Henry VIII,the Reign
Since he wrote by Windsor, has received a letter from Wolsey, dated 9 March. My Lady having received Wolsey's and Don Inigo's letters, and Guillaume de Barrys' reports, has decided with her Council to annul all the arrests of English subjects, and to allow as free mercantile intercourse to them as is allowed to the Emperor's subjects in England; and she desired Hacket to write to the King and Wolsey thereof. In answer to Hacket's complaint, that the Council had acted contrary to the treaties of intercourse, she said she had sent the provost of Cassei and John de Lassault to answer all articles of importance, and to preserve the amity; and for better assurance thereof she now sends De Barrys with writings to Wolsey, and instructions to Don Inigo and the Provost.
It is evident that she wishes to keep the peace; and so do the cardinal of Liege, and the lords of Palermo, Bewyrs, Berghes and Burse. Some, he thinks, are opposed to them. The letters brought by Windsor, and also that from the King to the lord of Burre, have caused the people to fortify their towns and frontiers. They say here that the prince of Orange defeated the French on the 13th and 16th March; that Antony de Leva, captain of Milan, defeated the Venetians on the 19th; that the king of Hungary has defeated the Waywode, and has sent the duke of Browns[wick] with 3,000 horse, and count Felyx with 16,000 Dutch[men], to make an end of the business of Italy. All these news are in their favor, as if they were forged. If all were true, would think that God favored one party more than the other.
My Lady is sending to the E[mperor] Lassault's youngest son by sea, and by land the Treasurer Marenyx's brother. Told Windsor to show Wolsey that some people in authority take great pains to bring about to make peace between the Emperor and the French king, without the interposition of the King or Wolsey. Hears they are very busy, but thinks it will be as the French say, tel quyde que fault. Received today the enclosed letter for Wolsey from Sir Laurence Starber of Noremberghe. My Lady has had arrested at Amsterdam and Antwerp five or six ships laden with wheat and rye, which the Hoghstetters were about to send to England.
The factors complained to him, and he went to ask my Lady to license them to export it, saying that Wolsey had written in favor of those who would bring corn or other victual into England. After consultation with the Cardinal, lords of Palermo, Berghes and Tregeny, the treasurer-general and others, she answered that the corn should be allowed to be exported. For this they think they have deserved thanks. Machlyng, 6 April 1527, before Easter.
The cardinal of Liege read before my Lady and the Council the copy of the French king's letter to the bishop of Bayonne. Some of the Council then said that Wolsey showed great favor to the Emperor's subjects. My Lady answered, "Mons. le Lega[t] est prudent et sage. Il cet byen quam byen que tel marchandes wault, car ilz sont lettres escripts pour complayr alla manyere de France." The Cardinal said that the French king in these letters declared that he had first intimated war to the Emperor. They are confident that if the French could find a better way of alliance than with England, they would leave one for the other. Since leaving Wolsey at Calais has not received a penny. Machlyng, 6 April.
Some men here dread that if the King and Emperor make a new alliance they will lose their authority