America and West Indies: Addenda 1596

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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 1596

April 25.
46. Wm. Stallenge to Sir Robt. Cecil. Is very sorry to write such unpleasant news, yet has thought it his duty to advertise. On Friday last certain ships arrived of Sir Francis Drake's fleet at Falmouth, but himself and Sir John Hawkins, with many other men of worth, he understands are dead. Sends packet of letters for Alderman Walker, wherein his servant, Capt. Goodwin, sends a particular relation of the whole voyage, which he incloses, so that Sir Robt may be informed by Alderman Walter of all things at large. Perceives their company are returned in great distress for want of victuals. Some things they have brought, but as it is reported nothing near to countervail the charges of the Journey, Extract Encloses,
46. i. "Journal of the voyage of Sir Francis Drake and Sir John Hawkins by Capt. Troughton." Set sail from Plymouth on 28 Aug. [1595] "for our pretended voyage." Along the coast of Spain many unkind speeches passed with our generals, "such as Sir John Hawkins never put off till death." Consultation as to taking the Grand Canaries, Sir Francis in favour of the design, Sir John against it, but at the earnest request of some friends was content to assist, yet in his judgment labour lost. Anchored 26 Sept. before the fort that guards the landing place at the Grand Canaries, but after some show of resistance Sir Thos. Baskervile made his retreat without putting foot on land. Came to Dominica 28 Oct., and two days after anchored at Guadaloupe. On 31 Oct. Sir John Hawkins "not able to bear his griefs out longer sickened." On 4 Nov. anchored among the Virgin Islands, and on 12 Nov. at Portorico, where Sir Nicholas Clifford was killed by a shot, and on this day also died Sir John Hawkins, whose death of many was much lamented. Five frigates in the harbor, but only succeeded in burning one of them. Dec. 2 took Rio de la llatche, where was found great store of pearls, plate, jewels, and ryals, silks, rich apparel, and much other luggage, and Sir Francis from another town took great quantity of pearl and luggage. The Spaniards ransomed their houses, negroes, and prisoners for 24,000 pieces, every piece 6s. 6d. They burnt Rio de la Hatche, Bangaria, and Tapia, also Sancta Marta. Great store of gold, silver, and jewels taken at Nombre de Dios. 29 Dec. Sir Thos. Baskerville, Col. Gen., with all his ablest captains and soldiers, took the journey for Panama, "now the mark of our voyage," but impeded by some Spaniards and Negroes made their retreat to the ships. [1596] 5 Jany. all our men being shipped and the town and galliots put to fire, sailed by advice of a Spaniard to the river Nicaragua. On 28 Jany. came in with Puerto Bello, "this morning died our general Sir Francis Drake." Feb. S Sir Thos. Baskerville, "taking upon him general," set sail homewards, but not able to recover higher than Carthagena put over for Jamaica and lost four ships. Descried twenty of the King of Spain's war ships "waiting our home coming." It was Capt. Troughton's fortune to take the Vice-Admiral, "one of the twelve apostles of the King, the manner of our fight and my deserving I leave to the report of even my enemies." Demanded of Sir Thos. Baskerville his promise of victuals, but he refusing told him I must make more haste home than I presumed he would, when in a storm on 14 March I left him. 4 pp. [Dom. Eliz., Vol. 257, Nos. 48, 48 I.]