chapter  XXVIII
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How the fleet of oared vessels arrived. &c:

T h k drummer having left with the letter, proceeded to his quarters. [Now at this time] the CaptainMajor Gaspar de AfFonseca was in the River of Lafetd [Larit] with 30 galliots and 20 terranquins; when he learnt of the ftate in which the fortress of Queixome was, by news that had reached him from Ormuz, he came coafting out with flags and banners; he issued orders that 3 galliots and 2 terranquins should attack each ship, with ftrift orders either to burn the ships or the galliots with them, for it was better that they should all perish with the English than that the fortress should be loft.