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The 30th of October 1657

Cox against Norbrooke.}

Exámined upon an allegation given in on the behalfe of
the said Cox the 28th instant.

Rp. 1

John Morris of the parish of Saint Buttolphs Algate London
Sailor; aged 19 yeares or thereabouts sworne and exámined.

To the first and second árticles hee saith and deposeth
that in the time of the late Warrs betwixt this Nation and the States of
the United Netherlands the producent Thomas Cox served in the
Elizabeth frigot whereof Captaine Mings was commander in the
immediate service of this Common Wealth, and was in a fight against
the Dutch at sea wherein the said frigot tooke twenty saile of Dutch or
hollanders, and saith the said Cox behaved himselfe very stoutly and
valiantly in the said service and fight, and was wounded in the same
by a splinter that strooke him on the throat of which hee bled very much
and there was much adoe to stench the bleeding, and soe much the
more difficult it was, because hee bled inwardly and that in such abundance
that hee had much adoe to breathe, and had severall other wounds
about him in that fight, All which notwithstanding the said Cox
still stood to his place and charge and performed his part very
manfully and stoutly and desisted not untill the fight was ended
and the dutch vanquished, but plied about the guns where his quarter
was: All which hee knoweth because hee this deponent was in the
said shipp and service and saw him soe behave himselfe. And
otherwise hee cannot depose.

To the third hee saith fourth and fifth articles hee saith and deposeth
that the said Captaine Mings being about Christmas at the
Barbada's in the frigot the Marston Moore whereof hee was then
Commander in the said service of this Commonwealth, and being in
the roade there and thence bound for Jamaica, and hearing that the said
Cox was aboard a shipp there (the name whereof hee knoweth not, but
heard that shee came from Ginney) hee the said Captaine called a board
the said shipp, and asked for the said Cox, and hee appearing, the
said Captaine told him hee must goe alwaye with him, and soe hee
declared to the men on the deck, namely that hee would presse and have
the said Cox, and accordingly sent his boate and fetcht him aboard
the frigat and impressed him into the service of this Commonwealth
and declared that hee would not heave him because hee knew him to be
a valiant stout fellow; and the said Coxes clothes were alsoe fetcht
in the frigats boate. And from the said roade the said frigot sailed
to Jamaica, where there were about 150 man put out of her ashore on service
to take a towne and fort, of which number this deponent and the
said Cox were two, and in the said service the said fort and towne were
taken by assault, and therein the said Cox behaved himselfe very stoutly
and valiantly in fight of this deponents sight and knowledge, And
saith hee this deponent was in the said frigit at the Barbadas when
the said Cox was there soe pressed and thereby knoweth the same
And otherwise cannot depose.

To the sixth hee saith that the said Cox had only three and twenty
shillings wages per month for his service in the said frigot the
Marston Moore, whereas in the shipp out of which hee was soe
impressed, hee had as hee said thirtie shillings per moneth,
And otherwise hee cannot depose.