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The 10th of January 1654. [CENTRE HEADING]
The Lord Protector against}
Wainewright and Jefferies.}
Examined upon the first allegation given in on
the behalfe of his said highnesse.
Rowe dt. dupla:
Mathew Lock late of Portsmouth Gentleman aged
36 yeares or thereabouts sworne and examined.
To the first article hee saith that the tobacco's in question and mentioned
in this article, being sold by the Commissioners for dutch prize goods
were in the moneth of November 1652 delivered to Mr ffrancis
Burton as agent or partner of the said Wainewright and Jefferies,
which hee knoweth for that hee this deponent
was the Collector of the Customes at Portsmouth, where hee
sawe such deliverie of them.
To the second article hee saith and deposeth that this deponent
being Collector as aforesaid at Portsmouth when the said tobaccoes were
delivered as aforesaid, hee caused stay to be made of the
same untill the Customes thereof were cleared, and received noe
more than 1 d per pound for the said customes, and knowes not that
there was then any more due for the same, and saith that the
time aforesaid and for some time before and after 1 d per pound was
the rate usually and ordinarily paid for the Customes of West India
tobaccoe of the English plantation, but if they were of the
plantation of fforeigners, hee conceiveth that 6 d per pound was due
and payable, referring himselfe to the acts and ordinances of
Parliament in that behalfe. And otherwise hee cannot depose.
To the third article hee saith that the Customes of and for the said
parcell of tobaccoes after the rate of 1 d per pound were paid an
satisfied about the beginning of ffebruary 1652 to the Commissioners
for the Customes of London by Mr James Wainewright and John
Jefferies or their assignes, which hee knoweth because hee drew bills
upon them for payment thereof, and afterwards had order from
the said Commissioners (as having received satisfaction) to free the said tobaccoes
and suffer them to depart. And otherwise hee cannot depose.
To the fourth article hee saith that the said ffrancis Burton forthwith
after the receipt of the said tobaccoes mentioned in this deponents deposition
to the first article aforegoing, laded or caused them to be laded
aboard severall vessells in the port of Portsmouth to be caried for London,
and hee had the same (for ought this deponent knoweth to the contrary)
continually in his possession after the said deliverie, and if the
Customes had bin satisfied, hee might (for ought this deponent
knoweth to the contrary) have departed with them and carried
them away presently after the said deliverie, And otherwise
hee cannot depose, saving his foregoing deposition.
To the fifth article hee saith that upon Mr Burtons undertaking
to give bills of exchange to satisffie the Customes for the said tobaccoes
hee was permitted to shipp them in the said moneth of November
1652, and had them accordingly delivered to him in the said moneth
out of the warehouses at Portsmouth and hee presently laded them
as aforesaid. And otherwise hee cannot depose.