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The same day./. [CENTRE HEADING]
Examined upon the sayd allegation.
Godfrey Reader of Shadwell in the County
of Middlesex Mariner and Gunner of the Kentish
frigott in the immediate service of this Commonwealth
aged four and twenty yeares or thereabouts a
witnes sworne and examined deposeth and saith
as followeth. videlicet.
To the first artticle of the sayd allegation This deponent saith that All
shipps of warr in the immediate service and pay of this Commonwealth
are authorized and impowered to seize and take all shipps and
vessells with their respective ladings belonging to the subiects
of the ffrench King or States of the United Provinces to and for
the satisfaction of severall great dammages that by the violences
of the sayd ffrench King and his subiects and the sayd States of
the United Provinces and their subiects have bene done to this
Commonwealth and the subiects thereofm and the same was and is as he
saith notorious and commonly knowne and beleived and otherwise cannpt
To the second third and fourth articles of the sayd allegation This deponent saith
that in or about the beginning of August 1653 last past the sayd
Kentish frigot whereof Captaine Reynolds was Commander and this
deponent Master Gunner being in the immediate service of this
Commonwealth did take and surprize the arlate shipp the Lewis
(whereof one Dominicus Merseria was master) which as the sayd master
of her did confesse was a ffrench vessell belonging to ffrench men
and Port of Rochell and began her outward voyage from Rochell
and had taken in her lading being oyles att Greenland and was
bound for the Texell meaning the Port of Amsterdam in Holland
and thither was foeing and would have gone with her lading if
she had not bene stayd and intercepted. And this deponent saith
of his sight and knowledge the sayd shipp did a little before
she was seized sayle in a direct course for the Texell, and thither
as the sayd master of her sayd would in probability ave come
that night, speaking of the say whereof she was seized if she
had not bene intercepted as afresayd, which confessions this deponent
heard the sayd Dominicus Merseria freely and voluntarily make
and was present att the taking of the sayd shipp as aforesayd and
otherwise cannot depose.
To the fifth article of the sayd allegation this deponent saith that the sayd shipp
the Lewis was seized and taken neere a place called Holygoland, which
is alltogether out of the way from Greenland to ffrance but was and
is the direct way to the Texell, and but about ten or twelve leagues