Diary of Richard Cocks, Cape-Merchant in the English Factory by Edward Maunde Thompson

By Edward Maunde Thompson

The guides of the Hakluyt Society (founded in 1846) made on hand edited (and occasionally translated) early money owed of exploration. the 1st sequence, which ran from 1847 to 1899, contains a hundred books containing released or formerly unpublished works by means of authors from Christopher Columbus to Sir Francis Drake, and masking voyages to the hot international, to China and Japan, to Russia and to Africa and India. Volumes sixty six and sixty seven of the sequence, edited by means of E. M Thompson and primary released in 1883, comprise the majority of the diary of Richard Cocks (c.1565-1624), supplemented by means of a variety of letters. Cocks was once the top of a buying and selling submit tested in Japan by means of the British East India corporation from its starting place in 1613 until eventually 1622, whilst it went into bankruptcy. His diary describes jap society and tradition within the early 17th century, in addition to the actions of British retailers there.

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And Capt. Adames, where we translated one of the Kinges Matis. letters into China, dated in Westminster Pallace, the 10th January 1614, and 12th yeare of His Matis. rayne of Great Brittany, France, and Ireland; wherof I took 3 coppies in Chinas. One was sent to China with the said letter, an other to send for England, and the therd to keepe my selfe. I gave Fingo Shiquan, the China, a letter of favour and an English flag in his junck. Co Jnos. kynsman brought me a present of a marchpane made lyke a miter.

So I lent yt hym with 15 ores. News came to towne that the King of Umbras brother is dead (whoe is uncle to King of Firando). So it is thought it will stay his voyag som dayes. I went and vizeted Capt. Speck, whoe was sick, and fownd hym looking on the ruens of a hill or mountayne fallne downe against their howse; the reason being the pulling downe of a ston wall made before to keep it up, which being taken downe to buld it better, all the hill slipt downe and fell upon a banketing howse and other buldinges, spoiling them, etc.

Before nowne the King of Firando went out on his voyage towardes Miaco, or to themperours Court. The Hollanders shot affe 5 peeces ordinance at their howse, as the boates passed by; but one recoyled and strouck up earth and stoanes, and hurt a Hollander very sore which gave fire. There were many barkes went out to accompany hym out of the harbor, and amongst the rest both us D2 36 DIAEY OF RICHARD COCKS. [l6l8. and the Hollanders. I carid hym 2 pottell glasse bottelles of very good strong annis water, stilled by my selfe heare, and the Hollanders carid a stick or peece of ginco callamback (or lignum allois) which I think could not be a li.

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