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The tenth of September 1657.
A referense from the Counsell to}
the Judges examination touching the}
Exámined upon a paper annexed to an order of the Counsell
of the 29 of September 1657 touching a ffliboate called
the Conrard taken by a Spanish ffrigot and retaken by
the Constant Warwick.
for the State. dt.
John Gueroult of Roane in ffranse clerke of
Jaques Maurice Tabellion a Notary of Roane, aged
22 yeares or thereabouts sworne before the right Worshippfull
John Godolphin doctor of lawes one of the Judges of the
high Court of the Admiraltie and exámined upon the said
paper saith as followeth.
That the first day of June last past (new stile) Monsieur du Quesne
of the yonger of deep departed from the Roade of Conquerardan in
Bretany in a smale fliboate of sixe Gunns and three Murtherers called
the Conrard, belonging to his brother Abraham du Quesne of Paris
set forth as a private man of warr to crosse upon the coast of
, and that Stephen du
Quesne was commander of the said fliboate, but the designe of going
thither to crosse, was not declared to this deponent the Purser of the said
ffliboate. And saith that the said ffliboate being come to Belle Isle
was met with two English men of warr belonging to this State, the one called
the Constant Warwick commanded by Captaine vessey of about 30 peeces
of ordnance; and the other the Griffin of dartmouth, by whom hee the
said Captaine du Quesne came with his said fliboate to an anchor, and
remained there about a day and halfe, during which time hee had
acquaintance and familiaritie with them, And that having in
that space gotten intelligense of some Biscainers that were said
to be about the Iles of hav[XXX] and hedir, hee went aboard the
said English man of warr, and thereupon they went injustly to take
and seize them, and saith that the places about the said Iles are full
of rocks and dangerous to any that doe and well know them,
and that the Biscainers are accustomed to skulke there with their small
vessells, because greate vessells cannot or but hardly come at them.
And that upon the approach of the said English men of warr and fliboate
(which they made severall waies) a small frigot of the Biscainers
seeing noe hopes of escape, ran ashore on the maine, where her
Spanish company [XXXX]ed out and deserted her, and hide themselves ashore,
and that the English fetcht off the said Biscay frigot (at such time as
the fliboates shallop and company was come to fetch them doe the same) and put
her to sea, having taken therein three peeces of ordinance and some
other armes. And that afterwards the said English Captaines with
their vessells going for the Bay of Morbihan, left the said monsieur du
Quesent and his said vessell, who came to an anchor about the said
Ilands and remained there from the evening of the 5th to the 6th of June
on which sixeth of June about two in the afternoone departing thense to goe
out to sea, hee was about 7 of the clock that evening about three
the stroakes under the}
lines were made by doctor}
Godolphin.} [LH MARGIN]