A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 08 eBook

Robert Kerr (writer)
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The 1st of August we fell in with the island of Ceylon at Punta de Galle.  The 6th we came before Negapatam, being twenty-eight Dutch miles or leagues wrong in our reckoning, the maps, in regard to that place, being very false, which might occasion great danger in the night, the like happening to the Hollanders.  Neither found we the island so broad as it is there laid down.  Mr Mullineux lays down Punta de Galle in 4 deg., whereas it is 6 deg..[376] Towards evening we passed before the road, and could see the houses very plainly.  The 7th, we passed Langapatam, where the Hollanders have a factory of which they are very weary, having very little trade.  The 8th, we came before San Thome, and on the 9th, before Pullicatt, passing over the shallows above a musket-shot, where we had only three fathoms water.  At this place two boats came aboard of us, one from the sabandar, and another from the Hollanders.  The 10th, the sabandar’s men brought us a caul, or safe conduct, allowing us to come safely ashore; on which Mr Brown and I went ashore, but, by the roughness of the sea, our boat upset, yet, God be thanked, none of our men were drowned.  The sabandar met us, compassionating our mischance, and appointed us a house, promising to procure us a letter from the king to the governess Konda Maa.

[Footnote 376:  The truth lies between, as Point de Galle is in 5 deg. 51’ N. latitude.—­E.]

On the 11th, Jan Van Wersicke, the Dutch president on the coast of Coromandel, shewed us a caul from Wencapati Rajah, the king of Narsinga, by which it was made unlawful for any one from Europe to trade there, unless with a patent or licence from Prince Maurice, and wherefore he desired us to depart.  We made answer, that we had a commission from the King of England authorizing us to trade here, and were therefore determined to do so if we could.  Upon this there arose high words between us, but which the sabandar soon ended, by informing us that the governess would be here in three days, by whose determination we must be regulated.  She came on the 17th, and Captain Hippon coming then ashore, we made ready to wait upon her, but were delayed, and informed that she would send for us next day.  We strongly suspected the Hollanders of underhand dealings; and as no one came for us the next day, we sent to the sabandar, who made answer, that as the king had granted an exclusive privilege to the Hollanders, it was necessary for us to apply to his majesty for liberty to trade; but as this would have required a delay of two months, which must lose us the monsoon for Patane, and as the Hollanders had prepared to send a present of two elephants to the king, we resolved to proceed to Patapilly and Masulipatam, towards which places we set sail.

Arriving on the 20th at Patapilly, the governor sent us a caul, or licence to land, which we did accordingly, and agreed with him for three per cent[377] custom, and sent goods on shore, it being determined that Mr Lucas and Mr Brown should remain there, while I went on with the ship to Masulipatam, the roadstead of which place was better.  We got there on the 31st, when Zaldechar Khan sent us a licence.  We agreed to send a present to Mir Sumela, a great officer under the king at Condapoli, and farmer of his revenues, that we might be secured against the chicanery of the inferior officers.

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