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tain with favour of my said lord and his brethren; and forasmuch as I am credibly informed, that by reason of such your good testimony, discretion, and wisdom, wherein ye be in credit with my said lord and his brethren, in such matters and affairs as passeth from them by their grants: I most heartily require you therefore, the rather at this mine instance and request, ye will bear towards the said Mistress Pachete such your favour and assistance for her preferment towards the said house, as I may for your benevolence herein be in your danger for the same, in the accomplishing your like requests of me, either for yourself or for your friends. Thus fare you well. From Croydon, the xxv. day of May. To Master Baker, Recorder of London.
6148. fol. 44. b.
CXXII. TO THE DUCHESS OF NORFOLk.
Harl. MSS. My most singular good lady, in my most hearty wise I commend me unto your ladyship. And where your servant and mine ally Thomas Cade, hath obtained a certain office in Calice to the value of vid a day, which would be both for his preferment and commodity, in case he might enjoy the same without check, and that he is contented to supply and discharge all manner usages and customs to the said office belonging, by his sufficient deputy, as herein divers and many doth likewise use the same manner there; in consideration hereof, the said Thomas intending to sue unto the King's Highness for a licence to be had in that behalf, hath made a supplication unto his said Grace for the obtaining of the same, the which I myself would gladly have promoted for him, unless of late I had not been very importune unto his Highness for sundry matters concerning myself, whereby even now I am the more unapt to sue in this behalf: I most heartily desire your good ladyship, therefore, for this time, at this mine instance and request, you will cause some of your special friends nigh about the King's Highness to promote this his said suit, according to the supplication made in that behalf; wherein your good
ladyship shall deserve of me such pleasure as I may : and bind him both to owe unto you such his fidelity and service as he can, and also to be your daily beadsman for the same. Thus our Lord long preserve your good ladyship, to his most pleasure and your heart's ease.
To the Right Honourable and mine especial good lady, my Lady Duchess of Northfolke.
CXXIII. TO CRUMWELL.
Right Worshipful Master Crumwell, in my right hearty MSS. wise I commend me to you. So it is, that upon Tuesday Chapter next ensuing I intend, God willing, to be at Rochester, in Westminmy Visitation, where (if ye have any special matters to be well's Corinquired of) I will be glad to do my endeavour in the same, respondin case it may please you to advertise me thereof at this ginal. side Sunday next ensuing. Furthermore, I heartily thank you for your favours and goodness showed to my secretary, Jamys Barnarde, this bearer, in such his suits as he hath lately had unto you, for the reformation of such persons as lately committed robbery upon his father; and likewise pray you to continue the same unto him, and specially to take further pains to examine in your own personage the said misdoers and offenders; whereby I trust (if it shall please you so to do) many things yet concealed and kept secret shall manifestly appear unto you by their own confession; for if they once look you in the face, they shall have no power to conceal any thing from you. From Croidon, the third day of June.
Your own assured ever,
CXXIV. To CRUMWELL.
Chapter House, Westmin
Right Worshipful Master Crumwell, in my right hearty well's Corwise I commend me to you. So it is, that this bearer,
which is master of my mint at Canterbury, hath divers times informed me, that the Provost of the King's Grace's mint in the Tower will not suffer him to have for his wages and money such coiners of the Tower as is lawful for him to have by the King's Grace's grant, under his Grace's Great Seal; because the same Provost, as I am informed, endeavoureth as much as in him lieth, to discourage the merchants to have any access or resort to my said mint, for lack of speedy coinage. And albeit the said master of my mint may, by the King's Grace's said grant, take in all places, as well exempt as not exempt, such workmen and as many of them as he would have, yet he would, if it may stand with your favour and pleasure, have none other but such as do belong unto the said Tower, because they be men of true dealing and of good honesty. Wherefore I pray you to be good master unto him, and for my sake to speak unto the said Provost, that he may have for his wages at all times such persons of the said Tower and as many of them to work with him, as he shall hereafter desire. For unless it may please you thus to do, my said mint and master of the same shall be unoccupied; which thing the said Provost, as far as I can perceive, doth most covet and desire. From Croydon, the 6th day of June.
Your own ever assured,
To the Right Worshipful and my very loving friend Master Crumwell, of the King's Grace's most honourable Council.
1["Amongst the places where King John in his letters makes men"tion of mints kept in England, Canterbury is one, and had been so, "I suppose, for many ages. King Athelstane appointing out the places "for mints, and the number of minters throughout the kingdom, begins "with Canterbury, to which he allowed seven minters: a greater num"ber than to any other place in the kingdom, except London, which "was allowed to have eight. Of these seven, four were for the King, "two for the Archbishop, and the seventh for the Abbot of St. Augus"tin's. . . . . When or how the Archbishop lost or left off his mintage "here, I do no where find." Somner, Antiq. of Cant. The Abbot lost his privilege in the reign of Stephen. Ibid.]
CXXV. To CRUMWELL.
Right Worshipful Master Crumwell, in my right hearty MSS. wise I commend me to you: likewise thanking you for Chapter your favours borne to my cousin Molyneux, in his cause Westmin.. which a long time hath depended in the Chancery; which well's Coryour favour I pray you to continue likewise as you have respondbegun; wherein in my opinion ye do take the just part, and ginal. for so doing shall merit and deserve thanks of God. From Croydon, the viith day of June.
Your own ever assured,
To the Right Worshipful and my very loving friend Master Crumwell, of the King's Grace most honourable Council.
CXXVI. TO CRUMWELL.
Right Worshipful Master Crumwell, in my right hearty MSS. wise I commend me to you. So it is, that the Provincial of Chapter the Friars Austyns hath of late constituted and ordained one Westminster; CrumFriar Olyver, Prior of the Black Friars in Cambridge, well's Corwhich is not only a man of very small learning, sinister be- respondhaviour, ill qualities, and of suspected conversation of living, ginal. (as by the letters of divers well learned personages of the said University, whereof I have sent you one, I have been credibly informed ;) but is also the very same man which of all other most indiscreetly preached against the King's Grace's great cause, and most defended the authority of the Bishop of Rome, and of all men most unapt to bear any rule in so noble a University, by whom also a great number of the best learned in the same is much offended: wherefore I pray you to be a mean, that he may be amoved from that office, and that Dr. Hilsey TM, or some other worshipful man
[John Hilsey, a Black or Dominican Friar, first of Bristol, afterwards of Oxford. It does not appear that he obtained the appoint
may have it. There be in the same house of the Black Friars men of good study, living, learning, and judgment; and pity it were but that they should have such a head and ruler as is of like qualities. And I delivered unto you about Easter last passed, or else afore, a certain billet containing such matter as the same Friar Olyver preached in the last Lent; which bill, if ye had remembered, I doubt not but that ye would have provided for the same Friar afore this time; albeit (if it may please you now to remember him) there is no time yet lost, but that the same may be renewed again. From Croydon, the viith day of June.
Your own ever assured,
To the Right Worshipful and my
CXXVII. To CRUMWELL.
Right Worshipful Mr. Crumwell, in my right hearty wise I commend me to you. And where the County Palantyne Westmin- amongs all other pleasures doth much esteem the pastime Crumwell's of hunting with great greyhounds, and specially with great spondence. mastiffs, which in those parties be had in great price and Original value: these therefore be to pray you to advertise the
King's Highness to send unto the said County a couple or two of great greyhounds, and as many of great mastiffs; the same shall be as well accepted to him as though it had pleased his Grace to have sent him a precious jewel or reward; which thing shall be no great charge to his Grace, and yet nevertheless shall be highly esteemed with the receiver of the same. And therefore I pray you to have this
ment to which he was now recommended; but he afterwards became Prior of the Dominicans in London, and in Oct. 1535 was preferred to the see of Rochester. He was a learned man, and a great assistant to Cranmer. He died in 1538. Strype, Cranmer, p. 37.]
[Lewis the Pacific, Elector Palatine.]