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K. Henry. 8. Notes of Doct. Boners letters aginst Steuen Gardiner.

MarginaliaL. Cromwell onely the aduaūcer of D. Boner, and therfore in an other letter he calleth him his onely Mæcenas. steeme and set by, during my lyfe, hauing so attayned it by your only goodnes: And verily, if your good Lordship be not better to me herein then I can, vnlesse it be of your own goodnes, desire you, I know not how I shalbe able to ouercome the great charges annexed to this promotion. For though my promotions afore were right honest and good, yea and such as one of farre better qualities then I was or am of, ought therwith to haue bene contented, yet consideryng that of diuers of them, it is to witte, MarginaliaThe promotions of Boner. Leicester, Bledē, Derham, Cheswicke, and Cheryburton, the first fruites, tenthes, and charges borne, I haue not receyued clerely one peny: I am now neuer a whitte the more able to beare the great charges of this.

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I shall therefore herein and in all things ells perteyning hereunto, seyng your Lordship is so great a patrone, and wil nedes bynde me for euer to be your own (as in dede I wil) referre all together vnto your goodnesse, beseeching you to take the order and disposition of all into your owne handes. I cannot tell whether the late Bishop standeth bounden for the first fruites, tēthes, or other duties, which by statute may be demaunded of hys successour, but I feare it greatly, and besech your Lordship therefore that I may bee holpen therein. My charges now here enforceth me the more to speake and trouble your good Lordship, which at the beginnyng are not a few, and yet not ended. Of my fidelity to your good I haue of fiue hundreth crownes, remayning fortie, bestowed vpon horses, mule, mulet, rayment, and other necessaries, standyng detter to M. Thirlby neuertheles, and also to M. Doctor Haynes for one hundreth markes or fast vpon, to them both. And besides this (such is my chaunce now at the beginning) diuers of my seruauntes haue fallen sicke, beyng in great perill and daunger, puttyng me to no litle charges.

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Ouer & besides these displeasures cōmyng vnto me, by not hauyng theyr seruice, and other to kepe them, and also wantyng myne other seruauntes in England, which though I haue sent for them, yet neyther they neyther my horses or stuffe are come, I must and doe take pacience, trustyng it wyll mende.

Vppon the closing vpp of this letter and depeche of thys bearer, God willyng I will packe vp my geare, and to morrowe betime followe the French kyng, who yesterdaye departed from Shambour and maketh haste towardes Paris. And thus our blessed Lord long and well preserue your good Lordship in health. At Bloyse the ij. of September in the euening.

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Scribled by the wery hand of him that is
bounden to be and is in dede, your Lord-
ships beadesman and at commaundemēt.
Edmund Boner

Diuers other letters beside this, of Doctor Bonner remayne in writing vpon the like effect and purport, whiche here also I myght adde for a further demonstration hereof: but thys one in stede of many, may suffice. Now to our purpose agayne: MarginaliaD. Boner all this while shewed himselfe to be a good mā, and a good Gospeller. whiche is to declare how this Doct. Boner in the tyme of hys fyrst sprynging vp, shewed hym selfe a good man, and a fast frend to the Gospell of Christe and to the kyngs procedynges and contrariwise, how Steuen Gardiner did halt then both with God and with the kynge. Also what vnkyndnes and contumelies the sayd Boner receaued at his handes: MarginaliaRancor & hartburning betwene the bish. of Winchester & Boner. what rancour and hartburnyng was betwene them, and what complaintes the one moueth against the other, remayneth consequently by their writinges and recordes to be opened. For the more euident demonstratiō wherof, they that haue the letters of the sayd Doct. Boner written from France to the kyng, and the Lord Cromwell may ryght well perceaue. And fyrst to note what a Gospeller hee was, in hys letter from Roan, hee speakyng of hys trustie companion, and bearer of his letters (who was belyke D. Heynes) he gyueth this report both of him, and of hymselfe, saying:

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MarginaliaThe wordes of Boner declaring himselfe to be a Gospeller. If this bearer had bene so much desirous to please the Emperour and follow his religion, as he was studious to serue truly your grace: and to aduaunce the truth: he had not wāted. &c. And agayne:

MarginaliaBoner recompted a Lutherane. And besides that he hath not wanted the euill report of naughty fellowes, namyng him Lutheran: wherin for company I was ioyned, such was their goodnes. &c.

Agayne in an other letter wryten to the Lord Cromwell these wordes he hath, speakyng of hys companion Doctor Heynes:

MarginaliaDoct. Boner & Doct. Heynes noted for Lutheranes. Especially for that the said D. Heines by his vpright dealing herein, and professing the truth, neither gate thanckes nor reward, but was blased abroad by honest folkes to be a Lutheran. The lesse he pleaseth in Spayne, the better argument it is, that his entent was to serue none but the kynges highnes, and the truth. &c.

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And furthermore in an other minute wrytyng to the L. Cromwell of Steuen Wint, and of hys churlishnes toward hym, thus he sayth:

MarginaliaWinchester against Boner. And there found I in M. Doct.Thirlby much kindnes, and in the bishop of Winchester as litle. &c. And in the same letter it followeth:

And if I had receiued any intertainment of the Byshop of Winchester, I would likewise haue sente you worde. But I thanke God, I nede not, for I had nothing of him. &c.

Also in an other letter the said Boner writyng to þe Lord Cromwell concernyng one Barnabe, and hymselfe, what colde welcome they both had at the handes of Winchester, vseth these wordes folowyng.

MarginaliaSt. Wint. agaynst Barnabe, because the Lord Cromwell fauoured him. And my good Lord I beseech you to continue your good fauour to this honest poore man Barnabe, who is body and soule assuredly your owne, and as well beloued of the B. of Winchester as I am: and of my trouth I suppose and beleue verily, one of the chiefe grudges the Bishop hath agaynste him, is because your lordship of your charitable goodnesse doth loue and fauour him. &c.

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¶ An other letter of Doct. Boner to the Lord Cromwell, complayning of Winchester, and also declaring how he wa promoted by the said lord Cromwell, to the bishoprike of Herford.

MY very singular especiall good Lord, accordyng to my most bounden duety, I recommend me right humbly vnto your good Lordship, aduertising the same, that the 29. of the last, about 4. of the clocke at after noone, there arriued here Bernabe with your Lordships letters dated at Ewrige, the 24. of the same, and thinking that at his said arriuall, the Bish. of Winchester, M. Thirleby and I had bene all lodged together, where in very dede we had seuerall lodginges, he went straight to the Bishop of Winchesters lodging (Maister Thirleby and I beyng then walkyng in the fieldes) MarginaliaThe Bish. of Wint. inquired not how the king did. and the Bishop incontinētly enquired of him, not how the kings grace did as was his duety: but (as Barnabe told me) inquired of him where he left the kinges grace at his commyng away: whether he had brought any letters for him: whether M. Brian and M. Wallop were in the Court at his departyng: and finally what newes were in England. To the which questions, when Barnabe had made aunswer, saying, that he left the kinges grace at Byrling, and that M. Brian, & M. Wallop were in the Court at his departing, and withall that he had no letters from them, ne any other to hym, and finally for the newes that the kinges highnes had geuen me the bishopricke of Herford: the Bishop (as Barnabe reporteth and I doubt not but he sayth truly) MarginaliaThe playce mouth of Winchester agaynst Boner. cast down his hed, making a plaice mouth with his lippe, and afterwardes liftyng vp his eyes and handes (as cursing the day and houre it chaunced) seemed so euill contented therewith, that he would neither bid Barnabe drinke, or tary supper, ne yet further commō with hym, but turning from him called one M. Medow and shewed hym of the same tydinges, MarginaliaSte. Wint. against Boners preferment. takyng it (as appeared) very heuily, semblably as he doth euery thing that is or may be for my preferment. And when Barnabe perceiued that I was not there, and that also this comfortable countenaunce and good chere was made vnto him, he went thence and searched me, who then was walkyng with maister Thirleby (as is afore) and by chaunce commoning with him of the bishop of Winchester, geuing him aduertisement that he should not be abused by the said Bishop, whome I said made of him not for any harty loue I thought he bare vnto hym, but either in despite of me, to whom he thought it should be greatly displeasaunt: either els vnder coloure therof, and by familiaritie, for to grope him and to serue his owne crafty purposes by him. And sone after the departure of M. Thirlby from me, who then went to the Bish. to supper, I returned towardes my lodging, and by the way mette with Bernabe, whose salutation was after that sorte, that it caused me to wonder at it, especially I hauing no expectation or hope of such thing as he rehearsed vnto me. MarginaliaD. Boner made Bysh. of Hereford. And surely my good Lorde, I would not beleue him in the thyng he tolde, till I perceiued the same by the superscription of your Lordships letter, which he afterwardes deliuered vnto me: declaring withall (to my great comfort) the prosperous estate of the kinges highnesse and of your good Lordship. Which knowen, I besought almighty God to graunt the long continuaunce thereof, and also as was my duetie, did geue most humble thankes to the kinges highnesse and to your said good Lordship. And hereupon, keepyng your Lordships letters still in my handes vnbroken, I went incontinently to the lodging of Maister Thirleby which was in my way, to communicate these my newes and great good fortune MarginaliaSee how Boner reioyceth at hys great good with hym, and not finding hym there, I redde ouer your Lordshippes letters, sendyng the same afterward

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