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To the .18. he saith that the sayd Van Trump after the seizure aforesayd
did ride att an anchor two dayes within Command of the Castle of
TRapany with his owne 7 saile of shipps and the Harry Bonadventure
and Saint Peter aforesayd without any molestation att all which this
deponent knoweth being prisoner the same tyme aboard the little
Saint Marke one of his sayd 7 shipps; and saith he knoweth nothing
of the dutch merchants shipps allegate. and otherwise cannot depose.
To the 19th he saith. That being prisoner aboard the Little Saint Marke
as aforesayd he this deponent heard two Scotch men belonging to
the Gunroome thereof, and three of four dutchmen speaking the
English tongue say and affirme that the Purser of the sayd shipp
the Little Saint Marke was ymployed by the sayd Van Trump to the Governour
of Trapanie aforesayd for the betraying of the sayd shipps
the harry Bonadventure and Saint Peter aforesayd he the sayd Purser speaking the Spanish tongue and that the
sayd Van Trump did by the sayd Purser present and deliver to the
sayd Governour the summe of fifteene hundred duckatts in that behalf
and that the sayd Governour receyved the same from him accordingly
And otherwise cannot depose.
To the 20th he saith the sayd shipp the Harry Bonadventure was of the burthen of
betwixt 300 and 400 tonnes and was Compleatly rigged and fitted with all
necessaries, and was victualled for .6. monethes and had 41 gunnes abord her
and about 100 kintalls of powder with weapons of war and ammunition requisite
and answerable for a shipp of that burthen in a warlike ymployment, And
had aboard her a quantity of Anniseeds and other merchandizes that had bene
taken into her one out of the Prize shipp, and allso divers goods and necessaryes
belonging to the sayd Captaine Swanley and Company. and this deponent for his
owne particular had and lost in her goods Cloathes Instruments and
other things to the Cleare value of
fifty eight pounds sterling and Richard Herbert Late Masters mate of the sayd
shipp had and lost goods and Clothes and Instruments in the sayd shipp to the value of 56 li - 19 s . 4 d sterling
And otherwise he cannot depose not knowing the value of the whole losse.
To the 21th he saith that the sayd shipp the harry Bonadventure and the sayd shipp
the Saint Peter with their respective lading were lost as he beleiveth by the
fraud contrivance and practises of the sayd Governours of Messina and Trapanie
or one of them, And verily beleiveth that if the sayd Governour of Messina
had not imprisoned the sayd Captaine Swansons men nor taken away the ffelensa
from him, or in case the sayd Governour of Trapany had protected the sayd
shipps as he might well have done, and not betrayed them as he did, they
the sayd shipps the harry Bonadventure and Saint Peter and their ladeing respectively
had bene preserved in the possession of the sayd Captaine Swanley and
Company, and would not have bene taken by the sayd Van Trump and
his dutch shipps nor lost to the English. And otherwise cannot depose
To the last he saith heis depositions are true./
James Collett [SIGNATURE, RH SIDE]