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to the Custom of the Land when any of the Royal Blood is deceased, came all in general towards the City where he was, with black or else very dirty Cloaths, which is their Mourning, the Men ail bare-headed, the Women with their hair loose and hanging about their Shoulders, to mourn and lament for the Death of their young Prince.  Which the King hearing of, sent this word unto them, That since it was not his fortune to live, to sit on his Throne after him and Reign over the Land, it would be but in vain to mourn; and a great trouble and lett unto the Countrey:  and their voluntary good will was taken in as good part as the mourning it self, and so dismist the Assembly; and burned the Princes dead Body without Ceremonies or Solemnities.

[The extraordinary lamentation at the Death of his Sister.] Yet the Death of an old Sister which he had, caused no small lamentation.  It was she that carried the Prince away in the Rebellion.  Which I shall relate by and by.  Countrey after Countrey came up to mourn, giving all signs of extraordinary sadness, both in Habit and Countenance; the King himself was seen to weep bitterly.  The White men also came, which the King took well.  Insomuch that the Hollanders supposing the King himself to be dead, came up to take Possession of the Countrey; but hearing the contrary and understanding their mistake returned back again.  The King and all his Countrey for more than a years time went in mourning.  And her Body was burnt with all the Honour and State that could be.  Yet notwithstanding all the love and respect he bare unto her, he did not once Visit her in all the time of her Sickness.  And it is now for certain reported that there is not one of his Generation left.

[His craft and cruelty shewn at once.] Once to try the hearts of his Attendants, and to see what they would do; being in the Water a swimming, he feigned himself to be in extremity, and near Drowning, and cryed out for help; upon which two young Men more venturous and forward than the rest, immediately made way and came to his help:  who taking hold of his Body brought him safe to Land.  At which he seemed to be very glad.  Putting on his Cloaths he went to his Palace:  then he demanded to know who and which they were that had holpen him out of the Water.  They, supposing by his Speech it was to give them a reward for the good Service they had so lately done him, answered, We were they.  Whereupon he Commands to call such a great Man. (For it is they whom he appoints always to see Execution done by their Soldiers.) To whom he gave Command, saying, Take both these, and lead them to such a place, and cut off their Heads, who dared to presume to lay their hands on my Person, and did not prostrate themselves rather that I might lay my hand on them for my relief and safety.  And accordingly they were Executed.

CHAP.  IV.

Of his Revenues and Treasure.

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