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10th of September 1651.

The claime of Cogia Jacomo, Cogia Saroukan)
and Cogia Sefer Merchants of Armenia,)
for their goods in the shipp the Saint Martin taken)
by a Squadron of shipps commanded by Captaine)

Examined upon an allegation given in on the
behalfe of the said claimers.

Hojah Peter of the citie of Spaham
in Persia, merchant aged 23 yeares or thereabouts
sworne in Court and examined by the
Interpretation of William Seaman and
George Mascadonia Interpreters sworne in this

To the first and second articles of the said allegation and to the bills of lading or
schedules annexed, hee saith and deposeth that hee well knoweth all the parties
producent and saith that the time arlate and before and in the time
of her lading of all and singular the merchandizes mentioned and expressed in
the three schedules annexed they were and at present are the true
and lawfull owners and proprietors thereof and for such commonly accompted
videlicet the said Cogia Jacomo owner of the goods and merchandizes mentioned in
the first of the said schedules, Cogia Saronkon of those in the second
and Cogia Safer of those mentioned in the third of the said schedules
annexed, saving one Jacomo a servant to the said Safer oweth a bale of goods mentioned [XX] and saith that in the moneth of March last past, and more
particularly about the tenth day of the same moneth (newe stile) they
the said severall producents did at Smyrna lade aborde the shipp the Saint
Martin arlate all the severall goods and [?merchandizes] in the said respective
bills of lading for their owne respective accompts to be thence transported in
the said vessell to Ligorne and there delivered unto them or their
agents, or assignes for their use, all which hee knoweth because hee was present
at Smyrna and sawe the said persons soe lade the said goods, where they
after imbarked themselves to come with the same for Ligorne there to dispose
them for their owne accompt. And otherwise hee cannot depose.

To the third article and bills of lading or three schedules annexed hee saith and
deposeth that the said schedules were and are the true and originall bills of
lading for the said goods and merchandizes, therein contained, and were
and are signed and subscribed by and with the proper hand of Michael An[?dris]
who at the time of the said subscription was Captaine and commander of
the said shipp and in this deponents presence signed the same in the house of
one monsieur dannian a Merchant living in Smyrna, and the contents
of the said bills were and are as hee saith true, and were soe had and donne
as therein is contained. And otherwise hee cannot depose.

To the fourth article hee saith that after the said lading of the said respective
goods aboard the said shipp at Smyrna by the respective persons aforesaid
they the said producents did depart therewith to looke to their said goods
and tooke the said bills of lading along with them, and saith that in the
said shipps course for Ligorne shee and her lading were met with
surprized and taken by a Squadron of English shipps, in which
Captaine hall was a commander, which hee knoweth because hee came
alsoe in the said shipp the Saint Martin from Smyrna in company of the producents,
and sawe the said seizure which was made about three weekes after Easter last off
the Iland of Corsica, at which time the said producents were aboard her
and had their said bills of lading in their custodie and possession, and
kept them in their sh[??oues], and being turned ashore in the Ile of
ffa[XXXXX]aa in Sicily, they thence brought them with them thither, this deponent
comming in their company. And otherwise hee cannot depose.

To the fifth article hee saith and deposeth that the said
Cogia Jacomo, Cogia Saroukan, and Cogia Safer were and are
Merchants descended from Armenia, and doe use to trade betwixt Persia
and Smyrna and alsoe from parts and places of the dominions of the Turkish
Emperour to Smyrna aforesaid and from Smyrna to Ligorne, and doe
use to trade and traffique in those quarters with the English
and others andhold faire correspondence and commerce with them there
which hee knoweth because hee alsoe tradeth in like manner in those places,
and thereby hath observed the traffique of the said producents as aforesaid,

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