Calendar of State Papers, Spain (Simancas), Volume 1, 1558-1567.
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'Simancas: September 1563',
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241. Luis Roman to Cardinal De Granvelle.
By the relation of Diego Perez, secretary of Bishop Quadra, now in
heaven, your Lordship will have learnt of his death and of the other
events here. As I have remained here until his Majesty shall be
pleased to order what shall be done with his household, and in my
capacity of secretary of the Bishop, had knowledge of affairs here
concerning the injuries inflicted on his Majesty's subjects in these
seas, I have thought well to advise your Lordship of the progress of
Her Highness (the duchess of Parma) wrote to the Bishop in the
interests of the inhabitants of Dunkirk, Newport, and Ostend to ask
the Queen to prevent her subjects from robbing them and to give
orders for them to remain free and unmolested in their voyages,
especially now during the herring fishery. As these attacks upon
them were very frequent I consulted Antonio de Guaras, a very worthy
person and a friend of the Bishop, in view of her Highness'
representations, and we thought I had better speak to the Council
on the matter. They have not sat for five or six days in consequence
of the illness of secretary Cecil from an ague from which he has
not yet recovered, but to-day as I was in the antechamber of the
said secretary for the purpose of seeing him Lord Robert came out
and asked me whether I wanted anything. I informed him briefly of
the business that had brought me, and he at once sent a servant to
ask the secretary to give me audience. He sent a clerk of the
Council to say from him how unwell he was and ask me to state my
business to him that he might convey it to the secretary. I did so
in detail, and he answered that it should be all considered and orders
should be given that the King's subjects in these seas should suffer
no molestation from the subjects of the Queen, and if anything else
occurred I was to apply to him. Three days since a courier
arrived from Scotland, and I have heard from a trustworthy
source that the marriage of the Queen with our lord the Prince
or Don John of Austria has been arranged. They could not
tell me, however, who had despatched this courier or by what
channel this advice had come. I thought well to tell your Lordship,
for your information, and also that a courier arrived to-day
from France with a despatch for the Queen which came by way
of Antwerp (Envers). I can hear nothing certain, but it is to be supposed
that if these people have any assurance that the news from
Scotland is true they will come to terms with the French.
The earl of Warwick entered here yesterday with only his servants
and some of the gentlemen of the court, but no member of the
Council. He carried his right leg tightly bound up with taffety
and a wide large band of red taffety as a support.
Asks for a cipher alphabet.—1st September 1563.