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The 17th day of December 1653:- [CENTRE HEADING]

[?Chelston] against the shipp the great Christopher}
and against John ffalzbergh and others. Smith Suckley}

Examined upon the sayd Allegation


John Pruyse of Riga in Liefland [?Merchant]
aged 40. yeares or thereabouts a Wittnes sworne
and examined/

To the first article hee saith hee cannot depose otherwise then by the relation of
the arlate Joachim Wise, saving that the arlate Adrian a ffrenchman
who came a Passenger in the shipp the great Christopher from Riga, told and
acquainted this deponent upon the exchange London about the middle of the
moneth of October last past, that hee had beene very much solicited by
severall of the Company pf the English private man of warr who had seized
the said shipp the Christopher, to declare on their behalfe, that the said shipp at
the time of her seizure was bound for Holland or ffrance:/

To the second hee saith that the arlate Cornelius alias [?neels] Peterson one of
the parties examined in the prepatorie on the behalf of the said Chelston and Companie
was and is of this deponents certaine knowledge of him at Riga in [?Luifland] and since a very poore indigigent and extremely necessitous person, whom
this deponent knew very lately goe as a beggar and loose person at Riga, after which he was taken
on for a Souldjer by the souldjery there, and being altogether iinfitt for service
by reason of his sloathfull condition and miserable accoutrement, the Master
of the said shipp the great Christopher by name Michael Cruyger of this
deponents knowledge bought him of one Captaine Jacob Wingaerden for 9 rix dollars
and brought him aboard his said shipp some daies before she sett sayle from
Riga, and the said Neels Peterson shortly after absenting himselfe from the
shipp the said Michael Cruyger sent to seeke him out, and bring him aboard
againe, as hee accordingly was and being in such a poore condition that hee was
full of vermin, the said Cruyger gave him some sleight cloathes to Cover him
in which necessitous and verminous condition the said Peterson was at the
time of the said shipps seizure, and as this deponent hath credibly heard, he
hath since the time of his examination in this Court, been supplied with [?XXX]
and cloathes, which this deponent verily beleeveth (in regard hee the said Peterson had
no friends in theise parts being merely a stranger and having received no monie
for his service in the said shipp) the said Peterson had ontained by the [?XXX]
meanes of deposing in thos Cause contrary to the trueth, and so much hee
verily beleeveth (in reagard of the loose life and conversation of the said Peterson
well knowne to this deponent and many others) that hee might easily bee and really
was induced to doe, either by Lieutenant Mowat or some others concerned in the
presentation of this Cause against the right Owners of the said shipp and goods
And otherwise cannot depose./

To the Interrogatories./ [CENTRE HEADING]

To the 1.st hee saith hee well knoweth the interrate Lieutenant by name [?XXXX]
Mowat, as the said Lieutenant himsellfe declared to this deponent after the seizure of
the said shipp the great Christopher./

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