East Indies
September 1577


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'East Indies: September 1577', Calendar of State Papers Colonial, East Indies, China and Japan, Volume 2: 1513-1616 (1864), pp. 24-25. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=68573 Date accessed: 29 November 2014.


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September 1577

Sept.?51. Michael Lok to the Privy Council. The Ayde and Gabriel have arrived at Bristol. Suggests that Frobisher should discharge the ore there, and that it be kept in the castle or other safe place under four locks, the keys to be left with the Mayor of Bristol, Sir Rich. Barkley, Mr. Frobisher, and himself. Proposals for obtaining 800l. for the soldiers and mariners' wages, one of which is—“if it would please the Queen's Majesty to prest the same for three months until ore may be melted down.” The Michael has arrived in safety in the Thames. The Commissioners think good to put the ore under locks and keys, into Sir Wm. Wynter's house on St. Katherine's Hill, “where they have already made a furnace to melt down the same.” Requests that the Commissioners Sir Wm. Wynter, Thos. Randall [? Randolphe], Geo. Wynter, Anthony Jenckynson, Edmond Hogan, and himself, with Frobisher, and any others the Council like, may determine on the speedy melting of the ore at Bristol and London. In consideration of his “advancement of these voyages for the space of three years,” his good will and charge of keeping all accounts without recompense, and of having been named treasurer, “though he hath had but little treasure in his keeping,” requests that his office of treasurer may be ratified by the Council. [One page and a half. Indorsed “M. Lok's Memorial.” Domestic, Eliz., Vol. CXV., No. 35. Cal., p. 556; with this note, “On the 28th Sept. the Council directed Furbisher to unload his ships at Bristol. Co. Reg.”]