East Indies
December 1622, 31

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W. Noel Sainsbury (editor)

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1878

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'East Indies: December 1622, 31', Calendar of State Papers Colonial, East Indies, China and Japan, Volume 4: 1622-1624 (1878), pp. 88. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=69755 Date accessed: 28 July 2014.


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Dec 1622, 31

1622. Dec. 31.
Firando.
223. Richard Cocks to the East India Company. His las dated 14 Nov., was by the Bull; account of the cargo then sent, also in the Elizabeth now going to Jacatra. The Dutch have sold great store of broadcloth, and have written for more, as he has done. The reason of these sales is the rumour of war; a great conspiracy having been discovered against the person of the Emperor Shongo Same by eight or nine of the greatest and powerfullest princes in Japan, and it is thought his own brethren and nearest kinsmen have a hand in it, and that the King of this place is not free. It is thought, the adverse party being so strong, that the Emperor dare not meddle with them, but will wink at the matter and make peace with them. The Dutch have sent great store of money and provisions to their fort at Piscadores, thinking to get trade with the Chinas, which Cocks is persuaded will not fall out to their expectation, except they take the China junks bound to Formosa, called by them Taccasanga; and if they do this there will be no staying in Japan for them, for the Emperor of Japan has given the Chinese his pass or goshan to trade with Japan. Arrival of Edmund Sayer, with Ric. Hudson and two Hollanders, at Miako, on their way to Yedo, with presents for the Emperor and his Council; there all men speak ill of them and cry out against them, so he knows not whether their presents will be accepted. Silk has fallen in price, and is not worth so much as at the arrival of the fleet; has sold most of his stock on trust. Andrea Dittis, the China captain, still maintains that our nation but not the Hollanders may have trade into China. He hopes to come towards England next monsoon. [One page and a half. O.C., Vol. IX., No. 1093.]