Edward VI
March 1547

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1861

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'Edward VI: March 1547', Calendar of State Papers Foreign, Edward VI: 1547-1553 (1861), pp. 5-10. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=70285 Date accessed: 17 April 2014. Add to my bookshelf


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March 1547

March 4.
Westminster.
22. Commission from King Edward VI. to John Lord Russell, John Earl of Warwick, Thomas Lord Seymour, and Sir William Paget, to enter into negotiations with the French Ambassadors for a defensive league with France. [Latin. Broadside. Signed by the King, and countersigned by Somerset.]
March 7.
Fiacenza.
23. Count Ludovico Rangone to Sir William Paget. Although his object in sending Gianbianco a few days since was chiefly to pay respect to the memory of the late King, yet his desire is not the less to testify his duty to the present, and requests that Gianbianco may have all facilities of access allowed him. For other matters refers him to Marquis Antonio Pallavicino da Ravarano, the bearer of the letter. [Italian. One page.]
March 7.
Venice.
24. Edmond Harvel to the Earl of Hertford, Lord Protector. Had written to his Lordship and the Council on the last day of February, acknowledging receipt of their letter of the 3d thereof. Since then had visited the Duke and Senate, and had declared to them, "not without lachrymable and extreme sorrow the most pitiful and dolorous decease of the King's Majesty," the particulars of his Majesty's will as to the government during the minority of his son, and his desire and that of the Protector and Council, that the former amity should continue between the States and England. Requested them to persist in their resolution to send an Ambassador to England as they had intended to do during the life of the late King, and thereafter presented his Majesty's letters. All which, with suitable condolence and congratulation, had been fully reciprocated by the said Duke and Senate. Sends inclosed the copy of certain advertisements from Rome, whereby it appears how the Bishop and Cardinal Pole begin to enter in practices upon the King of England, whereupon he admonishes and exhorts his Lordship to be much vigilant and circumspect against the frauds and enmity of prelates with other enemies. [Two pages. Inclosure, Italian, one page.]
March 7.
Brussels.
25. Edward Carne to Sir William Paget, K.G. Sends copies of the articles of agreement between the Emperor and Duke Ulric of Wirtemberg, and of the agreement of the town of Augsburg with the Emperor. It is reported that Mons. Gronyng prospers marvellously to the Emperor's purpose about Bremen and the quarters where he goeth with his army. They speak much of great preparation made in France both of artillery and men to go to Scotland. [One page. Inclosures, French, five pages and a half.]
March 7.
Boulogne.
26. Orders established by the Lord Grey, Deputy of the King's Majesty's Town and Marches of Boulogne, Sir Hugh Poulet, and Sir John Harrington, Knight, by virtue of her Majesty's Commission and Instructions from the Lord Protector and the residue of his Highness's Privy Council to them directed, for avoiding of the superfluous excess of victuals and the good order of the same. [Copy, nine pages.]
March 7.
Florence.
27. Cosmo de Medicis, Duke of Florence, to King Edward VI. Letters of condolence on the death of his father King Henry VIII. [Latin. Broadside on vellum.]
March 7.
Venice.
28. Francis Donato, Doge of Venice, to King Edward VI. Condoles with him on the death of his father King Henry VIII., which event has been communicated by Edmond Harvel, his Ambassador here. Has deputed James Zambone to offer in person congratulations on his succession. [Latin. Broadside on vellum.]
March 11.
Boulogne.
29. William Lord Grey of Wilton to the Lord Protector. Sends such information as by espial he has learned forth of France. The walled towns supply the King with 20,000 soldiers at their own charge for one year; these are ready to march at tuck of drum, he suspects against this town. The clergy pay the fourth penny of their livings. The Parliament of Rouen have decreed that Normandy shall give the King 1,800,000 francs. The whole French troops are supplied for three months, and are ready to march at trumpet-sound. The English merchants are ill treated in France, therefore they mostly associate with Scots. One hundred and twenty pieces of brass ordnance have been drawn out of the storehouses in Paris. All these news were sent towards Scotland three days ago. [One page.]
March 8.
Venice.
30. Edmond Harvel to the Earl of Hertford. The Senate has this day communicated to him their letters from Constantinople of the 9th ult., which bear that the Turks in the parts of Babylon have been victorious over the Lord of Balsora, and occupied his country with many good towns, which will be of much importance to the Turks as being upon the Persian Gulf, whither are brought large quantities of spices and other merchandise from India. The Lord of Balsora had fled fifteen journeys distant from his land towards Mecca. The Bassa, who has taken the country, is made Governor thereof, with a salary of 20,000 ducats per ann. The Turk's Bassa left Adrianopolis on the 3d of February (illegible). Orders are given to all in the Turk's service to be in readiness, and great naval preparations are being made, whereby it appears that he intends some notable enterprise this year. He has also sent 100,000 ducats to Buda, and ordered the Tartars to supply him with 40,000 men, as by homage they are bound to do. Audiences had been given lately by Rustan the chief Bassa to Signor Guardo, the Envoy of Ferdinando and the Portuguese Ambassador, but with what effect is not known, although the Imperialists say that Ferdinando is to have a truce, and the Turk will make no war this year; this will be known after the return of the French Envoy to the Turk. The Transylvanian Ambassador, supposed to have been treating on certain differences of boundaries, had recently left the court of the Turk, who by reason of having so many Christian leagueries and continued victories is grown more and more to wonderful estimation in the world. The Senate is fully resolved to send an Ambassador to England. Has in his other letters made mention of the two legates intended to be sent by the Bishop to the Emperor and France for practices to reduce England to his obedience, and of the many rumours that Cardinal Pole was minded to require succour from the Emperor to be restored to his country. Considering how firmly the King's government is established, thinks the fury and vain blasts of the adversaries will not long endure. [One page and a half.]
March 12.
Cleves.
31. William Duke of Cleves to the Council. Letter of credence for his Envoy, Conrad Herisbach. [Latin. One page.]
32. The Privy Council to Dr. Wotton, signifying the King's intention of speedily recalling him, and informing him of a defensive league which they had concluded with the French Ambassadors; the principal articles of which they recapitulate for his instruction. [Draft and copy. Draft, three pages; copy, four pages.]
March 15.
Antwerp.
33. William Dansell to Sir William Paget. Has been requested by Erasmus Schetz of this town and his sons to solicit that their servant may be despatched from England, where he has long remained for the clearing of his account with one of the King's officers in the north, for corn which had been delivered for his Majesty's use. Incloses some letters received from a servant of William Watson, who, missing Mr. Morysine, had returned the same. [One page.]
March 16.
Bruges.
34. Edward Carne to same. Last night a post came from the Emperor to the Lady Regent, apprising her, as he is credibly in formed, that the Emperor is going in person with the army to Saxony as speedily as he may. The Regent has sent for all the States of Flanders to be here before she departs to Zealand on Monday next for seven or eight days. Thence she will return straight, the Council remaining here in the meantime. It is said that the Emperor will make out of hand a new fortress between Montreuil and Terouanne beside Falkenburg, in a place called Renti, a piece of ground belonging to the Duke of Arschot. Within three days after his arrival at Bruges certain of the Lords of the town waited upon him to welcome him, and presented him with wine. [One page.]
March 19.
Bruges.
35. Edward Carne to Sir William Paget. Last night received a packet from the Bishop of Westminster for him, with a letter to himself, informing him that Marquis Albert of Brandenburg, who served the Emperor in all this last war, is taken prisoner by Duke Frederick of Saxony. Inclines to think that this intelligence was brought to the Queen on the 15th instant by the last post; but here nothing is said of it, or of any doings in Saxony. [One page.]
March 20.
Bruges.
36. Same to same. Had sent to him on the previous morning a packet of letters, wherein was a packet from the Bishop of Westminster, by the hands of a young English merchant of the Steel-yard in London, who promised surely to deliver it. Recapitulates the substance of his two former letters of the 16th and 19th instant. [One page.]
March 22.
Bruges.
37. Same to same. Has this evening received for him a packet from the Bishop of Westminster in haste, with a request that it may be forwarded surely and diligently; wherefore despatches it by the bearer his servant with diligence. It is said that Marquis Albert of Brandenburg was taken prisoner by treachery while he went a banqueting to a certain lady outside his camp. Hears that news have arrived from the Emperor to-day; these are not yet spoken of, being kept very privily. [One page.]
March 24.
Antwerp.
38. Sir Thomas Chamberlain to same. Sends a packet of letters from Mr. Mount, by which he will doubtless be informed of the proceedings of the Emperor, who is said to be preparing men rapidly in Italy. The French King is reported to be sore sick. Trusts to see Paget shortly. Hopes to send his tiles within 20 days; they have been made three or four times, but by reason of this winter been always crased and broken in the furnace. [One page.]
March 24.
Antwerp.
39. William Dansell to same. Having been appointed for the receipt and payment of certain sums of money for the discharge of a debt due by his Majesty to Erasmus Schetz and A[nthony] Fugger, on 15th February last, he has clearly satisfied the same, and sends their acquittance herewith, retaining the duplicate and the King's obligations in his custody until he returns home, which he begs he may be permitted to do, as he has finished all that was committed to his charge, and there is nothing to be done before the 15th of August. Some say that the Marquis of Brandenburg, lately taken, is sent to be kept prisoner in Denmark, and it is reported that letters of marque are granted here against the Scots. Why the Emperor prepares his navy is not certainly known, but some think to put himself in readiness to withstand the French King if he should pretend anything against him. Jasper Duke and others have news that three Cardinals Ambassadors are coming from the Bishop of Rome; one of them to the Emperor, a second to the King of France; to whom the third is not known. [One page.]
1547. March 26.
Antwerp.
40. Sir Thomas Chamberlain to Sir William Paget. All the ships in Zealand and Holland have been arrested by the Regent's command; wherefore unknown. The Bishop of Rome sends three Cardinals to the Emperor, France, and England. The Regent has given liberty to all who will to arm against the Scots, yet some of the same nation are seen going about the town free and unmolested. News from Zealand that 25 sail of French ships are restrained there by the Regent's command, and a similar embargo on all the ships in Holland. [Two pages.]
March 26.
Bruges.
41. Edward Carne to same. Hears that the Duke of Saxony has defeated 6,000 foot and 200 or 300 horse of the Emperor, and that a great part of Duke Maurice's subjects have rebelled against him; but these news are not spoken abroad here. The lady with whom Marquis Albert of Brandenburg went to banquet when he was taken was the Landgrave's sister. The Emperor is reported to have the gout in his hand. It is said that the French army and navy are in great readiness, and that the Scots are very strong upon the sea. [One page.]
March 27.
Antwerp.
42. Sir Thomas Chamberlain to same. Sends a packet from Mr. Mount. Has no news, save that the rumour of the intended coming of the three Cardinals is still prevalent. [One page.]
March 31.
Bruges.
43. Edward Carne to the "Lord Protector's most Noble Grace." The previous intelligence of the submission of Strasburg to the Emperor was premature; it has only come to appointment now. Is credibly informed that the Emperor has sent for the bands of horsemen of Flanders. Mons. de Groning still besieges Bremen, and has sent for 12 ensigns of fresh soldiers to be recruited from Friesland. Requests that a new warrant may be granted to the Treasurer for payment of his diets. [One page.]
March 31.
Bruges.
44. Same to Secretary Sir William Petre. Is informed by his factor, Mr. Hussey, that the Treasurer cannot pay his diets without a fresh warrant, and begs the Secretary's assistance to procure it, or else he is like to defray his charges here very slenderly. [One page.]
March.
[Paris.]
45. Dr. Wotton to the Earl of Hertford and the Council. Detailing his negotiation with the French Council relative to a suit of John Flite, an English merchant, in the Court of Parliament at Rouen, and inclosing copies of the King of France's letter and commission to the first President of the Court of Rouen to determine the cause. [Two pages. Inclosures, five pages.]
March.46. Intended treaty between King Edward VI. and King Francis I. after the death of King Henry VIII. [Latin. Nine pages and a half. Copy.]
Copy of the preceding. [Four pages.]
March.47. Treaty made at London between King Edward VI. and King Francis I. for settling the boundaries of Boulogne. [Latin. Four pages.]
Copy of the preceding. [Four pages. Printed by Rymer, Vol. xv., p. 135, ed. 1728.]