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sayd Generall would have him agayne into his Companye at the next harborough, where sayth the said T. D. tho’ Mr. Gregory with all my enemyes ffeare least I should come to as great authorytie as I was in, and then I will plage them, which I will do, lett them loke ffor it. Witnes all the sayd persons.
12. That the sayd T. D. brought our Generall to the Quene's pay. Wittnes—ffrancis filetcher.
13. That our sayd Generall fled into Iarland, ffor that he durst not abyde in England, and that he did know it very well for his dealinges in Iarland. Wittnes—ffrancis ffletcher.
14. That our Generall sent for the sayd T. D. to com to him to Mr. Hawkyns his house to charge him with his promyse mad in Iarland of 1,000 marcks which he promised. Wittnes — ffrancis ffletcher.
Appended to these Articles, on a separate leaf, are twenty-nine names, different from those who have witnessed them, but no notice taken of what they are. Were they the jury, which Thomas Drake mentions as being forty, who adjudged him to be deserving of death ? Theis words ffollowinge Thomas Doughtye spake to me in
Plymothe in a Captayne's garden : as also aboard the Pellican, and other places :
ffirst. Thomas Doughtye persuaded me of James Sydye what a necessarye man he was for the Viage which the sayd Thomas Doughtye and our Captayne had in hand, and that they could not mysse James Sydye,--Swearinge that this vyage had never gon fforwards but for the sayd Thomas Doughtye : and the sayd T. Doughtye sayd that he was the first, and prefferred our Captayne to the Earle of Essex ; and that the sayd T. D. did helpe our Captayne to the Quene's paye in Iarland : when our Captayne was glad to com into Iarland, ffor ffeare of my Lord Admirall and the rest of the Counsayle, because of his Indyes viages : and when the Earle of Essex was dede that then the sayd T. Doughty prefferred our Captayne to his master, Master Hatton, and that he the sayd T. D. and our Captayne confferred about this viage in Iarland to do it of themselves: so that T. D. should have ventured 1,000 pounds ffor his part. And that afterwards our Captayne cam to London, and sought him the sayd T. D. at the Temple, and challendged him ffor his promise as touchinge this viage. And then the sayd T. D. consideringe with himself that this viage was more meate ffor a Prynce then a subject, contenentlye went to Mr. Secretary Wallsingham and to Mr. Hatton, and lyke a true subject brake the matter to them, and they brake it to the Quene's Majestye, who had greate goode lykinge of it, and caused our Captayne to be sent ffor, and comanded this viage to goe fforward, and joyned the sayd T. D. and our Captayne together, and gave them as large a Commission as ever went out of England, and that the whole adventure had passed under the hand and seale of the sayd T. D., which was no small matter; and that the Quene and the Counsayle had layd a greate charge uppon him, both that he delte so well with them in Iarland, and discharged his dutye so honestlye in his service under the Earle of Essex; and that our Captayne was not to do anythinge without the assent of the sayd
T. D. Swearinge with greate oths, that he the sayd T. D. was to do a great many men good, and that he the sayd T. D. wold make choise of twelve that should carye the bell awaye, swearinge that I shold be one, and that he the sayd T. D. wold make me the richest man of all my kyn, iff I wold be ruled by him, and that the sayd T. D. wold not give his adventure for 1,100 pounds.
These words he spake at Plymoth and a bord the Pellican, and at the ile of May.
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In my Cabyn abord the Pellycan he the sayd T. D. cam to me, when there had certayne words passed betwixt Willyam Seage and me, which T. D. sayd that the Captayne was very muche offended with me, and that our Captayne wold set me in the Bylbes, but he, the sayd T. D., sayd he wold not suffer it, and that our Captayne shold not offer it me, ffor I was one of them whom he, the sayd T. D., loved and made account of, and bad me kepe my Cabbyn two or three dayes, and that the Captayne and I should be ffrends agayne, and byd me so ffarewell, and be ruled by him, and he wold do me good.
In the Prise the sayd T. D. sayd that he was sorye that he had not taken the viage in hand of himself with our Captayne, and that he was sorye there weare any more adventurers than himself, sayinge that he could have don it of himselff well enough, and that the sayd T. D. could have made the matters good enough at his cominge home, and the sayd T. D. sayd that thei whole Counsayle would be corrupted with money—yea the Quene’s Majestie herselff, which greved my conciens to heare.
More John Dowtye tould me and John Deane that he and his brother T. D. could Counger as well as any men, and that they could rayse the devell, and make him to meate any man in the lykenes of a Beare, a lyon, or a man in harnis.
More John Dowtye told me and John Deane, that he the sayd John Dowtye could poyson as well as any man, and that he could poyson a man with a dyamond that he should be twelve moneths affter or he should dye.
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Words uttered by Thomas Doughtye unto our Generall.
1. ffyrst, that the sayd T. D. cam unto oure sayd Generall, as one requested or sent from som or dyvers of the Companye, to knowe the sayd Generall's consent, in that all men are mortall, and that the sayd our Generall dyd enter into all action, who should suckcede our sayd Generall, iff God should do his will uppon him.
2. The sayd T. D. aboard the Pellican sent word by John Martyn and Gregorye to our Generall these words : Have me comended to my Generall, and tell him the tyme will com that he shall have more need of me, then I shall have of the viage.
3. The sayd T. D. makinge comparison upon board the ffly-bott sayd that he was as honest as any in the Companye, or as my Lord Burleye.
4. At the sayd instant ffolowinge, the sayd T. D. in the heringe of dyvers of the company affirmed that the worst word of the mothe of his, the sayd Thomas, was of more then 3 of the others of our sayd Generall ffrancis Drake.
The sayd Thomas Dowghty affirmed to Thomas Clackley, Boteswayne of the Pellican, that he the sayd Thomas Dowtye had in this adventure 15001., sayinge it was a pore gentleman's adventure.*
Thus abruptly ends the fragment, of the authenticity of which, as before observed, there can be little doubt; equally little as to the tendency of Doughty's proceedings. If an officer of the British
* Historical and Judicial Tracts, Harleian MSS., British Museum. The excommunication, in the same Tracts, of Fletcher, by Drake, sitting cross-legged on a chest, is too absurd and contemptible to deserve a moment's notice: it has not a shadow of Drake's character about it.
Navy should thus tamper with the crew of a ship, elevate his own importance at the expense of his commanding officer, and endeavour to seduce men into a contempt of their captain, by selecting a portion of the crew, and tempting them with promises of money and preferment if they would follow up his views—such an officer would subject himself to the severest penalty of the Articles of War.
When Doughty boasts of his interest and his friendship with Chancellor Hatton and Secretary Walsingham, and other great people, it will occur that neither they, nor his brother of whom he talks, nor any one else, took the least concern about him or his fate, either when the story was first brought to England in Captain Winter's ship, or long afterwards, when Drake himself and his crew arrived in England.
That Fletcher, who is related to have given Doughty so excellent a character, should sign his name to most of the charges, can only be explained by his having been present at the conversations to which he signs, and too. honest not to give a true evidence when called upon.
The whole paper is a fragment only of a species of trial, as it would appear, on charges brought by Drake for the safety of himself and people; and that the twenty-nine names, separate from those who gave evidence, formed the jury.