On 16 January Yorkshire Norfolk was with the King at Greenwich, receiving instructions for his mission to the north. Considering that the news of Hallam’s attempt had not yet reached the King, these instructions were severe, and showed little prospect that the King would fulfil the promises which he had made to Robert Aske a few days before. Norfolk was puzzled by learning on the road that Sir Anthony Browne had just ridden northwards on a mission from the King. Norfolk wrote to ask the King if the prisoners should be executed in York, and how many the King desired him to “justify.” Norfolk indignantly repudiated the accusation; he was neither “papist nor favourer of naughty religious persons.” In the north his feelings were so well known that he had been warned not to eat or drink in monasteries.