Elizabeth: Miscellaneous, 1573

Pages 451-455

Calendar of State Papers Foreign: Elizabeth, Volume 10, 1572-1574. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1876.

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Miscellaneous, 1573

[1573.] 1265. The Queen to the Inhabitants of Rochelle.
Is well content with the demonstration of devotion contained in their letters, and the evidence of their gratitude shown by their sending over two Spaniards who were engaged in her service, and also certain ill-affected subjects of hers who were on their way to Spain to practise against her and her state. Does not see how she can interfere in the question of the debt owing by them to the merchants of London.
Copy. Endd. Fr. P. 1.
[1573.] 1266. Thomas Heron to Francis Walsingham.
In the year 1560, upon the conclusion of the peace between the Kings of France and Spain, the late King of Navarre sought means how to annoy the King of Spain, thereby to recover certain towns that were held from him, and finding no way fitter than by the country of Barbary, dealt herein with a Portingale named Melchior Vays. He sent two gentlemen as ambassadors to the King of Fez and Morocco io deal with him for certain ports for his ships to have relief in near the Straits of Gibraltar, not far from the river of St. Lucar and the bay of Cadiz, whereby he might at all times disturb the trade and traffic of Seville and Cadiz, and all the coast of Andalusia, and make a way for the Moriscos in Spain to have better recourse with the Moors in Barbary; and further to give aid to the King of Barbary for besieging Mazagan and Tangiers, and to trouble Oran and Mellila. This enterprise by the troubles in France and the death of the King of Navarre took no effect. The writer was well acquainted with this action and familiar with the French there at that time, and will be happy to deal in such a service for his country. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. P. 2/3.
[1573.] 1267. Selim II. to Don John of Austria.
Sends him rich presents of silks, carpets, jewelled weapons, and armour, which he enumerates, "not for any friendship or fear that he takes of him," but for his cousins' sake who are with him, the sons of Piali Pacha, his brother-in-law, in order that he may use them as they ought to be used. Bids him keep himself from his ire and great power, "for before my Mahoma was then asleep, but now take thou heed for my Mahoma is awaked from sleep."
Copy, translation. Endd. Pp. 1½.
[Dec.] 1268. Accounts.
Money received from Baptista Spinola and paid to different Almain and Scotch captains, amounting to 53,347 florins.
Fr. P. ½.
1573? 1269. Edinburgh Castle.
Plan of part of the fortifications of Edinburgh Castle, apparently prepared during its rebuilding.
Endd.: "the new plat of Edinb."
1270. Fortifications of Berwick.
Scale of payment for the allowances and entertainment of Sir Valentine Browne and other officers and ministers employed about the works and fortifications at Berwick. Sir Valentine Browne's allowance was 6s. 8d. per diem; that of Thomas Jenison, controller of the works, 40l. per annum; and that of Rowland Johnson, the deputy surveyor, 2s. 4d. per diem; the clerks' pay was 8d. and 12d. per diem. There were also further allowances regulated by the amount of work done and money expended on the fortifications.
Endd. P. 1.
1573. 1271. Inhabitants of Rochelle.
Appeal by the inhabitants of Rochelle to the Protestants of England for aid for themselves and to enable them to rebuild their city, that has been made a ruin by the siege. They are all one body, and one member cannot be injured without the rest feeling it. The only persons here who are rich are the Papists, who have retired to the country. There are widows burdened with children, infants destitute of all things, artisans, sick, wounded, mutilated in arms and legs, who have now only a mouth and belly. Out of the abundance which they enjoy through being under Elizabeth, the defender of the Christian faith, they are better able to afford relief than they who have been ruined and stripped of all.
Endd.: "Remonstrance Christienne." Fr. Pp. 22/3.
1573? 1272. Councillors of the French King, &c.
The names and dispositions of such as are councillors to the French King at present, namely, Moraveglier [Morvilliers], Lymoges, De Foix, Rossy, Lansac, Villeroy, Fitz, Brulart, Pinart, Count Sanzaya Poitevin, Villequier, Cheverney, the Duke of Nevers, Biragues, St. Supplice, Chevalier Scheures, the Count de Retz. Poland is divided into two factions by the election of the Emperor to be king by the one part, and Alasco nominated by the other. They set forth no footmen to the wars, but horsemen. They carry no victual with them, but each man behind his crupper a budget of oatmeal, of which with water he makes a kind of dough, and so eats it. The Turk has divers reformed churches under his dominion, as in Hungary, where he possesses the third part of the country. His chief councillors be Janissaries, which be taken from such Christian countries as he overcomes, when they be young. He circumcises them and brings them up in knowledge of Mahomet and Al Koran, and trains them in feats of arms. When he overcomes a country he has them in store to place as his lieutenants, especially those that are furthest born from the place. He calls himself the fear of the Lord, and monarch of all the world. Justice is very severe; if a man be known to have abused their wives it is present death; or indebted unto any man he is beaten on his legs with a truncheon by the space of two hours every day till he find means to discharge the debt, or sell his wife and children.
Pp. 2½.
1573. 1273. Piracies.
A declaration that certain ships of Holland and Zealand since the 7th September 1573 have been taken and spoiled on the coasts and in the havens of England by certain English ships, and how cruelly the men of the said ships have been handled. Amongst others Cornelis Willemson had his ship taken near Yarmouth and his men tied with ropes and cast into the sea and cruelly tormented, and himself hanged until he was almost dead, and afterwards stripped naked and "eight times tied with a rope and with stones at his legs 18 or 20 feet deep into the sea until they knew where his money was."
Endd. Pp. 4½.
1573. 1274. Spoils by the French.
Spoils done and committed by the subjects of the French King upon the subjects of this realm since 1562, and to this day no recompense made for the same. List of ships, persons, &c. robbed by the French to the value of 26,963l. 1s. 5d.
Pp. 7⅓.
1573. 1275. Copy of portion of the above.
Endd. by Lord Burghley. Pp. 5⅓.
1573. 1276. Rough calculations for the former documents.
Pp. 3½.
1573. 1277. French Ships taken by the English.
Restitutions awarded to the French by the authority of the Court of Admiralty from the month of March 1572.
Pp. 5.
1573. 1278. Restitutions to French Subjects.
A note of restitutions awarded to the French King's subjects by the orders and letters from the Lords of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council since the 3rd February 1573.
Endd. Pp. 3⅓.
1573. 1279. Depredations by Pirates and Usurers.
Account sent by Sir Edward Horsey and others of the hard usage of several French and Scottish ships which had been taken by pirates, and of the enormous interest they had to pay to certain brokers at Southampton to redeem the same. Names of the brokers and others concerned therein.
Corrections by Lord Burghley. Endd. Pp. 22/3.
1573. 1280. Treaty of Peace between the Venetians and the Turks.
A discourse in Italian, by Signor Paolo Paruta, on the peace concluded between the Seignory of Venice and the Sultan of Turkey.
Pp. 60.
1573. 1281. Treaty with Portugal.
Commission authorising Secretary Walsingham to conclude a treaty of amity and intercourse with Francisco Giraldi, ambassador for the King of Portugal in England.
Endd. Ital. P. 2/3.
[1573.] 1282. Treaty with Portugal.
Article providing for the appointment of commissioners to settle any disputes that may arise in the carrying out the restitution of ships and goods belonging to the subjects of the contracting parties.
Lat. P. 1.
[1573.] 1283. Treaty with Portugal.
Article providing for the restitution of any goods or ships belonging to English subjects that might be seized by the Portuguese after 25 November through ignorance of the conclusion of the treaty.
Draft in Burghley's writing. P. 1.