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hee well knowth that in the moneth of June one thousand sixe hundred fifty seaven
the sayd shipp the Eastland Merchant was and remayned in the Port of Birkery arlate
and that while shee soe remayned there there came some shipps to the number of five who bore the Spanish
Colours and were as hee beleeveth belonging to the King of Spaine and or his subiects
and endeavoured to come to harbour at Bickery but Riddeing the water shallowe they laye came for some tyme to an Anchor without the harbour
and there lay with intente as this deponent beleeveth to take an oportunity
to seize the Eastland Merchant and her ladeing, (they having of this deponents knowledge
sett upon and fought with her and some other English shipps at Sea before videlicet in the Moneth of March
last) and saith that while they were there soe lyeing to take their oportunite, the Pinke
and Pottash of Leghorne whereof the arlate Cardis was Commander came to
the sayd Spanish vessells upon the fifth of June last and was in company with
them, but what discourse passed betwixt the sayd Cardis and the companye of the sayd
Spanish vessells hee knoweth not, but saith that upon the sayd fifth of June the sayd
Cardis with his Pinke and Pottash came into the sayd harbour of Birkery and
the sayd Spanish vessells seeing him steere into harbour followed the same course
and soe gott into harbour alsoe, whether being come, the sayd Cardis fired
divers gunnes against the Eastland Marchant, as alsoe did the other vessells
which were Spanish, and the Eastland Marchant and her company did continue
fight against the sayd Cardis and his Pinke and Pottash, and alsoe against the
sayd Spanish vessells and the afternoone of the sayd fifth of June aforesayd they
the sayd Cardis with his Pinke and Pottash and alsoe the other Spanish vessells
receaved the fight with the Eastland Merchant and continued the same with
her untill about eight a clock in the morning, at which tyme (being over
=powered by the sayd Cardis and the Spanish vessells in company with him) the
Company of the Eastland Merchant were forced to betake them selves to their
boates, and leave their sayd shipp, which the sayd Cardis with his Pinke
and Pottash aforesayd and with the assistance of the Spanish vessells aforesayd
his confederates imediately seized upon, and the sayd Cardis and his sayd Confederates tooke the sayd shipp the Eastland
Merchant and all her ladeing togeather with her tacke and furniture and the cloathes
materialls and instruments and Adventures of the Master and Mariners of her all which
the sayd Cardis and company and his sayd confederates possessed them selves of
And further saving his subsequent deposition hee cannot depose./

To the 4th article hee saith that the Eastland Merchant arlate was at the tyme
of such her seizure a very stronge firme and good shipp and very well pro=
vided with all manner of provisions and rigging and other necessaries fitt for her
voyage and had in her twenty gunnes And the sayd shipp with her gunnes
tackle furniture and provisions she havinge in her then nyne moneths provisions were worth at her seizure (in this deponents Judg=
ment and estimate three thousand five hundred pounds sterling or thereabouts And hee this deponent
being Boat swaine of her and thereby keeping the booke of entrie of all her
ladeing knoweth that shee had alsoe in her at her seizure three thousand three
hundred thirty seaven hydes and one hundred and fifty seaven sacks of flaxe
and eighty chests of Incense and gummes and two bales of broadcloath, and [XXX GUTTER]
bales of linnen cloath and Cammells hayre, and one and twenty sacks of
Cotton yarne, and one sack of Sena, and twenty piggs of lead all which
in this deponents Judgment and Estimate were well worth a very considerable value
arlate but the particular summes and as hee beleeveth cannot specifie And saith that all the goods predeposed of were by meanes of the sayd