East Indies: April 1623

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Calendar of State Papers Colonial, East Indies, China and Japan, Volume 4, 1622-1624. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1878.

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April 1623

April 26. 286. Amer Ben Said, King of Socotra, to King James. He was the first of all Oriental Kings to enter into perpetual peace and friendship with Capts. William Keeling and William Hawkins, and afterwards his Majesty, by two letters under his own hand, vouchsafed to account the King amongst his Majesty's faithful subjects. Since then the captains have kept the peace so firmly and religiously that all his ships have traded safely and securely in all parts of the Indies. Having now an opportunity of writing to his Majesty, he vows and dedicates his whole person, his island of Socotra, and his small ports into his Majesty's hands. Let his Majesty no otherwise esteem his small territory than his own proper England, and reckon himself amongst his most humble subjects. [Latin. Dated, "6 Regeb 1032." Turkey Royal Letters. Eastern Princes.]
April 26. 287. Copy of the preceding. [East Indies, Vol. II., No. 80.]
April 26. 288. English translation of the above. [Turkey Royal Letters. Eastern Princes.]
April 26. 289. Copy of the preceding. [East Indies, Vol. II., No. 81.]