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men of the towne rose and in a violent manner and forcibly seized upon severall
English barks shipps and goods then lying and being in and before the towne and
in the harbour of Saint Malos, and in particular the shipp aforesaid of this deponents knowledge
who was then there with her, and sawe and tooke notice of the premisses,
And otherwise hee cannot depose.
To the sixth article hee saith and deposeth that in or about the said monethes
of September and October 1653, one monsieur mason Neuf and monsieur La baste
Guinis and other ffrench, subiects of the ffrench kinge did seize upon and take
out of the said producents warehouse at Saint Malo's serges, bayes, frizes
and other goods of him the said william Pym, and did carry the, away and deprive
him of them of this deponents sight and knowledge, and saith the Magistracie
of the towne incouraged and abetted such violence committed on the English,
And otherwise hee cannot depose, saying hee cannot make any particular estimate
of the said valewe of the said goods soe seized and taken away.
To the seaventh hee cannot depose.
To the eighth hee saith that the foresaid seizures made by the ffrench upon the
goods of the said william Pym were upon noe other cause or pretence but
onely because hee was an Englishman and a subiect of this Commonwealth
and soe some of them gave out and affirmed in this deponents presence and
hearing, and the like violence they committed against other English, only
because they were English, and for and towards satisfaction of themselves
for the losses (as they said) by them sustained by and from the men of warr of this Commonwealth
And otherwise hee cannot depose.
To the nineth 10th and 11th articles hee saith and deposeth that at the time aforesaid of
thsi deponents being at Saint Malos, the ffrench there being incensed
against the English by meanes of the losses by them sustained by seizures
of their shipps and goods made by the English at sea, by and them [?XXX]
very barbarously and furiously towards the English striking beating and
wounding them as they mett them in the streets, and throwing stones at them
of this deponents sight, and soe ewill intreated and dealt soe cruelly
with them that it was very dangerous for any of them to appeare abroad
or goe out of doors, and many of them for safeguard of their lives were
forced to quit the towne and flie thence, as in particular this deponent
did, And saith the said mr Pym hath bin forced by them to leave the
said place and remove his wife and familie for England, and to abandon
his goods and leave them as a prey to the ffrench, and to leave his said
imployment and factorage, by which means and the losse of his debts there
and the foresayd seizures made upon him by the ffrench this deponent estimath him endammaged to the valew of 5000 li sterling
at the least, And otherwise hee cannot depose
Repeated before doctor Godolphin.
henry Bushell [SIGNATURE, RH SIDE]
The 28th of November 1654 [CENTRE HEADING]
Cole against Stephens.}
Examined upon the foresaid libell
John Upcher of the parish of Stephen Colemanstreete
citizen and Weaver of London aged 36 yeares or thereabouts
sworne and examined.