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post unionem vobis remaneat, ac eorum fructus, redditus, et proventus ducentarum librarum sterlingorum, secundum taxationem decimæ, valorem annuum non excedant, dictosque Priorem et Conventum, vel procuratores suos eorum nomine, post unionem hujusmodi, cedentibus vel decedentibus rectoribus ipsarum, et beneficiorum, qui tunc fuerint, vel alias beneficia ipsa quomodocumque dimittentibus, in beneficiorum ac jurium, ac pertinentiarum prædictorum corporalem possessionem inducendi, et defendendi inductos, amotis quibuslibet detentoribus ab iisdem, ac faciendi ipsis Priori et Conventui, de ipsorum beneficiorum fructibus, redditibus, proventibus, congruas portiones ad ipsius Archiepiscopi vel Ordinarii arbitrium (super quo ipsius Archiepiscopi et Ordinarii conscientiam oneramus) taxandas, ex quibus, si sint Ecclesiæ Parochiales, perpetui Vicarii per Priorem, qui erit pro tempore, et Conventum dictæ domus, ad beneficia eadem præsentandi, commode sustentari, jura episcopalia solvere, et alia iis incumbentia onera valeant supportare, contradictores, auctoritate nostra appellatione postposita, compescendo, non obstantibus, si aliquis super provisionibus sibi faciendis de hujusmodi, vel aliis beneficiis ecclesiasticis in illis partibus, speciales vel generales apostolicæ sedis, vel legatorum ejus literas impetravit, etiamsi per eas ad inhibitionem, reservationem, et decretum, vel alias quomodolibet sit processum. Quas literas et processus habitos, et quos per eos post unionem hujusmodi haberi contigerit, ad dicta beneficia volumus extendi. Sed nullum per hoc iis quoad assecutionem aliorum beneficiorum præjudicium generari, et quibuslibet privilegiis, indulgentiis, et alteris apostolicis, generalibus vel specialibus, quorumcumque tenorum existant, per quæ præsentibus non expressa, vel totaliter non inserta effectus earum impediri valeat quomodolibet, vel differri, et de quibus quorumque totis tenoribus habenda sit in nostris literis mentio specialis, plenam et liberam tenore præsentium potestatem concedimus.

Datum Romæ, Apud Sanctam Mariam trans Tiberim, pridie Idus Decembris, Pontificatus nostri anno primo [December 12th, 1378].

ORIGINAL LETTERS.

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IV.

(Referred to on p. 72.)

A LETTER FROM PRIOR TYNBYGH.

(From the original in the Public Record Office, London.)

"Aff due recomendacon in o' Savyo' ihū wt loue and thankes for yo charitable demenur unto William Hoope, the whiche I desyr' yowe in charite to contynue; and wher' ye desyre to have knowlege howe soone the seyd William may be receyved into o religion,' I do thynke verely in as myche as he was onys in o' religion and went oute of hit, and sethe at dyu's tymes hath be at poynt to be recevyd to the same and of his own unstabilnes hathe go frō his poyntmente, that my brethren will not receue him agayn to or religion w'out that they may undrestand in hym by longe tyme continuall stabilite in sad and v'tus lyvynge; the which almighty god for his greete m'cy guntt hym if . . . be his will. Ye shall receue at o' lady day Annunciacion of . . . nowell of Sheepdh... of vj. viij. for William Hoope, and I pray yowe to favor hym and to helpe hym in godnes, and Almighty e'u p'seue you. Written in the chart' hous by london the xiiij day of Fady [sic] wt the hande of yo's

"WILLIAM there Prio"."

[Addressed] "To Mast William Ordeer pson of Seynte Petir in Thatford."

V.

(Some letters referred to on p. 75.)

The following letters, addressed to the Prior of the London Charterhouse, are mentioned in Letters and Papers of the Reign of Henry VIII., vol. viii. 611. They are printed here for the first time, from the originals in the Public Record Office, London.

1 Ie. into our Order.

From John [Houghton ?1], Prior of Beauvale. "Ihc., Maria.

2

"Right honorable father in our Lorde Jhu Christe, I humbly recomend me to you with hartely desir of psp'ite pleas [?] the same. And wher it was yat my p'decesso' in his tyme occupied cteyn books belonging to yo' place as I am informed, wt this barrer I sand to you v of the same, and if y' be any moo of the which I may have pfect knowledge they shalbe sent to you heraft. If ye pleas to let me have the jorniall I will gyue you money y for; for, as god knoweth, we haue grete nede to such books, who kepe you eulastyngly to his pleaso". From bevall the xx" day of July.

"Yo' orato' JOHN,

"Prior ther."

[Addressed] "... venabili při in Xpo prior domus ordis. Cartusie ppe london."

A letter from the Prior of the Coventry Charterhouse. Dom Robert Raby is exchanged for Dom George Rogers.

"Ryght Worshipfull fad' in owr lorde, with humylyte and love I recomend me vnto you certyfying you that I have receyvyd our fad' visytors lettors and yowres, wherby y doe pceyve your desyr to remove your brother Dan George Rogers hydd vnto us, and to take for hym to you dan Robert Raby which also hathe made grette instans bothe to fad Visytor and to you and me mony deys

to be withe you. Therefore, trystyng in our lord hyt schalbe mooste for bothe theyr qwyetnes and helthe of body and sowle, y am well contente to fulfyll theyr dyssyres, dyssyryg you to be good and louyng fad' vnto dan Roberte Raby which schalbe withe you abowte the end of thys wyeke by the grace of god, whoe have you ever and all your gud brether in hys kepying, amen-Frō the Charterhouse by sydes Couentr' the xxij day of October.

"By you' Bedeman

"The p'or there."

[Addressed] "Venerabili in Xpo pri pori dom' salutac Matris

dei ppe london ordinis cartuss."

1 Blessed John Houghton was Prior of Beauvale in 1531, and since that date there was no Prior named John.

2 Prosperity.

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The following curious letter is from Thomas Skevington, Bishop of Bangor (1509-1534) and Abbot of Beaulieu :

"In our lorde Jesu Christe, very honorable father, I hartely recomend me unto you. And wher that vertuouse man Master Doctor Harde is from yo". ly monasterye amoved to a nother place of [y]our Religione, to whome heretofore I delyuered certen plate, and, by the sufferans of his devowte sp'uall father the late prior of your house, to have in his custody the same plate, wich in pcells thus followeth :-Oone Basone and a yewer [of] Syllwer, and Oon cuppe callid a notte wt a cover all of syluer and gilte; oone gret bolle of syluer; oone goblet wt a cover of syluer pcell gylte; oone standing cuppe wt a cover dĩ gylte; ij salte, oone wt a cover pcell gilte, and the other all gilte; and xxiiij spones of syluer, in a case of ledder; not dowtinge but all thes poore things be in yo' save kepinge hartally therfore prainge you that all the same plate may reste wt you to my comyng to London, and then I to have the same. And yo' kyndenesse thus shoode shall not be put in oblyvione. The holly trinite so knowing, who pres'ue you. At Beaulieu xvto Octobris

"Yo' luffyng brother in

"God, THOMAS BANGOR."

[Addressed] "To the right honorable and very Devout father in god the prior of the Charterhouse in London."

From the Prior of the Witham Charterhouse. Dom William Bakster, professed of London, wishes to return home.

"Right wurshipfull fader in o' lord, I recomende me vnto you wt vere glad desyre to here of yo' good helth. Oure gest danne Willm Bakster desyryth you to have an answer of hys lett' late sent vnto you. He is vere busy in desyring to cũ home to you agayne; god knowyth, iff he wold stabyll hymself, he might lyve with us in grete rest and quyettness. And I am sure non of oure cloyster gyveth hym contrary cause. He hath writyn a nother lett now to the fader of Shene1 to have hys wyll fulfylled. I pay God it be not ruina sua, but to hys pfyt and wu'ship of o

1 Father John Jonbourne, the Provincial Visitor. This shows that the letter was not written later than 1532.

relygion. He wold have no spekying of his tnsgres, but it is not in my power to stop manys mowthis. Our Savyo Jhu stabyll him in goodnes, and p'serve you and yo's from all adv'syteis. Amen-Writyn at With'm in hast, the xxth day of July. Fader we have sent you brevys1 for o' brother d' Wyllm Burton. Jhũ have his sowle! We beseche you they may be [s]ayd shortly.

"Per filiù dom Recm priore ibidē."

[Addressed] "Venerabili in Xpō patri dono priori domus Cartuss ppe London dent"."

The contents of the remaining four letters of this bundle are sufficiently explained in Part I. of this volume, Chapter VI.

VI.

(Referred to on p. 92.)

THEO

A LETTER FROM BLESSED JOHN HOUGHTON TO FATHER
DORIC LOER, VICAR OF THE CHARTERHOUSE OF COLOGNE.

Religioso Patri Theodorico Loer a Stratis, Vicario domus Cartusiensis in Colonia, Johannes Houghton.

S.P.D.

Miraberis forsan, religiosissime pater, quid sibi velint ignotæ hæ literæ, e longinqua regione ad te missæ. Sed ut cito mirari desinas, scias odorem illum fragrantissimum eximii patris nostri Dionysii esse, qui has literas meas ad te (imo ad se apud te latentem) jam attraxit. Is etenim adeo corda nostra suis sacratissimis scriptis et documentis sibi allexit, ut eo carere sine gravi molestia minime possimus.

Nobis etenim sapiunt opera ejus melliflua et sanctissima præ cæteris pene omnibus sacris scriptoribus (quod cæterorum omnium pace dictum sit) quos hactenus legimus; adeoque eadem ejus opera apud nos rara sunt, ut votorum nostrorum in hac parte minime compotes esse possimus; videlicet in eis legendis et relegendis. Nam quandocumque aliqua eorum huc venerint,

1A Brevis is the Office of the Dead, recited alone in the cell on the reception of the obiit of a member of the Order.

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