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came in the said shipp; and further that hee this exáminate sawe some
of the mariners of the said frigot that made the said seizure throw a
greate many papers overboard (after their seizing the said shipp) which they
had taken in her, and beleeveth the said producents writings and paper
to be amongst them throwne overboard, for hee presently sawe his chest
open and all them taken away: and saith there were severall of the
mariners that soe threw them over board, and in particular the boatswaine
(as hee taketh hee was) a tall man with long brownehaire, and two
boyes, and many papers were throwne up and downe and some into
the fire by the said seizers company.
To the last hee answereth negatively, referring himselfe to his
To the last hee saith the said producent Antonia da ffonseca da ffranca
was and remained about five or six monethes at Cartagena aforesaid
before hee laded the said goods aboard the said shipp the Virgin Mary and
All Saints of Cartagena, and lodged all that space neere this deponents
=William Martyn [SIGNATURE, LH SIDE]
=A diego [XXbatory] [SIGNATURE, RH SIDE]
Repeated in Court before
both Judges the 19th of June
The nineteenth of June 1657. [CENTRE HEADING]
Exámined upon the foresaid allegation.
Antonio Martines de Messa of Sevill Merchant
áged 32 yeares or thereabouts sworne and exámined.
To the first article hee saith hee well knoweth the producent Antonio
de ffonseca da ffranca, and hath soe donne for theise eight yeares last
past, who hee saith is a native of ffarnambuco in Brazil and for such
commonly accounted, and borne of Portugall parents and for such commonly
To the second and third hee saith that the said producent for all the said time of this
deponents knowledge of him hath in the service and subiection of the king
of Portugall, and served him as Alfarez or lieutenant under his brother
George ffernandes da ffranca (a gentleman of the habit of Saint Jago, Captaine)
in the warres made by the said king for recovery of Angola, and in other
places, which hee knoweth, having seene him in that service at Angola
where this deponent knew him dwelling foure or five yeeres after regaining of
that place, where which regaining was about the yeere 1647. And otherwise hee
To the fourth árticle hee saith and deposeth that for all the time arlate
and to this present there were and are shipps under the name of
Permission shipps that by vertue of licenses obtained
from the officers of the king of Spaine and those of the king of
Portugall) in that behalfe appointed) usually goe and trade from Cartagena
in the west Indies in the dominions of the king of Spaine to Angola
aforesaid in the dominion of the king of Portugall, and from Angola
to Cartagena and other parts of the West Indies in subiection to the king
of Spaine, and have and doe usually and frequently carry from Angola Negroes
and other Merchandizes to Cartagena, and other parts of the West Indies
under subiection of˺ the said king of Spaine, and there invest the same in hides, tobaccoes,