To all true English-men.
NEver had we so just cause to exclaim in the words of the Pro∣phet Jeremiah; O that our heads were waters, and our eyes fountains of tears, that we might weep for the Ef∣fusion Page [unnumbered] of so much Innocent Blood which provok'd these sad Relations of devout CASAUS, by reason of the cruel Slaughters and Butcheries of the Iesuiti∣cal Spaniards, perpetrated upon so many Millions of poor innocent Heathens, who having onely the light of Nature, not knowing their Saviour Iesus Christ, were sacrificed to the Poli∣tick Interest and Avarice of the wicked Spaniards.
The blood of Ireland, spilt by the same Faction, Page [unnumbered]〈1 page duplicate〉Page [unnumbered]〈1 page duplicate〉Page [unnumbered] in comparison of these Massacres, was but as a Drop to the Ocean. It was the Saying of Christ himself, the Son of Mer∣cy, and Redeemer of the World, That we ought not to cast the Childrens Bread to dogs: But what would he have judg'd of those, that not onely cast the Bread, but the Blood; and not onely the Blood, but the Innocent Blood of men, women and children, to satisfie the contemptible hunger of their Hounds? Page [unnumbered] The intention of these men was Murder; and they kill'd up the poor Indians, not as if they had been their Fellow-Mortals, but like Death it self; and in∣vaded their Land, not like Men, but like the Pesti∣lence, whose destruction is Epidemical.
When our own Case had a small Resemblance of this, how sensible the People were, and how they mour∣ned at the burning of a poor Village; the usual Acci∣dents, or rather, things to Page [unnumbered] be expected, in a tedious and necessitated War: but, had you been Eye-witnesses of the transcending Mas∣sacres here related; had you been one of those that lately saw a pleasant Coun∣try, now swarming with multitudes of People, but immediately all depopula∣ted, and drown'd in a De∣luge of Bloud: had you been one of those that saw great Cities of Nations and Countries in this mo∣ment flourishing with Inha∣bitants, but in the next, Page [unnumbered] totally ruin'd with such a general Desolation, as left neither Person living, nor House remaining: had you seen the poor innocent Hea∣thens shaming and upbraid∣ing, with the ghastliness of their Wounds, the devilish Cruelties of those that cal∣led themselves Christians: had you seen the poor crea∣tures torn from the peace and quiet of their own Ha∣bitations, where God had planted them, to labour in a Tormenting Captivity, by many degrees worse then Page [unnumbered] that of Algier, or the Turkish Galleys; your Com∣passion must of necessity have turn'd into Astonish∣ment: the tears of Men can hardly suffice; these are Enormities to make the Angels mourn and be∣wail the loss of so many de∣parted souls, as might have been converted and redeem∣ed to their eternal Mansi∣ons.
We read of old, of the Ten Persecutions wherein the Primitive Chri∣stians were destroy'd by the Page [unnumbered] Cruelties of the Heathen Emperours: but we now read of Christians, the Professors of a Religion grounded upon Love and Charity, massacring, where there was no cause of An∣tipathy, but their own obsti∣nate Barbarism; as if be∣cause their Wickedness had so far transform'd them into Devils, they were re∣solved to deface the image of God, so innocently con∣versing among them. The Turks and Scythians shall be now no more the Ada∣gies Page [unnumbered] of Cruelty among us; for here is a Christian Na∣tion which hath taken off that Envie from them, and entayl'd it upon them∣selves.
And now, O men of England, let me ask you but this Question; Whether you, that for these many years have had the Honour to be the Patrons of Religi∣on; whose Charity hath still relieved, and whose Power hath still defended the Cause of the Oppressed at home Page [unnumbered] and abroad; whether you can withdraw your Assist∣ance from this Great Work, and deprive your selves of that Birth-right which you seem to have among the Nations, God still con∣tinuing the Management of his Iustice in the hands of our most Fortunate and Lawful Magistrate, whom he hath rais'd up, as his Great Instrument, to re∣venge the Blood of that in∣nocent People.
Consider this, more∣over, That you are not Page [unnumbered] uow to fight against your Country-men, but against your Old and Constant E∣nemies, the SPANI∣ARDS, a Proud, De∣ceitful, Cruel, and Treache∣rous Nation, whose chief∣est Aim hath been the Conquest of this Land, and to enslave the People of this Nation; witness those Invasions in the days of Queen ELIZABETH; whose Leagues of Amity we had more reason to re∣pent of, then to rejoyce at, as being destructive to the Page [unnumbered] Nation, and made with those that onely sought the Advantages of Peace, that they might be more safe to do us Mischief: and so little they car'd for Peace with us, that they never sought it, but when meer Vrgencies of State re∣quir'd; and never kept their Articles, when they had the least hope of Pro∣fit to themselves: Of which we need not look for ancient Examples; they are fresh in Memory, and have been too sadly and Page [unnumbered] undeservedly sustain'd, both nearer home, and of late years in the West-Indies also, as appears by that Pious and Prudent DE∣CLARATION set forth by his Highness the LORD PROTECTOR; as if Providence had so or∣dain'd it, that by the Wrongs of our Country∣men in those Parts, we should be interested in the Quarrel of those Innocent Nations.
Neither need we to fear the Vaunts of the Spanish Page [unnumbered] Monarch, whose Govern∣ment stands not on those strong Foundations that some imagine; Blood and Tyrannie being the chief Pillars of his Greatness, or rather, his Arcana Impe∣rii; & his Empire being one∣ly strong in this, That the Weaknesses thereof have not yet been well look'd into. Should we chase him from his Indian Treasures, he would soon retire to his Shell, like a Snail tapt up∣on the horns. And per∣haps it would not a little Page [unnumbered] avail to the General Peace of Europe, whereby we should be strengthened a∣gainst the Common Enemy of Christianitie. For doubtless it hath been the Satanical Scope of this Ty∣rant, To set all the Euro∣pean Princes at Variance, and to keep them busie at home, that they might not have leasure to bend their Forces against his Golden Regions. But he pre∣tends a Right to them, though upon very slender Grounds: for that the Page [unnumbered] English may better claim then himself; it being first discovered, as is well known, and tendered to Henry the Seventh, by Sebastian Ca∣bot, one of his own Ca∣ptains. Which brings to minde the Poor Spirits of our English Kings, who would not regard such an Advantage, so highly im∣porting the Honour of the Nation, so far as to be almost guilty of the Bloud shed in those parts, through their neglect. But for far∣ther satisfaction concerning Page [unnumbered] the Right of the English to the West-Indies, I shall refer you to a further Trea∣tise, which I may ere long put forth.
And now, honoured Coun∣try-men, seeing that by Divine Providence the Cru∣elties and Barbarous Mas∣sacres of the Spaniards have been so apparently present∣ed to you, I cannot but be confident of your En∣deavours, as you tender the Good and Welfare of your Native Country, to Page [unnumbered] acquit your selves in so just a Cause, which God hath put into the Heart and Hands of our Supreme Magistrate, who is so Vigilant to embrace all Op∣portunities for the Good of the Nation.Page [unnumbered]