MRP: 19th March 1662/63, Letter from Thomas Papillon to Sir GO, London

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19th March 1662/63, Letter from Thomas Papillon to Sir GO, London

BL, Add. MS. XX,XXX, ff. 20-23

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10/03/10, CSG: Completed transcription
13/12/11, CSG: Created page

Abstract & context

Thomas Papillon (b. XXXX, d. XXXX) wrote to Sir George Oxenden in a letter dated March 19th, 1662/63, from London.

In this letter, XXXX

Suggested links

See March 1665/66, letter from Christopher Boone, XXX Saige, Thomas Papillon, and Jos.Child to Sir GO
See March 1665/66, Letter from Thomas Papillon to Sir GO
See March 1665/66, Letter from Thomas Papillon to Sir GO_Letter2
See 12th April 1667, Letter from Thomas Papillon to Sir GO, London
See 26th August 1667, Letter from Thomas Papillon to Sir GO, London

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(1) Check transcription against original manuscript at BL

Jane Broadnax, wife of Thomas Papillon, XXXX

BOOK PLATE Jane Broadnax Memoirs Thomas Papillon Papillon AFW 1887 IntArch DL CSG 220112.PNG

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(1) 'Jane Broadnax, wife of Thomas Papillon, of London, born 16th March, 1627, died 12th July, 1698', A.F.W. Papillon (ed.), Memoirs of Thomas Papillon (Reading, 1887), p. 384[1]
- Book and book plate are out of copyright
- Sourced from an Internet Archive copy


This transcription has been completed, but requires checking

[BL, Add. MS. XX,XXX, ff. 20-23]


Y:or Right Worp:ll SLr Geo: Oxinin

S:r I hope hese will find you in safety att Surr:tt & could have wished it might have brought you Newes of y:e Determinacion of all y:e Troublesome buisness here to yo:r satisfaction, but Not w:thstanding all endeav:es y:t have bene used wee have not bene Able to put á Period to any one of them, as yett, onely this I think I may say y:t we dayly gett ?Round & shall in y:e end be victors, you will I doubt not receive á full Acco:t of all pticulers from M:rs Dallyson[2] therefore y:t I may not tire you & Impede yo:r more weighty concernm:ts I shall onely give you a short Acco:t how matters Stand


The Actions laid upon you by M:r Pearce & c.,[3] touching y:e pretended bills of Exch:a was by Advice remov:d into y:e Coomonpleas, where M:r Pearce was to have declared in á prefixed time, w:ch he lett slipp & soe those Actions fell, & y:e bale was discharged, we have offerd to referr y:t whole business touching y:e Joyned Stock & those bills of Exch:a but they Refuse it, soo y:e ffault is in themselves ad not in you or us & they cannot doe anything further at law therein for y:e present

Touching y:e loss sustained by y:e not sending y:e 20000: ll[4] & y:e goods fired [?] in y:e Adventure, you will receive y:e bill putt in against y:e Committee together w:th their Answer Etc:, to w:ch I refer, onely Advise you to be carefull to prove positively, That you did on y:e Receipt of theire first l:re provide & bespeake y:e goods perticulerizing y:e Sorts as much as may be & y:t theire Lre of countermand did not come time enough to free you from those goods, that y:re goods lade in y:e said Adventure were before y:e ladeing declared to be, & marked distnctly for y:e said Acco:t of y:e Committee, & y:t you could not have putt them to sale to y:e Indians w:thout great losse & much discreditt, & pray lett theire Proofes be as full as possible every Interrogatory

The Suite w:th y:e Committee of Smirna Merch:t for Wages[5] did come to Judgem:t by default & upon á writt of Enquiry damages were Assessed to: 2550:ll for xxxxx of y:e Judgem:t there was paid 255:ll & then M:r Bretton & c:a[6] brought a writt of Erro:r to Stoppe Execution & Since hath brought a bill in Chancery to w:ch they are to receive an Answer w:thout oath & soe proceed, Wee hope they shall not be Able to gett an Injunction but y:t y:r Judgem:t will in y:e End take place.

As to y:e business of Y:e King Ferdinand, After yo:r departure they hurried y:e business to a hearing by some undue practice & Intended to Surprize us, but y:e Issue was an order of Referrence to : 5: Merch:ts to heare & agree if they could or else to report, Two of w:ch were named by them viz:t John Buckworth[7] & Rich:d Holeworthy[8], two by us to witt Tho: Tyte,[9] & Michael Godfrey[10], & my Lord Chancell named ay:e fifth Alderman Samuell Mico,[11] all w:ch ?referrers have already taken a great deal of paines & troubles in y:e business having mett about: 44: to 45: times[12] & you are much oblidged to y:m for their reddiness to Neglect theire owne Occasions y:e lst meeting was y:e 21:st Aug:st last, Wee have run


through y:e whole business & Answered all y:e pretensions of Ald:m Love[13] Soe y:t y:e last meeting on y:e 17:th March he declared to y:e commissiono:ors y:t he wold say noe more but leave them to make such Reports as they thought good w:ch I doubt not but in short time they will make to o:r satisfaction

It would be too tedious & Amo:t to á volume if I should acquaint you of all y:t hath passed in this long contest, What they have pretend:d & w:t hath beene reply:d, They urged y:t you & Christopher[14] were Joynt ffact:s & soe joyntly responsible for w:ch they produced yo:r lres & y:e ggactory sent home Signed by you, & soe Intitled, they excepted against all y:e goods y:t were not y:e speciall goods enumerated in their lres to you, utterly disclaiming y:e Busora Voyadge alleged Christoph:r had not Commission therein, Nor y:t he had any Commission to Sell y:e China Damaske, Linnen, & Muske being goods proper for England & therefore ought to make them good at y:e Price they would have yeld:d in England w:ch they pretended at great rates 4:ll 10s:p.p. damaske, 4s:2:d p yard y:e Linnns, & 32s:pound y:e Muske; Disowned y:e bookes pretending they were made upp at Sea, denyed y:t any goods were pvid:d in Agra, or y:t Rob:t Masters[15] bought Salt Peeter to such á quantity & price at Rajap:e[16] In fine they have contested & disputed everything And at last of all they urged, y:t if y:e Shipp K:e fferdinando had come home on a Winters voyadge & brought y:e Carg:o or Such part of itt as they had effects to pay for, her goods would then have yeelded in Sale as y:e Two Sisters[17] goods did, Too evidence w:ch they have pduced Three Severall calculls before y:e Referrers all w:ch I have beene constrained to examine Article by Article, & I thinke have satisfied y:e Referrers of y:e Unjustness & Invallidity of those pretences; I dare not tell you how great my Trouble, & Paines hath beene in these Affaires for you cannot believe it, I shall leave y:t to M:rs Dallyson, & onely Assure you y:t God sending me life & healthe I shall not decline it till there be an Issue, w:ch I would hope would not be long but though they may delay, I am confident in y:e end you will have content, I have delivered to M:rs Dallison to be Sent you y:e


Like Commodity both in quantity and Quallity as I delivered to yo:rselfe at Pting, Lrs [??] produce, I wholy leave to yo:r madadgem:t as y:e former to employ in Trade in India & to make returnes home When & how you shall find to my most Advantadge, allwayes observing y:t its my desire to keepe w:thin y:e limitts of y:e Comp:as directions; Mrs Noke I suppose will write unto you, her selfe; soe shall not Trouble you w:th her concernements, Onely to desire you would in y:e business of M:r Weales Debt & y:e Assignement of y:e 900:ll give her all furtherance & Assistance possible.

My wife,[18] & little daughter wish you all health & happiness, & present you theire Resoects, & I Assure you y:t I am,

Yo:r Reall ffreind and humble Serv:t
Tho: Papillon

London this 19 March 1662/3


  1. A.F.W. Papillon (ed.), Memoirs of Thomas Papillon (Reading, 1887)
  2. Elizabeth Dallison, Sir George Oxenden's sister and London agent
  3. Edward Pearce, London merchant, a subscriber to the SVJS
  4. The committees of the SVJS initially instructed their factors George Oxenden and William Noke that they were expanding the capital base of the SVJS, and that the factors should in anticipation purchase an additional £20,000 of trade goods to be loaded in Surat for London. Subsequently, the committees reversed their decision and instructed their factors to stop additional purchases and to reverse any borrowings in Surat. George Oxenden later brought a legal action for damages against the committees, alleging that he had purchased £20,000 of goods on his own personal credit with Surat merchants, and that he had been forced to dispose of the purchased goods at knock down prices when the promised funds did not arrive. See XXXX
  5. The committees of the Smirna Merchant refused to pay the wages due to George Oxenden and the deceased William Noke, and Oxenden and Jane Noke, William Noke's executrix, brought suit in Chancery against the committees. See XXXX
  6. Thomas Bretton, London merchant, and subscriber to the SVJS
  7. John Buckworth, London merchant
  8. Richard Holworthy, London merchant, brother of Mathew Holworthy, London merchant. CHECK THAT THE MANUSCRIPT STATES RICHARD NOT MATHEW
  9. Thomas Tyte, London merchant
  10. Michael Godfrey, London merchant and cousin of Sir George Oxenden
  11. Samuel Mico, London merchant and alderman
  12. Elizabeth Dallison, in a separate letter, also mentions a large number of meetings with the referees in an attempt to resolve matters. See XXXX
  13. William Love, London merchant and alderman
  14. Christopher Oxenden, merchant and younger brother of Sir George Oxenden. Christopher had been appointed sole supercargo on the King Fernandez, by the committees of the King Fernandez venture, which was separately capitalised from the Smirna Venture, so Love et al. were stretching matters to claim that Christopher and George Oxenden were joint factors. In fact, George Oxenden had been employed by the Smirna Venture committees, who were similar, but not identical, in name and number to the King Fernandez committees
  15. Robert Masters and Streynsham Masters originally went out to the East Indies with George Oxenden in the 1650s, as private individuals, rather than as employees of the EEIC. Thus, Robert Masters bought saltpetre for the committees in a private capacity
  16. Rajapur. Rajapur was regularly used in the 1650s by English merchants as a source of saltpetre
  17. The Two Sisters was one of the two ships chartered to the SVJS, the other being the Smirna Merchant
  18. Thomas Papillon was married to Jane Broadnax (b. 1627, d. 1698). A number of letters written to Thomas by Jane Papillon have suvived, and have been publshed. (A.F.W. Papillon (ed.), Memoirs of Thomas Papillon (Reading, 1887). Includes Appendix with 'Selection from Letters of Jane Papillon, 1667-8'