Elizabeth: Miscellaneous, 1586

Pages 177-179

Calendar of State Papers Foreign: Elizabeth, Volume 21, Part 1, 1586-1588. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1927.

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Miscellaneous, 1586

Copy of the title page of a book, Headed "El Segretario Aguilon. Historia del duque Carlos de Borgonna, (fn. 1) bisaguelo del Imperator Carlos V." Printed in Pampelona, with licence of his Majesty, by Thomas Portalis, 1586.
With dedication to Philip II. by [the said Secretary] Pedro de Aguilon. (fn. 2)
Spanish, 1 p. [Spain II. 73.]
[1586] Note in Walsingham's hand of ships, endorsed "A note of the preparation of shipping in Spain." The numbers come to 21; the total being given as 4000, which apparently refers to the tonnage.
Endorsed "1586" in pencil (modern). ¼ p. [Spain II. 74.]
Undated. Points arguing the King of Spain's ill-affection to her Majesty. His unkind drawing to accord with France upon the death of Queen Mary, and no care had for the restitution of Calais.
His refusal to break with Scotland, when she was at open war with England.
His "restraint" of munition from the Low Countries for the siege of Leith; his protection of the Queen of Scots, and sending of ammunition to her.
His refusal to renew treaties and leagues "passed between the two crowns in former time."
Suffered the Bull of Pius V., excommunicating the Queen, to be printed in his dominions.
Indignities shown to Dr. Mann, when ambassador.
Barbarous usage of English subjects trading to Spain, whereof great numbers burnt, cast into the galleys or died in prison, only for their religion.
Arrest made by Duke d'Alva of English men and their goods in 1568 and spoil of English merchants at the sack of Antwerp.
Privity of his ministers to practices against the Queen; Duke d'Alva and Guerau d'Espes principal instruments of the rebellion in the North.
Practice of Duke of Feria and Secretary Sayas [Zayas] to win John Hawkins to join with the rebels in the North; to restore the catholic faith in England and deliver it to the Queen of Scots.
The notorious practices of Bernardino de Mendosa with Throckmorton.
Entertainment and pensions given to rebels at his court after their flight.
Procuring of rebellions in Ireland by James Fitzmorris and others, proved by the letters of Escovedo, his [i.e. the King's] secretary, those of and to the Scots' Queen, the confession of the Bishop of Ross etc.
Confederacy with the Pope and other Catholic princes to invade England, as appeared by Throckmorton's confession, showing that the King had promised Sir F. Englefield to aid in the enterprise and bear half the charges; but it was stayed by the death of the Duke of Lennox.
By discourses which came to light at the taking of Creighton the Jesuit.
By the Instructions of Don John of Austria, who was to marry the Queen of Scots and be the head of the enterprise; prevented by his death.
By the examination of divers Jesuits, "who all agree that a conspiracy was concluded between the Pope, the King of Spain and others" that the realm should be invaded.
Endd. Draft, much corrected. 3 pp. [Spain II. 75.]
[All the matters mentioned are of much earlier date, but it may very well have been drawn up towards the end of 1586, when the alarm in relation to the Queen of Scots was at its height.]
[1586?] Passport from the Queen, granted at the request of the Grand Duke of Tuscany, for Nicolao Ximenes and Francisco Duart his subjects, "Portingales born"—lawfully taken on the seas in the ships of her enemies—to go from England into the Low Countries, from whence they mean to repair to Florence to serve the said Duke, as by his letters he has signified to her.
Copy, undated, examined by Yetsweirt. (fn. 3) ½ p. [Tuscany I. 7.]
Note, in 17th Century hand, that Sir Horatio Palavicino was sent in 1586 to the Elector of Brandenburg, and brought back his answer to her Majesty's proposition touching the support of France.
Endd. ¼ p. [Germany, States IV. 132.]
[Undated] The Secretary of M. de Buy to Davison, Secretary of her Majesty.
There is a common proverb to the effect that la verdad adelgaca, pero jamas rompe, whereof I have had experience since I have been in England, for great as was my mortification at the change in her Majesty, much greater is my satisfaction that this refrain has proved true, and would be greater still if I knew what the cause has been. So I beseech you so far as possible to let me understand it, for I cannot believe that there has been any other occasion for it than that King Don Antonio has said something about me, to which I answer, if it be so, that a blind man is ill fitted to speak of what he has neither seen nor understood. When the Earl of Leicester wrote to me that her Majesty was willing that I should speak with her, I did so covertly and without declaring who I was; so that I am astonished how I can have said aught that has caused her Majesty to change her mind. But I now ask of the King himself if it is he that hath persuaded her Majesty to go no farther in my affairs; knowing nothing of them. For he has sent to tell me to go again to speak with her Majesty, and that she was satisfied. This I will say, whenever there shall be need, in presence of her Majesty and Council, and for this reason I pray you earnestly to show her this letter, whereby you will do me a very particular favour. London. [Undated.]
Postscript. The bearer will tell you why I desire first to speak with King Don Antonio.
Add. Endd. "A Spanish letter to Mr. Secretary Davison." Spanish, 1½ pp. [Portugal II. 25.]
[Apparently written a few days before Walsingham's letter to Davison, of Jan. 4, below.]
[1586 or 1587?] Memoire by Nicholas Masselin to the [French] ambassador praying him to lay before the lords of the Council his complaint against the citizens of Bristol.
Certain grapes and cochineal having been laden in Spain for his constituents, in the French ship Christofer of Croiset, Nicholas Mirault master, were taken by John Oradon of Chichester, returning from Spain to Rouen, and great part thereof brought to Bristol, where they were bought by some of the inhabitants of that town, as appears by the informations made there, declared below, by The "Limao" of the customs of Bristol; Mr. Anthony Stanbank, Master of the Common Pleas there; George Ollam, and John Fil, searchers; Richard Tissan, searcher of the sheriff "de Longs" of Bristol; the sheriff "de Longs"; Tobie Franche and others.
Copy. Endd. Fr. 1½ pp. [News-letters IX. 34.]
[Undated] Dr. Marta to the English Ambassador.
Yesterday I could not find your Excellency. To-day the weather keeps me a prisoner. I wished to show you letters from Verona, from whence they write that the Duke of Mantua is there and goes every day to the play-house; also that you are expected there to negotiate. Secretary Cesareo writes the came. The scholars who are come from Trent say that they are raising 2000 soldiers, at the instance of the Governor of Milan. Other matters I reserve to tell you to-morrow, if the weather be fine. I pray you to return me the book of the bull In cena Domini as I have need of it to-day. I have written 32 carte of the work.—From the Casa dominica.
[No clue to date, but found placed at the beginning of 1587.]
Addressed to his patron, the English ambassador. Endd. "Dr. Marta to my lord." Italian. ½ p. [Italy I. 18.]


  • 1. Charles the Bold of Burgundy, great grandfather of Charles V.
  • 2. Secretary to Cardinal Granvelle in the Low Countries.
  • 3. Charles Yetsweirt was secretary of the French tongue (as his father Nicholas had been before him). He died in 1595, and was succeeded by Thos. Edmondes.