East Indies: January 1610

Pages 202-204

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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January 1610

Jan. 2–8.
477. Court Minutes of the East India Company. Agreement with Henry Boothby, skilful in calicoes, and speaking Spanish, willing to adventure 100l., and to serve the Company seven years. Thos. Fettiplace, merchant, willing to adventure 100l., sworn a free brother. A fit man to be appointed to keep books of all the pepper sold. Difference with Edmund Scott.
Jan. 4.—To see if the provisions be in readiness, and provide ordnance for the pinnace. Request of the Lord Mayor for 100lb. of pepper at 2s. a lb. ordered, “that no way be given thereunto for precedent's sake;” yet the Company are pleased to gratify him with 50 lbs. for his favours towards them about the Bridgehouse, Leadenhall &c. John Manistay's adventure. To agree with masters for the ships. Certain stones called “Bullasses” to be provided and sent to the East Indies as things there in request. Agreement with John Stoughton, brought up as a scholar, willing to serve seven years and adventure 100l. Benjamin Farie desirous to be employed. Offer of Geoffrey Davies to serve the Company. Admission of Sir Richard Loveless [? Lovelace], Knight.
Jan. 8.—Richard Covert, merchant, sworn a free brother for a fine of 20l. Allen Salloes thought unfit to be employed as a master. 325l. of Robert Robinson's adventure in the third voyage, set over to his brother Arthur Robinson. Suit of Sommers to be employed as a surgeon. 130 tuns of strong beer to be provided in place of cider. Admission of Thos. Lever, merchant, willing to adventure 200l. Biscuit, meal, and wheat to be provided for the voyage. “The youth, an apothecary,” skilful in distillations, and commended by Lord Carew, to go as surgeon's mate's mate. Hugh Greete, skilful in jewels and stones, to be entertained. Benjamin Farie thought unfit for employment. John Lancellot, [Nath.] Courthope, John Williams, and Robt. Micho, who speaks Portuguese, entertained. The mariners' bonds to be taken, and Andrew Shillinge conferred with to go as master. [Four pages and a quarter. Court Bk., II., 164–166.]
Jan. 8.
478. W. Becher to Salisbury. Mons. Aerssens is charged to complain to the French King about Dawnser. He tells Becher that he is commissioned to remonstrate very roundly against the setting up of a society in France for traffic in the East Indies; that if the French will, with such great injustice, so proceed in it as to suborn the Dutch mariners and merchants to serve the French in this enterprise, to the States' prejudice, and the French King will give them protection, the Hollanders will be driven to do justice on their own people in their own territories, and board the French ships where ever they meet them, and hang up all the Flemings they find in them. Thinks Aerssen's earnestness in this matter will go nigh to break the neck of the enterprise, for although the French have great store of money, they will never be able to perform the voyage without the help of the Hollanders men and shipping. [Extract from Correspondence, France.]
Jan. 9–19. 479. Court Minutes of the East India Company. Gratification to mariners in the Dragon. Agreement with Robert Comely to go as chief surgeon in the Peppercorn. John Sozar gratified with 20s. for his pains in translating divers journals and descriptions of the East Indies from Portuguese into English. Adventure of Nicholas Cadge, deceased, in the 3rd voyage, set over to Robert Bell. Agreement with Wm. Poulter. Leonard White's adventure and freedom made over to Sir Richard Lovelace. Request of the Earl of Southampton to admit Mr. Haines, who he had appointed to manage his adventure. To agree with a second master to go the voyage. Downton, Shillinge, Thornton, and Mollineux, nominated amongst others. Thos. Marberie, gentleman usher to the Lord Chancellor, sworn a free brother of the Company. Inquiry to be made of Mr. Bird, a preacher recommended by Sir Henry Middleton. Hugh Greete to be hired as a jeweller. No more factors to be entertained.
Jan. 10.—Allowance to Simon Bamberrie. Suit of Jas. Taylor to have the chief carpenter's wages. Offers to purchase brass ordnance from Sir John Watts. The demands of Andrew Shillinge for salary as master altogether unreasonable. Gunner's stores in the Dragon. Agreement with Richard Sommers to go as chief surgeon in the Increase.
Jan. 11.—To agree with Mr. Burton for fair writing the charter on vellum, and binding it “in some decent manner.” Edmund Scott's case; the Company desire, in reply to Mr. Calvert's letter, that it may be heard before the Council. The Dragon and the three new ships to be entered in the Custom House. To hire Mr. Downton, Mr. Mollineux, and Mr. Pemberton. Gratification to Jas. Taylor, claiming the wages of the chief carpenter. Ordnance for the pinnace Agreement with Benjamin Farie. Mr. Lynton to be conferred with touching his skill “in the longitude, &c.” Anchors and 2,000 load of timber to be provided. The Dragon to be brought into dock at Deptford. Beer for the voyage.
Jan. 13.—Stephen Goade's claim for wages; charges against him, Adventure of Randall Hopkins, deceased, set over to Thos. Fettiplace. Agreement with Mr. Mollineux to go as master of the Increase, with 10l. monthly, “for that, besides his skill in the Indies, at Bantam, and at the Moluccas, he hath been at Surat, where none of our people formerly have been.” Gratification for his extraordinary pains in bringing home the Dragon, very much distressed, and without the help of any mate. Resolution concerning the wages of those employed. Agreement to purchase brass ordnance from Sir John Watts.
Jan. 15.—Agreement with Robt. Larkyn, to serve seven years and adventure 100l. No more factors to be entertained until further orders. Bonds of the factors and other officers. Against unnecessary expense of powder, “shooting at drinking of healths, and at the captains going on shore or otherwise.”
Jan. 18.—Thos. Stephens to cast up the account of the Expedition. Offer of Mr. Deards for the silk; the king's silk only at 5s. the small pound, the Company's silk 30s. per 1b. for the best, and 8s. per 1b. for the worst. Wages of Southmaid, mariner, deceased. Morehouse, the purser, to make good the amount he paid to a wrong person at Plymouth. For supply of money for the sixth voyage; the charge will amount to about 80,000l., of which there is only written for about 5,000l [mistake for 50,000l.] of which 40,100l is already brought in, some 8,000l or 9,000l. being set down by some not free of the Company. About Edward Warnor's admission, an adventurer under Christopher Cletherowe in the first, second, and third voyages. Admission of John Gilbert, merchant [on Jan. 11], and of John Slany, merchant [on Jan. 26].
Jan. 19.—Concerning the prohibition against bringing in pepper For supply of money for the sixth voyage. Liberty to any brother of the Company to augment his adventure, until the last day of this instant January. Conditions of payment. Division of the money for the cloves, supposed to be about 25l. upon every 100l. How the pepper may be taken out by adventurers. [Eleven pages. Court Bk., II, fol. 166–171. This is the last entry in the volume, although there are many blank pages. At the end is "A table of the most material things contained in this book fit for the speedy and easy finding out of the same upon any sudden occasion.The next "Court Book" labelled III, begins 4 January, 1614, so that the minutes for the four years between January, 1610, and January, 1614, are wanting. They were probably entered in a book not now to be found.]