East Indies
July 1576


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'East Indies: July 1576', Calendar of State Papers Colonial, East Indies, China and Japan, Volume 2: 1513-1616 (1864), pp. 11-12. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=68567 Date accessed: 26 November 2014.


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July 1576

1576?22. “Discourse concerning a Streight to be discovered toward the North-west, passing to Cathay and the Oriental Indians; with a confutation of their error that think the discovery thereof to be most conveniently attempted to the north of Baccalaos.” [Four pages Indorsed by Burghley, “Mr. Greynfelde's voyage.” Brit. Mus., LansdoKme, C., No. 4.]
1576?23. Arguments in favour of finding a North-west passage to Cathay in 67 degrees. It may be sailed in thirty days from England. Being known, a great trade might be made in those west parts where are many rich merchandises, and the passage lies far from any Prince that might hinder..... With 300l. it might be known and truly certified by means of some of the ships that trade yearly to Iceland for fish, being eight or ten days' sail from thence. The passage but 6,000 leagues; to pass by the Straits of Magellan to Cathay is 15,000 leagues. In 67 degrees it is bright day all the 24 hours in the month of June. [Three quarters of a page, mutilated by fire. Brit Mus., Otho., VIII, fol. 216.]
157624. Names of Adventurers in Martin Frobisher's first voyage for discovery of the North-west passage, with the amounts subscribed. Sir Thomas Gresham, William Burde, Michael Lok, and Alderman Wm. Bond, 100l. each; Lord Treasurer Burghley, The Earls of Sussex, Warwick, and Leicester, and Edmond Hogan, 50l. each; Secretary Walsyngham, Phillip Sydney, Lionell Duckett, Mathew Fyeld, Anthony Jenckynson, Mathew Kyndersley, Christopher Andrewes, Robert Martin, and Thos. Randall [Randolphe?], 25l. each; total stock, 875l. [Half a page. Extract, DOMESTIC, Eliz., Vol. CXIX., No. 34. Cal., p. 573. See list of names, 30 March 1577, Inclosure II.]
July 2.25. Thos. Page to Sec. Sir Win. Cecil. His hopes of Sir Edward Kelly frustrated, for the working him to be a favourer of the attempt of a true discovery for China or the north-east part thereof, otherwise called Cathay. Kelly greatly commended the enterprise, but it was suspended upon better deliberation because of his secret business. [Extract from DOMESTIC, Eliz., Vol. CVIII., No.51. Cal., p. 525.]