Edward VI: July 1550

Pages 50-51

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

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July 1550

July 11.
220. Sir John Masone to the Council. Had received their letters on the 3d. In consequence of the French King's absence at the hunting, had been unable to have audience till the 6th. Narrates what passed between the King and him, in presence of the Constable, as to the encroachments, the appointment of Commissioners, and the demolition of the Scottish forts. All the English prisoners in the galleys have been liberated. Andrea Doria has lately taken Monasterio in Barbary, a place of much importance, and being hopeful to recover Africa out of the hands of Dragut Rey, has sent to Genoa for men and ships. The affair of Roygnac is in course of settlement. De Selva, lately French Ambassador in England, took his leave three or four days ago as Ambassador to Venice. Has only this day received the inclosed nomination of Commissioners from de L'Aubespine. The King leaves to-morrow for a house of the Duchess of Valentinois, and will be absent about 11 or 12 days. The Prior of Capua goes to Scotland shortly to bring the Queen to France. [Ten pages. Copy Sir J. Masone's Letter-Book.]
July 11.
221. The Council to Sir John Masone. Gives an account of the detention of the Archbishop of Glasgow [James Beaton], because of his coming without letters of safe-conduct, a custom observed between the Scots and English these 500 years, "which deserved the rather to be put in execution upon this man, for that he came in so secretly, and would have so departed again, especially coming from Rome." Also the discussion relative thereto between the French Ambassador and the Council, when it was agreed that on the prelate's finding sureties for 20,000 crowns, he should be permitted to go about the city at his pleasure, and that as soon as the prisoners of St. Andrew's were at liberty to go where they pleased, he should be allowed to depart without ransom. Further discussion as to the Scottish hostages. Guidotti's claims had also been discussed. Letters have been received from Bowes stating that he has fully ruinated Roxburgh and Eymouth. Stourton may have liberty to return. Francois Robin had been set free prior to receipt of Masone's letter. Desires him to send to Marseilles for information as to the English prisoners, if he has not already done so. [Seven pages. Copy in Sir J. Masone's Letter-Book.]
July 11.
222. "A clause of a letter of the Lord Protector and Council to Sir John Masone, Ambassador in France, touching the staying of the Archbishop of Glasgow." [One page. Copy.]
The first portion of the preceding letter, with copies of the signatures of the Members of Council.
July 17. 223. The Council to Sir John Masone. The French Ambassador had signified the appointment of the French Commissioners for settling the boundaries, and Sir John Wallop, Mr. Hall, Sir Richard Rede, and Mr. Coke have been commissioned to act on part of his Majesty. On the Ambassador's representation, the Council have agreed to permit Frenchmen to export Scottish horses through England, on the condition that such horses be shown, and their number reported to the King's officers on the frontiers; also, that although it had been necessary to prohibit the exportation of coals by reason of the dearth and scarcity, yet to gratify the French King the said restraint is released. [Three pages. Copy in Sir J. Masone's LetterBook.]
July 20.
224. Sir John Masone to the Council. Complains of the French Ambassador's misrepresentation of him in regard to the Scottish hostages, and gives an account of his explanatory interview with the French King and the Constable, who said that the Ambassador had been mistaken, but that, under the impression of a promise of their liberty having been made by some of the Council in London, the King had released the Scots taken at St. Andrew's, who otherwise should have rotted in prison, so cruel was their offence, so cruel was their murder [of Cardinal Beaton]. The King refused to interfere for the Archbishop of Glasgow, who must "stand to his folly." Incloses memorial from de L'Aubespine as to liberation of the French prisoners in Jersey. After great suit by the French King, and considerable difficulty made therin, the Bishop of Rome has extended the jubilee to the French Court. One or two sons of Lord Stafford have lately passed through Paris towards Rome; knows not whether Horsemonden has gone with them, but here he appears no more. The Emperor's Ambassador and Nuncio from the Bishop of Rome have of late been twice or thrice at the Court together, it is supposed to persuade the King to agree to the Council. Intended exchange of the Emperor's Ambassadors at Rome and France. Roygnac's castle taken, and himself escaped to Flanders. No English prisoners now at Marseilles. In seven or eight days the Prior of Capua and suite go to England on their way to Scotland to bring the Queen. Having the grant of the keeping of the abbey of Abingdon by letters patent, requests the Council's aid against the recusancy of a previous occupant to vacate the same. M. de Humiez, who was the Dauphin's governor, is dead. Villebonne, who made the first payment of the money [conditioned in the surrender of Boulogne], is also to make the second; it is whispered at Court that his present at said first payment was very simple; if it were so, the Council have now occasion to make amends. [Ten pages. Copy in Sir John Masone's Letter-Book.]
July 26. 225. "Acta Conventus Augustani anni 1550 summatim et breviter expositis Ces. M. ac principum responsis confecta xxvj° Julii, ex Cæsa. Matis. propositione." Copy of the proceedings at the Diet of Augsburg, assembled professedly for terminating the difference between the Catholics and the Protestants. [Latin. Twenty-one pages.]