chapter  15
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Hawkins Certificate of Good Conduct at Rio de la Hacha, May 19-30, 1565

I, Hernando de Heredia, notary public and clerk of the council in this city of Rio de Ia Hacha on the mainland coast in the Indies in the Ocean Sea, do hereby certify to all whom it may concern that from Saturday, in the morning, which was the nineteenth day of the present month of l\Iay, when the very magnificent John Hawkins, captain general of the English fleet, entered with said fleet into the harbour of this city, up to to-day, 'Vednesday, at about four o'clock in the afternoon, when he got under weigh with said fleet, the said captain and the men of his fleet have traded and transacted business with all the people of this town in the slaves and merchandise which their vessels brought, maintaining the peace and without disturbing it, and working no harm to any person whatsoever of any quality or condition.