Elizabeth: December 1558

Pages 59-61

Calendar of State Papers Foreign: Elizabeth, Volume 1, 1558-1559. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1863.

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December 1558

B.M. Galba C. 1. 3.
174. Embassy to Philip II.
Commission by Queen Elizabeth to William, Lord Howard of Effingham, Chamberlain of the Household, and Nicholas Wotton, Dean of Canterbury and York, to treat with the Commissioners of King Philip, confirmatory of the treaties of peace of 1542, 1546, and 1553.—London, [blank] Dec. Eliz. [1558].
Edges burnt. Lat. Pp. 2.
B.M. Sloane, 4142. 81.
175. Another copy of the above.
Forbes' transcript.
R. O.
176. Embassy to Philip II.
"Instructions given by the Queen unto the Lord Hawarde of Effingham, Lord Chamberlain, and to Mr. Doctor Wotton, Dean of Canterbury and York, being sent to the King of Spain, for the purposes following, the [blank] of December, 1558."
1. Having understood by the Conte de Feria, lately sent here by the King, and by letters addressed to the Earl of Arundel, the King's amity, she thanks him for the same, and has sent her Commissioners to obtain from him the full establishment of the old continual league and friendship as it was between his and her progenitors.
2. They shall enlarge upon the necessity of mutual traffic and defence against the common enemy of them both. Should the King make any difficulty or sticking therein, they shall remind him of his promises in the treaty of marriage betwixt him and the late Queen Mary, of which they shall endeavour to obtain a new confirmation, whereby (that foundation being once laid) both the subjects of either dominions, and also the enemies abroad, shall be well assured and out of all doubt of the indissoluble knot of this strict amity.
3. She shall be informed if there be any new matter required to be treated of; nevertheless they shall obtain as soon as they can the confirmation of the said treaties, "for that the present time and state of things suffereth not now any long talks, and yet leaving him not without some hope that the said new matters shall hereafter be given ear unto as time and occasion shall serve."
4. Understanding from the Conte de Feria that an abstinence from arms has been agreed upon between the Kings of France and Spain, to continue until 1 Feb., they are to inform Philip that she means to continue the treaty upon the expiration of the term specified.
Dec. 4. Since the Scots have made war with England only b the French procurement, she wishes that peace should be concluded with them also, that the Queen of that realm be principal contrahent therein, without which Elizabeth can take herself to be at no peace at all, the wars in Scotland being now more maintained by Frenchmen than by the Scots themselves.
Finally, she intends to send over some fit person to be ambassador resident with him.
Their principal charge being the confirmation of the old treaties, they shall take with them copies of the treaty of perpetual peace, the "esclarissement" of the same, with an article of confirmation of the said treaties inserted in the treaty matrimonial.
Copy. Endd.: Void for Spain. Pp. 4.
R.O. 171. B. 1, 2.
177. Another copy of the above.
Modern transcript.
178. Gresham's Transactions at Antwerp.
"Instructions given to Thomas Gresham, Esq., sent by the Queen to Antwerp as her factor."
1. He shall proceed with the commission given him by the late Queen for borrowing 32,333l. 6s. 8d. from the merchants of Antwerp.
2. He shall pay 20,000l. at 21s. 8d. for the pound, to certain merchants adventurers there, to be paid by them here to the Queen.
3. He shall employ the remainder in the purchase of munitions, according to the instructions of the Privy Council.
4. He may employ a portion upon his own expenses according to a scale here mentioned.
5. If the money now permitted to go into Flanders be there called down, he shall have a proportionate allowance.
6. He shall, over and above the sum already mentioned, take up the sum of 20,000l. additional. (fn. 1)
Copy. Endd. by Cecil: Dec. 1558. Pp. 3, with slip inserted.
R.O. 171 B.
179. Another copy of the above.
Modern transcript.
B. M. Galba, C. 1, 2.
180. Abstract of the above instructions.
P. 1.
R. O.
181. Gresham's Transactions in Flanders.
"Thomas Gresham, the bonds" due to the following merchants, Pairellus Van Dalle, Lazarus Tucker, Andreas Lixhalls, Gilles Housmann, Philip Bone, Christopher Prewne, Sebastian and Christopher Flechamore, and Balthezer and Condratt Schettz, with the dates when payment is due and the percentage.
Endd. by Cecil. Pp. 2.
R.O. 182. "Munitions and armour sent from Antwerp by Thomas Gresham," viz., powder, saltpetre, hand guns, bucstaves, daggs, and watches. P. 1.
R. O. 183. to Thomas Pacy.
It is reported that the Queen of England is dead, and that so was Sturmius advertised from Brussels.
Add.: To Thomas Pacye, Esq. Fragment, apparently the postcript to a letter headed "Argentino." P. 1.
R. O. 184. Allowances to Ambassadors
Memorandum, by Thomas Felton, of the sums allowed per diem to the Viscount Montague, Ambassador with the King of Spain, and to Dr. Wotton, Ambassador with the French King, for their diets.—1 Eliz.
Endd. Pp. 2.
R. O. 185. Hamburg.
The petition of Joachim Wirckes, Peter Lutkins, and the guardians of the children of John Schuarten, citizens of Hamburg, to John, Duke of Sleswic and Holstein, against Captain Holloway, of Plymouth, and Sir Arthur Schamerlung, (fn. 2) who had seized a ship of their's laden with salt hides, trading between Dublin and "Cimalum (fn. 3) in Britania, provincia Galliæ," and for which they had ineffectually sought redress in the Admiralty Court of London.
Endd.: 1558. Lat. Pp. 7.


  • 1. This article is re-constructed upon a slip.
  • 2. An endorsement, in an English hand, explains this as meaning "Champernoun."
  • 3. S. Malo's (?).