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The 12th of October 1653.

Thomas Christian and company against the}
greate Christofer}

Examined upon the fores said allegation.


William Mowat of London Mariner Lieutenant
of the Prosperous Galliot Richard Swann Captaine
aged 25 yeares or thereabouts, sworne and examined

To the first 2 and 3 articles of the said allegation hee saith that immediately after such time
as the said Swaine had taken and surprized the shipp the greate Christofer
arlate and her lading, hee put this deponent and three other of his men into
her, and tooke some of the Christofers company out, leaving still foure
seamen of her company and two merchants in her, and sent this deponent to bring her
away for England, and about two dayes after, their being a greate storme
and they parted from their man of warr, two hollands men of warr
comming neere them, one of the said merchants being a dutchman, much
reioyced at the said approach of the dutch man of warr, and thanked God
therefore, and spealing to this deponent told him saying, well Lieutenant you
English rogue, nowe you sea what is become of you, nowe I will keepe thee
in prison with water and bread as longe as I live and am worth a stiver
or to the very same effect in the dutch language which this deponent very well
understandeth, and threatened that hee would keepe the rest of this deponents
said company alsoe in prison, and further told this deponent in dutch
to this effect, you say you have good friends in England, nowe you shall sea
if I have noe better in Holland, and often endeavoured to raise a
mutinie against this deponent and company, holding often consultacions
with the dutch stiersman and company aboard to that purpose. And about
eight dayes after the said seizure this deponent and company [?came]
with the said shipp the greate Christofer and goods into Alborough Roade
where the fleete of this Commonwealth was then ridinge, one of the
Generalls shipps sent her longe boate aboard this deponent
wherein hee went aboard [?generall] monck and having made knowne
unto him the mutinous condition of the said merchants and company
of the Christofer, the said generall gave him three men of his
for further strengthening this deponent and companie for securing the
said prize and goods and bringing them up for this port;
And saith that after the premisses this deponent and his said company
comming with the said shipp and goods into harwich roade, the said
merchants and men that were of the Christofers company mutinied
and rose up against this deponent and company and assaulted
them and endeavoured by force to subdue them, and therein prevailed
soe farr that they after they had hurt and beaten this deponent
and his company, they by force stowed all this deponent company
saving this deponent and a pilot which hee had newly taken aboard at [?XXXtch],
and had undoubtedly mastered and carried them away, but
that this deponent and the said pilot seeing their desparate condition
soe [?beyond] themselves that they fot the upper hand, albeit that
the said dutch made themselves soe sure of carrying them away that
the said Stiersman called out to the said merchant to cutt the cable for
nowe as hee said was the time. After which premisses comming up
as farr as the [?sXXX], and it being night, the said merchant in this