Venice: April 1602

Pages 500-501

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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April 1602

April 1. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 1069. Marin Cavalli, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate.
The besieged in Ostend expect supports from England and Germany in considerable numbers; and this year they hope to be stronger than in the past years.
After the Earl of Tyrone's defeat there is no further news of him; no one knows where he is. It is thought that he may have taken to that wild part of Ireland which by its nature is very strong. The Queen of England has hurried on the sailing of her fleet. It is not settled yet where it is to make for; the Spanish waters or the West Indies.
Paris, first of April 1602.
April 9. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 1070. Agostino Nani, Venetian Ambassador in Constantinople, to the Doge and Senate.
The French Ambassador told me that he had constantly urged his master to arm some galleys at Marseilles; that now was the time for a league against the Turk, and that his master would very easily be persuaded to join when once the affairs of Flanders and of England were settled.
Dalle Vigne di Pera, 9th April 1602.
[Italian; deciphered.]
April 15. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 1071. Marin Cavalli, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate.
The Spanish declare that the King of France desires peace for the good of his kingdom, but that, as he is aware that the Spanish can not go to war with him on account of the Queen of England's threatening attitude and of the Turkish fleet, he allows a great deal of assistance to be given to the States.
Paris, 15th April 1602.
[Italian; deciphered.]
April 15. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 1072. Marin Cavalli, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate.
The Prince of Orange and Don Rodrigo Lasso passed through Paris on their way back from Spain. They made their journey in great haste, and have left behind them the rumour that they were carrying one million and a half of gold into Flanders.
The siege of Ostend goes on as it has hitherto done, without any fresh incidents. Both parties are making levies in Germany. It is still doubtful whether the States will lay siege to some place in Brabant, such as Bois-le-Duc or Grave. Some think they will force on a general engagement.
The English ships, which conducted the Spanish to Corunna from Ireland, have returned home many days ago. In that port they found ten ships laden with ammunition, destined for the West Indies, they said, but as they were unladen as soon as the Spanish returned from Ireland it is thought more likely that they were really destined for that place. The Queen's fleet, to the number of twenty-five, has sailed for Spain. Ten other vessels, between galleons and ships, are lying in Plymouth, waiting the arrival of twelve Dutchmen, when they will set sail together, though their destination is unknown.
The French Ambassador (fn. 1) is still in England, though his successor has arrived. He is staying on by the King's commands in order to settle some disputes as to depredations committed by the vessels of one side and of the other, and as to the right to search vessels on the open sea which the English usually do and the French also, when they are the stronger. It seems that they have found a suitable arrangement, which I hope to report in my next despatch.
At this moment I am informed that His Majesty will postpone his departure for Blois; and so, though I have already sent most of my baggage and part of my suite, I will wait a day or two to see what is best to do.
Paris, 15th April 1602.
April 16. Copy of Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 1073. Ottaviano Bon and Simon Contarini, Venetian Ambassadors in Spain, to the Doge and Senate.
Don Juan d'Aquila has arrived with the remains of his troops. Many of whom died in Ireland from sufferings, apart from the losses inflicted by the enemy. The remarks about this person are very various.
Valladolid, 16th April 1602.
April 30. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 1074. Marin Cavalli, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate.
As to the question about the rights of English and French ships on the open sea, it has been settled that neither party shall seize, board, nor pillage the ships of the other; but they may be searched. This chiefly because of English suspicion that arms are being imported to Spain from Germany and Dantzig. And this agreement will put an end to the interminable disputes and friction between the two Crowns.
Blois, 30th April 1602.


  • 1. M. de Beaumont.