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and is an illiterate and unskillfull person, and one that
cannot write his name and was not Capable of his said
Office or place; and had noe Instruments on board the said
ship to doe and performe his said place, but a fores staffe,
and saith that hee beleeveth the reason of the said Ships
missing the Barbadoes the said Voyage was occasioned
and came by the said hurricanes; and Calmes, and
Contrary winds, And further cannot answer:/.
To the 8th hee sayth that after the said Grove by the meanes
aforesaid had missed the Barbados the
said Wood gave the said Grove order to saile to
Martinice and from thence to Nevis, and the said
Grove did soe doe, And further cannot depose for
that he was Imployed by the said Wood at Saint
Christophers the greatest part of the time the said ship lay, at Nevis,
saving the said Wood at Saint Christophers said to this deponent
That it was a folly for the ship to goe upp to the
Barbados. for that ffish was there at a lowe rate:/
To the 9th hee saith that the said ship arived at Nevis
on the Eighth of November 1657: and there
lay about four or five weekes before the said Wood
sent any fish or goods. to Saint Christophers: and in
that time there arrived att the said Islands severall
Vessells laden with fish, and other Comodityes.
which did much glut the market there; and thereby
did hinder the Sale of the ffish brought in the
Peace; and saith that when the Peace arived at Nevis
there was (as this deponent was informed by the Islanders
great want of ffish, and then as hee beleeveth the
said Wood might have had a good market for it
and saith that at the first, comming of the
said shipp the Peace to Nevis the said Wood sold his fish
after the rate of a pound of fish, for a pound of Sugar, and saith
that Nevis Sugar is accounted better than Barbadoes
Sugar, and further cannot Answer:/:
To the 10th hee saith that a little before the arrivall of
the said ship Peace at Nevis, the Tobacco plants Indico
and Sugar Canes were there at at the other Leeward
Islands, spoyled and rooted upp by reason of
Hurricanoes (which happened there. And saith that at
Nevis and Saint Christophers and other of the Leeward
Islands the fflemings (at and about the time of the arrival
of the said ship Peace there) did carry away most of
the goods which were there left. And saith that most of the
English that were then in Nevis and Saint Christophers did lade their