Calendar of State Papers, Spain, Volume 1, 1485-1509. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1862.
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|8 June (?)
S. E. T. c. I. L. 5. f. 100.
523. King Ferdinand Of Spain to De Puebla.
Has received his letters and the letters of the King of England of the 15th of April. Rejoices very much that the health of the King is so good, and his affairs so prosperous. Orders him constantly to write news concerning his most beloved brother of England, because there is no other Prince in the world who is so much gratified in hearing good news of King Henry. His mind is never quiet when he has not heard for some time of the King of England.
Thanks for the
postponement of the
payment of the
Orders him to thank the King of England for the postponement of the payment of the marriage portion. His first business after his return to Castile shall be to send the marriage portion. The person who is to bring it to England will write more on this subject.
(Marginal note.) — Almazan says, Cipher.
Queen of Castile.
Thinks the King of England is right not to send an embassy to the Queen of Castile before his return. Could the business have been arranged during his absence, it would already have been done. But if any other person were first to speak to the Queen of Castile about her marriage, the whole affair would be thrown into confusion. Will do his utmost to persuade the Queen of Castile to marry the King of England. He may rest sure that, if the Queen marries, her husband will be no other Prince than King Henry. Loves Henry like a brother ; and, besides, the conditions which he offers are very advantageous to himself, to the Queen, to his grand-children, and to Spain.
Encloses in this letter a letter to the King of England which is to serve at the same time as credentials for the Princess of Wales, and for him.—No date. (fn. 1)
On the margin Almazan says, "Fiat."
Spanish. Draft pp. 3.
|8 June (?)
S. E. T. c. I. L. 5. f. 101.
Opinion and advice
of Ferdinand respecting
524. King Ferdinand Of Spain to Katharine, Princess Of Wales.
This letter is to be put in cipher.
Has read what she said to the King of England respecting his marriage with the Queen of Castile, her sister, and what the King of England has answered. Is of the same opinion with the King of England, that he ought not to send, at present, an ambassador to the Queen of Castile, but to wait till he (Ferdinand) has returned and ascertained her inclination in this respect. If she have a liking for the marriage, it shall be done. Could the affair have been arranged during his absence, would already have taken a course to know her will, and to be able to give a definite answer. But the whole matter would be endangered if it were broached by any other person than himself.
King Henry may rest sure that he (Ferdinand) will do all in his power to secure this marriage. If the Queen of Castile is to marry, she shall marry no other person than the King of England, who is so distinguished by his virtues. No other Prince would offer the same advantages. Would live and die in peace if he knew that his daughter, his grand-children, and his kingdoms were under the protection of Henry VII. King Philip has been his enemy, but King Henry would be his loving son. Has a firm desire to show his fondness for the King of England, not only in words, but also by deeds.—No date. (fn. 2)
Spanish. Draft. pp. 2½.