East Indies: August 1607

Pages 157-158

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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August 1607

Aug. 1–8. 375. Court Minutes of the East India Company. Repair of the Ascension. Committee to view three ships and report the price.
Aug. 3.—The Union or the Unity to be bought. Some of the Company to set down their adventure. Admission of Rich. Stronge–tharme, an adventurer of 275l. in the fourth voyage.
Aug. 5.—Authority to buy the Union. Carpenters to repair the Union and Ascension. Admission of Martin Freeman.
Aug. 8.—The ships to be viewed. Sir Leonard Hallyday to be persuaded to pay the money he owes the Company, or else an action to be entered against him. [Two pages and a half. Court Bk., II., 45–46.]
376. Hugh Lee to Salisbury. Three caracks expected from the East Indies, one safely arrived at the Terceiras. News of a great fight at Malacca between the Viceroy and the Hollanders, who were all 11 sail. Four of the best ships of each grappled together, and were all sunk without a creature being saved on either side; the other seven Hollanders escaped, the Viceroy's fleet chasing them. It is given out that the Viceroy is 40 sail strong, and has recovered all those islands from the Hollanders; but the report is “scant holden for true,” and it is thought the Hollanders have prevailed and done the Portugals great harm. The Portugal merchants that trade there very sad and pensive, and heartily hope the peace with the Hollanders will be concluded. See No. 369. [Extract from Correspondence, Portugal.]
Aug. 13–28. 377. Court Minutes of the East India Company. Tristram Eldred's accounts for the third voyage to be audited. The Union bought for 1,250l. Two carpenters hired, also Tristram Eldred and John Waldow, each to have a salary of 40l. per annum. All servants to put in security. Anchors, if required, to be provided at Lubeck. Offer of Thos. Pickhouse, who will adventure 550l., to be master of one of the ships. Lemon water, “alligant” from Alicante, a wine very fit for beverage and good against the flux, and old corn, &c., to be provided with expedition. Purchase of timber. Each adventurer to pay in 50l. at once.
Aug. 21.—Agreement for the workmen's wages, and appointment of two of the Company to overlook the ship's works. The Union thought fit by the Governor and Sir Jas. Lancaster to go the voyage though her repairs will probably be costly. Names added to the committee for buying timber and building a great ship for the fifth voyage. Suit of Martyn [John?] Rodrigoe the Indian. One ship only of 700 or 800 tons to be built by Christmas, 1608. Any under adventurer of 100l. or upwards to be admitted of the Company for the fourth voyage; John Hide sworn a free brother accordingly.
Aug. 28.—John Cowper, an adventurer under Martin Freeman, and Christ. Fysher, Francis Haddon, and Richard Evans, under Thos. White, sworn free brethren. Carpenters' wages. Canary and Alicante wines to be provided for the next voyage. Building of the new ship; Mr. Burrell to be the chief director, and have 120l. for his pains. A dock and yard at Deptford hired for 30l. a year. The husband of the Company to be provided with money from time to time. Proportion of men and other things needful for the two ships to be prepared against Christmas. Wm. Leighton, secretary to the third voyage, to have a yearly salary of 16l. from the new adventurers for the fourth and fifth voyages. [Seven pages and a quarter. Court Bk., II., 46–50.]