THE archives of Venice,
as might be anticipated from the nature of her ancient institutions, are
singularly rich in the materials of history: the machinery of a
republican government, whose executive committees kept minutes of their
proceedings, and whose legislative assemblies required numerous reports
for their information, had the effect of rapidly multiplying State
The department of foreign affairs possesses unusually ample documents.
The ambassadors of the Republic kept up a double correspondence with the
Doge (to whom, by official etiquette, all their communications were
addressed) : the ordinary and ostensible despatches were intended for
the information of the College and Senate, while the more secret and
confidential were reserved for the Doge and the Council of Ten.
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can search these volumes for words such as "Scotland" and "Scotch" to
see many references to both. Also some account of the Auld
Alliance between Scotland and France.