chapter  25
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Don Martm Enriquez to John Hawkins, from aboard his flagship, off San Juan de Ulua, September 18, 1568

Wherefore I am content to accept the proposal which your honour makes in your letter, asking me to deliver hostages and to enter the port in peace, although I was determined to the contrary. Therefore I send ten principal persons and rely upon what your honour states, that those your honour sends me are similar persons. I well believe that although the people of this fleet enter without arms into the island, they will not be prevented from going about their affairs, nor harrassed in any fashion. And I am very confident that when we meet, friendship will augment between these fleets, since both are so well disciplined.