East Indies: October 1631

Pages 205-214

Calendar of State Papers Colonial, East Indies and Persia, Volume 8, 1630-1634. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1892.

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October 1631

Oct. 2.
215. T. Colley to Agent at Masulipatam. Received his of the last of Sept. and dispeeded them for Ninapooly to Mr. Cartwright, who departed hence for that place 28th Sept. in quest of the clothing of such sorts as that place affords. The Dutchman from Masulipatam arrived 25th, and hastened off for Ninapooly and adjacent Aldeas; but being "Tardiff in Caminha" (?) was overtaken by Cartwright at Baputly 28th, and told him that having passed the former night in "fresh bayting," his servant was imprisoned by the Governor, and his master's dagger delivered to the Dutchman in the morning, and with three or four sharp reproofs he was dismissed. Hopes the Dutchman's designs will be frustrated. The Governor has in this progress with his own hands cut a Mo(cadan) d'Campa in two pieces for not sowing his ground with corn, &c., which act has caused an uproar in this country, and all the people are bag and baggage going away, which is like to be some hindrance to the Company's business. The Governor's dealings are very harsh, as witness the poor people daily with their clamours. Mr. Cartwright writes of 10 washers he has procured at Ninapooly, which will be welcome; so that if the merchants bring in their cloth as they promise, hopes to be in some readiness against the time prefixed for the ship's stay, three bales being brought in, and more daily expected, but these last eight days has fallen such abundance of rain that the washers cannot find time to dry what is in their hands. Could not find in the packet Raga Chittie servant's "conosnts." (?) importing 300 pag. mentioned in his letter to Armagon, but only his letter to the Governor. Intreats him to procure and send a packer, that they may dispatch the cloth already cured to make way for the rest; want him exceedingly; also paper as he may perceive and ink. P.S.—Sherwood's plea shifting it to his man is fabulous. His greatest fault was in keeping it secret till Colley's journey's end, but thinks it was in hope of something from his master, which, failing, out came the truth. Endorsed, "Copy letter sent the Agent 2. 8br 1632" (sic). Also memoranda of goods received 28th Sept. 1632. 2 pp. [O. C., Vol. XIII., No. 1382.]
Oct. 3.
216. Tho. Colley to (the Agent at Masulipatam). Dispatched a pattamar yesterday morning to him towards Masulipatam to intreat a packer's repair hither, since which there has arisen such a combustion as may be a hindrance to the Company's affairs if not soon prevented. Advised in his last of the Governor's cruelty towards one of these country Mocadans, called Commenenny Kistima, of Baputly, who was slain by the Governor's own hand; whereon one Grua Redie, a Moredor of Mordrero, seconded by one Leoma que quistima, two Mocadans d'Campo, have gathered 300 or 400 in arms, and seated themselves on an island called Calipolon, two miles east of Pettapoli, where they intend to keep themselves until they be revenged of the Governor, forcing all the men they can get to be of their side, so that no man dares to go abroad. All the men in this town are gone to them, and all men else (except strangers) are warned by tomorrow night, on forfeiture of their lives, to depart this place and join them. Their washers and payarees are forbidden to go out of the English house "(which is the chief of my writing)"; they have dried what cloth was wet. Therefore intreats him to write to the chief of the complices to permit their labour, for except they have license, they dare do nothing. Purposes to write tomorrow, but thinks it would be of more force if it came from Masulipatam. Would have gone himself about it, but will not expose their masters affairs to so open a danger by leaving the house. They have got all the Sangrees of this side Baputly and of all the rivers to the island among them, and all the town boats are to go to them this day. This fellow is of the strongest side, and, therefore, we must now trust to him. The Governor is 200 strong at Baputly, but thinks they will never be nearer each other. What with the Governor on one side, and the country people on the other, here is nothing but "acclamation & whipping &c.," cannot get a stick of wood or a cash? to further their occasions. Mier Ahassen arrived last night from the Governor very much discontented. Mr. Cartwright left three soldiers who assist him in watching; it would be small charge to the Company to send a couple of Englishmen to assist in these troublous times. The Mocadans have threatened to set the town on fire, and it is good to prepare for the worst, but dares not take in any more soldiers for fear of giving any discontent, and if either party be oppressed they may repair to the Company's house for succour, and so endanger us. Leaves this to his more mature consideration, and, meantime, will strive to push forward their business, and dispeed a pattamar to Cartwright with advice. 1½ pp. [O. C., Vol. XIII., No. 1383.]
Oct. 4.
Royal James, Bantam Road.
217. John Barnes to the East India Company. On their arrival at Masulipatam, Geo. Willoughby received a letter from Surat, wherein their Worships ordered that said Willoughby should succeed Geo. Muschamp as agent of Bantam and all the places subordinate there, "of which I never knew the coast but always to depend on the chief of Bantam." Henry Sill was then Commander on the coast, whose proceedings the agent found very prejudicial to the Company's affairs, and after serious deliberation with John Hunter and William Mathews, required Barnes in behalf of the Company to assist in removing the body and estate of said Henry Sill. Has served the Company 16 years, and been raised through them to what he has, and now being required upon his allegiance to the Company, answered that he knew nothing of merchandizing, but would lay hands on his own brother in his masters behalf; and having formerly known the gross abuses their Worships have sustained in those parts by private trade, and seeing Willoughby deal in none, but seek by all means to cut it off, thought he should not be an honest servant if he should not have assisted him. Sill being removed from Armagon to Bantam, the Star was dispeeded for Jambi, and returning thence laden with pepper 21st Sept., found Agent Willoughby degraded and a prisoner aboard the James, by commission brought by Mr. Skibbowe from the President and Council at Surat, and with himself, William Mathews, Edward Hall, Gilbert Gardener, and Philip Bearden, as if malefactors, to take their passage for Surat; where what will become of them, and how their honest meanings (speaks for himself) will be censured God doth know. Is emboldened to write thus lest his repute and honest name should unjustly suffer, and in case of mortality lest he should not come to answer for himself. Finding these extraordinary proceedings, has now demanded and sends enclosed a note under the agent's hands. Thinks the Star, which Willoughby had ordained for England, will now stay longer. Endorsed, "Mr John Barnes late Mr of the Star, sent prisoner to Surat in the Great James, recd 1st July 1632." 2 pp. [O. C., Vol. XIII., No. 1384.]
Oct. 5.
218. John Skibbowe and John Banggam to the East India Company. Embarked by command of President Rastell and Council in the Royal James and Blessing for these parts 27th April last, and after a tedious passage arrived here with the James 24th Aug.; the Blessing having returned for Surat. Were commissioned to apprehend the person and estate of George Willoughby, agent here, and to bring him to Surat to answer for some exorbitances committed on the coast of Coromandel, together with Willm. Mathews, Thomas Grove, Jno. Barnes, Master of the Star, Edward Hall, and Gilbert Gardner, his mates, and Philip Bearden, Purser. Were also ordered to bring Henry Sill and Christopher Reade, whom Willoughby, &c. had seized on by force in the fort of Armagon and brought prisoner with him, thereby against the President's order dismembering the Company's affairs there of their servants, and planting there Jno. Hunter of his own faction; for whose remove the William was sent from Surat with Jno. Norris and Tho. Robinson, with commission to send Jno. Hunter and Osmond Smith, Corporal in the Fort, to Surat, to answer "demands" propounded to them. Had order to invest Wm. Hoare in Willoughby's place, with title of agent, which was performed, and Messrs. Vernworthy, Henley, and Crofte selected as Council, and they to elect another at Mr. Vernworthy's departure. These distractions have much weakened the factories, and the Company must send out some able men to take charge; for of the few remaining Mr. Hoare intends not to stay long, and had resolved to embark in the Palsgrave or London; Mr. Henley is decrepit in his hands and feet, and will not accept an increase of his salary to 100 marks, or bind himself to stay for any limited time, doubting his disease may increase. In other factories some are dead and others, their time having expired, crave to be gone; and if the Company have not supplied others per the Palsgrave and London, it will be needful be done with brevity. The President and Council, on advice from Persia this last year that it was inconvenient for the ships from England to make that their first port, in regard silk would not be brought down till Jan., the pinnace Intelligence, by Mr. Heynes' advice, was sent with the Discovery and Reformation to meet the expected fleet at the Bay of St. Augustine or Johanna, and cause them to stay till the fine of August, and make Surat their first port, appointing the William to meet them at Johanna, as also the James and Blessing from Bantam, if it might be achieved in time, or if not, to meet them on the coast of India, each to stay for other till 10th Oct., and then to come together for Surat, to encounter our malicious enemies the Portugals. But the James and Blessing, having lost their monsoon, and arriving on the south coast of Sumatra 8th Aug., and having sent their barge to Bantam for victuals, the Dove was sent with the needful, bringing copies of the Company's letters by the Hopewell, whereby they understood that the fleet sent this year consisted but of the Mary, Exchange, and pinnace Speedwell, which, although met with the William, would not be of force to oppose the Portugals, and it being impossible for them to go to Bantam and return in time to the rendezvous, it was resolved by consultation that the James, with her own goods and those of the Blessing, should proceed for Bantam, and the Blessing return to meet the Europe fleet; she departed from Ballambeen Point 16th Aug. Hope she is by this time arrived at the rendezvous; they arrived at this port 24th Aug. The President and Council had hoped to have in readiness here some store of pepper for the second general voyage, and to have borrowed some of the Second Joint Stock to lade the James and Blessing, to be repaid when the Company should send shipping for it; but of the first they find only 1,000 peculs ready, and of the second 800 tons, but by the Hopewell's advices understand the Company had determined to send the Palsgrave and London to lade away this pepper. Have therefore resolved to let that pepper remain for lading of the Palsgrave in Nov., and as the London must perforce go to Jambi for her lading, it was ordered, in regard the Star was come thence with pepper belonging to the Second Joint Stock, to borrow 300 tons to lade on the James, and to repay it at the London's arrival at Jambi out of the second general voyage's pepper. And' in regard the second general voyage has been forced in Surat to make some disbursements to the creditors of the Second Joint Stock, the President required the cloves and other spices belonging to that account to be sold to the second general voyage to make satisfaction; but those here that have achieved some 50 tons cloves, being unwilling to part with them, it has been found reasonable to sell the moiety of them to the second general voyage at the price current, viz., 80 Rs. the pecull, which they will carry in the James for Surat, whence they may be expected on the first ship. Willoughby's long detention of the Star last year on the coast of Coromandel much prejudiced the second general voyage, for she lost her monsoon for Macassar, and all the coast goods more than what he sent on her for Jambi have lain by the walls ever since, and now she is to be dispeeded with those and the Surat goods for Macassar to prevent the Danes, who commonly arrive there yearly from the coast before our shipping. The Dove is destined for Jambi with Surat goods, and she and the Simon and Jude ordained to stay there to lade the London; other smaller shipping the Company have none, the Falcon being altogether unserviceable, and the pinnace John cast away on the bar of Jambi, whereof and the disastrous fire there Mr. Hoare will advise. Are informed by a great ship that arrived in Batavia that the Hopewell came to the coast in July last, after a tedious passage of four months from the Cape. There passed by her also 15 days past two Dutch ships bound for Batavia, who reported that the Palsgrave and London were at the Cape in their company and ready to come away; much admire that they have no news of them. Doubt not the Company have been advised from the President and Council of the great famine and mortality in all India, insomuch that all trade is decayed, most of the weavers and washers being dead; and if it hath not pleased God to send them rain this last westerly monsoon the whole country will be desolated. Since writing the above the Palsgrave and London are arrived in safety and the Company's letters by them received, to which Mr. Hoare and Council will give satisfaction by the Palsgrave, which will be dispeeded hence in Dec.; the London, which must go to Jambi for her lading of pepper, will, it is hoped, be dispeeded by the fine of Jan. next. Mr. Hoare will send by the Palsgrave copies of all consultations since their coming hither, and of all letters written and received, and will advise the state of business in these parts. By the Palsgrave and London Mr. Hoare has received advice from friends how he has been wronged by malicious and backbiting enemies, "in divulging he should be intemperate and incontinent," which to our knowledge is unjust, all men that know him report the contrary; according to the Company's order he would have come home by the Palsgrave or London to have justified himself had not the Company's servants here entreated him to consider the necessity of his stay till the President might send some one to supply his place, there being none else but himself here able to manage the Company's business, and he is content to stay a year longer. Jno. Skibbowe intends to take passage home from Surat per the first. Endorsed, "Rec. 1° July 1632 by ship Palsgrave." 7 pp. [O. C., Vol. XIII., No. 1385.]
Oct. 5.
Royal James, Bantam Road.
219. Henry Sill to the East India Company. "Man daily encountereth many dangers to attain unto his ends, which got, both they and he perish, whereof to be a President I shall not need to instance either ancient or modern examples other than myself to be a spectacle, who in your service have spent and wasted the prime of my years, with much decay of my body and with no less labour and industry, having justly and honestly got a competent estate in your 12 years' service measurably to maintain me in my native country." How unjustly he has been deprived of his estate and suffered imprisonment, with defamation of that credit and repute in which he ever lived, leaves at present to the censure of all who have known him; but when he knows wherewith he stands privately accused to the Company, he will publish to the world how unworthily, grievously, dishonestly, and cruelly he has suffered, and why; in the interim will rest affiant on their favourable censure; seeing it is not truth, but opinion, that can travel the world without a passport. Sincerely protests that when he undertook the fatal coast's employment it was with the firm resolution and great hopes to bring that dismembered and disjointed place into its former station, in recompense whereof had the actor or, better termed, executioner, his private commission extended to his life as to his body and goods (which doubtless he and his unworthy and simple confederates would not have spared) he would have accepted it as an end of his miseries; from which their tyrannical usage of Thomas Tempest hath given him a happy riddance, he having let fall that fatal anchor at the Port of Death which can never be weighed again. Will not now trouble the Company with the rehearsal of the infinite miseries in which he is now plunged, the story of his life and fall being as common as pitiful which whether he is to continue in for ever or to wade out of with revenge lies in their Worships' breasts, for if they gave a private commission to seize upon his body and goods, as has been reported, then let him not be so foolishhardy as to strive against the stream, for the Company might well overcome his right; his only comfort is that he is on their ground already, and therefore has not far to fall. But it is more apparent, by all Willoughby's proceedings, that he might have some private order to further the second general voyage without respect of what damage might accrue to the Second Joint Stock, Sill having suffered for his fidelity to that Joint Stock in not giving way to its great hindrance, if not ruin, though never backward to further the second general voyage to the utmost of his power, which he hopes the Generality will take seriously into consideration; for those of the voyage being belated in their investments laboured to bring the Stock's affairs into the same predicament. Understands many things they have forged to make the ground of their devilish proceedings against him, which he hopes the laws of the realm will allow him to make them ashamed of; and in the interim beseeches their Worships to weigh them justly and bestow every deformed child on his true parent. Cannot send copies of protests made against Willoughby and the rest at Armagon and Bantam, some of them are not in his custody, but conceives they will not be omitted to be sent by the President at Surat and the agent here. Only the Company may understand that, in our protest of 25th January 1630–31, we accuse them for a parcel of diamonds wanting, which, after the Star's departure, came into his hands, with some other jewels, the receipt whereof he has not yet divulged, by reason he could never come to a trial, which he often solicited, and is now referred to Surat, whither plaintiff and defendant are all bound upon the James; God grant their differences a just censure, for by Willoughby's proceedings the Company's affairs have been much distracted and maimed to many of the Company servants' great confusion and grief. Is grieved to understand, by friends come on the Palsgrave and London, that he is hardly censured for his letter per ship Mary, Gabriel Hawley (as they say) having produced one under his own hand from Jambi to contradict it; which seems to him impossible. When he went for Jambi, in August, having occasion to use 400 Rs., and his account not able to bear it, Mr. Elsmore took up so much of Mr. Mann to furnish him, which sum he repaid Elsmore at Jambi in Dec. or Jan. in presence of Robt. Plosse, Purser, in which interim it is very unlikely his account could bear such a sum. But in this, as for the rest, casts himself on their Worships' favour, all his hope being in this, that all his grievances and miseries, heaped up to their height, will appear but as a molehill compared with the mountain of their favour and clemency. Endorsed, "Rec. by ship Palsgrave, 1632." 4 pp. [O. C., Vol. XIII., No. 1386.]
Oct. 6.
220. Wm. Hoare to Joseph Hopkinson, in Surat. Briefly saluted him on 7th present (sic), referring till now to be larger, but being prevented by multiplicity of business is even tired and over-pressed, and must refer him to the relation of sundry friends returned to be ascertained the passages of these parts. Only intreats him, if the malice of Willoughby hereafter vent anything to his prejudice or disrepute, to justify him so far as he may warrantly. Banggam brings him a piece of crimson damask as a token. Recommends to his acquaintance his two esteemed friends, Henry Sill and Christopher Reade, desiring him from them to be further ascertained of passages in these parts. Prays to be remembered to his long acquainted friends, James Bickford and Arthur Suffeylde. 1 p. [O. C., Vol. XIII., No. 1387.]
Oct. 7.
Royal James, under sail from Bantam Road,
221. [A Mariner ?] to the East India Company. Has little news since he wrote from Persia, only that their enemies, since their last assault at Swally, have never sought to trouble them. Their late departure from Surat was very late by reason of the famine in India, which caused great scarcity of carts and camels to bring their goods aboard. A tedious voyage to Sumatra, sending to Bantam for provisions, and dispeeding the Blessing for Surat. In unlading goods at Bantam found great store of private trade, by report of the Purser above 200 bales. Knows not to whom they belong, and dares take it upon his salvation President Rastell never knew of lading any, who takes a stricter course than any he ever knew in depressing private trade. On arrival at Surat will cause the Purser to deliver these bales by true inventory to the President, whereby will appear the quantity, quality, and owners thereof. The ship proves well conditioned, little mortality amongst the men. The distraction amongst their Factors, both at the coast and at Bantam is out of his element; and because he hopes to be with them soon after the arrival hereof will forbear to enlarge. Endorsed, "A letter written aboard the Great James, in Bantam Road. No name subscribed, but I take it to be a mariner. Rd. by the ship Palsgrave, 1° July 1632." 1 p. [O. C., Vol. XIII., No. 1388.]
Oct. 10.
222. Edward Heynes and Wm. Gibson to the East India Company. "Postscript to the general letter (see ante, No. 214) which was sent by double copies directed to the Lord Ambassador, Sir Peter Wyche, at Constantinople." Since the dispeed of the former part of this letter by an express pattamer to the Consul at Aleppo, little has happened except the receipt of the Emperor's letter to his Majesty, translation whereof is sent herewith, and the original will be sent by the next ships; answer will be expected with what convenience they may, and the Company's commission and advice how to proceed in a further contract with the Emperor when this is finished. On the final clearing of accounts with Mullaymbeage, and he himself called to account by the King's Auditors, have with much trouble and vexation now drawn a conclusion to all differences by reason of the many unmerchantlike passages with him by their predecessor (Burt), both having doubtless wronged themselves, and the Company's business someway suffered; dare presume to promise clearer proceedings hereafter, if God bless them with health. Mr. Burt's last contract for three years was for 20,000 tomans, yearly, three-quarters goods and one-quarter money, and this now procured for one-third money and two-thirds goods; delivered last year 17,430 tomans, in goods and 5,000 in money; so that what in goods was delivered above 15,000 tomans, is by order of the Emperor to be turned over in tin to this year's account; so that contrary to their expectation will have 1,000 chests of tin on their hands more than mentioned before, so their Worships will do well wholly to forbear any further supply in that commodity for a season. Their broadcloth for the most part is refused to be taken by the King, and doubtless had not their contract been sealed before he had notice of its badness and coarseness, he would not have dealt with them at all, but left them as he has the Dutch, whom he has utterly cast off, and who are in such disrepute with all men that they lie open to daily abuses against all justice and equity. Are doubtful whether they will land their expected cavidal this year, but presume they will not be permitted to lade the silk they have in readiness by want of their fleet last year, till an estate of goods be landed to equal it; for they have unadvisedly and openly threatened to right themselves at sea on the King's subjects if they find not justice on shore; this makes the King somewhat cautious of them. The Dutch have this year run at interest with the Jullfaylens for great sums at 30 per cent., and bought silk last year at Port at 45 tomans, the load, to prevent us, to pay at Spahan, wherein failing they now run at interest, and if men would trust them offer to buy at Spahan at 45 tomans, and at Port at 50 per load; thus they run in stream all ways to hinder our proceedings, though to their cost; when full of money they are insufferable and prodigal; when empty, base and malicious. This year silk is like to be scarce and very dear, the Armenians having given 43 tomans, the load in Ghilan in hopes to transport it to Aleppo, where they understand it is worth 13 and 13½ "Royalls de Ratle," but the Emperor's "crook" or prohibition having overtaken them, they are forced to bring all to Spahan, and will rather keep it than sell to us at reasonable profit to pay at Gombroon, so spiteful they are because we have prevailed with the King to forbid the transport of all silks by way of Turkey, though doubtless underhand some will be transported. Cannot buy silks on credit, these people being doubtful of their comply with them should their ships fail them, as last year theirs did the Dutch; but if yearly more ready money be sent than will comply with the King, they doubt not to make a more profitable return than formerly. 2 pp. [O. C., Vol. XIII., No. 1389.] Encloses,
222. I. Shah Sefi, Emperor of Persia, to Charles I. "Words of praise and extollation." The power of love and amity between them exceeds peradventure by 100 times that which was in his grandfather's time. Intreats that the letters and tokens of amity between them may also exceed; on his part there shall be no neglect, as shall witness the esteem and favour he has for Capt. Heynes and the rest of his Majesty's people here, and hopes if he shall have occasion to send any of his people his Majesty will give them the like respect. For the matter of silk in his grandfather's time he "made crooke" that no man could buy any but himself and of himself, so that his warehouses were always well stored, and never wanted silk to comply with any contract he made; but now he has broken that crooke that Musselmen might reap the benefit and the owners of silk might sell it to whom they would, which is the reason he has not wherewithal to comply with his Majesty at present according to his contract made last year. Wherefore do not impute it to any neglect in his merchants, for indeed the fault is his, but will endeavour hereafter to give his Majesty content according to his contract now made for three years from this time; leaves the particulars to his Majesty's captain to mention. After the expiration of that time if his Majesty please to make another contract, he may write to his captain here the conditions he is contented to agree on; if not, and that he shall think it better for his people to trade in his country as other merchants do, buying silks and selling goods as the time affords, will command his people and officers to help them in any courtesy they shall require. 2 pp. [Turkey Corresp., Ancient Royal Letters, 1st Series, p. 190.]
Oct. 18.
Bantam Road, aboard the London.
223. Richard Allnutt, Richard Hopkins, Thos. Reignolds, John Stallon, Henry Godin, and Adam Lore to the East India Company. Departed from the Cape 2nd Aug., and arrived here 4th Oct., seven days after they made the land of Java, but being becalmed in the Straits they sent away their letters three days before; the brevity of their passage expresses their happiness therein, with loss of one man from England and one since their arrival. Refer to copy of a consultation concerning consortship with the Palsgrave sent from the Cape, for finding so little difference in the two ships' sailing, resolved, on consideration of their instructions and each other's good society and consolation, on a joint proceeding, and, praise to the Almighty, are both arrived in peace and safety. Commit their Worships to his care, and themselves to a speedy passage from (for) Jambi and thence for England. Endorsed, "Mr Rich. Allnutt &c., Mr of the ship London, recd by ship Palsgrave 1632." 1 p. [O. C., Vol. XIII., No. 1390.]
Oct. 18.
A board the London. Bantam Road.
224. Thos. Reignolds, Purser of the London, to the East India Company. Although the dispatch of the ship London for Jambi be speedy, the convenience of the Palsgrave commands him not to neglect his duty. Found the ships Royal James, Star, Dove, and Falcon at Bantam. Sends to Mr. Sambrooke accounts of the loss of two men. Mentioned in his last the defects of divers provisions, hoping in future they would have proved better, but they continue in the same ill quality. The brewer is reported an honest man, but his beer tastes too much of the new statute and stinks so basely that they have been forced to throw almost 20 butts overboard, for which repayment should be made, besides their want thereof is insufferable. All their wines also prove so bad, as he thinks are not to be equalled with any that ever came into India; and their beef rises so small and tainted that he almost shames to write the truth, fearing his lines should be construed merely fabulous. Multiplicity of business pleads his apology for brevity. Prays for the prosperity of their affairs, and honest men to guide them in these southern parts, for the distraction is such that where a just man is found he is worth his weight in diamonds. Endorsed, "Rec. by the ship Palsgrave 1632." 1 p. [O. C., Vol. XIII., No. 1391.]
Oct. 24. 225. Consultation held aboard the Royal James. Having departed from Bantam for Surat 6th present in hopes to get Ceylon and the coast of India, but the weather becoming most tempestuous, and the ship so leaky, that they are constrained to pump twice in four hours instead of once in 14 days, besides their men daily falling down sick, whereof 50 at present; it was found convenient to convent a consultation of all the principal seamen, and to confer as to the possibility to gain Surat this year. Whereupon it was found convenient for the securing of men's lives, the ship and goods, considering the furiousness of the monsoon and a great current both bent against them, to bear up for Bantam there to winter, and to advise by the Palsgrave for England. Signed by John Skibbowe, Henrie Sill, Jno. Banggam, Christopher Reade, Richard Barry, Math. Morton, John White, Anth. James, Edward Hall, Francis Preston, Gilbert Gardner, George Bagshawe, Stephen Boad, and John Burrad. 1 p. [O. C., Vol, XIII., No. 1392.]