chapter  12
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Shewing my journey from the city of Chiafa unto Guatemala, and the chief places in the way

T h e time now being come that I was to leave the little city of Chiapa, I took some occasion beforehand to take my leave of my be& friends, whose children I had taught, and at my departure I rauft confess I found them kind and bountiful, except it were Donna Magdalena de Morales, from whom I did not expeft, neither did I desire any farewell, or adieu token. But among all, the Governor’s wife was moft liberal unto me, sending me many boxes of aromatical chocolate, and one extraordinary great box with four several divisions of different conserves gilt over, besides many maple breads, and biscuits made with eggs and sugar, a present it was which might have been sent to a greater man than to a poor worthless mendicant friar, and with this in a handkerchief a dozen pieces of eight. Don Melchor de Velasco yet exceeded her, in words and compliments I mean, but in deeds, he and all the crew of the Creoles mu& think to come short of them who are born in Spain. The firft town I went unto was Theopixca, six leagues from Chiapa, a fair and great town of Indians, who are held to be next unto the Indians of the other Chiapa in sitting and riding a horse. In this town is nothing so considerable as the church, which is great and strong, and the music belonging unto it sweet and harmonious. The vicar

The third day I took my leave of him, who would not yet leave me, but would conduft me to Comitan, whither I was invited by the Prior of that cloifter, named Friar Thomas Rocolano, a Frenchman, who being a ftranger to the Spaniards (for besides him and myself there was no other ftranger in that country) desired acquaintance with me, which he began to settle by meeting me at the half way with many Indians on horseback, having provided an arbour where we might more conveniently confer and reft while our chocolate and other refreshments were provided. But the Creole Peter Martir was not a little envious (as I was afterwards informed in the cloifter) to see me so much made of and efteemed in the country, yet his fair words and compliments far exceeded the sincerity and down-rightness of my French friend. At Comitan I stayed a whole week, riding about with the Prior unto the Indian towns, and down the hill to the valley of Copanabaftla, where I enjoyed much paftime and recreation among the friars and Indians and was feafted after the manner of that country, which knoweth more of an Epicurean diet than doth England, or any part of Europe; nay I am persuaded (and I have heard Spaniards confess it) that Spain hath taken from the Indies since the Conqueft many lessons for the dressing of several dishes and completing a feaft or banquet. After the week was ended my French friend the Prior conducted me to Izquintenango, to see me well furnished up the mountains of Cuchumatlanes.