Venice: May 1650

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Calendar of State Papers Relating To English Affairs in the Archives of Venice, Volume 28, 1647-1652. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1927.

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May 1650

May 21.
Senato, Secreta. Dispacci, Costantinopoli. Venetian Archives.
403. Giovanni Soranzo, Venetian Bailo at Constantinople, to the Doge and Senate.
One Henry Hide has arrived here, who was sometime consul of the English in the Morea, and they say he has particular commissions of the king. The English merchants are divided into factions, so it is likely that fresh quarrels will arise among them.
The Vigne di Pera, the 21st May, 1650.
[Italian ; deciphered.]
May 23.
Senato, Secreta. Dispacci, Francia. Venetian Archives.
404. Michiel Morosini, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate.
The English merchant ships have for the most part cast anchor in Portugal. Their war vessels have taken various prizes from the French, amounting in all to ten merchantmen, to the prejudice, in particular, of the merchants here. For this reason they have issued orders here to lay hands on a quantity of merchandise which is at La Rochelle on account of the English. Thus we already have a commencement of open hostilities, which may very well be intensified on the part of England because of the very reasonable ground they have for the conviction that measures will be taken from this quarter when circumstances permit it.
Paris, the 23rd May, 1650.
[Italian ; deciphered.]
May 27.
Senato, Secreta. Deliberazioni. Costantinopoli. Venetian Archives.
405. To the Bailo at Constantinople.
A Resident has recently arrived here from the king of England. We enclose a copy of his exposition in which he speaks of the sending of Sir John Berdeco to replace the ambassador at Constantinople. This is for your information ; but if the old ambassador should remain you will continue to maintain your usual confidential relations with him, the more so as he is taking shelter under the party of the English parliament, and it is to our advantage to stand well with all.
Ayes, 142. Noes, 1. Neutral, 14.