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August 1628

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'East Indies: August 1628', Calendar of State Papers Colonial, East Indies, China and Persia, Volume 6: 1625-1629 (1884), pp. 532-542. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=71285 Date accessed: 01 October 2014.


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August 1628

Aug. 1.689. Court Minutes of the East India Company. After argument it was agreed that Philip Burlamachi, who had formerly bought pepper to the value of 40,000l., shall have all the Company's pepper unsold amounting to 1,050 or 1,100 bags, the Jambi and Priaman ungarbled at 18 d. and 19d. per lb, and the garbled at a penny dearer, to transport, but with liberty to sell the garbled about 70 bags in town, to be paid for in 27 months and the security tendered to be referred to the Committees of the Warehouses. Report of Mr. Sherburne and Mr. Governor that Lord Carleton was of opinion that the Company should send over the Prayer Book under the hand of [Sam.] Colson, the letter under the hand of Towerson, and the table book, for the better satisfaction of the judges; but the Court remembered that they had already sent over copies authentic, and had always declined sending the originals and the surviving witnesses, both by the opinion of the Lords and of Sir Henry Marten, lest thereby they should wholly submit the cause to the judicature of the Dutch, nevertheless directed Mr.Sherburne to carry and show the originals to his Lordship. 1½pp.[Ct. Min. Bk. XI. 47–48.]
Aug. 6.
Southwick.
690. Sec. Conway to the Earl of Marlborough, Lord President of the Council. His Majesty having been moved for order for release of the three Dutch East India ships, said he understood that order to have been so authentical that there needed no second address to him, and so has commanded Conway to signify his pleasure to have the order agreed upon at the Council Board, or what other passport might be requisite to be put into the hands of the States Ambassadors. A Scotchman taken from aboard those ships and sent up to London to give information fears he shall lose his entertainment, certain Dutchmen also were billeted at Portsmouth by order of the Lords. These two cases should be provided for. 2 pp. [East Indies, Vol. IV., No. 49.]
Aug. 6.
Waustead.
691. Sec. Conway to Sir John Jephson. His Majesty will not admit any pretext for staying the three Surat ships after the order for their discharge be put into the Ambassadors hands, requests him to certify his knowledge concerning the Scotchman he took from aboard the ships and the money due for the men of those ships billeted by his command. ½ p. [Dom., Chas. I., Vol. CXII., No. 37., Cal., p. 247.]
Aug. 6–13.692. Court Minutes of the East India Company. Petition of Edward, brother of John Clark, that was put to death at Amboyna, to be purser's mate of the Reformation, but the Court finding no necessity for a purser's mate ordered that in case the purser die William Clark, the steward, succeed. Complaint of the bread and beer in the Reformation, the baker and brewer examined. Request of Mr. Greene, servant to the Lord Privy Seal, who presented himself with the late Arthur Clifford's son, 12 years old, to reserve the remainder of the estate of the deceased for the boy's maintenance; but the Court advised he should be apprenticed to an embroiderer, who demanded 10l., and they would pay 9l. and allow 20s. per annum towards the boy's maintenance. Ordered that the month's pay stayed out of the wages of Wm. Harvy, late mate of the London, for leaving the ship at Plymouth, be paid to his wife, who brought attestation that sickness was the cause.
Aug. 8.—Mr. Abdi put the Court in mind that tomorrow would be the last day for those in town to underwrite, and seeing that this subscription for a voyage is not like to take effect, he moved that the mixed Committee meet to consult what is now fit to be done; and because Mr. Smethwike had set down in writing some collections and overtures for raising money to supply this year's trade, a note of which was produced, it was resolved to hear him at the mixed Committee. A collection made by Mr. Mun of the state of the Company's shipping and stock abroad read, and Mr. Sambrooke directed to compare it with Mr. Smethwike's note, and draw out a counter note contradiction what in Mr. Smethwike's may really be gainsaid. It was then proposed that seeing all three courses have failed, the Court should make return of their proceedings and endeavours to the Lords or to his Majesty, and remonstrate that the burden of this work cannot be supported on the shoulders of a few, and that men are generally disheartened because the Dutch ships are discharged and no reparation yet given, that so his Majesty may receive satisfaction that the Committee have not been wanting to further so good a work. Mr. Smethwike then called in, the Court having resolved only to hear and not to argue any point with him. Being demanded what he had to say, Smethwike proceeded, taking the ground that any course that could be found to keep the trade on foot was to be esteemed a good one, and that there must be a show of profit to encourage men to follow a trade; he instanced that the action at present sold at 84l. or 85l., which profit would invite men to supply this year; next he proposed to send out this year 100,000l. more than would relade the ships sent, pretending that there was not stock enough abroad to lade half their tonnage now in the Indies; he then represented that to set up a new stock when so many ships are abroad would prove dangerous or at least suspicious of unequal dealing between the two stocks, if some good course should not be taken to prevent it, and further alleged that it hath ever been the course of this Company, for the succeeding stock, to take off the remains of the former, both at home and abroad, at a reasonable price, and therefore he moved that the remains of this stock be valued at such a rate as may allure men to bring in their moneys by which means none of the adventurers would be constrained to sell or buy any of his stock, but the Company should admit the addition abovesaid for a valuable consideration, which would continue the trade for this year, but without dividing unless it may well be spared. To the objections that some may perhaps neither bring in the addition proposed nor condescend to any new contract, and that widows, orphans, and insolvents will by this means be prejudiced, Smethwike answered that the resolution of a few must not prejudice the Company in general, especially if the number of those that supply and their adventures be great, which will in this case be very considerable, and he insisted upon such a valuation being made, that he that brought in 80l. may be made creditor for 100l. It was asked who must bear the loss of what shall be divided to these new suppliers, for the old stock will not, as some had in general Court declared. It was then declared that Smethwike's proposition effected neither the bringing in of supplies for the trade, nor the giving content to those that will not or cannot bring in money; howsoever Smethwike moved that a valuation be made yearly, which would give great content and allure men to supply, because by that means every year's adventure will be as a particular voyage, and men will know whether they be gainers or losers, and because the state of the Company being perfectly known it will strengthen their credit; and lastly he intimated that whilst the propositions were in agitation the time for providing cloth will spend, and he signified that divers in town for a small gain will provide cloth to be paid for a year hence. Much discourse passed in discussing these overtures, but the Court remaining unsatisfied referred the consideration thereof to another time.
Aug. 13.—Masts to be bought for the London. Order to take in hand the repairing of the counting house wall and chimney. Committee appointed to hear the business between the Company and Parks about Westby's estate tomorrow. The charterparty between the owners of the Edward and John and the Company read and ordered to be sealed. The mixed Committees and some of the principal adventurers to be warned to a meeting of Friday next, and Sambrooke to prepare a particular account of all the ships abroad, and which are like to come home and which not Consideration of the four main damages that befel the last stock, viz., the injurious proceedings of the Dutch; the extraordinary charge of shipping for defence of trade; the great interest that had lain on the stock from the beginning; and the loss of ships at sea, and how these damages may be prevented in future if the differences between the Dutch and English are accommodated. The house at Deptford where Mr. Burrell dwelt to be let for 10l. a year. Petition of Philip Barrett concerning the maintenance of a child of Peter Lang. 8 pp. [Ct. Min. Blc XI. 49–56.]
August693. Declaration of Richard Broome before the President and Council at Bantam. Narrating the Dutch proceedings in pulling down and fireing the English Company's houses and walls in Batavia. The Javas making an assault upon the Dutch town and castle of Batavia 14th of August, 1628, at night on the 16th the Dutch razed to the ground the walls encompassing the English houses leaving the great gate house and the two goodowns; upon which Anthony Vernworthy went to the Dutch General to know the reason, considering what stores and goods of importance were thus left open and a prey to all assaults. In the interim a Dutch officer came and demanded, by order of the General, an our munitions for war, which they took in such disorder that no notice of the particulars could be taken. Vernworthy being returned from the castle related his conference with the General, who refused to receive into the castle either our persons, or goods, and imagining further violence was intended they conveyed all the books, papers, and goods of importance they could over the river. On the 17th at night they saw the new house take fire, immediately after the old house, and a Dutchman apparelled like a sailor with a naked sword in his hand, and a black, who they imagined set the houses on fire. The Javas were not then seen on that side, and it has not been heard that they attempted to burn any of the Dutch houses. The night following the goodown and storehouse on the south side of the great gatehouse which alone remained was also burnt, and the outside being all stone it could not have been done by the Javas, the Dutch watch being near. The timber and goods being thus burnt the Dutch pulled down and razed to the ground all the houses and walls left standing. "Shown to Mr. Jeremy Sambrooke, and mentioned in his deposition to the 11th interr, in the third place on behalf of the Eng. East India Company, being examined upon their claim before the Eng. and Dutch Comrs, upon the 30th article of the late Peace. His deposition was taken July 24, 1654 (?) by W. Chrymes; present Joh, Theod. Berch(loon)." 2½ pp. [O.C., Vol. XII., No. 1275.]
August.
Bantam.
694. Deposition of Anthony Vernworthy before the President and Council in Bantam. Concerning the burning of the English house, with warehouses and stores in Jacatra by the Dutch in 1628. The 16th August the master for the Dutch East India Company came and took out of the English house all muskets, pikes, and swords, saying it was the General's order. He then returned with a great company of slaves furnished with iron crows and pickaxes, who began to throw down the wall encompassing our house, by order, as he said, of General John Peter Coen. Vernworthy forthwith went to the General to know the reason, who answered he did it that the Javas might not possess it to the prejudice of the town; he also Propounded the damage like to ensue in respect of the quantity of rich stores, and besought the General that they might save in the castle a small chest with book sand bills of debt, as also their persons, which he denied. The next day all the rice in their goodowns was taken, and presently after a number of slaves fetched away all their powder, shot, fireworks, and sword blades, throwing all the powder into the river. The same night our house was fired, and himself, Richard Broome, and John Darell saw retire from it a Dutchman with a naked sword and target on his hand, and a man in Moor's clothes, on which Gills Venant, a merchant and free burgher of Batavia, who saw it with us, said laughingly that the Javas that burnt our house were as white as Hollanders. On the 18th officers were sent from the Dutch General with a multitude of slaves to pull down the walls remaining. It was endeavoured to lay the burning of the house on the Javas, but the sentry said it was done by Dutch and not Javas, and being reviled for his unadvised answer he replied had he not known they were Dutch he would have shot at them. Then follows what Vander-word, one of the Council of the town, heard and saw, who said that now this knavery was plainly discovered he wished himself in England, where he would make it a dear house to the Dutch, and light such a candle that all the world should see their knavery not only in this but in all other matters against the English. Out free people who lived about the yard said they saw two Dutchmen with some blacks come over in a prow with naked swords and targets, who making fast troches to pieces of attappe or thatch threw them upon the top of the house and burnt it and four other dwellings and goodowns belonging to the English Company, at which sight all our people fled amazed. In the afternoon, with Richard Broome and John Darell, Vernworthy acquainted the General with their great loss, and entreated him to give them passage for Bantam; but he replied that their loss was best know to themselves, that every one must bear his own loss, and that he thought not of sending any ship for Bantam, but as free men they might depart at pleasure. The Dutch also burnt the stone goodown where all our cordage lay, and razed to the ground a whole row of 13 or 14 stone houses, all untouched by the fire, and afterwards by degrees rooted up the garden and cut down all the trees, leaving only heaps of stones. With a similar certificate to the preceding. 5 pp. [O.C., Vol. XII., No. 1276.]
August
Bantam.
695. Deposition of John Darell before the President and Council at Bantam. Concerning the late accidents befallen the Company's houses and goods in Batavia, 1628. The first assault of the Javas upon the castle of Batavia was upon Thursday the 14th August after midnight, and the day following came Claus Petersonn, the equipage master, by order of General Coen, to inquire what powder and provisions for war they had, who afterwards carried away all their muskets and stores. This deposition, which in mutilated by damp, is to the same effect as No. 693. 1 p. [O.C., Vol. XII., No. 1277.]
Aug. 15.696. Court Minutes of the East India Company. Report of Mr. Acton of the proceedings of the referees in the cause between the Company and Mr. Parks about the estate of Richard Westby, deceased. Ordered that Burlamachi who had excepted against being referred to the Committees of the Warehouses concerning his security, that he as well as other men join in every bill with the party bound, meantime a warrant to be issued to deliver to him 400 bags of pepper amounting to about 7000l. To proceed with the necessary repairs of the London, that one ship be ready whatsoever shall happen. Consideration of pursuing the trade; opinion of Mr. Browne to proceed upon the old stock, because if there be a new stock it would be 100,000l. loss to the old, and therefore he conceived the refractory resolution of a few ought not to hinder the proceedings of the rest, notwithstanding some have thought that the Company cannot compel men nor dispose of their adventure without their consent, and he instanced the cases of owners of shipping and bankrupts creditors where the major part agreeing the rest are to be concluded by them. Alderman Garwaie proposed that the remainder of the stock to totally sold at 80 per cent., and the new undertakers to supply the trade, and it was moved that what course soever the Company shall conclude upon as the best way, they shall either by petition to his Majesty or otherwise procure a binding order to enforce all men to the performance thereof, but it was advised rather to move and have it ordered at the General Court. Sambrooke's "observation" of the ships now abroad read, from which it appeared that of 23 ships 12 of the smaller sort will be worn out and laid up and 11 be expected home, which gave satisfaction notwithstanding Mr. Smethwike's observation to the contrary 2½ pp. [Ct. Min. Bk. XI. 57–59.]
Aug 15.697. Minutes of a Court of Mixed Committees and some of the Principal Adventurers. Report of Mr. Deputy in the absence of Mr. Governor that the three courses proposed for supply of the trade this year had failed and therefore the Committees had called this Court to consider if there were yet any course to be thought on to proceed with the business, and if not then to advise how to give account to the King and state whensoever the Company shall be required to do so. It was observed that the discouragements are real from the Dutch and the reparation promised merely verbal, and that if the three ships had been detained till satisfaction had been given it would have given the Company good encouragement; but Mr. Deputy answered that the King had declared that he would seize the Dutch ships if they performed not according to the engagement of the States. Mr. Smethwike observed that nothing at present troubled the Company but the want of 30,000l. or 40,000l. to buy cloth and ryals, and that some in town would deliver cloth at Christmas to be paid for at Christmas 12 months, that the returns expected from Surat and Jacatra will make up the remainder of the adventure, and the Company being 150,000l. better by returns since last year need not fear to take up such a sum at interest, and that men desire an end of this stock be it profit or loss. To which Mr. Deputy replied that the whole adventure must be taken care for and not 30,000l. or 40,000l., and that though men desire an end it becomes the Company to fall off like wise men with as little loss as may be and to draw home their adventures abroad merchantlike. Next Mr. Smethwike propounded a valuation of the remaining stock, and instanced, supposing the stock to be 1,500,000l. an addition of 100,000l. would beget 500,000l. which will make up the stock to 2,000,000l. and therefore he proposed that such a valuation be made of the remaining stock as may allure men to supply this 100,000l. without enforcing any to buy or sell. Mr. Rastell adding that 50,000l. undervalued will produce but four per cent loss to those that supply not, and he proposed that the value be 80l. and he that supplies so much to have credit for 100l. Objections to the proposed value of 80l., some advised 70l. or 75l. which was debated as well as other propositions to set a valuation, and lastly a proposition of Sheriff Garwaie which was generally approved, viz., that those that will not supply may receive their full money for the five half capitals remaining at ten years by even portions yearly, and a book to go out for those that will underwrite for four years, with this limitation that no Englishman be permitted a voice in the General Court unless he shall underwrite 400l. per ann. for the said four years, nor any stranger unless he underwrite 800l. per ann; but it was left to the further consideration of the Committees, and to be proposed at the General Court, as it was apprehended that to give money for money at time will give least cause of clamour to those interested in the said stock. 4 pp. [Ct. Min. Bk. XI. 59–63.]
August 15.
Portsmouth.
698. Sir John Jephson to Sec. Conway. Finds the names of 18 men stayed in lodgings 14 days. The victuallers demand 25l. 4s. The poor Scotchman has walked towards London for want. It would be a charitable deed to write to Sir Morris Abbott to hearken him out. His name is Furbush ["George Forbesse."] There is one Ramsay that can surely find him out. [Dom., Chas. I., Vol. CXII., No. 88, Cal. p. 256.]
August 12.699. Lords of the Council to Sec. Conway. Send an Act of the Board for release of the Dutch East India ships at Portsmouth, and leave it to his Lordship to deliver that or a warrant from his Majesty to Lord Joachimi. The Ambassadors have undertaken that Forbes's account shall be paid, and M. Joachimi will see the men billeted at Portsmouth discharged when he takes passage for Holland in the men-of-war sent to convoy the Dutch East India ships. 1 p. [dom., chas. I., Vol. CXII., No. 65, Cal. p. 252.]
Aug. 18.700. Relation signed by Joseph Hopkinson, John Norris, Wm. Waller (?), Math. Moreton, John Robert, John White, Laurence Fisher, Fras. Stockton, and Ant. Rawsy, of their entertainment at Aden, where they anchored on the 15th Aug. 1628. After receiving provisions form the Governor and two men of good quality they went ashore, carrying letters to the Governor of Aden and to the chief Governor, where their men where certifying the cause of their coming, which was to receive their master's pinnance and men, all which he had promised by letters sent to Mocha should be delivered upon their arrival. Next morning the Governor sent two fishermen with a letter certifying that he had sent the letters away; to which they answered they would gladly have sent him a present, but thought his messenger unworthy to carry it, but if he would send two men of good quality they would send two of their ashore, where by he should receive gratification and understand their minds at large. In the afternoon he returned answer in two or three scornful lines that he durst not send any pawns aboard till he knew his master's will, from whom they should next day have answer. Next evening he sent answer by a great shot, which fell close, and presently another, yet they resolved to ride until the morning, and then put out a white flag and send a boat half way with a white flag to see whether he would parley; but having ridden with a white flag about an hour there came a shot from the castle, and as shot with one of their best pieces, which went not above two-thirds of the way to the town, they found it unfit to ride any longer a mark for those they could not strike again, and finding all their former friendship to consist of plots of treason, they set sail for Surat the same day, being the 18th Aug. 1628. Endorsed, "Writings from Captain Moreton, 1633, of his entertainment at Aden, 1628." 2½ pp. [O.C., Vol. XII., No. 1278.]
Aug. 20.701. Court Minutes of the East India Company. Consideration of the arbitrament of Sir John Wolstenholme, Sir Paul Pinder, Alderman Moulson, and Philip Burlamachi, concerning Westby's estate; to let it rest until Parks require performance. Gratuity of 5l. to Mr. Hooker, deputy to the Earl of Totnes, Master of the Ordnance, for return of ordnance. It being well known that his Majesty and the State have their eye upon the proceedings of the Company for prosecution of their trade, it was ordered that the Secretary attend the Lord President and acquaint him of the several means used to raise a stock, but that so great has been the discouragement given by the State by the release of the Dutch ships, as they have no hope to be successful, and to desire his Lordship to acquaint his Majesty and the Lords therewith that some other course may be thought upon to give life to this action, the Committees for their part having been most forward by their large subscriptions to invite others to follow their example. It was further ordered to let his Lordship know that Mr. Governor, Mr. Deputy, and other Committees are ready to attend him if he desired to be more particularly informed informed. Suit of Elizabeth Johnson, late wife of Capt. Arnold Browne, for her husband's estate; after some dispute she freely submitted herself to the Court, and accepted 900l. in full of all reckonings. Petition of Jane, wife of John Ellsmore, for money lent by her husband's wages. 2 pp. [Ct. Min. Bk. XI. 63–65.]
Aug. 20.
The Hague.
702. Dudley Carleton to Sec. Lord Conway. The States wonder at the long stay of their Surat ships, seeing his Majesty's Declaration for their release so long since. Meanwhile this East India Company conceives much jealousy that the detention may be still continued, in which regard they make no haste to set forward their deputies on their journey into England. [Extract Holland Corresp.]
Aug. 21.
Portsmouth.
703. Sec. Sir John Coke to the States' Ambassadors. The King being required by the States to declare himself agreeable that his subjects cross the sea to give testimony in the cause of Amboyna, in order to bring the truth to light and to give more ample satisfaction to his Majesty; his Majesty has commanded him to say that his Majesty expects justice as promised, and is assured that the depositions of his subjects are irreproachable, and cannot be set aside according to the usual practice in such cases, added to which a King cannot well force his subjects to present themselves at the bar of foreign justice against their will; nevertheless his Majesty to remove all cause of offence or suspicion is willing to give them leave to do as they please, and in case they cannot be persuaded to leave the kingdom the States may empower the Commissions they have promised to send over in September next to receive answers to such interrogatories as may be thought fit, and his Majesty pledges himself to cause reasonable satisfaction to be given by his subjects; so that by means of the justice often promised and long awaited, all occasion of misunderstanding may be removed, and that the subject of both nations may unite and act vigorously against the common enemy, and for the advancement of the great trade to the Indies, to the enrichment of both nations. French. 2 pp. There is another copy in Holland Corresp. [East Indies, Vol. IV. No. 50.]
Aug. 23.704. [See. Lord Conway] to Dudley Carleton. M. Joachimi is ready to go on board, having his Dutch East India ships out of Portsmouth harbour and ready to put to sea. [Extract, Holland, Corresp.]
Aug. 27.705. Court Minutes of the East India Company. Request of Philip Burlamachi for more pepper on the security of Jaques Oyles. His request for liberty to garble 400 bags of pepper to sell in town, for which he will give 100l. and 1d. per 1b. more for the garbling, seeing there was not a full Court, deferred to another meeting. A similar request of Mr. Middleton to garble and sell eight bags of pepper in town; denied. A Committee to attend the Lords and give account of their proceedings for raising a stock and represent the discouragements that hinder men from underwriting. Request of Mrs. Jourdain for more money denied. Ordered that John Head, late mate in the Expedition, who was married the executrix of Elias Kudryan, receive 60l. on account of Kudryan's debts in the London and Expedition. Gratuity of 20s. to Philip Bradshawe, who had been a physician in the Indies, to clear him out of the Marshalsea. 2 pp. [Ct. Min. Bk. XI. 66, 67.]
Aug. 29.
Whitehall.
706. The Privy Council to Sec. Conway. Enclose Declaration by the East India Company concerning the discouragements that every day grow upon that Society, so as they do not see any means how the trade may subsist any longer; which Declaration they professed to make, not by way of complaint at anything passed, but that it might not be objected that they did not give timely advertisement of the terms whereto they were reduced. But the Council, finding themselves so few, did not think fit to give timely advertisement of the terms whereto they were reduced. But the Council, finding themselves so few, did not think fit to give any answer, as well for that the business is of so great importance, as that the released ships are at Portsmouth near his Majesty, and also the States Ambassador, who may be treated with, if his Majesty find fit on anything in this Declaration. Enclose,
706. I. Memorial of the East India Company to the Privy Council. Have taken into their consideration his Majesty's desire signified at their last being at the Council tabel for the continuance of trade to the East Indies, which they feared might receive great discouragement by the release of the three Holland East India ships; on which occasion his Majesty sent down many honourable Lords to assure the adventurers that the Hollanders should forth with make all due recompense for the injuries done them, for which purpose Commissioners were shortly to come over. Although said message seemed to give some satisfaction to the Company, yet the Governor, Deputy, and Committees, having since attempted several ways for the prosecution of said trade; first to raise a stock of 600,000l. to be adventured in four years, then 150,000l. for one year only, in both which they gave very great encouragement by their own large underwriting and otherwise, notwithstanding they cannot find any hope of obtaning a competent stock, there being not above a fourth part of either of said sums underwritten. The discouragements of the Company daily increase by reports given out by the Hollanders, signified by letters to the Company from their own agents out of the Netherlands; one report is that the ships have been released for money given underhand, concerning which three tons, of gold or 30,000l. have flown, but rumoured both here and there to be a far larger sum. Thereupon the Dutch not only glory that they have now won the victory in gaining the whole East India trade to themselves, insomuch that they determine to adventure this year 400,000l., double their usual adventure, but they also use opprobrious words against our State and Company. Annexed,
706. II. Extract of letter from Delft. A good friend has written the substance of what passed between his Majesty, the Lords and themselves on the 16th last. Barlow is of opinion with him and all men at Delft that they may bid adieu to the East India Trade. And now the Amboyna business is kindled afresh, and it is cast upon them that they cannot longer detain the ships for the speech of the world. "If it had been your case with the States I dare assure you out of their hands. This will be cold comfort for your new adventurers. Some here of good judgment say that if they had your East India house full of money they would be loth to be adventurers in your stock and trade." 1628, Aug. 2.
706. III. Extract of letter from Amsterdam. This plot for the release or their ships has been long underhand, the workers whereof have not lost their labour, for some already of their own can say that there are more than three tons of gold flown, so these will not stand upon small matters. And so with their plots both here and in the Indies to cause a breach and leaving of the trade, which if money and plots will do it, shall not be left unattempted. 1628, Aug.1.
706. IV. Extract of a letter from Amsterdam. The Bewinthebbers look with great devotion for their three ships lest there be further cause to stay them, many being fearful that Coen may have attempted something that will not be pleasing. Cannot yet learn who shall go for England, but understands there are few willing, making account that whosoever goes shall not return in a year, so it should seem they intend to delay the business so long as they can to weary their worships the better to effect their ends. 1628, Aug. 8. Together 3 pp. [East Indies, Vol. IV. Nos. 51 and 51 I.]