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[first] in welcommyng and enterteignyng of theym with moost goodly countenaunce, proper communicacion, and pleasaunt passetyme in playing at the virginalles, that they greatly marvailed and rejoysed the same, her young and tender age considered. Communicacion had, and licence taken by the said gentilmen of the ..... goodly chere was made unto theym of strawberes, wafers, wyne, and ypocras in plenty. The same nighte th’oder shirif of London made unto theym a goodly soper. Yesterday (Sonday) my lord of Norfolk had the said gentilmen with hym at dyner, and used and enter(tained] theym all the day with moche goodly chere and passetyme. This present daye they entende to see the Towre, and so to depeche themselves from hens. We have at this tyme written unto the kinges highnes, and geven unto his grace our moost humble thankes for his gracious advertisement lately geven unto us, by his moost honourable lettres, concerning his moost excellent and goodly actes, passetymes, and pleasures had in those parties, like as your grace shall conceyve by the copye of our lettre whiche we sende unto you herinclosed. And almighty God have your grace in his preservacion. At ....... the second day of July.
( Signed,) Alle youres,
T. NORFOLK. Ri. WYNTON. W. Lincoln. Jou’n ABBOT [of Westminster.] Joh'n BernERS. Joh’n Fynnex. Thom. ...... Rob't. BRUDENELL'. T. WYNDAM. .......
• . . . . . . . . . . . Other signatures are burnt off. The lords who signed on the 13th June may be seen in Ellis, Orig. Letters, I. i. 176. [P. 30]. THE EXPENSES OF Wolsey's EMBASSY, 1521.
(Abstracted from MS. Harl. 620.) The booke of Soluc'. In my lordes graces Jorneye to Cales, Bruges, and other places. Master Roberte Carter occupyinge the office of stewardeshipe.—Anno xiijo.
f. 2. “ Ale and beare," extending three pages. Total cciiijli. ixs. iijd. f. 3 b. “Wyn.” Total lxixli. xiijs. xd. ob.
f. 4. “Buttry.” The account for “mapylle bollys, lether pottes, ashen cuppys,” &c. Total cxiijs. iiijd. ob.
f. 5. “ Pantre.” Expenses of washing “ clothys" and " covyr-payns." Total xvijs. xd.
f. 6. “ Ewrye.” Three pages. Total lxxiijli. xijs, vd.
f. 10. “ Lynges, coddes, and other salt-fyschys, bought of Basdeyn and of other fyschmongars.” Total xijli. viijs.
f. 11. “Beffes and muttuns.” Total cclxvjli. iijs. ijd.
f. 12. “ Foreyn chargys;" that is, miscellaneous expenses, amounting to cxliiijli. xvijs. viijd. Some of them are curious, as this for the scocheons which ambassadors were accustomed to leave on their route :
“ Item, payd to Joh'n Browyn, paynter of Lundun, for dyvers scochyns bought of hym and receyved be the syght of the said officers, as apperyth be bylle,-xli. xvijs.”
The following items of expenses incurred on the cardinal's attendance at the two churches in Calais may also be considered worth extracting :
“ Item, payd to Wylliam Elton, for a carpynter and tymber, in seynt Mary's chyrche of Caleys, for hangyng of [the] hye auter, the iijth day of August, vjd.
“ Item, for the hyer of a cart for carrying of the vestry staff from the stapylle to seynt Mary's chyrche, iiijd.
“ Item, paid to the sexton of seynt Peter's, for the hyer of a carpenter, and for iiij ledges for the hye auter, and for my lordes traves, xvjd.
“ Item, paid for a wagon carrying of the gret standerd of the vestry to seynt Peter's chyrch, xvjd."
f. 18. “Weet” (wheat). Total cxliijli. vjs. vijd. ob.
These accounts continue to f. 29, where is the “ Summa totalis denar' solut' pro commensalibus forensecis ccxxviijli. vijs. ijd. g."
f. 30. “ Veelys and lambys.” Total iiij"ij li. xijs. vijd.
f. 39. “Rewardes.” These are curious as enumerating the presents Wolsey received, and the senders of them ; but they were in England, on his route to the coast. Total, vij li. vjs. viij d.
Wherof cmlxxj. yardes at iiijs. the yard, xxxiiij li. iiij s. and cmlxx. yardes iij. quarters, at iijs. viijd. the yard, xxxjli. vjs. jd.; in alle in moneye, lxvli. Xs. jd.
“ Somme totalle of moneye paid for blakke velwette delyvered to xvj. of the seid gromys, that is to saye, to v. of theym xv. yardes, to x. of theym xv. yardes, and to one of theym ij. yardes, in alle in blakke velvette xxxij. yardes, at vij s. viij d. the yarde, xijli. vs. iijd.
“ Somme totalle of money paid for cciiij".x. Millen bonnettes. Wherof delyveryd unto xlvj. of my lordes gentille menne, to cm.yomen, clerkes, and odyr, to iiij'xv. gromys, xxvj. abbeymenne, to x. chylder of the chapelle, to every of theym i. bonette. And M. Styward (iiij), M. Tresourer (iiij), and M. Comptroller (iiij), xij bonettes, in alle in bonettes delyvered ccmlxxix, of the whiche cciiijxx, x. bonettes ccmlxiiij. coste üijs. iiijd. the pece, and xxvj. cost vs. the pece; in alle in moneye, lxiijli. xiijs.
“ And there remayneth yette in bonettes notte yette delyvered, xl. Millen bonettes.
“Somme totalle of moneye paid for blakke velwette, skarlette, redde cloth, and for Myllenne bonettes, as it dothe appere before in this booke, Ccxlili. iiij s. ix d., over and besides xl, markes delyvered to master Tresourer and master Comptroller for theyr lyvereys."
f. 50. Here commences a fresh account, in which certain expenses, chiefly for provisions, are recorded day by day as they occur, from the 29th of July to the 4th of December. Mr. Sharon Turner, in his History of the Reign of Henry VIII. vol. i. pp. 211-213, has extracted some. portions of this. It continues to the end of the volume. At the last page are these totals
“ Summa totalis denar' solut' per dictum dominum Itinerando per viam in isto itinere, prout particula patent antea, clxvli. viijs. viijd.
“Summa totalis omnium soluc' predict' in hoc libro cont' m'm'ccciiijavj li. xiiijs. vid. q.”
That is, 2,3861. 14s. 6 d., not, as Turner has it, 2,3461. 13s. 6d.
A complete list of the fifty gentlemen who attended Wolsey on this occasion is supplied at f. 41, as follows — Richard Page M. Fraunces
Richard Pomerey Thomas Henage Edward Steynynges John Synclere CAMD. Soc.
John Dudley Thomas Dudley Cristofer Conyers Jamys Butteler Thomas Arnedell John Rescumer Andrew Luttrell Robert Owtrede Roger Tempest William Drewry Arthur Newton Water Denys John Penyngton Thomas Tempest Raff Metford
[P. 33.] ORDER IN COUNCIL FOR THE ADVANCE OF 2000 li. FOR
THE REPARATION OF CALAIS, UPON CREDIT OF THE WOOLS THERE: July 17, 1523.
(MS. Cotton. Faust. E. vii. f. 41. On parchment.) The xvijth day of Juylle the xve, yere, &c. The kyng by th'avis of the lordes of his counsail and by th’assent of the maire and marchantz of the staple of Caleys, consideryng the greet reparacions that most of necessitee in alle haste be maad at Caleys and in the marches there, hathe appointed therfore that of the wolles that nowe be at Caleys, wherof the king be agreement of the said maire and marchantz shal take one peny, and the marchantz an other ; that is to say, after that xxil, marco be receyved to the kynges use of the wolles that be nowe there, and other xxmil, marc: to be received to - the use and disposicion of the said maire and marchantz of the same wolles
there, there shal be delivered nowe anoon without delay or tarryeng by the same maire and marchantz to William Cantelowe vitailler of Caleys, wolle, suche as he wol agree him to receive, to the value of ijinil.li. after the price of wolle that goothe at the said staple. The said ij mil.li. to be employed for and aboute the necessarie reparacions of Caleys asfer as it shal mowe reche. For the whiche ij mil.li. worthe wolle soo to be received by the said William Cantelowe the said maire and marchantz shal haue repaiement and