vol. vii. p. 274.
|200. [Nicholas Ormanetto,] Bishop of Padua, Nuncio in Spain to the Same.|
“I told his Majesty that as we could not now deal with English affairs by way of arms, and the Duke of Alva had established this accord of commerce with the English, his Majesty might be pleased to consider whether it might be possible to find some way of gaining the pretended Queen, and luring her back to the unity and obedience of the Roman Catholic Church; and that though this might seem a very difficult matter, and success, humanly speaking, hardly to be hoped for, nevertheless one ought not to abandon the attempt, because by the aid and favour of God greater things had been accomplished in similar conversions; and I went on to say that there was no human reason for giving up the case as desperate.
“His Majesty thanked me for discovering my inmost mind to him, and told me that the Duke of Alva had given him some intimation of this sort, though rather by way of shadowed hint, to use his own words; but that he had not given much heed thereto, deeming that the Duke had thrown it out to put a better face on this accord, which, he repeated, he could not approve; but that as this idea had occurred to me also, he would write urgently to the Duke, that he give himself heart and soul to the affair, and discover what ground for hope there may be, and what may be done therein. Who knows if God be not now minded by the hand of Gregory XIII to make another conversion in that realm like that accomplished by Gregory I? I think we should leave nothing undone to gain souls, however little hope there may be of success.”
3 June, 1573. Madrid. Decipher. Italian.
1043. f. 330
|201. News Letter.|
… “This morning we have tidings of the safe arrival of our fleet of 36 sail in Zealand, whence it will be able to return without risk; and Middelburg and the other places are provisioned for two months; and many are fleeing from Flushing to England, despairing of succour by the Prince of Orange, so that it is hoped that this war will have a speedy end, and that all will turn out well for the Catholic King.”
8 June, 1573. Brussels. Italian. Copy.
vol. vi. p. 323.
|202. [Antonio Maria] Salviati, [late] Bishop [of S. Papoul,] Nuncio in France to [Ptolemy Galli,] Cardinal of Como.|
“Letters are to hand from England to the effect that Ireland was in rebellion against the Queen; which rebellion, if such there be and well sustained, would be of the utmost importance, and would deprive the Queen of the means of fomenting sedition in France or Flanders.”
8 June, 1573. Paris. Italian.
1043. f. 336.
|203. News Letter.|
… “Montgomery, having gotten possession of Belle Ile in Brittany, and being minded to keep it, returned to England for succour, whitherward accordingly M. de Montpensier, Governor of that Province, went in pursuit of him.”
16 June, 1573. Lyon. Italian. Copy.
vol. vii. p. 292.
|204. [Nicholas Ormanetto,] Bishop of Padua, Nuncio in Spain to [Ptolemy Galli,] Cardinal of Como.|
… “I have once more done my office with his Majesty that he should essay the conversion of the pretended Queen and the realm of England to the Church, wherein the present successes of France count for much, particularly if La Rochelle should, as the French hope, succumb; for as this English lady has so openly affronted the Crown of France, she cannot be without fear lest the other should resent these offences; and she might also give thought to the stability of her realm, and, coming to terms with his Catholic Majesty, relieve herself of the burden of that Bull of deprivation. His Majesty said to me: ‘We would you had seen what we wrote to the Duke of Alva on this question of the affairs of England.’ I, as I have said, deem this matter not only difficult but almost impossible by reason of the evil quality of this lady and of her chief minister: sed apud Deum omnia possibilia.”
17 June, 1573. Madrid. Decipher. Italian.
vol. vii. p. 295.
|205. [Nicholas Ormanetto,] Bishop of Padua, Nuncio in Spain to [Ptolemy Galli,] Cardinal of Como.|
“The Irish Bishop of Emly has arrived here, and has given me your letter of the 7th of April, in answer to which I have no more to say than that I shall not fail to afford him all the aid I can with his Catholic Majesty in conformity with the instruction that you send me in his Holiness’ name.”
17 June, 1573. Madrid. Italian.
vol. vi. p. 350.
|206. [Antonio Maria] Salviati, [late] Bishop of S. Papoul, Nuncio in France to the Same.|
… “Letters are to hand from Scotland to the effect that the fleet of the Queen of England had gotten possession of the Castle of Lindimburg [sic Edinburgh] by the defection of the garrison, which was numerous and well supplied with victuals and munitions; but when the soldiers sighted the English fleet, they told the Governor that they were resolved to surrender to the Queen; and so they did, forcing the Governor to submit to their will, though he for his part was stoutly determined to fight and do his duty.”
17 June, 1573. Paris. Italian.
1043. f. 338.
|207. News Letter.|
… “By what they say openly here, affairs are not going so well in Flanders as the Spaniards say. It is apprehended that, unless Harlem soon fall into their hands, the war may last longer than might be wished, especially as it is understood that Count Louis [of Nassau] was still sending men in detachments to his brother, the Prince of Orange, who receives secret aid from the Queen of England.”
18 June, 1573. Vienna. Italian. Copy.
vol. vi. p. 369.
|208. [Antonio Maria] Salviati, [late] Bishop [of S. Papoul,] Nuncio in France to [Ptolemy Galli,] Cardinal of Como.|
… “Montgomery, they say, has returned to England and is there greatly caressed; they say also that he has returned very rich, and has taken some Portuguese ships laden with moneys and valuable commodities.
“There has arrived here from England Captain Frangiotto, of Lucca, an old Huguenot. His ostensible purpose is to treat with his Majesty on behalf of the Vidame [of Chartres] and some other French Huguenots, who after St. Bartholomew's day took refuge in England, in dread of the fury with which the people were animated against the Huguenots. He was in Paris on that day, and was so near drowning that those that saw him in those breakers deem it hardly possible that he should yet live.”
21 June, 1673. Paris. Italian.
vol. vi. p. 382.
|209. [Antonio Maria] Salviati, [late] Bishop [of S. Papoul,] Nuncio in France to [Ptolemy Galli,] Cardinal of Como.|
“An ambassador has arrived from England to congratulate their Majesties on the election to the throne of Poland: they now expect Guido Cavalcanti, who is wont to negotiate all the accords between England and this Crown.”
25 June, 1573. Paris. Italian.
1043. f. 331.
|210. News Letter.|
… “Montgomery has departed for England with the fleet, having failed to succour La Rochelle.”
27 June, 1573. Venice. Italian. Copy.
|211. News Letter.|
… “The Duke of Alençon, third brother to his Most Christian Majesty, is, we understand, to be made King of England by marriage: and the King of Poland is to visit his Most Christian Majesty before going to his kingdom.”
27 June, 1573. Turin. Italian. Copy.
vol. xv. f. 279.
|212. [Ptolemy Galli,] Cardinal of Como to [Nicholas Ormanetto,] Bishop of Padua, Nuncio in Spain.|
… “You will do well not to let his Majesty forget that it is for him to reclaim the Lady of England to the obedience of the Church; and lovingly to offer him on the part of the Pope all possible aid and counsel as well by way of negotiation as by way of force. You will also do well to take every opportunity of reminding him of his proposed visit to Italy, particularly when his Majesty shall be on his way towards Aragon.”
28 June, 1573. Rome. Italian. Draft.
|213. The Same to the Same.|
… “ In regard to the affairs of Naples, were it not that you write that the King is attending to them, I believe the Pope would before now have lost patience, for those ministers daily do the worst they can; and for a sample I would have you read some particulars which I enclose of the non-observance of the Council of Trent, as if that realm were in Germany or in England.”
28 June, 1573. Rome. Italian. Draft for cipher.
vol. 33. f. 169.
|214. A[nne, Countess of] Northumberland, Leonard Dacre, Christopher Nevill and Sir Francis Englefield to [Stanislaus, Cardinal Hosius].|
Craving his interest to procure from the Pope for the Cardinal's quondam pupil Nicholas Sander letters commendatory to the Catholic King, with whom he is to plead the cause of the Catholic Church in England.
29 June, 1573. Brussels. Latin.
ff. 174–5, 180.
|215. The Same to [John, Cardinal Moroni].|
Craving his interest with the Pope in furtherance of Nicholas Sander's mission, and enclosing a petition by the exiles to the Pope, dated 16 June, 1573, on the same subject.
29 June, 1573. Brussels. Latin.
f. 27d. No. 57.
|216. Pope Gregory XIII to [Francis Richardot,] Bishop of Arras.|
Recommending Robert Owen, an exile from his country for the Catholic religion's sake, and for some years, as the Pope is informed, a student of both laws at Douai, for preferment to a benefice.
30 June, 1573. Rome. Latin.
f. 28. No. 58.
|217. The Same to Philip, Catholic King of the Spains.|
In commendation of Antony Bulmer, an exile from his country for the Catholic religion's sake.
30 June, 1573. Rome. Latin. Fiat for this, as also for the foregoing brief, in Arm. lii. vol. 31, June, 1573.