A Proclamation ...
of goods lately taken on the Seas.
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By the Queene.
to be published in Cornewall, Deuonshire, Dorcetshire and
Hampshire, for restitution of
lately taken on the Seas from the Subiects
of the King of Spayne by way
by order from the Queenes most excellent Maiestie diuers ships of warre
set foorth this last Sommer by the Citie of London, to ioyne in consort
with her Maiesties Fleete and others, vnder the conduct of the Lord
Howard, haue taken sundry prizes of Spanish ships comming from the West
Indies fraight with Merchandises and good commodities of sundry sorts:
The which prizes the Captaines of the sayd London ships, haue not
brought home to the said port of London, as they should and might haue
done, the winde seruing thereunto, but into other remote ports and
of this Realme, with purpose (as should seeme) to take oportunitie of
distant places for the rifling of the said prizes and the enriching of
themselues and contrary to all right and the trust reposed in them, the
sayd Captaines Masters and Maryners of the said London shippes, going
wages, haue taken out and embezelled diuers parcels of the goods and
laden within the said ships and the same haue sold and exchanged to
persons dwelling within the said port Townes and other adiacent places
thereto to the great slander and preiudice of Sea discipline and wrong
to the aduenturers by whom they were employed.
Queenes most excellent Maiestie, not willing to suffer so great a
nor so great a wrong and iniustice to be done towards her selfe and
her Subiects the Aduenturers in the said Fleete, doth straightly charge
and command, that al such persons as haue bought, exchanged, or haue
waies receiued of any maner person, directly or indirectly, out of the
said London Fleete, any forreine Coine, Bollyon of God or siluer,
Pearles, Stones, Muske, Wrought or rawe silke, Cochenelia, Indico, or
other marchandizes, commodities or things whatsoeuer, or that shall
in their possession any of the goods of the aforesaid natures: shall
after the publication of this Proclamation, or within tenne dayes next
following, bring in a true particular note in writing of the same, with
the seuerall prizes what they paid, and the names of whom the same was
bought, or tokens deciphring the person and persons, as neere sa they
remember, and the day, time and place, where and when the same was
exchanged, or receiued, and foorth of what Shippe or Prize the same was
brought (as neere as they can call to remembrance) to Sir Francis Drake
Knight, the Maior of Plymmouth Christopher Harris, or any two of them,
being Commissioners appoynted by her Maiestie for the receiuing of any
such goods in Plymmouth: And for goods taken neere Dartmouth and
to be brought to Sir John Gilbert, and the Maiors of the same Townes:
of any goods about Exceter, to bee brought to the Maior there, and Sir
Robert Dennis: And of goods about Southampton and Portesmouth, to be
to any of the Maiors there, and Sir Thomas West, and Thomas Henslow, or
any two of them. And in case any that hath so bought, exchanged or
of any of thesaid Captaines, Masters or Mariners, or others of the said
Fleete any such treasure, commoditie or thing (as is abouesaid) and doe
not bring in and deliuer a particular note of the same in writing with
the seuerall prices they payd, and the names of whom the same was
with the day, time, and place, where, when, and forth of what Ship or
the same was bought, and deliuer or cause to bee deliuered the same
the time, and according as before is seuerally specified and inioyned
the saide Commissioners aboue named, shall bee held, and taken as
and Abbettors to Pyrats, and to be proceeded against, as in case of
is accustomed to be done by the Lawes of this Realme.
at our Palace of Westminster the nine and twentieth day of December, in
and thirtieth yeere of our Raigne. 1591.
God saue the Queene.
Imprinted at London
by the Deputies of
Printer to the Queenes most