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The 11th day of January 1657 English style

The office of the Judges promoted by daniell Vessell}
and others against Jenkin Ellis}

Examined upon the sayd articles./

Rp 5us

Humfrey Hutchins of the precinct of Saint Katherine neere the
Tower of London Waterman aged thirty eight yeares or thereabouts
a wittnesse sworne and examined saith and deposeth as
followeth videlicet

To the first article hee saith that hee this deponent hath bin an
Inhabitant of the Precinct of Saint Catherine arlate from his Childehood and thereby
knoweth that in March one thousand sixe hundred fifty three the Inhabitants of the sayd
precinct did by petition complayne unto the Judge of this Court that divers Billanders and other
vessells did by the consent and permission of the arlate Jenkin Ellis frequently laye their
vessells betweene Saint Katherines stayres and Saint Katherines dock to the great annoyance
and disturbance of the Watermen and other the Inhabitants of the sayd precinct and
soe had done for some yeares next before that tyme and the sayd Jenkin Ellis
was upon the Complaint of the sayd Inhabitants of the precinct of Saint Katherine con=
vented before the then Judges of the same, and an order was made therein by
the sayd Judges to the effect arlate, but for the more certaynetye of the sate
and effect thereof hee referreth him selfe to the sayd order And further to this article hee
cannot depose./

To the second and third articles hee saith that hee this deponent being as
aforesayd an Inhabitant of Saint the sayd precinct of Saint Catherine and a waterman
by trade and plyeing constantly at Saint Catherines stayres and other places neere
thereabout with a wherry and alsoe being Onwer of some lighters which
frequently bring coles and other goods to places neere thereabouts and
having a roade belonging to him to make his lighters fast to betweene Saint
Catherines stayeres and the dock of Saint Catherine thereby knoweth that since the
sayd order have and contrarrie to the same there have in the yeares
1654 and 1655 and since divers vessells Billanders, and french vessells to the
number of five or sixe a brest at a tyme layne abrest one of an other
at or neere the wharfe of the sayd Jenkin Ellis betweene Saint Catherines stayeres
and the dock and have layne soe neere the shoare that neither lighters nor
wherries could passe betweene shoare and them to the great annoyment of
watermen and lightermen who have occasion to land goods or fayres there
about And hee this deponent hath within the sayd tyme by such their lyeing
there soe many a brest and soe neere shoare bin hindered and put by from
layeing his lighters at his owne roade, and soe likewise have other watermen
plyeing also with wherries, have by such vessells their lyeing there soe neere shoare
and soe many a brest bin forced to rowe with with their wherries against the strength
and Current of the tyde before they could gett to shoare to land their fayres at
Saint Katherines stayres and other places of landing neere thereabouts to their great
toyle trouble and hinderance, And other the Inhabitants of the Precinct of Saint
Kathereine who have wharfes neere thereabouts have by such the sayd vessells soe
lyeing there soe many a breast and soe neere shoare bin often hindered and [debarred GUTTER]
of their right liberty of takeing in or shipping off any goods at their wharfes
And the sayd Ellis hath as hee beleeveth soe permitted and entertyned the sayd
vessells to lye at and neere his wharfe out of a desyre to make gaine to himselfe
thereby And the reason of such his beleefe is for that hee this deponent ˹having˺ half as afore
sayd bin severall tymes by th[XX vessels] there put by the makeing fast of his lighters at his owne roade