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This Letter we apprehend is a perfect Evidence of Wolfey's having dealt most respectfully and kindly by War
about the Purification of our Lady, and then to fupply fuch Things as I omit in this Letter. First, as it is my very Duty and Office of kind Remembrance, I thank your Grace as heartily as I can, for your manifold Favours fhewed unto me, many Ways heretofore; and now especially, that it hath pleased the fame not only to advise me to make my Abode in high and dry • Ground, as Knolls was, and fuch others, but also to offer unto me, of your fingular Binignity and Goodness, a pleafant Lodging in your wholfome Mannor at Hampton-court, where I fhould not disease, neither be difeafed, there to continue for the attaining of my Health as long as I fhould think it expedient; by which ⚫ excellent Benevolence and Gratitude.expreffing evidently your 'Grace's very tender Love to me, and by all other Tokens and Proofs of Grace's afyour
fured and continual Favour to ́wards me and my Servants, I repute myself fo much bounden to your Grace, and think
myself far unable to deferve or
requite your Grace's faid Favours and great Humanity;
albeit, at all times, I would be ready and glad, with good Heart and Mind, (and so your • Grace fhall find me ever) to do your Grace any Service or Pleafure, that may be in my little • Power with my Benevolence.
I befeech your Grace to ac
cept and take in Stead and Place • of mutual Beneficence, where Power is infufficent. And my I intirely thank your Grace, that it hath pleased the fame to write unto me in your last · Letter, that your Grace would give Orders to your Officers, that as large and ample Favour 'fhould be fhewed to my Nephew, the Archdeacon of Canterbury, as to all other Archdeacons, touching their Compofitions with your Grace for their Jurifdictions; and for a • Conclufion for my faid Nephew his Jurifdiction, I have fent this Bearer, one of his Procurators, to your Grace's Of'ficers to give Attendance in that Behalf. As touching my Officer, the Dean of my Court of Arches, I trust I have given him fuch Admonition as ' he will remember during his Life, and be well aware to bufy ' himself in any Matters which may found to your Grace's Difcontention and Displeasure, and I hope your Grace will 'not deal extreamly with him, but only train him with con'tinual Attendance for his learning to be more circumfpect in Time to come; and that for my Sake Grace hath alfo discharged him of the faid Attendance, I heartily thank your 'Grace, affirming, without Colour or Diffimulation, that neither he, or any other Officer, Kinfman or Servants of mine, 'fhall continue in my Service or Favour, which would here→ • after
Warbam, his Relations, Dependants and Servants, during his Administration: Then, if this fhould be allowed, as we make no doubt but it will, what Credit is to be given to Rapin, and feveral other Authors, who have audaciously affirmed the contrary.
The Cardinal founds his College at Ipf
Having obtained a proper Authority, William Brown, the Prior of St. Peter's Priory, in Ipfwich, furrendered it to the Cardinal March the 6th, 1527; upon this he immediately directed the Foundation of his intended College to be laid, the Fraternity of which was to confift of a Dean, twelve Canons, eight Singing-men, and as many Chorifters, where Youth were to be educated, in order to fit them for his College in Oxford; and the Building was carried on with fuch Expedition, and gave so much Satisfaction, that it met with great Encouragement, not only from the Corporation of Ipfwich, but from the Gentlemen round the Country.
after willingly fall into your 'Grace's Displeasure or Indig ⚫nation, and fo I have declared • unto them myself; fhewing how good and gracious I find you towards me, and how it hath pleafed your Grace to ' write unto me, that you would 'be as good unto them as they ⚫ could reasonably and justly de'fire; fo that they use and or
der themselves accordingly to'wards your Grace and yours, and as they ought to do. In which good and favourable Mind, I beseech your Grace ever to continue as Ye fhall
• have me ever your perpetual 'Orator. I have lately fet up a Writing both at Knolls, Offord, and Shoreham, againft
The Cardinal foon 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 fent Mr. Thomas Cromwell down with feveral rich Pieces of Furniture, as well as Copes, Vestments, and other Cloaths befides Plate, the Receipt of which the Dean acknowledged in a Letter to his Eminence. During the Time Mr. Cromwell was there, he alfo took great Pains in ordering the further Progrefs of the Building and Furniture, particularly of the Hall.
After the Dean had given the Cardinal an Account of what Mr. Cromwell had tranfacted, he defcends to relate how they spent other Parts of their Time as under mentioned.*
ther, they drank with me both • Wine and Beer, and fo that Night departed. On the next Day, which was our Lady's Day, the 8th of September, a 'Day of very foul Weather, and rained fo continually, that we could not go in Proceffion through the Town to our Lady's Chapel, according to our Statute, by your Grace made, but we made as folemn Proceffion in your Grace's College. Church as could be defired; • infomuch that there were 40 of
Upon our Lady's Even, I, and at their coming thiwith all the Company of your 'Grace's College, as the SubDean, Mr. Ellis, fix Priefts, eight Clerks, and nine Chorifters, with all our Servants, when we had finifhed our Even-fong in our College Church, then immediately after we repaired together to our Lady's, and there fung Evenfong as folemnly and devoutly as we could, and there accompanied us Mr. Stephens, Dr. Lee, and Mr. Cromwell, with Mr. Humphry Wingfield, (to whom all we of your Grace's College be much bounden unto, for his loving and kind Manner fhewed unto us) the Bailiffs of the Town, with the Portmen and the Prior of Chrift-church, all the which accompanied us that fame Night home again to your Grace's College, with as loving and kind a Manner as I have feen;
your Copes worn there, and as much People as could stand in the Church and in the Church-yard; alfo all the honourable Gentry of the Shire were there, as Mafter Wentworth, Sir John Willoughby, Sir Philip Tilney, Mr. Both, Sir Thomas Tay, with Mr. Benefyelde, Mr. Purton, Mr. Jermeyne, Mr. Humphry Wing'field,
Mr. Cromwell, having executed the different Trufts reposed in him, returned to London, where he was fo
field, with many other, to the Number of 24 Gentlemen of the Country, befides the Bailiffs, Portmen of the Town, the Prior of Chrift Church, the Prior of Butley, Dr. Green, Vi· car of Alboro-wth, as Commiffaries both to your Grace and the Bishop of Norwich, and the Duke of Norfolk's Almoner, Mr. Hege; all the which were there, with what Good-will ⚫ and Diligence they could, to do your Grace Honour that Day, and they all took Repaft at Dinner in your Grace's College, and, as I trust, well en⚫tertained with good Fare, and fuch Fashion as we could devife, wherewith they were right well contented and pleafed, as I fuppofed.
Furthermore, as for your 'Grace's College Church, one "Man is not able both to attend and keep the Reveftry, and ⚫ do all Things in the Church, as to ring the Bells, keep the Church clean, prepare the Altar Lights, and other Necef• faries, and to fee all the other Ornaments well and fufficient6 ly repaired, and kept without any Impairing, and to set forth every Day all fuchThings as are to be occupied about God's Ser⚫vice; therefore, by the Advice of Mr. Stephens, Mr. Lee, and • Mr. Cromwell, I have put
the Church another Man to help the Yeoman of the Re• veftry, and named him Sexton, " until the Time I know further "of your Grace's Pleafure in that VOL. IV.
Behalf Alfo here be but five Priests, befides your Sub-dean, which are too little a Number to keep in Maffes every Day, according to your Grace's Sta tutes and the Sub dean cannot attend upon his Charge, for furveying of the Works and Buildings of your Grace's College; wherefore we most humbly defire, and pray your Grace to have more Priefts, to perform your Grace's Ordinance in your facred College, or elfe to difpenfe with us for · one of your Maffes, either the Requiem Mass, or elfe our Lady's Mafs, unto the time we be better farnifhed with Priefs, to accomplish and perform your Grace's Ordinance and Statutes therein; and, but for Mr. Kentall, we could in a manner do nothing in our Choir; he tak'eth very great Pains, and is always prefent at Mattins and ⚫ all Maffes with Even-fong, and fetteth the Choir in good Order from time to time, and faileth not at any time. He is very fober and difcreet, and bringeth up your Choristers very well, affuring your Grace there fhall be no better Children in any Place of England, than we fhall have here, and that in fhort time I have allo made 15 Albes of the new Cloth I had of your Grace, delivered by the Hand of Mr. Alvarde, your Grace's Servant, ⚫ and yet there is 14 Albes more " to be made, to the Suits now lately fent by your Grace to
well received, that it was foon perceived by the Cardinal's Servants, Cromwell every Day gained the Goodwill of his Mafter.
The Corporation of Ipfwich was fo pleased with the Cardinal's Founding his College there, that they wrote him the following Letter, the Original being preferved in the Exchequer Record-office; and thus addreffed. " To
us by Mr. Cromwell, befides Albes for 14 Tunicles, and feven Pair of odd Parrers for Children. Furthermore, there have been fent unto your Grace's College, againft the Nativity of our Lady, nine Bucks, to wit, two from the Duke of Norfolk, two from the Duke of Suffolk, one from my Lady of Oxford the younger, one from Sir Philip Bowth, one from Mr. Pyrton, one from Mr. Scutiler, your Grace's Servant, ⚫ and one from Richard Cavendih, your Grace's Servant, which Bucks were spent on our faid Lady day, in your Grace's College, and in the Town of Ipfwich; whereof one Buck was delivered to the Chamberlains of the Town, for the 24 Head-men of the fame Town, and in Money ten Shillings to make merry withal, by the Advice of Mr. Stephens, Mr. Lee, and Mr. Crom
well; and in like manner to the Bailiffs Wives and Portmen's • Wives to make merry with, a Buck and 10 Shillings; and to the Curates of the fame Town a Buck with fix Shillings eight Pence in Money for their Pains and Labour in our Proceffions. • Alfo Mr. Rufo, to whom all ⚫ 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 refolved fhould have Provifions to make them merry as well as their Hufbands.