East Indies, China and Japan: May 1621

Pages 427-430

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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May 1621

May 10. Hague. 1006. Sir Dudley Carleton to Sec. Calvert. Visit of two deputies of the States General to him, who, understanding his Majesty's desire to have the businesses of the East Indies and Greenland treated on in England, and deputies to be sent thither by Whitsuntide, said the time was so short it could not be effected, and argued that it might be better ended here than in England ; Carleton's reply, upon which they recalled their letter and wrote to the mayors of the East India Company at Amsterdam to come presently to this town, and now he understands they write to Sir Noel Caron to desire his Majesty to excuse them if they send not to him as soon as he expects. [Extract from Holland Correspondence.]
May 13. Patani. 1007. John Jourdain and William Webb to Edward Longe, at Siam. The Exchange just arrived, Capt. Fitzherbert commander. Five ships gone to Surat, Capt. And Shilling chief commander. Hope some order will come from Jacatra to furnish their factories abroad, or else to leave them ; for what more discontent can there be to our Company's factors than the Netherlanders having sufficient means in all their factories abroad, and we none, and as yet our chief does not seek the means ? Hope within short time all things will be for the best for our honourable employers, although with patience we must endure for a while, the Dutch at present having great store of moneys and goods in their factories everywhere, where they have some of our Company's men (?), which it is hoped they will pay dearly for ; "but let them run on in their pride, and think themselves the better men, but they will much deceive themselves." Remembrances to [John] Dodde. [One page. O.C., Vol. VIII., No. 952.]
May 16. 1008. Instructions for Thos. Johnson, principal merchant at Batchian, with his assistant Giles Cole. To take notice of the several sorts of the Dutch goods, and the quantity they land at any time hereafter, that the Company may know what goods will vent yearly. To consult the orders from Jacatra, and copies of the agreement of trade with the Dutch, concluded by Geo. Muschamp at Amboyna. To omit no opportunity of writing to the president and Council of Defence, "and to me at Mallayo," and to Muschamp at Amboyna. Endorsed, "Wm. Bucknam." [One page. O.C., Vol. VIII., No. 953.]
May 18. Hague. 1009. Sir Dudley Carleton to Morris Abbott. Has deferred answering his letter of 31st March, accompanied with notes drawn out of Boreel's papers of complaint of his ill-dealing, and has now received another letter from Abbott and some of the directors of the Company of the 3rd present, which has come seasonably to his hands at the very instant he is treating by his Majesty's command with the States touching the sending of deputies into England expressly to resolve of all differences. Is armed with many arguments to persuade a speedy sending, but cannot as yet possibly bring them to any settled resolution. The Bewinthebbers complain much of Abbott and Digges' report, as if it had been other than it should be, and say their letters are misinterpreted. They allege further the example of France, where the judgment of a difference touching the East Indies is remitted hither to be determined. Carleton's reply. Shall continue his best endeavours to have a resolution taken according to their minds, but Abbott is too well acquainted with the difficulties and delays of this country to think it may be so soon as Whitsuntide. [Holland Corresp.]
May 18. Hague. 1010. Sir Dudley Carleton to Sec. Calvert. Advertised him on the 10th present, how he governed himself with the States General to press their sending into England, which they were then willing to excuse, and appointed certain deputies to deliberate upon the matter. This they have done, but in conclusion, two of the States deputies have this day come to him again with a message from the States General, little differing from the former, to excuse their resolution of sending, by reason of the shortness of time, and begging Carleton to write to his Majesty in conformity with a letter they had composed to Sir Noel Caron, to the effect that complaint having been made of the reports made by the two English deputies, they must have more time to examine the truth of the matter, with purpose speedily to resolve to his Majesty's best contentment. His long discourse with them ; explained that the substance of the treaty was in question in two points-that of restitution, and touching jurisdiction in Jacatra and other places, "where we must know how we may live together without being exposed to the violence of their pretended sovereignty," and urged reasons to induce them to take the matter into new deliberation before they wrote to Sir Noel Caron. Must not conceal that he finds not only the Dutch Company but most of the States are alienate from sending, and therefore cannot say what they will resolve, but will use his best endeavours to have the deputies sent with ample commissions. [Holland Correspondence.]
May 20. Hague. 1011. Sir Dudley Carleton to Secretary Calvert. The irresolution about sending to his Majesty expressly and speedily touching the business of the East Indies and Greenland, proceeds only of those of Holland, who are now here assembled at the Hague ; and when no arguments would serve which were alleged by this East India Company (whose advocate with some of the directors are here expressly), to hinder the sending, they have wrought a delay out of expectation of some ship coming with letters out of the East Indies which may bring news more agreeable than the former to the English, and against protracting of time there is no striving with these men, but hopes they will take a better resolution before long, and the rather because all the rest of the States and the Prince of Orange are well affected to the sending. [Extract from Holland Correspondence.]
May 28. Patani. 1012. Wm. Webb to Edward Long, at Siam. Arrival of the Peppercorn, bound for Japan and the coast of China, to make some good purchase and seek for satisfaction for the Unicorn's goods. Sends letters to him and [John] Dodde. In favour of honest Mr. Christmas, purser of the Peppercorn. [One page. O.C., Vol. VIII., No. 954.]
May 29. Patani. 1013. John Jourdain to Edw. Long, at Siam. Arrival of the Peppercorn. "Understands by our president he means to dissolve this and settle in some other factory ; it had been well done if it had been dissolved long ago. [One page. O.C., Vol. VIII., No. 955.]
May 29. Patani. 1014. Christopher Bogan to Edward Long, at Siam. Has received divers letters from Robt. Fotherby since his departure for England. Account of the wreck of the Unicorn ; and had we not been within twelve leagues of the coast of China, we had not escaped drowning, every man of us. Was in hopes to have returned with a small estate into England, but God has disappointed him of all. Is appointed by the president merchant upon the Peppercorn, which is to proceed to Japan to sheathe and deliver five chests of money to supply that factory, in regard they shall have great cause for many occasions for the Manilla fleet. [One page. Endorsed, "Rec. 5 Sept. 1621 by the Welcome, in Siam." O.C., Vol. VIII., No. 956.]
May 30. Aboard the ship Ann. 1015. Consultation signed by Martin Pring, Walter Bennett, Geo. Ball, Adam Denton, Thos. Jones, Mishael Greene, and John Holland, because of the differences aboard the Lesser James between John Davis, pilot, and John Wood, master, ever since they left England. Capt. Gabriel Towerson is appointed commander of that ship until her arrival at Jacatra, when the president and council there may dispose it otherwise. [One page. O.C., Vol. VIII., No. 957.]