England in the Fifteenth Century

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NOTE D.

(At page 247.)

[Letter addressed by the Vicar of Quinton to Richard Mayhew, President of Magdalen College, Oxford. As Mayhew was college president from 1480 to 1504, when he became Bishop of Hereford, and as the letter was written after the death of Bishop Waynflete, August the eleventh, 1486, the letter though undated must have been written between 1486 and 1504. It is here printed with the permission of the college authorities. The original letter will be found in the archives of Magdalen College. Quinton MSS., No. 60.]

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Rygth wyrschypfull ser I recommaunde me vnto yowe desyryng and prayng yowe in god tenderly to remembur the welfare of owre cherch of quynton and the supportacion of owre poer towne qwych fallys fast in decay and nere to the poynt of destruccion except ye stand goud lord and turne more fauorable to yowre tenants for yowre howsynge gose downe, xx marke wyll nott sett vp ayeyn that ys fallyn within thys iiij yere, and as long as ye kepe thys way to lett yowre lordschyp to one mane1 to preferre hym & he to kepe vnder yowre tenants and haue all the vayle and thay the burdyn wyll there non tenants come to the towne and more ouere thes ij ploys that ye haue, there be no moo bott the fre alder they wyll nott falow and M. rose2 ocupy styll as they say. I remembur ser that ye sayd my lord byschope in hys last days and allso yower Maysterschyp syn my lord desessyd dyd stand in maner of a wauereyng mynd wethere it were more expedient to the welfare of yowr place to haue one mane to yowre tenant or the tenants of the towne ser sauyng yowr reuerence and yowr descrecion aftur my sympull reson me thynk it is mor meritory to support and succur a comynte3 then one mane, yowre tenan(ts) ratherfe then a stronge man, the pore and the innocent for4 a gentylman or a gentylmans man, nott wytth standdyng perauentur ye thynke yff thys way be more meritory the othere way wald be more vayle to yowre place in so mych as they wyll gyff more then yowr tenants for mane men wyll ley owt more to kepe vnder the pore th(en) for to helpe thaym. ser it may be thowgth so for a sesyn bott in long space I thynke for dyuers consyderacions it were better to lett the tenantes haue it, one is thys ther as ye be wyrschypfull men of saddnes in yowre place and dyuynes5 yff ye suld support a synglere man to dryue yowr tenants owt and lett downe yowre tenandres as they doo and destroy the cherch & the towne for a lytyll vayle to yowre place it walld be grettly spokyn of that ye suld be in fecth with couetyse amang men of wyrschype & other commenty, and allso a

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community.
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divines.

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