Venice: June 1599

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Calendar of State Papers Relating To English Affairs in the Archives of Venice, Volume 9, 1592-1603. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1897.

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June 1599

June 7. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 798. Francesco Soranzo, Venetian Ambassador in Spain, to the Doge and Senate.
The Queen of England has sent out a fleet of one hundred sail. The troops are to be landed in Ireland, and then they say that, as the undefended state of Spain is known to the English, the fleet will sail to plunder in Galicia and to burn the shipping in Corunna, and, if occasion offers, they will push on to Portugal, which is all in confusion because of the plague.
Barcellona, 7th June 1599.
June 24. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 799. Francesco Soranzo, Venetian Ambassador in Spain, to the Doge and Senate.
The Dutch fleet to the number of eighty sail has appeared off Corunna. They wished to land, but were repulsed. They sailed away towards Lisbon.
No news of the English fleet. The troops which the Queen of England landed in Ireland have, in a large part, been cut to bits by the Catholics.
Barcellona, 24th June 1599.
June 26. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 800. Francesco Contarini, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate.
M. de Béthune, a Catholic, though brother of M. de Rosny, a Huguenot, has been sent as Ambassador to Scotland; this has not taken place ever before. He is to renew the ancient confederation between the two crowns, which has existed from the days of Charlemagne. It is true that, as the quarrel between England and France is at an end, some clauses of the treaty will be modified at the request of the English Ambassador. M. de Béthune will stay some time in Scotland, in case his services may be required on the death of the Queen of England, who, although well preserved and quite healthy, is still at an advanced and perilous age.
Paris, 26th June 1599.