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

By Edward Maunde Thompson

The courses of the Hakluyt Society (founded in 1846) made on hand edited (and occasionally translated) early debts of exploration. the 1st sequence, which ran from 1847 to 1899, contains a hundred books containing released or formerly unpublished works via authors from Christopher Columbus to Sir Francis Drake, and overlaying voyages to the hot international, to China and Japan, to Russia and to Africa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 through E. M Thompson and primary released in 1883, include the majority of the diary of Richard Cocks (c.1565-1624), supplemented through a range of letters. Cocks used to be the pinnacle of a buying and selling publish tested in Japan via the British East India corporation from its starting place in 1613 until eventually 1622, whilst it went into chapter 11. 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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Although two attempts were subsequently made by Adams to renew intercourse, neither succeeded. Trade with Siam was also opened, a junk being at once bought and commissioned for the purpose. Adams showed skill and energy in fitting her for her voyage, and took the command in her first trip, which however failed, owing principally to the mutinous conduct of the crew. This venture was estimated at £1,400. But the country with which the English most coveted commercial relations was China; and through all the diary and correspondence of Cocks negotiations are always in progress.

In conclusion I should mention that one of the chief difficulties with which I have had to contend in Hi PREFACE. editing these volumes has been that of finding explanations of the foreign words and terms in the diary. Cocks adopted words from other languages besides Japanese, and generally wrote them down as they sounded. Hence it was no easy matter for one ignorant of eastern languages to decide whether particular words, thus disguised, are Japanese or of some other tongue; and I fear that I have too often taxed the patience and good nature of my orientalist friends for solutions of these difficulties.

Wickham was to " sell away, although something under cento per cento," and not to be outstripped by his rivals. A junk was also fitted out with a cargo worth £750 to trade to Cochinchina, Tempest Peacock going in her as merchant (18th March, 1614) with Walter Carwarden to assist him. This venture was unfortunate. Peacock was killed in Cochinchina, treacherously as it appeared, and Carwarden was cast away on the return voyage. Although two attempts were subsequently made by Adams to renew intercourse, neither succeeded.

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