Venice: March 1512

Pages 56-57

Calendar of State Papers Relating To English Affairs in the Archives of Venice, Volume 2, 1509-1519. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1867.

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March 1512

March 3. Sanuto Diaries, v. xiv. p. 8. 147. Reading of Letters from Andrea Badoer, Ambassador in England, dated 4th January.
Stale, rancid; nothing of importance. How this summer the Emperor meant to come and take Venice, and would have the Switzers with him. That he knew of two ways of coming; one by St. Erasmus, and another as detailed in said letters; with other follies, and nothing substantial; so that Sanuto pronounces it prejudicial to the State's interest to keep Badoer in England.
March 8. Sanuto Diaries, v. xiv. p. 13. 148. Receipt of Letters by the merchants from England, dated 25th February, brought by a messenger express on his way to Rome in haste. This messenger was also the bearer of letters from the ambassador Badoer; how the King appointed three ambassadors to attend the Council which was to have been held at Rome after Easter, namely, the Knight of Rhodes, (the Prior of St. John's,) and two other prelates; but the King stayed their journey because letters arrived from Rome, purporting that the Pope meant to postpone the Council until All Saints' day next. These ambassadors were to have come through Germany, and to have presented themselves to the Signory in Venice; and they dined with Badoer. Badoer had written, demanding money for his maintenance, and saying he had no longer pecuniary means; in other words, casting a reproach on the Signory.
Note by Sanuto that he had read a letter written by Badoer to his son-in-law Francesco Gradenigo, stating that a considerable sum was due to him on account of salary, and that not being supplied with money, he remained in England with small repute.
It was also heard, by letters addressed to Almorò Pisani, that the King had caused all ships to be detained; that the Spanish ambassador is also there; and that it is their intention to fit out a fleet and invade France.
March 16–18. Sanuto Diaries, v. xiv. p. 27. 149. Reports amongst the French in Lombardy, that England had declared war against France. Alarm felt by them on this account, and effect produced on their movements.
March 22. Misti Consiglio X., v. xxxv. p. 4. 150. Decree of the Council of Ten and the Junta, for payment every month to the agents of Andrea Badoer, the State's ambassador to England, of the moneys granted to him by the Senate for his own expenses and those of his attendants. The treasurer of the Senate to make the payment from time to time from the moneys of the 30 and 40 per cent. set apart for payment of the expenses of the State's ambassadors.
Ayes 27. Noes 1. Neutrals 0.
[Latin, 6 lines.]
March 23. Sanuto Diaries, v. xiv. p. 39. 151. Receipt of Letters from the Venetian Ambassador in Rome, dated the 18th, how the Pope was better of his gout, and had received recent letters from England how the King was making great preparations, and would attack France on the 1st of April.