Venice: June 1645

Pages 193-194

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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June 1645

June 2.
Senato, Secreta. Dispacci, Munster. Venetian Archives.
232. Alvise Contarini, Venetian Ambassador at the Congress of Munster, to the Doge and Senate.
Acknowledges receipt of letters of the 19th ult. with one for the king of England. The difficulty is to get it to him, as he has no resident at the Hague and the parliamentarians open all letters. The best way would seem to be to send it to the queen of England in France, to forward.
Munster, the 2nd June, 1645.
June 3.
Senato, Secreta. Deliberazioni. Corti. Venetian Archives.
233. To the Ambassador in France.
We wrote to you previously about obtaining news of England, which was got through some correspondence by means of the individual Capello, but the general situation is that we are usually in the dark. We desire you to obtain news by some better means, to report it by each successive ordinary.
Ayes, 113. Noes, 0. Neutral, 2.
June 3.
Senato, Secreta. Dispacci, Costantinopoli. Venetian Archives.
234. Giovanni Soranzo, Venetian Bailo at Constantinople, to the Doge and Senate.
Sends word of his arrest by order of the Turkish authorities.
The English ambassador has not sent to perform any office, but I fancy he was afraid of a rebuff in return for the discourtesy that he showed me. Nevertheless I believe that he wants to put himself right because to those who went to his house he expressed his sentiments very freely about this great barbarity. He protested that he was ready to perform every possible office. Late this evening Dr. Scocardi called and spoke of the regret of the Imperial Resident. He let out that the Resident had been with England, who had spoken about the affair. I fancy that the ambassador wants to resume relations in this way.
The Vigne di Pera, the 3rd June, 1645.
[Italian ; deciphered.]
June 11.
Senato. Secreta, Dispacci, Costantinopoli Venetian Archives.
235. Giovanni Soranzo, Venetian Bailo at Constantinople, to the Doge and Senate.
The English ambassador has been to audience to-day and he sent his dragoman grande to inform me of his office. He told the Vizier that my imprisonment was an affair that concerned all the princes who had ambassadors at the Porte, and the reputation of the princes was bound up with the fate of their representatives. The Vizier replied that the step had been taken in consequence of the Sultan's wrath. He had tried to prevent it. Meanwhile he could only try to mitigate his Majesty's anger which would soon pass. He also said that my suspicion that the fleet was going to Candia was not justified so far as he knew. The ambassador pointed out that the behaviour of the most serene republic showed a steadfast desire for peace. The Vizier repeated that it would all be over soon. The ambassador asked permission to tell me this and it was granted. The ambassador suggested that I should send the Vizier a present to confirm his friendly disposition. The ambassador said that the ambiguous talk about the fleet made him very doubtful.
The Vigne di Pera, the 11th June, 1645.
[Italian ; deciphered.]
June 20.
Senato, Secreta. Dispacci, Francia. Venetian Archives.
236. Gio. Battista Nani, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate.
The queen of England has refused to grant a public audience to the nuncio appointed for Ireland, on the ground that his title infers sovereignty over the subjects of her husband.
Paris, the 20th June, 1645.
June 27.
Senato, Secreta. Dispacci, Francia. Venetian Archives.
237. Gio. Battista Nani, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate.
The duchess of Scevrosa is still undergoing interrogation from the ministers of the parliament, who receive no lack of incitement thereto from the French resident, though under hand, without committing the king's name. Some letter from her to the ambassador of the Catholic in London has been intercepted and has fallen into the hands of Cardinal Mazarini in which she begs earnestly for that ambassador's protection and protests her unshaken devotion to the service of Spain.
Paris, the 27th June, 1645.