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Served and was aboard the said Shipp the Goulden Eagle
during the discovery flight and pursuite predesposed

To the third Article hee saith, That there being noe visible probabilitie
that the said shipp fortune should escape from the said two frenchmen of
warr, nor recover Dunquirke or any other Port of fflanders, (being so closely pursued) the
Master and Companie of the said shipp fortune steered their Course towards
the Coast of England, intending, as this deponent in Conscience is most firmely
assured, to gett under the protection of some English shipp or shipps of
warr, the said frenchmen of warr still pursueing, and comeing neare to
the said shipp fortune in a readinesse to have layd her aboarde and taken
her and her lading, The premisses hee declareth upon the grounds of
knowledge and conviction in Conscience aforesaid. And further
cannot depose./

To the 4th hee saith, That during the said pursuite and upon discharge of
severall gunns as predeposed, an English frigatt rideing at anchor neere
or in Dover roade weighed anchor and made up towards them; and the Officers thereof haveing
spoken both to the Captaines of the said frenchmen of warr, and to the
Master of the said shipp fortune, and being informed that the said shipp
fortune was poursued by them in order to take her and her lading, as belonging
to the enemies of the Crowne of ffrance and bound for fflanders the said
frigat without any opposition departed and returned for the roade of
Dover, and another English frigat in the immediate service of this
Commonwealth comeing from the Westward of England and dischargeing two
gunns, the said frenchmen of warr in obeisance and respect to her
lowered their sailes just as they were within muskett shott or thereabouts
from the said shipp fortune, and readie to have boarded and taken her,
of which lowring their sayles the said English frigat takeing the oportunity
sent men aboard the said shipp fortune, who possessed themselves of her
and her lading, and brought them for England depriving the said
frenchmen of warr thereof. The premisses hee well knoweth
being present at the same in the condition predeposed./

To the 5th hee saith, That the said shipp fortune according to the Course shee
shaped when first discovered as aforesaid, was undoubtedly bound for
Dunquirke or some other Port of Spanish fflanders shee then being neere
unto the Coast of ffrance which is the usuall Course of shipps bound
from france for fflanders doe take during hostility betweene England and
Spaine, thereby the better to escape the being discovered and seized by
the English, so that in all probability the said shipp fortune, if shee had
not bin pursued as aforesaid, had passed undiscovered by the English, and
had attained her desired port in fflanders The premisses hee declareth
upon the grounds before expressed, and for that being a seafareing person
and accustomed, to the coast aforesaid hee is to the coast aforesaid well versed in the fflandrian practizes in order to their
security in such cases. And further cannot depose./

To the 6th hee saith, That in case the said shipp fortune and lading
had not bin boarded and taken as they were by the said English
friggatts Companie, the said two frenchmen of warr were in a
readinesse immediately to have boarded and taken them, they the
being at about a muskett shott distance from her, and, without any
ayd or assistance, were then sufficient to have overpowred and taken