Jamaica viewed with all the ports, harbours, and their several soundings, towns, and settlements thereunto belonging together, with the nature of it's climate, fruitfulnesse of the soile, and its suitableness to English complexions. With several other collateral observations and reflexions upon the island.
Hickeringill, Edmund, 1631-1708.

Reflex. III.

3. THough in multitude of Coun∣cellours there is safety, yet multitude of Commanders equally sharing in power, are usually attended with confusion. And therefore though the wary Romanes invested their Con∣fuls with equal Authority, (lest the unmated Interest of a single General should by happy Victories winne so much upon the affections of his con∣cern'd Followers, as to enfringe the Liberties, with which they hugg'd themselves in their Aristocracy;) yet Page  66the Consuls commanded by turns, by intermitting dayes; and very seldome in one and the same Province;

Counter to the Instructions in this Expedition, which oblig'd the Gene∣ral to act nothing without the joint consent of Gown-Commissioners, for that purpose constituted. Which, though it pleads somewhat in Apolo∣gie for General Vennables, yet never∣thelesse it raseth out this Model from the more Genuine Maxims of Policy; as invented only by the jealousies of Tyrants and Usurpers; but found use∣lesse and prejudicial to more justly in∣stalled Princes; whose undisputed Ti∣tles need not the broke-age of such shifting and by-way stratagems to en∣sure their Negotiations.