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theise three or foure yeeres cost the said Mary and her said husband or one of
them three hundred pounds or thereabouts, and that necessarily, and the same
hath bin occasioned by the lighters and servants of the said Prior and others
working there and digging holes as aforesaid. And this alsoe hee saith
was and is true, publique and notorious And otherwise hee cannot depose.

To the fifth hee saith that hee verily beleeveth that the said Mary Ewens
(besides the said summe of three hundred pounds in repaires or thereabouts) hath by
the said digging and making pitts, which have occasioned the falling in and calving downe of the said wharfe and bancks into the River,
suffered losse and dammage yet to the summe of one hundred pounds sterling more. And
otherwise hee cannot depose.

To the Interrogatories. [CENTRE HEADING]


To the first hee saith hee hath lived theise fifteene yeeres last in
white Chappell parish, and got his living in that space by his trade
of a waterman, to which trade hee served seaven yeeres apprentishipp;
and was never servant to the producent Mary Ewens or her husband.
And saith hee cometh required by the said Mrs Ewens to testifie the
truth in this busines, without compulsion; and saith hee desireth
iustice may take place in this cause wherein hee favoureth neither partie
more than other, but would give the victory indifferently.

To the second hee saith that it is unlawfull and contrary to severall orders
and ordinances for any to worke with Engines in the River of
Thames for the taking up of ballast into lighters or otherwise
either upon shelves or at elsewhere in the said river, or to
worke or take up ballast with an Engine nearer than at tenn rodds distance from
every wharfe or key or banke of the river, referring himselfe to
the orders and ordinances made in that matter, And otherwise hee cannot

To the third hee saith that hee hath severall times within the time aforesaid seene the said Priors lighters and
servants, with and amongst other lighters and servants taking up
gravell with net and iron (contrary to the ordinances) within five or sixe
rodds of the said wharfe of the said Ewens.

To the fourth hee saith hee hath knowne the servants of or such as were
imployed by the said producents husband in his life time with shovells and
spades take up gravell neere the said wharfe to amend and repaire
the said wharfe withall; and not otherwise, but near know any imployed by
her the producent since her husbands death about taking up any gravell
in the said River. And otherwise cannot answer saving as aforesaid.

To the fifth hee saith that mr Ewens servants in his life did worke
with spades and shovells (and not other instruments) neerer as hee beleeveth
to the said wharfe in taking up gravell for the use aforesaid, than hee hath
at any time observed mr Priors lighters and servants to worke. And
otherwise hee cannot answer saving as aforesaid.

To the 6th hee cannot answer, saving negatively for his part.

To the last negatively, sa[y]ing hee neither knew or ever heard ought thereof

Repeated before doctor Godolphin.

The mark of william