HCA 13/68 f.30r Annotate
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through Ratcliffe was called or spoken to by a maid servant of the arlate
Captaine Lynes to come and speake with her master att his house, whither
being come the sayd Captaine Lynes entred upon a discourse with this deponent
touching this suit depending in the Court betwixt the arlate Thomas
Coulscott brother and Administrator of John Coulscut or Coulson deceased late
one of the Mariners of the Sampson arlate in her late voyage in question
to the Brasile, and him the sayd Captaine Lynes later Commander of the sayd
shipp the voyage in question, And then and there the sayd Captaine Lynes did
amongst other things acknowledge and confesse to him this deponent
that the sayd John Coulson or Coulscott was one of the Mariners of his sayd shipp
Sampson the voyage in question, and that his wages were still due for his
service aboard the sayd shipp during all the voygae till he was taken into the
Portugueses ymployment att Brasilia, and that the sayd John Coulson or
Coulscott had in his life tiyme delivered into the Custody of him the sayd Lynes
a Chest of sugars, which sugars, sayd he, God forbidd
that I should deprive the true Owner of, and as for the sayd wages I am
willing to pay the same in such sort as the Judges of the Admiralty have
ordered me to pay the rest of the Mariners their wages, provided that
there were any person to receyve the same that could give him a sufficient
discharge in Law or words to the same effect. And the same in effect
the sayd Captaine Lynes hath severall tyme sithence acknowledged and confessed
in the presence and hearing of him this deponent, whom he hath att such
tymes desired to be assisting for a freindly and fair composure of this
suit betwixt him the sayd Captaine Lynes and the plaintiffe Thomas Couldscott
aforesayd. And further he cannot depose, saving that since the foresayd
discourse att Captaine Lynes his howse as aforesayd, he the sayd Captaine Lynes
hath acknowledged and confessed to him this deponent that the sayd
Chest of sugars was of about 18. aroves.
Repeated before doctors Clarke and Godolphin./
George Andrewes [SIGNATURE, RH SIDE]
The 9th day of November 1653. [CENTRE HEADING]
The Keepers et cetera against the Lewis}
Examined upon the said allegation
Robert Masters of Guernsy Mariner aged one and
forty yeares or thereabouts a witnes sworne and
examined deposeth and saith as followeth videlicet.
To the first article of the sayd allegation he saith he beleiveth it to be notorious
that the Captaines of the shipps of warr employed in the service of this
Commonwealth are authorized to seize all shipps belonging to the States
of the united Provinces ffrench King or their subiects, and lading
of such shipps for reparation of dammages done to this Commonwealth by the
sayd Nations. And otherwise cannot depose.
To the 2. 3. and 4. articles of the sayd allegation he saith he knoweth nothing thereof.
To the .5 article of the sayd allegation This deponent saith that by the knowledge
skill and experience which he this deponent hath and for many yeares
hath had in Mapps Seacharts and globes he assuredly knoweth that the
way and course from Greeenland to Rochell in ffrance is by the north of
Ireland and not through the English Channell nor neere or by the
Texall or Holygolandt or by or neere those seas, and saith It is very