Spain: August 1558

Pages 405-406

Calendar of State Papers, Spain, Volume 13, 1554-1558. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1954.

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August 1558

461. The Hanseatic Ambassadors to Mary (fn. 2) (Abstract)
27 August The Ambassadors had been sent to England with no other purpose than to endeavour to dispose of the difficulties that had cropped up between England and the Hanse, by means of sincere and amicable negotiation, and thus to restore their ancient friendship. However, they had now spent four months in England and had accomplished nothing. Their masters and they had expected that negotiations would at once begin, as had formerly been the practice, and would continue until an acceptable arrangement had been reached, instead of which they had merely received two writings which purported to express the Queen's pleasure, and which on careful examination proved to aim at depriving them of all the rights in the enjoyment of which they had previously been confirmed by the Queen. They had been instructed to offer to discuss all the points at issue, in the hope of reaching a settlement, and once again stated their readiness to do so without further delay. If it were not the Queen's pleasure that this should be done, they would be obliged to go home, exhibit their papers, and make a full report to their superiors.
Copy. Latin.
Simancas, E.811.


  • 1. See letters dated 16 April and 22 May, 1558.
  • 2. This paper is not dated but is docketed in Spanish: The last reply given by the Ambassadors of the Hanse to the Council of England, 27 August. It bears a marginal note in Latin: Shown to her Majesty, 27 August.