Sir John Curson,} Est'.
Will. Thurton. }
[Footnote 213.1: [From Paston MSS., B.M.] This paper must belong to the early part of the year 1451, when it was proposed to indict Tuddenham and Heydon at Norwich.]
[Footnote 213.2: This title is taken from a contemporaneous endorsement.]
[Footnote 216.1: This term is applied to a juror who receives money of both parties in a suit.]
[Footnote 216.2: This abbreviated word is probably _Estreat_, indicating that an extract or official copy of the indictment had been made.]
[Footnote 216.3: Blank in MS.]
OPPRESSIONS OF TUDDENHAM AND HEYDON[216.4]
These be names of men that arne myschevesly oppressed and wronged by Sir T. Tudenham and Heydon and here adherentes:--
Joh. Jenney, Senior.
Homines de Swafham.
Joh. atte Howe of Helloughton.
Joh. Botwryghe, Clerk.
Item, many men indyted in Norffolk and Suffolk be Tudenham and Heydon, &c.
Ric. Wryght of Saham.
[Footnote 216.4: [From Paston MSS., B.M.] This paper no doubt belongs to the same period as the last.]
[[_The intended order of the list is ambiguous. The names _Yelverton, Fastolf, // Paston_ and _Gybon, Maryot, // Ferrers_ were shown in two columns straddling a page break, followed by the remaining names in a single column._]]
FRIAR BRACKLEY TO JOHN PASTON[217.1]
Primo. Sciat vestra veneranda discretio quod Episcopus hujus diocesis est Thomae Danyell et suis fautoribus maxime benevolus et in ipso episcopo T. T., J. H.,[217.2] et suis complicibus est ipsius confidentia maxima, &c.
2 Si justiciarii pacis hujus comitatus omnes et singuli debeant sua autoritate pacis media pro eorum posse per totum Norfolch. comitatum diligenter conservare et pacis ejusdem perturbatores carceri vel castro proprio mancipari facere, quaeritur quare dictus episcopus, pacis, ut creditur, justiciarius, non vult in hac parte hujusmodi pacis perturbatoribus resistere; sed magis eisdem in talibus insolenciis favorem et auxilium in omnibus praebere.
3 Si quaerantur consiliarii dicti Episcopi, certum est quod Prior monachorum, M. J. Celot, J. Bulman, T. T.,[218.1] J. H.,[218.2] J.
W.,[218.3] Johannes Yates cum consimilibus ceteris sunt etiam consiliarii dicti Danielis.
4 Cum, secundum Apostolum,[218.4] furta, homicidia et talia vicia eis similia sunt abhominabilia Deo et hominibus, ac utriusque legis divinae et humanae contraria sacratis sanccionibus, in tantum quod non solum qui talia agunt digni sunt morte, sed etiam qui conscenciunt agentibus; ex quibus certe verisimiliter concluditur quod non solum Kervere, latro, et Daniel famulus, furator equi ac murre satis notorius, puniretur una cum fautoribus ejus.
5 Vestra discretio dicta Christi in Ewangelio diligenter consideret, 'Si in viridi ligno haec faciant, in arido quid fiet?'[218.5]
6 Non solum haec pensare debetis pro vestrae personae defensione seu vestrae familiae, sed magis movere vos debet zelus et amor rei publice totius vestrae patriae.
7 Si ista indilate et cum omni possibili celeritate citius non reformaveritis, timendum valde supponitur de insurreccione plebis, quod absit omnino.
8 Novitque discretio vestra ex paucis indigestis plura politice percipere. Statui pro praesenti tempore finem scribendi imponere.
[Footnote 217.1: [Add. MS. 34,889, f. 158.] This undated letter may have been written in February or March 1451, when Tuddenham and Heydon hoped to regain their ascendency. Though not addressed, we may presume that it was written to John Paston.]
[Footnote 217.2: Sir Thomas Tuddenham and John Heydon.]
[Footnote 218.1: Sir Thomas Tuddenham.]
[Footnote 218.2: John Heydon.]
[Footnote 218.3: John Wyndham.]
[Footnote 218.4: The reference appears to be to Romans i.
[Footnote 218.5: Luke xxiii. 31.]
JAMES GLOYS TO JOHN PASTON[219.1]
_To my right reverente and wurchepfull Mayster, John Paston, Esquyer, be this delivered in hast._
[Sidenote: 1451 / MARCH 1]
Right reverent and wurchepfull Sir, I recomand me to you, besechyng you to wete that Wharles told me that Partrych seid that his lord[219.2]
knewe wele that ye were entred pesibilly in the maner of Gresham; where fore, he seid, thow the tenauntes and fermors pay you the rents and fermes the tyme that ye be in possession, his seid lord, thow he entre ageyn, wuld never aske it them. Item, the seid Partrych seid to Wharles that his lord wull come down hym self and entre in the seid maner within short tyme. Wharles wull not discharge your baly of xvvj_s._ and viij_d._, which he toke the seid baly enseled in a purs. The seid Wharles told my mayster, John of Berney, at the court, that he repented hym that he payd you any peny till he had be distreyned; and he seid than pleynly that he wull nomore pay till he were distreyned. I have be there divers tymes for to distreyn hym, and I cowde never do it but if [_unless_] I wuld a distreyned hym in his moders hous, and there I durst not for her cursyng. The baly of the hundred told me that Wharles spake to hym in cas he had be distreyned that he wold have gete hym a replevy; and the baly bad hym kete a replevy of his mayster and he wold serve it.
Item, the maner londs at Gresham, with othre tenaunts londs that be fallyn in your hands ben letyn to ferme. I can gete no tenaunte to dwell in the maner hous. And if the rede shuld be caryed thens, the tenaunts shuld thynk that ye fered sum new entre, and it shuld sore discomfort hem, for thei whisshed whan it was caried to the maner that it had be leyd ther thus pesibly ij. yer afore. Asfor the obligacyon that ye shuld have of the parson of Cressyngham, he seth he cam never at Cressyngham syth he spake with you, and that he be heste it you not till Fastyngong.[220.1] His hors ben stolyn, and therfore he may not ryde.