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of the South Sea was utterly unknown; and might have islands or continents, that hitherto were not come to light. Wherefore we bent our course thither, where we saw the appearance of land all that night; and in the dawning of the next day, we might plainly discern that it was a land, flat to our sight and full of boscage, which made it shew the more dark. And after an hour and a half's sailing, we entered into a good haven, being the port of a fair city; not great indeed, but well built, and that gave a pleasant view from the sea. And we thinking every minute long till we were on land, came close to the shore, and offered to land. But straightways we saw divers of the people with bastons in their hands, as it were, forbidding us to land ; yet without any cries or fierceness, but only as warning us off by signs that they made. Whereupon being not a little discomforted, we were advising with ourselves what we should do. During which time there made forth to us a small boat, with about eight persons in it; whereof one of them had in his hand a tipstaff of a yellow cane, tipped at both ends with blue, who came aboard our ship, without any show of distrust at all. And when he saw one of our number present himself somewhat afore the rest, he drew forth a little scroll of parchment, somewhat yellower than our parchment, and shining like the leaves of writing tables, but otherwise soft and flexible, and delivered it to our foremost man. In which scroll were written in ancient Hebrew, and in ancient Greek, and in good Latin of the school, and in Spanish, these

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words ; “ Land ye not, none of you, and provide to “ be gone from this coast within sixteen days, except

you have further time given you: mean while, if

you want fresh water, or victual, or help for your “ sick, or that your ship needeth repair, write down “ your wants, and you shall have that which be

longeth to mercy." This scroll was signed with a stamp of cherubims wings, not spread but hanging downwards, and by them a cross. This being delivered, the officer returned, and left only a servant with us to receive our answer. Consulting hereupon amongst ourselves, we were much perplexed. The denial of landing and hasty warning us away troubled us much ; on the other side, to find that the people had languages and were so full of humanity, did comfort us not a little. And above all, the sign of the cross to that instrument was to us a great rejoicing, and as it were a certain presage of good. Our answer was in the Spanish tongue ; “ That for our ship, it was well; for we had rather “ met with calms and contrary winds than any tem

pests. For our sick, they were many, and in very “ill case; so that if they were not permitted to land,

they ran danger of their lives.” Our other wants we set down in particular ; adding, “ that we “had some little store of merchandise, which if it

pleased them to deal for, it might supply our “ wants without being chargeable unto them.” We offered some reward in pistolets unto the servant, and a piece of crimson velvet to be presented to the officer ; but the servant took them not nor would


scarce look upon them; and so left us, and went back in another little boat which was sent for him.

About three hours after we had dispatched our answer, there came towards us a person, as it seemed, of place. He had on him a gown with wide sleeves, of a kind of water-chamblet, of an excellent azure colour, far more glossy than ours; his under apparel was green, and so was his hat, being in the form of a turban, daintily made, and not so huge as the Turkish turbans; and the locks of his hair came down below the brims of it. A reverend man was he to behold. He came in a boat, gilt in some part of it, with four persons more only in that boat; and was followed by another boat, wherein were some twenty. When he was come within a flight shot of our ship, signs were made to us, that we should send forth some to meet him upon the water, which we presently did in our ship-boat, sending the principal man amongst us save one, and four of our number with him. When we were come within six yards of their boat, they called to us to stay, and not to approach farther; which we did. And thereupon the man, whom I before described, stood up, and with a loud voice in Spanish, asked, “ Are ye Chriso tians ?" We answered, “ we were ;" fearing the less, because of the cross we had seen in the subscription. At which answer the said person lifted op his right hand towards heaven, and drew it softly to his mouth, which is the gesture they use when they thank God, and then said : “ If ye will swear, “ all of you, by the merits of the saviour, that

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" no pirates ; nor have shed blood lawfully nor un“ lawfully within forty days past, you may have “ licence to come on land.” We said, “ we were all

ready to take that oath.” Whereupon one of those that were with him, being, as it seemed, a notary, made an entry of this act. Which done, another of the attendants of the great person, which was with him in the same boat, after his lord had spoken a little to him, said aloud ; My lord would “ have you know, that it is not of pride or greatness, " that he cometh not aboard your ship; but for that “ in your answer you declare, that you have many "sick amongst you, he was warned by the conserva“ tor of health of the city, that he should keep a diso tance." We bowed ourselves towards him and answered, “ we were his humble servants; and ac“ counted for great honour, and singular humanity “ towards us, that which was already done: but

hoped well, that the nature of the sickness of our

men was not infectious.” So he returned; and a while after came the notary to us aboard our ship, holding in his hand a fruit of that country, like an orange, but of colour between orange-tawney and scarlet, which cast a most excellent odour. He used it, as it seemeth, for a preservative against infection. He gave us our oath'; “ By the name of Jesus and “ his merits :" and after told us, that the next day by six of the clock in the morning we should be sent to, and brought to the Strangers' house, so he called it, where we should be accommodated of things, both for our whole and for our sick. So he left

us; and when we offered him some pistolets, he smiling, said, “ he must not be twice paid for one “ labour :" meaning, as I take it, that he had salary sufficient of the state for his service. For, as I after learned, they call an officer that taketh rewards, Twice-paid.

The next morning early, there came to us the same officer that came to us at first with his cane, and told


“ he came to conduct us to the Strangers' “ house : and that he had prevented the hour, be“ cause we might have the whole day before us for “our business. For,” said he, “ if you will follow

my advice, there shall first go with me some few “ of you, and see the place, and how it may be made “convenient for you; and then you may send for your sick, and the rest of your number, which

ye “ will bring on land.” We thanked him, and said, that this care, which he took of desolate strangers God would reward, And so six of us went on land with him : and when we were on land, he went before us, and turned to us, and said, “ he was but our

servant, and our guide.” He led us through three fair streets ; and all the way we went there were gathered some people on both sides, standing in a row; but in so civil a fashion, as if it had been, not to wonder at us but to welcome us; and divers of them, as we passed by them, put their arms a little abroad; which is their gesture when they bid any welcome. The Strangers' house is a fair and spacious house, built of brick, of somewhat a bluer colour than our brick; and with handsome windows, some

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