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Am come to this Town of Infidel-Indians, to seek

some English, which my Gouernour and CaptainGeneral, Don Alonso de Arangows, de Colis, Cavallier, and Knight of the Order of St. James, for his Majesty, had notice that there was a Ship lost in that

Port in which you are, that the men might not run hazard of their lives, as those with me here have. Don Adeleyers, with the Governor of the Garison of S. Augustine, are gone to ransome and free the Subjects of the King your Master, CHARLES the Second: Wherefore I aduise you, that if these Indians (although Infidels and Barbarians) have not killed any of the Christians, and do require as a gift or courtesie for those four men, four Spades, and four Axes, some Knives, and some Beads, and the four Indians which you have there, you deliver them, and that for their sakes that shall say! on this Coast: you may send a Boat, who when she comes athwart the Port of St. Ellens, may hoist an Ancient twice or thrice, and I will do the same. The shortnesse of the dispatch 1 desire, for I want provision for my Soldiers, and the way is large. Your Servant desires you would give me a speedy Answer; and what may be done in your service, I shall do very williugly: And if you have done that can interpret the Spanish Tongue, you may write in your own, for here are your Countrey-men that can understand it: but if you can, let it be in Spanish.

From the Capt. Alanso Argucles.

From St. Ellens the 22 of Sep

temb. 1663.

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The Copies of our Letters sent to the

ENGLISH and SPANIA RDS at St. Ellens, with the Answer of Mr. William Davis, and the Spaniards also, here inclosed.

VV

Loving Friends and Country-men,

Ee are come up the River with our Ship, and are

resolved to come through by Combibeh, to St.

Ellens, and to get you away by fair means, or otherways. If that will not do, we have five of your company already and the Captain of Edistow, and one more are Prisoners with us, whom we intend to keep till we have rescued all the English Prisoners out of the hands of the Indians. Send us word by this Bearer wbat you know concerning the Spanyards; for the youth Morgan tells us, that the Spanyards are come with Soldiers to fetch you away. Fail not to inform us how things are. Nothing else at present, but remain

Your friend and Servant

WILL. HILTON.

From on Board the Adventure,

Septemb. 21. 1663.

AN

An Answer to the Spanyards Letter

not understood.

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Honoured Sir,

Hereas wee received a Letter from you, the Contents

whereof we understand not, because none of us could

read Spanish : Our businesse is to demand and receive the English Prisoners from the hands of the Indians, and then they shall have their Indians which we have detained on Board, with satisfaction for their pains. We understand not at present that we have any businesse with you. Not else at present, but remain

Your Friend and Servant in what I may,

WILL. HILTON.

From on Board the Adventure,

Septemb. 23. 1663.

To his honoured Friend the Spanish

Captain at St. Ellens.

AN

An Answerto Mr. William Davis

his Lines written to us in the Spanyard's Let

ter, Viz.

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Let your

Mr. William Davis,

"Ee received your Lines in the Spanish Letter, but

hear nothing of your coming to us.

Keepers send you, and that without delay; for you may assure them, That we will be gone, and carry the Indians away with us, except they send the English suddenly on Board, and then they shall have their Indians upon our receipt of the English. Not else at present, but thank the Spanish Captain for the Pork and Venison he sent us. Remain

Your loving Friend

WILL. HILTON.

From on Board the Adventure,

September 24. 1663.

To Mr. William Davis at St. Ellens.

SIR,

SIR,

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Ee have received your second Letter, and give you

no Answer, for the Reason mentioned in our former

Letter to you. Please to inform the Indians, That if they bring not the English Prisoners on Board us without further delay, we are resolved to carry their Indians we have on Board away: But if they will bring the English, they shall have theirs, with satisfaction. Also we thank you for your Venison and Pork. Not else at present, but remain

SIR,

Your Friend and Servant in what I may

WILL. HILTON.

From on Board the Adventure

Septemb. 24. 1663.

To his Honoured Friend, the Spanish

Captain at St. Ellens.

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