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also ...... denied him for the reformation thereof, against all right and equity: in consideration of the premises, and inasmuch as you in your diocese ought, before all other, to see justice ministered, I exhort you, and thereunto require the same, the rather at this my instance and request, to see your foresaid determination concerning these matters of variance, to be executed with justice; for this complaintiff requireth of you none other favour in this behalf, but according to your determination he may enjoy the effect thereof. And surely loth were I to take on me the redressing of any such griefs within your diocese, unless for fault of justice I must be constrained thereunto: but herein I doubt not that your discretion and wisdom will suffer any such enormities to be unreformed, when the verity and truth of them shall be patified and made open unto you. Thus fare you well. From my manor of Otteford the xviii. day of October.
To the Bishop of Harwarde.
LXVI. To PALLGRAVE O. I do commend me unto you: signifying to the same, that Harl. MSS. inasmuch as you write unto me, as well for the agreement of 148. fol.
35. the fruits of your benefice of St. Dunston's concerning the last quarter in the vacation time, as also for the oblations offered there upon your Church holiday, I will that you, for a final determination herein, do resort unto Pottekyns, to know your end, to whom I have committed the ordering of all such matters belonging unto me; for you may right well consider, that I am neither skilled herein, nor that it is convenient for me to meddle in such causes ; and
yet not doubting but that mine officer will minister justice unto all parties accordingly. And where you say also, that you are not able to pay further out of hand so much money, but thereunto requireth days of payment for the same: Sir, as
• (John Pawlesgrave was instituted to the rectory of St. Dunstan's, the grd of October, 1533. Newcourt, Repertorium, vol. i. p. 334.]
touching that, I suppose you may better bear your necessity, than I may mine, considering both my great charges hitherto, and how I am thereby at this season compelled to prove all the friends that I can make, for the satisfying of such sums as be now due to be paid; and yet I think not the contrary but that I shall lack much for the accomplishment of the same.
Therefore I reckon you will rather endanger yourself to your friends, than now to require any such commodity of me, being so far behind hand. To Master Pallgrave, Parson of St.
Dounston's in the East at London.
LXVII. To Lord CHANCELLOR AUDELEY. Harl. MSS. In my right hearty wise I commend me unto your good 6148. fol.
Lordship, &c. And where I am advertised by this bearer, Doctor Maye, my Vicar General within the diocese of Ely P, that by reason that Doctor Clyff 9 and other keepeth away from him the records and registers belonging unto his office, he cannot in divers matters and causes minister justice accordingly; and forasmuch also, as there is none other convenient way or means, neither by the course of the law spiritual nor temporal, for the obtaining of them, as I am in this behalf informed, I heartily require your good Lordship, that you will at this mine instance cause a sergeant of arms to call the parties which have the custody of the said registers
P (Nic. West, Bishop of Ely, died the twenty-eighth of April, 1533. His successor, Thomas Goodrich, was elected the seventeenth of March, and consecrated the nineteenth of April, 1534. Le Neve, Fusti. Dr. Maye, as the Archbishop's Vicar General, seems to have governed the diocese in the interval. There were two Doctors Maye, brothers, and both eminent men. Dr. William Maye, who is probably the person here mentioned, visited the diocese of Norwich as Cranmer's commissary in 1534, became Dean of St. Paul's 1545, was deprived under Mary, and in the reign of Elizabeth was noininated to the Archbishoprick of York, but died before consecration. Dr. John Maye was Master of Catharine Hall, Cambridge, and in 1577 Bishop of Carlisle. Strype.]
9 [Probably the Dr. Cliff, who was Chanter of York and Dean of Chester, and whose opinion on Confirmation is printed by Strype, Memorials, vol. i. App. No. 38.]
you, to the intent they may show reasonable causes why they ought not to deliver them : and in thus doing you shall both help to aid justice, and do also unto me singular pleasure, which to recompence I will be at all times ready and glad. This said bringer can further instruct your Lordship in this, to whom I pray you to give credence. Thus fare you well. From my manor at Ottford, the xxiiiith day of October.
To my Lord Chancellor.
I greet you well. And where this bearer, my friend Master Harl. MSS. Chesewryght, one of the King's chaplains, hath the benefice
6148. fol. of Wysbeche given unto him, within the diocese of Ely, whose suit unto me is for the agreement of the fruits thereof now in the vacation time, I will, that inasmuch as I can little skill in that behalf, that you, with Master Pottkyns, order the matter according to your discretions with favour. And thus fare you well, &c.
LXIX. To his Chancellor.
Master Chancellor, I greet you well. And forasmuch as Harl. MSS.
6148. fol. this bringer, the Vicar of Milton, complaineth and findeth himself aggrieved, as well for that he is overcharged for the King's subsidy ', as also for an acre of glebe land withholden from him; which injuries the Abbot of St. Austen’ss doth enforce him to sustain, both contrary to an ancient composition, and also the Act of the Parliament favouring him in that behalf: I will, that you, in consideration hereof, examine
fProbably the subsidy granted by Convocation in 1523, consisting of the half of all spiritual benefices, to be levied in five years. See Wilkins, Concilia, vol. iii. p. 699; and Letter cxlvii. An Act of Parliament for a subsidy was passed in the same year, from which the clergy were graciously excepted, provided that they taxed themselves to a higher amount.]
. (John Sturvey, alias Essex, Abbot of St. Augustin's Canterbury.]
his said composition, and thereupon send me word how you think the matter standeth, to the intent I may see a redress in that behalf.
Harl. MSS. My especial good Lord, I most heartily commend me 6148. fol. 36. unto your Lordship. Your loving letter by your servant I
have received, whereby I perceive your request therein ; which to accomplish I would be as glad as any man living, if it might stand both with my ordinary power and my honesty withal; for I fear me I have gone and proceeded so far already by way of promise herein, that conveniently I cannot fulfil your desire in that behalf, whereof I am right sorry; and yet notwithstanding I will promise you to do that I may therein, as it shall be well known to you hereafter.
LXXI. To Harl. MSS. In my right hearty wise I commend me unto you. And 6148. fol. 36.
where I am advertised by Master Dean of Lincoln's + letters of your toward mind that you bear unto my kinsman and servant Henry Byngham u, for his preferment unto the office of the auditorship of the Church of Lyncoln, now being in your hands and disposition; to whom, as I understand, in that behalf
could be right well content to declare your convenient favour, in case you had not made a former grant unto a kinsman of your own; which notwithstanding, as I do again perceive, your mind is to entreat your said kinsman to relinquish his interest therein: Sir, for this your gentle and favourable behaviour hitherto towards my said kinsman, I heartily give unto you condign thanks therefore; requiring
[James Mallet, installed in the deanery of Lincoln the Ist of May 1532. Le Neve, Fasti.]
[This may have been the Bingham who married Cranmer's sister. See the articles preferred against the Archbishop in 1543, in Strype, Cranmer, p. 17.]
the same, that now the rather at this mine instance and request, ye will as well on your behalf as also for the obtaining the good will of your said kinsman, accomplish your intended purpose herein; and in so doing I shall be at all times ready to acquit and recompense the same accordingly.
In my right hearty wise I commend me unto you. And Harl. Mss. where I am advertised by my servant Jefere Eton, that you 36.
6548. fol. by your deed obligatory did stand bound in xli. to one Thomas Eton his brother, late deceased, to pay to him lxvis. viiid. yearly, unto such time that he were advanced to some spiritual promotion of the clear value of vijili. by the year, over and above all charges and reprises; which said Thomas Eton then afterward for a time exercised the room of the officiallship in Exetre; whereupon you denied the payment of the said pension or annuity, contrary to the right and order of the temporal law, as I am informed by learned counsel: therefore and inasmuch as my said seryant, now being sole executor unto his brother, must accom. plish and perform his testament, I require you, and that the rather at this mine instance and request, that ye will either now pay unto the same all such sums of money, which in the name of a pension or annuity were heretofore due unto the said Thomas Eton his brother, or else to conclude some reasonable agreement with him therefore, to the intent he need not any further attempt the law in this behalf.
LXXIII. THE EARL OF Essex X TO CRANMER. My very good Lord, in my right hearty manner I commend me Harl. MSS. and where it hath pleased you to write unto
6148. fol. * (Henry Bourchier ; by whose death by a fall from his horse in 1539, without male issue, the title of Earl of Essex became extinct. This correspondence confirms Burnet's account of his being a severe man. Burn. Ref. vol.ii. p.276.]