East Indies: February 1622

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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Feb 1622

Feb. 1.—Mrs. Greenwell renounces her interests and right in Gerard Reade's adventure, to his creditors. Richard Wedmore's submission delivered in a paper so full of the dregs of his former discontent that it was refused; further inquiries to be made about him and Emanuel Butta. Tyon, a jeweller, offers a jewel for 10,000l., or else will send it to India with a man that hath skill to sell it on his own adventure; it is described as a looking-glass of crystal of the Rock, set with divers fair ballast rubies and other stones of great price; the gold valued at 500l. and the workmanship at 1,000l.; Sir Thomas Roe thinks it will be much desired by the Mogul. Refuses the Company's offer to send it and give them one third profit. Richard Langford's offer of service declined.
Feb. 4.—Emanuel Butta appointed to the Blessing, at 20 nobles per month. Complaints from the Indies that money is missing out of every chest sent; order thereon. [Eleven pages. Court Bk. V., 312– 322.]
Feb. 4.
19. Thomas Johnson to William Nicolls at Malaya. Prays that God may always be the guider of his mind and hand, and that he "may never want the good fellowship of Tobit's companion." Errors in the accounts. The Dutch will have money allowed for rice spent in fortifications and house; requests instructious on this point. [Three quarters of a page. O.C., Vol. VIII., No. 1030.]
Feb. 4. 20. Thomas Locke to Carleton. The East India Merchants come to the Lords with new complaints against the Hollanders; hopes to send the particulars in his next. [Extract from Domestic Corresp. Jac. I., Vol. CXXVII., No. 67, Cal. p. 341.]
Feb. 6. 21. Court Minutes of the East India Company. Mrs. Greenwell's assignment of Gerard Reade's adventure to creditors confirmed. Request of the Earl of Montgomery for the freedom of the Company for Mr. White; it is offered for 50l., but declined. Richard Newall discharged, on complaint of the Chief Factors in the Indies, that he did waste and spoil all things under his charge. Wedmore, submitting to the Court, appointed master of the Reformation. [Two pages. Court Bk. V., 323, 324.]
Feb. 7. 22. Thos. Locke to Sir Dudley Carleton. The Lords and States Commissioners were yesterday in a fair way to have broken off; for it having been agreed that restitution should be made in Holland of goods taken in the Indies from English merchants, 130l. was demanded for the freight of that which English merchants offered to bring from thence for under 30l. The States have taken further time to think upon this point, and it is expected they will moderate their demands, else they will hardly come to any conclusion. [Domestic Corresp., Jac. I., Vol. CXXVII., No. 75, Cal. p. 343.]
Feb. 7.
St. Martin's Lane.
23. Sec. Calvert to (Carleton). The treaty here with the States Ambassadors about the differences in the Indies advances but slowly, though we sit often, the dispute all this while having been upon a branch only of the first article, touching the restitution of the goods brought into Holland, for which they would needs remand us into the Indies for satisfaction, but being beaten from that hold, they consented to a reasonable consideration for freight and assurance; but when desired to cause their merchants to specify their demands, they brought a reckoning of 40,000l. merely for freight and assurance, whereas the value of the whole goods sold in Holland by them will not be confessed to have amounted to 60,000l. This proceeding appears strange, and so far from all inclination to accommodate these controversies as we cannot tell what to think of it here, nevertheless we go on still with our meetings, and this afternoon have appointed the merchants of either side to bring their demands, offers, and reasons in writing. The fleet in the Narrow Seas, under the Earl of Oxford, hath given an umbrage to these ambassadors, the rather upon the fear, which they conceive of taking two of their East India ships come unto Plymouth, and they have not stuck to take notice of it to the Lords Commissioners, and to crave an audience of the King about this business as is supposed The Lord's answer was general, pretending neither knowledge nor commission to give any account of the King's private instructions to Lord Oxford, but desired them to believe that his actions would be such as he might justify to all the world, and might well stand with the constant friendship and amity between them, and I think the same answer would well serve your turn;" but the King will deal more roundly and plainly with them. Is sorry to see that their continual barbarous usage of Her Majesty's subjects in the Indies "(whereof we have now 'again fresh advertisements) gives us so just a provocation as may justify almost the worst thing we can do in revenge." [Extract from Holland Corresp.]
Feb. 8. 24. Court Minutes of the East India Company. Request of the carpenters bound for Surat to return home after three years' service held reasonable. Smitheck and Hawley's wages. Information of Titchbourne, the Company's solicitor, that George Ball labours to under bail.; the Lord Keeper thinks it not right to bail him, as does Mr. Justice Hutton, in respect of the matters of State laid to his charge. The Court was unwilling he should be bailed, for the action of the Company against him is for 70,000l. Thomas Jones and Robert Owen to be protected in a suit against them by Lady Dale for so much as concerns the Company. Gerard Reade and his creditors. Burrell to have 100l. for a lease of the "Causey" at Blackwall for 463 years, to avoid the statute of mortmain. Philip Woorgan to receive 30l. in full satisfaction for his 3,000 weight of pepper. [Three pages. Court Bk. V., 325–328.]
Feb. 9. 25. The Privy Council to the King. Report on their several conferences with the States Commissioners. Have laboured with their utmost endeavours to bring the differences between the King's subjects and the Netherlanders about their trade in the Indies to a good accommodation. Specify some of the unreasonable demands which the other side have peremptorily insisted upon, but which the Privy Council cannot in reason or equity agree to. The question of restitution was the first article of the English merchants' complaint. Both sides ordered to set down in writing their reasons for their demands so as to bring it to a final conclusion. Opinion of the Privy Council that the goods in question rightfully belong to the King's subjects, and that whatever they allow the Hollanders, either for freight or assurance, is a clear loss to the English. The States Commissioners desirous to pass to other branches of this first article touching the ships and goods which the English claim to be restored to them in the Indies, but the English Company have a great prejudice to that course of treating. Request the King's directions, and urgently desire if the Dutch Commissioners should attempt to procure any order from the King for yielding any further than the Privy Council have done, or for proceeding with the rest of the articles, leaving this undetermined, that their Lordships' answer may first be heard. [In the handwriting of Thos. Locke, and endorsed by Carleton, "April 1622," to whom Locke probably sent it. East Indies, Vol. II., No. 3.]
Jan.–Feb. ? 26. "The complaints of the Governor and Company of Merchants of London, trading into East India against the East India Company of the Netherlands;" specifying the articles of the treaty of July 1619, which have been broken by the Dutch; by not restoring the pepper, silk, and other goods they had taken and brought into the Netherlands; by imprisoning, imposing fines, inflicting corporal punishment in the market place, and keeping in irons the English; by not suffering the English to buy merchandise and victuals of the Indians at Jacatra, before the Dutch were first served; by denying the English to finish their house at Jacatra, and not suffering them to ship pepper they had brought from the King of Sangora; by imposing at Jacatra new and great taxes and tolls upon English goods, and levying great fines for non-payment; by denying the English importation and sale of victuals and clothing in the Moluccas, Banda, and Amboyna, the most profitable merchandise for those places; by preventing the English from trading in those parts, and sending the Maydeneblick to engross all the spices before the English ships could arrive there; by pressing the English to pay their proportion in money towards maintaining the forts and garrisons in those islands, notwithstanding they have no trade there; by sending forth a fleet without consent of the English Council, or acquainting them whither the ships were going; by excluding the English at Jacatra from free liberty of trade; and by superadding a new fort now building there. The East India Company have particular proof of every circumstance herein set forth. They are also importuned by their factors, mariners and widows, to present their suit for restitution of their losses. [Endorsed No. 1.] Annexed,
The Dutch Committee to the Ambassadors of the States General of the United Provinces. In reply to the preceding complaints of the English East India Company, think it impossible to return a satisfactory answer, having found the complaints so confused, obscure, and ill prepared. Intreat them to mediate with the Privy Council to command the English Company, first, to produce proofs to verify every point of their grievances; secondly, to specify particularly "their confused extension of sums disordered," and finally if they have any more pretensions, to add them to the preceding that no needless trouble may be given by new complaints. Declare themselves ready on their part to do the like, and suggest whether the shortest way to proceed would not be "to pursue the course of the articles" provisionally concluded between the Commissioners of both countries at the last conference held at the Hague in January and February of the past year. From the endorsement it appears that this letter was sent by the Ambassadors to the Privy Council. On the same sheet is the answer of
The Governor and Company of the English East India Company to the Privy Council. Find the Dutch "go about altogether to decline from the real restitution insisted upon," and that they slight the English Company and their reasons. Conceive that their writing was agreeable to their Lordships' directions and in accordance with the treaty. Concerning the propositions, think it very "unuseful to require a proof of a wrong before it be denied, because if it shall be acknowledged, no proof will be necessary;" that there needs no further particularizing of the estimate of their damages than has already been exhibited in their writing; that they cannot estimate their "growing damages" through the interruption of their 10 ships sent lately to Bantam, and having had no advertisements from the Moluccas, Banda and Amboyna; and that the negotiation at the Hague was but upon a branch of restitution, viz., of such goods as were brought into the United Provinces. The Privy Council approved of this answer, and the Ambassadors ordered the Dutch forthwith to deliver up the sum of their complaints in writing. [Endorsed No. 2.]
"The sum of the complaints that the Deputies of the India Company of the United Provinces do exhibit concerning the point wherein they find themselves greatly prejudiced and damaged by those of the East India Company, subjects to the King, by occasion of the non-observance and direct breach of many principal articles of the treaty made between his Majesty and the Ambassadors of the Lords, the States in the city of London, in July 1619, since the publication of the same in the Indies; the said losses and damages amounting to very great sums, without comprehending therein the losses sustained before that time, which they do reserve to the end, to set down likewise the state thereof, and pretend restitution and reparation, in case that the English Company will not stand to the first article of treaty which doth extinguish and take them away by an annesty and oblivion, whereof both parties did in that respect argue." Also, "another declaration of the prizes taken by the English Company from the Dutch during the misunderstanding and confusions before publication of the treaty in the Indies." [Endorsed No. 3.]
"The complaint of the Governor and Company of Merchants of London trading to the East India against the East India Company of the Netherlands." That the Dutch have broken the first article of the treaty in three particulars: in not making restitution of certain goods taken in India and in the same specie brought into Holland and there demanded, "the particular" makes the total amount to 55,514l. 3s. 8d.; in not making restitution of the money and goods taken and yet detained in India and there demanded, the particular makes the total amount to 194,527 ryalls; and in not redelivering nine ships surprised and detained in India and likewise demanded, the particular gives the names and burthens of the ships, and sets down the total value of them at 56,000l. [Endorsed No. 4.]
Arguments in favour of the restitution of the goods of the English East India Company brought into Holland. That they ought to have been restored in specie, and in Holland, where they were found and demanded, Jan. 7th,. 1622. [Endorsed No. 5. A copy of this paper is endorsed 7th Jan. 1621–2.]
"A representation of the reasons produced by those of the Company of the Low Countries to demonstrate that the English Company have no right to pretend that the restitution of goods taken from them in the Indies ought to be made in Europe." [Endorsed No. 6.]
"Answer to those reasons which the Dutch have given up against restitution to be made to the English in Holland of their goods brought thither from the Indies." [Endorsed as above, and No. 7.]
"Reasons drawn from several and experimental grounds whereby the English East India Company do prove their offers made to the Netherlands Company of 20l. per last freight and 10 per cent. assurance to be reasonable." With copy of certificate from the Trinity House, dated 5th Feb. 1621–2, that 32l. per ton is a fair and good freight for a voyage to and from Bantam, and copy of an undertaking signed by Henry Garway, Thos. Style, Wm. Cokayne, and other merchants of the city of London and owners of ships that they will let their ships to freight to Surat or Bantam at 35l. per ton. [Endorsed No. 8.]
"Reasons why we conceive there ought no way to be given to the handling of any other question until this point touching the restoring of our goods come into Holland be fully concluded." The chief reason assigned is that this point being the first branch of the present treaty, and more than three months in handling, it has been fully debated on both sides, and therefore should be settled before passing to another question. [Not endorsed, but probably No. 9.]
Reasons for which the East India merchants conceive that way ought not to be given to the handling of any new point concerning restitution until this point of the goods brought into Holland (so far proceeded) shall receive a full determination and conclusion; first, in contemplation of your Lordships' Commissioners on both sides, to whose wisdom this order seemed most expedient to bring to an end this controversy of restitution; secondly, in respect of our opposites, who, if they prevail to relinquish this point and enter upon another, will be so animated to use the like advantage hereafter that we shall have no hope to bring any point to an issue or conclusion; thirdly, in contemplation of ourselves, who find such untractableness to what in justice and equity we expected they would with all readiness have assented to; fourthly, in respect of convenience; fifthly, in contemplation of the matter itself; and, lastly, because before this first part concerning restitution of goods brought into Holland be cleared and perfected it is impossible to enter upon the next following, viz., restitution of goods taken and detained in the Indies. [A minute at the end says, "These reasons being thus given up by the English Company unto the Lords, all further proceedings in the treaty as yet do cease." Endorsed No. 10. A copy of this paper in the Holland Cor respondence is endorsed 14 Feb. 1621–2. The above papers are endorsed Nos. 1 to 10. Together 46 pages. East Indies, Vol. II., Nos. 4–13.]
Jan. ? 27. Copies of the above papers numbered 5, 6, and 7. [East Indies, Vol. II., Nos. 14–16.]
Feb. 10. 28. Locke to Carleton. The Lords have written a large account to the King of their proceedings with the States Commissioners, which has come to nothing. It is not likely they will stay long now; they have offered no tolerable conditions nor, as it seems, had any intention of doing so. [Extract from Domestic Corresp., Jac. I., Vol. CXXVII., No. 88, Cal. p. 344.]
Feb. 11–13. 29. Court Minutes of the East India Company. Nineteen chests of ryals too much for Surat. Six to go in the Discovery, four in the Reformation, and six in the Blessing. The Dutch having sent Borrell the younger into Holland and another to Plymouth, and employed a gentleman of quality to Newmarket, about their affairs to his Majesty, whether the Company shall do the same; Mr. Sec. Calvert's directions to be taken therein. Accounts between Burrell and the Company to be settled. Instructions to Hall and the masters of the Fleet. The trade had suffered chiefly through the defect and ill example of the commanders. They are to take care that God be duely served, and themselves present at morning and evening prayer. Extraordinary provisions to be kept for the sick, and not wasted in riot and feasting. The stores of munition not to be consumed in jollity, and idle commanders not to displace pursers and stewards responsible for stores, unless they are disorderly, and then discreetly and fairly, and by advice of their council. The men to be kept under due command, and particular notice taken of those who show any unwillingness to do their duty. The ships to go to Gravesend the next day or the day after. Hall to have one butt of wine, extraordinary, some white biscuit and 20 marks in plate. Slade's wages raised from 20 nobles to 7l. per month, as Weydmore's. The Court wished they had a man worthy the sending, as a preacher with Hall; two, named Amy and Rippon, to be inquired about. David Papillion and Roquigny to view Tyon's jewel.
Feb. 13.—Letter read from the Lord Keeper requiring satisfaction, with reference to the detention of the estates of William and Richard Wickham, and Edward Reeve. Richard Wickham went out a silly young man at 20l. per annum, and carried no estate with him that was known or could be imagined, thereupon it followeth in probability that he hath unduly gotten the estate either by private trade with the Company's money, or by purloining, in both which cases there is nothing due to him. Notwithstanding, for my Lord's better satisfaction, the Court is ready to pay the wages due to Wickham and also the stock that can be proved he carried out with him, with some increase. List of debtors presented The Court loth to take any rigorous course. Westrow to talk with the parties on the exchange or otherwise, and known their full resolutions. Demand of Richard Newall, a former master, for payment for instruments bought for his use. [Six pages. Court Bk. V., 328–333.]
Feb. 15. 30. Court Minutes of the East India Company. Request of Thomas Harrison, prisoner in "the hole in the counter, where he hath lyen almost a year," for employment refused. The question of his discharge referred to Offley. Petition of Edward Ravens for three months' pay in advance. He has served 11 years, and was taken by the Hollanders and spoiled of all he had. Because of his long service and losses, the Company were content to wink at such a favour, though repugnant to their orders. Interview with the Lord Keeper about Mrs. Wickham's business. He showed much love and respect to the Company, and in his advice to them said that they were not generally well thought of, and though he utterly misliked private trade, yet he "wished them to connive at small matters," lest "they be unfurnished of worthy men to serve them." Wages of Jeremy Shukar and Richard Langley, second purser's mates. The plate allowed to Capt. Hall, viz., two beer cups, two wine cups, a salt and six spoons of silver. Otwell and Jerrard's security for 2,000l. for goods bought by Hallsey due at Christmas last. The parties to be summoned to payment. Garroway and Leate debtors for Dike for a part of that which was set over by the Muscovy Company to this Company. A discussion on an account for oils bought by Alderman Hamersley, Bell, and Potter, valued at 8,000l. or 9,000l. Request of Jacob Oyles to take out 100l. due to him in indigo. Anyone in similar circumstances may take out their debt in indigo, carpets, or calicoes at the usual price. Mary Jackson, sister of George Cokayne, being a "woman, and therefore not so ready or so understanding in accounts as to be satisfied with their relation" about her brother's estate, to bring a friend to view the accounts next Court. A committee appointed "for the dispeeding" away of the Surat fleet. Bail to be granted to George Ball as the Company's attorney shall approve. Search to be made amongst Capt. Pepwell's papers for answers to some of his letters to Ball. Discussion and settlement of Captain Pepwell's estate. Three requests of Hanson that they would accept a less freight than 12d. per pound, give a better price for pepper, and increase Capt. Pepwell's wages, refused. Hanson to search for Ball's letters amongst Pepwell's papers. [Four pages. Court Bk. V., 333–337.]
Feb. 15. 31. Extract from a [fictitious] Speech of the King in Parliament. As the defender of his people, the King is obliged to arm vessels to vindicate the spoils committed upon them by the Hollanders in the East Indies. [Italian. Extract from Domestic Corresp., Jac. I., Vol. CXXVII., No. 96, Cal. p. 345.]
Feb. 16. 32. Locke to Carleton. Sends copy of the King's letter to the relation of the Privy Council, touching their proceedings with the States Ambassadors [wanting]. Since the merchants have presented their reasons to the Privy Council, to show that the new point of restitution ought not to be handled until the point of the goods brought into Holland receive full determination, the States and the Lords have not met. [Extract from Domestic Corresp., Jac. I., Vol. CXXVII, No. 102, Cal. p. 346.]
Feb. 16/26.
33. Thomas Johnson to William Nicolls at Malaya. Complaints of Rowle. Is in great want of money. Sends Giles Cole, for want of any other trusty messenger. [One page. O.C., Vol. VIII., No. 1033.]
Feb. 17— Dec. 22. 34. Consultations aboard the English Goa fleet, on the voyage from the Isles of Comoro to Surat, after the Dutch had left them, purposely, as they suppose. Michael Greene chosen to succeed Capt. Humfrey Fitzherbert; Bartholomew Goodaille, master of the Diamond, transferred to the Royal Anne; Phillpott, master of the Exchange, to the command of the Diamond; and Richard Swanly, master's mate, to command the Royal Exchange. Oct. 1st. Having seen nothing of the Dutch, it is determined to sail for Dabul. Oct. 14th. After waiting a month on the Indian coast, and missing the Portugal fleet, as the Dutch have not kept their rendezvous and they can gain no tidings of them, it is determined to go to Surat. The Royal Exchange considered unseaworthy, but the Royal Anne fit for another voyage to Mozambique. [Five pages. O.C., Vol. VIII., No. 1032+1.]
Feb. 20–22. 35. Court Minutes of the East India Company. Kenrick offers a cabinet of rare workmanship to the Company, or will adventure it on his own account. As the Great Mogul is understood to be greatly delighted with such rareties, the cabinet and Tyon's jewel may be sent and sold by the Company's factors; Kenrick and Tyon being paid by bills of exchange at 5s. per ryal. Mary Jackson brings a friend with her, who is satisfied with the Company's account with George Cockayne; but she refuses the settlement "out of a vain supposition that more is due to her." Richard Langley not a fit man for purser's mate in the Discovery. George Dutton, charged with forging a will, to be sent up if aboard the fleet. Petition of Edward Tynes, engaged as a factor, for more money refused; the Company "wish him now to stay at home and take his ease." Concerning Richard Jarrard and Otwell's security for Halsey's debt. Accounts of Alderman Hammersley, Holloway, Skinner, and Wiseman. John Williams having in stress of wind, fallen from the yard-arm of the Blessing, breaking his arm, &c., to have 40s. from the poor box, and Woodall, the surgeon, to take care of his cure.
Feb. 22.—The letters for Surat read. Consideration about supplying that factory and Persia. Only such shipping to be sent as might supply them with commodities from hence. Surplus ships from Bantam to go there, for an increase of force to warrant the trade. Cotton yarn to be bought on the Coromandel coast, in Persia, and Surat. One ship to be laden with cotton wools. Walter Mountford to be sent with letters to Sir Dudley Carleton, Ambassador to the States, to show that which have passed in this last treaty with the Dutch. Also to demand from the Directors of the Dutch Company the restitution of nutmegs, maces, and other goods taken by the Dutch at the Islands of Pooloroon and Lantar, and pepper bought at Ligor; with power to receive the goods and give discharge for them. He is to have 10l. on account for his journey. Richard Langley admits that he is going into the Indies to defeat his creditors, but denies all other imputations against him. He is to be employed as purser's mate in the Discovery, his brother-in-law Babington to be bound for him. [Six pages. Court Bk. V., 337– 343.]
Feb. 24. 36. Sir Dudley Digges to Sir Dudley Carleton. On Sunday, after writing his last letter, he and his colleague waited on the Lords by the King's command, where they opened things more largely than they could before the King, and so cleared Carleton, that Lord Arundel only mentioned the King's anger, but said that he saw now that when Carleton wrote things were upon good terms, but that the Dutch by a subsequent Act had discovered their ill intentions. They have presented to the Lords Commissioners a statement of the proceedings between them and the Dutch, and expect ere long their resolution. The great dispute grows by that question of sovereignty or conquest, which the Dutch set afoot in Java Major, and their building the fort at Jacatra, contrary to the treaty, which if they persist in will break the treaty. They promised to have silenced that point, and if they had said nothing of it, we might have in some sort appeased our discontented merchants, but they challenged it, and by it do justify their servants' ill-usage of our men in the Indies, which will, if we permit it, overthrow our trade. Of their endeavour to abuse the Company, by a trick, in the point of restitution, contrary to their answer to the third demand, he says nothing, because it is merchants' business, but by the enclosed he may see all that is set down to the Commissioners, who are all well affected. [Holland Corresp.]
Feb. 25./March 7. 37. Extract of letter from Sir D. Carleton to Sir Hen. Wotton. Here are two ships newly arrived in Zealand, richly laden out of the East Indies, which they believe here "were layed for" by the English fleet, but they came by the coast of France whilst Lord Oxford was at Portsmouth. And if the treaty go well in England, which he cannot but hope it will, it is no ill luck those ships came so well home, which had they been taken, might have made their differences irreconcilable. [Extract from Holland Corresp.]
Feb. 25–27. 38. Court Minutes of the East India Company. Edward Hopton brought up on the charge of carrying 100l. with him for private trade; 25l. and two dozen knives, &c. found on him. As he bore a good character, the Court was content with admonishing him. Edward Charley, surgeon on the Blessing, displaced. Richard Parkes, who has been surgeon on five voyages, to take Charley's place. Kenrick wishes to send his cabinet to Surat, on certain conditions. Oils from Greenland. Tichborne, the solicitor, reports that Ball has moved in the Star Chamber, for the Company's inter rogatories to be put in; and asks for a committee to consider of them. Those that had been formerly named to follow the business. Advance to Capt. Hall, chief commander of the Company's ships for Surat.
Feb. 27.—Parkes, the surgeon, examined in the presence of Dr. Winston and Mr. Fenton and others, found grossly ignorant and incompetent, and discharged. The order for displacing Charley countermanded. In future all surgeons to be examined before engaged. Dr. Winston offers his services, for this purpose, free. Sir Nathaniel Rich requests that he may pay up his arrears in the second joint stock, without interest. The Court, considering the circumstances, "the quality and honesty of the gent, and being also to go in the King's service," grant the request under certain conditions. "One Purchas that wrote of the Religions of all Nations, hath now undertaken a great volume of all their voyages," to be allowed to see the Company's journals of voyages into the East Indies, particularly the journal of Sir Thomas Roe, but is to take nothing but what "is proper to history, and not prejudicial to the Company." His notes to be perused before they are carried out of the house. Kenrick and Loo to be paid for their cabinet at 5s. 6d. per ryal, with deduction for expenses. Nicholas Leate allowed the same for some jewelry. Models of the cabinet and jewels to be kept. Eighty oxen with a rateable proportion of swine to be salted for the Bantam fleet. Petition of John Neale, anchorsmith, to use the Company's forge at Blackwall to make anchors for the King, refused. [Eight pages. Court Bk. V., 343–351.]
Feb. 28.
39. Eustace Man to Sir Thomas Smythe, Governor, and Morris Abbott, Deputy Governor. Arrival of the Unity laden from Acheen and the Sumatra coast. The Dutch are too hard for them now in India, with their exactions and unjust dealings, "but when they are at highest doubtless they will fall," though they spare no pains or charge to make themselves invincible. [Half a page. O.C., Vol. VIII., No. 1035.]
About Feb. ? 40. "Inventory of our known losses to our best estimation." Endorsed, "Invoice of ships and goods hereunder written, besides such shipping as are to be restored, as also the goods returned into Europe, and so much as yet no advertisement of." In the Star, Bear, Dragon, and Expedition, Sampson and Hound, Solomon and Attendance, Swan and Defence, amounting to 211,840 ryals. [One page. Holland Corresp.]