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To the 5th article hee saith it is not the custome for lytermen to take
charge of any Merchants goods but those that lade it are to take care of
it and send som body to see the same safely delivered, the lightermen being
not hyred to watch the same (if they bee any accident hindered) nor
to make good any damage happening thereto (if it happen not by
any insufficiency or rottenesse of the lighter) for that the freight
of any lighter cannot bee nor is a thing soe considerable as to binde
the lyterman or owners thereof to make good any damages happening
to Merchandize And further hee cannot answere. not being
imployed in the sayd lyter./

To the sixth videlicet the last hee saith for that hee was not imployed on the
sayd lighter. nor hath heard any thing to the effect Interrogated hee
cannot answere thereto,/

Repeated before doctor Clarke./

the marke of the sayd
John [MARKE] Hodgekins [MARKE, RH SIDE]


The tenth day of March 1654 English style [CENTRE HEADING]

Examined upon the sayd allegation


Gilbert Woodman of the parish of Saint Olave in Southwarke Lighterman
aged 32 yeares or thereabouts a witnes sworne and examined
saith and deposeth as followeth videlicet./

To the first second third 4th and 5th articles of the allegation hee saith that hee
well knoweth that hee this deponent was Commanded by his master Mr Ambrose
Pomery to goe with a Close lyter of the sayd Mr Pomereys to Blackwall to the
shipp the Smyrna ffactor and to take alonge with him in the lyter a servant of the
arlate Captaine hudsons, which servant (as hee told this deponent) had order
from the sayd Captaine hudson to his Mate and Company that they should
give over ladeing of the open lyter they were in hand with and presently lade
the sayd cloase lyter, and this deponent accordingly went with the sayd Cloase
lyter and the sayd Captaine hudsons servant in her and commeing to the shipp
Smyrna ffactor then lying at Blackwall the sayd hudsons servant went
aboard the sayd shipp and (as this deponent beleeveth delivered a message
to some of the sayd shipps companye to the effect aforesayd, whereupon some
of the sayd shipps Company spake to the lytermen of an open
lyter which lay by the shipps side about halfe loaded with Cotton woolls (videlicet the lyter wherein the damage in controversie afterwards happened)
and bid them vere their open lighter back towards the sterne of the sayd
shipp which the sayd Lytermen were unwilling to doe and desyred they might
have their whole ladeing that they might be gone therewith the next tyde wgereto
some of the shipps Company told the sayd lytermen of the open lyter that
they had