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arlate John Bennard was and is Captaine and Commander and hath served
in and aboard her in severall voiages which shee hath made upon a man of
warrs imployment from the Port of Callice in ffrance within these 2 yeares
and a half last past or thereabouts, for all which came the Count of Charrott
Governor of Callice and others of that place have bin and are generally
knowne and reputed the Owners and Armorers or setters forth of the said Vessell
upon such her warlike expeditions, Hee also saith, That hee well knoweth
the shipp or man of warr the Mary Royall of Callice of which the arlate
John Coverure was and is Captaine and hath knowne her belonging to that
Port for about 20 yeares last past and that the said Count de Charrott
and others of that place have for sewall yeares been well knowne and generally
reputed the Owners and equippers thereof upon her warlike imployments
against the enemies of the Crowne of france, and saith that the said two men of
warr, did proceed to Sea upon such their warlike imployments sewall times in
Company (this deponent still serving aboard the [?Eagle XXX]) particularly the 26th of January last french style being therewith
commissionated by the Duke of Vandome Grand Admirall of ffrance. this
deponent having seen such their Commissions aboard in their said late expedition

To the second Article hee saith, That that upon the 30th day of January last past new
style, the said two men of warr Commissionated as aforesaid being at Sea in
Companie espied the shipp the fortune arlate, whereof one daniel
Eyerton was Master sayleing along the french coast about a league
and a half off of the cape or point of Grinay in ffrance, steering her
Course, the usuall and direct way that Vessells comeing from the Ports of
ffrance and bound for the king of Spaines Porte in fflanders doe
{u}sually and generally take, and that having espyed her, they presently gave
chase to her, they still wearing Colours and so continued chasing of her for about
6. howers, and in her flight discharging at her 7. peece ordnance with {g}reat
shott, The premisses hee knoweth, for that hee was an Eye wittnesse there of
serving aboard the said Goulden Eagle.

To the third hee saith, That the Master and Companie of the said shipp fortune
perceiving themselves closely pursued by the said ffrenchmen of warr,
and no possibilities of their escape to dunquirke or other Port in flanders
steered their Course towards the Coast of England thereby to recover the
protection of the English shipps, the said two men of warr still continuing
their pursuite, and being readie to have boarded and taken the said shipp and
her lading. Which hee well knoweth being Boateswaine of and aboard the
said shipp the Goulden Eagle during all the pursuite aforesaid.

To the 4th hee saith, That during the said pursuite and discharging of Cannon
against the said shipp fortune, a ffriggat in the immediate service of this
Commonwealth being at Anchor neere the Downes weighing anchor
made up towards them, and the officers thereof having spoken with the Master of the fortune
and also with the Captaine of the said men of warr, badd the said Captaine
pursue their Prize, for they had nothing to say against them or to that
or the like effect, and saith that shortly after another English friggat
likewise in the service of this Commonwealth came up with them and tooke
the said shipp fortune and lading from the said two frenchmen of warr and
sent them away for England depriving the french of the same
The premisses hee knoweth and declareth upon the grounds aforesaid

To the 5th, That in all probabilitie, in case the said two french shipps
had not, as they did, pursued the said shipp fortune, shee saileing
so neere to the french Coast, had never been espyed nor taken by