Calendar of State Papers, Spain, Volume 2, 1509-1525. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1866.
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S. E. Pat. Re. T. c. I. L. 5. f. 127.
21. King Ferdinand The Catholic to King Henry VIII.
Has received his letter of the 26th of July. Is glad to receive such good news as that letter contains about himself, the Queen his wife, and the state of England in general. Is rejoiced that he loves his wife so much.
Accepts his offers. Knows that he is his good son, but it is superfluous to use many words, as both of them are always ready to show their affection for one another by deeds.
Has communicated to the Queen of Castile (fn. 1) the consummation of the marriage and the good fortune of her sister the Queen of England. The Queen of Castile begs to be recommended to him.
Will soon send Luis Caroz as his new ambassador to England. Has somewhat delayed sending him, because he wishes to be especially careful to select a very intelligent and faithful person for that post.
Meanwhile, all his communications respecting the affairs pending between England and Spain will be made to the Queen his wife. Begs him to give her implicit credit.—No date.
Indorsed : "England. From Valladolid the 13th of September 1509. By Peti Juan, who is to make the journey in nine days, and to travel back likewise in nine days."
Spanish. Draft. pp. 2.
S. E. Pat. Re. T. c. I. L. 5. f. 127.
22. King Ferdinand The Catholic to Katharine, Queen
Has received her letter of the 29th and 31st of July. Is exceedingly glad to hear that she and the King her husband are well and prosperous, and that they love one another so much. Hopes their happiness will last as long as they live. To be well married is the greatest blessing in the world. A good marriage is not only an excellent thing in itself, but also the source of all other kinds of happiness. God shows favour to good husbands and wives. Has heard with great satisfaction that the King of England loves him with filial affection. Considers him as his son, and has resolved to take the most particular care of all his concerns. He and the King of England have henceforth identical interests.
Sends her by this courier another letter with further details concerning political matters. Begs her to communicate the contents to the King her husband.
Is very sorry to hear her complaints of the intrigues of the Knight Commander of Membrilla, though little need now be said, for he has already recalled him from England. Believes every word she writes to him, whatever other people may say to the contrary. Confides so much in her that he will not only leave to her the direction of her own affairs, but would entrust the salvation of his soul more willingly to her than to any other person living.
Approves of what she has ordered respecting her servants who are to return to Spain. Will grant them protection. Sends the horses by land which are intended for the King of England.
The Pope and the King of France have reconquered all the country of the Church and of the duchy of Milan which was held by the Venetians. Has obtained from them the possession of his towns which they had occupied in Apulia. The Emperor has likewise entered into possession of the cities of Padua, Verona, and Vicenza, together with the territories belonging to those cities, the county of Goerz, (fn. 2) Triest, Roveredo, and other places.
The King of France has disbanded his army, with the exception of the men-at-arms who form his standing army, and who are wanted to garrison his territories. Has also disarmed and does not keep more soldiers and more galleys in Italy than the number wanted for garrisons in his kingdom of Naples.
After this general disarming had taken place, the citizens of Padua and the peasants of the country round that city broke out in rebellion in favour of Venice. The Emperor has, therefore, enlisted an army and gone in person to conquer Padua. According to letters of the 20th of August, his camp was pitched one mile from the city. He intended to approach nearer to it, and to form a regular siege, bombarding the city with his artillery. The Venetians have fortified themselves well in Padua.
The Marquis of Mantua has entertained secret negotiations with the men-at-arms in Verona, in order to obtain possession of a certain town which formerly belonged to him, but which was occupied by the Venetians. There was, however, double-dealing. The Marquis was made prisoner and brought to Venice, where he is kept in custody.
Will constantly inform her of what happens in the war with Venice.
The King of France has returned to France. Has received letters from his ambassador at the French court by which he is informed that the King was at Lyons, on the 29th of August, and intended to go to Blois.—No date.
Indorsed : "England. Valladolid, the 13th of September 1509. By Peti Juan, courier, who is to make the journey in nine days, and to travel back as quickly."
Spanish. Draft. pp. 4.