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the syncere setting forthe whereof (I trust) unyversally in all
KATERYN THE QUENE K. P*
* Strype, who has printed this letter, considers it written in the first year of Edward VI. upon the passing of the act for dissolving chantries, &c. [Mem. Ecc. Edw., b. i. c. viii.]
A LETTER TO THE VICE-CHANCELLOR FROM THE COUNCIL
To our very lovyng frende
the Vycechauncellor of Cambridge.
AFTER our right hartye commendacons thys shalbe to sygnify unto you that where at this present we have depachyd unto you thys lewde fellow the bearer hereoff whom as well for his naughty pagentes in takyng the Master of the Peterhowses horse for a purviours servant to ryde upon, as also for his contempte in not obeying to the lybertye of me the Lord chancellor as shulde have becomed hym and hys Master also we have for a season punyshed thym both by enprisonment to make them more ware in doyng of ther dewtyes hereafter. Ye shall understand that at hys dismission we enjoigned hym that in case the horse were eny thynge the worse by meanes of that journey he shuld macke a recompense therefore by your order unto the Master of Peterhowse, whyche we pray you to see put in execution and to advertise us of the fellowes demeanour herein wherupon we may take further order if nede shall so require thus fare you hertyly well from Grenwyche the xiiiith day of May 1546
THOMAS WRIOTHESLEY CHANCELLOR. T. NORFOLK. J. RUSSELL.
A DISPUTE BETWEEN THE VICE-CHANCELLOR AND MAYOR
Mem. That anno Dni 1546 the 22 day of octobris, In the commonlye callyd blacke assembly In synte Maryes churche one Symon Trew depute for Mr Fletcher then Mayer and absent refusyd with hys brethren that ii Aldermen and iiii burgesys shulde take eny othe at the Vicechancellours handes for the con
servation of peace and other good ordres notwythstanding our manyfest charters for the same for redresse whereof the Vicechancelor procuryd letters from the universitie to the Kynges most honorable counsell and receyvyd letters the iiii day of Novembris from the counsell to the mayre and hys bretheren in form followyng.
After owr hertye commendacions whereon yt hathe bene syngnyfied hyther on the behalf of thuniversity of Cambr. that contrary to your custom by the virtue of suche priveleges as they have of the Kynges Majestye ye do now refuse to take your othe at their handes for conservation of peace and soche other good orders as the same doth contayne for as muche there ys none innovation required of you but only that ye shuld performe the thynge which other predesessors have heretofore don by forsse of his Magties. authoritie lycke as we do marvell att your staye and refusal in that behalf so we have thought good to gyffe you advyse to conforme yourselse to your anciant custom seying his Majties authority prescrybyth same and yf after ye shall have conformed yourselse to order ye shall desyre to make unto us allegacons wherby ye suppose not to be charged herewyth we shalbe content to here you in the same, butt ther must first appere in you a determynacon to do and perform that wherunto yt apperythe you be bounde by soche charters and provisions as thei have to show for that purpose accordynglye.
Thus fare ye hertily well from the Kynge's Matics. castell of W ynsore the fyrst of Novembr. 1546
T. WRYOTHSLEY CANC.
Your lovyng frends
W. SYNT JONE
And these letters the Vicechancellor with assy stance duly red in Synte Maryes Churche to the sayde Symon Trew the vii day of the same monthe, the wyche letters were receyved with some stomacke how be yt the xii day of the sayde monthe were
sworne in Synte Maryes churche in a grayt assembly ii aldermen and iiii burgesys whose names hereafter folow.
D. MADEW Vicec.
MR BARKER de aula gunwell.
THE GREFES DECLARED BY MR. MADEW, VICECHANNCELLOR, D. SMYTH, MR. SWYNBURN, AND MR. AYNSWORTH, XVIII DECEMB. 1546.
1. FIRSTE at the last meetinge and assemblinge bitwext the Vicechancellor and Mayor, Ther was suche inordinate unseamlye and uncharitable facinge and crakinge of the Vicechauncellor especially by Mr Chapman, Mr Trew and Mr Sleg that it seamed rather to tend unto a sedycion thretninge and a contempe of thoffice then eny other metynge off reasonable men And thunyversitie thinketh mete that thei shuld shewe ther entent and agrement before and purpose whi in such numbre and in suche forme and manor thei cam at that tyme.
2. Item, thuniversitie thinketh mete that Mr Rust resistinge the Proctors with violently taking the candels, arrested as forfeyted, from them so rescuyng them and dryvinge the Proctors out with callinge them pollers and pillerers except he can prove before Mr Vicechauncellor that they be such shuld be more punyshed for the same offence.
3. Item, thunyversitie thinketh them agreved that the men of the towne streight when eny of them as Mr Rust was lawfully
sent to pryson shuld run on heapes call the Vicechauncellor to an accompt rebuke him and say openly that it towchith them and they stomacke it and that shalbe knowne.
4. Item, that the fremen and townes men contrary to our charters do resist our beadels and officers comyng for them to the Vicechaunceller and thinke them not bounde to come.
5. Item, the townes men vitellers and other that use measures contrary to all good ordre and our charters will not suffer the proctors and taxors and other officers comyng to their house to se if ther be any false measures and weights and resist them so comynge denyinge them and saying thei shall not se them.
6. Item, that now the townes men useth a new collusion contrary to reason and our charters when they use false weights and unlawful measures and other forfitable thinges, thei say ther wiffes occupieth and not thei and will not suffer the punishment to be had and will not aunswer yt.
7. Item, that Mr Rust shuld declare a cause whi he sayed openly that if Diconsones matier had bene his he wold not obey the Vicechauncellor's sentence seing that he was lawfully and so favourably punyshed for a shameful and abomynable deceyt used in candelles.
8. Item, whi the townes men shuld take away the stokes when Diconson shuld have been justly punyshed.
9. Item, thunyversitie thinketh them greved bycause ther is now a shopp out of the bochery row contrary to all custome and good ordre.
10. Item, thunyversitie requyreth that according to thacte of Parliament and composition ther shuld be a slaughter howse out of the towne and no best kylled within the towne.
ANO. HENR. VIII. XXXVIIIo.