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who went with him and also by some of the sayd dukes Counsell told, the sayd Welch shewed the sayd duke and his
Councell his sayd letters of Marque and desyred their protection for him
selfe his sayd shipps and their Companyes, but could gett noe protection graunted
And saith that while the sayd Welch was gone to the duke and his Councell to
procure protection. the Generall of the sanes ffleete came in a chariott by
land and spake upon the shoare side to the Company of the Endeavour
ffrigott by his enterpreter and asked them for their Captaine and answere being by them returned
that he was gone to Oldenburgh Citty the sayd Generall asked to speake with
the foresayd Collins the Master of her and hee coming ashoare to the generall
the generall by his enterpreter required the sayd Collins to surrender up
the sayd shipps the Indeavour and Mary and to bring them downe the River
to the place where his fleete laye, and sayd that his Captaine, Captaine
Welch, when hee was his prisoner had promised him to deliver them
to him, and the sayd Collins answered and sayd that hee had noe
power to doe soe his Captaine being absent, and thereupon the Generall of the
danes bid him send for his Captaine for hee was resolved to have
the sayd shipps though it cost him fower hundred mens lives the takeing
of them, and sayd that hee had soe many coming in smacks, and thereupon
Peter ?Man?ce this deponents precontest boatswaine of the Endeavour was
dispatched away to goe to the Captaine and acquainte him with what had happened
and the sayd Generall departed and left his Interpreter to stay and bring
the sayd Captaines answere, And the sayd Peter ?Man?ce mett the sayd
Captaine Welch and brought him alonge with him and the sayd Welch
being come the sayd Interpreter receaved answere from the sayd
Welch that hee would not deliver the sayd shipps soe longe as hee and
his men could fight or words to that effect All this hee deposeth being an
eye and eare wittnesse thereof, And saith that the Interpreter being gone the sayd
Welch came aboard and called this deponent and the rest of the officers of the
Indeavour and consulted with them what was fitt for that the smacks which
the generall spake of were then come in sight (as in deede they were), and
hee as hee sayd could get noe protection from the duke of Oldenburgh,
and upon the consultation had, hee spake to his Company to
knowe whether they would fight in defence of the Indeavour and Mary but
found them by the threates of the sayd generall soe discouraged that they feared
if they should bee wounded in the conflict they should get now quarter and that
they were therefore not willing to fight (at least not above three or fower of them)
whereupon it was by the sayd Welch and his Officers (whereof this deponent
was one) thought fitt that the Indeavour and Mary should be blowne up and
soe the Company went a shoare and a trayne was layed and Peter [?Nance] the
Boatswaine gave fyre to it and swoXX away and soe the sayd shipps (there
being noe hope to escape their being forcibly taken by the danish generall)
were upon or about the seaventh of July last accordingly blowne up And saith
that one denbigh who was Steward and Wallis the mate of the Indeavour was after
the sayd vessells were soe blowne up taken prisoner by the danes as they ?were pasiing in a dutch vessell
along the River of Bremer to goe to hamburgh and soe home for England
And they were as the sayd [?WXXXs] since his comeing to England told this deponent imprisoned at Gluckstate
and kept in Irons where the sayd denbigh still remayneth And further hee cannot answere/