HCA 13/72 f.34r Annotate
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To the third árticle hee saith hee this deponent hath severall times seene
the servants and lighter of the said Prior at worke upon the said shelve or banck
and hath seene and observed then to worke fairly and orderly, as others use to
doe, and have helped to ab[?a]te the said shelfe, to the better passage of
shipps and boates and benefit of navigation.
To the fourth and 5th articles hee saith and deposeth that within the time arlate
the arlate Mr Ewen late husband of the said Mris Ewen kept lighters of
his owne, which hee imployed by his servants or lighter men oftentimes upon
the said shelfe opposite this wharfe or banke, and taken up ballast at
an hundred and sixteene foote distance from his wharfe or banke of this
deponents sight and knowledge, who hath alsoe measured the distance;
And saith the said Mr Ewen in his lifetime raised greate quantities
of ballast (soe taken up by his servants and lighters) to be cast on greate
heapes upon the aforesaid wharfe, where the same lay drying in readines
for shipps to take the same thense, and saith the said wharfe was then
old and decayed, all which hee knoweth, because hee sawe and tooke notice
thereof. And hee conceiveth and beleeveth that the said weight of ballast
soe lying on the said wharfe which was old and decayed, much endammaged
and furthered the decay of the wharfe aforesaid. And otherwise hee cannot
depose, saving that the ground was and is firme for 93 foote betweene the place where his
lighters used to worke, and the place where Priors lighters used to worke
Upon the sixth not exámined by direction of the producent
To the Interrogatories. CENTRE HEADING]
To the first hee saith hee hath noe relation to Priors lighters,
or any of them, but is a lowe water man, and use to take
up ballast as aforesaid in the said river in his owne lighter, but
never in Priors lighter or lighters,
Prior, nor hath any share therein, And otherwise hee cannot answer
saving as aforesaid.
To the second negatively to every part.
Repeated before doctor Godolphin.
the marke of TI [MARKE] To: Jones [MARKE, RH SIDE]
The first of June 1657.
Ewen con Prior.}
Exámined upon the foresaid libell.
William Ballow of Greenwich ferriman, aged 30 yeeres or
thereabouts sworne and exámined.
To the first hee saith hee well knoweth mris Ewen the producent
and alsoe the wharfe and banke where of hee saith shee hath bin and is commonly
accounted the lawfull owner.
To the second and third árticles hee saith hee also well knoweth the arlate Richard Prior
who professeth him selfe a low water man, and saith hee is commonly accounted owner
of three of four lighters. And saith that
in or about the moneth of October last (as hee remembreth the time) hee sawe severall
lighters at worke neare the bancke and wharfe of the said Mris Ewen in taking
up ballast or gravell, in which working they made severall greate pitts and holes, betwixt
which pitts and holes (being some foure foote and a halfe deep other five foote, some
more and some lesse) there have risen severall hillocks or hills, to the endangering
of shipps and vessells in their passage that way, and the said digging and
taking up ballast neere the said wharfe and bancke being to the greate endangering of
the same, the said Mris Ewen caused one of the said lighters to be stopt or
staid, which being soe stayed, hee saith the said Prior came and claimed and