East Indies, China and Japan: January 1619

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Calendar of State Papers Colonial, East Indies, China and Japan, Volume 3, 1617-1621. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1870.

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January 1619

1619. Jan. 1. 526. Court Minutes of the East India Company. Arrival of the Bull from the East Indies with prisoners, Sam. Muse, Jas. Mootham, captain and master of the Francis, and Thomas Jones, master of the Lion, and others. Letters read from Nic. Banggam for instructions ; and from Libby Chapman, Consul at Aleppo, and Henry Saville, excusing themselves for conveying in future, letters for Persia, the one being a principal man of the Turkey Company, the other agent for many merchants, because if anything should be discovered, their goods would be in danger ; they have already had a narrow escape : some other course to be thought upon. [Three quarters of a page. Court Bk. IV., 278-9.]
Jan. 2. Whitehall. 527. Sec. Naunton to Carleton. The Commissioners' audience of the King ; they explained themselves to his Majesty's better satisfaction, who required them to interpret themselves in the same terms to the Lords (of the Privy Council). Mr. Gogh's interview with the Lords. Mons. Caron helped to sweeten the matter with the King. The King requires an assurance from the States of an authentic commission under seal, with full power to their Commissioners to treat and conclude on the great fishing upon all the coasts of his Majesty's three kingdoms, and on the other four points, viz., the traffic in the East Indies, the fishing of the whale, the tare and the proportioning of moneys, to be sent over with the first commodity. The Commissioners promised to write to their masters to that effect. They made a motion to have had some of the Council nominated to treat in the interim about the East India Companies, but for that they are left to our East India merchants and such as they have named ; none of the Council are like to be deputed until their required commission under seal is seen. If anything be accorded between their deputies and our merchants for saving of time, it will be but provisionally, and not sealed, till the whole be concluded, for honour's sake. The King expects that Carleton will move the States to the same effect as the Commissioners have promised to do. [Extract from Holland Corresp.]
Jan. 2. London. 528. John Chamberlain to Sir Dudley Carleton. A ship called the Bull arrived the day before from the East Indies, with news, it is said, that Lord Rich's two ships are cast away in those parts. [Extract from Domestic Corresp., Jac. I., Vol. CV., No. 2, Cal., p. 1.]
Jan.? 529. Journal of occurrences from the 5 December 1618, the day the Dutch ship the Black Lion was taken by the English, to the 2nd January 1619, when Sir Thos. Dale went ashore for the first time at Jacatra ; showing that the Black Lion was burnt in the night or morning of 27-28 Dec. 1618, the same day that the English had appointed to unlade her best goods into the English ships, and therefore before the English fleet went into Jacatra road, and three days before any English went ashore at Jacatra to consult with the King concerning the besieging of the Dutch fort. [One page and a quarter. O.C., Vol. VI., No. 713.]
Jan. 3. Whitehall. 530. Sec. Naunton to Carleton. The King has changed his former advice so far as to appoint Lord Digby, Mr. Treasurer, Mr. Comptroller, the Master of the Rolls, and Sir Edward Coke, or any three of them, to attend conferences, and regulate the Deputies of our East India Company "if any should offer to fly out." [Extract from Holland Corresp.]
Jan. 5. 531. Court Minutes of the East India Company. Letters read from Thos. Keridge and the rest of the factors at Surat, dated in March last, with a large relation of the passages of business, both in those parts, in Persia, and with the Lord Ambassador at Court ; the proceedings of Capt. Towerson with his wife and those women with her, Steele's wife with the rest, with their opinions of sundry other occurrences ; from Capt. Pring (see ante, No. 302), with account of their voyage since their departure from England, the loose carriage of Mr. Goulding the preacher, with his penitence for the past, and promise of amendment for the future ; and from Edward Terry, preacher, "comfortably and divinely written," of the hopes and satisfaction of their voyage. A new ship to be built at Deptford. Petition of Richard Frobosher, carpenter, for some gratuity for his past services. [One page. Court Bk. IV., 279.]
Jan. 7. 532. Sir W. Smithe to Carleton. The States [Commissioners] honourably entertained by the King at the Prince's mask, and at the banquet at Whitehall, and now it is hoped the grievances on all sides shall be argued and composed. A ship of great wealth lately come from Surat. Sir Thos. Roe gone into Persia about trade for silks, and writes that in June next he will be in England. Young Lord Rich's two ships both said to be lost in those parts—one burnt, the other sunk. [Extract from Domestic Corresp., Jac. I., Vol. CV., No. 3, Cal, p. 1.]
1619. Jan. 7. Bantam. 533. Aug. Spalding to Sir Thos. Dale. Sends Mr. Houlman in a prow to give Sir Thos. notice which way a Dutch yacht, the Hart, that arrived at Bantam last night has gone. Is told she is newly come out of Holland in company with six sail, but dispersed from the rest by weather. She alone met an English ship at the Cape, homeward bound from Surat, very richly laden, but in great want of men and provisions, and this Dutch pinnace spared them fifteen or sixteen men to carry her home. She had taken a French ship upon the coast of Surat. At her leaving Bantam, the Hart shot off 23 pieces of ordnance. This is the fifth prow Spalding has sent since Ball went hence, and not one has returned as yet. [One page. O.C., Vol. VI., No. 729.]
Jan. 8. Whitehall. 534. The King to Sir Thos. Smythe, Sir Lionel Cranfield, Sir Dudley Diggs, Sir Clement Edmondes, Sir Henry Marten, Levinus Muncke, Morris Abbott, Wil. Harrison, Robt. Bell, and Hump. Handforde. The States of the United Provinces having sent Commissioners to whom they have committed divers businesses, "which remain now questionable between that State and ours," and some of the King's Privy Council having been already nominated to correspond and treat with such as come from the United Provinces, the above, or any five of them, are appointed to treat and conclude, with the advice of three of the Privy Council, with the Dutch Commissioners, for the peaceable ordering and establishing of the trade to the East Indies, "as for any other things that may be incident thereunto." [One page. Dom. Jac. I., Vol. CV., No. 5, Cal., p.1.]
Jan. 8. 535. Court Minutes of the East India Company. Bateman, their solicitor, to put Swanley in suit for payment of 100l. Letters read from Libby Chapman, of 18 Sept., from Aleppo last, promising his best assistance to Henry Saville in the conveyance of the Company's letters (to Persia) ; and from Saville, of 13 Oct., from Aleppo last, excusing himself from sending any more of the Company's letters to Persia, because of the danger to the messenger, who is liable to lose his life and goods as well as he who sent him, but recommending Strahanna, a Scotchman residing at Bagdad, a physician, as very fit to do so, giving also notice that divers Dutch, Italians, and Portugals are come from Ispahan to Aleppo, and that one of the Dutch told him the English at Ispahan agreed very ill, every one striving to be superior and live at interest, which they obtain by the King's letters, "for otherwise none would be lent them." Also another letter read from Libby Chapman, showing that a Portugal Jesuit, is at Jask, endeavouring by all possible means to cross the proceedings of the English. The Diamond to be despatched away with all possible speed. Two new ships to be built at Deptford and Blackwall. The house of John Lempries at Blackwall to be divided between the surgeon and the keeper of stores. Disposal of the goods brought home by the Bull. Petition of Mary, wife of Wm. Addames in the East Indies, for some money left by her husband's order ; to have some small matter, supposing her want cannot be great, having a yearly allowance of 5l. from the Company on her husband's account. Suit of "a poor fellow that lost his leg in the Hope," for some employment. He is condemned of negligence to his face, for not attending at the Trinity House, according to appointment, when he should have had a licence to row upon the Thames, and is therefore rated and appointed to attend Mr. Salmon. Letter read from Joseph Salbancke, from Agra, 22nd Nov. 1617 (see ante, No. 203), discoursing of the pedigree of the Grand Mogore and his power. Quicksilver to be bought of Hamersley at 3s. per lb. [Two pages and a quarter. Court Bk. IV., 280-283.]
Jan. 9. Salisbury House. 536. G. Gerrard to Carleton. A vessel lately arrived from Surat brings news that Sir Thos. Roe, who lives yet, is to negociate some business in Persia, and, God willing, returns next summer. He has written of the death of [Thos.] Coryat in those parts, who has left enough written to fill the world with new relations, and to have made any printer an alderman. [Extract from Dom. Jac. I. Vol. CV., No. 8, Cal., p 2.]
Jan. 9. Leadenhall in London. 537. Robert Bell to Carleton. Has no doubt he has been particularly advertised by Sec. Naunton of the many difficulties which have staggered the King from settling a course to enter into treaty with the States and the Deputies of the East India Company of Holland. Sends copy of the King's letter (? ante, No. 510,) order being lately taken therein. None of the Commissioners have yet met ; Monday the 11th is appointed for the first day of meeting among themselves. Is told the Commissioners pick out matter against the English from the French depositions he sent Carleton ; if they had them from Carleton he will be blamed. [Holland Corresp.]
Jan. 9. Jacatra. 538. John Jourdain and Geo. Ball to Sir Thos. Dale and Capt. Martin Pring. Instructions to Bishop sent to Japara with a stock of money and cloth. Dare not send much money for fear of betraying him, but it will buy about 200 tons of rice for Bantam. A man of account must be sent to entreat with the Matran for establishing a factory. Capt. Pring with his five ships should depart with all expedition for the straits of Sunda to intercept the Dutch ships expected there, and the rest of the fleet to follow with all speed. Think the Dutch ships that fled have gone to Patani, whence they cannot return for three or four months, and that others have gone towards the Moluccas. Hope to end to day with the King of Jacatra ; must have a chest of money to enable them to do so. Accident to Denton ; he is about to provide a present for the King of Japara ; his cabinet stolen from his bedside worth 400 or 500 ryals, besides his writings. Altogether without wine. [One page and three quarters. O.C., Vol. VI., No. 730.]
Jan. 10/20. Cheribon. 539. The King of Cheribon to the President and Council of the English at Jacatra. Refers to the friendship he had with the President, George Ball. Is glad of the good help they gave to the King of Jacatra in chastising the Hollanders. Should the Dutch fort be given up, he should value at a true price, either for money or exchange, one of the pieces of artillery from it. Should much esteem any opportunity of showing his goodwill. [Portuguese. One page. O.C., Vol. VI., No. 732.]
Jan. 10. Bantam. 540. Aug. Spaldinge to Sir Thos. Dale. Instructions by Holman to give Dale notice of the departure of the Hart and occurrences in Bantam, such as the Pengran planting ordnance on the town walls, and the Hart relieving an English ship in distress at the Cape. Was told the English ship, supposed to be the Bull from Surat, had taken a French ship, but has since understood it was Italian. Has received intelligence of the speedy departure of the whole fleet from Jacatra. A junk arrived from Tiku laden with pepper and rice ; report that a Dutch ship similarly laden will shortly arrive. Speech with the Pengran of Bantam on the conditions Sir Thos. has made with the Pengran of Jacatra ; less credit should be given to the Pengran of Jacatra. Since Dale landed ordnance 20 Dutchmen have fled from the castle to Dale, "the best news that I have heard since your departure." [Two pages. O.C., Vol. VI., No. 731.]
Jan. 12. 541. Proposition made by Sir Dudley Carleton to the States General of the United Provinces. His Majesty's surprise and discontent that after so much delay their Commissioners are only charged to treat upon the two points of traffic in the East Indies and the whale fisheries. Earnestly requests that an ample commission with special instructions to treat and conclude on all the five points specified may be at once sent to their Commissioners. [French. Draft with corrections by Carleton. Nine pages and a quarter. Holland Correspondence.]
Jan. 542. Fair copy of the preceding. [Nine pages. Holland Correspondence.]
Jan. 13. 543. Court Minutes of the East India Company. A thousand ounces of polished coral to be bought at 3s. 3d. an oz., and quicksilver at 3s. a lb. to be bought. Petitions of Matthew Cardrowe, preacher, concerning the terms on which he was willing to proceed to Persia, and of John Rose, midshipman of the Charles, to be entertained again ; his conduct in the Indies ; Keridge blamed for employing him after he ran away. Pursers blamed for allowing the men to take up more than a third part of their wages. Concerning an offer made by the city of 20,000l. a year for two years for "extinguishing" pirates ; it was supposed they might be destroyed in two years, if his Majesty would take the business to heart and set it on foot again. [One page and a half. Court Bk. IV., 283-284.]
Jan. 14. [The Hague.] 544. Carleton to Sec. Naunton. Has acquainted the States with the explanations given to the King of the Commissioners' memorial which they presented to the Lords, and his Majesty's resolutions thereon ; finds them very well inclined to give his Majesty satisfaction. [Draft corrected by Carleton. Extract from Holland Correspondence.]
1619 ? 545. Answer of the Privy Council, by the King's command, to the propositions of the States Commissioners. Reasons why his Majesty desires them to procure an ample and full commission, with particular instructions to treat and conclude upon the five points specified, and that as soon as possible ; otherwise the King cannot, without prejudice to his honour and rights, carry on the treaty any further with them for the present. See ante No. 509. [French. Six pages. Holland Correspondence.]
1619. Jan. 14. Jacatra. 546. Minutes of a Council held at the King's Court, Jacatra ; present, Sir Thos. Dale, John Jourdain, Geo. Ball, Adam Denton, and Richard Welden. The King of Jacatra and his son having signed the capitulations of peace with the King of England, and desiring the loan of some more ordnance to batter the Dutch fort, it is agreed to lend him 10 more pieces with 20 barrels of powder and ammunition sufficient for the same. [One page. O.C., Vol. VI., No. 733.]
Jan. 14. 547. Translation of an extract out of the Dutch General's letter coming in the ship Delft. Arrival of English ships in the year 1618. Three sailed for Surat, the other five arrived (at Bantam) 8 Dec. 1618, having lost their Admiral with everything on board, including 130 men drowned, at the island of Engano before the straits of Sunda. Fifteen English sail at Bantam. Arrival of the Dutch vessel the Black Lion from Patani, and her surrender to the English ; Adam Denton's conduct. Message sent by the Dutch to the English General (Sir Thos. Dale) demanding restitution, answered by strange reproachful words, "that they would take all our ships that they could get, and that in great passion." On 31 December the English fleet of 11 ships demanded the surrender of the Dutch fleet of seven ships ; it was replied that, if the Black Lion were not restored, the Dutch would revenge themselves by force. Fight between the English and Dutch fleets on 2 January, which lasted three hours, the ships on both sides not a little "beaten." The next day the Dutch fleet take refuge in the fort of Jacatra, sail inwards to find the six ships lately gone to Japara, and then "attend with advantage the fury of the English." Their resolution to sail to Amboyna. The English fleet 18 strong, but compelled to man their ships with some Bandanites and Javas. Resolved to send the Delft home on 6th January. [Three pages. Corrections by Carleton. Holland Correspondence.]
Jan.? 548. "The complaints of the Hollanders concerning the hindrances which they pretend to have received by our East Indian merchants." The Hollanders demand reparation for the damage they have suffered, justice for the excesses and outrages done to their people, and assurance for the future that they may have less cause to complain of our justice and equity. [Endorsed 1618 and as above. Thirteen pages and a quarter. East Indies, Vol. I., No. 73.]
Jan.? 549. "A remonstrance of the state of the question concerning the controversy between the English and the Hollanders about the trade of the East Indies," together with "the copy of such wrongs as have been offered by them to us in the Indies, which we lately presented unto his Majesty." The East India Company demand of the States Commissioners reparation of his Majesty's honour, the punishment of those who have committed the excesses complained of, the discharge of the English who are kept prisoners there, compensation for damages, estimated over 200,000l., and satisfaction to the mariners living and to the wives and children of those who are dead. [Ten pages. East Indies, Vol. I., No. 74.]
Jan. 550. Copy of the first part of the preceding paper, containing the "remonstrance." [Six pages. East Indies, Vol. I., No. 75.]
Jan.? 551. Copy of the last part of the above paper, which sets forth the injuries the East India Company received from the Hollanders during the years 1615-1617, but in chronological order, which has not been adopted in the above. [Endorsed "1618. The complaints of the English East India Company." Five pages. East Indies, Vol. I., No. 76.]
Jan. 19. 552. Court Minutes of the East India Company. Letter read from the Lords of the Council, renewing a business which was in question two years since about the suppression of pirates, for which the city proffered 20,000l. a year for two years conditionally, desiring to know what the Company will undertake, as the King intends to have it put in execution this summer. Acquittance read from Sir Jas. Cunningham for losses sustained by himself and company in their Greenland voyage, but no mention made of any release, according to the Lords' promise ; to be shown to Mr. Solicitor to get an effectual assignment and release for Sir James to seal. Three ships to be employed for Bantam and two ships and a pinnace for Surat, "being uncertain of the Portugals' attempts, and therefore to go with a reasonable strength to Surat and so to Jasques." Petition of Richard Giles and John Wilson for some consideration for burning of logwood. Small pearls to be sent back from Surat, as they will not yield the profit expected. Letter read from George Ball from Bantam, 15 June last ; also a letter from the Low Countries, both stating that the Hollanders had taken and sunk some ships of the English, near Pooloroon and Bantam, "showing the continuance of their pride and hatred against the English." Petition of Nathaniel Basse concerning his security for bills to the Company for his father. [One page and three quarters. Court Bk. IV., 284-286.]
Jan. 20. 553. Petition of Robt. Jones, "a poor distressed gentleman prisoner in Newgate," to the Privy Council. That he was kept in chains fifteen months in the East Indies, by direction of one Lucas Antheunis, a Spanish merchant, who brought the petitioner to England three months since, and procured a warrant for his committal to Newgate, where he has remained to his utter ruin, without any matter approved against him. Prays to be released on bail. With report of Sir Thos. Smythe that the petitioner was committed on information from Sir Thos. Roe, concerning matter of importance, the particulars of which Roe desired might be respited until his return ; the East India Company leave him to be ordered as the Privy Council shall think meet. [Dom. Jac. I., Vol. CV., No. 56, Cal., p. 6.]
[Jan. 20.] Pooloroon. 554. Nath. Courthope, Robt. Jackson, and Robt. Haies to Cassarian David and the rest of the English prisoners in Pooloway. Have received their letters, and, according to their demands, will give them satisfaction. Advices and refreshments received from Macassar, Bantam, and Jacatra. Sir Thos. Dale and Jourdain arrived with his Majesty's commission, on purpose to right their abuses formerly prosecuted by the Dutch. At Jacatra the Dutch have fled in the plain field before the English, and left their castles there in distress. One was surprised by the English, and there is no doubt that the other, their strong fortification, with fifty pieces of ordnance, will be either taken or surrendered. The Black Lion, richly laden from Patani, has also been taken. Make no question they will this year be all set free, and regain their former losses. Treatment by the Dutch ; they have protested fire and sword ; and fire and sword they shall have repaid into their bosoms. Jackson's brother has manfully lost a limb in fight with the Hollanders, and will shortly be at Pooloroon. The Thomas arrived at Bantam ; hope Mr. Hakeridge will be here. Encloses letter received from Mr. Lane from Bantam. Fear nothing, for we have the King's Majesty commission for what we do. [One page. "Received the 5 Feb. 1618-9 from Pooloroon." Annexed,
554. I. Account of goods and books left by George Jackson, factor, with names of men in the Thomas, Wm. Hakeridge master, who, breaking commission against all order and command, ran from the fleet 13th March 1618. [Two pages. O.C., Vol. VI., No. 734.]
Jan. 21. Whitehall. 555. Sec. Naunton to Carleton. M. Goch complains that our Commissioners stand more strictly upon restitution of our merchants' ships and goods than they expected, or than public ministers of state should do. On the other side, they require it for his Majesty's honour, more than for the merchants' interest. Our Commissioners have broken up all treaty till better satisfaction is tendered ; they have likewise sent by Sir Clement Edmondes their joint letters to the King to advertise him of their reasons for their surceance, and to know his further pleasure. [Extract from Holland Corresp.]
Jan. 22./Feb. 1. Fort of Jacatra. 556. Articles agreed upon by Sir Thos. Dale on behalf of the East India Company, the King of Jacatra, and the Dutch, concerning the fort of Jacatra. [Dutch. One page and three quarters. O.C., Vol. VI., No. 735.]
Jan. 22. 557. Court Minutes of the East India Company. Richard Smyth to proceed as a coachman to Persia. An armour of proof, having long remained in the warehouse, to be trimmed up, and sent to Persia for a present for some nobleman there. Account of Humphrey Basse. The wife of Wm. Addames to be paid 6l. on account of the sum of 66l. lent by her husband in the Indies to some mariners, and entered in the purser's books, as she pretends. Arrest of Edwards for beating and imprisoning Whittington. Four new ships to be built, neither under 500 tons, nor above 800 tons. Arbitrators chosen to terminate the difference between the Company and Scott. The small pearls not to be brought back if they can be sold for not above 20 or 30 per cent. loss. Jewels to be bought. Answer of the Company to Lord Rich about the surprising of his ships, that they must and will justify the action, having done nothing but what they had power from his Majesty by his letters patent, and that they intend no restitution. As touching the offenders themselves, Bernardi and Jones are to be put in suit. Letter of Edward Withers from Sandwich ; that sundry vessels from Flushing, laden with cloves, have been seized. Grant of 2,000l. for two years for the suppression of pirates in the Straits, conditionally that the merchants may have the managing of their own affairs. Gratuity of 10l. to John Smyth for his services in the Indies, and losses sustained amongst the Dutch. Letter read from Nich. Banggam, recommending James Mootham, who returned in the Bull, for employment. [Two pages. Court Bk. IV., 286-288.]
Jan. 23. London. 558. Chamberlain to Carleton. The Commissioners meet at Merchant Tailors' Hall. Hears "our men find your Dutchmen very subtle and cunning. How they will agree in the end, I know not, but we hear that hitherto they speak loud on both sides." [Extract from. Dom. Jac. I., Vol. CV., No. 65, Cal., p. 8. Dated by mistake 23 Dec. 1618. Endorsed by Carleton, "which should be Jan. 1618-9. Recd. 31st."]
Jan. 23. London. 559. Sir T. Edmondes to Carleton. Their proceedings with the States Commissioners. We met at first with divers rubs, but his Majesty having allowed them to begin with the business of the East India trade, a difference arose at their first meeting, about "reparation of damages." Arguments on both sides. It was at length agreed that reparation should be reciprocal. Differences as to the terms in which that article was to be couched. They have thereupon come to a stop, and Sir Clem. Edmondes is sent to Newmarket to the King, to acquaint him with the whole proceedings. Our merchants have carried themselves with discretion, and the States themselves are reasonable enough, but some of the merchants who accompany them are both stiff and peremptory in this business. [Extract from Holland Corresp.]
Jan. 23. 560. Thos. Locke to Carleton. The States have met very frequently with "our Lords" this week and the last. The selected Commissioners were Lord Digby, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Master of the Rolls, and Sir Edward Coke. This day the Lords in general met with the States at Whitehall, but stayed together only a short time ; and, so far as may be conjectured, they were not very well satisfied. The Dutchmen here say that Sir Lionel Cranfield hath spoken some words by way of commemoration of good turns done them in the time of the late Queen, which have given them some distaste, and it is thought they will make no long stay here. [Extract from Dom. Jac. I., Vol. CV., No. 64, Cal., p. 8.]
Jan. 25. The Hague. 561. Carleton to Sec. Naunton. The procuration for commissions to be given under the great seal is resolved upon, but in general terms with reference to their Commissioners' instructions. There will likewise be a particular commission for the Deputies of the East Indies, given them by the Company. This business of the East Indies, and the other of the whale fishing, the Commissioners are already instructed in at large. [Extract from Holland Corresp.]
Jan. 25. Bantam. 562. Aug. Spalding to Sir Thos. Dale, Jourdain, and Ball in Jacatra. Arrival of a junk from Tiku, which met Capt. Pring with his whole fleet in the straits, but saw no Dutch ships, and it is now reported that they are all fled ; one at Tiku, ready laden for Bantam. The Dutch prisoners at the Court arrived last night, but have not yet spoken with the Pengran. Some 2,000 men appointed to go away this night for Jacatra ; some say to fetch away the Flemish luggage, others both men and luggage, or else to war against any that oppose them. All the great junks in Bantam road appointed to follow this armada of the Pengran's. Underwritten is a mem. from Sir Thos. Dale. Capt. Jourdain going in the prow for Bantam. Dale has sent this letter to him, that he may see how needful it is to have their ordnance aboard this morning ; therefore entreats him and Mr. Wylden [Rich. Welden] to procure help from the King to embark the other 10 pieces of great ordnance, for Dale makes account this Bantam fleet will be there by to-morrow morning, and so he shall lose them. [One page. O.C., Vol. VI., No. 737.]
Jan. 25. Jacatra. 563. John Jourdain to Sir Thos. Dale aboard the Moon. Sent Welden to the King to desire to have their ordnance aboard, who will deliver it when they please, and assist with his men. Denton gone with a letter to the fort, demanding liberty to embark their ordnance before the castle. [Half a page. O.C., Vol. VI., No. 738.]
Jan. 26. 564. Court Minutes of the East India Company. All the ships about to proceed to the East Indies found to be overburthened ; the ships hereafter to be victualled for 21 months. An action entered against the Bull in the Admiralty Court. Bernardi and Thomas Jones to be indicted for piracy. Concerning the four new ships to be built ; the number of ordnance to be carried in each ship. Petition of Alice, widow of Richard Taylor, slain by the Flemings in the Speedwell, for relief. [One page and three quarters. Court Bk. IV., 288-290.]
Jan. 27. Whitehall. 565. Sec. Naunton to Carleton. Interview of Sir Noel Caron with the Lords of the Treasury. He fell into a kind of condolence that the treaty was interrupted, and in a manner broken off, insomuch as the Dutch Deputies were sending for men-of-war in which to return home. The Lords, taken by surprise, professedly entreated Sir Noel to stay them ; the King, upon being acquainted, directed for answer that if they will be wilful, and will go, it is their own fault, and his Majesty will not stay them, but if they have any complaints they may assure themselves of his Majesty's justice. [Extract from Holland Corresp.]
Jan. 27. 566. Letter in Japanese. Endorsed, "Copy sent to Andrea Dittis, China captain. From Firando to Nangasaki, 27 Jan. 1618." [O.C., Vol. VI., No. 739.]
Jan. 28. 567. Sir Thos. Wynne to Carleton. The English and the States Commissioners like to break off ; they have not met for three or four days ; Sir Clement Edmondes sent to the King about it, but has not yet returned. The news of the sinking of two of our ships came in ill time. Lord Rich takes it ill of the East India Company that they took his prize from him, which was of great value, and restored it to the Mogul's mother, from whom it was taken. Sir Thos. Roe writ a long letter, that it had been the overthrow of him and all the merchants if it had been carried away. [Extract from Dom. Jac. I, Vol. CV., No. 67, Cal., p. 8.]
Jan. 28. Jacatra. 568. Geo. Ball to Sir Thos. Dale. "Your answer to the Dutch in the fort, I cast unto them, pushing by in the morning, but being open day I stand not to confer with them, but hoped this night, had not Bantam prows come, to have accomplished therein, but now all is lost work, for so much as I can perceive." Finds not the prows laden with men as was reported, and yet the better able to take in goods, for which Ball believes they came. The prisoners, come with them, and part of them within the fort, with fifteen Javas of Bantam: and from what he has already seen, they have accorded with the Pengran of Bantam, and mind to surrender the fort to him, at least to raze it, and make the rendezvous at Bantam again. Will be better informed to-morrow, but thinks in the meantime he need not fear to send for the rest of the ordnance. [One page, O.C., Vol. VI., No. 741.]
Jan. 28./Feb. 7. Fort Jacatra. 569. General Pieter van Raey and five others to General Sir Thos. Dale. About midnight some one called out to them in the fort, but they don't know who or in whose name, whether they were still, inclined to give up the fort into his hands according to contract. Again in the evening Adam Denton and Richard Welden were in the fort and spoke on the same subject, but do not know whether they came commissioned by the General and his Council. Hope he will be pleased to send some one to them with a letter from himself to treat briefly with them, and they promise to give said persons free ingress and egress, and are more willing to come to an agreement with them than with traitors and Moors. [Dutch. One page. O.C, Vol. VI., No. 740.]
1619. Jan. 29. 570. Court Minutes of the East India Company. A ship to be bought for a victualler to carry the overplus out of the fleet to the Cape. Private committees to consider about procuring a kind of calico worn in Poland by the ladies about their necks like towels. Concerning the wages of George Finch, Keridge, and other factors. Mastiffs to be sent to Bantam to keep the house there, also a house-carpenter, bricklayer, and smith. Morris bells, looking-glasses, and other trifles to be sent to chop and barter with the Indians. Lord Rich's action not against the Bull or East India Company, but against those of the ship. Law. Bayd entertained for a coachman. The wife of Cardrowe, the preacher, to have two months of his pay yearly. [Two pages and a quarter. Court Bk. IV., 290-292.]
Jan. 29. Jacatra. 571. Geo. Ball to Sir Thos. Dale. It is certain that the Dutch at Bantam are content to surrender the fort to the Pengran of Bantam, and to bring the men and goods to Bantam. Understands that if the Hollanders surrender not the fort to those sent from Bantam, that then the Pengran will join with the English to their utter extirpation both at Jacatra and Bantam. Since writing the above Welden has had conference with the Dutch, who says they are not yet agreed with the Pengran of Bantam, and for yielding to the English the time is past. [One page. O.C., Vol. VI., No. 743.]
Jan. 30. London. 572. Chamberlain to Carleton. The States Commissioners were at a stand some ten days since, but now are fallen to it again, though he doubts it will prove a fruitless labour unless the King and the States interpose themselves and overrule the merchants on both sides. Lord Digby is held the prime man for understanding and sufficiency, and they say has showed himself with this treaty every way very able, as he has heard by divers that care not for Digby's person and yet commend his extraordinary parts. [Extract from Dom. Jac. I., Vol. CV., No. 69, Cal, p. 9.]
Jan. 31. Aboard the Peppercorn, Bantam Road. 573. Malachy Malet to the East India Company. Sends abstract of his journal of the voyage (wanting). Concerning his wages. [One page. Endorsed, "Only for his private business." O.C., Vol. VI., No. 744.]
Jan. 31. Bantam. 574. Malachy Malet to Sir Thos. Smythe. Concerning his wages and money due to Thos. Thresler, who died in the Hound. Wars with the Hollanders. Sir Thos. Dale hath shown himself a most loving and worthy gentleman to them all. The loss of the Sun partly caused by want of judgment. [One page. O.C., Vol. VI., No. 745.]
Jan.? Goto. 575. The "Bongew of Goto" to [Capt. Addames ?]. Sends presents of venison and oranges. [Japanese. "Received in Firando 28 January." O.C., Vol. VI., No. 746.]
Jan. ? Yeddo. 576. Letter in Japanese from Henquese, Capt. Addames' man, "with my Goshon." Received in Firando 31 January. [O.C., Vol. VI., No. 747.]
1619. Jan.? Miako. 577. Letter in Japanese from Skengero Dono of Miako. "Received in Firando 31 January with my Goshon." [O.C., Vol. VI., No. 748.]
Jan.? Tangano. 578. Letter in Japanese. "Received in Firando 4 February." [O.C., Vol. VI., No. 749.]
Jan.? [Nangasaki.] 579. Letter in Japanese from Melchas, Edmund Sayer's Jurebasso for Cochin China. "Received 4th February from Nangasaki." [O.C., Vol. VI., No. 750.]
Jan. 580. Letter in Japanese from Crosby Dono, Capt. Addames' host of Osaka. "Received in Firando 1st February." [O.C., Vol. VI., No. 766.]
Jan.? 581. A particular of the several quotas of each Company for the collection of 40,000l. in two years, rated by the Privy Council [towards the expedition against pirates]. The proportion for the East India Company is 8,000l. [Dom. Jac. I., Vol. CV., Nos. 44, 45, Cal., p. 5. In the next paper, No. 46, the proportions set down to the different companies amount to 20,000l., the quota for each company being exactly one half, to which the word "assent" has been added.]
Jan.? 582. An assessment made by the Trinity House upon the tonnage of shipping trading to different parts of the world, for raising 2,000l. per annum against pirates. The ships trading to the East Indies assessed at 4s. per ton will amount to 200l. per annum. [One page. Dom. Jac. I., Vol. CV., No. 47, Cal., p. 5.]