Venice: March 1537

Pages 55-56

Calendar of State Papers Relating To English Affairs in the Archives of Venice, Volume 5, 1534-1554. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1873.

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March 1537

March 5. Senato Mar, v. xxiv. p. 5. 139. Motions made in the Senate concerning Duties on English Manufactures.
The period of two years having expired during which kerseys and coloured cloths were to pay but 4 per cent. duty on kerseys valued at 3½ ducats [the piece?], an act which evidently continues very greatly to benefit our duties, it will therefore be put to the ballot,—
That by authority of this Council the aforesaid decree be prolonged for three years, with all the forms and conditions as in the act passed on the 16th July (sic) [7th July] 1524.
On the 18th December last year it was also enacted that, during one year from that time, all persons might bring to Venice by any ship or vessel, white cloths exported from England, for conveyance to the Levant and elsewhere, which having proved very advantageous for our duties, it is therefore necessary to prolong the permit for another year.
Put to the ballot,—
That the Act passed on the 18th December 1536 be prolonged for another year with all the clauses, etc. therein contained.
Ayes, 152. Noes, 4. Neutrals, 7. (Copy sent to the Board of Revenue.)
March? No date of time. MS. St. Mark's Library, Cod. xxiv. Cl. x. Printed with a postscript in v.2. pp. 23—28, “Epistolarum Reginaldi Poli.” 140. Cardinal Pole to Cardinal Gasparo Contarini.
In obedience to him and to the Bishop of Verona [Matteo Giberti] he has changed his diet for the improvement of his health. He is now better, and may call himself robust. Was deterred at first by the fear of setting a bad example on the assumption of his new dignity; the religion renders it necessary that he should take care of his health. Is desirous of what he asked the Pope, that he will assist him with his prayers. Contarini to remind the Pope of his promise. Feels himself invigorated by his prayers. If the prayer of Moses was so efficacious, what may he not expect from that of his Holiness? Should the Pope at times be weary, Contarini, as a new Aaron, is to support him by prayer. Can write nothing about the affair given him in charge until he enters France. Hopes God will dispel the darkness now visible.
Piacenza, March 1537?
[Latin, 105 lines.]
March 24. MS. St. Mark's Library, Cod. xxiv. Cl. x. Printed in v. ii. pp. 28–30. “Epistolarum Reginaldi Poli.” 141. The Same to the Same.
Unless the Pope supplies him with money speedily, it will be universally believed he has acted imprudently, not to say most foolishly (stultissime). He receives a monthly salary of 500 gold crowns (quingentorum aureorum); all the legates his predecessors warned him from their own experience that this sum was too small for the maintenance of so large a retinue as he had determined to take with him, and that funds must be procured from elsewhere. Having no private fortune he will have recourse solely to him by whom he was sent, but restrained by natural bashfulness he did not speak about this to the Pope, relying for the rest on his generosity, which Cardinal Contarini had heretofore commemorated. The monthly salary is certainly insufficient; he has found it so by experience, and to this Priuli can bear good witness.
Lyons, 24th March 1537.
[Latin, 50 lines.]
March? MS. St. Mark's Library, Cod. xxiv. Cl. x. No date of time or place. 142. The Same to Cardinal Farnese.
Letter of thanks for private services rendered.
Piacenza, March. (fn. 1)


  • 1. It is probable that this letter was written from Piacenza when Cardinal Pole was on his way as Legate to the Low Countries and France.