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With the shipp teh Adventure of London whereof hee was master, at and during
which time the aid William Pym was there residing in the wualitie and
condition of an English factor, which hee knoweth for that this deponent
there sawe him soe imployed, and there the said Pym did businesses
for this deponent in that qualitie, and this deponent sawe and tooke notice
that hee had greate and considerable Commissions of factorage from
English merchants and was in very greate imployment as a factor, and
saith hee lived and maintained himselfe wife and familie in soe
good sort and fashion, that this deponent conceiveth hee could not there
spend lesse than three hundred pounds a yeare, and this deponent
beleiveth hee proffited and gained by his said factorage and imployment
at Saint Malo's five hundred pounds sterling per annum one yeare
with another. And otherwise hee cannot depose.
To the third article hee saith and deposeth that in or about the moneth
of december 1652 the said William Pym being then at Saint Malo's
in ffrance, was there and thence imployed and dep[?uted] by the English
factors and others there living, and in the behalfe of English merchants
living in the west of England to come for England and to sollicite
and petition the then Parliament and Counsell of State for a free
trade and commerce to be had betweene this Nation and Saint Malo's,
which hee knoweth for that this deponent was then at Saint Malo's and
acquainted with such deputation and imployment of the said mr Pymm,
and saith the said william Pym undertooke the said imployment and
came for England, and in or about January next following this
deponent sawe him here in that imployment and had many times
speech with him thereabouts, and thereby this deponent knoweth
and sawe that the said william Pym did wholly betake himselfe yo
the prosecuting of the businesse by frequent applications and
addresses to the then Counsell of State, And otherwise hee cannot
To the fourth article hee saith and deposeth that the said William
Pym at such time as hee was upon his departure from Saint Malo's
upon his said negotiation (at which time this deponent was there) had
in his warehouse there and was possessed of severall goods ware and merchandizes
which this deponent sawe therein, as woollen draperies, Indian hides,
linnen cloth and other merchandizes, and commodities, amounting in this
deponents iudgement and estimation to two thousand pounds sterling, And
otherwise hee cannot depose, saving his brother James Pym and one Thomas
Eles were the factors of the said William Pym and soe hee left in
the possession and imployment of his said goods and factorings, as this
deponent sawe upon his comming thither afterwards.
To the fifth article hee saith that in or about the monethes of September
and October 1653, some ffrench merchants shipps of the said towne
of Saint Malo's were taken by the men of warr of this Commonwealth,
upon the arivall of the newes whereof at Saint Malo's, many ffrench