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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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I was very delighted, and when the day of Nuno's baptism was
settled, I sent messages to the Portuguese gentlemen so that they could
attend. And the king (sent messages) to his people, so that none of
the Christians should be absent from church, nor any of the heathen
away from the village, in order that they too might solemnize, with
instruments of music, the baptism of his son, and the name to be given
to him, a name completely worthy. The king said, "Because of his
excellence I have sought this name; not to render eternal Senhor
Nuno Alvares Pereira, whose heroic deeds constitute and have constituted
the most perfect brush with which Fame on its own account has produced
the portrait of a person so illustrious and well-nigh immortal; but
to please Senhor Pedr' Alvares Pereira and the Reverend Father Frei
Francisco." There were absent from the baptism two brothers of our
king, who were also (missing) in the profession of the same faith.
The king was angry with them, and called them a disgrace to himself
and the padre.    On the day of the festival the people gathered
together and I ordered the temple to be decorated. However the
activities of nearly ninety souls made it so beautiful that the captain
and other guests were amazed. On the day of the /f.129v/ Holy Spirit
I said mass, which I dedicated to this task, since it all pertained to
the Divine Person. I dealt with the mystery of the holy day. D.Filipe
was left rejoicing, for he believed that he could already see his
hopes fulfilled.
When the holy sacrifice was completed, the baptism was performed
to the great satisfaction of everyone. At the sight of such favours,
there was especial satisfaction on the part of the king and the
godfather and Luis Mendes esteemed them highly.    To him I said,
quoting the speech from the chapter of Genesis when Jacob received
his blessing, "Affer mihim aliquid de venatione tua...."     /"Adfer
cibos de venatione tua",   "Bring it near to me and I will eat
of my
son's venison", Genesis 27 : 257    Grace has now made a prize of the


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