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and being brought before the Court whereof the [Meer] [ ? Blaeming]
one of the [Councell] of India was President the Arlate [fiscall]
of the said court read unto them a writing in the nature of a libell
or a charge against them concerning them going into Bantam roade and
carrying armes and ammunition to their enemies contrarie to the [? seccond or sector]
of the seaventh article of the Treatie of Peace lately concluded between
his Highness the Lord [Protector] of this Commonwealth, and the said
Dutch Nation, and other accusations to the like effect, which said
charge or accusations were interpreted to this deponent and the said Mr
Skinner and Captaine Browning by the [Meer] [? Vernate] and of the
Judges of the said Robert Skinner what answer he could make
to the said charge, whereunto the said Mr Skinner answered that
he was not at Bantam, but was then imprisoned at Batavia, and therefore
could say nothing else in answer to the said Charge, and thereupon the said
President adressing his [demand] unto his deponent concerning the
matters of the said charge, and asking him to what he could answer to
the same, this deponent the answered. That he did goe into Bantam
aforesaid and did therein doe and discharge the [pt] of an [honest] man accor
ding as he was obliged, and that he could
well justie his actions there done during his abode there before the
fare of any man whatsoever, or used words and expressions to that or
the like, whereupon the said President further asked this deponent
whether he would accept of a Process to defend the said shipp the
"Frederick" and her [landing] and this deponent then asked the said President
whether he meant a legall Process, who answered yea, and then this
Deponent further insisted and demanded and said to this effect to [witt] first
I pray you showe me by what authority you have taken my shipp and
goods upon the sea in my way to Europe, and brought me hither and
putt me into so base a prison and then I shall say more to you, and
this deponent having so said and observing the said President and Court
to be thereupon silent, hee adressed himself unto the said Commander
Keyser(being then one of the said Court and was Commander of the said
Dutch fleet at the time of the seizure of the said shipp "Frederick") and
saied [that] at the seizure of my shipp I demanded to see your [?abr. Commission]
for such your seizure by hostility, and you showed me none, whereunto the
said commander Keyser instantly replied, Captaine, If I had then
showed you my Commission, you could not have read or understood
it, it being in Dutch, and then this deponent replied, that he could well
understand any Commission in any Christian language by the
Soule, and this deponent then further demanded of the said [Dutch]
that he might see such the said Commander's Commission (if any
such he had) whereunto no reply being made by the said Capt