Edward VI: August 1549

Pages 45-46

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

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August 1549

Aug. 15.
194. Christopher Mount to same. On the 16th of May had notified to his Grace that he had been shown a letter addressed to one in the French interest, wherein the possibility of peace between the French and the English was mooted; which letter appeared not to emanate from any person of eminence, but, as he believed, from Basse Fontaine or de Fresse. Had recommended the recipient to write to the Chancellor himself, by the person who brought the letter, that he should plainly show that the French sincerely desired and resolved firmly to maintain peace, when the King of England might accede to such, provided the French King assented to the marriage of his Majesty with the young Queen of Scots, the surrender of Boulogne on certain stipulated payments, &c. During all this period the messenger had remained at the French Court without receiving any reply, and had only sent the inclosed letter (to the effect that he could receive no answer either from the Chancellor or the Constable, as the King has another enterprise on hand, wishing to make vigorous war with England, and is bringing 20,000 men from Champagne). If his Grace desires to ascertain the real sentiments of the French, he will by means of this individual, and as if proceeding from him, continue to convey these conditions to those Frenchmen who desire a peace. [Latin. Two pages.]
Aug. 31. 195. The Council to Dr. Wotton, giving an account of the suppression of the insurrections in Devonshire, Cornwall, and Norfolk, with the capture of Kett and other ringleaders; also notifying the taking of Newhaven by the French through treason of the garrison, and of another small fort called Blackness [Blanc Nez], with their intention to do their uttermost against Boulogne. [Nine pages. Draft, corrected by Secretary Petre.]