East Indies: March 1590

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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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March 1590

March 25.
240. The King of Portugal's “Second succession of the Government of India.” For Nuno Velho Pereira, nobleman of H.M. household,—should Mathias D'Albuquerque of H.M. Council, whom “I now send” to India, as Viceroy, die,—to succeed and take possession of the government of India. Should Pereira be at Ormus, Malacca, Cofala, or Mozambique, the third succession is to be opened and the person therein named to govern, and on Pereira's return, the governorship is not to be given up to him, but he is to stand as though not named for this second succession. If Pereira be on the coast of Malabar, or in some other fortress as far as Diu, a message is to be sent to him, and the governorship delivered up to him, the Archbishop, the Captain, and the Chancellor of Goa governing during his absence. Should Albuquerque die before arriving in India and Manuel de Souza Coutinho, governor, be dead, this letter of succession is to supersede all previous letters of succession. [Portuguese. Two pages. Correspondence, Portugal.]