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merchants goods aboard of good value in tokens and otherwise, and severall
goods Cloathes and necessaries belonging to the sayd Captaine Swanley and
his Companie, and this deponent for his owne part had goods Clothes
and other things in the sayd shipps the harry Bonadventure and Saint
Peter att the tyme of the sayd seizure by the dutch but most of them aboard the
harry Bonadventure, and all for his owne Accompt to the cleare
value of three hundred and thirty four pounds fourteene shillings six
pence sterling. and lost besides by the sayd seizure in expences of travel[?l]
home for England and losse of tyme to the value of 55 l sterling. And
saith he cannot depose of the value of the sayd shipp the harry
Bonadventure nor the losse of others therein. But for his owne [?XXXX]
hath left in the Registry of this Court a particular or schedule [?wherein]
the same are more distinctly declared. And otherwise cannot depose.
To the .21th. he saith and verily beleiveth that the fraud and [?XXXX]
of the saud two Governours of Messina and Trapany was the occasion
of the losse of the sayd shipps the harry Bonadventure and Saint Peter
And beleiveth that in case the Governour of Messina had permitted Captaine
Swanley to furnish himselfe inn due tyme with necessaryes there, the
sayd Captaine Swanley and this deponent had wholly escaped the sayd Dutch
shipps, And that in case the Governour of Trapany according to his
promisses had used his best endeavour to protect them, and had not
prohibited the English to defend themselves, the sayd shipps harry
Bonadventure and Saint Peter with their respective lading had not
bene so taken by the Dutch nor lost to the English. And otherwise
To the last he saith his depositions are true.
Repeated before Doctor Godolphin
and Doctor Clarke./
John Merricke [SIGNATURE, RH SIDE]
The 26th of September 1653.
Examined upon the said allegation.
Richard Hall of Ratcliffe in the County of Middlesex
Mariner, Quartermaster of the sayd shipp the Harry
Bonadventure aged five and thirty yeares or thereabouts
a witnes sworne and examined deposeth and saith as
To the 1. 2. 3. 4. and 5th Articles of the sayd allegation This deponent saith and deposeth
that in the monthes of may and June last past and for some monthes before
the sayd shipp the harry Bonadventure was ymployed in the service of the
Commonwealth, and in pursuance of the sayd service about the month of May
last past sett forth from Messina in Scicily and in her Course to T[?unis]
wearing the Colours of this Commonwealth mett with off of the Cape Sp[?XXXX]
two shipps dutch built wearing the holland Colours and chased them, and
that the sayd dutch shipps fired upon the harry Bonadventure, and fought
with her, and saith that one of the sayd shipps named the Saint Peter was
subdued and taken, and the master of her slayne, and the greatest part of her