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The 15th of december 1654. [CENTRE HEADING]
The claime of the said doctor ffrancisco Benzi}
in the Prince and the Grimani.}
Examined upon the foresaid allegation.
Nicholas de fferrari of London Merchant
aged 54 yeares or thereabouts sworne and
To the first article of the said allegation hee saith and deposeth that
hee hath well knowne the producent doctor ffrancisco Benzi by literall correspondance about seaven
yeares last past, and saith that before the monethes of July and August
1652 the said francisco Benzi wrote unto this deponent from Venice intimating
unto him that hee the said doctor Benzi was owner and proprietor of seaventeene two and
thirtieth parts of the shipp the Prince of which Claus Timeson was master
and of one third part of the shipp the Grimani otherwise called
the armes of Madenblick of which John hannenson Leiwen was
master, and that hee was desirous to part with and sell the same
and therefore desired this deponent (being his correspondent) to
help him to a Chapman for them, or to the same effect, And
saith that for and as lawfull owner and proprietor of the said parts
of the said shipps the said docter ffrancisco Benzi was and is
commonly accompted and reputed. And otherwise hee cannot depose.
To the second article hee cannot depose, saving what followeth.
To the third article hee saith and deposeth that hee alsoe well
knoweth the arlate John Baptista Benzi and hath soe donne theise
fowre and twentie yeares last and hath bin and is bery well acquainted
with hjim, and saith that hee and the said doctor francisco Benzi
were and are brothers, and natives of Como in Lumbardie and
for such commonly accompted and reputed, and this deponent
there lnoweth their house and familie and hath bin there
acquainted with the said John Baptista, And saith the said John Baptista
Benzi was resident a Amsterdam only as a merchant stranger
and that about two yeares since upon the troubles betwixt this
Nation and holland, the said John Baptista Benzi retired
and with drew his dwelling to his native country and now
Inhabiteth at Venice And otherwise hee cannot depose./.
To the Interrogatories. [CENTRE HEADING]
To the first hee answereth negatively.
To the second hee saith that the place of the ordinarie residence of the said
doctor ffrancisco Benzi is at Venice where hee deales as a Merchant, and
often hee goes to Como in Lumbardia his native towne and there acts as
an Advocate as this deponent hath bin credibly informed, And otherwise
hee cannot depose saving as aforesaid.
To the third fourth fifth and sixth hee referreth himselfe to his foregoeing
deposition, and otherwise cannot answer, for hee neither knoweth the said shipp
or the masters thereof
To the 7th negatively.
To the Interrogatories in the second place hee cannot answer saving as aforesaid, and saving
hee knoweth not whether hee hath the said letters (soe written unto him from