Venice: September 1581

Pages 19-20

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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September 1581

Sept. 9. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 46. Leonardo Donato, Venetian Ambassador in Rome, to the Doge and Senate.
News from Flanders that the Duke of Anjou has thirty thousand crowns a month from England, and sixty thousand a month from the States, to continue the war.
Rome, 9th September 1581.
Sept. 15. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 47. The Venetian Ambassadors in Spain to the Doge and Senate.
Letters from London, dated the 4th of August, state that Don Antonio has bought two ships, and intended to equip twenty more; but those who found money for the expedition wished to be sure of their interest; accordingly the jewels Don Antonio had with him were valued, but did not pass thirty-six thousand crowns. Without sufficient security the vessels will not sail. Don Antonio has applied for help to the Queen of England. As yet no resolution has been taken.
Madrid, 15th September 1581.
Sept. 20. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 48. Lorenzo Priuli, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate.
The Ambassador Extraordinary of the Queen of England, has departed without concluding anything, but he has left his negotiations alive, by saying that he hopes that what has been left undone this time will be done the next. Monsieur is near Amiens on the confines of Flanders. Apparently he desires to go to Calais, and thence to Dunkerque and Antwerp. He has with him only two hundred horse and his suite. Aldegonde, the chief person of the Prince of Orange and of the States is with him. The English Ambassador has gone to meet him. Many think that Monsieur will not reach Antwerp, but will find some obstacle placed in his way by the Prince of Orange, who is suspected of playing a double game with his Highness.
Don Antonio has left England, and is in France at Rohan, where Strozzi has gone to meet him. He has begun badly in England, where the Queen has recalled many of the provisions made on his behalf. They doubt if he will fare better here.
Paris, 20th September 1581.