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from thence with the first good winde which should happen that the sayd shipp
wsa then of this deponents sight a strong and staunch shipp and hath heard the sayd shipp John had bin in the sayd Port and fitted with all things necessary to proceede on her intended voyage [#]

from the 20th of december 1653 or thereabouts

The premisses hee
knoweth for that hee this deponent att the same tyme was as aforesayd at the Port
of Weymouth a Mariner and one of the Company of a vessell called the Saint John
Baptist (which laye alsoe at the sayd Port and was to goe from thence to Saint Malloes in
ffrance,) and was often aboard the sayd shipp the John
and sawe that shee was fitted as aforesayd when this deponent came soe to Weymouth with all things
ready to sett sayle and was a tyte vessell, And further to this article hee cannot
depose saving his subsequent deposition.

To the 6th and 7th articles of the sayd allegation hee saith that hee knoweth that on
the sayd 20th day of december 1653 and for some tyme before and after the same the
winde stoode contrary videlicet South South West soe that it served not for a shipp to sayle out of the Port of
WEymouthj westwards and soe continued till about a weeke after this deponents arivall in the Saint John Baptist at Weymouth and saith that before the winde served for a shipp to sayle from
that Port westwards there came a generall impresse for sea men in the westerne parts of
England to serve in the shipps of this Commonwealth and there laye before
the Port of Weymouth on the 2 or 3 of January 1653 when this deponent arrived there and soe had done as this deponent heard on the sayd 20th of december 1653 and before divers shipps in
the omediate service of this Commonwealth as the hector, the hound, the [?old
Warwick, the Guinney ffrigott, the Speaker and others And saith of his knowledge
the officers of the sayd shipps did after this deponents sayd arrivall at Weymouth impresse diverse sea men both on
shoare and in Merchants shipps to serve the Commonwealth and soe had done before this deponents sayd comming thither as hee heard which presse
continued till about the eighteenth of January 1653 old style during which
tyme the sayd Commonwealths shipps continued in Weymouth Roade) by reason
whereof mist sea men belongeing to shipps lying in that Roade, did forsake
their shipps and leave only two or three of their company on board their shipps and
the rest hidd them selves where they could to avoide pressing, and amongst the rest
the Company of the sayd shipp the John did of this deponents sight and knowledge all but the boatswaine and an other
forsake her and goe a shoare to hide them selves from being pressed, and this
deponent for his part was pressed by the Officers of the sayd shipps of this Commonwealth
three severall tymes betweene the sayd 20th of december 1653 and 18th of January next
following, but by mediation of grfreinds gott cleare thereof And therefore hee this
deponent well knoweth that a shipp could not have sett out of the Port of Weymouth
from the tyme this deponent arrived there (as hee hath heard not from the sayd 20th of december 1653) till the 18th or 19th of January next after without great
hazard and danger to have all or most of her men taken out of her to serve in the
sayd shipps of this Commonwealth, and saith that the shipp the Saint
John Baptist of whose company this deponent was one durst not nor did stirr out
from the sayd Port of Weymouth by reason of all the sayd presse untill the 19th day of
January 1653 old style, neither did any other shipps sett sayle out of the sayd
Roade before the sayd 19th day of January (that this deponent knoweth of or
hath heard) by reason of the sayd presse And further to these articles hee cannot

Upon the rest of the articles hee is not examined by direction of the producent/


Examined the same day upon the sayd allegation [CENTRE HEADING]


Robert Pilton of Burton neere Bredport in
the County of dorset Mariner aged 52 yeares or
thereabouts a witnes sworne and examined saith and
deposeth as followeth videlicet./

To the 5th 6th and 7th articles of the sayd allegation hee saith and deposeth