Diplomatic and General History
On November 26, 1546, the king of Portugal, Dom John III, sent Henry VIII of England a letter accrediting the jurist Dr.Gaspar de Oliveira as his ambassador at the court of the English sovereign. The purpose of this diplomatic mission was to request Henry VIII to curb ther boldness of some of his subjects who were endangering the cause of peace and the friendship between the two kingdoms by harassing thge vessels loaded with corn for Portugal (1).
Henry VIII's death took place shortly after the arrival of the Portuguese diplomat in London. Dom John III sent Fernão da Silveira (about the end of March 1547) to bear his condolences to Edward VI and to congratulate the young prince on his accession to the throne.
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