East Indies: June 1613

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Calendar of State Papers Colonial, East Indies, China and Japan, Volume 2, 1513-1616. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1864.

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June 1613

June 20. 646. Captain Nich. Downton to Sir Thos. Smythe and the East India Company. Is weary of” this our every way thwarted journey, where my contents are small, and my hope of profit less.“The great ship [the Trades Increase] unserviceable. Sir Henry Middleton 's wish to dispatch to England” this poor little ship “with such commodities as he had in readiness. Mortality of the factors. Mr. Jourdain, in Captain Sharpey 's absence, Sir Henry 's greatest help. Took leave of Sir Henry 8th February, who returned” towards his little new built village at Pullopenjaun.“Endeavour to overtake the Hector, Thomas, and Solomon at Saldanha. Within three days alter he had passed the straits, half his people were disabled;” he that escapes without disease from that stinking stew of the Chinese part of Bantam must be of a strong constitution of body;“six died, including the preacher. Bad condition of his ship, and rough weather. Found Captain Newport in the Expedition at Saldanha, on her voyage outward, and the Hector and Thomas about to sail for England ; Captain Towerson waited for him, and they all set sail together on 15th May. Arrived at St. Helena 5th June. His illness. Mr. Laws negligent and given to drink. Arrangements made by him for his successor in command, in case of his decease. His men” have all been set agog “by the report received by the people of the ninth voyage, concerning the manner in which Captain David Middleton has been disgraced by the King and Queen, and the” lord and lady admiral, “through complaints made by an audacious cook, and are grown careless of observing any command; the success of such idle complaints should be stopped. Holds Fras. Pinder, the gunner, unfit for further employment [Four pages. O. C, Vol. I., No. 106.]