Elizabeth: February 1561, 21-25

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Calendar of State Papers Foreign: Elizabeth, Volume 3, 1560-1561. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1865.

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February 1561, 21-25

Feb. 21. 1019. Lord Grey to Cecil.
Desires him to remember how he has been suitor to the Queen and the Lords of the Council for 200l. to be lent him till Michaelmas next, for the payment to Sir Thomas Grey's son for his house at Horton. As the day of payment presently comes, he desires the order may be given for the sum to be delivered to him out of the mass that shall come next to Berwick.—Berwick, 21 Feb. Signed.
Orig. Add. Endd. by Cecil's secretary. Pp. 2.
Feb. 22. 1020. The Earl of Bedford to the German Protestants.
When the writer, the Earl of Bedford, and Throckmorton arrived at the French Court they found there Immanuel Tremellius, who was pleading for the cause of the Gospel in regard to the city of Metz. They have had a long conference with him respecting matters which concern both parties, the persons addressed and the writers, which they are sure will have the approval of the Queen. They request that credence may be given to the said Tremellius. Signed by Bedford and Throckmorton, and add.: To the Electors and States of the Confession of Augsburg.
Copy. Endd.: 22 Feb. 1560. Lat. Pp. 2.
Feb. 22. 1021. Another copy of the above.
Endd. Lat. Pp. 2.
Feb. 22. 1022. Instructions for Tremellius.
The writers, (viz. the Earl of Bedford and Throckmorton,) having spoken with the Queen Mother, the King of Navarre, and others of the Council of France on matters of religion, do not find any better way of hindering France from agreeing to the proposed Council to be held at Trent, than for the Protestant Princes of Germany to send some wise envoys who shall object to it on the grounds of its being called by the Pope, and held in an episcopal town, and therefore not free. Wherefore they shall exhort the French not to recognize the Council, as being likely to cause many troubles and dissentions; and say that, nevertheless, the Princes are always desirous that the controverted articles should be argued. If a free National Council shall be held in France, they will send learned men to assist at it. The envoys should also be sent at once.—Fontainebleau, 22 Feb. 1560.
Copy. Endd. French. Pp. 3.
Feb. 22. 1023. John Shers to Cecil.
1. Harps still on one string. The Pope braves still of his Council toward at Trent. Yesterday (by the Pope's order), his Legate here had audience of this Senate. His chief request was for free passage without let or custom, for all provisions to pass through this state towards Trent for the Council; which has been granted. But wise men here think that the good Pope minds that this Council, although not free nor general, should go forward. Matters might come into question which the Papists cannot abide. Some think it suffices for him to have made this demonstration towards a Council to the world, and to pass over during his time, and let those who govern hereafter shift as best they may.
2. All was not true which he wrote in his last letter that the Emperor would (as it were) assist the Pope for this Council at Trent ; another, as the Legate had devised to divulge here of the consent of the other Princes with Spain and France, but that the Emperor had said to the Pope's man (sent to him) that he was content, so that the Princes and Estates of the empire could admit the same; and to that end the Emperor gave his letter to the Pope's man to take to these Princes, then at their Diet.
3. The letters, however, were not much to the purpose for these Protestants would not admit the man to declare his message.
4. From Rome the news is that in the last Consistory the Pope showed yet a zeal towards this Council, and appointed the Cardinals of Mantua and Puteo to be Legates to the same, with a provision of a thousand crowns a month to each, and that shortly he would appoint a third Legate with a like provision, and the Bishops "Weriniensis" and of Salerno are appointed assistants to them.
5. The Pope being informed that France will no longer stand to the payments of the Annates, is much troubled, and he was to despatch one to France to stop that decree.
6. The prolonging and daily tormenting of the Caraffas has brought many things to light, and puts other Cardinals into prison. Pisa, that was in by the last news, is by those of this week examined for forgery as a false witness bearer and for perjury. Last week Carpi was commanded to keep his house, and some write the same of Vitelli. The Duke of Parma is called to answer to Urbino for the duchy of Camerino.
7. Cardinal Farnese has departed by post secretly into Spain, and of this there is a great discourse of a practice between Florence and the Pope to abase all the Cardinals "papable," and also theirs that are able to make a part, so that Florence may always have a Pope for his purpose if this one should fail, and he to defend this Pope's kindred.
8. News from Naples state that the Moors have besieged the Goletta with twelve thousand men, not with any hopes of taking it, but to let the victualling and manning of it before the Turk's army come. This week other letters from Constantinople say that the Turk makes great provision for that purpose.
9. This week the Duke of Savoy's Ambassador has tried to persuade this estate to enter into a league with the Duke against Geneva and the Protestant Swiss, for the recovery of certain parcels of his dominions. The Ambassador used many words with little effect ; he mentioned the Duke's title to the kingdom of Cyprus, and that he would relieve the same if they would aid him to recover his own against these rebels, as he called them; but he was answered time did not serve for them to enter into wars, and that they knew of no title the Duke had to Cyprus, and that their title was as good, with peaceable possession these sixty years and more. The Ambassador said that divers Princes had offered the Duke great sums of money for his right to the same, but the Duke bearing such love towards their estate, he would not offend them; and therefore desired in case they would not enter into war, that they would aid him with money, and he would release that title. The Pope's Legate joined with him in this behalf, but they did not prevail. They said that when the Duke's title might appear unto them, they would commune farther of it. This is very secret, for he [Shers] had it of the Ambassador's secretary, who wrote back the answer to the Duke. M. Di Colinquis is still at Rome, a suitor for the said Duke to the Pope for money, but is fed with fair words, with which the Duke cannot maintain wars.—Venice, 22 Feb. 1561. Signed.
Orig. Hol., with seal. Add. Endd. by Cecil's secretary: 22 Feb. 1560. Pp. 6.
[Feb. 22.] 1024. Charges against the Caraffas.
The heads of the process of accusation against the Caraffas, consisting of twenty-three charges, including those of evil living, assassination, heresy, treason, and perversion of justice.
Copy. Lat. Pp. 2, and a portion of a leaf.
Feb. 23. 1025. John Abington to Cecil.
Has tarried here looking for Mr. Brown's coming, and has satisfied the soldiers and labourers with all kind of victuals of his own provision and remain. Understands by letters from Brown to his deputy that he cannot be here before the Annunciation of our Lady; the which time the writer cannot tarry. According to Cecil's order, he and Mr. Brown's deputy have chosen the Mayor and four of the best merchants in Berwick to see the state of the corn delivered there and at Holy Island. They found all the wheat good and worth 20s. the quarter; the rye good, and worth 15s. the quarter. They price the best Cambridgeshire malt at 13s. 4d. the quarter and the second at 12s.; the best Lincoln and Yorkshire at 11s., the second at 10s., the best Norfolk at 9s. the second at 8s. 6d. or 8s. They appraised 1,082 quarters of oats at 4s. the quarter, and 842 quarters at 3s. 8d. the quarter. Although Mr. Grimstone wrote to the Lord Treasurer that all the corn was decayed, yet upon view of skilful men it is found worth these prices. There remain but twenty quarters of wet wheat and sixty of malt, which came in the bottom of ships. Intends to leave two of his clerks to settle the debts due for wages, with orders to sell the damaged corn, and to let the Mayor know unto whom, and for what price they sold it.—Berwick, 23 Feb. 1560. Signed.
Orig. Add. Endd. by Cecil's secretary. Pp. 4.
Feb. 25. 1026. The Earl of Rutland to Cecil.
1. On Friday the 21st he came to York, accompanied with divers gentlemen of the country; since then all the ordinary and many of the extraordinary Councillors have remained with him, all of whom are very willing to preserve justice. Lord Wharton is very willing to give his advice in all things. Has hitherto found no great matter, as the country seems in good order. Will advertise of the estate of the sitting hereafter. Has sent for all the justices of the peace in Yorkshire to be here before the assizes, thereby to better understand the estate of the country. Have begun to take order for the execution of the article touching the retaining of the Queen's tenants and farmers, and have written to the Wardens to make certificate of their good opinion how the statute for enclosures may be speedily executed on the frontiers.—York, 25 Feb. 1560. Signed.
2. P. S.—Does not find the country forward in religion, the Archbishop should bring some good preachers. "If he could bring down Mr. Whitehead with him, I believe his credit will do much good in these parts."
Orig., with armorial seal. Add. Endd. by Cecil's secretary. Pp. 2.