Spain: January 1547, 1-15

Page 1

Calendar of State Papers, Spain, Volume 9, 1547-1549. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1912.

This free content was digitised by double rekeying and sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. All rights reserved.


January 1547, 1–15

1547. Jan. 9. Vienna Imp. Arch. Van der Delft to Loys Scors (Louis de Schore, President of the Council of Flanders).
I am now writing to the Queen, amongst other things to learn her Majesty's good pleasure touching the affair of a Moravian gentleman named Stephen d'Assenberg, who is urgently pressing me (fn. 1) to comply with the Queen's letter commanding me to speak to the King in his favour, although it may be feared that he will only find a refusal here to his petition. Nevertheless, on the strength of her Majesty's letter he has come hither with his wife, although he was formerly dismissed, and has since been absent for two years. I shall be much obliged to your Lordship if you will obtain for me the knowledge of her Majesty's good pleasure in the matter by the first opportunity, as I have put him off until I can hear from you. In my own opinion we shall have quite enough to do in obtaining what concerns us much more deeply than to interfere between the King and his servants.
I must not omit to tell you that the King has acceded to the petition of my wife, and has pardoned a gentleman and his servant who had been condemned to the last penalty, by which petition and its result my wife has given pleasure to many worthy persons, and to the people at large, although the crime for which these men were condemned was more than a capital offence. Monseigneur, I have written on other occasions asking how I am to manage with these couriers. They raise difficulties about carrying my packets on account of their receiving no profit by it, and they say that they used to be paid. Those packets, therefore, which come hither to me from Flanders are often of old date, having been delayed on the road. I inform you of this that you may please provide a remedy. The scoundrel about whom the Queen wrote has not yet arrived here with his wine. (fn. 2) I am afraid the wine I shall give him will not be so much to his taste as that which he brings. Nevertheless, I shall have a good excuse for entertaining him in my acquaintance with his father.
London, 9 January, 1547.


  • 1. See Calendar, Vol. 8, p. 543.
  • 2. See Calendar, Vol. 8, p. 537.