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To the first and second Articles of the sayd Allegation This deponent saith
that from about the 7th day of december 1652 English Stile till about the
25th day of June then next ensueing the arlate shipp the harry Bonadventure
was ymployed out to sea as a mann of warr in the service of this Commonwealt
under Command of the sayd Captaine Robert Swanly by vertue of a lawfull
Commission which this deponent saw and heard read, with authority to take
Dutch shipps and all other shipps belonging to the
enemies of this Commonwealth, and saith that in pursuance of the
saud Authority in their Course from Messina to Tunis in orabout the month f [?May] 1653 the sayd harry
Bonadventure neere to Cape Sp[?o]rt[?a]vento mett with two dutch shipps
and fought with them for about three or four howres, and att length
subdued and tooke the bigger of them called the Saint Peter, and the
master of the sayd Saint Peter being slayne in fight, tooke the greatest
part of the Company out of the sayd dutch shipp into the Harry Bonadventure
by meanes whereof the sayd Captaine Swanley and Company became possessed
of the sayd shipp Saint Peter and her lading And otherwise cannot depose
saving that he knoweth the premisses to be true being Chyrurgeon of the
harry Bonadventure and present aboard att the sayd fight and seizure.
To the third fourth and fifth articles of the sayd allegation this deponent saith that the
sayd shipp the Saint Peter was a very large and able shipp and had 24.
gunnes and tackle and furniture requisit. and was full laden with goods
of great value, And saith he heard the steersman of the sayd shipp the
Saint Peter in broken English he being this deponents patient, and the Chirurgeon
likewise of the sayd shipp in the Italian tongue and to the understanding
of this deponent say and affirme that the whole Cargazon of the Saint Peters
ladeing according to the Bills of lading for the same did amount to the
summe or value of four hundred thousand Crownes, and that her lading
was quick sylver, annis seeds coriander seeds, Currants Venise Glasses
and other rich Commodityes the quantityes of any whereof in certayne
or the values of them otherwise than as aforesayd this deponent cannot sett
fourth. And moreover saith he heard the sayd Chyrurgeon of the Saint Peter
say that the sayd shipp Saint Peter was with her ladeing bound
for Amsterdam; and saith that the greatest part of the Company of the
sayd shipp were dutchmen. And further hee cannot depose saveing that the harry
Bonadventure in the chase and fight wore the English Colours and the Saint Peter [?the] Dutch shipp the Holland Colours.
To the sixth he saith the sayd Captaine Swanly carryed back the sayd shipps the
harry Bonadventure and Saint Peter back to Messina a Citty subiect to the King of Spaine to repaire and make good
the hurt they had sustayned in the sayd fight, and to enable them to goe for Tunis [?all GUTTER]
which he knoweth goeing back in the sayd harry Bonadventure to Messina
and otherwise cannot depose.
To the 7th he saith that the sayd Captaine Swanley did present the Governour
of Messina with a gift or present. and that the foremast of the prize being
putt a shoare there was taken or stoll[?o]ne away by some of the Inhabitants, and
Captaine Swanley forced to redeeme the same being deprived of two [?new] masts
which this deponent then and there heard he had provided for supply of
his sayd shipps. And otherwise cannot depose.
To the 8th he saith that the sayd Captaine Swanley whilest the sayd shipps remained
att Messina sent John Merrick newly appointed Commander of the Saint Peter
and Lorenso Michaell Corporall of the harry Bonadventure being a