THE TRINIDAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 140.
The depositions of Clement Gunther.
Source : -Additional Mss. 3633o. British Museum. Published
by courtesy of *fe Trustees of the British Museum. Translated
from the Spanish.
i MARCH 7TH, 1666.
Clement Gunther was an Apostolic Christian of the
German nation, a native of Hamburg and a subject of the
Prince of Orange. He was married to Maria Marnfeldt
whom he had left at Pomeroon where his brother was
Governor. He was 35 years old and had been at Pomeroon
for 2 years.
He had started from the Pomeroon where his brother
commanded by appointment from the Prince of Orange,
on June 3rd, 1664, with letters for Don Pedro de Viedma,
Governor of Guayana to whom Francisco Delphin Gunther
had written warning him that the English were going to
plunder that place and offering him munitions of war if he
He had found Guayana already plundered by the English
and the people destitute; Pedro de Viedma being then in
Trinidad. The people begged him to send for supplies and
he got from the Pomeroon 5,000-6,000 pesos of clothing
and powder and shot on 8 months credit. He returned to
the Pomeroon and after 8 months went to Guayana to collect.
Viedma was' then there and told him to wait another
This he did when the newly arrived Governor, Don Josef
de Aspe y Zuniga arrested him on IIth March, 1665, put
him in prison and took all his books and papers, believing
that he had been admitted wrongly by Viedma with
merchandise to trade. This Governor sent him prisoner to
Santa Fe with one of his brothers Don Tiburcio de Aspe
where he arrived on August x6th, 1665. He is still waiting
to be paid for the goods.