HCA 13/71 f.617r Annotate
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áway the papers, bookes and writings of the master companie and factors
of the said shipp Lyon and providence, only this deponent while hee was
kept prisoner in the said shipp found three of the said bookes which had bin
throwne by some of the takers into the skuppers, and preserved them and
hath them with him, whereby hee the better remembreth the particularities
of the said gold, goods and valew. And after they had bin kept about five
or six weekes prisoners, the said Scrawle put the master of the Lyon and
Providence and company and factors into a small vessell with a very small
pittance of badd victualls, and sent them away, and they were
shorty soe distressed with want of victualls, that they were forced to put
into Saint Thoma, and sell their vessell and get a smaller, and with the
rest of the money to get victualls. And with the said John Scrawle was
by his owne confession a native of Munickendam neere Amsterdam
and a subiect of the States of the united Netherlands, and for such hee was commonly
accounted, and the companies of the said two shipps were most of them
also dutch and subiects of the said States by their owne confessions,
and the said two shipps were dutch built and belonging the Mary
to Amsterdam, and the Unicorne to Middleborowe where this deponent
(who was borne and lived long there) hath bin often aboard the Unicorne,
and that both the shipps sailed out of the Texel the said voyage for the coast of Guiney
on a trading voyage for Negroe's, and that their owners lived at
Amsterdam and Middleborowe and were subiects of the said States
and named mr Caymans and Marsellis vandergoos for two of their owners,
which Marsellis vandergoos, this deponent well knoweth to be a dutchman
living in Middleburowe and a subiect of the said States. And
otherwise hee cannot depose.
To the tenth article hee saith and deposeth that the said Alderman and
Morrice Thompson before the departure of the said shipp from this
port, lent the summe one hundred pounds sterling upon bottomerie
upon the said shipp, for which they were to have and receive upon her retourne
to London one hundred and fourtie pounds, which is utterly lost by the
said seizure and spoile, which lending this deponent knoweth seeing
the money delivered.
To the 11th and 12th hee saith that in case the said spoile and surprizall had not
happened, the said shipp and her lading of gold and goods might
and would in all probabilitie have arrived at the parts of East
India and invested the same into goods of the parts, and brought
the same into theise parts and quarters, which if shee had donne, the
said ninetie five markes, one ounce and six angles of gold
and other goods of the said Alderman and Morrice
Thompson soe seized and taken away, might have and would in all
probabilitie have and produced and yeelded their seaven thousand
pounds sterling, and that saith that according to the common repute and
report, the produce of gold from Guinney to the East Indies and
thense in East India commodities to theise parts is two for one.
and saith each marke of the said gold at the time of the said seizure was
worth two and thirtie pounds sterling.