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The 7th of October 1657.
Davies against Johnson}
Exámined upon the foresaid Libell.
Samuell Thomson of London Bookseller, aged 40 yeeres
or thereabouts sworne and exámined.
To the first árticle hee saith hee well knoweth the producent Thomas
Davies and saith hee was the time arlate owner and proprietor of
the bales of bookes arlate and for such commonly accounted, which hee knoweth
for that hee saw him tooke receive them as his owne and saw them put
into his warehouse, and saw his invoice for the same.
To the second, third, 4th, 5th and 6th 7 and 8th articles of the said libell
hee saith and deposeth that upon the arivall and bringing the said fower
bales of bookes in question into Pauls church yard, hee this deponent and
his contest John Crooke (also Bookeseller) were spoken to and
desired to view them in regard of the dammage received, whereupon
they in or about June last did diligently view the same and alsoe
the said producents Invoice wherein the particulars and cost of
the said bookes were mentioned, And saith they found three bales of the said bookes
namely those marked numbers 3. 4. 7. exceedinglay damaged with sea water which they had received
in their transportation the voyage in question, in soe much that they
stanke exceedingly, and were soe deteriorated, that this deponent
and his said contest estimated the damage which the said producent
received by the said sea wet to the summe of foure score pounds
sterling, and soe much hee saith they were truely damnified
and soe much losse the said producent must in their estimation
inevitably sustaine by the same, And saith that all the said bookes
cost two hundred and tenn pounds and upwards according to the
Invoice aforesaid, and would in his estimation have yeelded 30 li
per case profitt here had they come in good condition,
howbeit hee saith they estimated the said dammage meerly in regard
of their said first prise and cost, and the said fower score pounds to be
lost thereupon by the said dammage received; And this damage
they had, not withstanding that the said producent used much
care and diligence and cost to preserve and save
the, in what hee could from being spoiled. And saith the
weather was faire and good when the said bookes came over, [soe]
that the dammage was by generall estimation and report [?imparted]
to the master and company of the vessell their carelesnes in [the?ir]
transportation. And otherwise hee cannot depose.
To the Interrrogatories. [CENTRE HEADING]
To the first and second hee cometh required by the producent to testifie the
truth in this cause, and saith hee was at the opening of the said bookes
which to his remembreance was the next day after their receiving from
abroad, and saw them to bee out of the cart, and saith they were [unbound]
and printed in Holland and Germany, and otherwise saving his foregoeing
deposition hee cannot answer, saving negatively for [XXX XXXXX]
Sam: Thomson. [SIGNATURE, RH SIDE]
Repeated before doctor Godolphin.
PROB 11/328/263 Will of Samuell Thompson, Stationer of London 09 November 1668