East Indies, China and Japan
January 1620

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'East Indies, China and Japan: January 1620', Calendar of State Papers Colonial, East Indies, China and Japan, Volume 3: 1617-1621 (1870), pp. 341-351. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=68852 Date accessed: 24 July 2014.


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January 1620

1620. Jan. 1. 796. Carleton to Chamberlain. Sends his answer to Sir Dudley Diggs, which contains thanks only for his good will, without desiring to have the matter pressed any further (see ante No. 777.), "though the saying what I did was by the King's commandment should be no more applied to me than it might have been to the Commissioners ; and Sir Noel Caron's example cannot be cast in my way, unless affairs in England had been as much embroiled when our Commissioners came hither as theirs were here when there was question of sending." Had Carleton not then added his private solicitations to his public offices, it may be things had not gone as they did, "but I am far from repenting myself of anything I have done, and my affection to the business is such that I believe whensoever further occasion is presented it is not ingratitude that can make me slack my best endeavours, wherefore the chief of our company may be commended for the choice they have made where to save charges without peril, though otherwise I cannot brag of their bounty, and yet I should have esteeemed of a small toy by way of remembrance as much as of a greater matter." [Extract from Holland Correspondence.]
Jan. 3. 797. Court Minutes of the East India Company. Concerning the Muscovy business and the Greenland fishery. Committee appointed to speak with parties making an offer. The goods in the country which cost 3,683l., now valued at 2,382l. 13s. 8d. Estimate of the cost of setting forth a ship of 700 or 800 tons ; supposed to amount to 5,600l., and the taking of whales, oil, &c., to produce 7,000l. Jan. 4.-Conference with Strowd and Edge on the Greenland business. Jan. 5.-Employment of Watts ; thought fit to be commander of a fort in the Indies. His desire to command a ship for Bantam, but not knowing the state of their affairs in the country, the Company must leave him to the council of war ; "he departed discontented with a froward kind of behaviour and gesture." Letters read from Sir Thos. Roe from Ahmedabad ; Thos. Keridge and Thos. Rastell from Surat ; and Capt. Jourdain from Bantam, commending Thos. Batten, who went forth in Capt. Pring's fleet to train men and inure them to arms ; his desire about his child. John Dent and John Cartwright to go factors in the Unity ; their salaries. Letters for Persia to be sent by the Dutch ships now going, if possible. Proceedings of Robinson considered neither fair nor proper to his place as an auditor ; his endeavours to make an absolute rent and division in the whole action, to the overthrow and confusion thereof. Demands of Thos. Taylor to proceed as a master. Robt. Delean's adventures. Quicksilver bought of Alderman Hamerslye at 2s. 10d. per Ib. Letter read from Sir Henry Hubberd [Hobart], Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, on behalf of Peter Bell, a kinsman of his wife's, for employment. Gratuity out of the poor box to Nathaniel Curtys, a poor man maimed in the Company's service. Jan. 7.-Motion of Sir Thomas Haward to repay him 750l. Whether to petition his Majesty for the continuance of his favour, or the trade for Persia will not be followed, but thought fit to forbear for a time as the Company expect to hear from thence within six months. Instructions to the deputy and treasurer, sent for before the King's attorney, deemed to be about Delean's matter. Report that the Company had lent 10,000l. to the King contradicted by the Governor, who stated it was lent by particular men out of their own purses, to free the Company of the demands made to them for it. Concerning Robinson, and a meeting of the six new auditors with the auditors of the committees. Jan. 10.-Request of John Delabarr to transport his adventure to Freeman. Valuation of Robt. Delean's adventures. The Unity to be dispatched with four chests of ryals, and her letters and commissions. Shepheard, appointed steward, on the recommendation of Sir Thos. Roe, dismissed as a weak old man, and unfit for the Company's service. Complaint that landsmen had greater wages than seamen, the wages of landsmen, with one exception, "Morley, a lusty young fellow," being 18s. a month, the usual wages of seamen 23s. and 24s. a month. Renewed request of Sir Thomas Haward concerning his adventure. Motion of Clitherow, that Nath. Courthorpe, one of the Company's servants in the Indies, having kept possession of Pooloroon for the Company very valiantly against the Flemings, and endured much misery, might receive some preferment from the Company, both for place and salary. Ordered that he have 100l. per annum, and be recommended to the president and council at Bantam for preferment. On the recommendation of Towerson, John Amye, employed in Persia, is granted a salary of 20l. a year, with an annual increase of 10l. for seven years. Edmondes and John Goodwyn, factors at Surat, the former well reported of by Sir Thomas Roe, to have the like wages. John Gunning, a factor, to have 100 marks the first year, and 100l. afterwards for seven years. Wages of John Clarke and Justinian Offley, factors. Six pages and a quarter. [Court Bk., IV., 487-493.]
[Jan. 11.] 798. Attestation of Robert Jeffreys concerning the private trade of Edward Monnox. Three quarters of a page. [O.C. Vol. VII., No. 832.]
Jan. 12. 799. Court Minutes of the East India Company. Thos. Tompson, a factor skilful in silk ordered for Persia, to have 30l. a year, with an annual rise of 10l. The Company questioned for exportation of silver ; reasons delivered for their justification. The King graciously pleased to signify his royal favour and good opinion towards the Company. Robert Delean's adventures and his creditors. Leave not yet obtained from the Lord Admiral for Capt Shilling to proceed in the Company's service for Surat, upon suggestions that he was one of the best able men this kingdom had to do his Majesty's service, if need should require. Committee to see Lord Nottingham, and present him with half a score pieces of calico, and then move him to write to the Lord Admiral for leave for Capt. Shilling to undertake this employment for the Company, in regard he is dismissed from his place in the King's Navy. Letter read from John Ham, of Bristol, for a brother-in-law of his to go factor to the Indies ; his suit too late. Jan. 14.-Feoffees for the lease from Burrell of the plot of ground at Blackwall. Wages of William Moore, a factor. Increase of wages granted to a kinsman of Sir Clement Edmondes, a factor at Surat, at Sir Clement's request. Report of Alderman Hamerslye of the proceedings of the auditors of the committees with the general auditors ; proposals of Robinson exhibited in seven articles. An order of the King in Council read on the Company's petition to his Majesty to have those complaints and suggestions lately exhibited against them for exportation of silver examined, and if found untruths that the Company might still be retained in his Majesty's good opinion, and live in quiet under his royal protection. The King, in his princely regard to the Company, having referred the examination to a committee of his Privy Council, a committee, with the Governor at the head, is appointed to attend the Lord Chancellor, for the hearing and examining thereof. Order of the Privy Council concerning the mint read. The pound weight of silver to be cut into 66s. ; any merchant bringing silver or bullion to receive the same weight in money on paying 2s. per lb. for coinage ; the ounce of silver to be 5s. 4d., and the ryal of eight 4s 8d. ; and because neither merchant nor goldsmith shall overbuy the King's mint, the said order provides that the East India Company and the Goldsmiths should by several acts in their courts bind themselves not to do so, for which purpose a committee is appointed to contrive an act for the Company accordingly. Joshewagh (Joshua) Bannister conceived unfit for employment. John Stoddard to proceed a good fellow at 19s. per month. John Harris, having been master in the Angel, to be conferred with to proceed master in the Anne. [Three pages. Court Bk. IV., 493-496.]
Jan. 15. Minau. 800. Consultation held in Minau, present, Edw. Monox, William Bell, John Amye, John Purefey, and John Benthall, concerning a present to be given to Nereary, the governor. [One page and a half. O.C., Vol. VII., No. 833.]
Jan. 17. 801. Court Minutes of the East India Company. Letter read from Delft from Richard Fowler, an Englishman who had long lived in those parts, certifying his skill to make salt water fresh, with other inventions, and offering his service to the Company, "which was thought idle, and rejected." Suit of - Dupper for a factor's place. The account of Wm. Hempsall, deceased, to be made out on the motion of Sir Thos. Roe. Letter read from Thos. Alisbury to Thos. Stiles to be quit of his adventure in the second joint stock, and have the money repaid to him ; Stiles requested to reply, that on Alisbury's request to the Company, "and his readiness to befriend them in procuring Capt. Shilling's liberty to serve them in this present voyage to the Indies, they would grant it him." Sir John Wolstenholme, Sir Thos. Roe, and Mr. Leate requested to go to Sir Robt. Mansell, to procure liberty for Capt. Shilling to go upon the Company's voyage. Edward Percy entertained Master in the White Bear ; Thos. Tailor, Master's mate in the Anne. Letter read from the King of 4th January, signifying his pleasure that the whole controversy between the Earl of Warwick and the Company should be submitted to two arbitrators, and if they could not end it his Majesty would appoint an umpire, and that his Majesty's mind was that the Earl should be no loser by the voyage. A petition to be drawn to his Majesty, stating how far the Company had proceeded with the Earl. Jan. 19.-Complaint that Jas. Motham and Thos. Jones had hired away divers men from the London to serve the King of Denmark in the East Indies. Complaint to be made to the Judge of the Admiralty and afterwards to the Privy Council. Debate as to whether they should make an act binding themselves not to give a higher price for silver than the King had allowed, or whether they should petition his Majesty for liberty to buy the Spanish ryal at 4s. 8d. by the piece, and not by the ounce. Committee appointed to attend the Privy Council also concerning the transportation of silver. Remarks of the Earl of Warwick to Sir Thos. Roe on the King's letter to the Company. Their answer that they would take it into consideration as soon as they conveniently could, their business then hindering them from doing so. Jan. 20.-Offer of Strowde concerning the Greenland voyage discussed, and motion of Governor Wyeth referred to a Committee. Jan. 21.-The Surat fleet very backward. Committee to go to Court, to obtain leave from the Lord Admiral for Capt. Shilling to proceed on the voyage, and take with them the Company's petition in answer to the King's second letter concerning Lord Warwick's business, lest any imputation of neglect should be urged against the Company. Discussion on the act of Court for restraining the Company from overbuying the King's mint, whether it should limit them in foreign parts. Touching Robinson's desire to see the treasurer's general cash book. Eustace Man to proceed master in the Anne Royal. Capt. Towerson's business to be considered. Request of John Gunning to go for Surat. Jan. 24.-Letters read from Walter Bennet and Joshua Bainbridge from Bantam, "giving notice of the passage of sundry their affairs in the East Indies." Committee to attend the Council table concerning the Company's petition to the King for examining the justness of all complaints against them, and about the money stopped and provisions transported. Letter prepared by Sir Thos. Roe from the King to the Great Mogul, of compliment, to acknowledge the kind usage of his Majesty's people in his dominions, and the tokens received from him, approved and appointed to be fairly limned and engrossed in parchment after Sir Thos. had shown it to Secretary Calvert. Four chests of ryals to be put on board the Unity. Boxes and cases belonging to George Ball and other private traders to be brought up to the Governor's house, and disposed of hereafter. Captain Towerson entertained as a principal factor at the Moluccas. His desire to go commander of one of the Company's ships seconded by William Towerson ; no means to accommodate him in that nature, but with some other factors to go in the great cabin of the Anne, of which Swanley is appointed commander. Eustace Man to go master in the Exchange, with Capt. Fitzherbert. Gratification to Swanley. Meeting of committees appointed about the Greenland business. Information from Mr. Geere at Hamburgh, of a report that the Muscovy Company intend to dissolve their Greenland trade. Imputations upon the Muscovy Company for drawing the East India Company to such an apparent and great loss as hath befallen by joining with them more than was at first intended, and that the Muscovy Company hath not brought in the proportionable part of charge with the East India Company. Strowde's offer of 900l. for the implements, &c. in Greenland. Advice not to sell away the action to the Hollanders ; referred to a committee to determine with some contractors upon the best terms they may, whereby his Majesty and the State shall be satisfied, seeing the action still managed by Englishmen. [Five pages and a half. Court Bk. IV., 496-502.]
Jan. 26 Aboard the James Royal. 802. Consultation held aboard the James Royal after the meeting of the two fleets in Tecoe Road ; one from Masulipatam of nine sail under Capt. Pring, the other lately come from England of three sail under Capt. Chas. Clevenger. Both fleets to be under the command of Capt. Pring. Reasons against following the Dutch fleet ; they have gathered all their forces together at Jacatra, which far exceed the English in number, and their wealth is secure in the castle there, whereas the English have almost the whole estate of the Company on board the ships. Resolution to sail for Acheen, thence to Japan, for careening and trimming the ships, some of which must be sheathed this year. Good hopes to meet with the Surat fleet, which has had express orders to bring supplies to Acheen. Probability of meeting with Holland ships with supplies in the Straits of Malacca, also at Patani, where they intend to touch, to see if Capt. Jourdain be there, and on the coasts of China, where the Hollanders surprise the Chinese junks, and will little expect to meet the English. In the meantime it is not doubted but that the Company will come to some good agreement with the Hollanders, or else send such forces to their assistance as may in time force them to some honourable composition, which were much to be desired, "that Christians against Christians might no longer contend as heretofore they have done, to the scorn of religion before the heathen." Signed by Martin Pring, Aug. Spaldinge, Chas. Clevenger, Thos. Brockedon, Edmund Lynnis, John Munday, John Hatch, and John Leman. [Two pages and a half. O.C., Vol. VII., No. 834.]
Jan. 26. 803. Court Minutes of the East India Company. Letter read from Nathaniel Martyn from Scilly, endeavouring to excuse himself for the casting away of the Sun, and to lay the imputation upon Sir Thos. Dale, in leaving his ship, and making the Clove Admiral. Mr. Lamplugh, the patentee for maintaining the lights of Dungeness, with whom an agreement was made by the Company in January 1618 to pay 20 nobles a year, making a new demand of 1d. a ton for all their shipping outward and homeward, to be spoken to, and the Lord Chancellor applied to, if necessary. Wages of Henry Short, a factor. Suit of Thos. Johnson, appointed steward's mate, to proceed to Metolopotama (Masulipatam ?) as factor. Saltpetre to be provided from the East Country. Minutes of committees about the Greenland business. Strowd's offer of 900l. for the implements in. Greenland considered ; 1,000l. demanded. Raph Freeman's offer of 1,100l. for implements and merchandize, &c. in Greenland accepted ; his promise to send forth 600 tons of shipping yearly at least for three years together, and the like authority to be granted to him as the Muscovy Company have under the broad seal of England. Concerning the rest of the goods in Muscovy as well as in England. Jan. 28.-To petition the Lord Chancellor to call Lamplugh before him, touching Dungeness light, and force him to keep his contract ; Lord Arundel, who persuaded the Company to undertake it, to be informed thereof. Jan. 28.-About the price of ryals. Complaint of Lord Warwick for not acquainting him that a warrant had been procured against Mootham and Jones. Report of Edward Lee of debts due to the Company. Mr. Wolhouse, the preacher, to have an attendant on the voyage. Request of John, son of Samuel Hare, deceased, touching the payment of his late father's adventures. Petition of Edward Russell, shipwright, for part of the wages of his two servants, Thos. Fletcher and Abraham Earle, that went forth in the Swan, and are now prisoners with the Dutch in the Moluccas. Order concerning the payment of servants employed in the East Indies to their masters at home. [Four pages. Court Bk. IV., 502-506.]
Jan. 28. 804. Sir Dudley Diggs to Sir Dudley Carleton. Though far short of what the writer wishes and knows fit, the (East India) Company have at last resolved to present Carleton with a small remembrance, which Diggs beseeches him to take kindly. The factions and dissensions in the Company have almost torn it in pieces. The services of the writer's family in the Low Countries, his father, uncle, cousins, brother, &c. Desires the privilege of raising a company in the State's pay ; has 500l. ready for Carleton to dispose of towards effecting that object. [Two pages. Holland Corresp.]
Jan. 29. The Hague. 805. Carleton to Chamberlain. Prays him to show Sir Dudley Diggs the writer's Virginia papers, then return them to Carleton, letting him know when there is a passage thither, for he has compassion of poor Porie being hunger-starved for news. Arrival in the Texel of a small ship of 200 tons out of the East Indies, well laden, and with the Hollanders' last general (? Coen), who, as yet, says nothing of any new accident betwixt our men. Jacatra unbesieged, and in the Hollanders' hands. [Extract from Holland Corresp.]
Jan. 31. 806. Court Minutes of the East India Company. Report of the committee appointed to wait on the King concerning Lord Warwick's business ; his Majesty's gracious favour, wishing them not to be discouraged by any means, but to proceed in the business cheerfully. Subsequent conference with the Marquis of Buckingham, who gave way for Capt. Shilling to proceed on the voyage, of which his Lordship's secretary, Packer, took note. The business to be carried fairly through with Lord Warwick, and so ended. Capt. Towerson to have 10l. per month wages, the same as when he proceeded commander of the Hector. Concerning the appointment of some one to live at Amsterdam, to give intelligence of occurrences from time to time from hence. Thos. Jones, a servant of Lord Warwick, arrested by the Company for hiring away their men, but being now employed to go to Virginia with cattle by his Lordship, who desires his release, order is given to set him at liberty, Lord Warwick engaging to answer for what shall be objected against him. The Francis, Lioness, and Supply ready to be unladen. Request of Mr. Armitage concerning Higgon's adventure. Information of Quoitmore, that in the storehouse at Bantam great disorders and spoil have been committed through the carelessness of the Company's officers there ; a sufficient man to be appointed to take charge of all stores. Letter read from the Lord Chancellor on behalf of Capt. Gifford, and informing that Hansom, the executor, hath got Capt. Pepwell's estate into his hands, and is careless to give any satisfaction of the overplus, according to his Lordship's former order. Feb. 4.-Petition of Tristram Shephard for satisfaction for his great losses sustained through the burning of the Black Lion, &c. Gratuity to Blieth. Letter read from Capt. Jourdain about Jas. Slade and Emanuel Butler, refraining from private trade. Morris Browne, living at Amsterdam, and having the Dutch and French tongues, recommended for "intelligencer" from thence. Concerning the amount of adventure to be paid in for this next year. Business of the Muscovy Company to be considered. Concerning the disposal of the pepper now come home, besides the indigo that cannot yet be sold, which will raise a sixth dividend of itself ; resolution to propose half a capital for all men. Minutes of a general court. Discussion on the disposal of certain goods sent home from Scilly, and the taking out of half a capital. Pepper said to be the fundamental and staple commodity of the trade of Surat. Robinson's objections and remarks ; he asserts that there be debts to the amount of 50,000l. due to the Company. Sir Dudley Diggs' opinion that the business of the Company is carried fairly and upon very good terms, and that his Majesty is very gracious to the Company, and satisfied with their upright and plain dealing, and yet the action fallen, which he can ascribe to nothing but the jealousy conceived at home, and sundry faults imputed and bruited, without just ground. Mr. Mellyn, of a contrary opinion, affirming that the action is fallen by reason of an error of 100,000l. in the first joint stock, which caused many to sell themselves out of the adventure in other men's names. Sir John Wolstenholme seconds Sir Dudley Diggs, having never observed otherwise at the meeting of the committees than fair carriage ; his opinion of Mellyn's seditious and scandalous conduct. The Governor's opinion. Cotton has heard the government of the company much condemned. The deputy desires to have the truth and uttermost of their actions tried, and that Robinson should hasten to complete the accounts. Robinson's remarks and arrogance. Coucbman's answer. Resolution to have only a single payment made of an eighth part, as was the first year, "which may hereafter be altered upon occasion." Feb. 7.-All the ships for Surat at Gravesend this day ; the men to be mustered, the Committee to go down ; the commissions and letters to be perfected. Touching the customs of a box of 59 diamonds now brought home. Petition of Domingo Gonsalvez, a Portugal, who was taken by the Dutch, and kept as a slave in the Indies, but ran away to the English at Bantam, for a gratuity. Complaint of Wiech against Mellyn for scandalous speeches of himself and his son at a General Court. Wages of John Mootham, deceased. Pepper brought home by the mariners to be granted without freight, "yet first they should come to Mr. Governor or the Court, and be chidden for their faults." Motion of Sir Thos. Roe on behalf of John George, a Dutchman, who hath the Indian, Persian, Spanish, and Dutch languages, hath lived ten years in the Mogores country, and is willing to serve the Company and remain at Surat at 20 shillings a month ; referred to Offley to be concluded with. Thos. Thompson having been appointed an under factor at Coromandel, Henry Sill to be steward's mate in the Exchange. Robinson questioned as to his charges against the Company at the last General Court. Message from Lord Warwick ; the Company remembering the King's gracious speeches, that he held it neither fit they should be tied to make good his Lordship's losses, nor themselves to be losers by his action nor discouraged, returned answer that they were resolved to treat only upon those terms formerly submitted to him. Feb. 9.-Concerning the sale of a chest of musk containing twenty boxes, consigned to Burrell by (Geo.) Ball, from Bantam. John Dent, appointed chief factor in the Unity, "having shown such ignorance and simplicity by a letter of his written without either good English or sense," resolved "for the present of his discharge." Cartwright to be appointed in his place. Mr. Wiech desires redress for Mellyn's speeches against himself and his son. Sir John Wolstenholme of opinion that Mellyn is of a mutinous disposition, and unworthy to be admitted into any civil company. The Governor's charges against him. Sir John Merrick testified to the fair carriage of Wiech's son in Muscovy. His complaint of Woodall, the surgeon. Some punishment to be inflicted answerable to the quality of Mellyn's offence. Committee to attend the Privy Council in reference to any act granting liberty to the Company to contract with either of their members to bring over ryals and to buy abroad. Suit of Thos. Gourney to have the business concerning his brother John's estate concluded. John Holland, a factor, entertained for this voyage, of a drunken disposition, and suspected of other ill courses, dismissed. Petition of Lanman, for some allowance for his two servants, Fras. Fetiplace and John Hayward, employed in the country house. John Clarke, a factor appointed for Bantam, to go to Surat. Robert Salmon accepted as security in the matter of Nathaniel Salmon's estate. Suit of the brother of Robert Savage, a factor drowned at the Cape in the Sun, for satisfaction for his goods ; but the Company having lost all, both ship and goods, found no cause to charge themselves with another man's loss, seeing all suffered alike. Feb. 11.-Two letters read from the directors of the Dutch East India Company, with news of the arrival of one of their ships, the Unicorn, in the Texel, which left Jacatra the previous August, approving the intention of this Company "in discovering at the Cape with a pinnace," and wishing to know a certain time that the English ships would wait for theirs at the Cape, that they might go together in consortship to Surat ; with intelligence of other occurrences in the Indies ; the taking of the King of Jacatra by the Dutch, and besieging the King of Bantam ; desiring the like correspondence of kindness from this Company. Resolution concerning the Company's ships' stay at the Cape for the Dutch. The Governor and sundry merchants to appear before the Privy Council about the Mint business, the Pirates, now again renewed, and Greenland, the merchants to which place are "charged to proceed quietly and peaceably against the Hollanders, as the States have given in charge to their people." It was now answered, "That the English will not offend, but if they shall be wronged they hope it will be held just for them to defend themselves." Robt. Barlowe chosen to live at Amsterdam, to send home intelligence. Offer of Ralph Freeman for certain implements in London belonging to the united Companies. Woodall's counter charges against Mellyn, referred. Petition of John Holland to have his offence passed over and be re-admitted ; refused. Hide, master of the Lioness, to be concluded with. Petition of Philip Bradshawe, appointed surgeon for the factory at Bantam for a gratuity. Sundry petitions referred to a committee. Feb. 14.-John Dent to be employed at 20l. a year. Enquiry into Mellyn's imputation of Woodall, the surgeon. Anchors and cables to be borrowed of the King's ships at Portsmouth. Suit of Hockeridge. John Gourney's accounts audited ; 553l. 7s. 8d. paid to his brother, Thomas. Richard Mathews appointed master of the coaster, to fetch timber from Ireland. Petition of John Holland to have his offence remitted ; judged unfit to alter their determination, either for favour or affection. Consultation concerning the destination of the fleet about to sail ; opinions of the committees for commissions, Capt. Shilling and Sir Thos. Roe ; resolved to have the fleet divided, two to sail direct to Jask, and two to Surat. Motion of Sir Thos. Roe on behalf of John Goodwyn for increase of wages. All the surgeons' chests viewed by the Master and Wardens of the Surgeons and the Master and Wardens of the Apothecaries. Touching Lady Dale's suit to have 500 weight of silk sent home by her husband Sir Thos. free of freight. Request of Wm. and Robt. Angell to have their proportionable part of Scot's adventure. Robt. Barlowe entertained "(to live at Amsterdam), and gather what light and knowledge he can," at a salary of 200l. pr. ann. Gratuity to Thos. Thompson, a factor, for his pains in the counting house. Minutes of a meeting of committees for Greenland. Desire of Ralph Freeman to buy the implements. Committee appointed to sell them. The Governor reports an offer for the goods and trade in Muscovy of 14,000l., which were not long since rated at 25,000l. ; consultation thereon. Concerning an adventure in the Muscovy Company bought by Alderman Hamerslye, from Bourne. Feb. 16.-The surgeons' chests to be more carefully looked to hereafter. Woodall and an apothecary appointed to provide the surgery ; the "physical things" to be sent and seen by Dr. Atkins, one of the Company, a very honest and sufficient gentleman and great adventurer ; the chests at Gravesend to be examined by Woodall. Request of Alexander Stafford concerning a debt due to him from Richard Griffyn, deceased, a factor in the Suu. Petition of Robt. Delean to have the benefit of the remainder of his adventure which his Majesty hath seized upon. Another accountant to be appointed, in regard of the multiplicity of business : Edward Blackerby and Bartholomew Waight recommended. One experienced in Latin, French, and Dutch, skilful in inditing in another phrase and style than is used by merchants, and experienced in the civil law, to be provided to answer letters between the English and the Dutch. Letter from Barlowe found to be ill written and of no good phrase, whereby he is held not so fit for the Company's service, he is therefore referred to be further considered of again. Dagger knives and swords to be bought for Surat. Petition of John Thorpe, sailor, in prison, to be set at liberty. [Seventeen pages and a half. Court Bk. IV., 506-523.]