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1 DONNO, Elizabeth Story Hakluyt Society 2nd Series 147 MADOX, Richard Elizabethan in 1582 : The Diary of Richard Madox, Fellow of All Souls. in dj
Hakluyt Society, London, 1976, ISBN:0904180042 
DONNO, Elizabeth Story. An Elizabethan in 1582 : The Diary of Richard Madox, Fellow of All Souls. London : The Hakluyt Society, 1976. Pp 365. Illustrated. Maps. 8vo, blue cloth. 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 Modox, 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 author's winding up of his affairs at Oxford, his stay in Londonfollowing upon the problems and false starts incident to departure, and th e 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 Leon, and an account of the subsequent passage to São Vincent, Brazil, where they were to encounter three Spanish ships and, in the words of Madox's fellow chaplain, have "one verye hott breakfaste fyghting." As a circumstantial document, the Diary provides diverseinformation, ranging from details of the Oxford and London scenes and the organizational aspects of the trading venture to the customs of the nativesof Sierra Leon, including the earliest record of an African Language, toge ther with drawings of the flora and fauna. As a personal document, it includes mordant comments on many individuals, particularly those participants in the venture who wish to turn to piracy. From mid-September on when Richard Madox became personal non grata to his "captaine-General", they are concealed by cipher and pseudonyms, but they are made intelligible through the clues he supplies - marginalia, cross-referencing, and an index to incriminating passages. Inhibited from keeping the official record of the voyage as members of the Privy Council had appointed him to do, Madox seems to have used this portion of his Diary as a substitute for it. Appendices include both his official record though it is extant only up until 21 July and the complementary diary of his fellow chaplain John Walker. Taken in conjunction with materials already printed, these several texts complete the documenting of the first attempt on the part of the English to establish a spice trade, an attempt that antedated the chartering of the East Indian Company by nearly twenty years." Waterstaining to spine and rear board, name, else vg in watertstained dj. As is. 30.00

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