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The third day of October 1653./ [CENTRE HEADING]

Robert LLewellin and Company against}
Henry Powell late Master of the Hopewell}
Clement Suckley.}

Examined upon the sayd libell


Richard Clarke of Wapping in the parish of Stepney and
County of Middlesex Mariner where hee hath bin an Inhabitant
for these sixteene yeares last past or thereabouts a witnesse
sworne and examined saith and deposeth as followeth videlicet./

To the first second third and fowerth articles or positions of the libell hee saith
and deposeth That hee hath heard divers of the company of the shipp the
hopewell saye and affirme that the arlate Peter Mackerell
and Valentine Austin and others were the true and lawfull Owners and proprietors
of the sayd shipp the hopewell of London her tackle apparrell and furniture
during the tyrme arlate and soe hee beleeveth them to be And and as hee hath allsoe
heard from divers of the sayd shipps company and also from the arlate Powell himselfe the arlate henry
Powell was by the arlate Austen and the rest of the sayd Owners appointed
Master and Commander of the sayd shipp and went as Master of her the voyage
arlate And hee further saith that hee well knoweth that in the moneth of
October 1652 arlate and to the best of this deponents remembrance on the thirteenth
day of the same moneth) the sayd henry Powell as Master of the sayd shipp
the hopewell came to the five Iland, a port in Antego where hee then found
the shipp the Recovery arlate of which Captaine William Swifte was Master
or commander, in a leakie and disabled condition, and hee hath heard the sayd
henry Powell and alsoe divers others ofthe Company of the shipp hopewell saye that
hee was imployed by the Owners of the sayd shipp hopewell only on purpose to
receave on board the sayd shipp hopewell the ladeing and goods which were
on board the sayd shipp called the Recovery and was ordered to come
therewith directly for the Port of London arlate and not to staye any longer tyme
at the sayd port of five Ilands in Antego then he could conveniently take
in the sayd goods and ladeing this hee deposeth being then on board the sayd
shipp the Recovery and of that shipps company and helpeing to lade all the
goods which were laden out of the sayd shipp the Recovery into the sayd shipp
the hopewell And further to these articles hee cannot depose saving hee saith that
at the arrivall of the sayd shipp the hopewell at the five Ilands aforesayd the
sayd shipp the Recovery was ready to deliver and unlade her ladeing aboard
the sayd shipp the hopewell./

To the 5th hee saith that before and after the arrivall of the shipp the hopewell
arlate at the five Islands aforesayd there was a generall reporte that Prince
Rupert arlate was to the Leewarde of the Island of Antego with certayne
men of warr and had taken some English vessells in those parts and soe much could not but be heard of and taken notice of by
the arlate henry Powell and his shipps company by [?reason] of the generality of the reporte and further to this article hee cannot

To the 5th and 7th articles of the libell hee saith and deposeth that the shipp the hopewell arlate
imediately upo the arrivall at the five Islands aforesayd in Antego [?mightXXXX] hee the sayd
henry Powell had fitted and prepared his sayd shipp in a readinesse to receave the same and diligently applyed [?himselfe] to have
taken in all the ladeing which shee was there to take and receive in from the sayd shipp the
Recovery within the space of sixe or eight dayes at the most and might in all probability