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The 27th ffebruary 1655

Browning against Vanderpost}
and Company}

Exámined upon an allegation givein in by
Clements on the behalfe of Browning

Rp. .j.

James Downe of London Marchant living in
Bishopsgate streete at the signe of the Bull
aged 38 yeares or thereabouts sworne and examined

To the first article of the said allegation hee saith and deposeth that for theise
twenty yeares last past hee this deponent hath well knowne the
custome and manner of trade of the English at Cadiz and of the duties
paid and payable to the masters and Pursers of the English shipps there
hee having for that space frequented that port both as a merchant
and as a Purser of shipps, and for fourteene yeeres of that space
residing there, and thereby hee well knoweth that it hath bin and
is there use and custome that such masters or Pursers of any
shipps whereof English men are owners as trade or lain there, being imployed on shore about
the owners busines, have bin for all the said time and are allowed during
such their imployment on shoare about the shipps businesse as to
retaine freight or to let out the shipp to freight or the like a peece
of eight by the day and for each day, for his or their
expens and charges on shoare over and above his or their wages
contracted for, and hee for his part having bin Purser there in two
shipps (whereof English men were owners) was allowed the same and
after the same rate, And this custome as he hath bin informed hath
bin observed time out of minde, and is well knowne to and
notorious amongst merchants and mariners trading to that port,
And otherwise hee cannot depose.


Repeated before doctor Godolphin


The 28th of the same

Exámined upon the foresaid allegation.



John Stephens of London Mariner, aged 46 yeeres or
thereabouts sworne and exámined.

To the first article of the said allegation hee saith and deposeth that hee
this deponent as a person imployed in sea faring affaires and
mariner hath for theise twenty yeares last frequented the port of
Cadiz in Spaine, and thereby well knoweth that the masters an or
Pursers of any shipp (whereof English men are owners) being
imployed on shore in the masters and shipps busines have bin from time
to time and are by custome and ought to be allowed a peece of eight
per diem for each and every day of such their being present in that
imployment towards their charges and expenses, over and above their
wages, and this deponent both as a master and as a Purser of
English shipps hath alwaies and from time to time bin allowed the same
with out contradiction. and as this deponent hath heard, this custome
hath bin used and observed time out of minde. And otherwise hee
cannot depose.