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The 5th of Aprill 1656 [CENTRE HEADING]

Betson against dixon aforesaid.}

Examined upon the fore said allegation

Rp. 2.

William Anderson of Newcastle Mariner aged 21 yeares
or thereabouts sworne and examined.

To the first second third and 4th articles of the said allegation hee saith and deposeth that
within the time arlate the arlate Thomas dixon was master of the shipp or vessell the
Mary arlate and for such commonly accounted, And saith the producent John
Betson was shipped in her to serve in her as a mariner for her then intended voyage
which was to goe from Newcastle to dantzike, and thence to retourne either for this port
of London, hull or Newcastle and that to which soever of the said three ports
of London, hull or Newcastle the said shipp should first come upon such her retourne
there her voyage was to end, which hee knoweth because hee this deponent was alsoe
shipt at Newcastle for the same voyage to serve in the said shipp, which hee did, and
saith the said shipp went accordingly from Newcastle to dantzike and thence
came to this port of London, and here the voyage ending, this deponent who was
hired as a common man or fore mast man for the summe of six pounds tenn
shillings for the said voyage, was paid off here at London by the said dixon the master
And saith the said John Betson served alsoe the said voyage from Newcastle
to dantzicke in the said shipp, and back again to London, as a common man or foremast
man alsoe, and the common report aboard was that hee was alsoe hired and
shipt at 6 li 10 shillings for the said voyage, and soe much hee saith hee very well
deserved, for hee saith the said Betson is an able Sea man, and behaved
himselfe very well and as a skilfull and faithfull sailer ought to doe during
the terme of the said voyage. and further that this deponent was shipt aboard
the said vessell at Newcastle in ffebruary last was a twelve moneth and

[LH MARGIN] the said Betson about the
beginning of March then next following and saith

that shee returned from dantzike and came to London in or about the moneth
of June next following, and here made effectuall delivery of her goods
brought from dantzike.

To the fifth hee saith that it is tenn monethes or neare thereabouts
since the ending of the said voyage, and that the said John Betson might
in that time have well earned twenty pounds in going to sea, at the least, and
soe much this deponent conceiveth him damnified in losse of that time by
following the businesse for getting his said hire, over and above the hire it selfe
as aforesaid, and besides the charges and expenses hee hath bin at, which hee
this deponent cannot estimate.

To the Interrogatories [CENTRE HEADING]

To the first it is donne as required, and hee answereth that on the
sixteenth of May last or thereabouts and while the said shipp or vessell lay at
Elsenore and was nearly cleared of customes the said dixon the master
went ashore and carried this deponent and the said Betson and others of the company
with him to [?rXXX] him and to fetch necessaries, and after their comming ashore
the said Betson and this deponent and the other sailers that went ashore with the
master went several times betwixt the shoare and shipp to carry such things
as the master had provided, and in the evening the master being gonne to drinke
the said Betson and the rest (saving this deponent) went to refresh them selves
and drinke together, and shortly after they were so gonne the master full
of drink went to the waterside, and insisting his men sent this deponent
to call them, which hee did and they came presently away, and albeit this deponent
ran back without staying, yet the master was gonne off, and two of the men
hired another boate and rowed after him, and the next day {the} boate came
ashore and fetched the said Betson and this deponent and others aboard
, and saith the winde was faire all that day they went ashore and
all the next night, and the next day in the fore noone, but by the masters
neglect they lost their voyage for severall weekes. And otherwise saving as
aforesaid hee cannot answere.

To the second hee referreth himselfe to his foregoeing deposition and cannot otherwise

To the third it doth not concerne him.

To the last hee saith some of the men that were alsoe ashore referred
their businesse to arbitament as hee hath heard, And otherwise hee cannot

Accounts made up [XXXXX]
with the Judges Registrars
and proctors./

Repeated before doctor Godolphin

William Andersen [SIGNATURE, RH SIDE]