Madox, Richard


The Diary of Richard Madox, Fellow of All Souls. Edited by Donno Elizabeth Story. Hakluyt Society 1976.
xvi + 365pp. 19 ills. and charts including 1 folding. Good in lightly rubbed and sl. chipped d/w. Hakluyt Society, Second Series, Volume 147. Chronicling, in the main, the initial (albeit abortive) attempt to establish a spice trade in the Moluccas, the Diary of Richard Madox, Fellow of All Souls, covers a single calendar year. Since five months of that year were to pass before the flotilla of four ships rounded the Lizard, the Diary also records its authors' winding up of his affairs at Oxford, his stay in London following upon the problems and false starts incident to departure, and the slow passage from Blackwall to Southampton aboard the Edward Bonaventure with the many visits to and from persons interested in the enterprise. The last seven months record the tensions and rivalries that developed in the command, the long sojourn at Sierra Leone, and an account of the subsequent passage to São Vicente, Brazil, where they were to encounter three Spanish ships and, in the words of Madox;s fellow chaplain, have 'one verye hot breakfaste fyghtinge.'
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