East Indies: April 1572

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Calendar of State Papers Colonial, East Indies, China and Japan, Volume 2, 1513-1616. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1864.

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April 1572

April 4.
Shamaky, “in
the entry of
Media, now
called Shervan.”
19. Geofrye Duckett to Sec. Cecil, In their former letters, written about a year past, they made reckoning to have returned this spring with the whole rest of the Company's stock, yet “God hath otherwise determined.” Death of Mr. Bannester on 29th July last, Duckett being at Tauris, about 15 days' journey from hence. Repaired to Tauris and got possession of the Company's goods, which had been sealed up by the King's Lieutenant, but on conditions he utterly misliked, not to transport any of them without leave. Went to Casbin, and there obtained the King's letters to the Sultan of Shamaky for the use of the Company's goods. More than eight months thus consumed; the greater part of the Company's stock in ready money. Minds not to send any more goods to Rossland, having sent a man thither to provide for their carriage up the Volga, but has received letters from Astracan that no such provision has been made; that they are very straightly used there, being scarce suffered to have as much of their goods as would buy bread, and not allowed to return with the ships to fetch them and the Company's goods. Proclamation made that no man should sell them anything for the repair of their ships, nor any man serve them in any way. Lack of sending boats to Astracan, the cause of the goods sent last year still lying there; the finest, as silks and spices, sent to Moscow, the remainder being galls, of which there are great store; their value. Besides Mr. Bannester four more have died, and two, sent to tell him what had happened, robbed by the way and miserably slain; thus, in five weeks, their number has diminished seven persons. Has bought goods himself to the value of 3,400l, but does not intend to send any away. Refers to his general letter to the Company. [Two pages and three quarters. East Indies, VoL I., No. 4.]