East Indies: December 1599

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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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December 1599

1599? 261. “The commandment of Shah Abbas, great Sophy of Persia.” His country and dominions to be open “from this day” to all Christian people to repair and traffic without disturbance or molestation. All merchandise to be admitted free of “inquisition.” If a merchant die no part of his goods to be taken, and the Governor to be answerable for them “to the next [Christian] merchants of his nation.” Those having power over the Shah’s dues and customs shall receive nothing nor shall dare speak for any receipt from any Christian merchant. [One page. East Indies, Vol. I., No. 13. Indorsed by Sir Robert Cecil, “The K. of Persia his Grant for Trade.” In 1599 Shah Abbas sent over by Sir Anthony Sherley a declaration of his desire to be at peace with the Christian Princes. See Brit. Mus., Nero, B. VIII., 67. i.]
1599? 262. Another copy of the preceding. [One page and a half. East Indies, Vol. I., No. 14. Indorsed, “Coppie of the Kinge of Persia priviledge.”]
1599? 263. Another copy of the above. [East Indies, Vol. I., No. 15. Indorsed, “A coppie of the King of Persia priviledge, q. ye year.”]