Edward VI: March 1549

Pages 28-30

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

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March 1549

March 2.
123. Otho, Duke of Brunswick and Lunenburg, to King Edward VI. Returns thanks and gives assurance of his constant fidelity. [Three pages.]
March 6.
124. Conrad Pfenning to Comptroller Sir William Paget. Forwards to him for presentation the Duke of Brunswick's letter to his Majesty. Mentions the execution of some French officers by order of the Emperor, among them Sebastian Vogelsperger. [One page and a half.]
March 16.
125. John Dymock to the Lord Protector. On his arrival found the Duke of Lunenburg was absent and would not be back for 10 or 12 days. Could not see the Earl of Oldenburg until this day, when he has been in hand with him for an annual pension of 1,200 crowns, desiring to save the King 300, and will have his reply to-morrow. At present the Lords of Bremen can spare neither ships nor mariners, because they have no peace with the Emperor, and will have none unless they may remain by their religion; and of such mind are all these towns. Notwithstanding obstacles, he has no doubt of procuring men enough, but he will require to enlarge the King's purse by reason of the lightness of his Majesty's coin and the evil reports of deaths among Courtpening's band for want of food and fuel; farther details concerning the same subject. The old Earl of Mansfeldt's anxiety as to his eldest son, who has been serving in England. Cannot get the 1,700 dollars due to the King by Hendrick Kinkell and Christopher Coke, by reason of their great losses, having had three or four ships burnt by the Imperialists, and one in the King's service, &c. [Three pages.]
March 20. 126. "M. Bernardine's Memoriall to Mr. Secretary." Julian Ardinghelli, brother of the Cardinal of that name, has brought credentials from Cardinal Farnese to the Cardinal of Trent, as mediator for settling the differences between the Pope and the Emperor. The Pope is well inclined, but must maintain the authority of the Holy See. Don Ferrante continues to practise with the Grisons. It is credibly reported that the Count Palatine and Marquis of Brandenburg have promised to the Emperor to restore the religion. [Two pages. Much injured.]
March 20.
127. The Magistrates of Hamburg to the Lord Protector. Last year during the war, Bremer, master of a vessel bound for Scotland, laden with English ale for the Lord High Admiral, had been overtaken by a violent storm, which kept him nine months (sic) in the open sea unable to reach either the English or Scottish coast, and at length on approach of winter he was driven into the Elbe. The party who by order of the Admiral freighted the vessel has written Bremer a very harsh letter imputing to him blame for that which was inevitable. The circumstances have been solemnly sworn to by Bremer and his crew, and their depositions certified under the official seal. They therefore request a safe conduct and royal warrant that he may return with his ship to England; and such money as can be got for the ale, which has now become sour as vinegar, shall be faithfully paid to the king's collectors. [Latin. Two pages and a half, a portion of the first and last pages entirely obliterated by damp.]
March 24.
128. John Dymock to the Council. Has been requested by some Lords of this city to introduce the bearer, who seeks redress for articles taken from some merchants here by Sir Andrew Dudley, whose note of hand bears that they were taken for the King's use. Unless this is seen to, does not see how he can procure any ships for the King's service, so many similar grievances being complained of. Enumerates the articles and the ships from which they have been taken. [Two pages.]
March 24.
129. John Dymock to the Lord Protector. The Earl of Oldenburg will not serve for less than what he received from the French King, viz., 2,000 crowns for himself, and the same sum for the entertainment of 12 captains. Thinks the Earl of Mansfeldt and his son have persuaded him to this. Had been to the Duke of Brunswick at the castle of Harburg on the 18th; after much persuasion he agrees to serve for 1,500 crowns. Determined opposition to the Interim in these parts. Necessity for increasing the pay of the mercenaries. Question as to the transmission of horses and men to England. The city of Wittenberg and castle of Turgo have been delivered to King Ferdinand by Duke Maurice. [Four pages. Partly printed by Tytler, Vol. i., p. 161.]
1549. March 25.
130. Same to the Lord Protector and the Council. As to the seizure for his Majesty's use of a vessel laden with salt fish belonging to some merchant of the Hanse Towns. [One page. Much defaced.]
March 28.
131. Same to same. Sends by a special messenger to ascertain their pleasure on the various points contained in his letters of 16th and 24th inst., and recapitulates at great length his interviews and negotiations as to supply of ships and men. [Six pages and a half.]
March 28.
132. Same to Sir William Petre, Chief Secretary to the King's Majesty. Mentions his having written the several previous letters to the Protector and Council, and giving, somewhat more briefly, their respective contents. [Four pages.]