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and chased her for about 6. howers. the Companie of the said shipp in the
meane time using all possible diligence, and making all the sayle they could
to escape from them; in which pursuite the said french Captaine caused
7. peeces of Ordnance to be discharged with bullets att or against the
said shipp fortunes. The premisses this deponent well knoweth being an
Eye witnesse of and acting therein.

To the third hee saith, That the said ffrenchmen of warr closely pursuing
the said shipp fortune, and there being not any probability of her escape
from thence, or recovereing any Port of fflanders, shee steered her Course
towards the Coast of England, the Master and Company of her, (as this deponent
is fully convinced) hoping and intending to gett under the protection of some
shipp or shipps of warr in the service of this Commonwealth, during all which
fflight the said frenchmen of warr incessantly pursued and made after the
sayd shipp fortune, and were readie to have Laid her aboard, and taken her
and her Ladeing. The premisses hee knoweth upon the grounds of knowledge
predeposed. And further cannot depose:-/

To the 4th article hee saith, That during the said fligght, pursuite and
discharge of Ordnance by the said frenchmen of warr against the said
shipp fortune, and English frigatt in the immediate service of this
Commonwealth rideing at an anchor neere dover, weighed anchor
and came up with them: and the Officers of the said English man of warr
having spoken with the french Captaines, and understanding they were in
pursuite of the said shipp fortune as being a Shipp bound with her
Lading to some of their enemies Ports in fflanders the said English
frigatt left them, the Officers thereof bidding them pursue their Prize
which they did, and shortly after another English friggat came up to
them, when the said frenchmen of warr were ready to have boarded and
taken the said shipp fortune, and were but about a muskett shott
distance from her, but the said English frigatt discharging two
Gunns, the said frenchmen of warr in obediance to her lowred their
sailes, and attended her coming up, and the said friggatt being so come
up immediately sent men aboard the said shipp fortune, and became
possessed of her and her ladeing, thereby depriveing and divesting the
french of the same. The premisses hee well knoweth, being an
Eyewittnesse thereof:-

To the 5th article hee saith, That the aid shipp fortune passing so close to
the Coast of ffrance when first espyed and pursued by the said french
men of warr, had in all probability passed free and
undiscovered by the English, in case shee had not beene so chased, and
in the chase steered her Course towards the Coast of England aforesaid
the french coast being now the usuall course of shipps bound from france
to fflanders purposely to prevent seizure by the English, And so much hee
saith is well knowne to a Mariner useing and acquainted with that

To the 6th hee saith, That in Case the said English friggat had not, as
predeposed, come up and retarded the ffrench, and putt men aboard the
said shipp fortune, the said frenchmen of warr had immediately
boarded and taken her and her lading it being impossible shee should
have escaped them being at the distance predeposed, and then [?retarded GUTTER]