Vienna, 28 Dec. 1573.—The coming of the Muscovite with
120,000 horse and foot is confirmed from Cracow. Prolongation of the truce with the Turk.
Venice, 2 Jan. 1574.—Depredations at sea News from
Ital. Pp. 2½.
1285. The Prince of Orange to Lord Burghley.
The inhabitants of Dortrecht and other places in Holland
having complained to him of the arrest of their ships in
England, he has been informed that this has happened by
reason of injuries done to English merchants by certain
captains using his name. Is sure that this cannot have been
done by anyone holding his commission, as they have been
most strictly enjoined on no account to offend the Queen or
any of her subjects. He therefore trusts that the poor
Hollanders shall not be made to suffer on account of the misdeeds of robbers and pirates, of whom the sea is at present
full, and hopes that Burghley will procure the release of
their vessels as soon as possible.—Flushing, 2 Jan. 1574.
Add. Endd., with seal. Fr. Pp. 1⅓.
1286. Dr. Dale to Lord Burghley.
1. Made request to the Queen Mother at Soissons that some
final order might be taken for the suits of the Queen's
subjects that had hanged so long; she answered it would be
the first thing that should be done at Compeigne, whither
all were in readiness to remove, notwithstanding the next
day there was a resolution taken to go forthwith to St.
2. News came suddenly abroad that there was a long
privy practice to surprise Rochelle discovered, and many of
the practisers executed. The deputies from Dauphiny and
Languedoc excused themselves from coming to Compeigne,
for the place was not safe for them. The King has sent
away the Swiss that were in Languedoc; if he do nothing
he doubts not the forces of them of the religion will daily
increase; on the other side they see there is no surety but in
arms, and furnish themselves therefore as best they may.
The Pope will not receive M. de Foix as ambassador, because
he sometime declared himself to be of the religion, but some
think his quarrel is because the King will not give safe conduct for a garrison to pass to Avignon. To pacify the people
the King has diminished a certain payment of 800,000 francs
by the year, likewise he has made order that no villages shall
be assigned to them that follow the Court. The Cardinal of
Lorraine has caused M. de Chambery to be executed, for
certain letters found among the Admiral's writings, in which
he wrote of a device to apprehend the Cardinal. The Prince
of Condé and M. le Chevalier are excused of the voyage to
Poland; the Poles here are advertised that promises have not
been performed to their expectation, whereof M. de Valence
bears the blame, and is railed upon of all sides. The Duke of
Alva is on his journey homeward by way of Burgundy. Has
received 1,000 crowns to be paid in England to the use of the
Scottish Queen; prays to have knowledge to whom it is to
be delivered. Don John of Austria is sent for into Spain
upon some jealousy of his greatness.—Poissy, 2 January
Add. Endd. Pp. 32/3.
1287. Request of those of Languedoc to the King of France.
1. They are aware of his good intention to promote peace,
and being assembled in Montauban by permission of the King
of Poland, they submit the following terms upon which peace
may be obtained.
2. They were always his faithful and obedient subjects till
the massacre of the 24th of August 1572 gave them just cause
to take up arms for the preservation of those of the religion that
were left. They were as well put to the reproach of a pretended
conspiracy and rebellion. They humbly pray therefore that
the murderers of the Admiral may be brought to trial before
an equal number of judges of both religions. By so doing he
will pluck from their hearts the just indignation they have
conceived. In his letters to his governors and lieutenants he
has directed that those who were engaged in the pretended
conspiracy should be punished. It would please him to
revoke this commandment, and acknowledge them to be his
faithful subjects, and declare the same of those who have been
massacred; also that all ordinances, judgments, and proceedings against them since the 24th August 1572 should be null,
and that their estates and goods should be returned. That it
be declared that they took up arms justly and for good occasion. That they be allowed free exercise of religion, public
as well as private, and honourable burial of their dead without distinction of time or place. That tithes may be paid
to their ministers, and places appointed for the exercise of
religion. That they be not forced to any ceremony or contribution contrary to their creed. That all rents and revenues
of colleges and schools may be applied to the instruction of
youth, without distinction of religion. That marriage by
ministers of their religion be lawful. That all things in
Navarre and Bearn be put in the same condition as was left
by the late Queen at her death. That the like benefit of
exercise of religion be accorded to those of the Venaissin and
of Avignon. That the French who have taken up arms with
the Viarnois should share in these benefits. Considering the
behaviour against those of the religion by the courts and
parliaments in the administration of justice, it would please
him to appoint judges of both religions in equal numbers, and
that at a trial the judges should be of the same religion as
the suitors. That all the courts of justice held before these
troubles in towns now possessed by those of the religion may
be maintained, and if they have been removed they may be
restored. That those of the religion be eligible to be appointed judges equally with others. That all prescriptions
and customs that have been done away with during the
troubles should be restored. That those of the religion be
held innocent of all meetings, negotiations with strangers,
seizure of his coin, assaults and demolitions of towns, and
other acts done during the war. That the fruits of the earth
seized up to this day be declared not subject to restitution.
That they be quit and discharged of the payment of all impositions made by the Catholics during the late troubles.
That they be allowed 120,000 livres for the entire payment
of their debts. That those who have bought the property of
ecclesiastics during the troubles, and have paid the price for
it, should be allowed to retain it till they be paid back their
money. That for surety that all these things be performed
an alliance shall be entered into with the princes, potentates, and republics of Germany and Switzerland, and the
Sovereigns of England and Scotland, who shall bind themselves to preserve peace among their own, as well as among
his subjects of both religions. To avoid a conspiracy of
Sicilian vespers that they may be allowed to hold the towns
they now possess, and others in different parts of the country,
to be chosen by eight persons of importance. That his garrisons be only placed in frontier towns, and as far off from
those towns and places occupied by them of the religion as
possible, and that they shall come and go in such small numbers that they shall be without suspicion. That when his
Governors visit the towns they hold they be only accompanied
by their usual train. That all fortifications those of the
religion have made should remain, and that they should not
be deprived of any of their arms or munitions. That he, his
Governors visit the towns they hold they be only accompanied
mother, the princes of the blood, the marshals of France, and
his privy councillors, shall swear to faithfully observe these
articles, and that the same be done by the Cours de Parlement and Cours Presidialles, and they with the Catholics
will renew their oaths of fidelity to him before his officers.
That there be assemblies of the nobility and commonalty of
both religions at divers times, not only for the sake of peace
and friendship, but for his service, and specially to maintain
this union and pacification.— Montauban, 6 August 1573.
Signed by 33 persons.
Answer of the King.
Having heard the Remonstrance of those of the pretended
Reformed religion he has determined to send to M. Danville,
his governor in Languedoc, to appoint some town not far from
Montauban, where deputies from each side can repair to
arrange their differences. He has given order that hostilities
shall meanwhile be suspended, if those of the other side will
do so.—Villiers Coterets, 18 October 1573.
Endd. Fr. Pp. 18¼. Enclosure.
1288. Dr. Valentine Dale to Walsingham.
Leaves to the report of Jacomo how the King has posted
up and down and changed his appointment to Compeigne,
and how he dissembles the matter of the surprise of Rochelle
as though he had known nothing thereof; the mistrust that
all men do conceive of his doings; what preparation the
Protestants make in Languedoc, and what bold requests they
make for them of the religion throughout the realm. Desires
his help and advice for the unreasonable charges, things are
so excessive in price, that he has as much need of counsel as
ever had client in any case of law. Prays to know what he
thinks of the advocate of Picardy that has been to see him,
and what were best for him to do. The Duke of Alva is on
his journey by way of Burgundy; he lay sick of the gout for
a time.—Poissy, 2 Jan. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 2½.
1289. Count Montgomery to Lord Burghley.
Has already sent a letter to excuse him from visiting him,
for he would only be troublesome to him in his sickness.
Assures him that he can always command his services.—
London, 2 Jan. 1574. Signed.
Add. Endd. Fr. P. ½.
1290. Thomas Heron to Lord Burghley.
Sends two letters which were taken out of a passenger
(vessel) from Dover to Dunkirk. What goodwill they bear
to the state who be fled the realm as well for rebellion as
for Papistry does well appear, but thinks that there are a
shrewd number within the realm who are more to be feared
than these who are abroad, and prays that there be not
some in the Court. The new governor procures all he
can to relieve Middleburg which is sore distressed, and not
able to hold out long.—Antwerp, 3 Jan. 1573. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. P. 1.
1291. Dr. Valentine Dale to Lord Burghley.
The King cannot be so bold as to levy money upon the
people, so is constrained to use his old shift by mortgage of
his revenue. He has appointed that certain of the band of
Strozzi and of the men-at-arms shall repair to the Court; the
Swiss of the guard are lodged near to the court, and two
bands of other Swiss are lodged at Saint Cloud. It is doubted
that this is because he will not be forced to have an assembly
of the states, or else that he will levy money without danger
of commotion. Told the Queen Mother plainly he did not
know the news out of England. Montmorency is come to
the court. Has presented the general griefs of their merchants; there are none here to justify wherein they are grieved;
the farmers and merchants of this country are sent for to give
information to the contrary. If the Bishop of Ross come
fears he will not be idle; the President of Tours here at court
is no unfit minister for him. News comes from the King of
Poland of his honourable entertainment in Germany; he and
his brother are desirous to win the favour of the Germans.
M. de Saint Supplice is gone to make the King's excuse
touching the practice of Rochelle.—Poissy, 11 Jan. 1573.
Add., with seal. Endd. Pp. 1⅓.
1292. Dr. Valentine Dale to Lord Burghley.
Desires that it may please him to move the Queen to sign
his bill to remain with him. Touching Mr. Wickham submits
himself to his order.—Poissy, 11 Jan. 1573. Signed.
Add., with seal. Endd. P. ⅓.
1293. Dr. Valentine Dale to Francis Walsingham.
"The provost of merchants of Paris is never from the Court
to coin the King money." If the Bishop of Ross come hither
he will never rest one hour without practice. The King has
written to M. de Milleray touching the spoils done on the
men of the Isle of Wight; he has answered that if they come
where he may apprehend them he will do justice. If there
be lack of a messenger for a despatch, prays him let Jacomo
come.—Poissy, 11 Jan. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 12/3.
1294. Dr. Valentine Dale to Lord Burghley.
Sends to the Queen two letters from the Prince of Condé
and Duke Casimir, and a copy of a letter of Monsieur's to the
B(ishop). Sends a copy of his own letter to the Secretary.
Has made mention to the Queen for his return.—Paris,
18 Jan. Signed.
Add., with seal. Endd. P. 1.
1295. Thomas Wilkes to Francis Walsingham.
By means of the breaking of the footmen of Strozzi's
government, Strozzi has found himself very much grieved and
discontented. Secretly understands he has moved the King
for leave to assemble the broken companies, and go and assist
the Prince of Orange. The greatest argument to move him
to give credit thereto is their present seeming to hate the
Spaniards. They use what means they can to bring them in
odium with England, with all their own traitorous disposition.
Gives him joy of his new advancement.—Poissy, 19 Jan.
Add. Endd. P. 2/3.
1296. The Regent of Scotland to Lord Burghley.
Is a suitor to the Queen and to him for Francis Dacres, son
of the late Lord Dacres his cousin. He has not fallen into
the Queen's displeasure, notwithstanding many things might
have provoked him to the contrary. Trusts he will make
good assurance of his duty in time to come. Prays him to
stand his good lord that he may be restored to that which
the offence of his brother has barred him of.—Haddington,
20 Jan. 1573. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. ¼.
1297. The Regent of Scotland to Lord Burghley.
Heartily rejoiced to hear of his convalescence from his long
and dangerous sickness. Has declared the chargeable estate
of his regiment to the Queen, wherein he entered by her
advice. Hopes to receive a present of money and powder
from her, being constrained to retain some horsemen and footmen, partly for the quieting of the Borders and partly for his
own private guard, finding the seeds of malice and sedition
not yet fully removed. The powder is for Edinburgh Castle,
the store whereof was consumed in the late troubles. Through
the razing of the same it behoves him to keep double garrison of men till the walls be repaired. Has long looked for
answer touching the ordnance in Home Castle. Hears from
France that Adam Gordon offers, being supported with men
and money, to alter the state here, which he doubts not will
turn to his own confusion. It should be well for the Queen
to write to the Earl of Huntley his brother, putting him in
mind what she has done for his relief and safety, and what
she will certainly look for at his hands. Prays the English
Ambassador in France may be admonished to take good heed
to the doing of Adam Gordon and others of this nation, that
he may have warning to prevent their practices. Trusts Mr.
Gerard Lowther is in good hope of pardon, and requests he
will further the same as conveniently he may. Commends to
his consideration the misery of their countrymen stayed and
hardly handled at the suit of one Walter Dull of Bristol.—
Haddington, 21 Jan. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 1½.
1298. Safe Conduct by the Prince of Orange.
Safe conduct for the ship laden by the merchant adventurers
of England to pass to Sluys or Bruges in Flanders.—Flushing,
22 Jan. 1574. Signed.
Endd. Fr. Broadside.
1299. Advices from Rome and Vienna.
1. Rome, 23 Jan. 1574.—Current rumours of events
passing in various countries. M. de Foix has received permission to come to Rome, but will not be admitted to an
audience until he can give a good account of his life. A plot
has been discovered for delivering Rochelle to the King, and
some people have been put to death, and others tortured in
order to discover the authors.
2. Vienna, 18 Jan. 1574.—The Duke of Monferrato has
been created Duke of Mantua by the Emperor, &c.
Ital. Pp. 4.
1300. Pietro Bizarri to Lord Burghley.
It is reported from Constantinople that the Grand Seignior
has interdicted all traffic between the Levant and Christendom. Occhiali has returned to Constantinople with 120
galleys, and great preparations are being made for a very
powerful fleet. In Venice robberies are committed every
night, and they cannot discover the offenders. News from
Rome. Preparations for an attack on Tunis. Don John has
left Naples for Spain. The Grand Master of Malta has sent
news that the Turk intends some new enterprise. Journey
of the Duke of Anjou into Poland.—26 Jan. 1574. Signed.
Add. Endd. Ital. P. 1.
Venice, 30 Jan. 1574.—News chiefly relating to the warlike preparations of the Turks.
Endd. Ital. Pp. 1⅓.
1302. — to Captain Windebank.
Desires that he will assist the bearer in his affairs, which
he shall do for the King's Majesty's service, which is nothing
against Her Majesty's laws. Wishes he could come and talk
of the "old world in times past." It is a pity the Queen
does not give so worthy an old captain as he is a greater
pension of 500 or 600 crowns a year. Captain Julian Romero
whom he knew but a poor captain in Ireland is now [worth]
2,000l., and has a pension of 1,000 ducats. Desires him to
speak to Captain David, who is under the Downs, that if he
will come over with his ship and serve the King faithfully,
and live under the laws of the Catholic church, he will assure
him of his pardon from the new governor under the King's
seal, and great entertainment for his mariners and himself.
Prays him to write four words of his mind and welfare.
Wishes Mr. Philippe were here with 100 good mariners, for
he could promise him a good ship or two.
Copy. P. 1.
|Jan. & Feb.
1303. Advices from different places.
1. Vienna, 22 Jan. 1574.—The Turk has demanded
100,000 dollars in gift and 10,000 more as annual tribute,
but it is thought that the truce will be concluded. Prosper
Colonna is returning to Italy.
2. Venice, 6 Feb.—The talk of the renewal of the league
has now ceased. Armament of 50 galleys by the Seignory.
A gentleman of the French King has passed on his way to
Constantinople. Presents given to the ambassador extraordinary of Savoy by the Seignory on his departure. From
Vienna it is reported that any truce with the Turk is
despaired of on account of his excessive demands. The Duke
of Alva is besieged in a castle near Geneva through the
means of a lady whose two sons he beheaded in Flanders.
Disturbance in the Jews quarter.
3. From Rome, 30 Jan. 1574.—Reception of the King of
Poland in Germany. Deaths and preferments at the Papal
court. All cavaliers of Malta ordered to return to the island,
which is menaced by the Turk. News from France of
increase in the numbers and influence of the Huguenots.
Depredations by Turkish corsairs.
Addressed to Giacomo Spinola at Antwerp. Endd. Ital.