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To the sixth hee saith that the said Robert Browning served in the
said shipp the ffortune from the tenth of May 1654 untill the seaven
and twentieth of March 1655, at which time this deponent left him
ashore at Cadiz in the imployment of the said owners, but howe long
from that time hee continued there in that imployment hee knoweth
not, for that this deponent then came thense. And saith that from the
said tenth of May 1654 till the said 27th of March thense next
following hee the said Robert honestly and diligently performed his
said place of masters mate, as alsoe that of Assistant to and of
the Sopra cargo, in all things as became him, and as hee ought to doe
of this deponents sight and knowledge, being master and seeing such
his service and behaviour./

To the 7th hee saith that the said Vanderpost, Tilley and Cordell have
bin by the said Robert often demanded payment of the said wages and
hire, in this deponents presence and hearing, but they have refused
to pay the same, offering him only part for the whole.

To the 8th hee referreth himselfe to the Registrie of this Court.
Repeated before doctor Godolphin.



The 7th of May 1656.

A busines of exámination of the to perpetuall remembrance}
to sett forthe the owner shipp or proprietie of the shipp}
the Jonathan of Bristoll whereof George Potts was}
master, and of her tackle and furniture, in order to}
settling the question touching the same lately}
depending before the Commissioners in the Portugall}
busines, promoted on the behalfe of John legg}
and John Downer.}

Rp. .1.

Rowland Serchfeild of London Merchant
sworne in the said busines before the
right worshippfull John Godolphin doctor of
lawes, one of the Judges of the high
Court of the Admiraltie saith and
deposeth by vertue of his oath.

That hee this deponent well knew the said shipp the Jonathan, which
about five yeares since in a voyage from Bristoll to ffiall, being seized at
ffiall by the ministers of the king of Portugall, hee this deponent on the
behalfe of Stephen keech of Bristoll merchant (commonly reputed owner of
the said vessell) prosecuted the matter of reparation of and for the said seizure
or spoile, before the right worshippfull doctor Walker and others, Commissioners
specially appointed for auditing and determining the matters of complaint
of the subiects of this Commonwealth for dammages sustained by the said king
and his subiects; and upon such prosectution and upon what was made
appeare to the said Commissioners, they ordered foure hundred and fourtie pounds
sterling, in eight hundred and eightie Milikes Portugall money to be paid for the
universall action touching the said shipp #

[#] which said summe of money was soe procured to
be awarded and allowed (upon ˹and by˺ that said prosecution
of this deponent) for the sole use and accompt
of and to redound to the benefit of the said
Stephen keech.

And saith that John legg and John
Downer of London did in October last really buy of the said keech for a good
summ of money all this the said keech as interest claime and title in or to the
said shipp, tackle and furniture and the said moneyes thereupon a[XXXXXXXX GUTTER]



Robert Browning
Stephen keech of Bristoll merchant
king of Portugall
John legg and John Downer
Rowland Serchfeild (London merchant)

Stephen Keech

"20 September 1639

Stephen Keech an owner of shipping is admitted into the Society of the Company of merchantes adventurer of this Citty by Redempcion at the fine of thirteene poudne sixe shillinges eight pence"[1]




Primary sources



PROB 11/332/550 Will of John Legg of Stepney, Middlesex. 27 April 1670
PROB 11/334/4 Will of John Downer. 20 September 1670 14 August 1685
PROB 11/381/102 Will of John Legg or Logg, Merchant of Hackney, Middlesex.

PROB 11/410/358 Will of John Downer, Mariner of Saint Olave Southwark, Surrey. 07 July 1692
  1. Bristol Record Society's Publications, vol. 17 (Bristol, 1952), p.48