Edward VI: May 1552

Pages 214-215

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

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May 1552

May 19.
The camp at Walderfang.
547. Sir William Pickering to same. Urges Cecil to endeavour to procure his recall, as he is already tired and more than half wasted. He may no more. Besides he most mislikes so many fair words in the matters of the English merchants still without any good effect. He and all his have suffered this camping time with most uncourteous handling in all things, and the rest of the Ambassadors are in the same predicament. He has complained, and the King himself has spoken, and yet still from evil to worse. Requests a continuance of his good counsels to Mr. Barnaby [Fitz-patrick], not for any lack perceived in his virtues, but because of their great importance to him, and that thereby he may persevere in the same. He is already a good soldier, and attends daily upon the King in armour. The courtesy and entertainment he has hitherto received is not worth the writing. Is glad to hear of Cecil's recovery of health.
May 26.
P.S., from Metz.—Requests he will inform their Lordships of Francisco's difficulties and risks in following the camp until his arrival here. The Ambassadors are uncourteously commanded and licensed amongst impedimenta to depart the camp, and are from henceforth addressed to the Queen and Council at Chalons in all their masters' affairs. "At shutting up of this journey, in recompence of all, the Governor here hath handled me very uncourteously in suffering 500 carriages to enter and mine to remain all night at the gates for any prayer I could make, and in the end with half an ungentle commandment to myself to depart the town in the morning, which seemed to me more strange, for that I had sent him word before that I had some business in despatching a courier for England, and that all my horses were unshod, and I myself somewhat evil disposed, therefore very willing to remain the next day, as I must do of force." [Two pages and a half. Indorsed erroneously the 9th of May.]