East Indies: July 1596

Pages 97-98

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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August 1597

July 16 250. Queen Elizabeth to the Emperor of China. In favour of Richard Allen and Thos. Bromfield, merchants and citizens of London. Recommends them to the Emperor ’s protection and vouches for the probity of their dealings. Desires to be informed, through them, of those institutions by which the empire of China had become so celebrated for the encouragement of trade; and in return offers the fullest protection to the subjects of China, should they be disposed to open a trade to any of the ports in Her Majesty’s dominions. [Latin. East Indies, Vol. I., No. 11. Printed with an English translation, in Hakluyt, IV., 373–4, where the name of Richard Allen is printed Richard Allot. Bruce in his “Annals of the East India Company,” I., 110, prints Richard Adam. “The unfortunate voyage of Capt. Benjamin Wood towards the East Indies in 1596,” is printed in Astleys Collection of Voyages, 1745, from Purchas, I., 110–113. In Universal History, Vol X., 17,18, note H., there is a brief account of this voyage. Three ships under Captain Wood, the Bear, the Bear's Whelp, and Benjamin, fitted out principally at the charges of Sir Robert Dudley, sailed from England for China “having Queen Elizabeth’s letter to the Emperor of China;” but not one of the company ever returned to give an account of the fate of the rest, ldquo;and thus perished the attempt to open a passage into India.” See No. 254.]
July 16. 251. Minute of the above. [East Ind. Corresp., 1613, March 23.]
July 16. 252. “Title of the K[ing] of China.” Emperor and Great Lord over all the famous kingdoms of China and the territories and islands adjoining unto the same; Dayri or Great King of Coray, Tambano, Bungo, Giamaco, Xumoto, Ciazzura, Mino, Voari, &c. Taicosama [Emperor of Japan who died 1598] is added in another ink. [East Indies, Vol. I., No. 12.]