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The 13th of October 1656. [CENTRE HEADING]
Mitchell against heamans}
Examined upon the foresaid libell.
Gabriel Roberts of London Merchant, aged 26 yeeres or
thereabouts sworne and examined.
To the first and second articles of the said libell hee saith and deposeth that
in or about the moneth of ffebruary 1647 the arlate Henry Mitchell
at Aleppo caused to be [?imbailed] a parcell of silke containing 39 bales and two
faugots to this deponents remembrance, who was then there and acted under the
said Mitchell and tooke notice thereof, and having soe caused them to be
imbailed hee sent the same thence for Scandaron to be there laden aboard
the shipp the harry (whereof Mathew heamans was master) and was there
then riding at and saith that
this deponent by
order of the said Mr Mitchell (to whom this deponent was an assistant)
filled up severall bills of lading for the said goods, and amongest the
rest one bill of lading for one baile of legee silke and one faugot of
Sufa silke to be carried to Ligorne and there to be delivered to Sir
Van Meck and Sir Evarts for to be at the disposall
of Sir John Vlasblond, as by the schedule or bill annexed to the said
libell (which hee saith was and is the same bill soe by him filled
up) may more fully appeare,. And saith that the said parcell of silkes
being soe seny away from Aleppo to Scanderon, the said Mitchell went
after them and the said bills soe filled
up by this deponent (and amongest the rest the said bill annexed) were
sent to Scandaron to be firmed by the said master, and this deponent
beleeveth they were firmed accordingly, but that the said Mitchell
was owner of the said silkes hee this deponent cannot say, but
conceiveth that hee laded them as factor for the said Vlasblond, And
otherwise hee cannot depose.
To the third hee cannot depose referring himselfe to his foregoing deposition.
To the fourth hee cannot depose.
To the fifth hee cannot depose for hee was not at Scandaron, when the
said silkes came thither and were there laden.
To the 6th hee cannot depose.
To the seaventh article hee saith that the said bale of legee
silke mentioned in the said bill of lading annexed to the libell, cost
738 dollers and 43 aspers, (as in the factory booke of the said Mitchell
this deponent hath seene entrie made, and hath taken an abstract thereof)
amounting at 6 s per doller to 200 li sterling or thereabouts, and
soe much the same would have yielded. And otherwise hee cannot depose.
To the 8th article hee referreth himselfe to the Will arlate, and the
Registrie of the Court of Probate of Wills, and otherwise hee cannot depose.
To the 9th hee cannot depose.
To the tenth hee referreth himselfe to the Registrie of this Court and
otherwise hee cannot depose.
To the Interrogatories. [CENTRE HEADING]
To the first hee cometh requested by Mr Phillip Mitchell to depose the truth
in this businesse, well knowing that this deponent acted
under and in assistance to the said henry at Aleppo as aforesaid and saith hee this
examinate is nothing concerned in the matter in question, and otherwise
negatively, referring himselfe to his foregoing deposition.
To the second hee saith the said bill annexed hath not bin at all altered since
this deponents said filling the same up as aforesaid, and otherwise hee
referreth himselfe to his foregoing deposition.
To the third hee cannot depose, but beleeveth the said bale was put aboard the said shipp
Repeated before doctor [?Godolphin GUTTER]
Gabriel Roberts [SIGNATURE, RH SIDE]