Venice: May 1585

Pages 115-116

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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May 1585

May 10. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 270. Giovanni Dolfin, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate.
The Earl of Arundel was arrested on board a ship, while flying from England. He was found ten miles out at sea against the Queen's orders, which forbid anyone to leave the kingdom without permission.
Paris, 10th May 1585.
May 19. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 271. Vincenzo Gradenigo, Venetian Ambassador in Spain, to the Doge and Senate.
Two causes may delay his Majesty's designs, if, indeed, they are such as have been frequently described, one is the policy of the new Pope, whose attitude does not inspire the Ministers with confidence, for they consider him rather as a friend to France, and the news of his election left them anxious. The other is that Drake, the most famous corsair afloat, is at Madeira with eighteen ships well armed, and has captured the Peruvian fleet, which is very rich, at least they fear so, although the Marquis of Santa Cruz was arming thirty-four ships in Lisbon to fight Drake and guard the fleet. It is true that he experienced much difficulty in arming these ships, and if he has not been in time, as they greatly fear owing to the near approach of the fleet, the King will certainly suffer severely. These reasons are considered very serious; but the plans are so far advanced that it is impossible rather than difficult to retire. It has been said that the corsair was not Drake but Don Antonio Meneses, a Portuguese who has fled with Don Antonio; but that was not true.
The treaty between the King and Don Antonio will soon be effected. The King offers him a suitable income on condition that he lives in Italy.
Saragoza, 19th May 1585.
[Italian; deciphered.]
May 31. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 272. Giovanni Francisco Moresini and Lorenzo Bernardo, Venetian Ambassadors in Constantinople, to the Doge and Senate.
Announces the arrival of Bernardo at the Sweet-waters, where he was received by Moresini, the Venetian colony, the Chavasses and Janizzaries as usual. The Imperial Ambassador sent a secretary, the French Ambassador a Dragoman to visit me. The English Ambassador, as yet, has sent no one. I will regulate my conduct by his.
Dalle Vigne di Pera, 31st May 1585.