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The 30th of October 1655. [CENTRE HEADING]

The Lord Protector against the shipp the}
hare in the ffeild John kein Master) and}
the goods in the same and against Mathias and others.}
Budd. ffrancklin.}

Examined upon an allegation given in
on the behalfe of the said Mathias
and others, the tenth instant.

fra: dt.


John kein of Middleborowe Mariner master of the
said shipp, aged 43 yeares or thereabouts sworne and

To the first article hee saith and deposeth that while the said shipp the
hare in the feild was and remained last at haver de Grace in taking in her lading
or at any other time hee this deponent did not promise nor ingage himselfe
to any ffranch merchants or any other person or persons under a [?curse] or
otherwise to oppose what hee could or fight his way through against any
single shipp or to any such effect, and that if any report was made to
that or any such effect to any Captaine or Commander of any shipp
or frigot of England or other the same was and is altogether untrue, for
this deponent had not any speech or discourse with any person whatdoever
about fighting his way through or not fighting or any thing to that
purpose. And otherwise hee cannot depose.

To the second article hee saith hee spake not at all of the English while hee was
at haver de Grace. having noe occasion to speake of them, his voyage
intended for Cadiz being upon a free accompt, and for free men in respect
of the English, and therefore hee had not (as hee saith) any cause to feare them.

To the third article hee saith and deposeth that when the shipp the hare in
the feild came out with her lading from haver de Grace, hee this deponent
and his Stiersman (the winde blowing North East and by North) steered
with her the most fitt and convenientest course in their estimation (respect
being had to winde, weather and their designed port of Cadiz) and were
soe farr from declining meeting with any English shipp or ships, or making
or setting up any more saile to that purpose, that tgey bent their course
for the coast of England, as being most commodious (the winde considered
for their steering for Cadiz, and this hee saith was and is true and
notorious. And otherwise hee cannot depose.

To the fourth hee saith that the said shipp the hare in the feild with
the lading that was on board her at the time of her seizure in question
came out from New-haven in the night of the fifth day of May last
old or English stile, and that about eleaven of the clock of the same
night, the drake frigot arlate came first up-with her, and such her
comming up was about the space of an houre before ths comming up of the
Tiger frigot arlate, and that the said shipp the hare in the feild
was first ahaled by the frigot the drake upon such the drakes first
comming up, upon which haling this deponent and company leward their
topsailes of the hare, which was soe donne before the comming up of the Tiger.