S. E. T. c. I.
92. Secret Instructions for Doctor De Puebla to take
1. Ferdinand and Isabella had promised the English
ambassador, who had come to Barcelona, to send an embassy
to England, which, however, had been delayed by the illness
of Sasiola, who overtook him on his way thither.
De Puebla goes in his place.
|Peace with France.
Have made peace with France, because their counties of
Roussillon and Cerdana had been restored, and because they
knew that Henry had already made peace with the King of
2. The Pope is in great difficulties on account of the wars
in Italy. He has asked for assistance from Spain, and intends
to write to the other Christian Princes on the same subject.
Spain has sent to his assistance all the ships in port, and 1,000
lancers from the guards; is now sending 2,000 foot, and
intends to send more. Henry is bound to do what every
Christian, but much more a Christian Prince, is obliged
to do. (fn. 1)
|The King of the
Are told that certain movements have taken place in England,
likely to produce a quarrel between Henry and the
King of the Romans. If Henry wish to make use of their
good offices they will reconcile him with the King of the
Romans, as they had done already on a former occasion.
In case the King of the Romans offers reasonable terms,
Henry is advised not to reject them.—Madrid, 25th February
1495. (fn. 2)
Indorsed : "Copy of the instruction which Doctor De
Puebla took with him to England, which instruction
was to be kept secret."
Spanish. pp. 7.
(Inclosed in the letter of De Puebla of the 19th
July 1495. See that letter.)
S. E. T. c. I.
93. Ferdinand and Isabella to De Puebla.
Another copy of the same instructions, to which a paragraph
is added concerning the Spanish merchants trading
with England. Henry VII. is desired not to deprive them of
the privileges which they have hitherto possessed.—Madrid,
25th February 1495.
Indorsed in the hand of De Puebla : "A copy of the
instruction of their Highnesses for the King of
"Another instruction which your Highnesses ordered to be
given to me concerns the merchants."
Spanish. Copy. pp. 4.
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94. Henry VII. to Ferdinand and Isabella.
1. Accepts the excuses for the delay which has taken
place in sending the embassy, though he has been otherwise
informed respecting it.
|Assistance to be
sent to the Pope.
2. As for the assistance to be sent to the Pope, there is no
more zealous Christian in the world, and no one more disposed
to aid the Holy See, than he. But cannot believe
that the Pope is really in danger, for he has not told him so,
and communication between Rome and England is not obstructed.
It would show a great want of respect in the Pope
to England, if he required her assistance and yet would not
even send a letter. Thinks the Holy Father incapable of
|King of the
3. Does not remember, during the last three years, to have
given the slightest pretext to the King of the Romans for
quarrelling with him. On the contrary he has, without regard
to trouble, expense, and the odium of the world, done more for
the King of the Romans than he was at all bound to do, and
more than any other prince has done. In spite of the ingratitude
which he has met with, he is not disinclined to reconciliation,
if the King of the Romans wish it. Prefers the good offices
of Ferdinand and Isabella to those of any other prince.
4. The Spanish merchants have never possessed the privileges
which they now claim, nor were they conceded to
them by the treaty which King Edward concluded a short time
before his death.
[A postscript in the hand of De Puebla.]
Henry spoke of the marriage between Katharine and
Arthur. He acknowledged that the former treaties no longer
existed. Nothing more was said on this subject.
Indorsed : "Secret instruction which Doctor De Puebla
took to England, and the answer made to it by the
King of England."
Latin. pp. 5½.
(Inclosed in the letter of De Puebla of the
19th of July 1495.)