Bill of Complaint of Edmund Thorne:
July 4, 1704
Part owner together with Thomas Starke of the
African Galley, Henry Bradshaw master, which in 1698 was fitted out for
voyage to Guinea and Virginia. In
September 1699 the ship arrived back in London after a highly profitable
voyage. Starke, as husband,
owes Thorne for his share of the profits.
Starke maintains that the cost of the voyage was very great and
so was the cost of a court case brought in relation to the voyage.
Starke alleges that Thorne has not paid his share and sends him
false accounts, trying to deceive Thorne who cannot read or write.
Answers of Thomas Starke: July 31, 1704
July 13, 1703 a settlement was made between Starke and Thorne relating
to the voyage of the African Galley.
Thorne promised to pay the money he owed but eventually Starke
caused him to be arrested for payment and only then did he raise
objections to the accounts. Details
of the other part owners and the case he brought against them for
non-payment of their share of the cost of fitting out the ship.