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The same day. [CENTRE HEADING]

Examined upon the sayd allegation


William Ash of Weymouth in the County of dorset Mariner
one of the Company of the Elizabeth frigat aged
twenty two yeares sworne and examined saith

To the first and second articles of the sayd allegation he saith that about the 3d day
of October the sayd frigott Elizabeth chased a ffleet of shipps of about
23 sayle from about 9 in the morning till 2 pm the afternoon the sayd
fleet being upon the Cast of ffrance about 6 leagues off of deepe. and
that there were att the head of the sayd ffleet 2 men of warr and att the Lee
one man of warr and that the sayd Men of warr were Hollanders and
a Convoy of and for the sayd ffleet. which he knoweth being then present
in the Elizabeth and for the reasons hereafter sett forth. and otherwise
cannot depose, saving the shipps schedulat are the merchants shipps of the sayd fleet

To the third and fourth articles of the sayd allegation This deponent saith that the
sayd dutch men of warr gave chase to an English vessell of dover whereof
the arlate Allington was Captaine, and were in actuall chase of her when
the Elizabeth came upp, and the whole ffleet for neere 4 or five howres
stood the same Course after the Hollands men of warr off and on as they
chased Captaine Allington, and att that tyme the sayd Hollands men of
warr had and wore out the Hollands Colours and the Elizabeth wore out
the English Colours, which he knoweth being an eyewitnes of the
premisses. and otherwise cannot depose./

To the fifth and sixth articles of the sayd allegation he saith that upon the comeing
up of the Elizabeth were the hindermost of the sayd ffleet the foresayd
Hollands men of warr att the head, forsooke Captaine Allingtons course
and tacked upon the Elizabeth in [?rescue] of the sayd fffleet, and the
merchants shipps of the ffleet tacked likewise about with the sayd
Men of warr in their assistance, and that the sayd two hollands men of
warr being weatherly of the ffleet bore in upon the Elizabeth and
exchanged their broadsides with her, and afterwards fell off and
fledd through the ffleet to the other Hollands man of warr to the
Leeward, all which this deponent being then present saw and observed
And otherwise cannot depose.

To the seventh and eighth articles of the sayd allegation This deponent saith that
the sayd merchants shipps were within shott of the shipps that fought
and could not but take notice that the shipps that fought the Elizabeth
were Hollands men of warr, howbeit he saith that the sayd ffleet
of merchant men did not strike to the Elizabeth nor show any colours
whereby the Elizabeth might discerne them to be freinds and not
Enemyes, till such tyme as the sayd Men of warr fleed and the
Elizabeth fell in amongst them and by shooting forced them to [?XXXX]
[?XXX], but saith they were in Company and convoy of the Hollands
Men of warr as aforesayd, and bare upp the same Course with them and
tacxked when they tackt and fledd when they fled, and flyeing were
taken and subdued by the Elizabeth frigot wherein this deponent [?was]
the tyme aforesayd and saw and well observed the premisses And otherwise
he cannot depose.