Venice: January 1585

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Calendar of State Papers Relating To English Affairs in the Archives of Venice, Volume 8, 1581-1591. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1894.

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January 1585

Jan. 4. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 254. Giovanni Dolfin, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate.
I have forwarded your Serenity's letters for the Queen of England, through her Ambassador. He promises that they shall be despatched within four days.
Paris, 4th January 1585.
Jan. 18. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 255. Giovanni Dolfin, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate.
The English Ambassador has twice had audience of the King, and thrice of the Queen-Mother. He always secures that the Flemish representatives should receive clue honours. He is willing that the transaction (for the joint protectorate of the Netherlands) should pass under the Queen-Mothers name, and offers large sums of ready money and large armaments, to induce the King to unite with the Queen of England. Nor are there wanting many who think that this may easily be brought about, in spite of the King's natural temperament, which is inclined to peace, and the pomp in which he is determined to live, which entails great expenditure, and in spite of the great influence of the Dukes of Joyeuse and Epernon, who are both interested in the maintenance of peace, and averse to any changes.
Paris, 18th January 1585.
[Italian; deciphered.]