Calendar of State Papers, Spain (Simancas), Volume 4, 1587-1603. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1899.
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'Simancas: June 1589', in Calendar of State Papers, Spain (Simancas), Volume 4, 1587-1603, (London, 1899) pp. 544-546. British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/cal-state-papers/simancas/vol4/pp544-546 [accessed 1 March 2024]
Paris Archives, K. 1569.
545. Bernardino De Mendoza to the King.
Is trying to despatch the galleass "Zuñiga" (from Havre de Grâce) as soon as possible, but as she had to be careened to see what damage she had sustained, she cannot leave these spring tides. The Governor has made a bastion for defence at the entrance of the harbour, which has had the effect of silting up the Channel, and it will have to be cleared before the galleass can leave. She will take advantage of the high tides about the end of the month. By that time the sailors and powder will have arrived from Dunkirk. The companies have now been made up to 130 soldiers ; and these, together with the men who are flying from Flanders, will enable them to undertake the voyage. Begs for money to be sent.—Paris, 6th June 1589.
546. Bernardino De Mendoza to the King.
I have no fresh news from England since mine of the 15th ultimo, except that the Queen's Ministers announce that their plans in Portugal have been discovered, which is probably an artifice to lend further authority to the small strength of their fleet.
The earl of Cumberland is busy fitting out his ships for Moluccas. Reports from Dieppe of the 24th say that ships that have arrived in that port from Spain bring the news that the English fleet had retired from Corunna with some damage ; and that on the date mentioned an English ship had arrived (at Dieppe) saying that a patache sent by Drake to carry the news to the Queen had arrived, and reported that the greater part of the English fleet had been broken up and burnt by your Majesty's galleys. In consequence of their having spread this news the master and sailors of the patache had been sent to prison by the Queen, which makes many people here believe it to be true. (fn. 1) —Paris, 6th June 1589.
Paris Archives, K. 1569.
547. Bernardino De Mendoza to the King.
My latest news from England is dated 24th ultimo, saying that Captain Forbes of the Scots Guard, who left Tours for Scotland, had obtained the king of Scotland's permission to raise troops, but that the queen of England had not provided the money for the purpose ; and it was therefore believed that the troops would not come so quickly. The news in England was that their fleet had suffered much damage.—Paris, 21st June 1589.
Note.—In a letter from Mendoza to Idiaquez, dated 17th June, the loss of the English force before Corunna is reported to be 2,500 men.
548. Bernardino De Mendoza to the King.
The King and Bearn are very friendly, but they have no forces to help the queen of England in the invasion of Spain. This King wishes the English troops in the fleet (in Portugal) should come hither and help him, and Stafford went to England about this. The Queen would not consent.
I will proceed with Richard Burley as your Majesty commands. He must have good connections there (in England), as he offers to export things which even in time of peace are not allowed to be sent out. Thomas Fitzherbert, respecting whom Father Persons reported to your Majesty, left for Spain viâ Italy, some time ago ; his intention being to beg some favour of your Majesty, in consideration of the good correspondence he had maintained here with me.
Prays to be instructed as to what arrangement he is to make on his departure for the payment of their pensions to Gilbert Curle and the apothecary Gorion.—Paris, 21st June 1589.
549. Bernardino De Mendoza to Juan De Idiaquez.
My eyes no better. (fn. 2) As this King has declared me to be his enemy, I hope soon to be able to salute you personally, and make use of the remedies for my eyes. The marquis of Cerralbo has borne himself (i.e., against the English in Corunna) as befitted a soldier of the duke of Alba, and I hope the English will all return with broken heads as they deserve. If his Majesty does not resent this King's nonsense as it merits, and keeps me here as his ambassador after what has happened, we shall all have our tails between our legs. I do not speak for myself, for I am blind, but others in a like position will feel the effect and will be unable to show a firm front under similar circumstances. But I will not leave here until I have got my servant back, if I have to sell my shirt to do it. (fn. 3) —Paris, 21st June 1589.