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hee went master, and comming there to an anchor, the said shipp
was the same day soone after such her comming to an anchor set upon and seized
by the shipps the Mary of Amsterdam and the Unicorne of Middleborowe both
under the command of John Scrole, a dutchman and subiect of the states of
the United Netherlands dwelling in holland as hee was commonly said and
acknowledged to be. And being soe seized this deponent and most of his
company were carried prisoners aboard the said shipp the Mary, where comming
hee met with George Paris arlate commander of the said shipp the
ffortune hee (being alsoe a prisoner) told and acquainted this deponent
and company howe that his said shipp the ffortune with an hundred ninetie odd
Negroe's in her had bin taken five dayes before by the said two dutch shipps
and hee and company dispossessed of the said shipp ffortune and Negroes, and
soe much the said Scroll and company alsoe confessed, namely that they
had taken the said shipp ffortune and Negroes, and after such seizure
of this deponent, hee sawe the said Scrolls men fetch, some of the ffortunes
Negroes out of her, (shee then lying neerely) and this deponent sawe a greate many
lustie able Negroe's amongst them, and after they had soe taken out
all the Negroe's and the shipps guns, rigging, sailes masts and
appurtenances, they set the hull on fire, and destroyed the same of his
deponents sight, And saith the said Negroes were alsoe said to be
belonging to the said Silvester Colleton and company. And otherwise hee
cannot depose, saving what followeth, and saving the said Scrole
ordered the said Negroe's to be put aboard an English shipp which hee
afterwards tooke from Captaine Gra[XXXX]s, and soe utterly deprived the
owners of the said shipp ffortune and Negro's, of the same shipp and Negro's.
To the fourth hee saith the said shipp Mary was at the time of the
said seizure dutch built, and the Unicorne belowe was Portuguese built
but above of dutch built, and they had both dutch colours,
and were belonging and appertaining the Mary (as her
company confessed) to Amsterdam. and the Unicorne to Middleborowe
and were set out from holland, and their companies were
most or many of them dutch, and all or the cheifest of their officers were
dutch, And when they tooke this deponents shipp they had the Prince of
Orange his flagge and Ensaigne out. And otherwise hee cannot depose, saving hee
there heard one Vandergoose of the Netherlands said and named to bee
one of their setters out.
To the fifth hee cannot depose saving as aforesaid.
To the sixth hee saith hee this deponent went shortly
after to the Barbada's; where hee sawe Negroes (that came from the coast of Ginny) sold or bartered
away some seaven and twenty hundred, others at eight and twenty hundred
and others at 30 hundred pounds weight of sugar, and this hee saith was in
or about the beginning of december last, and after the rate the
said Negroes of the ffortune would have yeelded in his estimation one
with the other, being for the most part very lustie able Negroes.
And otherwise hee cannot depose.
To the seaventh hee saith hee cannot estimate the valuw of the
shipp ffortune and her tackle and furniture; not having bin aboard her till all her
tackle, furniture, masts sailes and goods were laden out of her, which was on
the same day before shee was fired as aforesaid
Repeated before Collonel Cock.
Thomas Thompson [SIGNATURE, RH SIDE]