Venice: March 1603, 21-31

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Calendar of State Papers Relating To English Affairs in the Archives of Venice, Volume 10, 1603-1607. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1900.

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March 1603, 21–31

March 24. Minute of the Senate, Venetian Archives. 1. On the 20th of this month the Privy Council resolved that it was expedient to secure the person of Anthony Sherley, Englishman.
Motion made to give effect to this recommendation, and to name a commission of four to examine all papers belonging to the said Anthony Sherley, and to report to the Senate.
Ayes 114.
Noes 9.
Neutrals 63.
The commission was composed of
Nicolo Sagredo.
Hieronimo Longo.
Alvise Grimani.
Iseppo Morosini.
March 31. Minute of the Senate, Venetian Archives. 2. The commission appointed to report on the case of Anthony Sherley, declares that after examining Sherley's papers they have found nothing of moment, except the four letters (fn. 1) just read. Sherley is therefore to be tried for the insult to the Persian merchant's house only.
Ayes 161.
Noes 4.
Neutrals 25.
Enclosed in Despatch of April 1, from Zante. 3. Robert Brachia, Englishman, Master of the berton named the “Thomas William Good Fortune,” deposed: I left London on the first of January last (O.S.) bound for Leghorn with a mixed cargo of iron, lead, leather, tin and broad cloth. After leaving Leghorn came on here. Off the coast of Sicily fell in with a Frenchman laden with corn from Sicily. This we took as we claim that it is ours, our Queen being at war with Spain, and Sicily being Spanish possessions. We brought the corn here and sold it, and then dismissed the ship and her captain, after paying him his freight. We are now going to Chios, and we are forty-seven in all on board.
March 28th, 1603.
Enclosed in Despatch of April 1, from Zante. 4. Petro Martini of Marseilles, Master of the ship “ Sant' Antonio,” deposed that he was sailing to Messina along the coast of Sicily; he fell in with three English ships. “One named the 'Thomas William' boarded us and made us strike sail. They took us in to Cephalonia and sold the corn and set us free. We then sailed together to Glarentza, where they discharged the rest of the corn. To speak the truth we have suffered no hardships, for the captain treated us well, nor did he touch our private property; indeed he actually paid me my fare.”
The supercargo of this same vessel was examined as to the name of the captain of the English vessel, and replied that he is called Robert Brasich.
March 29th, 1603.


  • 1. The letters are missing.