East Indies
December 1573


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W. Noel Sainsbury (editor)

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'East Indies: December 1573', Calendar of State Papers Colonial, East Indies, China and Japan, Volume 2: 1513-1616 (1864), pp. 10. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=68565 Date accessed: 26 November 2014.


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December 1573

1573.20. “A discovery of lands beyond the Equinoctial.” Arguments on the matter offered to be attempted:—that it is feasible; the means to achieve it, and good to grow from it; answer to objections; no injury to any prince or country, nor any offence of amity; not to be at the Queen's charge. With a request to Her Majesty to grant Letters Patent “to the authors and fellowship of this voyage in nature of a corporation;” to establish a form of government “in some persons of the company of this adventure;” to give letters in favour of the voyage, and also letters of commendation to “all princes and people for their loving and favorable entertainment and traffic;” and to confirm special rules and orders “as the company shall think meet to be kept among them” for direction of the voyage, &c. [Five pages. Indorsed, by Burghley, as above, with the date 1573. Brit. Mus., Lansdowne, C., fol. 142–146.]