The 14th of September 1654. [CENTRE HEADIN … The 14th of September 1654. [CENTRE HEADING]
Captaine Woodgreene and company against}<br />
the ''Ladie Guardian'' aforesaid}
Examined upon the foresaid allegation
'''John Sandys''' of London merchant, aged 24 yeares<br />
or thereabouts sworne and examined.
To the first article hee saith that hee this deponent hath seene the<br />
Commission of Captaine Woodgreene to the effect arlate, and knoweth<br />
that hee had the same aboard at the time of the seizure hereafter<br />
To the second article hee saith and deposeth that on Good friday last past<br />
English stile, the arlate Isaac Woodgreene upon the high and open<br />
seas in the shipp the ''African'' neere the Ile of Scio met with and<br />
seized a certaine french shipp called The ''Lady Guardian'' or<br />
''Madona de la Guarda'' and her lading, and carried her to Smirna,<br />
where her ffrench master and company got ashore and quitted<br />
the said shipp which hee knoweth being present at the seizure and of<br />
the carrying the said prize to Smirna, hee this deponent being Sopracargo<br />
of the said shipp the ''African''. And otherwise hee cannot depose.
To the third article and the schedule annexed hee saith and deposeth<br />
that after such bringing the said prize into Smirna, Peter Martin<br />
her ffrench commander appeared before the English Consul at<br />
Smirna named Spenser Britten, and there freely confessed in this<br />
deponents presence and hearing that the said shipp the ''Madona''<br />
''Guardiana'' with her lading belonged at the time of her seizure to<br />
ffrenchmen, subiects of the kinge of ffrance or ffrench kinge, and<br />
for the further manifestation thereof hee subscibed the said schedule<br />
annexed with his owne hand in the sight and presence of this<br />
deponent. And otherwise hee cannot depose.
To the fourth hee saith that the said shipp the ''Madona Guardiana''<br />
and manned with ffrenchmen when shee was soe seized, And<br />
otherwise hee cannot depose.
Repeated before doctor Clarke and doctor Godolphin.
John Sandys [SIGNATURE, RH SIDE]dolphin.
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