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HCA 13/73 f.176v: Right click on image for full size image in separate window


Saith that the said Claes Winshinke the Master of the said
ship did Covenant and agree by Charterparty with the
said John ffreeman senior and John frreeman Junior to
saile the said ship Directly to Dantzick in Prussia to make her [?right GUTTER]
unlading of all the goods and Merchandizes received herein [?at GUTTER]
England, And saith that notwithstanding, hee did not
saile Directly to Dantzick, but sailed through the Be[?l]t and
passed by Middleford Sound, and paid noe Customes there
(as this Deponent is Informed.) and from thence to his owne
Dwelling at Sunderburgh, and there the said Claes and
Henry Winshinke his ffather unladed the foresaid goods
into the house of the said Henry wineshinke (as this Deponent
is Credibly Informed) and kept them there severall
dayes Concealed, Which was soe Done Contrat to
the minds and good Liking of this Deponent and without
his knowledge, And further Cannot depose./.

To the 3d and fourth hee saith that hee this Deponent hath
bin Credibly Informed all the forementioned Goods amount
with the Charges of Shipping them as aforesaid to the summe
or vallue of About 2958: li 18: s Lawfull English money)
were (after they had lay in the house of the said Henry wine[shinke GUTTER]
Concelaed as aforesaid). seized upon by order of the King
of Denmarke or his Agents for none Paymentt of Customes
(which as this Deponent beleeveth did not amount to 10: li
And the said Goods have Ever since bin detained and
kept from this Deponent and the rest of the said Owners aforesaid
And further deposeth that Mr Linsey who was this
Deponents ffactor in Denmarke advised this Deponent that by
the Lawe of Denmarke called the Searight If any shipp
or Seaman did Comit a fault Contrary to Lawe hee should forfeit
noe other part but what was his owne either in ship or goods
And saith that this Deponent the said Mr ffreemans and
the Rest of the said Merchants the Owners of the
foresaid goods have bin and are damaged by reasons of
the want of their said goods and the proffit they might
have made the summe of 1000 li. sterling as tis Deponent verily
beleeveth. And further cannot depose./.

To the last hee saith his foregoeing deposition is true:/.

Philip Travers [SIGNATURE, RH SIDE]


The same day.

Examined on the said Allegation./:


James Blatt of London Merchant aged
45 yeeres or thereabouts sworne and Examined

To the first and second articles of the said Allegation hee saith that in
the moneths of October and November. 1653. hee this Deponent was owner
of a bale of Serges Containing 20 Peeces. which cost this Deponent with the Charges
of Shipping the summe of 31: li 12: s sterling or neerethereabouts, and this deponent



James Blatt (b. ca. 1614, d. 1673)

James Blatt identified himself in the above deposition (HCA 13/73 ff.176v-177r), dated June 1659, as a merchant of London, aged forty-five.

His will, which was signed in September 1673, and proved in October of the same year, clarifies that he ws a citizen and draper of London, and then resident in the parish of Saint Peters Cornehill London ("where I now live"). He was thus roughly sixty years of age at his death.

He clearly had a family and estate link to the county of Suffolk, making reference in his will to messuages lands and tenements in the parish of Newton in the County of Suffolk, and requesting the distribution of £5 to the " poore of Sudbury in the County of Suff[olke]"

In his above deposition, Blatt refers to a bale of serges which he had shipped to Danzig, as well as a further bale of Suffolk cloths, which he had shipped on the behalf of another man ("belonging to one John Cockerill, an English man as this Deponent likewise is. which said bale Contained ffive Suffolke Cloathes")

A postmortem inventory exists for James Blatt, which would be interesting to study for information about Blatt's business.[1]


Primary sources



C 5/62/2 Short title: Ablyn v Blatt. Plaintiffs: George Ablyn. Defendants: James Blatt and James Blatt. Subject: personal estate of the deceased John Ablyn of Barking, Essex. Document type: bill, answer. 1671

C 6/288/8 Short title: Phelips v Blatt. Plaintiffs: Francis Phelips. Defendants: James Blatt, Mary Whyte, Robert Comyns and Thomas Fuller. Subject: land at Rippleside, Barking, Essex. Document type: bill, answer. 1672.


PROB 4/4238 Engrossed Inventories Exhibited from 1660. Blatte, James, of St Peter Cornhill, London, Citizen and Draper 05 August 1674

PROB 11/343/57 Will of James Blatt, Draper of London. 01 October 1673
PROB 11/339/404 Will of James Blatt, Merchant of Port Royal Island of Jamaica, West Indies 18 July 1672

PROB 11/422/151 Will of Mary Blatt, Widow of Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk 17 August 1694
  1. PROB 4/4238 Engrossed Inventories Exhibited from 1660. Blatte, James, of St Peter Cornhill, London, Citizen and Draper 05 August 1674