Sailor’s Round Robin SP16/88 f110

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This Round Robin letter is addressed to the captain of a ship in King Charles I’s employ.
According to the Calendar of State Papers: ‘The centre contains 12 lines of verse to the effect, that if the signers did not receive their allowances, and their ship were not new victualled [stocked with food], they would not raise their anchor. The signatures, to the number of 76, are placed round the lines.’

(Suggested transcript)
Goode Captaine to your wordes wee all give eare
But they unpleasing seame as wee doe heare
And those which are allowed not by the kinge
Thearefore with echoa like wee all doe sing
If that ower [al]lowanse wee receive not dulye
And also staying heare wee victule newlye
The shipe shall ride whilst cables they be rotten
Andso longes wee are whare victules maye be gotten
Unto which saying wee will all apply
Before wele yeld wee one and all will dye
God blesse the kinge and send him longe to rayne
And all such parsons as doe this mayntaine

(Suggested translation)
Good Captain, to your words we all give ear/ but they unpleasing seem as we do hear/and those which are allowed not by the king/ therefore with echo-like we all do sing/ if that our allowance we receive not duly/ and also staying here we victual newly/ the ship shall ride whilst cables they be rotten/and so long as we are where victuals may be gotten/ until which saying will we all apply/ before we yield we one and all will die/ God bless the king and send him long to reign/ and all such persons as do this maintain.


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    • 03/Jan/2018 12:30:35

    fantastic document