Mary: November 1558

Calendar of State Papers Foreign: Mary 1553-1558. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1861.

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November 1558

Nov. 1.
852. The Consuls and Senators of Hamburg to Queen Mary. Inclose a petition addressed to them by certain of their fellow citizens, complaining of one of their vessels and its freight being forcibly seized by the English and carried into Ireland, and its captain and two of the crew murdered and thrown into the sea. Request restitution and justice may be had. [Latin. Two pages. Inclosure, Latin. Two pages and a half.]
Nov. 4. 853. The Earl of Arundel, Bishop of Ely, and Dr. Wotton to the Council. Since the dispatch of their letter of the 29th ult. by Francisco Thomas, the King's Commissioners had left Cercamp on the 31st ult. for Arras, and the French had on the same day gone to the King their master, for the purpose of ascertaining the respective pleasure of either Sovereign. Two days after the receipt of his Majesty's letter they received another willing them to repair hither, as he desired to communicate matters concerning his own and her Majesty's affairs. They arrived yesterday; were desired to certify the Council of what had passed since their last letter, in order that they should signify to her Majesty what they deem meet to be further done therein. Were informed that in regard to his own matters the French Commissioners and his were well near agreed upon the whole, but nothing should be concluded till the Queen were first satisfied for the matters of England. His Majesty willed that the Earl of Arundel, having been much troubled with the rheum at Cercamp, should remain at Arras, and also Dr. Wotton, but the Bishop of Ely should return to Cercamp. They had suggested the inexpediency of any of them remaining at Cercamp, lest the French should think them much desirous of peace and show themselves the harder to be entreated to reason, but his Majesty persisting still in his former determination, they intend to follow it accordingly. His Majesty also said that he is going to Brussels for certain his affairs. They had previously heard from Ruy Gomez that he went thither for the purpose of assembling the States to consult what should be done to provide for all chances, and partly because reports were current by merchants' letters, and the French Commissioners, of Charles the Emperor's death, of which not having been certified from the Princess, his sister, Regent of Spain, he takes as yet no knowledge; but, reckoning assuredly to hear of it shortly, goes to Brussels, where he shall most conveniently use the ceremonies thereto appertaining. Send herewith a letter from his Majesty to the Queen. Count Feria says that he will leave for England on the 5th. [Three pages.]
Rough draft of the preceding. [Six pages. Indorsed by Cecil.]
Nov. 4.
[St. James's.]
854. The Council to the Earl of Arundel and the other Commissioners. Have received their letter of the 29th. Concur in the expediency of referring the question of Calais to Parliament; yet think it best they should remain as long as there is any hope of agreement or until the communication shall be utterly ended. They are to stand to their previous instructions. Are comforted by his Majesty's honourable consideration of the realm. [Minute. Two pages. Imperfect.]
Nov. 7.
855. Admiral Juan de Fernandez (?) to Queen Mary. Captain Stukeley, whose attentions he acknowledges, has requested him to solicit her Majesty that, if possible, the property of their father may be so divided among his five brothers, that he may be the better able to serve her Majesty. [Spanish. One page.]
Nov. 8.
[St. James's.]
856. The Council to the Commissioners. Since their letter of the 4th her Majesty thinks before bringing the question of Calais before Parliament, that they should write to the King, as will be seen by the copy inclosed, after whose reply the Commissioners shall be apprized of what has been further resolved on the subject. Her Majesty remains still both sick and very weak; and although they hope of her Highness' amendment, for the which they daily pray, yet are they driven both to fear and mistrust the worst, which they beseech Almighty God to remedy when it shall like Him. After writing the inclosed to the King had received the Commissioners' letter of the 4th, after considering the effect of which, they neither can of themselves well know what to answer, nor think meet to propone the subject to the Parliament until they hear again from them. When policy fails, they are compelled to use plainness. These wars wherein Calais was lost began at the request and for the sake of the King; others, his Majesty's friends and confederates, are restored to things taken many years past, and what may be judged in this realm if this peace be concluded, and Calais left in the French King's hands, so many other restitutions being made, it may be easily considered. On the other hand, his Majesty's Commissioners being so near an agreement for all other matters, much were to be endured for the wealth of Christendom. It has also been considered here how much this realm is travailed and spent already with these wars. Desire them plainly to open these considerations to his Majesty in such manner as they may think good, and first to desire to understand his dispositions plainly, if they may for Calais; the remaining of which in the French King's hands doth as much import for his Low Countries as for this realm. Also desire them to request his Majesty's advice for their further proceedings before submitting the matter to the nobility and the Parliament; and send speedy reply. [Minute. Five pages.] Inclosed,
856. I. Letter from the Council to King Philip. Acknowledge his constant regard for the welfare of England, and inquire whether he thinks they should conclude a peace without having Calais restored, which the French refuse to do. [Latin. Copy. One page.]
Nov. 10.
857. Stanislaus Droionius, Secretary to the King of Poland, to Paul Vergerio. His nephew Thomas, son of his most dear brother, had on his recent return from the academy at Strasburg informed them of the great kindness shown to him and his brother by Vergerio while they were at Tubingen, for which returns his lifelong gratitude. Thomas now goes to Paris for his studies, and will leave his younger brother Kilian in Germany to complete his boyish education and learn the language of that country. Commends both nephews to the advice and guidance of Vergerio. An assembly of the kingdom is to be held at Petrikow on the 19th, to which, with another deputy from this city, he will go. From every province of what they term the Palatinate, except Masowsze, delegates to the King and Senate carry petitions, that at an early time a free conference may be appointed, in which provision may be made for bringing back pure religion and the rejection of all the authority, or rather, the false tyranny of the Pope. In this it shall be their endeavour to induce the King not to suffer any delegate in the name of the Pope to be present at any future conference of this sort; and they shall make most earnest suit to the King and the Senate that the Pope's Legate at present here shall not be permitted to speak in presence of the King, the Senate, or the people, but rather that he may as soon as possible depart from the bounds of the realm. Requests his prayers and those of all pious and learned men for their success. [Latin. One page and a half.]
1558. 858. "Notes for aid towards the recovery of Calais." Suggestive of a benevolence of money for three or four months, to be paid monthly and employed in pay of soldiers; this to be supplied by the nobility, men of means and towns according to their several abilities. Some perhaps might give horses and armour, and some serve on their own charges. Extraordinary impositions on merchandise will probably not be well liked; and it is to be considered that the supply by benevolences first suggested will spread abroad and may come to the knowledge of the French before the thing can be done. [One page.]
No date. 859. "Memoria di quello che fruttano al Re di Spagna ogn' 'anno un' anno per l'altro le Bolle della Cruciata, et altre bolle ecclesiastiche." [Italian. Six pages and a quarter.]
155–. 860. "This letter the Spaniards doth allege that the Queen of England should write to her Majesty's Father Confessor." Earnestly implores his prayers: has no hope save in God. Is surrounded by heretics. [Spanish. Copy. One page and a half.]