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HOW PETER MET THE SPANIARD
JOHN CASTELL
PETER GATHERS VIOLETS
LOVERS DEAR
CASTELL'S SECRET
FAREWELL
NEWS FROM SPAIN
D'AGUILAR SPEAKS
THE SNARE
THE CHASE
THE MEETING ON THE SEA
FATHER HENRIQUES
THE ADVENTURE OF THE INN
INEZ AND HER GARDEN
PETER PLAYS A PART
BETTY SHOWS HER TEETH
THE PLOT
THE HOLY HERMANDAD
BETTY PAYS HER DEBTS
ISABELLA OF SPAIN
BETTY STATES HER CASE
THE DOOM OF JOHN CASTELL
FATHER HENRIQUES AND THE BAKER'S OVEN
THE FALCON STOOPS
HOW THE _MARGARET_ WON OUT TO SEA
ENVOI

Don d'Aguilar, in truth he is the Marquis of Morella, and on one side, 

it is said, of royal blood, if not on both, since he is reported to be 

the son born out of wedlock of Prince Carlos of Viana, the half-brother 

of the king. The tale runs that Carlos, the learned and gentle, fell in 

love with a Moorish lady of Aguilar of high birth and great wealth, for 

she had rich estates at Granada and elsewhere, and, as he might not 

marry her because of the difference of their rank and faiths, lived with 

her without marriage, of which union one son was born. Before Prince 

Carlos died, or was poisoned, and while he was still a prisoner at 

Morella, he gave to, or procured for this boy the title of marquis, 

choosing from some fancy the name of Morella, that place where he had 

suffered so much. Also he settled some private lands upon him. After the 

prince died, the Moorish lady, his lover, who had secretly become a 

Christian, took her son to live at her palace in Granada, where she died 

also some ten years ago, leaving all her great wealth to him, for she 

never married. At this time it is said that his life was in danger, for 

the reason that, although he was half a Moor, too much of the 

blood-royal ran in his veins. But the Marquis was clever, and persuaded 

the king and queen that he had no ambition beyond his pleasures. Also 

the Church interceded for him, since to it he proved himself a faithful 

son, persecuting all heretics, especially the Jews, and even Moors, 

although they are of his own blood. So in the end he was confirmed in 

his possessions and left alone, although he refused to become a priest. 

 

"Since then he has been made an agent of the Crown at Granada, and 

employed upon various embassies to London, Rome, and elsewhere, on 

matters connected with the faith and the establishment of the Holy 

Inquisition. That is why he is again in England at this moment, being 

charged to obtain the names and particulars concerning all Maranos 

settled there, especially if they trade with Spain. I have seen the 

names of those of whom he must inquire most closely, and that is why I 

write to you so fully, since yours is first upon the list. I think, 

therefore, that you do wisely to wind up your business with this 

country, and especially to sell your ships to us outright and quickly, 

since otherwise they might be seized--like yourself, if you came here. 

My counsel to you is--hide your wealth, which will be great when we have 


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