Venice: September 1596

Pages 231-232

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 1596

Sept, 7. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 487. Piero Duodo, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate.
The King of France refuses to listen to proposals for a truce so as not to render the Queen of England more suspicious. The Duke de Bouillon before his departure secured from his Majesty an explicit promise that war would be declared against the King of Spain. But as his Majesty does all these things under compulsion, if occasion served, he would repudiate them.
A solemn embassy is expected from England, and that leads every one to suppose that all points are settled.
Eighteen ships, full of the spoils from Cadiz, have reached England.
San Moro, 7th September 1596.
[Italian; the part in italics deciphered.]
Sept. 7. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 488. Piero Duodo, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate.
The English have inflicted a very heavy blow upon Spain at Cadiz. It will be some time before his Catholic Majesty can put another fleet on the sea. The English did not stop in Cadiz because they could not fortify it, and because the heat was so great
S. Moro, 7th September 1596.
[Italian; deciphered.]
Sept. 11. Original Rubricario, Venetian Archives. (fn. 1) 489. The Venetian Ambassador having assumed to himself the case of William (Vielmo) and Charles Elman, has met with many annoyances from the French Ambassador, on account of a sequestration he issued at the petition of the interested parties. He has referred the case to the competent court at Venice.
September 11th, 1596.
Sept. 14. Original Despatch Venetian Archives. 490. Piero Duodo, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate.
There is news that the Queen of England's Ambassador (fn. 2) has arrived in this kingdom; and his Majesty will leave at the beginning of next week to meet him at Rouen. On his way back the Legate will be received in audience at Meaux. The Queen is said to have written to the King to say that she has heard of the honours paid to the Ambassador of the Bishop of Rome (so she calls the Legate and the Pope), and she hopes her Ambassador will not meet with less.
Orders have been sent to Rouen to entertain the Ambassador at the public charges, the Duke of Montpensier has gone to receive him No honours will be wanting. He brings the Garter for the King.
S. Moro, 14th September 1596.
Sept. 19. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 491. Aqustino Nani, Venetian Ambassador in Spain, to the Doge and Senate.
The Ambassador of the Duke of Savoy has been to explain to his Majesty all the steps his master has taken hitherto, with a view to making peace with the King of France, and to complain of the opposition raised by his Majesty's Ministers.
That Jew Serafatin has come to Spain on business much the same as Marigliani's, namely, the truce with the Turks.
Madrid, 19th September 1596.
[Italian; deciphered.]
Sept. 19 Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 492. Agustino Nani, Venetian Ambassador in Spain, to the Doge and Senate.
It is commonly reported that the English fleet has gone back to England because it was suffering from a very bad epidemic of spotted fever. The Queen is said to have ordered out sixty other ships, well found; they are to go to meet the India fleets.
The Queen, in Drake's time, sent a ship with thirty thousand crowns, and ammunition, to Porto Ricco. The captain could not find that port, and the ship was captured by Don Bernardino de Viglianeda. The Adelantado will winter in Ferrol, a port which is handy for operations against France, England, or Ireland. In that island there is still discontent.
Madrid, 19th September 1596.
Sept. 30. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 493. Agustino Nani, Venetian Ambassador in Spain, to the Doge and Senate.
On the 27th, the long desired gold-ships reached San Lucar after a prosperous voyage of 21 days from Havana. They did not fall in with any English, nor yet with the Spanish ships sent to order them back to Havana.
The cargo is twelve millions of gold, eight for private persons and four for his Majesty.
Madrid, 30th September 1596.


  • 1. From the 11th September 1596 to the 15th February 1597 the Despatches from Constantinople are almost entirely illegible. The Rubricario (docket), therefore, becomes the chief source.
  • 2. The Earl of Northumberland had been appointed on 8th July, but declined to serve. Gilbert, Earl of Shrewsbury, was sent with Sir Anthony Mildmay: see Calendar of State Papers, Domestic, 1595–1597, p. 253; “Cecil Papers,” VI., pp. 260, 314.