Spain: May 1495

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Calendar of State Papers, Spain, Volume 1, 1485-1509. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1862.

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May 1495

13 May.
S. E. T. c. I. L. 2.
Reconciliation with the King of the Romans.
97. Ferdinand and Isabella, to Doctor De Puebla.
After the departure of De Puebla a league was concluded between the Pope, Spain, the King of the Romans, and the Dukes of Venice and Milan, which is now being proclaimed in the states of all the confederates. Each member has the right to name such of his friends as like to enter the league. In case Henry is not yet informed of the league, De Puebla is ordered to make it known to him. Henry can very well enter into it without prejudice to any one. De Puebla is further to inquire whether the King of France has fulfilled all his promises to Henry, though it is very improbable, since he has not been faithful to them and to the King of the Romans. Offer again to reconcile Henry with the King of the Romans. The answer to this letter is expected very shortly by two couriers.
Though it has been intimated to De Puebla that he must speak to the King of England as though everything came from himself, he may also speak in the name of Ferdinand and Isabella, if he think it convenient, but at all events it must be in secret.
News has arrived of the publication of the league in Rome and Milan, and that it has given universal satisfaction to the people.
The communication with Henry is of most confidential character, and must be kept secret. If Henry be willing to enter the league, he will hereafter be publicly invited to join it.
He is to tell Henry, as though it came from himself, or in any other manner, that the league is very advantageous to him, and will, moreover, do harm to nobody, but be the best means of reconciling him with the King of the Romans.
If Henry resent the alliance, and the relation by the marriage of their children, with the King of the Romans, De Puebla is to tell him that there is no ground for displeasure. They are bent on making Henry and the King of the Romans friends, and averting all danger from England.
Indorsed : "Draft of the letter in cipher to Doctor De Puebla which was sent by Peres, servant of Salvador de Ugarte of Fuentarabia, to Diego de Soria, to be forwarded by him by sea and by land. It was addressed to Doctor Alonso de Compludo, factor of Diego de Soria in London. The letters left Madrid on the 13th of May 1496."
Spanish. pp. 3½. Draft. The despatch went in cipher.