Appendix VIII: Members connected with the treasons bill in December 1534
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Members connected with the treasons bill in December 1534
SP1/87, f. 106v
Cromwell used the back of a letter sent to him about the entertainment of the Admiral of France at Calais on 9 and 10 Dec. 1534 to compile a list of some 50 Household officials and others. Internal evidence leaves little doubt that the men so named were Members of the Parliament of 1529, then in its seventh session. Forty-three of the men are known to have been returned to the Parliament in 1529, three (Thomas Alvard, Sir John Dudley and John Goodale) to have entered it later at by-elections, and Sir Francis Bryan to have been nominated as a replacement during 1532-3: Thomas Derby, William Paget and John Uvedale were also presumably returned at by-elections. Cromwell is thought to have drawn the list up before the prorogation of the session on 18 Dec. 1534, as two of those included on the list, Thomas Alvard and Robert Wroth, were to die before the reassembly for the eighth and final session early in 1536. Unlike Cromwell’s list of the previous year the men on this one seem to have had nothing in common save their Membership. The diversity of the selection in itself suggests that Cromwell was trying to obtain a representation of all shades of opinion in the House, perhaps as a first step in the convocation of a committee. Such a committee is likely to have been used in the closing weeks of the seventh session to facilitate the passage of the treasons bill, there being ‘never such a sticking at the passage of any Act in the Lower House’. No other measure known still to have been under consideration in mid December 1534 caused such controversy nor would have required such a large body of well qualified men to help prepare a draft acceptable to the whole House.
Spelling not modernized
|Robert Dormer||Mr Secreterye||William Webbe|
|Mr Butten||Mr Thesaurer||Mr Coffyn|
|Mr Grenffeld||Mr Comproller||Mr lee|
|Mr Hynde||Mr Kyngeston||Mr Saynt John|
|Mr Rastell||Mr Carew||Thomas derby|
|The Master of the hors1 ||Mr bryan||fflecher of Rye|
|Mr dawnse||Ingeam of Sandwyche|
|Mr Strangwyshe||William pachet|
|Mr Thomas denys||Sr John gage|
|Robert acton||Sr John byron|
|Sr John Russell of [Worcestershire]3|
|Sr John dudley ||Sr Antony babington4|
|Sr Edward Baynton||Thomas vachell |
|Thomas Warde||Sr Rycharde Shurley|
|John Bounde||Thomas Shyrley|
|Sr Thomas Russhe||John Skydmore|
|Thomas alward||Sr Cristoffer dacre|
|Reynolde lytyllprow||Roberte Wrothe|
|William Symondes||John evedalle|
|Sr Thomas Wharton||Jasper ffyllowle|
|Sr Marmaduke Constable||Thoms vowell|
|Sr Thomas Tempest||Sr William Essex|
|Sr Antony Babington5|
Ref Volumes: 1509-1558
Author: S. T. Bindoff
- 1. Written along the edge of the sheet at right angles to the preceding name. The master of the horse was Sir Nicholas Carew who also appears as 'Mr Carew' in the second column.
- 2. Space left in ms for christian name.
- 3. 'Gloucestershire' deleted.
- 4. Name appears a second time at the end of the column.
- 5. Name appears a first time 11 lines higher in the column.