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and released not withstanding that in that space of tyme two dayes had
past whereon by the report of other prisoners this deponent understood
that the Judges or Maystrates there had usually come to the sayd prison
for the examination of prisoners. All which this deponent knoweth for
the reasons aforesayd and otherwise cannot depose.

To the ninth he saith that before such tyme as this deponent was layd in prison
as aforesayd the sayd Governour and Inhabitants of Messina furnished the Dutchmen
lately of the Saint Peters Companie with severall boates to meet with a Dutch shipp the
Lyon expected daily from Smyrna or another
Dutch shipp named the Diamond expected frpm Alexandria to give them
of the Lyon and Diamond intelligence of the sayd English Mann of warr
being att Messina and to mann them the better in case they mett with
eyther of the sayd Dutch shipps, and somuch this deponent heard from severall
Inhabitants of Messina and himselfe saw the sayd boates goe off from
Messina with the sayd dutch men lately taken in the Saint Peter. And further
saith the sayd Governour and officers of Messina did about the same tyme
seize and detayne a ffalensa and men belonging to the same being
about nyne in number, which the sayd Captaine Swanley had formerly
hired to attend him for the gaining of Intelligence and other service
att the rate of 80 dollars per month or thereabouts And saith that the
seizing and deteyning of the sayd ffalensa and her Company was an
occasion of the losse of the harry Bonadventure and Saint Peter that did
afterwards ensue. Amd this deponent further saith that after himselfe
and the sayd Corporall and Broker were sett att Liberty he hired a ffalensa
to carry himselfe and the sayd Corporall to Captaine Swanleys sayd shipps
then out att sea, but was not permitted to goe in her by reason of a prohibition
from the sayd Governour and his officers, but was forst to make use of
an old boat formerly belonging to another prize shipp that Captaine Swanley
had brought into that Port, and therein together with the sayd Corporall
to make shift to gaine and overtake the sayd harry Bonadventure
and Saint Peter being gone to sea a day or two before. And further
he cannot depose.

To the 10. 11. and 12 he saith that the sayd harry Bonadventure and Saint Peter did
depart from Messina about the 12th of June last past and sayled along
the Coast of Scicilia towards Tunis and after 13 dayes and on or about
the 29th day of the sayd month of June the sayd Captaine SWanley this deponent
and the rest of the sayd shipps Companie espyed in or under the Isles of
Trapany 7 dutsch shipps and [X] dutch shipps m[?ore] in the Road of Trapany
under sayle, and thereupon for preservation of them selves and shipps putt
into the sayd Port of Trapany which is a Port Towne of Scicilia and
subiect to the King of Spaine and came to anchor with both their sayd
shipps as nere [?ground] as they durst and with in pistoll shott of the Castle[?s GUTTER]
of Trapany which this deponent knoweth being then present and master
of the Saint Peter and otherwise cannot depose.

To the 13. he saith that the sayd ducth shipps being att that tyme [XXXX GUTTER]
of the sayd 2 shipps, The sayd Captaine Swanley, this Deponent and the aforesayd
Corporall a Spaniard ymediately upon their arrivall att Trapany being
about eleven of the Clock of the say upon the sayd 25th of June, and before
the sayd Dutch shipps which were under the Command of young Van Trump