East Indies
March 1579


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'East Indies: March 1579', Calendar of State Papers Colonial, East Indies, China and Japan, Volume 2: 1513-1616 (1864), pp. 53-54. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=68588 Date accessed: 31 July 2014.


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March 1579

March 20.133. Thos. Allen to Sec. Walsyngham. Has received his letters for sale of the ordnance and Gabriel; the ordnance is sold, but Mr. Lok's appraisement of 150l. for the Gabriel is too much. Frobisher has bid 80l. for her, “but I think ready money is out of the way with him;” Sir Nicholas Malby may perhaps have her and pay the money. Wishes “these men” were paid; is sore troubled with them. Many things to be sold, in Lok's keeping. What Lok can sell he does, but pays no man a penny. All things should be sold out of hand, that Lok might bring in his “rear accounts” and be discharged. [One page. Indorsed, "20 March, 1579," with abstract. DOMESTIC, Eliz., Vol. CXXX., No. 10. Cal., p. 620.]
March 24134. “A note of the value of 2 cwt. of ore gotten in the Countess of Warwick's Island in Meta Incognita, and put down by me, Jonas Schutz at the Tower Hill the 24th day of March 1578[–9] and put off on three several tests containing gold and silver.” The whole weight of refined gold in the three tests, amounts to 3 dwt. 10 grs., value 10s. 3d.; of silver, 4 oz. 19dwt. 3 grs., value 25s. 7d. Jonas “promises to make of every ton towards all charges 15l” [One page. DOMESTIC, Eliz., Vol. CXXX., No. 15. Cal., p. 621.]
March 28.
135. Sir Thos. Gresham, Sir Lionell Duckett, John Dee, Martin Frobisher, Thos. Allen, Edw. Fenton, Chris. Hoddesdonn, Gylbert Yorke, Michael Lok, and Matthew Fyeld to the Privy Council. Have received their letter of 26th March to sell the other ships and things remaining to pay the men. Will speedily see it done, though a very small matter to pay that is owing. Request orders may be given to those adventurers who have not paid their parts to do so forthwith. Inclose the names of those to whom straight order should be given to pay their full part, or else to lose all benefit of their former adventures. Have had conference with one John Barton: his offer to make proof of the ore at Dartford. Think it very requisite that Jonas should proceed in the great works at Dartford; 500l. required, but have no means of getting the money, the former cessments not sufficing to pay for the freight and wages yet unpaid, unless a new cessment be made upon all the adventurers. [Two pages. Indorsed,. “28 March, 1579,” with abstract. DOMESTIC, Eliz., Vol. CXXX., No. 21. Cal., p. 621.]