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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,

Thomas Cantuar. To the Right Worshipful and my

very loving friend Master Crum-
well, of the King's Grace's most
honourable Council.


! [“ 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 low the Archbishop lost or left off bis mintage “ here, I do no where find.” Somner, Antiq. of Cant. The Abbot lost his privilege in the reign of Stephen. Ibid.]


ence. Oric

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,

Thomas Cantuar.
To the Right Worshipful and my

very loving friend Master Crum-
well, of the King's Grace most
honourable Council.


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 Westmin

ster; CrumFriar Olyver, Prior of the Black Friars in Cambridge, well's Corwhich is not only a man of very small learning, sinister be- respond. haviour, 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 m, or some other worshipful man

ence. Oria

- [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

very loving friend Master Crum-
well, of the King's Grace's most
honourable Council.


Right Worshipful Mr. Crumwell, in my right hearty wise Chapter House, I commend me to you. And where the County Palantyne n Westmin

amongs all other pleasures doth much esteem the pastime ster; Crumwell's of hunting with great greyhounds, and specially with great Correspondence.

mastiffs, which in those parties be had in great price and Originul. 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

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.]


thing in your special remembrance, when ye shall have convenient time. From Otford, the xth day of June.

Your own ever assured,

Thomas Cantuar.
To the Right Worshipful and my

very loving friend Master Crum-
well, of the King's Grace's most
honourable Council.

CXXVIII. To LATYMER. In my right hearty wise I commend me unto you. And Harl. MSS. where that in April last past, upon certain urgent grounds

6148. fol. and causes reasonably thereto moving, both I, and other Christ. Rethe bishops within my province, caused an Inhibition to be membranhad for preaching in every of our dioceses, specially to the Nov. 1820. intent that the malignity of divers preachers might not have place in the minds of the common people; which intending then as well to hinder the King's Grace's just cause of matrimony, as also to deprave the acts and statutes made by the Parliament p, it did appear that in their sermons they rather preached sedition than edification; whereupon it was amonges us concluded, that from thenceforward no bishop, ne bishop's officer, should licence any to preach without special injunction in that behalf first to them declared in such manner, that is to wit, that all such as shall take on them the office of preaching should neither preach any thing which might seem prejudicial to the said matrimony, whereby the King's issue might come into question and doubt amonges the vulgar people, nor likewise reprehend in their sermons any such ordinances, acts, or statutes, heretofore made, or by the said high Court of Parliament hereafter to



° (See Letter cı.] P (Cranmer probably alludes to the Acts “ For the submission of the

clergy to the King's Majesty," “ For restraining the payment of an“ nates,” “For the exoneration from exactions paid to the see of “ Rome," “ For the establishment of the King's succession,” all passed in the early part of 1534.]

be ordained: Therefore, inasmuch as at your instance and
request I have licensed divers to preach within my province,
to whom I have neither given such injunctions accordingly
as is before specified; nor yet, though I minded so to do,
conveniently I could not without their intolerable charges
and expenses in resorting so far unto me for the same; I
will that you for my discharge herein, in my name and for
my behalf, do take upon you the administration of these
said injunctions for all such as hath already had or here-
after shall have my said licence to preach at your said re-
quest and instance. Wherein I would ye were right cir-
cumspect that they may be well observed, or else to send
me such my licences again, of whom ye doubt for the ob-
servation hereof. Thus fare you well. [1534.]
To Master Latymer, Parson of Weste

Kynton, in Wilteshere.




Right Worshipful Master Secretary, in my right hearty Chapter wise I commend me to you. So it is, I intend to prefer my House, Westmin- servant John Brice, this bearer, to the King's Grace's ser

vice, if I may the same obtain for him ; but I being discouCrumwell's

raged thus to do, because of late I heard you reprove him Original. . very sore, for causes you then moving and yet unknown

unto me; being also very loth to do or attempt any thing concerning his said preferment, unless it may first please you to stand good master unto him; I am moved of very charity and pity, to desire you to be good master unto him, and for my sake remitting all old matters and occasions of displeasure, to bear towards him your favour and good will, the rather at this my instance; without which, he recognizeth neither to be able to enjoy the said preferment quietly in case it were granted, neither yet by any other promotion to joy of himself. Wherefore I heartily pray you, good Master Secretary, to be good unto him, and in this matter to make unto me or to him such comfortable

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