Venice: October 1561

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Calendar of State Papers Relating To English Affairs in the Archives of Venice, Volume 7, 1558-1580. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1890.

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October 1561

Oct. 2. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 282. Michiel Surian, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate.
For some days I have been at St. Germain, having been invited by the King to the ceremony of the Knights [of the Order of St. Michael], which was very thinly attended, because many are absent, and those who are suspected in religion were unwilling to be present. Of the Ambassadors the one from England was not there, nor the one from Florence. They say that the English Ambassador was invited, but because he said he would not come the Ambassador from Portugal was invited, as, owing to the competition between them [on the question of precedence], they could not both be invited.
St. Germain, 2nd October 1561. (fn. 1)


  • 1. This is the last letter of Michiel Surian that has been preserved. For his Report, see No. 273. The first extant letter of his successor, Marc' Antonio Barbaro, is dated 16th April 1562.