East Indies: March 1604

Pages 140-141

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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March 1604

March 2/12
St Lucar.
331. Intelligence from Spain. The Spaniards greatly offended because the English prepare to trade with either of the Indies, which they say they will never consent to. Eight ships going by 15th May to the East Indies with silver and 200 men in each, besides eight ordinary ships. [Extract from Correspondence, Spain.]
March 25.
Court at
332. Lord Admiral Nottingham to Sir Thos. Lake, clerk of the Signet. Upon suggestion that Capt. Button was dead in the Indies, the King was induced to give away his pension and the place bestowed upon him by the late Queen, under the great seal of Ireland, but understanding that he is living and safely returned, His Majesty has, upon his petition, granted him the reversion of the pension and place, and in the meantime a pension out of the Exchequer. Requests him to fill up the blank in the privy seal with 6s. 8d. per diem. [Domestic Corresp., Jac. I. Vol. VI, No. 106. Cal., p. 89.]
March 30.
April 9.
333. “Advertisement from Seville.” Eighteen Englishmen have made themselves strong, with the help of the Indians, “in the isle of Clavo, which is between China and the East Indies;” they were besieged by 500 Portugals, who could not prevail against them, which has caused great uproar in all that country, and, except Don Pedro de Acuna, who is gone viceroy of China, annoys them they are like to keep themselves strong. [Indorsed, as above, “from John R.” Extract from Correspondence, Spain.]