James Sadler

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James Sadler
Person James Sadler
First name James
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Last name Sadler
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Occupation Merchant
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Has opening text James Sadler
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Res street Little Morefields
Res parish Saint Giles without Cripplegate
Res town London
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Res country England
Birth year 1620
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First deposition age 34
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/70 f.10r Annotate, HCA 13/71 f.41v Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Nov 11 1654, Mar 24 1656
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Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
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Biographical synthesis

James Sadler (b. ca.1620; d.?). Merchant.

Resident in Little Morefields in the parish of Saint Giles without Cripplegate in 1654.

Travelled from Barbados to Barbary Coast and Spain in late 1648 to assist with the sale of the cargo of the ship the Little George.

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Thirty-four year old James Sadler deposed on November 11th 1654. He was examined on an allegation made on July 26th 1654 in "A businesse of examination of witnesses for the perpetuall remembrances of the matter touching the losse of the shipp the Constant promoted by Captaine John Cramp and others".[1]

Sadler testified that in February 1640 he was a witness to the signing and sealing of a bill of sale by Robert Hogge. Sadler and a further witness, Captain Robert Moulton, wrote their names on the back of the bill of sale.

There is a reference in the Acts of Court of the High Court of Admiralty dated March 19th 1656 to James Sadler being produced as a witness in a separate case, that of "Bancocke against Harris and Chambers".[2]

The actual deposition of the then thirty-seven year old James Sadler took place on March 24th 1656. He is described simply as a merchant of London, but is clearly the same man from the earlier deposition.[3] In this case Sadler states that he knows John Harris and Laurence Chambers, and that he had delivered them goods from the proceeds of their outward cargos on a voyage on the ship the Little George. Moreover, Sadler had acted as a witness on behalf of the two men of the insufficiency of the ship. At Barbados, in October 1648, Sadler had been requested by the master of the ship and the freighters' factor to travel on the ship to the Barbary Coast and to Spain, to assist the master and the factor with the sale of the ship's cargo. The master of the ship had died en route for Barbary and had been replaced by the master's mate. Sadler testified to the changed roles on board ship and that the men fulfilling these roles well deserved specific wages.[4]

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PROB 11/295/426 Will of James Sadler, Innholder of London 24 September 1659

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  1. HCA 13/70 f.10r
  2. HCA 3/46 f.539r
  3. HCA 13/71 f.41v
  4. HCA 13/71 f.41v