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Chap. IV.
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of the West-Indies.

and of Divinity in Manila; then opened he his Purse, and freely gave us to spend that day in Xerez, and to buy what most we had a mind to, and to carry us to Cales; Lastly he

opened his hands to bestow upon us the holy Fathers Benediction, that no mischief might befal us in our way; I expected some Relick or nail of his great Toe, or one of his Velvet Pantofles to kiss; but peradventure with frequent kissing through Italy and all Castilia it was even worn thredbare. Much were we frowned at by the Dominicans our chiefest friends of Xerez, but the liberty which with Melendez, we enjoied that day about the City of Xerez, took from us all sad thoughts, which so suddain a departure from our friends might have caused in us. And Calvo much fearing that the love of some Nuns (too powerful with Spanish Friers) might yet keep us back from pursuing our purposed Journey, with cunning Policy perswaded us to depart from Xerez, the next morning. Which willingly we performed in company of Melendez, and another Spanish Frier of that City (leaving our Chests and Books to Calvo to send after us) and that day we Travailed like Spanish Dons upon our little Boricoes, or Asses towards Puerto de Santa Maria, taking in our way that stately Convent of Carthusians and the River of Guadalethes the former Poets River of oblivion, tasting of the Fruits of those Elysian Fields and Gardens and drinking of Guadalethes Crystal streams; that so perpetual oblivion might blind and cover all those Abstractive Species which the intuitive knowledge of Spains and Xerezes pleasant objects had deeply stamped in our thoughts and hearts. At evening we came to that Puerto so famous for harbouring Spains chief Gallies, and at that time Don Frederique de Toledo, who hearing of the arrival of four Indian Apostles, would not lose that occasion of some Soul sanctification (which he thought might be his purchase) by entertaining us that night at Supper. The Town thought their streets blessed with our walking in them, and wished they might enjoy some Relicks from us, whom they beheld as appointed to Martyrdom, for Christ and Antichrist sake together; the Gally-slaves strived who should sound their Waits and Trumpets most joifully, Don Frederique spared

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