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pounds sterling, and beleiveth that in case the same had come in safety to
this Port of London they would have yeilded the summe of four score thousand
pounds sterling. And further he cannot depose.
To the fourtha rticle of the sayd allegation This deponent saith that the said ships the
Saint Peter and the other dutch shipp in Company with her fought with and
against the harry Bonadventure by the space of three of four howres
and did their utmost endeavour to sinke and destroy her, and killed some
of her men and wounded others. And saith that att the beginning of
the Chase and fight the harry Bonadventure wore the Colours of this
Commonwealth, and the Saint Peter and the sayd other dutch shipp wore the
holland Colours of the sight and observation of this deponent. And further
he cannot depose.
To the fifth he saith he heard the Steersman and Chyrurgeon of the
said shipp the Saint Peter after the tyme of seizure say and declare that
the aforesayd goods were all taken into the Saint Peter att Venice, and that
she with her Lading was bound for Amsterdam and was there to deliver her
Lading, And somuch likewise appeared by the bill of lading for the
sayd goods, seene and perused by this deponent, in which bills all the
sayd goods and Lading were consigned to Merchants of Amsterdam.
And otherwise he cannot depose.
To the sixth he saith That upon the taking of the sayd shipp Saint Peter she
having receyved hurt in her masts and rigging, and the Harry
Bonadventure having likewise susteyned some hurt in the sayd fight
he this deponent and his Company returned with both the sayd shipps
to Messina and there arrived on or about the 25th day of May 1653.
And saith that he this deponent there bought provided and fitted a shoare
by his owne Carpenters a foremast for the Saint Peter, and a maine topmast
for the harry Bondaventure, with other necessaries requisit to enable
the sayd shipps to proceed to Tunnys aforesayd. And otherwise cannot
To the seventh he saith That this deponent uppon his arrivall att Messina
being a Citty under the dominions of the King of Spaine, having there
released, all the dutch prisoners late of the Company of the Saint Peter, three
onely excepted, the Governor and Inhabitants of Messina did furnishe
the sayd Dutch men so released with ?ffeloncas and sent them to sea to meet
with two dutch shipps the Lyon comeing from Smyrna richly laden with
silkes, and the Diamond comeing from Alexandria; And further saith
that the sayd Governor and Magistrates of Messina understanding that the sayd
two dutch shipps were bound therewith or for the ?Barre of Messina, and to hinder this deponent as he
verily beleiveth from attempting any thing against them to the great
dissXXXX of this Commonwealth refused to suffer this deponent or his Company
to fetch from the shoare the two masts by him provided as aforesayd, and allso
threatned this deponent to sinke his shipps if he should offer to weigh anchor
and moreover tooke away the old foremast of the Saint Peter being carryed
a shoare to mend, by which meanes and other injurious practises of them
the sayd Governor Magistrates and Inhabitants of Messina, this deponent
was there deteyned neere a fortnight longer than he might or should have
stayed in case he had bene accomodated with necessaries for his moneyes
according to the promise of the sayd Governo:r to whom this deponent p:rsented
a Chest of Venice glasses and fifty ?Chequeenes of Gold, in all to