East Indies: October 1615

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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October 1615

Oct. 2.
Bantam Road,
aboard the
New year's Gift.
1023. Thos. Elkington to the East India Company. The bad quarter kept by the Hollanders almost assures him this letter will never come to the Company's hands. Tedious passage of the Gift and Solomon to Bantam. The Hector directed to deliver the King's letter at Acheen, and then proceed to Priaman and Tecoe. She is now expected every hour. John Oxwicke, Edward [? Edmond] Aspinall, John Sandcrofte, and Samuel Juxon went merchants in her. Reasons for the general's determination to discover the east side of Sumatra. The Solomon sent for Masulipatam with George Chauncey, Raphe Preston, Hump. Elkington, Timothy Mallory, Rich. Pitt, and Geo. Savage, with directions to touch at Patani, take in goods and money, with Gourney or Lucas Antheuniss, where it is hoped a factory is settled. The Advice and Attendant arrived 25th July with Robt. Youart and their letters; all the goods, the iron excepted, sent for Japan, in the Advice with Youart. Death of Nich. Downton and the writer's succession. Intends returning to England and leaving Jourdain chief at Bantam. The Attendant gone to discover the east side of Sumatra, to Jambee, where there is said to be great store of pepper and hope of gold. Rich. Westby, John Tucker, and Wm. Vernon went merchants in her, and with a pinnace the Assistant sailed 12th September. Scarcity of pepper. Nothing to be expected from the Moluccas or Banda, the Flemings having by force beaten away the Concord and Thomasine; the latter, by the vile negligence of Raphe Wilson the master, cast away within 12 leagues of Macassar, the men being all asleep when she struck, except him at the helm. This the most unhealthy time of the year. Edward Holmden and Rich. Battie, factors, dead. The Speedwell just come from Pooloway laden with mace and nuts. The merchant Sophony Cozucke has left there two Englishmen, and brought with him a principal of the Orankayas, who comes with letters and in the name of all the rest to confer about business. [Two pages and three quarters. Indorsed, “Reed. in London 14th June, 1616, by a Holland pinnace. Entered.” O. C., Vol. III., No, 295.]
Oct. 3. 1024. Court Minutes of the East India Company. Adventure of John Waldowe set over to Christ. Fisher. Agreement between John Webbe and Samuel Hewes. Admission of Thos. Madox. Certain women relieved with part of their husbands' wages. Petition of Mary Brett for cloves delivered to Mr. Floris by her husband. Suit of Mr. Davies, who came home commander in the James and had been 15 years in the Company's service, to be permitted to adventure and have his freedom; admitted gratis. Mr. Busbridge's and Mr. Higham's adventures. Mr. Lutterford accused of mingling dust and other trumperies amongst the pepper he had from the Company; excuses himself that he had done the like before, and promises to have it screened at Naples where it is to be sold; but they “held it to be a great deceipt, wrong, and scandal to the Company, disgrace, discredit, and disparagement to this nation,” and, to maintain the honour of the kingdom and Company, resolved to have a warrant procured to make stay of it all. Wm. Johnson recommended for employment. The Globe and James to be appraised and turned over to the joint stock. Wm. Russell to have 20 bags of pepper. Suit of John Darby for a gratification referred.
Oct. 6.—Petition of Samuel Barnes for employment. John Darby entertained seven years since in the Expedition with Capt. Middleton, and having served five years as master and pilot in a junk, from port to port, in the Indies, is rewarded with 20l. Intelligence of a proclamation issued in the Low Countries to prohibit the transportation of silver and gold; Mr. Whittacre to be desired to use his best means to furnish the sum in ryals recommended to his care. Petition of Thos. Fowler, administrator of his deceased brother, John Fowler, for wages. A pinnace with shot, intended to accompany the ship at Brest, to be stayed at Portsmouth. Proceedings in Mr. Lutterford's business. Spices, drugs, silks, and diamonds to be sold. Thos. Madox's fine remitted. Suit of Michael Osborne, returned from Bantam, where he had lived some time, for wages. Price of pepper. Commodities sold with the prices and names of purchasers. [Eight pages and a quarter. Court Bk., III., 491–499.]
Oct. 9. 1025. Rich. Steele to the Factories at Agra and Surat. Description of the monies, weights, and measures of Persia, together with the prices of the commodities of the country, and an account of English commodities which are vendible there and the rates. [Two pages. O. C., Vol. III., No. 296.]
Oct. 9.
1026. General consultation of a court of Merchants held at Patani. Reasons for stationing Lucas Antheuniss in place of John Gourney, chief factor along the coast [of the Gulf of Siam], with Adam Denton, Thos. Brockedon, Raphe Preston, Humph. Elkington, and Timothy Mallory, his assistants: also confirming Benj. Farie, chief of the factory at Siam, unless he find Gourney determined to remain there, then he may return to Patani or Bantam or elsewhere, Geo. Savage and Rich. Pitt to he his assistants; and Robt. Larkyn, chief of the factory of Patani, John Browne his assistant. Also concerning the disposal of the goods of Geo. Chauncey, deceased; and payment of the charges of building and purchasing houses at Patani. Signed by Lucas Antheuniss, Hump. Elkington, Adam Denton, Timothy Mallory, Hugh Bennett, Robt. Larkin, Win, Sheppard, Thos. Brockedon, Benj. Farie, and Raphe Preston. Appended is a declaration of the refusal of Antheuniss, cape merchant, of the seventh voyage, to pass the moneys belonging to that voyage over to the joint stock, “for divers reasons to himself best known.” [Two pages and a half. O. C., Vol III., No. 297.]
Oct. 10. 1027. Court Minutes of the East India Company. Demand of Mr. Barnes from Walter Bennett. Mr. Lutterford. Committee appointed to consider of Leaden Hall, whether it be convenient for the Company. About the shot to be conveyed to Brest. A day to be appointed for hearing Capt. Best, according to his desire, who complains of certain wrongs. Muscovy cordage to be disposed of. Petition of the smiths at Deptford. Mr. Burrell, “a perfect man in his heart for building their shipping,” to train up one under him. Commodities to be sold at the next general court. Mr. Femell's accounts to be seen by his widow's husband. George Pley to be entertained. Edward Connok esteemed very fit to be employed in the service for China, if Mr. Cocks should be dead, or upon discovery of the North–west passage from Japan, if occasion be, or to reside upon the coast of Coromandel, to procure privileges from the king in those parts for strengthening the trade there. Thos. Spurway chosen a factor. Concerning the employment of factors and their number. Petition of a poor woman for part of her son's wages, who is living at Japan. Adventure of John Williams, deceased, in the sixth voyage. [Four pages. CourtBk., III., 499–503.]
Oct. 12. 1028. Demands and complaints sent by Sir Thos. Roe to the Governor of Surat. Detailing wrongs and violence committed upon his servants, and the detention of his effects; and declaring that unless they are reformed, he shall be forced to complain to the Great Mogul, as he can no longer rely on the governor's promises: also demanding assistance for his safety and the carriage of the King's presents. [One page and a half. Much injured by damp. O.C., Vol. III., No. 298.]
Oct. 12.
1029. John Sandcrofte and Edmund Aspinall to the East India Company. Parted from the Solomon 26th March and arrived in the Hector 15th April 1615 at Acheen, where they were kindly entertained. King James' letters delivered to the King of Acheen by John Oxwicke and Sam. Juxon; iron sold to him. Complaints against Oxwicke, who “followed the court business,” for not soliciting the King's licence to trade at Tecoe and Priaman, and behaving so that “he did grow in contempt with the King and his nobility, insomuch as that the King did forbid him the court.” Licence afterwards obtained for free trade at Priaman, Tecoe, and Baruse [Baros] “but cost much more than if Mr. Oxwicke would have followed our council at the first.” Commodities sold and the prices. The Thomas came into Acheen Road 22d June, not being able to trade at Tecoe without the King of Acheen's letter. The king of his own motion urged them to leave a factory at Acheen, which they resolved to do and leave a man or two with goods; and said he would send a governor with them for Tecoe. Reasons for the Thomas to go to Priaman and Tecoe, and if liberty was not given to settle a factory to go to Bantam and leave the Hector to free trade, the one assisting the other with goods, merchants or otherwise. Arrival of sundry boats from Priaman, but the king would not let them sell pepper to the English, the king buying it himself He is very cruel, keeping his people in great slavedom; report of his setting forth a great fleet of gallies against Malacca, “but their words and deeds seldom agree.” A corslet and helmet would be well accepted by him; he takes great delight in dogs, and also in drinking and making men drunk. The King of Jhor now at Acheen having married that king's sister, “they do often drink drunk together.” Good might be done at Jhor by sending a pinnace there, but the English have not yet learnt the right description of that place or of Pegu. If a factory be continued at Acheen, a man of good carriage with a humble spirit were fitting to be there and to give attendance on the king sometimes, “for these men are desirous of honor and to have good words;” by such a factor other factories might be procured thereabouts. Quantity of iron and other goods which they think will sell yearly at Acheen. While there 24 of their men died, including Oxwicke on 20th June, through drinking “racke” excessively. Sailed on 6th July, having by the king's appointment, the “Polima” of Tecoe aboard and his retinue, and anchored before Tecoe on 5th October. The King of Acheen's free licence openly read in the custom house before the principals of the place, when they were promised all kindness, “although we find it as yet otherwise.” House building for them. Great store of pepper and the people desirous to trade with them. In great hopes to get rid of most of their goods and obtain most of their lading. Three Holland ships at Priaman; one of them having lost 170 men. The people of Tecoe will hardly suffer them to have fresh water without the King of Acheen's licence. [Four pages. O. C., Vol. III., No. 299.]
Oct. 12.
1030. Rich. Cocks to Wm. Eaton, “to send to Capt. Addames and Rich. Wickham at Yedo after copy taken.” Wishes Addames to see the emperor, and “get these two men set at liberty, and then the Spaniards and Portugals will take heed how they receive any fugitives which go from us hereafter.” Goods supposed to have been stolen. Was told to keep the wax, lead, and tin for the emperor, or he might have sold it all. Goods sold. The junk launched. Both the carpenters of the Osiander dead, “which is a great cross unto our proceedings.” Requests a note of all things at Osaka, Miako, Yedo, Surunga or elsewhere. [Two pages. O.C., Vol. III., No. 300.]
.Oct. 13. 1031. Court Minutes of the East India Company. Petition of Sarah, the wife of John Skinner for part of her husband's wages while master of the Globe. Conditions for the admission of Rich. Creswell, a sub–adventurer in the first voyage but no brother of the Company. The north and west sides of Leadenhall esteemed very convenient for the Company's use, to be taken. Want of money; payment of adventures. Sale of pepper and spices, &c., and the prices. Complaint of the King's waiters at the Custom House touching the payment of “bill money,” by the East India Company being 400 merchants or thereabouts, the Lord Treasurer having ordered that it should be paid upon every man's goods. Prices fixed for the silks; china dishes and diamonds to be sold. Petty charges to be paid by Thos. Chauncey. Sir Wm. Garraway about his garble of cloves. Half of the late Raphe Hamor's adventure of 1,600l. in the joint stock to be set over to Rich. Venne, at the request of Susan Hamor, executrix of her deceased husband. 200l. adventure in the joint stock, appertaining to a private man, to be sold by the candle, “whereby they [the Company] may better know the worth of their adventures which will give a good reputation to the voyage, if it shall be well sold.” Warrant for one or two hundred pounds for knives. John Williams' business referred to a committee, also Mr. Femell's account. Sale of China saucers, “sallet” dishes, basons, spices, China roots, rhubarb, silks, damasks, &c., with the prices and names of the purchasers. Three adventures in the joint stock of 200l. each sold for 141l. 10s. and 141l.15s. per hundred to Dericke Host, David Papilion, and Jacques Oeyll, each promising to pay the fine of 40l. for their freedom. Jacob Procter to be admitted on payment of a similar fine. [Six pages. Court Bk., III., 503–509.]
Oct. 14.
1032. Rich. Cocks to Wm. Eaton, and to “Rich. Wickham, after copy kept for himself in Osaka or Miako, to send to Yedo or Surunga.” About procuring the liberty of Damian and John de Lievana, and sureties from the Spaniards to bring back “our seven Men” they conveyed away to the Manillas. He may lawfully say that the King of Spain usurps Portugal and by force keeps the rightful heirs out, as he does in other parts of the world, and would do the like in Japan if he could, and the padres are fit instruments to stir the people to rebellion; “harp upon this string, but be sure they secretly do you no mischief.” [One page. O.C., Vol. III., No. 301.]
Oct. 17.
The Dragon.
1033. Capt. W. Keeling to Sir Thos. Roe, ambassador to the Great Mogul at Surat. Will be vigilant in the business of Mr. Boughton. Never heard of the bargain of diamonds. Knows not how to convey some things to him least the governor finger them. It had been a dishonour to the Company to have let him pay customs. Will procure some lines of their grievances and send them after him. Cannot resolve who shall attend him, fearing the governor will not let their goods pass up yet. Is glad to hear so good a report of the factors resident at Surat, and sorry for the indiscretion of the “new–come–ones.” Requests a receipt for the moneys delivered to him. [One page. O.C., Vol III., No. 302.]
Oct. 17–19. 1034. Court Minutes of the East India Company. Edward Tither's adventure of 400l. in the joint stock set over to John Cason. Seven tons of elephants' teeth and certain quicksilver shipped from Amsterdam for the Company's service. A court appointed for choice of factors. John Rose admitted a free brother upon paying a fine of 40l. Letter read in behalf of one Capt. Frobisher, desiring employment as captain in one of the Company's ships; but being informed that they employed none, but are likewise skilful in merchandising, he pressed his suit no further. Agreement with Benjamin Joseph to go the voyage as general; “a good work is thereby effected,” supposing that one shall be put off who hath brought letters from sundry Lords of the Council and others, and proposed to bring one from the King for the place of command, “the party having given out that he will go under the command of no man. Committee appointed to confer with a Dutchman, on his project to undertake a voyage to one port only in the East Indies. A time appointed for Mr. Best “to clear some aspersions unjustly cast upon him (as he pretendeth).” Indigo and cotton yarn to be sorted and sold. Answer to those who distasted that so many Dutchmen were admitted to buy adventures; consideration how much the Company is envied, “who as they increase in gain and receive blessings from God, are so much the more maligned and beheld with envious eyes;” care and circumspection in their proceedings the more necessary, that no just cause of exceptions may be taken. Procuring of ryals referred to further consideration. Mr. Davies' securities for raw silk bought of the Company, amounting to a matter of 10,000l. Admission of Richard Washborne gratis. The Company's servants and porters to be sworn. Difference between Mr. Freeman and Mr. Holloway. Goods to be sold. The new Lord Mayor to be gratified with some spices. Concerning the complaint of the waiters at the Custom House. Deptford business. Proceedings of the committees for Blackwall and Deptford on 10th and 14th Oct. Conference with Wm, Hebert on his project for a voyage to Coromandel, to make but one port in the Indies; resolution “to seek to beat him off with reason rather than with an absolute refusal.” Suit of one Perrott to go to the Indies, refused. Robert Fotherbye held a very fit person to be employed upon a discovery for the south side of the Cape, to be entertained
Oct. 19.—Mr. Edlyn's service. Thos. Jones entertained a factor. Mr. Connok's project. Petition of Edward Pettus for a factor's place; resolution to employ him. 12 or 13 factors to be sent with the next fleet, supposing there would be use for many upon the Coromandel coast; John Holmeden and John Cooper approved of. Tobias Maunsell entertained. Purchase of the raw silk. Edward Withers to be employed. Petition of Lewis Smith for employment referred. Francis Futter entertained. John Amys refused. Richard Harrys to be disposed of in the counting house for a trial. John Stammer, “finding his trade to decay and devising of some course of life, he was pinched in his sleep and called sundry times in his sleep by his name, willing him to go to Sir Thomas Smythe and proffer his service for the East Indies,” to be entertained. Juan Baker refused. Jeremy Sambrooke to be employed under the account keeper. Richard Denne, John Bindon, and John Bowde refused. Francis Smale to be employed in the counting house. Thos. Doughtie to be a purser or mate, and Robt. Fotherbye a purser. Alexander Banister and Charles Wilkinson refused. Wm. Watkins to he a purser's mate. Offer of quicksilver declined. [Nine pages. Court Bk., III., 509–518.]
Oct. 19. 1035. Sir Thos. Roe to the Governor of Surat. Is forced to send him word that he will not endure his injuries. “I come hither not to beg, nor do, nor suffer injury.” Serves a king who is able to revenge whatsoever is dared to be done against his subjects, and came under assurance of the Great Mogul's firman and letters to the King of England. Lets him know that without seeking further friendship from him, who has ransacked the writer's chests, taken by violence the presents sent to his king, and cruelly whipped a merchant's servant for doing his duty, Roe will leave everything in his hands, and go with speed and desire justice against him, that he may appear before his king, to the writer's face, who doubts not to have honorable and speedy redress. Is sorry for nothing but that ever he vouchsafed to send him any remembrance. “I am better resolved to die upon an enemy than to flatter him, and for such I give you notice to take me until your master hath done me justice.” [Half a page. Sent in the Persian tongue.” O.C., Vol. III., No. 303.]
Oct. 20.
1036. Sir Thos. Roe to the Viceroy of Goa. Complains of the injuries offered by his predecessors to the subjects of the King of England, by assaulting them in their peaceable trade, contrary to the amity of both sovereigns. Is commanded to admonish him to desist from doing what can only bring forth war, revenge, and bloodshed, and to inform him that the English intend nothing but free trade, open by the law of nations to all men. It is not the purpose of the English to root out or hinder his trade, or to impeach the receipt of his revenues, and it is strange he should dare to infringe upon the free commerce between their masters and subjects. Reminds him how many millions the wrongs offered by their nation cost them in the days of Queen Elizabeth, and that the same force and spirit is still living in the English nation, advising his “barbarous miscellaneous people” to use more reverent terms of the majesty of a Christian King. Gives him further notice that his Majesty is resolved to maintain his subjects in their honest endeavours, in spite of any enemy, and to that purpose hath sent the writer to conclude a league with the Great Mogul for ever in which he is commanded to offer him “comprisure,” and will wait his answer at Ajmere forty days. In case of his refusal or silence, letters of reprisal will be granted to make war upon him in all parts of the Indies, “when you shall not be able to look out of your ports, much less to attempt to injure us. . . Your friend or enemy, at your own choice.” [One page. O. C., Vol. III., No. 303.]
Oct. 20. 1037. Court Minutes of the East India Company. Mr. Ferrers and Mr. Allen having been promised 20l., they were wished to bring some one who should pay 40l. for his freedom, and they should be allowed 20l. out of it. Amendment in the oath for freedoms. Mr. Best excuses himself from attending. Allowance on the raw silk. Conference with the waiters of the Custom House as to the fees they are to be paid by the Company. Timber from Ireland. Allen Carey to be gratified. Goods to be sold. Resolution to put up one of the two or three tents the Company have in Sir John Spencer's garden, to see if it be a fit present to give to the king or the prince. “The great ship,” which will be ready next week, ordered to fall down to Erith. Admission of Dr. Atkins, the physician who attended the Governor in his sickness gratis. About sale of 1,600 weight of twisted silk and other commodities. Admission of Peter [? David] Papilion and Dericke Host. Sale of goods, with the prices and names of the purchasers; also of 400l. in the joint stock, bought by Wm. Middleton, one half at 144l. 10s. per hundred, the remainder a 141l. 10s. per hundred. Bringing in of adventures; ten per cent. To be allowed upon the amounts not yet due. [Five pages. Court Bk. III., 518–523.]
Oct. 22.
1038. The Merchants of the ship Attendant to [Capt. Hounsell ?] Arrived at the mouth of the Jambee River 27th September, having obtained a pilot from a Java junk the day before. Impossible for the ship to get over the bar of the river, but once over there is very deep water. Difficulty of getting the pinnace up to the town, because of the strong current and contrary winds. Arrived there 9th Oct., and were entertained with much show of love and friendship both of the king and country people. Danger of the ship lying at the mouth of the river; determined to see how their business would go, before sending her back to Bantam. Information of Cornelius Prince, a Dutchman, that he had found out the great river by which the Portugals and many great junks go up to the town. [One page. O.C., Vol. III., No. 304.]
Oct. 22.
1039. [Rich. Westby ?] to Capt. Hounsell. Difficulties of getting up the Jambee River; fourteen China men sent from Jambee to assist, to whom 12d. a day was paid for ten days, besides presents to the king. Thinks he may bring his ship into the river as far as the tides will allow; there is no fear from the Portugals, they have no forces at Malacca, having gone to the Moluccas to fight the Hollanders, with whom they are deadly enemies. Purpose to–morrow going to the king; their coming is welcome, and there is great store of pepper to be had. [One page. O.C., Vol. III., No. 304, p. 3.]
Oct. 23.
1040. Wm. Eaton to Rich. Wickham at Yedo or Surunga. Capt. Coppindall and the rest returned late last night. Has received letters from Capt. Cocks; Capt. Addames is directed to speak with the emperor about Damian and John [de Lievana], who are still kept prisoners aboard the Amacan [Macao] ship, Cocks having used all possible means to get them released. Deficiency in the goods received. Has not sold a piece of any thing, and has but small hope to do so. Cocks has written to send him a note of what debts remain due in Miako, Sakaii, Osaka, Surunga, and Yedo, or elsewhere, but “that I esteem desperate.” [One page and a half. O.C., Vol. III., No. 305.]
Oct. 24.
Road of Jambee.
1041. [The Merchants of the Attendant ?] to Capt. Hounsell. Account of the difficulties of getting up the River Jambee to the town. Presents given to the king, who granted them leave to trade but not to build a house, “for some of our backbiting enemies had reported evil of us and our nation.” Small encouragement for quiet and secure trade; the king informed them his people were naught and much given to thieving, and dissuaded them from settling a factory. The pinnace must remain until they can build a house for the safe custody of their goods from fire and thieves. Think it necessary for him to come into the river as high as he can, if he means to lade before going for Bantam. Good store of pepper to be had. Request some of his ship's provisions. A Portugal frigate expected very shortly, “if the Fleming chance to be dealing with him I pray you have no hand in it anywise, for we cannot answer it to do them the least injury.” [One page and a half. O.C., Vol. III., No. 304, pp. 4–5.]
Oct. 24. 1042. Court Minutes of the East India Company. Conference with Capt. Best; his actions divided into three parts;—about settling the factory at Surat; his proceedings at Acheen and Bantam; and his behaviour to the Company since his return, with some passages and errors in his accounts. The Company content to remit all that is past, and let these things die which should not have been ripped up had he not called them in question himself. Debt of John Sherrington. Admission of Henry Atkins, one of the King's physicians in ordinary. [Three pages. Court Bk., III., 523–526.]
Oct. 27.
Swally ashore.
1043. Capt. W. Keeling to Sir Thos. Roe, Ambassador to the Great Mogul in Surat. Has received his letter wishing the new firman may be of such import as to admit of no delay in his lordship's business, and no unkind usage to them hereafter. The factors make no doubt of being ready to set forward before Roe can; thinks his stay for a day or two will be beneficial to the Company's business. Is also of opinion that Madafalabar is a place very fit for them if the passage from thence to Ahmedabad were secured from thieves at the Mogul's charge, but leaves it to his mature deliberation how far the Company will be at the charge of refortifying and defending it. [One page. O.C., Vol. III., No. 306.]
Oct. 27. 1044. Court Minutes of the East India Company. Admission of Nicholas Askwith. Petition of — Hayward for employment. Humphrey Kinaston refused. Mr. Lutterford to bring a certificate from Plymouth or Naples. News of the Hope's return; 100 double jacobus given to poor ministers as a thankful acknowledgment of God's favours. Mr. Mead, a minister, to be “remembered the more extraordinarily.” Connok to have the same allowance as others of the principal factors. Burredge referred for a factor. Mr. Floris' business; three things specially to be considered, his stock, wages, and private trade. Mr. Joseph not yet agreed with, the governor finding him to stand upon some extraordinary terms; “a great good report” of Andrew Shillinge, not inferior to any man for government; resolution to make use of him if Mr. Joseph insist upon unreasonable demands. John Glamyll, son of Francis Glamyll, a jeweller, who died in the East Indies, to be employed. Suit of Francis Crewe for employment. Gabriel Barbor's security for diamonds bought. Wages of John Gourney, factor in the East Indies. Concerning the sale of indigo; consideration about taking a course to keep logwood out of the land, when twice as much indigo would be vented as now. Adventures of Averie Drausfield, deceased, set over to Jas. Higgins, the husband of his widow, and to Robt. Phippes. No stranger to be admitted in future for less than 100l. fine, “which will give good content to the generality and to the body of the city.” David, brother of Abraham Chamberlain, and now beyond the seas, also Jacques Oeyll, who bought an adventure of 200l. in the joint stock by the candle, to be admitted for a 40l. fine each. Petition of Rachel, widow of Anthony Hippon, for restitution of plate, ryals, and other goods belonging to her late husband. More rooms at Leaden Hall required. Committee to see what can be effected. Gratification to Mr. Kitchen. Payments to be made by the committees for Deptford and Blackwall. Jacques Oeyll and George Dunscombe sworn free brethren of the Company. Sale of commodities with the prices and names of the purchasers. [Seven pages and a half. Court Bk., III., 526–533.]
Oct. 29.
[Surunga ?]
1045. Capt. Wm. Addames to R. Wickham at Yedo. Has received a letter concerning Capt. Moor's abuse in keeping Damian and the others in irons, with express orders to make it known to the Emperor. Advises him to recover his debts in Yedo without going to law, if it be possible, for the Japan merchants, seeing extremity used, will be afraid to deal with them. Goods sold by Mr. Eaton in Miako; wishes Wickham could sell also, for “our captain” [Cocks] has need of money. [One page. O.C., Vol. III., No. 307.]
Oct. 31.
1046. [The Merchants of the Attendant ?] to Capt. Hounsell. Complaints of a disorderly fellow, Robt. Burgess, when very drunk, running after the Javas women, fighting and wrangling with the Chinas, and making an uproar in the ship, “that all the town wondered at us.” [Half a page. O.C., Vol. III., No. 304, p. 5.]
Oct. 31. 1047. Court Minutes of the East India Company. Admission of James Hawood, a Turkey merchant, for a fine of 20l. Motion to have the fines for admitting merchants raised and some favour shown to shopkeepers; debate; the Company esteeming their trade inferior to none, and finding that the Turkey and other companies have raised their fines, resolve upon a scale, viz., 50l. for merchants and 100 marks for shopkeepers; gentlemen to be admitted by the governor upon such terms as he thinks fit, according to their quality; no difference to be made with executors or those marrying the widows of freemen; one son of a freeman, not exceeding the age of 21 at his father's admission, to be admitted for a fine of twenty shillings to the poor–box, and the rest of his children under 14 for a fine of ten shillings when they reach the age of 21; servants to pay the accustomed fine of ten shillings on admission. The officers' fees to be raised from 3s. 6d. to 7s. for each person admitted. Persons buying adventures to buy their freedoms before they can have any account in the Company's books, or else the adventures must rest still in the names of those who sell them. Mr. Barnes and another recommended by Sir Rich. Smyth before the above orders were made, to be admitted at the previous rates. Complaint of certain Dutchmen of the Company that the farmers of customs refuse to pay back the impost of some pepper they have already shipped; conference with Sir Wm. Garraway; committee appointed to avoid all difference between the farmers and the Company. Motion that none must transport but in English bottoms, not held fit to be quickened by the Company, but to be left to others to be discovered. Answer to Capt. Flud, who had procured letters from the Lord Admiral for his employment by the Company; they “have resolved not to employ any but merchants and mariners, and none that are merely captains.” Silks bought by Mr. Rudyer. Five hundred quarters of wheat shipped at Rouen for the Company's use. Wm. Marynell entertained a gunner for seven years at 40l. per annum. Admission of Jas. Munger. Wages of Thos. Aldworthe, principal factor in the tenth voyage, now at Surat. [Three pages and a quarter. Court Bk., III., 533–536.]