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Alvares, Manuel, 1526-1583, et al. / Ethiopia Minor and a geographical account of the Province of Sierra Leone : (c. 1615)

Annual report for 1613: for the provincial of the Society of Jesus,   pp. [unnumbered]-19

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To reward this Christian community for the music of the holy catechiam[
with which I was one night received in the village, I spoke about these favour
of the Lord. The king of Poland took pride in writing to his supporters to
effect that his best army for securing any kind of peace in his Kingdom was
Society of Jesus, w1ich he had introduced there. "See, my most loving
in the society of the glorious Evangelist what is there to fear?  And what
there that cannot be hoped for in the way of favours? He drank them at their
spring, and because it is a spring of grace, will he not share these favours.
with much grace among his own people, always giving the most to the most
what must I say of the love which this idolater shows towards us?
What has he not offered me daily from his kingdom, seeking to persuade me
to make my residence in it, by offering me a larger house so that it may
gladdened throughout?(O) The tyrant already promises so much in relation
himself that he is almost persuading us that he will very soon be converted
to the Lord, and thus a great (new) area of trade for spiritual goods will
be opened up, for which this great empire will be the port of call.
(c) During the visit of the Portuguese in 1614, he gave them his
young son to hand over to me, and he said to them that he valued
the House of the glorious Evangelist which he owned in a little corner
of his kingdom more than his whole empire, etc.


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