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the Harry Bonadventure and Saint Peter and their lading happened and
was [?occasioned] by the fr[XXX] contrivance and iniurious practises of the sayd
Governour of Trapanye, and might, if he had not promised protection and
unworthily broken his promise therein, have bene [?preserved] to the English
and had not come as he verily beleiveth
into the possession of the Detch as they did, and as this deponent hath above sett forth
And otherwise he cannot depose.
Repeated before Doctor Clarke
and Doctor Godolphin./
the marke or firme
of the said Richard RH hall. [MARKE, RH SIDE]
The same day.
Examined upon the sayd Allegation.
Richard Clayton of Blackwall in the County of Middlesex
Mariner, late Cooke of the sayd shipp the Harry
Bonadventure, aged five and thirty yeares or thereabouts
a witnesse sworne and examined deposeth and saith
as followeth. videlicet.
To the 1. 2. 3. 4 and 5th articles of the sayd allegation This deponent saith that the arlate
shipp the harry Bonadventure was in the monethes of May and June last past and before
imployed by the Order of mr Longland Agent att Leghorne in the immediate
Service of the Commonwealth against the Enemyes thereof under the Command
of Captaine Robert Swanly. and in pursuance of the sayd ymployment sett
out from Messina a Port or Citty under the dominion of the King of Spaine
in the sayd month of May, and after having bene att sea three or four dayes
neere the Cap[?a] Spartovento mett with two Dutch shipps, which made severall
shotts upon the harry Bonadventure; whereupon the sayd shipp harry
Bonadventure fought with the sayd Dutch shipps and after three howres [XXXXX]
and tooke one of them named the Saint Peter, and slew the master of her in fight
and dispossed the Companie thereof, so as the sayd Captaine Swanly and Company
became absolutely possest of the Saint Peter and her Ladeing. And moreover saith
the sayd shipp Saint Peter was of the burthen of betwixt 4. and 5. hundred tonnes
and was full laden with rich goods, as quick sylver, rice, Anniseeds, venise
glasses, and other goods the particulars whereof This deponent cannot sett forth
nor the certaine value thereof; but beleiveth the sayd shipp and lading were worth the
summe of one hundred thowsand pounds sterling. And further saith that the sayd
shipp the harry Bonadventure did att the tyme of the Chase and seizure weare
the Colours of the Commonwealth, and the sayd shipp Saint Peter and the other dutch
shipp wore the Holland Colours, and saith he heard severall of the Company of the
Saint Peter after the sayd seizure sayd and declare that the sayd shipp Saint Peter was
bound to Amsterdam and was there to discharge her lading. the premisses this
deponent knoweth being Cooke of the harry Bonadventure and att the tyme of
the sayd fight and seizure, and being then aboard her, and seing and hearing
the passages above declared. And further he cannot depose.
To the 6. 7. 8. and 9th he saith that after the sayd fight and seizure the sayd Captaine
Swanley returned with both the sayd shipps back agiane to Messina to repaire the
hurts the sayd shipps had sustained in fight, and provided there two masts for them
but could not gett them aboard, being hindred by the Magistrates of Messina
and saith that the Governour and Magistrates of Messina did seize and deteyne
a ffa[?lensa] belonging to Captaine Swanly and imprisoned John Merick Master