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The 11th of May 1655
Lord Protector against the shipp the Leopard}
and the goods in the same, and the duke of}
Courland and against Peter Johnson houstaen}
Examined upon an allegation
given in on the behalfe of the
said duke and Peter Johnson
the 4th of March last.
Jacob Johnson Lietart of Amsterdam Mariner
aged 30 yeares or thereabouts sworne and examined.
To the first and second articles of the said allegation hee saith and deposeth That
the seaventeene Rolls of Tobaccoe and all such ginger as were aboard the
shipp the Leopard arlate at the time of her seizure at Bristoll were none
of the growth of Saint Christofers arlate nor of any other of the Charibee
Ilands under the dominion of the English, or of or belonging to the
English plantation, which hee knoweth because hee this deponent was
present and sawe the lading of the said tobaccoes and ginger at
Martinica which is none of the English plantations, and there
this deponent sawe the same bought of the Negroes of that place,
where the same grew and were made, and further saith that
not anty part of the other goods seized aboard the said shipp came
from Saint Christofers or any of the Charibbe Ilands in the possession
of or belonging to the English, which hee knoweth being aboard her
upon her first going to Backstarr Roade, and continueing in her till
her comming from those parts, and thereby well knowing that shee
was not in the English plantation. And otherwise hee cannot depose.
To the third hee saith that hee well knoweth the arlate Richard Gibbs
and saith hee was one of the company of the said shipp Leopard on the
28th of September last new stile on which day this deponent came
first aboard her at Backsterr as stiersman of her, and sawe the said
Gibbs then aboard her, and was informed by the rest of the company that
the said Gibbs came first aboard her three sayes space before this
deponents said comming into her. And otherwise hee cannot depose
To the fourth hee saith that the said shipp the Leopard was at and
continued in the Iland of Martinica in and untill the beginning of
September last past namely untill about the tenth of September last
And well knoweth that in all the space that this deponent was at
Martinica before the said tenth of September, which was two or
three monethes, the said shipp was of his sight and knowledge
constantly at Martinica and never went in that space to Saint Christofers
or to any part of the Iland soe called. And otherwise hee cannot
To the fifth hee saith that the said shipp the Leopard when first
she came the said voyage to Martinica, came from Guinney and
bought Negro's thence in her, and there namely at Martinica
the said Negro's were landed, and disposed of of this deponents
sight and knowledge, and about the said tenth of September last new stile
shee went from Martinica for Saint Christofers which was her first
going thither after such her comming from Ginney. And othewise
hee cannot depose.
To the sixth hee cannot depose.
To the seaventh hee saith that hee was at Saint Christofers when the