A LETTER FROM TANGIER Concerning The Death of Jonas Rowland the Renegade, and other strange Occurrences since the Embassadors Arival here.

IN my last I gave you an Imperfect Account of the Arrival of Ben Hadu the Morocco Embassador and his kind reception and noble Entertai­ment here by our Governour Collonel Kirk. Since then by the Re­turn of the Renegadoes Wife, we have had a more ample account of all passages since the Arrival of the Embassador at Court, and the Death of the Renegade her late Husband, which for the strangeness of the Manner, with what other Occurrences happn'd since, I thought fit to send you.

The Embassador attended out of Town with 200 of our Hors, (his own be­ing all dead or kill'd at Sea) we marched with him as far as our Liberties Ex­tend, where he was received by a Party of 300 of the Moors with great Shouts, and three Volleys of Shot being discharged on both sides he was Con­ducted to the Emperous Pallace. The next morning being sent for to Render an Account of his Embassy, he did it with a great deale of Satisfaction, where he Insisted much in the praise of England, Concluding every Period of his Dis­course with the Greatness of the King, the Gallantry of the People, and the nobleness of his Entertainments, when having ended his discourse, Buzzy Ham, the other Ambassador there who was as Superintendant to Ben. Hadu the Prin­cipal Embassador said he had spake very kindly of England, as indeed it had well deserv'd, but he had forgot two things which merited his Commendation, viz, their Wine and Women, with whom he had been as familiar, and to whom he was as deeply engaged as the rest, this being seconded by the Se­cretary, which so enraged the Emperour, that immediately he order'd him to the Ballcove, the other two to other Prisons, till they made good their Infor­mation. The secretary being put to the Rack, confessed that he had joyned in a Confederacy against the Embassador on Shipboard, being put upon it by the Renegade, and for what he had said against his Master, was by Subornation of Buzzy Ham the other Embassador. Of all which when the Emperour was made sensible and that it proceeded rather from Malice then any other just grounds of Accusations, he ordered Buzzy Ham with the Secretary to be strang­led, and the Embassador to be set at Liberty.

The Renegade who was brought to Morocco bound, having all things prov'd cleerly against him, was Committed to a deep Dungion of 100 Steps descent [Page] their to Continue a fortnight with a very small Allowance of Bread, and Water, to do penance for his Apostacy, and to attone for the affront put up­on their grea [...] Prophet Mahome [...], whose Religion he had formerly Embraced. Afterwards being taken bu [...] as a contempt of Christianity and the Holy Unct­ion, he was anointed all [...]ver with Sea Fish Oyl, and hung upon a Gibbet three days together Naked, Expos'd to the Wasps and Flys with all sort of Obnoctious Insects, sed at the same rate the third day being taken down yet a­live he was thrown into a Cauldron of hot boyling Oyl, where he Expir'd an unlamented Martyr for his Apostacy, neither Christian nor Mahometan; his he [...]d b [...]ing sent to Tange [...], and Body throw [...] into the Sea as thinking it un­worthy e [...]her of Christian or Pagan Bu [...]al.

Complaint was then made by the Embassador against three of his Retinue, who to keep their hand in u're by a slight of Ligerdemain wou [...]d turn Knives, Forks, Spoons, or any other moveable into Ale and Brandy or what other Creature they listed. This was lookt upon as so high an Abuse to the Dignity of the Embassador and Emperour, nay of Mahomet himself▪ that they were condemn'd without Benefit of Clergy▪ being order'd to be thrown into the Lyons Den, and there to be devoured alive, one only Escaped, who diving a lit­tle too deep into a Ladies placket palm'd away her Ladyships Oracle▪ which hung by a gold Chain, for whom a Certain great Countess Interceeding with his Exeellency, obtained his promise for his Pardon▪ which accordingly he has performed.

Some were accus'd for drinking, others for whoring and mixing Pagan▪ Ru [...]s with Christian Giblets, whereof some of them that carryed with them the Tokens of their Mistresses kindnesses (which several its thought did to their sorrow) the foreman of the Jury giving in Verdict against them, their princi­ple Evidence was cut off, which it is thought will spoil their whoring for the future.

This was all which hapned during the stay of Mrs. Rowland, Wife to the late Jonas Rowland the English Renegade, who after she had seen the sad and Tragical End of her Husband, obtained leave to come hither in order to her return for England; where she will her self satisfy you more at large of the Truth of every particular, which I had from her self, and is as faithful deli­vered from

S [...]r,
Your Affectionate Kinsman William Franklin.

LONDON, Printed for J. S. 1682.

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