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the rest of his fellow Labourers in that worke were forced to breake
it up with Crowes of Iron and other ike instrument, and it rose
up matted and baked together in great large flakes, and the
heat thereof was so excessive and stench so noysome and stifling
that this deponent and his sayd Companions were forced to pull
off their Cloathes and worke naked, and saith notwithstanding
the stifling heat and stench of the sayd Corne was so great
that one of the sayd workmen gott his [?bame] and death therby
and others very ill and dangerous distempers, and this deponent
amongst the rest was so overprest and overcome with the noyso[?XX]
that though he were then an able and lusty person and used
to the mealing of Corne, and such like hard labour for theise
12 yeares last past yet could not hold out to the finishing of
the sayd worke, but was forced to retire himselfe to worke
upon the lighter in the aire, and continued ill att ease by the
distemper he then gott for many weekes after. And saith
that the sayd shipp had taken in wett att her ballast port holes
and the corne that lay neere to the sayd port holes and the mast of
the shipp ws rotten and so fowle and nuyson that it was not
for any use nor fitt for hogs. And saith by the knowledge this
deponent hath in that sort of Commodity and grayne having
bene a Corne Meter for 12 yeares as aforesayd, the sayd wheat
in case it had continued in the sayd shipp unremoved by the space
of 16 or 20 dayes longer would have become wholly perished
and unfitt for use and would have bene in some short tyme
more in danger to have taken fire through its owne heat
and thereby have consumed it selfe and endangered the shipp
and other shippes neere it. And otherwise hee cannot depose.
To the wighth and nynth articles of the sayd allegation This deponent saith
that good diligence was used of this deponents knowledge by the
foresaydd Commissioners, to recover the sayd wheat into as good a
plight as it was capable to be, And saith one Mr Vincent bought
a good part of it of the sayd Commissioners, And this deponent hath credibly
heard by severall Cornemasters that he gave more for it than
any man would and thatindeed he over bought it and is like to be
a great looser by it; And this deponent for his part saith that by
reason of the great plenty of good sound corne in England
att this tyme very little of the foresayd wheat will be for any
other use in England except for making of starch. as hee
beleiveth. And further cannot depose.
To the tenth article he saith It is notorious that by reason of the
present plenty Corne is very Cheape in England, and good sound
merchantable English wheat of the better sort is usually bought and sold
about London for 22 s the quarter. and good sound English
wheat of the ordinary sort for 20 s the quarter and under. And
the like sorte of wheat att other place in this Nation are he
hath heard and beleiveth bought and sold att easyer rates bye 4 d a quarter And
further cannot depose.
Richard staepelee [SIGNATURE, RH SIDE]