[Footnote 208.1: _I.e._ the _estreats_.]
[Footnote 208.2: Omitted in MS.]
[[Ryght seuere and ryght worchepfull mayster _printed "ana"_]]
SIR JOHN FASTOLF TO JOHN A BERNEY AND SIR THOMAS HOWES.
[Sidenote: 1451 / JAN. 7]
Sends John Bokkyng on matters to be sped at the oyer and terminer. They must remember a _certiorari_ is out of the King's Bench, and a _procedendo_ was granted at one time 'for certain which had not appeared in the place and pleaded.' Has received all the stuff contained in a bill dated 28th November, made by John Davye of Yarmouth, and delivered to one Roger Metsharp, master of the little boat called _The Blythe_.
Wonders they did not send the great ship with malt. Desires provisions for Lent by next ship. Remind my cousin Inglos that the man that 'appeched' Heydon be sent hither, if he dare stand by his words. All the indictments against Heydon are not worth a halfpenny. Howes must take John a Berney's advice about this matter.
London, Thursday after Twelfth, 29 Hen. VI.
Let all who were on the inquest for Bardolf's matter be indicted, whatever it cost.
[Footnote 209.1: [From MS. Phillipps, 9735, No. 246.]]
WILLIAM WAYTE TO JOHN PASTON[210.1]
_To my ryght reverent and ryght worchepfull mayster, my mayster Paston in hest posybyll._
[Sidenote: 1451 / JAN. 9]
Syr, lyke yt yow to know that my lord Scalys sent hese pursevaunt unto my mayster[210.2] on the Twelthe day, that my mayster shuld mete wyth hym atte Wynche aforn my Lord of Oxenford on the Thursday nest folwyng.
And whanne my mayster cam thedyr, he delyvered my mayster a letter from my Lord Chauncheler, quych my mayster wyll shew yow atte Lenn. I shuld send yow a copy therof, but it is so longe that I had no leyser to wryte it. My mayster rode to Walsyngham on the Fryday folwyng, and ther he mette with the shereve, and the shereve lyveryd my mayster a letter from my Lord of Norffolk, qwych I send yow a copy of. And atte Walsyngham my mayster resceyvyd a letter from Osberne youre man. And ther Heydonis man made hese avaunte that he was the Justice of the Pease on Caustonheythe; and so it semyth be here contenaunce that they trost of a good zere.
And, Syr, whanne my mayster cam hom on Saterday ther was lyvered my mayster a letter from Sir John Fastolf, and a neyther letter cam to me from John Bokkynge,[210.3] qwych I send you a copy of. Sir, God send us a fayre day atte[210.4] Lenn. And that ther may be pople jnow to crye up on the Lord Scales that he mayntene not Sir T. T. and H. in here wronges, as the copy of B letter makyth mencion. And, Sir, atte the reverens of God, laborth youre materis wysely and secretely, for Wyndam noysed yow sore aforn my Lord of Oxenford and my Lorde Scales that ze shuld reyse meche puple with grette arey owte of Norwyche. And therfor, Sir, late the puple be wysely and manly gydyd in here frekynge and demenynge. Also my Lord Scales sent for the parson of Sw[a]fham and divers men of the same town to mete with hym aforn my Lord of Oxenford the seyd Thursday, for to trete with hem for Sir Thomas Tudenham; and ther was the baly of Swafham and Sir Thomas Tudenham prest. And so my Lord Scales yave the parson of S. grette langage and to men of same towne. Y. and the parson answherd my Lord Scales manly in the best wyse.
And ther was grette langage twexen Blake the baly and Tudenham prest that my lordys and my mayster worne acornberd therof. And so it is lyke that my Lord Scales shall make ther no loveday; and so Swafham wylbe ther in here best array. Also, Sir, Brygge was atte Walsyngham; and ther he craked grette wordes, and seyd to many divers men that it shuld be thanked alle tho that labored a yens hem. And he seyd that it worne but viij. personys, and yf men be men now it shuld be thanked hym and told hym atte Lenn. In the lest wysse he is now with the Lord Scales; the Lord Scales wyte Thomas Denyes, John Lyster and me all those indytementis. And the Lord Scales seyth that I made all the bylles and the panell; and so he is hevy lord to me and to Thomas Denyes. Prentys is atte hom with the Lord Scales; the shereve told me that he wyll do for the Cyte of Norwych as meche as he may. Sir, I wold ther worne a thowsand of good Maudby men to crye owte on Tudenham, Heydon, Prentys and Brygge for here falsse exstorciones. Also, Sir, atte the reverens of God, make an ende atwexen Sexeford and men of Salle; it lyeth in your power. I shall make redy youre forsebyll entres ayens Lenn, with the grace of God, Qwych have yow in Hese kepynge. Wretyn atte Rougham on Saterday nyte in hest.
Sir, I send yow and lewde letter be Richerd Yenneys. I beseche yow be ware to whom ze shew your letters; lete them be brente.--Be your servaunt,
[Footnote 210.1: [Add. MS. 34,889, f. 230.] This letter was evidently written on the Saturday after the same writer's letter of the 3rd January immediately preceding.]
[Footnote 210.2: Judge Yelverton. He was lord of the manor of Rougham, from which this letter is dated.]
[Footnote 210.3: No. 169.]
[Footnote 210.4: _Atte_ repeated in MS.]
SIR JOHN FASTOLF TO THOMAS HOWYS, Clerk, and JOHN BOKKYNG, in haste.
[Sidenote: 1451 / JAN. 12]
Begs them to labour his matters, and forget not 'that old shrew, Dallyng, for he is sore at my stomach.' Sends by the Parson a _procedendo_ against Tudenham, which he has got out with great labour, with a letter to my brother Yelverton. 'And as to an assize for Hikkelyng, I shall be there on in the beginning of this term; and for Tichewell in like wise.' Bokkyng must remind my cousin Inglos about the indictments for treason of Heydon, 'that the man might be sent up to preve the said matter.' Fears it has slept too long. Wishes his ship _The Blythe_ sent to him.
London, 12 Jan. 29 Hen. VI.
Get my Lord [Oxford] and Yelverton to write a letter to Blake of the King's house, thanking him for his friendliness to the country; 'and forget not that Dallyng be had before my Lord and Yelverton, and make his confession before hem, &c. And let the great men that have most matters against [him] help somewhat to this good end.'
[Footnote 212.1: [From MS. Phillipps, 9735, No. 230.]]
SIR J. FASTOLF TO SIR THOS. HOWYS AND JOHN BERNEY at Castre, in hast; or at his place in Pokethorp, at Norwich.
[Sidenote: 1451 / JAN. 28]
Master Hue Acton has been with him for the new evidences ensealed for the manor of Mundham, which F. has sold to the use of the Church of St.
Giles that he is master of, &c. Thanks them for what they have done for him in his causes before the Commissioners of _oyer and terminer_ at Lynne, &c. Hears Appulzerd's son expects the inquest of Mancroft in Norwich to be reversed. Speak to my cousin Inglose about this. Fastolf's audit books. My cousin John Berney puts me in great comfort by seeing to the safeguard of my place in my absence. Would be sorry he should be injured by having respited his entry into Rokelond Toffts at my request.
Make friends in Norwich against Easter when the _oyer and terminer_ is to be held again, for I must proceed in the matter against Appulzerd.
London, 28 Jan. 29 Hen. VI.
Begs them to send his grain and malt in a good vessel, well accompanied, with a good wind, as he has had great losses before. Speak to the Mayor of Norwich about Appulzerd's matter; 'for there was no city in England that I loved and trusted most upon, till they did so unkindly to me and against truth in the Lady Bardolf's matter.'
[This letter is referred to by Blomefield (_Hist. of Norf._ iv. 388, Note 9), and two short extracts are given from the beginning, relating to the Hospital of St. Giles.]
[Footnote 212.2: [From MS. Phillipps, 9735, No. 236.]]
MEMORANDA FOR PROSECUTIONS[213.1]