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of the Company of the Saint Peter say and confesse some in the Englishe tongue
and others in dutch but to the understanding of this deponent that the
sayd shipp Saint Peter and her lading were bound for Amsterdam, and were there
to make their discharge. And this deponent saith that he found severall
bills of lading aboard the sayd shipp Saint Peter, and delivered them to the
sayd Captaine Swanley who p:rsently after the perusing of them told this
deponent that according to the entryes in the sayd bills of lading all the
goods therein mentioned were consigned for Amsterdam. And further he cannot

To the .6th. he saith that upon the taking of the sayd shipp Saint Peter, which
happened about the 22th day of May 1653 the sayd shipp being much
disabled, and the Harry Bonadventure hurt in fight the sayd Captaine Swanly
appoynted this deponent Master of the prize. and returned with both the
sayd shipps to Messina a foresayd a Citty in Scicily under the dominion
of the sayd King of Spaine, arriving there about the 25th day of
May, and there fitted and provided a new foremast for the Saint Peter
and a new maintopmast for the Harry Bonadventure and other necessaryes
to enable the sayd shipps to proceed to tunnis aforesayd which this deponent
knoweth for the reasons aforesayd and otherwise cannot depose.

To the .7th and 8th he saith the Governour of the sayd place and Officers of the sayd
Citty of Messina did hinder and would not permitt the sayd Captaine
Swanley and this deponent to make use of and bring aboard the sayd
masts provided and fitted ashoare as aforesayd notwithstanding that
the sayd Governour upon Captaines Swanleyes sending to him a present of good
value in gold and venise glasses had promised him all fitting a[?tt] [?occasions]
whereupon this deponent taking a Broker an Inhabitant of Messina with
him went a shoare to buy and procure such timber as might serve to make
good the old masts, And saith that both himselfe and the sayd broker were
by the Magistrates of Messina putt in prison and there detayned for twelve
dayes, And saith that not long after this deponent was seized and layd in
hold as aforesayd the Corporall of the Harry Bonadventure being a Spaniard
and goeing to the sayd Governour to make way for this deponents release
was likewise by the officers of the sayd Governour seized on and brought
and putt into the same prison where this deponent was, being one of the
worst prisons in the sayd Citty, And saith that during the tyme of their
such ymprisonment severall pilotts of Messina were clapt into the dungeon
of the same prison and Irons putt upon them by authority of the Magistrates
of Messina to drive or force them to confesse or declare that the sayd
Captaine Swanley and Companie had landed some goods contrary to the rules
and rders of that place that there by they might find occasion to detayne
and confiscat the sayd prize shipp the Saint Peter and her lading, as the
sayd Pilotts themselves did declare to this deponent. And saith that he
this deponent and the sayd Spanish Corporall Lorenzo Michael and the broker
aforesayd were so putt and deteyned in prison without anie offence given
or cause showne that ever this deponent heard of, and after 12 dayes the
sayd shipps the Harry Bonadventure and Saint Peter being departed from
Messina were without cause shewne or any examination taken [?dismissed]