East Indies: October 1610

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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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October 1610

[Oct. 28.]
489. Reasons for and against the separation of the fleet under Sir Henry Middleton, safely arrived at the island of Socotra; whether two ships should sail for the coast of India, and two for Aden. The general having called a council, these questions were argued at length; first, it was absolutely set down in the East India Company's commission that the ships should go for Aden, Mocha, &c.; secondly, if the fleet separated, and the Peppercorn and Darling went to Surat, and were met by the enemy, it would be held inexcusable as contrary to commission; and thirdly, if any went for Surat, the general was determined to do so. Intelligence was also received that the Ascension had dispatched all her heavy commodities at Aden, and that the King of Socotra constantly affirmed that the winds would not allow of the ships getting to Surat for four months. Resolution that all should keep company to Aden, and from thence to the Indies. [Two pages. Indorsed, “Copy of a project for separating the fleet.” O. C., Vol. I., No. 16.]