Spain: 1515

Pages 2-3

Calendar of State Papers, Spain: Further Supplement To Volumes 1 and 2, Documents From Archives in Vienna. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1947.

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1515. 3 Feb.
H. H. u. St. A. Belgien D. D. Abt. B. f. 1.
Instructions from Charles, Prince Of Castile, to Don Diego De Guevara.
After presenting your credentials to the king of England, say that the prince sends you to present his compliments to the king and queen, and to announce that, with the consent of his grandfather, the emperor, he has proclaimed his majority, and has already been received and sworn to as lord of his duchy of Brabant, and will shortly proceed to Flanders and his other territories to be sworn to as their prince. Remembering the amity that existed between his father, the late king of Castile, and the father of the present king of England, he wishes with all his heart to continue a friendship profitable to both crowns, and to their subjects, who are so closely bound by commercial ties that they cannot get along without each other. Therefore the prince requests the king to be good enough to continue the former amity and alliance, and promises to do his part therein without fail.
If any mention is made of the breaking of the arrangements for the marriage between the prince and the princess Mary, Don Diego is to say that the prince was then a minor and was unaware of the steps that had been taken, so that they should not be imputed to him. He very much wishes that the king of England and his council had not been so hasty in seeking another alliance. Don Diego will attempt to discover by the replies to this the inclinations and affection of the king, and will inquire secretly what friendship there is between France and England, and what Henry's relations are with the Most Catholic King and with the Scots, and advise the prince of whatever he learns, secretly and diligently.
Signed, Charles.
Postscript.—If there is any mention in England of customs duties imposed by Charles' officials on the agents of the king of England, for artillery or powder or other things bought by the king, or of pledges which they have been obliged to give in security for these goods, you will say that the prince wishes to please his uncle in this as in much greater things, provided he can be assured the purchases are really for the king, and no fraud upon the customs is being committed under the cover of the king's name. If the king will signify in writing which of the goods which have passed through the customs without paying duty and for which bonds have been given are his, the prince will immediately order the securities returned.
If anyone mentions the great embassy which the prince is sending to France, you will say that he was obliged to send a great one to discharge by proxy the duties of the prince as duke of Burgundy and count of Flanders at the coronation of the French king, and to perform the acts due from him as doubly a peer of France. He has also sent this embassy to do homage for the counties of Flanders and Artois and the other lands which the prince holds of the French crown in accordance with the French king's summons. It was particularly politic to send a magnificent embassy, since the French insisted that the prince ought to perform these duties in person. It was also desirable by means of this embassy to accommodate several disputes which arose during the late war between France and England, and to arrange several other differences between the prince and the king of France, tasks which could not be committed to persons of small importance.
If mention is made of certain master armourers of Brussels whom the king of England wished to take into his service to make armour for him, say that the prince would be glad to permit this, and has even written to this end to his town of Brussels ; but that the burghers of that town are so afraid of losing their pre-eminence in that trade, which is the chief one of the city, that they will not permit the armourers to depart, but have resisted and delayed the arrangement with all their power.
Given in council at Brussels, 3 Feb., 1514 (O.S.).
Signed, Charles : countersigned, Haneton. French. pp. 3.