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That hee this deponent was one of the Company of a certaine shipp called
the Jane of Weymouth which laye in the Port of Weymouth on and before the 20th day
of december 1653 bound for ffrance and by that meanes knoweth and sawe
the shipp the John arlate at the sayd Port of Weymouth upon and before the sayd 20th
day of december 1653 and sawe and observed having bin on board her that shee
had then on board her besides her Master 15 men and boyes and was then victualed and
prepared to sett sayle from the sayd Port to the place of her
intended voyage with the first good wynde that should happen, and was then a
stronge and stanch shipp And saith that on the sayd twentith day of december
and before there laye before Weymouth Roade certayne shipps in the imediate
service of this Commonwealth as the Speaker the hound the Guinney ffrigott and
others, the officers of which shipps did take up and impresse seamen both
on shoare and out of Merchants shipps lying in Weymouth Roade from before
the sayd 20th of december 1653 to about the 18th of January next following
during which tyme the sayd Commonwealths shipps continued in Weymouth Riade
and saith in the sayd tyme hee this deponent was once pressed by the sayd
Officers but by mediation of freinds, gott him selfe cleered thereof, and hee
saith hee well knoweth that 4 or 5 of the Company of the sayd shipp the John
were alsoe within the sayd tyme pressed to serve the state, and all of them except
the boatswaine and a boy did forsake the sayd shipp John and hide themselves where
they could to escape the presse aforesayd And saith hee beleeveth that from the sayd
20th of december 1653 untill about the 19th of January following. noe
shipp could sett sayle out of the Port of Weymouth withourt eminent hazard to have
all or most of her men taken out of her to serve in the sayd shipps of this
Commonwealth And hee this deponent in the shipp the Jane aforesayd did
departe from the Port of Weymouth on or about the 19th day of January 1653 old
style and not before by reason of the sayd presse, And beleeveth for the same
reasons that noe other shipps did passe out from the sayd Port of Weymouth
from the sayd 20th of december 1653 till about the 19th day of January next
following And further to these articles hee cannot depose./

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

To the Interrogatories/ [CENTRE HEADING]

To the firs Interrogatorie hee saith hee cometh to testifie the truth of his knowledge
being soe requested by the producent and favoureth all the parties litigant alike
and desyreth right may prevaile in this cause./

To the 2 Interrogatorie hee saith that the winde was not fayre but contrary on the 20th of
december 1653 for any shipp to proceede from the harbour of Weymouth to the
westwards and soe continued till about 2 or 3 dayes before the foresayd 19th of
January 1653 old style soe that no shipps did in that tyme as hee beleeveth [?put]
out of the sayd harbour westwards, nor indeede durst or could any passe as (hee beleeveth)
during that tyme though the winde had bin fayre by reason of the premisses
aforesayd And further cannot danswere./

To the 3 Interrogatorie hee saith hee very well lnoweth the shipp John of Weymouth
Interrogate and hath knowne her these 4 or 5 yeares last past and saith the sayd shipp
was on the sayd 20th of december 1653 ready fitted and provided with men and [?XXX]
and all necessaries in manner predeposed to have then sett sayle from the Port of Weymouth
if the winde had bin then faire for her soe to doe and that shee durst have gone for
feare of the presse aforesayd And saith hee cannot write nor reas but hee
remembreth that the winde stood contrarie the sayd 20th of december and longe after [?XX]
[?in GUTTER]