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James Urquhart aged about thirtie four or thereby Deposeth and sheweth That upon the 29 of July he went aboard the Elizabeth and Ann att Liverpool and that befor the sailing of the ship there was carried out of the ship Donald ffarquharson, Robert [Reid?], Robt Johnston, John Ker, John Rutherfoord, Geo: Rutherfoord, Jno Hunter, Walter Tankart, Nicholas Montgomerie and James Ogston. And Deposeth that he saw Mr Kelsall carrie out of the ship Donald ffarquharson a shore with him who never returned to ship and that before he went ashore he told me he was to pay to the [quarter?]hands fiftie pounds (or guineas) for his liberation About a day or two thereafter Mr Kelsall to my hearing called Robert [Reid?] and told him he was to go a shore with him who accordingly was by Mr Kelshall carried ashore but never returned and as I was informed payed fourtie pounds for his liberty And furder Depons that on the way to Cork in Ireland he treated with Mr Bomer to be sett a shore att Cork together with William Crester and offered him a bill of the Capts to me for fourteen guineas with a Watch and a Ring but Mr Bomers return was it was not bills but present money he wanted After wee came to the Cove of Cork I still with concurrance of Mr Crester continued in communing with Mr Bomer and agreed with him for six guineas or a watch and a stone Ring accordingly upon ane order given by me for five guineas a watch and a ring upon Mr Traffoord Mr Bomer receaved the six guineas with the Ring from the Capt but Mr Bomer haveing conserted with Mr Setle the under Mate he would have both the guineas and the Ring for our liberation only he was to give us some litle money to help to defray our charges upon the Road in our way home and Deposes that after Mr Bomer had returned from Cork with the six guineas and Ring which upon my order he had receaved from the Captain he caused Mr Setle call me out of my hammock where I was laying to speak with Mr Bomer who told me Mr Crester and I should have gone off that night but haveing Irons upon me and att that time of the night it would allarum the ship to strick [strike] of[f] the Irons but that the next night Mr Crester and I should be both certainly sett off however that same night Charles Smith, Archbald Mcclachlan, Jos [or Jas] Porteous and Alexr Steuart were sett off But next mourning he told me that he could allow no more to go off untill the Capt came The same morning Mathew Collie [Cobleier?] and John Smithson one of the saillers who sett these four gentlemen ashore told me they had great difficulty in getting them saifly conveyed by the custom house watch and were obleidged to carrie them thoro Potato feilds and over ditches and hedges But a noise of these four gentlemens going off breaking out was the stop as I beleeve of our not getting our liberty And furder Declares that Mr Bomer desired him to talk no more with him upon that subject for fear of being taken notice of seeing it was as much as his life was worth And furder he can not say
Virginia Sworne to before us the 2d day of Novemb.r 1716 Nathl:ll Harrison Edm:d Berkeley