On This Day: 30 March 1670

On this day in 1670, Streynsham Masters and Charles James at Surat wrote to their superiors at the East India Company in London. The report travelled overland and was received on 10 December 1670.

The report contained good news about progress on the fortifications to Bombay despite the death of Captain Samuel Smith five months early. Bowrey’s relation Smith had arrived in Surat from London in command of the Little Charles bringing with him a copy plate of the view of London following the Great Fire. Under his supervision, the work on the fortifications had gone very well and his death from a flux was a blow.

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