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Give to my faith, give greater strength,
Ask, and ye shall have.
CONFESSION OF GEORGE BORODZYCZ, THE POLONIAN, Signed Kith his own Hand, in Prison, before his Execution.
I, GEORGE BORODZYCZ, do here, in few words, intend to make known to the world, how I came into the service of Count Coningsmark. About eighteen months ago, I was recommended, by letters, to the Quartermaster-General Kemp at Staden, and from thence I was to be sent to the count at Tangier; but, by reason of the hard winter, I was stopped, for the ship, in which I was to go, stuck in the ice in the River Elbe; this made me stay till farther orders. In March last I received a letter, which ordered me to go, and stay in a mannor, belonging to the count, in the bi. shoprick of Bremen, and there expect new orders from the count. At last I received a letter, with orders to come by land for Holland; but, destitute of an opportunity, I staid till the twelfth of November, 1681, and then new orders came, that I should come for England to the count's brother, where I should fetch horses, and convey them to Strasburgh; and, accordingly, I left Hamburgh the twenty-fourth of December, 1681, and was at sea till the fourth of February, 1682. When I came to London, I lay the first night in the city, hard by the Royal Exchange, atone Block's, and from thence I was conducted to thecount's brother, and from thence to the count himself, who was to be my master. When I came to him, Captain Vrats being with him, my lord told me, I should be with Captain Vrats three days, till his, i. e. the count's, baggage and goods he had on shipboard, came. Whereupon the captain said, he would send his man for me the next day, which was Sunday, which he did accordingly. I went with his man, and my lord charged me, I should do what Captain Vrats should order me to do. I went thereupon to my chamber, and said the Lord's prayer. On Sunday, about one of the clock, came up the captain's man for me, and brought me to the captain. When I saw him, he told me, it is well you are come, for I have a quarrel with an English gentleman; I did formerly send him two challenges, but he answered them not; whereupon- Count Coningsmark, and myself, went for France; but that gentleman sent six fellows after us, who were to kill the count and me. Accordingly they came on us, the count received two wounds, we killed two of them, and I am now come hither to attack that gentleman, in the open streets, as a murderer; and, as he hath begun, so I will make an end of it. Whereupon he gave me the gun, which I should make use of to kill him. When hereupon I pleaded with Captain Vrats, and shewed myself unwilling, saying, that, if we were taken, we should come to a very ill end: he answered, I need not trouble myself about that, if we should be taken prisoners, it was he that must suffer for it, not I; and, for my service, he would recommend me to Count Coningsmark; whereupon I thought with myself, that it might be here, as it is in Poland, viz. Where a servant doth a thing, by his master's order, the master is to suffer for it, and not the servant.
We went, therefore, soon after, for our horses, and rid towards the Pail-Mall. The captain told me, I will stop the coach, and do you fire upon the gentleman; which was done accordingly. Lord have mercy upon me.
I am heartily sorry, that my honest parents must receive this unwelcome news of me; the Almighty God take care of my soul. I have great confidence in Almighty God, and know that he hath offered his son upon the cross for the sins of all mankind; therefore I believe, that satisfaction was also made for my sins; and in this faith, in the name of God, I will live and die. Lord Jesu, give me a happy end, for thy bitter death and passion sake. Amen. What pity is it, that I should be, about the space of seven weeks, upon the sea, betwixt Hamburgh and London, and in great danger, day and night, and yet should fall at last into this unexpected misfortune! I can bear witness, with a good conscience, that I knew nothing of the business aforehand. The great God pardon those men that have brought me to this fall; God keep every mother's child from all such disasters, for Christ's sake. Amen.
And I desire the doctor to pray for me, and to let all the world know my innocence after I am dead, that men may see and fear.
For Robin Conscience, or Conscience Routs.
A SHORT ACCOUNT
THE SIEGE OF BANTAM;AND ITS SURRENDER TO THE REBELS, Who were assisted by the Dutch, and their Fleet, IN THE EAST INDIES;
In a letter from an English Factor to a Merchant of London., London, printed for John Smith, 1683. Folio, containing two pages.
TREAT was our expectation upon the success of our late ambassador Kaia Nebbe's negotiation into England; of settling a commerce with that kingdom; which, as it is of all nations in most esteem with, so is it most earnestly desired by the Bantamites, who have a natural kindness for the English in these parts.
Whilst we were big with these joys, a sudden and unexpected storm happened, which blasted all our hopes in an instant, and unmercifully exposed us, not only to the fury of a domestick enemy, but the spoil and rapine of a foreign foe.
Sir, it would be but a needless trouble to tell you the true correspondence, and real friendship, that has been preserved between the English and the Bantamites: these allowing them a factory, and a place of residence for their consult within the walls of the town of Bantam, which is the capital city of Java, whereas all other foreigners, as the Bengallians, Cusarats, Malayans, Abyssins, Chinese, Portuguese, and Hollanders, are placed without the town; nay the very Indians themselves, who come from the borders of the country, have their places allotted them without the city, where they have their markets for their particular commodities, the grand bazor, or exchange, being in the east part of the town, wholly employed in the English factory, and for stowing up the commodities they trade in.
Since the last massacre of the Dutch in this nation, they have not dealt so freely amongst us, but keep within their own plantation at Batavia, which is some twelve leagues from Bantam.
The Portuguese, that deal at Bantam, live out of town in the same quarter with the Chinese. They drive here a great trade in pepper, nutmegs, cloves, mace, sandal-wood, cubebs, long pepper, and other commodities that are sent them from Malacca; for the greater part of them are factors, and commissioners of the Governor of Malacca, and the Archbishop of Goa.
The English, besides their liberty of residing within the town of Bantam, have free access through the whole country of Java Major, which is a vast and spacious isle; for from east to west, it stretches one hundred and fifty leagues, or of miles, four hundred and fifty, and from north to south, ninety leagues, which is two hundred and seventy miles, English.
The Dutch joined with the rebels, in this unnatural incursion, to invade our city with the more ease, we being so unprovided of am. munition, and all other conveniences to make any considerable resistance; in which they had found much more difficulty, and, it is probable, we might have held out as yet, had we received that recruit of arms and ammunition, as was every day expected by the ambassador from England, who is not yet come.
And this, sir, leads me to the tragical part of my letter, which must needs create pity in you, when you consider in what conster.
nation this sudden change hath left us in, not able to call our lives or fortunes our own; nor can we yet tell, whether we are freemen,
During the absence of our ambassador in England, a match was proposed by the King of Bantam, between his eldest son, Zerombia Zebbe, and the daughter of the King of Mitram.
This was a match well proposed, and had been fortunate for the English, had it taken its wished success, the King of Mitram being, as it were, Emperor of Java Major.
The young prince, going upon this expedition, fell in love by the way, with the King of Tuban's daughter, which, next to Bantam, is the chiefest town in Java.
The prince having forgot all other obligations, it was not long before the marriage was unhappily solemnised, though it was much inferior to what had been formerly proposed. The King of Tuban's territories being but small, and he himself a tributary to the King of Bantam: besides, the King of Tuban having four wives, six sons, and two daughters, besides natural children, and concubines innumerable, the princess, which was the former match proposed, being sole heiress to the emperor.
This so incensed the King of Bantam, that he excludes his son out of the kingdom, making his younger son, by a second wife, his heir.
The prince, no less incensed, on the other hand, marched with a small army of the Tubanites towards Batavia, desiring aid of the Dutch, who were forward enough to assist him, as well for the old grudge, that continued between them and the Bantamites, as to enlarge their dominions, upon any opportunity that presents.
There being a Dutch fleet at Batavia, they took shipping, and lay before Bantam on the twenty-third of Novemher, playing with their great cannon upon the town; during which time the king made several proffers of accommodation, but nothing would be accepted. • .
At last, all our ammunition being spent, and our walls battered dowu. on.the second of December they entered the town, seizing upon the bazor, and all places of factory and store, killing and plundering all before them.
The king, with the chief officers of the city, keeps his army in the field; where, by daily recruits, which flock to him from all parts, he hopes yet, in some time, to recover his former losses.
The Hollanders have possessed themselves of the port, and the rebels of the city. We are every day threatened to be turned out, and a Dutch factory and consul establised in our place. All the hopes, we have, are of the return of the ambassador, and the suecess of the king's army; of which we hope to give you a better account by the next.
A BRIEF ACCOUNT
MANY MEMORABLE PASSAGES
LIFE AND DEATH OF THE EARL OF SHAFTSBURY, Sometime Lord High Chancellor of England, Who departed this Life the taenty-jirst of December, 1683;
Giving an impartial relation of his loyalty to his Majesty in the late times, and the great endeavours, he used, to bring in the King into England, unto his just rights, in peace and safety; with his Majesty's grateful acknowledgments of these his kindnesses to him, in preferring him to several eminent places of honour and trust; together with his great patience under the loss of the same. Also, his twice imprisonment in the Tower, and his witty answer to one of the popish lords upon his imprisonment; his releasement; and several plots and sham-plots of the papists, used to take away his life, for his vigilancy and care for the protestant religion, and their disappointments. Of his arrival in Holland, and his kind entertainment there. Together with his sickness, and worthy speeches a little before his death. Concluded with a prayer worthy of the perusal of all persons. Printed for J. Conyers, in Duck-Lane. Quarto, containing eight pages.
T is not my presumption, in this sheet, to write the life of this great statesman, but to give the reader a brief account of some remarkable passages in the same, for the satisfaction of the meaner sort, that cannot purchase large volumes- Anthony, Earl of Shaftsbury, Baron Ashley of Wimbourn, and Lord Cooper of Paulet, was descended from the honourable and