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The sixth of February 1654/. [CENTRE HEADING]

The Clayme of Peter Ceely Esquire for the shipp the}
Peter of Saint Ives and her tackle and furniture seized}
upon the Port of Pensance in Cornewall Smith}

Examined upon an Allegation on the behalfe of
the said Peter Ceely./

Smith dt.


John Purefoy of Saint Ives in Cornwall Merchant
aged 23. yeares or thereabouts a Wittnes sworne and

To the first article of the said Allegation hee saith and deposeth, That hee
well knoweth the Vessell the Pieter arlate, and hath so knowne her for
about 18. moneths last ast, during which time the arlate Peter Ceely, and
Alexander Penhellick of holston in Cornewall were and at present ought
to bee the true and lawfull Owners and Proprietors of the said Vessell and
of her tackle apparrell and furniture, and for such were and are well
knowne in those parts of Cornewall, and saith That in or about the
moneth of June or July last past, the said Peter Ceely and Alexander
Penhellic sett out the said Vessell laden with Coales and fish from the
Port of Saint Ives in Cornewall bound for ffrance, The premisses hee declareth and
deposeth, for that hee this deponent being an inhabitant of Saint Ives, and having
intimate acquaintance with the said Owners and having been sewerall times aboard
the said Vessell in that port, and hath thereby taken notice, and hath certaine
and assured knoweledge of the Proprietie and Voiage aforesaid; And
saith, That the said Vessell (as this deponent by the credible relation of
her Master and Companie hath understood) was in her said intended
Voiage for ffrance intercepted and taken by a Pirate of Brest, whereof one
Captaine Smith was Commander And further cannot depose./

To the second hee saith, That in or about the moneths of August or
September last past, the said shipp or Vessell the Peter returning
from Brest laden with Salt, and arriving at Pensance in Cornewall
the said Peter Ceely caused the same to be arrested, as this deponent since
understood by an Admiraltie warrant, And saith that hee this deponent
both before the said Vessell sett saile from Saint Ives, and after her returne to Pensance
as aforesaid hath sewerall times been aboard her at Saint Ives, and since her
returne from ffrance seene her at the said port of Saint Ives, and hath taken
very exact and particular notice of her, and both by his owne observation, and
by the Confession of her Master and Companie who went and came in the same
Vessell to and from france, well knoweth the said Vessell is arrested to be
one and the same Vessell which did and doeth of right appertaine to the
Proprietors aforesaid. And further to this article hee cannot depose./

To the third hee saith, That hee very well knoweth the arlate Peter
Ceely, and the said Alexander Penhellick to be subjects of this
Commonwealth, and well affected to the Government thereof, this deponent
being a person familiarly acquainted with them. And further cannot depose