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Spain: May 1523

Pages 547-550

Calendar of State Papers, Spain, Volume 2, 1509-1525. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1866.

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May 1523

4 May.
M. Re. Ac. d. Hist. C. 71. f. 61.
547. Monsieur Henry De Mericourt and Martin De Salinas, Ambassadors of the Archduke And Infante Ferdinand, to the Treasurer Salamanca.
Have received his letters from Nuremberg.
Portugal.
Neither Don Luis de Tovar nor Quintanilla has arrived from Flanders, although the Bishop of Badajoz, who was ambassador in England, has already come to Spain.
Money affairs, &c.—Valladolid, the 4th of May 1523.
Addressed : "To the Treasurer Salamanca."
Spanish. Register. pp. 2.
5 May.
M. Re. Ac. d. Hist. Salazar. A. 28. ff. 6-9.
548. Lope Hurtado De Mendoza to the Emperor.
The discomfiture of the Cardinal of Volterra has entirely changed the state of affairs in Rome, and the Pope is in favour of his (the Emperor's) cause. Although the Pope has not yet declared himself about his alliance (with the Emperor and the King of England), the French have already lost all hope. The Cardinal de Medicis has rendered good services.
The servants of the Pope were not so much French partisans as it was feared, especially Theodoric, who was most suspected. They are all satisfied with the change which has taken place. Begs him to reward them, and to accept as his subjects those amongst them who are nearest to the person of the Pope. Begs the first valet de chambre, Francisco, and Peter of Rome may have the church preferment which the Pope has conferred on them, but to which Madame Margaret has objected.
Encloses the list of the servants who deserve rewards.
Affairs of Naples, &c.—Rome, the 5th of May 1523.
Enclosed is the list of the servants mentioned in this letter :
Pedro, the camarero.
Francisco.
The Dean of [blank], his gentleman in waiting.
Peter of Rome.
John of Antwerp.
Adrian.
Johannes, his credenciario.
Gérart, his major-domo.
The Confessor.
Antonio.
Master Peter, barber and chaplain of the Pope.
Another Master Peter, cubicolario.
Addressed : "To his Sacred, Imperial, and Catholic Majesty the Emperor and King, our Lord."
Indorsed : "To the King. 1523. Rome. Lope Hurtado. The 5th of May. Answered."
Spanish. Autograph in cipher. Contemporary deciphering. pp. 2.
8 May.
M. Re. Ac. d. Hist. Salazar. A. 28. ff. 40-44.
549. Alonso Sanchez, Imperial Ambassador in Venice, to the Emperor.
His negotiations with the Republic have been somewhat interrupted by the illness of Georgio Cornaro, who is one of the commissioners and a good Imperialist. The Doge, who was ninety years of age, died on the 7th, and it was necessary to wait for the election of another Doge. That was another cause of delay.
On the 8th he and the ambassador of the King of England went to the Signory, and said they knew that the Doge had died, but as in Venice affairs of state are not interrupted by such an event, they begged them to give their definite answer about the alliance (between Venice, the Emperor, and the King of England). They answered that they would send them their commissioners. Fears that ... (fn. 1) Knows very well that until a new Doge is elected nothing will be done. Fears that the Venetians, under the pretext that they must first elect a new Doge, will delay their answer until they know whether the French will invade Italy, and until the Infante has sent his answer. The Pope has exhorted the Republic to conclude peace with him, and the English ambassador has done all he can to bring the affair to a speedy conclusion.
Has had letters from the Infante. Has replied to them. Does not know what decision the Infante will make.
Does not think that the exiles will pay the 18,000 ducats in one instalment, as they have promised.
The Venetians answered the French in general words about their aid in case a French army should invade Italy. The French were not satisfied with the answer. Cardinal of Auch, &c.—Venice, the 8th of May 1523.
Addressed : "To his Sacred, Imperial, and Catholic Majesty the Emperor and King, our Lord."
Indorsed : "To the King. 1523. Venice. Alonso Sanchez. The 8th of May. Answered."
Spanish. Autograph in cipher. Contemporary deciphering. pp. 6.
9 May.
M. Re. Ac. d. Hist. Muñoz. 56. f. 83.
550. The Emperor to the Duke Of Sessa, his Ambassador in Rome.
Is sorry that Hieronymo Adorno is dead. Sends the Prothonotary Caracciolo, in his stead, to Venice.
Antoniotto Adorno has written to him that he has set at liberty the servants of the Cardinal of Auch. Does not approve of it.
Archbishop of Liege.
Pagolo Vettori.
Has received news from England. The King of England has sent his instructions to his ambassador in Rome, concerning the truce which the Pope has proposed to him (the Emperor) and to the King of England. Encloses a copy of the instructions of the King of England, and he will see by it that the King of England entertains the same opinions as he (the Emperor) does. Orders him to do what he has written to him in his former despatches.
Abbacy of St. Benedeto.—Valladolid, the 9th of May 1523.
Indorsed : "The Emperor to the Duke of Sessa."
Spanish. Draft. pp. 3.
17 May.
S. E. T. c. I. L. 6. f. 21.
551. King Henry VIII. to Richard Sampson, Doctor Of Laws and Dean Of The Royal Chapel, and to Richard Jerningham, Knight.
Commissions them to conclude with Charles, Emperor elect, a treaty of alliance against Francis, King of France, their common enemy.—London, the 17th of May 1523.
Indorsed : "Power of King Henry of England, given to certain of his ambassadors in the year 1523, to conclude an alliance with the Emperor against the King of France."
Latin. Written on parchment. Autograph. p. 1.
20 May.
M. Re. Ac. d. Hist. Salazar. A. 28. ff. 83-85.
552. Alonso Sanchez, Imperial Ambassador in Venice, to the Emperor.
The Venetians have elected a new Doge, Andrea Gritti, who is the most ardent partisan of France in Venice. Thinks, nevertheless, that the negotiations with the Signory are so far advanced that the Republic would conclude the treaty of alliance (with the Emperor and the King of England) if the Infante would only send his power.—Venice, the 20th of May 1523.
Addressed : "To his Sacred, Imperial, and Catholic Majesty the Emperor and King, our Lord."
Indorsed : "To the King. 1523. Venice. From Alonso Sanchez, the 20th of May. Answered."
Spanish. Autograph in cipher. Contemporary deciphering. p. 1.
23 May.
M. Re. Ac. d. Hist. Salazar. A. 28. ff. 97-102.
553. The Duke Of Sessa, Imperial Ambassador in Rome, to the Emperor.
Has received his letter of the 25th of April. The power to conclude peace or a truce was not enclosed in it.
Things have taken such a turn that it has not been necessary to make use of the means he had ordered him to adopt towards the Pope. All that the King of France declared himself willing to accept was a truce of two months, beginning on the day when he (the King of France) wrote his letter, that is to say, on the 15th of April. Conferred with the Cardinal of Auch about the letter of the King of France in the presence of the Pope. The result was that the Pope told the Cardinal that so short a truce could not be made the subject of further negotiations. The Pope resents the behaviour of the King of France.
Will communicate to him next week what the ambassador of the King of England and he (the Duke of Sessa) declared in writing to the Pope. If he (the Duke of Sessa) sends him any information on this subject in so short a time, it must necessarily be in general terms only and incomplete. Thought it wise not to speak about the business of England ; the negotiations are not yet in a sufficiently advanced state for it. As soon, however, as he believes that the right moment has arrived, he will do what he is ordered. Wishes to know for what space of time he (the Emperor) would accept a truce with France.
The Pope is ill ; he suffers from a low fever. Hopes he will not die, but asks him (the Emperor) to send his instructions in case a new election should take place.
Cruzada. Prospero Colonna.
The proceedings against the Cardinal of Volterra are continued. Five of (the Cardinal's) accomplices have been executed in Sicily. They have all confessed their crime.
Military orders in Spain, &c.—Rome, the 23rd of May 1523.
Indorsed : "To the King. 1523. Rome. Duke of Sessa. The 23rd of May 1523. Answered."
Spanish. Autograph in cipher. Contemporary deciphering. pp. 8.

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