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The 21th day of January 1658

Sorrell and others against hall)
and others, aforesaid)

Examined upon the said Allegation


vide 8th in Ci5
and the 11th in AA:

Richard Edwards: of Shadwell in the
County of Middlesex aged 42 yeeres or thereabouts
sworne and Examined:/:

To the first 2d and Third articles of the said Allegation hee saith and
deposeth that hee well knoweth the ship arlate the Agreement
and saith that on or about the twentieth day of October 1658
the said ship came from Newcastle Laden with Coales in
Company of a ffleete of English ships Consisting of about 60 sale, most of which were
bound to this Port of London, and the rest to other places
here in England, and the arlate ship the Abigail whereof
one Lauer?ick was master came alsoe out from Newcastle, the same
day, and Imediately after the Agreement came thence
and was likewise bound to this Port of London, as the
Agreement was, And saith the said ship the Abigail was
a sterne of the said ship Agreement from the time of their
Coming out of Newcastle as aforesaid, untill the morning
of the 25th. or thereabout sof October Aforesaid and saith
the said ship the Abigail kept and was behind the Agreement
until the sayd Morning most Constantly about a League or two; And saith
that on the said morning the said ship the Agreement was
sailing with an easy saile to keepe her Lead, and the Company
of the foresaid shipps of the said ffleete, and to keepe her Cleare
of the said ships which were sailing before and by her, And
while shee was soe sailing the said ship the Abigail (which [XXX GUTTER]
the Agreement as aforesaid) came sailing up
towards the Agreement with a very swift saile having all
her sailes sett, and came very nere the Agreement and soe
neere that her Company feared that they would come foule
of the said ship Agreement some of them called
out to the Master and Company of the Abigaile, and
desired them to Keepe Cleere of the Agreement and not
come soe neere her for feare of Coming foule of her, and
to put their helme hard a Port or to that effect, which words the said Lau[XXX GUTTER]
and some of his Company heard, and made answer
that there helme was hard a Port, whereas in truth it was
not, but was hard a Starboard, which is quite Contrary, (which
was soe put as this deponent beleeveth, by the Carelessenes or Con[XXX GUTTER]
of the man at the helme of the Abigail and by that
meanes ranne to Windward of the Agreement and soe
ranne stemling with the Agreement Which John hall the
Master of the Agreement, and this deponent and Company perceiving
Imediately bore up and did their utmost Indeavour and as much
as could be done by men for the Avoiding of the Abigail