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it is stated, were greatly affected : “ But,” says the · World Encompassed,' “ the General was most of all distracted; and therefore withdrew himself, as not able to conceal his tender affection, requiring them, that had heard the whole matter, to give their judgment, as they would another day answer it unto their Prince, and unto Almighty God, judge of all the earth.” *
The fragment thus commences :Thomas Doughty his Oration upon the Pelican when he
came from the fly-boat (the Swan) to the Pellican to remain, the Company being called by the Boatswaine together :
He said he had called them together, having somewhat to say from the General.
Reminded them that there had been great brawls and quarrels among them—many looking on themselves to be masters, some resisting, others commanding.
The General meaning to do us all good, hath sent me as his friend whom he trusteth, to take charge in this place, giving to me a special commandment to signify to you, that all matters bypast are forgiven and forgotten, on this condition, that we hear no more of your evil dealings hereafter; and I am therefore to tell you that you are to obey only one master in all matters, knowing that the General hath his authority from her Highness the Queen's Majesty, and her Council, such as hath not been committed rarely to any subject before this time: to punish, at his discretion, with death or otherwise, offenders ; so he hath committed the same authority to me, in his absence, to execute upon those who are malefactors, wherein I will not disappoint his expectation and credit, what he doth look for at my hands, for the respect of any person ; but whosoever offendeth, by God's body shall feel the smart.
* World Encompassed.
Be honest men, by God's body, and by the faith of an honest gentleman, I love you and mean to do you good, and I hope that a great company conceive of me that I will be rather your friend than your enemy; wherefore I wish, as an honest gentleman, that you will so use yourselves that I may not have cause to laye it upon you, which I have power to do ; and thus hoping you will give me cause to think well of you, I make an end.
These things were spoken and concluded upon the Pelican by T. D.
1. It was supposed that one ship’s company were against another, and that Doughty refused to give the General to understand of it, affirming that he, Doughty, should be thought to be the chief. And when it was said by Francis Fletcher that he would tell the General of it, the said Thos. Doughty desired him, very earnestly, that he would not; for, saith he, I shall be suspected.
2. That T. D. and Thos. Cuttill were often in secret ; he told Cuttill for the good liking he had of him, if he found him the same man afterwards, as he then did, he would provide for him 1001., besides his voyage, when they came to England, and that he would stand between him and the danger, and would keep the said Cuttill in the Temple from the Lord Admiral and all officers. Such his words in the fly-boat.
3. Returning from the Pelican into the fly-boat he said, tho' Mr. Chester (the captain) was his enemy, whom he would never forgive, yet had he friends which had, and would, work for him, and that he had promised to be Master in another and better ship.
4. When Cuttill talking with T. D., Chester forbade him to have any conference or receive any thing at his hands, whereto he answered he would talk with him, neither would he refuse any thing at the hands of so good a friend.
Certain speeches made by Thos. D. aboard of the ffly-bott
in the hearing of one John Saracold and others :
1stly. On coming on board the fly-boat he declared he was sent as a prisoner, and as one suspected of being a traitor to the General, of which he would purge himself in England afore their betters, who did accuse him, if law would serve him, as he knew it would, and to their great shame.
2ndly. He used great talk of what a great aid he was to our General in London in forwarding the out-voyage, both with his money and travel unto some of the best in England, the which had not so safely been brought to pass if he had not with his friends used great diligence.
3rdly. He had certain speeches of the great credit which our General received in Ireland of the Earl of Essex through the said T. D.’s means: the full effect of all this talk I do not altogether remember.
4thly. There was certain talk one day after dinner concerning such as should be in any respect enemies or traitors either to the General or the voyage, unto the which it was my fortune to answer, that our General might do well to deal with them as Magellanes did, which was to hang them up to be a sample to the rest; to the which Mr. Doughty answered, very soft, The General's authority is now such as Magellanes was, for, saith he, I know his authority so well as he himself does; and, for hanging, it is for dogs and not for men. This and such like talk he used on board the flyboat in my hearing.
By me, John SARACOLD.
5thly. Francis Fletcher.—His talk to Captain Chester was, that whereas Mr. Chester's authority seemed to be taken away by the men, that if he would be ruled by him he would give him his authority again, and put the sword in his hands, to rule as he thought good; and that if Mr. Chester would be ruled, he would make the company to be ready one to cut another's throats.
6thly. The said Doughty said he knew certain secrets of our General, which, saith he, I will never utter, although he should use me very hardly; and yet, said he, the uttering of them would touch him much.
Report of Articles abord the ffly-bott uttered by Thomas
Dowtye as followeth : 1. ffirst the sayd Thomas Dowtye beinge in fflye-bott, called the Swan, did affirme that he was the ffirst man that brought our Generall in credit with the Earle of Essex. Wittnes—John Sorocott, Gregory Cary, ffrancis ffletcher.
2. That the sayd T. D. did knowe that the Generall could not cast him off, ffrom being equale with him, ffor that he the sayd Thomas Dowtye was a Gentleman, and had bene his equale both at home and abrode in Iarland, and now at the sea, especially for that the sayd Douttye had bene the speciall help of our sayd Generall to performent. Wittnes—John Saracold, Gregory Cary, ffrancis ffletcher.
3. That our Generall did knowe and was wittness that my Lord High Treasurer of England sent for the sayd T. D. two or three times to be his Secretarye, and he reffused it to com to him. Wittnes—ffrancis ffletcher, Emanuel Wattkyns. Emanuel doth not remember that he sayd the Generall was wittnes.
4. That he and our Generall concluded in Iarland this viage to the valewe of 1,000 marcks one Thomas Dowtye’s part. Witnes—John Chester, John Saracold, Gregory Cary, ffrancis ffletcher.
5. That the sayd Thomas Dowtye did promyse to Henry Spindelay, the gunner uppon the fly-botte, that he wold when he came in England lend him 401., and such promises he made to dyvers others, and affirmed that he wold make one of them cut another's throte. Witnes—John Chester, Gregory Cary, ff. ffletcher, E. Wattkyns.
6. That when our Generall had opened the viage to some of the Privye Counsayle, wherein he sayd T. D. was the ffirst man that brought our Generall acquaynted, the promise was broken betwene them, that is, he wold not suffer the sayd Thos. Dowtye to venture so much. Wittnes— John Chester, Gregory Carey, John Saracold, Emanuell Wattkyns, ffrancis ffletcher.
7. That the sayd T. D. dyd know suche secretts of our Generall as he wold be loth and perhapps ashamed iff he should open them. Wittnes all the sayd persons.
8. That the Generall was ashamed that he had delt so with the sayd Thomas Dowtye. Wittnes all the sayd persons.
9. That the sayd T. D. was not to be charged with the least paringe of a nayle, and that the Captayne knewe it well : but that he desembled to please a sort of cogginge and lyinge knaves which are about him. Wittnes all the sayd persons. 10. That whosoever dyd speke agaynst him heare, he wold
in their mouthes when the sayd Thomas Dowghtye came to England. Wittnes all the sayd persons.
11. That the sayd T. D. had comendations from the Captayne by the Master, Mr. Gregorye.
That the Captayne was glad that he was in helth, and that the sayd T. D. should not be long there: but that our