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20.1. A copie of the said letters sent in post to sir Thomas Cheinie being vpon his voiage into France.

A copie of the said letters sent in post to sir Thomas Cheinie being vpon his voiage into France.

_AFter our right hartie commendations to your good lordship. The kings maiestie hath willed vs to signifie vnto you, that his highnesse expresse pleasure and comman|dement is, ye should in his maiesties name declare to such gentlemen as accompanie you into France, that they haue in remembrance so to vse & behaue them selues among the Frenchmen as well on the waie as at the court, in such sort as they by communication vpon feats of the warre passed giue no occasion of priuat displeasure. Wherein therefore it shall be ex|pedient, that either they saie nothing, vnlesse they be prouoked; or in that case call the things happened fortune de la guerre, without comparison of things chanced on our part or on theirs, but turne the com|munication to reioise in peace. In the conditions whereof they shall pretend ignorance, without spea|king of the keeping still of Bullogne, or deliuerance of it againe, but as shall please the princes for the continuance of peace, wherein by Gods grace the crueltie of warre shall be conuerted into extreamitie of friendship, to the weale and commoditie of both realmes.

And forsomuch as there want not in the world naughtie men of the state of moonks and friers, who for malice of the alteration of their estate here, would gladlie defame our religion towards God, as though we had with them cast out all; his highnesse expresse pleasure and commandement is, that considering at this first entrie of you, the behauiour of your compa|nie shall be much marked and noted in matters of religion and circumstances: of the same they should therfore haue so much the more regard both to their communications and also behauiors, and not onelie in speech to forbeare to dispute or intermedle with the state of their policy there, but also in their diet on the fish daie and deuout hearing of masse, follow the order of the kings maiesties relme, so as their conuer|sation & behauior maie be cõfusion to such as would defame this realme in the contrarie. Thus fare your good lordship right hartilie well. From Greenewich the ninteenth of Iune 1546. Your lordships assured louing friends, Thomas Wriothesleie canc. W: Saint-Iohn. I: Russell. Cut [...]: Duresme. Steph: Winton. Anthonie Brenne. William Petres. This letter was thus indorsed. ¶To our assured louing friend sir Thomas Cheinie knight of the order, treasuror of the kings maiesties houshold, and lord warden of the cinque ports, presentlie in speciall commission from the kings maiestie into France. Hast, post hast for thy life, to Douer, Calis, or where he shall chance to be: hast, hast.

Thus farre of sir Thomas Cheinie, imploied a|bout the kings affaires in France; namelie the chri|stening of the Dolphins daughter: wherein we haue béene the more copious in words, bicause it hath béen published, that sir Henrie Kneuet was there vnto personallie deputed: which to be vntrue, both the let|ters patents and the letter missiue doo sufficient|lie prooue; both which we receiued at the hands of an Henrie Te|nant. ancient seruitor, attendant vpon the same sir Thomas at his béeing in France to execute his charge in the kings behalfe. Of which woorthie knight when we come to the yeare and daie of his death, we will deliuer further report to his high commendati|on, but yet none otherwise than as by warranted intelligence we shall be directed.]

Compare 1577 edition: 1 The same time was a combat fought before the French king betwixt two Spaniards,A combat be|twéene Iu|lian Rome|rou, and Mo|row, Iulian Rom|erou, and one Morow. They both serued the king of England in the last wars against France: but Mo|row had reuolted from his seruice to the French kings, and for certeine spéeches which he had vttered, was chalenged to fight the said combat by the said Iulian, for whome sir Henrie Kneuet vndertooke that he should stand to his chalenge, and trie it with his aduersarie, which he now did, and vanquished him in lists, the fight being appointed on horsse|backe. Incontinentlie after,The death of sir Henrie Kneuet. sir Henrie Kneuet sick|ned and died at Corbell, and was buried in Paris within the church of S. Paule. Moreouer, for the full establishment of the peace, and to receiue the French kings oth, the vicount Lisle lord admerall, with the bishop of Duresme, and diuerse other lords, and gen|tlemen, EEBO page image 975 to the number of one hundred and aboue, all in veluet cotes and chaines of gold, with fiue and fortie yeomen right séemelie appointed,The lord [...] went into France to [...] the [...] kings [...]. went into France, departing from Bullogne the tenth of Iu|lie, and came to Mellune a towne beyond Paris, where the French king then laie, by whome and the Dolphin his sonne they were roiallie receiued, fea|sted, and banketted: and hauing doone that for the which he was sent, the said lord admerall Dudleie the first of August tooke his leaue of the French king, who rewarded him with a cupboord of plate all gold, valued at 1500 pounds. The lords also and gentle|men had chaines of gold giuen to them, and the yeo|men had two hundred crownes bestowed amongst them, and so the lord admerall returned into Eng|land. This lord admerall, during the time that he had to deale with the French, so valiantlie demea|ned himselfe, and was such a terror and astonish|ment to the enimie, as it is left written of him, that they durst not quéech in his presence, but were like a sort of timorous cattell, giuing roome to the raging lion ranging ouer the pastures with hir yoonglings, and making the verie heauens to ring with hir ro|ring, after she hath filled hir selfe with bulles flesh, and laid hir selfe downe to rest being wearie with eating; the comparison verie aptlie followeth:

Vtque iracundo cedunt armenta leoni,
Pascua cum plenus bacchante furore peragrat
Solus cum catulis, coelum, & rugitibus implens
Conspicitur, postquam taurorum carnibus atra
Sit saturata fames, lassúsque recumbit edendo:
Tantus terror erat Gallis Dudleius Heros.

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