Edward VI: August 1550

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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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August 1550

August 3.
226. Sir John Masone to the Council. The Prior of Capua has altered his intention of going to Scotland by way of England, and has gone to Rouen, whence he will depart within three or four days. Has this day been to Court for redress of injury done to certain Englishmen in Brittany. Has been required to write for the good entreating of the Queen Dowager of Scotland, in case she should be driven by stress of weather into any English port, or require a passport for a hackney or two. It is said she is to be married to the King of Navarre, whom the Lady Margaret has refused. Sends much general information relating to the Emperor's proceedings, and of those of the Bishop of Rome in regard of the French bishops. Has had an interview with Geoffrey Pole [younger brother of the Cardinal], who, being very desirous to return to England requested him to write for permission to do so. In consequence of Andelot not having returned from Spain, the King has deferred his journey to Rouen, whither he will not likely go till the 15th of next month. M. de Thermes comes from Scotland in the French King's company. [Seven pages. Copy in Sir J. Masone's LetterBook. Printed, except one paragraph, by Tytler, Vol. i., p. 308.]
August 11.
227. Francis Yaxley to Cecil. At Padua had met Mr. Stafford, who desired to be remembered to him. Gives an account of the honourable reception of the English Ambassador by the Doge and Senate that day. Cannot hear anything of Sir John Thynne's servant, who it is thought has returned to England. [One page.]
August 11.
228. The Council to Sir John Masone. On Sunday the 3d inst. the French Ambassador had audience of his Majesty at Windsor, when he exonerated Masone in the matter of the Scottish hostages, and sought to transfer the blame to some of the Council, which they repudiated. He also presented letters from the French King, Queen Dowager of Scotland, and two from the Scottish Queen, requesting a safe conduct for the galleys that were to convey the said Queen Dowager and her suite, with permission to send 300 horses through England; which requests were acceded to, the number of horses being reduced to 200. A safe conduct for Henry Sinclair, Dean of Glasgow, and Thomas Menzies of Pitfoddels, with 24 men and horses, has also been granted. The Ambassador also intimated that the second payment for Boulogne was to be ready there on the 4th inst., and requested the sending of Commissioners to receive the same and set free the three remaining hostages. Farther, had arranged for an interview between the English Commissioners on the Scottish border and the Scottish Commissioners touching the castle of Edrington and a fishing place in the Tweed. Desired to communicate all the preceding to the French King at his next audience. Instructions for the protection of Somerset herald [Atkynson] from the effects of a liability for a prisoner in France six years before. [Eight pages. Copy in Sir J. Masone's Letter-Book.]
August 18. 229. Instructions given by the Council to Sir Richard Morysine, sent Ambassador to the Emperor Charles V. in room of Sir Philip Hoby. [One page and a half. Copy.]
August 18.
230. The Council to Sir John Masone. Had been informed by letters from Lord Dacre, Lord Warden of the West Marches, that the Scots intend to invade the debateable land, on account of the same being occupied by sundry English and Scottish fugitives, who continually molest and annoy the Scots. Had communicated this to the French Ambassador (already made aware of it by his brother Ambassador in Scotland), who at first contended that such would be no infraction of the treaty, but at length agreed to send a special messenger to Scotland to endeavour to prevent such attempt. Direct Masone to communicate this to the French King, and insist upon his sending to Scotland to stay said enterprise, otherwise it shall be considered as a breach of the treaty, and be met accordingly. [Three pages. Copy in Sir J. Masone's Letter-Book.]
August 21.
Oking. [Woking.]
231. The Council to Sir John Masone. Since despatching their last had received information of consequence from the borders, whereof they forward copies for his use and guidance in communicating with the French King and his Council. [Eight lines. Copy in Sir J. Masone's Letter-Book.]
August 26.
232. Sir John Masone to the Council. Had received their Lordships' letters, and communicated to the French King their concessions in regard of the Scottish Queen, as also the invasion of the debateable land by 2,000 Scots and 400 or 500 Frenchmen. His Majesty admitted that he had heard something of this previously, but supposed it to have been a mere private quarrel between an Englishman and a Scotchman concerning the erection of a border peel. Expressed his regret and would issue immediate orders for the prevention of such in future; and confidentially informed him of a design by the Emperor and Lady Regent to send Skipperus to the English coast to carry away the Lady Mary, and of the Emperor's hatred of England, in despite of which he had made this cruel inquisition for heresy in the Low Countries. Mentions his conference with the Constable as to the affair of Somerset herald. Great preparations are made for the reception of the Scottish Queen, for whose coming the christening has been deferred, the King desiring to have her as godmother. M. de Guise, with the flower of the nobility, has gone to Dieppe to meet her. Before going to Scotland the Prior of Capua provided for above 1,000 ells of white damask wherewith to apparel the slaves and mariners. Again applies in regard of liberating the French prisoners in Guernsey and Jersey. Has often been required to write on behalf of a merchant of Orleans, whose ship of wines had been seized at Dover long since by the late Admiral, but had positively refused to do so, the matter being so old; yet the same being so pitiful, he cannot hold his pen from recommending it to their Lordships, if there be any remedy. [Seven pages and a half. Copy in Sir J. Masone's Letter-Book.]
August 28.
233. Sir John Masone to the Council. Sends packet from the Constable for the French Ambassador in England. This day the Archduke's Master of the Horse, who acts as his Highness's proxygodfather, came to the Court with the Emperor's Ambassador from Paris, and was met at St. Germain's by a number of gentlemen on horseback, who escorted him hither, where the King received him in the hall with very gladsome cheer. The christening is to be on Sunday next. Inquiries whether the Commissioners for the merchants' matters have been appointed. Is daily applied to by Scotsmen, chiefly scholars, for safe conducts to the English Court, there to procure passports for their own country, according, as they say, to former custom: being doubtful, since the case of the Archbishop of Glasgow, requests instructions hereon. The Prince of Melphi is dead, and the command of his men of arms given to Marshal St. André. The Cardinal of Amboise is also dead, and is succeeded by the Cardinal of Vendôme in the Archbishopric of Rouen and his other promotions. Two gentlemen arrived yesterday from the King of Tunis, and presented to the French King two Morisco horses and three very fair mares. The King intends to leave this at the end of next week, and remaining some days at Anet, will probably not enter Rouen till the 24th. [Two pages. Copy in Sir J. Masone's Letter-Book.]