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To the third Article hee saith, That it is and ever hath been usuall, since
this deponent first knew what belonged to Navigation, That a Pilott undertakeing the
pilotting of a ship from place, should have the sole ordering direction, and
Command of the said shipp and Companie, and that although the Master
of such shipp bee himselfe aboard. yet hee ought not in any manner to
contradict or apprise the said Pilotts Command in any thing concerning the
sayleing of the said shipp. And so much hee beleeveth to be conforme to the
Sea lawes and Customes in that Case provided and generally received, to
which hee referreth himselfe, And further, cannot depose./

To the 4th Article hee saith, That at or about the time predeposed, the
arlate James Warren did conduct and pilott the said shipp the Exchange
from this Port to Gravesend where shee and her ladeing arrived in safety
upon and being there cleared upon a Saturday, the next morning the
said Wilkinson being himselfe ashore at Gravesend sent to the said Warren
then aboard to sett sayle with the said shipp towards the Downes, the wynd
being then somewhat too high in his judgement conveniently to unmoore the
said shipp which was done with very great difficultie and trouble, and so
shee came in safety to an anchor in the Hope, and the next morning
being the munday morning ensueing, the said Wilkinson comeing aboard
his said shipp commanded the said Warren to sett saile from thense, to
which hee this deponent knoweth not what the said Warren replyed, but saith
hee well knoweth, that severall of the said Dutchmen were then ashoare
at Gravesend and not aboard the said shipp, soe that there was not a
convenient number of men then aboard to mannage her, shee requiring
according to her burthen and intended Marchants Voiage for Virginia
30. or at the least 28. men as aforesaid sufficiently to man her. The
premisses hee declareth upon the grounds predeposed. And further cannot

To the 5th Article hee saith, That upon the said Mr Wilkinsons coming
aboard the said shipp at the Hope, the said James Warren upon his
importunitie sett saile with the same to Lee, shee having then, as this
deponent remembereth (the Dutchmen being returned aboard) her former number
of about 22. men and one boy, And saith the wynd was then very
high at the North-west or neere that point, and the said Warren
was very earnest to have come to an anchor at Lee aforesaid, and to that
purpose had caused to be taken in her foretop saile of the said shipp, but the
said Wilkinson absolutely refused soe to doe or permitt to be done, whereupon
the said Warren was enforeced contrary to his good will and likeing to sayle
to the redd sands. The premisses this deponent well knoweth, for that hee was
Boatswaine of and aboard the said shipp, and saw and observed all the
passages by him predeposed. And further cannot depose:-/:-

To the 6th hee saith, That upon the Tuesday morning next ensueing the
shipp sett sayle to goe over the flatts, and in her passeing over the
same to a place in the Sea called the Narrow, but saith, that hee this
deponent did not nor could not then particularly observe, what Course the said
Warren steared, hee this deponent being then intent upon other buisinesse
in the said shipps fore Castle, neither did this deponent observe at how
many fathoms water shee then was; hee further saith, That during the
said storme of wynd in the said shipps passage over the fflatts aforesayd
hee this deponent heard two contrary commands given, the one by the said
Warren and the other by the said Wilkinson, the one commanding to
putt the helme a port and the other on starboard, but which of them
gave either of the said commands particularly, this deponent saith, That
by reason of the great confusion then aboard, hee this deponent could not