Description of the Isle of Ceylon by Baldaeus

References to Don Michael de Fonseka: (Page 799)

A certain Indian  named Michael Fonseka, ask’d me once a very odd question, viz. When  John baptized Christ, whether he baptized him in the Name of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost;  and being answered Yes,  he reply’d that thus Jesus Christ was baptized in his own Name, which he could not well comprehend. I told him, there was not the least Absurdity in the matter, since Jesus Christ   was not baptized upon his own account, or as being endowed both with the Divine and Human Nature. That the Son of God   could not be baptized otherwise but in the Name of God; and that under the Word God,  was not only comprehended the Father,  but also the Son and Holy Ghost;  that Jesus Christ  was the same in essence with the Father and the Holy Ghost; and that there were no degrees in the Deity, for tho the Father  was the first yet were the Son as well and truly God  as the Father  and Holy Ghost;  where with he was well satisfy’d. For the Indians  being generally very ingenious, they will ask many acute Questions, as concerning the Creation and End of the World,  the Immortality of the Soul, Hell,  and such like. 

Reference to Don Manuel D’Anderado:

Chapter XLV  (Page 798)  –    Jafnapatnam Surrendered (1658).

When we entered the Castle, we found it all battered to pieces by our Bombs; and such was the stench, that for sometime no body could abide there. We took care to have the Springs clear’d, the Dung removed, the Churches, Houses and Walls repair’d;  300 Coco-Trees were also to be planted, and many Houses, that stood too near the Ditch of the Castle, to be broken down; and to encourage the Inhabitants of the Country to settle here, the Custom upon Tobacco was taken off, the Jacob Rhee our Head Factor, a very understanding Person, constituted pro tempore  Commander in Chief here. 

Things being thus disposed, our Forces were soon after transported to the Coast of Coromandel, in order to reduce the City of Negapatnam:  We left but a slender Garison at Jafnapatnam, compos’d for the most part of Portugueses,  who had taken Service among us ; besides which there was a considerable Number of Prisoners in the Castle. 

These in conjunction with some of the Natives (not without the consent of Raja Singa  ) fram’d a Plot against us: Their Design was , to murder all the Officers in the Castle, whilst I was preaching in Portuguese  in the City; which done, certain Persons of their Gang should attack and kill the Guard, and thus to make themselves Masters of the Castle. 

It happen’d by accident that whilst I was preaching, Don Manuel Andrado, one of our Singalese Captains  and Modliar, coming with 18 of his Followers (who generally attended him) to the Church, remain’d in the Porch, where he could hear as well as within the Church. He was not a little surpriz’d (as he himself told me afterwards) to see the Portugueses  remain standing likewise without the Church-door, and laying their Hands upon their Swords; yet not being able to guess the true reason thereof, this Treachery was not discover’d till some days after, when the whole Design being laid open to Mr Jacob Van der Rhee,  he took care to double the Guards, to shut the Castle gates, and to secure all such as had a hand in the Plot. The next thing was to send for me by a Letter (I being then visiting the Churches in the Country) upon the receipt whereof I return’d immediately to the Castle, where with great Astonishment I had an account given me of the whole design, how it had been discover’d and the Traytors secured. For which Delivery I preach’d a solemn Thanksgiving-Sermon in Low-Dutch,  the 15th of September  1658. out of the Book of Esther, Chap. 9.  20 –24.    

Not long after most of the Traitors having confessed their Crimes, some were condemn’d to be hang’d, others to be beheaded, and some to be laid upon the Wheel. The three chief Heads of this Conspiracy were, a certain Inhabitant of Manaar, one Don Louys, and another Portuguese;  these three were laid upon the Wheel or a Cross, and after they had receiv’d a Stroke with the Ax in the Neck and on the Breast, had their Entrails taken out, and the Heart laid upon the Mouth. (read more about the death of Don Louys and the D’Anderado curse, in the ‘People’ page.)

A certain Jesuit nam’d Caldero, a Native of Malacca, was beheaded. This unfortunate Person being prevented by Sickness from going along with the rest of the Protuguese  Clergymen, had not been concern’d in this treacherous Design, much less given his Consent to it. But some of the Traytors having given notice thereof to him by Letters, wherein they stiled him the Father of their Souls; he as unwilling to betray his Country-men, for which he paid now with his Head: eleven more were hanged, and afterward exposed in the open Country on Trees; but the Heads of the Ringleaders were fix’d upon Poles in the Market-place.

Chap.XLII Page 785  – A’ndrado chops off two heads:

The 2d of August we receiv’d a Letter from Laurence Haurwyk our Under – Factor at Caleture (Kalutara), that several Robbers had been seen about Boemboele, who had cut down the Fruits of the Earth; that Andrado being sent after them with some lascaryns, had met only with two of them, who refusing obstinately to confess by whom they were sent out to cut down the Rice, they had cut off their Heads, and set them upon poles near the place where they had spoiled the Rice.

Chap.XLI Page 783

Manoel Andrado  (who signaliz’d himself before Jafnapatnam, of which anon) was likewise advertis’d by a Letter from his Brother-in-law (a reference to Don Louis D’Anderado), that the King’s Forces had wounded a Woman and a Slave near the Pass of Caleture, and that therefore he should keep a watchful Eye over his Lascaryns.