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Chap. V.
of the West-Indies.

top gallants representing some the Jesuites Arms others the Picture of Ignatius himself, and this from the evening before, shooting off that night at least fifty shot of Ordnance, besides four or five hundred Squibs (the weather being very calme) and all her Masts and Tacklings hung with Paper Lanthorns having burning lights within them; the Waits ceased not from sounding, nor the Spaniards from singing all night. The days solemn sport was likewise great the Jesuites increasing the Spaniards joy with an open Procession in the ship; singing their superstitious Hymns and Anthems to their supposed Saint; and all this secqnded wita roaring ordnance, no Powdeir being spared for the compleating that days joy and triumph. The fourth of August following, being the day which Rome doyh dedicate to Dominick the first founder of the Dominicans or Preachers Order, the Ship therein I was, named St. Anthony, strived to, exceed S. Gerrudis by the assistance of the twenty seven Dominicans that were in her. All was performed both by night and day, as formerly in S. Gerrudis both with Powder, Squibs, Lights, Waits and Musick. And further did the Dominicans joy and triumph exceed the Jesuites, in that they invited all the Jesuites, with Don John Nino di Toledo the President of Manila with the Captain of the Ship S. Gerrudis to a stately Dinner both of Fish and Flesh; which Dinneer being ended, for the afternoons sport they Had prepared a Comedy out of famous Lope de Vega, to be Acted by some Souldiers,, Passengers and some of the younger sort of Friers; which I confess was as stately Acted and set forth both in shows and good Apparel, in that narrow compass of our Ship, as might have been upon the best Stage in the Court of Madrid. The Comedy being ended, and a Banquet of sweet meats prepared for closing up of that days mirth, both ours, and S. Gerrudis Cock-boat carried back our invited friends, bidding each other adieu with our Waits and chiefest Ordnance. Thus went we on our Sea Voyage without any storm, with pleasant gales, many calms, dayly sports and pastimes, till we discovered the first Land called Disseada upon the twentieth day of August.{{right|CHAP>