20 September 1497 – Henry VII to Oliver King, Bishop of Bath and Wells

By the Kinge RIGHT reverend father in God, right trusty and welbeloved wee greete yow well, and have received your wryteinge by the which wee conceive how there is word that Perkin is landed.

Truth it is that hee is soe landed, and at our Commons of Cornwall take his parte, amongst whom on Munday last the eighteenth day of September there was not one gentleman. On Sunday the seventeenth of September, Perkin and his company came afore our Citty of Excester about one, after noone ; and there inranged themselves in the manner of a battell by the space of two howers. Within that our Citty were our couzen of Devonshire, Sir William Courtney, Sir Jo. Sapcotes, Sir Piers Edgecombe, Sir Jo. Croker, Sir Walter Courteney, Sir Humfrey Fulforth, with many other noble men both of our Counties of Devonshire and Cornewall.  This Perkin sent for to have deliverance of our said Citty, which was denyed unto him by our said couzen. Whereupon Perkin and his company went to the East gate, and to the Norther gate, and assaulted the same, but it was soe defended (blessed bee God) that Perkin lost above three or foure hundred men of his company, and so failed of his intention. On the morrow after, the eighteenth day, Perkin and our rebels made a new assalt at the said Norther gate and Ester gate, like as by the Copy of the lettres from our said couzen of Devonshire inclosed yee shall move to understand more at large. The Perkin and his company, if they come forward, shall find before them our Chamberlayn, our Steward of Houshould, the Lord Saint Mourice, Sir John Cheney, and the Noblemen of Southwales and of our Counties of Gloster, Wiltshire, Hamshire, Somersett, and Dorcet ; and at their backe the garison of our said City of Excester. And wee with our hoast royall shall not be farre, with the mercy of our Lord, for the finall conclusion of the matter.  Wee have done proclaimed alsoo that who soe bringeth the said Perkin, on live unto us hee shall have the some  of a thousand marks, and all those that give theire offences first and last. Wee trust soone to heare good tydings of the said Perkin.

Yeoven under our Signet at our Mannor of Woodstocke the twentith of September

Source – Original Letters, Illustrative of English History Vols 1-3 (ed. H. Ellis, London, 1825)