Text begins with: "Señor. El Capitan Pedro Fernandez de Quiros. Cincuenta meses ha que estoy en esta Corte, suplicande a V[uestra] M[agestad] se sirua mandar me vaya a poblar las tierras que V[uestra] M[agestad] me mandò descubrir ..." (starting with a decorated initial letter 'E').
Text ends with : " ... Esta es mi justicia, esta pido a V[uestra] M[agestad] cincuenta meses ha".
Dunn, F. M. Quiros memorials: a catalogue of memorials by Pedro Fernandez de Quiros 1607-1615 in the Dixson and Mitchell Libraries, Sydney (1961), p. 45.
Kelly, Celsus. Calendar of documents : Spanish voyages in the South Pacific ... (1965), p. 291 (item 709).
Eleventh 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. According to Kelly in this eleventh presentation memorial Quirós, after having spent 50 months at Court, argues again the benefits of a settlement in the Austral Lands, both in the spiritual and temporal spheres, the necessity of having administrative personnel and pleads for a dispatch to his satisfaction, reminding the King that the fleet for Tierra Firme leaves in December.
Online images available via the State Library of NSW at: http://acms.sl.nsw.gov.au/album/albumView.aspx?itemID=1008809&acmsid=0 ; Digital order number a6315.
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: Consists of 4 leaves (8 pages) of unbound printed text. The paper is a cream light/medium weight handmade laid. There are watermarks in the centre of the third and fourth leaves, both watermarks show a heart with a cross inside. Iron gal ink (tested) inscription along bottom right edge of last page 'el Capitan P Fernandez Quiros +' in same hand as on the 1610 memorial. Iron Gall ink correction on last page crossing out printed text 'mas' on third line from bottom. Blue ink inscription '20' at the bottom right corner of the last page. Graphite inscription '200/5762' at centre of top edge of last page. Text lines have been numbered in graphite on first three pages.
Dixson Library copy: The original decorative four flap folder with brown leather case has been preserved. Both covers have gold tooled borders. 'Printed Memorial of Captain Quiros/King Philipp III (probably Sevilla 6010)' is gold tooled at centre of front cover. Both fore edges are gold tooled with a decorative pattern. 'Q61/6' is gold tooled at base of spine. State Library NSW label adhered to bottom left corner of front cover. Second label adhered on top of library label printed with 'Z/DL Safe/Q61/6/[CY 4631]' Centre of inside front cover has hand painted Dixson crest. Sticker with blue printed border with '1' inscribed in ink is attached to top left corner of inside cover. Graphite inscriptions on inside right cover appear to be written at different times by different hands 'Q61/6/Safe/Zargoza II 390-400/Adicion S./'.