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Francois van der Delft

(d. by May/June 1550); Imperial ambassador to England (for Charles V) (1544 - 1550) [ODNB sub Estache Chapuys, Mary I]

In her letter to King Edward, Mary asked that the imperial ambassador and the ambassador to the emperor be consulted as to the promise Edward made to allow Mary to continue to practise her religion. 1576, pp. 1291-93; 1583, pp. 1334-35.

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Jehan Scheyfve

Imperial ambassador to England by August 1550 [R. J. Lyall, 'Alexander Barclay and the Edwardian Reformation 1548-52', The Review of English Studies, New Series, vol. 20, no. 80. (November, 1969), p.457]

The imperial ambassador was mentioned in a letter from the privy council to Princess Mary on 27 May 1551. 1576, p. 1295; 1583, p. 1337.

1361 [1337]

King Eward 6. Letters of the Councell, and the Lady Mary.

MarginaliaAnno 1550.King should willingly consent to the open breach of them, we could neyther discharge our selues to the king for our dueties, neyther to God for our conscience. The consideration of which things we pray almighty God, by his holye spirit, to lay in the bottome of your hart, and thereupon to build such a profession in you, as both God may haue his true honor: the king his dewe obedience, the Realme concord, and we most comfort. For all the which we do hartely pray, & therwith, for the cōtinuance of your graces helth to your harts desire. Frō Westminster þe xxv. of December.

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The Lady Mary to the Lordes of the Counsell xx. May. 1551.

MY Lordes, after my harty commendations to you, although both I haue bene and also am loth to trouble you with my letters, yet neuerthelesse the newes which I haue lately hard, touching my Chaplayne Doctor Mallet forceth me thereunto, at this present, for I heare by credible report, that you haue committed him to the tower, which newes seeme to me very strange: notwithstanding I thought it good, by these to desire you to aduertise me what is the cause of his imprisonment, assuring you I would be sory that any of mine should deserue the like punishment, and there is no creature within the Kings maiesties Realme would more lament, that any belonging to them should giue iust cause so to be vsed: then I would do: who would haue thought much frendship in you if you had geuen me knowledge, wherein my sayd Chaplein had offended, before you had ministred suche punishment vnto him, eftsoones requiring you to let me knowe by this bearer, the truth of the matter. And thus thanking you for the short dispatch of the poore Marchaunt of Portingall, I wish to you all no worse then to my selfe, and so bid you farewell. From Beaulien the 2. of May.

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Your frend to my power, Mary.

The Counsell to the Lady Mary, 6. of Maye. 1551.

AFter our humble cōmendatiōs to your grace, we haue receiued your letters of the second of this moneth, by the which your grace seemeth to take it straungely that Doctor Mallet is committed to prison, whereof we haue the more maruell, seeing it hath bene heeretofore signified vnto you that he hath offended the kings maiesties lawes, and thereof condemned, your grace hath bene by our letters earnestly desired, that he might be deliuered to the Sheriffe of Essex, according to the iust processe of the lawe, to the which all maner persons of this Realme be subiect, whereof howsoeuer it seemeth straunge at this tyme to your grace that he is imprisoned, it may seme more strange to other that he hath escaped it thus long: and if the place being the Tower, moue your grace not to impute his imprisonment to his former offense, then we pray your grace to vnderstand that in deede it is for the very same, and the place of the imprisonment to be at the Kings Maiesties pleasure, from whome, besides the charge of his lawes, we haue expresse commaundement to doe that we doe. And so we beseech your grace to thinke of vs, that neither in thys case, nor in any other we meane to do any other then minister and see, as much as in our power lieth, ministred iustice indifferently, to all persons, whiche doing then wee thinke your grace should not thinke it any lacke of frendship that wee did not certifie you of the offense of youre Chaplayne, although in deede the cause hath already bene certified. And we trust your grace both of youre naturall nearenes to the Kings Maiestie and your owne wisdome will not mislike our Ministerie in the execution of the lawes of the Realme, and the pleasure of the Kyngs Maiestie. So we wish to your grace from the bottome of our hart, the grace of almighty God, with the riches of his holy giftes.

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The Lady Mary to the Counsell, the 11. of May.

MY Lordes, it appeareth by your letters of the vj. of this presēt which I haue receaued, that the imprisonmēt of my Chaplaine Doctour Mallet is, for saying of Masse, and that he was condemned for the same. In deede I haue heard that he was endited, but neuer condēned. Neuerthelesse, I must needes confesse and say, that he did it but by my commaundement, and I sayde vnto him that none of my Chaplaynes shoulde be in daunger of the lawe for saying Masse in my house. And thereof to put hym out of doubt, the Emperours Embassadour that dead is, declared vnto him before that time, how after what sorte the & promise was made to his Maiesty, wherby it appeareth, that the mā hath not in that willingly offēded. Wherfore I pray you to discharge him ofemprisonment, and set him at liberty: if not, ye minister cause not only to him, but to others to thinke that I haue declared more then was true, whiche I woulde not wittingly doo, to gaine the whole world. And heerein as I haue often sayde, the Emperours Maiestie can be best iudge. And to be playne with you according to mine old custome, there is not one amongst the whole number of you all, that woulde be more loth to be founde vntrue of their word then I. And well I am assured, that none of you haue found it in me. My Lordes, I pray you seeke not so much my dishonour, as to disprooue my word, whereby it should appeare too plaine that you handle me not well. And if you haue cause to charge my Chaplaine for this matter, lay that to mee, and I wyll discharge it againe, by your promise made to the Emperours Maiestie, which you can not rightfully denie, wishing rather that you had refused it in the beginning then after such promise made, and to such a person, to seeme to go from it which my Lordes, as your very friend I hartely desire you to consider, and to geue me no cause to thinke you otherwise then my friends, considering I haue alwayes, and yet do (God is my iudge) wishe to you all no worse neyther in soules nor bodies, then to my selfe, and so wyth my hartye commendations, I commit you all to God. From Beaulien the 11. of May.

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Your assured friend to my power, Mary.

¶ The Counsaile to the Lady Mary, the 27. of May. 1551.

AFter our due commendations to your grace, although the same receiueth not aunswere so soone, as perchance was looked for vpon the returne of your graces seruaunt: Yet we doubt not, but youre grace vnderstanding that where we haue matters of estate pertaining to the Kings Maiestie in hand, as in deede we haue had of late, the differring of the answere in a matter being no greater, requireth to be borne withal. And touching the answere of your graces letter for D. Mallet, we pray your grace to vnderstande, that although you write he was indited, but not condemned, and so seeme to take exception at the maner of his imprisonment, yet if they which enformed your grace of that maner of reason in the law, were as well disposed to please your grace with truth, as the reason in deede is not true, then should they haue told your grace that by the Acte of Parliament, if either Mallet haue bene conuicted by the othes of twelue men, or that the fact hath bene notorious, then the punishment doth follow iustly. The trueth of the one and the other way of conuiction in this case is notorious enough, besides his flying from the processe of the lawe. And where your grace, to releeue him, woulde take the fault vpon your selfe, we are sory to perceiue your grace so ready to be a defence to one that the Kings lawe doth condemne. Neuerthelesse, he is not punished because your grace bad him, and willed him to do that which was an offence: but he is punished for doing it, and if we should not so see the Kings lawes executed without respecte, it might appeare that we too much neglected our duty, and for that your grace taketh it as a discredite to your selfe, that he should be punished for that you had him do, alledging to him that you had authoritie so to do, and so promise made to the Emperour, it hath bene both written, and sayde to your grace, what is the truth in that behalfe: and howsoeuer that your grace pretendeth your licence to haue Masse said before your selfe, for a time of your reconciliation, it had bene so far out of reason for to haue desired that whatsoeuer was your Chapleine might say Masse in any house that was yours, when your graces selfe was not there. For so is D. Mallets offence, for saying Masse at one of your houses, where your grace was not, whych thing as it was neuer graunted, so do we not remember that euer it was demaunded. The sute that hath bene at anye tyme made, either by the Emperours Embassadour that dead is, or by him that now is, was neuer but in respect of your grace, and not to be taken that the Emperour or his his Embassadour meant to priuiledge mayster D. Mallet or any other to say Masse out of your presence. Wherefore as we do plainely write to your grace, so do we pray you to take it in good part, and thinke we be as ready to do our due reuerence towards your grace in any thyng wee may doe with our dutie to our maister as any youre grace may commaund: and of suche wisedome we knowe your grace to be, that ye should iudge the better of vs, for that we be diligent to see the lawes of the Realme executed, wherein resteth the strength and safegard of the kings Maiestie our soueraigne Lord and Maister.

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The Lady Mary to the Lordes of the Counsayle, 21 Iune. 1551.

MY Lords, although I receiued by my seruant this bearer (who lately deliuered vnto you my letters, wherein I desired to

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