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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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-   Rejoice, Your Reverence,-appeal strongly before the Lord
,,.on behalf of-this idolatrous heathen.   Present  this divine sheaf
--to1His Majesty;   let him be informed about the services of his poor
--wandering priest, out in these wild places for so many years, and
he will know who is pursuing the real enemies of the glory of the
Creator and his enemies.   Who but the sons of Ignatius could aspire
- for so long to banish from this province the Flemish, Dutch and
French scum?   "Per insipientam dicoe"  /"In L6a e;cat  dico",
I speak
--like-a fool", 2 Corinthians 11: 217..        -  -                
   - -
--I am short of paper but not short of what to write. On these
_.occasions I have always found the King of Serra Leoa so much in
--agreement with me that I have marvelled at the zeal of the man who
yesterday so fervently adored these pirates and Lutherans, on account
merely of that idolatrous vice of self-interest, a vice which so
greatly encompasses ignorant men in courts or in the backwoods.
These are the happenings of 1614. It is not the place to discuss the
Dutch captain, Melchior Baltasar, or the others who finished up here
in 1609 and 1610.   (Only) yesterday the king aspired to (show his zeal),
if (a Portuguese), a son without doubt of the Hebrew race, had not
revealed the good king's intention to one of these foreigners who
have seized the Serra, warning him to leave the port with the utmost
haste if he valued his own life. This he did, thanking the Hebrew for
his kind deed in warning him. But Don Filipe (de Leao) showed that
he was (truly) a lion, in the punishment he ordered to be given to the
Jewish lascarim.    For he especially regrets the disaster that befell
the ship 'Loreto' belonging to the Reverend Father Frei Francisco,
and he affirmed to me that he must take revenge on this unbridled
insolence, and was only awaiting the opportunity to do so. Nor does
he forget the threats of Peder Limoni, to whom the greed of an enemy
of the Society of Jesus revealed the trade of this Province. Father
Barreira very much regretted this, as I in turn do even more, for


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