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The third day of Aprill .1658:

Rp. 4.us

Paul Backman of hamborough late Master of the shipp the
Charity of London aged 45. yeares or thereabouts, sworne
before the said doctor John Godolphin one of the Judges
of the said High Court of Admiralty saith as followeth
to witt

To the Interrogatories in the first place ministred on
the behalf of the said John Shorter./

To the first Interrogatorie this rendent saith, That hee well knowethj
the shipp the Charity of London in the Interrogatorie mentioned, of which
shipp this examinate was Master and Commander by the space of five
moneths or thereabouts on the behalfe and to the use of the said John
Shorter, and thereby is well assured that the said shipp was of the burthen
of fourtie Lasts or thereabouts and that this examinate was first constituted
and appointed to be Master of the said shipp in or about the moneth
of November in the yeare 1657, last past. More to this Interrogatorie
hee saith not/:

To the second Interrogatorie hee saith, That hee this examinate well knoweth
and was present at such time as the said shipp the Charity was
publiquely and in open markett sold in the said moneth of November
at or in the City of Berghen in Norway by one Jans hanson a
publique Officer of the said City thereunto authorized unto one
William Edwards servant and Agent at the said place to and for
the said John Shorter, and for his the said John Shorters accompt
and behoofe; and saith that hee this examinate having formerly served
the said John Shorter as Master in and of another shipp to him the
said John Shorter belonging and perished at Sea under this examinates
Conduct and Command, did mediate and procure the buying of the
said shipp at the place and time and from the person aforesaid to
the use and behoofe aforesaid for the summe of seaven hundred
and fifty rixdalers, which moneys this deponent did see really and
effectually pay'd at Berghen aforesaid by the said William Edwards
in the name and on the behalf of the said John Shorter unto the said
Jans Sanson for the said shipp her tackle apparrell and furniture
and this examinate is thereby fully convinced and assured in Conscience
that the said shipp the Charity, her tackle and apparrell and furniture
from the time of such the buyeing of and paying for the said
shipp did and doe really and solely belong unto him the said John
Shorter as being the true sole and Lawfull Owner thereof, and
publiquely and notoriously knowne and accompted for and a[s GUTTER]
an Englishman and Subject of this Commonwealth. Moreover
this examinate saith That hee this deponent well and assuredly knoweth That
in the moneth of March last past or thereabouts the said John
Shorter did sett out fitt and furnish the said shipp Charity
upon his owne costs and charges for and upon a voiage to be made
under this deponents Conduct with the said shipp from this port of