St. Peter's, Rome.
|To the bishop of Catanzaro (Chatanzan.). Mandate, at the recent petition of Gilbert Stichel, an Augustinian canon of the diocese of St. Andrews—containing that not long ago (fn. 16) the hospital of Soltre in the said diocese, which was of the said order, with a master and nine or ten canons, of whom Gilbert was one, had the said order suppressed therein, and was erected by authority of the ordinary into a perpetual ecclesiastical benefice, namely the chancellorship of the Augustinian church of St. Andrews, a secular dignity, value not exceeding 200 marks sterling; that the said canons were thereafter dispersed, some of them dying and the rest, except Gilbert, finding benefices or other provision; and that he has for about twenty years exercised the cure of the parishioners of Ormiston in the said diocese, annexed from of old to the said house—to grant and assign to him all the fruits etc. of the said church of Ormiston, which do not exceed 9l. sterling a year. Religionis … (Pe. de Noxeto. | xxv. P. de Legendorff. Jo. de Cremonen[sibus]. A. Trapezuncius.) [1½ pp.]
|3 Non. Oct.
St. Peter's, Rome.
|To the archbishop of Canterbury, the bishop of Norwich, John, bishop of Hereford, and John Stokis, archdeacon of Ely. Mandate, as below. The pope has learned from certain letters of Margaret, queen of England, and from divers other letters of Richard, duke of York, protector and defender of the said realm, and of the mayor, aldermen, and citizens of the city of London, as also from the relation of John Aleyn, doctor of laws, sent to the pope as the orator of the said mayor, aldermen and citizens, and of Thomas Winchecom, priest, S.T.B., the said queen's envoy, that litigation etc. formerly arose between Robert Wright and other parishioners, of the one part, and a number of rectors, vicars or curates of the said city, of the other part, about oblations etc., but that at length, at the instance of the late John, bishop of St. Rufina's and other prelates and clergy of the province of Canterbury, the said parties, or a number of ecclesiastical and lay persons in their names, arrived at an amicable agreement, which the said parties not only accepted but for some time observed, but which afterwards the said rectors, vicars or curates or some of them refused to observe, procuring (under pretext of certain letters granted to them by the present pope, containing no mention of the said agreement, etc.) the addressing of certain mandates to a number of the said parishioners in the matter of the said oblations, and especially to the said Robert, and otherwise in many ways vexing and molesting them, wherefore the said parishioners have appealed to the apostolic see. The pope has learned moreover that very many murmurings and dissensions have resulted in consequence among the people of the said city against the said rectors, vicars or curates, and that, unless he provide a remedy, great hatreds and scandals are likely to follow. He therefore, extolling the devotion of the English and protesting his special affection for them, (fn. 18) orders the above, or three, two or one of them, to summon the said parties, and monish and induce them to approve the said agreement or any other honest and convenient agreement which shall be made or, if they prefer, to observe the pope's said letters; if not. to make enquiry extra-judicially about the said murmurings, scandals, letters etc., and to send as soon as possible to the pope the said approbation or agreement, if made, or the result of their enquiry, together with their sealed letters (containing, inter alia, how much credence is to be given to them), in order that the pope may provide the most wholesome remedy. In order to facilitate the making of peace, the pope hereby suspends and annuls for a year from the presentation of these presents to the above judges, and beyond that period, until the pope has made another ordinance in the matter, his said letters and the processes which have arisen therefrom and all sentences against the said Robert or parishioners, and all penalties inflicted, and exhorts the said mayor, aldermen, citizens and inhabitants, and orders the said rectors, vicars and curates, namely the former and their successors, to observe the said agreement or letters of the pope, or, if not, the latter and parishioners to make an honest and convenient agreement as above, to the end that peace and concord may be established between them. Romani pontificis providencia. (Pe. de Noxeto. | lx.P. de Legendorff. Ja. de Rizonibus. Collationata, Ja.Marini.) [In the margin: Oct(obris). 2 pp. See below, Reg. Vat. CCCCXXVII, f. 57.]