Prid. Kal. Mar.
St. Peter's, Rome.
To John de Giliis, prior of the secular and collegiate church of St. Alexander, Lucca, I.U.D., nuncio of the pope and the apostolic see in the realm of England. Declaration, etc., as below. The pope lately sent him to the realm of England and the island of Ireland, and other places adjacent, as nuncio of the pope and the apostolic see, with the power of a legate, and granted him divers faculties, even such as did not concern the principal business for which he was sent. Subsequently there emanated the pope's letters ‘Ad futuram rei memoriam. Apostolice sedis providencia,’ dated at St. Peter's, Rome, 1476, Prid. Kal. Feb. (31 Jan.) anno 6, of which exemplification is here given, in which he sets forth that he lately sent or appointed a number of nuncios and commissaries and collectors of the Camera, even with the power of a legate de latere, with divers faculties whereby to find favour with persons of the parts to which they were sent, but now, seeing that the purposes for which such faculties were granted have been for the most part fulfilled, and that even where this is not the case it is not expedient that the said nuncios, etc. shall continue to use them, revokes and annuls all such faculties, except only those which concern the principal business for which the said nuncios, etc. were sent, and inhibits them from using the said faculties, thus granted to them and now revoked, after two months from the date of the publication of his said letters, etc. Seeing, however, that the purposes for which the pope granted to the said nuncio to England his faculties have not yet been fulfilled, and that it was his intention to exclude them from his said letters of revocation, he hereby declares that it was not his intention to revoke any of the said nuncio's faculties, but to except them from the said revocation, and that he may freely use them as if the said letters of revocation had not appeared, and moreover, pro potiori cautela, restores the said faculties and the nuncio himself, as far as regards the use thereof, to the state in which they were at the time when, and also before, the said letters of revocation emanated. Sic decet Romanum pontificem. (Gratis de mandato sanctissimi domini nostri pape. In the margin: Jun.) [3½ pp. See above, pp. 197–201 and 208.]