Calendar of State Papers, Spain (Simancas), Volume 4, 1587-1603.
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'Simancas: January 1590',
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575. Bernardino de Mendoza to the King.
Secretary Curle and his sister have recently been dangerously ill.
This fact, together with the arrival here of the Legate, had led me to
consider whether it would not be desirable that Curle and his sister,
the apothecary Gorion, and the archbishop of Glasgow, should
make a formal deposition before the Legate of what they know
respecting the renunciation made by their mistress in your
Majesty's favour. Affairs in France are now in such a position
that there need be no hesitation about publishing it, and it would
be inconvenient if any of these people died without making a
declaration. I submit this to your Majesty for your decision.
The archbishop of Glasgow immediately ceased his functions as
ambassador when he learnt that the king of Scotland had married a
heretic. He, however, still continues to watch your Majesty's
interests in every possible way ; and this makes me humbly beg
that your Majesty will be pleased to remember him and grant him
some favour.—Paris, 12th January 1590.
576. Diego Maldonado to Philip II.
Reports with regard to the capabilities of the coast of Brittany
for the fitting out of a Spanish fleet. There are only three ports
that can admit ships in safety, and where mariners can be found, as
the Governor cannot force them to take service. The provisions are
plentiful and good, and the beef well salted with Brouage salt, and
put into wooden tierces, such as they make in Brittany, will keep
good for a year. The ships are small, weak, and unarmed—quite
unfit for fighting. The sailors are Catholics, it is true, but ill
conditioned and not to be trusted. They should always be outnumbered
in every ship by sailors of other nationalities.— Nantes,
31st January 1590.
Note.—The above report refers to the offer of the duke de Mercœur
to Philip II., to place the coast of Brittany at his disposal for the
purpose of fitting out a second Armada against England. In
subsequent letters, Maldonado points out that the three principal
ports, namely, Brest, St. Malo, and Blavet, are against the League ;
and states that Mercœur intends to attack them. Shortly alterwards
Blavet was taken by him, in co-operation with Lansac, who
captured some English and Rochellais ships which were carrying
reinforcements to the place, and then attacked it by sea, whilst
Mercœur advanced against it by land. The port was handed over to
the Spaniards, who held it until the signature of the peace of Vervins.
Blavet is now called Port Louis.