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The 28th of February 1655/

Examined upon the sayd allegation./


John Withers of Deptford, in the county of Kent mariner
aged fifty eight yeares or thereabouts a wittness sworne and
examined saith and deposeth as followeth videlicet./

To the fifth article of the sayd allegation his saith he cannot depose hee not being
privie to the Charterparty now letter in his article mentioned./

To the second article of the sayd allegation hee saith hee well knoweth that the shipp
the Prosporous did upon the thirteenth of october 1655 safely arive in Oratava
Roade at the Island of Teneriff one of the Canarie Islands in Company of the shipp
Richard whereof his this deponents precontest henry Sheeves was commander and of
the Exchange Mr yonge Commander and some other English shipps the names where[?of GUTTER]
hee doth not remember, and there came to an Anchor, and there rode at Anchor till
the nynteenth or twentith day of the sayd moneth of October in expectation of orders from the
factors and Agents of his deposeth of his sight and knowledge being Masters Mate
of the Richard and of the shipps that came into the sayd Roade with the Prosporous
and lay at Anchor neere her during such her staye there, And further saving his
subsequent deposition hee cannot depose./

To the 3 article of the sayd allegation and the schedule therein mentioned hee saith
that hee well knoweth that whilst the Prosporous and Richard and Exchange aforesayd
and other English shipps for lay at Anchor in the saye Roade of oratava, there came
a generall letter sent (as hee beleeveth) from the English ffactors and Merchants of Teneriff upon
the twenty seaventh of October (new style) and seaventeenth (old style) being the day
of the date of the sayd letter, which letter hee saith was amongst others subscribed
with the names of the arlate Arthur Ingram and david Stephens, And
saith the schedule arlate is of his deponeth knowledge (whose hand writing it is) a
true Coppy of the originall letter soe sent from the factors and Merchants
whose names and subscribed thereto and saith hee writt the sayd letter [?or ?schedule] by the sayd
originall at the request of the sayd Smith Master of the Prosporous and
therefore and alsoe for that hee helped to compare the same coppie with the originall letter
knoweth that the same doth agree with the sayd originall, And alsoe saith
the words John Withers and alsoe his this deponents owne hand writing which hee sett
to the sayd Coppie in testimony that the same did agree with the sayd originall, and
saith hee since the rest of the parties who have attested under their hands the
concordanse of the sayd letter with the originall, subscribe their names in
manner as now they are to the said schedule, And further to the sayd article and
schedule hee cannot depose./

To the 4th article of the sayd allegation he saith that after the sayd generall
letter receaved, and not before, all the English shipps in the Roade of Oratava
departed thense videlicet about the 19th and 20th dayes of October aforesayde (old style)
and amongst the rest the Prosporous and the Richards and the Exchange and the
Katherine (Captaine Russell Commander of her) and saith the sayd shipps before
named and others went to the Maderas and there tooke in fresh water and
and stayed about a day and a nights tyme and then the Prosporous the Richard
the Katherine and some other shipps came from the Maderas and arrived againe in Oratava