Edward VI: September 1549

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Calendar of State Papers Foreign: Edward VI 1547-1553. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1861.

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September 1549

Sept. 7.
196. Same to Sir Philip Hoby. While the French King was before Newhaven, the English light horsemen slew a person bearing letters to the French Court, which declared the doings of Dragut Rey with the French and others. Thinking these of importance to the Emperor, they had first shown the originals to his Ambassador, and now send copies of them to be given by Hoby to the Emperor, should he desire to have them. The tumults at home are nearly suppressed in all parts. The French King having by treachery obtained the fort on the hill called the Almaine Camp, and consequently the main fort of Newhaven and Blackness, intended then to lay siege to Boulogne; but before he reached that town the Captain of Boulognebourg rased his fort, and with all his ordnance, stores, and men repaired thither, which is even now menaced by the French King. In consequence of the position of affairs at home his Majesty is unable to render the necessary aid and supplies; therefore beseeches the Emperor to keep secret this information, known only to a few of the Council, and to give him his fatherly counsel and advice. Francisco the courier, who arrived yesterday, has brought intelligence of the French King's dishonourable doings towards them; all of which are detailed in full. Desire him, as from himself, to urge the Emperor to stay the French galleys, by reason of the damages done in Italy and Spain by the pirates; and to endeavour to defer the adjudication of a cause relating to the capture of two French ships on the coast of Flanders, until Mons. Bieux goes to the frontiers. [Nine pages. Draft.]
Sept. 197. Same to same. (Not sent.) Refer to former letter. Newhaven stands at such point, as if present remedy be not provided the same is like to fall into some danger, whereby might ensue not only loss to the King, but discommodity to the Emperor. Therefore instruct him forthwith to solicit from the Emperor the services of 2,000 horse and 4,000 foot of his own troops, and the loan of money sufficient to pay them for two months. This, or whatever aid else the Emperor may incline to give, must be done out of hand. For his better warrant herein send him special letters of credence. [Nine pages. Draft.]
Sept. 11. 198. Note relating to the King's bond to Anthony Fugger and his nephews, 11th September 1549. [Half a page.]
Sept. 11.
199. Bond by King Edward VI. to Anthony Fugger and his nephews of Augsburg, for repayment of 328,000 Caroline florins, on 15th August 1551. [Six pages. Draft.]
Sept. 200. Declaration of War with France. [Ten pages. Draft.]
Fair copy of the same. [Thirteen pages.]