Venice: August 1602

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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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August 1602

August 12. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 1090. Marin Cavalli, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate.
The English have captured a fort held by the Spanish and Irish, and after pushing into the forests they have made themselves masters of a position occupied by the Earl of Tyrone. They intend to push on, and it is thought that in a short time the Earl will be entirely abandoned by his followers.
Paris, 12th August 1602.
August 26 Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 1091. Marin Cavalli, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate.
It is thought that the troops now mustered in Spain will be kept there on account of the English armament. Six thousand fresh troops under the command of Don Juan d'Aquila are to go to Ireland. This news the Pope has sent to his Most Christian Majesty. Public rumour has it that these troops have already landed in Ireland, not at Kinsale, as last year, but at a point nearer to the Earl of Tyrone, but this is not certain. Certain it is, however, that the King of Spain has bought grain to the value of three hundred thousand crowns in France to supply his troops in Ireland. It is generally thought that the King of Spain has no other object in Ireland at present except to establish a garrison there to be ready in case of the Queen's death.
Paris, 26th August 1602.
August 26, Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 1092. Marin Cavalli, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate.
Two days ago an Ambassador (fn. 1) arrived here from England to reside at this Court. There has not been one for some years. I sent my secretary to visit him. He declares that the Queen is very well and is making her progress, a pleasure trip she is wont to take at this time of year.
An Ambassador extraordinary has arrived from Scotland. I do not yet know his mission, unless it be to concert with his Majesty on the subject of the Spanish in Ireland.
Paris, 26th August 1602.


  • 1. Sir Thomas Parry. Cf. Calendar, State Papers. Domestic. 1601–1603, p. 222.