HCA 13/71 f.215r Annotate
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The 7th of May 1656.
Examined vpon the libelle
Warner against the Alexander}
and against howe.}
Jacob van [?Zoiden] of the Cowes in the Ile of Wight
Chyrurgeon, aged 21 yeeres or thereabouts sworne and
To the first article of the said allegation hee saith and deposeth that
from October 1653 to the tenth of August 1654 the arlate William
Watson was master and Commannder of the shipp the Alexander
arlate and forsuch commonly accounted, and had the care and charge
of the said shipp (of this deponents sight and knowledge) for the said
time, And otherwise hee cannot depose, saving what followeth,
and saving the said Watson was accounted master and Governour of the
said shipp for a longer time there as aforesaid.
To the second hee saith that hee referreth himselfe to the articles
indented annexed to the libell, which this deponent by direction of the
producent Mr Warner carried over into Ireland to the said Watson to
see the same performed, and there the said Watson acknowledged himselfe
to a partie thereto, and that they were signed and sealed by him, And
otherwise hee cannot depose, saving what followeth.
To the seaventh article and eighth articles hee saith and deposeth
that the said William Watson in or about the moneth of ffebruary
1653 proceeded on the said voyage in question from Ireland for
Virginia, and arived in Yorke River in May next following, where
hee was to receiveth tobaccoe arlate, which hee knoweth because
hee this deponent who came first aboard her at Corke in Ireland in
the beginning of November 1653 and continewed in her, went from Ireland
in her to Yorke River aforesaid in Virginia; And saith that whilest
the said shipp there continewed, there was tobaccoe enough to be hadd
and ready to be sent to London which would have fully laden the said
shipp the Alexander and much more, and the said Watson might have procured
five hundred hogsheads more to have bin laden aboard the said shipp
if hee would and that the shipp could have receaved them, and further that there were 150 hogsheads of tobacco
at least (more then were brought home in the
said shipp) at the water side and some at the shipp side offered to the said Watson to be brought home in the
said shipp for London, and hee was requested and desired to receive
the same aboard, which hee knoweth being present and privie to
all the premisses. And otherwise hee cannot depose.
To the tenth and eleaventh articles hee saith and deposeth that the
said William Watson brought home only seaven hundred hogsheads of
tobaccoe or thereabouts and not more, which hee knoweth because hee
sawe the lading of them, and was ashore when the said shipp
departed therewith from Yorke River aforesaid which was on or about
the eleaventh of August 1654. And saith that the freight of the
severall hogsheads of tobaccoe that were brought home in the said shipp
(accounting foure hogsheads to a tonne) amounted for some tonnes
to tenn pounds and for some to nine, and glad was that lader that
could get his tobaccoe sent home at soe easie a freight as 9 li per tonne