Simancas: December 1563

Calendar of State Papers, Spain (Simancas), Volume 1, 1558-1567. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1892.

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, 'Simancas: December 1563', in Calendar of State Papers, Spain (Simancas), Volume 1, 1558-1567, (London, 1892) pp. 348-349. British History Online [accessed 21 May 2024].

. "Simancas: December 1563", in Calendar of State Papers, Spain (Simancas), Volume 1, 1558-1567, (London, 1892) 348-349. British History Online, accessed May 21, 2024,

. "Simancas: December 1563", Calendar of State Papers, Spain (Simancas), Volume 1, 1558-1567, (London, 1892). 348-349. British History Online. Web. 21 May 2024,

December 1563

3 Dec.
B. M. MS., Simancas, Add. 26,056a.
242. Luis Roman to the King.
In the Queen's chamber the other day the marriage of our Prince (Don Carlos) with the queen of Scotland, was being discussed when the Queen said, "No no, it will not be done as they think" thus conveying the meaning that her efforts, involved as they are in so much double dealing, will prevent the queen of Scots from doing what she wishes. —London, 3rd December 1563.
19 Dec.
Brussels Archives. B. M. French MS., Add. 28,173b.
243. Instructions to Master Jacques La Tour, Secretary of the King's Privy Council, on his journey to the Queen Of England. (fn. 1)
First you will address yourself to Luis Roman, secretary of the late Bishop Quadra, to obtain for you an audience of the Queen, to whom you will present his Majesty's letters with ours, and declare to her the cause of your having been sent in accordance with the copy of these letters that has been handed to you.
You will also give to the Queen the duplicate of the King's decree on the subject contained in these letters.
You will say that we have made it our business to inquire into the complaints that the Queen has sent to our officers in the places where it is alleged that her subjects have suffered injury, and send her our reply in regard to them for the consideration of her Council, by which she will see that her subjects have no ground for complaint, but ought to be very thankful for the good treatment they receive here. If she be not satisfied with this you can say that when she is willing to remedy all the causes of misunderstanding between the Flemings and England, his Majesty will be ready to come to an arrangement on the whole matter. You will be guided in what you say by the letters that have passed between the Queen and his Majesty and us, and of which you have copies.
You will demand a written answer both for the King and for us if possible, but you will nevertheless report to us faithfully what the Queen may say and all you may hear there on the subject. You will notice how they take the edicts, and what course they seem inclined to pursue, both the Queen and the principal London merchants.
If she speaks to you about a treaty of commerce you can ask her to write to us about it or declare to you her desires on the subject, and indicate the persons she wishes to treat on the matter, both gentlemen of the long-robe and the short, and in broaching the matter of time and place for the negotiations, you will try that the meetings shall be held here since we have on several occasions sent envoys thither to arrange these questions. In any case if you cannot get them to fix on a place on the Flemish coast you will try for a neutral spot such as Cambray.
You will also (if you hear any complaints about the edict) say that it was with the deep regret of his Majesty and myself that we had to take such a step to remedy the evils complained of, but it depended not upon our will and was a pure necessity in order to equalise the treaties and obtain their mutual observance.
You will also deliver to the Queen our other letters respecting the acts of the man Thomas Cotton, shipmaster, notwithstanding the arrest that had been pronounced by Bailly Des Caves, of Zealand, for pillage committed by him on the ship belonging to Anthony Diericos, burgess and merchant of Antwerp. By the treaties the ships, goods and persons of depredators may be embargoed to answer for the acts committed, as we write more fully to the Queen asking her to give satisfaction and explaining how the affair happened and assuring her that the robberies committed daily on all sides against the King's subjects are so great that they can no longer be tolerated.
As soon as you have obtained your answer you will return with all speed and make your report to us.—19th December 1563.


  • 1. A statement of the objects and result of Jacques la Tour's mission will be found in the Flemish instructions to the new ambassador, Don Diego Guzman de Silva, on page 355 of the present Volume.