Edward VI: January 1547

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Calendar of State Papers Foreign: Edward VI 1547-1553. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1861.

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January 1547

1546–7. Jan. 30.
1. Edward Carne to Secretary Sir William Paget. Mons. Skiperius came to him to know whether he would write to England, as the Lady Regent was sending to her Ambassador there this evening. Informed him that the Regent has had certain notice of Augsburg and Strasburg having surrendered to the Emperor, and that the Marquis of Brandenburg has invaded the Duke of Saxony's country to aid Duke Maurice with 8,000 footmen and 3,000 horsemen. To join these the Emperor has sent 4,000 men. The King of Bohemia has also sent 8,000 Bohemians to aid the said Duke, who with the Marquis has in all 8,000 horsemen, besides footmen. The Marquis has already recovered divers small countries of the Duke of Saxony, which the Emperor has bestowed upon the Marquis, who has likewise invaded Thuringia, and now is joined with Duke Maurice to give battle to the Duke of Saxony. An army is ready about Munster to invade Hesse with the Duke of Brunswick's son, who left here this day, having been only two days here in all. The Emperor sends thither another army to invade Hesse. The Landgrave, for lack of money, has licensed all his men of war to depart, and makes all the means he can for his appointment with the Emperor, who will not hear of it. The Emperor, as speedily as he can, returns all the horsemen that are with him for the defence of these parts, as they have no great trust here in the French. It is commonly reported that the French King has a great number of men in readiness. Hears that Skiperius is shortly to be sent to England, although neither he nor any of the Council mention it. The visit seemed rather strange, as he had not seen Skiperius since his journey to Germany, and who now had no other business save to inquire of his intention to write to England as aforesaid. [Two pages.]
Jan. 31,
2. Same to same. When he wrote his letter of the preceding evening sent herewith, he mentioned that Skiperius was going to England; on making inquiry since, finds that he is not, but that he has gone to Brussels to-day, returning, as is said, on Friday to wait upon the Lady Regent, who leaves next Saturday to visit the frontiers of Artois, not intending to remain more than a day or two in any place until she reaches Bruges, where the whole Council, who in the mean time return to Brussels for 15 days, are to meet her. Hears that the new Bishop of Cologne has made his entry into that city, and was well received. The Duke of Saxony has a powerful army, and has levied a great sum of money upon Duke Maurice's subjects, in spite of the strong force brought to bear against him. His letter of last night detained, by reason of Skiperius having neglected to send for it as he promised. [One page.]
Jan. 31.
3. Sir Richard Morysine to Sir William Paget. Has received great attention and hospitality. Cannot hear that the Diet is yet begun, or anything of the Palegrave's Ambassadors; but that he reckons them surely there, he would tarry somewhere till they were come, or else return home. Blots must be pardoned, as he is so cold that he lets the pen fall. [Three pages. Very much mutilated and destroyed by damp.]