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unto the same, that from henceforth during your Highness natural Life, which we most hertily beseech Almighty God long to preserve, we shall forbear to enact, promulge, or put in Execution, any such Constitution or Ordinance so by us to be made in time coming, unless your Highness by your Royal Assent shalllicense us to make, promulge, and execute such Constitutions, and the so made shall approve by your Highnes Authorite.
Secounde, Whereas your Highness Honorable Commons do pretend that diverse of the Constitutions Provincial, which have ben hcretofore enacted be not only much prejudicial to your Highness Prerogative Royal, but also overmuch onerous to your said Commons, we your most humble Subjects for the Considerations aforesaid, be contented to referr and commit all and singular the said Constitutions to the Examination and Judgment of your Grace only : And which soever of the same shall finally be found, thought, and judged by your Graces inost high Wisdom prejudiciali and overmuch onerous as is pretended, we offer and promise your Highness to moderate or utterly to abrogate and annull the same, according to the Judgment of your Grace. Saving 10 us allwaie all such Immunities and Liberties of this Church of England, as hath been granted unto the same by the Goodness and Benignite of your Highness, and of others your most noble Progenitors, with all such Constitutions Provincial as do stand with the Laws of Almighty God and Holy Church, and of your Realm heretofore made, which we most humbly beseech your Grace to ratifie and approve by your Royal Assent, for the better Execution of the same in Times to come, amongst your Graces People. Providing also that until your Highness Pleasure herein shall be further declared unto us, all manner of Ordinaries may execute their Jurisdictions in like manner and form as they have used the same in Times past.
A Letter ly Magnus to Cromwell, concerning the Convocation
of York. Taken from the Original.
(Cleop. E. 6, p. 252.) After full due Recommendation unto your good Mastership, like it the same to wete, that yesterdaie was here with me Mr. Doctor Lee, and shewed unto me the King's most gracious Pleasure and your Advertisements for my going Northwards to the Convocation at York. So it is, as I doubt
not the said Mr. Doctor Lee knoweth and conceiveth, that I have not a little been sik and diseased, but greatly grieved with a Rewme in myn Hed, and a Catarr fallen into my Stomake, by reason whereof, I have had, and yet have a contynuall great Cough, I am in truste that my Diseas and Sicknes is in Declination, supposing thereby the sooner to have Recovery, and this Daye have sent for my Horses into Nottingham shir, and truste with the Helpe of God to be at York soone after the Begynning of the said Convocation. Many yeres afore-passed, I have ever been redy to go when I have been commanded, and yet I have as good a Will as ever I had, but myn old Body is nowe soe ofte cloggod with Infirmitie and Unweildenes, that it woll not aunswer to the Effect of my Desire and good mynde, yet nevertheless with the good Helpe and Counsell also of Mr. Bartlot, I shall doe asmuch as I may to make me soe strong as it woll be, and have had Communycation at large with the said Mr. Doctor Lee, touching our intended Business. I am very glad that he shall be at York a; this Season, for at the laste Convocation where as was graunted unto the Kings Highness the great Some of Mony to be paide in Five Yere: with the recognising his Grace to be supremum Caput, &c. 1 had very litle Helpe, but my self, albeit the Kings Highness said that he wolde have sent other Bookes after me, which came not: soe that therefore the Kinges Causes were the longer in treating and reasonyng or they came to good Effect and Conclusion; the Prelates and Clergie there woll not in any wise give firme Credence to reporte of any Acts that be paste here, onles the same be shewed unto them authentically, either under Seale, or otherwise, or the Kings most honourable Letters addressed accordingly, these two things in myn Oppynnyon, must both be done, for without the same, the Prelats and Clergie of the North Parties being farre from Knowledge of the Kings most high Pleasure, woli not for any Credence be hastie to proceed to any strainge Acts, but woll esteem their Reasons and Lernyng, to be as effectuall as others be. I write the more at large unto you herryne, bycause, as it shall please you, and as ye shall seem good, the Matters that now be intended may be put in order. Glad I would have been to have commen nowe unto you myself, but I assure you, I dare not as yet come into the open Ayer, soe soone as I may, it shall be my firste Pilgrimage by the Grace of God, who ever preserve you myn one good Master. At Maribone this Monday the xxth Daye of Aprill.
Your own Prieste
XXII. A Protestation made by Warham, Archbishop of Canterbury,
against all the Acts pass'd in the Parliament to the Prejudice of the Church.
(1531. p. 120.)
Protestatio Archiepiscopi Cantuar. In Dei Nomine. Amen. Per præsens publicum instrumentum cunctis appareat evidenter et sit notum, quòd Anno Domini secundum Cursum et Computationem Ecclesiæ Anglicanæ Millesimo quingentesimo xxxi. Indictione Quintâ, Pontificatûs Reverendissimi in Christo Patris et Domini nostri, Domini Clementis Divinâ Providentiâ illius Nominis Papæ Septimi, Anno Nono, Mensis verò Februarii die vigesimo quarto : In quodam superiori Cubiculo sive Camerâ infra Manerium Reverendissimi in Christo Patris et Domini, Domini Wilhelmi Permissione Divinâ Cant' Archiepiscopi, totius Angliæ Primatis, et Apostolicæ Sedis legati, de Žambithe Winton? Dioc. situatum in nostrorum Notariorum Publicorum Subscriptorum, ac Testium inferius Nominatorum præsentiâ constitutus personaliter idem Reverendissimus in Christo Pater, quandam Protestationem, in scriptis redactam, fecit, et interposuit, ac palàm et publicè Protestatus est, cæteràque fecit et exercuit prout, et quemadmodum quâdam Papiri Schedulâ, quam manibus suis tunc tenens publicè legebat, plenius continebatur ; cujus quidem Schedulæ tenor sequitur, et est talis.
In Dei Nomine. Amen. Nos Wilhelmus permissione divinâ Cant. Arch. totius Angliæ Primas, et Apostolicæ sedis legatus, Protestamur publicè et expressè, pro nobis, et sanctă Ecclesiâ nostra Metropoliticâ Cantuariensi, quod nolumus, nec intendimus, sicuti neque sana Conscientiâ possumus, Alicui statuto in præsenti Parliamento apud Fratres Prædicatores London tertio die mensis Novembris Anno Dom' 1529. et Anno Regni Regis Henrici Octavi xxi. inchoat, et abinde usq; ad Westm’ prorogat, et ibidem huc usque continuat, edito, seu deinceps edendo, quatenus statuta hujusmodi, seu eorum aliquod, in derogationem Romani Pontificis, aut Sedis Apostolicæ ; vel damnum Præjudicium, sive Restrictionem Ecclesiasticæ Potestatis ; aut in Subversionem, Enervationem, seu Derogationem, vel Diminutionem, Juris um, Consuetudinum, Privilegiorum, Prærogativarum, Præeminentiarum, seu Libertatis Ecclesiæ nostræ Metropoliticæ Christi Cuni' prædict' tendere dignoscuntur, quomodolibet consentire; sed ad omnem Juris effectum qui exinde sequi poterit aut debebit, eisdem Dissentire, Reclamare, Contradin
cere; ac Dissentimus, Reclamamus et Contradicimus in his scriptis. Super quibus omnibus, et singulis præmissis, idem Reverendissimus Pater nos Notarios publicos subscriptos sibi unum, vel plura, publicum seu publica, Instrumentum sive Instrumenta, exinde conficere debitè et instanter requisivit et rogavit.
Acta sunt hæc omnia et singula prout supra scribuntur et recitantur sub Anno Domini, Indictione, Pontificatu, Mense, Die, et loco prædictis; Præsentibus tunc ibidem venerabilibus, et probis Viris, Magistris Johanne Cocks, legum Doctore: Rogero Harmam Theologiæ Baccalaureo : Ingelramno Bedill, Clerico : Et Wilhelmo Waren Literato, Testibus ad præmissa vocatis specialiter et rogatis. Istud Instrumentum similiter erat subscriptum manibus
prædictorum trium Notariorum, with the foregoing Instrument; which was that of the Submission of the Clergy. They were,
William Potkyn, John Hering, and Thomas Argal. This was copied out of a MS. in my Lord Longvill's Library.
XXIII. To the King. From Edmund Bonner at Marselles. A Letter of Bonner's upon his reading the King's Appeal to the Pope, An Original.
(Cotton Library, Vitellius, B. 14, fol. 75.) PLEASETH it your Highness to be advertised, that sythen my last Letters sent unto the same of the ivth of this present by Thadeus the Curror wherein I declared in what Termes were the Proceedings here, I was commanded by my Lord of Winchester and other your Highnes Ambassadoures here, to intimate unto the Popes Person, if the same were possible to do, all suche Provocations and Appelles which your Highness heretofore had made unto the Generall Councell, and sent hither to be intimated accordinglie. Whereupon desiring Mr. Penyston to take the Pains with me unto the Popes Palace for the Expeditions of an Acte concernyng your Highnes, and he right glad and very well content to do the same: I repayred with hym thither the viith of this present, in the Mornyng, and albeit that at the Begynnyng some Resistence and Contradiction was made that we shold not come unto the Pope, which as then was in manner full readye to come unto the Consistorie ;
And therefore not accustomed with other Business to be interrupted, yet in Conclusion we came to that Chamber where the Pope stode bytwene two Cardinalles, de Medices and Lorayne, redie apparelled with his Stole towards the Consistorie. And incontinently upon my comyng thither, the Pope, whos Sight is incredulous quick, eyed me, and that divers tymes, making a good Pawse in one place, in which tyme I desired the Datary to advertise his Holines that I desired to speke with him. And albeit the Datarie made no litle Difficultie therein thinking the Tyme and Place not most convenient, yet perceyvyng that upon Re. fusal I wool have goon furthwith to the Pope, he advertised the Pope of my said Desire. And his Holynes dismyssing as then the said Cardinals, and letting his Vesture fall went 10 a Wyndowe in the said Chamber calling me unto him, at what tyme (doyng Reverence accustomed) I shew'd unto his Holynes how that your Highness had given me expresse and strayte Commandment to intimate unto hym, how that your Grace had first solomly provoked and allso after that appealled unto the Generall Councell, submitting your self to the Tuition and Defence thereof, which Provocation and Appelles I said I had under authentike Writinges then with me to shewe for thai Purpose. Declaring that your Highnes was moved ihus to doo upon reasonable Causes and Grounds expressed in the said Provocation and Appelles, and yet nevertheless soo tempering your Doynges that beynge a good and Catholike Prince, and proceeding thereafter, your Grace mynded not any thing to say, doo, or goo about agaynst the Holie Catholique and Apostolique Churche, or the Authority of the See, oiherwise then was the Office of a good Catholike Prince, and chaunsing soo to doo indeed intended in Tyme and Place according, Catholiquely to reforme and await the same. And herewithall I drew out the said Writing shewing his said Holynes that I brought the same for Proof of the Premisses, and that his Holynes might see and perceive all the same, adding hereunto that your Highnes used these Remedies not in any Contempt either of the Churche, the See, or of his Holynes, but only upon Causes expressed in the said Writings. Desiring also his Holynes that althoughe in tymes passed it liked hym to shewe unto me much Benevolence and Kyndnes wherbie I must and did accompte my self greatly bounden unto the same, yet considering the Obligations a Subject must and doth of Right beare chiefly unto his Sovereyne Lord, he wood take al my Doyngs in good parte, and not to ascribe any Unkyndnes unto me in this behalfe, but only to consider that a Subject and Servant must do his