True Relations – The Emperor Some Called Naukaquawis

The Captain that took me and various others of his Chief men led me to their Kings habitations, but at mid way I was intercepted by a great creek over which they had made a bridge of grained stakes and rails. The King of Kiskiecke and Namontack during all the journey had conducted to this passage. Which had caused me to suspect some mischief. The barge I had sent to meet me at the right landing. When I found myself first deceived and knowing for certain the worst of their courage’s to persuade me from other fear. Though I swayed from the passage and mingle with the Kings. Our conductors had his chief men amongst ours and went forward, leaving half at one end as a guard for the passage to the front. The Indians seeing the weakness of the bondage, one came with a canoe and took me in of the mist of four or five more, then being landed we made a guard for the rest until all were passed. There in a rank we were marched to the Emperors House. Before his house stood forty our fifty platters of fine bread. we entered the house, with loud tunes they all made signs of great joy. This proud savage having with him his finest women. And the principal of all his chief men assembled, they stood in ranks as before as was expected. He himself was upon a throne at the upper end of the house. With such a Divinity as I cannot express, nor yet have I ever seen, either in Pagan or Christian, with a kind countenance he had me welcomed, and then had a place to be made by himself for me to sit. I presented him with a suit of red cloth and a white greyhound and a hat and Jewels as he examined them, and with a great ovation made by three of his people. If there be any amongst the savages who kindly excepted them and with a public confirmation of a perpetual league and friendship.

After that he commanded the Queen of Apamatuc, a comely young savage to give me water, a turkey and bread to eat, being thus seated. He began to discourse to this purpose. Your kind visitation brought much content to me, but where is your father whom I much deserve to see, is he not with you. and I told him he had remained aboard our ship, but the next day he would come unto him. With a merry continence he ask me for certain pieces in which I promised him, When I went to Paspahegh, I told him according to my promise that I preferred the man that went with me four days , in that he had a great canoe, but they resigned to take them, where at with a loud laughter, he desired to give him some less burden as for the other I gave him them, being sure none could carry them. But where are these men you had promised to bring with you. I told him without work, who then gave the order to have them brought in two after two, ever maintaining the guard without. And as they presented themselves ever with thanks, he would salute me and cause each of us to have four or five pounds of bread given to us. This done, I ask for the corn and ground he had promised me. He told me I should have it, but he expected me to have all my men to lay down their arms at his feet, as did his subjects. I told him that was a ceremony our enemies desired, but never our friends, as we presented ourselves unto him, yet that he should not doubt of our friendship. And that the next day my father would give him a child of his, in full assurance of our love, and not only that, but when he should think it convenient we would under his rule the country of Manacam and Pocoughtaonack which were his enemies.


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