Henry VIII,the Reign
28 June 1524
Has received his letters from Trent on his way to Milan; also his letters from Milan, sent by a special courier on the 11th, with news of Bourbon's army, his intention to pass into France, the order for the defence of Italy, the good mind of Pescara, and his own doubts how he should treat with the Duke touching his pay. Since then the Duke has sent a gentleman with letters to the King and Wolsey, advertising them of the state of his army, desiring the King to accelerate his troops, and aid him with some convenient contribution. Trusts he has already received the letters touching the money sent by Sir John Russell, which will be a sufficient answer to his doubts.
He is to explain to the Duke the cause of the retardment of Russell at Antwerp with 20,000l., the desire of the King to help him to the uttermost, who at the end of this month will transport troops to Calais to join the Burgundians against the French. The Duke will consequently find much less resistance, and must be encouraged to set forth.
The King sends Sir Gregory de Cassales, who, "during the time of his abode here, hath done unto the King's Grace right acceptable and thankful service." The King wishes him to be retained in the army now to be sent into France. Pace is to urge the Duke to entertain him, and to countenance him in all ways.
Thus far; received his letters dated Mountaclier, the 16th, with others from Bourbon, the viceroy of Naples, and Beaurain, and the book of articles, all of which Wolsey read to the King, telling him the great pains Pace had taken in his affairs. Praises him highly for his conduct. Removes a doubt in one of Pace's despatches, touching the coming of Sir John Russell. Sends the duplicate of letters formerly despatched. May assure the Duke that the King will not fail him if he proceeds in his enterprises as he has begun. He is not to believe any reports of friars or others being sent to England, "to practise matters;" for the King's only purpose is to annoy his enemy to the uttermost.
Desires Pace to continue with the Duke's army in its passage into France. His presence will add no little authority thereto, and he will be able to send them the most accurate information. Westminster, 28 June 1524.