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The 20th of december 1654. [CENTRE HEADING]


John Le ffebvre of Amsterdam Purser of the said shipp
the Leopard aged 47 yeares or thereabouts sworne as aforesaid
saith and deposeth as followeth.

That hee this deponent being at Martinica one of the Charibbe
Ilands was by his precontest Claus Tuneson there hired on or about
the two and twentiieth of August last new stile to goe thence for
Amsterdam in service of the duke of Courland in the shipp the
Leopard whereof Cornelius ffredericke was then master and which was then
lately come from Guiney whence shee brought Negro's and landed them
at Martinica, and after such her arivall there having [?XXX] [?XXX]
contest in lawe betwixt her Cape merchant and the said master, and
the said shipp and master being by order of Justice dismissed,
shee departed thence on or about the 16th of September last newe
stile bound for Amsterdam there to deliver her goods to hendrick
Mumma as factor or deputie of the said duke, and saith that
Saint Christofers being in their way and a convenient place to water
at, they went in there to the [?Sand-point] and there only watered
and looked for company, and did not trade or take in any goods at all
there, nor did shee take in any goods at Martinica but 17
Rolls of tobaccoe and 43 small barrells of ginger. And saith that
while the saidd shipp soe staid at Saint Christofers (which was about
a monethes space or lesse) the said master Cornelius ffrederick
dyed and his precontest Claus Tuneson was constituted master in
his stead by the rest of the masters of shipps then and there present
(as hee saith the manner in those parts is, namely where the master
dieth the masters of the other shipps there present doe constitute
one of her company master in his stead, but if there be noe other
shipps present then the governour of the place appointeth the
master: and saith that having buried the said Skipper and taken in
water and noe goods or merchandize whatsoever, and got the
company of the Saint Peter of Madenblick, Peter Petersen Peteman
master, and of the shipp the yonge Tobias of Amsterdam whereof one
Pauls was master both alsoe bound for Amsterdam, the said shipp
the Leopard on or about the 16th of October last newe stile departed
from the ffrench plantation in Saint Christofers bound for Amsterdam
in service of the duke of Cureland, and that on or about the
28th of October last shee was severed by storme from the said
other two shipps and lost their company, and mistaking her course
through fowle and darke weather, shee strooke into Saint Georges
Channell and never knew where shee was till shee came to
Lundae Iland. And then her provisions of victualls being spent
and her sailes and rigging very much torne and spoiled, her
master and companie went for Bristoll to repaire and supplie
themselves and for noe other occasion whatsoever, fully intending
that being soe supplied with necessarrie provisions to depart and
saile for Amsterdam their port of dischardge. But at Bristoll
the said shipp and lading were arrested and staid by one Mr Gill
or one of some such name, pretending that shee had traded
at Saint Christofers, which hee saith shee did not; And saith the Inventary
or schedule nowe showed unto him taken in the said shipp is a true
Inventarie of the goods that were aboard at the time of her said staying.
And that the passeport or certificate in high dutch, and the other in latine,
and the bill of lading now showne unto him were alsoe aboard

Jon le febvre [SIGNATURE, RH SIDE]