Venice: April 1567

Pages 390-391

Calendar of State Papers Relating To English Affairs in the Archives of Venice, Volume 7, 1558-1580. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1890.

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April 1567

April 3. Original Letter Book, Venetian Archives. 386. Giovanni Correr, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Signory.
His most Christian Majesty is somewhat anxious, owing to his having discovered that the Queen of England is about to send an Ambassador to demand the restitution of Calais, because, at the commencement of the present month, the period of eight years will expire, when, according to the articles of peace, Calais ought to be restored to the English. His most Christian Majesty has also heard that simultaneously the English Admiral is to go with fifteen vessels to Calais, and make what is called a summons for the restitution of the place.
Moret, 3rd April 1567.
April 18. Original Letter Book, Venetian Archives. 387. Giovanni Correr, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Signory.
Their most Christian Majesties left Fontainebleau a week ago for the purpose of hunting in that neighbourhood, and notified to all the Ambassadors that they would return last Wednesday; then they changed their plans, and will not arrive until the end of next week. They are now residing at Monceaux (Monso), where they have requested the Constable, who has been suffering from fever and gout, to attend them, and if he is not well enough to do so, their Majesties in person will visit him. It is believed that their object in seeing him is to consult him with regard to the answer which they will have to give to the English personage who has come to demand Calais, and who arrived here at Moret two days ago; his name is Sir Thomas Smith (Mons. Tomaso Smit).
No one thinks that the place will be restored, but it is generally believed that his most Christian Majesty will either reply openly that the English have lost their rights, owing to what took place at Havre de Grace, or will else protract the negotiations indefinitely.
Moret, 18th April 1567.