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Chap. II.
of the West-Indies.

the Pope himfelf of whatsoever difficult Points in Divinity may be questioned. This is the Dominicans due with a Pension to maintain a Coach and Servants within the Palace of St. Peter. Which the Jesuites have often by favour and cunning Jesuitical tricks endeavoured to bereave the Dominicans of; but proving labour in vain, they continue still in their unplacable enmity and hatred against them. And thus you see the fountains of their strife; which as herein Europe hath been well seen, so hath this contentious fire overpowered the fire of their Zeal of souls in the East and West Indias; and the Wealth and Riches of those Countries, the Ambition of honour in their Gospel Function hath more powerfully drawn them thither, then (what they pretend) the Conversion of a Barbarous and Idolatrous Nation. This was well published to the view of the whole World by a most infamous Libel which in the year 1626 Fryer Diego de Colliado a Missionary Fryer in Philippines and Japan set out of the unheard of passages and proceedings of the Jesuites in those Eastern parts. At that time the Jefsuites pretended that Mission to themselves only, and Petitioned the King of Spain, that only they might go thither to Preach, having been the first Plantation of Franciscus Xavier, and since continued successively by their Priests. To this purpose they remembred the King of the great charges he was at in sending so many Fryers, and maintaining them there; all which should be saved, might they only have the ingress into that Kingdom. All which charges they offered themselves to bear, and further to bring up the Indians in the true Faith, to instruct them and Civilize them, to teach them all Liberal Sciences, and to perfect them in Musick and all Musical Instruments, and in Fencing, Dancing, Vaulting, Painting, and whatsoever else might make them a Cormpleat and Civil people. But against all this was objected by Diego Collado, that not Zeal only and Charity moved them to this offer, but their Ambition and Covetousness, which would soon be seen in their encroaching upon the silly and simple Indians Wealth; bringing instances of many thousand pounds which they had squeezed from the poor Barbarians