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The eleaventh day of October 1653. [ACENTRE HEADING]

The keepers of the Liberty of England by authority}
of Parliament, and allso William Mellvill, John [?Wallys]}
Richard Tomlyns, Walter fflint, and Walter}
Radcliffe and others against a certaine shipp}
a vessell named the Supply whereof one}
Oakes is or late was master and her tackle and}
ffurniture and against all and every erson}
or persons that doe or shall appeare for their
Interest or Propriety in the same or any}
part thereof. Budd Suckly}

Examined upon an allegation on the behalfe of
the sayd Keepers of the Liberty of England
by authority of Parliament and of the sayd
William Mellvell. et cetera.


James Lashly of Shadwell in the County
of Middlesex Mariner master of the shipp
the Abraham aged 28 yeares or thereabouts
a witnes sworne and examined deposeth
and saith as foloweth. videlicet.

Row dt.

To the first and second Articles of the sayd allegation This deponent saith that
a certaine shipp formerly called the Abrahams Sacrifice and now the
Abraham having bene seized to the use of this Commonwealth, was brought
to Judgment in this Court of Admiralty and with her tackle and furniture
condemned and adiudged as lawfull prize, this deponent being present
in Court when the sayd Sentence of condemnation was pronounced and for the
poynt of tyme referreth himselfe to the Acts of this Court. And saith
that by vertue of the sayd sentence the Keepers of the Liberty of England
became lawfull Owners and Proprietors of the sayd shipp, and her tackle
and furniture. And further saith that after the sayd condemnation and
on or about the 20th day of August last past 1653 the sayd shipp the
Abraham by the Order of the right honourable the Counsell of State was designed
for a voyage to be made with her to Saint Johnstons in Scotland and this deponent by
authority of the sayd Counsell was constituted and appoynted master of her
for the sayd voyage; and accordingly the sayd shipp was furnished, and
divers goods and merchandizes were laden on board her and particularly
there were laden on board her 300 Bedds for Souldiers with ruggs
sheets and furniture bought and provided by the Ministers and att the cost of this
Commonwealth and laden and receyved aboard the sayd shipp dry and well
conditioned to be carryed to the sayd Port of Saint Johnstons for the use of the
Souldiers of this Commonwealth. the premisses he knoweth being master
of the sayd shipp, and having receyved the sayd beds and furniture aboard
as aforesaid: And otherwise cannot depose./

To the third article of the sayd allegation this deponent saith that in the
month of September 1653 the arlate William Mellvill John Wallys
Richard Tomlyns Walter fflint and Walter Radcliffe and others were
lawfull Owners of severalll ffatts Chests Boxes Packes Bales ffardells
and other cases of sugars and severall goods and merchandises the particulars
whereof he knoweth not, All which they caused to be laden aboard the
sayd shipp the Abraham dry and well conditioned to be carryed to Leith in
Scotland, And the sayd goods were all on board the sayd shipp att the tyme
of the sinking f the same hereafter mentioned which he knoweth being
master of the sayd shipp and receyving the same aboard. And otherwise
he cannot depose.

To the fourth and fifth articles of the sayd allegation This deponent saith and