Venice: March 1601

Pages 447-449

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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March 1601

Mar. 3. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 961. Agostino Nani, Venetian Ambassador in Constantinople, to the Doge and Senate.
They say now that the two Bertoni which carried off the “Marinella” were Spanish, not English.
Dalle Vigne di Pera, 3rd March 1601.
[Italian; deciphered.]
Mar. 3. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 962. Giovanni Mocenigo, Venetian Ambassador in Rome, to the Doge and Senate.
His Holiness has news that the Persian Ambassadors have left the Imperial Court for Rome, after overcoming many difficulties in the way of their mission. His Holiness is awaiting them eagerly.
Rome, 3rd March 1601.
Mar. 5. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 963. Agostino Nani, Venetian Ambassador in Constantinople, to the Doge and Senate.
The English Ambassador on the creation of this new Vizir has re-opened his negotiations to secure that the Flemish shall sail under the English flag, while the French Ambassador does all he can to maintain what he had acquired under Hafiz.
Dalle Vigni di Pera, 5th March 1601.
[Italian; deciphered.]
Mar, 10. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 964. Giovanni Mocenigo, Venetian Ambassador in Rome, to the Doge and Senate.
The Spanish as an explanation of their armament in Milan now that peace has been signed, say that the King of Spain intends to use these troops in Flanders, to support the Archduke Albert, who has informed all the Spanish ministers in Italy that he is in a very perilous position, owing to the preparations which the States are making against him, and that if not helped, his affairs will go very ill. His Highness declares that he would like this peace with France to remain; all the more as he has good hopes of concluding one with the Queen of England who of herself has re-opened negotiations on the subject. It is said that the person arrested by the Grand Duke as the pretended King of Portugal (Don Sebastiano) is not the same man as was expelled from Venice; for on leaving that city four of the Portuguese who were with him dressed themselves up like him and went in different directions, so that while the government were occupied with watching them the real man might escape to France; where, indeed, they say he has actually arrived. People of weight, however, affirm that the Grand Duke's prisoner is the man expelled from Venice and that the Grand Duke greatly wishes to be quit of the matter.
Rome, 10th March 1601.
March 15 Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 965. Francesco Soranzo, Venetian Ambassador in Spain, to the Doge and Senate.
In England there have been great tumults; the Earl of Essex, supported by a number of gentlemen, has risen against the Queen. He hoped to have met with more favour from the people than he actually received. He showed great rashness in rebelling with so small a following, and smaller prospects of success, and great cowardice in letting himself be captured, after such an act, without making any defence, as he might quite well have done in the effort to save himself He is a prisoner in the Tower of London; he will not leave except to pay the price of the rebellion he raised. The event has alarmed the Queen, who fears that it may have wider roots than have as yet been discovered. But she is doing all she can to secure herself. Here, of course, these events give satisfaction; for they think that the Queen, under pressure of internal if not of external alarm, will hasten to make peace with this Crown. For they are convinced that war with England promises nothing but loss.
Valladolid, 15th March 1601.
[Italian; deciphered.]
Enclosed in Despatch of March 19th, Constantinople. 966. Depositions of two Frenchmen, passengers on board the “Martinella.”
The Bertoni, which attacked the “Martinella,” hailed from Messina, and were full of Spanish.
March 24. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 967. Giovanni Mocenigo, Venetian Ambassador in Rome, to the Doge and Senate.
The Ambassador of the Grand Duke told me that his Highness had certain information that the Spanish nursed designs against England, and that under pretest of helping the Archduke Albert they would advance their troops as near as possible to the ports of that kingdom, there to await the arrival of a fleet which had already sailed from Portugal, under the same pretext of helping the Archduke.
The Grand Duke, to please the King of Spain, will consign to him the pretended King of Portugal.
Rome, 24th March 1601.