St. P. I. 383.
221. Miles Coverdale, Friar, to Cromwell. (fn. 1)
Reminds him of their conversation in Master More's house on Easter
Eve, and begs his help for the fervent zeal he bears to virtue and godly study.
Begins now to taste of Holy Scriptures, but requires books to help him to a
knowledge of the doctors. Desires nothing but books; and will be guided
by Cromwell as to his conduct, and in the instruction of others. Speaks
highly of Cromwell's abilities. From the Augustines, this May Day.
Hol. Add. : Right worshipful.
222. Pensions from France.
1. Receipt by Hen. VIII. to Francis I. for the sum of 7,500 crowns of
the sun, paid to — at Calais, being an instalment of the sum of 30,000
crowns, due for three years' arrears of salt, by the treaty made at Hampton
Court, 2 Sept. 1530. Westm., —. Del. Westm., 1 May 23 Hen. VIII.
Fr. roll 23 Hen. VIII. m. 2.
2. Similar receipt for the sum of 5,000 crowns of the sun of the pension
of 10,000 crowns due by the treaty for the commutation of the annual
pension of salt. Del. Westm., 1 May 23 Hen. VIII.
Fr. roll 23 Hen. VIII. m. 2.
3. Another receipt, differently worded, for the sum of 47,368 crowns of
the sun and 16 sous of Tours, paid to — at Calais, in part payment of
1,894,736 crowns of the sun, due by treaty. Westm., 1 May 23 Hen. VIII.
With a like receipt on the same parchment for 50,000 crowns of the sun,
in part payment of 150,000 crowns of the sun, 40,000 angels, and 35,000
crowns of gold, formerly due by the Emperor according to the treaty made at
Crevecœur on the 8th Aug. 159.
4. A signed receipt similar to No. 2, but without a date.
5. Another receipt similar to the second in No. 3, but without a date.
223. Elnestowe, Linc.
Appointment of abbess. See Grants in May, No. 1.
224. Brian Higdon to Cromwell.
Dr. Lee delivered, on Monday, Cromwell's loving letters, dated
20 April. Will do his best to get the conclusions passed in the Convocation
here as in that of Canterbury. Begs his favor to the bearer, farmer of a
little parcel of the prebend of Wetwang, who has been dispossessed by a
gentleman of this country, though he has paid 4l. or 5l. a year more for his
farm than others did before him, "for my brother (fn. 2) did enproie (improve?)
that prebend by a good sum of money." York, 2 May. Signed.
P. 1. Add. : Mr. Thomas Cromwell, councillor unto the King's highness.
225. Convocation Of York.
Met on the 12th Jan. Remitted to the King all the debts due from
him to the clergy of that province. Continued to the 4th May 1531, when
there was granted to the King 18,840l. 0s. 10d.
Attested by Ric. Farley, notary public. Present : Thos. Magnus, archdeacon
of the East Riding, and Will. Claiburgh, archdeacon of Worcester.
226. The Abbey Of Roche to Robt., Carthusian Prior of
Offers the thanks and prayers of the brethren as the sole return they
can make for the kindness shown to them by his house; also the benefit of
masses, fasts, &c. of the whole Cistercian Order. Every priest of that Order
is bound to celebrate three masses for every brother known to have recently
died, and twenty masses of Deus Veniœ yearly for those who have died
unknown to them; and the professi, not being priests, are bound to repeat
the Psalter fifteen times a year. In our Chapter House, 4 May 1531.
Signed : Per me Johannem abbatem de Rupe, and by Henry Cundall, John
Happe, Nic. Collys, Wm. Browne, Thos. Cundall, Ric. Fyshburne, Thos.
Ewell (?), John Dodworth, Thos. Acworth, Henry Wylsun, Chr. Addisun,
Chr. Gyrst (?), Wm. Carter, Robt. Rem (?), Wm. Hela, John Huland.
Le Grand, III. 524.
227. Nicolas Raince to Montmorency.
The English ambassadors are sending off the present courier. Albany
is writing about affairs here. He has done much for the king of England,
and the English are much pleased with him, seeing the way in which the
Pope acts from love to the French king. The Ambassadors, and even
Bennet and his companion, confess that the Pope could not do better, for
they know the importunity of the Imperialists for the examination of certain
witnesses, which the Pope cannot refuse, as the English confess. The Pope,
however, will take care that nothing is done contrary to what he promised.
Rome, Thursday, 4 May 1531.
228. Robert Parett to Cromwell.
I wish to know your pleasure concerning Mr. Browne and Mr. Denton.
Browne showed me of late that he was with you concerning the lands that
he holds of my lord Cardinal's College, and that you were somewhat plain
with him, and would have an office found in it by the escheator. He thinks
this will be in his favor, for he alleges that my Lord's college hath no title to
the lands; for he that gave it to my lady of Lyttylmore had no right to it,
and my Lady had no authority to receive it. I question whether he showed
you his mind so plainly. I wish to know your pleasure, and whether I shall
"strayn" (distrain) off the ground first or not. I doubt not, so far as I can
perceive by Mr. Dean, that the College right to any lands belonging to the
lady of Littlemore can be sustained. I will certify you before Midsummer of
all causes concerning the same. Mawdlen College, Oxford, 5 May.
Hol., p. 1. Add. : Right worshipful.
Le Grand, III.
229. Sir Gregory Casale to Montmorency.
The cause of the king of England is in a bad condition. All the
arguments proposed against giving sentence have been rebutted by the
Imperialists. There is no hope except in what Grammont may bring. The
news of the sentence of Modena is expected, and the Pope thinks the duke
of Ferrara may have detained the courier at Reggio. The Papal Court is in
great fear of the Council, but is reassured by the Emperor's last letter, which
is less furious. The coming of the cardinal Grammont will increase the
jealousy of the Imperialists, and make them take less account of the Pope.
Unless Montmorency orders Giovanni Joachino to pay him his pension, will
not do what he has told him. Rome, 5 May 1531.
St. P. II. 151.
Indenture of the submission of Odo O'Donell to king Henry VIII.,
by his ambassadors, Connatius O'Fraghill, abbot of Derry, and Riskard
O'Cragan, before the lord deputy Skeffington and some of the council of
Ireland, at Drogheda, 6 May 1531, 23 Hen. VIII.
Le Grand, III.
231. Nicolas Raince to Montmorency.
Thinks that Albany will not fail to write to the King or Montmorency
what Dr. Benet has said to him about the affair of the king of England, and
also what the Pope said this afternoon. Is sure that he is displeased at the
way the case is carried on, from his affection for the French king, which is,
perhaps, more serviceable than the English think. There is no doubt that
his promise to the French king about the 1st June will be kept, and more
still. Rome, Wednesday, 10 May 1531.
232. For Dom. Augustino De Augustinis, M.D., a Venetian.
Denization. Windsor, 24 Feb. 22 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 10 May
[23 Hen. VIII.?]
Pat. 22 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 5.
233. Richard Manchester to Lady Russell.
On receipt of her letter, went with Mr. Spylman to Mr. Augustyne's
house, and, not finding him at first, to Dr. Mychalas' house, who had gone
into Kent. Went next to Dr. Cromer, the Scot, who, after they had had
much trouble to find him, said he had so many cures in hand, it would be
against his honesty to leave them. Then went again to seek Mr. Augustyne
with Mr. Byrch, whom they met on the way; but Augustyne refused to come,
as he had my lady of Sussex under his hands, though Byrch offered him his
horses and men. Mr. John, the poticary, would be glad to do my master the
best service he can, "that is, when a physician hath made the bill."
Mr. Spelman can inform you what diligence has been used in this business.
Hol., p. 1. Add. Endd.
28,583, f. 204.
234. Secret Consistory Of Cardinals.
"On the 10th of May a secret Consistory was held in the Apostolic
Palace at Rome, in the usual room, in which it was decided that, notwithstanding
the allegations of the excusator of the king of England, the decree
concerning the matrimonial cause of England was to remain in full force."
English abstract from a transcript at Simancas made from the Papal
archives by command of king Philip II.
28,583, f. 205.
235. Mai to Fr. De Los Covos.
"Muxetula and the cardinal of Osma asked him not to write what
the Pope said when he was informed of the sentence concerning Ferrara.
Thinks it is his duty, nevertheless, to write it.
"The Pope was furious,—Muxetula, he (Micer Mai), and the cardinal of
Osma treating with the Pope, and quieting him. The Pope confessed that
the bishop [of] Vaison committed the principal fault.
"Went next day alone to the Pope, and gave him a letter from the queen of
England. Spoke with the Pope about the business of England. Said he had
been informed that the English ambassadors were boasting that they would
turn to good account the sentence of Ferrara; and that it was said in Rome
that they had oftener visited the Pope during the last few days than formerly
during a month. Added to these statements, which are true, some others of
his invention, in order to make a deeper impression on the mind of the Pope.
"Found that the Pope was more cheerful and communicative. He complained
of the licence of the Romans, who always invented stories. As for
the English ambassadors, they had said to him nothing more than that they
did not know whether they ought to congratulate or to condole him on
account of the sentence of Ferrara, as they did not know how he liked it.
The answer of the Pope was, according to what he says, that he is, and always
will be, the friend of the Emperor. Inquired what the Pope had spoken
with the duke of Albany. The Pope assures him that they have not spoken
about anything particular, except the Council.
"Secretary Sanga. Cardinal Salviati, &c. Rome, 12 May 1531."
English abstract from original at Simancas.
236. Stephen Clare, Mayor of Kingston-on-Hull, (fn. 3) to Norfolk.
Hearing that goods were being exported from Hull without paying
duty according to the Act 2 Hen. VI., has arrested Thos. Spicer, master of
the Mary Edward, of Brykilsey, and Wm. Gardiner, of Brykilsey, master of
the Mary, of Hull, who were taking wheat to Armewe, in Selond. Encloses
a bill of the goods in the Mary Edward, and the confession of the masters.
Kingston-upon-Hull, 12 May.
Hol., p. 1. Add. : To, &c. the duke of Norfolk and treasurer of England.
ii. Goods in the Mary Edward :
30 tons iron, "Spaynyth and Amyas;" 23 barrels 3 firkins black soap;
1 bag alum; a sack of hops.
237. Brian Higdon and W. Strangways to Cromwell.
Have received his letters for exemption of the church belonging to
the lord of St. John's from payment to the King's subsidy. Endeavoured to
persuade the Convocation accordingly to allow the privileges and charters
exhibited in discharge of further payment, but the clergy would not consent.
York, 14 May. Signed.
P. 1. Add. : To owr ryght honorable master, Thomas Crowmwhell, one
of the Kyng his most honorable Cownsell. Endd.
238. Chapuys to Charles V.
Ten days ago the King despatched Dr. Fox to France, an "habile
gallant," and one of the boutefeus in this matter of the divorce. I have
taken trouble to learn his charge, but have not succeeded. Some think it
is to inform the cardinal de Tarbes, who is going to Rome, as also to get him
charged by the French king to have the divorce in special consideration.
Nothing was said of the sending of the said Doctor until after the receipt of
a letter from Albany, that he had put this affair of the process in good train,
and had no doubt of success, provided that the man who succeeded him with
the Pope should follow the same track, and that the French king continued in
the same matter. This letter was seen by the duchess of Norfolk, who reported
it to the Queen; and she had a very bad headache, until I told her that
the duke of Albany was returning from Rome, wherefore he could very well
venture to write more boldly than heretofore, since if the affair succeeded
otherwise he could well excuse himself on the ground that those who
remained had carried on the affair badly. Hereupon the Queen lost all
sorrow; at which the opposite party are astonished; and even the duke of
Norfolk, seeing her lately leave her chamber, began to tell the Marquis (fn. 4) (?)
that her courage was supernatural, that showed neither care nor anxiety at
the course of affairs; and when the other answered that it must be thought
that she felt assured in her conscience of the justice of her cause, the Duke
replied, it was the Devil, and nobody else, who was the inventor of this
The King, dining the other day with the Queen, as is usual in most festivals,
began to speak of the Turk and the truce concluded with your Majesty,
praising your puissance, contrary to his wont. Afterwards proceeding to speak
of the Princess, he accused the Queen of cruelty, because she had not made
her physician reside continually with her; and so the dinner passed off
amicably. Next day, when the Queen, in consequence of these gracious
speeches, asked the King to allow the Princess to see them, he rebuffed her
very rudely, and said she might go and see the Princess if she wished, and
also stop there. The Queen graciously replied that she would not leave him
for her daughter nor any one else in the world; and there the matter stopped.
The news which have come of the arbitramental sentence touching Reggio
and Modena have raised the hopes of these people, and the going of Dr. Fox
has not cooled down. Though they know the sentence in their hearts to be
good, they will use their efforts to persuade the world to the contrary, in
order to induce the Pope to alienate himself [from you]. Has had further
conversations with Joachin about Ferrara. He proposed the other day he
should speak to the Council to remedy certain imposts which the Londoners
wished to put upon merchant strangers; and he complained that he did not
stand so well with this court as usual, and of the difficulty there was to
entertain this people, and the little regard those who have the management
showed for preserving amity and neighbourliness. He referred to the prohibition
of selling French caps, which is directly against the treaty and
contrary to custom, against which he has been able to do nothing. He is
always asking for his congé, and says that half a year's pension is arrived at
Calais, but it has been raised with difficulty.
The King is making a great park (fn. 5) in front of the Cardinal's house, and
in order to reach it across the street he has had a very long gallery made;
and they have proceeded to knock down a great many houses, to the great
injury of those to whom they belonged, and there is no talk of compensation.
All this has been done to please the lady, who likes better that the King
should stay in the said house than elsewhere, as there is no lodging in it for
the Queen. At the desire of the same lady the duchess of Norfolk has been
sent home, because she spoke too freely, and declared herself more than they
liked for the Queen. Stefano Colonna is here. London, 14 May.
Hol., Fr., pp. 3, from a modern copy.
28,583, f. 213.
239. Dr. Ortiz to Charles V.
"Thanks for the 300 scudos he has received. It is decided once more
in the last Consistory that the person who is to excuse, in the name of the
English nation, the absence of the king of England, shall not be heard, except
in the case he shows power of the king of England to do so. The Pope is
favorably inclined towards the Queen, and the same can be said of almost
all the Cardinals. It would be a good thing if the proceedings in this cause
could be abbreviated as much as possible. Thanks for his preferment to the
post of preacher of the Imperial Court. Rome, 15 May 1531."
English abstract from the original at Simancas.