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To the twelfth article of the sayd allegation This deponent saith and deposeth that the
sayd Captaine Swanley and his Company upon the discovery of the foresayd
Dutch ffleet of the ?sayle of shipps finding themselves in danger advised
together and resolved that the best meanes that they could take for preservation
of themeselves and their sayd shipps was to putt in to the sayd port of Trapany[1] [2]
which sayd port is a place allso within the dominions of the King of Spaine
and accordingly they did putt into Trapany and gott with both their shipps
within pistoll shott of the ffort, and as neere ground as the burthen of
their shipps would pmitt, this deponent being present and knoweing and
seeing the premisses. And otherwise cannot depose.

To the thirteenth article of the sayd allegation This deponent saith and deposeth That
the aforesayd Dutch shipps following upn the Harry Bonadventure and
the Saint Peter, the arlate Capt Swanley before the dutch shipps arrived
or came into the port tooke his master or leivetenant John Merick aforesd
and him this deponent being Corporall of the Harry Bonadventure along
with him and addressed himselfe to the Governor of Trapany Don Antonia
Rois de Chavis, and demanded of the sayd Governors if he would protect
them and their sayd two shipps in his port, representing to him the danger
they were in by the dutch shipps aforesayd making towards the sayd
port: And thereupon the Governor promised that the sayd dutch shipps
should not come into the sayd port, and in case they did yet the English
and their sayd two shipps should not be molested, and thereof bad the
sayd Captaine Swanley to be secure, for that noe one should affront the English
in the chamber of his Master the King of Spaine, The premisses this
deponent knoweth to be true being one that accompanies the sayd
Captaine Swanley as aforesayd and being a Spaniard assisting the
sayd Captaine in his Treaty with the sayd Governor and was present and
saw and heard the passages aforesayd. And otherwise cannot depose.

To the fourteenth article of the sayd allegation This deponent saith that the premisses
not withstanding the sayd Governor of Trapanie (sic) contrary to his promise
suffered the sayd dutch shipps under the command of ?Young Van
Trump to come in to the sayd Port of Trapany and treated with the sayd
Van Trump, and messengers passed to and fro betwixt them in the sight
of this deponent who saw them so passe to and fro in the sayd Governors
owne boat, and saw and observed that the dutch shipps forbore to enter
the port till the returne of their messenger from the Governo:r and then
immediately made into and entred the sayd Port. And further faith that
att the same tyme that the sayd Governors boat passed as aforesayd betweene
Vantrumps (sic) sayd fleet and the shoare, he the sayd Governor sent a messenger
to captaine Swanly in a boat which Messenger in the Governors name and in the
presence and hearing of this deponent commanded the sayd Captaine Swanly and
Companie that on paine of death they should not shoot so much as a pistoll
in port for that in his Masters Chamber the King of Spaine they
were and should be secure and safe, And further saith that the sayd
Boat wherein the Messenger from the sayd Governor came to Captaine Swanles

  1. Trapany (alias Trapani). Port city on the north-west tip of Sicily.
  2. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trapani]