East Indies: April 1611

Pages 215-216

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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April 1611

April 10.
527. Fras. Cottington to Salisbury. The prisoners brought to Lisbon from the East Indies are set at liberty. Interview with Robt. Sherley, who seemed much perplexed and troubled, saying, “Oh, Mr. Cottington, I am betrayed where I most trusted;” he showed Cottington a letter from Sec. Prada to Anthony Sherley, thanking him for his plot to secure his brother Robert from going to the rebels in England. How Robert got possession of it; he desires to know whether His Majesty is pleased he should repair to England; and says he will send Sec. Prada's letter to Salisbury. Thinks it will not be hard for Robert Sherley to leave Madrid by stealth, yet held it not fit to advise that course without some order from Salisbury. [Extract from Correspondence, Spain. Printed inThe Sherley Brothers,” for the Roxburghe Club, pp. 75, 76.]
April 16.
The Peppercorn.
528. Captain Downton to Sir H. Middleton at Mocha. The Darling has been careened ; difficulties of careening the Peppercorn; requests his directions. Rejoices that he sees reason to have confidence in the Turk's performance; when Sir Henry has his full liberty, all the writer's desires will be accomplished. Want of provisions. Wishes inquiries to be made as to an island “near the midst of this sea.” Thanks him for his charge of his son. Divers men sick; want of drugs; understands the apothecary took them on land at Aden. [One page. O. C., Vol. I., No. 40.]
April 19. 529. Commission to John Saris to be captain of the Clove, Hector, and Thomas in a voyage to the East Indies, set forth by divers merchants of London; with authority to use martial law. [Minute. Grant Bk., p. 22. Domestic, Jac. I.]
April 21. 530. Wm. Pemberton to Sir H. Middleton. Understands by Mathew Bragge some part of his mind as to seeking to the northward for a certain island. Careening of the Darling and Peppercorn. Mr. Thornton, Mr. Adams, and Mr. Frayne remember their duty to him. Requests some lime to mingle with the powder. [One page. O. C., Vol. I., No. 41.]
April 23.
The Darling.
531. W. Pemberton to Sir H. Middleton. Is sorry he is offended with him for the badness of the wine, and craves his pardon, as it was unknown to him. Has found out a notorious malefactor, who broke open a chest and stole some money; desires to know his pleasure for punishing “so vile a knave;” many things have been lost this voyage, but the thief never found till now. [Half a page. O. C., Vol. I., No. 42.]
April 23
532. Lawrence Femell to Thos. Steward, purser in the Trades Increase. Sends a great jar of oil “for lights;” also calicoes and other goods to buy victuals for the fleet. [One page. O. C., Vol. I., No. 43.]