THE TRINIDAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 58.
Report from Sancho de Alquiza to Diego Gomez de Sandoval, President
of the Audiencia, San Domingo.
Source : Additional MSS. 36320. British Museum. Published
by the courtesy of the Trustees of the British Museum.
Translated from the Spanish.
I have begun to conduct this residencia and find generally
that every one here is guilty without exception.
I have not taken action against anyone because they all
freely confess their fault and ask for mercy in such a way
that I could only pity them and considering what I have
learnt in the past three days, I have pardoned these people.
Returning from mass to my house, I was accompanied as
far as the door by all the vecinos of the town and a part of
the women (all the most important) ; there the Procurator
of the Town in front of all stated that he had a very important
petition to present to me and he asked me to allow the
Escribano to read it. I so ordered him.
The petition was in the names of all the vecinos asking
mercy for all who from the highest to the lowest, admitted
that they were guilty of trading with the enemy. As the
petition was being read, all the women and vecinos fell on
their knees in front of my house confessing their guilt and
This was very pitiful and I told them to rise from the
ground and consoled them as best I could. I was alone in
the Town and the people had done all that they could ; to
arrest all those guilty was not possible, I had neither the
soldiers nor a prison large enough.
I am reporting all this to His Majesty and asking that a
general pardon be given to all in this place, otherwise all
would have to be punished down to the children of ten years
old. I am expecting that His Majesty will pardon these
miserable people after seeing the reports I am sending.
SANCHO DE ALQUIZA.
San Josephe de Oruna.
I3th January, 1612.