Venice: November 1509

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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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November 1509

Nov. 15. Deliberazioni Senato Secreta, v. xlii. p. 83, tergo. 17. The Doge and Senate to Andrea Badoer, Ambassador in England.
Hear with regret that some of the letters from the State arrive open, although bearing the countersign suggested by him,—that some are detained,—and that others miscarry. Have therefore addressed all letters to the consul Lorenzo Pasqualigo. Have also seen the copies of the missives addressed by the King to the Emperor and to the King of France respectively. Wish they had been written in better form, especially the one to the Emperor. Would have desired that this last should have seemed written by the King motu proprio, and not at their request and suit. Not having seen the copies, do not know whether those written to the Pope and to the Catholic King are of the like or of another tenor. Nevertheless he is to thank the King and request him to continue reconciling them to the Emperor, with whom, after his departure from Padua, they did not fail to attempt negotiations.
As in his letter of the 10th he undertook to contrive that his Majesty should spontaneously offer the Signory a loan of some hundreds of thousands of ducats, tell him that it would be very acceptable to them, should he see the possibility of making such a bargain, so that the offer proceed from his Majesty, and without the Signory appearing to make the demand. With regard to remitting the money to Venice, bills of exchange, provided the transaction offer some profit, would afford an easy mode.
Are well satisfied as to the 150 ducats for which he drew on account of the heralds dispatched [with the letters], but repeat they could have wished the letters had been written in another form, especially as the secretaries came to his house to show him the drafts; and, although money is very scarce, feel no regret when they know that it is spent profitably. Are expecting to learn the reply brought by the herald who went to France for the safeconduct for the galleys, that they may be enabled to decide about sending them in the spring, as is their wish; so he is to give most careful notice of the whole.
Postscript.—Inform him of the retreat of the Emperor towards Trent, and the recovery of Vicenza.
[Italian, 52 lines.]