East Indies: February 1581

Pages 62-63

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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February 1581

152. “The offer of Michael Lok for all the North–west ore brought by Capt. Frobisher,” with marginal note in Burghley’s hand [in brackets]. To pay 5l. per ton for the 1,200 tons; conditions of payment and security. [To have better surety than by himself.] To have the lease of the mills and work–houses at Dartford; [the value of the lease to be known]; free use of all implements, furniture, and minerals there; licence to search and mine for ores, under certain conditions; [excepting all other former grants made by Her Majesty, or by any her progenitors]. To be discharged from all debts and demands for the business of the Company The Queen to have liberty to revoke this grant in seven years, on certain conditions. “Or else, if the foresaid offer be not liked,” Lok will cause all the ore to be wrought on account of the Company, and make it worth 5l. a ton at least. Terms demanded, including an allowance of ten shillings a day for himself, and a stock of 400l. to be provided to buy additaments to begin the works. [Two pages and a quarter. Brit. Mus., Lansdowne, XXX., No. 4., where is also another copy without Lord Burghley’s notes.]
Feb 153. “The offer of Michael Lok for the North–west ore at Dartford.” To have licence for three years to search for minerals, by Wm. Humphrey’s patent, with liberty to work them at his own charges, he giving five per cent. of the clear gains. Use of the workhouses at Dartford for three years, with liberty to work the Northwest ore there at his own charges. A man to be of his council and to take account of all he does. The clear gain to be given to pay the debts of the Company for the North–west voyages of Capt. Frobisher. Recompense for his land bought and evicted from him. Protection for three years, a quietus est of his accounts, and discharge from all his bonds. Goods of the Company to be collected and debts recovered. When the creditors are all satisfied, to have a free lease of the work–houses at Dartford, with the Company’s interest. Letter to be written by the Council to the Commissioners to examine all the workmen for the additaments used with the Northwest ore in the small assays made in Meta Incognita which showed all clear gold. Names of the Commissioners and workmen. “D. Burcott is dead.” [One page and a half. Domestic, Eliz., Vol. CXLVII., No. 69. Another copy is in the British Museum, Lansdowne, XXX., fol. 4.]