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<p>186. (L.)
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<p>The prisoner being a foreigner, an interpreter was sworn.</p>
<persName id="t17630413-36-person393"> James Hubard
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<interp inst="t17630413-36-person393" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I am chief clerk to the treasurer of the navy. ( He is shewed two seaman's-tickets.) One is for wages due on board the Tyger hulk, and the other the Panther; the first is for 7 l. 3 s. 11 d. the other 22 l. 17 s. 4 d. On the 16th of March the prisoner came with them for payment, and said, his name was
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<interp inst="t17630413-36-person394" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> , and that he was on board the Tyger-hulk and Panther; he having some few days before come to demand wages as a seaman on board the Reasonable, which was in the West-Indies, and the Tyger-hulk and Panther were in the East-Indies; there were ten men there that did belong to the Tyger, all declared there were no such man on board. (The prisoner was a black.)</p>
<persName id="t17630413-36-person395"> James Burgess
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<interp inst="t17630413-36-person395" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I am a seaman. I went out in the Panther, and was turned over to the Tyger; there was never another
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<interp inst="t17630413-36-person396" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> on board either of the ships but myself. (He is shewed the two tickets.) These are my property, I delivered them to Mr. Hooper to get them registered at the Navy-office for me ready to receive my money. I never had them in my possession after, nor gave any body any order to call for them. I went down to Rochester after I had delivered them to him.</p>
<persName id="t17630413-36-person397"> Edward Hooper
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<interp inst="t17630413-36-person397" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I am a receiver. I keep an office in Crutched Friars to receive wages and prize-money for sailors that can not attend. About six weeks ago Mr.
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<interp inst="t17630413-36-person398" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> came with his uncle to me and delivered these two tickets to me, that they might be parliamented; the dublicate not being come home, I delivered them in the office, I do not know who took them out of the Navy-office. I was at the Pay-office when there were a great many men belonging to the Tyger, I heard Burgess's name mentioned; I went in, there was the prisoner at the bar, I declared
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<interp inst="t17630413-36-person399" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> was then at Chatham, where I had directions to send for him. The prisoner was questioned with regard to his property in these tickets; he declared, after several times being asked, that his name was
<persName id="t17630413-36-person400"> James Burgess
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<interp inst="t17630413-36-person400" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> , and that these tickets were his property, and that he had served in the Panther and Tyger-hulk; after some time he began to prevaricate and said, he belonged to the Reasonable. The tickets can never be delivered to any body but the parties themselves; it is my opinion he certainly had some body to assist him in it.</p>
<p>The prisoner, in his defence, said, a baker that lives on Saltpeter-bank, delivered the tickets to him, and that Mr. Hooper was with the baker at the time, and that the baker gave him a shilling and desired him to go and receive his wages for him.</p>
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