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The 17th of October 1653. [CENTRE HEADING]

On the behalfe of the State}

Captaine Christofer Myngs Commannder of the
Elizabeth frigot in the service of this Commonwealth
aged 28 yeares or thereabouts, sworne before the
right Worshipfull William Clerke and John Godolphin
doctors of lawes Judges of the high Court of the Admiraltie
saith and deposeth by vertue of his oath.

That on the third of this instant October about foure leagues off dieppe
aout nine of the clocke in the fore noone hee this deponent in the said frigott
Elizabeth espied twenty foure
saile of shipps, and gave chace unto them, and about two of the clock in the
afternoone came almost up with the hinder most of them, and that the
headmost of the fleete were two holland men of warr (as this deponent afterwards
found) and that the said two holland men of warr were chacing a private
man of warr of dover named Captaine Allington, and with the said [?respective]
fleete had stood about five houres after him:- And that the said two holland
men of warr seeing the said frigot soe neere came up and readie to fall
in with the said fleete convoyed by them, tacked upon her to the [?XXX] of
the said fleete, and being come up there[?with], the said fleete alsoe
tacked. And forth with the said two men of warr being most [?westherly] [?XX]
up with the Elizabeth frigot and exchanged their broade sides with her
and tacked upon her againe, but by shott from the Elizabeth [?XXXX]
hurt, they spake one with the other, and soe bore to lea-ward through
their fleete to a third man of warr of their companie, who to that
time being farr to leaward. could not come up to the ingagement
during all which space, hee saith that the said whole fleete of merchant
men which was withn shott of them put abroad noe colours, untill
such time as the Elizabeth bore in upon and fired on them, and
then some of them put abroad hamburger colours, some Lubeck colours
and some none at all and soe they came by the lea of the Elizabeth
and this deponent commannding their boates aboard secured 18 of their [?masters]
amd manned foure of their vessells, in some of which soure this
deponents men (as they informed him) found the gunns primed and
Linstocke lighted standing by them. The premisses being thus farr
donne, hee saith then the said private man of warr, chaced
as aforesaid by the said two holland man of warr came in, who
after the said vessells were all brought by the lea of the Elizabeth
came to leaward and tooke up two of the boates of the said bessells
as the skippers were therein comming aboard this deponent, and
went and manned the two vessells to which the said boates belonged
which this deponent perceiving, sent his Lieutenant to him to
admonish him to behave himselfe as was befiting towards this
deponents said prizes which had all struck and submitted unto him
this deponent, and to desire his assistance in securing them to the
downes, and to tell him that what should be thought fitting
for such his assistance, hee should bee considered by those that
were in authoritie for such affaires or to that effect
But the names of the said vessells or any of them hee remembreth not
but referreth himselfe to their [?XXX] Examinations taken at dover after this
deponent had brought them into the downes, where twnn of them were
sent by him into dover [?peere]. and the other tenn into the River of Thames

(Christpr: Myng[?s] [SIGNATURE, RH SIDE]