Venice: January 1583

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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 1583

1583. Jan. 7. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 120. Giovanni Moro, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate.
The King has frequently summoned his Privy Council. There are not wanting those who urge him to come to an open rupture with Spain; assuring him that money will be forthcoming when once people are convinced of its destination. But on the whole the King shows that he thinks the season not ripe for making any such attempt. And he expressed, this opinion to the English Ambassador who was conversing with him on the subject.
The Queen-Mother has once more taken Don Antonio under her protection; and by next year it is possible that he may have a new fleet ready. At an interview with the King, while describing the defeat, he said that though this defeat should have hurt him, most of all as dashing every hope, yet he felt still more hurt to see that Spanish gold had such weight with some of the French who were with him. Whereupon the King, in appearance at least, was angered, and it seems that he sent to order the arrest of Santa Solena, and of de Brisac.
Monsieur de la Motte, who was passing through England on his way to Scotland was cleverly delayed by the Queen, who said she wished to enjoy some days of his company before he passed on, as he had formerly been Ambassador at the English Court. This move on her part was suspected here; and soon after de la Motte's departure another gentleman was sent to Scotland by sea in order that the delay of de la Motte might not hinder the King of Scotland from receiving that counsel which the King of France designed for him. To-day we hear that when the Queen was informed of this she allowed de la Motte to proceed freely.
Paris, 7th January 1582 [m.v.].
[Italian; the part in italics deciphered.]
Jan. 9. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 121. Giovanni Moro, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate.
There has been a rising in Antwerp. The news was brought by two sergeants of the Duke of Alençon, who are unable to give any account of either his Highness or of the Prince of Orange. The news is confirmed by letters from the French Ambassador in England, with this much more, that on receipt thereof the Queen of England instantly despatched a well-armed galleon, with a message to Monsieur that, should his fortune so dictate, he might make use of the vessel to come to England where she would gladly receive him.
Paris, 29th January 1582 [m.v.].