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The 9th of August 1654

On the behalfe of Captaine John Lynes late}
Commander of the shipp the Sampson of London}

R. 1

Thomas Miller of Wapping in the County of Middlesex
Mariner, late master of the said shipp the Sampson aged
59 yeeres or thereabouts sworne before the right Worshipfull
William Clarke and John Godolphin doctors of lawes
Judges of the high Court of the Admiraltie saith
and deposeth by vertue of his oath.

That the said shipp Sampson being in the porte of Bahia in Brazile was there
seized by the authoritie of the king of Portugall in or about the moneth
of May 1649 together with her lading of sugars. And that at the time of
the said seizure there were aboard her for the proper accompt of the said
John Lynes seaventie chests and tenn feaches of sugar, whereof six chests were
muscovada's and all the rest whites, all which sugars hee saith were seized
by the officers of the said king,
which hee knoweth to be true for that hee
this deponent was then master of the said shipp under the said Captaine
and present and sawe the said seizure, whereby the said Captaine and
company were put out of possession of the said shipp and lading and
were most of them imprisoned upon the said seizure by the said kings authoritie,
And saith that afterwards the said shipp under the said seizure which the
lading of sugars aboard her were carried from Bahia da Todos os Santos
to Rio de Janero in Brazila where shee arived in the moneth of November
in the yeere 1650 or thereabouts, and after such her arivall at Rio de Janero
all her lading of sugars (amongst which were the said sugars of the said Captaine
Lines) were unladen and taken out of the said shipp, and the said shipp
haled upon the Careene by the Portugeses, and that after the said taking
out of the said lading, diverse of the said John Lines his sugars
(namely thirtie chests) were taken sold and disposed of by the Portugeses and the said Lines
deprived thereof, which hee alsoe knoweth being there alsoe present
and seeing the same soe donne. And saith that afterwards the said shipp
was reladen at Rio de Janero, and the greatest part of her said former lading
of sugars put againe aboard, and then shee departed thence for Lisbone
(still under the said Sequestration or seizure) and arived at Lisbone 29th
of November 1651, this deponent going in her; And after her said
arivall at Lisbone all her said lading brought from Rio de Janero was
taken out and put into the Alfandigo or Customshouse of the said kinge
of this deponents sight and knowledge, And saith that afterwards namely
about foure monethes after such her arivall at Lisbone the generall Sequestration
of the goods of the English, being released, there were 45 and noe more of
the said Captaine Lines sugars restored unto him the said Captaine being
fourtie chests white and five muscavados, And all the residue of his said sugars
being 30 chests namely 29 whites and one chest muscovada, were disposed of or
detained by the said kings officers and authoritie and hee the said Lines utterlie deprived thereof,
which this deponent knoweth being present and taking notice of the premisses
and taking an accompt of what was soe released and what was wanting and
quite destroyed.

Thomas Miller [SIGNATURE. RH SIDE]


The same day. [CENTRE HEADING]

R. 2.

Roger Roberts of Shadwell in the County of Middlesex
late Gunner of the said shipp the Sampson aged 40 yeeres
or thereabouts sworne and examined as aforesaid,
saith and deposeth as followeth videlicet