East Indies: February 1612

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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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February 1612

. Feb. 26.
Aboard the
Peppercorn in
Dabul Road.
603. Relation by Capt. Nic. Downton of the misfortunes which happened to the fleet consisting of the Trades Increase, Peppercorn, and Darling, during two years' voyage, began with glory and set out with great charges, but since deluded and abused in most places. Whether they will be able to lade the ships and recover damages or have a shameful return is not yet known. Injuries and cruelties received at Aden and Mocha, where the ships were detained eleven months at a loss of 600l. a month. Entertainment and securing favour at various places in India. Abuses by the Portugals and the deputy commanders of the country, and the disgrace which the inconstant King of Agra imposed on the English King and nation. His opinion that they should recover their losses from those who have wronged them, from the Turks, who by treason, robbed and murdered the English, and practised other cruelties upon them; from the Moors, who first by show of welcome and kind usage invited them to bring a variety of goods and then refused to buy them; and from the Portugals who both robbed them of their goods and took and spoiled their people, continually lying in wait for their further destruction in another king's country. “This is my opinion and set down in the zeal of my heart.” [Two pages and a half. O. C., Vol. I., No. 82.]
Feb. 26.
604. John Chamberlain to Sir Dudley Carleton. We hear that seven sail of our pirates are gone for the East Indies, and that there is proclamation in all the ports of Spain for the better usage of our people than they have found hitherto. [Extract from DOMMSTIC, Jac. I., Vol. LXVIII., No. 67. Cal., p. 122.]