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in respect of this nation except one boy who was English, and that most
of them seemed to this deponent to be dutch men. And otherwise hee cannot depose.

To the seaventh and 8th hee referreth himselfe to the lawe and customes arlate, and
otherwise hee cannot depose, only hee holdeth it very unfitt and inreasonable
to committ any shipp belonging to this nation to the charge or possession
of any strannger in time of open warr with other nations, nuch more that
any subiect of any nation with whom this nation hath warr, shiuld
have any such commannd.

The Interrogatories. [CENTRE HEADING]

To the first hee saith hee was lieutenant of the Black Raven and
on board her at the time of the said seizure, and saith that English
is his mother tongue, and that hee can speake some Italian, lingua
ffranca and some Turkish and understandeth some dutch, and otherwise
hee cannot answer as hee saith, saving as aforesaid.

To the second hee ssith hee cometh warned by a messinger from this Court
to be a witnesse in this businesse; And saith hee was not of the
Counsell of Warr, nor doth hee use any endeavour about making the
said shipp and goods prize, but in his iudgement by what appeared at the
seizure, shee was and is good prize with her lading to this nation. And
otherwise hee cannot answer saving as aforesaid.

To the third hee saith that the Black Raven at the time of the said seizure
was a dutch built shipp, and that her company haled the Saint
John Baptist in dutch, and otherwise saving as aforesaid hee cannot depose.

To the fourth and 5th hee saith that after the seizure and as they were proceedung
for New England, the Black Raven sprung a leake and this deponent
was sent home with her for this Nation, so that hee cannot tell
what afterwards became of the John Baptists lading, And otherwise
saving as aforesaid hee cannot depose.

To the 6th hee saith that the said fleete had before the taking of the
John Baptist seized a small bessell laden with salt, and not
having oportunitie through fowke weather to examine the men till the
seizure of the John Baptist, they were then examined, and being found
to be Swedes, and the said small vessell not liable to be prize, Major Sedgewick
with the advise and determination of a Counsell of warr
let her goe. And saith they were about 20 leagues to the West
South West of Scilly when the said seizure of the John Baptist
was made, And otherwise saving as aforesaid hee cannot depose.

Repeated before doctor Clerke-

Rich Thrstons [SIGNATURE, RH SIDE]


The 26th day of ffebruary .1654:- [CENTRE HEADING]

A Businesse of Ensurance on the behalfe of ffrancis
harvey of Wexford in Ireland Merchant concerning
his losse in the shipp the Weymouth Merchant}
of Weymouth

Examined upon certaine Interrogatories
administred on the behalfe of the
said ffrancis harvey.

[?Teovill dt.]