Rafael Seijas.

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pretty— too pretty, in fact, and too heavy for Indians. Those which they use
are on an average about as thick as a shilhng, and set in a piece of wood to
make them stronger.

I have been informed that the two Owls (or Chiefs) of Essequibo and Massa-
runi are dead.

I have sent word to liim of Barinia to coiue here, when I will ^ive him
one of the ring-collars. B. C, III, 126.

1768. West India Company (Zeeland Chamber).

The slaves . . . returned ... by the Warrows in return for pay
. . . shows the great ntility which . . . there is in encouraging- as
much as possible tlie bringing' in of rnuaway slaves by the due payment of
adequate rewards to the Indians. Same, p. lyg.

1769. Director-General in Essequibo.

The chief of the Caribs, who is now here, goes up the river to-day. He has
promised me to attack the murderers of the Postholder, and to hold all his people
in readiness in case we might have need of them. Commandant Backer told him
this morning that he would like to come up the river, and asked him whether he
would then let him be master.'' He answered : " No, I am master of the Caribs.
You can be master of the whites and of the other nations, and then we can
together become masters of everything." I let him see one of the silver ring-
collars which I still have, and promised to give it to him, and to give him
some clothes (of which they are very fond) if he behaved well. B. C.,IV, 11.

1769. Acting Postholder in Cuyuui.

Hired five Indians to fell, burn, clean and plant a bread-garden; paid to
each Indian five yards salempouris, two woodsman's knives, two mirrors, [&c].,
and this is payment for one garden.

Hired five more Indians for the second bread-garden ; paid to each Indian
five yards red-fiowered calico, two woodsman's knives, two mirrors [&c.].

This is payment for the second bread-garden. Same, p. 16.

1773. West India Company,

It was resolved ... to send some blue drill, combs, corals, mouth
organs and looking glasses to be presented to the Caribs, who liave distin-
guished themselves in suppressing the riot. Same, p. loS.

1774. Court of Policy in Essequibo.

We were also much honoured with your Lordships' respected commands
. . . concerning the manner in which we were to deal with and distribute
the silver ring-collars, salempouris, combs, beads, mouth-drums, and mirrors.

The ring-collars being intended as a present for the Indian Chiefs . . .
are not well suited for that purpose, . . . This is a present which would
have been very acceptable to them in former times. . . . but the Spaniards
have made tliese things so common amongst them that they now have some in
gold which cover their whole chest. B. C, IV, 122,


OBJECT OF-(Continued).

1774. Court of Policy in Essequibo.

We have therefore resolved to request . . . twelve ordinary canes with
knobs covered with thin silver, and twelve common hats with broad sham silver
brims or points d'Espagne . . . this would be a particularly acceptable
present to these Indian Owls.

The common Caribs having been already sufficiently rewarded at the time
of the revolt ... it would be best to divide the salempouris and other trinkets
amongst the Honourable Company's slaves. B. C, IV, 122,

1774. Commandeur in Demerary.

Mr. Van der Heydeii, a planter of Essequibo, . . . really saved the whole
Colony in the last revolt with the help of his Indians, . . . this man luis
spent more than a thousand guilders in mailing the Indians presents, and in
treating- them. Same, p. 124.

1775. Courts of Policy and Justice.

We first note your Lordships' approval concerning the gifts of ring-col-
lars, salempouris, &c. . . . We shall await the twelve canes with silver
knobs and the twelve hats with false silver trimmings, or point d'Espagne, and
when we receive the same we shall distribute them according to . . .
orders. Same, p. ijy.

1778. Court of Policy.

The Chiefs of the Indians . . . and their attendants who were at the fort
having appeared in Court, . . . the President of the Court assured them
. . . of the continuance of the existing friendly relations with the tribes, and
presented them, as a token of friendsliip, sticks with large silver knobs,
bearing the impression of the seal of the West India Company, hats with large
silver pointed plumes, blue drill coloured clothes, axes, ribbons, looking-glasses,
and other articles, and requested them to visit the fort from time to time,
and keep up existing friendly relations.

Accepted gratefully by all the Chiefs, being well pleased with their gifts ;
they promised to be always willing and ready in rendering every assistance when-
ever required and called upon by the Government. Same, p. i8j.

The interpreters being called in, they were told to inform the Indians that the
Government asked them to-day, in consideratl