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the rest of the Interrogatorie hee answereth negatively

Cleared hetherto the Judges, mr Rushworth and Mris Row.
Mr Row died 20th April 1658. but I have reckoned to his widow thus farr because there
are 15 witnesses examined in B.5 and B.7. before his death

Repeated 23 October 1658 before doctor Godolphin

henry Mars[?d]en [SIGNATURE, RH SIDE]


The 17th of May 1658/

Joseph Careswell and Company against Alexander)

Examined on an allegation on the behalfe
of the sayd Bence./

Rp. jus

Lewis Pridith of the parish of Saint Andrew
hubbard in Buddolph lane London Cooper aged forty
three yeares or thereabouts a wittnesse sworne and
examined saith and deposeth as followeth videlicet./

To the first and second articles of the sayd allegation hee saith that hee this deponent
being a wyne cooper by Trade was imployed by Mr Alexander Bence
the producent in this cause to open certayne chests of sugar videlicet twelve
Chests of sugar of fifteene which were brought ashoare from aboard the Oporto Merchant the voyage in question and
saith hee well remembreth that two of the sayd chests were very much
dammaged soe that the sugar which remayned in them unwasted was congealed
in a lumpe togeather as hard as Clay by reason of salt water and
oyle which they had receaved, and nine more of the sayd twelve chests of sugar
were alsoe damnified very much by the like meanes, And further to this
article hee cannot depose. saving hee saith the sayd dammage plainely
appeared to this deponent and those who viewed them to bee done by the
meanes aforesayd./

To the 3 and 4th articles hee saith that by reason hee receaved severall pipes of
oyle from on board the Oporto Merchant, hee knoweth that there were oyles
aboard her the voyage in question, And saith hee being aboard
the sayd shipp heard two of the sayd shipps Company who were in hold
with this deponent when this deponent came to view the stowage of the sugars
in question being sent to that end by the sayd Bence) saye (this deponent observing
that the water that lay above the Kilson of the shipp and in the dennage under the
sayd chests) that the reason why soe much water was in the sayd shipp
was for that a pype of oyle was staved at the ladeing of the shipp
which oyle (as they sayd) leaked out and came amongst the ballast and
dennage of the sayd shipp and thereby choaked the shipps pumpe that
it could not voide the water soe well as otherwise it would have done,
And hee saith that hee this deponent being present aboard and commanding
the fifteene Chests of sugar in question to bee removed out of the places
where they were stowed did observe that the water lay then among the
dennage above the Killson or plumbes of the shipp in the hold in puddles,
and there continued after the sayd sugars were removed from their
dennage, and this deponent askeing how the same came to bee soe the