America and West Indies: Addenda 1586

Pages 28-29

Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies: Volume 9, 1675-1676 and Addenda 1574-1674. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1893.

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Addenda 1586

May 26.
41. Nicholas Clevar to Nicholas Turner, merchant. The captain of a ship of Newhaven come from Sir Fras. Drake, says Drake has taken San Domingo, and that he left there on 22nd January with all the riches of the island, having also taken five great galleons; that he found great provision of oil, wines, and rice, also 350 brass pieces, with powder and shot. That he took away with him 1,200 English, French, Flemings, and Provincials out of prison, besides 800 of the country captives. The Lord Admiral has a letter directed to Roger How, "delivering the manner of the taking of San Domingo." That Sir Francis played with the Spaniards three days, making many false alarms as though he would have landed, and so wearied and tired them, then very secretly landed 800 men in most warlike order a league or two off, and in the meantime his ships "gave a whole charge," whereupon the enemy issued out of the town to defend the landing, when the 800 men cutting between the enemy and the town upon their backs, and striking up their drums and displaying ensigns, so amazed them that they were scattered, killed, and spoiled very near 10,000. [Dom. Eliz., Vol. 189, No. 42.]
1586? 42. The twenty several Titles or Heads of the Chapters contained in the book of Sir Walter Raleigh's voyage to the West Indies, "which, because of the rareness of the matter therein contained, and also for that few or none (her Majesty excepted) have seen, I thought it best to offer your Worship my labour therein as one who best observeth the same; and therefore have sent you the titles to know whether you like of the same or no. This bearer and author of the foresaid work, Mr. Hakluyt, doth at this instand present the book written all with my hand to Mr. Secretary, who hath very earnestly oftentimes writt for it, and so hath the Earl of Leicester; but as yet this is the first exseription, and, if your Worship please, you shall have the second when I shall understand so." Supposed to be in the handwriting of Lancaster, the celebrated navigator. 3 pp. [Dom. Eliz., Vol. 195, No. 127.]