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The 14th of December 1653.

On the behalfe of the State

[?Silver ] dt.

The 14th of December 1653

Thomas Alderman of Redriff in the County of Surry
Mariner aged 53 yeares or thereabouts sworne before the
right worshipfull William Clerke and John Godolphin doctors
of Lawes Judges of the high Court of the Admiraltie
saith and deposeth by vertue of his oath

That after the seizure of the shipp the Prophet Elias by Captaine
Mynns in the Elizabeth frigot in the service of this Commonwealth
(which seizure happened about 11 weekes since) namely the same night
after the said seizure the master and three of the company of the Prophet
Elias being by the said Captaines commannd come aboard the said frigot and
there examined, the said master in this deponents presence told the said
Captaine Minnes that that were but five men then aboard his the said
shipp the Prophet Elias (hee the said master and three of his company
as aforesaid being aboard the frigot) and saith that the said Captaine sent
this deponent and six more of the frigots company that night aboard the
said shipp Prophet Elias, where thet found tenn sea men (all of the
said shipps company) and three Jewes, whereupon this deponent
made saile with the Prophet Elias to the said frigot, and complained
to his said Captaine, acquainting him howe many men there were
aboard the said shipp, notwithstanding that the master (who with his
other three men were still aboard the frigot) had said that there were
but five aboard, which things when the Captaine understood
hee commannded this deponent to keepe close by him all night with
the said shipp for feare of the worst, which hee did,
and that night the said three Jewes
got this deponent three times into the greate cabbin and endeavoured
to plie him with stronge waters to overcome him, but hee tooke but
one cup suspecting the worst, and stilll they were questioning him
concerning the said shipp and goods what hee thought would become
of them, and this deponent tould them they would be prize if they
were found to be fflemish, and one of the said Jewes asked this deponent
concerning his owne goods, and this deponent tould him that his goods
would be prize before any goods in the shippe; And the next day
they came into the downes, where this deponent caused him the said
Jew to open his truncke then soe this deponent might search for writigs
which the said Jew did, and there this deponent found many writings,
some of which the said Jewe and another Jew much desired to have
againe, and this deponent refusing, they offered him two hundred
dollars to let them habe them, one of them chinking money in his
hand to tempt this deponent and gave him one dollar in part, and
saith that a yonge man that nowe pretends himselfe to be a servant
to the said Jewe was a shoemaker and told this deponent that hee
had one writing amongest the said writings which this deponent had
which hee said was a testimony that hee had served out his time
to a shoe maker in Hamborough, and this deponent taking pittie
of him, carried him aboard the frigot, to see (if those writings
were not sent ashore) that hee might looke for his owne, but
they were sent ashore before their comming aboard. And further
saith that as this deponent was searching in the said truncke for