East Indies, China and Japan: April 1621

Pages 425-427

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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April 1621

April 6. 999. Sir Dudley Carleton to Sec. Calvert. Observes a difference betwixt the order he had from Calvert in his of the 23rd of the last, and that which his Majesty had then consented to, touching the business of the East Indies, to which he has thought best to accommodate himself, without insisting upon an answer to his proposition. Has let some of the chief of the States understand that they need not proceed further until either they, see their ambassadors or hear again from them, but has wished the States provisionally to send his proposition to them, and to procure a resolution in conformity with his Majesty's desire. Hopes so much will be effected by this means, that if the Company doth not give an answer at the first agreeable to his Majesty's desire, yet they will be held together until the return of the States ambassadors, and upon their report more may be effected than upon Carleton's proposition. [Extract from Holland Corresp.]
April 9. Aboard the Hart, eight leagues from Damaun. 1000. Thos. Kerridge to Rich. Fursland [at Jacatra]. Loss of the Agra caphilo. "I was prepared home before this misfortune happened," but purposed to be an actor in the recovery. In regard of the lateness of the season, there is some distrust they shall not recover Mocha, in which case they have only Masulipatam to winter in, whence the Hart and Roebuck are to proceed for England, and the London with a prize pinnace to return for Surat to prosecute the Council's further directions. If they recover the Red Sea, then doth their whole fleet return to Surat, and the homeward-bound ships proceed thence in October on their voyage for England. In favour of Thos. Taylor, master of the Eagle. [One page. O.C., Vol. VIII., No. 950.]
April 12. Whitehall. 1001. Sec. Calvert to Sir Dudley Carleton. Has not much to answer, saving only to the point of the commission which they seek from the Hollanders for accommodating those differences between them and us in the Indies, wherein Carleton observes well some little odds betwixt that which his Majesty directed Carleton to press there by Sec. Calvert's letter, and the respite he afterwards gave them until Whitsuntide. Must needs say this was yielded unto after directions were sent to him, for that they would not yield to any promise for procuring a shorter time. The ambassadors with whom Sec. Calvert was yesterday seemed to make no great doubt at their return to their superiors to procure his Majesty that contentment which he desires. [Extract from Holland Correspondence.]
April 17. Patani. 1002. John Jourdain and Wm. Webb to Edward Longe, at Siam. Goods brought from China junks "in halves with the Netherlanders." A China junk bound for Jacatra, with four hundred men and provisions, forced to come in here by cross winds. The Hollanders have certain news that their ship Angel is cast away off the coast of Cochin China. Edward Barrett. [Two pages. Mutilated by damp. Endorsed, "Received 16 May 1621." O.C., Vol. VIII., No. 951.]
April 18/28. 1003. Sir Dudley Digges to Sir Dudley Carleton. Will one day go on purpose to the Hague to present his thanks, but in good faith the Amsterdam men, by young Boreel, have so ill requited his love and journey to do them good offices that he is resolved to meddle no more with them, though he finds many ways they labour to have us again to return, and they promise fair ; but he knows them too well, and they will find other men will not treat as they (Digges and Abbott) did with them. [Extract from Holland Corresp.]
April 26. Whitehall. 1004. Sec. Calvert to Sir Dudley Carleton. Thinks by this time the States ambassadors have rendered an account to their superiors of their employment here, and of his Majesty's desire to have some commissioners sent over hither before Whitsuntide. The merchants fear that those ambassadors will not fully represent their true grievances, and so the States not give sufficient authority to their deputies for all the points in question. They have, therefore, had recourse to his Majesty for his assistance, who has commanded Carleton to let the States know his Majesty expecteth that their deputies come authorized with a plenary power to treat not only for restitution of losses, but especially in the point of their pretended sovereignty to the town and country of Jacatra, as well as it hath regard to the Indians, who are rather like to undergo any distress to the burning and destroying of their own fruit trees of their country, than to submit themselves unto the government of others, and consequently overthrow all expectation of returns, which is the life of our merchants' trade. His Majesty's subjects in those parts much overburdened and discouraged by living in such terms of disparity under them, having had so fearful an example of late by their punishing of a butler and steward. [Extract from Holland Corresp.]
April ? 1005. Notes [by Sir Robt. Heath]. The necessity of carefully preserving and advancing the honour, safety, and profit of the kingdom. It is argued that the reasons why the country suffers in profit are that native commodities are abased in value, and merchants discouraged, the East India Company especially, by which the whole kingdom will suffer, and a remedy is suggested in the encouragement of the cloth trade of the East India Company, and in enforcing restitution of wrongs from the Hollanders. [Domestic Corresp., Jac, I., Vol. CXX., No. 121, Cal., p. 251.]