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either by Turkish men of warr or Spanish men of warr that passe that
way the place being open and void of any defence save what the shipps
can make them selves for securing them selves and their shipps and
ladeing And saith that of his this deponents knowledge the East Land Merchant
and a ffrench shipp in her company were in June last taken neere the Island
of Bickeere by Spanish men of warr and the ffrench shipp was burnt
and the Eastland Merchant and her ladeing taken by the sayd men (the Turkes
of the same place of Bickeere affording them noe helpe or assistance
and the Company of the Eastland Merchant to save them selves gott into
their boate and soe escaped and gott passage home for England as passengers
in and upon the sayd shipp the defence whereof this deponent was then mate
and this happened about the moneth of June last past and the sayd
place of Bickeere is commonly accompted to bee a very unsafe place
for shipps to ride in And further to this allegation hee cannot

Repeated with his precontest before doctor Godolphin/

William ffeater [SIGNATURE, RH SIDE]


The 19th day of March 1657 English style

The Lord Protector against Lemon and Tuffnell)
Budd Smith,)

Examined on an allegation given in on the behalfe of his
highnesse the Lord Protector/

dt. Row. 2.us

Godfrey Reader of Stepney in the County of Middlesex Mariner
aged twenty seaven yeares or thereabouts a wittnesse sworne
and examined saith and deposeth as followeth videlicet/

To the first article of the sayd allegation hee saith that hee this deponent was Commander
of the Eagle Ketch (a vessell in the imediae service of this Commonwealth)
at such tyme as the arlate shipp the Virgin Mary and All Saints of Cathagena was sent
from the downes for London and came thence in Company with her and thereby did take
notice that there was one aboard the sayd shipp the Virgin Mary and All Saints who was
imployed by the Commissioners for prize goods to take care of the sayd shipp and her
ladeing and after hee this deponent came in Company of the sayd shipp to Blackwall
hee understood and was informed that the sayd persons name soe imployed was Edward
Lemon And further to this article hee cannot depose./

To the 2 third and 4th articles hee saith hee cannot depose knowing nothing touching the contents thereof./

To the 5th article of the sayd allegation hee saith that hee coming in company as Commanded
of the Eagle Ketch with the sayd shipp the Virgin Mary and All Saints of Carthagena knoweth
that the Eagle Ketch and the sayd shipp the Virgin Mary and All Saints of Carthagena came
both to Anchor neere a place called the Geare And saith that in the night tyme
while this deponent was asleepe in his Cabbin in the Eagle Ketch one of his
company came into his Cabin and awakened this deponent and told him that
there was a boate coming aboard the Eagle Ketch and this deponent thereupon
gave command that noe boate should be suffered to come aboard and to turne
her away, and thereupon imediately arose out of bedd and sawe a boate about
halfe a Cables length from the Eagle Ketch rowing away from her with some
goods in it but what goods they were or what quantitie hee knoweth not And hath
heard since that the sayd boate came from the Virgin Mary and All Saints of Carthagena
and had bin at the side of the Eagle, while this deponent was getting out of bedd
but whether any goods were put aboard the Eagle Ketch out of the sayd boate hee
knoweth not shee being gone from the side before this deponent could gett up And