Spain: July 1540

Pages 243-244

Calendar of State Papers, Spain, Volume 6 Part 1, 1538-1542. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1890.

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July 1540, 1-31

30 July. 114. High Commander Covos to the Marquis de Aguilar.
S. E., L. 49,
f. 291.
B. M. 28,592,
f. 151.
Will now answer his letters of the 8th and 19th of May and 26th of June, though part of their contents have already been answered through Domingo de Aguirre.
Lope Hurtado—Mme. the Duchess.
The last letters we have from Flanders, in date of the 8th inst., advise that the Emperor was at Bruges, trying to make the States of Flanders contribute a sum of money, as those of Brabant had done. Thence he intended going to Holland and Zeeland, and after visiting those provinces return to France. The negociations with that country were at a standstill, no more advanced than they were at the beginning, and with little hope of their becoming brisker. Gante (Ghent) was being fortified in haste. The king of the Romans was at Hagenao (Haguenau) waiting for the result of the assembly of the Separatists, who had already begun to treat by means of intermediate persons.
From England the news is that the King of that country had caused Cremuel (Cromwell), his great favorite, to be beheaded; the reason being, as it is understood, that he (Cromwell) tried to persuade him to become a Lutheran. May this be the means of recalling the King to a sense of his duty. This and other news from England you must however have heard already through private letters, and, therefore, I will not dwell on them.
Prince Doria at Messina.—Immediately on his arrival there he dispatched Joannetin in search of Dargot (Dragut) Arraez, whom he met and took some of his galleys. Don Bernardino's squadrons, after visiting the coasts of Catalonia, Iviça, and Mallorca, came to Malaga to take provision of biscuits.
On hearing of the death of Cardinal Salzburg, (fn. n1) I immediately wrote to Cartagena that His Imperial Majesty might be apprized of it.
Bishoprics of Gaeta and Syracusa. — for the former I presented Doctor Mohedano; but His Majesty, the Emperor, was pleased to give it to a brother of the General of the Franciscans. (fn. n2) About the latter I have not written, but when I do, I shall bear in mind what you tell me respecting Cardinal Jacobacis, who, being greatly attached to the Emperor's service, scarcely needs any recommendation on my part.
Half-fruits of the Clergy, and difficulties of its division for Uberto Foglieto or the archbishopric of Granada—Secretary Blosio and his pension on Corda—archbishop of Salerno and secretary Luis de Torres.
I have read the paragraph of your letter referring to Don Gaston, (fn. n3) and the orders received from the Emperor with regard to his business at Rome. I had also heard from Flanders about it, and knew that the Emperor had taken up the case. I can only say that for ray own part I have done my best here for count de Salinas, for no sooner was I aware of the rumour circulating in this town, than I myself called upon Doña Maria de Ulloa, and wrote to the Count, (fn. n4) warning him not to mix themselves up with that affair, for it would unquestionably displease the Emperor, and I begged him not to take steps in the matter without the Emperor's permission. When after that I heard that Don Gaston was giving out that he had actually married the Count's daughter (Doña Maria), you may judge what my wonder was. I am very much annoyed at all this, especially because the Count has been my friend ever since 1 had to interfere in the marriage of Da. Ana Pimentel. (fn. n5)
Prince Philip has received the medals sent by Archinto.
I beg to recommend count Julio Novolara, who has gone thither on business.—Madrid, 29 July 1540.
Spanish. Original. Partly ciphered, pp. 15.


  • n1. Mathew Gurk.
  • n2. Antonio Lunelli. v. Gams.
  • n3. D. Gaston de La Corda, second son of the duke de Medinaceli (D. Juan), who, according to Lopez de Haro, lib. V., cap. XIX., married into the family of the count of Salinas.
  • n4. D. Diego Gomez de Sarmiento y Villandrando, III. count de Salinas y Ribadeo, whose daughter, Doña Maria de Ulloa, had married without his will Don Gaston de la Corda.
  • n5. Ana Pimentel, daughter of D. Juan Fernandez Manriqus, marquis de Aguilar, married to the count de Salinas, D. Diego Gomez. See Lopez de Haro, lib. V., cap. XIX., p. 532.