RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
Alt Ref NoMS 271
Extenti, 185 ff.
DescriptionA collection of documents, statistics and other information concerning Spain, especially its financial and military strength, in sixteen books.
The collection was made by, or for, Sir John Smythe (c.1533-1607) during his embassy to Spain, 1576-77. Smythe's signature is found at the end of each book (ff. 11v, 16v, 22v, 28v, 43v, 51r, 72r, 81r, 90r, 106v,135r, 152r, 161v, 177r, 184r).

f. i. A blank fly leaf.
ff. 1r-5v. 'A breefe of the entitling of all the book of notes that I collected at my laste beeinge in Spaine in her Maiesties service, and what matters everie one of them dothe concerne'. A table of the contents of the volume, in English, written in an English hand.
f. 6. blank.
ff. 7-184. Documents and information concerning Spain, in sixteen books. In Spanish, written in a Spanish hand.
ff. 7r-11v. Book 1. Information on troops in Spain, the French border and the coast of Africa, 1577.
f. 12. blank.
ff. 13r-16v. Book 2. Information on troops in Milan, 1577.
ff. 17-18. blank.
ff. 19r-22v. Book 3. Information on troops in Naples and Sardinia, 1577.
ff. 23-24. blank.
ff. 25r-28v. Book 4. Information on troops in Sicily, 1577.
ff. 29-30. blank.
ff. 31r-43v. Book 5. Stipends paid to members of the royal household, counsellors, guards, inquisitors, ambassadors etc, 1577.
f. 44. blank.
ff. 45r-51r. Book 6. Ships with artillery in the ports of Spain and Portugal, 1577.
f. 52. blank.
ff. 53r-72r. Books 7-8. Revenues of the King of Spain in Spain, Naples, Sicily, Milan, Lombardy, the Indies, the Canaries, Sardinia, Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza, Flanders, Burgundy etc., 1577. Cf. MS. 251, ff. 322-334.
f. 72v. blank.
ff. 73r-81r. Book 9. Information concerning the Genoese loan to Philip II and the mortgaging of the royal revenues since 1574.
ff. 81v-82v. blank.
ff. 83r-90v. Book 10. The administration of the Indies, 1577.
f. 90v. blank.
ff. 91r-106v. Book 11. The nobility of Spain, officials in the royal household, viceroys, governors, ambassadors etc, 1577.
ff. 107-108. blank.
ff. 109r-135r. Book 12. Councils of state, courts of justice, viceroys and generals of galleys, bishoprics, treasure fleets from the Indies etc, 1577. Minor corrections between f. 130v and f. 133r appear to be in the hand of George Carew, 1st Earl of Totnes.
ff. 135v-136v. blank.
ff. 137r-152r. Book. 13. Decree of the King of Spain (Philip II) against the Genoese concerning the royal debt, 1575.
ff. 152v-154v. blank.
ff. 155r-177v. Books 14-15. Responses of the Genoese to the King of Spain, 1575.
f. 178. blank.
ff. 179r-184r. Book 16. Agreements between the King of Spain and the Genoese, including an accommodation offered by the King of Spain 28 March 1577.
f. 185. blank.
LanguageSpanish, with an English table of contents.
FindingAidsNew description by Richard Palmer, 2011
PhysicalDescriptionOriginal limp vellum binding, 295 x 225 mm.
Paper leaves
CustodialHistoryFrom the 'Carew-Sheldon' manuscripts. Recorded [as item 71] in the 'Carew-Sheldon' catalogue dated 1664: 'Sir Jo. Smyths collections in Spaine written in Spanish language; folio' (Bodleian Library, Tanner MS. 275a, f. 6r ). These manuscripts were acquired by Gilbert Sheldon (1598-1677), Archbishop of Canterbury. All, or nearly all, were previously owned by George Carew, 1st Earl of Totnes (1555-1629). See M. R. James, 'The Carew manuscripts', English Historical Review, vol 42, 1927, pp. 261-267, and M. R. James, 'A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of Lambeth Palace: The Mediaeval Manuscripts' (Cambridge, 1932), p. 401.
CopiesMicrofilm: Lambeth Palace Library Box 423
RelatedMaterialA copy of Smythe's collection is amongst the papers of Robert Beale (1541-1601) in the British Library (Add. MS. 48026, ff. 68-231)

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GB/109/19006Smythe; Sir; John (c.1533-1607); soldier, diplomat, and writerc.1533-1607
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GB/109/11202Philip II (1527-1598); King of Spain and Portugal; husband of Mary I, Queen of England1527-1598
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