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The 23th of September 1659.

Examined upon the foresaid allegation

Touching the Mayflower)


John Stannian of the citie of London gentleman, aged 26
yeeres or thereabouts sworne and examined.

To the first second and rest of the articles of the said allegation hee saith and deposeth that hee very
well knoweth the shipp the Mayflower arlate whereof William Curtis was
commander, and that in or about ffebruary or March last was a
twelve moneth the Governour and Company of English Merchants trading
to East India Imployed and set out the said shipp from this port of London
on a trading voyage to goe and saile to Achean on the coast of the Island
of Sumatra to lade pepper for the said companies account, which
hee knoweth having seane the said Companies orders and dispatches touching
the same. And further
saith that hee hath seane Letters sent from the said master and factors of the said shipp
imployed in India about the said shipps trade,
purporting them upon the said shipps arrival before Acheen they went
ashore and had free admittance and license from the Queene of Acheen
to lade her there with pepper, and in the said lettere was alsoe sent the
said Queenes license in writing with a translation thereof
to showe and manifest to the said company her said leave to lade
Pepper there, and further perporting that having got the said leave the
said factors and agents of the Company fell to providing of Pepper there
for her lading, and had sent a boates lading of Pepper to her side to be
laded aboard her for the said Companies use and account, containing fiftie
foure baggs of Pepper which weighed 3898 pounds net English weight
and then there lay there three dutch shipps belonging to the dutch
East India company whereof Balthazar Bort was commander and
that the said boate with the said Pepper therein was by the men and
order of the said Balthazar Borts seized and taken away
from the Mayflowers side and carried aboard the Concordia and
of the said dutch shipps, and that that being donne, the dutch tooke out
the Pepper and turned off the Mayflowers long boat againe,
and would not suffer her to receive any more pepper or other goods from shore but
wholly prohibited and disppointed her therein, and soe overthrew her
voyage, to the greate dammage of the said English companye, and saith
that the said Captain Curtis upon the said first interruption and
seizure of her Pepper went aboard the said commander Balthazar Bort (as
the said letters perport) and expostulated the matter with him and
demanded the Pepper againe, but was denied and sent away without
any redresse, and that ?this deponent hee and William Smith and John
Sledd two of the companies factors made a Protest against the said actions
of the dutch and sent home a copie thereof to London under a notaries
hand and with their names thereto, which copie this deponent
hath seane and beleeveth the names of the said parties
subscribed to the originall thereof and the names subscribed to the said letters to be of their owne
hand writing, And further saith that the said shipp Mayflower
was and is of the burthen of two hundred and eightie tonnes or thereabouts
and was to have there taken in her lading of Pepper