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The fourth of March 1655

Goodwin and Company against the}
goods and the Saint John derrick Ryan master}
and against de Souza and others.}

Examined upon an allegation given and on the
behalfe of the said Goodwin 24 October 1655.

Rp 1

William Rubois of Dover Mariner late purser of
the Galleote the Black dogg, aged 43 yeares or
thereabouts sworne and explained.

To the tenth article hee saith and deposeth that at and upon the
taking of the shipp the Saint John arlate (derrick Ryan master) and
her lading in or about the moneth of June or July last past upon the
coast of ffrance the said derrick Ryan comming aboard the dogg or
hound (derrick hendrickson Captaine) which tooke him, and perceiving the said
Captaine and this deponent the purser and others of the Company of
the said man of warr the hound to speake dutch asked them, [?which] seeing
they were flemmings and consequently friends they took him, whereupon
the said Captaine derrick hendrickson gave this deponent his key
of his chest and bade him fetch his Commission, which his deponent
did and opened and showed the same to the master derrick Ryan and
read the names unto him, and made knowne unto him then the same
was a Commission of Reprizall grannted by this Commonwealth
to mr Goodwin of dover and Company for takeing the goods and shipps
of ffrench, Subjects of the ffrench king, and that by vertue thereof
they had taken his shipp and goods therein, as in truth hee saith
they had, and had their said Commission aboard the man of warr at
the time of the first haling and comming up with the Saint John.

Upon the rest hee is not examined by direction of the producent.

To the interrogatories [CENTRE HEADING]

To the first hee saith hee was one of the Company of the
hound or dogg (the man of warr) aforesaid at the time of the taking
the Saint John, and assisted in the taking of her, this deponent being
Purser as aforesaid of the man of warr, and being to have his share of the
Prizes taken, by her namely each prize being divided into foure hundred
shares this deponent was to have tenn thereof.

To the second hee saith hee hath endeavoured and desired that the said
shipp the Saint John and her lading should become and be declared Prize
to the takers, expecting his shares therein after the rate and proportion
aforesaid, and otherwise hee cannot depose.

To the third he saith that hee hath dwelt in dover for two yeeres and
eight monethes last, and before that for eight or nine yeeres in Ostend.

To the fourth hee saith that hee knoweth not nowe more
concernning the matters interrate then hee did at the said time of the
seizure of the Saint John, or afterwards, saving as aforesaid. and
otherwise hee cannot answere.

To the fifth hee saith that about six weekes since his said Captaines
wife being to goe over to dunkirke to receive some wages due to her
husband, interested this deponent to goe with her, which hee did, and staid
there but one night and soe came back againe to dover, and that hee hath
bin in service of Goodwin and Company since April last.

To the sixth hee saith hee holdeth the lading of the said shipp for being
good Prize, because the master him selfe at the time of the seizure acknowledged
the same to be ffrench and belonging to ffrenchman, and therefore hee
should declare it for Prize if it were in his power, and hee beleeveth
hee hath given out and formerly spoken to that effect, and otherwise hee
cannot answere saving as aforesaid.