Witness Deposition – John Saunders – 8 Oct 1686

Document Type: Witness Deposition
Date: 8 Oct 1686
Correspondent: John Saunders
Archive Source: TNA E134 2Jas2 Mich 42
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John Saunders of Dryburnside in the County of Durham yeom[an] aged Sixty yeares or thereabouts Sworne & Examined saith as followeth

4 To the Fourth Interrogatory he this Depon[en]t saith that he was Employed by Thomas Rookby Esqr for and on The Compl[ainan]ts behalf to take an Accompt of Lead Oare brought & carried from the Def[enden]tes mines or Groves in Weardall to the S[ai]d Def[enden]tes Smelting Mill called Stanhop hope Mill & Scotch Eale Mill And saith that he this Depon[en]t took an Accompt of what was carried to the said Smelting Mill for about Six years agoe Ending about three yeares Since And in that Time there was brought to the s[ai]d Mills by this depon[en]ts computacon of Tallyes the Quantitys of Four Thousand Nine Hundred Eighty & Six Bings And one horse load but whether the same came from the Def[endan]tes said mines this Depon[en]t knows not Otherwise then that they came the direct & Com[m]on Rode way from the S[ai]d Def[endan]tes Mines but this Depon[en]t saith that he see the most part of the S[ai]d Oar deliv[er]ed & Emptied at Stanhop hope Mill & see other p[ar]t thereof <delivered> to Scotch Eale Mill But See noe p[ar]t thereof Employed at the S[ai]d Scotch Eale Mill Butt see the horses goe loaden to the s[ai]d Scotch Eale Mill & come back againe Empty

										John Saunders
Witness on behalf of Bishop Crewe in answer to Crewe's interrogatories. See 8 Oct 1686 'Questions to witnesses' Nathaniel Crewe, interrogatories, and notes given there for background to the case.

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