Spain: September 1544, 11-15

Pages 335-336

Calendar of State Papers, Spain, Volume 7, 1544. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1899.

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September 1544, 11–15

14 Sept. 197. Eustace Chapuys and Monsr. De Courrières to the Emperor.
Wien, Imp. Arch. Corresp. Engl. “Sire,”—On the 11th inst., close upon noon, Monsr. d'Arras arrived at this camp [before Boulogne] and communicated with us both respecting the Instructions he himself had received from Your Majesty. (fn. 1) As the Bishop's arrival took place just at the moment that the King was thinking of having one of the mines under the castle's walls set fire to in order to try the temper and disposition of his men, and make sure of their good behaviour in case of an assault, he could not give audience to Monsr. d'Arras on that day, but promised to see him the day after, (fn. 2) as he did most graciously. Monsr. d' Arras, whom, in compliance with Your Majesty's commands, we had accompanied to the King's presence, exhibited his credentials and proceeded to explain the object and cause of his mission, of which task he acquitted himself so discreetly and so eloquently to the general contentment and satisfaction of those who heard him (de toute la compaignie) that it would have been really impossible for any other to have done it better.
As Your Majesty will soon hear from the Bishop's lips the upshot of his conference with the King, the latter's reply, as well as consent to the peace, and his final resolution on the chief points of the mission with which he (the Bishop) was entrusted, we need not enter into more details, besides which, as above said, the Bishop himself cannot fail to report on the whole, as well as on certain occurrences in this camp.—Camp before Boulogne, 14 September 1544.
Signed: “Eustace Chapuys” and “J. de Montmorency.”
French. Original. 1 p.


  • 1. See No. 195, p. 327.
  • 2. “Et pour estre à l'heure ce roy deliberé de faire meetre le feu à une myne du chasteau, et prendre quelque asseurance de sea gens comme ilz s' acquiteroient en ung [cas de] besoing, et ne peult (pust) donner [ee jour ià] l'audienco demandée par Monsr. D'Arras, ee qu'il fist le lendemain.”