Venice: April 1589

Pages 432-433

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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April 1589

April 6. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 825. Giovanni Mocenigo, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate.
The English Ambassador after a long interview with the King of Navarre in Châtellerault, withdrew to La Rochelle, whither Navarre has also gone. He is expected back in four days at Moulins where he has left the larger part of his people. The Queen of England keeps her eye on the Spaniards throughout this revolution in France, and holds a part of her fleet in readiness to make a diverson in the interests of Navarre.
Tours, 6th April 1589.
[Italian; deciphered.]
April 29. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 826. Hieronimo Lippomano and Tomaso Contarini, Venetian Ambassadors in Spain, to the Doge and Senate.
News from Seville that the carvel which was sent from New Spain, ahead of the fleet, to announce its departure, has only arrived just now, two months after the fleet. This long delay made people fancy that it was lost for certain. But bad weather and other reasons have caused this delay; among those reasons is the fact that it had to fight five days running with an English ship, and it escaped by a miracle from four other big English ships. But come at what hour it may it is always welcome especially if it brings money as this does to the extent of 150,000 crowns. There is news from Corunna that two boats sent out to get information off the English coast have arrived. They say that although Drake is arming in all haste yet he will not take the sea very early owing to the disturbances in France. On their way back these ships seized an Englishman and brought it into Spain. And so one may say that these two ships have done more than all Sidonia's Armada for he brought not even a skiff into port.
Madrid, 29th April 1589.
April 29 Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 827. Hieronimo Lippomano and Tomaso Contarini, Venetian Ambassadors in Spain, to the Doge and Senate.
In Portugal the preparations for war continue. Orders have been given that two thousand five hundred Spanish infantry are to go to various districts of that kingdom. The preparations are such that even if Drake should make a descent there is no more danger from him, nor yet that the Portuguese will rise.
Madrid, 29th April 1589.