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The 7th of July 1656.

Travers con against Burridge and}
others. Baker. Smith}

Examined upon the aforesaid allegation.

vide jus in A. 16.

Rp. 2

William Clapham of London Merchant aged 29 yeeres
or thereabouts sworne and exámined

To the first article of the said allegation hee saith and deposeth that hee
well knew and knoweth the shipp the Martin wherefore Roger Paxton
arlate was master, and well knoweth the producent Thomas Burridge
and saith that hee and company the time arlate were freighters of the said
shipp for a voyage to be made with her from this port of London to the
Canaries and back again, which hee knoweth having seene the Charter
partie for the said voyage.

To the second and third árticles hee saith and deposeth that upon the said
shipps arrivall the said voyage at the Canaries (in or about October last)
there being disagreement betweene England and Spaine, noe English shipps
were permitted to trade at the Canaries, unless the Governor were paid
a summe of money (as they could agree with him) there called Indulto
money; and saith the said Thomas Burridge being then there,
was necessitated to agree with the said Governour, before hee could get
libertie of trade for the said shipp, and to pay him (for such his indulto
or leave) and his officers, the summe of three hundred pounds sterling, namely
soe much in Spanish money as amounted to three hundred pounds sterling
and upwards, and this hee saith was and is publique and notorious
and further that upon payment of the said summe and not before the
said shipp the Martin was permitted to trade, and then and not
before the said Thomas Burridge began and preceeded to send wines
aboard her, which hee knoweth because hee this deponent was then there
in the like imployment for the Elizabeth of London, and paid a greater
summe for Indulto for her, and was specially acquainted with the said
mr Burridge his proceedings, and hee with this deponents, they
assisting each other. And otherwise hee cannot depose.

To the fourth fifth 6th and 7th articles hee saith that while the said mr Burridge
was un lading his wines for London for the account of himselfe and
company the producents, hee from shore in a morning sent this deponent a note
in writing aboard the shipp the Elizabeth (riding neere the Martin)
advising this deponent that hee had the night before sent tenn
pipes of wine in a Spanish boate to be carried aboard the Martin as
part of his said intended lading, and that the said wines in stead
of the Martin were put aboard the John and Mary (William Webber
master) there alsoe riding, and desired this deponent to take some
order for recovery thereof aboard the Martin, whereupon hee this deponent
spake to mr Paxton master of the Martin, who with his boate
went aboard mr Webbers shipp, and brought back word that
hee could not get them, mr Webber refusing to deliver them and
saying they were stowed away, and the like answer the said Webber
made to this deponent, demanding them of him; And touching
the marke hee saith mr Burridge sent the same to this deponent in his
said note, and this deponent hath the Receipt of the said Webber given
to the said boatman of the Spanish boate for receipt of tenn