East Indies: September 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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September 1612

619. Earl of Northampton to Rochester. The Persian Ambassador has been so strongly opposed in the scope of his preparations, that he came at last to those indifferent terms “which we that are inspired by our royal head did very well approve.” He will be satisfied if either the merchants themselves will set him safely in the Persians' dominions, or let him take order for a ship. Dislike to his taking English mariners, having daily proof of their apt inclination to become pirates. Because of the privilege of employment, his dutiful demeanour to the King, and his carriage to all others, which deserves more than ordinary respect, the merchants are resolute to have him taken over in safety. His offer to buy a ship for himself, and go away quietly at his own charge with Dutch sailors and an English captain. Great satisfaction to have brought him to this easy point. [Extract from DOMESTIC, Jac. I., Vol. LXX., No. 83. Cal., p. 149.]