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The 16th day of January 1657 English style/

Examined on the sayd petition

Rp. 4us

Edward Webb of Upper Shadwell in the parish of Stepney and
County of Middlesex gentleman aged forty nyne yeares or thereabouts
a wittnesse sworne and examined saith and deposeth as followeth

To the sayd petition hee saith that hee this deponent being one of the Rulers an
officer belonging to the ballast office for ballasting of shipps in the
River of Thames Knoweth that the sayd office was aunciently grauntable ny the
Crowne and was in the tymme of the deceased King Charles graunted unto one Mr
Smith and others this hee the better knoweth for that hee was an Officer then of the
sayd Office under the sayd Smith and other the then Grauntees And knoweth that in
or about September last the sayd office for ballasting of shipps was graunted by
his highnesse the Lord Protector unto Thomas Lodington George Bourman
Samuell Clarke and Oliver Williams parties in this suite paying to his highnesse
Exchequer for the same the yearely rent of a thousand pound sterling, which
grauntees ever since the sayd graunt have bin possessed of the sayd office and
exercized the same by them selves and their officers whereof this deponent is one
and the sayd grauntees in order to the exercise thereof did by their officers
make publication of the authority soe comitted to them by setting up printed
papers thereof upon the Exchange London and the Custome house and Billinsgate
and all convenient landing places and stayres on both sides the River of
Thames that soe Masters of shipps and such as had occasion to use ballast
might take notice thereof and repaire to the sayd Office and bee furnished
therewith divers of which papers hee hath seene standing up in severall places And further hee cannot depose for that hee knoweth not Claes
Johnson nor his shipp the hope of fflushing shee not lying in that part of
the River of Thames which is his Squadron and wherein hee is appointed
to take care of ballasting of shipps./

[To the Interrogatories CENTRE HEADING]

To the first Interrogatorie hee saith hee cometh to testifie the truth of his
knowledge in this cause being required soe to doe by the producents And
saith it will bee neither profitt nor preiudice to him that hee knoweth of whether the sayd Bourman
and the rest of the sayd Grauntees prevaile or be overthrowne in this cause and
saith hee hath noe other benefitt by the profitts ariseing by the sayd office but
his annuall sallary hee being one of the Rulers appointed to see ballast put
aboard shipps and take notice how many tonnes every shipp taketh in
which lyeth in his squadron or division but what his salary will amount unto
hee cannot at present expresse And further hee cannot answere/

To the 2 Interrogatorie hee saith hee knoweth neither the Interrogate Claes Johnson
nor his shipp Interrogate and therefore cannot further answere to this

To the 3 Interrogatorie hee saith hee hath satisfied the contents thereof in his foregoeing
deposition soe farr as hee can/

To the 4th it concerneth him not neither can hee answere thereto/

To the 5th hee saith hee knoweth not what goods the hope carried the voyage
Interrogate, and saith that drye goods ought to have dry ballast or
ballast drayned, and such the ballast office hath hither to bee well provided of [?hee]
saith that in case ballast bee not very drye the Master by his care in well
dennageing his goods of what kindesoever from dammage by any
wettnesse of the ballast And further hee cannot answere./

To the 6th hee saith that the sayd Bourman and the other grauntees ever since the tyme



Edward Webb


Primary sources



PROB 4/15830 Engrossed Inventories Exhibited from 1660. Webb, John, of St. Paul, Shadwell, Mdx., but ob. at Plymouth. 07 April 1683

PROB 11/340/223 Will of Edward Webb of Saint Paul Shadwell, Middlesex 25 October 1672
PROB 11/338/555 Sentence of Edward Webb of Saint Paul Shadwell, Middlesex 05 July 1672
PROB 11/357/355 Will of Thomas Webb, Gentleman of Saint Paul Shadwell, Middlesex 26 August 1678