HONI·SOIT·QVI·MAL·Y·PENSE [royal blazon or coat of arms]
By the King. A PROCLAMATION For the Discovery and Apprehension of Captain Don Philip Hellen, alias Fitz-gerald.
WHereas it hath been represented unto Us by the humble Petition of Martin Stamp, and due proof made by the Testimony of credible Witnesses, That Timothy Stamp, Brother of the said Martin, being a Merchant, was in Decem∣ber▪ 1672. taken by a Spanish Man of War, and his Ship, called the Humi∣lity of London, and the Goods therein, to the value of Five thousand pounds, carried into the Port of Havana; But the Governour of the place not finding cause for the Detainer of the said Ship, restored the same, with promise of Satisfaction for the Damage sustained, and a Protection against all Spa∣nish Ships; Yet during the restraint of the said Ship, a Man of War was fitted out under the Command of Don Philip Hellen, alias Fitz-gerald (Our Natural born Subject) who retook the said Ship within Musquet shot of the Castle of Havana, and after Tortured and Murdered the said Timothy Stamp, and most of his men; some they hanged until they were half dead, and then cut them with their swords, afterw••s hung them up again until they were almost dead, then cut them in pieces with an Ax; others had their Arms cut off, and were cleft down with Axes; And afterwards the said Don Philip Hellen, alias Fitz-gerald, and his Company shared the said Ship and Goods; And the like Barbarous cruelty the Page [unnumbered] said Don Philip Hellen, alias Fitz-gerald hath since exercised upon other Our Subjects: We have therefore thought fit (with the advice of Our Privy Council) to publish the same to all Our loving Subjects, and doubt not of their care and forwardness in the discovery and apprehension of the said Fitz-gerald: And We do by this Our Proclamation (whereof he ought and shall be presumed to take notice) Enjoyn and Command the said Don Philip Hellen, alias Fitz-gerald, within Six Moneths after the publication hereof, to render himself to one of Our Principal Secretaries of State, or to the chief Governour of the Island of Jamaica, or to the chief Governour of some other of Our Foreign Plantations, to receive and undergo such Order as shall be gi•• concerning him. And We do hereby further publish and declare, That if the said Don Philip Hellen, alias Fitz-gerald, shall not within the time aforesaid, render himself according∣ly, then if any person or persons whatsoeuer shall at any time after apprehend and bring him dead or alive to one of Our Principal Secretaries of State, or to the Governour of Our Island of Jamaica, or to the chief Governour of any other of Our Foreign Plantations, he or they so apprehending and bringing him, shall have a reward of One thousand Pieces of Eight. And We do also strictly Charge and Command all Our Officers and Ministers, as well Military as Civil, and other Our Subjects whatsoever, to be dili∣gent, and use their best endeavours to search for and apprehend the said Don Philip Hellen, alias Fitz-gerald, in all places whatsoever, as they will answer the neglect thereof at their perils. And We do hereby further publish and declare, That if any of Our Subjects shall after the publication of this Our Pro∣clamation, directly or indirectly conceal or harbour the said Don Philip Hellen, alias Fitz-gerald, or shall not use his or their best endeavours for his discovery and apprehension, as well by giving due advertisement to Our Officers, as by all other good •eans, We will (as there is just cause) proceed against them that shall so neglect this Our Command, with all severity.
Given at Our Court at Whitehallthe First day of October 1675. In the Seven and twentieth year of Our Reign.God save the King.
LONDON, Printed by the Assigns of Iohn Bill and Christopher Barker, Printers to the Kings most Excellent Majesty. 1675.