Venice: July 1537

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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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July 1537

July 9. Deliberazioni Senato (Secreta), v. lviii. p. 32. 151. Motion made in the Senate concerning England.
It having been seen by the foregoing letters from England that the most Serene King wishes the Signory to acquaint him with the Turkish news, according to the custom of the State heretofore, and as it is fitting not to omit performing this office with his Majesty:
Put to the ballot,—
That the summary of the present letters from Cattaro, Antivari, and Corfu be sent to our secretary in England, with orders to communicate it to the most Serene King.
Ayes, 139. Noes, 5. Neutrals, 6.
July 11. Lettere del Collegio (Secreta), File no. 15. 152. The Doge and College to the Secretary (Zuccato) in England.
Having heard by his last letters of the King's wish to be acquainted with the Signory's advices respecting the Turkish preparations and armada, not choosing to fail in the performance of this office with his Majesty, send a summary of news received by sea, and charge him to communicate it to the King.
The last letters received by the Signory from him (Zuccato) were dated 3rd June.
(Written in virtue of a decree of the Senate, and sent by the College.)
July 21. MS. St. Mark's Library, Cod. xxiv. Cl. x. No date. Printed in v. 2. pp. 73–77. “Epistolarum Reginaldi Poli.” Date 21st July. 153. Cardinal Pole to Cardinal Gasparo Contarini.
From Contarini's letter to Priuli, dated 10th June, learns how much he had been distressed by their danger, which they, however, escaped by means of the Bishop of Liège. At the time they were besieged rather than free, nor were they sufficiently safe, even in the city itself [viz. Cambrai]. They are now living in a city which they hope is sufficiently secure, but its outlets, in whatever direction they may travel, are not equally so. Contarini now fears that it may not be fitting to remain in those parts, especially with so little hope of succeeding in the chief object of the entire legation. The two letters written by him (Pole) to the Pope and to Contarini himself, stating what could be said for and against, by one on the spot, are an answer to this. It merely remains for him to submit to the Pope's decision, but considering what has already taken place in England, and what is still passing there, although instinct would urge him to Rome (etsi sensus eo me impellet), the success of the business, which he prefers to his own safety, counsels him rather to remain. Of indignity there is no fear, as nothing can be more dignified than to dare remain in such perilous places, where least of all the enemy of the cause would wish them to be, and from whence he threatens to eject them; but were they now to depart, he will boast of having expelled them, though what he may say or boast of, is merely to be held in account because it might dispirit good adherents.
Liège, 21st July.
[Latin, 56 lines.]
July 30. Parti Comuni, Consiglio X. v. xii. 154. Increase of Salary for the Secretary in England.
Five years have elapsed since Hieronimo Zuccato is alone in England with a salary of 30 ducats, to which be there added 20 ducats.
Ayes, 16. No, 1.