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The 22th day of September 1653
Examined upon the sayd allegation


James Collett of the parish of Stepney in Middlesex
Cooper of the sayd shipp the Harry Bonadventure
aged eight and twenty yeares or thereabouts a
Witnes sworne and examined deposeth and saith
as followeth. videlicet.

To the first article of the sayd allegation This deponent saith that in January
ffebruary March Aprill May and June now last past the arlate
shipp the Harry Bonadventure was ymployed and sett out to sea in a warlike
voyage in the immediate service of this Commonwealth under the Command
of the arlate Captaine Robert Swanly, against the Dutch and
other enemyes of this Commonwealth, and proceeded upon the sayd designes
accordingly this deponent being Cooper in her and serving aboard her
all the sayd tyme And otherwise he cannot depose.

To the second article of the sayd allegation This deponents aith that upon the 19 day of
May 1653 the arlate shipp the Harry Bonadventure sett sayle from Messina
upon the sayd warlike expediccon, and being out att sea upon or about the
21th day of May 1653 mett with two dutch shipps, which engaged
in fight with the Harry Bonadventure, till at last the Harry Bonadventure
after four howres ?dispate subdued tooke and surprized the bigger of
them named the Saint Peter together with all the goods in the same; and
saith the sayd Captaine Swanley and Company tooke the Company of the
Saint Peter out of her in to their owne shipp, and therby be came absoluteXX
possessed of the sayd shipp the Saint Peter and her lading the Master
of the sayd shipp being slayne in the ffight. All which this deponent
knoweth being aboard the Harry Bonadventure att the tyme of the sayd
ffight and seizure. And otherwise cannot depose.

To the third article of the sayd allegation This deponent sayth that the arlate
shipp the Saint Peter was of the burthen of 500 tunnes or thereabouts
and was a compleat able shipp well fitted with all necessaries. and
of the sight of this deponent was as fully Laden as she could well bee
having as many goods in her holds as could be stowed, and a good ?quantity
of goods in her Gunn deck. And saith her ladeing was very rich
goods videlicet, quicksylver, Rice, Anniseeds, Comin seeds, Almonds and other
merchandizes, the particular parcell of the goods this deponent cannot
sett forth. And otherwise cannot depose.

To the fourth article of the sayd allegation This deponent saith and deposeth that XX
sayd ship the Saint Peter and the other Dutch shipp in Company with her
fought against the Harry Bonadventure four or five houres and ?did
their utmost endeavo:r to sinke and destroy her, and saith during thXXX
whole Chase and fight the Harry Bonadventure wore the English Colours
and the Saint Peter and the sayd other dutch shipp the Holland Colours, and
which this deponent well saw and observed. and otherwise cannot depose.

To the fifth article of the sayd allegation This deponent saith that after the Saint Peter
was subdued as aforesayd he this deponent heard the Steersman Carpenter
and some others of the Peters Company that could speake the English
tongue say and affirme that they and their Company were dutchmen