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carried eight gunnes and had three anchors and Cables and two suites of
sayles and was plentifully provided with all manner of tackle apparell furniture
provisions amunition and other Necessaries for her designe which was a warlike
designe by letters of Marque against the King of Spaine and his subiects and their
shipps and goods, And the Mary Interrogate was a shallopp which attended her as
assistant in the sayd designe and was of the burthen of eighteene tonnes or thereabouts and
carried fower gunnes and was well provided alsoe with sayles Anchors Cables
provisions ammunition and tackle and furniture necessary for the sayd designe
which vessells were fitted out to Sea for the sayd voyage at the cost of the Interrogate
William Rushley and Erasmus Bedlowe subiects of this Common=
wealth the true Owners and proprietors of the sayd vessells And saith that in his
this deponents Judgment the Indeavour and her gunnes provisions amunition tacke
apparrell and furniture were at the tyme of her losse hereafter deposed of worth eight
hundred pounds sterling and the Mary and her gunnes provisions amunition
tackle apparrell and furniture at the tyme of her losse were in this deponents Judgment
wroth two hundred pounds of like money and soe much and better hee beleeveth they
cost the sayd Owners in setting them forth upon the sayd designe This hee the better
knoweth being purser of the Indeavour and having the sayd letters of Marque in his
custodie and having read the same And further to these Interrogatories hee cannot answere/

To the 3 Interrogatorie hee saith that the sayd two vessells pu[?tt]ing out in Company togeather
from this Port of London upon their sayd warlike designe the Marie coming to
sea proved Leakie and thereupon the sayd vessells went in Company to the River
of Breamer and came to a place upon the sayd River in the dominion of the
duke of Oldenburgh on the one side of the River and the King of Sweden on the
other both Princes in amity with this Commonwealth whether they came
about the middle of May last and there in the duke of Oldenburghs Island of
Oldenburgh washed and tallowed their vessells and tooke in fresh provision
of victualls such as they stood neede of This hee deposeth of his owne sight and
knowledge being Purser of the Endeavour And further saving his subsequent
deposition hee cannot depose/

To the 4th 5th 6th 7th and 8th Interrogatories hee saith that the sayd shipps
having washed and tallowed and having furnished them selves with necessary provisions as
aforesayd made out towards sea againe and in the mouth of the River there
found the Generall of the King of denmarkes ffleete there rideing with
three shipps of warr who upon sight of the Indeavour and Mary who then bore
the English Colours commanded them to come to an anchor and commanded
the sayd Captaine Welch to come with his boate aboard the sayd Generalls shipp
and the sayd Welch accordingly obeyed, and this deponent to deliver unto him
the sayd letters of Marque which hee carried with him, and (as hee the
sayd Welch told this deponent and others of her Company at his returne from aboard the danish generalls
shippp to the Endeavour,) hee the sayd Welch shewed the sayd Generall his sayd
lettters of Marque, and one of the sayd Captaines after perusall of the same
sayd (as the sayd Welch affirmed) that these his letters of Marque were good for
nothing but to wipe his breeche with but that after consultaion had by
the Generall with his Captaines the Generall discussed him but with
this provisoe that hee should not passe by to Sea but goe back into
the River and lye soe as to be under his Command at all tymes whereupon the
sayd Welch went further up into the River of Bremer upon the duke of