Spain: November 1545, 1-15

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Calendar of State Papers, Spain, Volume 8, 1545-1546. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1904.

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November 1545, 1–15

7 Nov. Vienna Hof. Cor. 167. Henry VIII. to the Emperor.
He has received from M. D'Eick and the resident ambassador a full account of their mission. D'Eick will personally convey the King's answer to the Emperor; and the English ambassadors at the imperial court are also instructed on the matter.
Windsor, 7 November, 1545.
11 Nov. Vienna Imp. Arch. 168. Van der Delft to the Emperor.
On the 14th October, I sent by your Majesty's courier a letter reporting that the bishop of Winchester was going to Flanders and giving an account of conversations I had had with the King. I had hoped that this courier would promptly have reached your Majesty, but I now learn that something has befallen him on the road and no one knows what has become of him. I will have proper enquiries made; and in the meanwhile send herewith copies of the letters he carried, although your Majesty will have learned through M. D'Eick full details not only as regards the past, but also with respect to the statement he made in my presence to the King, on his (Scepperus') return, and also the reply given by the King. With regard to Renegat I have not been able yet to obtain the restitution to me of what he captured from the Indies ship but the Councillors promise me faithfully to deliver it to me intact, although they bitterly complain of the seizure of English property effected in Spain. They thought some time ago that this would be annulled, or at least that the property seized would be disembargoed against security, especially as I am ceaselessly insisting that captures made here, however suspicious the circumstances, should be released on security being given. I am greatly afraid that I shall find difficulty in obtaining this in view of the course adopted in Spain; because they immediately begin to lag, and say that the reason why they entertained the suggestion was that they thought that the arrests (in Spain) would be raised some time since, at least against security; whereas they hear from the merchants that the contrary is the case; as your Majesty will learn more amply from M. D'Eick. I will nevertheless employ my every effort to obtain restitution of Renegat's plunder.
With regard to the complaints of your subjects—Spaniards and others—who have suffered injury from the agents of this King I have done my best, and have jointly with M. D'Eick spoken on the matter to the Chancellor of England begging that justice might be done.
London, 11 November, 1545.