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The 9th day of November 1653

On behalfe of Captaine ffawther deposeth et cetera.}
Examined upon the sayd allegation


Adam Wolley of Ostend in fflanders [?merchant]
aged 21. yeares or thereabouts a wites sworne
and examined deposeth and sayeth as followeth.

To the first and the rest of the articles of the sayd allegation and to the [?papers]
thereunto annexed this deponent saith and deposeth that the arlate [?XXX]
fframncis ffawther in the monethes of June and July last past was [?the]
sole Owner of the sayd shipp the ffrancis her tackle and furniture and
so accounted, and that he by vertue of Letters of Reprizall under the
great seale of this Court was authorized to seize all shipps belonging
to the States of the united Provinces ffrench King and their subiects
and that by vertue of the sayd Commission or Letters of Reprizeall
he the sayd ffawther and Company did with the sayd shipp about the
latter end of June or beginning of July last past take and surprize
a certayne vessell belonging to fflushing whereof Cornelius [?BerghXX]
was master and that by stresse of weather the sayd shipp ffrancis and Berg[?hanaer]
vessell were forced into the Port of Ostend, and that soone after the
sayd shipp ffrancis was there arrested and stayd, and the sayd ffawther
imprisoned, and the sayd prize shipp delivered back againe to the
foresayd Cornelius Berghanaer all by vertue of warrants and
decrees from the Court of Admiralty of Bridges. And that the
sayd shipp of fflushing when she was taken and brought into Ostend
by stresse of weather as aforesayd was a new vessell of about 60 tonnes
and of the cleare value of 200 li sterling and upwards, and that there were
att the same tyme provisions and other things aboard the ffrancis the
value whereof he knoweth not. And moreover saith that albeit
it be notorious that there is firme league and amity betweene the
King of Spaine and this Commonwealth and their respective subiects
and that the sayd ffawther did by all legall and fair meanes [?desire ?the]
liberty to repair to England with his sayd prize vessell to cause the
same to have his owne shipp released as by the dutch papers to the sayd
allegation annexed this deponent beleiveth may appeare, which are [?the]
two Copies of the proceedings had and made att Bridges touching
his busines and receyved by this deponent from the Clarkes [?of]
the Admiralty Court there as and for true Copies, yet the sayd
shipp of fflushing is released and delivered back to the sayd Berg[?hanaer]
to the great dammage and preiudice of the sayd ffawther but to how
great a value he knoweth not The premisses he knoweth for hee
hath seene the foresayd Commission, and saw the sayd ffawther [?arrive] [?with]
his sayd shipps att Ostend being forced in by stresse of weather and
saw the sayd shipp ffrancis under arrest, and the sayd ffawther [?XXX]
and heard the sayd Berghanaer confesse that his sayd vessell was
belonging to the port of fflushing and that the owners thereof [?there]
lived, saw the sayd vesssell restored to him the sayd [??Berghanaer]
and was ayding and assisting to the sayd Captaine ffawther att [?XXX]
and Bridges in the sollicitation of this busines there on his behalfe
And otherwise or fyrther referring himselfe to the Records of this Court hee
cannot depose.


Repeated before Doctors Clarke
and Godolphin