Venice: August 1584

Pages 99-101

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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August 1584

Aug. 3. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 235. Giovanni Moro, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate.
The Queen of England sent a gentleman expressly to condole with the King on the death of Monsieur; but the King begged that his coming might be suspended as he could not receive him properly while travelling. The gentleman turned back, and probably will not come again.
Don Antonio, whose fortunes are waning daily, has received from the Queen-Mother a little castle in Brittany, near Vannes, and five hundred ducats a month. He is full of debts; and lives in hired lodgings in Paris.
Paris, 3rd August 1584.
Aug. 7. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 236. Giovanni Francesco Moresini, Venetian Ambassador in Constantinople, to the Doge and Senate.
The French Ambassador has received orders to withdraw; leaving his secretary behind. This is to show dissatisfaction on the subject of the English Ambassador. The French Ambassador will have an audience to-morrow and will make another attempt, and two clays later will take his leave.
Dalle Vigne di Pera, 7th August 1584.
[Italian; deciphered.]
Aug. 8. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 237. Giovanni Francesco Moresini, Venetian Ambassador in Constantinople, to the Doge and Senate.
Just before I had audience of the Pasha, the French Ambassador had been with him and had taken him a most beautiful watch, and congratulated him on his new dignity. He made an urgent appeal that the English Ambassador should be expelled from the Porte. The Pasha listened attentively, carefully examined the papers, and then said that this was a most important affair of which he had had no proper information. He begged the Ambassador to suspend action for a few days, and to send him all the papers on the subject; he would then present a note to the Sultan, assuring the Ambassador that he desired not merely to preserve but to augment the friendship between France and Turkey.
Dalle Vigne di Pera, 8th August 1584.
[Italian; deciphered.]
Aug. 17. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 238. Giovanni Moro, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate.
Don Antonio has not left yet; and is in doubt whether to do so, as he is afraid that the Catholic King has prepared for him the fate of the Prince of Orange. A Captain, Locatello of Cremona, who came here, and whose services on the frontier were desired by the Marshal de Retz, was suspected of being an emissary of Spain ; and the Queen-Mother requested de Retz not to employ him. Locatello has cleared his character.
Paris, 17th August 1584.
Aug. 21. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 239. Vicenzo Gradenigo, Venetian Ambassador in Spain, to the Doge and Senate.
Although as a matter of fact there is no one who really knows the reason why Signor Marc' Antonio Colonna came here, still his people point to a letter written by Cardinal de Granvelle, saying that Colonna might come freely, as his Majesty would give him one of three employments, either in some new enterprise, or in Flanders, in place of the Prince of Parma, who wishes to retire, or else in Portugal, instead of the Prince Cardinal. Granvelle does not deny the letter. Of the three posts the command of the enterprise against England is considered most likely; for besides what I have already written, the arrival of Colonna, the defeat of the King of Scotland, the presence of the Dutch ships in Lisbon contrary to the treaty with the Portuguese, all favour this view.
Madrid, 21st August 1584.
240. Letter from Cardinal de Granvelle to Salazar in Venice.
The Flemish offer Holland and Zealand to the King of France, it is thought that nothing will come of it, for the States will not accept French masters. The Queen of England will upset the negotiations, as she did in the case of Alenon.