Señor : el capitan Pedro Fernádez de Quiros : de mostrar V.M. al mundo, quanto dessea, y procura la mas honra y gloria de Dios nuestro señor, en la poblacion que V.M. mãda q yo vaya a hazer, en las tierras q de la parte Austral por orden de V.M. descubri ... [long version]
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The shorter of two versions of this Memorial. 8. Includes 'Cuentas' section (pp. 7-12).
Dated by Kelly as c. Feb.-March 1610.
Text begins with: "Señor. El Capitan Pedro Fernandez de Quiros. De mostrar V[uestra] M[agestad] al mundo, quanto dessea, y procura la mas honra y gloria de Dios nuestro señor, en la poblacion que V[uestra] M[agestad] manda q yo vaya a hazer, en las tierras q de la parte Austral por orden de V[uestra] M[agestad] descubri ..."
Text ends with: "... No permita V. M. que esta causa de primero fin de mi que yo principia a ella. La flota se parte."
Dated by Kelly as c. Feb.-March 1610.
Longer version of Memorial no. 8. Includes 'Cuentas' section (pp. 7-12).
Kelly, Celsus. Calendar of documents : Spanish voyages in the South Pacific ... (1965), p. 268 (item 654).
Dunn, D. M. Quiros memorials: a catalogue of memorials by Pedro Fernandez de Quiros 1607-1615 in the Dixson and Mitchell Libraries, Sydney.Quiros Memorials ... (1961), p.41.
Ninth in the series of fourteen known Quirós' presentation memorials. Quirós wrote about fifty memorials addressed to the King Philip III of Spain describing the wonders of the lands he had discovered and requesting Royal support to organize a new expedition to the Southern hemisphere. The majority of them were manuscripts, but fourteen were printed between 1607 and 1614 at Quirós' expense for presentation at the Council of the Indies. These so-called "presentation memorials" - to be distinguished from later derivative printings which appeared throughout Europe after the leaking of one of the original Memorials - are among the most valuable of all printed Australiana. In this ninth presentation memorial Quirós outlines his "proposed expedition to establish a settlement in the Austral Lands, restating his requirements and giving details as to the disbursement of the 500,000 ducats. Continuing the shorter version Quirós gives a résumé of the preparations for the 1605 expedition and the manner in which the monies of the royal treasury were spent, instancing economies which he introduced in order to reduce the cost of the expedition. He also adds some personal reflections on the events of the voyage and some of the difficulties encountered"--Kelly.
Online images available via the State Library of NSW at: http://acms.sl.nsw.gov.au/album/albumView.aspx?itemID=1004880&acmsid=0 ; Digital order number a6313.
Pedro Fernandes de Queirós, (Spanish: Pedro Fernández de Quirós, (1563-1615)), was a Portuguese navigator best known for his involvement with Spanish voyages of discovery in the Pacific Ocean. In 1595 he sailed as chief pilot with Mandana's expedition to colonize the Solomon Islands. When Mandana died in Santa Cruz, Quirós brought the fleet through great difficulties to the Philippines. In December 1605, he sailed from Callao, Peru, in command of an expedition to discover the Terra Australis Incognita, the great southern continent thought to exist in the South Pacific Ocean. In May 1606, after finding part of the Tuamotu Archipelago, the northern Cook Islands and Tikopia, the expedition reached the islands later called the New Hebrides. Quirós landed on a large island which he mistook to be the southern continent, and named it Australia del Espiritu Santo (later altered to Austrialia del Espiritu Santo). Here the fleet broke up in unexplained circumstances, Quirós returning to Peru in one ship, and the two others, piloted by Luis Vaez de Torres, resuming the intended voyage to Manila via the Moluccas. Torres successfully reached Manila in May 1607, charting the southern coastline of New Guinea sailing through the strait that now bears his name. Quirós returned to Spain in 1607 and spent the next seven years vainly petitioning Philip III to send him on another expedition.
Dixson Library copy: The memorial is comprised of 6 leaves (12 pages) of unbound printed text. The paper is a cream light/medium weight handmade laid. There are watermarks in the centre of the third, fifth and sixth leaves, all watermarks show a heart with a cross inside. Iron gal ink (tested) inscription in bottom half of left margin of fifth page 'fr Gregorio/ de Panploma'. Iron gall inscription in bottom right corner of last page in Spanish. Graphite inscription at centre top of first page 'Quiros/ the Sixth Memorial'. Graphite inscription at centre top of last page 'Q 61/3' and illegible four character long inscription at bottom right corner. On p. 7-12 is a section headed Cuentas, inserted between the third last and second last sentences of the short version. The last two sentences are included in the last paragraph of Cuentas.
Dixson Library copy: The original portfolio it was kept in has been preserved. It is a four flap portfolio covered in brown leather. Both covers have gold tooled border. Front cover has gold tooled 'Pedro Fernandez de Quiros/Memorial El Ray'. 'Q 61/3' gold tooled at base of spine. Fore edges of both inside covers gold tooled with a decorative pattern. Inside covers are lined with a cream paper. Card flaps are covered in orange/brown buckram and lined with cream paper. William Dixson bookplate adheared to inside front cover. Label with printed Blue border and ink inscription '2' at top left corner inside cover. Graphite inscription along top edge of inside cover '[1610A - Long version]'. Graphite inscription at top of right hand flap lining 'Q 61/3/Safe'. A State Library NSW Barcode sticker is adhered to the bottom right corner of right hand flap lining.