East Indies: February 1600

Pages 103-104

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 1600

Feb. 18.
264. Sir Fras. Vere to Sir Anthony Sherley. Is glad to understand the gracious disposition of the King of Persia towards him. Confesses that so soon as he hears that Sherley is in the wars, it will be hard for him not to be one of Sherley's greatest “envyers.” Few have had a stronger desire to see the number and discipline of those great Princes' armies than himself, especially of that famous kingdom of Persia, the prince whereof hath no small renown amongst men of his profession, for the honour “he doetbe to noble Syr Anthony Sherlye.” [One page. East Indies, Vol. I., No. 16. Printed in “The Sherley Brothers,” for the Roxburghe Club, p. 21. Addressed, “To my hono. good frende Syr Antony Sherlie, Knyght, etc.”]
[1600.] 264. “Certain reasons why the English merchants may trade into the East Indies, especially to such rich kingdoms and dominions as are not subject to the King of Spain and Portugal; together with the true limits of the Portugals' conquest and jurisdiction in those Oriental parts.” Also the names of the chief known islands and kingdoms beyond the Cape of Buena Sperança, wholly out of the dominion of the Portuguese and Spaniards in the East, South–east, and North–east parts of the world; in proof of which, Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian authors are cited, as well as the names of living Englishmen and Hollanders who had personally visited those and many other parts of the East Indies. [Three pages. East Indies, Vol. I., No. 17. Printed in Bruce's Annals of the East India Company, I., 115–121; who adds that Queen Elizabeth,
wishing to have the information contained in this document fully examined before she granted the request of the Adventurers, referred it to the celebrated Fulke Grevile, and the two papers form most important links in the events which led to the establishment of the London East India Company.]