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26th of June 1655. [CENTRE HEADING]
On the behalfe of John Blake late}
Captaine of the shipp the ffreindshipp}
and of Thomas Davies concerning their}
losses in the said shipp}
Upon the Interrogatoryes ministred
on the behalfe of Blake and Davies.
Benjamin Clarke of the Liberty
of the Tower of London Mariner
where he hath lived about 2 yeares last
past, aged about 31 yeares, a wittnes
sworne before the right worshipfull John Godolphin
Doctor of Lawes one of the Judges of the high
Court of Admiralty, saith and deposeth as followeth.
That he the deponent was in March 1651 interrate aboard
the shipp interrate the ffreindshipp as a ffactor for
the Guiney Company, unto whom the said shipp and her Lading
did belong, and that in the said month of March 1651 the said
shipp riding at Anchor in the River Cambray in Guiney
neere a Towne called [?Bintam] was taken and seized by a
fleete of shipps under Prince Ruperts command and carryed
into Saint Jago, And he saith that of his this deponents knowledge
there were aboard her at the time the said Prince Rupert
seized on her about twenty hundred weight of Elephants
teeth worth (as he verily beleiveth) 7 li 10 s per hundred, tenne
hundred of waze or thereabouts worth about five pounds per
hundred Little more or lesse tenn cases (or thereabouts) of strong
waters really worth twelve pounds, and that the wearing apparrell and
the Instruments which the interrate John Blake the Master
of the said shipp the ffreindshipp then lost were well worth
the summe of XV  li. All which sayd Elephants teeth, waxe
and strong waters were alsoe the proper goods of the sayd John
Blake, And he alsoe saith that there were then on board her at
the time the sayd shipp was seized by Prince Rupert for the
account of the said Thomas Davies some Brandy wine,
waxe, hides, wearing apparrell and instruments, apperteyning to
navigation, All which he lost, But he saith he cannot certainly depose the value thereof, but beleiveth they were well worth
Ben: Clarke [CENTRE HEADING]
On the same day. [CENTRE HEADING]
Thomas Davies of the parish of Rederith in the County
of Surry Mariner, aged 22 yeares or thereabouts, a
wittnes, sworne before the right worshipfulll John Godolphin
Doctor of Lawes one of the Judges et cetera deposeth and saith.
That he the deponent was servant unto the interrate John
Blake in the moneth of March 1651 interrate, at which time he
the sayd Blake was Master or Captaine of the interrate
shipp the ffreindshipp...
...and deposeth that he this deponent had aboard
the said shipp at the time of her said seizure by Prince Rupert