Venice: July 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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July 1585

July 5. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 278. Giovanni Dolfin, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate.
The English Ambassador some days ago told me that all the English ships in Bilbao had been seized by order of the King, who intended to use them in his designs against England. On board one of them twelve Spanish officers had gone to publish the Royal order; the sailors suddenly raised anchor, set sail, and reached London, where the Spaniards are in close custody.
Paris, 5th July 1585.
July 23. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 279. Vincenzo Gradenigo, Venetian Ambassador in Spain, to the Doge and Senate.
A French gentleman has been sent to make complaint to his Majesty about the embargo of which I wrote. In conversation with me, d'Idiaquez said that his Majesty really intended to use these ships to form a fleet; and the crews had already arrived from Biscay.
Barbastro, 23rd July 1585.