Calendar of State Papers Relating To English Affairs in the Archives of Venice, Volume 20, 1626-1628. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1914.
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|ANZOLO CONTARINI, Venetian Ambassador at Rome, to the DOGE and SENATE. (fn. 1)|
|A courier, arrived express to-day from France, brings word of some successes of the Most Christian against the English force. They made a new attack upon the fort, but the French being strengthened by fresh troops, they were driven back not only from the fort but from the island with heavy loss, the French taking prisoners some of the leading officers. The French ambassador went to the palace this morning to inform the cardinals, but I have not heard of his going to the pope. The ambassador has informed many but has not sent to tell me, possibly because he thinks this success against the English may not be welcome to your Serenity or possibly for some grudge against me. I note that the remarkable despatch with which they sent the courier cannot merely be to send the news, but to move the ambassador, upon this wave of success, to invite the pope to join in some enterprise against Ireland or elsewhere, as already planned. This would not displease his Holiness, who is easily persuaded and carried away.|
|Rome, the 27th November, 1627.|