East Indies: November 1601

Pages 129-130

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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November 1601

Nov. 5–20. 297. Court Minutes of the East India Company. Report of the deputy governor on the proceedings of the Muscovy Company concerning the discovery of the North-west passage; they “seem to have no liking” to join with this company in the discovery, but will rather undertake it themselves, yet assign no time for doing so; an enterprise of such importance should not be “slaked,” resolution to urge the expedition, being of so great consequence to the commonwealth; committee appointed to confer with six of the Muscovy Company; if they will undertake it, to leave them to their own proceeding, if otherwise, to see whether they will join with this company, and if they will do neither, to inform the Lords of the Privy Council of their refusal and of their hindering the discovery intended by the East India Company. A letter from the Privy Council read, notifying the Queen’s mislike of the slackness of the Company in seconding their former voyage to the East Indies, and propounding the example of the Dutch who prosecute their voyages with a more honourable resolution. The matter being so important, a court to be called on Monday to deliberate thereon, every one that maketh default to pay a penalty of 20s.
Nov. 9.—Concerning the North-west passage, resolved that the discovery shall be attempted, and contributions solicited from the Company to make up the adventure, those who contribute, to enjoy every benefit of trade by the passage, during the term of the patent, The stock of Clement Mosley assigned to his widow, Elizabeth Mosley.
Nov. 20.—Warrant for 39l. 2s. 4d. to Abraham Campion for beer. [Three pages. Court Bk., I., 79–80.]