Calendar of State Papers, Spain (Simancas), Volume 4, 1587-1603. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1899.
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Paris Archives, K. 1571.
600. Bernardino De Mendoza to the King.
In conformity with your Majesty's orders of 30th March, that I was to endeavour to legalise the letters sent by the queen of Scotland to me, declaring her intentions previous to her death, I took the following steps. In order that the affair should be less open to suspicion, and that the religious zeal of the Queen and the proof of her martydom should be the more evident, the Archbishop of Glasgow petitioned the Legate to direct the auditor of the rota to examine the witnesses who could give evidence with regard to the will and last wishes of the late queen of Scotland ; and to certify the documents and letters which would be submitted to him in support thereof. The Legate consented, and ordered the auditor, Bianchetto to examine the witnesses and documents. He dealt with the matter, as might be expected from his experience and devotion to your Majesty's service, and issued his report, which I have in my possession. The proceedings were placed in the hands of the Notary apostolic, and copies may be procured from his office whenever they are required. I can assure your Majesty, with all sincerity, that the Archbishop of Glasgow has acted most zealously in your Majesty's interest in this matter, and no vassal of your own could have done more. This leads me to remind your Majesty again of the thousand other good offices he has effected here, and to beg you not to forget him in the distribution of the pensions. He deserves all that can be done for him, but, even if he had not done so much, his need would be a claim or your Majesty to reward him in the way I have suggested before. (fn. 1) —Paris, 13th August 1590.