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THREE CHAPTERS OF LETTERS

RELATING TO THE

SUPPRESSION OF MONASTERIES.

EDITED FROM THE ORIGINALS IN THE BRITISH MUSEUM
BY
THOMAS WRIGHT, ESGL M.A. F.S.A. &c.

LONDON:


PRINTED FOR THE CAMDEN SOCIETY,

1843.


TABLE OF CONTENTS.


PAGE
LETTER I. EDMOND ABBOT OF YORK TO CARDINAL WOLSEY. York, Sept. 20,
1528. Suppression of the priory of Romburgh . . .2
II. RICHARD BISHOP OF NORWICH TO CARDINAL WOLSEY. Hoxne,
January 12, 1528 (-9). Concerning the election of a prior of Butley 4
III. WILLIAM BARLOW TO THE KING. 1533. Recantation of opinions

expressed in his works v . .6


IV. COMMISSIONERS AT BRISTOL TO SECRETARY CROMWELL. Bristol,

1534. Preaching of Latimer and Hubberdin at Bristol . . 7


V. JOHN HYLSEY TO CROMWELL. Bristol, May 2, 1534. Same sub-
ject as the preceding /H ->*' v . '*-' . .11
VI. LETTER TO SECRETARY CROMWELL. 1534. About prophecies, &c.
of Elizabeth Barton, the holy Maid of Kent . ' * . 14
VII. THE PRIOR OF CHRIST'S CHURCH CANTERBURY TO CROMWELL.
1533. His account of Elizabeth Barton . T . . 19
VIII. PETITION OF THE MONKS OF CANTERBURY TO THE KING, for a

pardon for those who had been concerned in the affair of the Maid


of Kent . . . : -. ! . * . .22

IX. ROLAND LEE AND THOMAS BEDYLL TO CROMWELL. Canterbury,

Dec. 10, 1533. Their commission in Kent to examine into the pro-

ceedings of the Maid of Kent : * v Y ; . 24

X. A LIST OF THE NUN'S GOODS . . . : ' . . 26
XI. CROMWELL TO BISHOP FISHER, concerning the Maid of Kent . 27
XII. VISION OF JOHN DARLEY. June 27 *'?'"'-' ' j . 34
XIII. LETTER OF THOMAS DORSET. London, March 13. Dr. Crouk-

horne's vision of the Trinity and Virgin Mary. Lambert's exami-

nation at Lambeth for heresy. Jurisdiction of the Bp. of London.

The Bp. of Worcester's Sermon at Paul's Cross. The King's pro-

position for an Act of Parliament against idleness . '' .36
XIV. BEDYLL TO CROMWELL. London, Ascension Day, 1534. Con-

ference with the monks of the Charter House, who refused to ac-

knowledge the King's supremacy . '. ' "' ' Y"' < *"* . . 40
XV. ROLAND LEE AND BEDYLL TO CROMWELL. Milesend, June 15,
1534. Conference with the friars of Richmond on the same subject 41

VJii TABLE OF CONTENTS.


LETTER XVI. BEDYLL TO CROMWELL. London, July 28, 1534. Bp. Fisher's

books against the King's new marriage. The nuns of Syon acknow-

ledge the King's supremacy, &c. . .44
XVII. DR. LAYTON TO CROMWELL. Sion, Dec. 12, 1534. The nuns

of Syon. Conduct of Bishop the Confessor. Many of the monks

weary of their habit . . .47
XVIII. BEDYLL TO CROMWELL. Syon, Dec. 17, 1534. Visitation of

Syon . 48


A. D. 1535.
XIX. RYCHARD ZOUCHE TO CROMWELL. Requests to have the abbey

of Stavordale restored as it was founded by his ancestors . . 51

XX. SIR PETER DUTTON TO CROMWELL. Dutton, Aug. 3. Insur-

rection at Norton. The abbot and some others in custody . 52


XXI. THE ABBOT OF WARDON'S REASONS FOR RESIGNING . 53
XXII. MARGARET VERNON TO CROMWELL, desiring to surrender her

monastery . . . . .55


XXIII. DR. LEGH TO CROMWELL. Laycock, Aug. 20. Requesting

uniformity in the proceedings against the monasteries . . 56


XIV. DR. LAYTON TO CROMWELL. Bristol, Bartholomew's Day.

Relics from Maiden Bradley. Dissolute behaviour of the prior of

that house . . . . . . .58
XXV. JOHN BARTELOT TO CROMWELL. States that he and five others

found the prior of the Crutched Friars, in London, in bed with a

prostitute . . . . . . . .59
XXVI. THOMAS I. LEGH TO CROMWELL. Belvoir, Sept. 1. Scanda-

lous life of the Abbot of Rievaulx, who refused to acknowledge the

jurisdiction of the visitors . . . . . .61
XXVII. JOHN FITZ-JAMES TO CROMWELL. Redliche, Sept. 2. The

abbot of Glastonbury requests to be freed from four of the injunc-

tions of the last visitation . . . . . .63
XXVIII. DR. LEGH TO CROMWELL. Wilton, Sept. 3. Recommend-

ing that the heads of the religious houses should not be allowed to

go forth of their houses. Visitation of the universities of Oxford

and Cambridge . . . . . . .65

XXIX. JASPAR FYLOLLE TO CROMWELL. London, Sept. 5. Revenue

of the Charter House (London). Behaviour of the monks. In-

structions for the management of that house . . .67

XXX. DR. LAYTON TO CROMWELL. Oxford, Sept. 12. Particulars of
the visitation of the university of Oxford . . . .70
XXXI. THE ABBOT OF REWLEY TO CROMWELL, offering one hundred

pounds to have his abbey preserved or converted into a college . 72


TABLE OF CONTENTS. IX


LETTER XXXII. SIR THOMAS AUDLEY TO CROMWELL. Sept. 26. Request-

ing him to spare a visitation of the nunnery of Barking until he can

speak with him ; and various other matters . . .74
XXXIII. DR. LAYTON TO CROMWELL. Oct. 23. Informing him that

he had suddenly entered the abbey of Langdon and captured the

Abbot's concubine . . . . . . .74
XXXIV. WILLIAM BARLOW TO CROMWELL. States the violent oppo-

sition that he had received in preaching the Gospel in the diocese


of St. David's. Ill treatment of other unoffending persons . 77
XXXV. THE PRIOR OF BRIDLINGTON TO CROMWELL. Bridlington,

Oct. 23. With a present, and stating that Sir Gilbert de Gaunt

was the founder of his abbey, and not the King . . .80
XXXVI. DR. LEGH TO CROMWELL. Ely, Nov. 1. Many of the

monks desire to be set at liberty from their way of living . . 82


XXXVII. THE COMMENDATOR OF WELBECK TO CROMWELL. Wei-

beck, Nov. 2. Death of the abbot of West Dereham. Election of a

successor . .... . 83

XXXVIII. JOHN AP RICE TO CROMWELL. Bury, Nov. 5. Mis-

management of the abbot, and disorderly living in the abbey of

Bury. Relics of that house . . . . .85

XXXIX. RICHARD WHARTON TO CROMWELL. Bungay, Nov. 7. The

prior of Ingham had sold his abbey and lands to William Wood-

house, contrary to his promise to Edward Calthorpe, whose an-

cestors founded the same, and who now desires to have it . .86


XL. THE COMMISSIONERS IN KENT TO CROMWELL. Canterbury,
Nov. 16. Surrender of Langdon, Dover, and Folkstone abbeys . 88
XLI. CHRISTOPHER LEVYNS TO CROMWELL. Informing him that the

prior of Christ's Church, Canterbury, had acted contrary to his oath,

and had conveyed away jewels and treasure out of the house, and

according to report murdered some of the monks . . .90


XLII. DR. LAYTON TO CROMWELL. Lichfield, Dec. 22. Visitation

of monasteries northward from London, and lewd and riotous living

of the monks. Chicksand, Harewold, St. Andrew's in Northamp-

ton ; Newark and Southwell colleges . . . .91


A. D. 1536.
XLIII. THE BISHOP OF LINCOLN TO CROMWELL. Woburn, Jan. 10.

Election of Sir John Blakytt to be prior of Newstead besides Stam-

ford 94
XLIV. DR. LEGH TO CROMWELL. York, Jan. 13. States that he
and Dr. Layton had visited the archbishop of York . . 95
XLV. DR. LAYTON TO CROMWELL. York, Jan. 13. Corruptions in
the monasteries in Yorkshire. Abbey of St. Mary at York . 96
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X TABLE OF CONTENTS.

LETTER XLVI. BEDYLL TO CROMWELL. Ramsey, Jan. 15. Commendation of

the abbot and convent of Ramsey. Charter of King Edgar in their

house. Visitation of Saltrey abbey. Inquires if he shall proceed

to the unvisited houses in the diocese of Lincoln . . .98

XLVII. LAYTON AND LEGH TO CROMWELL. Richmond in Yorkshire,

Jan. 20. Scandalous practices of the abbot of Fountains ; that one

Marmaduke, a monk of the house, is a proper man to succeed him,

and will give six hundred marks for the office. Resignation of the

abbot of Whitby . . . . . . .100
XLVIII. THE ABBOT OF FAVERSHAM TO CROMWELL. Faversham,

March 16. Stating what he considers the duties of an abbot, and

that he is not yet so infirm as to be unable to perform them ; also

the services he has rendered that house, and hoping he maybe

allowed to remain there ... .103
XLIX. THE MANNER OF DISSOLVING THE ABBEYS BY KING HENRY
V "I- 112
L. THE PRIORESS AND NUNS OF LEYBORNE TO CROMWELL, entreating
to have their house preserved . . .116
LI. SIR PETER EDGECUMBE TO CROMWELL. March 25. Stating that

his ancestors were founders of the priories of Totnes and Corn-

worthy, and intreating to have them spared . .117
LII. LORD LAWARR TO CROMWELL. March 25. Intreating to have

the priory of Boxgrave saved from suppression, as he is founder

thereof, and many of his ancestors lie buried there ; or, if not, that

it may be made a college of; or lastly, that he may have the

temporalities thereof . . . t llg
LIII. JOHN MORISE TO CROMWELL. Boxgrave, March 27. Reports

it he and two others had dissolved the priory of Boxgrave accord-

ing to their instructions, and that Lord Lawarr had bought the

goods, &c 12o

LI V. HUMPHREY STAFFORD TO CROMWELL. Bletherwick, Palm Sun-

day. Intreating that the priories of Fineshed and Worspring may

be granted him when suppressed . . m
LV. THE ARCHBISHOP OF YORK TO CROMWELL. Cawood, April 23*.

forms him that he has given instructions to his archdeacons to

am all monasteries under 200 per annum not to embezzle or

lienate their goods. Praying also that the houses of St Os-

ld and Hexham may not be suppressed, and that he has given

^ commandment that no preachers shall be allowed to preach novelties 123

LVI. THE P B10 R OF COKESFORD TO CROMWELL. Petition for a pen-
sion of 20/. per annum or more
LVII RXCHARD STRETE TO CROMWELL. Lichfield, May 12.' Inven-

tory of the goods and lands belonging to Calwich abbey . 127


TABLE OF CONTENTS. XI


LETTER LVIIT. THE COMMISSIONERS IN NORTHAMPTONSHIRE TO SIR R.

RICH. Catesby, May 12. Recommending that the nunnery of

Catesby should not be suppressed . - . . .129
LIX. THE PRIOR OF BODMIN TO MR. LOK. Bodmin, May 25. Com-

plaining that his canons refuse to live according to the injunctions

given by the bishop at his visitation . . - .130
LX. RICHARD BEERLY TO CROMWELL. Desiring to be dismissed from

the monastery of Pershore on account of the disorderly life of the

monks ........ 132

LXI. THE ABBOT OF KENILWORTH TO CROMWELL. Kenilworth,

June 17. Petitions to have the temporal benefits arising from the

priory of Broke . . . . . . .134

LXII. GEORGE GIFFARD TO CROMWELL. Garrendon, June 19. He

and the other Commissioners had surveyed several religious houses

in the counties of Stafford and Leicester ; Brook, Bradley, Wolver-

ton, Kirkby Beler, Woolstrope, Garrendon, St. James in Northamp-

ton, Catesby ; he intreats that Woolstrope abbey may remain unsup-

pressed, as it is a very well ordered house . . . .136


LXITI. RICHARD SOUTHWELL TO CROMWELL. July 25. Sequestration
of Walsingham abbey. Discovery of implements of alchemy . 138
LXIV. THE COMMISSIONERS TO CROMWELL. Maxtock, July 28. In
favour of the nunnery of Pollesworth .... 139
LXV. SIR THOMAS ELYOT TO CROMWELL. Pleading his poverty and
suing for some of the suppressed lands . . . .140
LXVI. SIR WILLIAM BASSETT TO CROMWELL, with the images of St.

Anne of Buxton and St. Modwen of Burton-upon-Trent which he had

removed, and stating also that he had shut up the wells at Buxton 143
LXVII. THE COMMISSIONERS TO CROMWELL. Reporting that they had

visited the monastery of Bury St. Edmond's, where they had taken a

large amount of gold, silver, and jewels. .... 144
LXVIII. THE ABBOT AND CONVENT OF WOBURN TO THE KING.

Submitting themselves and their goods to his Majesty, and praying

that they may be allowed to continue there . . .145
LXIX. RICHARD CROMWELL TO LORD CROMWELL. Ramsey, Oct. 15.
Visitation of Ely and Ramsey ..... 146

LXX. BISHOP LATIMER TO CROMWELL. Nov. 8. Recommending

two monks, and excusing his personal attendance in consequence

of ill health .... .147

LXXI. BISHOP LATIMER TO CROMWELL. Hartlebury, Dec. 13.

Thanking him for his goodness in promoting worthy men, and en-

treating that the priory of Great Malvern may remain unsuppressed 148
LXXII. JOHN SMITH TO FRANCIS CAVE. Withcote, Dec. 22. Stating

that the prior of Laund had conveyed away much of the property of

his house ..... 150

TABLE OF CONTENTS.


A.D. 1537.


LETTER LXXIII. THE ABBOT OF CROYLAND TO CROMWELL. March 25.
Sends a present of fish, and entreating his favour . . .152
LXXIV. REPORT OF THE SURRENDER OF FURNESS ABBEY. April 5. 153

LXXV. THE DUKE OF NORFOLK TO CROMWELL. Kenninghall, April


12. Election of a prior of Newbridge . . . .154
LXXVI. DR. LAYTON TO CROMWELL. June 4. Requesting that he

and Dr. Legh may be commissioners to inquire into the state of the

monasteries in the North of England . . . .156
LXXV1I. SIR ARTHUR DARCY TO CROMWELL. Suppression of Jer-

vaulx Abbey ; the grounds the finest in England for the breeding

of horses. Visitation of Sallay. His private affairs . . 158
LXXVIII. THOMAS TYRELL TO CROMWELL. June 12. Informing

him that the vicar of Mendlesham had brought home his wife and

children, which gave great offence to the laity . . .160

LXXIX. JOHN FOSTER TO CROMWELL. June 18. Stating that he

had sent away his wife, whom he had married without knowing that

it was contrary to the king's intentions . . . .160

LXXX. BEDYLL TO CROMWELL. London, June 14. Reporting that

the prior of the Charter House had resigned his house to the king,

and recommending the said prior to favour . . . 162
LXXXI. FRANCIS CAVE TO CROMWELL. Leicester, Aug. 29. Sur-

render of the monastery of Leicester . . . .163

LXXXII. RICHARD BELLASYS TO CROMWELL. York, Nov. 14. De-

molition of the monasteries of Jervaulx and Bridlington . .164

LXXXIII. THE COMMISSIONERS OF THE NORTH TO CROMWELL.

Selby, Dec. 8. Dissolution of the houses of Hampole, St. Oswald's,

Pontefract, Fountains, St. Mary's in York, Nun-Appleton, and

Selby ; Burton-upon-Trent and St. Leonard's in York altered." 166

LXXXIV. THE COMMISSIONERS OF THE NORTH TO CROMWELL.

York, Dec. 15. Dissolution of the houses of Wyeresope, Monk-

Bretton, St. Andrew's at York, Byland, Rievaux, Kirkham, and

Ellerton, and the friars' houses at Tickhill, Doncaster, Pontefract,

and the friars of York. Lead and bells at Bolton reserved . 167
A.D. 1538.
LXXXV. THE COMMISSIONERS TO CROMWELL. Northampton, March

2. Suppression of the monastery of St. Andrew's, Northampton,

with list of the pensions granted to the monks . . . igg
* XVI ; R BERT SOUTHWELL TO CROMWELL. Northampton,

March 3. Suppression of the monastery of St. Andrew in North-

ampton, the priory of Westacre, and Boxley abbey m

TABLE OF CONTENTS. Xlll

LETTER LXXXVII. ARCHBISHOP CRANMER TO CROMWELL. Ford, March 7.

Recommending that the prior of the Charter-house in the isle of

Axeholm should not be deposed, as he thinks he may be persuaded

to resign willingly . . . . . . .173


LXXXVIII. THE BRETHREN OF THE CHARTER HOUSE IN AXEHOLM

TO THE PRIOR OF SHENE. Entreating his assistance, and com-

plaining of the misconduct of their prior in conveying away the

property of the house . . . . . .174


LXXXIX. WILLIAM PETRE TO CROMWELL. Lanthony, March 17.

Resignation of the abbot of Evesham, and surrender of the priory of

Lanthony ........ 177
XC. WILLIAM PARRE TO CROMWELL. Horton, March 18. Concern-

ing the abbey of Peterborough and the town of Kendal . . 178


XCJ. JOHN PORTINARI TO CROMWELL. Lewes, March 24. Demolition
of Lewes priory. Description of the building, with measurements . 180
XCII. SIR RICHARD RICHE TO CROMWELL. Wood Rysing, March 29.
Suppression of Binham and Beeston priories . . .182
XCIII. BISHOP BARLOW TO CROMWELL. Carmarthen, March 31.

Superstitious relics at Haverfordwest and Cardigan. Recommends

the see of St. David's to be removed to Carmarthen . .183
XCIV. BISHOP BARLOW TO CROMWELL. St. David's, April 5. Plate

and money of the chanters of St. David's seized. Violent opposi-

tion he had met with in the diocese . . . .187

XCV. ELIS PRICE TO CROMWELL. North Wales, April 6. Removal

of the image of Darvel Gatheren in the diocese of St. Asaph . 190
XCVI. RICHARD BISHOP OF DOVER TO CORMWELL. Lincoln, first

Sunday in Lent. Surrender of a number of houses of friars at Bos-

ton, Huntingdon, and Lincoln ; Grantham, Newark, Grimsby,

Hull, Beverley, Scarborough, Carlisle, Lancaster . . .191


PROGRESS OF THE COMMISSIONERS IN THE WEST.
XCVII. RICHARD BISHOP OF DOVER TO CROMWELL. Gloucester,

May 23. Dissolution of religious houses in Northampton, Co-

ventry, Atherston, Warwick, Thelesford, Droitwich, Worcester, and

Gloucester .... . 193


XCVIII. RICHARD BISHOP OF DOVER TO CROMWELL. Suppression

of religious houses in Bristol, Gloucester, and Winchester, and of

the dissolute conduct of the friars ; with a list of friars who desire

to change their habit . . . . . .196


XCIX. REPORT OF THE SURRENDER OF THE FRIARS AT GLOU-

CESTER. July 28. . ... 202


C. RICHARD BISHOP OF DOVER TO CROMWELL. Shrewsbury, Aug. 13.

Suppression of religious houses in Worcester, Bridgenorth, Ather-

stone, Lichfield, Stafford, Newcastle-under-Line, and Shrewsbury . 203

XIV TABLE OF CONTENTS.


LETTER CI. BISHOP BARLOW TO CROMWELL. Llanfey, Aug. 16. Entreating

that his see of St. David's may be removed to Carmarthen, and de-

scribing the barbarous ignorance and superstition of the "Welsh . 206

CII. RICHARD BISHOP OF DOVER TO CROMWELL. Harford East,

Aug. 27. Suppression of several convents, and asking instructions

concerning others. Shrewsbury, Bristol, Salisbury, Bangor, c.

Superstitious relics in North Wales . . .210

CIII. DR. LONDON TO CROMWELL. Oxford, July 27. Surrender of

the houses of Kyme, Nun-Coton, Irford, Fosse, and Hevenynge in

Lincolnshire, and Beauvale and Newstead in Nottinghamshire . 213
CIV. JOHN FITZWARREN TO CROMWELL. Dorneford, Aug. 20. En-

treating to be allowed to purchase the goods at the Black Friars in

Sarum, and that Mr. Goodale may be allowed the same with the

Grey Friars 216


CV. DR. LONDON TO CROMWELL. Oxford, Aug. 31. Friars at Oxford

who desire to change their habit. The Grey Friars in Reading.

Relics and superstitions ...... 217
CVI. POLLARD AND OTHERS TO CROMWELL. Reports their having re-

ceived various relics at Winchester, and their intention of proceed-

ing to the monasteries of Hyde and St. Mary's . . . 218
CVII. RICHARD POLLARD TO CROMWELL. Reading, Sept. 15. Sup-

pression of the priory in Reading . . . . 220


CVIII. DR. LONDON TO CROMWELL. Reading, Sept. 17. Proceed-

ings at Reading. Image of our Lady at Caversham, and other relics.

Recommends that the Priory Church at Reading should be con-

verted into a town hall ...... 221


CIX. DR. LONDON TO SIR RICHARD RICH. Reading, Sept. 17. Sur-

render of the priory at Reading. Image of our Lady at Caversham,

and other relics. Requires instructions for the suppression of the

friars' houses in Aylesbury, Bedford, and Northampton . . 224

CX. DR. LONDON TO CROMWELL. Reading, Sept. 18. Surrender of

the Grey Friars at Reading. Relics taken there, with a list of them 225
CXI. DR. LONDON TO CROMWELL. Godstow, Nov. 6. Suppression

of the nunnery of Godstow. The abbess and sisters recommended

to favour. Tollisop Crossfriars beside Warwick, Austin Friars at

Northampton, Combe Abbey ..... 227


CXII. THE ABBESS OF GODSTOW TO CROMWELL. Godstow, Nov. 5.
Complaining of the conduct of Dr. London, and asking protection . 229
CXIII. THE COMMISSIONERS TO CROMWELL. Christchurche, Dec. 2.
Surrender of Twynham priory . . . . .231
CXIV. DR. LONDON TO CROMWELL. Oxford, Dec. 28. Surrender of

the houses of Ensham, Notley, Donnington (near Newbury,) De-

Iapr6, St Anne (near Coventry), and Combe. Many relics . 232

TABLE OF CONTENTS. XV


LETTER CXV. DR. LONDON TO SIR RICHARD RICH. Particulars relating to

the houses of Notley, Ensham, Delapre, and the Crutched Friars,

near Newbury. Requires further instructions respecting Theles-

ford, Nun-Coton, and Combe ..... 235


CXVI. THE COMMISSIONERS OF THE WEST TO CROMWELL. Glou-

cester, Jan. 4, 1538-9. Surrender of the abbeys of Hayles and

Winchcombe in Gloucestershire ..... 236

CXVII. BISHOP LEE TO CROMWELL. Wigmore, Jan. 12. Entreating

to have the cathedral at Coventry converted into a collegiate

church ........ 238

MISCELLANEOUS PROCEEDINGS IN 1538.

CXVIII. SIR THOMAS AUDLEY TO CROMWELL. Eston, Aug. 12.
Priory of St. Osith. Entreats assistance in his suit to the King . 239
CXIX. SIR THOMAS AUDLEY TO CROMWELL. Entreating to be allowed
to purchase Walden Abbey . . . . .241
CXX. DR. LEGH TO CROMWELL. Vale Royal, Aug. 22. Disorderly

living of many of the knights and gentlemen in the archdeaconries

of Coventry, Stafford, Derby, and Cheshire . . . 243
CXXI. THE ABBOT or VALE ROYAL TO CROMWELL. Lichfield, Sept.

9. Stating that he had not surrendered his abbey as reported, nor

desired to do so . . . . . . 244
CXXII. SIR THOMAS AUDLEY TO CROMWELL. Berechurch, Sept. 8.

Reporting that he had visited Prince Edward (afterwards Edward

VI.) and entreating that the houses of St. Osith and St. John's in

Colchester may be changed into colleges ... 245


CXXIII. THE PRIOR or GISBURNE and TRISTRAM TESHE TO CROM^
WELL. Whitby, Oct. 8. Election of a prior of Whitby . .248
CXXIV. THE COMMISSIONERS TO CROMWELL. St. Alban's, Dec. 10.
The abbot of St. Alban's refuses to surrender his abbey . . 250
CXXV. JOHN BEAUMONT TO CROMWELL. Whellesborough, Dec. 27.

With a present of 201., entreating that he may be allowed to pur-

chase the nunnery of Gracedieu . . . . .251
SEQUEL OF THE DISSOLUTION.
CXXVI. THE COMMISSIONERS TO CROMWELL. Glastonbury, Sept. 22,

1539. Examination of the abbot of Glastonbury . . . 255

CXXV1I. THE COMMISSIONERS TO CROMWELL. Glastonbury, Sept.

28, 1539. Reporting that they had found much money and plate at

Glastonbury hidden there by the abbot and monks ; and some other

matters relating to the dissolution of that house . . . 257


Xvl TABLE OF CONTENTS.


LETTER CXXVIII. THE COMMISSIONERS TO CROMWELL. Glastonbury, Oct. 2,

1539. The abbot of Glastonbury accused of treasonable prac-

tices 259




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