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The 23th day of November 1657

John Jefferies and Robert Lewellin against Jacob}
Moulson Smith ffrancklin}

Examined upon an allegation on behalfe of the sayd


vide the 2 first in A9:

Abraham Clarke of debtford in Kent shipwright
Carpenter of the shipp Unitie the voyage in question aged
twenty five yeares or thereabouts a wittnesse sworne
and examined saith and deposeth as followeth videlicet./

To the first article of the sayd allegation hee saith hee was not privie to
the contract made betweene the arlate Jefferies, Lewellin Smith Roberts
and Moulson touching the voyage in question and therefore cannot depose
to the contents of the sayd article further then that hee saith the sayd Moulson
was Commonly reputed to bee a part Owner of the arlate shipp the Unitie
And further to this article hee cannot depose/

To the 2 and 3 articles hee saith hee this deponent being Carpenter and on board
the sayd shipp the sayd voyage knoweth that there was beefe and other provisions of victualls for
the voyage in question put on board the sayd shipp Unitie in England and some in
Ireland but the quantitie thereof or upon whose Accompt the same was put
on board hee knoweth not And further to those articles hee cannot depose/

To the 4th and 5th articles of the sayd allegation hee saith that hee this deponent
being Carpenter as a foresayd and aboard the shipp Unitie knoweth that shee
departed from Gravesend upon the voyage in question in the moneth of June
one thousand sixe hundred fifty fower and about the sixteenth say thereof
and after such her departure the sayd shipp mett with contrarie windes which hindred
her soe that it was about the latter end of July or beginning of August
that yeare ere shee arrived in dublin haven And further hee cannot depose
knowing of nothing of of any such promise as is arlate, but knoweth that the sayd
shipp went to Ireland on purpose to take in servants for Accompt of the
arlate Jefferies and Lewellin to be thence transported to Virginia./

To the 6th article of the sayd allegation hee saith that at the arrivall of
the sayd shipp Unitie in dublin harbour there were very few or noe servants
provided by the sayd Jefferies and Lewellin or their factors or Agents there
to be shipped aboard her for Accompt of the sayd Lewellin and Jefferyes to
goe the voyage in question, And this deponent knoweth that thereupon the
sayd Moulson did imploye a Joyner who lived at dublin (his name this
deponent now remembreth not) to gett servants to goe the sayd voyage for
Accompt of the sayd Jefferyes and Lewellin and by that meanes did
procure divers servants for the sayd Jefferyes and Lewellins Accompt but
the certayne number soe procured by the meanes and endeavour of the sayd
Moulson and the person hee imployed thereabout hee remembreth not, but
three and fiftie persons men and women two men of which [XXXX GUTTER]
did of this deponents knowledge runne away and carried with them the shipps skiff while shee
continued in dublin haven, and an other (a woman) was suspected by the
whole shipps Company to bee a witch for that shee had given out words amongst
the passengers servants who were to goe the sayd voyage that rather then shee
would goe the sayd voyage the shipp should never departe from dublin soe
longe as there was a whole block remayning in her or words to that effect
and saith that the sayd shipp of this deponents knowledge did once endeavour to