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The same day Examined upon the said Allegation


Edward Beast of Limehouse in the parrish of
Stepney Mariner late Boateswaine of the said shipp the
Elizabeth aged 36. yeares or thereabouts a Wittnesse
sworne and examined saith as followeth/.

To the first article hee saith hee hath well knowne and belonged to and served in
the said shipp the Elizabeth arlate, (whereof the arlate John Salmon was and is
Master) for about 15. moneths last past in the quality of Boateswaine, during
which time the said John Salmon hath alwaies been Master of her and accompted
part Owner in her. And further hee cannot depose./

To the second article hee saith, That in or about the moneths of february or March
or Aprill in the yeare 1653. or in the moneths of March or Aprill 1654 last
past (as this deponent remembreth the time) the said John Salmon as Master and
Commander of the said shipp the Elizabeth then being at or neere Lisbone in
Portugall, did then and there receive aboard his said shipp fifty Chests of
sugar marked I.F. and one Chest and one featch of sugar marked [STAR MARKE], and
one Chest of sugar marked I.N. all which goods were to be carried for England
in the said shipp, and that in case it pleased God to send convenient winde and
weather, the said goods were to be delivered at dover or in the downes, or else
to come for London, and that in case of the delivery of the said goods at dover or
in the downes the said Master was to have twenty five shillings for the
freight of each Chest of sugar, and 23 s for each Chest in Case they were
brought to London, and that the same did belong to the arlate Edward and John
Bushell of London Merchants; the number and markes of the said goods, this
deponent saith hee tooke particular notice of at the time of their lading at Lisbone
and for the freight due as aforesaid, hee did understand the same by the said
Masters discourse in coming from Portugalll for England, And for the bill
or bills of lading for the said goods hee saith hee knoweth nothing thereof.
And further cannot depose./:-

To the third hee saith That about the 19th or twentieth day of the moneth of
Aprill 1654. the said shipp the Elizabeth in her course from Lisbone coming
through the downes with the said Chests of sugar in her, the wether (sic) was
foule and the wind encreasing much upon them at South East right towards
the English shoare, and the skye being very thick and troublesome, there then
being an English Pilot aboard her, hee would not, and declared hee could not
with safety bring her in to dover, and that the wind growing upon them they
could not safely anchor there, and therefore thought it safest to putt through
for London to prevent the perishing of the said shipp and goods, or words to
that or the like effect in the hearing of this deponent and Companie, whereupon
the said shipp steered directly for London, and this deponent beleeveth that in
Case they had anchored there or attempted to bring her up to dover, both shee and her
lading had there perished to the best of this deponents judgement and apprehension
And further hee cannot depose./

To the 4th hee saith That the said shipp and lading shortly after arrived in safety
in the Port of London, where the aforementioned sugars were delivered
out of the said shipp, this deponent being assistant therein, and beleeveth the
same were delivered to the said Merchants or by their order and appointment
well conditioned so farr as this deponent then did or could observe