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The eighth of May 1657.
Ewen against Prior}
Exámined upon the libell given in this cause.
William Harris servant of Mr Monger Water Bayliff of
the citie of London, aged 48 yeeres or thereabouts sworne and
To the first article of the said libell hee saith and deposeth that hee
well knoweth the wharfe arlate and hath soe done for
about twenty yeeres last, and well knew the husband of the producent
Mary Ewens for about sixteene yeeres before his death (which happened
about fower or five yeeres since as hee remembreth the time) and hath
knowne the said Mary about two yeeres since, and saith the said Mary
from her husbands death, and hee for all the rest of this time arlate
till his death have bin and are commonly reputed owners of the said
Wharfe and bancke arlate. And otherwise hee cannot depose.
To the second and third árticles hee saith hee well knoweth the
arlate Richard Prior and hath soe donne about three yeeres last
during which time hee hath bin a Lowe-water man, and owner
of foure lighters, or at least part owner thereof, and for
such commonly accounted, which hee knoweth having frequently in
that space seene him and his servants imploy them and in that
space hath often seene his servants come with and bring the said
Lighters neere to to the said wharfe and bancks, and there
under colour of taking up ballast for shipps, make with others diverse and
sundrie greate pitts and holes, many of which hee saith
áre made neere unto the said wharfe and bancks and the shore
where they are, some of which pitts or holes hee saith are eight
or tenn foote deepe and some three or foure foote deep and some
more, and others neee the mill wharfe about five foote deepe;
and that by reason of the said pitts and digging, diverse hills
are made amongst them, which are very dangerous for shipps, and
boates and other vessells to passe or come neere the said wharfe, which
hee knoweth having often seen and sounded those places by meanes
of his imployment under the citie water bayliff, and seene
the said lighters and servants worke and take up gravell, and
having very often reproved them for the same. And this
working of the said servants with the said lighters hee saith hath bin and is
publique and notorious as hee saith. And otherwise hee cannot depose
To the fourth article hee saith that the bancks of the said wharfe by
meanes of the said working, and digging and making of holes soe
neere them, have broken in, and fallen or calved into the River
of Thames, which hee knoweth having seen and taken notice of the
same. The repairing or worke about mending the same with
wood and materialls hath as hee verily beleeveth within
Richrad Prior (alt. Pryor)
" hee well knoweth the arlate Richard Prior and hath soe donne about three yeeres last during which time hee hath bin a Lowe-water man, and owner of foure lighters, or at least part owner thereof, and for such commonly accounted, which hee knoweth having frequently in that space seene him and his servants imploy them"
" "10 JUNE 1656. - Recognizances, taken before Richard Powell esq. J.P., of Richard Pryor and Thomas Underhill blacksmith, both of Stepney co. Midd. in the sum of twenty pounds each, and of Elizabeth Maddison aforesaid widdow, in the sum of forty pounds; For the said Elizabeth Maddison's appearance at the next S.P. for Middlesex, to "answer for uttering scandalous words against the Protectour, and the Lord Cheife Justice John Glynn." S.P.R., 1 July, 1656"