Venice: March 1645

Pages 176-178

Calendar of State Papers Relating To English Affairs in the Archives of Venice, Volume 27, 1643-1647. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1926.

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March 1645

Mar. 18.
Senato, Secreta. Dispacci, Firenze. Venetian Archives.
202. Giovanni Ambrogio Sarotti, Venetian Resident at Florence, to the Doge and Senate.
Encloses list of ships of high board which have arrived at and sailed from the port during the last two months. There are only two English among them (sic), but more are expected. As a general rule those which come here do not stay long because of the great trade and the opportunities which they always have of being despatched. However, the caution with which they will have to proceed in the future in undertaking voyages with goods of the Levant will render them more reasonable and more accommodating in their pretensions.
Leghorn, the 18th March, 1645.
Enclosure. 203. Names of English ships extracted from list of those at Leghorn :
Success, Captain James Scarle, of Plemua, 1,000 salme, (fn. 1) 32 sailors.
Talent, Captain Robert Pickles, of London, 1,500 salme, 77 sailors.
William, Captain Thomas Giames, of London, 1,500 salme, 47 sailors.
Charles, Captain William Vuldieri, 1,500 salme, 52 sailors.
Buonaventura, Captain Richard Childe, 1,500 salme, 39 sailors.
John Buonaventura, Captain Samuel Camellet, 1,200 salme, 37 sailors.
Scipio, Captain Thomas Guit, London, 2,000 salme, 57 sailors.
Leopard, Captain Thomas Caro, 1,500 salme, 37 sailors.
Hope, Captain Thomas Sanford, England, 1,000 salme, 24 sailors.
Edward, Captain Thomas Dersi, London, 1,500 salme, 35 sailors.
Phœnix, Captain Matthew Carmen, 1,000 salme, 36 sailors.
Merchant, of Leghorn, Captain Robert Barcher, 1,200 salme, 49 sailors.
Dragon, Capt. George Etton, Dover, 1,500 salme, 59 sailors.
Henry (Enrigho), Captain James Hatton, London, 1,300 salme, 38 sailors.
Luke Buonasperanza, Captain William Guasato, England, 1,500 salme, 45 sailors.
Natumberlan, Captain Thomas Transfil, London, 2,000 salme, 59 sailors.
Golden Fleece, Captain Thomas Davis, London, 2,500 salme, 62 sailors.
Green Field (Campo Verde), Captain Henry Pauel, London, 1,700 salme, 52 sailors.
London, Captain John Steven, London, 2,000 salme, 70 sailors.
Mar. 21.
Senato, Secreta. Dispacci, Francia. Venetian Archives.
204. Gio. Battista Nani, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate.
The queen of England grows more and more distressed at the news which the king, her husband, has sent to her, and without powerful assistance she is afraid that he will not be able to keep the field. The conference being dissolved, reports as well as hopes of peace have vanished away. The hopes and courage of the parliamentarians, who are in possession of two important positions, are constantly on the increase. From here certainly he will not draw any assistance. The queen herself by dint of saving has remitted to her husband 36,000 crowns taken from what was assigned to her by his Majesty for her maintenance and her expenses. Regarded as assistance it is little enough, but when one considers the needs of the one who receives and the effort of the other who stints herself, it seems great.
Paris, the 21st March, 1645.


  • 1. Salma, about an eighth of a ton burthen.