A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 08 eBook

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The 12th we came close to Bungo, and let go our anchor, many barks coming aboard of us, the people whereof we willingly allowed to come into our ship, having indeed no power to resist them.  These people did us no personal injury; but they stole every thing they could lay their hands upon, for which some paid very dear afterwards.  Next day the king of that land sent a party of soldiers on board, to prevent the merchant goods from being stolen.  Two or three days after, our ship was brought into a good harbour, there to remain till the emperor of the whole island was informed of our arrival, and should give his orders as to what was to be done with us.  In the meantime we petitioned the King of Bungo for leave to land our captain and the other sick men, which was granted, having a house appointed for them, in which they were all laid, and had all manner of refreshments given them.

After we had been five or six days here, there came a Portuguese jesuit, with other Portuguese, who falsely reported of us that we were pirates, and not at all in the way of trade; which scandalous reports caused the governors and people to think very ill of us, so that we even looked for being set upon crosses, which is the punishment in this land for thievery and some other crimes.  Thus daily did the Portuguese incense the rulers and the people against us.  At this time two of our men became traitors, giving themselves up to the service of the emperor, and becoming all in all with the Portuguese, who warranted them their lives.  One was named Gilbert de Conning, whose mother dwelt in Middleburg, who gave himself out as the merchant over all the goods in the ship; the name of the other was John Abelson van Oudwater.  These traitors tried every means to get the goods into their hands; and made known to the Portuguese every thing that had happened during our voyage.

Nine days after our arrival, the emperor, or great king of the land, sent for me to come to him.  So, taking one man with me, I went to him, taking leave of our captain and the sick men, and commending myself into HIS hands who had hitherto preserved me from the perils of the sea.  I was carried in one of the emperor’s gallies to the court of Osaka, where the emperor then resided, being about eighty leagues from where our ship lay.  On the 12th May, 1600, I came to the city of Osaka, and was brought immediately into the presence of the emperor, his palace being a wonderfully costly house, gilded with gold in great profusion.  On coming before him, he viewed me well, and seemed favourably disposed towards me, making many signs to me, some of which I comprehended, and others not.  After some time there came one who could speak Portuguese, who acted as interpreter.  Through this person the king demanded to know from what country I was, and what had induced us to come to his land, at so great a distance from our own country.  I then told him whence we were, that our country had long sought out the East Indies,

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