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.
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Reflex. VI.

6. THat Necessity often trains up a Militia better then Plenty. For had not the Belly been Magister artis, putting the Soldiers to their shifts, to silence it's importunities, they had never prov'd so good Marks-men, nor had come so familiarly acquainted with the Woods: whose skill therein hath now stood them in so good stead, for the stubbing up those Spa∣nish Negroes, that till then lay as thorns in their sides, that they could scarce stir abroad without being prick'd.

Thus the Alpes prov'd less fatal to Hannibal's Army, then Capua; and hunger & cold spur'd and egg'd on the weather-beaten Goths and Vandalls to better their Sun, till they did Lord it in France and Italy.

This only inconvenience attended the Soldiery of Iamaica, that finding Page  76their leggs, and able to stand by them∣selves without the assistance of a Pro∣vidore, they became more refractory, and head-strong, and of a lesse bound∣ed discipline: acknowledging but small Homage where they received so small Pay; which did the rather sub∣ject them to mutiny, and easie to be wrought upon by more working Pates.

Nor did this licentiousness long want the misimproved subtilty of a Gentleman, one Lieut. Col. Raymond, a discontented Souldier, that wanted nothing but a better Employ, to set out his vast Parts: and had he not encoun∣tred with a General, that is cunning enough, and prov'd himself at all Ma∣chievilltan assayes, his Match; he had certainly reduc'd the Forces in Iamaica, into a self-destroying Flame; especially now their discontents had heated them to so (tinder-like) a touch∣inesse, that they were ready to take fire on all occasions. Nor were these Page  77Incendiaries to seek of all plausible Pretexts that witty usurpation doth use to colour and gild blacker De∣signes. But what the aimes of Lieut. Col. Raymond were are not easily to be discovered; but it is more then pre∣sum'd, that his want of employment: (having never had any Charge in Ia∣maica) though not uncapable of the greatest, that this Isle could afford) made him (unable to bear Neglects) thus over busie; and too too active in moulding poor Lieut. Col. Tison to what shape he pleas'd; his Heart being better then his Head, and his Ar∣moury better blazoned with the Dove then the Serpent; and I am very con∣fident did not foresee the evil and danger that those lawless Bandyings do incurre, which Relation may ad∣mit the more credit in that I am al∣together unconcerned in either Party, and neither prejudic'd nor byassed with Partiality.

Nor were those fickle-headed Soul∣diers Page  78so soon invited to rise in Arms with them, but they sooner deserted them: leaving them to the Mercy of their Opponents Court-Mashalls, who presently doom'd them, to be shot to death. Lieut. Col. Tison died with some reluctancy and regret; but Lieut. Col. Raymond, like himself; with an undismay'd Resolution answerable to his wonted Magnanimity on whose Interment a busie Wit threw this E∣pitaph.

AT thy Nativity the Heaven's have worn
Such visage as when Cataline was born.
Your Significators sure must be th' same,
And Aspects; since you differ but in name.
His vaster soul Rome's walls could not confine,
Thine daign'd no Pere, scarce that of Cataline.
His stile long-winded Tully's did sur∣passe,
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And thine so ravishing, too perswasive was.
He knew no fear, scarce of his own deem'd Gods,
Oh that in this, of thee he'd had the odds!
His soul, engross'd th' Monopoly of Arts,
And thy Orphaean skill could ravish Hearts.
His to w'ring Genius could not bend the knee,
And thine was fitter for a Throne then thee.
The King of Terrours could not him af∣fright,
And thou did'st seem to court eternal might.
Not un bewail'd was his Catastrophe,
And ev'n thine enemies lamented thee.
He lives (though not entomb'd) by'is fa∣mous facts,
Thy Grave, scarce known; but, well e∣nough thine Acts.