Edward VI: November 1550

Pages 60-63

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

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November 1550

Nov. 2.
254. Sir John Masone to Sir William Cecil. Refers to his letter to the Council for an account of his proceedings. "If words can make all things hot, here lacketh none of that stuff." The French profess much, but he doubts their sincerity:. the thing that feareth him most being "that they know too well our estate, and thereby think they may ride upon our backs." Is at present confined to bed with the gout, and his body so droops that he fears he shall never see the end of winter, a great part whereof will be spent in journeying. Earnestly begs to be recalled, as he would gladly die, if it might be, amongst Christian men. Mons. D'Estrees, who has been appointed to join the other Commissioners, is esteemed a sober, wise gentleman; he was lately captain of the guard, and has since been preferred to the office of the Ordnance, which is one both of more ease and reputation. Hopes the Council will select a person of like quality to answer him, and suggests Mr. Blount of the privy chamber, if he is sufficiently acquainted with the language, because having been long in these parts he knows the ground. Hears that their Lordships having found some fault with the rolls of Parliament, have determined to commit them to the Exchequer. If this is done in his absence, it may compromise him, and therefore begs it may be deferred until his return. [Two pages.]
Nov. 3.
255. Sir John Masone to the Council. On the 30th ult. had received their letters of the 27th thereof, and next day had audience of the French King, to whom he communicated their consent to the renewal of negotiations, and their wishes as to the withdrawal of the troops from Sandingfeld. With the former the King was well pleased, and promised to give immediate orders for the removal of the latter. Had thereafter a conference with the Constable on the same subject, and received equally satisfactory assurances of amity from him as from the King, the details whereof he gives at great length. Notwithstanding their apparent sincerity, is suspicious of them, and recommends caution in regard of Guisnes and Hampnes, especially the latter, "for the weakness thereof is like to be their first shot if they mean untruth," and "better are bestowed 500 to keep than 10,000 to recover." The Low Countries, that not long before could supply 300 able horsemen, are now unable to do so; the cause assigned being that the rents of the King's lands are so raised "as no man is able to live thereupon unless it be a sort of poor dryvels that must dig their living with their nails out of the ground, and be not able scarce to maintain a jade to carry their corn to market." How this might be remedied. The mistaken report of the King's going to Picardy had arisen out of a joke of his Majesty to the Duke of Vendôme, the Governor of that province, who is ordered thither to be stationed at L'Affre, near to St. Quintin, with 24 or 25 captains. Some 25 or 26 Spaniards, formerly in the English King's service, have been sent to join him; and as the Spaniards are chiefly famous at an assault, reiterates vigilance on Guisnes and Hampnes. The French have five ships at Newhaven, hitherto not unarmed (sic), and are building 20 more; of these four are almost ready at Dieppe, four at Havre de Grace, four in the river Seine, at Tucke [Touques] Castle, four at Brest, and four at Rochelle. The galleys at Marseilles are being fitted out, it is supposed to be to guard against the Imperialists' doings on Africa. There has been great consolation as to Scotland, the French desiring to keep the Queen Dowager in France, and to appoint a Frenchman there, to which the Scots will not agree. The recent death of the Duke of Orleans by small-pox has caused much heaviness at Court. His salary, due on the 1st of October, but not yet paid, has forced him to live awhile by borrowing and selling, but this cannot long continue; would lament his estate with many words, were he not in good hope their Lordships will shortly call his weak body home. [Fourteen pages. Copy in Sir J. Masone's Letter-Book.]
Nov. 9.
256. Philip Prince of Spain to King Edward VI. Much mutilated;—apparently recognizing the Ambassador sent in room of Sir Philip Hoby. [French. Broadside. Signed by the Prince, and countersigned "G. Perezius."]
Nov. 9.
257. Peter Vannes to Francis Yaxley. Being aware of his regard and affection, he ought to have been fully informed of Yaxley's health, mode of living, lodgings, companions, and progress in Latin and Italian. Expects to have a longer and more satisfactory letter from him. [Italian. Postcript in English.] The matters of Scotland are in good quiet and well appeased. Commissioners on both sides will shortly meet, with every prospect of continuance of peace. [Two pages. Inclosed, a sketch of the siege of Mirandola, mutilated.]
Nov. 14.
258. The Council to Sir John Masone. Since receipt of his letter of the 3rd, had seen the French Ambassador, who conveyed to them the like expressions of amity on part of his master, as the same had to Masone. As M. D'Estrees has been appointed an extra Commissioner on the part of France, Sir Thomas Wyat has been appointed on that of England. The commission as to depredations will forthwith be attended to. The French Ambassador had complained of the restraint on the exportation of lead, and of the detention of a Scottish ship of war which had come into Dover haven with a Flemish vessel which it had captured, laden with herrings; had explained to him that the restriction on the exportation of lead arose from its excessive scarcity, and affected not foreigners only, but the King's subjects, there not being sufficient for his Majesty's use; the detention of the Scottish ship was in consequence of its want of a safe-conduct, which by unfailing custom rendered it a lawful prize. Request him to keep a close eye to the naval preparations of the French, and endeavour to ascertain wherefore they are being made, and the precise meaning of certain expressions of the Constable. [Four pages and a half. Copy in Sir J. Masone's Letter-Book.]
Nov. 18.
259. King Edward VI. to Herman, formerly Archbishop of Cologne, re-accrediting the bearer James Omphalius on his return to the Archbishop. [Latin. Broadside. Signed by the Members of the Council. Indorsed "The King's Matie to the old B. of Collen."]
Nov. 18.
260. Same to Christian King of Denmark. Recredentials of Albert Knoppert, lawyer, sent in reference to complaints of injuries done by the English to subjects of Denmark. He has been attentively heard, and reciprocity is expected on part of the King of Denmark in similar instances. Signed by Somerset, Wiltshire, Bedford, Northampton, Dorset, Huntingdon, Clinton, the Bishop of Ely, and Sir Thomas Cheyne. [Latin. Broadside.]
Nov. 22.
261. Same to Otho Duke of Brunwick. Regrets that in consequence of the state of his own finances he cannot comply with the Duke's request for more money. [Latin. Broadside. Signed by the Members of the Council.]
Nov. 29.
262. Commissions from the King to Sir John Wallop, Sir Richard Blunt, Sir Richard Rede, Dr. William Cooke, and Francis Hall, Esquire, to meet with the French Commissioners for settling the boundaries round Calais. Signed by his Majesty, and counter signed by the Lords of the Council. [Latin. Broadside. Indorsed "Commission to treat with Commissioners of frontiers about bounding of the frontiers."]
Nov. 30.
263. The Council to Sir John Masone. Send copy of a commission for settling the question of depredations, wherein the Dean of St. Paul's and Dr. Glyn of the Arches are appointed to act during the absence of Rede and Cooke. Mention the argument between them and the French Ambassador as to jurisdiction, &c., and that Sir Richard Blount of the privy chamber was appointed a Commissioner of the boundaries in room of Sir Thomas Wyat, who is unwell and unable to act. [Three pages. Copy in Sir J. Masone's LetterBook.]