Venice: January 1581

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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 1581

1581. Jan. 7. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 1. Giovanni Correr, Venetian Ambassador in Rome, to the Doge and Senate.
There is bad news of the troops in Ireland; it is said that his Holiness is in treaty with the King of Spain to send some infantry thither, and that he will contribute to the expenses.
Rome, 7th January 1581.
Jan. 14. Original Minute, Venetian Archives. Deliberations of the Senate, Constantinople, Reg. VI. 2. To the Venetian Ambassador, Constantinople.
In reply to yours of the 25th November last, informing us that the French Ambassador had caused the revocation of the treaty between the Sultan and the Queen of England, and the permission to trade in his ports; considering the damage which the presence of the English in those parts would cause to us, we charge you, should the negotiations be re-opened, to do all you can secretly and dexterously to bring them to nothing.
Jan. 14. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 3. Lorenzo Priuli, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate.
The King has resolved on the advice of his doctors to retire after the Epiphany to Saint Germains. Eruptions have appeared on his face and legs. The Queen-Mother stays here with the Council. She has received full powers from her son. The retirement of the King increases day by day. His favourites who accompany him draw infinite advantage therefrom, for they alone possess his ear; but the rest of the nobility take it very ill.
Secretary Villeroy has arrived from Monsieur with the terms of peace. Everyone desires it. The reliefs for Cambray progress slowly. They are in great straits in Cambray, and the Ambassador of England tells me that he believes they have not provisions for a month. If Cambray falls, Monsieur will lose his repute.
About Ireland I am informed that the Spaniards are preparing larger succours for the rebels there, and the Ambassador of England told me that his Queen will presently proclaim to all the powers the hostile designs of the Catholic King, and his ill offices towards her; and will plead in excuse of any action she has taken against his Catholic Majesty, that it was the result not of hatred but of the treaty obligations which exist between England and the Low Countries; that her conduct towards the King has always been marked by the greatest regard for his interests as is proved by the fact that the King was always informed of what took place, and that she had never consented to accept the protectorate and superiority of the Low Countries which had been repeatedly offered to her.
Rumour still insists that the Marshal de Cossé is to go to England; but as yet there are no signs of his departure.
In Bles (Blois), 14th January 1581.
Jan. 27. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 4. Lorenzo Priuli, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate.
Money has been provided for the English Embassy of Marshal de Cossé. The Queen of England urges his despatch. Recently she has sent one of her gentlemen to Monsieur to inform him that Parliament is on the point of meeting to settle their business. As yet the date of the Marshal's departure is not definitely fixed.
Cambray is in sore straits.
In Bles (Blois), 27th January 1581.