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. V.

5. THat the most promising de∣signs, though launch'd out and promoted with all the appertinent u∣tensills, that policy can contrive; are many times easily defeated by uncal∣culated Accidents: sometimes a mi∣staken letter, in the sound of a word, hath rooted great Armadoes: and the whistling of the wind in the Sicamour trees destroyed an Host. Thus GideonPage  74founded the Midianites with the sud∣den surprizal of Trumpets, Lamps, and broken Pitchers. * The very looks of the Germanes affrighted the Gaules; And the very flashes in the besmeared faces of the Picts, did gawle the Saxons. Thus did the hellish visage of the grim Negroes and Molettoes beyond all ima∣gination at the first assault nonplus our men at Hispaniola; which yet had not signified so much, if it had not been seconded with the unhappy Conduct of Gen. Venables; whose crazy ma∣nagement of affairs shared so sinister an influence to his better deserving Followers.

The Indulgent Heavens till now, su∣spending the Award of any Damages to the English Nation, in repair of the losse of that invincible Armado in Eighty Eight.