Venice: November 1598

Pages 349-350

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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November 1598

Nov. 1. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 752. Giovanni Mocenigo, Venetian Ambassador in Rome, to the Doge and Senate.
The Spanish Ambassador is advised that the Queen of England's affairs in Ireland are going very badly. She will not easily make peace with the King of Spain.
Ferrara, 1st November 1598.
Nov. 8. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 753. Francesco Soranzo, Venetian Ambassador in Spain, to the Doge and Senate.
A daughter of the Marquis of Denia has married the son of the Duke of Medina Sidonia. The Duke is the King's debtor for one hundred thousand crowns, the remainder of the account for the administration of the Armada of eighty-eight, which was lost in the attack on England. The King has given this credit in a present to the Duke's daughter.
Madrid, 8th November 1598.
Nov. 9. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 754. Francesco Soranzo, Venetian Ambassador in Spain, to the Doge and Senate.
The armament designed for the recovery of Porto Rico will not be sent. Orders have been given that four ships with ammunition and sappers shall be despatched, and that the forts are to be put in order. Artillery to take the place of that carried off by the English has also been sent out.
There is great alarm at the prospect of a joint fleet from Holland, Zealand, and England. In that country they are preparing a large armament. Here they deliberate what to do, but settle little. There are difficulties in every case. Only the voice of the Adelantado is heard in disparagement of any forces the enemy may put together. But the truth is they are bound to be alarmed, for the confusion and deficiency discovered on the King's death are quite incredible.
Madrid, 9th November 1598.
Nov. 28. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 755. Francesco Soranzo, Venetian Ambassador in Spain, to the Doge and Senate.
Seeing how slow the Dutch are to open negotiations for an accord, the King has ordered all their shipping to be seized. They require the ships and the men, perhaps for an attack on England.
Madrid, 28th November 1598.