THE TRINIDAD HISTORICAL SOCIlT .
Publication No. 222.
A Report from the Council of flt In[dies to Ili t'inlg.
Source :-Britisih 3luseum. Additional Mss. 3(i32I.
Published by the courtesy of tie Trustees of thl British Museum.
Translated from the Spanish.
24/th May, 1623.
The Council reported that Juan de Lezama, Procurator
General from the town of San Thome and of tlih Island of
Trinidad has related that Don Martin dc Mendoza y Berrio
is the nephew of Don Fernando de Berrio and a descendant
of the Adelantado Domingo Ximines dc OQcsada and of
Antonio de Berrio who were Governors of this Province and
served many years in it and in the conquest and settlement
of New Granada and spent much of their estates upon this.
The said Don Martin was voyaging to Spain with the
said Don Fernando, his uncle, when they were both captured
by the Moors and taken to Argel (Algiers) where the uncle
died. There is no other successor save Don Martin who is
12 years old and there is no one who can arrange a ransom
so that the King of Argel is considering sending him to the
Turks from whom lie could not be ransomed.
From the report of a prisoner who has come from there,
it is understood that the ransom for the said Don Marlin is
4,000 pesos with another 4,ooo pesos which had been paid
by his present master to save him from being sent to the
Turks by the King of Argel. If the ransom is not paid quickly
he runs great risks and for this 1,000 ducats are necessary.
The priests of the Order of the Most Holy Trinity being
now on twI.I point -' leaving ti go therc 0in a lmissionI, 1beg
that )ou ii i -der w ii.. they niiIy be Y liTli, ; uit h the rapiisomi
money or the said Don Maiti de Mi'nhI., x\ Bcrio bectausc
of the riks ihat ie inns. Tlwy bIc);' I o ~ (Ii to d( this ii
recognition o thII- services of his rfhisli\" ald ol the fact that
he is the oin] successor to them.
The Comicil lias considered this application and in
respect of th io(s work and great services pleaded, it app ;irs
that His M;':'. n-ight vecll he pleased to grant the amount
being f' rn I mo l s ol su'iii I lnds as Lave such credit and
eventu:dll ctlar-ged lo such account as His Majesty may be
pleased to older.
The Council recommends that His Majesty should order
the Supe Qr ol this Order to secure at all cost the release of
the said AN n Martia and bring him to Spain as a recompense
for the v.u!:le services rendcicd in the past.