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And over that within the said hear of your welfare ; praying you twelve days the said John Thall do to weet that fir Thomas Howes hath (caufe) lawful estate to be made to purveyed four dormants (beams) for the said Williain of lands, tene- the drawte chamber, and the malta ments, rents, and fervices to the house, and the brewery, whereof he: yearly value of forty marks (261. hath bought three, and the fourth, 135. 4d.) over all charges borne to that shall be the longest and greatest have and hold to the laid William' of all, he shall have from Heylesdon, (for) term of his life, without im- which he faith my mafter Fastolf peachment of waste, the remainder fliall give me, because my chamber thereof to the said Elizabeth to have shall be made therewith. As for and hold to her (for) term of her the laying of the faid dormants, life, without impeachment of waste. they shall be laid this next week

Also it is accorded that the said because of the malthouse, and as for William shall make estate of all the the remanant I trow it shall abid refidue of his lands which he is seized 'till ye come home, because I can of, or any other man to his use to neither be purveyed of posts, por of such persons as the faid John shall boards not yet. name, to the use of the said John. I have taken the measure in the

Also the said John Clopton shall drawte chamber, there as ye would do (cause) lawful estate to be made your coffers and your Icowntewery to the laid Elizabeth of lands, tene- ihould be set for the while, and there ments, rents, and services to the is no space beside the bed, though yearly value of 30l. over all charges the bed were removed to the door, borné, to have and hold to her for to set both

your during the life of the said William, coffers there, and to have space to

And moreover the said John pro- go and fit beside ; wherefore I have mytteth (promisetb) and ensureth by purveyed that ye shall have the fame the faith of his body that he shall drawte chamber that ye had before leave, over the 40l. worth (of) land there, as ye shall lye to yourself; abovefaid, to his heirs and iflue male and when your gear is removed out of the body of the said Elizabeth of your little house, the door shall begotten, lands in fee fimple or in be locked, and your bags laid in one tail to the yearly value of 40, marks of the great coffers, so that they shall (261. 135. 4d.) in. * case the same be safe, I trust. male issue be governed to the said Richard Charles and John Dow John as the son oweth to be to the have fetched home the child from father. And, &c.

Rockland Tofts, and it is a pretty About 1454. 32 H. VI,

boy; and it is told me that Will is

at Blickling with a poor man of the LETTER LXXX.

town; a young woman that was To my right worshipful husband, John some time with Burton of this towa Paiton, be this delivered in haste (6).

fent me word, thereof; I pray you Right worshipful husband, I re- send me word if ye will that any commend me to you, defiring to thing that ye will be done to hin

The concluding part of the settlement + What the word drawte means, when ought not to escape our observation, where applied to chamber, I am not certain. the 40 marks per annum settled on the issue Cowntewery muft mean his counter, male is to depend upon the good behaviour desk, or board to fit and write, &c. at. of such issue to the father,

The child now brought honde seems (6) In this letter we have an account of re- to have been at nurie at Rockland Tofts. parations and alterations making in their Williams's situation at Blickling appears to house, with a description of their bede have been an improper one. chamber, and its furniture,

ere

hafte (c).

ere ye come home, Richard Charles

EDWARD IV.- LETTER XIV, fendeth you word, that Willes hath been at him here, and offered him

To my right reverend and worshipful

father, John Pafton, esq. dwelling in to make hiin estate in all things ac- Hellesdon, be this letter delivered in cording to their indenture, and if he do the contrary ye shall soon Most reverend and worshipful have word.

father, I recommend me heartily, My mother prayeth you for to and submit me lowlily to your good remember my filter, and to do your fatherhood, beseeching you for chapart faithfully ere ye come home to rity of your daily blessing; I behelp to get her a good * marriage; seech you to hold me excused that I it seemeth by my mother's language fent to you none erst (no earlier) no that she would never so fain to writing, for I could not speed to have be delivered of her as she will mine intent, that ye sent to ine for. Dow.

I have laboured daily my lord of It was told here that Knivet the Effex, treasurer of England, to have heir is for to marry; both his wife moved the king, both of the manor and child be dead, as it was told (of) Dedham, and of the bill, cohere ; wherefore the would that ye pied of the court roll, every morn, Mould enquire whether it be fo or ing afore he went to the king, and no, and what his livelihood is, and often times enquired of him, and if ye

think that it be for to do, to tif) he had moved the king in these let him be {poken with thereof.

matters; he answered me nay, sayI pray you that ye be not strange ing it was no time, and said he of writing of letters to me betwixt would it were as fain sped as I mythis and that ye come home, if I felf; fo oft times delaying me that might I would have every day, one in truth I thought to have sent you from you.

The blessed Trinity have word, that I feeled by him that he you in his keeping. Written at

was not willing to move the king Norwich, on the Tuesday next after therein ; nevertheless I laboured to the Conversion (of) Saint Paul. (25 him continually, and prayed BaJanuary.)

ronners (Berners) his man to reBy yours,

member him of it. I told often MARGARET PASTON. times to

my

faid lord that I had a Norwich, Tuesday January,

inan tarrying in town, that I Mould sometime

have sent to you for other fundry before 1459. 38 H. VI.

matters, and he tarryed for nothing, * The marriage of his sister Elizabeth mer of making the compliment to the earl of was an object of great consequence to his Essex'is ingeniously contriyed; and thews mother, as those two did not, from many Berners to be one who understood his things which occur, agree properly together; business well. but I cannot ascertain, from the pedigree He was most probably a relation of the of the family of Knevet, which of them is earl's family, as his brother John Bourchier here meant.

married, Margery, a daughter of fir Thomas (c) This is a most curious letter, and exhi- Berners, of Welt Horseley, in Surry, bits an undisguised picture of great men in + Henry viscount Bourchier, lord treathe fifteenth century.

surer of England, was created earl of Essex J. Pafton shews himself a persevering ad. in 1461, in the first year of the reign of vocate, and my lord of Effex a true courtier. Edward IV. He was a man of great knowHe at last mentions the business to the king, ledge and application to business, and at and informs J. Pafton of the king's conver

different times filled most of the great sation on the subject, which certainly re- offices of state. His death happened in dounds much to his majesty's honour. 1483. He was uncle to the king by his The hint from Berners, my lord treasurer's marriage with a sister of Richard Plantaman, is cleverly introduced, and the man- genet, duke of York, the king's father.

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but that I might send you by him that ye were delivered of him, for ke an answer of the said matters ; other shall never do you profit nor wora times beseeching him to speed me in fhip. those matters for this caufe, that ye I fuppofe ye understand that the should think no default in me for re- money that I had of you at London membering in the said matters. may not endure with me till that the

And now of late, I remembering king go into Wales and come again, him of the fame matter, inquired if for I understand it hall be long ere he had moved the king's highness he come again, wherefore I have therein, and he answered me, that sent to London to mine uncle Clehe had felt and moved the king ment to get an hundred shillings of therein, rehearsing the king's answer Christopher Hanfon your servant, therein, how that when he had moved and send it me by my said servant, the king in the said manor of Ded- and mine harness with it, which i ham, beseeching him to be your left at London to make clean. good lord therein, considering the I beseech you not to be displeased Tervice and true heart that ye have with it, for I could make none other done, and owe to him, and in efpe- chevisance (contract), but I should cial the right that ye have thereto; have borrowed it of a strange man, he said, he would be your good lord fome of my fellows, who I Tuppose therein, as he would be to the poor- should not like you, and ye heard of elt man in England, he would hold it another time. I am in surety with you in your right, and as for whereas I shall have another man in favour he will not be understood, the stead of Peacock. that he shall thew favour more to one My lord of Effex faith he will do man than to another, not to one in as much for you as for any exquire England.

in England, and Baronners his mana And as for the bill, copied of the telleth me, saying, “ court roll, wben he moved to him of much beholden to my lord, for he it, he smiled, and said, that such a loveth him well ;" Berners moved bill there was, saying that ye would me once, and said that ye must needs have oppressed sundry of your couro do somewhat for my ford and his ; trymen of worshipful inen, and and I said, I wist well, that ye would therefore he kept it itill, nevertheless do for him that lay in your power ; he said he should look it up in haste, and he said that there was a little and ye should have it.

money betwixt you and a gentleman Baronners undertook to me twice of Eilex called Dyrward, saying, or thrice, that he should to have re- that there is as much between my membered his lord and master, that said lord and the said gentleman, of I Mould have had it within two or the which money he difireth your three days; he is often times absent, part. and therefore I have it not yet, when It is talked here how that ye and I can get it, I shall send it you, and Howard should have striven together of the

king's mouth, his name that on the * fhire day, and one of Howtake it him.

ard's men should have ítricken you I send you home Peacock again, twice with a dagger, and so ye should he is not for me, God fend grace have been hurt, but for a good douthat he may do you good service, blet, that ye had on at that time ; that by estimation is not likely ; ye blessed be God, that ye had it on. Niall have knowledge afterward how

* This was probably occasioned by fome he hath demeaned him here with me; election or other dispute which arose at the I would, faving your displeasure, county court,

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No more I write to your good worship of Norfolk, rather than like fatherhood at this time, but Al Gonner's doublet. mighty God have you in his keep- Item, as for the matter of the ing, and send you victory of your nine score pounds asked by my lady enemies, and worship increasing to of Bedford for the manor of Weit your life's ending.

Thurrok, whereas fir Thomas Howys Written at * Lewes, on St. Bar, faith that he hath no writing thereof, tholomew's even.

but that fir John Fastolf purchased By your servant and elder son,

the said manor, and paid certain John PASTON, money in earnest, and afterwards Lewes, in Sussex,

granted his bargain to the duke of 23 August, 1461, or 1462.

Bedford, and so the money that he 1 or 2 E. IV.

took was. for the money that he

had paid ; peradventure fir Thomas LETTER XXV.

Howys hath writing thereof, and To my cousin, Margaret Pafton (d).

knoweth it not ; for if there be any MINE own dear fovereign lady, fuch money paid upon any bargain I recommend me to you, and thank he shall find it in Kyrtling's books you of the great cheer that ye made that was fir John Fastolf's receiver, me here to my great cost and charge and it was about such time as the and labour. No more at this time, duke of Bedford was last in England, but that I pray you ye will send me which, as it is told me, was the 8th hither two ells of t worsted for dou- year of king Harry V. (1420,) or blets, to happe me (wrap me up the 8th year of king Harry VI. warm) this cold winter; and that (1429), and the sum that he paid ye enquire where William Pafton for the said bargain was three hunbought his tippet of fine worsted, dred marks (2001.) Also, he shall which is almost like filk, and if that find the 22d year of king Harry be much finer than that ye should (VI.) or there about (1443), in the buy me after seven or eight shillings, accounts of one of Fastoli's rethen buy me a quarter and the nail ceivers at London, that there was thereof for collars, though it be taken of fir Thomas Tyrell, and of dearer than the other, for I would the duchess of $ Exeter, that was make my doubles all worsted for wife to fir Lewis Johnes, farmer of

the * The date of this letter is, in some mea- which, for the worship of Norfolk, J. Paso fure, ascertained by the place from which ton desired his doublet might be made, it is written, as the king in the summer of I Jaquelina, daughter of Peter of Luxen. 1462 took a progress through several parts burgh, earl of Saint Poul, was the second of his kingdom; namely to Canterbury, wife of John Plantagenet, duke of BedSandwich, Lewes, &c. and so along the ford; she was married to him in 1433, and coast to Southampton, from whence he pro- after his decease, in 1435, she became the ceeded to the marches of Wales.

wife of sir Richard Wydvile, and died in (d) The various matter contained in this

1472. letter makes it worthy the reader's notice; § This was most probably Margaret, the references to the receivers accounts of daughter and heir of fir Thomas Neville, fir John Fastolf shew the regularity with and widow of Thomas Beaufort, duke of which all money and other transactions Exeter; who was buried in the Abbey were entered and kept. The concluding Church at Bury St. Edmund's. On digging verses furnish us with a specimen of the amongst the ruins of this Abbey, the body familiar poetry of the time.

of the duke was found, on the 20th of + Worsted is a small market-town in the February 1772, wrapped in lead, and entire. most east part of the county of Norfolk, The face, hair, and every part were performerly famous for the manufacture of feet, and the flesh solid, but being exposed those stuffs which still bear its name, and of to the air, the body soon became offensive,

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the said manor, certain money for And, if Calle bring us hithrer twenty pound, repayment of the said three Ye Shall have your picces again, good and

round; hundred marks. Also he fall find or else, if he will not pay you the value of 20 years after that, or that year, or the pieces, there thereabouts, that fir John Fastolf re- To the post do nail his ear, ceived móncy of my lord *Rivers Or else do him some other wrongs, that now is, by the name of Rich- For I will no more in his default borard Wydvile, for his own debt due And but if (unles) the receiving of my live. to fir Johri Faftolf; wherefore, if fir lihood be better plied Thomas be true to his master, let He shall Chrill's hour and mine clean him do his devoir to make that and look ye be merry and take no thought, Worcester, which is upheld by him for this rhyme is cunningly wrought. with the dead's goods, be true to his My lord | Percy and all this house master, or else it is time for fir Recommend them to you, dog, cat and Thomas to forsake him, and help to

mouse,

And will
punith him, or men must say that fir for they say ye are a good * gill.

ye had been here still,
Thomas is not true; and moreover

No more to you at this time, let fir Thomas examine what he can But God him save that made this rhyme. find in this matter that I sent him Written the of Saint Mathe, word of, which matter he shall find By your true and trulty hulband J. P. in the said receiver's book, if he lift

February,

Between 1462 and 1465.
to seek it.

1 and 5 E. IV.
Item, on the day after your depart-
ing, I received letters by William

LETTER XLII.
Roos from your fons to me, and to
you, and to Richard Calle, &c.

To the right worshipful fir John Pastor,

knight, be this delivered (e).
Item, I shall tell you a tale,

Right worshipful fir, and ten-
Pampyng and I have pickled your + male
And taken out I pieces five,

derly beloved in our Lord God, I For upon trust of Calle's promise, we may commend me to you; sending you food unthrive,

knowing (knowledge) that I did your

errand I am sorry to add, that, for want of pro- Pieces of money per attention, the body was indecently I do not underitand this line, thrown out of its leaden repository (which || This muft be Henry lord Percy, fon was sold by the workmen for its value by and heir of Henry Percy, earl of Norweight), and tumbled into the gronnd, thumberland, who was killed at the battle where it remained till the next day, when, of Towton, in 1461, by Ellenor, grandat the expence of some neighbouring gen- daughter and heir of Robert lord Poyntlemen, an oaken coffin was procured, in ings. which the remains were decently deposited, His father having been attainted, he cone and interred near the spot where they were

tinued to be called lord Percy; but in 1472 , originally discovered.

was fully restored both in blood and title, I procured some of the hair, which was the attainder of his father being made void. of a fine brown colour, and very flexible, He was murdered by a tumultuous mob in

* Sir Richard Wydvile, in 1448, was "Yorkshire, in 1488. created baron Rivers of Grafton in North- * An agreeable companion. amptonshire, and elected a knight of the The exact date of this letter cannot be af. Garter. His daughter Elizabeth afterwards certained. became the

queen

of Edward IV. who then (e) We see in this letter the hold which the radvanced her father to the dignity of earl clergy had on the laity for any omissions

Rivers. He was seized by the Lancaster mu- in payment of what was due to the church; tineers, and beheaded at Banbury, in 1469. the danger of fir John Pafton's foul is gently

+ Male, or mail, is a trunk or portman. 'touched upon, and the fears for the peace teau. It is to be observed, that in the of that of tir John Fastolf is ingeniously idloriginal letter the verses do not finish the troduced. From the account in this letter Jine, but are written as prose.

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