Citations

Page/Folio No.: 613

Item the said Thomas Smythe paid for the said James for certain white carsay he bought in Syo of Rafaell Whytte cost L asepers mounts sterling...iiijs iiijd

Item for a piece of fine over watered chamlet James Romney oweth in debts...xvs

Item for a ring of gold the said James had of Thomas Smythe in the town of Candy having a table diamond in it the valore...xls

Notes:

fabric

this is part of a complaint or bill of suit (perhaps a record of the suit?) brought by Adam Sampson (or Thomas Smythe?) against James Romney

Volume: 3, Gender Association: Gender Neutral
Date: 6-1-1537
Page/Folio No.: 139

Item, for my Lord the Bastard
Item, for making of a coat of black velvet 5s.
Item, for making of a gown of black 2s.
Item, for making of a gown of russet 2s.

Notes:

This is a tailor's bill, possibly referring to Arthur Plantagenet, the bastard child of Edward IV. Dated only to 1472.

Accounts Exchequer K.R. E. 101/412, No. 8, m. 3

Volume: 1, Gender Association: Male
Date: 1-1-1472
Page/Folio No.: 147

*I will not molest you with rehearsing the rich arras, the costly tapestry, the fine cloths both of gold and silver, the curious velvets, the beautiful satins nor the pleasant silks which did hang in every street where she passed, the wine that ran continually out of the onduits, the gravelling and railing of the streets.*

*the costly apparel both of goldsmiths' work and embroidery* *the massy chains, the stirring horses, the beautiful bards and glittering trappers, bot with bells and spangles of gold* *the strange fashion of the Spanish nation, the beauty of the English ladies, the goodly demeanor of the young damsels, the amorous countenances of the lusty bachelors* *the fine engrained clothes, the costly furs of the citizens standing on scaffolds, railed, from Grace-church to Pauls* *the odoriferous scarlets, the fine velvet, the massy chains* (worn by the Mayor and Alderman)

Notes:

date is of the occasion described, not the text, which was written later
describing the Katherine of Aragon's arrival to marry Prince Arthur

description by Hall, who was probably not an eye-witness (he is thought to have been around two in 1501)

Volume: 1
Date: 10-2-1501
Page/Folio No.: 347

*His brother Leonard is to have his gown of black worsted furred with genets, a new jerkin of black velvet, and a doublet of black satin, quilted. Rober the 'schole master' is to have 'a new pair of black hose made for myself', and William, the horsekeeper, 'a velvet cap and my winter boots'.

Notes:

John Smyth's will, printed in Essex Archaeological Transactions (III 55)

Volume: 1, Gender Association: Male
Date: 1-1-1543
Page/Folio No.: 349

Pleaseth your ladyship to understand I have deliveered your brooch unto your steward, Sir Harry; and I have received of him the counterpasse, and it and the brooch doth agree. and for the fashion xls, according to my asking at your being here in London. And yet notwithstanding I have not received to satisfy my p[ai]ns, but trusting at the sight of the brooch to h[ave you] thanks, with rewards, for I have taken pains in it and I have wrought of it ever since the deliverance of it for to accomplish your mind in it.

Notes:

not dated--conjectured to be Spring 1533

brackets signify tear in MS.

Letter From: John Busche, Letter To: Lady Lisle
Volume: 1, Gender Association: Female
Date: 4-15-1533
Page/Folio No.: 386

whereas your said orator lately charged in the port of Armew in Flanders in a ship of port in Portugal calle dthe Holdy Cross of the portage of ccl ton or thereabout, whereof John almys was master under God, certain woolen and linen cloths and other merchandises amongst to have been conveyed from thence....

the people for salvation of themselves did climb the decks of the same ship where they[y] made a raft, and so came to land, and incontinent caused certain boats to pass to the ship for salvation as well of the apparel of the same as of the goods they could come by; and thereupon did cause a boat with iiij or v persons to attend upon the same ship that nothing should be taken out. And of the which goods certain cloths were saved at the costs of your orator, and sent unto Chester to be new dressed because they were sore wet with salt water.

And thereupon your said orator came to London to ask counsel of other merchants of his nation, in the which time the said iiij persons perforce took out of cart belonging unto Master William Yerneley, gentl[eman], which was laden going toward Chichester, the number of xx cloths, and out of the hand of certain persons, dressers of the cloths in Chester aforesaid, the number of xxj cloths, in whole iiij pieces of say, a piece of fine holland cloth, a pe [breaks off]

Notes:

petition of George Ruyz, Merchant of Portugal describing a shipwreck

Volume: 1, Gender Association: Gender Neutral
Page/Folio No.: 400

My Lord Lisle, the xxiijrd day of February
In Anno Hen. VIIIth xxiijth

Imprimis, remaining the xxiijrd day of February........xlviijs vjd
Item, for ij pair of hose delivered to Bennett the third day of April, price iijs
Item, for a pair of hose delivered to your Lordship, the ixth day of May, price vjs viijd
Item, for ij pair of hose delivered to Marks the third day of August, price xiijs iiijd
Item for ij pair of hose for my Lady, delivered the same day iijs
Item, for ij pair of hose delivered to Gussune the xviijth day of September, price xiijs iiijd
Item, for ij pair of hose delivered to Bennett the xjth day of January, price xiijs iiijd
Item, for a pair of hose delivered to Mussall the xvijth day of January, prie xviijd
Item, for a pair of hose delivered to Christopher the xxth day of February price xviijd
Item, for a pair of hose delivered the vjth day of April, price vjs viijd
Item, for a pair of hose delivered to Bennett the xth day of April, price xviijd

Summa vli xijs iiijd
Received of this bill xlvs [inserted by Lisle in his own hand]
So remaining clearly to me Thomas Myddlyton iijli vijs iiijd [on verso]

Notes:

from appendix 19

Volume: 1, Gender Association: Female and Male
Date: 1-1-1532
Page/Folio No.: 400

fferst to london with Margertt vjli
to my lord xiijs iiijd
Item to to by phyllepp a hode xvjs
Item for a kerttyll for her xiijs iiijd
Item taken Margrett in her pursse for to by suych thyngg has she hath ned xls
Item to masstrys phylypp in her hawne pursse xijs
...
Item to anne ffor mor chamlett for her gown vs iiijd
Paid to nycolas talar when he went away for worke vs

Notes:

undated--a record of personal expenditure

Volume: 1
Page/Folio No.: 479Letter #: 12

I am greatly obliged to you for the fine present of the hackney that you have sent me, and also to Madame, your good bedfellow, for the cramp rings she hath sent me, to that I shall be very glad to have the means to make you both good recompense withal.

Letter From: Oudart du Bies, Letter To: Lord Lisle
Volume: 1, Gender Association: Gender Neutral
Date: 6-28-1533
Page/Folio No.: 482Letter #: 14

And whereas your pleasure was that Jamys Hawxford should deliver me a coffer and a jacket which was Hugh Holland's, //he hath delivered me the coffer but the jacket I cannot have for he says that he delivered the jacket to Holland at his dearting from the Castle, which is contrary, for he has the jacket and all that residue of the gear in his own chamber, and has fetched it out of the Long House.// But it is a fraud of him to defeat me from it, for if my lord or your ladyship had sent him a warrant to deliver anything I have known that he woud look twice upon it ere he would make delivery once.

Notes:

James Hawxford=James Hawkesworth

Letter From: John Norton, Letter To: Lady Lisle
Volume: 1, Gender Association: Male
Date: 7-4-1533
Page/Folio No.: 484Letter #: 15

Madam at your Good ladyship's last commoning and mine you of your benign goodness promised me a gown-cloth waht time that your good ladyship come to Calais: and it will please you to be so good lady to me as to send me the said Gown cloth I were greatly bound to pray for you

Notes:

fn. 1: A gown-cloth for a winter livery was 4 yds., a coat-cloth for a summer livery 3 1/2 yds. (See Francis Godwin, Catalogue of Bishops, under Bishop West of Ely, No. 31); but cf. Vol. 5, No. 1206.

Letter From: Thomas Gilbert, Letter To: Lady Lisle
Volume: 1, Gender Association: Male
Date: 7-7-1533
Page/Folio No.: 486Letter #: 16

Also, whereas your pleasure was that I should a' had a coffer and a jacket, I had the coffer with much ado, but the jacket I could not have, for it is fit thing for his own use. In this I will desire your good ladyship to take no displeasure with me that I should thus attempt you in my writing, which ill doth become me being such a vile person. Howbe, it is the thing that doth touch my living and hath put me to a great reproach here among my friends, for it is said that I have offended my lord and your ladyship greater than I trust my offence is. And whereas your ladyship spake to me of the new canvas, it is in the ship, for the master hath it in his custody, and also there is a pair of sheets, a gaberdine, a forest bill and a kettle of copper

Notes:

for the prequel on this jacket, see letter 14. 'His' refers to Hawkesworth

Letter From: John Norton, Letter To: Lady Lisle
Volume: 1, Gender Association: Male
Date: 7-10-1533
Page/Folio No.: 491Letter #: 18

and for the redemption of your collar, besides other xxli paid by my lady, xxli

Notes:

apparently Lisle had pawned his Garter collar, and Smyth redeemed it as part payment of a deal he made with Lisle

Letter From: John Smyth, Letter To: Lord Lisle
Volume: 1, Gender Association: Male
Date: 7-15-1533
Page/Folio No.: 508Letter #: 30

It may further please your lordship for a poor remembrance to receive of this bearer James Robertson one of the shipmen at Calais a bonnet which I trust shall please your lordship / And a cheese for my good lady / I am sorry and ashamed that I have no other thing at this time to present unto your lordship and my good lady

Notes:

Ralph was an older member of the Retinue
gift

Letter From: Ralph Broke, Letter To: Lord Lisle
Volume: 1, Gender Association: Male
Date: 8-24-1533
Page/Folio No.: 567

Item, for iij hose cloths, ij coloured and j white viijs vjd

Volume: 1
Page/Folio No.: 568

to the making of a silver pax to the use of the church of Wymering a pendant and a buckle of a woman's girdle being silver and 3s. 4d. in money to the making thereof.

Notes:

from the will of Leonard Wayte

Volume: 1, Gender Association: Female
Date: 8-20-1533
Page/Folio No.: 585Letter #: 60

If my said friend may obtain any of the said rooms I promise your lordship by this my letter that your lordship shall have xx marks for your pain, and my honourable good lady your wife a kirtle of velvet or the value thereof.

Notes:

bribe

Letter From: John Grenville, Letter To: Lord Lisle
Volume: 1, Gender Association: Female
Date: 10-16-1533
Page/Folio No.: 586Letter #: 61

Please it your ladyship to be advertised that immediately upon my coming to London I delivered your letter to my Lady Howard, who said that she would send your gold shortly unto you, but she hath no fine sables.

Letter From: Leonard Smyth, Letter To: Lady Lisle
Volume: 1, Gender Association: Female
Date: 10-19-1533
Page/Folio No.: 590Letter #: 63

I have provided hair like unto my sample, and with a silk woman to be made, which I will send by the first messenger I can. Your scarlet is in dyeing.

Letter From: Leonard Smyth, Letter To: Lady Lisle
Volume: 1, Gender Association: Female
Date: 10-25-1533
Page/Folio No.: 596Letter #: 66

but on this condytion that we had some of your holsome furres of England / or elles England vpon our backes to kepe vs from cold / for we be fayn to lye walke in our vnlyned gownes /

Letter From: Sir Francis Bryan, Letter To: Lord Lisle
Volume: 1, Gender Association: Male
Date: 10-24-1533
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