XII. THE LETTER OF SUBMISSION.
12th November, 1538.
[This letter is printed in Trollope's History of Christ's Hospital, pp. 21, 22, as the "Deed of Surrender". That of course it
is not. It would seem to be a lett er drawn up to accompany
the Deed. Trollope states that it was preserved in the Augmentation Office, but I have not succeeded in tracing it. Similar
letters were, however, written on behalf of other houses of
friars; see p. 236 below. According to Trollope it was
signed by Chapman and twenty-five friars (no doubt as in the
Deed below; but Trollope found the signatures illegible).
He says the seal is attached, showing two friars, one of whom
holds a cross with a triangular shrine in which a saint [? St.
Paul] is seated; between the friars is a tree with birds
thereon. Sigillvm Conventvs Fratrvm Minorvm Londoniar.]
For as moche as we, the Warden and Freers of the howse
of Saynt Francis in London, comenly callyd the Gray Freers
in London, doo profoundly consider that the perfeccion of
Christian liuyng dothe not conciste in dome ceremonies,
weryng of a grey cootte, disgeasing our selffe aftyr straunge
fassions, dokynge, nodyngs and bekynge, in gurdyng our
selffes wythe a gurdle full of knots, and other like Papisticall
ceremonyes, wherin we haue byn moost pryncipally practysed
and misselyd in tymes past: but the very tru waye to please
God, and to liue a tru Christian man, wythe oute all ypocrasie and fayned dissimulacion, is sinceerly declaryd vnto
vs by owre Master Christe, his Euangelists and Apostles:— Being mindyd herafter to follow the same, conformyng
oure selffe vnto the will and pleasure of owr supreme hed
vndre God in erthe, the Kings Majestie; and not to follow
hensforth the supersticious tradicions of ony foryncicall potentate or peere: wythe mutuall assent and consent doo submytt owrselffes vnto the mercy of owr saide Soveraygn Lorde.
And wythe like mutuall assent and consent doo surrender and
yelde vpe into the hands of the same, all owr saide howse of
Saynt Francis comenly callyd the Grey Friers in London,
wythe all lands, tenements, gardens, medowes, waters, pondyards, fedyngs, pastures, comens, rentes, reuersions, and all
other owr interest, ryghtes or titles, aperteynyng vnto the
same: mooste humbly besechyng his mooste noble grace to
disspose of vs and of the same, as best schall stonde wythe
his mooste graciouse pleasure: and further frely to grant
vnto euery on of vs his licens vndre wretyng and seall, to
chaunge owr habites into secular fassion, and to receve suche
maner of livyngs as other secular Priestes comenly be preferryd vnto. And we alle faythfully schall pray vnto allmyghty God long to preserue his mooste noble Grace, wythe
increse of moche felicitie and honor. And in witnes of alle
and singular the premysses, we the said Warden and Couent
of the Grey Freers in London to thes presentes haue putte
owr Couent Seall the xij day of Novembre, in the thirty the
yere of the raygn of our mooste Souerayne Kinge Henry the
yeght: or Anno 1538.