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of the Prosperous the voyage in question knoweth that at her setting out from Southampton
on the sayd voyage shee had aboard her a great quantitie of
burr shott, and only two peeces of ordinance and seaven musketts, and a good
quantitie of muskett shott and about nyne or tenn great shott and about two and thirty pounds of powder which
was a proportionable quantitie as hee beleeveth to the sayd gunnes musketts and
shott and sufficient for the voyage aforesayd as hee beleeveth And further
to this article hee cannot depose. saving hee saith the master of her procured about
tenn or twelve great shott more at ffoy in Cornwall./or ffalmouth/.

To the 2: 3 and 4th articles of the sayd allegation hee this deponent
hee being gunner of and aboard the Prosperous till, and at her seizure, which
happened the first day of June last, well knoweth the sayd shipp Prosperous
came from Burdeaux in ffrance homeward bound in Company of a yarmouth
vessell whereof the arlate Appleby was Commander who had in his sayd
shipp three gunnes, and saith the said Appleby perceiving that the Prosperous
and his shipp were chased or pursued by a man of warr, spake to
the Master and Company of the Prosperous and told them that hee perceived
they were persued by a man of warr and that in likelyhood either
the Prosperous or this shipp must bee taken, and therefore advised them
to looke to them selves for hee intended to leave them or to that effect, and thereupon
his the sayd Applebyes shipp being the better sayler hee went away
and left the Prosperous to grapple with the sayd man of warr as well
as shee could, and hee being gone the sayd man of warr (which afterwards
appeared to bee a Brest man of warr) made up neerer to the Prosperous
and saith the arlate Tompkins seeing her drawe neere, advised the
Master of the Prosperous to call out for quarter and sayd it was to noe
purpose to resiste for that it appeared plainely (as indeed it did to
this deponent and the Master and Company of the Prosperous) that the sayd
man of warr had fower gunnes, and betweene forty and fifty men
which appeared upon the decke, and the Prosperous of this deponents knowledge had but two gunnes and
sixe or seaven men and a boy, which notwithstanding the Master of
the Prosperous being desyrous if possible to save his sayd shipp
and goods did make resistanse and caused his gunnes and severall musketts to be severall
tymes fyred against the man of warr, but this deponent and
others of the Company observing that the sayd man of warr
was come up close to the Prosperous and likely presently to enter
her quarter desyred the Master of her to call for quarter and withall
the Company threw downe their Musketts and lowered their Top saile,
which the master perceiving did aske quarter and soe the sayd shipp
Prosperous not being able to make further resistanse was taken
one of her gunnes being then laden, and some powder left, but
saith hee well knoweth the sayd shipp {and} goods was not lost through
any want of powder or ammunition but meerely by reason shee
was over powered with multitude of men who were ready
from the sayd man of warr to enter her quarter and shee being
a smale pinke which carried no gunnes behinde could not possibly
though her whole ladeing of had consisted of powder and shott have
made any resistanse more than shee did, And further to theise
articles hee cannot depose./

To the 5th article of the sayd allegation and the Charterparty and Schedule