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<p>261. (L.)
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<join result="offenceVictim" targOrder="Y" targets="t17660409-50-off303 t17660409-50-victim511"/> </persName> , late quarter-master on board his Majesty's ship Liverpool, in order to receive prize-money due to him, &c </rs>.
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<p>- I am concerned as deputy to the agent, Mr.
<persName id="t17660409-50-person512"> Richard Evans
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<interp inst="t17660409-50-person512" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> , for the ship Liverpool, for the payment of prize-money for the reduction of Pondicherry, in the East-Indies: I have the books here;
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<persName id="t17660409-50-person514"> Joseph Ackshaw
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<interp inst="t17660409-50-person516" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . On the 8th of February the prisoner applied to me, demanding prize-money due to him, as quarter-master on board this ship, and said his name was
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<interp inst="t17660409-50-person517" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . He produced a certificate, which he said he had from lientenant Oaks. I looked at it, and suspected him, it not appearing like his hand-writing. I looked into the books, and found no such name as
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<interp inst="t17660409-50-person518" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I said, Here is
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<interp inst="t17660409-50-person519" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> He said, That is me; I was at the reduction of Pondicherry; and they have spelt my name wrong in the books. I asked him who were his brother quarter-masters; he said he had forgot. I asked him who was boatswain, gunner, or carpenter of the ship; he made me the same answers: he did not know, or he had forgot. Still he insisted on the prize-money. I said I should not pay him; I had given him his certificate back; I asked him for it again; there was another person with him, who said, No, he shall not give it you again, and snatched it out of his hand, and ran away with it. That man appears to be one Brown, that did belong to the Liverpool. I took the prisoner before my Lord-Mayor: he still said he was that
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<interp inst="t17660409-50-person520" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> , a quarter-master on board the ship Liverpool. I applied to the books at the Navy-Office, and found
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<interp inst="t17660409-50-person521" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> was discharged, and sent sick on shore to Plymouth-hospital, and there died, on the 7th of November 1762.</p>
<persName id="t17660409-50-person522"> John Oaks
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<interp inst="t17660409-50-person522" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I was second lieutenant on board his Majesty's ship Liverpool; I knew
<persName id="t17660409-50-person523"> William Crunkton
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<interp inst="t17660409-50-person523" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> , a quarter-master on board her: the prisoner is not that man; I do not recollect I ever saw him till last February;
<persName id="t17660409-50-person524"> William Crunkton
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<p>Q. How many quarter-masters were there on board that ship?</p>
<p>Oaks. There were 4 that did duty as such; but whether they were all allowed, I cannot tell: I am certain the prisoner is neither of them.</p>
<persName id="t17660409-50-person525"> Richard Welch
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<interp inst="t17660409-50-person525" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I am clerk to the Sick and Hurtoffice; here is the book that came from our agent at Plymouth (he looks into it.)
<persName id="t17660409-50-person526"> William Crunkton
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<interp inst="t17660409-50-person526" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> did belong to the Liverpool; he is called able on our book, not quarter-master; he might rise from able to quarter-master, which often is the case.</p>
<p>Q. How is his name spelt in your book?</p>
<p>Welch. It is here spelt Crunkton. He died on the 7th of November, 1762, at Plymouth-hospital.</p>
<persName id="t17660409-50-person527"> Elizabeth Gardiner
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<interp inst="t17660409-50-person527" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> . My brother's name was
<persName id="t17660409-50-person528"> William Cronction
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<interp inst="t17660409-50-person528" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> ; he served on board his Majesty's ship the Liverpool, and sent me his will and power to Stamford in Lincolnshire, where I then lived servant: my master's name was
<persName id="t17660409-50-person529"> Noah Neal
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<interp inst="t17660409-50-person529" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> , a private gentleman.</p>
<p>Q. What was your brother on board?</p>
<p>E. Gardiner. He was both private and quartermaster.</p>
<p>Q. When did he die?</p>
<p>E. Gardiner. He died on the 7th of November, 1762, in Plymouth-hospital.</p>
<p>Q. to Oaks. Did you ever give a certificate to the prisoner at the bar?</p>
<xptr type="pageFacsimile" doc="176604090025"/>Oaks. No, I never did.</p>
<p>Prisoner's defence.</p>
<p>My name is Crompton; I never was on board the ship Liverpool; I know nothing about it; it was one Brown, a seaman that did belong to the Liverpool, that went for the money.</p>
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