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Marriage of the
127. Henry VII. to Thomas, Bishop Of Rochester, John
Dynham of Dynham, William Warham, Robert
Middleton, Richard Guldeford, and John Rysley.
The said commissioners are empowered to treat with
Doctor De Puebla about the marriage between Prince Arthur
and the Princess Katharine, her marriage portion and dowry,
the time of her coming to England, the time and mode of
the payment of the marriage portion, &c.—Westminster,
5th March, 11 Henry VII
[The signature of Henry VII. is cut off, apparently
with a pair of scissors. In the corner remains the
Latin, on parchment. pp. 2.
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128. Ferdinand and Isabella to Doctor De Puebla.
Have received the letter of De Puebla, dated the 21st of
January. Have answered all his letters hitherto received.
Salvador de Ugarte, who takes their answer, has probably
already left Fuentarabia, as his vessel was ready for sailing,
and was only waiting for a favourable wind. Send duplicates
of the despatches, of the letters for Henry, and of the
brief of the Pope.
War with France.
Have reason to believe that he has received other briefs
from the Pope for the King of England through Garsilaso and
the Spanish ambassador at the court of the King of the
Romans. If not, the brief sent with the said Salvador will
be found sufficient. As he has written that matters are ready
in England for the conclusion of the treaties, as soon as the
powers arrive, he must, without loss of time, conclude them
in such a manner that Henry may begin war with France
directly, and that nothing may remain to be arranged hereafter.
A single day, now that the war has actually begun, is
of greater moment than a year would have been before
hostilities between Spain and France had taken place. The
war is a war for the Pope and the Church. He must make
haste to conclude the affair, and as soon as he has come to a
definite result, write, and send couriers by land and sea ; and,
if necessary, must even send a ship of any of the Spanish
subjects in England.
He has written that he has somewhat retarded the treaty
of Henry with the King of the Romans, and with the Archduke,
in order that they may be concluded at the same time
as the treaties between Spain and Henry. He is ordered
to conclude whichever treaty he can first conclude.
Hope that De Puebla has by this time received the brief
of the Pope.
Are glad that the Archduke Philip has sent his ambassadors
to Henry, who, according to what Rojas has written, will concert
with him what will have to be their line of action.
He has rendered them a signal service by preventing
Henry from declaring war with Flanders. There could
happen no greater misfortune, in the actual circumstances,
than a war between Henry and the Archduke. He must be
continually on the watch, as the French do nothing but study
how to bring about such, and other like things.
France to England.
He has written that an embassy from France has arrived
in England for the purpose of reconciling Henry with the
King of France, making him great offers respecting the pension,
and promising to pay the sums which are already due, or
will fall due in future. At the same time, the ambassadors
made great complaints against them and against the King
of the Romans.
Are astonished that he has not refuted the complaints,
being, as he was, so well informed of all the injustice they
have suffered from Charles. Whenever he hears anything to
their prejudice, he must vindicate them on the spot. As for
the promise to pay the pension punctually, Charles makes it
only because he is in so difficult a position, and wishes to
disturb the friendly relations existing between Spain and
England. He will not keep his word any longer than is
convenient to him. The alliance of England with Spain, the
King of the Romans, and the Archduke must be concluded as
soon as possible.
The King of the Romans has admitted Henry into the
league without any conditions.
The entry of Henry into the league will be a little delayed
because all the members of it must first be consulted. He
must therefore first conclude the alliances.
Duke of York.
Are astonished that it is not known in England where he
of York is. The same uncertainty prevails in Spain. If he
has gone to Scotland, the Spanish ambassadors there will
render good service.
"You write that a person like Columbus has come to
England for the purpose of persuading the King to enter
into an undertaking similar to that of the Indies, without
prejudice to Spain and Portugal. He is quite at liberty.
But we believe that this undertaking was thrown in the
way of the King of England by the King of France, with
the premeditated intention of distracting him from his
other business. Take care that the King of England be
not deceived in this or in any other matter. The French
will try as hard as they can to lead him into such undertakings,
but they are very uncertain enterprises, and must
not be gone into at present. Besides they cannot be executed
without prejudice to us and to the King of Portugal."
Intend to send their daughter to Flanders to her husband
very soon, and the same fleet is to bring back the Princess
Margaret from Flanders to Spain. Should they be forced to
land in England, Henry is expected to treat them with the
respect which is their due.—Tortosa, 28th of March 1496.
Draft. Spanish. pp. 9.