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To the fourteenth he saith that the sayd 2 shipps came and arrived att Trapany
as aforesayd about eleven of the Clock in the day tyme upon the 25th day
of June 1653, and about two howres after the sayd Dutch shipps
Commanded by young Van Trump followeing upon the sayd harry Bonadventure
and Saint Peter made their approaches eere the sayd Port., and this deponent
then saw a boat passe to and fro betwixt Van Trump and Trapanie
and about the same tyme there came to the sayd 2 shipps a Messenger in a
boat from the sayd Governour and warned the sayd Captaine Swanly and his
Company not to show any incivility in the sayd Port by shooting; And saith
that soone after, the premisses notwithstanding, the sayd Van Trump entred
the Port with his shipps and with two of them boarded the harry Bonadventure, and so seized
and tooke boththe sayd shipps and became possessed thereof and their lading they then
lyeing within postoll shott of the fforts of Trapanie as aforesayd, this
deponent being then present and taken in the harry Bonadventure and
afterwards kept and deteyned prisoner aboard one of the sayd dutch shipps. And
otherwise cannot depose.
To the fifteenth he saith that to colour the matter att such tyme as the sayd
seizure was actually made some gunnes were discharged from the fforts of
Trapanie, but noe manner of execution was done upon any of the sayd dutch
shipps, the sayd shotts being made att random and quite over the shipps
of the sight and observation of this deponent being then and there present
And otherwise cannot depose.
To the 16 and 17th he saith he knoweth nothing thereof.
To the 18th he saith that being prisoner aboard the little Saint Marke one
of the sayd Dutch shipps lyeing neere to Trapany
he this deponent saw two or three dutch shippes come the next day after the
sayd seizure safe and unmolested out from the road of Trapanie. And otherwise he
To the 19th he saith he cannot depose.
To the 20th he saith the Harry Bonadventure was of the burthen of 350 tonnes
and was well provided of all necessaries for a mann of warr of her
burthen and had 41 gunnes, and a good quantity of powder and shott
and had severall goods and necessaries aboard belonging to the sayd Captaine
Swanley and Companie and some tokens. And this deponent for his owne part had
in the sayd shipp att the tyme of seizure by the dutch Clothes bookes and
other goods of the ckeare value of 13 l. .10 s sterling for his owne proper Accompt
and moreocer expended in his Journey home from Leghorne by land the
summe of 7 l. 2 s.. 4 d. sterling, of which sayd goods Cloathes and expenses
he this deponent hath left a Particular in the Registry of this Court
And saith he knoweth not the value of the sayd shipp nor of the losses
of other men in the same. Amd otherwise he cannot depose.
To the 21th he saith that the losse of the sayd two shipps the harry Bondaventure
and Saint Peter and their lading happened and was occasioned by the [?fraud]
injurious practises and contrivances of the sayd Governours of Messina
and Trapany, which he beleiveth for the reasons predeposed wherto
he referreth himselfe. And otherwise cannot depose.
Repeated before Doctor Clarke/
and Doctor Godolphin./
William Clutterbucke. [SIGNATURE, RH SIDE]