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[4] In a former note we have given a list of the names and circumstances
    of the English ordnance near this period.  In that list the saker is
    described as a light cannon of only 5-1/2 pound ball, now looked upon
    as one of very small importance; we may therefore conclude that the
    other cannon used on the present occasion could hardly exceed
    falcouns, or two-pounders.—­E.

[5] Such is the unintelligible expression in Lichefilds translation.  In
    the account of this war compiled by the editor of Astleys Collection
    from the Portuguese historians, the enemy are said to have lost in the
    former part of this battle, twenty paraws sunk, 180 persons of note,
    and above 1000 common men; while in the second attack, nineteen paraws
    were sunk, sixty-two fled, and 360 men were slain.  In this account, a
    third naval engagement is mentioned, in which sixty-two paraws were
    sunk, and sixty fled; after which 15,000 men were defeated by land,
    and four towns were burnt by Pacheco.—­Astl.  I. 56.

[6] Castaneda tells a long ridiculous story at this place, of a ceremonial
    defiance of the zamorin, not worth inserting.  In Astley, I. 56. we are
    told that the Moors of Cochin were detected about this time
    communicating intelligence to the enemy, and that Trimumpara allowed
    Pacheco to punish them.  On which he put five of their chief men into
    strict confinement, giving out that they were hanged; which gave much
    offence to the rajah and his people.—­E.

[7] Such are the words of Lichefild; which, perhaps may have been intended
    to imply that there was not yet sufficient depth of water to allow of
    their approach to the caravels; or it may mean that they waited for
    the tide of ebb, to carry them towards the Portuguese caravels, being
    too cumbrous for management by means of oars.—­E.

[8] This seems the same story which has been already mentioned in a former
    note, from Astleys Collection; but which is there related as having
    taken place with Moors.—­E.

[9] The nativity of St John the Baptist is the 24th June; the eve
    therefore is the 23d, yet Castaneda has already said that June was
    ended.—­E.

[10] About this time, in consequence of a message from the Portuguese
    factor at Coulan, stating that the Moors obstructed the market for
    pepper, Pacheco went to that place, where he made five Moorish ships
    submit, and settled the pepper market on fair terms, yet without doing
    them any harm.—­Astl.  I. 57.

[11] According to Astley, the zamorin lost 18,000 men in this war in five
    months, and desired peace, which was granted by the rajah of Cochin.—­
    Astl.  I. 57.  Yet this could hardly be the case, as the first operation
    of the new commander-in-chief in India was to cannonade Calicut.—­E.

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