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This Letter we apprehend is a perfect Evidence of Wolsey's having dealt most respectfully and kindly by
• about the Purification of our cept and take in Stead and Place
Lady, and then to supply such • of mutual Beneficence, where Things as I omit in this Let- my Power is insufficent. And
ter. First, as it is my very • I intirely thank your Grace, ' Duty and Office of kind Re- • that it hath pleased the same membrance, I thank
latt Grace as heartily as I can, for • Letter, that your Grace would your manifold Favours shewed
give. Orders to your Officers, unto me, many Ways hereto- • that as large and ample Favour • fore ; and now especially, that • should be Thewed to my Ne• it hath pleased the same not • phew, the Archdeacon of Can
only to advise me to make • terbury, as to all other Archmy Abode in high and dry deacons, touching their com
Ground, as Knolls was, and pofitions with your Grace for • such others, but also to offer • their Jurisdictions ; and for a unto me, of your fingular Bi- • Conclusion for my said Ne
nignity and Goodness, a plea- • phew his Jurisdiction, I have • fant Lodging in your whol- • sent this Bearer, one of his Pro• some Mannor at Hampton-court, curators, to your Grace's Of. • where I should not disease, nei. • ficers to give Attendance in that • ther be diseased, there to con- • Behalf. As touching my Of• tinue for the attaining of my
ficer, the Dean of my Court • Health as long as I should • of Arches, I trust I have gi• think it expedient ; by which ven him such Admonition as
excellent Benevolence and Gra- • he will remember during his
titude.expressing evidently your Life, and be well aware to busy • Grace's very tender Love to ' himself in any Matters which
me, and by all other Tokens may sound to your Grace's and Proofs of your Grace's al
• Discontention and Displeasure, sured and continual Favour to- and I hope your Grace will • wards me and my Servants, not deal extreamly with him,
I repute myself so much boun • but only train him with con"den to your Grace, and think tinual Attendance for his learn
myself far unable to deferve or . ing to be more circumspect in
requite your Grace's faid Fa- • Time to come ; and that for • vours and great Humanity ; Sake
your Grace hath also albeit, at all times, I would • discharged him of the said At• be ready and glad, with good tendance, I heartily thank your
• , • Heart and Mind, (and so your • Grace, affirming, without Co• Grace shall find me ever) to do • lour or Diffimulation, that neiyour
Service or Plea- ther he, or any other Officer, sure, that
little Kinsman or Servants of mine, • Power with my Benevolence. hall continue in my Service • I beseech your Grace to ac- or Favour, which would here.
Warbam, his Relations, Dependants and Servants, during his Administration : Then, if this should be allowed, as we make no doubt but it will, what Credit is to be given to Rapin, and several other Authors, who have audaciously affirmed the contrary.
Having obtained a proper Authority, The Cardinal William Brown, the Prior of St. Peter's founds his ColPriory, in Ipswich, surrendered it to the lege at IpfCardinal March the 6th, 1527 ; upon
wich. this he immediately directed the Foundation of his intended College to be laid, the Fraternity of which was to consist of a Dean, twelve Canons, eight Singing-men, and as many Choristers, where Youth were to be educated, in order to fit them for his College in Oxford; and the Building was carried on with such Expedition, and gave so much Satisfaction, that it met with great Encouragement, not only from the Corporation of Ipswich, but from the Gentlemen round the Country
after willingly fall into your • such as misused a certain Ap• Grace's Displeasure or Indig:
Grace's in these ' nation, and so I have declared • Parts, that the Misdoers
appear unto them myself ; shewing before me in 15 Days under • how good and gracious I find • the Pain of Cursing, and I trust
you towards me, and how it • by that Means, or by other hath pleased your Grace to Espials, to tire them out, if " write unto me, that you would • it be possible, and then further • be as good unto them as they to order them so as all other
could reasonably and justly de- • shall be warned by them of · fire ; so that they use and or
• such Wilfulness and contemp• der themselves accordingly to- • tuous Temerity. At my Man• wards your Grace and yours," nor of Knolls, the 12th Day ' and as they ought to do. In
of the Month of January. which good and favourable
Grace's ComMind, I beseech your Grace
ever to continue as Ye shall • have me ever your perpetual
• Will Cantuar” • Orator. I have lately set up
a Writing both at Knolls, of See the Original in the Recordford, and Shoreham, . against Office, near Westminster Abbey.
The Cardinal soon after appointed William Capon Dean of this College, who repaired thither, and greatly haftened the Buildings; and, as many of the Apartments were ready before the End of this Year, he sent Mr. Thomas Cromwell down with several rich Pieces of Furniture, as well as Copes, Vestments, and other Cloaths besides Plate, the Receipt of which the Dean acknowledged in a Letter to his Eminence. During the Time Mr. Cromwell was there, he also took great Pains in ordering the further Progress of the Building and Furniture, particularly of the Hall.
After the Dean had given the Cardinal an Account of what Mr. Cromwell had transacted, he descends to relate how they spent other Parts of their Time as under mentioned. *
* Upon our Lady's Even, I, and at their coming thi.
Grace's College, as the Sub- • Wine and Beer, and so that
eight Clerks, and nine Cho- Day, which was our Lady's
risters, with all our Servants, Day, the 8th of September, a
Even-song in our College and rained fo continually, that
companied us Mr. Stephens, 'cession in your Grace's College
• insomuch that there were 40 of
College be much bounden un- as much People as could stand
Portmen and the Prior of " were there, as Master Went-
home again to your Grace's * Sir Thomas Tay, with Mr. Be-
Mr. Cromwell, having executed the different Trusts reposed in him, returned to London, where he was so
field, with many other, to the « B-half : Also here be but five • Number of 24 Gentlemen of · Priests, besides your Sub-dean, ' the Country, besides the Bai- o which are too little a Nember • liffs, Portmen of the Town, • to keep in Masses every Day, • the Prior of Christ Church, the according to your Grace's Sta. • Prior of Butley, Dr. Green, Vi- "tutesand the Sub.dean cannot
car of Alborowth, as Commis- attend upon his Charge, for • saries both to your Grace and • surveying of the Works and • the Bishop of Norwich, and Buildings of your Grace's Col.
the Duke of Norfolk's Almoner, • lege; wherefore we most hum• Mr. Hege ; all the which were bly desire, and pray your
there, with what Good-will Grace to have more Priests,
and Diligence they could, to do 'to perform your Grace's Ordi' your Grace Honour that Day,
facred Colleges and they all took Repast at or else to dispense with us for • Dinner in your Grace's Col
your Mafies, either the • lege, and, as I trust, well en- • Requiem Mass, or elle our La• tertained with good Fare, and dy's Mass, unto the cime we • such Fashion as we could de- • be better furnished with Prietis, • vise, wherewith they were to accomplish and perform your
right well contented and pleas- • Grace's Ordinance and Statutes ed, as I supposed.
' therein; and, but for Mr. Kino • Furthermore, as for your tall, we could in a manner do * Grace's College Church, one nothing in our Choir; he tak• Man is not able both to attend . eth very great Pains, and is al
and keep the Reveftry, and ways present at Maitins and . do all Things in the Church, as • all Malfes with Even-song, and • to ring the Bells, keep the * setteth the Choir in good Or• Church clean, prepare the Al- • der from time to time, and ' tar Lights, and other Neces- faileth not at any time. He ' faries, and to see all the other : " is very sober and discreet, and • Ornaments well and sufficient- bringeth up your Choristers
ly repaired, and kept without very well, affuring your Grace
any Impairing, and to set forth there shall be no better Chil. ' every Day all
such Things as are • dren in any Place of England, to be occupied about God's Ser- • than we shall have here, and • vice; therefore, by the Advice that in short time I have allo
I ' of Mr. Stephens, Mr. Lee, and made 15 Albes of the new * Mr. Cromwell, I have put into
• Cloth I had of your Grace, o the Church another Man to • delivered by the Hand of Mr. • help the Yeoman of the Re- • Alvarde, your Grace's Servant, « veftry, and named him Sexton, • and yet there is 14 Alles more 6 until the Time I know further • to be made, to the Suits now “ of your Grace's Pleasure in that lately (ent by your Grace to
well received, that it was soon perceived by the Cardinals Servants, Cromwell every Day gained the Goodwill of his Master.
The Corporation of Ipswich was so pleased with the Cardinals Founding his College there, that they wrote him the following Letter, the Original being preserved in the Exchequer Record-office ; and thus addressed.
• us by Mr. Cromwell, besides • beholden, ever ready to do Plea• Albes for 14 Tunicles, and seven • sures, and also to take Pains for • Pair of odd Parrers for Children. us in all our Causes, at the
Furthermore, there have been fame Day he gave to us fix • fent unto your Grace's College, Couple of Coneys, two Phea
again the Nativity of our La- sants, and one Dozen of Quails. • dy, nine Bucks, to wit, two from • Also the Prior of Butley, he the Duke of Norfolk, two from
gave to us two Pheasants and a 'the Duke of Suffolk, one from • fat Crane. 'my Lady of Oxford the younger, • Also we have received of
one from Sir Philip Bowth, one Mr.Dawndy 171 Tons of Cane« from Mr. Pyrton, one from Mr. • Stone, and, within a Fortnight
Scutiler, your Grace's Servant, after Michaelmas • and one from Richard Caven. coming, we shall have 100 Tons
dish, your Grace's Servant, more; so that your Workmen « which Bucks were spent on our • shall not be unoccupied for want
said Ledy day, in your Grace's of Stone. College, and in the Town of " And the said Mr. Dawndy Ipswich; whereof one Buck was " hath promised to me, that, bedelivered to the Chamberlains of " fore Easier next coming, we the Town, for the 24 Head-men • shall have here ready, ICOO of the same Town, and in Money · Tons more of the said Caneten Shillings to make merry with. • Stone. al, by the Advice of Mr. Ste- • And thus the Holy Trinity phens, Mr. Lee, and Mr. Crom- preserve your Grace. From • well; and in like manner to the • your Grace's College in Ipf
Bailif's Wives * and Portmen's • wich, the 26th Day of Septem" V’ives to make merry with, a ber, by your moft bounden Ser• Buck and 10 Shillings; and to vant and humble Chaplain, o the Curates of the same Town a Buck with fix Shillings eight
« WILLIAM CAPON.' • Pence in Money for their Pains " and Labour in our Proceffions.
See the original Letter in the Also Mr. Rufi, to whom all Cotton Library. your Grace's College is much
* The Reader may perceive, that the Cardinal's Dean, and his Servant, Mr. Cromwell, did not forget the Bailiffs and Portmen's Wives, who they resolved thould have Provisions to make them merry as well as their Husbands.