East Indies: May 1553

Pages 3-4

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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May 1553

May 9. 4. "Ordinances, instructions, and advertizements of and for the direction of the intended voyage for Cathay, compiled, made, and delivered by the Right Worshipful Master Sebastian Cabota, Esq., Governor of the Mystery and Company of Merchants Adventurers for the discovery of regions, dominions, islands and places unknown." With the names of the 12 councillors appointed in this voyage, Sir Hugh Willoughby, Captain–General. [Seventeen pages. Copy made in 1668, probably for Sir Jos. Williamson. Domestic, Eliz., Vol. CXCVI., pp. 50–59. Printed in Hakluyt, I., pp. 251–255.]
May 10
Sept. 18.
5. “Journal of the voyage intended for the discovery of Cathay, and divers other regions, dominions, islands, and places unknown, set forth by the Right Worshipful Master Sebastian Cabota, Esquier, and Governor of the Mystery and Company of the Merchants Adventurers of the City of London, which fleet being furnished, did set forth the 10th day of May 1553;” with names of the ships and their burthen, of the captains and councillors, pilot major, masters, merchants, officers and mariners. The Bona Esperansa, admiral of the fleet, of 120 tons, with pinnace and boat; Sir Hugh Willoughby, captain general; Wm. Gefferson, master; Roger Wilson, mate; Wm. Gyttons and Chas. Barret, merchants; The Edward Bonaventure, of 160 tons, with pinnace and boat; Richard Chancelor, captain and pilot major of the fleet; Stephen Borowgh, master; John Buckland, mate; George Burton and Arthur Edwards, merchants; John Stafford, minister; Thos. Water, surgeon; and the Bona Confidentia, of 90 tons, with pinnace and boat; Cornelius Durforth, master; Richard Ingram, mate; Thos. Langley, Edward Kever, and Henry Dossett, merchants. This journal, ending 18 Sept. 1553, “was written with Willoughby‘s own hand.” [Eleven pages and a few lines. Copy in the British Museum, mutilated by fire. Otho VIII., fol. 10. Printed in Hakluyt, I., 258–63. With note that the river or haven where Sir Hugh Willoughby and Company perished with cold is called Arzina, in Lapland, near unto Kegor, but it appears by a will found in the ship that Willoughby and most of his company were alive in January 1554.]