Witness Deposition – Anthony Garthorne – 8 Oct 1686

Document Type: Witness Deposition
Date: 8 Oct 1686
Correspondent: Anthony Garthorne
Archive Source: TNA E134 2Jas2 Mich 42
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Anthony Garthorne of Darwen In the County of Durham yeom[an] aged Thirty years or

Thereabouts Sworne & Examined saith as followeth

4 To the Fourth Interrogatory this Depon[en]t saith that he this Depon[en]t was Employed by Thomas Rookly Esquire to take an Accompt for and on the behalfe of the Compl[ainan]t of all the Lead Oar brought from the Def[endan]tes Mines to his Mill called Darwin Smelting Mill This And saith that he this Depon[en]t or some by his appointment & direccones took an Accompt of loaden horses & waines w[hi]ch came with Oare to the S[ai]d Mill from the Thirteenth of February 1676: till the Ninth Day of May 1683 And saith that he this Deponent Staid neare unto the Darwin Mill And saith that dureing the time afores[ai]d there was brought To the s[ai]d Mill fiftee Thousand Three Hundred and Twenty Nine horse load of Oar computing two Pokes to be a horse load w[hi]ch this Depon[en]t believed was all  lead Oar for that he this Deponent hath seen A great part thereof and that it was lead Oar amounting to the Quantities afores[ai]d according to this Depon[en]ts Computacon & his servants that he Employed to take such Accompts In this Depon[en]ts absence But from what mines in p[ar]ticula[r] the s[ai]d Oar came from this Depon[en]t knows not And this Depon[en]t further saith that he verily beleived that there might be sev[e]rall Quantities of Lead Oare carryed to the s[ai]d mill privately & in the night time for that this  Depon[en]t hath observed waine  Spurns & horse footings in the morning times that was not in the Evenings soe long as day lasted.									Anthony Garthorne
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. Waine spurns seems to mean the imprint of wagon wheels – spurn being to trample heavily.

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