East Indies: July 1583

Pages 89-90

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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July 1582

July 28. 228. Two “assays of the ore brought home by M. Frobisher,” by William Williams. The first with 1 cwt. of Frobisher's ore and 2 cwt. of lead ore, the second with 1 cwt. of Frobisher's ore and 4 cwt. of lead ore, both proofs being made with “adytament,” besides the lead. Williams found no more silver than is in the margin. The two minute particles of silver, not nearly so big as a pin's head, are fastened by sealing wax to the paper. [Half a page. DOMESTIC, Eliz., Vol. CLXI., No. 41.]
1583? 229. John Banester to [Earl of Leicester]. The general, Edward Fenton, has discharged with a safe conscience his heavy and troublesome charge, which has almost brought his languishing body to the grave. Account of the sickness of the men on board the galleon Leicester, the remedies applied, and the number who died. In June, when within four degrees of the tropic of Cancer, eight died of fever, two of the scurvy, and three of surfeit; sickness of all off the coast of Brazil, through insatiable feeding on fresh fish and much drinking cold water, but not one died. Other great sicknesses when off St. Vincent, of which six died, and again when 19 died. Three died of wounds received from the enemy [in the fight with the Spaniards]; also three negroes and a boy were drowned; altogether they lost 45 persons. Their weak company provided for on their arrival at Kinsale; fresh victuals caused almost every subject some infirmity. Intends setting down at large remedies for the relief of those going on “these watery pilgrimages.” [Two pages. Mutilated by fire. Brit. Mus., Otho, VIII., fol. 174.]