East Indies: September 1570

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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 1570

Sept. 27.
16. “Copy of the Shah's authority given to his son Sultan Heyder Morsa, whereby he is authorized to give justice to the English merchants in all their causes.” One of the Shah's servants to he licensed yearly to gather in all debts owing to English merchants in any part of the Shah's dominions, “although it be a hundred years since.” Also copy of the privilege granted to the merchants of England, “my greatest and best merchants hereunder written, Sir Wm. Garrard, Sir Thos. Offley, Sir Wm. Chester, [Ald.] Rowland Hawarde, Lionell Duckett, Wm. Allen, Thos. Bannester, Geofrye Duckett, Lawrence Chapman, and their company, to traffic and trade through all my dominions at their will and pleasure.” There are six articles attached respecting the regulations for English trade in Persia. [Two pages and a quarter. East Indies, Vol. I, No. 1. Indorsed, “The freedom of traffic granted to the English merchants by the Shah.” See Bannester's letter below, also Hakluyt, I., p.444.]