Mss Eur D963: East India Company papers, 1757



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Mss Eur D963: East India Company papers, 1757.

Volume of information on trade with India, the Persian Gulf, Arabia and the East Indies, including tables of coins, assays, weights, measures and customs duties with a list of East India Company tonnage.

Fascinating volume, comprehensive merchant guide really. Contains, amongst other things, loads of decimal tables that I don’t really understand: ‘Table of decimals the Integer a Bombay Maund’, same for current Rupees, one with hundred weights, one with Surat Rupee as the Integer, one with Troy Pound as Integer, one with Troy ounce as integer, troy pennyweight as integer, one with Pound Avoirdupois as the integer, one with Pound Sterling as integer, one with Bengall Maund as integer.

Tables comparing Mocha Dollars and Spanish Dollars (60 Mocha Dollars = about 50 Spanish Dollars), tables for converting Spanish Dollars into Bombay Rupees.

Account of the value of gold and silver at Bombay [100 ounces of lots of different kinds of pieces of silver between 230 and 260 Rupees, apart from a couple of exceptions]. Similar tables for Madras and Bengal. Account of what different kinds of coins yield in the Madras mint (p.31).

List of Bombay weights and Measures, list of Madras weights and measures, list of Bengal weights and measures. Account of weights, measures, customs, general commercial info. and coins at Bussorah (pp. 34-35). Same at Juddah, Muscat, Mocha, Gombroon, Batavia, Callicut, Tellicherry, Anjengo, Cochin, Goa, Carwar, Scindy, Surat, Acheen and Patta (pp. 36-53). Same also for China towards the back of the volume.

List of the ‘East India Company’s Tonnage’ [everything that they trade in and an amount]. Useful for freight piece?

Some useful info is provided in these:

28 pounds to the Maund (Bombay)

80 Cash is 1 Fanam, 36 Fanams is 1 Pagoda.

10 India ‘Matts’ or 100 China ‘Touch’ is 24 Carats (Gold Standard).

Random little pages throughout like ‘The Computed Numbers of Innhabitants’ in various cities (London 725,903, Amsterdam 217,313 apparently), and a method for calculating the ‘age’ of the Moon.

An account of customs payable by the Proprietors on Goods brought from the East Indies to London (pp. 58-59) – this is extensive, could transcribe if would be useful?

Some information on customs on various goods:

p. 60:


Account of Customs on Goods at Value Manufactured: [various different commodities, customs payable in London]

Aggats, Cornelian Stones, China Ink, Fans, Fan Sticks, Kittishalls, Mangoes, Painted Glass, Mother Pearl Counters, Paper Prints, Sagoe, Siram Boxes, Soy, Sone Skreens, Shawls White, Tortoiseshell, Tonqueen Baskets, Varnished Tubs, Wrought Gold = the above goods pay for every £100 value £22.13.8.

Mother of Pearl Shells rough, Toothenaque, Tea, Birds Nests = The Above Goods pay for every £100 Value, £14.11.8

Drugs at Value Manufactured: Goa Stones, Oil of Cloves, Oil of Cinnamon, Oyl of Camphire, Oyl of Mace, Oyl of Nutmegs = The Above Goods pay for every £100 value £24.11.-

Drugs at Value Unmanufactured: Cassia Minea, Rag Pearl = the Above Goods pay for every £100 Value £16.18.8½

All white goods made up into Shirts, Shifts, Aprons, Handkershiefs, Neckcloths &ca, and such goods as are stiched with Thread or Silk, Also Striped Baftas, Cotton Stockings, Gold Doreas = Pay for every £100 value - £34.15.5½

China Ware: Pays for every £100 value = £30.17.3¾

Cowries Pay for every 100£ value £17.10

Lacquered Ware pays for every £100 value = £35

Diamonds & all precious Stones are Free

p. 61

Callicoes & Muslins

Measured


Callicoes Measured

Prohibited



Goods at Value

Prohibited


Callicoes:


Baftas

Cafsaes Patna

Chorotars

Emmerties

Gurrahs

Ginhams White



Hummums

Jazarees


Long Cloth

Moorees


Nankeen Cloth

Sallampores

Sannoes

White Cloths


Muslins:
Alliballies

Addaties


Ballasore Hankerchiefs

Betellees

Cofsaes

Doreas


Jamdannies

Mulmuls


Mamoodies

Naimsooks

Seerhaudconnaes

Seerbettees

Seerbands

Tanjeebs


Terrindams
The above goods pay as may be found under the head of Callicoes in the Foregoing General Alphabet of Customs payable on India goods.


Allejars


Brawls

Bejutanauts

Byrampauts

Curridarries

Ditto Sannoes

Chilloes


Chints

Cotton Romals

Cushtaes

Chints Moorees

Chints Sannoes

Coopees


Chilloes

Collowapores

Dysooksoys

Guinea stuffa

Gingham Blue and Red Striped

Lungees


Ditto Shander Shala

Niccanees

Neganapauts

Photaes


Poisees

Romalls Soot

Ditto Pulicat

Sastracundies

Tapseils

Tuta Heemsy


The above goods are 10 Yards to the piece & pay Pr Ps £ - . - . 3d

Abbawars


Aclehabannies

Atlas Cuttanees

Allibannies

Bombay Stuffs

Chanderbannies

Cherconnaes

Chucklaes

Cuttanees

Ditto flowered

Cassimbazar Handkerchiefs

Dimitties painted and stitched

Dichmonsoys

Elatches

Gumelsoot

Ginghams Coloured

Gold Atlas

Habashes

Handkerchiefs Silk

Herba Lungees

Sistmils


Sammars flowered

Shifasoys

Kingcobs

Lemmanees

Nillaes

Palampores



Peniasooes

Romalls Sicktersoy

Shawls Coloured

Seersuckers

Shaul Bafts

Silk Stockings

Tepoys
The Above goods pay for every 100£ value - £ 2.2.8


pp. 62-63: A list of Goods imported by the Honourable East India Company at Different Years

Addaties


Allijars

Atchabannies

Allibannies

Alliballies

Abawars

Baftas


Bandannoes

Brawls


Bed Damasks

Bejutapauts

Bombay Stuffs

Betellees Pulicat

Ditto Gringall

Byrampauts Blue

Chints Caddy

Ditto Doorguzzee

Ditto taffarae

Ditto Penabaguzzee

Ditto Patna

Ditto Bengall

Ditto Morees

Ditto Baftaes

Ditto Sannoes

Callawapores

Chelloes Blue

Ditto Red

Carridarries

Ditto Sannoes

Cherconnaes

Chillaes


Cofsaes

Ditto Flowered

Ditto Patna

Chanderbannies

Chowtars

Coopees


Chucklaes

Cushtaes


Cuttanies

Dysooksoys

Dimitties

Doreas


Ditto Flowered

Doosooties

Dumadars

Emerties


Elatches

Ginghams Bengall

Ditto Madras Blue

Ditto of Sorts

Guinea Stuffs

Goshees


Gorgorons

Gurrahs


Ditto long

Handkerchiefs China

Ditto Balasore

Humhums


Ditto flowered

Ditto quilted

Izzarees

Jammars


Long Cloth

Ditto Bombay

Ditto Blue

Lungees


Lacowries

Lampasees

Moorees

Mulmuls


Ditto flowered

Musters


Nainsooks

Nankeen Cloth

Ditto Silks

Nillaes


Neganapauts

Nicannees Large

Ditto Small

Paduasoys

Peniascocs

Poisees


Photaes

Romalls soot

Romalls New

Ditto Madras

Ditto Silk Lungee

Ditto Sictersoys

Salampores

Sattins


Sannoes

Seerbettees

Seerbands

Seerhaled [?] Connaes

Seer suckers

Sooseys


Sashacundies

Tapseils large

Tanjeebs

Ditto flowered

Taffaties Bengall

Ditto China

Ditto Herba

Terrindams

Ditto flowered

Tepoys


White Cloth
Drugs or lb Goods
Coffee

Cowries


Cotton Yarn

Cardamums

Carmenia Wool

Pepper


Red Wood

Raw Silk Bengall

Raw Silk China

Rice


Salt Petre

Sugar


Sago

Shellack


Stick Lack

Tea Bohea

Ditto Congo

Ditto Hysong

Ditto Bing

Ditto Singlo

Ditto Soutchon

Turmerick

Tutenaque

China ware (chests)

Arrack (Gallons)

Gold (parcells)




In 1742 (21 Ships)
9089

490


1826

4502


635

158


54260

16580


11700

340


4080

1300


360

190


420

100


1060

790


520

1500


26085

1900


400

300


370

5100


600

5316


2142

284


3238

103984


814

5337


211

3930


4048

848


3387

3817


1881

3950


17071

190


6820

79

26748



2213

2317


600
1000

1278


960

167845


26186

286


1200

15373


100

50

150



2081

81630


1680

3000


1200

1342
1690

34839

423


270

797


14654

27

13837



1500

6800


5000

278


2996

1730


16144

146753


428

664


2095
15794

150


6990

6335


3181

322


3498

14898


220

3760


28121

84

6351



6017

170


4170

30

1024



1917

577400


295100

11300


4900
4789400

1004100


103900

3660


31200

5880200


30600

30600


23400

17500


932800

23000


73100

9000


702700

20000


430000
844

670



In 1743 (15 Ships)
6079

510
698

345
40214

7287


22500

260


4100

1400


170

380


5040

2600


2520

2209


1300
9410

3730


513

507


582

1160


1200

5050


2120

299


2957

66839


614

4708


175

3168


2521

459


2951

599


996

2932


10175

1079


14782

3164


1657

400


1375

9800


300

1100


18225

2470


2082
10596

300
530

472

70774
2730



300
40

2420


18774

1186


105

300


12996

43

11269



520

15940


4420

186


1798

754


6728

121388


222

607


2687

165


20680

20

2146



6214
100

1000


7501

667


6082

18817


708

3927


5440
4200

500


1033

500


114000

7400


4600

24790


1846900

488100


77900
16800

4174600


28200

28200


8000

2400


612800

29400


94500
896100

12700


56800
875

1800


33

p.84:

An account of Duties Payable on Goods Exported from China called the Emperors Duty Vizt.

Raw Silk each Pecul 5 Tales, 4 M

Bohea, Congo and all Brown Tea 2M

Hyson, Bing and Green Teas 2

China Ware in Chests per Pecul 3

Ditto in Bundles per Pecul 2

Wrought Silk per Pecul 2T,2M

Quick Silver and Vermillion Pr Pecul 1T,2M

Cinnabar 2T,4M

Toothenaque 3M

Gambodium 1T,5M

Camphire 3M

Lacquered Ware 2M,5C

Sugar Candy 1M

Sweetmeats 3M,6C

Rhubarb 2M

Sago 2M,5C

China Root Gallingall and Allum 1M

Rattans 1M

Screens large 5M

Ditto small 3M

Putchuck 2M

Fans with gold paper per 100 1M

Ditto with white paper 5C

Ivory fans per 100 1Tale

Upon all which the Hoop receives 24 Pr Cent the Swanpan or Secretary 2 P cent the Pintun or Receiver 2 P Cent and the Ta-Taw or Weigher of Goods Eight Candareens P Pecul. The above duties and no more are paid by the Chinese nor was any more paid by the Europeans till they had traded, when the Hoppo about 35 years ago or in 1700 valued the Goods as follows [figures are mostly whole Tael unless otherwise]:

Bohea, Congo and all Brown Teas 8 Tale

Hyson, Bing and all green Teas 7

Quick Silver and Vermillion per Pecul 35

Raw and Wrought Silk per Pecul 100

Toothenaque per PEcul 4 T, 4M

Cinnabar Per Pecul 35

China ware per Chest 4

Ditto in Bundles per Ditto 3

Camphire per Pecul 7

Gambodium pP 10

Sugar Candy pP 2

Sugar pP 1

Rhubarb pP 1

Gallingall pP 7M,5C

Putchuck pP 3 Tale

Mother of Pearl Shells pP 2T,5M

Fans Ivory 3C

Ditto Bamboo 1C

Tortoise Shells pP 50 Tale

Screens Large each 5T, 4M

Ditto small 3 Tale

Sago pP 1T, 5M

Lacquered ware pP 5 Tale

And laid on them an Additional Duty of Six Per Cent Payable by the Europeans and continued till about 12 Years ago when the Foyen who was then the Hoppo Added another Duty of 10 P Cent and kept it for his Own Use, but dying in 2 Years he was succeeded by the Totumstock who paid Both the Additional Duties to the Emperor.

NB – China weights: 10 Chandereen = 1 Mace, 10 Mace = 1 Tale = 16 Tale = 1 Catty, A Pecul is 100 Catty. 1 Pecul – 132 lbs 11 ounces Avoirdupois, or 161 lbs, 5 ozs Troy.

China coins: 10 Cash are 1 Canderin [3 farthings], 10 Canderins = 1 Mace, 10 Mace = 1 Tael. So acocunts are in Tael, Mace and Canderins usually.



Confusing slightly as Tael and Mace both coins and weights.


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