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the account of Robert Carter one of the said shipps owners and
companie the valew of foure hundred pounds sterling, and this deponent
had a chest, clothes and other necessaries aboard to the valew of
sixtie pounds, which said gold and goods to the valew of foure hundred
pounds sterling were also to be carried to the said parts of East
India, and there invested as goods and merchandizes of the parts
to be brought to this port. And otherwise hee cannot depose.

To the seaventh, 8th and 9th articles hee saith and deposeth that
within the said time namely on or in September last past the
said shipp the Lyon and Providence having soe received
and having the foresaid said gold and other goods aboard being arived in
her course for the East Indies to or neere unto the said Cape
Lopus, shee was there met withall by two dutch shipps, the one
of them called the Mary of Amsterdam and the other said to be
of Middlebowre, both under the command of Captaine
John Scrawle, who was said to be of Amsterdam and hee and
most of his company were dutchmen, and commonly accounted
subiects of the States of the United Netherlands, and
some of them this deponent heard acknowledge and say that they
were soe, and that they came with the said shipps from holland
or Zealand, and were belonging thereunto, and that they were
to trade on the said coast [#]

[#] and saith that
one Claes Prince Cape merchant of the said
shipp Mary in discourse with this deponent aboard
the Mary (wherein this deponent was kept prisoner) after the said seizure, said and told this deponent that in their
coming outwards from the said United Netherlands riding in the downes, they were held by one of the frigots of
their states and asked whether they were bound, and that they had answered that they were bound for Spaine, and soe they were
suffered to passe, but quoth hee if they had knowne our designe they would scarse have letten us
have passed, or words to that effect. soe that this deponent understood and conceived by his words that they came purposely to
take and spoile the English on these coasts of and further saith; Stephen Webb [SIGNATURE, AT 90 DEGREES IN LH MARGIN]

after both the said dutch shipps had
severall times shott at and violently and hastily assaulted the said shipp the
Lyon and Providence, they seized and tooke her together with all
the foresaid gold and goods and carried the same away, dispossessing
and spoiling her master, company and factors of thereof and
utterly depriving the owners of the same. And alsoe tooke away
all the papers, bookes and writings of and belonging to the
said shipp, her factors, commander and others. All which hee
knoweth because hee was in her and sawe the premisses soe donne,
And after such seizure the said Captaine Scrawle kept the master
company and factors of the Lyon and Providence prisoners, and
after a while sent them away in another vessell with [?or]
very little, and that very badd provision, not being enough (as hee was informed for
longer than five weekes at the most, and if (happening to
arrive at the Iland Saint Thomas) they had not there sold their
vessell and got supplies of victuall they had bin
starved with hunger, and before such their arivall at Saint Thoma
they were soe distressed with lack of victualls, that they were constrained
to put tenn men to two mens allowance. And otherwise hee
cannot depose.

To the tenth hee saith hee cannot depose.

To the 11th hee saith that if the said seizure had not happened the
said shipp had and would in all probabilitie have arived at
the East Indies with the said gold and goods, which would there have
bin invested in goods of that country which would in the
like probabilitie have bin brought to this port, And otherwise
hee cannot depose for hee was never at the East Indies.

To the 12th hee cannot depose.