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pretending for their deniall, that hee had order not to suffer any shipps or boates
to goe in or out for that (as hee said) the dutch had warr with the king of

To the fifth article hee saith that the said Commander or Admirall and company
kept the said shipp the Endimion under that restraint and in that condition for the
space of nine dayes, in which space although this deponent and Captaine Couchmann
going severall times aboard, and expostulating about such their detention, and
insisting for libertie to goe into Bantam, the said Admirall still persisted in
his deniall and told them still that they should not goe in, for hee had order to the contrary,
and because they were earnest for leave to goe in, one dutch Captaine that was
present told them that if they (meaning the Captaine and companie of the Endimion)
were stronger than they (speaking of the dutch that were there) they should or
might goe in, otherwise they should not, Whereupon after the said space
of nine dayes restraint, the said Captaine and companie of the Endimion
being soe kept out of Bantam and seeing noe hopes of getting in went
with their said shipp for Jambee, Where heaving procured what pepper
they could, they set saile back againe for Bantam, [XXXX] where unto they arived about
three monethes after such their first departure thence which was on the
eighteenth of August 1656, hoping then that they should not meete with any
obstacle, but might goe freely into Bantam roade, there to compleate their
tonnage, and soe to saile for England. But there they found severall saile
of dutch shipps riding, two of which upon sight of the Endimion weighed
where shee was found to come againe for an anchor, and then this deponent
went aboard the commander of them in cheife named Commander John
Petersson Lelly in the Erasmus, to know wherefore they were yet againe
commanded to an anchor, and stopt, and whether they might yet goe into
Bantam, and be[XXXXX] him that they might goe in, telling him what prejudice
the East India Company of England had alreadie and were like further
to suffer by such their prohibition, whereupon with much adoe and as
if hee had donne the English a greate favour, hee permitted them to send
in their boate to give notice to the English agent of their being there, but
would by noe meanes permit the shipp to goe in, nor suffer the boate to
carry or bring ought but advise, to which purpose they searched her going
and comming.

To the sixth hee saith that having received the sayd advise, the English Agent came
aboard the said Commander of the dutch fleete in cheif, and in this
deponents presence and hearing (who went aboard with him) [?besought]
and was very earnest with the said Commander or Admirall for leave
for the said shipp to come into banta, roade to receive such goods as were
there in readinesse for her, but his answer was that hee durst not give
leave without expresse order from Batavia, Whereupon the said agent
and Counsell sent letters to Battavia to the Generall of the dutch
to get order thence for her going in, But (as this deponent heard the Agent
say the said Generall and Counsell at Battavia sent answer that
they would not permit any shipp or shipps whatsoever to goe in, or
any going to and fro betwixt the shipps and shoare in any manner
Whatsoever, or to the same effect.

To the seaventh hee saith that having received the said answer, the said
English Agent (being Agent Skinner) came aboard the Endimion
and [XXXXX]d the Captaine and companie to weigh and saile for
Battavia, for that hee would see what hee could doe
(as hee said) in person about getting leave for the said shipp to goe in,
and comming there, hee went severall times to the Castle
to make addresses to the Generall for leave, but at length retourned
aboard and declared that hee had laboured in vaine and that notwithstanding
all his arguments and importunitie for leave, the Generall had