America and West Indies: 1596

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Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies: Volume 1, 1574-1660. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1860.

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1596 8. Report of Ric. Clarke and others concerning a piracy committed by three French ships at St. John's, Newfoundland. The capt. of the Admiral was named Michael de Sancé the master of the Vice-Admiral, Martin de Sancé. Having been used with kind entertainment and invited to breakfast [25 Sept.], in requital he invited the Frenchmen on board his ship to dinner the next day; the capt. of the Admiral framed an excuse, sent the same afternoon for Clarke to visit him in his sickness, and, upon a sudden, the Frenchmen crying "Rend vouz, Rend vouz," Clarke and his men were taken and kept prisoners nine days. After pillaging their ship, it was delivered up to them altogether unfurnished. On the margin of this report as "Witnesses" appear Ri. Clarke, Master Mat. Ryves, and Phil. Fabyan, mates; Laun. Clarke, surgeon, and seventeen other names, "and many others."