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The same day [CENTRE HEADING]

Examined upon the sayd allegation/


Stephen Tayler of the parish of Stepney in the County of Middlesex
Mariner Gunner of the ship the Affrican ffrigott aged fifty
yeares or thereabouts a witness sworne and examined saith and
deposeth as followeth videlicet./

To the first article of the sayd allegation hee saith and deposeth that the arlate
Isaac Woodgreene and Company in the moneths and tyme arlate in the yeares
1653 and 1654 had a Commission under the great seale of this high Court
of Admiralty to man and sett out the Affrican ffrigott arlate as a private
man of war to seize and surprize the shipps and goods of the ffrench
King and his subiects And saith the sayd Woodgreene amd Company in pur=
suance of the sayd designe did man and sett forth the sayd ffrigott accordingly
the premises hee deposeth being with the sayd Woodgreene when hee procured
the sayd Commission under the seale of the sayd Court and alsoe goeing his
Gunner in the sayd ffrigott during the whole voyage in question and
having heard the sayd Commission read on board the sayd ffrigott And
further hee cannot depose./

To the second article of the sayd allegation hee saith that the sayd Woodgreene
in his sayd ship the Affrican ffrigott did in or about the latter end
of March last upon the high and open seas neere the Island of Scio
meete with and take a certaine ship called the Madam Guardiana
which was at her seizure manned with French men and wore the french
Colours and was reputed to be a ffrench ship and this deponent hath heard
divers English men resident at Smirna who understood French saye that
the mariners of the sayd ship Madam Guardiana did before them acknow
ledge and confesse that the sayd ship and her ladeing did belonge to
ffrenchmen of Marselles subiects of the King of ffrance And hee alsoe
saith the sayd Woodgreene having soe seized the sayd ship went therewith
for Smirna having occasion soe to doe the better to provide him selfe with
provision of victuals which hee stood neede of and for other occasions, and
saith that after the sayd ship came thither the arlate Peter Martyne the
Master of her and all the Mariners got on shoare and got them selves shippt
into other shipps belonging to ffrance then lying there by meanes
whereof the sayd Woodgreene could not bring any of them to England
here to be examined And further hee cannot depose not knowing of the
sayd Woodgreene his making any addresses to the ffrench Consull there to
the effect arlate./

To the third and 4th articles of the sayd allegation hee saith the ship Madam
Guardiana at her seizure was and is a ffrench built ship and was
manned with ffrench men And further saving his foregoeing depositions to which
hee referrerth hee cannot depose not knowing or being present at the sayd Martyne his
subscribing the schedule arlate nor knowing what hee confessed afore to the English Consull at

signed [?XXX]
Stephen ST Taylor [MARKE, RH SIDE]