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which it's manifest, their Officers were no other
several Thousand Pounds worth of the King's Embezeiled Stores, as his Neighbours had done. And that he had for many Years served the King's Yard with Pitch, Tar, Oyl, &c.) But when the Judge came the Circuit, the Mayor never delivered in his Recognizances, whereupon the Court fined him 200 l. Upon which, Captain Wilshaw, the Commissioner of Portsmouth Yard, sent Mr. Bizil the Town-Clerk of Portjmouth, along with the Mayor to post after the Judge to Salisbury, who prevailed with the Judge to take off the Fine, and upon his return, give the Captain a Note of the Charge and service done, being in all about Eight Pound, which he paid him, but dropt the Note in the King's Yard, and when my Articles were under Examination before the Commissioners, for stating the Publick Accounts, was Mr. Bizıl summoned
up from Portsmouth about this Note, which was then produced, and was by him acknowledged to be the Original Note he gave to Captain Willbaw for the foresaid Service, but the Commissioners of Accounts were never at leisure to take his Deposition, tho'he waited several days; however, before he went out of Town, he made Oath of the matter, as it has been Related before the Lords of the Admiralty, in whose Office the Note remains.
A poor Rope-maker in Portsmouth offered Mi. Trevor 200 l. to give way to the Embezelling the Kings Naval Stores (set at work no doubt by Captain Wil.
for when the matter first broke out, great En. deavours were used to have Composed the matter at his House) which he refused, and laid the Matter before the Lords of the Admiralty. Yet this very Fellow did the Commissioners of the Navy afterwards make Master: Rope-maker of Portsmouth Yard, in which station he improv'd his time so well, that
lait Year he was Judged to be worth 20000 l. but happened then to fall under Misfortune, for one of his linder-Agents began to Cackle, whereby he was obliged to give him money, of which he soon grew weary, so spoke to two Soldiers to let them know such a Person was troublesome to him, upon which they murdered the man, and gave him notice thereof (who, as its said, went and viewed the dead Budy) and then buried him in the Sand; but the Tide washed up the Body and drove it to Shore, and then it was found the poor man had been murdered, but by whom it was not known, until one of the Souldiers, by some means, confesled the matter.
Then was his Comrade and his Majesties Rope-maker seized, and Tried at Winchester Assizes, where the Souldier was condemn'd to be hang d, and accordingly Executed, and his Majestjes Rope-maker sentenced to be burnt in the Hand, and forfeit all his Goods and Chattels to the King.
But to return to his Majesties Officers, that proved these Crimes, to see how they were treated, Mr. Graham and Mr. Trevor were by the Commissioners of the Navy, suspended from their Employments, and had many Articles framed against them, and notwithstanding they proved those Articles to be notorious false, yet were they never restored, or could have any reparation; tho' it's true, Mr. Trevor was, by his Majesty's Order, twice heard before some of the chief Ministers of State, yet nothing came on't. No body could be found to Accuse Mr. Baten, therefore a Letter was procured from the Late Queen of Blessed memory, ordering him to be dismist out of both his Employments, as was accordingly done. In Conclufion, Mr. Graham, and Mr. Irevor died through Grief,
and Anguish of mind, as did likewise Mr. Buston and others, to find themselves so barbarously treated, for their Faithfulness and Justice to the Government. And the Sufferings which [ have undergone, am I no ways able to Express ; for by the Corrupt, Ignorant, and unthinking part of mankind, together with the evil Treatment d received; have I been (as others were) almost worried to Death (having been ill treated in my private Affairs, as well as publickly oppressed: For, three Years have I been kept out of the Interest of 600 Pound; and since I have been in Paflession of the Eltate in Mortgage, have I had no less than three several Heirs started up, and now lately, an old pretended Judgment, and a Bill filed against me by a Pauper) but through the goodness of God, I have hitherto escaped with my Life, and shall proceed to give a further Relation of evil Practices that have been committed in the Govern.
* I take it to be the great business of every Man's Life (says Mr. Rushworth, to whofe Memory this Nation is deeply Indebted) to Learn what the World is, what has been done, and what is doing in it, and upon the whole, to judge what ought to be done.
For as we bave many Members in one Body, and all Members have not the same Office ; so, we being many, are one body, and equally concern'd in each others preservation. And also obliged (in Case of Neceflity) to aid and allist our Neighbours, duc regard being first had to our own fafety.
But to proceed, the Commissioners of the Na. vy,
sold out of Chatham Yard to one Zachariab Coates, Sixteen Tun twelve hundred pound weight of Hemp, under the Notion of Rackings, or Fly, ings, at thirty Shillings per Tun. Upon which, five Hoyes were Laden with Hemp (crammed full in the Hold, and heaped up upon Deck) Burthen two hundred and forty Tun, seventy or eighty Tun of which, it was proved upon Oath, was delivered to the said Coates, and the rest found lodg’d in two obfcure Warehouses, by a worthy Citizen who made it his business to discover this Fraud, and took a Sample of this Hemp, and went and laid the whole matter before the Commisfioners of the Navy, and offered them fifteen Pounds per Tun for the Hemp that was remaining in those two Warehouses, if they could justifie the Sale; at first, they seem'd to be much surpriz'd. But to secure and make all fast, they took the principal Witnesses that proved the Fact, into his Majestics Service, to the matter