Venice: December 1567

Pages 407-408

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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December 1567

Dec. 4. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 412. Giovanni Michiel, Venetian Ambassador with the Emperor, to the Doge and Senate.
The time is approaching for the return of the English gentleman with the resolution touching the treaty of marriage, and this [English] Ambassador cannot believe that he will fail to arrive within six or eight days. The Ambassador has told me frankly that it will not depend upon the question of religion (as that article is as good as settled) whether the affair goes forward, although some persons, including some of the highest in this Court, believe the contrary. This negotiation prevents his Majesty from departing for Bohemia, but he will do so immediately after it is determined either one way or the other. The Archduke Charles is making preparations to go next month to the nuptials [of the Duke] of Bavaria, having already summoned the nobles of his States to accompany him, as he wishes to journey thither with due ceremony, since he will also represent his Imperial Majesty; but his [attendants] write that his Highness will first come here.
Vienna, 4th December 1567.
Dec. 11. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 413. Giovanni Michiel, Venetian Ambassador with the Emperor, to the Doge and Senate.
The English Ambassador has letters of the 15th ult. from his gentleman who was despatched to the Queen, and who writes that he will arrive six or eight days after the arrival of these letters. He announces that he is the bearer of a favourable resolution, all that was negotiated here by the Ambassador having been heard with much satisfaction by the Queen and by the Council. The Emperor does not cease showing the customary favours to the Ambassador, in taking him to hunt, and in doing him honour in every way.
Vienna, 11th December 1567.