According to a magazinist, the first mention of tea by an
Englishman is to be found in a letter from Mr. Wickham, an
agent of the East India Company, written from Japan, on the
27th of June, 1615, to Mr. Eaton, another officer of the
company, a resident of Macao, asking him to send a pot of the
best chaw. In Mr. Eaton's accounts of expenditure occurs this
Three silver porringiys to drink chaw in.