East Indies: May 1630

Pages 29-30

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

This free content was digitised by double rekeying and sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. All rights reserved.


May 1630

April 25./May 5.
37. Report of Sir H. Vane of the state of business of Amboyna at his leaving Holland. After putting in his last proposition to the States General, the deputies formerly appointed to treat came to endeavour to find out some way of accommodation, and proposed this expedient; that since he held himself to the Treaty of 1619, they would endeavour to comply, and would admit his Majesty's Ambassador to be present at the examination of the English witnesses; that they would examine them upon all the points they were examined upon in the Court of Admiralty in England, assuring themselves that his Majesty in justice would think fit they should also be examined on such other points as should be thought fit for clearing the truth; and that in case either party should be grieved on sentence given, then there should be a revision of the cause by parties not interested, but chosen by common consent of his Majesty and the States. Vane moved to have it in writing, but it was replied that this was no resolution declared in the Assembly, but it was so understood amongst them, that if his Majesty would accept thereof they would be answerable it should be made good. Next day the Prince of Orange gave the same assurance, and said he had advised the States to put it in writing, which he thought they would do. But the day before Vane came away seven of the States General came to excuse their not putting it in writing, giving him all assurance that they would not depart from anything then proposed, for there was nothing they so much desired, as to see a good end of this difficulty and perplexed cause. The same day the Prince of Orange, coming to take leave, bid Vane assure his Majesty that they would not depart from anything that had passed between the deputies and himself, and that Vane might be as confident thereof as if he had received it in writing. Endorsed by Sec. Dorchester, "Mr. Controuler's report at his coming out of Holland in May 1630, of the business of Amboyna." 2 pp. [Holland Corresp.]
May 21/31.
The Hague.
38. Sir Dudley Carleton to (Sec. Lord Dorchester). If the long contrariety of the wind have not hindered the States' letters, Mr. Joachimi will be instructed with their intentions touching the residue of the Amboyna cause, and the way of accommodation proffered to the Ambassador at his going hence; which they made difficulty to give in writing till they might know he had power to treat and conclude thereon. So that from M. Joachimi his Lordship may have more clear knowledge of what they offer; though power to treat or conclude they give him not, but will do that themselves with the Ambassador at his return. [Extract, Holland Corresp.]
May 28.
The Hague.
39. Sir Dudley Carleton to (Sec. Lord Dorchester). Here are seven ships arrived from the East Indies very richly laden, the eighth perished by fire, and a ninth strayed and is not yet come. They bring news of the death of General Coen and that one Speeke [Specx] has succeeded him. One of their ships on the way thither has likewise been fired. Their town of Jacatra has been again besieged by the Materams, for three months, in May, June, and July last, and battered with 20 pieces of ordnance; but by an exploit of the Dutch in firing their junks and barques of provision with three ships in a river where they lay, a great part of the army, reported to have been 80,000 strong, perished for hunger, and the rest were fain to rise. The King of Bantam is come to good terms with them. All other things are peaceable and prosperous in the Indies as they give out hitherto, but further particulars are kept secret. [Extract, Holland Corresp.]