East Indies: July 1633

Pages 427-438

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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July 1633

July 3. 461. Court Minutes, E. I. Co. Suit of Mr. Ballowe to succeed Mr. Handson as Auditor; the Court made known unto him that if he will give his whole time to their service and accept the salary formerly given they will put him in nomination at the General Court, wishing him to return answer at the next Court. Articles and conditions between the Officers of the Navy and Committee on behalf of the Company concerning his Majesty's cordage house at Woolwich, with an inventory of all utensils left there, allowed and ordered to be ingrossed and interchangeably signed and sealed. Ordered on petition of widow of Jourdain that such of the Company's officers as shall be able to witness on her behalf attend on Saturday next in Guildhall at the trial against Jonas Viney, carrying with them such books and other accounts of the Company as shall be material. Orders and instructions conceived for the better regulating the Company's officers and works at Blackwall read in the presence of Fotherby, Stevens, Ducy, Cotterell, Sheppard, and Webb, who after the Court had sharply reprehended them for their neglects, were required to take oaths for performance of same; which they did, and the Governor, Deputy, and Committees underwriting said orders, they were delivered to Fotherby to be given to the persons whom they concerned. Bill of Edmund Chambers, Master of the barge for carrying some of the Committees to Woolwich and back, to be paid. 2 pp. [Ct. Min. Bk., XIII., 325, 326.]
July 4.
Masulipatam Road.
462. Geo. Gosnell to Thomas Colley, Bengala. Their ship with the Mary and Hart arrived safely at Masulipatam 28th May, where he and other friends hoped to have seen him, but his good fortune, in respect of the golden profit the Bay voyage is like to turn him to account, frustrated their expectations. Mr. Turner, Purser General at Surat, commends his love to him, to whom he promised to do it really, "and personally to have drank a bowl of mugg and laughed till your belly should wag." Are like to be here next year, but not certain; hopes, if not here, to meet him in England, where he will find a ready friend. 1 p. [O. C., Vol. XIV., No. 1509.]
July 2.
Masulipatam Road.
463. John Godbehere to Thomas Colley, Merchant in Bengala or elsewhere. The many courtesies formerly received from him, engage him, having an opportunity by the Swan, to write and certify that when he came from London all friends were in health. Received letters from Colley's uncle, cousin Easter, and friend Rice, but through the pride and drunkenness of Mr. Waterman, who set his own ship on fire, and driving down with the tide, fired theirs also, they are all undone and the letters lost. Two nights before he came away Wright and Albertus with Leaventhorpe and his brother Charles invited him to Pell Moore's, where they had a great deal of drink, and much weeping for the love they bore to Colley. Has had a hard voyage hitherto; hoped to have seen Robert Carpenter at Gombroon the first time, but he was at Shiraz; three weeks after his man Richard Robotham died, which was 40l. out of my way in wages and work, and on 1st Jan. they lost ship and all in her, with 13 men. When they returned to Gombroon met Carpenter, who gave him clothes and a chest, and they drank to Colley every night, for he lay in his chamber. Because you have no grapes, Carpenter has sent you a chest of nine bottles of Shiraz wine for them to be merry with, ordering him if Colley were dead or not at Masulipatam to make what profit he could of it; but the Swan coming, thought it good to send it by Jeremy Harrison, the Mate. Aly Colley was well, and is with Burley in the frigate; he would have come with them if he could. Has been a long time entertained by the Captain, who proffered him to stay at Surat, but hearing they would come to Colley he could not be contented there; is sorry he has lost his labour, but hopes he shall stay at Surat, though very loath in regard he is out of the climate of Marcus Tullius Cicero's strong beer. Intends nevertheless to go home with Mr. Turner, and prays to hear from him at Surat, where he intends to pick up and steal what he lost before. John Davies remembers his love to him, and says all his friends near Drury Lane are very well, only Mrs. Holland is fled to Bristol.
July 5. Since writing the above they have had such foul weather that he could not possibly send the wine aboard the Swan, in regard it was stowed up with Moors' goods; prays him take it not ill, for he shall have the same courtesy or a better next year. Endorsed, "per Mr Jeremie Harrison whom God preserve." 2½ pp. [O. C., Vol. XIV., No. 1508.]
July 2 & 19.
464. Notes by (Sec. Windebank) concerning the proposed expedition against the Pirates of Algiers 2nd July. The East India Company mentioned by the "Trinity men" amongst those "most interested" 19th July. The East India Company have offered to maintain a tall ship and a pinnace for 10 months at their own charges against the pirates. [Dom., Chas. I., Vol. CCXLII., No. 8.]
July 5. 465. Minutes of a General Quarter Court and Court of Election of the East India Company. Mr. Governor took notice of the work intended by the King and State for the building of busses for the maintenance of fishing upon the coast of England and Ireland, and how that his Majesty had granted Letters Patent to the Earl of Montgomery Lord Chamberlain and other honourable persons with many privileges and immunities, and that his Lordship had set forth a book wherein divers noble personages have already underwrit good sums and hath specially recommended the same to divers companies in London and amongst others to this, who, if they please, may now underwrite in the book which shall always lie open in the counting-house, and likewise the abstract of the patent; that for his part he had begun, and shall be glad to hear that others will follow his example. He also imparted the abstract of a letter from Dieppe, advising that there is lately come in thither a ship of that town from the Cape of Good Hope, which came thence in Company with 10 East India ships whereof three are English and seven Dutch, but lost company of them; but they may be very shortly expected, it being more than 10 days since that ship arrived at Dieppe. He next made known that this is the day of election for their Governor, Deputy, Treasurer, and Committees for the year ensuing, and thanking them for their extraordinary favour in continuing him so long in his place, advised them to think of some other more able and worthier. Sir Morris Abbott by general erection of hands re-elected Governor, Alderman Clitherowe, Deputy, and Robert Bateman, Treasurer. The following six new Committees chosen in the room of six displaced according to custom:—Alderman Robert Cambell, Alderman Perry, Sheriff Andrews, Tho. Styles, Tho. Kerridge, and Tho. Eyans; to make room for whom there were displaced:—Sir Robert Ducy, Wm. Garwaie, Tho. Bownest, Richard Davies, and Nicholas Crispe, junior, Mr. Kirby, deceased, making up the sixth. So that the 24 Committees for the year ensuing are:—
Sir Hugh Hammersley, Kt. Aldn. Abdi.
Sir James Cambell, Kt. Aldn. Robt. Cambell.
Aldn. Fenn. Sheriff Perry.
Aldn. Garwaie. Sheriff Andrews.
John Cordell. John Highlord.
Thos. Styles. John Langham.
John Milward. Thos. Mustard.
Thomas Mun. Job Harby.
Wm. Spurstowe. Samuel Armitage.
John Williams. Simon Lawrence.
Wm. Cockayne. Thomas Eyans.
John Gayre. Thomas Kerridge.
The Governor, Deputy, Treasurer, and Committees being thus in very fair and peaceable manner elected, Smethwick propounded that the rest of the day be spent in the sale by the candle of adventures which he and others had authority to sell, by which means men shall know what their adventures are worth, which the Court well approved. The profit of 200l. of Mr. Markham's in the first Persia voyage, the principal taken out, and to be free of broaks, sold to Sheriff Andrews at 60l. per cent.; 300l. in the second voyage, principal and profit sold to Sheriff Andrews at 34l. per cent. profit; the principal and profit of 450l. in the third voyage offered at 15l. per cent., and 300l. in the third joint stock at 10l. per cent., but not sold; 500l. in the second joint stock brought over to the third joint stock at 12l. 10s. per cent., set at 10l. clear of broaks, and bought by Mr. Jesson at 10l. 12s. per cent., being the adventure of Francis Sadler the Company's late Secretary deceased. 6 pp. [Ct. Min. Bk., XIV., 1–6.]
July 5.
466. Lords of the Admiralty to Sir Jas. Bagg. To cause enquiry to be made within his Vice-Admiralty of Devon and South Cornwall for the King's pink Great Seahorse and to cause her to be stayed, her hatches to be fast spiked and her lading to be made sure till he receive further instructions. [Dom., Car. I., Vol. CCXXVIII., fol. 67.] On 22 June 1633 Fras. Lord Cottington wrote to Sec. Sir John Coke. Capt. Pennington is gone to the west. The ship belonging to Lord Goring his company, for a plantation in the river of Amazons, is returned and the men report eight of their best men being betrayed ashore, were killed by the savages and their boats taken, so as they returned without going so high as their fort, which they conceive is also taken and the men murdered, for so they heard it reported and did choose rather to believe it than to go and see. Capt. Quayle, my Lord Treasurer's favorite is dead but these men of Mocapo (my Lord Goring's) say they were aboard that ship at the Barbadoes, where she came infinite rich, and will be here shortly, and that Quayle's company told them my Lord of Denbigh is coming home in the James. [Hist. MSS. Commission, 12th Report, Appendix Part II., p. 21.] On 1st May 1634 Sir Jas. Bagg informed the Admiralty that the Great Seahorse and her stores were estimated at 265l. but that no man priceth her at so much. In July 1634 Wm. Marsh who had succeeded Capt. Quayle in command and had served pilot master and Captain four years and brought the Great Seahorse home, which was unfit for the King's service, petitioned his Majesty to bestow her appurtenance upon him, exclusive of ordnance, which the King granted. [Dom., Car. I.]
July 10–12. 467. Court Minutes, E. I. Co. Petition of Mrs. Katherine Reskymer, the pretended contracted wife of Edward Heynes, deceased, late the Company's agent in Persia, desiring, having taken out letters of administration, to be relieved out of his estate in the Company's hands, for the maintenance of herself and her child begotten by him; answered they have notice there is another gentlewoman that makes the like pretence, by whom Heynes had a son, and likewise they understand he hath made a will, and further, they have heard of his miscarriage in his employment, and for aught they knew, his estate may not be sufficient for their satisfaction, and therefore wished Mrs. Reskymer to have patience till their next ships arrive which are expected very shortly. Letter read from Sir Edward Randall, advising that his son, Sir Morgan Randall, resolved within 10 days to pull down the Company's mills at Chilworth; and on consideration whether to pursue the course advised by Mr. Acton, to procure the Lord Chief Justice's warrant to bind Sir Morgan to his good behaviour, the Court resolved not to stir until they first see some act done whereby to ground a just complaint. Messrs. Colthurst and Kingsland nominated, with Mr. Ballowe, for the place of one of the Company's Auditors, but after serious dispute and debate the Court fixed on Ballowe to recommend to the Generality, who promised to give his attendance four days in the week constantly, and more as the Company's occasions shall require. Capt. Crispe made known that the Committees could not agree with him as to the allowance for tare for the wet rich indigo bought by him, and therefore he freely referred himself to the Court. who, finding the Committees had offered he should pay but 4s. per lb. which he refused, concluded by the balloting box to allow him for tare 3 lbs. weight for 2 lbs., which he accepted. Statement of Mr. Treasurer that according to his oath he is to declare to the next Court after the election, what debts the Company owe; he therefore desired them to take notice that the First Joint Stock owed 201,990l., the first Persia voyage 1,100l., the second Persia voyage 68,370l., the third 28,000l., in toto 299,660l. (sic), and desired the Court to take into serious consideration the best and speediest means for the discharge and lessening thereof. Mr. Treasurer's books were read by Mr. Massingberd, and it appearing that many adventurers were behind in their payments as well in the particular voyages as in the Third Joint Stock, the Court, after perusing that clause in their charter which gave them power to disfranchise those that on warning given, shall not within 20 days after their subscription bring in their moneys, resolved that the parties should once more be warned and intreated in fair manner to bring in their moneys, and if they refuse, then either to make their names publicly known at the next General Court and there disfranchise them, or by bill in Chancery or complaint before the Lords of the Council to enforce their payments. Ordered that Richard Wylde, Andrew Coggan, John Alden, and Mr. Travers, who have not made one payment to the Third Joint Stock, be warned to appear on Friday next to receive their peremptory answers, whether they will bring in their moneys or not, and Sambrooke required to make a collection of the names and sums of all adventurers in the Third Joint Stock that have made good their first year's payments. Oaths taken by Swanley, Ingram, Lemprier, and Pingley, as Fotherby and others had taken, for the faithful execution of their several employments at Blackwall.
July 12. Committees appointed for ordering and overseeing all the Company's business in the yard at Blackwall, and to examine and enjoin their officers that they punctually observe their late orders, and to give notice of any negligence to the Court, who thereupon are resolved to displace them. Wylde and Coggan demanded why they had not brought in any part of their subscriptions; Wylde answered it is true he had underwritten 2,000l., but since, finding so many discouragements from the Company and their disrespect of him, he had forborne to pay, conceiving also that those discouragements have been done purposely to dishearten him from being an adventurer with them, besides he well hoped they would have repaid the fine taken from him, which he intended as part of his subscription; but the Court replied that this business hath no relation to his subscription, and it is the part of every honest man to make good his handwriting, and therefore advised him so to do, otherwise they must be fain to take that course against him as they intend to enforce against others; after some expostulations Wylde declared he is content to make good his subscription, and will speedily send it in, only he desired the Court to consider his former services; Coggan declared that he hoped the moneys remaining in the Company's hands should have gone in part of his payments, but if the Court will not allow that, he desired them to suspend the same until the arrival of Mr. Hoare, promising if he shall not then clear himself of the imputation concerning a parcel of opium, to make good his subscription and allow interest; but the Court told him they cannot accept interest, he being liable to a broak, which is much more, and therefore advised him to conform himself as Wylde had done, and at Mr. Hoare's return they will take the difference into consideration and do him justice. Renewed complaint of Robert Young against Fras. Stockton for concealing a parcel of seed pearl sent to him from Wm. Gibson; and the Court, finding they cannot prevail with Stockton to make an ingenuous confession of the truth, gave Young free leave to take any legal course for recovery of the same. Mr. Treasurer to pay the 500l. due by bill to Sir Miles Hubbard, deceased, to his brother and administrator, Robert Thorpe, with interest: Report of Mr. Governor that himself and others were warned before the Council yesterday, as well as the Turkey and other companies, concerning the suppressing of the Turkish pirates, to know what each company will contribute, and he finds that the Lords expected the like contribution from the Company as they formerly gave, which was 4,000l. per annum; but he answered that, though holding it a pious and charitable work, he could not promise any sum without first acquainting the Generality, and promised to call a General Court on Wednesday morning next, and return answer in the afternoon. Therefore he desired them to debate whether to offer a certain sum yearly or to pay 1 per cent., as the West Country merchants had agreed to do; to leave it wholly to be determined by the General Court. The barge to be speedily repaired. Fifty pounds to be received by [Robt.] Strancke for his services for the year past about the buying, dyeing, dressing, and packing of their broadcloths. 7 pp. [Ct. Min. Bk., XIV., 7–13.]
July 15.
H.M.S. Vanguard, Plymouth Sound.
468. Capt. John Pennington to Lords of the Admiralty. On 13th came up with the Jewel from the East Indies, much distressed for want of men and victuals, which he furnished and brought her to Plymouth. The Star and Hopewell came with her but lost company near Scilly four or five days before; they also are reported much distressed; hopes they have recovered the Isle of Wight or the Downs. These report the Earl of Denbigh in good health and purposing shortly to come home; that two East India ships, Swallow and Charles, were burnt by accident in Swally Hole near Surat; that they met at St. Helens (St. Helena) seven Holland East India ships, likewise homeward bound, which supplied them with men and victuals. A ship met them there with order not to come through our channel, but go about Ireland and Scotland, which their company were very unwilling to do, but were won to it by a promise of two months' pay extraordinary. Came up yesterday with six Hollanders which had lain six weeks off the Lizard, to waft those East India ships home if they should miss their order. Has received instructions for looking out for and seizing Capt. Quaile's ship, the Great Seahorse, will stand back as high as Scilly to see if there be any news of him. [Dom., Chas. I., Vol. CCXLII., No. 70.]
July 17. 469. Minutes of a General Court of the East India Company. Request of Mr. Moyer, Master of the Royal Merchant, lately returned from the Straits, for leave to land his ordnance on the Company's wharf at Deptford, till he had trimmed and repaired his ship; the Court very willing to satisfy his request, so as he take it away within a month or five weeks, at which time they expect the return of their own ships from India, and shall then have occasion to use the whole wharf for their own ordnance. Then Mr. Governor made known that he and other Committees have been warned before the Council, on petition of the West Country merchants for raising a sum of money to set forth ships for suppressing the Turkish pirates, it being expected that the Company shall contribute as largely as heretofore, which was 4,000l. per annum, that the Western merchants had agreed to give 1 per cent., that the sum to be raised is 40,000l. which is conceived will be sufficient for victualling and setting forth 12 ships for six months, which number will be able to do the work, that their Lordships desired the sum should be raised rather by 1 per cent. than by a gross sum, and that the Turkey, Muscovia, Eastland, French, and Spanish Companies are also called on for their contributions; Mr. Governor told their Lordships it was not in his power to answer, without first acquainting the Generality, but he would call them together and return their answer this afternoon; he therefore desired them to consider their answer, it being also promised that the Company should put in their Captains and Commanders as the West Country merchants did, and have one-third of prizes to the owners and one-third to the mariners. Some demanded whether this proposition be voluntary or compulsory; if voluntary, then to make known the decay of the trade and smallness of the stock in respect of what it was at the last contribution, and also the late disaster by firing of their two ships in the Indies, and to desire to be spared; if compulsory, then to endeavour to lessen the charge as much as they may. After serious debate and much dispute, and being put to the question whether to offer a sum in gross as formerly or pay 1 per cent., or set forth at their own charge a ship and pinnace, provided the Company have the choice of their Captains and Commanders and the proportion of prizes formerly promised, it was by a general erection of hands ordered to waive the two former and resolve upon the latter if other companies shall do the like in proportion, and that Mr. Governor deliver this as the Company's answer to their Lordships, but by no means to consent either to part with any sum of money in gross, or to pay 1 per cent. though their Lordships should much press the same. Proposition of Smethwick that in regard the pepper is overrated in the Book of Rates, the Company shall do well to become humble suitors to his Majesty to make some abatement of his Custom and import, in regard of the base price it now yields, but on reading the preamble to the Book of Rates and arguing at large this overture the Court generally disliked it, but to let it rest as it is, divers being of opinion that though they might prevail for the abatement of the Custom it might be an occasion to raise the Custom of other commodities which would be more prejudicial and hurtful to the Company. Mr. Handson not being able to attend to the Company's business as he ought, desires the Company to make choice of another in his room; the Court of Committees fixed upon Mr. Ballow as the fittest man, and he promising to give his attendance four days at least in the week is appointed Auditor in the place of Mr. Handson, at the same salary. 3½ pp. [Ct. Min. Bk., XIV., 13–17.]
July 17.
Harrapoore. [Haripoor.]
470. Jno. Powle? to Raphe Cartwright. His of 27th past came to hand 8th present, and the reason of their not response till now was the tardiness of their messenger at Cuttack in quest of the Nabob and so forth, letters herewith sent, who though dispeeded 11th instant returned not till last night. Since Cartwright's departure the pr(ice?) of coin (?) and cloth is exhausted, near 400 pieces have been brought in, and will daily do his best to effect what he desires. Sending a man to "Gagernat, et setera places" to procure cloth would be very well, had they one they might trust, but he well knows they durst not put confidence in their new servants to the value of 10 rupees, and Nirana cannot be spared; intends therefore, so soon as he can get musters, to leave this place to William Bruton and the broker, and address himself for the Great Pagoda, there supposing likewise to put off part of such merchandises as here lie dead on their hands. At present it seems as if there were no merchants in the country, occasioned, as he conceives, by the deepness of wint(er?), yet, by chance, has got one for their lead (if he hold to his word) at 11 rupees per maune. Has sold some 50 gold pieces at 10 rup. 6½ annas, and no more are they worth; he who gave 10 rup. 10 annas returned with great lamentation of his loss. The Portugals whilome expelled Hugly, have found great favour with Shawgahan, and re-entered to the number of 20, whose cavidal is the third part of their goods formerly cessed (? seized) on, which with large privileges the King has bestowed on them; so that his expectation of Hugly is frustrate, and fears of Pippoly likewise; some 10 persons have lately complained to this Nabob of our seeking to put them from that port, who answered they intended no such matter, but only for Balasore or Haripoor, so with good delassa they were dismissed. If the Company will find benefit in this trade, as certainly they may, they must be at the charge to keep (? a ship of force) at Balasore. 1½ pp. Mutilated by damp. [O. C., Vol. XIV., No. 1510.]
July 19–24. 471. Court Minutes, E. I. Co. Smethwick, Edwards, and Gibson having been warned by Spiller to show cause why they have not made their payments to the Third Joint Stock; Smethwick answered it is true he hath underwritten 3,600l. and made but his first payment, the reason is because he hath failed of his expectation upon the returns of the three particular voyages, and ingenuously confessed he wanted moneys at present to supply the same, but intended very shortly to pay them in, and willingly engaged his adventures in the three particular voyages to make good his subscription; Edwards seemed to question the non-performance of the preamble, because the goods come home were not divided to the adventurers in kind, but the Court, not well understanding him, or being able to get a direct answer, dismissed him for the present, purposing to take some other course against him to enforce payment. Gibson desired the Court to deal favourably with him, being altogether unable to pay in any part of what he had underwritten. Petition of Mrs. Mary Heynes, sister of Edward Heynes, late the Company's agent, deceased, showing that her brother at his departure on his last voyage disposed of his estate equally amongst his three sisters, and by his letters produced confirmed same, and professed if he made any other will it should be to the same effect; that one Mrs. Reskymer, pretending title to her brother's estate, procured letters of administration, which she had reversed, yet endeavoured not to prove the will left behind, being informed that at the time of her brother's death he made a new will; she therefore desired that her brother's estate may not be paid to any until it shall appear what his last will is, or otherwise, that his will made at his departure may be proved; and in regard she dwells far off, and is resolved to stay in town until the arrival of the next ships from Surat, she further prays the Court will order her the 30l. which, by her brother's request, is payable yearly towards the maintenance of his three sisters. The Court promised not to part with any of Heynes' estate until the last will may appear, but for proving the former will left it to the Court to which it belongs, and for the 30l. there is due but for four months, three years having already been paid and therefore ordered 10l. to be paid. Mountney to deliver to Mr. Rickholt [Richaut] five bales of unrefined saltpetre at 3l. 15s. per cwt., and one barrel of refined at 5l. per cwt. Ordered, on information that the Company have lately paid 20s. or 22s. per tun for cask, whereas as good is offered at 15s., henceforth not to give above 15s. at most per tun of dried cask, and if those that have served them will not supply at that rate, they will provide themselves elsewhere. Committees nominated to assist and direct the Auditors in proportioning and perfecting the accounts of the particular voyages, that as the goods come home each account may be distinguished and cleared. Committees intreated to be present at the weighing and delivery of the silk to the contractors, that an equal and indifferent course be held. On motion of Mr. Highlord, ordered that Walter Blackborne, entertained to oversee the Company's cordage works at Woolwich, take an oath, as other officers, for the faithful execution of his place; and that the difference that had arisen with the Officers of the Navy about the articles for the use of his Majesty's cordage house be reconciled by Committees without further troubling the Court. Ballowe and Markham sworn truly to execute their places as Auditors, and their freedoms given gratis, as an encouragement to go on cheerfully in their employment.
July 24. Mr. Acton's bill of 6l. 17s. 6d. for law causes to be paid. 100 or 200 barrels of powder sold to Sheriff Andrews to be transported at the price of 4l. per barrel. Suit of the wife of Joseph Hopkinson, President at Surat, for the delivery of 40 pieces of duttees and fine calicoes sent to her as a token from her husband by the Blessing, the freight to be put on his account. Letter read from Sir Kenelm Digby specially recommending Capt. Vincent Harris for a Commander of one of their next ships; the Court answered they will not make choice of their Commanders till Christmas, but if he will then repair to them they will, for Sir Kenelm's sake, put him in election and show him what favour they can, but wished him in the meantime not to refuse any other offer. Resolved to have so much hemp bought as may furnish three great and three small ships with all manner of sizes of cordage. Walter Blackborne sworn overseer of the Company's cordage works at Woolwich. On petition of John Went, Boatswain of the Blessing, one of those that carried out great quantity of quicksilver and whose wages had been stayed, protesting that he carried out but 27l. worth and sold it to Mr. Bickford at Surat for the Company's use at such a rate as he was a loser thereby, the Court in regard he hath been their ancient servant remitted the offence and ordered payment of his wages, he paying only 3l. to the poor box. Freight of two maund of cotton wool remitted to Necatius Browne. Wages of John Allen, late Gunner in the Blessing, to be stayed until the Company be satisfied for the diet of a little boy, his son, whom he carried with him contrary to the Company's order, but on his petition expressing his sorrow the Court ordered that he should pay a mulct of 10l., yet they purpose hereafter not to suffer any faulty herein to escape unpunished not only by fine, but also by expulsion from their service ever after. Bill of 5l. 1s. 11d. of Edmund Chambers, Master of the Company's barge, for repairing same to be paid, together with 12s. for his six days' attendance on the work. Francis Stockton, late Purser of the Blessing, to receive the drugs brought home by him, viz., 14 cwt. cassia lignum and 4 cwt. Olibanum, paying the freight hereafter to be imposed. 7 pp. [Ct. Min. Bk., XIV., 17–23.]
(July ?) 25.
472. Edward [Hayes] to Jno. Powle at Haripoor. Received his three letters, in the last of which he writes to send his lead and tin; but in his last letter to Mr. Cartwright he desired him to take it into his hands, and according to Cartwright's directions has delivered it to George Travell. Has paid the moneys specified in the note he left, and prays him not to be unmindful to lay out that little he has of his to the best advantage. He may expect them at Haripoor by the 10th next at farthest, against which let everything be in readiness that they may not stay long for them. Remember him kindly to Wm. Bruton. ½ p. [O. C., Vol. XIV., No. 1511.]
July 26. 473. Court Minutes, E. I. Co. The Committees for casks to confer with Alderman Garwaie and call the Coopers before them about the price of dry cask, which is not to exceed 15s. per tun. Petition of Elizabeth, widow of Bartholomew Ayle, 25 or 26 years Boatswain or Master's Mate, for delivery of her deceased husband's silk and calicoes free of freight, or that the Company take same at a reasonable rate, deferred till Wednesday next, against which time a late order concerning prime commodities brought home as private trade though expressly prohibited by his Majesty's proclamation, to be searched out. Ordered that Sheriff Perry receive four barrels of refined saltpetre at the same rate as lately sold to Mr. Richaut. 100 marks conferred on Mr. Sherburne, Secretary, as yearly accustomed for his extraordinary service at Court. The Committees for cloth to do their best to make up to 1,000 the 500 cloths formerly resolved on this year for Persia whereof good part was already bought, if at reasonable prices; and that all cloths be forthwith put to the dyers, to take the benefit of the summer for dyeing and dressing, and not to defer it to the latter end of the year as formerly, the chief cause of the complaint made of it's badness and rottenness. Ordered also, that 20 fine cloths be provided for the Coast of Coromandel of 14l. or 15l. apiece, and to send likewise in the ship designed for that place 20,000l. in money and such other commodities as advised by their general letters. The Committees for lead to contract for 100 tons for Surat and 50 for Bantam; and such a proportion of cases of strong waters and knives as formerly accustomed. "The Court fell into dispute" whether to second their late direction for returning again to their island of Pooloroon, in regard the Hollanders have long since left it, and the fruit trees are so well grown again as great quantities of nuts may there be had at little charge; but on sight of the letter sent last year, resolved to pursue what was formerly directed, and to send an express pinnace from hence to Macassar and so to Pooloroon, whereby to be truly advertised of the condition of the island, but first to stay the return of the William shortly expected; it being generally held a business of consequence not to be any longer neglected. The trade of Taywan (Formosa) also considered, an island spacious and rich that affords trade in abundance, the Dutch and Portugals being both planted thereon and room enough for the English also according to the relation of Mr. Cambell, a Scottishman, who offered his service for that employment; the Court of opinion that if they had a full stock it would not be amiss to try both thither and to China, where the Hollanders are reported to maintain at least 10 or 12 men of war; but their stock being so small, they inclined neither to the trade nor to the entertaining of Cambell; the Auditors against Wednesday next to inform them of the state of the Third Joint Stock, what was sent out, what come home, what owing, and what to come in. 600l. in the second voyage and 400l. in the third passed over by William Geere to John Milward, with condition that Milward should pay to the Company 1,260l. in discharge of so much of Geere's debt of 8,200l. on two lots of silk, for which said stock, with others of Mr. Awbery's, was engaged. Christopher Adams to receive his wages, stayed at the request of the Earl of Lindsey on information that he was one of those that broke up the chest of the Dane who died in the Discovery, in regard the Earl hath received satisfaction from him and written on his behalf. 4½ pp. [Ct. Min. Bk., XIV., 24–28.]
July 31.
474. Lords of the Admiralty to Sir Edward St. Maur and Sir Jas. Bagg. His Majesty's pink the Great Seahorse lately set forth to the southward under Capt. Quaile having returned to Plymouth, and being there stayed in custody of the Deputy Vice- Admiral, they are to "romage" and search the pink and to examine the Commander and company as to what gold, jewels, junks, ships, or merchandise were taken by Capt. Quaile or any of the company, and to report. [Dom., Car. I., Vol. CCXXVIII., fol. 72a.]
July 31. 475. Court Minutes, E. I. Co. Debate whether Christopher Adams should make allowance out of his wages for the diet of a servant he carried out without leave in the Discovery; but in regard he served the Company two years and was since dead, it was thought not fit to make any deduction. Relation by Markham according to order of last Court, whereupon it appeared that if the whole subscription be paid in, there would remain in the land of quick stook 127,000l. for the setting forth of the next fleet. Petition of Ciprian Aradrego, Anthony Brasonton, and Joseph Harding, three Indians born, to be employed in the yard at Blackwall till the going out of the next ships; Anthony and Joseph to have employment if Fotherby have cause to make use of them, and the Secretary, to speak with Mr. Page to provide for Ciprian's necessities who came to England as his attendant. 1 p. [Ct. Min. Bk., XIV., 28, 29.]