Edward VI: December 1547

Pages 13-14

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

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December 1547

Dec. 9.
62. Edward Carne to the Lord Protector and the Council. On the 7th received their letter of the 26th ult., and according to its purport had made much diligent search to ascertain the most learned and most honest men in the Low Countries. The first possessing all these necessary qualities is Dr. Gabriell, who reads the chief lesson in Louvaine; next to him Dr. Hazius, who reads the second lesson there; after these Dr. Hermes, whom Mr. Secretary Petre well knows as having been one of the Commissaries in the diet at Calais and Burborough. These are called best learned in the civil law. Mr. Joys Hamszon is well learned and called also a very good interpreter thereof; him the Protector doth well know, for his Grace was lodged in his house at his last being with the Emperor here. He is reputed as upright a man, and of as good integrity as any of the Council of Brabant, and bears a very good mind towards the King's Majesty and all his subjects. Also the President of Flanders, called Mr. Lewis Heylwyke, is called a very quick learned man, and of good authority; but Dr. Gabriell, of Louvaine, is named the best. What trust may be given to any of them in so weighty a matter as their Lordships write of he cannot tell. The Emperor makes very great preparations, and has ordered 100 ensigns of foot and 10,000 horsemen to be amassed; against whom he cannot learn. Since the Lady Regent has arrived at the Emperor business is conducted here with great secrecy; the President Schore decipher ing all letters himself, and the chief Secretary writing with his own hand, without the intervention or knowledge of any of the clerks as heretofore. The marriage of the King of Poland with the Duchess of Louvaine is said to be concluded. The Lady Regent is expected to be here about the latter end of Christmas. [Two pages.]
Dec. 9.
63. Edward Carne to Sir William Petre. Recapitulates his account of the men of learning given in the preceding letter. Had heard also as well spoken of Dr. Ketell, Mr. Peter Wallehem, Dr. Cranevelt, and the President Schore, but bad not named them to the Council. Requests that for his quietness one of the clerks may send him a note of the receipt of the packet, having for expedition entrusted it to a post of the Emperor's, who had promised to deliver it with all diligence. Thanks him for his most gentle letter of the 26th ult. [One page.]
Dec. 11.
64. "A memorial for William Watson (pseudonyme for John Brend), presently sent from the King's Majesty to the cities of Breme, Hamborough, and Lubeke, to the purposes ensuing." These are, for the continuance of amity; the supplying his Majesty with naval munitions; the preventing like supplies to the Scots; and ascertaining what agency, and for what purposes, the French King has in those cities. Signed by the Protector; Archbishop of Canterbury; Rich, Chancellor; Lord St. John; Lord John Russell; Marquis of Northampton; Earl of Arundell; Thomas Lord Seymour; Sir Anthony Browne; and Sir William Petre, Secretary. [Three pages.]
Dec. 13.
65. Edward Carne to Sir William Petre. Mentioning what he had written in his last letters of the 9th inst. lest they had not reached him. [One page.]
The Flanders Correspondence from 13 December 1547 to 7 March 1547–8 is missing.