to Sir Thos. Erskyn and Robt. abbot of Kinloss, bearers of these presents. Asks him to continue his assistance. Will not fail to keep semblable correspondence of entire favor and kindness in all things tending to the honor and weal of Henry and his subjects, to which he is bound by the natural bond of love and the late league of amity. Desires credence for Erskyn and the abbot. Stirling Castle, penult. day of Dec. 23 Jac. V.
Copy. Another copy at f. 196 b.
30 Dec.
R. MS. 18 B. vi. 21 b.
B. M.
1044. James V. to Francis I.
Understands from Thos. Ersking, his secretary, who has just returned from France, and from the letters of his ambassadors, the cause of the delay in the treaty for his marriage. Informs him by the secretary of his intentions, which he has so moderated that Francis will see that he does not value what is usually dear to men. Desires credence for his ambassadors. Stirling, 30 Dec. 1535.
Lat., copy. Other copies at ff. 48 b. and 197, the former imperfect.
30 Dec.
R. MS. 18 B. vi. 21 b.
B. M.
1045. James V. to the Great Master of France [Montmorency].
Thanks him for his good offices in all matters, of which he has heard from his ambassadors. Stirling, 30 Dec. 1535.
Lat., copy, p. 1. Another copy at f. 197.
30 Dec.
R. MS. 18 B. vi. 21 b.
B. M.
1046. James V. to [Albany].
"Dearest and best beloved cousin." Understands by his secretary and the abbot of Kinloss the cause of delay in his marriage, and [Albany's] good mind for the hasty ending of the same. Thanks him, and prays him to continue. His ambassadors are instructed about [Albany's] particular desires. Stirling, 30 Dec. 1535.
Copy. Another copy at f. 197 b.
R. MS. 18 B. vi. 21 b.
B. M.
1047. James V. to Charles V.
Writes in behalf of Quintingern Tennand, James Makgill, and Alexander Lamb, merchants, whose ship was taken near Onodegala by John Martinus about two years ago.
Lat., p. 1., copy. Another copy at f. 197 b.
30 Dec.
R. MS. 18 B. vi. 48 b.
B. M.
1048. [James V.] to Lord Lisle.
Thanks him for the humanity and good treatment he shows to his servants and subjects, of which he has been informed by divers, and specially by the abbot of Kinloss, for whom he desires credence. Stirling Castle, 30 Dec. 23 [Jas. V.].
Copy, p. 1. Add. Another copy at f. 196 b.
31 Dec.
R. MS. 18 B. vi. 46.
B. M.
1049. [James V. to Henry VIII.]
Sends to him Jas. Lindsay, his master falconer, with six falcons "unlawbourit" of this year, from Orkney and Shetland. Falkland, 31 Dec. 23 Jas. V.
Copy, p. 1. Another copy at f. 195.
31 Dec.
R. O.
St. P. i. 451.
1050. Sir Edmund Bedyngfeld to Cromwell.
Received his letters between 7 and 8 o'clock p.m., stating that the King hears from the Imperial ambassador that the Princess Dowager is in great danger of life. Had written to Cromwell before receiving his letter. Trusts it is apparent in what great trust Master Chamberlain and he are, both with her and such as be about her, that the ambassador should have knowledge before them who daily continue in the house. Sent as soon as he was made privy to it. The doctor's report is "non multum pejus quam erat, neque longe melius." She continues in pain in her stomach, and can take little rest. Considering her weakness, she cannot long continue, if the sickness remains. The doctor moved her to take other advice, but she answered that she would in no wise have any other physician, but only commit herself to the pleasure of God. Will send further news with all speed. Kymbaltun, 31 Dec. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Secretary. Endd.: Rec. 1 Jan.
31 Dec.
Lamb. MS. 602, f. 90.
St. P. ii. 295.
1051. Gerald Aylmer and John Alen, Master of the Rolls, to Cromwell.
Have for the most part been together since the coming of the army to Ireland. Irishmen were never in greater fear than now. The King's sessions have been kept in five shires more than usual. Eighteen thieves have been hanged in Kildare, so that "the pore erthtillers" peaceably occupy the earth, and do not fear to complain. Aylmer has received, by the Master of the Rolls, Cromwell's letter, desiring him to continue his old amity with Mr. Treasurer. Deny the report that they have been unfriendly toward him, and attribute it to Mr. Agarde, who has caused the Treasurer to be displeased with them. Beg Cromwell not to believe unfavorable reports of them, which the Lord Deputy from his old displeasure will continue. Ask him also to write to the Treasurer, that he may disregard such light reports. Have written to Agard on the subject. Kilkenny, 31 Dec. Signed.
Pp. 2. Add.: Principal Secretary. Endd.
R. O.
St. P. ii. 300.
1052. Ossory and others to [Cromwell].
Deny the report that Ailmer and Alen do not bear good will to the Treasurer of the Wars, and that Alen tried to remove him from his office of under-treasurer.
Signed: P. Oss'—James Butler—Gerald Aylmer, justice—Leonard Gray—John Alen, Mr. of the Rolles.
R. O. 1053. Gerald Aylmer, Justice, and John Alen, to Cromwell.
Ask him to be good master to Ric. Savage, who was robbed during the rebellion, and to John Garett, whom the army despoiled in Lambay.
Sent Cromwell a minute, and if it is stamped and his hand to it, it will be sufficient. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Mr. Secretary. Endd.
R. O. 1054. Edward Beck, of Manchester, to Cromwell.
Thank God you have preserved this land. It would never have come to such reformation but for you. You could not have done a better act in slaying "infeedylles" than the bringing of this land from such misery into obedience to law and justice, for the country is in good peace and quiet, and in greater fear of justice than it has been these 40 years. Let not the King be hasty in giving such lands and profits as fall to him daily here, except to such as will inhabit there, and cause other Englishmen to dwell here. The execution done upon traitors has done much good. They knew not before what punishment belonged to treason. Let no man come into this country who may give comfort to any Geraldine, for they have been always the "leossers" of this poor land, and I think if my lady of Kildare came she could do no good. Mr. Brabzon takes much labour upon him daily to the King's advantage, more than all the others here, so that he is sore overcharged. I beg your acceptance of a token sent by this bearer,—a roll of white Irish blankets, with a blue Galway mantle and a firkin of aqua vitæ. At Drodathe.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Master Secretary.
R. O.
1055. Sebastian Pinto to Cromwell.
Sends a New Year's present. Signed.
Lat., p. 1. Add.: Secretary. Endd.: Recd. 1. Jan.
Lamb. 611, f. 28. 1056. Henry VIII. to the Clergy of Ireland.
Thanking them for a contribution of a twentieth part of the yearly rent of all their promotions in consideration of his charges in resisting the Geraldines.
Copy, p. 1. Headed: "Anno1535."
R. O.
1057. [Lord Lisle to Cromwell ?]
On Christmas Day last, a day on which the Council and retinue here wait on the King's deputy, all, except Sir. Robt. Wingfield and Sir R. Whettehyll, waited at my house. St. George's priest gave me warning that the hour was come for me to go to church, and the choir waited for me; on which I went to church, and waited over a quarter of an hour, yet the Mayor did not appear. I then commanded the curate to go in procession; and after it was past, the Mayor and his aldermen came in, much grieved that I had not waited for him. I answered that he ought rather to have waited for me. Sir Robt. Wingfield replied, that the Mayor was chief justice here and the King's lieutenant, and I but the King's deputy. I said the King himself had made me his deputy here without any superior, and I would keep it till his pleasure was known; for on Twelfth Day I and the Council will go and my fellows of the retinue together, and I had sooner beg my bread for one year than wait for the Mayor,—an example never seen before. I have entertained the Mayor more than it has become me, but Sir Robt. Wingfield will not forget his malice for the drowning of the marsh. He threatened this Christmas to bring an action against me and the porter for it. I answered, he that commanded me should save me harmless, and said I wondered he would sit with the Mayor and leave me and the King's council chamber. He replied, that he was sworn to the Mayor and burgesses. I said, for your first oath I am sure you have a dispensation; and so I departed. I beg to know your pleasure.
Draft in Lisle's hand, p. 1. Begins: Right Honorable.
R. O. 1058. [Lord Lisle] to —.
On the same subject, and very much to the same effect, though differently worded, and sometimes with greater fullness, as in the following sentence:—"So I went to church, and there had the keys, the priests being all in a readiness, and so tarried a quarter of an hour and the Mayor came not." Refers to a dispute in Sir Gilbert Talbot's days, when the deputy went with the retinue before the Mayor and aldermen.
Draft, pp. 2.
R. O.
1059. The Curate of Harwich.
"Artickells ayenst Sir Thomas Corthop, curate of Harwiche, in the yere of or Lord Jh'u Christ ml. ve. xxxv."
1. That he had read the general sentence instead of the King's letters, contrary to the King's orders. 2. That he had commanded the parish clerk to be sworn unto him. 3. That he had called Edmond More, groom of the King's Chamber, and divers others "knavys and chorles." 4. That he "had left the name of the Pope and other titles of his glory and "advancement unrased out of the books within the church of Harwich." 5. That he had asserted he would keep from preaching there, in despite of the Bishop and the King, one Sir Christopher Lambhethe, admitted by the former. 6. That he had said "these new learned fellows did teach the people neither to fast, pray, nor to do almous deeds." 7. That in a sermon preached at Bethelem without Bisshoppegate, London, he had said "that these new preachers now-a-days that doth preach their iii. sermons in a day have made and brought in such divisions and seditions among us as never was seen in this realm, for the devil reigneth over us now." 8. That he had said, August 18th, that a commission had come from the King, commanding every curate to preach after the old custom. 9. That he had expressed a hope that they should preach as they had done. 10. That he had called Dr. Barnes "false knave and heretic." 11. That he had pulled down the King's letters from the pulpit, "whereof most customall other letters hath been set to abide quietly, as the bishop of Rome's letters," and set them on the church door. 12. That he said the bishop of London told him it was not contrary to the Act of Parliament to preach purgatory. 13. That he had said "Our Saviour Christ could do no miracles in some places." 14. And that the people believe new-fangled fellows, and not the captains of the church. 15. That he had preached Antichrist, and had not showed who Antichrist was. 16. That when the young men of the parish entered the church, Dec. 26, to chose them a Lord of Misrule with minstrels to solace the parish and bring youths from cards and diceing, the said priest had taken the pipe out of the minstrel's hand, and struck him on the head with it, and did next day preach a sermon that the children of Israel came dancing and piping before their idols. 17. For falsely accusing his parishioners of hunting and bowling, and not coming to church.
Witnesses. (1) Of things done at Harwich:—Thomas Bacon of London, salter, John Bird, Thomas Broke, James Bonham, fishmonger, of London, Henry Borman, Master Browne of Lyme, Roger Coper, Richard Cowper, Marmaduke Elwand, Henry Fissher, John Hamont, constable, Morice Harvy, John Hauken, John Jakson, Philip Jestlyn of London, John Keche of London, John Lambart, Sir Christopher Lambhith, priest, Sir John Lege, priest, Robert Leg, Thomas Marven, Robert Mott, Robert Petman, William Poynter, Thomas Regeley, Thomas Rychemont of Harwiche, John Sake, consrable, Adam Sampson, Jeffery Smyth, William Wallys of Bentley, Rauff Wilson, John Woodward. (2) Of the sermon preached at London:—Nicholas Assheton, draper, William Carkk, scrivener, Thomas Dady, draper, George Eliot of London, mercer, Thomas Hewet, draper, William Lacy, clothworker, John Meryfeld, upholsterer, John Perkyns, servant to our Sovereign Lord the King, George Sworland, upholsterer.
Pp. 10. Endd.: "Articles against Sir Thomas Gorthopp, curet of Harwich."
R. O. 1060. Sewall and Reve.
Articles alleged on the part of John Sewall against Roger Reve.
That on the death of Wm. Wyborowe, Reve commanded Sewall and his wife to withstand Robt. Peyne and Roger Barbour if they came to their house, for he was Wyborowe's executor, and the others had forged a will. About 26 Dec. 27 Hen. VIII., Reve took away from Sewall's house a coffer with plate and money, and from their shop three books of debts owing to Wyborowe, among which were 34l. due to the executor, by the abbot of Bury, Reve's brother. (fn. 8) On 28 Dec. he came to Sewall's house, and broke up all the chests, coffers, &c. Afterwards, when Sewall was in London, Reve took away Wyborowe's goods to the value of 160l.
Large paper, p. 1.
R. O. 1061. Bernard Bernard and Pierre Tilly to Cromwell.
Are two poor Breton merchants, and a year ago made suit for redress for a piracy, which was proved by informations given to Cromwell at Winchester by the French ambassador, by others sent him from Wales, and by the proceedings before the Commissioners deputed by the Privy Council.
According to the last treaties between England and France, persons who have been plundered are not bound to stay more than three months in the country without obtaining redress. Beg for a settlement that they may return to their homes on the borders of Brittany to protect them during the war between the French king and the Emperor.
Fr., p. 1. Headed: A Mons. le Secretaire et Conseiller du Conseil prive du Roy. Endd.
R. O. 1062. —— to Cromwell.
Is emboldened to write by the kind reception given to him by Cromwell in England. Cromwell promised, last October twelvemonth, to obtain for him redress for depredations, which promise he renewed to the Viconte de Dieppe, now captain of the said town, who was in company of the French admiral in the month of November following. Is unable to return as Cromwell desired, being occupied with the affairs of his master the king of France. Nevertheless, blames his negligence in not having written sooner. Sends a present of a dozen "bastons de Bresil," ornamented and gilt, having the devices and arms of the King. Hopes to visit him in the spring.
Fr., hol., p. 1.
Dec.—Grants. 1063. Grant in December 1535.
1. David ap Guttyn, clk. Presentation to the vicarage of Llanselyn, St. Asaph's dioc., void by death. Westm., 4 Dec.—Pat. 27 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 3.
2. Sir Oswald Massingberd, brother of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem in England. Licence to pass out of the realm, with one servant and one horse, baggage, &c., to serve the duties of his religion. Del. Westm., 8 Dec. 27 Hen. VIII.—S.B.
3. Adryan Skell, of Collome or Colhom, in the marches of Calais. Pardon, for having, in an altercation outside the Widow Bytebor's place, killed John Ansley, as appears by an inquisition taken at St. Peter's, Calais, on the 15 July 27 Hen. VIII., before Thos. Scryven, alderman, deputy to Sir Rob. Wyngfelde, mayor and coroner of Calais, upon the oaths of Joice Brenyngham, Ric. Lendall, Will. Rutter, Cornelis la Bare, Will. Mawer, Balthasar de Wasser, Thos. Porter, Lukye Hool, Will. Dodde, Michell Yo[ng], John Brykett, Hugh Thorne, Adryan Ghers, John Van Dam, Davy Chamberleyn, and Giles Hanornyt. Del. Westm., 10 Dec. 27 Hen. VIII.—S.B.
4. Sir Ambrose Cave, brother of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem in England. Licence to leave the realm, with three servants and four horses, to serve the duties of his religion. Del. Westm., 10 Dec. 27 Hen. VIII.—S.B.
5. Charles duke of Suffolk. Pardon to him and to Thos. Stanley lord Mountegle, Sir Edw. Grey lord Powes, Sir Anth. Wyngfeld, Sir Thos. Wentworth, Sir John Shelton, and Ric. Cavendisshe; with release of all debts due to the King by the Duke alone or jointly before 19 July 27 Hen. VIII.; and of all debts due to the King by the Duke on account of the King's sister, Mary, late queen of France, deceased wife of the said Duke, or on account of Anth. Kavelare, Leonard Friscobal or Thos. Stanley lord Mountegle. Del. Westm., 10 Dec. 27 Hen. VIII.—S.B. Pat. p. 2, m. 2.
6. Charles duke of Suffolk. Grant of the manors of Burwell, Multon alias Mukton alias Mabton, Althorp, Calceby, Anderby alias Aynderby, Huttoft, Sutton, Hanganby, Thursthorp alias Thansthorp, Thedilthorp, Mabthorp alias Malbethorp, Longleford alias Longe Ludford, and Sletheby, Linc., and 100 messuages, 50 a. of land, 100 a. of meadow, 500 a. of pasture, 100 a. of wood, 500 a. of furze and heath, and 40l. rent in Burwell, Makton alias Monketon, Althorp, Calceby, Huttoft, Geyton, Henyngby, Thursthorp Thedilthorp, Malbthorp, Claxby, Sletheby, Lancton, Oxcombye, Felletby, and Claxthorp, Linc., with advowsons, &c., all which belonged to Hen. earl of Northumberland and Sir Will. Percy, uncle of the said earl, by whom they were demised to the King and his heirs by a charter dated 9 Mar. 26 Hen. VIII. and by fine, Trin., 27 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 10 Dec. 27 Hen. VIII.—S.B. Pat. p. 2, m. 3.
7. Charles duke of Suffolk. Grant of the manors of Desnynge alias Desenynge Shardelowes in Cavenham, Cresseners, Talmages alias Talmyties and Paschelowes, Suff., with all advowsons, &c. thereto belonging; on surrender of patent 4 July 15 Hen. VIII. granting the same in tail male to the said Duke and Mary his wife, the King's sister and Queen Dowager of the French, now deceased. Del. Westm., 10 Dec. 27 Hen. VIII.—S.B. Pat. p. 2, m. 3.
8. Sir Will. Fitzwilliam, treasurer of the Household. To be steward of the honor, manor, or lordship of Petworth, Sussex, master of the hunt of deer in the parks there; and keeper of the great and little parks there; with the herbage and pannage thereof; and keeper of the park called "le Warren" or "the Conyngre" in the honor, manor, or lordship; with certain stated annual and other usual fees in said offices. Del. Westm., 10 Dec. 27 Hen. VIII.—S.B. Pat. p. 2, m. 2.
9. Denizations.
John Constans, clk., a native of the dominions of the king of the French. Westm., 10 Dec.
John Wood, tailor, a native of the Emperor's dominions. Westm., 10 Dec.
Will. Pelletier, a native of the dominions of the king of the French. Westm., 10 Dec.
Pat. 27 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 16.
10. Ric. Clom, alias Clonn, Clune, &c., of Bristol, draper. Protection, going in the retinue of Sir Arthur Plantaganet Viscount Lisle, deputy general of Calais. Del. Westm., 20 Dec. 27 Hen. VIII. P.S. Writ. (Signed "Arthur Lyssle.")
11. Hen. Norres. To be constable of Beawmerres castle and captain of the town of Beawmerres, N. Wales, lately held by Sir Roland Viellevile, deceased; with fees of 40 marks a year out of the issues of the principality of North Wales, as enjoyed by the said Sir Roland, or Roland Bulkeley. Also annuity of 500 marks to the said Henry. Del. Westm., 13 Dec. 27 Hen. VIII.—S.B. Pat. p. 2, m. 2.
12. Thos. Bradshawe, perpetual vicar of Goddishill, Isle of Wight. Licence to absent himself from his benefice, notwithstanding the statute 21 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 20 Dec. 27 Hen. VIII.—S.B. Pat. p. 2, m. 9.
13. Lord Thos. Howard. Licence to export 300 tuns of beer. Del. Westm., 20 Dec. 27 Hen. VIII.—S.B.
14. John Crosse, of Yateley, Hants, yeoman. Pardon, for having, along with Will. Cacheman of Chichester, Sussex, yeoman, assaulted Geo. Philkys at Whitchurch, Hants, in the highway there called Polleshith, and robbed him of a horse, a gown, and other articles. Del. Westm., 20 Dec. 27 Hen. VIII. S.B.—Pat. p. 2, m. 8.
15. Simon Heynes, clk. To have the prebend and canonry in the collegiate church of St. Mary and St. George in Windsor Castle, vice Master Rob. Shurton, deceased. Del. Westm., 21 Dec. 27 Hen. VIII. S.B.—Pat. p. 2 m. 9.
16. Ric. Kyffyn. clk. Presentation the rectory of Llanymoniche, St. Asaphs dioc., void by the death of John Kyffyn, last incumbent, and at the King's disposal by the voidance of the see of St. Asaph. Del. Westm., 26 Dec. 27 Hen. VIII. S.B.—Pat. p. 2, m. 10.
17. Nic. Heth, monk. Custody of the Cluniac priory of Lenton, Notts, and to be prior thereof, vice John Annsley, deceased. Del. Westm., 27 Dec. 27 Hen. VIII. S.B.—Pat. p. 2, m. 9.


  • 1. Dated 26 Dec. 1535 in modern marginal note made before the mutilation.
  • 2. The name and date, though the former is lost in the signature, are repeated in two marginal notes in different hands, and both appear to read the name "Ro. Ruardine," though one perhaps may read "Ricardino."
  • 3. John Barlow, prior of Haverford West.
  • 4. John Rokewood.
  • 5. Apparently Childermas day is meant.
  • 6. Foxe, bishop of Hereford.
  • 7. Elsewhere "your H. Mastership" occurs.
  • 8. John Melford alias Reeve was abbot of Bury from 1513 to 1539.