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The 16th day of July 1658/

The clayme of Robert Britton of London Merchant English}
man and subiect of the Commonwealth of England for}
five pipes of Canarie wynes laden first aboard a}
certayne shipp called the Mary and Joyce (whereof Phillipp}
Stafford was Master) and afterwards the same being}
taken by the Enymies of the Commonwealth of England}
were taken out of the sayd Shipp and put aboard}
a certayne shipp called the Elizabeth (whereof}
Isaack Michaelson is Master) and since}
retaken by the Bryar ffrigott in the imediate}
service of the State and Commonwealth of England}
Budd ffrancklin Smith}

Examined on an allegation on behalfe of the
sayd Robert Britton./

Rp. jus

Courd Hillderman of London Mariner
aged twenty fower yeares or thereabouts
a wittnes sworne and examined saith
and deposeth as followeth videlicet

To the 1 article of the sayd allegation hee saith that hee hath well knowne
the arlate Robert Britton for those two yeares last past and better
and knoweth that during that tyme the sayd Britton hath and doth
drive a trade with Merchandizes from London to the Canaries and from
the Canaries to London for wynes and other goods and to that purpose hath
had and hath his factors and Agents resident at the Canaries who
have of this deponents knowledge sent divers pipes of wine from the
Canaries to this Port of London for Accompt of him the sayd Robert Britton which have
bin delivered accordingly at London to the sayd Britton or his Agents
this hee the better knoweth for that hee this deponent being a Master
of shipp hath bin imployed by the sayd Britton to bring wines from
the Canaries for his Accompt within the sayd tyme and hath delivered
them hewere at London to the sayd Britton and his Agents And further hee
cannot depose./

To the 2 and 3 arrticles of the sayd allegation hee saith hee well knoweth the
arlate don Lewes Perez da Victoria and saith in the yeare 1657 the
sayd Perez was factor and Correspondent at the Canaries to the arlate
Robert Britton (and soe as hee beleeveth still is) and knoweth that they
the sayd Perez and Britton had correspondence togeather in the way of
trade this hee the better knoweth for that the sayd Britton did in the sayd
yeare 1657 send in the shipp the Saint John Baptist whereof this deponent
was Master from London twenty five bales of searges and bayes and such like goods
for his owne Accompt consigned to the sayd Perez which goods hee this
deponent delivered in the sayd yeare to the sayd Perez who receaved the same
as factor of the sayd Britton and disposed thereof and reinvested the
proceeds thereof in Canarie wines And further to those articles
saving his subsequent deposition hee cannot depose./

To the 4th article hee saith hee well knoweth being Master of the sayd
shipp Saint John Baptist that the bales of searges and bayes which the sayd
Britton in the sayd yeare 1657 sent to the sayd Perez were in the bills
of ladeing which this deponent signed for them expressed to bee laden
for Accompt of david Constantine (although they really
belonged to the sayd Britton) the same being a fictitious name which
the sayd Britton since the warr betwixt England and Spaine, to avoide the