Treaty Papers: Miscellaneous 1584

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Calendar of State Papers Foreign: Elizabeth, Volume 19, August 1584-August 1585. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1916.

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Miscellaneous 1584

Treaty Papers.
The Low Countries.
A. D. 1584.
Heads of the proposals made by Messieurs de Grise and Orteil on behalf of the States General.
1. That her Majesty would give them a succour of 6,000 foot and 3,000 horse, and 300,000 lbs. of powder.
2. That she would continue the late prohibition against the enemy's country, to which the Estates understand there is still daily brought much store of provisions, corn and ammunition.
3. That she would consider whether the sending of corn and other things into Spain from the Eastland and other places might not be prevented.
4. That she would have regard to the affairs of Embden, a place of great importance and very harmful to all these countries if the King of Spain should have intelligence with it.
5. That she would give them her advice touching the treaty with France.
Endd.pp. [Treaty Papers XXXIII. 40.]
[Sept. 4.] Reply to the proposals of Messieurs Grise and Orteil.
Her Majesty is desirous to show her affection to the Low Countries in all possible ways, but their demand for 6,000 footmen and 3,000 horse, to be conveyed and entertained at her charges, upon a simple assurance of being repaid by the bonds of the generality or of particular towns, seems to her very strange, in regard to both sides:—for the States, because she cannot see of what use such an army would be in winter, and for herself because, having already had experience of their small care to discharge former obligations, she can hardly be expected to burden herself with so great an expence, amounting to almost two millions of florins a year, upon so uncertain security, even if it did not cause a rupture with Spain and bring about an open war, which would double the sum, besides the interruption of traffic which would ensue, to the great prejudice of her subjects and the loss of her rights and imposts. Wherefore she expected more reasonable demands and better security.
Yet, being anxious to put something in hand for their assistance, she means to send to the Christian King (who appears to take their affairs more to heart than formerly) to induce him to send some commissioners to Boulogne, to meet such as she herself will despatch thither, to consult together as to means for their defence and preservation. If the Estates approve of this, they should also send some of theirs, well informed of the state of their affairs, and with ample power to treat and conclude upon what may be decided.
The prohibition of victuals shall be continued and all transgressors severely punished.
To prevent the traffic of the Easterlings into Spain would offend the King of Denmark and the Imperial cities, and so would do more harm than good to the States.
Her Majesty has already sent to Count Edzard, of whose compliance she has such good hopes given her by her servant whom she is employing in this negotiation, that she has no doubt but that the difficulties feared from this side will be avoided.
Endd. Fr.pp. [Treaty Papers XXXIII. 41.]
Draft, in English, of the preceding.
Endd: “1584, 4 September. Postiles of propositions of the States' deputies.” 2½ pp. [Ibid. XXXIII. 42.]
Sept. 7/17. Translation “out of Dutch” of the articles of the treaty of the Prince of Parma with Ghent, signed September [7-] 17, 1584 and certified by Hembyse as published before the Town House on September [9–] 19.
Sept. 8/18 Also,
Translation of a letter (in French) to Ghent, from the Prince of Parma, assuring them of his desire to bring them out of misery into a flourishing state, and hoping they will behave themselves as good and faithful subjects of the King.
Endd. 7 pp. [Ibid. XXXIII. 43.]
Oct. 7/27. Narrative of the negotiations between France and England in relation to the complaints of the merchants on either side, giving copies of documents. Beginning with the complaints of the English merchants trading at Rouen, Rochelle, Bordeaux &c., to the Privy Council on July 20, 1581, and ending with the order of the Duc de Joyeuse and Admiral Marron to their officers at Dieppe, October 27, 1584. The complaint of the merchants in English, but all the rest of the document in French.
124 pages. [Ibid. VII. 70.]