Venice: September 1595

Pages 167-168

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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September 1595

Sept. 14. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 366. Agustino Nani, Venetian Ambassador in Spain, to the Doge and Senate.
News that four galleys of his Majesty in Brittany, under command of a valorous captain, went to reconnoitre off the English coast. Being driven close in by the wind and tide they landed and burned three villages. Then retiring they fell in with six Englishmen. Of these they sank some, and the largest, to avoid falling into their hands, was fired and sent to the bottom.
Madrid, 14th September 1595.
Sept. 19. Copy of Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 367. Tomaso Contarini, Venetian Ambassador in Germany, to the Doge and Senate.
Some days ago a Scotchman came here with the offer of 10,000 Scottish troops to march with their King's consent. But as they want money here more than troops, the matter fell through.
Prague, 19th September 1595.
Sept 23. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 368. Polo Paruta, Venetian Ambassador in Rome, to the Doge and Senate.
In conversation with the Pope about the rebenediction of the King of France I remarked that as the Pontificate of Clement VII. was held to have been calamitous on account of the alienation of England, so his Holiness would be lauded because a great king and a noble kingdom, all but separated from the Church, had returned to their obedience and devotion.
Rome, 23rd September 1595.
Sept. 23. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 369. Agustino Nani, Venetian Ambassador in Spain, to the Doge and Senate.
A galleon of the Lisbon squadron, which was with its consorts at Azores, having parted company, by some accident, fell in with the Earl of Northumberland (Conte di Tomerlan), an Englishman who was cruising about with two other vessels besides his own. They fought for a whole day, and the Portuguese defended himself bravely, so that at last the English, who had never been able to board him, abandoned the fight. The Portuguese has gone to join his consorts. The Lisbon squadron has been recalled and ordered to join the ocean fleet which will be sent to Port Ferrol, near Finisterre, to protect the kingdom should the English make an attack, or attempt to harass the West India fleet.
There are rumours that the Queen of England is far from well; and this fleet is held in readiness so that if any one should succeed to the throne of England, the Spanish may make a dash for that country, where they hope to find many disaffected Catholics in revolt, The Spanish would aid in fomenting the confusion; and for this purpose they say that his Majesty is spending large sums of money in fostering secret relations in England. There are many English and Scottish here at Court; and they are all plotting and designing how to employ the unrivalled power of this great sovereign not merely for the protection of his dominions, but for their aggrandisement.
Madrid, 23rd September 1595.
[Italian; the part in italics deciphered.]
Sept. 27. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 370. Piero Duodo, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate.
The Queen of England has offered to assist his Majesty, and for that purpose the English Agent has been summoned to Paris.
In Paris a plot to kill Antonio Perez has come to light. It was designed by an Aragonese.
Paris, 27th September 1595.