Henry VIII, the Reign
Letters & Papers: Volume 4
2 June 1525
1380. TUNSTAL to WOLSEY.
Refers him to the letter to the King, and their common letter to himself. Advises him to write in his own hand to the Emperor to explain the mistake, for Tunstal is sure that either the occasion of the words has been omitted, or else that they were spoken conditionally.
De Reux, as it seems, mistook the counsel Wolsey gave him long ago, or else misreported it. Wolsey's plainness is not so well taken as it ought to be. Advises him to give them good words for good words; keeping secret his thoughts as they do. Orators of all the Italian powers are here to congratulate the Emperor, and perhaps to enter the new league made with the Pope for the defence of Italy and the offence of the troublers thereof. The confirmation is deferred to the coming of the French orators, that they may see it done, to their more discomfort. Thinks verily the Emperor is minded to keep his treaties with the King, as far as the "redubbyng" of the common affairs, but he cannot now accomplish the King's desire, as the army in Italy "hath ettyn ther corn befor it was growen." If they had means they would prefer to attack such parts as would be a clear gain to them; as Provence, which Bourbon claims, and Perpinian, which joins Languedoc, which the kings of Arragon claim, as they do Provence. Now the Princess can be kept, with contentation and thanks, in the King's hand, "which is a perle worthe the keepinge," till she be of age. Does not think the proposal of Francis to marry the Dauphin with the daughter of the Dowager of Portugal is to be feared, as her mother will marry Bourbon.
Whatever overtures Wolsey makes to the French council, or the French council to him, will be known here before they take effect, as the Regent keeps her eyes this way for the recovery of her son. The negotiations with Joachim are perfectly known here. Thinks the French ambassadors will bring all letters with them to try and separate the King and Emperor; but the Emperor affirms that he will never take any way with France until they agree with the King's demands. Wolsey must take heed hereunto. Toledo, 2 June.
Hol., pp. 3. Part cipher, with marginal decipher by Tuke. Add.: To my lord Legate's grace. Endd.