East Indies: January 1602

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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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January 1602

Jan. 5 to Feb. 17. 301. Court Minutes of the East India Company. Opinion of counsel, "and it is resolved for law" that the interest of the North–west passage is expressly in this Company. The voyage to be prepared with all expedition. Committee appointed to devise laws and ordinances to further the action, to be submitted to the next general court. 230l. of the Earl of Cumberland's adventure assigned to Ald. Hallyday.
Jan. 11.—Laws and ordinances to be observed by this society upon pains and penalties therein severally limited. Preamble; the voyage to the North–west finally determined on; bringing in of the money; five times the value to be forfeited upon failure of doing so at the times specified: fines for non–attendance at the general courts; rules for debate; no one to speak more than three times upon any matter, no uncivil speeches nor behaviour in courts, no one to interrupt another in his speech, every one to keep silence at the stroke of the hammer by the governor or deputy. Imprisonment for refusal to pay fines. Fine of twelve pence for leaving court before it breaks up. All fines to be employed to the general use of the Company. Committee appointed to further the expedition of the voyage of the North–west passage, and to prepare the shipping and all other provisions.
Jan. 25.—Warrants to Aldermen Hallyday and Bannyng, treasurers. Two hundred marks given to Richard Wright, secretary, "for his great travail taken in the beginning of the procuring of the priviledges of this fellowship and in all things concerning the voyage and the trade." Salary of 10l. to Thos. Evesett, the beadle. Thirty pounds granted to Capt. Way mouth towards providing instruments for the North–west passage. 109l.16s. 8d. to the Muscovy Company for cordage.
Feb. 17.—Payment of 30l. to Capt. Waymouth. [Six paged and a half. Court Bk., I., 81–84.]